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51  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please recommend a Canadian domain name registrar to me on: November 15, 2014, 08:35:08 AM
I wasn't aware that Canada, or any of the other countries in INGSOC "the circle of eyes," should be any safer for domain registration. They all seem to dance to the tune of US cyber policy. And the UK has already wandered a lot further down the path of e-tyranny than the US has. (So far.)
52  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Any CentOS Security Gurus Here? on: November 15, 2014, 08:27:37 AM
^Funny how the 'basics' always seem to end up being the most important part. All the fancy stuff won't amount to squat if you botch the basics.

80/20 rule:
Turn off what ain't used (including the unnecessary nifty extras for the parts you are using).
Keep patch levels current.
Pick proper passwords.

I've never seen a breach happen that didn't ultimately involve one of those three.

+1. That's been my experience too.

Cripes... that is way more depth than I have time for. Sad 

So...better dead than readtongue (kidding) Wink
53  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Any CentOS Security Gurus Here? on: November 14, 2014, 07:38:03 PM
I'm not a security expert by any stretch.

But the Center for Internet security has some good pubs you should be aware of. They're free to download. Look here. For some odd reason they call them "benchmarks" although it's not what I think of when I think of benchmarks. I've made good use of the Win Server and Ubu versions.

From the manual:

Intended Audience

This document is intended for system and application administrators, security specialists,
auditors, help desk, and platform deployment personnel who plan to develop, deploy, assess,
or secure solutions that incorporate {insert product name here}...

They have a manual for Centos 6 and 7. Check it out.

They also have assessment tools. But those require a paid membership to get access - and the fee is pretty steep unless you do system security for a living.
54  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Unusual game: This War of Mine on: November 14, 2014, 03:01:29 PM
Currently available through GoG for $19.99 (Oh the temptation!)

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oH0rmDp9Gc0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oH0rmDp9Gc0</a>

About: This War of Mine is the first game that lets you experience war not as a soldier, but as a group of civilians in a besieged city, struggling with a constant threat of disease, starvation and death, either from hardship, a sniper's bullet or at the hands of bandits. Do whatever it takes to survive - without destroying your souls, if possible.
The pace of the game is imposed by the day and night cycle. During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, so you need to focus on maintaining your hideout: crafting, trading and taking care of survivors. At night, take one of your civilians on a mission to scavenge through a set of unique locations for items that will help you stay alive.

    Experience war from a completely new angle: play as civilians trying to survive
    Forge emotional bonds with your characters
    Inspired by real events

The first review makes me think this is everything I've been looking for in game design.

The aim of the game is to get your group of civilians to survive through the war or if they all die the game will end. Each time you play the game you are assigned a random group of characters. Not only is this random but the length of the play-through is random, sometimes the war can last 30 days other times it can last months like in real life the length of a war is never certain. Both the location on the map and the things you find there are randomly generated too, which ensures replay-ability so each play-through you have will differ in some way.

I certainly feel that the games vision has been achieved. As a video game it hits all the right marks, solid mechanics, great art and sound but what tops it for me is the events and it's sandbox nature. Not only are you creating your own story as you go through but it's a deeply meaningful one. The game has both feel good experiences and experiences that make you sick to your stomach. Through the characters, events and game play a powerful message is sent to you as the player. I grew attached to every character I had in my party and the people I met. The whole game was a gripping experience that left me as a gamer wanting more but as a human being truly distraught at the realities of civilian life in a war torn city. For all these reasons and more This War Of Mine has easily become one of my favorite games of the year and is probably my indie game of the year by leaps and bounds. There is a lot of mature content in the game so it's certainly not for younger audiences but for everyone else I certainly would say to pick it up and experience it for yourself.

Video review here:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwTX0kEM0zU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwTX0kEM0zU</a>

55  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Big Fall sale on Gog on: November 14, 2014, 02:54:49 PM
I 'hate' these GoG sales. I always end up spending money I shouldn't. undecided
56  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: English Retail Sites Block Access from Quebec (self-censorship?) on: November 14, 2014, 02:35:23 PM
Well, like Alfred E. Neuman said: When money talks, nobody criticizes its accent. Grin
57  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ESA Rosetta comet landing being streamed live 12-NOV-2014 @ 11:00AM EST on: November 14, 2014, 01:16:37 PM
Aww come on 40... methinks you're being a bit harsh on NASA!  Grin

Nope. They keep trying to do it on the cheap through the questionable Regan Error Era theory of 'privatization' being the absolute cure for all governmental budget woes.

Privitization hasn't worked very well in the past. And it's still not working. Wink tongue
58  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: English Retail Sites Block Access from Quebec (self-censorship?) on: November 14, 2014, 08:31:11 AM

It's not only the government responsible for this, but the majority of the citizens are supportive of this initiative.

Unfortunately, the whole 'language thing' sometimes borders on the linguistic equivalent of 'ethnic cleansing' in Quebec. As it often does in France. And while many are in favor of the "French First" rule, far fewer support some of the bullying tactics and rhetoric currently being employed.

