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3151  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A Point About Grammar on: March 03, 2011, 03:55:49 PM
So who wants to do a proper computing grammar tutorial?

That ain't nuffink as wot I could do  Sad

We'll never get people to stop ticking boxes, mashing buttons, and clicking through hyperlinks with that attitude.
3152  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A Point About Grammar on: March 03, 2011, 03:11:38 PM
So who wants to do a proper computing grammar tutorial?
3153  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows7 user administration question on: March 03, 2011, 01:52:21 PM
Everytime I save, create files or folders it is created with "administrators" owner.

(...Create the file) Where? If it is in your My Documents folder then that could be a bit odd. On the other hand, if it's on the root of C: then that (ain't just yours...) would track with letting other/all administrators have full access/control of it.
3154  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Shortcomings of DC and How to Improve on: March 03, 2011, 07:10:35 AM
Let's see app, how much can you sell a Toyota Camry 2000 in 2010, same config?

Who cares? They're disposable crap cars. Now what would a completely original 65 Mustang fastback, 53 Corvette split window, or a 57 Chevy sell for these days?!? (hehe)

Some "Classics" actually do stand the test of time. Because (they actually have substance) their value isn't based on their scrap weight. We're not exactly trying to compete with the fashion tragic FaceBook crowd here now are we?

This grandstanding carrot-on-a-stick game is childish. If you really have so many grand ideas, then share a few. So they can be viewed on their own merit. Nobody really saw a problem with the Conestoga wagon trains...until they saw the new trains being pulled by a steam locomotive. Show us that kind of leap (which you purport to have - If you are only bowed to...).

...Then (and only then), if the idea is shot down, you will have fair reason to bitch (IMO).
3155  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Serial Key Storage for Windows on: March 03, 2011, 06:53:51 AM
Does fSekrit work on Windows 7?

Yes! All editions.
3156  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A Point About Grammar on: March 02, 2011, 05:52:02 PM
I'm curious about one thing in the original post - what's the problem with "mass nouns"?

It's a matter of proper jargon and using the correct term. It would be like calling a hard drive a "stiff drive".

Okay, I did have to google the term to find out what it was ... But that don't sound like it:

Quote from: short answer
For example, the same set of chairs can be referred to as "seven chairs" and as "furniture"; though both chair and furniture are referring to the same thing, the former is a count noun and the latter a mass noun.

...Either way I have heard the news folk screw it up.
3157  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Browser startup times on: March 02, 2011, 05:04:29 PM
Internet Explorer 9 RC:
OS: Windows 7 x64

C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe - 10 executions
0.1557
0.0153
0.0152
0.0152
0.0153
0.0153
0.0153
0.0152
0.0155
0.0163

*Shrug* Werkz 4 Me... Wink
3158  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Shortcomings of DC and How to Improve on: February 28, 2011, 07:02:37 AM
Ouch you guys really have no idea... 'nuff said. best of luck. cheers.

Which is both true and precisely the point everyone has been trying to make. We have no idea what is actually on your mind...because you won't just say it. You've made your stand, and drawn a crowd, but only fain at substantive "solutions".

If you truly have an idea, simply say "...and here's my idea [insert idea]". Playing this AA style first-you-must-admit-there's-a-problem game isn't really helping anyone ... Now is it?
3159  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft unveils new UI prototype - Windows 8? on: February 27, 2011, 11:49:30 AM
As I understand, Surface is still thousands of dollars. It will be a little while before that technology is affordable for the mass market.

The thousands of dollars part was only for the infrared camera (in the base to watch for fingers), and the commercial (restaurant) quality heavy Plexiglas tabletop for the UI. The software was fairly basic and the computer used for all the back-when demos was a bog standard off-the-shelf machine.

With the touch screens available today, all MS really needs to launch it is an OS designed around it and an updated marketing plan.
3160  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 7 SP1 released on: February 27, 2011, 11:42:33 AM
Okay, running with Win7 x64 SP1 now on the home dev machine. Haven't done much (just logged in after reboot), but it went surprisingly quick (5-10min) and still runs...
3161  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A point of grammar on: February 25, 2011, 03:35:19 PM
My head hurts.
3162  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: print webpages that don't fit the page on: February 25, 2011, 03:32:08 PM
In IE8, highlight the center part you want, right click the highlighted text and select Print Preview, from the middle drop down select print "As selected on screen".
3163  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: [Humor]: An update is available for your computer! on: February 25, 2011, 11:32:42 AM
We use Kaseya to manage updates (and etc.) for the office and client networks. So I have a central point to approve updates (or not) for everyone at once. That way I can wait a few days to see if there is any screaming before pushing out any given update to 100 machines scattered across the countryside.

At home I just use automatic downloading and let me choose when to install. That way I can time when to do what, because the reboot question is frequently dependent on what is running at the time the patch is installed.

I think I only rebooted about 8 times last year.
3164  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We are doomed: IBM's Watson debuts on Jeopardy today (14 Feb 2011) on: February 25, 2011, 06:51:17 AM
I'd find it funnier if I could make out what the console stuff said. I feel like I am missing the punchline.

Imagine what happens when Watson evaluates whether the answer is good or not...
If by good, you mean valid, and he formatted himself in the middle of the show ... Yeah that would be hysterical.
3165  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us your desktop on: February 24, 2011, 06:40:21 PM
I can't find my Desktop...

