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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 6, 2015, 09:35 wtf_man
 
Microsoft releases Windows DVD Player for Windows 10 -- free for some, but not for others.

Windows N + VLC.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
13. Re: Evening Interviews Aug 5, 2015, 20:26 wtf_man
 
Creston wrote on Aug 5, 2015, 17:49:
I'm pretty confident that [none of the backers want] some small limited scope game.

I am pretty confident that a fairly large contingent of your backers want just a reboot of Wing Commander / Privateer. You know, the thing you originally promised them.

+1
 
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News Comments > Star Wars Battlefront Trailer
16. Re: Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Aug 5, 2015, 15:29 wtf_man
 
Too bad I won't buy an EA game.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
47. Re: I had privacy once... Aug 5, 2015, 09:39 wtf_man
 
NewMaxx wrote on Aug 4, 2015, 23:13:
Some of you guys crack me up.

We want our privacy! Sure, but you'll get shittier services in return.

A lot of us don't WANT the services, though.
Just a platform to launch our locally run applications. No cloud, no social networking, no anything else.

So, yes, we have a right to bitch about privacy when unwanted "services" are bundled into the platform with no choice to completely opt out. Obviously running something like Linux isn't an option either, since that doesn't run our software investment.

So, either sticking with an old OS that will go end of life and eventually be a security nightmare... or hacking out the crap in the new OS and bitching about the lack of choice of what is bundled in / privacy concerns... are the only two viable options.

As far as that being backwards thinking... something being rammed down your throat is never pleasant... therefore there is resistance to your interpretation of so-called "progress" will always be apparent. Deal with it.

Since I do have an extensive security background, if anyone here is being Naive, it's you.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
14. Re: Morning Safety Dance Aug 4, 2015, 13:11 wtf_man
 
HorrorScope wrote on Aug 4, 2015, 10:40:
I wonder what the enterprise versions does here?

Enterprise has most of the crap turned off by default. There's still stuff to turn off / lock down.... but it's nowhere near as bad as Home and Pro.

If you want totally clean out of the box... you will probably need to get a Server version, install the "Server GUI Shell" (Yes it's a separate install now... core is the default), but don't install "Desktop Experience".
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
21. Re: Sunday Metaverse Aug 3, 2015, 13:01 wtf_man
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Aug 2, 2015, 22:03:
Now all those people complaining about privacy concerns raise your hands since you likely use a iphone and it does the same thing.

My iphone is jailbroken and runs firewall ip. Pretty much nothing is transmitted without my permission, other than the typical carrier crap that would be on a dumb phone too.

Are these measures fullproof?

Nope.

But I'll minimize my footprint and make it as difficult as possible for marketers to track me.

This marketing spy shit should be illegal to begin with. They're WORSE than the NSA.

/shrug
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
9. Re: Sunday Metaverse Aug 2, 2015, 15:15 wtf_man
 
Silicon Avatar wrote on Aug 2, 2015, 15:02:
OneDrive is a legitimate cloud backup service that a lot of people should actually use.

I don't want any of my data on someone else's servers. I have a little NAS at home that I back up important info to. Granted, I also have an Enterprise NG firewall too... so I won't suffer the typical home router attacks.

That said... Everything I posted is optional... If you want one drive, or cortana... skip the steps that disable them.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
5. Re: Sunday Metaverse Aug 2, 2015, 14:08 wtf_man
 
Rid yourself of Windows 10 metro annoyances and Spyware:

Phase 1, The Obvious:
Don't sign in with a microsoft account. Better yet... don't even create one. When installing, keep the network adapter unplugged or turn off your wifi. this will allow you to make a local account. If you already created a microsoft account... go into settings and accounts... create a local account then delete the microsoft one after you login with the local account.
If you are going to use IE, set it not to search bing, store form completion / passwords, suggest shit in the address bar, etc. etc.

Go into settings and privacy. Turn EVERYTHING off.
Go in your system tray and turn off One Drive.
Go in the Search on the task bar and click the gear... turn off Cortana.

Phase 2, Uninstall ALL the Bundled Metro Apps:
Open Powershell as Administrator... type powershell in the task bar search and right-click the top entry, select run as administrator.

Type:
Get-AppXProvisionedPackage -online | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online

After that runs, Type:
Get-AppXPackage | Remove-AppxPackage

Then for extra measure:
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage

Don't worry about the errors in Red... those are core components that can't be uninstalled

Phase 3, Lock Settings Down via Policy:
Right-Click Start Menu and choose run
Type: MMC
File -> Add/Remove Snapin
Choose Group Policy Object Editor -> ADD -> Local Machine -> OK
Expand Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components ->

OneDrive: Prevent the Usage of One Drive - Enabled
Search: Allow Cortana - Disabled
. Allow Cortana and Search to use Location - Disabled
. Don't Search the Web or display web results in Search - Enabled
. Don't Search the Web or display web results in Search over metered connections - Enabled

(Optional) Go down to Windows Calendar and disable if you wish... same for anything else like Mail.

Close the snap-in and reboot.
Right-click search task bar and set search to hidden (It's busted at this point, but search still works in the explorer)

Enjoy your spyware-free Windows 10!

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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
10. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 31, 2015, 08:52 wtf_man
 
Well... The store and a few other things are probably still there, but hidden / off by default.

There is no browser until you manually search "Internet Explorer" by the start button and manually pin it.

If you try to turn on Cortana... It says it is unavailable for this version.

