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151  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: March 29, 2013, 02:19:25 PM
But you know who are and will continue to really make out like bandits with this? The guys with the botnets, distributing malware with bitcoin miner software, getting unsuspecting users to generate BTC for them when their computers are idle.
Indeed - hence why I think the currency should be renamed "botcoin". The whole thing has always seemed extremely shady to me - like, the original author using a pseudonym, the guy who came to #doco and wanted *us* to write articles about it, et cetera. But I guess I wouldn't want to reveal my real name if I had conjured up a Get Rich From Botnets plan smiley

On top of that, I'm pretty much with 40hz. Enjoy the bubble before it bursts.
152  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Folder protection on: March 29, 2013, 01:44:39 PM
I know this isn't what you want to hear, but: use TrueCrypt or don't bother at all.

Pretty much anything else won't be anything but a false sense of security. And if you only want a half-hearted solution, why bother doing anything at all? smiley
153  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: In search of ... opinions on AMD vs Intel graphics cards on: March 21, 2013, 05:47:05 PM
Haven't compared specs (you didn't give much info on the Intel system anyway smiley), but the AMD one will likely have the fastest graphics - Intel has come a long way with their HDxxxx graphics, but still lag behind... AMD bought up ATi, so, yeah...

If you don't need fancy 3D graphics, you might want to look at power consumption instead - Intel is likely going to have the upper hand here, as well as on CPU grunt, depending on which Intel CPU is in the Toshiba laptop. AMD just haven't been able to keep up since core2 was introduced, which is a shame (and quite a few yeas ago now).
154  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wrigley Making Caffeinated Gum - New Alert Energy Caffeine Gum on: March 21, 2013, 10:05:59 AM
Hm, I think ThinkGeek used to sell caffeinated water - brew your coffee with that.

Caffeine pills used to be over-the-counter in Denmark. As usual, some stupid brats managed to mess that up smiley
155  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ironshield antivirus on: March 21, 2013, 07:46:12 AM
@f0dder - maybe you should ask the guys over at Cisco that question?
Yeah, saw that yesterday - efiin' insane.

Oh, and nice pic you chose to go along with the story Thmbsup
156  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 21, 2013, 07:45:20 AM
Lance Armstrong cycling on drugs: (see attachment in previous post)
BWAHAHAHAHA~~~~!!!
But... HOW high? :-)
157  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Data Execution Prevention notes on: March 20, 2013, 05:58:07 PM
I don't think I've come across (official) printer driver software in a long time that wasn't extremely tacky, garish, and completely useless. I usually try to find a way to extract just the necessary driver files, as I can't stand that "value-added" crap smiley. Goes for my Pixma ip2600, but at least the printer works decently, and I didn't have to work too hard to get the non-crap files (found a clean Vista driver that works on Win7, rather than the ├╝berbloated Win7 driver).

It sucks that there's so much poorly programmed software that b0rks with DEP enabled - it's due to bugs or pesky compression/protection software that's trying to be a bit too sneaky for it's own good. With such a relatively short list, I'd personally add DEP exceptions and keep EMET installed, though.
158  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When it comes to EA, it just keeps getting better - or worse... on: March 20, 2013, 05:52:08 PM
Now, how much and what kind of REALLY BAD DRUGS does somebody need to come up with to design a system that launches local games by installing a custom URL handlers Wtf is wrong with these people?
I think Valve (Steam) was on some really strong drugs.  Everyone else just copied them without the high.
Ugh Valve did (does?) that as well? And started it? *sigh*

I generally like Steam pretty well, but protocol handlers to launch games is just... plain old fscked up.
159  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Data Execution Prevention notes on: March 20, 2013, 02:44:12 PM
Hm, with EMET 3.0 you should be able to set your system DEP to "Always On", but configure individual apps to not have it - not sure if that'd work for a printer driver (would most likely be a DLL loaded into the printing process' address space?) - but should work for other stuff.

Don't think I've ever run into crashing apps because of EMET - I've got DEP always-on, SEHOP app opt-out and ASLR app opt-in. Haven't seen it protect me from malware either, but in case anything should ever slip by my panzered firefox, at least it's an extra layer of mitigation smiley
160  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Bastion's dev announce a new game! on: March 20, 2013, 02:34:38 PM
Hm, heavily pushed? Yeah, you switch to new weapon immediately when you pick it up, which kinda sucks - they should've either made an armory very close to each new weapon so you could switch back, or there should've been some special game mechanics on the level requiring the new weapon...

But other than that "very special thing" at the very last level, you weren't really forced nor heavily pushed to use the new weapon?
161  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Can you inagine a world without any personal privacy? Because it's here. on: March 20, 2013, 09:20:03 AM
I'll start it off with this one from Business Insider in that other thread and start the bidding at TWENTY!
I'm only seeing Ghostery block 6 on their front page - perhaps because of RequestPolicy? smiley
162  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When it comes to EA, it just keeps getting better - or worse... on: March 20, 2013, 02:46:41 AM
Now there's news of a verifiable security flaw in EA's Origin platform can facilitate local vulnerability exploits on Origin user's PCs.
At first I was "meh, local exploit - whatever". Decided to take a look anyway, flipped through the ReVuln PDF (linked to from the Vimeo site), and turns out it's slightly more interesting - allowing you to launch arbitrary processes on systems that have Origin installed, if you can get it to launch an URL. It's still fairly boring technically, but could actually be dangerous.

Now, how much and what kind of REALLY BAD DRUGS does somebody need to come up with to design a system that launches local games by installing a custom URL handlers Wtf is wrong with these people?
163  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Bastion's dev announce a new game! on: March 20, 2013, 02:38:28 AM
I really liked Bastion.

