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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What modern music (today) is considered to be both pop AND intellectual? on: June 04, 2014, 06:18:26 PM

My vote might be European melodic metal, soft or hard to your taste.

Just as one fun example:
Blind Guardian Nightfall

127  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Maple Prof. Review or An alternative outliner? And Ultra Recall vs. MyInfo again on: June 04, 2014, 06:15:49 PM

Hi Peter,

Have you tried to contact the MyInfo developer? He seems pretty good about working on stuff that people need!

It's Petko at support@milenix.com
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How high can we count to? on: June 04, 2014, 04:45:56 PM
If we just keep replying, then the counting will be done for us! Observe:
 (see attachment in previous post)

I vote instead we just rename the Silly Humor thread to the Counting Thread! There's no way we're gonna overtake that thread! : )

129  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 02, 2014, 09:57:25 PM

Heh what if Aliens saw Galaxy Quest as their only show, like a cross with the TNG episode The Royale? Wouldn't THAT show confuse them as their only "Historical Document" to go by!
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TrueCrypt is Now Abandonware?! on: June 01, 2014, 06:23:03 PM
Like a comment there says, who is "Alyssa Rowan"?

Heh you got in ahead of me. One of the Slashdot gang says someone *by that name/handle* has been legit in security crypto circles. But then see my note, "is this the real person or more dis-info?"

131  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TrueCrypt is Now Abandonware?! on: June 01, 2014, 06:21:31 PM
Yeah, I saw that note too. Interesting how different sites have "personalities" on their comments. A current early concern is how do we cleanly know that such a sparse source of potential info is an authorized post for real and not some troll piggybacking on the other theory I saw which was "devs got grumpy and rage-quit." (But if so, then I'd think you'd end of life it, so the abruptness is again confusing people.)

Meanwhile I wouldn't put it past the gov to add a new little rule that tries to take out canaries as the way around "neither confirm nor deny". This whole topic is a twisty onion full of layers!

132  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinXP registry hack enables further security updates on: June 01, 2014, 03:06:33 PM
Eek. I didn't [make backups]

no system restore?

Yeah I did do one of those. But I thought those got deleted eventually. I didn't have any problems yet and I figured Stoic's comment talked about months later.
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinXP registry hack enables further security updates on: June 01, 2014, 09:14:27 AM
Here's the thing. Have you ever seen the sometimes very intricate tutorial instructions for using Server X as a workstation? That's the kind of deeply buried problems that are going to be had from this hack.

POS systems are like servers, with less options. So the thing(s) that these updates will break are going to be very subtle, and buried very deeply in the system's code.

So... Be very sure to make backups before using any of these updates, and plan on saving them for a fairly long time.

Eek. I didn't, so I guess I am just going to have to hope to get lucky! But since I don't have the chops to really mess around fixing something like that, maybe I have learned my lesson and will leave them alone now.

I'm at a down point my life where I don't really need my comp tanking. I might need y'all's help later with advice on this including maybe having someone write a "reverse" reg file to revert the old value of the registry or something.

134  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinXP registry hack enables further security updates on: May 31, 2014, 07:03:02 PM
I'm actually with you on that, but how long before the "Non-Windows XP" updates come out that will not install on anything but Embedded and Server 2003?  I do believe that time is coming...

I agree, and I do not know. I am playing a bit of a dance on trusting the mags/scuttle between today this hack works, vs whatever random time MS sends a "land mined" update the net will start screaming. At its best that IS what the Net does best now - it's a lot harder to play dirty tricks and cover them up for long.

So yes it's not perfect but for millions of us who simply cannot update, it's better than the growing gaping hole.
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinXP registry hack enables further security updates on: May 31, 2014, 04:58:55 PM
I did it for this round, because there's only like 20 tech mags out there and hundreds of millions of XP users right? So when a couple of them did it themselves and it worked, they didn't get 55,000 angry "you suk" messages back.

Maybe not the way to go forever but to me it's gotta be a shade better than just a growing black hole.

136  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Wrike - the most practical project management tool on: May 31, 2014, 02:02:25 PM
Kinda a bit odd posting history here so lemme add a "clueless layman" perspective to all of this.

I am growing a bit grumpy at 30 day trials because they are a bit too short to actually do something short of tease. This is Project Mgt software right? What projects needing software are ever done in 30 days? 30 is just a cute round number. The only reason people pick 30 is because it looks nice and cute rather than 28 or 31 because we like round looking numbers more than actual month lengths!

I'd suggest a 99 day trial. You know, 3 actual months plus a couple days from Thursday to Tuesday when someone finally gets serious.

From a whole other angle, in Biz school they teach you that you have to be ready to burn years of funding before a biz gets profitable, so why do software devs decide they have rights to expect 3 month profits or bust?

