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#1193987 Hide your atmospheric noise - new SA laws to force suspects to surrender pass...

Posted by Master_Scythe on 03 August 2017 - 12:12 PM


Even if the plods on the ground making the initial arrest couldn't determine the difference between 'noise' and an encryption, there would be others who surely could examine the computer and determine the facts.


No, this is simply not possible.


(it sounds like) You're thinking of a computer file as a readable object, kind of like weak encryption; such as a .ZIP file with a password or some such.

No, what the others are talking about is things like hidden archives, and 'typeless' files.


The easier of the two to explain, is the typeless file; it's just a bulk of 'noise', there's no file type. No common code. No... well... anything, to discern it from an encrypted file, or a 'scrambled memory dump' you generated to waste HDD space on purpose (Sounds stupid, but there have been many times in my life ive needed to do this. Disk burn-in, for example).


The harder one to explain is the invisible archive. There is no file, there is no.... anything.

To the Operating system, it looks like blank disk space. You just have to be careful not to fill said blank space, because it's not blank.


Say I have the drive sitting in a cupboard for 15 years, and it gathers a LOT of solar radiation over the years, and gets the entire drive surface scrambled (this isn't uncommon);

There is no way to know a 'broken drive' from a 'hidden archive'.



Then you get fringe cases, where a cracker might insert "secret file.zip" into a hacked installer for, I don't know, VLC player.

You install VLC player, the protected ZIP gets dropped, you know nothing of it.

Then, they find it, and since you can't provide this password, you go to jail.


Unlikely? Sure; impossible? far from.


Especially in the days of sharing a computer, and backdoor trojans.


If you got infected and didn't know it, you could have a hidden archive on your 'blank space' right now, you'd never know!

nothing can detect it. You need to do electron analysis; or at least low level block stuff. No 'app' will find it.


In fact.... on their mobile phones, MILLIONS do!

This is reality!


Mainly from cracked APK's.

They're impossible for the user to remove without a format (and even then it sometimes needs a firmware rewrite!)

Just a little encrypted session for data theft, bot work, and god knows what else the user DOESN'T want.

You can't jail all those people for something they don't know.


Hell, android 6.0 and above encrypts the entire phone, including the ROOT partition. I don't know that password! It's hashed. No one does.

Providing my phone password won't help. Even if the person is willing.

#1193756 mATX Ryzen Recommendations

Posted by Master_Scythe on 28 July 2017 - 09:53 AM

Asrock, ANY day of the week.


I will NOT use Gigabyte motherboards, I've had a more than 70% failure rate on arrival in the past, spread over a 5 year period.

Not Interested in them anymore.


Asrock however, are both cheapest, and I've never seen a fault.... I build a lot of PC's.

#1193445 Doctor Who

Posted by Master_Scythe on 18 July 2017 - 12:51 PM


So for the show to succeed, they need to acknowledge her greatness?


Really, if they wanted a show with a female time travelling troubleshooting eccentric, then they should have just created one from scratch and let the thing live or die on it's own merits.

Why acknowledge a greatness that is not proven ? That's why I say wait until at least an episode or two is shown before casting aspersions. IMO, if the cast and crew don't gel the show won't either. << Time will tell. As with Ghost Busters, if the aim is purely financial and not about creativity and story then it will flop . The regeneration makes a gender change possible :)



One of the best doctors had the shortest run, and the worst doctor (although possibly best actor) had the longest run;

It's all down to reception.



Because I just opened a can of Daleks there; I'll explain.


Eckleston felt like a man running from his past. Someone who had betrayed himself, seen a war, killed millions... resulting in a desire to do good, a 'who cares' attitude toward himself, but not others, he felt very real.


Tennant, is an AMAZING actor, and if the show hadn't touched his "Horrible past" yet, he'd have been fine, and probably the best. But my mind is always on 'analytical mode'. Not only do happy people act angry, poorly (the opposite of Capaldi, who's very god at doing eccentric happy, because he does Angry, naturally), but nothing in his attitude spoke to his past.

He was 'happy' most of the time. He cared about himself a little more than he used to (and no reason why), nothing to me said "hardened soldier" anymore.

GREAT actor, great doctor, HORRIBLE character fit into the story arc.


Matt Smith got away with 'happy' because he was eccentric happy, the 'in denial', 'running from your past' type of happy that I use myself for escapism from time to time.


Tennant though? Just spent too much time 'smelling the flowers', he seemed to care not just about life, but about HIS life, and from 'war torn' to 'simple life' without a catalyst, was just too much..

Not to mention that entire season where the Tardis CONTINUOUSLY showed up late (9/10 dead, for example, when that blob monster was absorbing kids, and his idea to fix it was to make the cement tile sentient).


If course, everyones going to have an opinion, and I know mine is unpopular :P

#1193428 Doctor Who

Posted by Master_Scythe on 17 July 2017 - 10:52 PM

So for the show to succeed, they need to acknowledge her greatness?


Really, if they wanted a show with a female time travelling troubleshooting eccentric, then they should have just created one from scratch and let the thing live or die on it's own merits.


River Song?

#1193390 Updating current PC?

Posted by Master_Scythe on 16 July 2017 - 05:58 PM

Hello, I made a new account as that was my old account (Unsinkable) and i didn't like the old name. Iv had my baby today so i haven't had much computer time lately. Very happy with the SSD, cant believe iv been using mehanical this far. I wont be able to go back now! :P


As for specs, im alittle bummed about my CPU and Memory, To me meaning i can either wait to find a bargain and buy an i5/i7 with MoBo, Or when i have money next i buy something new off the shelf. All is well tho my main problem of low FPS has been solved and i am very thankful for the help from you all. 


