* Posts by dhawkshaw

17 posts • joined 15 Jun 2017

In the '80s, spaceflight sim Elite was nothing short of magic. The annotated source code shows how it was done

dhawkshaw

Re: Ah Elite !

Do a search for oolite keyconfig -- it's a little tool listed in the wiki that can generate the different keymaps including the defaults from the BBC.

oolite is still my goto for the nostagia hit.

We regret to inform you there's an RCE vuln in old version of WinRAR. Yes, the file decompression utility

dhawkshaw

Another nod to 7zip from me.

TBF the only time I see .rar files anyway, they are used as a carrier for a malware payload. All rar files we receive via email are quarantined on sight. It's probably last century when I last saw a legit one.

Config cockup leaves Reg reader reaching for the phone

dhawkshaw
Linux

Re: When forgetting 2 simple characters (-r) means a long walk

At least nowadays on OpenSUSE we have 'reboot' as well as 'shutdown -r'

I tend to only use shutdown when I know I really mean it as 'shutdown -h now'

I'm sure 'reboot' is a common alternative on other distros too.

But yeah -- definitely as a whippersnapper I tripped myself up with it.

Pre-orders open for the Mini PET 40/80, the closest thing to Commodore's classic around

dhawkshaw
Happy

Re: Those were the days

Indeed, nostalgia isn't what it used to be !

Partial beer print horror as Microsoft's printer bug fix, er, doesn't

dhawkshaw

Re: Update: 19.03.2021 Latest Patch, on Patch, on Patch: KB5001649 Fails to install.

Installing from the catalog in to WSUS seems to have worked on two of my test rigs so far. The good news is that it does actually seem to have fixed the issue.

All we need to do now is get an update for the same broken issue in the Server 2012 R2 CU patch :(

Looking for the perfect Valentine's gift? How about a week of retro gaming BBC Microlympics?

dhawkshaw

Re: Can't Play Elite...

I found the docking computers more of a hinderence - especially after I'd played for long enough to get the muscle memory on the roll keys down to match rotation without even thinking. I tended to make heavy use of the BBC not being able to process multiple pressed keys at once for some 'on a sixpence' manoeuvring. To my detriment I then could never get the hang of some of the emulated versions or re-emaginings on other platforms.

Oolite was about my favourite non-original - but I still found myself remapping keys to the 'old ways'

No phish for the likes of you, thank you very much! Google finds email villains are picky about demographics, country

dhawkshaw

Re: most of the spam comes from gmail addresses.

I agree, much of the time the gmail addresses themselves might be spoofed, but what I'm seeing a great deal in our samples is that Google are the unwitting hosts of the actual attack content / fake web pages through their firebase cloud storage.

Lots of links like https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/reallylongurl...

Buggy chkdsk in Windows update that caused boot failures and damaged file systems has been fixed

dhawkshaw

Re: Damned if you do. Damned if you don't

In all fairness the day job requires me to manage windows on the desktop -- but I'm posting this from OpenSuSE Leap.

dhawkshaw

Damned if you do. Damned if you don't

The way I understand this, KB4592438 is the Dec 2020 Cumulative Update. One of those 'you really have to have this to maintain security' ones. Which makes it rather difficult to avoid :(

What am I missing ?

Qbot malware's back, and latest strain relies on Visual Basic script to slip into target machines

dhawkshaw
Facepalm

Infection Vector

via a file named something.doc.vbs .... damned windows default hiding of known file extensions. Why on earth is that *still* the default setting [shakes fist]

Word up: Embedded vids in Office docs can hide embedded nasties, infosec bods warn

dhawkshaw

"The product is properly interpreting HTML as designed – working in the same manner as similar products,"

Can anyone advise what LibreOffice will do when faced with such a manipulated docx file ?

Ready, get Sets... no? App-grouping whizzery for Windows 10 killed

dhawkshaw
Linux

What is it about KDE's 'Desktops' feature - that's worked brilliantly for as long as I can remember - that MS are finding so difficult to implement ? <snark>

Foolish foodies duped into thinking Greggs salads are posh nosh

dhawkshaw

For what it's worth, the Greggs next to the 72 stop is still there :)

No, Windows 10 hasn’t beaten Windows 7’s market share. Not for sure, anyway

dhawkshaw
Happy

Re: What about next year

hhmm. Windows 7 is in extended support until Jan 14 2020. So still some life in the old dog yet.

The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

dhawkshaw

Re: I'll wait for NoScript to be back

In the meantime waiting for noScript, try giving uMatrix a go -- The speed bump in FF57 is definitely worth it.

Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons

dhawkshaw

LastPass updated

It's worth noting that LastPass released an update in the last 24 hours that shows it's now compatible. NoScript and Web Developer Toolbar are the deal-breakers for me.

Hopefully, as has been noted elsewhere, once the APIs have been fully released, NoScript won't be far behind.

Researcher says fixes to Windows Defender's engine incomplete

dhawkshaw

Re: Bah!

With a new or re-build of W7, then wsusoffline is most definitely your friend ! You'll be fully patched again in no time.

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