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576  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 08, 2013, 05:28:50 PM

What Lady Gaga got caught slumming?
577  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: new Site for my Software on: November 08, 2013, 11:38:48 AM
Glad to see you're doing well Miles.

Too bad we don't have any sideways thumbs just for SB smiley

Here's one. [attachimg=1]
578  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I hate the word "anathema" on: November 08, 2013, 11:31:40 AM
People, people, people!!!

Superboy is right!

Anathema is anathema! tongue

Yes, I see...

To superboyac the word anathema is an abomination, an outrage, an abhorrence, a disgrace, an evil, a bane, a bugbear, a bête noire. It is something that he vehemently dislikes.

It is... Aw hell I really don't have to explain where this is going do I?!?
579  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Remember Buckyballs? They Are Now Gone on: November 08, 2013, 11:24:32 AM
Absolutely love the site. cheesy Now that is how you give the establishment the finger! Thmbsup

Prices look pretty good too ... And I've always wanted to have my balls chromed.
580  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I hate the word "anathema" on: November 07, 2013, 05:50:58 PM
Then just delete anathema.exe - This is the software section... Wink  cheesy
581  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Does anyone know how I may remove Trojan Dropper:MSIL/Livate.A ? on: November 07, 2013, 11:57:34 AM
Thats a nasty one.

Google "Kapersky Rescue Disk". Download and burn it to a CD (or USB key)? Then boot and allow it to grab the most recent updates? Then disinfect from that.

Haven't run into anything this hasn't been able to squash.

AVG and Avira also have similar bootable scanners if it doesn't.

Luck! Thmbsup

I will probably give this a shot before going "Nuclear" with the Windows  Reinstall.

I'd recommend doing the Kaspersky Rescue Disk route as well. But run ATF cleaner before the KRD scan (it ain't real fast - but it's worth the wait) to shave a few hours off the scan time.
582  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Silk Road Seized - Dread Pirate Roberts Arrested on: November 07, 2013, 11:49:12 AM
^Caution does seem prudent about now.
583  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to avoid creating/using a Microsoft Account when upgrading to Win 8.1 on: November 07, 2013, 11:28:21 AM
Okay, so after you install KB2885699:
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•The notification is displayed according to a schedule and is not displayed immediately after you install this update. After you install this update, the notification is typically displayed the first time that you unlock or log on to the computer after 8:00 P.M. local time on Mondays.

Really..? wallbash That is just (freaking stupid) enough time to forget about it and get involved in something that you'd rather not be interrupted during.

So you worked on a presentation all night Monday, and when getting ready to present it to the client Tuesday morning...

(Yeper, that's how it happened. Client was out of state running down the highway on a Tuesday morning and booted their laptop (yes they had a driver) for some last minute checks before going in to give a presentation ... And boom went the Dammer)


@tomos - Thanks for the link!
584  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to avoid creating/using a Microsoft Account when upgrading to Win 8.1 on: November 07, 2013, 07:13:46 AM
*Sigh* Well in the bright side since the 3.6GB download only took about an hour while driving down the highway with their Verizon wireless card...apparently the delivery system is working well. <facepalm>

...But option to say 'now is kind of a bad time' sure would be nice.

Thanks guys.
585  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: delete rows with duplicate cells on: November 07, 2013, 06:49:33 AM
If it's just a total crap data set you're a bit stuck

It was. I had to go through and normalize the data to clean up 20 years of previous sins, because we were/are migrating to a new BI suite that is much less tolerant of user input shenanigans. I streamlined as much as I could but there is not much point in spending the time to automate something that will only be done once, as any logic bugg will be missed until it's (in production) to late.

However, as a rule, I too hate anything manual as it flies in the face of the whole point of a computer ... Which is to eliminate mundane and repetitive tasks. smiley
586  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to avoid creating/using a Microsoft Account when upgrading to Win 8.1 on: November 06, 2013, 06:53:21 PM
While they maintain they did "nothing..."
MS put up a banner across my wife's screen urging her to upgrade

There was something to that effect mumbled in passing.

Still, it's a hell of a bind to put someone in since they were traveling by car when the whole thing kicked off.
587  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to avoid creating/using a Microsoft Account when upgrading to Win 8.1 on: November 06, 2013, 06:12:27 PM
Wasn't sure where to put this and didn't want to start another thread, so...  cheesy

Had a client (who was out of town) call today in low grade ballistic mode after apparently their Windows 8 laptop just decided to up and start upgrading itself. Luckily I had stashed a copy of the installer for their cellular broadband card - which the 8.1 upgrade broke - on the laptop so I could get them back online over the phone.

Has anyone else heard of that bizarre behavior?
588  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Meet “badBIOS,” the mysterious Mac and PC malware that jumps airgaps on: November 06, 2013, 03:11:12 PM
So you're going with the people are generally meaner than they are smart angle ... undecided ... I'm ok with that Wink

But I was really just trying to clarify the issue at its face value, not endorse it.
589  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: November 06, 2013, 12:35:24 PM
So, one valid question would seem to be: Is he intending continuing that history, or doing something about correcting it?

Yes ... Great pains are being taken to hide the facts better.

I'd say that the strings are showing more than anything else.  The President of the United States is a position of great power at the behest of great powers it seems to me.

Me too. Thmbsup
590  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: November 06, 2013, 11:55:29 AM
So, one valid question would seem to be: Is he intending continuing that history, or doing something about correcting it?

