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26  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: mp3 sharing? on: April 06, 2015, 03:57:39 PM
I would have to say that if you have anything worth sharing with other people, or even saving for yourself, you should save it in FLAC format. It's easy to do, it's better quality than MP3, it takes less disk space than the original .wav.
27  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: April 06, 2015, 03:00:52 PM
is it really ready for fully upgrading OS?
(I wouldnt chance it myself, not yet anyways)
It's a preview, so obviously: no smiley

(It's not on general Windows Update yet - WU is just the delivery platform if you opt-in)
28  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TrueCrypt alternative on: April 04, 2015, 01:24:52 PM
I'm very pleased to hear that TrueCrypt has been audited and deemed secure.
Please note that it has only been partially audited (last time I checked, anyway, several months ago. Haven't heard any news about the audit, but haven't followed up, either. No wonder if all that has been stalled a bit with the project shutdown and forking...) - but the partial work has been reassuring. And yes, an audit is necessary for a project like TrueCrypt, since the "many eyes" argument of open source has failed again and again.

However, for those who do have 'super important' stuff to secure or those who are exceptionally paranoid or security-conscious, something Linux-based or OpenBSD-based is the only way to go. No. Really. It *is* the *only* way to go. Open source, the ability to compile everything yourself, security permissions down to the per-file level are just a few of the tools for the security-minded individual to protect what he feels is worth protecting.
Windows/NTFS has way more fine-grained access control than you find on your typical *u*x, but other than that, yeah. Kinda. Reflections on Trusting Trust and all that - but it certrainly is easier to get a feeling of confidence with an open-source stack...
29  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TrueCrypt alternative on: April 04, 2015, 04:17:07 AM
I'm with TrueCrypt 7.1a for my offline storage until one of the TC forks mature, and dm-crypt on my file server.

The algorithms are industry-standard, there seems to be no planted backdoors, and so far the issues found by the audit have been minor - there's no viable cold-attacks, which is the only thing that really matters. Yeah, being able to tweak the PBKDF2 rounds would be good, but that is really just a password brute-force mitigation, not a super big issue.

As for why the TC authors decided to pull the plug, perhaps we'll never know. My guess, though, is that it's a combination of two simple factors:
1) Fatigue/Real-Life. The authors worked on the project for more than 10 years.
2) Technical issues supporting it on modern OSes.

Issue #2 deserves a more thorough explanation. Basically, the only way to use TrueCrypt entirely securely on Windows is using an encrypted system partition. If you only use it for data partitions, you risk your encryption keys leaking to your page or hibernation files. You can't entirely avoid these issues through code (disabling hibernation and paging should be OK, though, but most people don't/can't run like that).

Supporting encrypted system partition requires some pretty low-level code, and UEFI booting changes everything. Combine fatigue with the massive amount of work it would be supporting UEFI-booting and the fact that both OSX and Windows now have very good built-in encryption, and you have an Occam's Razor of the discontinuation. (I'm sure NSA don't mind that the project was stopped, but I don't really think they flexed their muscle).

As for MS BitLocker and Apple FileVault, I would be very, very, very surprised if they contained backdoors. Those are the encryption systems I'd use for company laptops, and certainly not slow junk like Symantec and others produce. I'm pretty confident there's no cold-attacks against BL or FV.

However, if I were up to mischief, I wouldn't use either of the two... but that's because I'd never do mischievous things on Windows or OSX... there's so many other way for Apple, Microsoft and others to Get Root on those systems if you're become targeted.
30  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: mapping_data_source::init error: file not found on: April 03, 2015, 01:22:48 PM
Se completo la comprobación de 38%
comprobation up to 38%
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Protección de recursos de Windows no pudo realizar la operación solicitada.
Windows protected resources can't do the operation...
That doesn't sound too good.

I would try rebooting Windows in "safe mode with command prompt", and run the "sfc /scannow" again there. If that also fails, your install is in pretty bad condition. It could be corrupt Windows system files for whatever reason, it could be malware, it could be "security" software of the stupid kind.

P.D. I think I must explain how i use this bat:
Ditto is a great clip manager, even in network. But sometimes in my system (3 pc's) fails the connection. And one way to solve this is close and open ditto again....
Is there a reason you use the /f argument? Can't taskkill do a clean shutdown of ditto?

If you generally use the practice of /f'ing processes (whether with taskkill or by force-qutting from task manager), it's no wonder your system is acting wonky - that way of shutting down processes should only be done as a last resort.
31  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: mapping_data_source::init error: file not found on: April 03, 2015, 10:38:29 AM
Right, so that happens before you even kill Ditto... seems fishy. Google results for mapping_data_source::init are obscure, with some Java hits (goosechase) and some russian stuff that talks about agnitum firewall - but also has good advice.

