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Signed On Nov 26, 2003, 02:14
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News Comments > EA Account Details Leaked
8. Re: EA Account Details Leaked Oct 16, 2015, 22:51 wtf_man
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Oct 16, 2015, 22:32:
Well you're missing out on the best thing with Origin, their amazing customer support.

Somehow... I think I will survive without EA's wonderful "customer support".
 
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News Comments > EA Account Details Leaked
3. Re: EA Account Details Leaked Oct 16, 2015, 20:50 wtf_man
 
Or never make an Origin account like me.  
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News Comments > Half-Life 2: Episode Three Sets Dubious Record; HL3 Clue in Dota 2?
10. Re: Half-Life 2: Episode Three Sets Dubious Record; HL3 Clue in Dota 2? Oct 12, 2015, 11:09 wtf_man
 
nin wrote on Oct 12, 2015, 09:18:
I didn't think either the the episodes were that impressive, compared to HL2. Can they just pretend those didn't happen and move on? Or if they don't want to do it, or can't come up with anything, let someone else pitch the product for them.

I didn't think Half-Life 2 was all that impressive compared to HL1.

I've never played the episodes, either.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Ship Explosion Trailer
57. Re: Star Citizen Ship Explosion Trailer Oct 9, 2015, 15:15 wtf_man
 
God dammit! I wanna see flying / floating crew bodies with their mellon's decompressing!  
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News Comments > No SC Retraction from The Escapist
20. Re: No SC Retraction from The Escapist Oct 6, 2015, 11:02 wtf_man
 
WTF is "ledalgation"?  
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News Comments > CIG Demands Escapist Retraction; Threatens Lawsuit
73. Re: CIG Demands Escapist Retraction; Threatens Lawsuit Oct 5, 2015, 13:19 wtf_man
 
So, I'm guessing that The Escapist is no longer invited to tour the CIG Studios?  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
7. Re: Morning Safety Dance Sep 30, 2015, 22:10 wtf_man
 
Tom wrote on Sep 30, 2015, 19:31:
Uh huh. All you have to do in ABP is uncheck the box that says "Allow some non-intrusive advertising". I guess this is beyond a lot of people though.

True, however it is the principle of the situation.

Besides, ublock does more than just ads, and has more stock lists to choose from... Or at least a better way to access them.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
1. Re: Morning Safety Dance Sep 30, 2015, 09:38 wtf_man
 
Glad I switched to uBlock Origin.  
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
4. Re: Evening Safety Dance Sep 28, 2015, 21:14 wtf_man
 
Forget the BS "privacy utilities" out there. This is how you REALLY clean up Windows 10:

Completely eradicate Telemetry, Defender, One drive, Cortana (and other things).

Basically... uninstall packages that you can't normally uninstall.... with DISM for makeing an image or install_wim_tweak for current running OS.

Works great!
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 16, 2015, 14:59 wtf_man
 
Developers! Developers! Developers!

*crickets*

 
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
19. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Aug 30, 2015, 13:32 wtf_man
 
Cpmartins wrote on Aug 30, 2015, 12:20:
The only fact you need for not installing windows 10 is that microsoft isn't a charity. Everything you need to know about windows 10 can be derived from that statement.

Very true.

Bard wrote on Aug 30, 2015, 12:13:
IT security professionals know that these 'features' are simply more hooks for surveillance, which will be used on everyone.

Also very true.

Krowen wrote on Aug 29, 2015, 23:29:
Don't ask me to care about people who can't be bothered to simply read some text either. They were already going to hop on instagram or facebook and share all of that info willingly. People have been idiots about privacy since the dawn of the internet and they will continue to be no matter what. If Edward Snowden's revelations couldn't make people care then nothing can.

Very true as well.

Look, I'm not saying don't install 10. I'm saying that those of us that care about our privacy have a ton of work to do to make sure the crap we don't want is off or blocked. The same goes for my phone. I don't Facebook, twitter, or social network on any level because I'm not willing to give up my privacy, nor do I want to "publish my life". I only post on a handful of forums (3.. and one I privately own among friends... no public access). I take extreme extra measures to make sure marketers can't track me (as best as I possibly can).

That said... what pisses me off about all this shit is that it's all "opt out" and even then, sometimes you can't opt out.

An OS is a NECESSITY. Facebook is not. I turn all the shit off in 10 and cortana still tries to phone home to MS as soon as I click the start menu icon... and I have to block it at a software or perimeter firewall level. There's something definitely wrong with that.

/shrug
 
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
1. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Aug 29, 2015, 14:49 wtf_man
 
Well... if they are doing that with family accounts... that's pretty much a good example of why NOT to make a live account for the OS... your "dossier" will go straight to the NSA and marketers, do not pass go, do not collect $200.

