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BTW, noticed in the console of a browser the following when viewing DC Forums:

This site makes use of a SHA-1 Certificate; it's recommended you use certificates with signature algorithms that use hash functions stronger than SHA-1.

Any opinions on this?  Looking at DC's certificate, I think I also see SHA-256 so may be it's not a problem.

Appreciate it -- thanks :)

Living Room / Re: Security: Stagefright Vulnerability (Android)
« on: September 02, 2015, 07:52 PM »
Personally I'm waiting for:
CM11 will see these updates hit as part of out of band fixes this weekend (these releases occur weekly).

Finally got this within the last few days.

well one way it could be done very easily and safely is this:
i could add a profile field to each users profile, where they could write custom BBC code (which would include the ability to use url links),
and then the forum would display that text at the top (bottom) of the forum pages FOR THAT USER ONLY.

so basically a way of letting users add their own custom links/text. near the built-in forum menu -- that would affect them only.

Yes, this is the sort of thing I had in mind -- but may be it's premature.  Was curious about the difficulty of implementing such a thing and what the computational costs might end up being.  Of course, this is all very vague :)

of course this is really not any different than users using their own greasemonkey scripts, just a bit easier -- but much less flexible.

It seems possible that for the share buttons (some are iframes?) by the time Greasemonkey gets to remove the related nodes, it may be "too late" in the sense that one's info might have leaked to certain sites.  Not certain -- may be someone else knows better?

What do people think of the default option to show a popup messagebox when you receive a new personal message on the forum?

Prefer not, but as long as it can be turned off, doesn't bother :)

FWIW, here's a proof-of-concept Greasemonkey script for performing some additions / deletions:

// ==UserScript==
// @name        Custom DC Forum Links and Removals
// @namespace
// @include*
// @version     1
// @grant       none
// ==/UserScript==

var anchor, before, translate, share, avatar;

// link additions
// link to insert
anchor = document.createElement('a');
anchor.href = '/forum/index.php?action=unreadreplies';
anchor.appendChild(document.createTextNode('Unread replies to your posts'));
// where to insert before
before = document.getElementById('top_sectiondc');
before.parentNode.insertBefore(anchor, before);

// some things to remove
// by id
translate = document.getElementById("lang_form");
// by class
share = document.getElementsByClassName("sharebuttons")[0];
avatar = document.getElementsByClassName("avatar")[0];

Not sure whether the deletion of share buttons happen soon enough for requests not to be made, so for that perhaps '-nosocial' and/or templating might be better...

Another version that among other things tweaks the default search settings:

// ==UserScript==
// @name        Custom DC Forum Links and Removals
// @namespace
// @include*
// @version     1.01
// @grant       none
// ==/UserScript==

var anchor, before, listitem, unordered,
    form, inputIndex, inputRecentFirst,
    translate, share, avatar;

// link additions
// link to insert
try {
  anchor = document.createElement('a');
  anchor.href = '/forum/index.php?action=unreadreplies';
  anchor.appendChild(document.createTextNode('Unread replies to your posts'));
  // where to insert before
  //before = document.getElementById('top_sectiondc');
  //before.parentNode.insertBefore(anchor, before);
  listitem = document.createElement('li');
  unordered = document.getElementsByClassName("reset")[0];
} catch (err) {
  console.log("Hmm, problem adding link");
try {
  // search index
  form = document.getElementById("search_form");
  inputIndex = document.createElement('input');
  inputIndex.setAttribute("name", "dc_noindex");
  inputIndex.setAttribute("id", "dc_noindex");
  inputIndex.setAttribute("value", "1");
  inputIndex.setAttribute("type", "hidden");
  // most recent first
  inputRecentFirst = document.createElement('input');
  inputRecentFirst.setAttribute("name", "sort");
  inputRecentFirst.setAttribute("id", "sort");
  inputRecentFirst.setAttribute("value", "id_msg|desc");
  inputRecentFirst.setAttribute("type", "hidden");
} catch (err) {
  console.log("Hmm, problem modifying search form");

// some things to remove
try {
  // by id
  translate = document.getElementById("lang_form");
} catch (err) {
  console.log("Hmm, problem handling translate pop-up");
// by class
try {
  share = document.getElementsByClassName("sharebuttons")[0];
} catch (err) {
  console.log("Hmm, problem handling share buttons");
try {
  avatar = document.getElementsByClassName("avatar")[0];
} catch (err) {
  console.log("Hmm, problem handling avatar image");

On a side note, how hard would it be to have a user-templatable area * near the top/bottom of a given page?

* Perhaps one might be able to specify that some of the links under the "Go To" menu show up as ordinary links (e.g. so one doesn't have to perform hovering or use a bookmark).

Concerning the translate box: harmless, yes, a distraction non the less.

For Firefox, the Remove It Permanently add-on seems to work toward this end.

