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Old 11-09-10, 06:17 PM
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If I admit I want this, do I win the geek thread?

If I admit to having purchased this and that I am in the process of building it, I think it may well trump your potential geekdom!






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Originally Posted by mattm
Yep sounds like malware/adware.

I'd start here: https://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/ (downlnoad the Essentials and whatever else you can)

Another thing that might help is staying away from questionable websites. j/k =]
Thanks, I did that and it worked.

I am just curious why my other malware/spyware/virus software did not detect the stupid thing.

Questionable sites? You mean like BF?? Curiously the site that I was trying to search for was the weight weenie site and the stupid virus sent me elsewhere.
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Originally Posted by datlas
Thanks, I did that and it worked.

I am just curious why my other malware/spyware/virus software did not detect the stupid thing.

Questionable sites? You mean like BF?? Curiously the site that I was trying to search for was the weight weenie site and the stupid virus sent me elsewhere.
He means like the pronz sites
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Originally Posted by datlas
Thanks, I did that and it worked.

I am just curious why my other malware/spyware/virus software did not detect the stupid thing.
Could be just a matter of the other ones not being up-to-date on signatures of the badware. The free non-MS stuff works for some stuff, but probably not updated as frequently. That or there are even some "free malware cleaner" apps that are actually malware themselves; so be careful which free apps you use..

Questionable sites? You mean like BF?? Curiously the site that I was trying to search for was the weight weenie site and the stupid virus sent me elsewhere.
Porn & lyrics sites come to mind. It was more of a joke though.. =]
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Originally Posted by wens
He means like the pronz sites
I wouldn't know about such stuff.

Plausible deniability.
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It doesn't have to be pron or cracked software sites.

I got infected by doing a google search on somebody that died that day and clicking on a "bio" link. I found out later that folks launching new malware like to get up sites quickly that are "in the news". Google finds them and they are high in the search (maybe they are paying for this to Google?), but Google hasn't gotten them on the "possible bad site" list as of yet. And the malware is new, so it isn't in the list that your "protection" is looking for.

It really sucks.
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Originally Posted by mollusk
It doesn't have to be pron or cracked software sites.

I got infected by doing a google search on somebody that died that day and clicking on a "bio" link. I found out later that folks launching new malware like to get up sites quickly that are "in the news". Google finds them and they are high in the search (maybe they are paying for this to Google?), but Google hasn't gotten them on the "possible bad site" list as of yet. And the malware is new, so it isn't in the list that your "protection" is looking for.


It really sucks.
Well I don't want to be a conspiracy theorist but it did occur to me that google may be either allowing this to happen in exchange for $$$ or looking the other way....but in any case it's really annoying and I am glad that for now the problem is solved.
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Need to be able to make it private and have to give access to users before they're allowed to view content.
Require user accounts and logins for access and you're good to go. Wordpress has a good permissions scheme, too (Admin, Editor, Author, Subscriber, etc).
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Originally Posted by datlas
Well I don't want to be a conspiracy theorist but it did occur to me that google may be either allowing this to happen in exchange for $$$ or looking the other way....but in any case it's really annoying and I am glad that for now the problem is solved.
Google doesn't accept $$$ from anyone for search results placement, excepting huge sites like Facebook/Twitter.

They try to scan for malware (their Website Admin management page tells you if your site has Malware on it) - so my guess is it's just that they don't detect the malware in this case, as mollusk said.
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Originally Posted by umd
If I admit I want this, do I win the geek thread?

Saw this on youtube the other day. Freaking amazing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kn2-d5a3r94
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For anybody using safari, the clicktoflash plugin is awesome. Really speeds up browsing and prevents stupid flash ads from bogging everything down.
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Not many things geeks love more than geeky books. What books do you have at work (or school) right now?

I've been filling my new office with classics like:

- "C++ Programming" from Stroustrup
- "Enterprise Computing with Objects"
- "Maximizing .Net Performance"
- "Design Patterns" (the famous blue/white one from Gamma, et al)
- "Object-Oriented Analysis & Design with Applicaitons"
- "Refactoring"
- "How We Test Software at Microsoft" - got this one for free since the guy who wrote it works a floor down, need to get an autograph..

Anyway, what does your work library consist of?
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Originally Posted by tallmantim
If I admit to having purchased this and that I am in the process of building it, I think it may well trump your potential geekdom!






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Not to be picky but this is a geek thread... one of my fascinations is ww2 and specifically battlefield tactics. Obviously the tank is a big part of it, and I've been reading about the equipment, tactics, and people involved for literally decades. My question is the history behind the land ship tank thing in the picture. It seems to incorporate a lot of early tank technology along with some late tank features.

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Originally Posted by carpediemracing
Not to be picky but this is a geek thread... one of my fascinations is ww2 and specifically battlefield tactics. Obviously the tank is a big part of it, and I've been reading about the equipment, tactics, and people involved for literally decades. My question is the history behind the land ship tank thing in the picture. It seems to incorporate a lot of early tank technology along with some late tank features.

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Originally Posted by carpediemracing
Not to be picky but this is a geek thread... one of my fascinations is ww2 and specifically battlefield tactics. Obviously the tank is a big part of it, and I've been reading about the equipment, tactics, and people involved for literally decades. My question is the history behind the land ship tank thing in the picture. It seems to incorporate a lot of early tank technology along with some late tank features.

