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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 47-09 on: November 26, 2009, 05:24:00 PM
Aww thanks Mouse Man. Unfortunately, for the first time ever ETNW will not be posted for 5 weeks when I head to the US for Christmas. Sad

Ehtyar.
102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 41-09 on: November 26, 2009, 05:22:19 PM
None that I'm aware of I'm afraid, sorry tomos.

Ehtyar.
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Chrome OS preview looks pretty cool on: November 25, 2009, 11:55:49 PM
Yes, poor wording. Chrome OS is Google *focused*, but not Google exclusive as my working implied. Sorry about that.

Found out from my boss that you log into the *OS* with your Google account. What's up with that?

Ehtyar.
104  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Chrome OS preview looks pretty cool on: November 25, 2009, 10:05:31 PM
Internet only OS ? No way  thumb down
Why they have no plan for offline people or software in mind ?
That's the whole idea of Chrome OS, to cater only for online Google stuff. If you want an offline OS you can chose literally any other OS tongue

Don't get me wrong, I find it as screwy as you do, but that is the general thinking behind it.

Ehtyar.
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Chrome OS preview looks pretty cool on: November 25, 2009, 08:59:01 PM
The OS does not support hard drives, just SSDs (solid state devices)
Sounds like a preeeeetty arbitrary and artificial limit, considering that SSDs use exactly the same connectors and protocol as standard hard drives...  huh
It's an Apple-like limitation, to ensure it runs really snappy I imagine.

You can run ChromeOS from a usb stick now. Boss tried it this morning and had two total system freezes in 10 mins.

Ehtyar.
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Top Greasemonkey userscripts that you use on: November 25, 2009, 08:46:44 PM
so, where is the script for updating my scripts?  tellme

- without such a script feature, I cannot be too impressed with Greasemonkey itself.
Most of the frequently (recently) updated scripts contain code to notify you of updates. The Download From YouTube script april mentioned is a good example.

Still, I can't quite understand how lack of an automatic update feature makes GreaseMonkey itself any less impressive, many scripts don't require such functionality at all (autocomplete on, linkify, tinyurl decoder etc).

Ehtyar.
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DNS logger & firewall for Win32 on: November 25, 2009, 03:50:01 PM
But purely in order to prove your DNS is being tampered with, it's the perfect solution. BIND is very reasonable with memory, despite what others may say about it...

Ehtyar.
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DNS logger & firewall for Win32 on: November 24, 2009, 06:50:00 PM
If they're tampering with the actual traffic on port 53, as opposed to just records from their own DNS servers (the impression I got), then you could probably prove it by using DNSSEC (will only work for certain TLDs though, .org is probably easiest).

Ehtyar.
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Murdoch and Microsoft: When no one wants to buy your content, take it offline! on: November 23, 2009, 10:09:00 PM
I keep hearing about the mess and mistakes made by traditional media in the digital age (to which they seem so inexplicably unaccustomed a decade on) and just keep wondering when they will stop committing acts of mass stupidity and join the rest of the planet in a time beyond the 1980s.

Then, I come across stories such as this. All I can say is "good riddance to bad...toilet paper?".

Ehtyar.
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 47-09 on: November 23, 2009, 03:57:47 PM
Aw shucks, thanks guys embarassed

Ehtyar.
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Tech News Weekly: Edition 47-09 on: November 22, 2009, 01:33:17 PM

The Weekly Tech News
[attach=1]Hi all.
I've decided to take a new approach to the news. Instead of going through the week's news of a Sunday and picking out what I consider to be the most relevant headlines, this week's news is a collection of what I found most interesting from news articles I came across throughout the past week. Please let me know what you think over the next few weeks smiley
As usual, you can find last week's news here.


