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151  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Free Software from Microsoft. on: February 25, 2013, 06:39:34 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/w...oft_Visual_Studio_Express

It may depend on what language you are using, but the Express versions may subject you to one or more of the following (this isn't an all inclusive list):
I looked at the Wiki page, and IMHO your summary list makes it sound worse than it really is smiley (2010 could do x64 without much hassle, 2012 has it built-in - at least according to the wiki).

For the 2012 C#/C++ editions, I'd say that no essential features are cut, and you still get an IDE that's quit a good bit beyond other offerings. Worst part might be not getting add-ons, but you do get static code analysis which rocks (it's not at the level of PVS-Studio, but neither is the pricetag Wink).

Sure, there's some pro features removed, but if there's any free IDEs that pack more punch than the VS Express editions, I'd love to know.
152  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Free Software from Microsoft. on: February 25, 2013, 09:54:40 AM
For an indy developer or hobbyist, taking advantage of these offers is much cheaper than buying or upgrading, and less restrictive than the free Express versions.
Which restrictions are you thinking of? AFAIK there's no restrictions on commercial use of the stuff you build with the express editions, and (at least for the 2012 versions) the stuff that's removed compared to the nonfree editions isn't too bad - you still get a very feature-rich IDE.
153  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Chinese Cyberattacks on: February 23, 2013, 07:05:17 AM
Knowing the wonders possible with Photoshop
It's definitely a 'shop. I can tell by some of the pixels. And from having seen quite a few 'shops in my time!
Yeah. Chinese sweat shop!
154  DonationCoder.com Software / JGPaiva's Ahk Tools / Re: GridMove at github on: February 23, 2013, 06:57:29 AM
Also, like you, I'm not a big fan of GPL, and it looks like it's sort of the standard these days.
It's been so for ages, and that's probably the reason so many people GPL-license their things - not because they've made a conscious choice and understand the various licenses, but because GPL is the default fallback... for good and for worse.

I wonder if the FSF would answer a license-question email along the lines of "ohaithar, you haz real software license comparable to CC-BY-NC-SA, canhazpzlkthx?" :-)
155  DonationCoder.com Software / ProcessTamer / Re: Installing an executable with limited execution priority on: February 23, 2013, 06:54:14 AM
Well, what else can it be? Sometimes (75% of the time) I can run the game and exit without any problems. Other times, if I enter, then exit the game for 5 seconds, things are sluggish afterwards. Logging out and back in always fixes it immediately.
That is a very good question smiley - I just wouldn't expect anything as "near kernel level" as thread scheduling to be fixed by a mere relog.

It might be the game latches on to a Windows resource and fails to release it upon exiting. Logging out simply releases that resource. I've tried debugging it with process explorer without success. What other monitoring utility would you recommend that shows system resource allocations?
Process explorer would be my best bet to start with. There's nothing fishy to spot? Is CPU and memory usage (both the overall as well as looking at individual processes) at normal levels, or is anything spiking? Can you describe the effects of the sluggishness?

I've never used Process Tamer. I was hoping to setup some special priorities on these problem executables so I wouldn't need Process Tamer in the first place.
Ah, I thought you had already tried PT since you posted in this forum smiley

Anyway, would you care to name the game? Perhaps somebody else could take a look at it and try to reproduce, or perhaps there's known quirkiness or something.
156  DonationCoder.com Software / JGPaiva's Ahk Tools / Re: GridMove at github on: February 22, 2013, 06:06:03 PM
Now all that's left is to add a github link to the dcmembers page smiley
Done! smiley http://jgpaiva.dcmembers.com/gridmove.html
Nifty - but to be the eternal nitpicker I am, perhaps you should include the word github? "Source repository @ GitHub" or something like that? (Dunno about other people, but that would hit three of the keywords I look for wrt. source code smiley).
157  DonationCoder.com Software / ProcessTamer / Re: Installing an executable with limited execution priority on: February 22, 2013, 05:13:34 PM
It's so bad, that after quitting this program, the time-slice quantums are adjusted by Windows XP to make all the other programs sluggish.
What? huh - is that actually what happens? (there is - or at least used to be - some quantum/timeslice config you could go at in the registry, but afaik that required a reboot, and I'm not sure the settings work any longer... and if a game messed with them, it would seem weird that logging off/on would restore if quitting the game didn't).

