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126  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY Entry: Galaterra on: December 04, 2014, 10:47:14 PM
Pretty cool... reminds me of the inform stuff.  

Bug: If you go to the torque-wrench and enter an incorrect answer, the game is blocked.

It looks like a Next-Gen version of the Zork-type text games. Theoretically this could be an engine that could convert lots of those old games into web versions.



127  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tips for dial-up Internet Speeds? on: December 04, 2014, 10:43:00 PM
Heh I've seen Target's pic before. : )

Kudos to App for whatever that thingie is called from Google.
Yeah, the results look a little weird, but I can see that could be useful in a pinch not for just slow internet speeds, but maybe for a few of the sites that have gone too script heavy.

(Those sliders and other things are getting worse. You saw Wikipedia's grow like a tribble!! Increasing numbers of other sites CHEER IF YOU LIKE DONATION CODER! are really determined not to have you actually read their content!)

128  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tips for dial-up Internet Speeds? on: December 03, 2014, 11:18:14 AM
There are people who don't block ads ...

 Grin yeah, had that one covered (thanks Ren) and flashblock too.

And then there's this thing, listed full size in all its pain!

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129  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A stoned guy renamed some of his favorite items while high... on: December 01, 2014, 10:42:40 PM

Pork Fried Lice had me and maybe my cousin I haven't seen for 20 years ClingingToTheCountertopInLaughter (CTTCIL). For easily an hour. Without even help from chemicals. Prob it was more like 4AM zombie-tired.

Good times!

130  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tips for dial-up Internet Speeds? on: December 01, 2014, 07:11:03 PM
Pale Moon still has it, but not the per site blocking.
 
I thought that just blocking popups was different from blocking all images at all, which is what I thought we were trying to do here.

And yeah, I'd tried Lynx a ways back, and for the same reasons the effort is not normally worth it unless you have extreme cases like a mainframe with a terminal or something.


131  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tips for dial-up Internet Speeds? on: December 01, 2014, 06:37:22 PM
Under Firefox options, do they still have Content->Load Images Automatically ?

Just disable it if it's still there, you can also disable on a per site basis, IIRC.

I don't think so aka not that easily. I just checked Pale Moon, Nightly, and DevEdition.
But sometimes the devs get grumpy when Marketing starts removing features, and it's still tucked away in that "about" thing with the million hidden settings.

132  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My 1-year Facebook Death-a-versary!!! on: December 01, 2014, 04:32:08 PM
I have tried killing FB, but I have too many links from other site/apps that would die also.... at the least be too much of a pain to have to sign up again using just my email address.

This is exactly the problem with their evil genius!

 Angry
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox begins its mass rollout of ads on new tab tiles on: December 01, 2014, 04:26:26 PM
I posted this elsewhere. But I think it hits the nail on the head where this is all going:

Not bad. Not quite the tone I would have come up with, but it's one of those cases "lots of nails to hit on the head!"

A friend of mine posted this a while back.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2XllZTiRbQ

134  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tips for dial-up Internet Speeds? on: December 01, 2014, 04:21:51 PM
I'm looking for any tips for how to cope with dial-up internet speeds Sad
(Connection has been bad for a while but took a dive on Friday, was gone completely this afternoon, is at a snails pace this evening.)

Firefox doesn't even seem to have a stop-page-loading buttons any more...

1) I remember someone here talking here (I think not too long ago) about a text based browser i.e. it just showed text  - any ideas there?

2) or something that stopped images from loading -- but allowed you to choose to load an image -- that would probably be ideal.


(Sorry for the lazy post!)

There are various ways to get the stop button back, depending. My (older) copy of Pale Moon still has it, and I think ClassicUI Restorer has a setting that puts it back too.

I didn't like the pure text browsers because for me, site layout is crucial to understanding what's going on. But I'd bet someone else has thought of a way to stop loading images ... the raw site layout is there, but the images are as-needed.

I also use QuickJS to toggle Javascript on and off to stop a lot of "overhead" that surely is affecting your experience. Simple examples are news sites and ones that keep looking for "ping.chartbeat.net" every 30 seconds.

135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 01, 2014, 04:16:42 PM

+1 for programming naked! It keeps unwanted visitors/interruptions to a bare minimum.. Wink

Not to mention game programmers would gain direct access to the joystick.  Wink

The internet is for ... joysticks!

http://kotaku.com/5982725...oller-that-looks-familiar

Cool

136  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox begins its mass rollout of ads on new tab tiles on: December 01, 2014, 10:59:14 AM
Just idly checking in on all this ...

