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76  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Save Domain Privacy on: June 30, 2015, 12:15:09 PM
In the WHOIS and web searches, my address does not come up, and neither does my name.  The privacy concern is the one that comes up.  The only way it is even associated is if you did not do so at the time of registration it hit the internet, so is saved if you know how to look for it, or if you, as you said, registered as a company, which is not my concern.

I understand. But I suggest searching with the regular search engines if there are any company identifiers on your site.  I guess the guys at ICCAN may be too lazy to use more than a whois search.  But once the state and name of your LLC are out there it is a matter of public record if anyone wants to take the time to look for it, the contact info of the manager/agent.  For a few dollars it may be worth it I suppose.


There are not company identifiers.  It's not a company.  It's just personal sites that I've registered.
77  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 30, 2015, 11:26:14 AM

Oh FFS! ...The icon for their "All New" MS Edge browser, is a $^%#& Blue 'E'!!?! Seriously??!!??

I'd think they're saving the actual icon for the official release.  At least, I'd hope that's what's happening.
78  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Save Domain Privacy on: June 30, 2015, 11:09:59 AM
I noticed this change too when I just registered a new domain.  I didn't shell out the extra bucks for the fake WHOIS info this time around.  Not only that but if you registered a company and you are the registered manager such as for an LLC, the stuff is coming up in web search anyway.  Anyone knows the name of the LLC then very likely the search engine is going to spit out your street address and phone number.

Yet another reason I stopped shelling out for company names just so I could shell out more to file annual reports.  I suppose if you have a company making real money you have to.  But people don't even have to go to the government web site to search out the LLC manager's contact info.  It just comes up.

Time to move to a gated community or dig a moat around the house.  smiley


No, not if it's done correctly.

In the WHOIS and web searches, my address does not come up, and neither does my name.  The privacy concern is the one that comes up.  The only way it is even associated is if you did not do so at the time of registration it hit the internet, so is saved if you know how to look for it, or if you, as you said, registered as a company, which is not my concern.


It works for my use.


79  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Save Domain Privacy on: June 30, 2015, 10:01:59 AM
I didn't even know about this until today when Hover e-mailed me.

https://www.savedomainprivacy.org/

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What is WHOIS and how does it impact me?

How do you feel about your personal contact information being available on the Internet? If you have ever registered a domain name to create a blog or launch a business, your personal information (including name, telephone number, email, and postal address) is already published in a database called “WHOIS”.

WHOIS is an old system, dating back to the dawn of the Internet, to allow systems administrators from universities and government offices to contact each other.  Now that nearly everyone is online, WHOIS contains contact information for small businesses, churches, individuals, even minor children.  Anyone – law enforcement, businesses, individuals, even spammers– has free access to the data in WHOIS. With so much sensitive information publicly available, governments, civic groups, and privacy advocates are starting to tackle WHOIS, who has access, how they use the data, and what it all means for online privacy.

While they wrestle with these issues of privacy, there are steps you can take right now to protect your personal information online.  Privacy Services (sometimes called “Proxy Services”) post their own contact information in WHOIS in place of yours.

A recent study indicates that up to 20% of domains on the Internet trust these services to guard their information.

What is ICANN?

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is the international governing body for the Domain Name System (DNS), and creates the rules for domain names that can be used to create new websites.  They also manage the information collected in the WHOIS database.

https://www.savedomainpri...cy.org/sign-the-petition/

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What’s Changing?

Everything!

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is working on a program that would create new restrictions on the companies offering WHOIS privacy services, or “Providers.”  Under the proposed new rules, Providers would be required to monitor your use of domain names and websites.  Providers could be forced to terminate your privacy service and be required to publish your contact data in WHOIS.  Likewise, Providers could be required to give your private contact details to anyone complaining that your website violates their trademark or copyright.  None of these scenarios would require a court order, search warrant, or due process of any kind.
It’s important to emphasize that Providers do not want criminals to abuse these services to hide their online activities from law enforcement. But some of the proposed changes would treat all users equally, regardless of their intent. For millions of legitimate users, these services are no more suspicious than getting an unlisted telephone number.