Don't be bummed about it; lookat it as a source of pride.


You have an old cheap CPU, that you just overclocked, and got to run modern games.

You also managed to fix a mess up that was halving your RAM speed.


It's a good thing.

#1193387 New car time (also, ow)

Posted by Master_Scythe on 16 July 2017 - 03:02 PM

Cefiros are great, float like a maxima, sting like a skyline.


I miss mine sometimes.


I do suggest you seriously look in to something LS powered though, they're cheap these days and anything the Barra can do, the LS can do better. The only real reason it's taken so long for me to get another one is that I want a manual in a car that isn't red or black.




I found something for ya :P



#1193188 New car time (also, ow)

Posted by Master_Scythe on 08 July 2017 - 10:52 AM





I tend to get stuck with one big conflict though.

I dont want an XR6T.

But I'd like a RWD car that's comfortable, fast, and able to be modified.....

which means I want an XR6T.... which I dont.....





big, comfy, rwd and loves the mods? I feel like I've driven you around in something that meets those criteria.



You just wont rest untill i'm in a Cefiro will ya? :P

#1192664 When will I ever make the switch? (Never?)

Posted by Master_Scythe on 20 June 2017 - 05:25 PM

I remember telling Tantryl I think it was.. that if I ever stopped wanting to play video games that I'd give up on Windows and switch to Linux. Then MS started giving Windows away so I just stayed with 'em.


I miss Tantryl...


did something happen to him?!

#1192650 OBA "osama bin athlon"

Posted by Master_Scythe on 20 June 2017 - 09:22 AM

Scythe... no one thinks you're tolerable. It's been a long time but we suddenly haven't all suffered amnesia like a daytime soap.



#1192647 OBA "osama bin athlon"

Posted by Master_Scythe on 19 June 2017 - 11:11 PM

aww man... I really have missed a lot


For example, some might say I'm tolerable now!

Some might not!


Not that much has changed I guess :P


OBA was tops though. Good chat every time.

#1192496 Roll Call!

Posted by Master_Scythe on 15 June 2017 - 03:40 PM


Oh yes.


I forgot about you lot, and now I have unforgotten you lot. Oh no.




#1192461 "The Australia Tax" on electronics...

Posted by Master_Scythe on 14 June 2017 - 12:38 PM



So do you really think this is an unfair price hike? It seems within acceptable boundaries to me.

In a world where importing is as simple as clicking a screen we're (practically) permanently attached to? Yeah, I think that's too much.


So grey import it and have no local support whatsoever, and pray nothing breaks.



So long as Ive had a correct version (like a v1, v2, v3, etc, each sent to whatever region) I've never had a problem faking a receipt for use in legitimate warranty needs

#1192278 "The Australia Tax" on electronics...

Posted by Master_Scythe on 07 June 2017 - 11:08 AM

So for the first time in probably 10 years, I'm excited about buying something.

Everything else has been 'Needed' or 'Sort of fun' or I've purchased the one that "Is good enough, but not the best" to save some money.


Now, the TCL KeyOne is about to be released here.



It's a thing of dreams. Every review is positive, every user is happy, and best of all, it's selling out everywhere it's been released, it's THAT popular.

Finally, less ' boring glass slabs'.

It's taking all of my will not to rant, and jump in joy about something actually innovative again.


Anyway; my soul sunk a little when I heard the price point is going to be $899 at JbHiFi (likely the only retailer).

Direct currency conversion should have had it about $720; and everyone was expecting "The Australia Tax" to take that to $799.


But..... $899.  I mean, maybe they just know their audience, because I'll be lined up on launch day to buy one even if it was $2k, but it still feels like a slap in the face.


Is it a wholesaler problem?

Retailer gouging?


Who's to blame for this constant over-pricing of devices here?

#1192209 What's on your mind?

Posted by Master_Scythe on 05 June 2017 - 08:49 AM



How come a grand's worth of glasses has been driving me up the wall for weeks so I toss them to one-side today and my wife finds a pair of generics I've had for years - suddenly I can see again -eye appointment, Tuesday - could get a bit interesting... ;)






Thank me later.


My prescription is tricky, over $800 MINIMUM here (Grind lenses), and changes every 6 months at the most.

I can get 'Top of the line' glasses for $100, or cheapies to throw around for $25, in my prescription, with all my special coatings.


Don't believe the Optoms who say it's not as good. Unless your optom is ALSO the lab, whats the difference between YOU sending it to the lab, or THEM sending it to the lab?

And I can vouch for eyebuydirects lab being accurate.


Just when you ask for your prescription from your eye exam, demand they measure your PD too (Pupillary distance)

#1192143 AtomicMPC 100th Issue Collector's Edition

Posted by Master_Scythe on 01 June 2017 - 03:35 PM



Magazines are just dead, full stop.  Newspapers not far behind.

I think it depends.

One of the two mags I subscribe to is Scientific American.

The articles don't really get old quickly like leading edge tech, so it still works in a printed format. I still read articles from last year and most of the time they are still relevant.


I sub to Silicon Chip for the same reasons.



While "maximum gaming" did, I'd argue "Maximum Computing" didn't either.


Things like Architecture, storage methods (flash types for example) you name it; it lasts as long as each architecture does, which can be years.