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576  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: DiskSavvy Pro – Disk Space Ananlyzer – 24-Hours Giveaway on: July 14, 2013, 12:09:45 AM
Thank you!

Did notice one bit of odd behavior when running it on a Hyper-V VM.
OS Windows 7 x64 Pro
User directory is mapped to a Domain DFS root share

Any time I try to add a directory target, when I click the browse button it stops with an error that it "Cannot get user directory". Even though the directory is there, accessible, and I'm the domain admin.

If I paste in the full (mapped drive) path to the user folder I also get the same error. However if I paste in the full UNC (\\Domain\DFS-RooT\Share\Me) path to the domain DFS root, it accessed the folder and completed the analysis just fine.

The weird part isn't so much the error, but the fact that there is no way around it to get to a browse dialog.
577  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Computers Outlawed in Florida on: July 13, 2013, 11:23:32 PM
Actually that's not even the worst part. The worst part was the flimsy assed excuse that the came up with for banning the cafes in the first place. You see...The cafe's were construed to be a specifically cash business...which then of course auto-magically made them more susceptible to (well basically causal of) crime.

I shit you not, it was on the news...and came directly out of the mouth of one of the state big wigs.

What a complete and utter jackass. It seems none of these retards has ever heard of, check cashing companies, pawn shops, we buy gold/silver stores, or any bar/liquor store ... All of which are either strictly or predominantly cash businesses.

I frequently left the bar at night with anywhere between $500 - $3,000 in cash on me. Banks were closed, and locking it in the building -- With a monitored alarm system -- not more than 2 miles from the fuzz -- just didn't work out because we got robbed (after hours break in).
578  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hot *New* Technology! TYPEWRITERS! :D on: July 12, 2013, 10:24:21 PM
the Selectrics had a memory function that would remember everything typed until it was cleared by selecting the Clear Memory button...

 huhundecided ..That could explain why I got thrown out of typing class back in high school.
579  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: This Just in: From the You Gotta be Shitting Me Dept. on: July 12, 2013, 06:57:59 PM
 I rear ended a car on a highway at night back when I was 17, the guy was backing up with his headlights off on a curve whilst drinking his beer.  It was my fault.  Why you ask?

At the time, in Louisiana, if you rear-end someone it's automatically your fault, and it was also legal to drink and drive.....  It totalled my beautiful car too......

Ouch, that's a tricky one really ...Because backing up on a highway is also equally illegal. Most likely the fact that you were moving...and 17 were why the cop went that way.

Years ago the wife and I were going to see friends out a whining back road. We got stuck behind a school bus that as usual wasn't in a hurry. Available passing lanes being few, short and far between...I was indeed riding their ass like a $2 whore, especially as we approached the nearest passing zone. Then the bus decided to stop...in the middle of nowhere...for no apparently intelligent reason.

I also stopped.

All was fine.

Then the bus driver put the bus in reverse...and ran right the f*** over my ass! (or more specifically my cherry 91 V8 Mustang that would happily do 140 mph)

When the FL Highway patrol got there, the bus driver as whining about me tailgating her slow ass (that liked to ride the line in passing zones to make it impossible to safely pass...). However the trouper decided to side with me when it was explained that at the point (in time) of contact...I was stopped...and she was in reverse ... Which is apparently a real no-no based on the look of shocked horror on the troopers face when I got to that part of the story.
 
So... The county had to fix my car, and foot the bill for a rental car which I took great glee in torturing half to death. Ever wonder what'll happen if you throw a car on reverse at 50 mph??? LOL ...It's a hell of a ride I'll tell ya that much. Wink
580  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft ending TechNet subscription activations effective august 2013 on: July 12, 2013, 04:17:04 PM
I predict the motivation will max around when MS says Windows 7 is not going to be supported any more.  So probably around 5-10 years.