For Chrome, I tried Page Eraser, but didn't figure out how to get it to work across an entire site.

Just tried Stylebot with some success -- right click on element, choose 'Stylebot', choose 'Style Element', look for the 'Layout & Visibility' section, and click on the 'Hide' button.  Not ideal perhaps and may not work specific elements only, but at least it can hide the 'Translate' pop-up...

Don't know about other browsers / platforms.

I tried the '-nosocial' thing and it seems to work, thanks.

But may be we can call it 'antisocial' or '-social' instead? ;)

On a related note, is there a way to view the content of a thread in a way such that one can see reply to a particular post appearing immediately after the post-being-replied to?  I think this is sometimes referred to as a "threaded" view (e.g. one of's views is like this).  May be there's other ways, but with that type of view, it might be easier to follow some of the "contained" sub-discussions...

Is there any way I can hide the social media buttons and the translate drop down box at the bottom of each page? I don't need them and they bother me.

I'd like that too.

May be there might be something one can do locally about this sort of thing with a GreaseMonkey-ish or add-on type of thing...

The new forum code is 100x cleaner and easier to maintain than the old codebase, which was my main motivation for the upgrade -- so I'm thrilled with the results in that respect.

Now I like the upgrade so much more ;)

And I feel 100x better about customizing stuff now.

If not already using some sort of revision control, please consider :)

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Privacy Concerns
« on: August 30, 2015, 08:10 PM »
Can't you just not select that update in Windows Update? I mean, you'd need to know the KB number(s) to be sure you don't install them. But other than that, I think Windows Update itself makes it fairly easy to not install an update if you don't want it.

You can even hide it using the context menu so it doesn't prompt you to install it later.

This is what I currently do -- and it's ok for one machine.

Do you see where this is going?

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Privacy Concerns
« on: August 28, 2015, 04:43 AM »
Woa...thanks for the heads up.

On a related note, is there a convenient tool to help with preventing the installation of a specific set of updates?

Compliments on the adjective preceding the word "upgrade" in the video :)

Convenient indeed.

My impression had been that doing VHD-booting for Windows 7 was limited to certain editions, but perhaps that is mistaken:


fully portable, it stores everything in the folder the program resides in (settings and bundles). When you run it for the very first time it does ask if you want a shortcut on your desktop or would like to automatically start it with Windows but if you answer don't do that you can run it from a USB drive or dropbox account for example.


So have you found a good alternative browser yet ;)

Trying out Keyboard Privacy -- current impression is that one is likely to notice a difference in usability.

via https://threatpost.c...ric-profiling/114018

General Software Discussion / Re: Weird Firefox hangs since 40.x?
« on: August 23, 2015, 01:28 AM »
No hangs here, but more crashes :(

Page Eraser has been helpful in preparing to create PDFs from pages.

Thanks for sharing this.

Found this:

libguestfs is a set of tools for accessing and modifying virtual machine (VM) disk images. You can use this for viewing and editing files inside guests, scripting changes to VMs, monitoring disk used/free statistics, creating guests, P2V, V2V, performing backups, cloning VMs, building VMs, formatting disks, resizing disks, and much more.

libguestfs can access almost any disk image imaginable. It can do it securely — without needing root and with multiple layers of defence against rogue disk images. It can access disk images on remote machines or on CDs/USB sticks. It can access proprietary systems like VMware and Hyper-V.

All this functionality is available through a scriptable shell called guestfish, or an interactive rescue shell virt-rescue.


Tried it out a bit with some success.

$ virt-filesystems -a vm.vdi

$ guestmount -a vm.vdi -m /dev/sda1 --ro tmp

$ guestumount tmp

Might be a keeper :)

I had been using the viewing capabilities of Firefox and Chromium until recently, but I was reminded by "a little bird" that a browser's context is one I ought to be careful of.

Still using PDF XChange Viewer and Sumatra (and was before the reminder too) :)

Living Room / Re: Security: Stagefright Vulnerability (Android)
« on: August 14, 2015, 06:50 AM »
Thanks for sharing.

Came across this:

Google today released to open source a new patch for the infamous Stagefright vulnerability found in 950 million Android devices after researchers at Exodus Intelligence discovered the original patch was incomplete and Android devices remain exposed to attack.

“We’ve already sent the fix to our partners to protect users, and Nexus 4/5/6/7/9/10 and Nexus Player will get the OTA update in the September monthly security update,” a Google spokesperson told Threatpost. Last week at Black Hat, Google announced that it would begin monthly OTA security updates for Nexus, and that Samsung and LG also committed to providing carriers with regular updates.

via https://threatpost.c...still-exposed/114267

Living Room / Re: Preloaded spyware, courtesy Lenovo
« on: August 13, 2015, 11:37 PM »
Thanks for pointing this out.

Interesting related commentary here:

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