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76  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
77  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: List of 40 inexpensive single-board Linux friendly computers on: March 22, 2015, 01:49:38 PM
Speaking of the RPi2, I ended up buying one last months, because a bunch of my co-workers made a group purchase.

Not sure what to stick on it yet, though - as far as I can tell, Raspian is still built for arm6, and Ubuntu Core is in a veeeery pre-prerelease state (snappy seems like a nice idea, but there's only a handful of packages for it - the system doesn't even have a compiler or vim yet).

So, are there any decent arm7 RasPi2-friendly Linux distros out there?
78  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: March 22, 2015, 11:18:43 AM
Windows 10 makes disabling UEFI Secure Boot optional:
Meh, that sucks Sad
79  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone getting a Pebble Time? on: March 19, 2015, 04:12:42 PM
So, they're kinda cute, but...

The cheapest available on kickstarter now is $179, and the retail price for one is going to be $199? I know it's pretty fancy and all, but that's a lot of cash for a watch - you can get a OnePlus smartphone, which is by no means tardy, for $299.
80  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: March 19, 2015, 03:11:15 PM
Aside from all the Apps vs Desktop and plain Jane UI vs Glass, it seems each release of Windows sticks more stuff between the OS and the user.  It's to the point where just reading windows and moving them on the desktop requires utilities to Run As Administrator.  A bit silly really.  smiley
Tightening up security is a good thing. Most stuff that breaks on newer Windows versions are usually violating basic rules that have been around since the days of NT4.

Not being able to read another process' windows without admin privs might be a bit of a chore, but it does up the bar for malware. Considering Windows is the OS for the 99%, this is A Good Thing(TM). And going through UAC (or, better, for us power users, providing credentials for the admin user since our main Windows user isn't an administrator) isn't really worse than using sudo on *u*x.
81  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: March 19, 2015, 02:48:49 PM
So those of you who are thinking in terms of business and commercial uses, please understand Microsoft isn't going to be doing anything to get you there for free. This deal is for "makers" - or "tinkerers" as I like to think of them. The EULA can be found here. This part (highlighted) is where it's shows the restriction:

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1. INSTALLATION AND USE RIGHTS.

a. Installation and Use.

·         You may install and test one copy of the software on your premises.

·         You may not test the software in a live operating environment unless Microsoft permits you to do so under another agreement.

b. Third Party Programs. The software contains third party programs.  The terms that come with those programs apply, unless otherwise stated in those terms.

 Strictly for dev testing. No live use. Cool
Fair enough, IMHO - you can play with it for free, use it for hobby projects et cetera. Or you can use it while prototyping an idea - if it seems like you can monetize that idea, it's not really that unfair to pay for licenses smiley
82  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What books are you reading? on: March 15, 2015, 11:07:42 AM
Just finished The Psychopath Test, which was a nice read. Jon Ronson has an engaging and humorous writing style, without feeling crude or silly, given the somewhat serious topic.

Next up is Halting State, while I'm waiting for the paperback edition of The Rhesus Chart to become available. I have the rest of the laundry files in that format, so getting the hardcover edition would clash with the rest of series in the bookshelf tongue
83  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Once-in-a-century Pi Day 03/14/15 on: March 15, 2015, 10:47:29 AM
Here's the pi-e p3lb0x and I did yesterday smiley

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84  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 10th Anniversary - long time member check-in thread on: March 15, 2015, 06:15:41 AM
Hi!

So, ummm, I got a software developer job back in 2011, and after that it seemed like less fun doing hobby development. After having forgotten to check in at DC for a while due to real-life stuff, I guess it's been a nagging sense of guilt that has kept me away - including not having worked on fSekrit for far too long. That, and the overwhelming thought of "how the heck will I ever be able to read through the backlog of unread posts?". There's 103 pages of those, so that's about ~4100 posts. I think I'll skip catching up smiley

Other than that, I've been thoroughly disillusioned with the opposite sex, and have given up the idea of a happy ever-after. Instead I've developed a serious relationship with World of Warcrack, which is a time-consuming polygamy of 8x level 100 toons (and counting). Yep, that game has also just had its 10-year anniversary.

