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Comment Re:BACKUPS PEOPLE! (Score 1) 58

Stories like this one have been pushing me to back up our thousands of photos before mother gets hit with some cryptoware and we lose it all (one of our neighbors lost it all when her kids got Cryptowalled).

I'm finally doing something about it, and was just sitting next to the PC watching Youtube to figure out what to do after installing the new 2TB internal drive. I have been scratching my head thinking of something that won't require Cygwin / rsync and will interact with Windows 7 backup files in case I need to use Linux. Since I did pay for my Ultimate upgrade, I'm planning to use it exclusively if push comes to shove, so I'm this close to just sticking the disk in and forgetting about Linux compat. I might just buy a separate disk and do SystemRescueCD images later, if needed be, but my experience says that leads to needless duplication, and I haven't found filesystem agnostic deduplication in OSS.


Comment Re:See who changes their password in the coming we (Score 1) 146

I'm always horribly unique whenever I check. Doesn't matter what browser I use.

Pro tip: Even in 2010 UA strings in Firefox had become specific beyond the call of duty with build date, rendering engine verision, OS version, and other useless stuff that browser-quirk-sniffing techniques can discard without really breaking your rendering. Erm, I recognize that UA sniffing is stupid with modern pages, but the strings are a vestigial tracking item.
My getting a UA-changer extension with pre-populated defaults for iPhone 3, iPads or plain Firefox 3.5 back then brought the uniqueness from 1 in several (20?) million to one in a hundred thousand or maybe fifty thousand IIRC

Of course, none of that helps much until you do disable flash and install noscript, and turn off cookies... and delete all browser-request languages and keep just 'en' instead of 'en-US'.
An even bigger secret than the UA is that Flash and Javascript tracking your resolution and FONT-LIST makes for a unique fingerprint. No two home users that have installed software will end with the same combination of useless fonts. That's courtesy of installing office, photoshop, games and random OEM shovelware.

Comment Re:non-ASCII (Score 1) 211

Nice that it includes some non-ASCII chars (extended Latin-1). But not IPA, which makes it hard for linguists. There are plenty of variable width fonts that cover IPA etc., but fewer fixed width fonts.

That said, I'm pretty sure it's a small minority of users who need this...perhaps one (me). (I used it when writing up computational linguistics in XeLaTeX.) So I'm not complaining!

A digression first:
With all the nasty data collection on today's downloaded freeware, I find it to be an awesome breath of fresh air when slashdot brings us truly no-strings attached free stuff.

Its "(useful) Stupid (Unix|Emacs|xxxxxx)" series was short-lived, but it was cool. And I just can't believe it was all the way back in 2008 - http://ask.slashdot.org/story/...

*To the point, now,* this about a free fixed-width font for my IDE, specially after I've been looking for something like the Coffee font in my LG phone, but without its annoying filled-in o glyphs.

I grok IPA and though I'd never considered its need to be supported before, since my attention has been caught but Windows 7 and Kitkat's issues with more common symbols, it's a shame to hear I wouldn't be able to make use of the IPA that Wikipedia takes so seriously when I'm looking at foreign terms. The cool thing is, routing back to you and I, that on http://sourcefoundry.org/hack/ it says there are 22 contributors with 1530+ glyphs. Unfortunately Unicode apparently supports way more than 65K total chars (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicode has some 150k number listed on the recent versions)

You probably guess what I'm asking for here... it's a lot easier to contribute "solving" even a single glyph per slashdotter to make this font what you and I need, than doing other open source bug fixes so common here. "If you don't like it, the source is there, go FIX it" is annoying, but here the nature of the problem is O(n)-difficulty menial work, rather than having some years-unresolved bug that requires x language and y libraries, then finding a rootcause, issuing a clean fix, then testing it, and then getting it approved for upstream.

So it'd be nice if appearing here would get even 1% of slashdotters doing something nice with those holes left in the font. We still have to learn font-glyphing, whatever that entails, but it's probably less menial than any coding fixes we might contribute to the world. Why aren't there more crowd-sourcing tasks of this type here on slashdot?

