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26  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Thoughts on "next generation" forum systems? (Discourse, nodeBB, etc.) on: July 20, 2015, 02:34:48 PM
Makes sense. I don't know what hosting you use, but Digital Ocean has $5/mo "droplets" that can host a Docker Discourse instance quite easily, for whatever it's worth...

- Oshyan

I'm on my own server, already paying a lot for the 'privilege', so I'm really not looking to pay more.  Especially for something that couldn't be seamlessly integrated into the current sites that I'm using.  That's not to say that it couldn't as it stands.  But that gets into the whole learning to admin something else for something that's for fun in the first place, and is a production server.

But thanks for the info!
27  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Thoughts on "next generation" forum systems? (Discourse, nodeBB, etc.) on: July 20, 2015, 01:56:44 PM
Interesting to hear from a bbPress user. I must admit I pretty much wrote it off due to its Wordpress plugin nature, I figured it'd be a bit clunky, not as full-featured, etc. Does it have some of the Discourse features you like (e.g. new topic from reply)? Or are you more choosing it for ease of management?

- Oshyan

Ease of management and integration with wordpress.  I do like using discourse better.  But I just don't have the time, nor do I want to pay more for dedicated hosting from a discourse hosting service.

A few images from it in use and the admin side below:

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1. It looks very similar to how you manage posts.
2. It repurposes a few things from posts to use for the bb
3. It does have the admin things close
4. It can be a pain to set up private boards (have to use a plugin)
5. You can embed forums in pages and posts.

Like I said, it's not perfect... but for a forum to go around a blog or cms, it's perfect for me.
28  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Thoughts on "next generation" forum systems? (Discourse, nodeBB, etc.) on: July 20, 2015, 12:24:48 PM
My experience with Discourse has been good and bad.  The good- I like the features.  Some might say that the changes and such were not necessary, but I like the ability to start a new topic from a response, especially.  I do find that without using a host, it can be problematic to install and keep up- I just want a board that works.  To that end, and because I know a lot about wordpress, I've been using bbPress.  It can be a bit clunky on the admin side, and you can see behind the curtains at times to the wordpress background, but the integration and ease of maintenance and admin is worth it to me.
29  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder Major Upgrades - Progress Report Thread on: July 19, 2015, 04:03:31 PM
Tuxman, I'm curious to hear your thoughts about Discourse. I "discovered" it some months ago (or perhaps re-discovered) and I have kind of a love/hate relationship with it. I'm not actively running it on any sites mind you, so my experiences are limited. I absolutely *love* some aspects of it (the default design is not one of them), and I really like what their goals are, what they're trying to do. But as I said I do have issues with the design, and there are some other concerns too. So I'd be interested in hearing your perspective, especially since you said you're tinkering with some SMF forks (don't know why I didn't think to look for some before now!). Perhaps this should be split off into its own thread? cheesy

- Oshyan

Perhaps.  And then I'll chime in from my experiences smiley
30  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I need a physics/chemistry/engineering/science forum on: July 17, 2015, 05:18:41 PM
ok but can you tell me please what the community wants/does and what not?
because I haven't understood yet

The specifics will vary by community- each has a faq/help page that should be read before posting so you can know what kinds of questions the community answers and does not.  A very general overview for all StackExchange communities can be found at http://stackexchange.com/tour

There are some things that will be universal to all StackExchange sites, i.e. the mechanisms of voting.  There are some that are site specific, i.e. what an upvote/downvote really means.

For example, one of the communities I frequent is RPG.SE.  It's help page is at http://rpg.stackexchange.com/tour.  There's also a page with more help and a FAQ at http://rpg.stackexchange.com/help.

So you'd have to go to the specific site where you were asking the question, and look for the two pages.  Also remember, that unless there is a diamond beside the person's name, they are just a member, like yourself.  And members everywhere can be good or bad.  The only difference is tenure and reputation- reputation gives abilities as the community comes to trust the individual member.

In general, however, StackExchange is not a forum, and it does not host discussions.  It also doesn't do well with open-ended questions.  It is specifically created to answer very specific, very directed questions.  If you're starting a question with "Can I get suggestions for..." in general, that's not an appropriate question.  Pros and cons and opinionated questions also tend to be closed. 

