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251  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Game Author Posts on The Pirate Bay on: February 14, 2013, 09:24:41 AM
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The Pirate Bay is well-known for not removing torrents to any content, unless it’s criminally illegal in Sweden or contains malware or a virus. So with this in mind, try searching for Anodyne on the site. Actually, save yourself some time and don’t bother. The torrent, which was uploaded by a user called Frewyrn, has been deleted.
So, who deleted it? TPB admins or Frewyrn?
252  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Office 2013 Home/Business - non-transferable (1 PC p.person) - Caveat emptor. on: February 14, 2013, 09:22:45 AM
Humm, some people on Slashdot say that you can login to your office2013 (not *365!) account and de-auth for the current PC and auth for another - are they wrong?

Is there anything (intelligible) from Microsoft itself, or is all this based on people interpreting EULAs without actually trying the product? Does "non-transferable" really mean you can't move it to another PC, or that you cannot give the license to another person?

I wouldn't put it beyond MS to attempt something like this, especially considering they probably want to move people to their subscription based Office365... but the information on the licensing seems pretty muddy to me.
253  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 2013 Version: Browser Wars on: February 13, 2013, 07:08:06 PM
Self-interest in platforms is the real destroyer of the web. If companies/whoever actually built browsers for designers, programmers, and users, we'd have none of this silliness.
The problem is a mix of silly designers that want to use bleeding-edge experimental features in production websites, and a standards committee that works way too slowly... instead of trying to make The Next Big Standard, perhaps they ought to try incremental releases.
254  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 2013 Version: Browser Wars on: February 13, 2013, 06:59:48 PM
As a user I'm not sure it will make much difference to me. It's a long time since the engine was one of the reasons I chose Opera as my primary browser. What would make me unhappy would be a takeover by Facebook.
Without competition between Firefox and Chrome, what would Javascript performance be like today?
Without Firefox or Chrome, would we still be stuck with IE6?
A bunch of competing engines is a good thing.

If they adopt Chrome's rendering engine they become just one more "me-too" repackager trying to sell yet another pretty interface.
Spot on the sugar. Again: what is their Raison d'être going to be?
255  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best JAVA IDE on: February 13, 2013, 08:54:37 AM
That course looks interesting -- it looks like it's taught by the creator of Scala.
Yup, Martin Odersky himself doing the videos. Iirc he had some other people make the assignments (or help him come up with ideas), and there's a lot of work behind the automated testing/grading platform.

Was a pretty decent course - but it's way more focused on FP than on Scala, definitely not a "learn scala" course :-)
256  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 2013 Version: Browser Wars on: February 13, 2013, 08:51:27 AM
Hm, what is their Raison d'être going to be, then?

And what about their pretty huge datacenter investment that had the purpose of processing websites to serve in the special (binary html ish) format for their mobile browsers? Lost investment?

While I haven't been fond of Opera in the last many years, it's a bit sad that there's one less browser engine out there, one less team to help influence the html spec. One step closer to WebKit being the new iE6? smiley

Too bad if their old HTML engine is going to be discarded. Probably no chance of them open-sourcing it.
257  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best JAVA IDE on: February 12, 2013, 08:53:24 AM
A brief search seemed to indicate that Eclipse has more (and more up-to-date) plugins and tends to be supported earlier than IntelliJ (if the latter gets support at all).
How many plugins do you need - what kind of plugin quality do you need? smiley

Core-functionality-wise I got the impression that they aren't all that different from each other with more comments about IntelliJ being less confusing to use than Eclipse (may be it's just a matter of what one is used to...).
What I hear from the coworkers that praise IntelliJ is that it's "more powerful" - stuff like better refactoring support, and tooling for various frameworks (the latter probably mostly important if you work on larger/commercial projects). Also, (at the expense of somewhat slow startup time?) it's supposedly a fair bit faster than Eclipse at doing refactorings, project-wide searches (not just full-text search but semantic searches), et cetera.

On a non-Java note, I'm looking into Scala and noticed that IntelliJ has some kind of support and there's this plugin(?) for Eclipse: http://scala-ide.org/ -- has any one had experience and opinions on the latter?
My general impression is that Scala tooling is still pretty rought around the edges in general. I took the Coursera Functional Programming Principles in Scala course, using Eclipse. It was a major PITA to get the right plugin versions set up - nightly vs. semistable channels, and different versions (for different versions of Scala) added to that mix. Also, I had some weird fluke-outs where Eclipse wouldn't recognize scala files, or would throw very weird errors, or where the Scala Worksheet would mess up and be wonky.