(I've been following this issue with half-hearted interest because my mother's family is Québécois on her mother's side. From where I'm sitting, it's more of the same old same old (i.e. "Je Me Souviens!") that's been going on forever.  The only real difference is the Internet's almost magical ability to turn nearly any political dispute in to a full fledged conflagration. So it goes...)
59  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ESA Rosetta comet landing being streamed live 12-NOV-2014 @ 11:00AM EST on: November 14, 2014, 03:23:44 AM
Even more impressive considering NASA, despite being the longest running space program, can't seem to even get a space station resupply package into orbit lately. undecided
60  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: November 13, 2014, 09:11:15 PM
A dystopian vision of the 'Internet of things.' A sci-fi short called Plurality...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzryBRPwsog" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzryBRPwsog</a>
61  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: English Retail Sites Block Access from Quebec (self-censorship?) on: November 13, 2014, 08:09:26 PM
Quebec will eventually realize that you can't wall the world out. You can only wall yourself in.

Sounds more like laziness than anything else to me.

Sounds more like these companies don't want to get dragged into Canada's political/social pissing match. They just want to do business. And these companies aren't setting any conditions on that. Quebec is.
62  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Announcing .NET 2015 - .NET as Open Source, .NET on Mac and Linux on: November 13, 2014, 08:03:51 PM
Guys, if you find yourself in a situation where you are in a legal battle with microsoft, these clauses are not going to be your primary problem.  Your primary problem will be raising a few billion dollars to pay your legal fees.  undecided

Nailed It!!! ...David and Goliath was a fun little fairy tail ... That's never gonna happen..

All the more reason to not make it any easier for them than necessary. And their invulnerability not a foregone conclusion. The EFF and OSF have got them to back off on more than one occasion. Microsoft is like any predator. It would rather not risk injury if at all possible. If they think a legal precedent might get set that would work against them, their legal strategy has always been to back off and render the allegations against them moot rather than duke it out.

But better yet, why not just say: "Thanks - but no thanks." Cool
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ESA Rosetta comet landing being streamed live 12-NOV-2014 @ 11:00AM EST on: November 13, 2014, 07:55:18 PM
I have no idea what I expected the comet to look like, but it doesn't look like what I would have expected.

Very neat pics.

That seems to be the consensus of almost everybody. Scientists included. Thmbsup
64  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a new Anti-Virus and need you guys to help! on: November 13, 2014, 02:02:39 PM
I've been using the bitdefender version based on your recommendation for a couple of months now.  It's good.  My only complaints so far have been:
--you must give a *working* email for the program to not nag you; even the paid-for version.

Do what I do. Set up an @live or @gmail account purely for all those pesky people that insist on a valid e-mail address. Open it at least once a month to keep it active. Periodically trash everything in it except for registration acknowledgements, license keys, and other genuinely useful messages. End of problem. No worries.

--it's chinese

Is it really any more dangerous coming from a non-American developer than an un-American Wink one? Or really any other nationality these days? They all seem to be in bed with their respective government's spy & surveillance agencies - with our own biggies leading the stampede.

--sometimes it can be a little too simplistic.  as in, in their effort to make it very easy to use, some of the more powerful options are in odd places.

Good point. The pro version has a more traditional dashboard like all the other majors do. The freebie control panel is rather simplistic. But you can still get to pretty much anything you need if you have to.

 smiley Thmbsup
65  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Announcing .NET 2015 - .NET as Open Source, .NET on Mac and Linux on: November 13, 2014, 01:45:15 PM
^ It's a little more tricky than it looks.

Basically, under this wording, if you are using .NET and you ever assert an IP claim against Microsoft for any reason, you automatically become a provable infringer on Microsoft’s IP because their "personal promise" is automatically withdrawn. So in short,: use .NET, try to sue us, and you're now an infringer.

So while your infringement claim remains to be proven, Microsoft’s infringement claim against you is already established.

Two guesses who would win in a tit-for-tat legal confrontation like that regardless of the merits? (Hint: bigger is usually the winner in IP infringement cases.)

That's a win-win for Microsoft. Their IP is fully protected either way. Your IP protection is anybody's guess.

66  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a new Anti-Virus and need you guys to help! on: November 13, 2014, 12:05:05 PM
My current favorite is BitDefender. Either the "free for personal" or paid-for Pro.

I use the pro version myself, supplemented by occasional on-demand scans with Malwarebytes Antimalware and/or Super Antimalware.

This trio (along with staying current with Windows Update) seems to catch everything that's catch-able so far (knock wood).

67  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How The Internet Was Born. on: November 13, 2014, 08:29:28 AM
For some reason, I always thought it happened in the back of a taxi on the corner of Park and 57th!


Learn something new every day.  Grin
68  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Announcing .NET 2015 - .NET as Open Source, .NET on Mac and Linux on: November 13, 2014, 08:14:32 AM
Huh?!? I just about creamed myself there.

Embrace. Extend. Extinguish. Once again.  undecided

This I worry about. We'll see though.