 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
26. Re: Evening Safety Dance Aug 28, 2015, 15:04 wtf_man
 
Simon Says wrote on Aug 28, 2015, 14:49:
Seems like this "fix" doesn't cover everything. Disable everything in win 10's privacy settings, then download shutup10 and disable what you want in there too. And if you're still feeling twitchy and paranoid about it, then block every IP that Horrorscope suggested in a previous comment on this post.

The only way to be sure any of these quick GUI "solutions" completely work is to monitor with wireshark or content filter and firewall logs.

It's also the only way to find out if you aren't trading one vendor's spyware for another.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
10. Re: etc., etc. Aug 21, 2015, 09:35 wtf_man
 
It's another Ewe Boll film.

WTF do you expect?

One of these days... there's is going to be a show like Mystery Science Theater 3000, that's going to do adlibs on Ewe Boll movies.

THEN they might be good.
 
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News Comments > Duke Nukem Lawsuits Settled
21. Re: Duke Nukem Lawsuits Settled Aug 19, 2015, 15:24 wtf_man
 
mystery8 wrote on Aug 19, 2015, 14:18:
PHJF wrote on Aug 19, 2015, 10:19:
You realize nobody actually said that and it is just Blue making a joke?

Well yes, but I can see that actually happen, given the parties involved

Ditto.

Just like the battle between Interplay and Zenimax over Fallout Licensing. 3D Realms and Interplay both got to keep the old shit... but can't make anything new (Interplay was trying to make that FallOut MMO)
 
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News Comments > Duke Nukem Lawsuits Settled
3. Re: Duke Nukem Lawsuits Settled Aug 19, 2015, 09:59 wtf_man
 
3D Realms saying they didn't realize they weren't entitled to license an IP after selling it off

Inquisitive Wtf
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 13, 2015, 21:35 wtf_man
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 13, 2015, 20:01:
From what I understand Ars Technica overlooked a huge part of the spying though, which triggers once your PC goes into idle. (no user action for X minutes) and does NOT trigger when you have wireshark capturing data (since that ain't exactly idle anything, Wireshark has a huge footprint). This idle period is when it sends the most "mysterious" data, encrypted, but surely not just cat pictures, to the domain I posted amongst others. Quick whois revealed who owns it. Do you want anything and everything on your PC sent to an Anti-Piracy/DRM outfit?

Proving anything would be nice though, currently and I freely admit, this is speculations, one can see the connection, but one can not prove what exactly is sent, you'd have to crack the encryption first and trick the idle services to trigger even when capturing (so you have to do it outside the box, by running W10 in a VM) and wireshark outside the VM

Actually one can.
Enterprise NG Firewalls with web content filtering that requires a custom certificate installed on the endpoint so the device can do a man in the middle attack to decrypt https traffic. These enterprise web filters and firewalls use this technique all the time for their company owned machines. It's the only way to stop malware that goes over https. It also stops folks from being able to use a proxy to bypass the content filter. Of course, Financial and Health categories are set not to be decrypted.

Anyway... one can set a machine up as a proxy, put wireshark on it, and use the same decryption technique.

I really don't care what the payload is, though. Theoretically... An easier method is to just have a NG firewall / web filter block everything from the Windows 10 IP, and look at all the denied traffic in the logs on where it's trying to go (better yet, import the logs into Splunk and get the pertinent data out in seconds)... then subsequently block all the domains / ips except windows updates.

/shrug
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
11. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 13, 2015, 17:51 wtf_man
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 13, 2015, 15:29:
John, do you have a blog or a newsletter. I just looked at the intro video for wireshark and that is something that I am not going to learn in this lifetime. I am interested in what you find. But then again all I have is W10 Pro on an unused laptop , so if Enterprise is necessary to turn off all the phone home stuff then I am out of luck. If I could pm you I would but alas, this ain't the hardforum.

I don't blog nor social network. I post on about 3 forums... this being one of them. I maintain as much privacy as I possibly can in this age of clandestine data mining... on all of my devices, including my phone. I have a very big tinfoil hat and I'm proud of it. Shit is way too Orwellian these days, for my tastes.

That said... I'm sure more articles, utilities, and documentation will become available as more obscure communications from this new OS is uncovered.

I would just wait a while before upgrading, if I were you. Armed with knowledge, as it becomes available, is your best way to fight this stuff.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 13, 2015, 15:05 wtf_man
 
So far, the Enterprise version is pretty much the only way to turn all the phone home shit off, and you still have to do it via local or group policy.

I haven't taken wireshark to it yet, to see if I got it all, though.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
1. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 7, 2015, 14:46 wtf_man
 
The Swindle Is Now Available For Xbox One

Huh? That's always been available for the 720p-900p xbone!
 
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