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76  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software for planning wood bookcases/cabinets/tables etc? on: September 29, 2014, 09:07:49 PM
If you want to maximize the use of software, perhaps consideration towards 3D-printing various portions will get you closer to that ideal Wink
77  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Random electronics projects on: September 29, 2014, 08:01:08 PM
Just beginner-level Arduino stuff here -- just connecting LEDs, wires, etc. on breadboards at this stage.

Curious how the following is going to turn out:

  SmartScope

Do you have access to an oscilloscope?
78  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Linux bash exploit discovered on: September 29, 2014, 07:47:58 AM
A git repository with code to check for the originally reported vulnerability and (some of the?) subsequently revealed(?) ones...

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test script for shellshocker and related vulnerabilities

The Bash vulnerability that is now known as shellshock had an incomplete fix at first. There are currently 4 public and one supposedly non-public vulnerability.

via https://github.com/hannob/bashcheck
79  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Linux bash exploit discovered on: September 29, 2014, 02:49:33 AM
There is a Wikipedia page now:

  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shellshock_%28software_bug%29

One of the sections is "Reported Vulnerabilities", under which there are 5 things listed so far.



The "DHCP Proof of concept Shellshock exploit" link that lanux128 posted alluded to definitely increased motivation around here to patch more machines -- though it looks like more patching may be necessary before long.
80  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: ANDROID: What app do you use to read digital books? on: September 28, 2014, 09:39:41 PM
Tried out EPUB3 Reader via f-droid...although it still feels like it's in its early stages it has the following:

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the app allows the user to split the viewport, creating two separate viewing areas, mimicking the familiar interaction with paper books, where, at the same time, the user can read 1) a footnote and the main text, 2) multiple passages from the same book, 3) passages from different books, and 4) the original text with its translation in another language, on facing pages.

In the case of links, a single tap will follow them in the same window panel, while a long tap will split the viewport into two window panels, opening the link target in the second one. This mechanism makes footnotes (internal links) or other supplemental materials (internal or external links) visible at the same time with the referring text passage, exactly like footnotes in paper books.

If the XHTML files inside an EPUB comply with the naming convention described below, the app is capable of automatically showing facing pages in two languages, turning to the previous/next chapter in both panels simultaneously.

Finally, the user can split the viewport for reading two completely unrelated eBooks.

Another nice aspect to it compared to FBReader and Cool Reader was that it seemed to make use of the contained stylesheet more -- I still use the other 2 too though smiley
81  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Linux bash exploit discovered on: September 28, 2014, 07:23:33 PM
Regarding the plausibility of Fedora switching the system shell from bash (e.g. to dash), the following tidbit came up:

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I switched a Fedora box to using dash as /bin/sh, and so far have only
logged one bug for something that broke, and it pretty much deserved
to break (BZ #1146733).

via http://www.openwall.com/lists/oss-security/2014/09/28/9

No idea whether that's typical...but note that the author may be an employee of RedHat.
82  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Linux bash exploit discovered on: September 26, 2014, 10:12:52 PM
Arch seems to have taken the position (at least at some point) of not switching:

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We are using bash arrays and lots of other bash features, removing them now is simply impossible. bash it is, and will be.

via https://bugs.archlinux.org/task/19551
83  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Linux bash exploit discovered on: September 26, 2014, 09:19:25 PM
I just checked a relatively recent version of Linux Mint (17 I think), and /bin/sh symlinked to dash, so my guess is that Ubuntu still uses dash as the system shell.
84  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Linux bash exploit discovered on: September 26, 2014, 08:27:01 PM
According to Gentoo's wiki:

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As some sh scripts may have bashisms in them, it is not guaranteed to work out-of-the-box on Gentoo as /bin/sh replacement.

via:  http://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Dash

May be if that's still the case, there will be more incentive to make some appropriate changes...

OTOH, there's this:

  https://bugs.gentoo.org/45735?id=45735

with the status RESOLVED CANTFIX
85  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Linux bash exploit discovered on: September 26, 2014, 08:19:28 PM
I'm not sure what the current status is, but FWIW at some point Ubuntu was using dash as its default system shell:

  https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DashAsBinSh
86  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Linux bash exploit discovered on: September 26, 2014, 07:48:28 PM
May be there will be more movement away from using Bash as the default system shell for systems that currently use it.

IIRC, sometime ago Debian switched away from bash as the default system shell to using dash.
87  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Linux bash exploit discovered on: September 26, 2014, 05:28:37 PM
IIUC, there are at least two more issues that have surfaced from investigating the original issue [1].  The following mentions CVE ids for these (handy to distinguish among issues):

  http://article.gmane.org/gmane.comp.security.oss.general/13937



On a side note, looks like there's an FF issue that surfaced in a similar time frame...