I'd say closer to 3 years...as it will all pivot on Windows 9. MS listens (stop laughing 40hz) our creed can most
likely continue. If MS cracks down harder it'll be rats off a sinking ship time for sure.

...I'm trying to budget time to play with Slackware a bit more again...just in case.
581  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hot *New* Technology! TYPEWRITERS! :D on: July 12, 2013, 12:13:41 PM
...And don't forget the old school hacks! The typewriter ribbon must be destroyed before disposal...or it can be scrolled out to read every work that was typed on the machine.

Ah! ...the good old days....back when it was still legal to burn you trash.
582  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Worth Reading: Trevor Pott's editorial on NSA PRISM and its real ramifications on: July 12, 2013, 12:09:21 PM
Step aside Yankee Rose - here comes Yankee Pepper.... tellme

Coming Soon! The New & Improved Statue of Liberty - now fully updated for post-9/11 America!
  (see attachment in previous post)
(Sorry. I'm having a bad day right now.  undecided)

Okay...granted... Not always a good sign, but... I think the pic epically nails the whole government out-of-control -- United Police State of America (UPSA) -- problem quite nicely.

All we need now is a new flag and the proverbial hounds are good to go for release!  cheesy


 wallbash
583  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft ending TechNet subscription activations effective august 2013 on: July 12, 2013, 07:36:10 AM
I think a lot of the motivation is because Microsoft has been unable to convince people that Microsoft products are "licensed not sold." So their customer's perspective is still one that says "possession is 9/10ths of law." And that's despite 30 years of trying to "educate" people otherwise. Most people flat out refuse to accept the notion of 'intellectual property' when they're buying a physical product.

As well they should. The whole IP war drum thing is psychopathic corporate greed and laziness. They want to just sit back and gorge themselves with cash for doing absolutely jack shit. It makes about as much sense as an 80's one-hit-wonder walking around acting all butt-hurt because they're not still rich and getting top hat treatment.

What many people don't seem to know however is that several if their products (like Visual Studio) are practically non-profit, i.e. the cost of development is equal to what they earn on selling these products (there is a technical word for this, don't recall it).

Yeah, it's called a "Loss-Leader". You sell/giveaway item X at a loss so that people can spend even more money on (much more impulse driven) add-ons/support/accessories for said item.

Prime examples are game consoles, cell phones, and Pezz dispensers.
584  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Must...stop...playing...that addictive game! on: July 11, 2013, 05:24:50 PM
Crap, there went 2 hours.
585  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: This Just in: From the You Gotta be Shitting Me Dept. on: July 10, 2013, 01:56:36 PM
Airhead behind us doing ~50 mph did not stop
Really sorry to hear about your truck. Same sort of thing happened to a favourite car of mine. The excuse from the driver who spoilt my ride was "I was trying to get the lid off of my coffee cup." <sigh>

Strangely, the thing that aggravates me the most is that when I got out of the truck in a state of mind perilously close to livid. I saw that the other driver was a scrawny 20 something blond girl that was already crying hysterically. Giving me no opportunity (as there is no profit in attacking something that pathetic) to share my feelings regarding their latest display of a complete lack of driving aptitude.
586  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: This Just in: From the You Gotta be Shitting Me Dept. on: July 10, 2013, 12:52:26 PM
At this point I just have to wait for the 25th to take it into the appointment the insurance company (Geico (incredibly not fast)) set up. Then it's fate will be decided (close race).

More than two weeks for the insurance company to look at it??  That's crazy. 

Well... It's been pouring rain here for the last month, and Florida being a "Transient State" means nobody seems to remember how the hell they're supposed to drive on wet pavement (e.g. pay friggin attention as frequent panic stops are bad..). So after a month's worth of playing bumper cars ... It really is quite likely that they are quite legitimately a bit backed up these days.
587  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: This Just in: From the You Gotta be Shitting Me Dept. on: July 10, 2013, 12:46:52 PM
According to all of Gecko's commercials (about 80 times a day), they have the best customer support of all the insurance companies.  Of course they don't tell you that only applies when they're opening a new account.....

