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Tired of Playing Cyber Cop, Microsoft Looks For Partners In Crime Fighting

hackwrench Re: It's Microsoft's fault (113 comments)

There are still flaws in Windows that allow programs to trick the OS into loading code that Microsoft has made difficult for the end-user to detect be it driver or service. What's with all the services hiding under svchost.exe anyways?

about 2 months ago
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Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

hackwrench Re:Oh, really? (1255 comments)

I think you spelled Norwegian wrong, or was it Nigerian... well it's gotta be some place in America, because as you say, anyone claiming to be from anywhere else is just a scam and can safely be ignored... hmm, come to think of it, I don't think commie's a place.

1 year,14 days
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U.S. Gov't Still Fighting the Man Behind Buckyballs; Guess Who's Winning?

hackwrench Re: Sounds good to me (555 comments)

How fresh? Is there a range that would make it safer to wait a few minutes so that it becomes more acceptably safer but still retains the qualities that "fresh" coffee more desirable?

1 year,15 days
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U.S. Gov't Still Fighting the Man Behind Buckyballs; Guess Who's Winning?

hackwrench Re: Sounds good to me (555 comments)

I would say that either the court of public opinion is still in session or the case has several appeals left. I used to be on the side of McDonald's until I heard the facts of the case. These aren't merely "horrific" burns, these are third degree burns. Was the award excessive? Possibly. But assuming for the moment that the original amount sought plus attorney's fees were awarded, should McDonald's have lost the case? I'd say most definitely.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liebeck_v._McDonald's_Restaurants

1 year,15 days
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The Greatest Keyboard Shortcut Ever

hackwrench Re:Huh? What? (506 comments)

I've been thinking about where to put this, whether hitching it to the most visible somewhat relevant post I could find, or making a completely new post, etc, and pondering which would be the least likely to either get downvoted or otherwise buried into oblivion. Readers feel free to comment on whether my decision to hitch to this post and to mod me up/down to oblivion and beyond.

Anyway with that out of the way, I came her to say that I downvoted this summary when it was in the process of being greenlighted. I think I marked 'stale' option. I did my part to keep this from being green but it happened anyway. Oh well, so much for democracy.

1 year,20 days
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Office 365, Amazon, Others Vulnerable To Exploit Microsoft Knew About In 2012

hackwrench Re:2013 (125 comments)

First you start out stating that having the source code gives you nothing, then eventually vaguely admit that having the source code can get you part way to a solution. by then people begin to suffer from too long didn't read, but even if they do make itthat fast, as I said, it's vague. Clever.

about a year ago
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Angela Merkel Tells US Firms To Meet German Privacy Rules

hackwrench Re:About Time (153 comments)

Excepept its usually morea bunch of sheep and a few wolves except the wolves work to convince the sheep the wolves are actually sheepdogs and if a few sheep were to disappear... the remaining sheep are told its because they didn'tlisten to the wolves, er sheepdogs.

about a year ago
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How Intellectual Property Reinforces Inequality

hackwrench Re:ludicrous (272 comments)

No you didn't. Since you posted AC I have only the location of your post to make a determination,but nothing above your post demonstrated a lack of ability to write and understand coherent thoughts. I and I am sure many others am willing to entertain a case to the contrary. In order to make such a case you would have to state the coherent thought and how you believe it was misuderstood. Also state the writing you believe does not express a coherent thought and your reasoning Alternatively you are free to withdraw your apparent assertion that some or all of the posts above yours are as you described.

about a year ago
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How Intellectual Property Reinforces Inequality

hackwrench Re:Commies occypied /. ? (272 comments)

Once you bring "empirical studies" into it, your statements can no longer be evaluated on whether they are internally logically cnsistent. you have to actually cite at least one relevant "enmpieical study" in order to even stand a chance of being elieved by a rational person. Such relevancy in this case would have to at the least havea rigorous definition of "skill" Of course you are free to withdraw your assertion that mpirical studies show this is not true.