Comment Re:No good deed goes unpunished (Score 1) 107

It would take less time to search Amazon for 2600 magazine than it would to ask someone on the internet if you can buy it on Amazon.

Pot, kettle... ;)

I never did read 2600, but here's real info to break up the potential for recursive stove-fest The answer to whether Amazon sells it is "yes" with a "but"

TL;DR: All I see are kindle editions (makes sense, but why they don't they also carry the print edition another poster already confirmed has survived our turbulent digital-prone times?). Anything paperback there is just some "best of" compilation.

Comment Re:This is how organized religion dies (Score 2) 623

Hi, antiperimetaparalogo

I am sorry for the bad responses you are getting here. It is the symptom of a larger problem you're not going to see resolved. Many outspoken Slashdotters treasure worldly freedom and intelligence. Remember the warning that "We know that we originate with God, but the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one" (1 john 5:19).

On this forum you always hear celebration about "choice" and multiple distros and "voting with your wallet," and making "informed decisions" and so on. The latter point naturally leads away from God for the wrong reasons, because it takes the right kind of willing heart, a lot of time and scriptural instruction given the spiritually-lacking state of willing separation from God starting with the first human marriage of Adam and Eve. Most people will label the choice to follow God here as barbaric and ignorant. The scripture from earlier confirms to those of us who trust in the promise of God's kingdom --and who see dozens of bible promises already fulfilled-- that few things will be clear of Satan's hand until He does away with Satan in the coming judgement.

Now, some more common traits here are hubris (slashdotters won't disagree on that) and lack of abundance of worldly"wisdom" that will lead many to a life without God. Just as the belief in this thread that lack of religion is a freedom (because so many religions were corrupted to disobey God and have shown great horrors that rightfully separate many otherwise God-curious candidates) they feel is a discovery that will free them. They'll encourage others to adopt that same atheist 'freedom'. The trap is that after successes against the practice of racism in recent history, all efforts to promote "equality" feel "right" in man's eyes even if the practice is condemned in God's. Leviticus 18:22 and 23 condemn homosexuality and bestiality and many other reminders are peppered in hebrew scriptures (old testament) and greek scriptures (new testament). Most people here celebrate as the world adopts Satan's thinking more and more as the end the bible promises arrives to wipe this current order.

Genesis 2 verse 18 onwards reminds us that the man being alone without a complement is something that God had a plan for. It shows the creation of the first woman from man and uses the word "marriage" in the original sense. It also says that the first man, Adam, replied that man would leave father and mother to become one with his wife. Man had not sinned yet and things quickly became worse. Man's law and God's law are not the same, and we must know which to obey. We can't dictate law, but be trained by the bible and be in the right decisions as all of God's will becomes unpopular between now and the coming new world.

Make efforts to keep obeying God's word without letting the growing obfuscation of man's law and counterfeitreligion, and know that there is a lot of spiritually bad company here, despite these same people holding dear "tech" values that we learned to cherish.
You don't need to try to convince opposers in online arguments or be moderated high, because that is a lot of nonsense when it comes to God's promises for those to prove to be his faithful followers when the end comes. Cheers.

Comment Re:I'm so blue... (Score 1) 99

If said light map wannabe *interactively* overlays iPhone to Android to Blackberry adoption in your own neighborhood, you can still learn a thing or two:
Correlating iPhone and blackberry adoptions to high vs low class income areas to your expectations / preconeptions of your "poor" neighborhood and seeing if the map matches them is neat.

Looking at rent price differences graphically if you don't even live in Manhattan also provides some education and amusement http://www.housingmaps.com/
I wish there were more projects like these.

Comment Re:I'm still waiting for... (Score 1) 421

Heck, a standardized synchronization manager to handle synchronizing files, data, and settings to the desktop, would be a good start.

I have a huge file duplication/versioning problem because I fork stuff for home, work, friends, etc. Syncing should theoretically be a non-problem thanks to Windows 95's "Briefcase" sync folders. I forget why I only tested them once.

At some point around WinXP or Vista I think they just as quietly removed those from the "New ..." menu (right-clicking on you desktop to make blank folders or notepad files to fill out.) I wonder what my world of data-hoarding would have been like, had Apple polished and popularized the feature 20 years ago.

