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926  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The little computer that nobody wanted on: November 29, 2008, 04:22:38 AM
Anybody know why they created this particular package design?

Dunno, but the sales brochure says, "pedestal, with desk-height controls, writing table, convenience, and futuristic styling" so it seems like they might have been looking to give it a "2001: A Space Odyssey" look.
927  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The little computer that nobody wanted on: November 28, 2008, 09:55:31 PM
Quite funny - but I think it's a bit unfair to tar Honeywell as trying to pull off this goofy stunt - the computer was a legit Honeywell computer (that I imagine sold quite a few more than 0 units).

It was Neiman Marcus that tried to sell it as a "Kitchen Computer".  But then again, they're well known for selling a thing or two for an embarrassingly high price tag that no one in their right mind would consider buying; it's kind a of a trademark of theirs.
928  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Where the hell is Ralf Maximus? on: November 27, 2008, 03:48:21 PM
Welcome back Ralf - I love the pic/story on DeviantArt about your dachshund, Oscar. I've got a wiener dog, too.  Gets stuck in the holes he chews in blankets.  Makes me laugh, but no photos, yet.
929  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Experiences buying software on eBay? on: November 24, 2008, 06:38:48 PM
Buyer protection from eBay/Paypal (take your pick they are the same people) is a joke and almost impossible to claim.

Sounds like eBay/Paypal are as deep into scamming as the rest of 'em.
930  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Licence key for Tennis Elbow Manager on: November 24, 2008, 06:34:22 PM
Are you serious? Tennis Elbow Manager? What is that, some medical sports sim where you manage patients with tennis elbow?

I thought this was a joke too at first, but here are some of the things download.com has to say about it:

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Become a tennis coach and manage up to 4 tennis players take care of training sessions, planning, sponsors, team members, and match tactics...

And even more interesting (maybe it is a joke):

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#10 in  Tennis Video Games  (out of 9 products)
931  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Experiences buying software on eBay? on: November 24, 2008, 02:43:52 PM
The thing you have to be careful of when buying software on the 'gray market' (this could be eBay or software discounters that sell old versions or OEM versions) is that if the license is invalid (or sold too many times) the manufacturer will often blacklist the code.  That means that updates to the software will cause it to stop working, or if the  software requires online activation it may stop working even without updates.




932  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: JetStart Launcher on: November 21, 2008, 10:07:41 PM
I used to use JetStart a while back, but stopped because it crashed a bit too often; except for that, I liked it pretty well.  That was a while ago, so those problems might be resolved by now.  I don't recall having any problem uninstalling it.
933  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Direct Access 2.0 - Getting Too Pricey for Me! on: November 13, 2008, 12:11:39 AM
These policy changes are unfortunate.  I wasn't too interested in paying for an upgrade to 2.0 to start with, but with the more restrictive licensing, I doubt even some sort of stupid impulse will get me to buy (stupid impulses probably drive most of my software purchases).

One year and done. No option to continue using the current version - I asked and that apparently will not be allowed.
Are you sure about that one?  I got an email about the impending release of Direct Access 2.0, and the way I read it, the annual subscription is for support, updates and upgrades - pretty much standard stuff for an annual subscription fee.  It doesn't say anything about the license for what ever you have at the time running out:

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To get Direct Access 2.0, you need to have an active upgrade subscription. You can buy the upgrade protection now for only 24.95$/year and get priority support and free updates and upgrades for 1 year.

934  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Things your kids will never know - old school tech! on: October 29, 2008, 10:38:09 PM
My first camera...

Oh yeah - that reminds me of flash bulbs and flash cubes.  Wow,  I'd completely forgotten about their existence.

Here's a groovy commercial for them:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eGZX_4EIEU
935  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Companies paying people to say good things about their products on forums on: October 13, 2008, 06:12:12 PM
Hmm...  I guess we have to watch out for that mouser guy then.
936  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why Does Microsoft Make File Type Names So Long? on: October 11, 2008, 11:49:02 AM
You'd have to show me (on my system, of course) what extensions need more than three characters. I don’t see them.

The problem is that when a developer wants to come up with an extension for their application's data files they want to make it unique across all applications so there's no conflict on anyone's machines, not just yours.
937  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: FinePrint vs. priPrinter on: October 02, 2008, 01:14:49 PM
I have FP6 at home and 5-something at work.  Not thrilled with version 6, but anything is better than file|print.  I wonder if it will be available for U3 so I can use it both places w/1 purchase.

You already can - from the FinePrint FAQ (http://www.fineprint.com/support/faqs.html):

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Can I use the software on my laptop and my desktop without purchasing again?

Yes, you can. The license allows you to use the software on multiple computers as long as they are not simultaneously used.
938  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Reading Administrator account files from USB on: September 25, 2008, 12:59:38 AM
I was able to take ownership of some other account files and this without ever being asked a password... what kind of security is that? What is the point of setting access priviledges to files, if anybody can simply bypass this and simple take ownership?

I'm happy to have been able to do it, but at the very least, I expected to be required to enter the original account credentials (account name, password), otherwise NTFS security is just a joke...
I assume that you are running with an administrator account on the new machine?  Administrators have the right to take ownership of files.  If you were logged on as a non-admin user, you would not have been able to do this.
939  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: The Superior Software List on: September 23, 2008, 05:36:18 PM
I modeled it after Zaine's list

So, are you going to post the occasional nudie pic?
940  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: CCleaner Or Not? on: September 23, 2008, 01:05:06 AM
If you are going to use CCleaner then yoiu should consider going to the 'Other Builds' download page: http://www.ccleaner.com/download/builds

The normal CCleaner installer includes the Yahoo Toolbar (although the toolbar installation is optional).  The Portable or Slim builds do not.
941  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: News Article: Comcast Discloses Bandwidth Throttling Practices on: September 22, 2008, 04:05:01 PM
The not only came clean with the FCC - they sent a notice to me that the Acceptable Use Policy was changing as of Oct 1 (250GB/Month limit).   I'm not too concerned with the limit - as long as they're up front about it.  I'll be interested to see how their advertising changes.  I'll bet it will say "Unlimited* Internet" with nothing but the asterisk to indicate that it's really not unlimited.

