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SquallStrife last won the day on October 10 2018

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  1. SquallStrife

    VPN - Is fingerprinting a concern?

    It sounds like there are a lot of gaps in your knowledge here. "Reversing the arrows" when accessing a website through a proxy is, in most instances, not possible. There are fields in the HTTP spec for a proxy to indicate what IP it is requesting on behalf of, but there is absolutely no reason that the proxy server must populate them: $HTTP_proxy_headers = array( 'HTTP_VIA', 'VIA', 'Proxy-Connection', 'HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR', 'HTTP_FORWARDED_FOR', 'HTTP_X_FORWARDED', 'HTTP_FORWARDED', 'HTTP_CLIENT_IP', 'HTTP_FORWARDED_FOR_IP', 'X-PROXY-ID', 'MT-PROXY-ID', 'X-TINYPROXY', 'X_FORWARDED_FOR', 'FORWARDED_FOR', 'X_FORWARDED', 'FORWARDED', 'CLIENT-IP', 'CLIENT_IP', 'PROXY-AGENT', 'HTTP_X_CLUSTER_CLIENT_IP', 'FORWARDED_FOR_IP', 'HTTP_PROXY_CONNECTION'); WIthout this information in the header, the remote host cannot know that the page was requested through a proxy. Technically they could operate an IP blacklist of known proxies, but even then, they cannot know from where the request originated. On the topic of VPNs, there's no concept of your application connecting "through" the VPN service. It connects through an available IP interface, of which the VPN virtual interface is one. That interface is connected, for all intents and purposes, PHYSICALLY to the VPN provider's network, as if there was a long-arse Cat5 cable from your PC to them. Not just "basically", but in a very real, practical sense, connections to services ORIGINATE at the VPN provider's datacentre. Only the VPN provider knows what L2TP/PTPP/IPsec/etc connections their clients have to their concentrators, that information is on another very separate layer to the encrypted IP traffic. There are other ways someone could come to know your real public IP, but they're more bedded in sloppy handling of information than design weaknesses. E.g. Off-VPN you might visit a site that sets a cookie containing a session ID, then log on to your VPN and visit that same site, the host now knows that the same person used two IP's consecutively, one has a PTR record revealing an Aussie ISP name, the other is leased by "XYZ Networks" in Country A. Know what I mean?
  2. Sounds good. Oh, except.... Freedom of belief, as long as your beliefs are Fraser Anning's beliefs. So he's a hypocritical Nazi. Right up your alley then, DMB. Thank god he won zero seats in either house.
  3. SquallStrife


    As an abstract concept, sure I think people have "a soul". I think it "persists" after death in the form of a legacy, photographs, memories, etc. Nothing beyond that.
  4. Why am I not surprised that DMB would vote for actual white supremacists, only a language and location away from being literal Nazis.
  5. SquallStrife


    I don't know how you can be surprised by this. You consider the source of your beliefs to be infallible, and un-falsifiable, and those beliefs hinge on absolutes, so there's no point discussing anything with you of any significance. I think most people that respond to your threads have already accepted that you aren't *really* interested in changing your mind, and engage mainly as a form of amusement. You aren't taken seriously. You make it impossible to take you seriously.
  6. How do you know that it "cannot be known"? Are you a doctor?
  7. What is your point? No decision in all of medicine is "for sure", it's just the best decision based on all available information. The decision that will result in the best outcome, hopefully the least possible loss of life. The law enforcement officers' decision is not made on something they know "for sure". They're only sure beyond reasonable doubt that the murderer will keep murdering, he might have been just about to stop just as they pulled the trigger. It doesn't make sense to you, and that's fine, YOU AREN'T A DOCTOR. It doesn't have to make sense to you. It makes sense to the people making the decisions though. What doesn't make sense is you projecting your dogmatic principles on to people whose situations you admit you don't understand.
  8. Clearly. Good thing there are doctors to whom it does make sense. If you don't understand it, perhaps you shouldn't be commenting on the subject.
  9. Why is innocence relevant? Why is it not always preferable to have an outcome where one life is lost instead of two?
  10. In both cases, a judgement call is made, in both cases a life is taken because the likelihood is high that inaction would result in unnecessary loss of life. Can you really not see that?
  11. Right. So... What is a bigger factor in making it OK to take his life? The fact that allowing him to continue is causing further loss of life, OR, the fact that what he's doing is "wrong"? And irrespective, you admit that preventing further loss of life is a priority? Should law enforcement NOT take the shooter's life because he MIGHT stop shooting people? Should doctors allow both mother and child to die (in that hypothetical situation), because something miraculous MIGHT prevent that from happening? Allowing someone to die "just in case" they spontaneously get cured seems pretty cruel and unnecessary, especially when the only reason for not intervening is adhering to a dogmatic absolute. OR, alternatively, should law enforcement take the life of the shooter, because it's LIKELY BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT that he will continue to murder bystanders? And if so, shouldn't doctors terminate a pregnancy because it's LIKELY BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT that, through inaction, BOTH mother and child would die?
  12. SquallStrife

    Cyberpunk 2077 - 48 minutes preview!

    I've never had that experience. I'm a plenty proficient typist, but I'm always acutely aware that I'm "using a keyboard to produce words on-screen", I can't just "forget" that. Closest I think I get to that kind of loss of awareness is the fact I get motion sickness in VR, but I get motion sickness at the drop of a hat.
  13. SquallStrife

    Cyberpunk 2077 - 48 minutes preview!

    You're still making concessions though. "Not terribly noticeable" is still noticeable right? And what about the controls? If your suspension of disbelief overcomes the fact that you literally push buttons to perform every action in the game world, why doesn't it extend to being able to know the situation of your avatar? I'm not hanging shit, I'm actually curious!
  14. SquallStrife

    Cyberpunk 2077 - 48 minutes preview!

    If your immersion is broken by going from first-person to third-person, how is it not broken by the fact you're looking through a rectangular window, and effecting change with a mouse/keyboard/controller? One could argue that the third-person view gives you information about your situation that your body's proprioception would otherwise provide, making you more connected to your avatar, not less.
  15. SquallStrife

    Reflowing BGA

    Plan sounds reasonable, things I'd take under consideration: - Getting precise temperatures with a bar heater is going to be a real trial-and-error affair. Try it with something you don't care about before you operate on your projector! See if you can remove a BGA package IC without damaging the chip or the board, using the method you've planned. - Go to Jaycar and get a flux pen, rather than messing about with something you have to melt. The stuff in the pen is way way way thinner, like the viscosity of isopro, it'll wick under the chip and between the pins far more easily, and at room temperature. - I wouldn't rest anything on the BGA package while reflowing, the packages are designed to be reflow soldered under their own weight. I get the temptation, but also keep in mind that even though these parts are designed for reflow soldering, they are not designed to live at reflow temperatures for long periods of time. Adding something with relatively decent thermal mass like a steel nut will mean the chip will take longer to heat up, and stay hotter for longer. You say 3 minutes, that sounds like a lot to me. Note the time spent in the critical temperature zone is quite short. Perhaps more critically, the board would have been assembled with the "right" amount of solder paste applied, pushing down on the package, even just a little bit, and depending on the pin pitch, could mean enough solder gets "squished" out to cause connections between adjacent pins. - Buy or rent an infrared imaging camera if you can. An IR point-thermometer is OK, but if the IC is biggish, you'll want to make sure it's heated evenly to prevent thermal stresses from appearing. I guess at the end of the day, you've not paid much for the privilege, so you can afford to be a bit cavalier about it for the learning experience. But I think if you err on the side of caution, you'll have a better chance of success.