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801  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: October 30, 2013, 06:52:05 PM
*Very* professionally filmed, which I think would argue for all actors. Either way, brilliantly made and done. I rarely laugh out loud at anything, and I was in stitches at that - in spite of knowing (roughly) what was coming.

Disclaimer: YMMV tongue

Well they ... uh.. *said* it was filled with actors! I think there's a good chance that they ran the "prank" for like 2-3 customers at a time, then "closed for lunch" and reset it all.

802  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Facebook Requiring Government ID? on: October 30, 2013, 06:47:40 PM
They just blink the oopsy-daisy, your account got hacked light ... And everybody is all pre-greased and Pavlovian trained to just roll over and ...

Other things?  Grin

It also looks like their BS memes are starting to go all Flannery O'Connor "Every (Meme) that rises must converge"!

"Let's require your government ID to prove it's you so that when your account gets hacked we can prove ... uh ... Oh. $hit. "

But has anyone noticed some separate train of law managed to get HIPAA info treated the way all "social media" should be treated, with tiptoes?

Can we find a way to beat these brats at their own game with something like a HIPAA violation if they keep pulling these "oops we lost your privacy settings" stunts?

Cynical jokes aside, there *are* a few sane voices trying to do something about all this, it's just they're massively outnumbered 100-1 so the best they can do is put paper mache in tidal dams!

But this one is different, because Gov IDs are the "gold standard" for when entities like to think they are "serious" about security. So you get a bunch of THOSE all mixed up in some Haxxored social media, and then someone with legit clout might wake up and do something about all this!

803  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Facebook Requiring Government ID? on: October 30, 2013, 06:34:23 PM
Thousands of Facebook users have vented their fury at the social media site

Wait for it ...

on Twitter!

 cheesy
804  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: October 27, 2013, 12:56:38 PM
"Don't make the Internetz angry. You wouldn't like the Internetz when it gets angry!"

cheesy
805  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: October 27, 2013, 11:03:54 AM
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President Barack Obama told the German leader he would have stopped it happening had he known about it.

i.e.

  • He has admitted it
  • He has admitted that it is wrong

More high stakes bluffing Renny.

Because today's news says ... wait for it ...

German media: Obama aware of Merkel spying since 2010
http://news.yahoo.com/oba...man-report-092009842.html

"Berlin (AFP) - US President Barack Obama was personally informed of phone tapping against German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which may have begun as early as 2002, German media reported Sunday as a damaging espionage scandal widened.

Bild am Sonntag newspaper quoted US intelligence sources as saying that National Security Agency chief Keith Alexander had briefed Obama on the operation against Merkel in 2010.

"Obama did not halt the operation but rather let it continue," the newspaper quoted a high-ranking NSA official as saying.

News weekly Der Spiegel reported that leaked NSA documents showed that Merkel's phone had appeared on a list of spying targets since 2002, and was still under surveillance weeks before Obama visited Berlin in June. ..."

We need a name for this kind of "the old way of political lying isn't working so well anymore when the refutation can spread like wildfire"! It's a Superset of what they used to call the Streisand Effect, but that term was applied more to local embarassments by people.

This is far higher stakes.
1. VIP #1: "I did not know about X. I would not have allowed X if I had known about it."
2. Reporter: "Here is a copy of your top secret clearance briefing from three years ago that formally notified you of X."
3. VIP #1: "Uhh..." (Looks panicked at the teleprompter for a desperate spin-doctor saving move.)



806  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Colletta - a project in MS Labs on: October 27, 2013, 10:45:30 AM
Ahh, the old "manage your info" theme. For documents, I "manage" them in local folders. If I am doing web research, I just save either a an entire copy of the page locally, or the re-discovered BBSS that cranks out paired lists of Urls and Titles if I am only at the "skim" level. Then those paired lists go to the folder.

So anyway, this Colletta thing just doesn't look like it fits my workflow.