However, this time around it won't be so obvious. We'll need to be much more alert.

Interesting patent verbiage from Microsoft on this (full text here):

Microsoft Patent Promise for .NET Libraries and Runtime Components
Microsoft Corporation and its affiliates ("Microsoft") promise not to assert
any .NET Patents against you for making, using, selling, offering for sale,
importing, or distributing Covered Code, as part of either a .NET Runtime or
as part of any application designed to run on a .NET Runtime.
If you file, maintain, or voluntarily participate in any claim in a lawsuit
alleging direct or contributory patent infringement by any Covered Code, or
inducement of patent infringement by any Covered Code, then your rights under
this promise will automatically terminate.

This promise is not an assurance that (i) any .NET Patents are valid or
enforceable, or (ii) Covered Code does not infringe patents or other
intellectual property rights of any third party. No rights except those
expressly stated in this promise are granted, waived, or received by
Microsoft, whether by implication, exhaustion, estoppel, or otherwise.

This is a personal promise directly from Microsoft to you, and you agree as a
condition of benefiting from it that no Microsoft rights are received from
suppliers, distributors, or otherwise from any other person in connection with
this promise.

A couple of things:

(1) I don't know what the legal ramifications of "a personal promise" are. But it apparently isn't the same thing as a" contract" or a "guarantee" - otherwise why make such a distinction? Pretty vague if you ask me. Be interesting to see how something like that would play out in court if push came to shove.

(2) If you discover something in .Net that you think is infringing on one of your patents, it looks like you waived the "personal promise" not to be sued for infringement of Microsoft's claimed patents on .Net

That's a bit of a double-bind that gets Microsoft neatly off the hook either way.

If it does turn out to be genuine, I will be a very happy camper! cheesy

That seems to be more the case with the Windows dev crowd than the Linux developers and maintainers - except for the Mono project, which is generally regarded as a "trojan project."

But time will tell.

I'm sure the in-house biz devs will be happy hearing this since they can now more easily port their proprietary .Net apps over to a less expensive OS. Won't their bean counters and upper management be pleased to hear that! undecided
69  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Announcing .NET 2015 - .NET as Open Source, .NET on Mac and Linux on: November 13, 2014, 06:06:52 AM
Embrace. Extend. Extinguish. Once again.  undecided

Beware of geeks bearing gifts.
* Stephen66515 offers 40hz a gift


No thanks.  Grin Grin

What would I do with a big wooden horse anyway? Wink
70  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Announcing .NET 2015 - .NET as Open Source, .NET on Mac and Linux on: November 13, 2014, 05:24:46 AM
Embrace. Extend. Extinguish. Once again.  undecided

Beware of geeks bearing gifts.
71  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everything You Need To Start Making Webcomics For Free on: November 12, 2014, 08:20:25 PM
Manga U has a nice collection of Tachikawa nibs and holders they offer as The Ultimate Manga Pen Set for $25.

The set consists of 4 holders and 14 nibs. A good value IMO if ink is your thing. I'm more the Faber-Castell or Sakura type.

I've also found the Pilot Razorpoint II pen to be an excellent choice for cartooning or general drawing. Nice solid black ink, good feel - and very inexpensive.
72  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / ESA Rosetta comet landing being streamed live 12-NOV-2014 @ 11:00AM EST on: November 12, 2014, 10:03:48 AM
Watch live stream here. Thmbsup

UPDATE: 11:04 AM EST - It's landed. And they have telemetry. They've done it! GO ESA!!! Woo-hoo! Thmbsup Thmbsup Thmbsup
73  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox begins its mass rollout of ads on new tab tiles on: November 12, 2014, 07:48:04 AM
"How do I turn it on/off?
You can turn off Enhanced Tiles by clicking on the gear icon on the top right corner of the new tab page, and selecting Classic to show only unenhanced History Tiles or Blank mode, which turns the Tiles off. "

"What data is being collected and why?
Only information about Directory and Enhanced Tiles on a user’s new tab page is being collected to help offer the most interesting sites to new Firefox users and improve recommendations for existing Firefox users. All the information is aggregated and does not include a way to distinguish between unique users. We are collecting data to make sure the tiles are delivering value for our users and advertising partners, and are only collecting the data we need to determine that.

I find it interesting that you can turn the 'enhanced' tiles off - but nothing at all is being said about how to turn Mozilla's data collecting 'feature' off.

Looks like Mozilla borrowed a page from the OpenCandy playbook.

BTW is "enhanced" now a new synonym for "sponsored"? huh
74  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Veteran's Day on: November 11, 2014, 05:24:42 PM
I just wanted to take a minute to thank all those who served - and are serving - wherever they may be.

Although I sometimes disagree with, or am sceptical of  the reasons given for deploying military personnel, I nevertheless have a good deal of admiration for those who act on their beliefs and are willing to put their lives on the line for others.

So once again ladies and gentlemen, I thank you.
75  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: November 10, 2014, 10:08:41 PM
WTF? I mean seriously...WTF???

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZa4yre0uEk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZa4yre0uEk</a>

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