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51  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your favorite eBay/auction helping software? on: February 24, 2011, 02:46:13 PM
i like auctionsieve, it's cross platform smiley
52  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Black ops: how HBGary wrote backdoors for the government on: February 23, 2011, 06:23:25 AM
HBGary Execs Run For Cover As Hacking Scandal Escalates
http://blogs.forbes.com/a...acking-scandal-escalates/
53  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Black ops: how HBGary wrote backdoors for the government on: February 23, 2011, 05:36:46 AM
http://lcamtuf.blogspot.c...1/02/world-of-hbgary.html

Linked in the above post is a link to the details of the attack, how hbgary got compromised: http://arstechnica.com/te...ry-of-the-hbgary-hack.ars
54  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Black ops: how HBGary wrote backdoors for the government on: February 20, 2011, 02:14:03 PM
http://92.241.162.216/hbgary/

Mirrors:
55  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Registrations on Websites: User Chosen Password vs. Assigned Password? on: February 17, 2011, 02:28:30 PM
This one is easy:

It's just a matter of risk assessment, like anything in real-world security.

A generated password is better.

The chance is FAR greater that a person will chose a weak or reused password than that their email will be sniffed.

In a perfect world, it would be even better if the password is shown to them after signup over https and not emailed.

56  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: which is more important, system ram or video ram? on: February 07, 2011, 12:50:14 PM
It all depends on what you want to do.

If you're not a gamer or 3d artist, then you don't have to think twice about it. System ram for sure, it's general purpose, and benefits almost any application. It allows you to do more heavy multitasking, etc,...

If you plan on playing games, or work in anything else 3d (3dsmax/maya/blender/etc) the story changes a bit. The amount of video ram will be a key factor on how much (3d) stuff you can show on the screen at the same time. (Amount of vertices, texture memory, etc,...) this is important for games, but also for anything else 3d. (Say you are doing detailed architectural design or something in a 3d application, you will start feeling it when your card is showing more geometry on the screen than it can handle) - Unfortunately, it gets more complicated in this arena. You also want to look at the gpu and memory clock rates on your video card. - If you plan to get a video card you should be looking at gpu and memory clock rate, and amount of memory.

Almost any modern video card, integrated or not, will be able to handle the native resolutions for most monitors today, so if you're not doing anything 3d i wouldn't even worry about it.
57  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Need Advice on MySQL Server Tuning on: February 03, 2011, 06:36:08 PM
I would say that the major rule of thumb is to try to not allocate more buffer space than your machine has memory, though that can be hard to predict.
58  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Need Advice on MySQL Server Tuning on: February 03, 2011, 02:41:03 PM
Besides what was already mentioned...

* If EXPLAIN shows it's using filesort, you might want to increase your sort buffer sizes.
* If you have some queries that repeat alot, enable query cacheing... it will turn those queries into lightning smiley

59  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Server Slow/Load Issue - Jan 22, 2011 - search temporarily offline on: January 27, 2011, 08:26:34 PM
And, on top of that mysql also caches query results.
60  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Server Slow/Load Issue - Jan 22, 2011 - search temporarily offline on: January 27, 2011, 12:02:03 PM
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memcached?

APC
61  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is pranking Josh unfair? on: January 27, 2011, 11:34:04 AM
We switched it back to normal as soon as he knew what was going on.
The temporary forum links to griv.tk
62  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is pranking Josh unfair? on: January 26, 2011, 09:37:09 PM
He's had it coming a long time smiley
63  DonationCoder.com Software / Mircryption / Re: mircryption-compatible script for irssi on: January 03, 2011, 09:51:44 PM
Just released blowssi 0.2.0 (finally)
http://linkerror.com/blow...?section=download;lang=en
64  DonationCoder.com Software / Mircryption / Re: Using IRSSI / blowssi.pl how to keyx | auto exchange keys? on: January 03, 2011, 09:50:44 PM
*bump*
keyx is added in the new blowssi version i just released today.

http://linkerror.com/blow...?section=download;lang=en
65  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder.com NEW SERVER ACTIVATED Dec 17, 2010 on: January 03, 2011, 11:48:55 AM
works for me  Grin
66  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: StartSSL.com Certificate Provider: Mini-Review on: December 19, 2010, 08:34:49 PM
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I'm surprised that (if?) startSSL is part of the OS/browser pre-accepted authorities, since their services sound almost too good to be true.

They work just fine in newer browsers.
IE6 might still complain about it for example.
Works great here in FF3
67  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 :: Entry Ideas & Requests on: December 18, 2010, 08:57:56 AM
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I can see how this would be useful for cross-platform environment, and specifically if it could be run continuously in commandline mode on a linux server.  But for me right now a windows-only version would be fine.

