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"BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

Blaskowicz Re:PS/2 (197 comments)

I always choose a motherboard with both ports. Can be very useful even if you start out with both peripherals as USB. e.g. when my USB mouse broke, I got the older PS/2 one from a drawer and it still works very fine. Likewise I broke a keyb from 2010 or 2011 and ultimately replaced it with one from 1996 (which has grease and a space bar that needs serviced but registers all keys)

yesterday
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"BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

Blaskowicz Re:and this is news why? (197 comments)

The best security in this case is if there were no PS/2 keyboard connected before, then it won't be recognised until the computer is shut down or rebooted.
If you use a Model M, you will probably even fry the PS/2 port - but an "evil" Model M would have a replacement micro-controller that wouldn't fry the port by drawing too much current, like keyboard from the 90s and 00s don't.

yesterday
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Raspberry Pi Gameboy

Blaskowicz Re:The golden question.. (60 comments)

But a GBA with a little "magic" cartdrige (I mean flash / linker) will allow more uses out of it, like carrying 20 games (with the option of them being legit, though Nintendo never liked that and always pretended ripping your cartridges is wrong), running your ROM hacks on real hardware and then miscellaneous homebrew programs and media readers.

That said on the GBA SP, I think the form factor is pretty great but that the lighting is just bad, modding one to improve the lighting would be interesting if that can be done.

about a week ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

Blaskowicz Can I use Mono? (368 comments)

I'm asking it like it's a bad thing, because how many times I could read there that it's a cancer like flash, pdf and whatever little things. But I just checked yesterday, and it exists for Windows too. And intended for actual use, unlike something like Wine on Windows. And you can even bundle the runtime or bury it in your .exe program.
There are many "one true way" to develop things that work everywhere : java, python, web/javascript, some older things and some newer things I'm sure. But if I want to get started to do little projects, have to pick something. Web would be nice, but maybe I'll never have a smartphone to run little web apps on. My calls and positions are already tracked just by owning a dumbphone.

Back on point, one of the early posters said how he uses C#, and it would probably be a nice fallback / somewhat default language to do semi-system stuff, networking, multimedia, imperative programming.. or gasp, a GUI. What would draw me then is the F# language, and I know its parent language a bit (ML family). It would be awesome to be able to do actual useful stuff in that language (thanks to .NET libraries/infrastructure and some additions or sugar in the language) and if worst to come (i.e. something where functional programming is pointless or gets in the way) I'd use C# or whatever other language supported in the Mono CLR for those parts?
It's 2014 too and maybe Mono is better in 2014 than in 2009 or 2007.

about a week ago
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Firefox 31 Released

Blaskowicz Re:We need a new browser (172 comments)

I wasn't finding it in the options lol. Found out there's a "search" in the options and found it that way.
The non-standard UI widgets where tricking me. I didn't think a featureless long rectangle button would open a subpage.

about a week ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

Blaskowicz Re:At fucking last (194 comments)

but do 240p, 144p and old 360p videos work? I do not know what codecs they use - and they're needeed, when 240p is the only version or the bandwith is low. And if these are re-encoded to next gen codecs, will there be CPU use increase for old systems.

About flash, Adobe is providing updates to version 11.2.x till 2017. I guess that's the deadline that I have to care about. If I can keep using flash + flashblock for the next two years I'll be more than fine with that

about a week ago
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Raspberry Pi Gameboy

Blaskowicz Re:Now I wish.... (60 comments)

The story is misleading in this, but see TFA and a lot of the article is how he fitted a brand new 3.5" 640x480 screen (which is impressive in res and price by the way)

The summary didn't make sense anyway : Game Boy runs at 6 volts, not 12 volts so it was not about using the Game Boy's screen at all.

about a week ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

Blaskowicz Re:bad for standards (194 comments)

I'm sure the transition to H265 will be at least a decade long (do unreleased AMD and Intel CPUs even support it? I think not). H264 will stay for a long time. Even MP3 has been outdated for like 10+ years but still is massively used.

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

Blaskowicz Re:At fucking last (194 comments)

The article mentions Youtube, without giving any specifics. Seems they're shipping the plugin greyed out, disabled etc. and then WebRTC stuff will work (does anyone have either used that?) and then maybe you'll be able to use html5 video in some future version, maybe.

Setting the politics aside, and even whether they intend or not to provide html5 video support, it feels better to do that staged release. I sure would want that the kinks, bugs, networking and security issues are worked out before it is unleashed on millions of unsuspecting users.
Well, people will get that h264 support for WebRTC even though they have no idea what the f that means, but as no one uses WebRTC it wouldn't be as drastic as Youtube support.

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 31 Released

Blaskowicz Re:Trash (172 comments)

On my linux machine it always end up crashing, but sometimes I can see a whole day without a crash. I can sometimes see it coming : web page somewhat freezing up, hard disk grinding and then bam it's bombed.
Now I should do some tab clean up again.. after a crash, I can't load all my tabs (too many of them) so I reload some tabs but open new ones to do stuff, instead of hunting for and reusing older tabs. And I don't really know how to open the "clean up tabs" window without crashing the browser first. I'd like if there was at least a command switch for Firefox to open that on start up.