1. Want To Try Out Google Chrome OS For Yourself? Here’s How.

2. Hacked Darwin Kernel Available for 10.6.2 On Atom Netbooks

3. The One Instruction Wonder

4. Modern Warfare 2 Breaks Sales Records Across Entertainment Industry

5. Pirate Bay Says Tracker Tech is So Yesterday, Man

6. Civilian Supercomputer Shatters Nuke Simulator’s Speed Record

7. Never-before-seen 'Star Trek' Pilot Found

8. Early Christmas! DEF CON 17 Video and Audio Now Online!

9. Grand Theft Auto Vs. Frogger


Ehtyar.
112  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: What language is the best for a new programmer to start with? on: November 18, 2009, 11:44:36 PM
Kiss

Ehtyar.
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 46-09 on: November 16, 2009, 10:54:00 PM
In the USA, our government has discovered that it can get around its constitutional "checks and balances" by allowing (possibly encouraging) private entities* to perform actions and collect information the government is not allowed to legally collect on it's own.
The moment I read that, I understood. Sorry for the confusion Hertz Man.

I usually read stories I come across involving the telco immunity mess in the states. Were I in your position, that would piss me off.

To be perfectly honest, I don't know what the legal implications are in this country of the government attempting to bypass security systems in software. The cynic in me says that given we're even more of a fascist state than the US, they can do whatever they damn-well please, but the realist in me tells me to check before I shoot my mouth off.

At this point, however, I'm not entirely sure where to check. Given that Australia has a populace that could largely be described more as sheeple than people (as justification for this comment, refer to the general apathy displayed regarding the Great Aussie Firewall), our laws are typically not scrutinized nearly as well as yours. If I manage to determine the status of this in the near future, I'll be sure to let you know.

Ehtyar.
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 46-09 on: November 16, 2009, 07:50:09 PM
Although I can understand what you're saying Hertz Man, I can't agree. Whether some total drongo cop has access to the information this tool can present, or only the NSA does, the simple fact is that this information can be gotten.

The fact that the information exists, and can be gotten is what bothers me, not how or by whom it can be retried.

Ehtyar.
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 46-09 on: November 16, 2009, 05:48:14 PM
#7 - Nice to see Microsoft has developed their very own backdoor exploit for Windows.

I know I'll sleep better at night knowing such a thing exists. Especially since it will only be made available to duly authorized members of the law enforcement community - whom experience has shown we can completely trust to never abuse such technologies.
From what I heard from people who took a look at this, it's mostly a collection of SysInternals tools and a frontend - big f'ing deal. Haven't bothered to look at it myself though (considering that I don't exactly have legitimate access to it), so it could be worse.
Sorry Hertz Man, I must have missed your post. F0d Man is indeed correct, it is basically a collection of freely available tools with a front-end so that some cop who can barely operate a computer can collect "forensic" evidence in the field and cart it back to someone who knows what the f they're doing. Really very disappointing Sad

#5 is nice - thumbs up to anything giving twitter a bad name tongue
I don't know that I'd go that far, but definitely a thumbs-up to anything that highlights Twitter's security holes.

Ehtyar.
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 46-09 on: November 16, 2009, 04:03:29 PM
Hahaha, Rafe Needleman from CNET is calling it that. He mentioned it a few episodes ago on BOL, but I think that may have been just because he thought it sounded better.

Still, I don't quite see how this will help Google harvest our infoz (except for the sheeple that will adopt Chrome just to use it). Provided the other browsers catch on early enough (how long will it before someone decides the SSL requirement isn't necessary?), this should be a good thing IMHO.

Ehtyar.
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Tech News Weekly: Edition 46-09 on: November 15, 2009, 04:54:42 AM
The Weekly Tech News
[attach=1]Hi all.
Enjoy smiley
As usual, you can find last week's news here.