807  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 12-yr-old boy admits to hacking police and government sites for Anonymous on: October 27, 2013, 10:35:28 AM

"Think of those adorable little twelve year olds who needs our nice invasive laws to keep him safe ... what's that colonel? He hacked us?? Well then destroy him, I mean give him hacker street cred for life!"

808  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: October 26, 2013, 10:12:29 PM
Did anyone catch Renny's 10,000th post?

809  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: October 26, 2013, 09:00:13 PM

In more "Snowden-esque" news:

http://www.nytimes.com/20...nce.html?hp&_r=2&

"Federal Prosecutors, in a Policy Shift, Cite Warrantless Wiretaps as Evidence
By CHARLIE SAVAGE
Published: October 26, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department for the first time has notified a criminal defendant that evidence being used against him came from a warrantless wiretap, a move that is expected to set up a Supreme Court test of whether such eavesdropping is constitutional."

---

If I didn't know better, this feels someone made a mistake, because up until now they were going all "if I deny it hard enough I can make it true".

Now if they *admit it*, then they're going for the blatant angle "haha, we've got the lock on the whole system, so what do we care about little things like the Consitution or those silly Supreme Justices".


810  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: N.A.N.Y. 2014 Submission: SoloCrop on: October 26, 2013, 08:22:36 PM

This isn't that far from that cropping problem Contro and I were talking about.

811  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: October 23, 2013, 12:51:24 AM

You misunderstand what the delta copying is and I guess the explanation I have in the Backup Config window should be reworded -
 (see attachment in previous post)
Delta copying doesn't copy deltas and store them in a separate file. It copies them into the existing backup copy. Think of it as a selective, per-block update of the backup copy. Performance-wise it makes no difference on the first run, but on the second run in vast majority of cases it delivers significant speed up (over copying file in its entirety).

I'm not so sure that I am. Copy Files In Full creates "snapshots" in a point in time, right?

Correct, but so does the delta copying.

Just to be 100% clear: both create a snapshot, which gets modified as your files gets modified. It doesnt create a new snapshot at each backup. [Just in case the "snapshots" query was also about some form of versioning.]

It doesn't get modified if you change the destination folder for the second snapshot! That's perhaps the unstated trick that I use and intend behind my comments.

812  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: October 23, 2013, 12:49:37 AM
Can you guess where this is going? ... 3,2,1 ... That's right - it should use Git :-)

So the plan as it stands is to get the V2 on the road first and then to tackle file versioning.

Hehe snapshots are my "my eyes! it hurtz!" method of versioning as well!

 cheesy
813  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: October 23, 2013, 12:47:33 AM
Say you have C:\Temp\file.ext and you set it to be backed up to X:\Backup.
You run the backup first time, it creates X:\Backup\file.ext. An exact copy.

Then you go and edit C:\Temp\file.ext, change something in it.
You run the backup second time. It updates X:\Backup\file.ext and again it becomes an exact copy of C:\Temp\file.ext.

This happens regardless of whether you are using the full or the delta copier. The "full/delta" differences affects *how* the file is updated, but the net effect is the same - the backup copy becomes an exact replica of the original. Think of it as a performance optimization that allows the backup complete faster, but doesn't affect what's actually being done to the backup.

Does this make sense?

Sort of, except it seems you are making the use case that I only want one backup and to keep it current. I don't! I like having the redundancy protection of several snapshots in Backup1, Backup2, Backup3. Plus it captures "the state of the union at the time". So because I am a scatter brained bird, looking at say the June snapshot reminds me that I was heavily into some topic, and all the files are there. In one of the current snapshots they are likely to get all "bound up in a batch and parked" whereas in the earlier snapshot they'd be laid out conceptually in the workflow order. In a perfect world I'd include a screenshot of the desktop because I use horozontal-vertical layout on the desktop as part of the workflow to indicate progress status of an incomplete project component and as the "to do" reminder in the Get Things Done type systems.

Somehow it just makes me feel that all of that disappears with Deltas unless you have "perfect rollback to any point in time to recreate that day's files. Can your deltas do that?

814  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: delete some space in every page of a pdf file on: October 22, 2013, 02:09:11 PM
Hi Contro - did you not ask this question before?