Actually I have geico.  My wife recently totalled the car, and the customer service was stellar.  And the one time that it wasn't, I called and asked to speak to a manager.  He rectified the situation immediately.

The did much better a few years ago when the wife's care got totaled (she too was rear-ended, but by a guy that was awake with faulty breaks (and no insurance)). The handled that one acceptable but not lightening fast. For fast service I recall Progressives performance; the agent got there before the cops did, assessed the damage, generated an estimate...and cut us a check on the spot. Now that was stellar service in my book.

...Answer to next obvious question is we switched due to price/budget constraints. *Sigh*

Not sure what's going on in SJ's case... but I'd ask to speak to a manager and see about getting an earlier appointment if it was me.

While it had crossed my mind, I'd rather take the time to get under the truck and do my own assessment regarding what the options are. I suspect that one of the "Crumple Zones" that are built into the frame may have given way (as it's designed to) causing the alignment anomaly. As I'm in no hurry to part with the truck I plan to use the time to do some research on how best to argue (assuming I have a leg to stand on) on its behalf if the decision is made to total it.
588  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: This Just in: From the You Gotta be Shitting Me Dept. on: July 09, 2013, 05:41:42 PM
But what took the cake was, the drunken driver opens his door, staggers to the driver's side window of our car, leans in and says "Hey!  Wassa' Matta' wit' ya'??  Didn't ya' see me comin' ?

Oh dear...that would have gotten him "damaged" if he'd been the one that hit me today.

   One option, if it's a rare truck, you can buy the truck from the insurance company for dirt cheap and have it put on a frame straightener.

At this point I just have to wait for the 25th to take it into the appointment the insurance company (Geico (incredibly not fast)) set up. Then it's fate will be decided (close race).

My favorite part of the ensuing discussion thus far was when the insurance lady -- Who had already been informed that I had stopped at a traffic light, and the person behind me...did not -- asked me if "I was hit in the rear from behind"? (after a short pause) I simply responded with "I really don't think there's another way of doing it".
589  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / This Just in: From the You Gotta be Shitting Me Dept. on: July 09, 2013, 03:26:37 PM
So my brother and I are coming back from the DMV. Our purpose there was to finally get the Tag and Title for a custom Harley Davidson, That I'd started building over 15 years ago. We're talking Thousands of dollars sitting in the back of my pickup truck...

As we're discussing where to go for tag bolts...hardware or auto parts store, I stop at a red light. With the myriad of truly insane (and completely issue free) 90 mph power slides (and etc..) I've done in my truck, I'm being excruciatingly careful due to the current cargo. However...

The mildly brain-dead, complete &*#!*&^$ Airhead behind us doing ~50 mph did not stop (because she was asleep <- direct quote)) ... Until she hit me.

So...sadly, while the bike is okay (yes that is a plus), my truck (2002 Dodge Dakota R/T 5.9 - Translation very fast/very rare) is I suspect totaled. Which pisses me off to no end as -- it's friggin' paid for -- I really liked it.

So here I am playing adventures in frame damage ... And I'm supposed to be on a much needed vacation.

...Can you think of a four letter that starts with F and rimes with truck??

 cheesy Damn it.
590  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Worth Reading: Trevor Pott's editorial on NSA PRISM and its real ramifications on: July 08, 2013, 10:39:13 PM
PRISM v2.0 will be fun, colorful, and voluntary. Come one, come all, and submit all your email data. We will figure out who you know and communicate with, even if you don't volunteer. We are pretty sure your friends will think the infographics are cool looking and want their own....and you'll be on it.