[attachthumb=1]
3166  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Instantly Increasing Password Strength on: February 24, 2011, 12:44:50 PM
HBGary/HBGeary I had a feeling I spellt that wrong... smiley

Their problem was the front door had a set of keys left in it ... In the form of unvalidated SQL input being allow to execute against the server. Which is how the table got "dumped". This allowed all of the bruteforcing to be done off-line on fast (and distributed) hardware. No more internet connection speed slowing down the number of attempts per second.
3167  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: [HELP] broke a (HP) Printer by pulling USB Plug -when it was trying to print (?) on: February 24, 2011, 12:00:42 PM
I really should have fully checked out the cable possibilities before anything else, but I didnt - live n learn...

I've had days like that, glad you got it straightened out. I'd asked the HP regional troubleshooting specialist about it, But only got run through the stuff already tried.
3168  DonationCoder.com Software / JGPaiva's Ahk Tools / Re: Weird behavior in remote desktop on: February 24, 2011, 11:38:37 AM
Hotkeys and remote desktop are notoriously unpredictable, are you running the RDP session windowed or full screen? Full screen sessions generally make for much more predictable hotkey use.

Just a Thought... smiley
3169  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Instantly Increasing Password Strength on: February 24, 2011, 11:32:29 AM
Quote
Anything else done to reduce the complexity or length in order to make it more suitable for human use will reduce the level of security.

Not necessarily. As I suggested before in another thread, three way login forms can be very powerful.

You can't mass brute force a photo upload for an image captcha unless you have access to the home storage file already but even then you have to know each users' specific thought process and which personal photo they are using to access something.

Okay, from a front door perspective only...I'd agree - I find the user, pass, pic, phrase logons much less annoying and effective than capachas which are easily defeated with OCR. But... That's not what we are (or the thread is) discussing.

The question on the table was regarding the HBGeary fiasco. Where the User Table had already been dumped via SQL injection. So the additional bits of info (pic & phrase) could simply be read from the next column over, and would afford no further resistance.

So the discussion was really focused on how complex does a password really need to be to keep it from being Hash Cracked in a matter of hours (e.g. it's all straight up back door stuff).
3170  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google Chrome continues to ruin standard user interface on: February 24, 2011, 07:01:52 AM
It's for CLI users and pure keyboard users. My guess is that just as the KDE file manager combined both file browser and web browser, Chrome will do this + a terminal.

...Isn't that the exact same (high level of integration) behavior that had everybody pissed-off at Microsoft (rampant security hole) about 5 or 6 years ago?
3171  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: To persist with Windows 2000 support? on: February 24, 2011, 06:56:46 AM
You can get VS2003 from there, but can you get the VCToolkitSetup.exe for the VC2003 Toolkit package?

Nope, I missed that distinction earlier ... embarassed ... Only the full VS.NET 2003 is available.
3172  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Most Pirated Software? on: February 24, 2011, 06:33:39 AM
Autodesk Autocad - Hardware keyed ...
Isn't that for non-USA versions only? Or is the dongle-protection introduced there also?

Yepper it's here in the US too. I've got a client that has had fits trying to keep their fully legal copy running because of the stupidly unstable Sentinal Hardware Key driver.
3173  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: To persist with Windows 2000 support? on: February 23, 2011, 06:58:01 PM
(I don't think there's any way to get 2003toolkit from MS?)

Oh hell yeah, the MSDN goes all the way back to Visual C++ v1.52. Granted you need a subscription (not cheap) but they are still available.
3174  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Instantly Increasing Password Strength on: February 23, 2011, 06:49:30 PM
WeRntf,Y3t!

Easy to Remember (for me), and I'd wager quite difficult to guess, even for the table.
Good question - a quick google does suggest that the easy-to-find publicly available tables don't even reach 10 characters for the larger character sets, and those tables are already huge and take a while to generate. But do keep in mind that criminals have access to very large botnets, and people have started renting Amazon EC2 servers (including GPU acceleration) for nefarious deeds. I definitely wouldn't feel too safe with a passphrase lower than 10 characters with a large character set.

And it does seem it takes a while (for a single box) to process passphrases, even with rainbow tables - but anybody serious enough to have serious tables are going to have more than a single box available.

Quite true, But what are they really after? HBGary was completely torched in less that 24 hours. So there is an obvious time requirement involved. It their case the Low-Hanging-Fruit was also pay dirt ... So there was really no point in continuing. The object is to get as many of the accounts as possible, in the shortest time possible. So it is not really required to out run the bear, just the rest of the hunting party... smiley

Besides even if you do manage to memorize a 8,000 character password ... If they really want you specifically, that badly ... Well, the term Rubber-Hose Cryptography comes to mind...
Indeed, and that's one of my favorite XKCDs. You have to balance your security based on who's likely to try to attack you. I protect my digital signature / online-banking stuff with longer passphrases than forum logins, simply because attackers would be more interested in spending energy on something they can have real financial gain from.

That said, access to a forum or account account can be valuable as well - interesting information can sometimes be gathered form such access, either directly or through social engineering. And if the user has used the same passphrase in multiple locations, well...

Guilty as charged ... I stole the line from you.  cheesy

And password reuse is definitely to be avoided, usually by using fsekrit.
3175  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Most Pirated Software? on: February 23, 2011, 06:20:30 PM
IMO


Autodesk Autocad - Hardware keyed and hard to use for beginners
Virus software (various) - Who ever updates that?
Microsoft Windows (XP-Vista-7) - Comes with machine and update requirements scare off most of the casual folks
Nero Burning - This is a good candidate, but isn't that expensive

Microsoft Office - Oh Yeah
Adobe Photoshop - Oh Yeah

These two are very popular, way expensive, and are still easy to casual copy if a bit of common sense is used.
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