Doesnt sound to me like it would be worth the effort...

It would be if that top isn't blank!

For example you want to use an exhibit but the top has one of those "headers" that contains proprietary/regulated content, the same question would strip off that header and then the rest of the PDF is fine.
815  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: October 22, 2013, 02:06:52 PM
Personally I think there is definitely a use case for one-way sync used as backup, and I commend you for sticking to doing one thing really well, instead of adding all the features other backup software has thumbs up.

Plus I "chain" programs. So it might be okay if this dev doesn't burn say 1000 hours putting in Restore if any of 3 other programs can do it.

I put a separation when "this dev is available" and puts in a *custom feature* that *no one else has*. Then that makes the program special! That is why I do ask for context how hard a feature is - if he can do it in like 20 hours that's one thing, vs "let's invent this entire thing called an automobile from scratch" ... well, okay, that wish doesn't get filled today!

Kiss

816  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: October 22, 2013, 01:40:54 PM
Bvckup is not a system backup, it's a data backup. The principal difference is that it is not aware of things like bootable sector, MBR and other file system elements that are not files, but that are required for a successful OS boot-up. So while you can backup entire C:\, it will not give you a bootable image.

Basically the use-case for Bvckup is that of backing up your precious data, but not the program files or drivers or DLLs. Then, if the source collapses, you'd reinstall the OS and all the apps and then restore app's data from the backup created with Bvckup.

Hmm. Then I think I need a second program that operates at some kind of "image level". Suppose I have over a hundred big apps and two hundred small ones on my comp! I want some kind of "12 click restore whole image" type program where it copies over C/Program Files and wherever else components end up (registry sync? C/Windows32?) and voila all 300 apps are back.

Then separately an entire image capture level backup, so it's like the three bears of backups : )

817  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: October 22, 2013, 01:31:50 PM
It's a matter of terminology really. To each his own. For example, I disagree that compression is an expected part of backup. Nor do I think that Restore should be a built-in app's function, especially if it"s essentially a thinly veiled basic file copy. I hear you that many people were led to believe that a backup without compression is not a "proper" backup, but that's not a reason enough for me to play along. This tendency to compete on the length of a feature list is very unfortunate.

I think this is a trickier topic than it sounds. It chains a bit to your earlier remark about my theme.
"Submit a bug report for an unreleased theme to Microsoft - do I expect them to do anything? No."

But for these smaller apps, having the dev put in features feels to me like an important process, because it can change a user's opinion of the developer.

I "specialize" in these smaller apps, and I get a good feeling when a dev can put in a requested feature vs the old school top down "you'll take our features and like them! (And Like them on Facebook!)

See that thread about horrible upgrades!

So for example if the program can "hot feed" into an already zipped folder, then it ends up compressed and that's fine by me.

Restore might be a little more tricky.

818  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: October 22, 2013, 01:19:19 PM
Notice on the last one I found a bug - changing the size of the window around seems to allow the background to "bleed through".

You most certainly want to log a bug report with whoever made the themeing software that you are using. This is a bog standard Windows scrollbar that is not getting painted through. I just have *zero* control this.

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Ad because I selected "full copies not deltas", here is an example that the files came over.

You misunderstand what the delta copying is and I guess the explanation I have in the Backup Config window should be reworded -
 (see attachment in previous post)
Delta copying doesn't copy deltas and store them in a separate file. It copies them into the existing backup copy. Think of it as a selective, per-block update of the backup copy. Performance-wise it makes no difference on the first run, but on the second run in vast majority of cases it delivers significant speed up (over copying file in its entirety).

I'm not so sure that I am. Copy Files In Full creates "snapshots" in a point in time, right? So if I want one complete snapshot of the files several times in various destination folders, I don't want delta files in a continuous rolling single backup ... I think. This may be confusing because apparently my data processing style is a little unusual where I rely extremely heavily on my desktop and then down into "batched folders".