First 300 to sign up get a free "I was water boarded at Gitmo for posting something stupid on FaceBook" T-Shirt!
591  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your thoughts wanted: The right way to honor the passing of a DC forum member on: July 08, 2013, 10:32:45 PM
So, my vote goes with a wisely-worded mention here in Living Room, with some indication in their profile of their passing and a link to the relevant post.  May be especially nice if immediate family/friends could be passed the link as well.

I'm good with that.
592  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your thoughts wanted: The right way to honor the passing of a DC forum member on: July 08, 2013, 10:45:22 AM
Only thing I've ever seen done is along the lines of what OP has already accomplished. I'm not really sure a dedicated Obit section is really needed. It's too much the constant reminder, and a bit dark (as in tends to dampen mood).

Also begs the question as to what associative range qualifies for inclusion. If extended to board member families...I can think of a few posts I rather not be reminded of on a daily basis.
593  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Worth Reading: Trevor Pott's editorial on NSA PRISM and its real ramifications on: July 07, 2013, 03:05:56 PM
Ah yes ... We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. Especially if the happen to be making it difficult for our compatriots that are trying really hard to take over the world...to make it a "better place" of course...for everyone. But especially us...'cause it was our idea and all, ya know.

I say take a page out of history, what's the only attempt at secure communication that didn't get broken? Navaho radio operators. Now matter how they tried to decrypt it, it didn't work ... Because it wasn't F'ing encrypted. Der...! That's the answer. Do it Old School.

Take a page from the spammers handbook -- and you thought they were totally useless... (hehe) -- The whole point of the psudo story random word based Emails was to get green mail server admins to break their own Baysean filters by constantly tossing these clutter word Emails into them.

Well...

If the NSA wants to log, catalog, and sift through everybody's everything. I say make it fun for everyone (e.g. us...). Glob together a huge block (like a Gig or so) of clutter text that will just barely pass for a conversation (if a computer is looking at it...) and upload it a few times a day. Preferably through a Fly-by-night looking VPN service to make it look nice and really interesting. Or alternate, the encryption is really pointlessly optional. In a nutshell, it's basically spamming the internet. if enough people did it, it could artificially spike the volume of cruft they have to sift through.

Hay it's our (the tax payers) money that paid for all that friggin hardware ... Let's use the storage as we see fit. I thing the list of all the words I could think of when I was stoned as shit is an extremely important document. That should be backed up as often and in as many places as it can be ... So as to protect it for posterity...or something.. cheesy


...And yes...somebody has been drinking. (Hic!).
594  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 07, 2013, 08:38:34 AM
Okay, one more:

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595  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 07, 2013, 08:19:26 AM
Are gun jokes okay?

[attach=1]

j/k How about this one instead?

[attach=2]

...Okay, I give up.

[attach=3]

 cheesy
596  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: No country for amateurs - the danger of supposedly secure messaging on: July 06, 2013, 02:07:31 PM
Yes another sterling example of why encryption and magic should not be construed as synonyms.

There seems to be a (feel good) movement in the industry that want's people to believe that as long as X is encrypted it is magically impervious to anything. Frequently these are the same retards that hawk Antivirus Security Suites.

Reality: Encryption is slightly less effective than the car alarm on a Ferrari that is left in a ally in a bad neighborhood overnight. It's flashy, draws attention, and tends to have glass windows.

Bottom line: If you feel that you can't Speak Freely unless the conversation is encrypted...then you cannot speak freely...period.
597  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Enables/disable internet access based on a time schedule on: July 05, 2013, 08:33:11 AM
^Just out of curiosity...have you tried telling your son what the acceptable hours for internet usage are first?

Reason I ask is because there really isn't a simple "technical" solution for what you want to do if he doesn't want to respect your wishes.

+1000 - Because if you try to make it a game by pitting your child against a security device. You'll most likely soon find out the kids are really good at games.

Talk to your kids...as parents, we're supposed to be doing that anyway.

Standard User as defined above can't change System settings that affect other users - does that include time, network and tasks?

