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51  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Beware of download sites on: January 14, 2015, 03:47:47 AM

http://www.donationcoder....x.php?topic=37632.new#new

(Fixing that link for you)
52  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Congratulations Terrorists, You are getting what you want! on: January 13, 2015, 01:05:29 PM


You're making a habit of starting 'basement-style' threads Stephen :p

... and not starting them in the basement...

Yeah. And here I thought it was just me that seemed to be seeing it working way. tongue Grin


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53  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Congratulations Terrorists, You are getting what you want! on: January 13, 2015, 12:34:15 PM
Let's follow the logical outcome:

If the government can read it --> so can the terrorists --> and so can other unfriendly governments --> and if encryption is banned, then the government can't use encryption either --> so state secrets won't be very secret.

Yep. This is definitely for "homeland security" and the children! cheesy


This is exactly why I have been dying for mouser to add "upvotes" on the forum...Because I would make 1000000 accounts on DC just to upvote that comment that many times.
54  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Congratulations Terrorists, You are getting what you want! on: January 13, 2015, 10:09:56 AM
I admit that I could have worded this thread a lot better, but in my mind, this is exactly how I saw it. smiley
55  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Congratulations Terrorists, You are getting what you want! on: January 13, 2015, 09:45:36 AM
Anybody wanting to rant/rave about this in a basement style way, I have opened a thread down there for y'all smiley

http://www.donationcoder....rum/index.php?topic=40009
56  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Congratulations Terrorists, You are getting what you want! on: January 13, 2015, 09:42:51 AM
You're making a habit of starting 'basement-style' threads Stephen :p

You're making a habit of starting 'basement-style' threads Stephen :p

... and not starting them in the basement...

It's only "Basement Style" if people make it so.  This was intended to highlight that this is happening (again).  It wasn't here to start a political/religious/whatever-the-hell-else thread smiley

Also..Tomos, what other posts have I made in the last sorta 6 months or so, that would be considered "Basement-Style"? o.O
57  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Congratulations Terrorists, You are getting what you want! on: January 13, 2015, 08:59:34 AM
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In wake of Paris shootings, Prime Minister wants to ban encryptions that government can't read in extreme situations

What does this mean?:  In short, it means that if the government can't snoop on your conversations...they won't allow it.

Terrorists have been fighting for years to stop people from having freedom to speak freely, and now they are winning because the governments are so blatantly stupid, they are giving them exactly what they want.

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David Cameron could block WhatsApp and Snapchat if he wins the next election, as part of his plans for new surveillance powers announced in the wake of the shootings in Paris.

The Prime Minister said today that he would stop the use of methods of communication that cannot be read by the security services even if they have a warrant. But that could include popular chat and social apps that encrypt their data, such as WhatsApp.

Apple's iMessage and FaceTime also encrypt their data, and could fall under the ban along with other encrypted chat apps like Telegram.

The comments came as part of David Cameron's pledge to revive the “snoopers’ charter” to help security services spy on internet communications today.

He said: “In our country, do we want to allow a means of communication between people which […] we cannot read?” He made the connection between encrypted communications tools and letters and phone conversations, both of which can be read by security services in extreme situations and with a warrant from the home secretary.

But companies such as WhatsApp have remained committed to keeping their services encrypted and unable to be read by authorities, a project which has stepped up in the wake of the Edward Snowden’s revelations on NSA surveillance.


I will translate a part of that quote, which originally reads: “In our country, do we want to allow a means of communication between people which […] we cannot read?”

Translation: "We want to read anything and everything people who live in this country write...no matter what...and fuck you if you have a problem with it"


No doubt there will be massive petitions raised against this...as it is once again a simple case of "Snooping in the false name of security", except this time, the papers are actually reporting the issue and for once, actually giving people reason to understand why this is a stupid idea.  Finally, BOTH sides are being published.

Quoted Text from: http://www.independent.co...llance-plans-9973035.html



Oh, and by the way...don't think that just because this is a UK thing, that other countries won't follow suit...if the UK allows it, the USA and the rest of the world would quickly follow suit.