Then when I "finish something" esp something big, after like now when I have a file-complete backup copy, I might delete it from my desktop "front line copy". So then the next time I do another run, it has a different set of files. But also in case I am a moron and damage my backup, for really critical things it means there is an entire extra copy of it in the backup folder.



819  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: October 22, 2013, 01:10:25 PM
Notice on the last one I found a bug - changing the size of the window around seems to allow the background to "bleed through".

You most certainly want to log a bug report with whoever made the themeing software that you are using. This is a bog standard Windows scrollbar that is not getting painted through. I just have *zero* control this.

And that vendor is ... Microsoft!
http://www.istartedsometh...com/20061029/royale-noir/
"Royale Noir: secret XP theme uncovered

    During Royale‘s development (the XP Media Center theme), the graphic artists also produced a black version of the skin, sans the overused “glass” effect. The result is an aesthetic black skin named “Royale Noir”, it even works with Office 2003.

    Since the skin was never released (or reached final adjustments) there are a few issues with it: some of the colors don’t meet the overall “feel” (they’re too purple-ish compared to the greys of the bitmaps) and the inactive titlebars are a little too dark.

    You’ll find it’s been signed by Microsoft and doesn’t require a custom UxTheme.dll in case there are any doubts as to its authenticity.
...
    This skin has not been released to anyone outside Microsoft, until now."

 Cool
820  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: delete some space in every page of a pdf file on: October 22, 2013, 01:02:57 PM
I'm guessing maybe no one else tried to do this before, but that perhaps an app could be written that could do something like "take a screenshot of the pdf, slice off your top, and re-save it to a second PDF."

821  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: October 22, 2013, 12:57:11 PM
Or is the whole thing taking the piss out of us cause we cannot get the joke or reference - or is it only when we realise that we cannot get it, that we do get it (getting very zen there)...

Mu!

822  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: October 22, 2013, 11:27:44 AM
And we're done!

Here are some log shots.

Notice on the left there are "log options" - you can expand-collapse stuff.

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Notice on the last one I found a bug - changing the size of the window around seems to allow the background to "bleed through".

Ad because I selected "full copies not deltas", here is an example that the files came over.

[attachimg=#]

And I am done!

Question for the dev - how do I make a backup of my *entire* c drive? Theoretically if I have a bit perfect backup of the entire C drive, and it tanks, I could just have a comp tech "rename" my "D Drive" into "C", copy over from "Backup Oct22" into "C:" and I could resume using my computer, right? Please advise because I think I want to do that fairly soon.

Also please advise how I would do some kind of process like "re-install Windows", then "dump bit perfect backup on top of it" and maybe have a "brand new computer"! In other words, if the D drive is "brand new" (basically had only like 1000 transactions performed on it max as opposed for ex billions on C drive), a Fresh OS, (And I'm seriously thinking of going Win7 if my box can handle it and I think it can), then I win! Right? Stop me if I made a horrible blunder!


But the backup needs to be "auto-zipped" or whatever so that it's smaller than the regular data!

So overall I like this program!
 thumbs up

823  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: October 22, 2013, 10:38:56 AM
Off we go!

[attachimg=#]

Part way through a scan.

824  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: October 22, 2013, 10:29:39 AM
This next screen is really easy but a little subtly funny.

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Hehe aka it's one more button click to run! I can see someone go through all the rather dizzying options, and then go to lunch ... and come back to "awaiting go"!

So then you click go ... and go to break...

and come back to find this!

[attachimg=#]

825  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: October 22, 2013, 10:26:34 AM
Starting my first backup.

The real meat of the program is all in here. The first few screens could give someone the mistaken impression "it's a quickly made app" aka they're very short and light.

But once you go to make the backup, it's a modular expand-contract unique window.

Here is my screenshot of "turning all the protections on" aka when you don't trust your comp is in good shape and a normal option that could be faster might magically fail.

When I built this comp I put twin terabyte drives in, with the second drive specially for backups etc. So I'm not afraid of the extra space used by "full copies vs delta changes".

I turned a bunch of other stuff on too.

My big suggestion is put a lot / all of that stuff "outside in the preferences" so the user can work on it and then just make the backup.

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