Update: didn't realize Chrome appears to be affected too.



88  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Android: Beware Old Android Browser (CVE-2014-6041) on: September 17, 2014, 12:18:12 AM
This looks pretty serious for folks that still use the old Android Browser (or apps that might use some of the contained code):

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...a flaw that enables malicious sites to inject JavaScript into other sites. Those malicious JavaScripts can in turn read cookies and password fields, submit forms, grab keyboard input, or do practically anything else.

via:

  http://arstechnica.com/se...or-half-of-android-users/

More at:

  https://community.rapid7....cy-disaster-cve-2014-6041
89  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: New BitTorrent client needed, suggestions please? on: September 12, 2014, 04:38:39 AM
I've had some luck with the following on occasion:

  http://aria2.sourceforge.net/
90  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: rePTYr - Re-parent a running process to a new TTY on: September 08, 2014, 11:09:11 PM
Just tried it with some success.

Remember those times when somehow you can't get back to your X session, but there's something running in a terminal you'd like to interact with or see?  Looks like this could work -- a quick test suggests it might work sometimes.

On a side-note, AFAICT, this is Linux-only.
91  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: rePTYr - Re-parent a running process to a new TTY on: September 08, 2014, 11:01:30 PM
That sounds pretty handy!  Thanks for sharing smiley
92  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SIGIL, free ePub editor on: September 02, 2014, 02:09:31 AM
If it's any consolation, the latest version is still usable (at least for some things) -- and there's at least a WinPenPack portable version (works under WINE too).
93  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SIGIL, free ePub editor on: September 01, 2014, 11:27:57 PM
From Sigil's Spiritual Successor @ Making epub happen:

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At this point Sigil is no longer being actively developed. Moving development to Github has netted a few contributions but they were one offs and fairly minor. With Sigil development being stalled, Kovid (of calibre) starting making the tweak epub functionality in calibre into a full editor.

calibre's editor at this point is stable and has many of the features, though not all (yet), that are present in Sigil. Like Sigil, calibre's editor is open source and unlike Sigil is being actively developed. I've known Kovid for quite some time (though calibre) and I'm confident that the calibre editor is the way forward.

For people using Sigil, keep using it as long as it works for you. If you find it's not meeting your needs or if you want to see what else is out there I recommend checking out cailbre's editor. While it doesn't use any of Sigil's code I consider it Sigil's spiritual successor.



On *NIX, the successor in question appears to be called "ebook-edit".

A quick spin showed that it doesn't appear to be WYSIWIG -- ended up writing raw XHTML.  Functionality tested included: modifying a table of contents and adding a new page.
94  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: August 28, 2014, 09:52:35 PM
I use a different strategy for this type of situation when using some text editors -- creating a new view of the same document and navigating in the new one.  For Firefox, something similar used to be possible with an extension that allowed one to split the currently visible window / tab (?).  Not sure if this is still possible...

Update: I think the following or its predecessor was what I used:

  Fox Splitter

Update 2: Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to work with FF 31.0...
95  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Share your photos! Travel shots, photoblogs, etc. on: August 21, 2014, 07:10:53 AM
WOW!
96  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wordpress and Hackers on: August 20, 2014, 10:21:48 PM
... but both of you are concentrating on the throwaway comment rather than the question?

Opinions similar to "not worth the trouble" are what I'm familiar with (though from experiences that are perhaps outdated) -- no good ideas regarding what the situation is like these days.
97  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wordpress and Hackers on: August 20, 2014, 07:23:01 PM
Perhaps there's portions of the following that might be applicable?

  The Scrap Value of a Hacked PC, Revisited
98  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: August 17, 2014, 07:06:11 PM
I really have learned to love Fastest Search too. It has a learning curve, but is worth it.

Thanks for mentioning this -- I'm trying it out for the regular expression search capabilities.  There seems to be a lot of functionality in this add-on.

Anyone suggest an alternative that does only (or mostly) just searching with the option of using regular expressions?
99  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: August 16, 2014, 03:44:30 AM
Thermomix. Totally insane. Just crazy what you can do with it. Off the hook. No words to describe it. I'd heard about it and thought, "Meh, whatever." No... It's simply mind-blowing.

So, how has this one been since your original post?

Simply. Amazing.

Thanks for sharing!

Dare I ask if there are any downsides you've noticed (you got yours as a gift IIRC -- but perhaps maintenance costs)?
100  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: August 15, 2014, 04:51:33 AM
Thermomix. Totally insane. Just crazy what you can do with it. Off the hook. No words to describe it. I'd heard about it and thought, "Meh, whatever." No... It's simply mind-blowing.

So, how has this one been since your original post?
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