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101 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Patch to Disable ACL access-control-lists on: April 24, 2013, 08:07:06 AM
Presuming we're talking Windows ACLs: why on earth would you want something like that on a live system?

For the legitimate scenarios I can think of, you'd be better of with an exFAT partition or booting to Linux to salvage data...
102  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Binary Patching for "Similar" Large Files on: April 24, 2013, 07:53:15 AM
So the -B option is buffer size, given in bytes? Then it sorta makes sense.

I wonder why they moved away from mmap.
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What to do with an SSD after it fails on: April 24, 2013, 07:44:25 AM
I've got no idea whether a "controller swap would work" - it depends on where the drive's mapping tables are stored, and a lot of SSDs these days (at least claim to) have AES encryption - where's the encryption key stored? And finally, on top of that, I've got a feeling that the prints aren't built in a modular way that makes any kind of swapping possible unless you've got lab-grade equipment.

Just a few minutes, let me open up my failed Intel X25-E and grab a couple of snaps for y'all.

EDIT: here - does that look like something you can fix yourself?

104  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Finally! A private, non-cloud file-sharing service on: April 23, 2013, 05:07:34 PM
This would be cool if one could somehow use an intermediary FTP server, to serve as the "middleman".


You would get the benefits of private file sharing, with the added bonus of HTTP download speeds xD
Ummm... wat? O_o

The torrent protocol is superior to both HTTP and FTP in quite a lot of ways, including resume-ability and encryption (neither HTTPS, FTPS (foo! please die!) nor SFTP would work very well for peer-to-peer scenarios) and speed. And I can't see why having such a middle man would fix the residential upload bandwidth issue anyway? You'd still need to push your data there?
105  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Binary Patching for "Similar" Large Files on: April 23, 2013, 04:17:23 PM
that is a pretty magic B option.
Yeah, that does look pretty incomprehensible O_o
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Java 8 Delayed on: April 22, 2013, 03:09:46 PM
I saw that but I sorta ignored it ... "how bad can the security be?!"
Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad cheesy

Plus I am as much of one to upgrade to new crispy version numbers, so at least they seem to be going a bit old school and not releasing "Java 8" on the heels of "Java 7.7, 7.8, 7.9". Or something. (Whatever little they can get away with!)
"Java 8" is actually "Java 1.8" smiley - iirc they started this weirdness with (what whould have been) Java 1.5. Mean people might say they should've added a zero-dot prefix instead, but hey smiley

Sad to see it's being postponed - Java7 was a major letdown, with not very much interesting stuff added - I miss lambdas. It would indeed be foolish of them to ship Java8 without lambda support.
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google forbids resale or lending of Glass on: April 22, 2013, 01:34:28 PM
I can understand - and accept - if this is for the first batch of Glasses, which to me seemed to be meant mostly for developers. Early access to nifty hardware often comes with some pretty draconian NDAs, just look at console development kits, for instance.

But if that stuff is in the general terms for all Glass devices to come? Whoa ohmy ohmy ohmy
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Worst Javascript/other intrusions? on: April 22, 2013, 01:27:04 PM
Are you serious or are you just being sarcastic?
Being serious.

Hmm. Let's start with the clarifications. AdBlock Edge is a spinoff of AdBlock Plus. Somewhere in there was an argument that AdBlock would in fact allow "nice ads" through.
Yup, by default ABP allows some google adwords or whatever, but there's a config option to block entirely. Can't say I don't understand the developer, and I believe it has caused perhaps a bit too much fuzz - I can certainly live with that option and its default... OTOH, perhaps things would've been worse if there hadn't been all that fuzz.

Ghostery then I agree is different, and reports-then-shutdowns misc ad trackers. Sure whatever that company is gets some data, but I haven't tried to find an OSS replacement for Ghostery yet.
I don't believe it sends data unless you enable the "GhostRank" feedback thingy? But yes, the company behind is related to the ad business, so there's reason to be wary - still, unless somebody finds out it sneaks data back home without consent, it's a pretty decent addon smiley

So THEN, we get to Javascript. Problem is, the few times I tried to totally nuke it, some page would come along on a 1-time shot I'd wish it would work. So NoScript was bad news. I kinda like Elemon's idea - Blacklist pages that are the worst offenders. ___ Site I posted above, but apparently Slate is pretty bad too.
Sure, backlisting  will take care of annoyances on sites - but IMHO that's not a very good reason to do JavaScript blocking. I use it to drastically reduce the risk of drive-by infections, you really do need whitelisting against that. And once you get into the habit, it really isn't that much bother - only need a bit of fiddling when you visit a new domain.