This post is not here to start any sort of political ranting or anything else that could be deemed Basement Worthy.  For those please refer to: http://www.donationcoder....rum/index.php?topic=40009 (BASEMENT THREAD)
58  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Beware of Freeware downloads on: January 12, 2015, 11:33:28 AM
RE: Beware of Freeware downloads
The title of this post is exactly what freeware authors fear -- that our software will get a bad reputation because of some bad sites.

The lesson is not to beware freeware -- it's to beware these third party download sites.
ALWAYS go to the source, the author of the software, to find the download.  NEVER trust a third party source unless it is directly linked from the author's web page.

The problem with this for the average user is Chrome.  Not sure if FF/IE do this also, i.e. this file is not one that (we think is) downloaded commonly, so you shouldn't download it.

*sigh*

Seen that so many times on both Chrome and FF...if a download hasn't has many hits, then they are labelled as "Dodgy as fuck" by the browser which will turn 80% of normal users away because they don't understand.

DC should become a freeware download site  mrgreen

 Grin

RE: Beware of Freeware downloads
The title of this post is exactly what freeware authors fear -- that our software will get a bad reputation because of some bad sites.

The lesson is not to beware freeware -- it's to beware these third party download sites.
ALWAYS go to the source, the author of the software, to find the download.  NEVER trust a third party source unless it is directly linked from the author's web page.

I agree..this has to be one of the more horrific titles that appeared on DC.
59  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: It took 2 years to build this functioning word processor in Minecraft on: January 11, 2015, 01:58:56 PM
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60  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Donating to EFF on: January 11, 2015, 01:15:02 PM
Seven.
61  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Donating to EFF on: January 10, 2015, 08:54:12 AM
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62  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Donating to EFF on: January 10, 2015, 06:06:21 AM
Could be a Franking Machine where the costs are being covered by a benefactor?
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Donating to EFF on: January 10, 2015, 05:24:55 AM
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64  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Donating to EFF on: January 10, 2015, 04:26:00 AM
How do you know they didn't get those stamps donated to them so they could do this for people?

The stamp is not an actual stamp, but an imprint stating the price as well.

Yes, but how do you know those costs are not being covered by a Third Party?

65  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: It took 2 years to build this functioning word processor in Minecraft on: January 10, 2015, 03:51:59 AM
But.......why?

Uhhh, why the hell not?   Thmbsup

Touché tongue
66  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Authorities suspect a shark tried to eat Vietnam's Internet on: January 10, 2015, 03:26:12 AM
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<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMxkRh7sx84" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMxkRh7sx84</a>

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Over the past few months, ruptures have been appearing in the submerged Asia-America Gateway (AAG) cable system that supplies a great deal of Southeast Asia with its Internet. This week, a hole appeared that was so severe, it throttled connections in Vietnam, causing millions of its residents to deal with Internet that was either incredibly slow, or frustratingly sporadic.

The rupture was located on the S1H section of the AAG, located off the coast of Ba Ria, in Vietnam’s coastal city of Vung Tau. Accordion to Martin Anderson at The Stack, this particular connection is one of just five pipes that supply Vietnam’s almost 93 million people with internet. "Other recent breakages in the 12,000 mile (20,000 km) trans-Pacific cable have been responsible for similar network blackouts or slow-downs in Asian locations including Hong Kong, the Philippines, Brunei, Singapore and Thailand, as well as Vietnam, in one case requiring 20 days to repair,” he says.

 
Completed in 2009, the AAG has been experiencing a few too many tears of late to be waved away as an accident. Last September, another rupture was found in the cable about 68 km off the coast of Hong Kong, which followed a similar tear that occurred two weeks earlier.

But it wasn’t foul play, well, not as we know it. “AAG’s trans-Pacific enemy is thought by some to be the dangerous but fairly apolitical shark, attracted by the electromagnetic field that the cable generates,” says Anderson, “and inspiring Google to shield its own Pacific cabling with ‘bullet-proof vest’ material Kevlar.”

You can see one of the apolitical sharks in question in the video footage above, filmed late last year. Is it just me, or does that cable suddenly look delicious the moment the shark takes a good ol' chomp at it? It's a real worry when you look at a shark and get meal envy.