Ask a specific question about a specific thing that can't be easily googled, and you're more likely to get a good response.
31  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I need a physics/chemistry/engineering/science forum on: July 17, 2015, 03:46:54 PM
Everyone will have different experiences, I suppose.  I've found answers to questions that haven't been posed elsewhere because I've taken the time to ask and get to know what the community does well and doesn't.

Different strokes.
32  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I need a physics/chemistry/engineering/science forum on: July 17, 2015, 02:20:21 PM
You might have better luck on Google+ communities or Facebook groups these days. Search those two places if you can, not traditional message boards.

And yes stackexchange is a joke, they spend more energy on asking you to write your question properly than trying to help you find answers. By a huge margin.

StackExchange is a venue for a very specific type of Q&A format, and for that format, it is a very good resource.  You just have to know if your needs fit that type of format.  And it is very dependent on the specific community.  I've had very good experience there.
33  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mitro: FOSS alternative to LastPass on: July 17, 2015, 10:28:54 AM
Some of the copy in that article smacked of condescension, IMO.

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Mitro, the open source password manager for individuals and teams, is shutting down on Aug 31, 2015. If you are a Mitro user, you might feel sorry to see it go. But you do not have a choice to keep it alive. Mitro is gone and it is time for you to move on.

I never invested in Mitro, but just from reading that tweaked me the wrong way.  I can imagine how much more if I was actually affected.   huh  Add to that the fact that you can still run your own instance, and it seems more self-interest rather than community interest.
34  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 15, 2015, 10:27:16 AM
I'd rather live longer and prosper.

Now that's prefectly getting 2 birds stoned.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXEm08dsQOc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXEm08dsQOc</a>
35  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How do you resist buying ever more powerful PCs? on: July 14, 2015, 03:24:39 PM
I don't resist.  Grin

I have made it so that it's easy when I get the urge to switch, however.  I have two decently good cases that I just switch between as I upgrade.
36  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 12, 2015, 09:30:18 AM

And you can't fix stupid... he kept trying to justify himself in the twitter feed.
37  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does this exist? [NON-Software ideas] on: July 07, 2015, 05:16:43 PM
Had another one that had a coiled lead from the USB plug to the LED and clipped on the top of your screen, that was OK until the clip broke  undecided

I was considering what sounds like that one:
http://www.amazon.de/dp/B...ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?

then thought I'd see if anyone had ideas for a non-USB one... [that didn't involve a white desktop tongue cheesy]

Don't know how much light you need, but I use something similar to this:

http://www.amazon.com/Lyc...ent-Robbin/dp/B008GXRL1O/
38  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DVCS ? (All about Git, Mercurial-Hg and the like...) on: July 07, 2015, 11:24:10 AM
I've been using SourceTree to easily handle making/merging/closing branches for the Gitflow workflow (in Mercurial) and TortoiseHg for all the actual committing, shelving, pushing, pulling, etc.

Another vote for sourcetree.  Especially since I use bitbucket for my remotes.  I've taken to having an origin on my NAS and another on bitbucket.
39  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Be prepared against ransomware viruses.. on: July 05, 2015, 10:50:01 AM
Pardon the interruption, but...
It indeed has helped me before with the code red virus.  I'd given read only access to my backup directory, and was doing a lower tech version of removing privileges in order to access my network drives.  I was glad that I did.

Wasn't Code Red a worm that attacked unsecured IIS servers that were running by default in Win2k? I don't recall share hopping being part of its MO.

Yeah... my fault.  It was something else during that time that basically propagated itself by re-writing parts of files.  I forget the name at this point- but it was some nifty name.  As I only accessed the shares in question by administrative share, and used another account (admittedly admin on my box) the infection was contained.
40  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Be prepared against ransomware viruses.. on: July 04, 2015, 09:13:07 PM
However we are talking about ransomware and I fear ransomware can't be stopped by limited privileges. Encrypting data is not a system operation, so I think ransomware are allowed to do it even if privileges are low.
I think limited privileges are useful against other kinds of malware only.

It can be stopped by limited privileges from accessing backups on the network and other machines.  Which was the most tragic part of the incident in the OP.

Not necessarily.

Mapped network drives can be created and accessed by users without administrative access unless a group policy exists saying otherwise.

