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by whm1974
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 38
Views: 944

Re: NIST password guidelines updated!

Redocbew wrote:
whm1974 wrote:
So if we wanted too we could LARP our way into places we don't belong by dressing right and having enough Charisma?


Catch me if you can...

I've seen that movie.
by whm1974
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 38
Views: 944

Re: NIST password guidelines updated!

Guards? In Vermont? I get my info from the dewy-eyed younv tellers wbo hav to be there before opening and are less resistant to an argument from authority attempt. Social engineering is mostly about outfit choice and body language. I can't count the number of times I had to get into a building, hig...
by whm1974
Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:48 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 38
Views: 944

Re: NIST password guidelines updated!

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 300 USB sticks randomly scattered around parking lots. 48% accessed, the first within 6 minutes of being dropped. https://www.elie.net/blog/security/concerns-about-usb-security-are-real-48-percent-of-people-do-plug-in-usb-drives-found-in-parking-lots Back wh...
by whm1974
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:00 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 38
Views: 944

Re: NIST password guidelines updated!

That still works? I would have thought that people would have wised up by now. Social engineering will always work as long as humans are involved. It's the rare bank exam where I DON"T have the punch-lock code to the entry door by the 3rd day of the exam. I just love writing it on a small stic...
by whm1974
Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 38
Views: 944

Re: NIST password guidelines updated!

NovusBogus wrote:
I guess that's a good thing.


...meanwhile, in the real world, black hats continue to bypass passwords altogether by calling customer service and asking nicely.

That still works? I would have thought that people would have wised up by now.
by whm1974
Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Console peasants....
Replies: 82
Views: 6144

Re: Console peasants....

derFunkenstein wrote:
You keep your filthy ape-ish hands off my NES. I got that thing in 1990 and it still works.

Are those worth some money now? If so I sure wish I kept mine.
by whm1974
Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX 1070 Pricing?
Replies: 3
Views: 201

Re: GTX 1070 Pricing?

Yep it's all due to the Mining craze going on.
by whm1974
Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Console peasants....
Replies: 82
Views: 6144

Re: Console peasants....

derFunkenstein wrote:
Because it's about the games? Also worth mentioning:

https://imgur.com/gallery/1ShQv

Looking at the NES system, I'm wondering if I can modify the case to fit a MiniITX board inside it? Or maybe a MiniSFX board at least? Turn it into a PC.
by whm1974
Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Threadripper HEDT System Build Idea
Replies: 17
Views: 785

Re: Threadripper HEDT System Build Idea

Think of this system as a stripped down proof of concept. It has no great purpose to serve beyond being powerful and fast. 16 GB of system memory is enough for a speed run. Or, to cache a DVD, Four sticks to fully enable 4-channel memory. I'm good with 16GB of working high speed system memory until...
by whm1974
Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 38
Views: 944

Re: NIST password guidelines updated!

So did they changed the recommending of changing your password every so often? I never did follow that, and most people just keep the same password and just add a number to the end of it. It is hard enough to come up with a good password that easy to remember but hard to guess.
by whm1974
Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Threadripper HEDT System Build Idea
Replies: 17
Views: 785

Re: Threadripper HEDT System Build Idea

DPete27 wrote:
BadSweetums wrote:
four 4GB PC 3200 memory sticks

That's a typo...right?

Yeah really. The OP should go for 8GB or 16GB memory sticks instead.
by whm1974
Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Threadripper HEDT System Build Idea
Replies: 17
Views: 785

Re: Threadripper HEDT System Build Idea

Looks like I was right, the 1900 is more suitable for most users then the the 1920X and 1950X due to the high number of PCIe lanes and Quad Channel memory. Actually it's the lowest price, which I believe is best for most of us. Well that too. I was just saying that 8c/16t would be enough for most p...
by whm1974
Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Threadripper HEDT System Build Idea
Replies: 17
Views: 785

Re: Threadripper HEDT System Build Idea

Looks like I was right, the 1900 is more suitable for most users then the the 1920X and 1950X due to the high number of PCIe lanes and Quad Channel memory.
by whm1974
Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR System Guide
Replies: 13
Views: 541

Re: TR System Guide

You've probably got a very specific set of requirements if Ryzen ThreadRipper 1900X meets your needs better than Ryzen 7 1800X or Ryzen ThreadRipper 1920X or even an EPYC 7000 series CPU does. Well the 60 PCIe lanes and quad channel memory features does come to mind. Threadripper 1900: when you nee...
by whm1974
Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: How to Delete Cookies Automatically at Browser Exit?
Replies: 24
Views: 1782

Re: How to Delete Cookies Automatically at Browser Exit?