Comment Re:Missing from my iPhone (Score 1) 421

SMB streaming is a pain because you have to deal with whatever formats you might encounter, plus you have to maintain a local index of content etc if you want to provide any decent kind of UI. Every SMB based streaming device I've used (including very expensive ones) has sucked. DLNA is a much better bet as the server can abstract away all the complexity, and there are a bunch of dlna client apps for ios.

Thanks, I'm glad someone replied, and more so at seeing something to look into. http://www.dlna.org/consumer-h... says: "DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance®) strives to provide more convenience, choices, and enjoyment of digital content through DLNA Certified® devices."

It seems this misses the point. Obviously it requires NEW hardware, and from your own response, clients are not very well known or built in (like say, fat32 disks and SMB shares). I do not blame you or the industry around it. What I fail to see is how there is not even a shadow of a niche to re-use even the most basic format --our own home mp3s:
1) every major mp3 player since Winamp 2 in the nineties has had streaming decoders, (including the OSS Linux players, which would translate to Android ports being just a few code ports away)
2) The world runs on Windows by sheer numbers, SMB is already there holding our music collections. AND it works seamlessly from one Windows PC to the next.

Whatever clever ideas did come up turned into cloud solutions. It is horrible to (pay|lose-privacy) to be forced to reach out with our metaphorical arm all the way around the internet just to bring that arm around to touch our own noses.
The fact that nobody talks about Windows 7+'s' weird "Homegroup" shares and other "Discovery" daemons built around Windows Media Player is a tell-tale that something is forcibly wrong with our expectations even for those half-assed non-mobile solutions. Since we need third party streaming software, boxes like chromecast and clouds to use our own stuff, it's almost like a reality distortion field was erected before we realized we SHOULD be able to enjoy our own music or pictures without duplicating our giant collections.

Comment Re:Missing from my iPhone (Score 1) 421

3) A video player that can reliably stream any video file that's on my Mac to my phone if I'm in wifi range.

I came to post in this same vein. It's 2015 and nobody has implemented simple SMB home streaming.
There are FTP and SMB file sharing programs to help you duplicate stuff to your already-starved-for-space devices. However, you can't just fire up your mp3 and video collection, let alone use playlists.
Probably related to how even in modern linux (and sometimes windows), media players sometimes fail with incomprehensible errors that are fixed if you just do local copy of the files.

Apparently the problem is that
-- at the single-programmer level, people don't care to invest developer time when they can just one-time-copy their collection to their expensive flagship phone where space is more readily available. I have an SD card with 2GB, and it's nowhere near enough between curated 500+mb music, apps and pictures.
-- at the commercial level, copyright/DRM prevents big local-storage players from touching this with a 10-foot-pole. Actually, I remember that Apple released an iTunes update around version 4 to make it harder for you to sniff for and stream internet or LAN files. I'm foggy on the details, but version 3 was perfectly fine.
-- streaming services don't do LANs beause data-mining is good for them.

I have tried Shoutcast, but it is a pain and you can't just do "skip this track" or "find this track" from the clients. And the Winamp client supporting it took a large portion of my available space on the older Froyo phone.

Comment Facebook searches do NOT show everything (Score 2) 33

Yeah, I have several friends who will post/share things on their wall to "find later." Yeah, there's pretty much no way you're going to find that later unless you manually scroll through pages and pages of old posts. Finding stuff on FB is darned near impossible, with their "search" being woefully inadequate.

It's worse than you thought. Weeks ago, my mother was looking for a conversation with someone who had passed away. I found that there's some sort of threshold problem snatching older posts (or certain categories of user conversations) out of userland.

First: I may be in the dark as a non-member, but neither Facebook's GUI and search tools nor my mother as a user have clear ideas of post categories. To find a keyword and look for the proper search option, it was a pain having to grill her just to find if she had posted the conversation on someone else's "wall", vs. her own, vs. under a picture, vs. a private message chain, vs. a Live chat. I even asked if this happened over Yahoo mail. Armed with a rare keyword I found that the search results had irrelevant posts plus one brief part of the conversation... most (or all) of the search results lacked links back to the posts.

