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Comment: A "TRUE SAFE place on the net" - utopic & fict (Score 1) 180

by D,Petkow (#48168299) Attached to: The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users
I always thought that a site that promises true anonymity and has a lucrative set of transparent terms and services for not tracking its users seemed more like a honeypot made by Big Brother. E.g. when Hushmail was the big deal of the day i got paranoid it might be funded by the NSA, and i don't even have to hide anything. My online footprint is pretty-much unique and if someone wants he could easily track me etc. "Hushmail, a longtime provider of encrypted web-based email, markets itself by saying that "not even a Hushmail employee with access to our servers can read your encrypted e-mail, since each message is uniquely encoded before it leaves your computer." But it turns out that statement seems not to apply to individuals targeted by government agencies that are able to convince a Canadian court to serve a court order on the company." Also Lastpass and the like - i am afraid of a breach.... I prefer off cloud storing of the kdbs files and manually syncing them or sync them via Drop box, or other third parity cloud service.

Comment: 3000+ usd Cisco.. has a pentium 4 inside... (Score 1) 238

by D,Petkow (#47895889) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?
I'd go off with the DIY solution. Inside expensive branded solutions you are bound to find usuall PC components anyway - Pentium 4 buth with ddr3 ram. And known Cisco issues like revert 10- firmwares backwards and install each firmware update one after each other, else it does not work... also make me steer away from branded pre-made solutions.

Comment: Disturbing radio broadcasts for my neighbour (Score 1) 231

by D,Petkow (#47839727) Attached to: Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?
When I was a kid in the an eighties I sometimes went to my neighbor and lied to him that the then-soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev will be speaking on the one of the radio-stations that can be tuned over AM waves. I had to lie to him, since the local FM radio stations were too powerful to disrupt, and he was very intrigued by politics. We lived in houses that are in close proximity and I could see him struggle by trying to fine tune his radio receiver to listen to Gorbachev's speech no avail - me and my older cousin were using an oscilloscope and a transmitter to disrupt the AM signal somewhat to the point my neighbor wasn't able to tune to it, so that he could hear if/ who is actually speaking. A devious deed indeed, and using technology. I was 8-10 years old i think at that time. I hope my neighbor doesn't read Slashdot.

Comment: Once in about 3 years; do friend rigs count? (Score 1) 391

by D,Petkow (#47598323) Attached to: How long ago did you last assemble a computer?
I also have large discounts from local resellers and most of my friends just call me instead of the store when they need a new PC/laptop or upgrade. My current rig was built recently enough as well though - Core i7 / Haswell
MB ASUS H87I-Plus
CPU i7 4770 NoK
Noctua NH-U14S
Corsair CMZ16GX3M2A1600C9 DDR3 16GB/1600MHz/2x8GB
Palit GTX770 OC
Chieftec 650W PSU (CFT-650-14CS)
HDD 1 Samsung Spinpoint 7200 TB + 2 x 160 = 320 GB Maxtors GB @ raid 0
SSD KINGSTON SV300 S37A 120GB

Just for comparison my old rig up until now was from Q1 2009:
EP45T-UD3R
Q6600 @ 3.60GHz (9x400) w CM Gemin II+14 cm fan
4GB RAM
Sapphire HD 4850 OC
2x160 GB SATA RAID 0
650W Chieftec
TT Soprano

Comment: Cloud vs local - Still prefer local... (Score 1) 114

by D,Petkow (#47455095) Attached to: Critical Vulnerabilities In Web-Based Password Managers Found
I was always imagining how bad would it be if an Online based password manager got it's servers and / or database breached, even if they use only hashing + salting for the user's details. Perhaps I am paranoid but using an offline solution seemed better to me, from the beginning, since before the web based password managers gained trust and popularity. The traditional offline based Keepass Password Safe can be also 'sent to the cloud' (or at least the kdbx files) via a third parity cloud provider, like Drop Box or similar, ftps cron jobs etc -Transparent local encryption -Kee Pass kdbx file locked by master pass-phrase + some file as a key -kdbx files are always up to date on every device via third parity solution - Drop Box or similar. Even if the cloud part gets compromised, the local file is still protected.

Comment: Re:Missing option (Score 1) 443

by D,Petkow (#45185657) Attached to: I wish my car could...
Once I asked a guy what he hated the most. Without even thinking about it he answered "I hate it the most when a car makes a lot of smoke when I am nearby" It was clear that he gave this some thought and this was the most disturbing thing for him, apparently. So i'd say less toxic gasses is a meaningful option.

Comment: Re:bitcoin value (Score 1) 294

I have seen ATMs that work with bitcoins, but i thought it was a very rare occasion to see one. So it is not an 'imaginary currency' after all, but a legitimate one, no? I wonder if it's too late to start mining them in 2013 - I guess on a single home computer with a mediocre radeon GPU HD 4850 it would be a waste of time and electricity. Also I read that they will run out in 20 years time. I really do not understand all this and i was hoping for a summarized response by a /. guru of some sorts.

Comment: Money Laundering - Red Flag Alert (Score 1) 301

by D,Petkow (#44694081) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Get Open Source Projects To Take Our Money?
This would definitely cause a red flag in a world where anything that seems "too good to be true must" be a scam (e.g. nigerian prince, rich descendant from the middle east, make thousands of $$$ by clicking on ads, MLM pyramids, etc). BTW any good accountant could had it done for you for a small fee, without the "active participation" of the targeted sponsored projects. Then after all was done in paper - just send them over the money "post factum": eg. you are welcome to claim your $5000 at western union/ money bookers/ etc. Also another user suggested creating a branded version of the open source - e.g. with your company's logo on it - no other changes for 5K. Sounds legit

Comment: Windoze + Cygwin? (Score 1) 278

>I am getting so desperate that I am starting to think of running Windows on my box, but that would be painful in so many other ways given my work environment >revolves around the Linux toolset." You could go full retard and install Windows + proprietary drivers and then either 1. setup a virtual Linux box or 2.use CygWin ( http://www.cygwin.com/ )

Comment: OEM Windwos 7 / 8 vs FreeDOS in Bulgaria (Score 1) 570

by D,Petkow (#42829887) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Buying a Laptop That Doesn't Have Windows 8
You can Buy the same laptop with Windows 7, Windows 8 or FreeDOS only in my country. In fact a good deal of laptops sold in Bulgaria come with FreeDOS. And i mean brand names like Dell, HP, Lenovo, Toshiba, etc. Its like they already know you will not install a licensed copy and they lower the price tag by excluding the OEM OS copy of WIndows, eventhough its cheap with regional discounts and all that. So I feel sorry for you. I don't know how this is done, but is is 100% legit and your local stores seem to be forcing the Win8 On you. I Feel bad about them and sorry for you.

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