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301  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does google have to be *everywhere*? on: July 27, 2014, 09:00:22 PM
Updating software to cripple it is below low. It's kind of hard to believe. Is that right? Am I reading wrong?

Nope. You're just being shown (the hard way) what that "terms of this service are subject to change without notice" clause is all about. ohmy
302  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What about Condaleezza Rice and Dropbox? on: July 27, 2014, 05:25:01 PM
Ms. Rice is a non-issue.

We all know what she is and what she's done.

We all know she will never be prosecuted for it.

There are far more important things to worry about than her continued presence.

She remains what she always was: yet another willing pawn in somebody else's ugly game.

Forget her.
303  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Director wants his film on The Pirate Bay, pirates deliver… on: July 27, 2014, 03:34:06 PM
Who is he uploading for?

Very tiny people who speak Dutch?  huh
304  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does google have to be *everywhere*? on: July 27, 2014, 01:27:08 PM
Like a staph infection, it doesn't need to exist. But it does. And it's out there.

Ditto iOS. When you're in a walled garden that uses the rules Apple does, you're SOL. And an update that breaks something isn't that uncommon. I had a half dozen pro-level network utilities that represented about $80 out-of-pocket suddenly stop working following an update because Apple strongly restricted network scanning/sniffing capabilities across the board on iPhones.

When I complained I was told "We can do this. Please read the ToS for your iPhone." I was also informed I should not expect a refund for any purchases made through the AppStore. I was told: "You'll have to pursue that directly with the app developers."

One offered to give me a refund for the two apps of theirs I owned. I asked why they made the changes they made. They said it was "required by Apple" and they weren't at liberty to discuss it because the terms of Apple's developer contract didn't allow them to elaborate. I thanked them and told them to just keep the money.

The other three devs never responded to the any of emails I sent them. Two of them have since disappeared form the AppStore.
305  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is Antivirus Software a Waste of Money? on: July 27, 2014, 01:06:58 PM
I just got my first call from someone who had gotten dual-bitten by a password logging bot plus (to my amazement) some ransomware.

She was running a (mostly) updated copy of Win7x64 along with MS Security Essentials.

A close check of all her financial and personal logins followed by the creation of some strong new passwords fixed that worry. Fortunately, nothing was tampered with as far as she and we could tell.

The damage done by ransomware encryption was annoying, but less an issue since she had clean and very recent backups of all her critical stuff.

One HD wipe, reformat, and OS/apps/data reinstall and she was back to normal except for some personal inconvenience plus some money spent getting help and buying more powerful commercial antimalware.

Draw from this what conclusions you will. Cool
306  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Anybody use or familiar with Roll20? on: July 27, 2014, 12:33:26 PM
If money is no object, FG is the best.  The only downside at that time becomes you have to have it installed, and licensed,

Thanks! Money is less an issue than the fact FG has the Call of Cthulhu ruleset - and especially a Masks of Nylarthotep module all set up and ready to go.

The people who are interested in this simply want to play the Masks of Nylarthotep campaign. So having it available for purchase at a reasonable price makes it a no-brainer. Figure $149 for the FG-Ultimate license plus $15 for the CoC ruleset and $25 for the MoN module comes totals $189 - which when divided among 8 players comes out to just under $24 each. That's very doable.

They also want to move quickly since Masks has a very long story arc which will take (roughly) the better part of a year for the average gaming circle to complete. Because of that, it's hard to assemble a group of players who are willing to commit to doing it. So it's best not to keep them waiting too long to start.
 Cool Wink

307  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MaidSafe - The new decentralized Internet on: July 27, 2014, 12:10:17 PM
Still, anything effort on this front is better than nothing.

Do I detect a hint of hope and optimism? Cool

Fingers crossed! Cool Thmbsup

You and me both! Wink

LOL! I'm eternally optimistic. Wouldn't be alive or still have a sense of humor if I didn't.  Grin

That said (you just  knew this was coming... Wink

For a badass example of Maidsafe:
You can see file storage, file sharing, and real time chat there. :O Yeah... bad. ass.

Less "bad ass" to my eyes than it is more the ever predictable kiddie bad-boy behavior you tend to see with this sort of thing. Oh well...let the food court and coffee shop 'revolutionaries' have their fun I suppose.

Crypto-anarchy is winning, and will win.

Um...not to be a downer, but I think that's a little premature. Crypto-anarchy (as a movement) has yet to fight it's first real battle, let alone see hope for a lasting victory. Right now, it's little more than a minor annoyance to the powers that be, and not much more than an RPG for most of those who style themselves crypto-anarchists.

But not to fear. It will start getting seriously interesting soon enough. tellme
308  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: July 27, 2014, 11:50:06 AM
Salamander - a Belgian 12 episode TV series.