My mother's conversation was from replies to a Status update she made. I think FB makes that data join her wall. River pagination is becoming a thing of the past, to the detriment of users who only have pointers to "now" and "the beginning of time" instead of a clean "x days ago" or "january, february" list option. Since everything happened months ago, scrolling down her wall / river without a filter tool is impractical.

Second: I tried to beat Facebook's search by rolling my own. I mentioned post categories earlier because FB itself uses them to split up member data in your downloadable account activity data. We downloaded hers. Browser searches through the five or six relevant raw html files did NOT show the keyword there. Various greps over the *entire* folder archive also failed. This happened even though older posts were available than the one Facebooks search tool had confirmed to exist.

The whole point is that giving you GUI search results of something you can't see in your full activity archive is proof that they selectively snatch data from your halds. We still know Facebook keeps all the data for whatever purposes the advertisers and research^W experiment teams need it. I recall that EU had laws forcing FB to make a physical CD available with the same archive zip data we can get. The discrepancies should be looked into, but FB is a free service anyway. I know shadow profiles get around some of our options, but the data we were looking for was user-initiated.

Comment Re:"Ultimately, our users will decide" (Score 1) 239

It'll probably be based on current strategies: Run it in parallel but nag users like hell to switch over. No Yahoo, you're not getting my fricking phone number though you must have asked me a few hundred times already.

Yes, I was thinking this same thing about phone nagging. There is no "don't ask me again" button. Google does just as often. This week, Google also reminded me that an alt email address is also their target. I am not going to be giving them datamine information about who their competitors are by filling it out. It takes a special kind of people to lock themselves out of free webmail, but I'm not one of them. Regardless, webmail is NOT a bank account. It isn't a live-or-die situation like dataminers are making it out to be.

I remember a golden time where either they asked someone at account creation, or only one time as the feature became imperative (remember a time in the nineties before security questions, or password length enforcement?) Now, you must be reminded a few times a month. I complained here that yahoo even locked my account with an "account potentially compromised" around 12 months ago. A post or two online had the same error for that particular timeframe. In my case I am positive they did it to force me to have more than 5 chars in the login password. The account was old enough to have had 4 (or maybe 1) as minimum back in 1997 and they never had a single popup despite enforcing all my "new" Yahoo referrals to provide today's standards for passwords, including 8 char minimum with annoying special characters thrown in.

I can't recall where, but I sure have seen some systems that require the phone number be a cell for SMS. I think this is part of the new-account verification process for Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or Google+. I know people who aren't even from the US, who would either not want to risk incurring charges on their phone bills, or for whom work life or friends do not demand a cellphone. They have had problems registering and are forced to provide a secondary email just because they needed something to use while visiting the US because their "secondary" refused to allow them to log in from a foreign land. Catch 22.

Though I guard my number well, some ocassional texts come from random one-time spammers or weirdos. One included a snapchat-like but safe-for-work video from an older lady. She wasn't sorry she had the wrong number and seemed to indeed be a NY localwho somehow got my number and didn't care I turned down the video. The other was an email-to-SMS with shady spelling saying a fake name said "I needed it" and linking to a site. I thought it would be porn. The link showed a minimalistic debt assistance form asking for name, phone, street address and email and that they'd contact me. I figure phishing would come soon after. Funny that some people will fall for these without even a fake bank name or contact number.

Once a spam target, we can't evacuate our phone number like they can with email accounts. Most "US-ians" are stuck to 24-month contracts and some have the habit of carrying their number across carriers for social reasons. For all I love TMobile, they silently killed their configurable SMS spam-filtering this year. I get those maybe twice a year. However, giving my info to would-be high-profile attack targets like Gmail and Yahoo is just as bad as putting my email address in a "send me more funny jokes/whatever daily" webform.

Comment Re:Why is Android allowing Uber to access the info (Score 1) 234

It's my damned device, I want control over it.

