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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Judge skeptical of "torrent chaser" law firm's antics. Jail time threatened. on: March 13, 2013, 02:19:31 PM
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127  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Amazon creepy ... on: March 12, 2013, 05:19:52 PM
4wd: I think I've figured out why I get the Collusion behavior I do. Instead of blocking referrer by default, I had it said to spoof to a google.com address. I normally hit google.dk, so while referrer links pointed to www.google.com/somethingsomething, I had never actually visited that address. I think that could explain why Collusion shows a bubble for each site, but pointing to nothing.

After I visited google.ae (to make sure it existed) and set the spoofed referrer to hxxp://google.ae/search?q=midget+nazi+porn , all visited sites after that link to (surprise surprise) google.ae. This does look quite festive, but it also means Collusion is extremely slow - and the graph isn't very useful for spotting actual referrer problems. I guess it
would be saner to block by default rather than spoofing, but... spoofing is funnier embarassed
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Or perhaps what I really want is an "advanced" mode that lets me do some regex matching smiley
That'd be nice....I look forward to "f0dder's Referer Mangler"  Grin
I think I already have some ideas for improvements, but I'm already spread pretty thin, and have never looked at extension development before. And I'd hate forking an extension, making some changes, and then not keeping it up to date. I also kinda think some of the ideas I have would be too large in scope for the RefControl author wanting to include it in his pretty lightweight plugin.

I'll mull a bit over this smiley

EDIT: just reset Collusion and changed default RefControl action to block, visiting new sites pops up the individual bubbles again. I think I'll keep the setting at block - easier to see connections that way. And while Collusion slows to a crawl even with just the individual bubbles, adding edges (and the "node pull" that incurs) makes it even slower smiley
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Reach Into Transparent Computer, Grab Content on: March 12, 2013, 12:47:55 PM
Touch screens better than T9 texting? That made me almost laugh - but instead I just snorted cynically.

Anyway, me asking a guy at the office if he had preordered the Leap Motion ended up with his preorder increasing to 5 units embarassed, so... going to be funny to see whether that's just going to end up as an expensive dust-gathering toy tongue
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: waiting for Task Host window to close on: March 11, 2013, 11:10:15 AM
Even though a process might not have a visible window you can see, "windows" are used by Windows for more than just showing windows - and even each visible window is usually constructed from mutiple smaller "window objects" :-P

Yep, the above was meant to confuse! smiley

So, even programs that don't have any visible windows might still use a "window object" - "what good is that!", you might ask? And this would be a fine question indeed. A window object, even if invisible, has an associated Message Queue, which is one of Windows' ways for letting programs communicate with each other; some APIs require this, and thus you might see even console applications have these hidden windows.

If, for some reason, a program stops processing messages from it's message queue, Windows will deem that program "unresponsive". This can happen for various reasons, including bugs in the program itself, as well as 3rd party code. Various "system enhancers" that use windows hooks can do a lot of mischief!

That was a bit of background story, which might not bring you any closer to a solution. It sounds like you returned after a longer time period, which puzzles me a bit - I thought the shutdown process ended up doing force-kill after a few minutes or so.

My guess is it's a buggy 3rd party program that messes up the shutdown sequence, but it's not a super easy thing to debug - you're in a situation where you can't start any new programs to diagnose the problem, and any previously-loaded diagnostic programs would have already been shut down smiley
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: "Half of our users block ads. Now what?" on: March 11, 2013, 09:36:45 AM
Anyone interested can look up LRPS (long range penetration strain). It's not a new idea and has been around for decades.
Sounds painful!  Cool
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Amazon creepy ... on: March 11, 2013, 09:22:23 AM
But I think I've nailed the point. (I really meant that stuff above -- it's coming.)
Oh, I didn't mean worry as in "I'm worried if it will start happening", but "I'm worried what the implications are" - I know the bastards are already being bastards. Which is why I try to reduce my footprint a bit - though not going to an all-out-paranoid level smiley
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Amazon creepy ... on: March 11, 2013, 08:02:19 AM
Renegade: yep, it's outside the browser - which is a good reason I don't use customer loyalty cards. Theoretically that kind of tracking can be done through my credit card debit card, but I believe that's illegal here in .dk - or perhaps it's "just" a violation of ISO/PCI compliance. Obviously doesn't stop the PET from x-ref'ing my purchases for stuff that can be used to make bombs or drugs, and it doesn't stop those records from being sent to .us intelligence (all transactions get dumped on a daily basis).