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 31 Released

Blaskowicz Re:I would like (just) a web browser please (172 comments)

Feels like the good old days when I ran Internet Explorer 5. Though the "extensions" were automatically installed and consisted of a porn page that opens up in a new window, or software attempting to dial out to an abroad phone number.

File explore / browser integration was even pretty good, I could recycle some unused file manager window. Or do my file stuff, then go on the web, or on an FTP server. Worst machine I used on it had only 40MB of RAM and it was still good.
Obviously, I had to let it go.

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 31 Released

Blaskowicz Re:Misfeatures (172 comments)

The pdf javascript reader wastes kilobytes on your / or C:\ partition, that's all.
But it is handy to have it for some people. I even like sometimes just to have a black and white pdf in a tab, it's not even crashing the browser like in the old days of using acrobat reader plugin. Then a click on the download button will open it in my pdf reader of choice if I need/want it.
Chromium gets it worse : it thinks I want to open it in xpdf. I like having xpdf around (and will install it as the only reader on a lightweight junk box with lxde) but please.

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 31 Released

Blaskowicz Re:no thanks (172 comments)

80% of the people who went to the like/dislike menu item and got past the follow up screen disliked Firefox.

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 31 Released

Blaskowicz Re:We need a new browser (172 comments)

Chromium is good if you have 8GB of RAM just to browse the web, and you like that featureless unchangeable UI with 10% the features and options of Firefox's one.. Plus I tried a flashblock extension on it and it sucked.

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 31 Released

Blaskowicz Re:Spyware companies will love it (172 comments)

What if someone just wants to browse "web 1.0" sites (like wikipedia) on a low spec machine. Maybe that's too rare of a use case but it would be nice to have a javascript-less browser with everything else working. Maybe a separate firefox instance which will at least not crash when you're just using it for reading text mainly.

But I've never really tried javascript-less Firefox. I use dillo, which is nice for some things (but currently browsing slashdot on it sucks, I think). Despite being javascript-less I use it to log-in to wifi! (the somewhat secured semi-public hotsposts that leech of ISP customers).
Dillo starts in well under a second, doesn't crash and can get you internet access (if you have acess to a "web 1.0" compatible "wifi login" page) which can then be used for OS/packages security updates and then for launching firefox.

about two weeks ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

Blaskowicz Re:Systemd? Not on my system... (226 comments)

The Windows 7 partition is very useful : it allows to chkdsk a NTFS partition, and so it's good to keep it around.

about two weeks ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

Blaskowicz Re:Systemd? Not on my system... (226 comments)

Oh, I didn't check KDE-on-win for a long time. And anyway I feel at home in the GTK2 environments.

I solved the problem of dual booting by leaving Windows for good. Part is I wouldn't ever reboot anyway (who wants to, and lose everything that's going on?), part is I was fed up with Windows 7 for petty reasons. Disk/memory intensive for my own taste, but foremost after ten years of using Windows 98 then XP with basically the same GUI, there were more than one thing that pissed me off. I had a hilariously ugly desktop at some point, with my attempts to make it more traditional.

I made my life worse, had some ugly quirky desktops (ugly gnome2/mate layout, random combinations of mate/nautilus 3.x/xtce/lxde iwith duplicate tools and a broken icon there and the wrong file manager coming up.. CLI-only debian squeeze NAS that was semi fucked up.. lol!
But in the end, Mint 16 Mate and Mint 17 Mate saved the day. I can install the latter on any buddy's laptop or desktop in 20 minutes, install or tweak just one thing or three and it's done!

Now, what were we talking about..
Yeah I will probably try KDE 5.1 (if it is to have such a versioning scheme) down the road. For psychological reason (let it double-extra mature) and because I now see a philosophical similarity with Mate. Provide a GUI that's still about the same a decade later, but really maintained and with ever so slight improvements here and there that I can't pinpoint but the thing feels ever more polished.
I'm waiting on LXQt 0.8, too (more than KDE). When it's out I'll jump on it to try it first time. High hopes there. I think the main dev has good taste.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Blaskowicz Re:Propaganda won't help this time (503 comments)

The French say "la France", vast majority of countries are called "the Country" with few exceptions, actually small insignificant states, city-states or remote overseas possessions : e.g. San Marin, Singapore, Macao, Trinidad and Tobago, Vanuatu, Palau, many other such examples and then for some reason Israel.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Blaskowicz Re: Black box data streaming (503 comments)

I lost all respect for the Putin regime when it was caught doing inflammatory warmongering propaganda that Cheney, Rumsfeld etc. would be proud of (fake footage of syrian rebels firing chemical warheads).
Reports and TV footage of the burning building with nazis blocking the entrances seemed real enough to me though. Yes, I don't know if they're nazi enough to be called nazis and they only form a large minority. Maybe they just like their nice logo, Hitler portraits and roaming the streets to beat up people.

about two weeks ago
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Want To Ensure Your Personal Android Data Is Truly Wiped? Turn On Encryption

Blaskowicz Re:Treat it like an old hard drive (91 comments)

If everyone did the same to all things..
When you pack and move, tear down your house with a jackhammer, sledgehammer etc.
When you divorce, murder your wife.
When your Windows laptop is slow because of malware and lack of RAM, pour gasoline on it and set it on fire.
Broke a windshield, take your car to a junkyard and have it compressed to a very small cube.
After you had dinner, empty your fridge and flush everything you didn't eat in the toilet.

about two weeks ago

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