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26  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Reader gone on: June 05, 2013, 12:27:39 PM
I'm using Website Watcher - since I'm already using it to watch for changes on sites that don't have feeds, I might as well use it for feeds too. Works decently enough, even if it has a few quirks.
27  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: No way out? SecureBoot's latest wrinkle for non-Windows users. on: June 03, 2013, 08:10:48 AM
OK, that's what I thought, although I was hoping to take advantage of all the good things UEFI was supposed to bring to the table.  Whatevs.  undecided
UEFI doesn't mandate SecureBoot.
28  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SSD's - How They Work Plus Tips on: June 03, 2013, 07:48:03 AM
SSD's ain't worth the risk.
Oh, but they are - they definitely are. I'm not going back to HDDs for my OS+Applications drive. And you ought to have a working backup setup anyway, so...
29  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SSD's - How They Work Plus Tips on: June 02, 2013, 04:09:06 PM
Whether the SSD breaks, or the controller breaks, BROKE IS BROKE!   ohmy
Sure - but the distinction is important nonetheless; if the drives died from erase-cycle wear & tear, you'd have a decent idea when you could expect the drive to die... heck, you should be able to get a pretty precise idea from looking at SMART data. But when it's a firmware bug or a controller that fries without warning?

Isn't the controller built into the SSD?  Can the built-in controller be swapped out without having to send it to the factory?  Can you even find a replacement built-in controller?
Probably not - here's a few snaps of my dead X25-E SSD.
30  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 2013 Version: Browser Wars on: June 02, 2013, 04:05:03 PM
FYI Nordea works just fine with standard FireFox as well as Chrome, so it's probably a Waterfox thing.
31  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Patch to Disable ACL access-control-lists on: June 02, 2013, 04:01:51 PM
FAT32 performs better on smaller partitions.
Quantify "performs better", please?

While ACLs and metadata journaling does "cost a bit", NTFS is a lot more efficient for file lookup than FAT is, and small files can have their content stored directly in the file's MFT record.
32  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: No way out? SecureBoot's latest wrinkle for non-Windows users. on: June 02, 2013, 03:45:00 PM
I know for a fact I will not be buying a pre-built machine, so the real question is, what can I expect when I put my install disc in the new computer I just built from parts?
No problems whatsoever - and you don't need to enable SecureBoot if you don't feel like using it.
33  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 2013 Version: Browser Wars on: May 30, 2013, 01:08:52 PM
I can only visit my bank account via IE or Maxthon ("IE de Luxe")
In 2013? O_o - which bank is that?
34  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: No way out? SecureBoot's latest wrinkle for non-Windows users. on: May 30, 2013, 07:32:17 AM
Which Microsoft has anticipated and is now trying to proactively make as difficult as possible going forward.
 undecided
Hm, "fast boot" being done deliberately to foil entering the firmware? That sounds a bit too tinfoil-hatty.

i8042 setup takes very, very, very, very, very, very, very little time. But if the built-in mouse/keyboard is really USB HID devices emulating i8042, the story is different.
35  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SAP to bring in autistic workers as software testers and programmers on: May 30, 2013, 07:25:43 AM
Why is that different from what they did so far? huh Grin
That was extremely offensive towards autistic people, Ath! - I would have written something witty about monkeys, but that'd have been offensive the poor monkeys as well smiley

Interesting to see that it's 'Specialisterne' they're going to work with - they've got a pretty cool background story.
36  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Patch to Disable ACL access-control-lists on: May 30, 2013, 07:14:04 AM
Ideally, the system efficiency would be improved because ACL does not exist in the registry or file system.
I doubt you'd br able to measure any performance difference, as a lot of care has gone into optimizing & caching the ACL checks. And you wouldn't be able to get rid of the structures without some very heavy system modifications; patching AccessCheck() should be doable, though.
37  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SSD's - How They Work Plus Tips on: May 30, 2013, 07:10:05 AM
From everything I've read, I think Mark0 is right in that most problems are down to faulty controllers/firmware.
That's my experience as well, from my limited sampling size (two SSDs of my own, and a friends).

You need to do your research and buy with care.
What's even more important is a solid backup plan. Even enterprise-grade drives fail without notice (my X25-E certainly did).


It's common for people who have switched to SSD to say that it's the biggest single performance improvement they have made to their computer. I'd agree with that. To me, any marginal increase in the risk of disk death is more than worth it. But of course I never encourage anyone to switch, because if you did and they subsequently lost any data...

PS: just upgraded my main PC from a 64GB SSD system disk to a 250GB SSD. I will move the 64GB disk to one of my other systems.
38  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Raymond.cc compares antivirus memory usage on: May 30, 2013, 07:04:47 AM
And that's something that damned few of 'em do at all, much less do well.  All they do is provide a false sense of security, letting folk think they can go anywhere and do anything on the Web with complete impunity.
...Alternate line of thought: they protect you against drive-by attacks on legitimate but compromised sites. The mass-infection-drive-by attacks usually don't use the very latest 0-day exploits, but a truckload of slightly older exploits. Bleeding-edge exploits are normally used in very targeted attacks.
39  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Conflict with LibreOffice/OpenOffice on: May 30, 2013, 06:59:27 AM
In case the problem ends up being fixed, can you detail your changes, mouser? Might be suitable for ClipX as well smiley
40  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Google ad test on: May 17, 2013, 08:15:15 PM
Not sure what those are if not "web trackers".
The two first aren't things normal people associate with tracking, only us tin-foil hats - it's very likely that Bott hasn't considered how these can be are used.