137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Drove a Car While It Was Being Hacked on: May 31, 2014, 10:18:37 AM
Yeah, shades of Flannery O'Connor, everything that gets internet enabled starts to converge.

Most people can't really ruin their life from their computer, not just by going to google and putting whatever into their search engine. Trouble, yes, but not on the order of trying to prove in court that you committed multiple vehicular homicide when your car was hacked and you crashed into a school bus!

And this attack sounds "fast", aka that researcher just sorta stood there and "did it", not like taking months of planning or whatever. So I am terrified if someone does a wide band attack within an hour on all million cars in NYC! You would never clean that up. The damage would last for months!

138  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Anyone using CherryTree for Windows, or Linux for that matter? on: May 30, 2014, 02:14:55 PM
I haven't even looked at it. But then even with big chunks of downtime, when I get serious I am a rabid Tree note fanatic.

If I want to create a node of Undermined/Wins/By Miner/2 3 4, I have only found two programs that worked for me, (one of which had a fatal deep structural flaw).

So I am just a bit puzzled at any program that can't let me create a 3 level deep node in twelve seconds because that's how I think every day.

139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TrueCrypt is Now Abandonware?! on: May 30, 2014, 02:00:08 PM
I just can't see that the means of announcing this is in character for this project. It just doesn't make sense to recommend BitLocker (given suspicion of MS being sympathetic to gov't surveillance), or to completely ignore Unix and Mac users. I think there's something more than meets the eye.

I’m giving equal odds between:
  • Warrant canaryw (“we’re not saying that we’re being forced to introduce a vulnerability, but we have reason to believe that users of this program may be in danger”). While difficult to add an actual backdoor, it may be that they're being pressured to put a flaw into their PRG code or something subtle like that.
  • The developer(s) is in a snit, maybe because of the trouble of the audit, and just wants to burn it all down
  • The developer just wants to move on, and is taking an opportunity to make a political statement by stepping out in this way (like the Reichstag fire – cause the damage yourself, but make it look like your enemy caused it)

I just want to drift a little off topic to add exposure to a concept that I barely could reference before.

Warrant Canary/Canary Server/____


I think this will become an undersold concept in security concepts. It runs like this:
"Today I was not arrested for ____".

While it is horribly vulnerable to slackards like me, for someone really on the front line of a top level issue, it's a way to send a negative signal that trouble is brewing. I'd seen it described once before a long ways back, but this thread produced a fresh new reference that I just had to echo.

I think it adds a (rather desperate) new level to "you have the right to remain silent".

140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TrueCrypt is Now Abandonware?! on: May 30, 2014, 01:26:55 PM
Okay, here's a new angle.

From a "medium layperson" point of view, what's with this explosion of tools that aren't valid/supported anymore? Maybe MS's notes on the slow death of XP vaguely filtered to me, but I didn't see any articles ever of this current rash of stuff breaking.

Heartbleed, barely a one time shot (but shouldn't really), but truecrypt devs just getting "bored"/other and quitting bothering to update? What is it about May 2014 that takes one of the top contenders in encryption out of the game forever!?

What is with these .Gov depts claiming to spend *Billions* on "Cybersecurity" and then the next story out of Slashdot is "OpenSSL" (that basically the entire Internet uses) "gets two developers". So lemme do the math on my seven dollar calculator. A software routine that counts for like $555 Million in software security security services experiences the greatest hack ever in twenty years, and some foundation assigns Joe and Ted to fix it?!

Slashdot has a sharp eye for Security Theater but where's even the theater?! You see these weird proposals now and then for fancy new initiatives, but how about just funding five guys and a supply of pizza? Nope. Can't do that. It might even break six figures.

141  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: A Practical Guide to DonationCoder.com Forum Search on: May 30, 2014, 01:12:18 PM
What I find eating time is trying to find all my posts in a topic if any.  It seems a bit laborious to get the topic ID, then click into Advanced Search, then enter my user name, then try to figure out what term to search since '*' is not supported.

Seems like it would be a real time saver if there was a button at the top of all topics "List Your Posts."  It sure would beat Control f on every page in the topic.  smiley

Especially if someone adds to a topic that's been around awhile.  It's pretty easy to forget if you already made the comment you want to make if the thread is a few months old.  smiley

Heh Talk about a Necro Thread!

The way I do it is "last posts by this person" because I don't care much about anything more than a few months old. : )

142  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ludum Dare topic for other games on: May 29, 2014, 04:22:14 PM
But that feels like the "breaker" move.

I think little more can be done until I get my requested custom copy from the dev. I want to save all five miners and I think that takes a program tweak.

143  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ludum Dare topic for other games on: May 29, 2014, 01:41:27 PM
Haha! Got it!

A fairly simple strategy just gave me a 4 miner win!

You just toss one down the mine shaft and ignore him!

