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Rootkit Infection Requires Windows Reinstall

SilverEyes Re:Uh, RTFA? (510 comments)

There is a Windows tool made by... HP? that allows you to create a bootable USB drive (hp usb format tool), you could use this to boot into Hi-Ren's Boot CD (actually Hi-Ren's may have instructions on creating bootable drives themselves, apparently yes; http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd-on-usb-disk). Many image explorer programs also support creating boot sectors for USB drives. Most recent Linux distros support creating bootable USB drives. Again, I would recommend something like HiRen for fixing Windows machines.

more than 3 years ago
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Rootkit Infection Requires Windows Reinstall

SilverEyes Re:Recovery CD? (510 comments)

That way is the crazy way, there is a far easier way if you are just setting up your machine. The best way is to move the default profile accounts, delete existing accounts, and then create the new accounts you want, but unfortunately this requires a re-install. Basically do this (http://joshmouch.wordpress.com/2007/04/07/change-user-profile-folder-location-in-vista/), for Windows 7 (some of the keys may be a little different). I've done this on my computer, and the only thing that persists on C:\ are a couple of AppData caches, although I think they are junctions. Using mount points/junctions is a little messier (and you'll have the paths existing in C:\ as well), but may be easier.

Unfortunately, it requires hard coding the drive letter of the user partition, which may not be desirable for some people.

That said, Microsoft absolutely should support changing it optionally (they won't do it as default for compatibility with poorly written applications; this is why there is a junction at C:\Documents and Settings\ for C:\Users, etc.)

Games and applications can be installed on a separate partition, on a per-application basis. Not all applications support this, but for the most part it works well.

Some programs used their own temp settings, others use the system variable %TEMP% (which can be changed to the new partition if you'd like).

Moving existing accounts is frustrating (I've done it under Vista), but can be done.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft's New Plan For Keeping the Internet Safe

SilverEyes Re:Pathetic (302 comments)

You're right, but do you honestly believe the government could have that kind of collusion with companies and ISPs without the public having a greater uproar? I think the reason the average person doesn't care now is because it doesn't matter now. It could be abused, but I have faith that market forces, right to protest, judicial systems, and democracy would see that wouldn't happen rampantly.

Every time a technology is introduced to make the world look a little more Orwellian (and I hate the word) or not, there is a lot of discussion/dissent and backlash and the net result is positive. We (assuming you are from a 'Western'/modern country) live in a time where personal freedoms and liberties are higher than ever before, why wouldn't that trend continue? We have been faced with technologies which people thought would oppress us, and it has never stayed.

Anyway, those are my thoughts on it. To your credit and those who think like you, at this point in the game, it's harder to say exactly what will happen. I respect you for arguing for your freedoms.

tl dr; My only point is that TPM/TC is a technology, not a conspiracy. People are the ones who are oppressing, not technology, and oppression has a poor track record.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft's New Plan For Keeping the Internet Safe

SilverEyes Re:Pathetic (302 comments)

I don't know will be using an electron microscope to look at the chip is an attack that everyone will attempt to try. You could buy a house/a few cars/lots of computers for that kind of cost.

The point of security isn't total security. It's to make the effort not worth it.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft's New Plan For Keeping the Internet Safe

SilverEyes Re:Pathetic (302 comments)

I'll make an informative post.

A TPM or Trusted Computing scheme is a way to have a very difficult to modify part memory in the CPU where private keys can be stored. It does not mean trusting the user or trusting the machine, it is a way for the machine to verify software signed with a private key has not been altered. Period.

Obviously, Like all security (perhaps excluding quantum cryptography without a lot of luck) it can be broken. However, the idea is to make that break valid for one machine (keys are different, unless the generation scheme was broken with some fancy crytography) and involve a lot of time (like looking at the circuitry through an electron microscope.

As the GP said, there is potential for abuse. If you feel that this may happen, why would you run an OS that would want to abuse you in this way? If MS makes it so that Windows requires a TPM and scans your computer every minute, and that can't be disabled (as Windows would be modified/stop running), run Linux. A computer with a TPM (which, btw, have been out for awhile, you may already have one) doesn't require a "signed OS" or anything like that. That would be stupid, and would not actually work (as then the TPM would have to have knowledge of how the rest of the machine is running, which would mean that the chain of trust is broken, and the whole scheme could then be much more easily broken).

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft's New Plan For Keeping the Internet Safe

SilverEyes Re:Pathetic (302 comments)

Right you are! I stand corrected. Thanks for proving I've lost my mind (I was typing this at work, on my Win7 Professional machine, while running XP mode...)