Never heard of #3 - might be some legitimate reason for it, but it definitely does sound like something that can track.
41  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Proofed! Microsoft is actively scanning Skype traffic and uses the data on: May 17, 2013, 11:00:16 AM
Outside the rather brilliant sarcasm, I'm pretty sure that was f0dder's point. I've seen tons of different companies that use Yahoo Messenger for *FacePalm* "Internal Messaging"..
Indeed.

Anyway, sarcasm aside, I'm honestly not sure what to think of the URL-scanning. As mentioned above, it doesn't really matter in the face of Patriot Act, and the TOS that states they record your messages for 30-90 days (or whatever). And there's plenty of valid reasons for helping John & Jane Doe (the main demographic of Skype & MSN, I'd guess?) against malware - and HTTP HEAD is pretty harmless (dunno how it helps identify malware spreading sites, but ho humm).

Oh well, I guess this was a wake-up call for some. It's not like there wasn't wiretap abilities in Skype before MS bought it, at least now it's sorta kinda semi-official.
42  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Proofed! Microsoft is actively scanning Skype traffic and uses the data on: May 16, 2013, 11:51:26 AM
According to ZDNet, only HTTP HEAD requests are sent (i.e., the page itself isn't actually fetched, only meta-information is returned) - and you'd have to be dealing with a REALLY retarded site to trigger any actions (but OK, there's plenty of sites retarded enough to trigger non-idempotent actions even on GET).

There's also this piece in the article:
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Update: And contrary to heise Security's assertion, I found many examples of plain HTTP links that had been scanned by SmartScreen.

So, that leads me to another quote:
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You can put that tinfoil hat away, at least for now.

Anyway, you obviously aren't discussing anything sensitive using a proprietary IM protocol, just like you don't discuss those things over facebook, plaintext email, and anything non-HTTPS... right? Oh, and this whole thing is pretty much a non-issue anyway, considering you've agreed to the TOS which means your messages are stored for some random period of time on Skype's servers. Not that even the TOS would matter, patriot act and all.
43  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SSD's - How They Work Plus Tips on: May 14, 2013, 03:25:54 PM
f0dder can you elaborate -- that sounds like a reasonable statement to me -- though i am an admitted newbie when it comes to hardware.
Platter data density.

What will deliver the highest throughput - "something" at 7200rpm, or twice the data density at 5400rpm?
44  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SSD's - How They Work Plus Tips on: May 14, 2013, 12:45:15 PM
I stopped reading the article at
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With hard drives, the faster the spindle speed, the faster the drive. The amount of cache also comes into play, but by and large, a 10,000-rpm drive is faster than a 7200-rpm drive, which is in turn faster than 5400-rpm and 4800-rpm drives. That’s an easy and intuitive metric for comparison shopping.

..if they get something as simple as that wrong, I don't want to waste my time reading the rest.
45  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Folder protection on: May 13, 2013, 11:54:56 AM
tslim: supporting >4gig memory on 32bit XP is, at best, a terrible hack, and it's not something SoftPerfect even attempts. Move to a 64bit OS smiley
46  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Conflict with LibreOffice/OpenOffice on: May 13, 2013, 11:53:36 AM
I was able to resuscitate OpenOffice,
Don't bother next time. Just go with Libre and allow 'Open' to be put out of its misery once and for all. tongue
Oh, I'm using Libre these days (and think it's pretty much as shitty as Open, but even though it doesn't run as well as old MSOffice versions, at least it's gratis). It's just that I was able to resuscitate OOo, not Libre. And only once or twice, anyway.
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Where Is Windows 8.1? on: May 13, 2013, 11:50:03 AM
I'm leaving the exploring of what is at this link to you bold, dashing adventurers here.  Caveat emptor (Let the buyer(downloader) beware!)
Ahem, what's the legal status of that leaked ISO?
48  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Conflict with LibreOffice/OpenOffice on: May 08, 2013, 02:40:47 PM
For what it's worth: this also happens to me with ClipX, and has happened in both OpenOffice and LibreOffice. I've only had it happen in calc, and I haven't found out how to reproduce it - happens rarely enough that I haven't bothered /actively/ trying to reproduce, and it happens under different conditions (both when dealing with text-only cells as well as formula cells).

Once, I was able to resuscitate OpenOffice, but that was blind luck and I haven't been able to repeat that - involved the window system menu (upper left corner), and attempting a bunch of restore/maximize/move operations. Also, FWIW, ClipX seems to keep on trucking when OOo/LO locks up.
49  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Adobe drops the gauntlet - going forward it's cloud - or nothing. on: May 08, 2013, 10:37:52 AM
How long do you think before someone produces copies with the activation and online check code stripped out or the activation period updated to 1000 years?
That will work for now... but I expect them to begin moving more and more computations to the cloud within long. Just like there's big players trying to push internet-streamed gaming... it's a big wet dream not only to stop piracy, but perpetually berapereave sheepcustomers of cash on a monthly basis.
50  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Adobe drops the gauntlet - going forward it's cloud - or nothing. on: May 07, 2013, 12:45:04 AM
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