The Scala Worksheet is very cool though, it's like a REPL on steroids. Useful while learning, and beyond that too.

I see that the most recent version of IntelliJ has support for the Play 2 framework. The Eclipse support for Views was basically non-existing, at least as of a couple of months ago.
258  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best JAVA IDE on: February 11, 2013, 07:26:42 PM
So no IntelliJ users?

Looking for an excuse to try it smiley
<duck-and-cover>
Well, it's commercial software, so it's bound to be better than both Eclipse and NetBeans - isn't that excuse enough? ;P
</duck-and-cover>
259  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Website under attack ... help needed on: February 11, 2013, 07:23:13 PM
If it's not too massive amounts of data, be sure to grab a copy of the entire site (via FTP or similar) before you proceed. There's hacks out there that spit out different content to the "end-user" depending on various factors (this has been used to insert SEO-hack-crap only in case the "end-user" is a search engine bot - which means you would not see that if you check a hax0red site in your web browser).
260  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rapid Information Overlay Technology (Riot) - Tracks Users from SNSes on: February 11, 2013, 07:18:30 PM
Scrub that data!
261  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gummiboot restructured to allow Linux to work on SecureBoot systems on: February 11, 2013, 10:48:14 AM
40hz: wrt. the bricking, shouldn't you blame Samsung? Or blame the linux kernel driver developer? I can fry my BIOS/UEFI by flashing it with garbage, who should I blame for that? :-)
Right, there's more information on the bug, seems like it's a (Samsung) UEFI firmware bug - so no blame on the Linux kernel developers smiley
262  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Samsung UEFI/Bricking Bug Update - It's not just Linux on: February 11, 2013, 10:46:24 AM
Mentioned here as well, but not very prominently - and it deserves it's own topic anyway smiley

One has to wonder wtf Samsung have been smoking to get a firmware-bricking bug that (current guesses) seems to be caused by diagnostic logs that are within the official bounds.
263  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Batchfile can't recognize long file name...!!!! on: February 11, 2013, 10:44:39 AM
If you need to use quote marks, it's possible you may also need to add a widow "title", else Windows can get confused.
How quirky, never bumped into that.

Seems like the first quoted argument is taken as window title, even if preceded by any of the other options, and even if it's the full path to an executable. Quirky! (Also, only seems to take effect for console applications?)
264  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: It's official - Linux Foundation Secure Boot System Released on: February 10, 2013, 05:43:28 PM
So, you're saying we can make up our own key and plug it in?  It can't be that simple, this would have been over by now...
Well, it isn't that simple - for a couple of reasons.

1) there's no guarantee the all UEFIs will provide key management; for Win8 cert it's only a requirement that SecureBoot can be turned off. (Or, well, see the somewhat muddy quote below).
2) there's no guarantee certification for future Windows versions will require this flexibility... although dropping it would probably result in antitrust, even if MS tries to pull a "it's up to the OEMs".
3) UEFI tooling (the bootloaders as well as all the signing stuff) is still very early days - and there's buggy UEFI implementations out there (*cough* Samsung *cough*).

There's a bit more information in this post, including link to the Windows 8 certification requirements.

Quote from: Windows 8 System Requirements
page 121, section 17.a:
It shall be possible for a physically present user to use the Custom Mode firmware setup option to modify the contents of the Secure Boot signature databases and the PK. This may be implemented by simply providing the option to clear all Secure Boot databases (PK, KEK, db, dbx), which puts the system into setup mode.
265  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: It's official - Linux Foundation Secure Boot System Released on: February 10, 2013, 05:24:40 PM
What exactly is Microsoft's role in UEFI? From what I am reading, it sounds like the UEFI has been around for a while and that the standard has been known...
Right, so...

It all started with EFI, which was Intel's replacement for BIOS for their Itanium systems back in the late nineties. This was later involved into UEFI, and while the EFI spec is owned eclusively by Intel, the UEFI spec is handled by a cartel of the big boys. To give a hint at how important Microsoft is in that group, consider the fact that the executable format chosen is Microsoft Portable Executable (i.e., the format of Windows .exe and .dll files).