Here is a new sponsored tile. But I see a difference here! "I could be wrong ( but I don't think so)" (Monk!) ...
But to me CVS is "friendly". Sure they look at the cereal you buy and cross-print ads for milk or stuff. But last I knew they weren't voraciously trying to own your life.

Check out this new one:

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Here's my screenshot of the top of the info page, with some notes. This looks like the next link to Minority Report! Google "just does stuff behind the scenes". This one directly takes your activity, parses it, then spits back *directly at you* "content you may be interested in."

[attachthumb=#]

It looks like the guys in the ad dept worked on the wording to make it all cute and "yay the internet is mine!" ... but to me this takes the backbone to a whole new level, because of the direct ... threat ... to abuse what you do as hard as they can! (PS don't forget how cozy the cops are getting with data collection. This one pinpoints your entire web history right to you!)

So, to me this made Mozilla top of the list evil ... but they're telling us about it! Are any other browsers doing this without saying so?!

 ohmy  Angry


10. Abuse browser customers.
20. Brainwash them into thinking it's about kittens.
30. Abuse them some more.
40. (Black box processing goes here.)
50. Profit!!



137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My 1-year Facebook Death-a-versary!!! on: December 01, 2014, 09:56:28 AM

( "FB Ryan died a horrible and tragic death." )

( This post has 267,356 Likes )

 Thmbsup
138  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NaNoWriMo ... the gruelling writing event for 2014 on: November 28, 2014, 10:05:10 PM

I'll chip in some misc notes from bios I have read.

Someone (from an intro I have lost) said that Balzac damaged his writing skill by essentially being forced by life to write too fast ... that he lost some sense of subtlety, and once it was gone, a few of his later books and ultimately his health suffered and he died young.

Elsewhere I read in bios that some people's books take years to write as they gestate. Particularly the ones that require both research and a premise that you can't just crank out.

So "in a month" might have caveats.

139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on "Piracy". on: November 28, 2014, 01:23:16 AM

Good post 40hz. I want to drift this slightly sideways that the "college model" is under fire from all this. Typical "entry level" college semesters are jut batches of 40 lectures per course per year. For X thousands of dollars.

I've remarked here and there, just release the set of lectures, and the only "value" is about ten questions per semester.


140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 27, 2014, 11:33:50 PM
I just had a nice, demented conversation with Racter. The main problem with doing that is that it is a 16-bit DOS program. Does anyone here still have and can run Racter? I needed D-Fend-Reloaded-1.4.2 in order to do it. I never thought that there was a DOS program that Win XP didn't like. I guess it draws the line at 16-bit programs. Does anyone here know of any sites that run on a 16-bit DOS system?

I've vaguely seen lots of dos progs my comp doesn't like, but I don't have details. The age of 16 bit feels vaguely similar as well.

141  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The potential time/cost benefits of improved code efficiency. on: November 26, 2014, 02:18:48 PM
It's just a bit sad.

Part of my quasi-infamous Ludum Dare craze was because it harkened back to times when programming was about wresting every ounce of coolness out of ailing hardware. (Really, race the beam, and soul of a new machine!?)

Now we are going all biz-y about stuff. "Ho hum, let's just hire cheaper devs."

Sad
142  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: Installer Crapware Wrapper Detection DLL on: November 26, 2014, 03:00:37 AM
Oh, and to pull this thread back on track:

Yes, please devise tooling to avoid Crapware and Installer-wrappers Thmbsup

I  agree with your objections and second your questions.
This feels like a lawsuit-avoidance tactic. "Starting with version ...
The above combination makes me really wonder why in earth's name a big multinational, like Oracle pretends to be, has to include crapware for some infamous minority like "Ask" Sad

We might BE on track.

In a great world, such a tool would notice junkware from official sources as well as raw "bundling".

This was one of those test cases I think is useful. "Why is Ask-anything involved with a Java upgrade?!"

143  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: K-Meleon anyone? on: November 26, 2014, 02:47:27 AM

If it were "just up to competition" this last couple of posts would work for me, but when you start getting quasi-forced ads vs the general sneakiness of Google (Chrome), I get a little upset that just doing "old style computing" is getting so hard! (You know, just do a command, and not have to out-think the weird-ware drifting by!)

Sad
144  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: Installer Crapware Wrapper Detection DLL on: November 26, 2014, 02:35:27 AM
The offer to install the Search App by Ask was still there, and checked by default.
Oracle actually offers a solution for disabling those 'sponsor offers': https://www.java.com/en/d...ad/faq/disable_offers.xml

This feels like a lawsuit-avoidance tactic. "Starting with version ... and ..." - and it's buried at the bottom of control panel / java / advanced?! /I didn't even know that control panel existed!

