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Comment: Re:PuTTY is Passe (Score 1) 215

by PincushionMan (#49732635) Attached to: Trojanized, Info-Stealing PuTTY Version Lurking Online
I respectfully disagree. There's no way the terminal in MobaXterm is PuTTY. It behaves differently, and doesn't have the configuration knobs that PuTTY has. I believe it is using mintty, like Cygwin uses.

I think that he parses the registry for the PuTTY settings, and loads them (15 or so connections for the free version, all for the paid version). If he uses any PuTTY code, it is just to marshall that hunk of registry data into clickable links that mintty can understand. Look for SimonTatham in your registry.

Comment: Re:Cygwin appreciation society! (Score 1) 215

by PincushionMan (#49732601) Attached to: Trojanized, Info-Stealing PuTTY Version Lurking Online
I'd like to comment about MobaXterm: It is a Lazarus (or more likely Delphi) application with the source code freely available under the GPL v3 license. However, it uses some closed source items as part of its build environment, so it will not compile from the available source. It cobbles together pieces of MinGW and the MinGW Xserver into a nice product. Worth installing, if you cannot have a true Linux terminal. Link

That said, security-wise, be careful with MobaXterm. Per Nessus it runs on its host with its X11 server wide open. Nessus will even happily grab a screen shot of what was going on on your screen the moment it scans it.
I think he has the remote Xserver screen grab turned on for the Windows 7+ peek feature, so you can have some idea of the window you want to open. Problem is, that feature doesn't fully work yet. If you have multiple overlapping windows, you get what's on top - that it. So if you have something fullscreen with covering something else behind it, you'll get a peek of the part of the fullscreen window, and not the window you really want.

That said, it's the best inexpensive shareware/nagware terminal/X11 server around, short of using 100% Linux. On the full commercial side, Hummingbird's Reflection product may technically be better, but when it costs $500 to $1000 per seat per version - no thanks. $70 to $100/year is more reasonable than that (price is based on Euro, so Dollar price varies)

Comment: Re:NYT doesn't report news but does try to create (Score 1) 532

by PincushionMan (#49632327) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery
I don't think that code 9542XA is specific enough. Does it cover when you are in the spacecraft, or when the spacecraft falls on your house?

What if it's an alien spacecraft? I bet insurance classifies that as an 'act of God' and won't cover it. Doesn't matter if you wander into a spacecraft piloted by Pee Wee Herman or the darn thing just falls on you for no reason at all .

I wondering if there's a code for if a house falls on you. Oh, there is, but it's a bit generic.

Comment: Re:I See it made it to GoG.com DRM-free (Score 1) 99

by PincushionMan (#49571219) Attached to: Kerbal Space Program 1.0 Released After 4 Years of Development
Even if there is registry crap, can't 2 registry exports and diff take care of that? Just run the diff'd registry hunk and you should be golden.

The only other thing to watch out for is those shared libraries, like VC, VC++, MFC42, DirectX 9.0c (June / July / etc...) and so on that are added by the installer, and maybe compatibility settings, such as when the game requires admin. Might be a good idea to backup what the MS DirectX WebInstaller installs, just to be on the safe side.

Comment: Re:Android 5.1 fucked up my Nexus 5's camera. (Score 1) 179

by PincushionMan (#49451409) Attached to: Google Lollipop Bricking Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 Devices
This also happened to Samsung S3 phones on CyanogenMod. CM11 M12 (KitKat 4.4.4). They say the nightlies will fix it, but work on the milestones has stopped completely because everyone is working on L. GPS is utterly ruined, too, but according to developers, it didn't work on the stock ROM, either.

Comment: Re:Not Brick (Score 2) 179

by PincushionMan (#49451345) Attached to: Google Lollipop Bricking Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 Devices
Not always. Sometimes when a flash happens, the manufacturer blows some e-Fuses to prevent the device from being downgraded. I've heard of it happening on some Samsung phones, specifically one of the JellyBean versions (4.1 to 4.2 or 4.2 to 4.3). From what I recall it was the 4.1 bootloader that could no longer be used, and you had to know the exact baseband you were on to get a proper bootloader to restore your phone with Odin. From what I recall, Odin is an internal Samsung program for repairing phones and tabs in a bootloop. Is there something akin to Odin for Nexus devices?

Phone flashers generally know to:
  1. 1) backup phone before upgrade
  2. 2) flash phone - generally from recovery on SD card, also sometimes from USB when SD slots are unavailable
  3. 3) boot to recovery and wipe cache and system/dalvik

I don't fully understand the OTA upgrade, but you'd think the thing would do the last two bits above itself.

Can anyone confirm if the Nexus OTA upgrade blows some eFuses to prevent downgrade?

Comment: Re:How well forethought of dice (Score 1) 119

No, it does, you just have to use the <pre> tags, like so...
This is preformatted text
Well, that stinks. Let me try the <tt> tags, then:
This is preformatted text with tt & /tt tags.
Phooey. It ate all my extra spaces. I suppose you could use &nbsp; non-breaking spaces....