Yes ... Great pains are being taken to hide the facts better.
591  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Issues in Windows 8.0 and 8.1 migration on: November 06, 2013, 11:53:21 AM
Both of my primary machines (work & home) are still running Windows 7.

I have a laptop that sits by my chair in the living room incase I want to lookup or check something while watching TV. While this is relatively light usage, it is done at a time when I have very little (read 0) patients for taking crap out of an appliance (e.g. Couch potato = retarded vegetable with eyes), and it has performed its function quite well. It wakes quickly, connects, and does what it is told before the commercials are over and the show is back on.

I also have (or rather had) an HP ElitePad 900 tablet, but it self bricked a few (okay several) weeks back and HP is dragging their feet getting it resuscitated. Seems a part that they couldn't identify was on backorder for an indeterminate period of time ... But they were going to call me back (with yet another thrilling update) in 5 business days with an update...about 2 weeks ago.
592  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Meet “badBIOS,” the mysterious Mac and PC malware that jumps airgaps on: November 06, 2013, 11:39:30 AM
So we are worried someone has invented communications without needing layer 1? How likely is that?

Anything wanted bad enough by the right people tends to get created or found by someone shortly thereafter...generally for a price.


My point is a security guy thinks a machine running on battery is functionally different than on cord. If you are worried about data moving up or down you need to remove communications interfaces and hardware, even if you are worried about data over power lines.

He did. It was only after disconnecting the obvious stuff that he got down to the unlikely stuff, and was then left with the truly ridiculous stuff because activity was still being seen. Which landed the debate on the practicality of trying to send usefully sized data using sounds outside the normal range of hearing with laptop speakers and microphones. Which as ludicrous as this may sound, if the object is to just get a foot in the door of an isolated system it could be a viable option if a very short yet finely pointed message could be crafted.
593  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: delete rows with duplicate cells on: November 05, 2013, 06:59:59 AM
Shorter answer (less reading)

Highlight that data you want to work with, and click the Remove Duplicates option on the Data tab of the ribbon (07 and up). Then select the column(s) you want to search for duplicates.

...I just discovered this option a while back ... Right after spending an entire day manually sorting down a 7,000 item inventory dump. wallbash
594  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ‘Biohacker’ Implants Massive Computer Chip In Forearm on: November 03, 2013, 07:13:02 AM
And how I wonder do they plan on deriving the pleasure of human contact from these mechanical bodies? They're just going to jettison everything that makes us...us? This strikes me as an exorcise in trying to find the right way to do something wrong ... Very, very...wrong.
595  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 02, 2013, 08:37:02 AM
At the risk of dragging this out, I just wanted to say.

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If you find that funny ... ?

Personally I found that holocaust "joke" pretty offensive.

On a thread marked NSFW, I'm hesitant to remove it.

While I personally did not find it to be offensive...I do agree that it was far to close to the razor's edge. Just because the thread is marked NSFW doesn't mean that folks are cleared for takeoff to go sky-shotting over the top.

So granted while some of us do push the language barrier a bit at times. A modicum of restraint is to be reasonably expected...because this is not 4Chan.
596  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Meet “badBIOS,” the mysterious Mac and PC malware that jumps airgaps on: November 02, 2013, 08:13:57 AM
IIRC f0dder posted something a few (3?) years back regarding a low-level hardware based virus that could potentially be cross platform. It was in the theoretical/experimental phase at that point, but it does allow for this - to the best of my recollection - to be at least partially based in fact. Even if parts of the story were created with a bit of Hollywood's lights and magic.
597  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 02, 2013, 08:03:51 AM
Reasons for Admission to the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, 1864 - 1889
 (see attachment in previous post)
Jim

And the sad part I'd wager is that if you put an updated politically correct spin on that list, over half of it will still get you locked up (somewhere) these days.
598  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Facebook Requiring Government ID? on: October 30, 2013, 12:00:12 PM
And they had a provision in the system to check 'government issued IDs' already in place where it could be "accidentally" enabled...why exactly??

They got some explaining to do .. NSAy what?

They have it in place not just if your account gets hacked, so they can unlock it only for someone that can prove the account is theirs, but also in cases of fake names & multiple accounts under different/fake names.

FaceBook says: We need a picture of you Driver's license to prove it's really you ... Because we don't believe hackers know about Photoshop.

Funny how there are always such seemingly innocent sounding excuses "reasons" for implementation of overreaching systems that just beg for abuse. We're just doing this to keep you safe from some faceless evil that we pasted to a stick that we take turns wiggling in the hope that it appears believable. It's no wonder that every government agency on the planet salivates at the thought of mining that treasure trove of information. Now they don't even have to get up off their asses and find people any more ... They just blink the oopsy-daisy, your account got hacked light ... And everybody is all pre-greased and Pavlovian trained to just roll over and cough up everything - for their own safety. Yeah...Bullshit.

People need to get on the stick and reflexively raise hell anytime any organization starts asking for information they really don't need.
599  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: October 29, 2013, 02:19:19 PM
There is a big difference between spurious omission and answering a simple yes or no question incorrectly. The first simply allows one to hold back a few cards ... And the other is a flat out lie.
600  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Facebook Requiring Government ID? on: October 29, 2013, 02:12:54 PM
And they had a provision in the system to check 'government issued IDs' already in place where it could be "accidentally" enabled...why exactly??

They got some explaining to do .. NSAy what?
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