Can std user change system time (in Windows), no. Especially on a domain. However, std user is allowed to change the Time Zone. Not to mention that "System Time" really is BIOS Time and trying to password protect the BIOS is basically pointless.
598  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: July 03, 2013, 11:49:04 PM
...
You're probably right ... But it just infuriates me that people can't get together and behind this thing and force the government to blink. WTF is it gonna take to get people off their asses?!? Christ we had more outrage expressed in the MSM when Janet Jackson's titty popped out FFS.

If the overlords can't be made to blink now, with something this mind-blowingly blatant...they're never going to. We might as well pack up the flag -- I'm sure they'll be making a new one soon anyhow ... Something with more red, and a scepter. -- and leave.

But exactly how do we make them blink? They're pretty close to a lockdown.

Flood every Email server in Washington DC with messages from "We the People"... What say let Edward Snowden go, he's a true patriot and deserves a medal for reporting rampant corruption in our government.

Give Snail Mail the same treatment.

Put it on banners, billboards, and bumper stickers to make triple thick friggin sure that can't get away with saying they didn't notice.

White people suck at protesting (seriously, we do - Occupy Wall Street...Fail!), so get the African American population on board, and put them in charge (Million Man March...Hello!). The rest of us will just have to stay quiet, follow them up to the white house, and try not to do anything stupid (Occupy Wall Street - Yes I'm harping on that train wreck again.).

Now if the overloads look out the window and see several million of all of us (black/white/red/brown/yellow) together standing on the same singular point.

I'm thinking they just might blink ... or shit their pants ... either is acceptable.
599  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 10 signs you may have OCD on: July 03, 2013, 05:17:47 PM
15 years ago I hated computers and thought they were evil. Now (thanks to a pivotal event) I'm the admin for one of the largest IT companies in the area. That's not OCD ... That's setting a goal and going for it.
cheesy Wow, talk about an about-face!  You've got to explain this one...was it the typical "computers are taking our jobs" thing, or something different?

Simple really, I made a deal with the devil...and stuck to it.

A long time friend of over 30 years had a bike shop that I was helping him at. He was getting into computers at the time but just for user level play toy stuff. I adamantly hated them ... But he decided to give me one for Christmas. I was totally bummed when I opened the box because I thought he'd gotten me the custom rims I wanted for the custom Harley I was building at the time (Hay bike shop...Ya know..?).

To be polite -- as he is a father figure level friend -- I let him set it up and show me all the "really cool" stuff it could do ... Which at the time I didn't give a shit less about.

However I did bitch about it a bit at work where I was managing an optical lab at the time. One of the staff (young college guy of the time) was trying to explain to me what value the idiotic contraptions had. "They can answer virtually any question" he said ... Which got me thinking. I can be extremely dangerous when thinking at that level. I said "Okay ... Tell it to find my mother"...because I was adopted, and while I can't really say that it bothered me...I was excruciatingly curious.

He got me online, and gave me the basics of how to do web stuff, and I started digging. I was looking for two things at the same time. The first was a straight up web search for mom. The second was anything I could find about how these things were put together, and something called "Hacking" (the movie helped...) that appeared as an excellent plan 'B' if the search didn't pan out.

Six months later I got an Email from one of the sites I'd found for that sort of thing ... Two hours later I was on the phone with Mom.

Ultimate question, was answered ... Deal had been made ... The rest is history.. Wink
600  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: July 03, 2013, 01:48:29 PM
I'm betting he'll be in US custody in less than six weeks.

You're probably right ... But it just infuriates me that people can't get together and behind this thing and force the government to blink. WTF is it gonna take to get people off their asses?!? Christ we had more outrage expressed in the MSM when Janet Jackson's titty popped out FFS.

If the overlords can't be made to blink now, with something this mind-blowingly blatant...they're never going to. We might as well pack up the flag -- I'm sure they'll be making a new one soon anyhow ... Something with more red, and a scepter. -- and leave.
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