about a year ago
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How Intellectual Property Reinforces Inequality

hackwrench Re:Commies occypied /. ? (272 comments)

But then, there is the matter of how many people you've met, and how diverse their walks of life are. If you are born into a family known for its success, you are likely to grow up around other children from families that are also known for success. Furthermore, those children are taught to believe that their success is due purely to their own "hard work". They don't actually have to work hard because they are taught how to use their family's advantages such as inheritance and connections with the other families known for success. Utilizing that knowledge is furthermore seen as the end all and be all of "hard work", when in fact it doesn't even begin to compare to the difficulty of the work those not similarly advantaged have to do just to survive much less be successful. Furthermore, those families tend to stick together into adulthood so these notions are all constantly reinforced in addition to your notion that practically everyone you met that "worked hard" were successful. It becomes a tautology. Just how many people have you met that haven't "worked hard" anyways?

about a year ago
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What Medical Tests Should Teach Us About the NSA Surveillance Program

hackwrench Re:Flawed Analogy (107 comments)

No, the problem is confirmation bias and vast amounts of historical data being ignored and effectively being treated as stale in favor of scant scraps of more recent data, then in turn being both intentionally and unintentionally misinterpreted,and used to justify redidulous expenditures to collect as much data as possible,which again is both intentionally and unintentionally misinterpreted and secretly dispersed with the intention to benifit a small minority of people with the effect of harming the whole, ironicly even the minority that was ssupposed to benefit. The moster's hunger is never sated by gorging on that which is external to it; it must appese its hunger by devouring itself as well.

about a year ago
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What Medical Tests Should Teach Us About the NSA Surveillance Program

hackwrench Re:well duh. (107 comments)

There is no proof that all internet traffic and phone metadata is being collected and mined? All anyone has to do to determine that that is a blatant falsehood is google nsa hdoop mine. Even if that were not the case, you are making the assumption the NSA is not. That is av far more dangerous assumption to make.

about a year ago
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What Medical Tests Should Teach Us About the NSA Surveillance Program

hackwrench Re:Then what do you do then? (107 comments)

There is no such thing as a "standard" government worker.and it is just s ludicris if not more so given recent and not so recent historical events to state definitively that there are no plots or a campaign of fear as it is to state definitively that there are. I don't know, maybe it's all a coincidence or maybe collateral damage that the government actions result in no little amount of fear in the general populace

about a year ago
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What Medical Tests Should Teach Us About the NSA Surveillance Program

hackwrench Re:Slashdot Propaganda Machine Working Overtime (107 comments)

I would counter that no one in their right mind is 100% certain that no false flag operation have been done. The question is not whether there is some sort of "useful" policy, or even whether aq givengiven operation is a false flag op, but whether false flag operations serve the ends of people with the capacity to make them happen, and given recent and not so recent historical events its even more irrational to suggest or imply that no publicscrutiny should be made as to whether false flag operationsw have been run.

about a year ago
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Dad Hires In-Game 'Assassins' To Get His Son To Stop Gaming

hackwrench Re:Just kick him out. (338 comments)

It's not fast and there's also wait staff you have to tip.

about a year and a half ago
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Dad Hires In-Game 'Assassins' To Get His Son To Stop Gaming

hackwrench Re:Just kick him out. (338 comments)

Steak n' Shake is not fast food.

about a year and a half ago
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Linus Chews Up Kernel Maintainer For Introducing Userspace Bug

hackwrench Re:Arsehole (1051 comments)

He said Microsoft, you're talking about Apple.

about a year and a half ago
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Brain Cells Made From Urine

hackwrench Re:Not good. (116 comments)

No, this is talking about a brain that is making piss-rich decisions.

about 2 years ago
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Chinese Firm Wins Bid For US-Backed Battery Maker

hackwrench Re:And? (183 comments)

It doesn't quite work that way. If all the Congresspersons were voted "at large" it would be true, but they aren't.