But hey, I also avoid Flash and Java in my main browser - if I need to watch flash, I temporarily fire up Chrome for that specific URL. I only need Java for NemID, and that steaming pile of manure(*) is only allowed to run in a Linux VM.

(*): NemID, that is - while I despise applets with lots of bileful nerdrage, Java and the JVM itself are decent enough.
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: April 19, 2013, 04:03:41 PM
So, back in... not sure exactly when, but early 2000s, pre-2003, I bought a used NAD 314 (originally purchased in 1996, the receipt says). It's been a trusty friend, and undergone repairs once - but I got tired of smacking it around to get all the speakers working.

So, Wednesday, I went out and bought this beauty:
A Cambridge Audio azur 651A. It's super nice to have decent audio again, without having to smack the amp around every few minutes - and tight bass and treble sections seem to have quite tighter response. I can't tell much of a difference when listening to Nick Cave, Depeche Mode or The Cure... but stuff like VNV Nation and Suicide Commando, or Metallica's "...and Justice For All"? Wow.

Not sure my neighbors appreciate it as much as I do, though.

Also, I kinda wanted an amp with TOSlink, but stereo amps sporting that had ridiculous pricetags, and generally wouldn't be able to downmix surround signals (though handling stereo at 24bit 96 or 192KHz). This amp has an USB input, connecting it to a computer makes it show up as a generic USB audio device, capable of 16bit@33/44.1/48KHz... good enough for me, especially at the pricetag. And it even works without a hitch on Linux, who would've thought?!

Next up: getting the NAD C521BEE fixed... all the smacking around of the NAD314 has gotten the laser desynced, so it doesn't play CDs anymore embarassed embarassed embarassed
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Worst Javascript/other intrusions? on: April 19, 2013, 03:40:35 PM
If you're going to block javascript, use noscript or don't bother. And it's really not that much bother once you get into the habit.

You can't really call ghostery an "adblockplus" spinoff, they do quite different (and complimentary) things.

The next step is RefControl+RequestPolicy... this does add a fair amount of management overhead for first-time visits to new sites, but IMHO it's worth it... you'll end up blocking a crapload of stuff that even ABP+Ghostery+NoScript misses.

You'll also want to turn RC+RP off temporarily if you're shopping, because it's way too much bother once credit-card handling stuff is involved... but it's really nice armor for your everyday surfing smiley
111  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Do you use a good office chair when programming? on: April 15, 2013, 03:29:11 PM
p3lb0x should post some pics of the various chairs he has mutilated. Spends way too much time in front of the computer, that kiddo, and just can't sit still.
Sorry, both chairs have already been thrown out as well as the yoga ball. My current chairs seat is not attached though and the padding is coming loose.
At least you have those two sturdy old desktop cabinets you can wear down tongue
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: April 11, 2013, 12:14:48 AM
Just for fun, I installed a bitcoin miner yesterday evening, and joined a mining pool.

If my maths is any good, it seemed like - at the current rate - it would take me around 400 days to mine one single BTC, even though I used a GPU miner (on my not-so-recent-but-still-relatively-beefy GTX460... but OK, AMD/ATI cards are better for mining). And do note the "at the current rate" - mining gets progressively harder as the minting-limit approaches.