It sounds like Microsoft is requiring UEFI be turned on by default to have the "Windows 8 certified" logo applied.
You can do UEFI without Secure Boot; but in order for vendors to get the Win8 certified logo, they have to enable Secure Boot. With Microsoft's master key. The implicaitons of this has been discussed to death in other threads, and there's craploads of FUD around. But even when ignoring the FUD and sticking to facts, this is problematic.

In the end, I think techy users will still be able to do what we do, and regulars users will still be able to do what they do. Is there more to the story that I am missing?
While Win8 cert requires that the end-user can disable Secure Boot (iirc it doesn't require that the UEFI has key management, just that you can turn off SB...), there's no guarantee that this will continue to be a requirement on Win9 or Win10 or a bit further down the road. Good ol' slippery slope... and I honestly don't have a lot of faith in Microsoft. Yes, they'd probably end up with antitrust lawsuits if they tried to pull that stunt, but they could do a lot of damage to the PC ecosystem before those suits are settled.

See what I'm saying? I'm still confused about some of this and I'm not exactly an amateur when it comes to either Linux or Windows. And you would probably blow my doors off on most of this when it comes to the real hardcore tech - yet even you still have questions.
How many "regular users" installs Linux by themselves? I honestly don't see key enrollment as a problem - and it's only necessary if you don't want the current compromise of bootloaders signed by Microsoft (which I do find somewhat problematic, it's too much power in the hands of a non-neutral party).

What I do find problematic is the "tiny little detail" about key management features not being mandatory. Haven't seen any prebuilt "ready for windows 8" systems, so I don't know what the status of their UEFI setups are - can only comment on my own motherboards, which do offer the full key management bonanza. (I think large parts of UEFI implementations are going to be the Intel UEFI Standard Base, so at least key management UI might have some de facto standard smiley).

So there are bigger factors at play behind some of this direction the new PC design is going in... And it's not mere paranoia or "FUD swallowing" should you start noticing it...
Oh, I agree about that - as I've stated multiple times, I'm wary & weary.

I just feel that a fair amount of people on the interwebs either focus on things that are non-issues, or simply spread FUD... which isn't very helpful. And it's kinda silly, since there's enough pretty problematic stuff even if you stick with the facts.
266  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best JAVA IDE on: February 10, 2013, 10:54:32 AM
Eclipse, since it's the de facto standard - and I'm more or less forced to use one of those "vendor value-added" (read: lobotomized) Eclipse versions at work. Can't say I'm a big fan of Eclipse, but that's probably because I'm comparing it to Visual Studio... which isn't really fair smiley. It gets the job done (and oh, it would be sweet if I could a recent version of standard Eclipse instead of the Adobe junk!), and that's about it.

Tried to take a look at NetBeans a couple of times, but didn't really see much point to it; didn't seem to be much of a speed difference between it and Eclipse (at least not with smallish test projects), but since there didn't really appear to be any glaring benefits in NetBeans, I always ended up with the familiarity of Eclipse.

Some of my coworkers praise IntelliJ, but haven't used it myself - and it costs a pretty penny. There's a free Community Edition, though, with a pretty decent feature set.
267  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: It's official - Linux Foundation Secure Boot System Released on: February 10, 2013, 10:35:50 AM
On the GNU/Linux side, secure boot will introduce confusion, and a set of two very bad choices. Choice A: secure boot is good technology from a security standpoint, but if I want to use GNU/Linux without being dependent on a Microsoft-signed key, I have to disable it.
...or enroll your own key in the firmware.
268  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: February 10, 2013, 10:27:41 AM
tracert -h 100 216.81.59.173

try it.
It's pretty cute abuse of technology =)
269  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Adobe Flash Player - Update/Fix emergency security patch for 2013-02-08 on: February 10, 2013, 01:40:53 AM
Ah, thanks. Sorry for the duplication. Yes, I felt sure I had seen it somewhere in DCF, but I was in a hurry and it didn't appear when I searched for "Adobe Flash Player".
There, fixed that for ya! smiley

Thanks for being alert and wanting to warn the rest of us.
270  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Batchfile can't recognize long file name...!!!! on: February 10, 2013, 01:25:46 AM
As AndyM says, you need quotes around paths that contain spaces - otherwise, the path C:\Program Files\Bulk Rename Utility will be interpreted as launching the program C:\Program Files\Bulk with the two arguments Rename and Utility. It's pretty easy if you can use the full path in your batch files - simply add quotes around the path.