A Belgian Federal Police inspector investigates the heavy-handed cover-up of the unreported theft of the personal contents found in 66 safe deposit boxes at a private bank in Brussels.


Very entertaining political conspiracy police thriller doled out in a dozen 40-minute chunks. Perfect when you don't have time for a feature length movie. If you do have time, just watch a couple of episodes back to back.

Go into it completely cold for the best entertainment. Avoid trailers. Any details other than the above will contain spoilers.

(Note: English subtitled. No overdubs available. Screen dialog is in French and Dutch.)

Recommended. Thmbsup
309  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Director wants his film on The Pirate Bay, pirates deliver… on: July 27, 2014, 11:20:57 AM
Article says it was done with public money for TV release, so I don't think the film's relationship to the producers is the same as your average Hollywood or even independent film in that respect.

I wonder if that makes any difference. The BBC is funded with public money and they're pretty rabid about media rights. As is Canada with their "public" stuff. Guess it depends on which public money you're using.

The legality of his request may be questionable, but I suspect rather trivial (IANAL), so he's probably in the clear,

Possibly. But in my experience it's only trivial until you get served with papers. Once that happens, it's far from trivial even if the claim being filed has absolutely no legal merit.

but I can't say he's not taking his own risk.

Fair enough. I wasn't aware he schlepped a copy over to YouTube on his own. I stand corrected.  smiley Thmbsup
310  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Russia offers over $100,000 to de-anonymize Tor on: July 27, 2014, 07:34:12 AM
I thought the NSA already had backdoors/vulnerabilities in Tor. Wasn't something like that mentioned in another thread here on DC?

Was that the same thread where it was pointed out that they (the DOJ et al) actually funded the friggin project? This is turning into a question of what language do you want whispered into your ear when you're bent over..?

Russia isn't trying to break new ground. They just want in. And the NSA is demanding too much for a ticket. tongue
311  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MaidSafe - The new decentralized Internet on: July 27, 2014, 07:16:01 AM
Reminds me a little of FidoNet's concept. Which makes it a step in the right direction in my book.

Of course, it'll only be as secure as it's encryption methodology. And we know what we're up against with that 'poisoned well' thanks to Snowden spilling the beans. And as long as the powers that be are logging everything it's not exactly what you'd call fully stealthed. But it will make the task of those opposed to local control and personal privacy that much more difficult.

Of course there's nothing to stop MaidSafe from being compromised (local nodes infected with a government spybot for example) or honeypotted since there will be sloppy devs and node owners who don't understand or can't be bothered to RTFM. Less an issue while it's mostly übergeek. But once the masses pile on, it's a problem that will eventually surface.

Still, anything effort on this front is better than nothing. And who knows? Maybe that famous old story about Nasrudin and how "the horse will talk" just might come true here.


Fingers crossed! Cool Thmbsup
312  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Anybody use or familiar with Roll20? on: July 26, 2014, 05:11:25 PM
Did you have a question?

Yes. This would be for RPG. Did you have a preference? smiley

313  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Director wants his film on The Pirate Bay, pirates deliver… on: July 26, 2014, 04:38:38 PM
The director doesn’t own all copyrights to the movie himself, but grew frustrated by the fact that his film is not available through legal channels.

His permission perhaps, but not the distributor's or studio's permission he is under contract with for that picture?

So...anybody want to throw themselves on the sword he himself doesn't plan to sacrifice himself on?

Sounds one of those suggestions that fall under the general heading of: "Hey! I just had this great idea!!! Why don't YOU do it instead of me?"


314  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Anybody use or familiar with Roll20? on: July 26, 2014, 02:02:55 PM
I just became aware of this interesting online gaming resource called Roll20 and was wondering of anybody here has either run or participated in a game that used it?

For those who haven't heard about it, this is what Roll20 is about:

Who's this for?

Roll20 is a virtual tabletop. So it's all about taking any game that you traditionally play on a table (especially pen and paper RPGs and board games), and bringing it online. Play with friends who've moved across the country, or find a completely new gaming group online. Roll20 is easy to use, so dive in and get started!

Is this really free?

Yes! Roll20 is absolutely free to use for both GMs and players. Initial development of Roll20 was funded via Kickstarter, and we do offer totally optional supporter accounts for those who want access to additional perks (like more storage space and direct access to the Dev team) to help fund further improvements. But even if you're on a Base account for free, you'll still have access to everything you need to run your game -- unlimited campaigns and players, with access to all the great features listed on this page.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ekQ3uLLqL8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ekQ3uLLqL8</a>

315  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Capacitor plague on: July 26, 2014, 12:31:23 PM
TTBOMK it's run its course. If you have a older monitor, which hasn't failed to date, you should be ok. Anything that was going to die early because of bad capacitors most likely already has.