about 2 years ago
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Bitcoin Mining Reward About To Halve

hackwrench Re:Additionally (600 comments)

Um, we're in the 21st century...I think that would affect your belief in the 20th century economically.

about 2 years ago

Submissions

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Netflix allows any device previously registered to your account resign up

hackwrench hackwrench writes  |  about a year and a half ago

hackwrench writes "When you unsubscribe from Netflix, Netflix allows any device previously associated with the account to renew the account without having to reenter your email address and password. At least, this happened with a Wii where I cancelled a subscription, went out of town and came back to find my Mom had reactivated the account. I used PayPal to pay, so I don't know if using a credit card makes any difference"
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Controlling Comcast's Digital Transport Adapter

hackwrench hackwrench writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hackwrench writes "Comcast is getting rid of its analog transmission forcing those using it to use either a cable box or a digital transport adapter(DTA). I have a DVR that has the G-link IF emitter, but it can't find a working code. I know of two possibly inexpensive ways of getting things to work:
1. Use a device that will convert the IR from the DVR to the IR the digital transport adapter needs.
2. Use a device that has a timer that changes the channel for the DVR.

I haven't been able to find such a device, but option 2 would be similar to the old device that comes up with this Google search."

Journals

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EA's website is impossible to use and they are impossible to reach.

hackwrench hackwrench writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I've submitted this on EA's Facebook wall and repost it when it gets deleted:

EA's website is impossible to use. I started out trying to sign up with Pogo. On the registration page, it provides two fields to type your password into. I type my selected password in both places and fill out the rest of the registration form. I submit the form and get back "you need to provide a password". I go to help and select "Talk to an adviser" It asks me to log in. I follow the links to register an account on the main EA website, check my email confirm, and go back to "Talk to an adviser" I select Pogo as the Product. I get a spinning circle below for about 20 minutes. I stop it... Actually there's one still going as I type this. I log into Pogo using Facebook. It tells me I need to update my profile. I attempt to update it. It tells me my password is not correct. I attempt to go to EA's forums. It tells me I need to create a persona. I'm looking at a page that says Select a default persona, a spinning circle, and "Add a persona". As I type this it finally returns and I click on the icon that beneath it says hackwrench (EA ID). At the forums it says "Your email address is UNVERIFIED. You will be unable to post new topics or replies. Please visit the User Profile page to verify your account.
  Electronic Arts". I thought I already did, that but okay, I click through the links until it tells me a verification email has been sent. I go back to my email and click on the verification link. It tells me I am now verified.I go back to the tab that said it sent an email, click back to the forums, and hit refresh. It still says I'm unverified. I log out and log back in. It no longer says I'm unverified, but I click through a few pages and still don't see an option to post. Back at the help site, I find an article for EasyInfo. I install and run it. I click on test your system. I get an unhandled exception error message dialog box, but it says I can continue. The EasyInfo window has expanded and there is an unpopulated box with the title "Games list:" and a blue button that says update games list. I click on the button, and get a dialog box that says "Progress indicator please wait while the games requirements info is retrieved". Then I get a unrecoverable error box that says "UserImterface has stopped working. Close program." The only option left to me that I can see is to post here on Facebook.
  This post keeps getting deleted, but since it is my only communications line with EA, I'll keep posting it until I get a response...especially since this is supposed to be an option with "Connect with us".

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Small Windows Programming

hackwrench hackwrench writes  |  more than 8 years ago I'm starting to write Journal Entries based on my sigs and perhaps the sigs of others.
My sig:(current of this writing)
#include <windows.h>
void start(){ MessageBox(0, "Hello", "World", MB_OK); }
The point of this is to write a program that starts at the entry point. Traditional Windows programming starts with WinMain, but that isn't the start of the EXE. The traditional compilation path sets a routine in a library somewhere that calls WinMain as the entry. Link allows you to specify your own entry point, and this demonstration program is small enough to fit in a sig. Similar things have been done in assembly, though I haven't seen much transference to C, though based on explorations I have made with the code segment above being the starting point, it appears it can be done.