1. Truly Malicious IPhone Malware Now Out in the Wild

2. SPDY: Google Wants to Speed Up the Web by Ditching HTTP

3. Intel and AMD Bury the Hatchet Under $1.25 Billion in Cash

4. Wikipedia Sued for Publishing Convicted Murderer's Name

5. Attackers Conceal Exploit Sites With Twitter API

6. Microsoft Defends Hotmail's Cookie Requirement

7. MS Forensics Tool Leaks Onto the Web

8. Using Photosynthesis to Power Hydrogen Production

9. Christopher Walken Performs Lady Gaga's Poker Face


Ehtyar.
118  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Google Go on: November 12, 2009, 04:58:18 AM
I haven't taken a look at the language yet, but i think it's a bad sign that it has such a pretentious and, worst of all, search-engine-unfriendly name.  That name virtual guarantees you would have an extremely difficult time searching for help on the language (unless of course the company that controls the dominant search engine can bias search results.. oops.. conflict of interest anyone?)  Seriously though, that is an extremely stupid and spoiled-brat-like decision to make regarding naming a language.
I have to say Mouse Man that I totally understand where you're coming from. Having installed Windows 7 at RC as my primary desktop OS, I have suffered greatly at the hands of those who would create a product that doesn't handle searches well. I feel your pain!!

It is an interesting choice to release a language with compilers available for only Linux and OS X .. I would have expected a Windows installer to be the first thing they would make sure to offer cheesy.
Agreed, though porting it from gcc to MinGW will probably be a bitch. Since they already had it for gcc I suppose they expect to (or someone to) port it now anyway.

I have been working on a programming language, also called Go, for the last 10 years. There have been papers published on this and I have a book.
I would appreciate it if google changed the name of this language; as I do not want to have to
change my language!"
very interesting find rgdot.  now the normal way big corporations deal with such problems is just to throw money and job offers at the people they infringe on and then just keep on truckin'.  let's see if google is any different..
If that. I'd imagine Google could easily get away with not giving a crap, there was a project called "go" on Google Code when they chose the name after all.

On an unrelated note, does anyone think this language is distinctive enough to be worth breaking away from C for? (assuming you're still using C, no comments in that vein plzkthx)

Ehtyar.
119  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Google Go on: November 11, 2009, 07:35:52 PM
We'll dispense with the unnecessary "Google is evil, despite what they say" diatribe and get right to the good stuff: Google have opened up a new programming language that they're calling Google 'Go'. It's based heavily on C but it looks to me like it's a little more "functional" in terms of syntax. Their goals were apparently faster compile times (were they thinking of C or C++?) and a more expessive syntax (hence the "functional" bit I guess).

Ars (as usual) has a good write-up here, and the official site is here. I haven't had a chance to try it myself, but if anyone else has please let us know what you thought.

A Google TechTalk has been posted here.

[attach=1]

Ehtyar.
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How would you improve a standard PC keyboard? on: November 10, 2009, 11:43:26 PM
Ahahaha, apparently neither of us read the entire thread :S

* Ehtyar sorry

Ehtyar.
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How would you improve a standard PC keyboard? on: November 10, 2009, 07:08:48 PM
Why not turn the left caps-lock key into an enter key? (for those who don't have a problem randomly hitting it by accident)

Ehtyar.
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Legal Insanity on: November 10, 2009, 06:38:48 PM
You'll be pleased to know that in Aussie Land you will be expected to *strictly* abide by the road laws; look out for those speed cameras, red light cameras, and 40kph school zones on highways...

Ehtyar.
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'm Going to HELL! Please feel sorry for me... :( on: November 09, 2009, 06:13:08 PM
Ahahaha, nice one Hertz Man.

Renegade, if you're gonna be in Sydney you're welcome to cry on my shoulder (just be sure a funnel web doesn't sneak up on you while you're blubbering, k?) tongue

Ehtyar.
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How would you improve a standard PC keyboard? on: November 08, 2009, 10:57:58 PM
+1 for both of your suggestions tranglos.

I'm also very into a block of programmable keys similar to the numpad but with no functionality other than what you assign them, and a small LCD display just for convenience functions (like when using fullscreen apps etc). Something similar to the relatively well known Logitech G15 that's not ugly would be nice.

Also, why the *frack* have peripheral manufacturers still not made a mouse with a wheel that supports side scrolling *as-well-as* non-retarded right-click?

Ehtyar.
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 45-09 on: November 08, 2009, 04:48:47 AM
You just beat me, was about to msg you the URL for the news, and to say how much I LOVE that acronym!!!!

Ehtyar.
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