Nope. I guess trolls abused these features too much in the distant past, so I sort of understand that.
I'm still confused about the lack of Unicode, though. I though Perl could handle it?

Comment: Re:rm (Score 0) 233

by PincushionMan (#48992263) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tools To Clean Up a Large C/C++ Project?
Agreed. Period, as in rm -rf ., works great, though, because it'll delete the current directory, including '..'. the parent directory. It repeats recursively just like you asked.
A friend of mine tried to wipe out all the dot files and dot directories in his home directory as root by typing rm -rf .* He got a little more deleted than he bargained for in the process, thankfully for him he was at the console saying, "Hmm, this is taking an awfully long time...".

Personally, I prefer rm -R ., even though it is a FreeBSD-ism.

Comment: Re:My FreeBSD Report: Four Months In (Score 1) 471

by PincushionMan (#48973575) Attached to: Systemd Getting UEFI Boot Loader

So it's partially a bug in spamassassin. And who the fuck logs in as root? What part of that is ever a good idea?

Remotely, no never. That's asking for trouble. But locally? Yeah! I log in about once a quarter. You never know when you'll need fallback or disaster recovery mode because something's not right with the hardware or software.

I hear what you're thinking: "Why run a server on a single machine? Put it in a cluster of redundant VMs on two or more hypervisors and you don't have to worry about disaster recovery." True. But not every company has the resources plop from a few tens of thousands to a couple of hundred thousand on hardware.

Comment: Re:why google keeps microsoft away (Score 1) 280

by PincushionMan (#48941061) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

I've got a Samsung S3 and it feels like most actions take from around a second and up to complete. Answering an incoming call takes a long time, pressing the home button to activate the screen take 1-2s. It is just annoying waiting everywhere.

Agreed. To be fair, though, the Galaxy S3 that you had (I'll assume from a carrier with 4G LTE, an S3 i747 or i535) a slightly faster dual-core processor and a weak GPU instead of what the international S3 (i9300) had: a slower quad core processor with a strong GPU, but only 1GB of RAM and 3G cellular data. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the international version appears snappier, despite having a slower overall processor and 1/2 the RAM.

I suspect that the TouchWiz layer is heavily GPU dependant, and doesn't perform well on the Adreno 225 GPU of the Carrier version Galaxy S3.

Oh, I just noticed that the i9305 version of the S3 also has 2GB of RAM, and 4G LTE, sounds like the best of both worlds. If anyone is curious about all this, here's the link.

FWIW, I put CyanogenMod 11 on my phone, and I felt like I bought a brand new device. It doesn't feel laggy anymore. I may not say the same when CM12 comes out, but for now it's working great. The privacy feature is also very nice. Not that CM is bug free - the camera crashes, had trouble focusing in earlier versions, and the GPS is kinda hosed. To be fair, the GPS was hosed by Samsung when they took the stock ROM to KitKat, so it's no wonder the CM developers are having trouble.

Comment: Re:Umm..and telnet is insecure. (Score 1) 375

by PincushionMan (#48935007) Attached to: Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure
Yes, but only without 3D acceleration. Xen and CubesOS don't support it. Sure, you can browse the web, but anything that requires 3D, like videos and games are not really feasible. Even newer versions of Excel need 3D rendering. Don't even think of running it in a VM (Hypervisors within Hypervisors).

You'll have more luck 3D-wise with a Hyper-V server combined with Windows new RemoteFX technology. I know that this is unpopular option, and if anyone can set me straight on hypervisors and 3D for Windows guests not running on Windows hypervisors, please do. I've researched KVM, LXD, Jailhouse, or ESX, and of those, only ESX has experimental Windows 3D guest support.

Comment: Re:No secure download (Score 1) 79

by PincushionMan (#48875967) Attached to: Oracle Releases Massive Security Update
This is infuriating. You can change the registry value above - doesn't work, and the program resets it for you. Digging around on the filesystem, I found this gem:
C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\LocalLow\Sun\Java\Deployment\deployment.properties
It has the same entries as in the registry. However, changing those also has no effect on the checkbox, either. In fact, when you reload that registry key and file, those settings will automatically change back to false. I'm baffled.

The only way that seems to be available is the Config Java advanced checkbox. Nothing else appears to work. MS must cache something somewhere with the LocalLow directory or AppDataLow registry entries. This was attempted on Windows 7 & 8 64 bit.

Comment: Re:No secure download (Score 1) 79

by PincushionMan (#48875365) Attached to: Oracle Releases Massive Security Update
Other workarounds:
Use ninite, and you will get the latest 32 bit and 64 bit JREs. Run the installer again and it updates again. No spyware pushed by updates. Also does more than Java.

If you prefer, you can install the JRE the normal way, and then in the Java Control Panel (start / type 'java' / click on 'Configure Java', or click the java icon in the control panel), go to advanced, scroll to the bottom, and check the last checkbox Suppress sponsor offers when installing or updating Java. All fixed, and you can use the standard java update method. Wish I could make a .reg for this, and push it out with GP or as a login script.

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