While the browser isn't the only way of collecting data, it's by far the easiest to harvest from - and I reckon that for most people, it's also where the most compromising/embarassing/whatever kinda data could be extracted from. So it makes sense to panzer your browser smiley

What worries me most about all this Big Data stuff is companies selling or swapping data. I don't really mind Amazon giving me offers based on my browse/purchase history at amazon, but I don't want that data going anywhere, and I don't want any outside data effecting those suggestions.

4wd: default Collusion settings under 'filters' is "show cookie-based connections" and "show non-cookie-based connections" both enabled - for me, that shows a node for every site I've visited (and 3rd party sites those sites have pulled resources from...) - the only edge at the moment is DoCo<>PayPal, though. Before adding RefControl (and resetting Collusion), I had an insane amount of edges within a few couple of days, and after a week or so the Collusion UI ran at less than 1fps smiley. It's already super slow now, and showing Collusion in a separate browser window slows down the rest of firefox massively - it's only really useful to open it in a tab, look a bit at the graph, and close the tab again.

Also, I wish RefControl were a bit more flexible - "3rd-party requests only" should be changed to a dropdown with that option and "1st-party requests only". That way the default could be block/forge, a very few trusted sites would be "normal", and some of the pesky sites would have "1st-party only normal" which would handle their internal referrer checking, but block referrer for 3rd party sites. Or perhaps what I really want is an "advanced" mode that lets me do some regex matching smiley
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Amazon creepy ... on: March 10, 2013, 06:29:30 PM
Well, I'm giving RefControl a go - it's either full-gungho whitelisting or nothing at all, can't see much point in middle ground smiley. So far I'm setting it up to always set http://www.google.com as the referrer, as that's kinda plausible (well, except you'd probably usually have a query string, but... whatever smiley).

Btw, how'd you get the collusion graph entirely black? Normally it shows the sites you've visited?
(First whitelist - DoCo wants referrer when you post :-))
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Amazon creepy ... on: March 10, 2013, 06:03:11 PM
Tried that - even with noscript, adblock and ghostery, it gets reaaaaally big and messy (and unusably slow) really fast smiley
You forgot to block/forge Referers also - I've had them forged for almost three months and Collusion has been completely blank since then.
Hm, you're probably right - not sure how much data gathering is done via referrer, but it's a data point at any rate.

I wonder how much stuff would break and need whitelisting? NoScript isn't too bad, but much more hassle than that and it's too bothersome. Ah well, I guess I'll give RefControl a try - considered installing it back when I read the Collusion thread, but decided not to based on some of the user reviews. Ah well, here we go smiley
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Amazon creepy ... on: March 10, 2013, 12:04:34 PM
And possibly install Collusion so you can see who's sharing what with who even though you haven't visited the "other" site.
Tried that - even with noscript, adblock and ghostery, it gets reaaaaally big and messy (and unusably slow) really fast smiley
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SimCity - EA shows us all how to ruin a landmark game with DRM. on: March 09, 2013, 04:37:03 PM
retweeted by 'simcity'?  Is that the official channel?
Spot on the sugar, baby.
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Amazon creepy ... on: March 09, 2013, 03:11:01 PM
Facebook and Amazon may be sharing data. If this is the source, Ghostery can block this kind of behavior by blocking social plugins..
Yeah, and you do want this! Even if you've disabled the facebook app platform and aren't logged in to facebook, any site that has a like button or comment field will track you back to facebook. It's not unreasonable to think that other big sites are doing the same.
138  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SimCity - EA shows us all how to ruin a landmark game with DRM. on: March 09, 2013, 03:09:18 PM
Well, have a look at this...

If you're not "seeing it", look again, hard.
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139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Amazon creepy ... on: March 09, 2013, 01:10:03 PM
I will check Ghostery out and the article you linked. Thanks.
Note that the people behind Ghostery are kinda-involved with advertising, and there's a lot of tinfoil hat flak because of this.

However, Ghostery is better than not using anything of the sort, and as long as you don't join the "GhostRank" (off by default) there shouldn't be any privacy concerns. I like the addon smiley (seems to be better in ffox than chrome, btw - no cookie blocking in chrome).
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: upgrade to SSD on: March 09, 2013, 08:57:38 AM
I have Genie Timeline as part of my tool stack, I want that story!
Well, start by reading here.

A bit after that, TimeLine had used the allotted storage on my fileserver. Instead of cleaning up previous versions, as it's supposed to be able to do, it simply said it had run out of space, and stopped backing up. Dunno if the "clean up previous" thing only works on USB drives or whatever, but this is a major flaw.