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I used to buy a ton of the Tyranid stuff because I loved painting them. They're all at my parent's house. I used to spend like 40-50 hours on each one of the miniatures...
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Originally Posted by mattm
Not many things geeks love more than geeky books. What books do you have at work (or school) right now?

I've been filling my new office with classics like:

- "C++ Programming" from Stroustrup
- "Enterprise Computing with Objects"
- "Maximizing .Net Performance"
- "Design Patterns" (the famous blue/white one from Gamma, et al)
- "Object-Oriented Analysis & Design with Applicaitons"
- "Refactoring"
- "How We Test Software at Microsoft" - got this one for free since the guy who wrote it works a floor down, need to get an autograph..

Anyway, what does your work library consist of?
Are you a CS student or do you have a job?

My library is a bunch of physics books that I rarely open. Everything's on the internet
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Originally Posted by kudude
Are you a CS student or do you have a job?

My library is a bunch of physics books that I rarely open. Everything's on the internet
Even with three monitors, having a reference book in front of you is handy. Many of the ones listed are also more thought provoking and essay-like than text book style things and would be horrible to read online.
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Originally Posted by kudude
Are you a CS student or do you have a job?

My library is a bunch of physics books that I rarely open. Everything's on the internet
Job.

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Even with three monitors, having a reference book in front of you is handy. Many of the ones listed are also more thought provoking and essay-like than text book style things and would be horrible to read online.
Word, I can't stand reading large amounts of text on a monitor. At least not prose..

And besides, I need something to fill my shelves with!

A side-note: my new rule about buying books is that I don't buy anything with a version number in the title. They just don't last long enough (e.g. .Net 2.0, etc)...
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Originally Posted by mattm
Not many things geeks love more than geeky books. What books do you have at work (or school) right now?

I've been filling my new office with classics like:

- "C++ Programming" from Stroustrup
- "Enterprise Computing with Objects"
- "Maximizing .Net Performance"
- "Design Patterns" (the famous blue/white one from Gamma, et al)
- "Object-Oriented Analysis & Design with Applicaitons"
- "Refactoring"
- "How We Test Software at Microsoft" - got this one for free since the guy who wrote it works a floor down, need to get an autograph..

Anyway, what does your work library consist of?
good list. in addition to Stroustrup, other typical indispensables for me include:
- K&R
- W.Richard Stevens in general.
- the dinosaur book
- Computer Organization and Design by Patterson and Hennessy.
- the Java language spec

Somehow all of these seem to stay useful. The one must-have that's somehow continued to elude me even though I've been out of school for almost 10 years, is a set of Knuth's TAoCP. Practicality aside, I find it hard to take my own CS degree seriously without owning these books.

hmm. i've just moved in to a lead architect role, so i should really update my library...
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A side-note: my new rule about buying books is that I don't buy anything with a version number in the title. They just don't last long enough (e.g. .Net 2.0, etc)...
good rule. check your company's education resources; they may have an enterprise agreement with something like books24x7 or o'reilly's Safari. books24x7 doesn't usually have the very newest stuff but they're good for finding a quick reference or introductory book for something you're unfamiliar with.

if I recall correctly, ACM members also have access to books24x7. or maybe it was a safari discount. i forget...and i let my ACM membership lapse this year.
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Originally Posted by slynkie
good rule. check your company's education resources; they may have an enterprise agreement with something like books24x7 or o'reilly's Safari. books24x7 doesn't usually have the very newest stuff but they're good for finding a quick reference or introductory book for something you're unfamiliar with.

if I recall correctly, ACM members also have access to books24x7. or maybe it was a safari discount. i forget...and i let my ACM membership lapse this year.
Indeed, we have a full library that stocks every nerd book imaginable, with some ebooks too.

For instance I need to get into Silverlight 4, so I'm headed there to get it.

Btw congrats on the promotion!!
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Indeed, we have a full library that stocks every nerd book imaginable, with some ebooks too.

For instance I need to get into Silverlight 4, so I'm headed there to get it.

Btw congrats on the promotion!!
Thanks!

Library = awesome. I've been working from home the last few years and one of the things I miss the most (aside from the social stuff) is the library. Local public library is of course a joke when it comes to computer related books. That annoys me quite a bit as I have a ton of still-relevant books I'd happily donate to them; but they just turn them around and sell them for $.50 each, rather than actually stock their shelves.

Wait, what were we talking about?

Random segue I know, but anyone ever play around with remote mini-submersibles? I have zero robotics/EE experience but stuff like this seems so cool -
https://blog.xkcd.com/2010/11/05/submarines/
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Originally Posted by slynkie
good list. in addition to Stroustrup, other typical indispensables for me include:
- K&R
- W.Richard Stevens in general.
- the dinosaur book
- Computer Organization and Design by Patterson and Hennessy.
- the Java language spec

Somehow all of these seem to stay useful. The one must-have that's somehow continued to elude me even though I've been out of school for almost 10 years, is a set of Knuth's TAoCP. Practicality aside, I find it hard to take my own CS degree seriously without owning these books.

hmm. i've just moved in to a lead architect role, so i should really update my library...
Trying to decipher your list...

- K&R is the Kernigan & Richie(?) book on C, right?
- Stevens is the TCP Illustrated book? I have that one! Love it...
- The Dinosaur book is the OS book? I had that one in college, wish I'd kept it

Another book I had in school that I wish I'd kept was the famous "Dragon book", e.g. the compiler book..

As for the Knuth books, I too feel unworthy for not owning them! One of these days..
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