Something related to cmd.exe might be messed up on your machine - try running "sfc /scannow" from a cmd.exe started with administrative privileges. This starts Windows' System File Checker integrity check, which can sometimes repair problems.
32  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: mapping_data_source::init error: file not found on: April 03, 2015, 09:44:59 AM
First of all, try running the batch file from a cmd.exe shell, or insert a "pause" statement at the end - that way, the console window won't disappear when the batch file is done executing.

Second, "taskkill /f"? Really? I wouldn't be surprised if Ditto (whatever that is) complains when you start it again, since that command is basically giving the program a headshot. Your headshot has probably caused corruption in some data file it uses.
33  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: April 03, 2015, 09:37:23 AM
Posting from within Spartan

Posting this from the new Project Spartan browser in Windows 10 b10049 ... It's definitely fast. Really, really fast.
Does it use multiple executables?
Yes, I'm showing 4 listed in TM just to get here - New tab == new .exe instance.
Does it do that for every tab? One of the things previous versions of IE was smart about, was doing tab/process grouping - so, unlike insane-o chrome, you don't end up with a zillion processes not executables. The separation of "UI" and "Worker" processes seems like a sound thing to do, but each site in its own processes is... ugh (sure, there's some security implications, but mostly it smells like a "uh, threading and async is hard" thing to me).
34  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: List of 40 inexpensive single-board Linux friendly computers on: April 02, 2015, 03:47:33 AM
Perhaps your work-around for getting an ext4 root fs is less trouble than trying to achieve the same end with something like VirtualBox (possibly with its extension pack).
Well, VirtualBox probably supports raw device access (vmware certainly does), but that would still have required a Linux install - might as well see how current-gen Ubuntu runs on my old laptop smiley (runs pretty decently, but still can't resume from standby... *sigh*)
35  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Best programming language to pick up for applications? on: April 01, 2015, 01:07:29 PM
Maybe the Q here is whether you need to bother with a programming language at all - e.g., if (say) you could do most of it with an Access database and/or with Excel spreadsheets?   ohmy
I've seen that happen before...
So have I - hence why I've got nervous twitches right now smiley
36  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Best programming language to pick up for applications? on: April 01, 2015, 05:42:41 AM
To me the intersection is where a business manager says "I want X because I think X adds value. Tech, you pick which language best produces X without too many time sinks that drag the project into a moldy swamp." The business manager should always be "first" to look for value ... then *very quickly* go consult with tech to make sure to avoid pointy-head blunders.
Amen.

You also do want a bizman with decent tech background, so you don't end up with a primadonna developer who decides that The Project must be built with a New And Exciting stack built on top of Ruby on Rails, which turns out to be unsupported after a half a year, when the primadonna developer has left for greener startup pastures... but this is drifting somewhat from the concerns about choosing a proper language, presumably, for your own personal interests tongue
37  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Best programming language to pick up for applications? on: April 01, 2015, 05:39:08 AM
Miles, you are absolutely right. Not is OOP old hat, but it is the preferred, 'modern' way of doing things now. Maybe I'm the odd one out, but when people say C++ is difficult to learn and master, I have to say I found it to be quite easy, but I've got a 'big picture' way of thinking. I can look at a whole and easily break it down into modular components.
I think you're missing my point - you're basically talking about software architcture/design, whereas I'm talking about C++ specifically as a language. Anybody who claims C++ is easy to master is either a demigod, or... *cough* would be surprised at the amount of bugs if he ran a commercial static analyzer on his codebase smiley

There's an extreme amount of Undefined Behavior in C++ - it's one of the reasons the compilers can do all those clever tricks and produce blazing fast code, but it also means there's plenty of subtle ways to blow off your feet... which probably will not show up in your compiler warnings, and will only cause problems in some constellation of compiler (and version), other parts of your code, and the phase of the moon. If you want performance, there's also a bunch of not always so obvious things you have to keep in mind.

It's not without good reason the industry has largely moved to Java and C# for the mainstream stuff - it's a mix of choosing the most appropriate language for the domain, and sticking with a language where you wont have team members blowing each others legs off smiley. As much as I like C++ (especially with the '11 and '14 versions), I wouldn't recommend it unless it specifically makes sense for the domain in question.

Which brings us back to the original post: the first thing iMark mentions is automation. I'd be hard pressed to find something more suitable for that than AutoIt when the platform is Windows - it less red tape and ritual chicken sacrifices for that domain smiley

Later he mentions "I am also not interested in learning a terminal language as I will most likely never actually have a practical use for it myself." and "I want to learn one of the two listed above and be able to get into making a few games and applications.". I'd definitely say C# for that... it's much easier & more enjoyable to do GUIs in, there's less language pitfalls, and if you want to play around with game writing... couple it with Unity you have a very capable platform with decent performance, where you can focus on the fun parts instead of getting all the plumbing done.