Still got the job. After having worked for some 3 years with Adobe's crapjob AEM CMS system, I'm currently working on back-end integration stuff in Java on the JBOSS platform. I'm slowly reaching the conclusion that RedHat makes up version numbers by adding the various 0.x versions of alpha-quality software, but I guess that's what Open Source gives you... can't make the software too good, or you won't be able to make an income on supporting the hackjob :p

Using a shiny macbook for work now, but won't be switching away from Windows for my home workstation anytime soon. OSX is just too unstable and full of suckyness.
85  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: SecuSend - Software for secure file sharing. on: June 13, 2013, 09:45:39 AM
Decent idea, and looks like a user friendly interface.
Some questions:

What's TDEA? Another name for triple-DES? (And why include such an algorithm?)
Which mode is AES used in? (CBC, XTS, ...?)
Why MD5 for hash?
Which public-key algorithm is used, and which bitsize? Which PRNG, and how is it seeded?

Are both file contents and filenames encrypted? Is any compression involved?
86  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Legitimate app breaks popular encryption - EFS, BitLocker, TrueCrypt ... on: June 13, 2013, 09:34:26 AM
Anyone ever come across THIS?
Not an all bad idea, but see 40Hz' post above - the xkcd post is somewhat controversial, but I agree with the gist of it.

Also, you can rule out a whole bunch of the symbols on the card, since (even when including non-alphanumeric characters) you don't wants passwords that are too short.
87  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Legitimate app breaks popular encryption - EFS, BitLocker, TrueCrypt ... on: June 13, 2013, 12:14:03 AM
I wonder why all the funky-characters stuff ended up in this thread?

While it'll screw up dictionary-based attacks, FYI it will do nothing to mitigate against the attack originally posted about.
88  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Samsung device drivers failed to installed on: June 07, 2013, 12:58:35 PM
If it's an android phone, install MyPhoneExplorer Client on the phone (available through the appstore) and MyPhoneExplorer on your PC, and forget all about USB cables and drivers.

Be very careful with the MPE installer, though, as it wants to install crapware (and iirc the checkbox is of the double-negation type, so read carefully!). Haven't found anything that works better for managing my phone, so I'm still using it even though I frown at the crapware-bundling.
89  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Sync folders by renaming files on: June 05, 2013, 05:33:17 PM
It's good to have a checksum option, but i just checked a couple hundred .jpgs and videos and couldn't find a single pair of files that were exactly the same size, even pix taken within seconds of each other. i do have lots of videos too, and i'm afraid checksums would take a long time.
Unless you're going to check several gigabytes at a time, checksumming isn't too bad - even for several years old computers, the hashing speed will be I/O limited, even for hashes that are stronger than md5. A slightly sophisticated tool could hash source and destination files at the same time (given that they're on different physical media), which should be pretty fast.

OK, an USB2 enclosure will max out at ~25MB/s regardless of how fast the disk inside is, but even if you're processing a chunk of a couple of gigabytes, that's less than two minutes of extra processing, to be sure that things are going to be all in order. Two minutes might sound like a fair chunk of time, but how long is it going to take you to recreate the photos? - or, if nothing has been lost, just the time spent sorting out the mess? smiley
90  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: From the B.F.D. Dept. - Microsoft releases first video preview of Win 8.1 on: June 05, 2013, 05:15:21 PM
At least my little crush is still alive... tongue Grin
Man, all those pesky bodyguards!

Back on track, another 'meh' on integrating Windows Search with ze intarwebs. I actually quite like how it works in Vista, Win7 and Win8... it works pretty well for finding 'easy' stuff on my machine. If I want webstuff, I'm gonna open a friggin' browser.
91  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: From the B.F.D. Dept. - Microsoft releases first video preview of Win 8.1 on: June 05, 2013, 03:58:33 PM
Distilled: 'meh'.
92  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.
93  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.
94  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...
95  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.
96  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.
97  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.
98  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.
99  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?
100  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.
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