The following all work:
1) "r:\spacy path\fancy program\passwords.exe"
2) "r:\spacy path\fancy program"\passwords.exe
3) "r:\spacy path"\"fancy program\passwords.exe"
4) "r:\spacy path"\"fancy program"\passwords.exe
5) "r:\spacy path"\"fancy program"\"passwords.exe"

...if you have a common "x:\path with spaces" path, perhaps take a look at environment variables ("set /?" in a command prompt).
271  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: It's official - Linux Foundation Secure Boot System Released on: February 10, 2013, 01:07:56 AM
I'm interested in one that can more easily toggle between than the current ones seem to be set up to do.
Right, you want it as a boot-time hotkey kinda thing, rather than a flip-flop in the firmware configuration?

Dunno about that - doesn't seem too important to me. If you often need to dualboot between a legacy OS and a secureboot OS, you're probably enough of a power user that you don't need SB, so just turn it off... but OK, we might not be able to legacy-boot Windows in the future. OK, that's a valid concern.

So, why not just shim-secureboot the legacy OS? (Or "real-secureboot" it after installing the right keys in your firmware)? You can leave SB enabled, and boot both whatever-restricted Windows as well as whatever other OS you've installed keys for? Sure, it's more work than now, but it's doable.

As long as Microsoft sticks to the things they've promised, and outlined in their current Windows certification documents. And that ___is___ a big if, IMHO - and I don't take that for granted.

Quote from: Jibz
A) Techy people can go through some hoops to continue booting whatever Linux they like on their machine, stopping them complaining
Yup, on x86 anyway - ARM is locked.

And it's not that bad, hoop-wise (for now!). First off, even if you turn off Secure Boot, Win8 will keep booting as happily as it did with SB enabled - you'll just have a bit less system protection. (There's no guarantee that it'll keep behaving this way, though, and one could imagine DRM requiring SB enabled).

Toggling SB on/off depending on booted OS is somewhat annoying if you dualboot and change booted OS a lot. If that's a realy annoyance to you, keep SB enabled, and use a 3rd party SB-signed bootloader (like the Shim I've mentioned a gazillion times by now), and you won't have to disable SB even when booting legacy OSes. You'll be eschewing some safety by not booting a chain of fully trusted drivers, but that's fine with us developer types. And of course there's going to be linuxen around that actually do have a fully verified boot chain.

Quote from: Jibz
B) Non-techy people have little chance to try anything but Windows on their machine, stopping Microsoft worrying
People who are brave enough to attempt installing <whatever> alternative OS - or even booting from a LiveCD - should have no trouble doing the additional tiny step of disabling Secure Boot (or trying a linux distro that has a signed bootloader). I really do not see the problems for this usecase.



Once again, however, I'll have to add the disclaimer that this is how things are looking right now, with the current Win8 logo certification guidelines, et cetera ad nauseam. We should all be weary and wary - but at the same time, we should stick to facts.

272  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: It's official - Linux Foundation Secure Boot System Released on: February 09, 2013, 01:49:39 PM
Hmm...Wonder how long it's going to be before somebody innovative (like Gigabyte) introduces a true dual-boot mobo that you can soft switch to boot either via UEFI or traditional BIOS.
"Legacy boot" == BIOS.

They're already there - I doubt you're going to find a retail motherboard without that functionality.
273  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: It's official - Linux Foundation Secure Boot System Released on: February 09, 2013, 09:22:48 AM
but I shouldn't even be allowed to buy a UEFI-enabled motherboard when building my own system.
...what?
274  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Stop Using Internet Explorer Until Patched on: February 09, 2013, 09:21:26 AM
users of Internet Explorer should jump ship for the next few days as all versions of the browser are at risk of malware attacks.
Or just add IE to EMET.
EMET isn't a catch-all!

It's an additional layer of mitigation, not a security product. In the face of known vulnerabilities, Tinman's advice to STOP USING IE is pretty reasonable.
275  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Flash Under Attack, Emergency Patch Issued on: February 09, 2013, 09:08:32 AM
Remember, kids: if you're not paranoid to fully block (or uninstall) plugins, at least activate "click2play" in your browser.

Also, for searchability: Adobe Flash Player Plugin (once again proves to be a steaming pile of manure).
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