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Oracle Releases Massive Security Update

PincushionMan Re:No secure download (79 comments)

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.

2 days ago
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Oracle Releases Massive Security Update

PincushionMan Re:No secure download (79 comments)

Ah, I found it. It is in the registry:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AppDataLow\Software\JavaSoft\DeploymentProperties]
"install.disable.sponsor.offers"="true"

2 days ago
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Oracle Releases Massive Security Update

PincushionMan Re:No secure download (79 comments)

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.

2 days ago
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Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

PincushionMan Re: TFA (227 comments)

Chiclet Keyboard refers to the style where there's wide spacing or a border between the keys, all keys are level with each other, and there's a soft mushy membrane behind the keys. In my experience, I type slower on that type of keyboard, but still make more errors.

It looks a bit more stylish than the old keyboards, and doesn't seem as hard to keep clean, but the membranes seem to wear out much much faster than those old IBM buckling spring keyboards or those Cherry MX keyboards, but about equivalent to those laptop keyboards with darn scissor switches that lose a key about once every other year.

3 days ago
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Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

PincushionMan Re:Good news! (227 comments)

>You can replace the SSD in the current Macbook Pro and replace it with what? It's got a proprietary connector, and I don't think there any 3rd party drives out for the current models.

Actually, I bet it is a standard PCI Express SD Card. What's the form factor called again, it has a strange name... NGFF or M.2 SSD. Oh wait, that doesn't appear to be it. I stand corrected. Looks like they are completely custom in a mac. Still, it's nice to be able to fixed a trashed SSD - even if it has to come from Apple or an Apple reseller, much better than those models that had the SSD directly integrated into the motherboard, like some of the MacBook Air models.

3 days ago
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Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships

PincushionMan UQM (226 comments)

IIRC, you can even have the voices and music that was developed by Toys For Bob (the company behind SC2) for the 3DO. Also, some of the original MOD files have been resampled and updated by modern mixers. I prefer the original MOD files, but it's cool that it has had updates, even 20+ years on. Many thanks to Toys for Bob for releasing the source *and* content.

4 days ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

PincushionMan Re:Makes sense. (629 comments)

No, not with encrypted-locked bootloaders becoming common. For Verizon starting with the Samsung Galaxy S3 and phones after that era, and AT&T with the Samsung Galaxy S4 and other phones, you will have tough time putting anything other than what the carrier supports. You may get lucky and be able to break it, but it takes a lot longer. If there are unlocked bootloaders available, you may be able take matters into your own hands, but it is quite risky.

Also, when you buy a phone locked to a carrier, you may not be getting what's advertised elsewhere. iPhones are universal, Android, not so much. The AT&T Galaxy S3 (i747) was completely different than the international S3 (i9300). Some things were better - more RAM (2GB vs 1GB), slightly faster processor (1.5 GHz vs 1.4GHz), and faster cellular data (4G LTE vs 3G). Others things weren't so good - dual core instead of quad core (Snapdragon S4+ 'Krait' vs ARM Cortex-A9), weaker graphics processor (Adreno 225 vs ARM Mali 400), less storage (16GB vs 32GB), and a lot less battery time. And a broken GPS, if you upgrade to KitKat - even on stock. I wouldn't recommend buying a locked carrier phone (other than an iPhone) for anyone.

about two weeks ago
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NetworkManager 1.0 Released After Ten Years Development

PincushionMan Re:Parent comment shows exactly what's wrong with (164 comments)

Thank you for your insightful commentary about my mental status. Yes, I may not have 160 IQ like you. I'm actually thankful for that, because I understand how to relate and empathize with other humans. You clearly do not. Since the problem must have been me, please go install Hardy Heron or Intrepid Ibex and set up a static address. If you can, please go here and tell these users they are all idiots also. We need people like you to keep losers like me and these other Ubuntu fellows on Windows where they belong. After all, if you cannot set up a DHCP server to hand out static addresses, what are you doing running Linux, right?

Thanks!

about 1 month ago
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NetworkManager 1.0 Released After Ten Years Development

PincushionMan Re:just in time... (164 comments)

The real WTF is that he's not kidding. Ubuntu says that systemd needs nm-online to function, and if it's not ready to go, they will replace it [NetworkManager] with something that will.

about a month ago
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NetworkManager 1.0 Released After Ten Years Development

PincushionMan Re:Parent comment shows exactly what's wrong with (164 comments)

I totally agree. Some years back, mid 2008 or 2009, NM could not handle a static IP address. Sure, static addresses aren't always common, but the GUI bits were there. However, the backend had not been wired up yet - at least, that's what I observed with Ubuntu and Fedora from that time-frame. Is it possible the testing wasn't done? Amazing that this happened to two distros simultaneously.
The solution, in this case, was to disable NM and manually enter your IP address via ifconfig, and then your default gateway via route. Once completed, you saved your command lines into /etc/rc.local. Wasn't hard for me, but it made some of the new Ubuntu converts question why Linux had to be so difficult. Especially when it took one or two Ubuntu versions to fix. That's a year to a year-and-a-half for a fairly common networking setup. I cannot imagine what the fellow with the complicated VPN arrangement went through. Also looks like having both a static and a dynamic address on the same NIC requires editing config files.

If editing config files are how non standard things are done, why are the other projects in such a hurry to move their config directions into a binary registry of programs? Will Linux get a flood of stuff like StopSign 'AntiVirus' or MyClea...PC or Hos-t-s file fixers. Okay, never mind. I don't want to know, and I really don't want to summon those trolls.

about a month ago
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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

PincushionMan Re:Microsoft the pusher? (217 comments)

I'm hoping that the authors of SharpDevelop can be persuaded to port their software to Linux. I suspect the major sticking point at the moment is WinForms - I think that's part of WPF. If WPF is not part of the open sourcing, then there's no way a port could be made without a UI rewrite. Research says (paraphasing a bit) MS flatly denies that WPF will leave Windows as that is part of the presentation of the OS.