The site has some very useful and enlightening information.  And this is one of those petitions that I think that anyone should be able to get behind.  I didn't know how draconian they were until once I moved and wasn't using privacy, and they terminated my domains with no notification nor due process because it wasn't the same.  Now, with the crazies coming out and pursuing people for things they post, privacy is more of an issue than ever before, and this was one of the reasons I switched to Hover as they provide this service for free.

It's one of the few times that I immediately signed a petition after reading the information on the site.  Especially because this has not been advertised everywhere like net neutrality and such.

Take Action!
80  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Be prepared against ransomware viruses.. on: June 29, 2015, 03:55:50 PM
Reading your messages I get perplexed. You talk about things that already exist for many years.

Are you talking about the thread in general?  It was a reminder for those that may have been getting slack with their restoration plan.
81  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Be prepared against ransomware viruses.. on: June 28, 2015, 06:03:24 PM
What about the vector?  You said that the relative was pretty pc savvy... I'm just wondering what got him.
82  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Some Thoughts on Sony's DPT-S1 (Digital Paper System) on: June 28, 2015, 12:13:38 PM
If we're dealing with a purely paper replica of reading, I actually prefer to keep the whitespace.
83  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laptop tray - for your lap [Recommendations?] on: June 28, 2015, 11:25:28 AM
I use this side tray... not sure if it would be good for your purposes, but it might.

http://www.staples.com/Je...k/product_WYF078275398126

I like having the laptop unattached to my lap, and being able to adjust it.
84  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Movie and Book Writing Thread on: June 27, 2015, 11:09:04 AM
It's not in all reality a 'test'.  That was just a joke.  It's actually professional level editing for free, and not just of grammar or spelling, but of the actual structure of the piece.  And if you're planning to do something with your writing, it's worth its weight in gold.  Once you submit your writing- to a publisher, a contest, or even on your blog- that editing is going to make all the difference.
85  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The end of the hard disk on: June 25, 2015, 06:52:46 AM
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I knew about PCI-e mounted SSDs, but Shades said "hard disks" which was something (PCI-e mounted HDDs faster than SSDs) that I hadn't heard about.

That's the reason why I asked for a link. I'm not too stupid to use google myself...

No one implied anything about stupidity.  And it happens.  Onward!  Thmbsup
86  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The end of the hard disk on: June 24, 2015, 09:33:49 PM
Next time I will be more precise and call it "storage device"...that should make everyone happy. smiley

I got what you were saying, and that you weren't saying hard disk in the terms of a spinning platter.  Which is why I phrased my search in such a way. smiley
87  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Microsoft Tinker robot puzzle game - download for free on: June 24, 2015, 01:44:05 PM
Windows Live for Games is still around

You can download it from this link:http://download.gfwl.xboxlive.com/content/gfwl-public/redists/production/gfwlivesetup.exe

For more information: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/pc/DownloadClient

I still play section 8: prejudice online through the xbox live network.
88  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers without permission on: June 24, 2015, 11:11:58 AM
Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers without permission (via the Guardian)

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Privacy campaigners and open source developers are up in arms over the secret installing of Google software which is capable of listening in on conversations held in front of a computer.

First spotted by open source developers, the Chromium browser – the open source basis for Google’s Chrome – began remotely installing audio-snooping code that was capable of listening to users.

It was designed to support Chrome’s new “OK, Google” hotword detection – which makes the computer respond when you talk to it – but was installed, and, some users have claimed, it is activated on computers without their permission.

“Without consent, Google’s code had downloaded a black box of code that – according to itself – had turned on the microphone and was actively listening to your room,” said Rick Falkvinge, the Pirate party founder, in a blog post. “Which means that your computer had been stealth configured to send what was being said in your room to somebody else, to a private company in another country, without your consent or knowledge, an audio transmission triggered by … an unknown and unverifiable set of conditions.”

The feature is installed by default as part of Google’s Chrome browser. But open source advocates are up in arms about it also being installed with the open source variant Chromium, because the listening code is considered to be “black box”, not part of the open source audit process.

