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Comment Re:Web sites (Score 2) 277

looks like the company has quite a few such "protection" apps deployed on the play store and they even use their stock ticker symbol in the developer name, lol.
https://play.google.com/store/...

NYSE:NQ feeling slashdotted in 3..2..1... now... https://finance.google.com/?q=...

Comment fan hitting event on the horizon (Score 4, Interesting) 385

ALL major online email providers (google mail, yahoo, microsoft, etc.) and all major company networks work internally by using a VPN between the various locations that those companies have around the country/world... => they are going to be hacked... and this will raise an enormous shitstorm.

Comment Re:Libreoffice (Score 4, Informative) 324

these days they dropped the sourceforge crap for their own crap built-in into the main installer, silently downloaded in the background from sites such as coapr14pool _DOT_ com AND THEN executed while having elevated full admin rights. This is typical trojan dropper / infector / keylogger behavior.

source: http://www.pdfforge.org/blog/p...
(in comments)

Comment Re:Ask any McDonald about mcdonalds.com domain (Score 4, Informative) 381

oops.. small case of "spoke too soon"/"foot in mouth", i realize this is from before the "domain created" date, so it must be the site maintained by the previous owners of the domain name, name that had expired by the time the current owner registered it.

Anyway, it's a proof that "XboxOne" was already used by someone else in the context of computer games related stuff even since the year 2002 and IMHO should have not been awarded as a registered trademark to MS...

Comment Re:Ask any McDonald about mcdonalds.com domain (Score 5, Informative) 381

well, NOW it's parked after Microsoft brought the lawyers out of leashes and sicked them on the domain owner(s)...

looking on archive.org it seems it used to have an active site on it, for example this snapshot:

http://web.archive.org/web/20110207201840/http://xboxone.com/

OR this one, from the YEAR 2003

http://web.archive.org/web/20031225193949/http://xboxone.com/

Comment Re:This is a surprise? (Score 1) 185

The only problem with Avast is that you have to re-register every year. Minor, I know, but a pain nonetheless.

the bonus with avast's system is that it doesn't actually make you PROVE that the email address is YOURS (code/link sent via email), it only asks for an email address and that's where it stops, so i've taken the habit of using @avast.com email addresses.

The first thing i used was postmaster@avast ( :D ) but when it started to complain that it's already used i switched to _current timestamp-YYYYMMDDHHMM_@avast, works like a charm

Comment Re:Google Groups? (Score 1) 259

+1 for Google Groups, it removes A LOT of the hassle of managing forum for a site, especially for spam management (spam prevention logic is global across all the forums they host, if someone is detected spamming in one forum it can be nuked from everywhere at once).
I use it quite successfully for a few sites.

Google even allows EMBEDDING the page via an iframe, with an url that will not load the usual Google Groups page header:

use this in iframe src:

hxxps://groups.google.com/forum/embed/?place=___INSERT_FORUM_PATH_HERE___?showsearch=true&showpopout=true&hl=___INSERT_THE_UI_LANGUAGE_CODE_HERE__&parenturl=___INSERT_HERE_THE_URL_OF_THE_PARENT_LOADING_PAGE

(replace hxxps with https)
https://support.google.com/groups/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1191206

Comment Re:if they used a hash...? (Score 1) 497

this has also been happening to Technet & MSDN logins for a while now

trying to access https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/securedownloads/default.aspx (or the equivalent technet downloads page) you get redirected to a login page that starts with https://login.live.com/login.srf and that form only alows 16 chars

i went bonkers when it started to happen, a few months ago, but then i got used to it... this is the regular crap that's pulled by MS these days. :(

Comment use kubuntu instead (Score 3, Interesting) 306

well, i figured it would be some problem with the graphics drivers and that's why i switched to using the kubuntu 12.04 LTS dvd instead of the normal ubuntu/unity one, i've been having weird issues with unity lately (invisble mouse cursor and ignored keyboard input on a fujitsu siemens Amilo La1703 notebook - but KDE works perfectly)

http://www.kubuntu.org/getkubuntu/download
( for those that fell recently into the linux soup and don't know what this is, this is practically the same thing as ubuntu 12.04 LTS but with the KDE interface as default instead of unity. )

Comment Re:usteam isn't responding. (Score 4, Informative) 393

Perhaps the WorldCon could claim breach-of-contract and sue to have their money refunded. That might be a possible avenue they could win.

Even if they win, the refund in this case would be ZERO because that's exactly how much WorldCon paid to ustream for streaming the event. There was no special contract with ustream, WorldCon CHOSE TO USE a free anonymous streaming account and that comes automatically with copyright-enforcement protection, this was explained by ustream on their blog:


http://www.ustream.tv/blog/2012/09/03/hugo-awards-an-apology-and-explanation/

As background, our system works like this in order to support a large volume of broadcasters using our free platform. Users of our paid, ad-free Pro Broadcasting service are automatically white listed to avoid situations like this and receive hands-on client support.

translation: since WorldCon was not white-listed that means they decided to stream the live event without signing and paying for a dedicated contract with the broadcaster and as a result were applied the regular copyright filter that regular anonymous broadcasters were subjected to.

Comment Re:Zero weight! (Score 2) 290

almost zero weight in orbit...maybe at present, but it has a hell of a lot of MASS AND INERTIA.

scotch tape can't keep it fixed in the same place when the station fires its orbital adjustment thrusters and it will move and trash around like a wild bantha when the station is doing orbit adjustments.

Comment Re:Sounds like win-win to me! (Score 1) 666

hmm.. it seems i got the equivalency wrong... it's the other way around:

maximum pressure for the .308 Win cartridge is 62,000 psi, while the 7.62x51max is 50,000 psi.
  it is normally fine to shoot quality 7.62x51 NATO ammo in a gun chambered for the .308 Winchester
You CAN encounter problems going the other way, however. A commercial .308 Win round can exceed the max rated pressure for the 7.62x51. So, you should avoid putting full-power .308 Win rounds into military surplus rifles that have been designed for 50,000 psi max.
source:
http://www.6mmbr.com/308win.html

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