Yay!  smiley

316  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Acquires Twitch for $1 Billion on: July 26, 2014, 12:26:48 PM
How doth the little crocodile?

317  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Weird Router Issue Hoping someone has seen before on: July 25, 2014, 11:05:48 AM

Either way, Can anyone see a reason to NOT disable WiFi when you have a Better Wired connection?  Wired in our office is always 1GB,  WiFi may be getting better but not THAT fast.  Not even AC band.

I have two basic rules (actually it's more what you'd call call guidelines):

1. Switch when you can - route if you must.

2. Wired if you can - wireless if you must.

To go with #2 - wireless is for mobile client devices. If the device is never going to move around once it's set up... plug a wire into it.

The only reason people use wifi as much as they do is because they don't have a network drop available - or they don't want to pay to install one. It's just a cheap and easy way out of pulling wire. With the end result that a lot of employees are working with lousy connectivity and losing productivity despite the fact the people they're working for have a big fat internet connection  and a GB speed switch that sits at 80-90% idle because everything in the company is accessing the network through one or two cheapo access points.
318  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Weird Router Issue Hoping someone has seen before on: July 25, 2014, 10:53:20 AM
In our district (not sure how far this applies) COX has begun using a "Locked DNS" setup.  We cannot use ANY other DNS at all.

I'm guessing someone (on a very high level) who was involved in acquiring your connectivity either (a) asked for it; (b) got sold on it as a "security feature"; or (c) it's being done to restrict/monitor or possibly datamine your internet use. Because there's no technical reason why it should be so restricted. But they also probably want it to stomp on Netflix and related competing streaming content providers who aren't paying protection money to Cox for adequate bandwidth.

For the record, 40HZ, maybe I can one-up your #4.  We had people who, when the office CABLE IP went down, they would whip out their cellphone and connect their WiFi to IT.  But leave their WIRED connection plugged in TOO!

Yep. One up me it did. (That's pretty awesome btw!) And the proof it never happened to a network I was responsible for is: I'm not in jail right now for clubbing the person who did it to death with their cellphone. Grin
319  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: July 25, 2014, 10:41:15 AM
A TEDx talk that isn't an establishment circlejerk:

LOL! Amazing how something that was formerly so incontrovertibly despised (i.e. TED) suddenly becomes a bit more acceptable once things start being said that we can agree with, huh?

(Just sayin' tongue)
320  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: July 24, 2014, 12:51:43 PM
Projection mapping on moving objects. This just keeps getting better and better:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX6JcybgDFo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX6JcybgDFo</a>

More on it here and a "behind the scenes" video here.
321  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 24, 2014, 11:32:32 AM


Why can't the DOJ, NSA and DHL go after these guys for a change? tongue
322  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Deeper into the Windows Registry - Work-in-Progress Article on Gizmo's on: July 24, 2014, 05:53:50 AM
An interesting article even though I strongly disagree with the author's thesis that the Registry being hard to understand is "as it should be."

Just because something is hard to suss out doesn't mean it should, or arguably even need to be, so difficult.

In my world, that's just bad design.  Wink
323  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: July 23, 2014, 02:35:57 PM
Do you use Bitcoin? A criminal-hacker by the name of 'w0rm' does! Thmbsup

This from Ars Technica...

WSJ website hacked, data offered for sale for 1 bitcoin
Same hacker attacked BBC, Vice websites, offered user databases for sale.

by Sean Gallagher - Jul 23, 2014 2:51 pm UTC

Dow Jones & Co. took two servers that store the news graphics for The Wall Street Journal website offline yesterday evening after a confirmed intrusion by a hacker calling himself “w0rm.” The hacker was offering what he claimed was user information and server access credentials that would allow others to “modify articles, add new content, insert malicious content in any page, add new users, delete users, and so on,” Andrew Komarov, chief executive officer of cybersecurity firm IntelCrawl, told The Wall Street Journal.

W0rm, according to Komarov, is the same individual previously known as “Rev0lver” and “Hash,” a Russian hacker who tried to sell access to the BBC’s servers last December and attacked the Web servers of Vice Media earlier this year. At 5:30pm ET on July 21, he posted a screenshot to Twitter that showed the e-mail address, username, and hashed password for the database admin on a wsj.com server. He offered to sell the full dump of the database table of authorized users for one bitcoin through an exploit marketplace at w0rm.in...

324  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Homebrewing on: July 23, 2014, 02:15:22 PM
it's like drinking warm piss. Oh... got a story about that, but, maybe later.

You got a story about drinking warm piss?!? O_o ...Was this during a trip to Brazil by chance??

I soooooo do not want to hear this story! tongue
325  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: July 22, 2014, 09:01:59 PM
Michael League and Snarky Puppy again. This time with a live performance recording of Quarter Master.

Lordy, these guys RULE!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1cskIan5Jw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1cskIan5Jw</a>
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