942  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Volume Shadow Copy : how do you get this damn thing to work! on: September 16, 2008, 03:23:58 PM
I guess I'm looking on some advices on cluster size. That's the only potential solution I foresee for now. Anyone knows from experience what will happen if I increase the cluster size of my partitions?
Not from experience, but the thing that comes first to mind is make sure you're adequately backed-up.  While I think the conversion should be safe, since it's a low-level change if there's any kind of glitch it'll be a disaster.

The only drawback I believe you might see is there will be increased 'slack' space usage, especially if you have a ton of small files.  However, given today's disk sizes, I doubt that would be of any significance.
943  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Volume Shadow Copy : how do you get this damn thing to work! on: September 15, 2008, 10:44:00 AM
VSS can be finicky.  2BrightSparks has a long list of troubleshooting steps for VSS that you should try, if you haven't already:

http://2brightsparks.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=932

The thing that worked for me when I had problems is supposed to be in that list, but I didn't notice it.  I had the following problem/fix:

http://support.microsoft....aspx?scid=kb;en-us;828481

944  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Vuln. Alert: Malformed URLs Crash Acrobat 9 on: September 14, 2008, 09:20:54 PM
Denial of service is the technical term, regardless of any connotations associated with the phrase.
I wouldn't say they're blatantly lying, just exaggerating or sensationalizing the scope of the problem.
How so, given that their use of this phrase is entirely legitimate?
It may be a technical term, but apparently there is still some difference of opinion on it.  In my opinion it's a stretch to call this a denial of service - what service is being blocked/prevented/denied?

Since you suggested using Google to clear up any  misconception, here's what I get on the first results page for the search '"denial of service" definition', listing only the results that don't discuss only distributed denial of service attacks, which I think everyone can agree this is not:

A denial of service (DoS) attack is an incident in which a user or organization is deprived of the services of a resource they would normally expect to have.
A denial-of-service attack (DoS attack) or distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS attack) is an attempt to make a computer resource unavailable to its intended users.
A type of crack attack that makes it difficult, if not impossible, for valid system users to access their computer or particular services?such as Web applications?on a computer.
A condition in which a system can no longer respond to normal requests.

I still don't think this meets these definitions. If you do, that's fine.

945  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Vuln. Alert: Malformed URLs Crash Acrobat 9 on: September 14, 2008, 06:09:59 PM
Use of "denial of service" in this case is entirely legitimate, unless they're blatantly lying, which I am yet to see any evidence of, unless you have any...?
I wouldn't say they're blatantly lying, just exaggerating or sensationalizing the scope of the problem.
946  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: News Article: Anti-Spam Law Declared Unconstitutional on: September 14, 2008, 05:43:30 PM
One bright spot is that the court struck down the law because it extended to non-commercial speech, but most anti-spam laws apply only to commercial emails:

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the ruling won't have broad repercussions because Virginia is the only state that prohibits noncommercial spam
947  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: News Article: Insecure Cookies Leak Sensitive Information on: September 14, 2008, 05:11:14 PM
On a somewhat related note (cookie stealing), Coding Horror recently did an article about the fact that cookies should be marked "HttpOnly" to prevent being stolen by JavaScript attacks:

http://www.codinghorror.c...blog/archives/001167.html

I wonder how much stuff would break if browsers changed the protocol to make cookies HttpOnly by default (make websites specifically mark them as "OK for JavaScript") and automatically mark cookies the browser gets via HTTPS/SSL with the 'secure bit'.  Let the website specifically indicate that the cookie is not secure instead of the other way around ('secure by default').

I wonder if this is something that can be added to FireFox via plugin (I know nothing about how low-level plugins can get).  It might be interesting to see if web browsing is still usable.
948  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Vuln. Alert: Malformed URLs Crash Acrobat 9 on: September 14, 2008, 05:02:13 PM
In his case it sounds like the term "denial of service" is being used to sensationalize this.  There's no resource or service that's being denied access to - the URL is bogus. Is it an inconvenience? Irritating?

Sure.

But it's just something that crashes a program due to a bug.
949  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: News Article: Insecure Cookies Leak Sensitive Information on: September 14, 2008, 02:21:13 PM
Secure websites are vulnerable to a new man-in-the-middle attack that takes advantage of cookies with the secure bit set.

That should read "takes advantage of cookies without the secure bit set". 

The exploit works by poisoning or otherwise spoofing DNS somehow (the article doesn't mention how CookieMonster does this, and I'm not sure how easy it is to do) and placing images on webpage that claim to come from the target website, but without HTTPS/SSL.  If the secure bit is not set on the authentication cookie, the browser will send it along in cleartext so the attacker gets the cookie.  If the secure bit is set on the authentication cookie, the browser will not send it to the attacker.
950  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Vuln. Alert: Malformed URLs Crash Acrobat 9 on: September 14, 2008, 02:01:11 PM
I'm at a loss as to how this can be called a "denial of service" vulnerability.  Sure, it's a bug in Acrobat, but from the description all it does is cause it to crash when you open a document with the malformed URL.  What service is being denied?  The ability to open documents that are intended to crash the program?
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