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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

djdanlib Re:Legalities (301 comments)

Great. Now all the mobsters and thugs and crooked cops will know to blare Top 40 to prevent evidence from being posted online.

about two weeks ago
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

djdanlib Re:Legalities (301 comments)

There's an interesting concept.

What happens if some big media company's automatic audio fingerprinting bot issues a DMCA takedown on one of these videos?

about two weeks ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

djdanlib Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (572 comments)

I want to know if my ELM327 is a clone or not. Is there any way to tell?

about a month ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

djdanlib Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (572 comments)

The problem with that, as I understand it: On Windows, you can change the drivers' INF files to use PID 0 with any text editor. You could do something similar on any OS. The problem is, the OS won't even try to load drivers for devices with PID 0. So you can't write a driver for that unless you intend to write a new driver for the USB chipset itself that remaps PID 0 devices to something else.

about a month ago
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More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

djdanlib Re:how pretty (209 comments)

Image editing.

Audio production.

Design.

Page layout.

Video editing.

You know, a lot of professions.

about a month ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

djdanlib Whose job is it to know that? (313 comments)

Why is Apple even responsible for tracking that kind of information?

Can I sue them if they get it wrong, rendering my mail client unable to connect to the correct server (or revealing my credentials to a third party) because it followed their instructions instead of mine? No, that wasn't a typo, but thank you for redirecting my login credentials to the wrong server, which then stole them and used them...

about a month ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

djdanlib Re:Do it like a virgin (406 comments)

Some guy gets bit by a kangaroo at the end.

Oh United, you so whimsical.

about a month and a half ago
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2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Awarded To the Inventors of the Blue LED

djdanlib Re:As well they should. (243 comments)

There's about 1 blue receptor to every 60 of the others.

about a month and a half ago
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Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

djdanlib Re:Mind boggling (167 comments)

Wellllll... kind of. When you're publicly traded, it's all about risk and paring down excesses. Shareholders don't want you to take risks. They want you play it safe so their share values don't go down. They want to see that you've cut operating expenses by X in every report. This limits your ability to try new things or market to those niches.

When you're private, you can take as big of a risk as your cash reserves permit.

about 2 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

djdanlib Re:Pending Restart.. (304 comments)

You can't always, but you can prepare a recovery disk and also burn a copy of HBCD before your inevitable power cycle or reboot.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

djdanlib Re:I have a solution for impacted users (179 comments)

This system did not have a recovery partition, so no recovery mode on the HD, and it won't boot a restore disc... it was the perfect storm of garbage.

Otherwise I absolutely would have done a system restore.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

djdanlib Re:I have a solution for impacted users (179 comments)

Yep. That partition didn't exist on the affected machine because end user reasons, or I definitely would have tried it.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

djdanlib Re:I have a solution for impacted users (179 comments)

Indeed.

You could also boot with the install media and do a System Restore since Windows Update generates a checkpoint when you install updates.

If you don't have that option, my original solution will get you up and running, inconvenient as it may be.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

djdanlib I have a solution for impacted users (179 comments)

This rollback procedure got my Win7 x64 system booting again:

From another system with the same bit width and service pack level, grab the files C:\Windows\System32\gdi32.dll and C:\Windows\System32\Win32k.sys.

Using HBCD or a similar boot disc, boot your defunct system. You can also snag the hard drive and plug it into another working computer.

BACK UP the gdi32.dll and win32k.sys files from System32 to another location just in case. Overwrite those two files in System32 with the ones you grabbed from the other system.

Your system is now bootable, having effectively rolled back the KB2982791 update. This is a quick and dirty procedure and leaves the update itself in an indeterminate state.

about 3 months ago
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Comcast Confessions

djdanlib Re:I wonder when... (234 comments)

No no, upsell and upset are synonymous in this case. It's totally okay.

about 4 months ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

djdanlib Re:Garbage In (231 comments)

I wonder which direction the money flows in cases like this. Does Facebook pay the carrier, or does the carrier pay Facebook? Seems to me that both parties are equally at fault here. Some suits probably had a meeting about increasing shareholder value and leveraging popular apps and shook hands, then told the dev team to make it happen. Not that I'm thrilled with bundled software being possible on Android... I wish it wasn't... but it's not Android's fault that someone got greedy.

about 5 months ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

djdanlib Re:Garbage In (231 comments)

> Google's Android phones flat out REFUSE to uninstall Facebook, for example.

It uninstalls just fine, thank you very much.

Or are you referring specifically to Nexus devices?

about 5 months ago
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Netflix Could Be Classified As a 'Cybersecurity Threat' Under New CISPA Rules

djdanlib Re:Throttling = "less available"? (125 comments)

I did this to a former roommate as well. He would have HD videos (Netflix, Youtube, etc) streaming on his computer AND game consoles at the same time, while he was uploading videos he was editing and downloading games and stuff like that.

about 5 months ago
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Former NSA Chief Warned Against Selling NSA Secrets

djdanlib Re:Laugh-worthy (138 comments)

Exactly my point... If you learn a skill at your job, your employer cannot strip you of that skill when you leave.

Obviously selling government secrets is different from saying here's how you implement industry best practices to create security processes.

If the government had a secret security-bypassing technique, and had educated him on its use, he may or may not be obligated under his new employer to close the hole. And as a constituent of that government, I would approve of that use of that information.

about 5 months ago
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Former NSA Chief Warned Against Selling NSA Secrets

djdanlib Laugh-worthy (138 comments)

"Without the classified information he acquired in his former position, he literally would have nothing to offer to you."

Oh brother. A former work colleague saying "You'd be nothing without us!"

It's not like a person exists outside of their job, or can ever learn new things, right?

about 5 months ago

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