144  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The DonationCoder.com 30-Day Healthy Eating and Exercise Challenge! on: May 27, 2014, 01:35:42 PM

And while your watch thing certainly looks like it does a lot more than the Bit Fit, I heard there was an update to iOS that made the iPhone waterproof (Wink) so your purchase may have been in vain.

I'm not quite *that* gullible tongue

Damnit my iPhone isn't working anymore!
Just kidding!
145  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: About the Python 2 to 3 Transition... on: May 27, 2014, 01:29:36 PM
So not a programmer here, so forgive me if you have to smile at my question:

Does this kind of version war exist in many other places? The only one I vaguely recall might be Visual Basic.

I had vaguely heard of this issue a few years ago, but forgot it because it's not important to me. But I don't recall many people saying the same kind of thing like "Oh man, give me old school Ruby, before it was on that rail crap."

146  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ludum Dare topic for other games on: May 27, 2014, 01:38:46 AM
I think I found a bug.

My guy at stats like 12 10 11 has "Fallen Over" (" Near Death") while a couple of my guys at 025 130 36-10 are "still standing" despite being in far worse shape. (And I swear the update math is a little strange.)

147  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ludum Dare topic for other games on: May 27, 2014, 12:34:07 AM
When you get time Burgerdare, I think I need to know if the layouts are "Tableau" or "Procedural". Heh "Beneath the Surface" of those fancy terms, I have come to believe that Turn 2 is crucial to a good run. Thus if everything is just laid out "Tableau" and I am just discovering stuff, it doesn't matter what order I go in. But if it's "Procedural" then I get this extra element fighting the RndGen (which I still think has deep 3rd order flaws) to get a good draw. Since I ditch games by turn 3, it's small, but it saves 5 min at a whack.

148  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ludum Dare topic for other games on: May 26, 2014, 11:31:16 PM
The bug with not detecting all actions being spent, I believe, is probably a result of having time leftover to open up to more miners. I had considered letting the player skip using these without getting a warning, but decided that it is still useful to know about the problems of one additional miner, even if you can't do anything about them. That extra info can come in handy the following round.

The question of difficulty, I'm afraid, isn't one I have an answer to just yet. I'm struggling to find a sweet spot where it's actually possible for everybody to survive while still constantly having the threat of complete failure. I'm going to keep at it, though, I assure you that much.

In the following days, this "talk to extra miners" is now a key part of my system. Especially, way at the end, there is a case when exactly one miner dies, you still get six actions but can only talk to two miners instead of three. So you need your prev talk history to see who's been brewing trouble the prior couple of rounds.

More briefly on that last point, to summarize my big posts elsewhere, we need a further distinction of "possible to survive" which includes ultra perfect (non) random draws and flawless play, and how much slack we give the player before everyone croaks. I've been making detailed notes of my runs and a couple of times now one mis-play of an action about like turn 8 can mean a miner dies. That's a bit tight. And that's still in the 1-2 miner range. I *think* there's like X/100 cases where you can save four miners, but *only with really favorable draws*, far beyond my initial tips to ditch just the truly awful ones. A couple of times now I've had a really good start, only for a bad spread of about three turns in the middle to sink it.

149  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Micro-Fundraiser for the Official DonationCoder CodyMobile! on: May 26, 2014, 10:49:33 PM
The Codymobile may be arriving on Thursday..
Stay tuned and keep fingers crossed.

I still don't have the decal to put on it -- so i will need that soon.

Yee ha! I'm glad that however it happened that you made it!

Everyone party in the Codymobile!

Hehe you should do a double inside joke pic by going to visit Wall Drug in South Dakota. (Back before the Interwebs it was a business school case study. It was just an ordinary drug store, but someone made it a meme and then people posted "Miles to Wall Drug" pics from around the world including I think a couple of mountain climbers and stuff.)

150  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ludum Dare topic for other games on: May 26, 2014, 12:07:35 PM
I was actually intending the other LD29 thread I created to also include posts about other LD29 games, and not just my own participation in the event. But before I had a chance to make a post about some of the other cool games I'd found (since I basically slept for 36 hours after LD29 ended) you had already created this thread. (c:

All that to say that--at least in my opinion--I don't think it hurts to post a lot about Underminer here. Though I suppose it also wouldn't hurt to create a new dedicated thread to your analyses and tips and tricks for it either. Thmbsup

Well that was my thought, and stay around with a coffee because I'm posting a doozy post under yours!

It really feels a case where this one game sorta risks overwhelming the lighter post of "Look I'm a Barbarian with missing limbs" thread. : )

Forget just some random forum poster posting about a game here, I think this game might be sniffing at powerful educational theory concepts. And the hard part of a "proof" is making sure you know absolutely all the rules of the studied system. A new one just popped at me after today's nine (yikes!) hours of playing it. A Simulation is only as good as *all the info*!

I have no right to ask this because it's way over that Snack boundary, but this game is just screaming for a comp analysis program!

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