I'm playing around with NoScript and what is nice about it, is I can allow or disallow JavaScript on the fly for web sites without having to dig through about:config in FireFox.
by whm1974
Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR System Guide
Replies: 13
Views: 541

Re: TR System Guide

So when is the next System Guide? Not that I'm in a hurry to build a new rig, but I do enjoy read it.
by whm1974
Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How to Delete Cookies Automatically at Browser Exit?
Replies: 24
Views: 1782

Re: How to Delete Cookies Automatically at Browser Exit?

Anyway I installed the NoScript addon for Firefox. That might work better instead of just disabling JavaScript.
by whm1974
Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How to Delete Cookies Automatically at Browser Exit?
Replies: 24
Views: 1782

Re: How to Delete Cookies Automatically at Browser Exit?

Redocbew wrote:
Not really. Malicious code that happens to be written in JavaScript is just one possible attack vector of many, and(very) many sites simply won't function properly without it.

Yeah I'm starting to find that out.
by whm1974
Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How to Delete Cookies Automatically at Browser Exit?
Replies: 24
Views: 1782

Re: How to Delete Cookies Automatically at Browser Exit?

Pardon me if this is considered to be hijacking this thread, but what happens when you disable JavaScript? I just did and I'm going surf the net with it disabled as an experiment for about a week. Back in the early days when websites begin using JavaScript I had to sometimes disable it in order for ...
by whm1974
Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR System Guide
Replies: 13
Views: 541

Re: TR System Guide

I expect that there are a small and shrinking set of niche applications for which the low-end 8-core CPUs of the SHED have an advantage over top processors from more maintream platforms. You've probably got a very specific set of requirements if Ryzen ThreadRipper 1900X meets your needs better than...
by whm1974
Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR System Guide
Replies: 13
Views: 541

Re: TR System Guide

I think we'll have to wait for the $549 Threadripper to see it in an HEDT recommendation, and even then, maybe. Personally I'm in love with both PCIe and single-threaded performance with at least 4 cores, so HEDT is really not quite for me as a PC. Now as a VM host, I'm keeping an eager eye out for...
by whm1974
Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR System Guide
Replies: 13
Views: 541

Re: TR System Guide

I'm sure The Tech Report staff can find a place somewhere in the next System Guide for a Threadripper build.
by whm1974
Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How to Delete Cookies Automatically at Browser Exit?
Replies: 24
Views: 1782

Re: How to Delete Cookies Automatically at Browser Exit?

Surely there are ways we can protect our privacy to some degree without going that far. Or at least don't make easy for others to violate it. As much as I don't like the answer, the fact remains that since 99+% of humanity seems not to care, we're stuck with the current data-hoovering ecosystem we ...
by whm1974
Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How to Delete Cookies Automatically at Browser Exit?
Replies: 24
Views: 1782

Re: How to Delete Cookies Automatically at Browser Exit?

So what other ways can way protect our privacy? I'm not expecting 100%, but every little bit helps. Cancel your internet and cell service. Cut up your credit/debit cards. Live in a tent out in the middle of the woods, and eat only what you can catch, gather, or grow with your own hands. It's the on...
by whm1974
Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How to Delete Cookies Automatically at Browser Exit?
Replies: 24
Views: 1782

Re: How to Delete Cookies Automatically at Browser Exit?

So what other ways can way protect our privacy? I'm not expecting 100%, but every little bit helps.
by whm1974
Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 92
Views: 4669

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

southrncomfortjm wrote:
Well so much for that crash. BTC is now up to about $3560 (almost doubling in a few weeks) while Eth is sitting at $300.

Good gods, I thought there was light at the end of tunnel... :o
by whm1974
Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: How to Delete Cookies Automatically at Browser Exit?
Replies: 24
Views: 1782

Re: How to Delete Cookies Automatically at Browser Exit?

It is a lot easier to just use Private/Incognito mode if you're visiting sites you don't want to save cookies from. Dumping all of your cookies every time you exit the browser is going to make many sites less convenient to use. I suppose if you're paranoid about web tracking, it makes some sense to...
by whm1974
Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup
Replies: 53
Views: 1737

Re: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup

For my current use case it makes no sense. If I start doing some consulting on the side again, it might. Having something that can make quick work of large compilation jobs can be quite the productivity booster. Yeah I think it's a little strange that AMD is calling this a consumer product when the...
by whm1974
Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup
Replies: 53
Views: 1737

Re: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup

For my current use case it makes no sense. If I start doing some consulting on the side again, it might. Having something that can make quick work of large compilation jobs can be quite the productivity booster. Yeah I think it's a little strange that AMD is calling this a consumer product when the...
by whm1974
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup
Replies: 53
Views: 1737

Re: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup

OK who's here is going to buy or build a Threadripper system? And what are you going to use 16c/32t and 60 PCIe lanes for?