Differently privileged stuff on XP (and everything before it) was a headache, Vistas UAC is actually quite a godsend in that regard. You could probably create a non-privileged user and use "run as user", but it's been years since I messed with it (thankfully!) so the details are hazy. Other methods to drop privileges are flaky.

But are you sure it's a high vs. low privilege thing? Could it be something else, like the CPU/GPU overheating and causing thermal throttling - and that "logging out fixes it" is because of the time it takes doing the relog jig, rather than the act of relogging?

As for flash, it's a well-known hog, and I doubt there's much you can do about it in Firefox (apart from uninstalling cheesy) - Chrome doesn't use the default Adobe plugin, they have their own tweaked version. If Process Tamer on plugin-container doesn't help, I dunno - my experience is that flash is generally a pretty sluggish hog.
158  DonationCoder.com Software / JGPaiva's Ahk Tools / Re: GridMove at github on: February 22, 2013, 05:06:22 PM
Cool beans!

Now all that's left is to add a github link to the dcmembers page smiley
159  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 2013 Version: Browser Wars on: February 22, 2013, 08:13:46 AM
If you have tried it, what is your judgment about Lunascape?
Haven't tried it, but triple the attack vectors in one browser? Might be convenient, but security-wise it's a nightmare. (And how much bother is it, really, to open a separate browser for a no-good browser-dependent site? How many of that kind of sites do you visit these days?)
160  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Batchfile can't recognize long file name...!!!! on: February 21, 2013, 05:32:51 PM
Unless you've disabled 8.3 naming[/b] you can do dir /x at a CLI to get the short name.
Iirc it's disabled on some recent Windows versions, although I can't remember which - might only be server versions. I thought it was disabled as early as possibly Vista, but just realized I have those nasty peckers on my current Win7 installation - "fsutil 8dot3name set 1" and "fsutil 8dot3name strip" time >_<
161  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How-to on taking ownership of your new UEFI equipped PC on: February 20, 2013, 01:57:28 PM
My single-core 64-bit is nx-capable, but I can find NOWHERE in the BIOS how to enable it.  Wonder, indeed.
Funny thing is (if memory serves me right): NX is enabled by default after a CPU reset - you have to actively disable it in software (after which it cannot be software-enabled without a CPU reset).

So why do BIOSes do this? I'm guessing two possible reasons: 1) marketing worms that wanted to use NX-enabled as an upsell. 2) buggy BIOS SMMw. 3) (least likely) known hardware implementation bug.
162  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hangover Pill on: February 19, 2013, 02:08:17 PM
The other pill, discovered in the 1920's, is sold as Antabuse. It pretty much guarantees that you will not get drunk. tongue
Only if you're not hardcore!

Also, one could keep taking enough amphetamines to keep a high alcohol tolerance, that might do the job as well.

Or perhaps, dunno, pretty much unthinkable I realize, but... drink less?
163  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Pre-Purchase Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 4-Pack on: February 19, 2013, 02:06:26 PM
Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?
Beg pardon?
I think it's the third time I use the phrase on DoCo without anybody realizing where it's from Cry
164  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Opera to move to webkit/chromium rendering engines on: February 19, 2013, 02:02:11 PM
So, Opera fires 90 people, basically most of the Core engineers. Even if switching to webkit, that seems... somewhat short-sighted.
165  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: CyberGhost VPN Special Deal (worth a look) on: February 19, 2013, 01:56:29 PM
Could someone clarify for the dumb end user aka me.
Are VPNs useful for doing banking in public hot spots?
Web banking should use SSL connections, and thus should be safe without a VPN - except that there's nastyness like DNS poisoning, so don't do it (and get hold of something like the FireFox Certificate Patrol addon, which lets you spot SSL certificate tampering).

A VPN connection would add safety in this situation, but you've got to have trust in the company you get the VPN through.