Linux already has this kind of..

[copy or print]
time wget -p http://somedomain.com
68  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Patently Moronic on: December 18, 2010, 06:51:36 AM
Is that like microsoft patenting single clicks or gpu accelerated encoding?

Patents are just completely messed up. It seems like you can patent anything these days. The system is completely broken! (mouser knows! smiley )
69  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / DonationCoder.com NEW SERVER ACTIVATED Dec 17, 2010 on: December 17, 2010, 01:09:09 PM
First post on new server is mine!!! muahaha   Evil
70  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder.com New Server Migration Coming Soon on: December 16, 2010, 09:22:53 PM
more like friday/saturday night he means smiley
71  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder.com New Server Migration Coming Soon on: December 16, 2010, 04:54:05 PM
Fixed the MySQL slowness...

This was a really weird one to debug.

When the MySQL sort resorted to a filesort it was actually running FASTER than in memory. (It's supposed to be the other way around).
All MySQL and MyISAM buffers etc were set correctly so it was quite a mystery in which nothing much was making sense.
It was as if the world was turned upside down, and queries that were supposed to be slow in theory, ran faster than those that were supposed to be fast.

It turned out that the problem wasn't with the MySQL configuration at all, but rather an option in the hardened kernel we were running.
( We use a security hardened kernel which prevents many buffer overflow exploits from working through the well known PaX and grsecurity kernel patches )

The culprit turned out to be the "prevent invalid userland pointer dereference" PaX option.
When running a google query for this issue there's only two results, one of which, an ubuntu hardened guide (pdf), mentions the following:

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Restrict mprotect
→ YES if you are running a physical server
→ NO if it is a virtual one

Prevent invalid userland pointer dereference
* If you are running on a physical machine → YES
* If it is a virtual Machine it will slow it down a lot →  NO


Glad to see that confirmed. It doesn't really explain the theory as to why unfortunately.
Too bad google only returned this result after we had already found which option caused the problem after lots of debugging cheesy

The MySQL query that was taking over 14 seconds to complete now runs in less than a second.
72  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Preparing for a new master DonationCoder server on: December 03, 2010, 07:04:26 AM
vSphere is pretty expensive.
We are using ESXi, which is free.
73  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wi-Fi Makes Trees Sick! on: November 24, 2010, 09:58:45 AM
The talk here about sponsored research would imply to a reader that the linked article is sponsored research but I see no indication of that. (unless i missed something?) While I agree that PCWorld is not a good source, and they don't link to the original, it seems to me that there wouldn't be a valid reason to simply dismiss research done by a university as 'not scientific'. (again, unless I'm missing something really obvious, in that case, correct me cheesy )
Under the comments for the original pcworld article someone linked a bunch of links to other research done on the subject that may be enlightening:

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There have been more studies:


http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/plantingle.pdf

The Effects Of Microwaves On The Trees And Other Plants

© Alfonso Balmori Martínez. Valladolid. Spain. December, 2003

http://www.emrpolicy.org/...lkrodt_microwave_smog.pdf

Microwave smog and forest damage; movement in Bonn after all? Volkrodt

http://www.emrpolicy.org/...ect_pollution_environ.pdf

Electromagnetic pollution of the environment, Volkrodt

http://www.mindfully.org/...s-Fiasco-Volkrodt1991.htm

http://www.emrpolicy.org/...forum/volkrodt_fiasco.pdf original document

Are microwaves faced with a fiasco similar to that experienced by nuclear energy? Volkrodt

http://www.emrpolicy.org/...odt_path_dying_forest.pdf

The Path into the Dying Forest, Ulrich Hertel

http://www.emrpolicy.org/.../volkrodt_letter_yale.pdf

Letter to Professor Wm. Smith, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Volkrodt


Enough material, right? smiley
I'm not saying wifi kills trees, by the way Wink
PCWorld may well be misquoting the research or jumping to conclusions as it's not clear what type of tests they performed, at what frequencies and what power.
But dismissing it as non-scientific or sponsored when it's not may upset a few researchers that put a lot of work in the study smiley
74  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SMF or phpBB... that is the question? on: November 23, 2010, 12:50:02 PM
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accuse the other forum softwares of being lax on security.

Maybe they are all right Wink
Webapps tend to suck at security in general.  cheesy
75  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Preparing for a new master DonationCoder server on: November 20, 2010, 12:22:21 AM
To clarify, our two servers currently have two separate functions (main server and backup server) it's not like one is a backup of the other, though we do have a limited functionality backup forum ready on the member server in case the main server goes down. Our budget is currently not big enough to actually do real HA on two physical servers, or we'd have to get rid of the member server, which wouldn't be very nice either.
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