And Windows also allows users to access removable devices regardless of administrative access. Including any remote network filesystem that it has read-write access to.

Messing with user privilege would not have any impact at all on the speed of ransomware encrypting files unless that user privelage change also had associated restrictions on CPU and IPOS resource consumption.



It indeed has helped me before with the code red virus.  I'd given read only access to my backup directory, and was doing a lower tech version of removing privileges in order to access my network drives.  I was glad that I did.
41  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laptop tray - for your lap [Recommendations?] on: July 04, 2015, 09:11:07 PM
App needs to start a blog with all here crazy life hacks.

This!  +1
42  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: July 04, 2015, 04:31:25 PM
Snarky Puppy, I'd assume... name of the band?
43  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Be prepared against ransomware viruses.. on: July 04, 2015, 09:12:00 AM
However we are talking about ransomware and I fear ransomware can't be stopped by limited privileges. Encrypting data is not a system operation, so I think ransomware are allowed to do it even if privileges are low.
I think limited privileges are useful against other kinds of malware only.

It can be stopped by limited privileges from accessing backups on the network and other machines.  Which was the most tragic part of the incident in the OP.
44  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Be prepared against ransomware viruses.. on: July 03, 2015, 04:19:16 PM
^ That's nice!  Thanks!
45  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Idea For A Reddit Reader on: July 03, 2015, 02:25:13 PM
Isn't that in protest of a mod getting fired?  I am hoping it is only temporary.

Yeah... but who knows how long it will go on?  Especially since the story seems more muddled than they made it.
46  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 03, 2015, 02:23:57 PM
How about a blog about shoplifting?

http://call-me-stickyfingers.tumblr.com/

Here's one post:

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Animal tip
*disclaimer* this MAY sound crazy, but believe me, it works.
Step 1: obtain an animal that scurries fast. Go to petco and purchase either 10 rats/10 white mice/3 ferrets OR obtain a farm pot bellies pig/hen/or boar. My aunt higgith once obtained a keckle of geese that she personally lifted from a nearby town farm.
Step 2: store animals in an inconspicuous container. Make sure it has air holes for breathing so your animals don’t die.
Step 3: drive to a store you’d like to shoplift from
Step 4: enter the store carrying your hidden animals of choice
Step 5: when no one is around, release your furry friends into the isle and watch them scurry and scamper everywhere
Step 6: immediately run to the nearest SA and tell them you saw a rodent/animal
Step 7: the SA will typically call in a special code in their walkie talkie or will have to alert their supervisors that a live animal is on the loose. Remember: the more animals scurrying free the better!
Step 8: steal all the shit you want! At this point the entire store will be trying to locate the pest and will probably not be paying attention to any cameras. Innocent shoppers may get frantic and scared of a wild boar making its way through the store and soon chaos may take over the store, inciting frenzied crowd syndrome
Step 9: while the store is chaotic, steal steal steal! Shove shit down your pants, eat a bag of chips while you’re at it, and empty the registers! Take a shit right inside the toy isle! LP won’t be paying attention
Step 10: leave! Run! Remember to only attempt this crazy tip once every five years or so. My aunt Higgith once released a bucket of rats and 3 guinea pigs into Target and she was able to get away with $4k worth of shit while the entire store was under terror

It gets crazier...

I told you to stay off tumblr...  Grin
47  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Idea For A Reddit Reader on: July 03, 2015, 08:41:01 AM
LOL!  I was trying to work on it just to see how interesting it was... and was getting errors.  Accessing stupid things.

Then I realized reddit has gone private for many boards.  What a strange coincidence.
48  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: July 02, 2015, 12:23:41 PM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZiopemx6_0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZiopemx6_0</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyqfHvoUtkU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyqfHvoUtkU</a>

HOLY CRAP!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmouK_6oeKc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmouK_6oeKc</a>

Just check out the whole channel: https://www.youtube.com/c.../UCaXDyLT3Xs4p8B0B79GFZCQ
49  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Save Domain Privacy on: July 01, 2015, 07:43:38 AM
Hover varies.  I pay about $8 for some of mine, not on sale.  Other ones (.cc for some strange reason) are higher.
50  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Save Domain Privacy on: June 30, 2015, 05:40:30 PM
Sounds like a good setup.  But just having Hover do all of that for me for free is really convenient smiley
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