Source: http://www.sciencealert.c...to-eat-vietnam-s-internet
67  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Donating to EFF on: January 10, 2015, 03:03:20 AM
How do you know they didn't get those stamps donated to them so they could do this for people?  Seeing as the cost of paper is tiny, that would reduce the cost of them sending you this thank-you to about $0.005 (half a cent).....
68  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: It took 2 years to build this functioning word processor in Minecraft on: January 10, 2015, 01:44:07 AM
But.......why?
69  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ALERT! FreewareBB shutting down. And with a warning from Marko? on: January 09, 2015, 01:21:55 AM
I really don't get it. Why sell the site at all if you still want control over what happens to it? Once you've sold it, it's no longer your baby. Let it go.

Not to mention that I supposed it's possible that the new owner could sue Marko for disparaging him or for encouraging people to give it a poor rating when there's no evidence that it's being (or going to be) used for a scam.

It's too early to tell, and (for me at least) the site is small enough for it to be negligible even if the reports are to be the truth.

From what has been said so far, this looks far too strange to be true, and seeing as he still has full control of the site and it's functions...if it has been proven (by whatever evidence he may have), then why can he simply not return the money and dispute the sale...He certainly seems to be "bothered" about it enough to basically push people as far away from the website as possible...so...take that in whatever form you want to take it.
70  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Text/Research Book Request Thread on: January 08, 2015, 10:51:36 PM
http://www.openculture.com/free_textbooks

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Free textbooks (aka open textbooks) written by knowledgable scholars are a relatively new phenomenon. Below, find a meta list of 200 Free Textbooks, and check back often for new additions.

Some pretty cool stuff on here on a plethora of topics!
71  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ALERT! FreewareBB shutting down. And with a warning from Marko? on: January 08, 2015, 06:35:59 PM
Latest Update from the Facebook Page:

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Freewarebb
14 hrs ago (09:58GMT) ·
Please be aware that FreewareBB has been sold and unfortunately it appears the intentions of the new owners are extremely devious and they intend on potentially using the good name of the site to trick and scam people. If you have any questions or concerns, please address them here because the site itself will likely be taken offline shortly. I can only apologise for any inconvenience caused but I never imaged the site being used in this way. Regards, Marko
72  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Share your photos! Travel shots, photoblogs, etc. on: January 07, 2015, 12:56:45 AM
On the note of Pictures of Flowers, I grabbed this one a good few months ago at our local park smiley

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73  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Share your photos! Travel shots, photoblogs, etc. on: January 07, 2015, 12:47:56 AM
When you planning on visiting next?

Due to HMRC, probably 2016.

Awesome!  Should let me know when and we can do a DC Meetup cheesy
74  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Text/Research Book Request Thread on: January 06, 2015, 08:52:20 PM
Hey guys,

Just thought I would start up a thread which focuses on Text Book/Research Book, Trade, Sale & Giveaways.  Basically, this will be a section where people can trade or sell, or give people books focused on specific study topics (Because, these things are stupidly expensive if bought from Amazon and places like that!!)

I will get started with the ones I am looking for:


  • Brown, A. (1995) Organisational Culture, London, Pitman.
  • Crace, J. (2000) ‘Feel at home with a job abroad’, Guardian, 14 October.
  • Drennan, D. (1992) Transforming Company Culture, London, McGraw Hill.
  • Hofstede, G. (1980) Culture's Consequences: International Differences in Work Related Values, London, Sage.
  • Morgan, G. (1986) Images of Organization, Beverly Hills, CA, Sage.
  • Schwartz, H. and Davis, S. (1981) ‘Matching corporate culture and business strategy’, Organizational Dynamics, Summer
  • Trice, H. M. and Beyer, J. M. (1984) ‘Studying organizational cultures through rites and rituals’, Academy of Management Review, Vol. 9

If anybody has the above books and want to sell or give away, then please let me know! cheesy

If anybody has other requests or has something to sell/give away, then post them in this thread! cheesy
75  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Share your photos! Travel shots, photoblogs, etc. on: January 06, 2015, 03:08:46 PM
I had a meal at The Last Post in Southend also, all the wife's relatives are in Rayleigh Wink

o.O nice!

When you planning on visiting next?
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