That sinking feeling when the Google and Apple we all praise (fractions add up to a whole even if individually we meet in fanboy flamewars here), follow the new normal: we are the PRODUCT, not the consumer. Why accommodate US if it won't make them more cash? This is what happens when the slippery rope can't even be invoked because the system is designed from step 1 so all of us rope-walkers start at the bottom end of the rope, trying to climb up.

To us who come from Linux's rpm mirrors or open-repositories world, App stores are control freak traps. Amazon Kindle's, Windows 8's, MacOS's... it can be IMPOSSIBLE to just get a direct download link to an installers from them. This takes our self-management and multi-device control away, even for FREE apps. That should be a dead giveaway that something is fishy. These control games happen even if you sign in, and you need root to just retrieve an APK file from google's filesystem for easy reinstall. When you DO NOT want to be forced on a new device to get that one new version, or the app has been *pulled* (flappybird), you're only safe if you hoarded the old one. And we have no good choice.

It's a bit like the political systems, where all parties give you the same end result, but you still want to perpetuate the feeling of personal choice and keep voting for one, because abstinence is shunned and / or feels dumb.

On my old Android phone (2.2), if you move apps to an SD card and try to migrate to a bigger card without some serious hoops, the apps just disappear from your dashboard. No idea if this got fixed in 4.x, but it's one more reason I am not jumping to buy a replacement phone just yet. Google's track record for fixing policy "bugs" is not good. And I don't trust technical John Smith EndUsers out there to put pressure to fix those policies, because their mentality is akin to "buy more X" or "go somewhere else"

Comment How do WE fight this? (Score 1) 155

Ransomware sometimes uses TOR to avoid detection and serious encryption that no techie can undo. I am starting to get really worried that ransomware will become as common as IE-hijacking browser toolbars. It is easy money. This will be a huge problem. I'm even went through the trouble of logging in to ask how we can fight to nullify ransomware.

1 employee inside our company saw some form of ransomware a year ago. I'm sure he lost all the business data. We are not the NSA and therefore can't decrypt it after purging the "virus" exe without the private key on their servers... period. Most random people online do not realize this, from the desperate forum posts I find.

When ransomware has all your local documents for work encrypted, you will have enough motive to pay the 500 Euros to Cryptolocker and Cryptowall 2.0. Backups are rarely if ever applied on homes and laptops. Laptops are a huge business driver, and the above employee was using one. I hear from forums that sometimes ransomware snags your *shared* network drives, so you lose gigs of crucial data.

Now, most of us still haven't been affected, thankfully. Let's speak from a point of view of "how do I keep this from ever becoming a reality?" What's best?
- Backups? We will get hit. Same as spyware hits the most conscientious of users. Does anyone know of an OSS backup where you can "hide" the target USB drive or partition from the user (so the ransomware won't just up and pave it over along with the My Documents, Desktop, D:, Local network drive targets)
- Prevention: Do we double up on freeware options despite the performance penalty? (malwarebytes, Windows defender or whatever it's called today)
- "Shadow files" apparently get saved automatically on Windows 7 (don't know if you need to have paid for Ultimate like I did). This is great because you can revert an encrypted document, but Windows' GUI isn't equipped to fix files en-masse and utilities are required. The one I saw still gave you some cumbersome folder GUI that wasn't as easy as "revert all in this folder". Are there any savvy things out there to make this easier? I haven't explored Time Machine for MacOS. And this is windows

This is my Scientific Linux box. Much ransoming won't be happening here, but one of my neighbors got hit a few weeks ago on Windows, despite running some form of protection. I heard of one other person who apparently lost files, but I haven't personally confirmed what hit them.


Comment Re: It's Ironic... (Score 1) 265

A credit card isn't cash, credit cards emit a very long paper trail. Imagine how easy the police's job would be if criminals actually used credit cards in the manner you describe.

Who says they *don't*? They just use someone else's credit card.
Fraud paper trails are useless when your shadow is working from a different country outside jurisdiction. And even from within the US --most fraudsters take years before they leave enough bodies of evidence for the cops to care to track and stop them.
At most you will be offered a new CC number, and the criminal will pick on someone else... but there's no certainty that
1) the pseudonymous perp has gone to jail because of messing up
2) that he won't find you again.
Scary stuff.

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