“We don’t know and can’t know what this black box does,” said Falkvinge.
89  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The end of the hard disk on: June 24, 2015, 09:41:51 AM
Simple search brings up several links....

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=SSD+use+the+PCI-Express+lanes

One example from that search...

http://www.extremetech.co...ures-to-the-client-market
90  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The end of the hard disk on: June 23, 2015, 05:55:11 PM
What do you think?

I think the exact same questions haunt/scare the shit out of me ... Which is why I'm still running spinning platters.

While it's true that eventually the technology will stabilize enough to be called "Stone Ax Reliable" ...(Ha!)... The fact that I haven't heard an SSD horror story recently is not IMO a valid reason to assert that the proverbial coast is clear.

+1 here.  I've seen it too many times from people that have bought SSDs *recently* to trust them yet.  I have a hybrid SSD in my laptop, and it still concerns me.  I don't think it's anywhere near obsolescence, especially for server applications.
91  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The End of my Macbook Pro Experiment on: June 23, 2015, 09:36:56 AM
Mine actually has a pretty good screen.  If I wasn't keeping it within the parameters of paying what I received for my MBP, there are some really good screens out there for $1200-$1500 or so in the 13" range.

http://store.hp.com/us/en...s/spectre-x360-211501--1#!&TabName=vao - 13.3" diagonal Quad HD LED-backlit touchscreen (2560 x 1440)
http://www.dell.com/us/p/...del_id=xps-13-9343-laptop - 13.3-inch UltraSharp™ QHD+ (3200 x 1800) InfinityEdge Touch Display

Those were the two I looked at... but there are several others in that same display range.

The thing that really peeved me looking at them was the fact that they were all "new technology", i.e. SSD.  And I just don't trust an SSD as my only HDD, and the fact that you wouldn't get enough space... I want a minimum of 500GB, which in SSD is exorbitantly expensive.
92  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Movie and Book Writing Thread on: June 22, 2015, 06:16:29 PM
I read through the "game rules" -- very interesting!! I didn't quite follow all of the resolution rules stuff, but I loved the idea of an AI being at the center of it.. So I take it this is kind of a role-playing game where the AI player makes up scenarios and guides play and decides subjectively how to tell and interesting story full of conflict?  I think the subject matter of colonizatio and survival is a fascinating one for an RPG.

Thank you!  Yes, the AI is sort of the GM of the scenario, and I chose to make it as far away from Earth as possible in order to allow people to explore interesting stories that would otherwise be a bit touchy.  One of the ideas that I put in there that I love is the fact that the AI's decisions before the colonists get there might put them in a pickle, i.e. the ideal is no alternate intelligent life as a competitor to the biosphere... so the AI might have wiped the indigenous population out almost to extinction.  Exploring what the leaders do when that is found out would be an interesting question.

The AI represents everything else outside of the colonists conflicts within their schism- so everything else in the biosphere.  And the AI player does frame the scenarios- but the individual leaders set the resolution in order and decide whether to follow the idea that they want a functioning colony- or to grab for their own power even at the expense of the colony's well being.

And yes, I know I need more examples and refinement.  I wish I'd had more time before the actual deadline, but after the competition is over, I plan to refine it- I'm really enamored of the idea, and the kinds of stories that can be told within that framework.
93  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Movie and Book Writing Thread on: June 22, 2015, 02:16:27 PM
Well, cubby seems to not be working for that link anymore, so here are two alternatives.

https://www.dropbox.com/s...T34rlBiWZDq1cqtD_GHa?dl=0

http://www.wraith808.com/...information/DriventoTears

And a brief introduction from the Foreword

Driven To Tears

“How can you say that you’re not responsible?
What does it have to do with me?”

I decided to enter Game Chef 2015- I’d heard about it in many contexts, but hadn’t ever happened to remember it at the time it started. It seemed like a good idea at the time, so I committed that I’d at least submit something. Then I forgot about the start date, and saw that I’d missed it with only a few days left. But I decided to try anyway, and read on…

Theme: A Different Audience
Ingredients: abandon, dragonfly, stillness, dream

I have a hard enough time coming up with ideas for … anything, truthfully. Then I saw those, and was disheartened. How could I come up with something in that short of a time.