.5€ smiley
38  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Best programming language to pick up for applications? on: March 31, 2015, 01:25:42 PM
Innuendo: C++ is hard to get right, at least if you are about performance and correctness (and if you don't care about performance, I honestly believe there's better choices available for most purposes). Especially with all the really bad advice and examples around on the net - it might not be as cringeworthy and dangerous as the bad PHP advice, but it's still not easy to learn how to do modern, secure, and performing C++ smiley
39  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: List of 40 inexpensive single-board Linux friendly computers on: March 31, 2015, 01:07:45 PM
Thanks for the recommendation, ewemoa - arch seems like a pretty good fit for the raspi2. Installation was slightly annoying, though, since there's no images available. I pondered whether I should accept running the root filesystem as vfat (since that's what I could create from my work macbook) - but ended up transferring a Ubuntu ISO to an usb pendrive, boot my old laptop from that, and get an ext4 root fs.

4wd: that would probably work, but it would be clumsy, and I've found USB to generally be somewhat fidgety when it comes to network stuff :/ - would be cool if one could exchange a block of USB ports for a NIC.
40  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Any Android coders here? Looking for a mobile DC forum reader! on: March 31, 2015, 01:01:22 PM
I'm usually not a big fan of (read: vehemently against) all those darn special-purpose apps, but I'll have to admit that the forums aren't too fun to interact with on a phone... even on a 7" tablet, it's painful.

Perhaps the pain could be alleviated with some mobile stylesheets, instead of a fullblown app?
41  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: March 29, 2015, 12:19:54 PM
I have to admit I get a kick out of JCD.  But I still refuse to try his keyboard.  Qwerty all the way for me!!  smiley
O_o
42  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New Bill Would Repeal Patriot Act on: March 29, 2015, 05:15:25 AM
American Politics...I R Bored!
Patriot Act affects all of us, because of its sheer crazyness.
43  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Best programming language to pick up for applications? on: March 29, 2015, 05:08:22 AM
C++ is my favorite language, but I wouldn't recommend it to anybody who doesn't need it. While modern C++ is nice, the language does have a lot of pitfalls, and there's a lot of bad advice and bad code on the internet.

For your purpose of automating stuff, AutoHotkey or AutoIt would probably be the best choices on Windows - they were made for the purpose of automation, and has support for movey-clickey stuff out of the box.

For general-purpose stuff, C# is very, very nice. It's "fast enough", the language has a lot of nice extra that Java misses, there's really no better IDE than Visual Studio, and it's easier to do GUIs in C# than Java (because of available tools and frameworks).
44  Special User Sections / DC Website Help and Extras / Re: I have put a "share with facebook" type thing on the pages (temporarily?).. on: March 29, 2015, 04:14:05 AM
Looks like Ghostery took care of them, so they do not bother me tongue.
Ghostery took care of them for me too, but anything that is blocked by Ghostery is a thing i do not want on DoCo.
45  Special User Sections / DC Website Help and Extras / Re: I have put a "share with facebook" type thing on the pages (temporarily?).. on: March 29, 2015, 04:12:34 AM
If you really want to keep social-media-sharing buttons, please make it 100% DoCo-hosted. The traditional "use script from external source" is a big, big, BIG no-go, as their main purpose is not to make sharing easy, but being tracking beacons.

Also, this site is not inhabited by morons who don't know how to copy/paste an URL, so I don't really see what value they add.
46  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 10th Anniversary - long time member check-in thread on: March 27, 2015, 11:49:24 AM
hahaha did I already send that out?  my memory has never been my best quality.
Nor mine, but I'd never forget about my two DC mugs smiley

I don't think the "over nine thousand!" mug got made, though, and a "lost sheep" one would be cute ^_^
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: List of 40 inexpensive single-board Linux friendly computers on: March 27, 2015, 11:46:53 AM
One nice thing about the C1 over the RPi/2 is the gigabit ethernet. I was planning to use my C1 as a Plex media server or other Owncloud/NAS type device, and I thought having a fast connection to the network would be really useful for that.
Can you hook storage to it in a way that's fast enough that gigabit matters?

Personally I'd like two see two NICs (100mbit would be fine), that would make for a very nice and capable router/firewall smiley
48  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: List of 40 inexpensive single-board Linux friendly computers on: March 27, 2015, 11:38:27 AM
If I had a RPi2 (he he), I might consider the following:
 http://archlinuxarm.org/p...7/broadcom/raspberry-pi-2
Oh, Arch is still around, and there's a native arm7 version? That might actually be the perfect distro for the (relatively) limited hardware, especially if it hasn't bloated up since back when I used it.
49  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 10th Anniversary - long time member check-in thread on: March 27, 2015, 11:35:11 AM
f0dder you have already earned the never-yet-created, occasionally mentioned, 5000 post mug.
if we could find someone to design that mug..
I sortakinda think nudey made a design like that?

Not sure why I get that idea, though...

[attachthumb=#]
50  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 10th Anniversary - long time member check-in thread on: March 27, 2015, 11:07:32 AM
ps.
I hope none of you current regulars get any funny ideas from this thread and make plans to disappear for a few years just to get the lost sheep treatment !  Angry
Don't even think about it!!!!!
Better keep us reined in with a "lost sheep" mug, then! tongue
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