See Also: Thread on QB45.com

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hackwrench hackwrench writes  |  more than 10 years ago I saw on slashdot "a flock of Ultra Kittens" which made me wonder what the word for a bunch of kittens actually is. So I did a google search and came up with this site and discovered that the name for a group of kittens is a Clowder.

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Stupid Windows Media Player Tricks

hackwrench hackwrench writes  |  more than 11 years ago I just discovered that if you start an audio file playing in Windows Media Player, pause it then start an audio file playing in another program. then move a window in front of windows media player the visualization will step through its routine. It appears to do it even without another audio file playing, just having a window move in front of it.

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Overrated?

hackwrench hackwrench writes  |  more than 11 years ago I've just had a few of my posts moderated "Overrated" at 1. It doesn't make sense to me. Perhaps Overrated should be disabled at 1. Furthermore, it seems a good idea for me that Underrated should be disabled as Over- or Underrated moderation can't be can't Meta-Moderate. It's possible that someone is trying to skirt the system.

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Anime On TechTV

hackwrench hackwrench writes  |  more than 11 years ago If the commercials are anything to go by,'Serial Experiments: Lain' is part of an anime line-up to be shown on TechTV. On 'The Screensavers' someone mentioned that it will start showing Dec 30. Can anyone pick out the other anime shows from the commercial?

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Using Palladium to promote P2P

hackwrench hackwrench writes  |  more than 11 years ago How can Palladium be used to support P2P? IF there was a P2P stystem that made it harder for users of P2P clients to remove the download from the P2P clients scope then availability would increase, it would be harder to choose a specific user to target, and people might be encouraged to buy something instead of downloading it if they knew they had to share. What are your ideas on this sort of network and the use of Palladium to enforce it?

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Slashdot needs a better help system

hackwrench hackwrench writes  |  more than 12 years ago So how am I supposed to get to the list of friends. Right now, I'm going to journals clicking on the one 'friend' that that has a journal, clicking on the little jewel thing, move the setting to friend, then clicking the button, then I get a list of all the friends... It says the friends are public... er, not private. How do I access other people's friends lists? I have enough trouble accessing my own...There's problably other stuff I'm missing.

[Update]
Typing my/friends works better than the above... and I noticed the buttons next to those set as my friends allws me sto see those set as their friends.

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The new Slashdot moderation system and Trolls

hackwrench hackwrench writes  |  more than 12 years ago The new slashdot moderation system and the complaints by Trollers reminded me of this thought that occured to me: that there should be a second set of mod points, more widely available, for handling the 0/-1 barrier. I view at 0 and oftentimes there are posts at -1 that I want to see. Since I am viewing at 0 and -1 is the lowest moderation value and the correlation to the lowest moderation value would be posts no one would want to see, it makes sense to me that if I want to see it, it should be moderated up to 0, and if I don't want to see it at 0, it should most likely be moderated at -1. The very nature of this boundary is such that it should be given a completely different set of points, to save regular mod points for modding comments up for being exceptional and down for not being as exceptinal as people first thought. At the same time, it occurs to me that the people who habitually view at a given level are the ones best equipped to decide whether a post belongs at their level or below it so perhaps a routine should be written to detect who has been viewing at a habitual level and let them moderate towards their level or down from that level. This next idea may be already implemented, but some trolls are repeated, so perhaps posts should be matched to a hash of a troll post, or checked for asdf-like repeats. How about a troll signature file, much like a virus signature? How about an option to allow users to remove the post button the first time around...sometimes I mean to add something to a post, that I would catch but accidently or overconfidently hit post. Oh, and I want to modify down tt, because it is used a lot in page widening posts. Also, I'd like the option to have 'No Score +1 Bonus' to be automatically checked. It's also likely that some people have accidently posted at 2 meaning to post at one but forgot to check that box, then got moderated down because of it.

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