Other projects written by the ic#code guys are SharpZipLib, SharpUsbLib, and ILSpy. I know I've seen SharpZipLib used in a very expensive bit of Oracle reporting middleware and a few other projects.

about a month ago
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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

PincushionMan Re:Sales (217 comments)

Guess you haven't noticed that Visual Studio 2015 Community is free for OSS development -OR- small business (< $1 M gross revenue AND < 250 computers).

Read all about it here or here.

about a month ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

PincushionMan Re:I suspect the KKK is involved in this some how. (1128 comments)

Ah, you don't remember your Civil War history, do you? Missouri tried to secede... and failed. So it shouldn't be suprising that Missouri is 50 years behind the rest of the country. In these parts of the country, time stands still for long periods of time. Mid range home values are nearly the same as the giant pickup trucks and hummers the everyone seem to drive.

Back to the case, it does seem like the riots are wanted. Even heard a news pundit talking about how all the stores are loaded with goodies for Black Friday, and joked that the streets of Feguson would be on fire soon. It's like he was giving the people watching a wink and a nod, "Yeah man, go for it. Take the stuff that's rightfully yours. The building's on fire anyway, they won't miss it. And if the building's not on fire, could you please light it before you leave?" So frustrating. And the news is happily commenting on how the unrest is spreading to various other cities. Again, like the powers that be want horrible things to happen. Maybe to teach the populace that uprising will be costly.

Costly - ahhh - economics, what makes the world go around:

  • Riots
  • supply chains disrupted
  • prices soar (right before biggest retail period of the year)
  • profit! and if your store catches on fire, it's all good, insurance will cover it - profit again! Win-Win!

What could possibly go wrong?

about a month ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

PincushionMan Re:Just wondering (1128 comments)

It falls under the "Stuff That Matters." part of the tagline. I know they removed it, but the spirit of it should still be here.

In all likelyhood, people will lose their lives because of these riots. It may even spread to other cities. So it is news, and it matters. Don't like it? Well, I hear there's this website made out of people... Let's see what their stories are like:

  • Girls with the clap probably have another (previously undetected) STD - yay?
  • Monsanto steals someone else's IP - suprise?
  • Loving/Liking terrorists on FaceBook == terrorism - WTF? Who does that?

    A 29-year-old Virginia woman ...

    Huh, I kinda figured it would be someone from Florida

Even more current event type stories than here. So, I guess it's here or Reddit. I'm sure they don't cover any news stories, do they? Oh, amazingly, their top story is this one, with 6400+ comments. Sorry, man, you are just not going to get away from this one.

about a month ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

PincushionMan Re:Signs clear enough even for a layman (581 comments)

Yeah, just because I don't need that feature, lets rip it out for everyone, right?

That is very short sighted thinking. Sure the code is old. Sure it is crufty, but it works! Why remove something that is working now for something that may be created in the future? It would be a shame to throw out working code for a new unproven shiny binary. I'm all in favor of new stuff, but not when developers remove working features and promises they'll get to it later. It won't happen; if they wanted to do it, it would be done at the same time. It's a hard problem, and chances are, later will never come.

Before you criticize it, have tried to use the feature? It is immensely useful to be able to be able to render a single window locally without having to drag the system down rendering an entire desktop via VNC, RDP, NX, etc... Can single windows be rendered through RDP? Yes, sure. However, that requires some setup, where on Linux I just hop over to that server and type the command (usually with a &) and bam, local view of remote server.

All that aside, I'm not the only user of the technology. Other projects use it as well, such as WinSwitch, x2go, FreeNX, NoMachine's NX - although maybe less so since version 4. Try some of these, you might light what they offer.

about 2 months ago
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Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

PincushionMan Re:Are you sure? (863 comments)

I'm a fan of FreeBSD, and I've been looking at PC-BSD also. I like how the default FS is now ZFS. Back in the day I used to partition my disk in 'dangerously dedicated mode'. Who needs a partition table when you have slices! Well, except when your hard disk is dropped when you move, it makes recovery a bit trickier!

about 3 months ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

PincushionMan Gentoo Users (993 comments)

Yes, I'm sure he's very upset at the rejection by all 10 people who use Gentoo.

Hey, there's no need to count in binary. Oh, and thanks for your decision not to switch the both of us to systemd for now.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

PincushionMan Dupe? (330 comments)

Haven't we seen this story before?
Okay, I see now, maybe because the full amount has been publicized. I'm just a little curious why so many Minecraft stories have been bubbling to the front page recently.

And jawtheshark: 'notched' - Really? That is quite punishing. Was that you or the editors?

about 4 months ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

PincushionMan Re:Umm... WHY??? (368 comments)

Back in the bad old days, you had to pay for your browsers. If you wanted TCP/IP on Window 3.11, you even had to pay for Trumpet Winsock ($25). I remember that IE's trident core was licensed from some other company (Spyglass? Mosaic?), and that the parent company was to get a cut of the profits. They never envisioned that MS would just give it away as a part Windows 95, netting them $0 per copy.

Also, Microsoft paid the huge sum of $0 for their TCP/IP stack for Windows 95. They cribbed it straight from BSD's TCP/IP stack, IIRC.

about 4 months ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

PincushionMan Re:LibreOffice (190 comments)

PDF can have the same problem if the font is not embedded and a suitable substitute is not available. An embedded font is the only way to be sure what you see is what they'll get. I remember loathing downloading PDF manuals in the dial up days because they would be huge (like 4 - 12 MB). Now that I think about it, those manuals often had non-SVG photos as well - those were probably the real culprits.

about 4 months ago

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