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Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3793
Views: 150090

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

TBH I consider Subway to be a food of last resort. Below McD's, even.
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Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Instagram reveals passwords in plaintext when using 'Download Your Data'
Replies: 16
Views: 502

Re: Instagram reveals passwords in plaintext when using 'Download Your Data'

In this case the password is in the URI so it doesn't even have to decrypt the actual site traffic. The URI's still get transmitted clear text because the proxy/firewall/DNS/router/etc. has to know where the request is going to in order to return it. AFAIK, only the DNS lookup (host name) is done i...
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3793
Views: 150090

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Interesting. My closest one is apparently an Ace Hardware that is listed as an "Authorized Radio Shack Dealer". "I'm not dead yet!" I still have (and use) my old Radio Shack soldering irons, and other random tools and test equipment. Same, but they're all a long-ass ways away. A...
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How to remove a heatsink secured with over-torqued screws?
Replies: 17
Views: 652

Re: How to remove a heatsink secured with over-torqued screws?

Those are high quality screws with fine-pitch threads, torqued into another high-quality machined assembly, secured against the direction of spindle rotation, and supporting a nearly vibration-free balanced assembly. They won't work lose under those conditions. Also, the platter assembly is hermeti...
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3793
Views: 150090

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I guess as long as people remember the name, whoever owns the rights can keep trying to extract some value out of it. Gotta wonder how many times Sears will be zombi’fied after they finally go. Hey, in a day where Swiss Colony (yes, that purveyor of gross catalog cheese and "meat" product...
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How to remove a heatsink secured with over-torqued screws?
Replies: 17
Views: 652

Re: How to remove a heatsink secured with over-torqued screws?

olegtf wrote:
...probably one of the thread-locking liquids being used to prevent disassembly,

On a mobile device, it's generally not to prevent disassembly, it's to prevent the screws from working loose as the device gets banged around, dropped, etc.
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Comcast AP and WiFi calling
Replies: 38
Views: 974

Re: Comcast AP and WiFi calling

If FiOS was available here I'd have it.

Yes, the frequent modem reboots are annoying.

Both Comcast techs I've dealt with (for issues other than the WiFi instability, I have not bothered to call about that) have been decent though; I guess I got lucky?
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Instagram reveals passwords in plaintext when using 'Download Your Data'
Replies: 16
Views: 502

Re: Instagram reveals passwords in plaintext when using 'Download Your Data'

I wish personal devices were allowed where I work. I can't even wear my fitness watch because it has Bluetooth. :lol: I mean, I understand why, but it makes it no less annoying. Yup... high-security environments are a PITA, and not just because personal devices aren't allowed. Lots of other securit...
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3793
Views: 150090

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Interesting. My closest one is apparently an Ace Hardware that is listed as an "Authorized Radio Shack Dealer".

"I'm not dead yet!"

I still have (and use) my old Radio Shack soldering irons, and other random tools and test equipment.
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Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Hot to determine shutter count
Replies: 10
Views: 314

Re: Hot to determine shutter count

Why do people care about shutter count? Is there something that wears out fast enough to be a concern? I'm genuinely curious here, as I don't know much about DSLRs.
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Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Instagram reveals passwords in plaintext when using 'Download Your Data'
Replies: 16
Views: 502

Re: Instagram reveals passwords in plaintext when using 'Download Your Data'

Not just a server access log at Instagram, but if it's accessed on a corporate network then it's very likely stored in the company's firewall and/or proxy logs, too. Yup, if you've got an employer who uses a proxy that effectively does a "man in the middle" attack on all HTTPS connections...
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Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Instagram reveals passwords in plaintext when using 'Download Your Data'
Replies: 16
Views: 502

Re: Instagram reveals passwords in plaintext when using 'Download Your Data'

Should also be noted that assuming this was HTTPS, aside from the DNS lookup the rest of the URL was encrypted "on the wire"... so there's that, as a potential mitigating factor. OTOH, the plaintext password probably got saved in a server access log at Instagram, since it was part of the r...
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Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Instagram reveals passwords in plaintext when using 'Download Your Data'
Replies: 16
Views: 502

Re: Instagram reveals passwords in plaintext when using 'Download Your Data'

If they even have a security team... stuff like this makes you wonder.
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Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Instagram reveals passwords in plaintext when using 'Download Your Data'
Replies: 16
Views: 502

Re: Instagram reveals passwords in plaintext when using 'Download Your Data'

Waco wrote:
Wow. No matter how it happened, whomever wrote that code should be ashamed.