Personally, when I'm on public WiFi I SSH to my home server, and use that as a socks4 proxy. Ultimate trust, and no extra cost smiley
166  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How-to on taking ownership of your new UEFI equipped PC on: February 19, 2013, 01:52:03 PM
re-edit: [/color]re-reading the advice, I (again) think it said No. The lack of "NX" is vital, isn't it?
Hmmm, which CPU do you have? It has to be of almost archeological quality to not support NX (the ability to mark memory, in page-sized (4k) regions, as "not executable" - a security feature that was added ages ago).

You might have disabled NX support in your BIOS, though. (And some really lame, especially laptop, BIOSes turn NX-support off without offering you a way to enable it, even though the CPU is capable. One has to wonder, sometimes Roll Eyes ).
167  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Batchfile can't recognize long file name...!!!! on: February 19, 2013, 01:38:23 PM
hulkbuster: your animated gif shows that you're using the start to (try to) launch stuff with spaces in - as rjbull wrote, you need a quoted "window title" (which is unused for most stuff, so you can just pass "").

For running executables, you should be able to launch a quoted path without using start, unless you need some of the parameters you can use with the start command.
168  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Pre-Purchase Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 4-Pack on: February 18, 2013, 06:35:50 PM
...Sniper... Nazi... Zombies?

Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?
169  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How-to on taking ownership of your new UEFI equipped PC on: February 18, 2013, 06:31:50 PM
I have Windows 8 Pro, but has not installed it because the Microsoft Upgrade Adviser said No!
Interesting - it's the smoothest Windows experience I've had so far, and should run better than XP (at least the bloated SP3 pig) even on old hardware smiley
170  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How-to on taking ownership of your new UEFI equipped PC on: February 18, 2013, 05:59:08 PM
Especially since it's so unnecessary to implement it the way they have. And how effective SB will be still remains to be seen.
Unnecessary? The overall design is actually pretty open and flexible. If you want a trusted boot sequence, it could be done a helluva lot worse. Yes, the UX is clumsy, but (for UEFI implementations that do have key management features), you actually have full control and quite a bit of flexibility, and you aren't limited to One Master Key To Bind Them.

As for effectiveness, we'll see indeed. There's no such thing as perfect security, and if you can escalate your exploit-code to kernelmode you'll probably be able to defeat SecureBoot easily. And UEFI is a big and complex beast, so there's probably exploitable bugs in it. But the key architecture seems sound, and security is about a mix of breadth and depth - and SB does raise the bar against pre-OS attacks.

I do predict a lot of people are going to work hard on attacking it, though, since it's such a hated featured and high-profile target.

A computer can officially only run Windows 8 if it has the very same "new UEFI secure boot platform", so it doesn't matter what else I might be planning, if my plans included Win 8
While UEFI+SB might be a requirement to get the "designed for windows 8" certification, Win8 works just perfectly without SecureBoot, and it doesn't need UEFI either, works fine with BIOS booting.
171  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Discourse - A discussion platform by StackExchange's Jeff Atwood on: February 17, 2013, 03:51:58 PM
F0dder, can you say what makes ASP.net better than rails? This is the first time I hear this.
I've already outlined why in posts above smiley

But to recap: Ruby is dead slow (and can't handle threading, so you kinda need one process per request - this makes it even slower), and rails is a rats nest of vulnerabilities.
172  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How-to on taking ownership of your new UEFI equipped PC on: February 17, 2013, 03:46:33 PM
Warning: It's not exactly a simple or intuitive process,
 Cool
Seems reasonably straightforward to me.

Not end-user-simple, but the steps are pretty logical?
173  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ancient Seagate 2.5 GB USB 1.1 drive still functioning perfectly... on: February 17, 2013, 03:26:18 PM
How did this topic get pinned, and why? huh
Drunk Stephen? tongue
174  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: CyberGhost VPN Special Deal (worth a look) on: February 17, 2013, 03:16:18 PM
I wonder what people use these VPN services for? About the only useful thing I can think of is subverting sites that try to geo-restrict you based on IP.

For anybody thinking they get any kind of "security" from it...  Roll Eyes
Don't they provide anonymity for torrent downloading?
I wouldn't count on it. Sure, it makes it a bit harder to get hold of your IP address, but anybody remember HideMyAss? "Secure and anonymous" my ass.
 
175  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: CyberGhost VPN Special Deal (worth a look) on: February 16, 2013, 10:44:40 AM
Not I. But grugq definitely is smiley
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