Went off to look at registration cost anyway, and the pro version was way too steep. Even the home edition was a bit pricey, considering you only get the software and no cloud storage or whatever. And looking at the feature matrix confused the hell out of me, since my home trial was doing stuff apparently only the pro version should handle (frequent backups, and manual file selection rather than the presets).

I uninstalled, and referred to both the no-cleanup-bug and feature-confusion. Got a mail from a sales rep some days later... which said I should look at the feature matrix to clear up any misunderstanding. Right, so much for reading comprehension skills, sales monkey smiley

After running backup-less (apart from SpiderOak for the most important stuff) for a while, I ended up biting the bullet and going for CrashPlan after having used it on my work laptop (company paid). It's kinda clungy and resource hungry, and only after purchasing it I realized you can't do local backups to a network share (which pisses me off royally!), but at least it works.

Still haven't found any backup program I feel really good about, though. Timeline with bugs (and some of the stuff mentioned in the posts I linked to above) fixed + cloud sync of a specified backup subset would come very close. But it's not there.
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Amazon creepy ... on: March 09, 2013, 06:54:58 AM
Hummm, tried to repeat it - fired up Chrome, googled for "Office 2003 SBE". Didn't click anything, the went directly to amazon.co.uk (not logged in to my account), no references to Office. Tried amazon.com, still no dice.

In my main browser (firefox), I've got AdBlockPlus, NoScript and Ghostery. I never see any targeted ads tongue
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Judge skeptical of "torrent chaser" law firm's antics. Jail time threatened. on: March 09, 2013, 06:40:25 AM
I really, really, really, really hope these snakes end up in jail. Society would be better if more lawyers knew what ruining people's lives means... first-hand.
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SimCity - EA shows us all how to ruin a landmark game with DRM. on: March 08, 2013, 07:39:49 PM
I wouldn't buy the game even if it didn't have DRM.

For one, I'm done with EA - they're some of the worst scumbags in the games industry at the moment. Absorbing good franchises and turning them into crap.

But I'm not even going to download the cracked version. From what I've seen so far, the game has purrrrdy graphics, but that's about it - the gameplay has been dumbed down, and the city size is ludicrously restricted.

Here's a link to a much better game :-)
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is RedHat willing to concede too much to Micorosoft? Linus Torvalds thinks so. on: March 08, 2013, 07:37:23 PM
I did see the part where "anyone with a credit card can bypass UEFI."
Eh... what?
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommendations for a Host OS? on: March 08, 2013, 12:52:07 PM
If you already have VMWare...why?
For testing purposes, I reckon. Dunno if it's smart to test a hypervisor on anything but bare metal, though tongue (could be enough to test the install & setup procedure, but definitely not for testing actually running stuff on it).
146  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Building a Desktop on: March 07, 2013, 12:24:53 PM
I've had really nasty BSODs that resulted in pretty nasty data corruption
Ditto for nVidia in the past - why I tend to go for all AMD systems - plus whilst I know core i5/7 gives best performance I still think AMD gives best bang for the money!
Humm, I've had a fair share of different GPUs in the past - probably skewed in favor of nvidia now, but I've had a decent number of ATI as well. Have had BSODs on both (though not any driver-related since Vista arrived, for good reasons), but the only time I've had royally screwed up system afterwards has been with ATI drivers.

Might get best bang for the buck with AMD, I'd go for their CPUs if I needed to build something budget. But they don't perform anywhere near Intel CPUs at the same clock rate. It's an awful shame, they really shook up the market (and stayed on top for a while!) after they launched the AMD64 architecture... but haven't delivered anything worthwhile since Intel introduced core2. I miss some competition Sad

Ihave been stung in the past mixing AMD and nVidia chipsets. Not sure about Intel and AMD/nVidia compatibility but since Intel seem to be getting out of the chipset game it is probably not worth wondering about any more!
Hm, out of the chipset market? I heard they're getting out of the motherboard market, but I didn't think they were going to leave the chipset market?
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Building a Desktop on: March 07, 2013, 12:07:37 PM
There were a few dodgy Catalyst releases early in version 12 but verion 13 seems rock steady to me.
I've had really nasty BSODs that resulted in pretty nasty data corruption - granted, that's quiiiite a few years ago, but that kind of thing leaves an impact. It's also not too long ago that you couldn't do system-wide DEP because the AMD/ATi drivers were crap (that'd give you wonderful BSODs too). While the situation might be OK now, it just doesn't give me a lot of confidence in their software engineers.