See my Fake Nany post in the basement - disabling and wiggling out of these offers is like a bad version of minesweeper! "Look! It's a game! If you win you can install only the program you wanted! But if you lose, you get to spend hours removing junk from your system!"

145  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: Installer Crapware Wrapper Detection DLL on: November 26, 2014, 02:28:37 AM
I just had to make a Java update today.  The offer to install the Search App by Ask was still there, and checked by default. Sad

This confuses me because it *wasn't* there in my copy a few days ago!
Holy Schrodinger offers!
tellme
146  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New square monitor (27" 1920x1920) on: November 24, 2014, 08:40:37 PM
Until it died, I had a "slightly more vertical" widescreen monitor, and I get the extra vertical room. But I'm far from sure a pure square layout is the answer either!!

I now have a "more wide" widescreen ... when you get birthday presents you just have to adapt ...

I vaguely think I miss the vertical room, but only about three apps I use really aggressively used the ratio. I wouldn't want a pure square.

If nothing else, on a horo monitor, you can "hide" windows in the last couple of inches. a square isn't so easy to do that with.

147  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: November 23, 2014, 11:02:20 PM


Hmm. I don't know how I feel about this "pay for an ad free web" thing.

148  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: Installer Crapware Wrapper Detection DLL on: November 23, 2014, 09:11:48 PM
...That's what I meant Iain, today it didn't seem to be there.
Yes, I realised that. I was posting not so much to agree with you as to say that I thought it used to be there (until very recently).
By the way, I forgot to mention that, depending on the source one used to download Java/Flash from, it could make a difference as to whether it had a PUP installed.

Oh you're right, it def used to be there. It made one of my rants because it wasn't even a wrapper, it was "the official source" from Oracle, with stuff bundled into it. But today it seemed to be gone. (I say seem, because it didn't show me anything, and I don't see strange toolbars in my browsers, but you never know with Oracle! But one lil' ol' Angry Bird ... uh ... couldn't have been the only one screaming at them for bundling. )

149  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: Installer Crapware Wrapper Detection DLL on: November 23, 2014, 03:40:49 PM
Not sure if this is true today but I think Oracle's Java and/or Adobe/Macromedia Flash Player installs used to (and may still do) come bundled with the Ask.com web browser search installer.
From memory, I recall that MBAM (Malwarebytes) is able to detect some candyware as PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) that it has recorded in its virus signature database. It detects the signature files for PUPs in software installers and I think (but am not sure) that it may even sometimes be able to isolate/remove the PUP components from the main software install, leaving the basic software installer intact.

I shall post a query for clarification about this in the MBAM support forum and drop the answer in this thread.

That's what I meant Iain, today it didn't seem to be there.


150  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: Installer Crapware Wrapper Detection DLL on: November 23, 2014, 02:17:19 PM
Quote
I think the detection should certainly trigger before the wrapper does anything;

This is almost certainly not realistic/practical.
The wrapper is going to do its own thing, and then unpack and launch your original pristine installer after it has offered up its bundled adware, etc.

If you wanted to physically stop the wrappers from running, the only solution is to have some other software already running (like an antivirus) that detected it and stopped it.  And if you are the kind of person who would run such a tool constantly in the background, you are also the kind of person who won't get bit by these wrapped installers in the first place.



However, I believe that the solution with the dll preventing your program from installing from a wrapper and telling the user why will accomplish the same goals.

The most likely result of having this dll prevent the wrapper from completing its installation, is that it will never be wrapped in the first place.

First, it's quite likely that the automated wrapper creation tool will abandon trying to wrap your program, meaning you will stop this problem before it ever gets to the user.  Second, if it they do try to distribute your wrapped program, it won't be long before they get enough complaints from users that downloaded it that they will remove the wrapper and put back your original.

Maybe this is a double barreled problem. For example, with me as your test case, "Anti-Virus" programs do nothing about junk installers. So what if you just spread a second project dll/file that looks for the top twelve junkware installers and sorta acts like an Anti-Virus addon? Aka "No they're not viruses, exactly, but they're mean. You probably shouldn't be running that. So whatever cool little tool you just tried to download was scooped up. Try to find the original copy."

Twist - sometimes the wrapped copy is the only one left after a few years. Web volatility and all.

It's like I want this utility to "scan inside itself" to see whatever it will *eventually* install, then notice that's not the same as the wrapped mess, then do something. It sounds easy in concept logic, prob tricky to really do.

Edit: I just installed a new copy of Java. They used to have a nasty installer, but I forgot what was bundled with it. Today the new one "just did what apparently it was supposed to". (We'll see!!)


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