I'll search for some other things like the store when I get to work today. I'll probably disable them in policy anyway.... but that's beside the point that Enterprise N gives you a fairly clean slate to work with. Typical stuff is still there like accessories, notepad, snipping tool, etc.

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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
8. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 31, 2015, 00:42 wtf_man
 
Enterprise N

No store, no metro apps other than search and feedback, no cortana, search is local to machine only.... And of course no media player.

I don't know about Home N or Pro N.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
5. Re: Evening Mobilization Jul 30, 2015, 19:33 wtf_man
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 30, 2015, 18:45:
5 Reasons I Lost $9,000 On An iPhone Game.

Here's the TL;DR version.
1. I'm an idiot.
2. I'm an idiot.
3. I'm an idiot.
4. I'm an idiot.
5. I'm a stupid idiot.

I was going to post something similar! LOL
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 30, 2015, 19:28 wtf_man
 
Well... since I'm in the US... I would say it's not region locked.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 30, 2015, 15:04 wtf_man
 
Just downloaded Windows 10 Enterprise "N" from my work's MSDN account.

WOW! No Crap Apps!!! Only had to disable One Drive, and go through the standard turn off in the settings / privacy area!

That's the way to go!

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
4. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 29, 2015, 09:16 wtf_man
 
Six of the Coolest Things the Xbox App on Windows 10 Can Do for You.

1. Datamine you and be used for Microsoft's internal Marketing Team.
2. Datamine you and be sold to external marketing for targeted advertising.
3. Datamine you so your personal info can be hacked by criminals.
4. Datamine you so your info can be freely accessed by the NSA and other government agencies.
5. ...
6. ...

Oh wait... that's not just the xBox app... that's a majority of Windows 10's "software as a service".

Make sure you uninstall and disable all of that crap!
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 27, 2015, 15:37 wtf_man
 
Is there any input lag on XIM4?

I mean you're hooking a mouse and keyboard to a translation device... where as this thing in the link looks like a purpose built direct controller with some keys and a mouse instead, and doesn't appear to need any game profiles.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
1. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 27, 2015, 09:57 wtf_man
 
PS4 gains a streamlined keyboard and mouse

Hmmm... I might get that instead of a Xim4.

 
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News Comments > Bombshell Trailer
12. Re: Bombshell Trailer Jul 24, 2015, 15:15 wtf_man
 
InBlack wrote on Jul 24, 2015, 09:13:
Well, that looks kind of ..... meh?

I didn't even know that 3d Realms still existed. How is that even possible?

3D Realms was purchased by the same investment company that owns Interceptor Entertainment (Rise of the Triad Remake). Miller and Broussard no longer own it.

3D Realms is now only a publishing arm, and Interceptor is the official development studio.

Bombshell was supposed to be the New Duke game, but Gearbox sued and settled with them... so it's been altered. Also, it looks like the investment company wants them concentrating on console and mobile versions instead of the PC.

It doesn't look bad... but I would prefer 1st person for a game like this. If it's not going to be on the PC, then who cares?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
55. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 24, 2015, 09:28 wtf_man
 
yuastnav wrote on Jul 24, 2015, 04:47:
Hmm, didn't know about Random Agent Spoofer. Will check that out.

Personally I use ABP, Cookie monster, RequestPolicy, NoScript, Ghostery, BetterPrivacy and Privacy Badger Firefox, although some of these have the same or a similar function.

I wouldn't run too many of those privacy extensions at once. I get that you want full coverage, but there is a point where the redundancy is so much, that all you are doing is slowing down your browser.

As for Random Agent Spoofer... if you randomize the ip in the headers... make sure you whitelist places you logon to on the whitelist tab... example:

{"url":"domainyouwish.com","options":["xff","via","ifnonematch"]}

That way you will still be able to login, while the rest of the spoofing will still apply.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
47. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 23, 2015, 22:55 wtf_man
 
I've said before that I'd be happy to donate.

From Blues FAQ:

What do you do for a living? How does that work?
You're looking at it, I'm not sure if that makes me a journalist, or a professional webmaster, but it does make me one of the luckiest guys in the world. I have to thank all of you for the support that's made this possible. How that works is advertising (period). The only income for this site is from ad banners aside from what little we take in from selling t-shirts.

I can't even find where to buy T-shirts.

It's time for Blue to put up a Pay-Pal donation link, IMO... because unfortunately, turning off all of my security and privacy measures is not an option.

I'm sure a bunch of us regulars would gladly donate.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
20. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 23, 2015, 12:35 wtf_man
 
NegaDeath wrote on Jul 23, 2015, 11:55:
Sites that don't use a million privacy violating trackers and respect your time I'll leave the blocker off (like Blues). Sites that don't respect you get blocked. Sites that break when I block them don't get visited. That simple.

Turning everything off... including the web filter in my firewall (which also blocks ads)...

Acuity Ads
Advertising.com
AppNexus
BidSwitch
Casale Media
Chango
Dotomi
Doubleclick
Facebook Connect
Google Analytics
Google+ Platform
Media Optimizer (Adobe)
Media Math
MyThings
Optimax Media Delivery
Pubmatic
Quantcast
Rocket Fuel
Switch Concepts
Trade Desk

Every one of those items are tracking you. Granted... most of this appears to be coming through quantserve and switchadhub, but that's 20-ish trackers just on this site.

... and this one is mild compared to most.
 
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