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft's New Plan For Keeping the Internet Safe

SilverEyes Re:Pathetic (302 comments)

As the other poster said about Intel VT, and XP-mode is only available in Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise (i.e. the VLK version of Ultimate). It does not actually come with Windows 7 Professional, which most people would see as the business version. It does not come with Windows 7 Home Premium, which is what most end users would have.

The greatest problem Windows has is their licensing scheme and the people behind it. Engineers and developers do not run that company.

more than 3 years ago
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Samsung Rains Paper Airplanes From Space

SilverEyes Re:Samsung..... (122 comments)

Try Darky's ROM for Android debices, such as SGS. Really good.

more than 3 years ago
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Canada Courts Quash Gov't Decision On Globalive

SilverEyes Re:So many people to hate (104 comments)

Also it seems a little unfair to call having exposure to culture/content that is Canadian a "pet project". You make it sound as though the CBC is hiding in some garage, maliciously foisting Canadian content on others.

more than 3 years ago
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Canada Courts Quash Gov't Decision On Globalive

SilverEyes Re:So many people to hate (104 comments)

Not necessarily. Casual exposure would increase demand as most people would not actively seek Canadian content on that criteria alone. However, given the exposure, many people enjoy / feel a sense of pride at being part of a Canadian music.

more than 3 years ago
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Canada Courts Quash Gov't Decision On Globalive

SilverEyes Re:Typical for Canada (104 comments)

Actually the Canadian banking system is rated as the best in the world... maybe I'm missing what you were trying to express?

more than 3 years ago
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Canada Courts Quash Gov't Decision On Globalive

SilverEyes Re:Is Wind up and running? (104 comments)

They operate in Calgary, but haven't yet expanded the coverage to actually include all the edges of this sprawled out city. Their map said "Coming in late 2010", but I haven't heard any updates yet. People at the Telephone Booth also suggested their downtown coverage isn't great (owing to buildings), but I haven't tested that.

more than 3 years ago
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Usage Based Billing In Canada To Be Rescinded

SilverEyes Re:Right on! (364 comments)

What does the 'W' stand for?

more than 3 years ago
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Volkswagen Unveils 313 MPG XL1, Slates Production For 2013

SilverEyes Re:More Data Please (417 comments)

The only time I've gotten stuck this winter was when I drove up to Edmonton a month ago to visit friends at uni (stuck in deep snow on a residential road, pushed out). The comparison of winter between Calgary and Edmonton is hilarious :P

Oh, and parking at WestEd the weekend before Christmas is ... insane.

more than 3 years ago
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Volkswagen Unveils 313 MPG XL1, Slates Production For 2013

SilverEyes Re:More Data Please (417 comments)

Perhaps not as big a hit as you've noticed overall, but I have actually noticed more temperature dependence than what you've mentioned, but perhaps it is a result of using mpg or a result of what we each experience as cold weather. I believe I have a fairly consistent driving style, which is more conservative than most people.

I monitor this closely with my car (2010/Prius); in conditions below 0 C, it drops to about 4.8 L/100km, in conditions below -15 C, the L/100km drops to around 7.0, when it gets around -30 C it drops to about 8.5 (note this is with winter tires, which seem to effect roughly 0.5 L/100km). With my driving style I usually get around 4.2 L/100km in the city during summer (more than 5 C) on my regular all season tires.

I usually make short 10-30 minute trips without idling my car significantly beforehand. In winter, I need defrost on the entire time or I can't see through the window.

On the highway and for much longer trips (around 3 hours), I get around 4.2-4.4 L/100km. In conditions around -20 C I get around 4.8-5.2 L/100km.

That being said, in cold weather, with the heater (which is almost always on), snow/ice, and winter tires; the mileage drops to what an average (not tuned to efficiency) car gets in the best conditions, which is arguably a pretty good result.

more than 3 years ago
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Volkswagen Unveils 313 MPG XL1, Slates Production For 2013

SilverEyes Re:More Data Please (417 comments)

Exactly, how you drive makes a big difference. An engine has an efficiency "sweet-spot" which is unsurprisingly not at wide open throttle :P. Having your foot on the floor the whole time is not as efficient as driving slower, or not as efficient as driving against a more powerful car which isn't maxed out.

Funny how Top Gear (and I love the show, some of the challenges are hilarious: Limousine challenge, camper challenge, etc.) missed mentioning that because it didn't fit the entertainment profile. Also note how Top Gear named the 2010 Prius their green car of the year.

more than 3 years ago

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