Guess one has to gamble the bubble (or resort to botcoining :p) in order to cash out on the scheme - and neither is my cuppa tea.
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: convert MOBI or EPUB ebook format to PDF while influencing font size? on: April 11, 2013, 12:08:33 AM
HanllyJimes: are you, perchance, affiliated with said product in any way?
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye OpenOffice, Hello LibreOffice on: April 10, 2013, 06:58:38 AM
* f0dder sighs and counts to ten.
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye OpenOffice, Hello LibreOffice on: April 10, 2013, 06:48:16 AM
Next step: "Goodbye LibreOffice, hello SoftMaker Office". Once it has .ods support...!
LibreOffice might suck a bit, but it's gratis - that matters to a lot of people.
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye OpenOffice, Hello LibreOffice on: April 09, 2013, 04:19:59 PM
EDIT: It finished and Windows reports it is 184MB.
Round-nearest vs. truncate-to-zero? :-)
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye OpenOffice, Hello LibreOffice on: April 09, 2013, 02:43:07 PM
OK then I downloaded the correct file, the top link. It comes down as an MSI file but only 79.9 MB. Can't seem to get the entire file to download. Weird!
If your browser is bugging out or your internet connection is unstable, downloading with a torrent client might be a good idea - it's more resilient against errors, and where you often need to restart downloads from the beginning, torrent clients only have to restart a single failed chunks.
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye OpenOffice, Hello LibreOffice on: April 09, 2013, 11:32:08 AM
I cant download Libreoffice. It apparently is a torrent download from their site. Claims it is a 185 MB file but only 7.79 MB is downloaded. Do I need a torrent program to get this?
I think you might be clicking on the wrong link -- confusingly, the links for the installer and for the torrent are very close:
I've been confused by this at least twice embarassed

Might be on purpose? - they save bandwidth when people download with a torrent client.
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MagicRAR on: April 09, 2013, 11:30:21 AM
Please do not revive old threads from the dead just to post advertisements - I've asked the moderators to put a lock on it so it can rest in peace.
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: April 09, 2013, 02:03:09 AM
The initiator of the Bitcoin experiment went under the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto. Towards the end of 2010 Satoshi apparently left the project saying he had moved on to other things.
  • Come up with a processing-intensive alternative currency.
  • Write efficient botnet code.
  • ...?
  • Profit!
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 08, 2013, 03:27:40 PM
I beg you a judgment about the penultimate message I posted, the message with the girl sleeping on her breast. I consider it very funny but a (male) member considers it inappropriate instead. I am ready to remove it but first I am curious to know what's your impression.
It's not something that triggered my humor-o-meter very much, but taste differs - didn't find it offensive (given that this thread is marked NSFW). Dunno if it's a bit too much for some people, and whether stuff like that should be put in a spoiler tag along with a disclaimer?

I personally don't mind either way smiley
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Readability - Get rid of the clutter so you can read! on: April 08, 2013, 01:51:44 PM
Since the thread was revived, I'll piggyback too:

I really like how Readability formats pages... but is there any way to not make it push the content to the Readability site? And not having to enable/whitelist JavaScript on the page I want in a readable format?

Alternatives to readability would be OK as well, since I don't need the "read later" and whatever features.
123 Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: UTF-8 bug? on: April 08, 2013, 10:37:58 AM
Does CHS support Unicode characters at all?

(most of? all of?) mouser's stuff is written in Borland C++ Builder, which didn't use to have Unicode support. A few quick searches on the board doesn't seem to indicate that mouser has switched to a version with Unicode support (...which would probably mean a fair amount of source code changes as well).
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Discourse in Practice on: April 07, 2013, 04:48:37 PM
It does persist progress.  Not sure by what mechanism it does it, but it does persist progress.  And that's the reason behind the endless scrolling.
...and I'd hope it does it in a database-persisted setting rather than a cookie - because otherwise, it's useless smiley. Given that the team behind Discourse are pretty skilled (even if they chose RoR :p), I'd expect it not to be a cookie hack.

Doesn't change my overall sentiment, though.

125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Discourse in Practice on: April 07, 2013, 10:00:48 AM
I hate "endless scrolling" with a passion.

It makes the scrollbar useless (both for scrolling and as a visual indicator of progress) once you're a few pages down, and if I'm searching for something specific in a thread, I often have an idea that it's a page n+/-3 (or whatever), something you just don't get with endless scrolling. Oh, and if a site doesn't persist "progress", or persists it in a cookie, that's just extra hate-fuel, since I often switch browsers and machines.
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