True, gameplay is pretty much same old same old all way through, but atmosphere & aesthetics was what kept me glued to it. A lot of the late-game weapons are pretty crappy and boring (so I went for relatively early highly-upgraded ones), and I'm not super fond of the last one or two levels - other than that, I felt it was well worth playing through, though. And it had a reasonable length for my attention span smiley

So if the devs can make another game that's as polished and atmospheric, I'm all over it.
164  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ironshield antivirus on: March 19, 2013, 04:12:49 AM
  And if your using Open Source Code, don't that open a channel for hackers to figure out how to bypass it?
It's somewhat easier to hunt for juicy bugs if you've got the source code - but there's some very powerful binary analysis programs available as well (though not to the general public).

At any rate, it's a moot point - both the Windows and Linux kernel have had stuff like 10-year outstanding local privilege escalation exploits, and you can be sure they still both do - just not (publicly) known yet. And closed vs. open doesn't matter that much, since there's serious money in malware these days. If it's there, they will find it.

Linux does have the advantage of getting bugs patched faster once they're found - but there's also been reeeeal oopsies like Debian getting rid of proper SSH randomization because a developer didn't understand Valgrind properly (why does a person like that deal with security-crucial code?)
165  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Advice needed re: locking windows kernel in RAM on: March 18, 2013, 07:40:43 PM
I have plenty of RAM on my desktop PCs (6 and 8 Gb respectively), so my question was academic and your responses anticipated. This topic is kinda in the same category of " should I use a RAM disk?"
I used to do this back in the days when I didn't have enough RAM to disable the pagefile entirely.

Now, the following quite from Ath makes sense logically:
And forcing the kernel into RAM on a low memory system, so it's even more busy swapping the currently active application in and out of memory, instead of some kernel code you're not using (much) at the moment?
...but the real-world effect was a system that ran somewhat more smoothly. With DisablePagingExecutive enabled, Windows "recovered" faster (with lots less page-in activity) after, say, exiting a memory-hungry game. And I never ran into any adverse effects by having the setting enabled.

Dunno if there'd be any idea of doing it when you've running without pagefile. While there's nothing to page-out to, perhaps the setting could influence whether unmodified code sections are discarded and later page-in'd? *shrug* - not like I'm ever running low on memory on my current rig smiley

But on old systems with limited RAM and slow harddrives? It's worth checking out - depending on how you're using the system, it might be a performance increase.
166  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ironshield antivirus on: March 18, 2013, 10:02:18 AM
Given the kind of results google returns, this seems pretty fishy.
167  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MagicRAR Drive Press - worth anything? on: March 18, 2013, 09:42:10 AM
Interesting development - thanks for the info, Zatronium, and thanks to mouser for the extra bit of investigation. So... SimonKing probably didn't write a single line of code, but just rebranded Comprexx? Cute.

I agree that one should not be using the gung-ho NTFS compression on an SSD - already written it in previous posts, but it doesn't hurt repeating smiley
168  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Evil Empire being sued by... a former-Lucas property? on: March 16, 2013, 02:11:19 PM
So, a former property of the creator of a fictional Evil Empire is suing an Evil Empire... love it!
Kiss tongue
169  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Reader gone on: March 14, 2013, 05:02:12 PM
feeddemon is gone too Sad

http://nick.typepad.com/blog/
Yeah, again - http://www.donationcoder....33306.msg320765#msg320765 .
170  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Reader gone on: March 14, 2013, 11:39:33 AM
There's already discussion about the subject here - perhaps mouser could splice the posts from there to here, since this is probably a better place to have the conversation? smiley
171  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Amazon creepy ... on: March 14, 2013, 07:42:27 AM
Nope, not forging now, blocking - if I were forging, all sites would be connecting to the one forged referrer (btw, when I say "forge" I mean "forge with a custom string", not "forging to site base address" which is RefControls (somewhat badly chosen, IMHO) definition of "forge").

Most of the bubbles (probably 90%) on the above screenshots are sites I've actually visited - a few being legitimate external requests that I've let through RequestPolicy. I haven't done any thorough tests, but I think that any requested site, cookies or not, ends up generating a node. Edges obviously represents referrers.

I block 3rd-party cookies, but other than that I do allow them, and I don't wipe them after sessions have terminated. There's a lot of places where cookies are required or just pretty darn convenient. Dunno if there's much use in being ├╝ber-watchful of cookies once you disallow 3rd-party ones? Especially with all the other filtering being done by extensions?
172  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Google Reader - Mini-Review on: March 14, 2013, 07:33:02 AM
Well, if you ain't payin', you ain't a customer.

Software as a Service - gotta love it Kiss

Also, yay at Nick for simply killing FeedDemon instead of doing something crazy like, you know, perhaps open-sourcing it.
173  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Amazon creepy ... on: March 13, 2013, 05:14:37 PM
Ah, already liking RequestPolicy!

Been browsing around for a couple of hours (since the last post, basically), and have probably visited more unique sites than I had before the previous Collusion graph I posted... and yet this is the result:

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Also, pageloads generally seem a bit snappier - no wonder, there's plenty less HTTP requests, plenty less data being transferred, and plenty less USELESS JavaScript being executed. And I'm talking useless as in "stuff that doesn't affect my experience", not useless as in "js is a useless language" :-)
174  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Amazon creepy ... on: March 13, 2013, 02:31:06 PM
Sounds brilliant ... really secure browsing ... painfully slow and almost no functionality beyond plain text and pictures Wink
Painful to set up, perhaps, but after that it should be faster than regular browsing...

RequestPolicy seems like a decent extra for the security minded - probably covers some of the stuff I want(ed) in RefControl. I'm sure their functionality could be combined and UX-improved, though tongue. Anyway, going to take RequestPolicy for a spin, thanks for mentioning it, Ehtyar!
175  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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