No argument there. Incorporating a plaintext password into a URL is an epic fail. The only remaining question is regarding the degree of epic-ness. (I.e. is the plaintext password stored permanently anywhere...)
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Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3793
Views: 150090

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Random observation: The Audacious music player (for Linux) uses a lot of CPU time if you force it to do sample rate conversion. Tried routing it directly into the JACK audio stack (48kHz sample rate) instead of through Pulseaudio (44.1kHz), and it chews up about 25% of a core (on an FX-8350) when pl...
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Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Symbolic Links
Replies: 15
Views: 194

Re: Symbolic Links

Sounds like either you're creating the link in the wrong direction, or the Netflix app is ignoring the link. Probably the latter.
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Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Instagram reveals passwords in plaintext when using 'Download Your Data'
Replies: 16
Views: 502

Re: Instagram reveals passwords in plaintext when using 'Download Your Data'

Most developers are incompetent, especially when it comes to multi-threaded code or security. This is one of my big takeaways from over 3 decades in tech. The "move fast and break things" ethos that seems to be prevalent now doesn't help either.
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Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Instagram reveals passwords in plaintext when using 'Download Your Data'
Replies: 16
Views: 502

Re: Instagram reveals passwords in plaintext when using 'Download Your Data'

I'm guessing it was a URL generated locally by JavaScript running in the browser. At least, I sure hope so... if not, then this is even more egregious.
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Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Symbolic Links
Replies: 15
Views: 194

Re: Symbolic Links

Try un-doing what you already did, and follow the instructions at the link I posted.
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Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Symbolic Links
Replies: 15
Views: 194

Re: Symbolic Links

Yeah with a link, the files are still going to LOOK like they are showing up in both places, since one location is just an alias for the other. So unless disk space is clearly being consumed on both drives when the downloads happen, this is perfectly normal. But he's also looking at a way to redirec...
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Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Symbolic Links
Replies: 15
Views: 194

Re: Symbolic Links

I'm confused about what you did. Did you manually copy the files over, delete the originals, then create the link? Or you created the link, but new files are showing up in the old location? Or something else? This post may be helpful: https://www.reddit.com/r/netflix/comments/8i40ek/how_to_change_th...
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Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3793
Views: 150090

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I am also thankful that Slack lets you mute individual channels so you don't get a continuous stream of notifications when a discussion goes into the weeds.
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Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Tariff price concerns
Replies: 6
Views: 352

Re: Tariff price concerns

Very little electronics is manufactured domestically. Even if you do manage to find something made here, it will in all likelihood contain at least some imported parts, so tariffs will still cause prices to rise. Furthermore, if Chinese imports go up in price, sellers of equivalent non-Chinese goods...
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Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Help me finalize my new build
Replies: 9
Views: 444

Re: Help me finalize my new build

I'm an Asus mobo buyer/user, primarily, but I don't like the TUF series. They cheap out on the NIC and audio, and sometimes ports. I like to start at the Prime/Pro line, and work up to the first ROG level, if necessary. Yes, big fan of Asus Pro series here too. My M5A99FX Pro R2.0 has been flawless...
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Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4037
Views: 573902

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

@derFunk - Speaking of Malmsteen, I'm a fan of his former bandmates the Johansson brothers (Jens and Anders). Some Johansson brothers obscurities I've enjoyed over the years -- From one of the Johansson brothers' projects ( Sonic Winter ), with Malmsteen guesting on guitar: https://www.youtube.com/w...
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Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Modern Macbooks...really worth it?
Replies: 68
Views: 1249

Re: Modern Macbooks...really worth it?

Uhh... what? USB can keep up with Gb Ethernet these days. Are you using an antique USB 2.0 adapter or something? That's what there is, still. ... Non-Apple options are a PITA to deal with. News to me. I've used several different random USB 3.0 gigabit NICs (purchased on Amazon) with my work MBP ove...
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Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4037
Views: 573902

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Figured the Hackett comment would get Captain Ned to post something. :lol:
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Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4037
Views: 573902

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Holdsworth is on record as wanting to get a more saxophone-like sound out of his guitar, so that makes sense. I've also read that he employed tapping a lot less than is commonly assumed... I didn't get to see him play live (and close-up) enough, or watched enough videos to confirm/refute, but a lot...
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Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4037
Views: 573902

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

derFunkenstein wrote:
edit: for those who don't know what I'm talking about, check the 3:45 mark here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvKqxNea9iA

Yup, just frikkin' insane.
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Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4037
Views: 573902

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

A lot of people also got turned off by his (numerous) SynthAxe experiments... TBH I find his SynthAxe stuff fascinating too, in its own way; but he was definitely at his best on guitar. For sure. I'm one of those who wasn't as into the SynthAxe stuff. The thing he and Eddie have in common is tappin...