“What is my reaction?
What should it be?
Confronted by this latest atrocity”

Then the event in Charleston happened. Shootings, in a church of all places- when those within were reaching out to one without- and the one responded with senseless violence. And thinking back on the helplessness and forlorn feelings of powerlessness in the face of so many tragedies, and not understanding how people could have a lack of empathy and understanding. And the idea for this entry was born.

Originally, I was going to use 3 out of the four ingredients- I really didn’t know how to integrate the Dragonfly. But then, talking with my wife, I was able to not only figure out it’s use- but that it would be the central part of the plot- the part to make it a story of hope, rather than one of despair.
94  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Movie and Book Writing Thread on: June 21, 2015, 07:14:51 PM
Thread Arise!

In the spirit of continuing to push myself in writing, I submitted a game for Game Chef 2015.

https://www.cubbyusercont...5e9eb#Driven%20to%20Tears


It was last minute- I'd forgotten the date that the competition was supposed to start.  But I think it's a good idea, and I'm going to continue to work on it.  If anyone has any suggestions, they would be more than welcome!
95  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Open Computing Platform on: June 18, 2015, 05:49:03 PM
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Facebook built its state-of-the-art data center in Prineville, Oregon, where it invented ways to use less electricity. So Facebook published the Prineville designs to contribute to the green data-center movement.

Then it occurred to Heiliger: Why not share all of Facebook's hardware designs?

“I wrote a short paper, circulated it to Zuck and the rest of team,” he remembers, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Heiliger argued that the technology, particularly the hardware, “is not our competitive advantage." and that "open source should be a core tenet at Facebook.”

There are some huge advantages to making hardware open source.

Hardware engineers, no matter who they work for, could collaborate. Ideas could flow. New tech could be invented more quickly. Difficult tech problems could be fixed faster. And everyone would be able to share equally in the results.

It would be 180 degrees from the classic culture of patents and lawsuits and trade secrets that has ruled the tech industry for decades. But Facebook didn't make hardware, so there was no risk to its business.

Zuck was in. One argument was particularly persuasive: "A company in Mountain View thinks their tech was a differentiator. We didn’t believe that,” Heiliger says, referring to the fact that Google builds much of its own hardware and a lot of its own software and keeps most of that stuff a closely guarded secret.

That seems to answer that question... or am I misunderstanding?

In fact if you follow from the link you posted, down at the bottom under projects that fall under OSH, i.e. https://en.wikipedia.org/...-source_hardware_projects, OCP is listed there.
96  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Bing moving to encrypt search traffic on: June 18, 2015, 11:40:29 AM
You can't put a logo on a Plain-Brown-Wrapper without defeating its purpose.

That was exactly my thought.  But wanted to know if other people were reading the same thing...
97  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Bing moving to encrypt search traffic on: June 18, 2015, 11:04:39 AM
Bing Moving to Encrypt Search Traffic by Default

I'm a little bit skeptical of the reasons behind this... looks more like they want to lock out outside people from seeing things for their own benefit more than protect users...

98  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Open Computing Platform on: June 18, 2015, 11:02:32 AM
How Facebook is eating the $140 billion hardware market

An interesting article on Business Insider?  Say it's not so!

But, I'd not heard anything about this... anyone want to chime in?  Seems like it has far reaching ramificiations...
99  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass alternatives? (including premium LP) on: June 16, 2015, 03:05:37 PM
Am I the only person in the world who just remembers all of his passwords, instead of trusting any service (be it online or offline) to store it?

I used to... but using a password manager has enabled me to have a lot of different passwords rather than just variations on the same few.
100  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass alternatives? (including premium LP) on: June 16, 2015, 11:15:50 AM
Thanks wraith, will check that out.

ah yeah, I'm working from desktop here:
there doesnt seem to be a version of Google's (or MS's) authenticator for windows - well not for Win.7 at any rate.
I came across recommendations for WinAuth (Windows Authenticator) - https://github.com/winauth/winauth
might try that out.
https://winauth.com/

You don't have a mobile at all?  You should be able to install that on your mobile... and your mobile phone becomes your 'key'.
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