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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Finally! A private, non-cloud file-sharing service on: May 03, 2013, 04:51:25 PM
Curt: it's because you haven't dealt with well-seeded torrents - and, perhaps, because you haven't had proper port-forwarding (which shouldn't matter with well-seeded stuff, but will hurt you badly with scarce and/or pirated stuff).

The protocol itself has several advantages to http/ftp... first, it's distributed - so you can saturate N links instead of 1. It has chunk-sized error detection and correction - with HTTP and FTP, you wont detect corruption unless you do an md5sum after downloading, and it's corrupt you'll have to regrab everything. With torrents, everything is broken into chunks (size can vary, but iirc chunksize is usually around 512kb).

Also, both HTTP and FTP *sucks* for small files - you need a new request for each file. For FTP it's really bad, for HTTP at least pipelining and keepalive mitigates stuff a bit... for torrents, you just keep on streaming (in a way that's not optimal for grabbing individual small files, but extremely superior for grabbing a wad of stuff).

Legitimate stuff has often sucked on torrents, though - a few years ago, I could grab linux ISOs a lot faster through HTTP than their torrent services - I guess they simply didn't hook up the entire http server bandwidth to their torrent protocol, which is pretty damn silly... after getting ~100kb/s (from random peers) for a few minutes, I'd cancel the download and hammer their HTTP servers directly at 4MB/s.
102  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Office 2013 drops cleartype, fonts a disaster. Any way to fix it? on: May 01, 2013, 04:36:55 PM
Btw, if you spend any time on linux (ubuntu), you may have realized the freetype rendering is superior to cleartype anyway.
That surprises me a bit - at least a while ago, FreeType didn't include sophisticated TTF hinting because of patents... but perhaps they've been able to work around that, or by using another font format, or something?

I've never been much of a fan of font anti-aliasing anyway, neither on Windows, Linux nor OS X - looks too smudgy for me, both on CRTs and TFTs.
103  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Google ad test on: May 01, 2013, 01:26:10 PM
Interesting idea to add the warning stuff - the ads served are definitely distasteful.
104  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: BestCrypt Container Encryption - 50% OFF at BDJ on: April 28, 2013, 04:29:34 PM
BestCrypt is (or at least used to be, haven't checked it in ages) a decent product.

But with TrueCrypt around, I honestly don't see the raison d'ĂȘtre for BC.
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye OpenOffice, Hello LibreOffice on: April 28, 2013, 04:19:05 PM
My problem with LibreOffice is how resource intensive it is (and OpenOffice before it).
Open with a 3-sheet spreadsheet open, LibreOffice is using 128k of memory on my openSUSE Linux machine. I don't know what it would do on a Windows machine, which I assume you're using?
I seriously doubt you're looking at the correct memory stats. It's around 31 megs for LibreOffice calc on my Mint install, just-launched with three empty sheets.

Besides, it's not just about memory usage, the suite is a major CPU pig. It's slightly sluggish even on my i7-3770 with 16 gigs of ram - but try using it on a pmmx-200 with 64 megabytes. Office2000 on that hardware flies.
106 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...
107  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.
108  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?

109  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?
110  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
111  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.
112  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
113  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.
114  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
115  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
116  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
117  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.
118  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?
119  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.
120  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.
121  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? :-)
122  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.
123  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.
124  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.
125  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!
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