Can't say I have found a game that seems to suffer from not having it and strangely I have it installed (seems to be a requirement for some games weven though they don't use it!!!).
I prefer having it and not using it (goes for CUDA too), compared to not having it and not being able to run something that wants it :-)
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommendations for a Host OS? on: March 07, 2013, 11:58:07 AM
Also, has anyone ever heard of a way to move an OS from a physical disk into a VM?
Sure, it's called V2P - there's also P2V, V2V, and P2P, for various scenarios. It's not entirely trivial, since you're possibly dealing with both conversion between virtual disk formats, as well as OS adjustments (drivers, boot devices).

I've had pretty decent success with Paragon Virtualization Manager, it's how I do Windows installs - set everything up in the comfort of a virtual machine while doing whatever on the host OS machine, when everything looks golden the OS gets a defrag, and then I can V2P+OsAdjust it on to the physical hardware.

Good luck with running your main rig hypervised - haven't seen any product that offers non-sucky graphics performance. Vmware comes close, but not if you want full DirectX (or OpenGL, if you swing that way) feature support (or performance).
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Building a Desktop on: March 07, 2013, 11:46:15 AM
Are you going for 1x8gig stick? I'd personally go for 2x4 instead - cheaper to replace if one goes bust (not to mention if one goes bust, you can run your system at 4gig while you're waiting for a new stick). ((Ok, so I personally went for 4x4, but if the choice was 1x8 or 2x4... smiley).

I also wouldn't go for the wireless - but that's mostly because I've never had great success with it, wired plain old works and is cheap, and if the new ├╝bercharged wireless matures, it's going to be cheaper then. Often not a very good idea to be a tech first mover.

Dunno about GPU - haven't researched the market for a while, but I've been burned enough by bad AMD/ATi drivers (and noisy fans) that it'd take some convincing. And they still don't support PhysX, do they?

Why are you going for the *K CPU? OK, on the i5 you get HD4000 graphics instead of HD2000 (whereas on i7 you get HD4000 on both), but are you going to utilize that? You miss out on VT-d and trusted execution on the *K model, those might be more interesting in the long run.

As for power, you don't really need all that much. Unfortunately I lost the power readings I did on my current right (Corsair TX550M PSU, ASUS P8Z77-V PRO, i7-3770, 4x4gig Corsair DDR3-1600, Intel 520 SSD, WD 2.5" 300gig 10k-rpm velociraptor, Gigabyte 1gig GTX460), but I think it's somewhere along the lines of 50-70W idle? And I weren't able to push it to 300W even while maxing out both the GPU and the CPU. Go for something with decent cable management, low noise, and stable voltages (Be Quiet! and Corsair has some decent models - but do a lot of studying, stable CPU voltages is going keep your motherboard happy). Oh, and decent PSUs also mean less power drain, under load as well as idle (and the so-called "power-off", which really isn't unless you flip the switch on the PSU or the wall socket).

EDIT: I mostly went with that particular motherboard (over a cheaper micro-atx one) because it has onboard Intel NIC - having had bad experiences with other brands in the past. It also has onboard wifi, which was helpful when assembling the system. Wasn't really necessary, though - the i5 system on my new server has realteak or whatever, and I easily saturate the gigabit connection between them. And micro-atx boards might use a bit less power than full-sized ones? (A bit hard to make direct comparisons because the boards tend to have relatively different feature sets smiley).
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Which to use when? Reparse points (Junctions), Symbolic links, and Libraries. on: March 07, 2013, 03:57:21 AM
Because of this incident I do not have the same confidence in the latest version(s) of NTFS as in the older NTFS version(s)  from 2003/XP.
I would blame Oracle before I blame NTFS - seeing the amount of data-loss bugs and just plain weird behavior I see discussed on our companys internal mailing list, I'm surprised anybody feels safe using that in production.

NTFS is put under extreme stress testing by Microsoft. They're running 256-core machines with several terabytes of RAM, for chrissakes smiley (there's a channel9 video somewhere where Mark Russinovich, iirc, logs onto that beast). And John Carmack has played with content-addressable data storage on NTFS (if you look a bit into the amounts of data required for content in their latest engines, well...)

Anyway, not saying it's impossible that there could be bugs in NTFS - just that given the choice of doubting NTFS or doubting whOracle, it's a no-brainer where I'd put my money :-)
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