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by Faust
Sun May 20, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: security questions...
Replies: 21
Views: 489

Re: security questions...

............. a file of random bits which is the key. There is no such thing . Random numbers generated purely from software , are at best pseudo-random . They all require a seed-value or trigger to generate a sequence , which themselves are non-random :D There are statistical tests to measure the ...
by Faust
Sat May 19, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Code running during reboot
Replies: 12
Views: 217

Re: Code running during reboot

Thank you faust, that was my thinking, too, but I did not know enough about Linux to give a meaningful response. Without further info from the OP ( who has not been back here ) I did not want to recommend any action , but it's easy enough to check if this file /etc/default/grub contains this line G...
by Faust
Fri May 18, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Code running during reboot
Replies: 12
Views: 217

Re: Code running during reboot

I wonder if the OP has somehow disabled "quiet splash" ?
by Faust
Fri May 18, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: security questions...
Replies: 21
Views: 489

Re: security questions...

There is no " one-click-fix" to this problem . People need to choose their defenses according to their perceived adversary ..... .... industrial espionage ( at conferences ? ) , LEA , family member , neighbor , fellow students in a dorm ? An unattended device is very vulnerable , as mentioned in pre...
by Faust
Fri May 18, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: How to activate OpenVPN?
Replies: 9
Views: 235

Re: How to activate OpenVPN?

I see that OpenVPN comes installed on Mint. How do I activate it? I don't see it anywhere in the start menu. Thanks. [NOTE: When it comes to VPNs, I'm a total noob.] I usually recommend Fruho to folks taking their first steps with VPN and for people less comfortable with the terminal , it's got a G...
by Faust
Thu May 17, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: How much more powerful cpu will be required for LM 19?
Replies: 12
Views: 274

Re: How much more powerful cpu will be required for LM 19?

As long as your hardware plays nice with the 4.15 kernel you'll be fine. Why not test with a live session of xubuntu 18.04 or something to give yourself early warning of any potential issues? I've just tried that , and it is stunningly good ! OK - higher spec hardware here ( i5 8GB blah blah ) but ...
by Faust
Thu May 17, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Do you trust Encryption?
Replies: 15
Views: 443

Re: Do you trust Encryption?

Yes , I trust encryption ( to varying degrees , depending on whose implementation it is ) I use TrueCrypt, from which VeraCrypt was derived, for this reason. (If I were starting fresh, I'd probably use VeraCrypt.) ......... I strongly urge anyone with any sensitive date encrypted using TrueCrypt to ...
by Faust
Thu May 17, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Amusing Reading Recommendation
Replies: 7
Views: 196

Re: Amusing Reading Recommendation

A History of the World in 10½ Chapters by Julian Barnes (1989) Yep .... that's a good read ! I suggest - Millroy the Magician by Paul Theroux It's an entertaining novel with the power to change people's views on consumerism in general , and junk food in particular . Great book for adults and kids a...
by Faust
Tue May 15, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: Cinnamon
Topic: [SOLVED] Mint 18: How do I disable the screensaver?
Replies: 6
Views: 2017

Re: [SOLVED] Mint 18: How do I disable the screensaver?

In 18.3 Cinnamon , I use an applet called " inhibit " to do this ( inhibit@cinnamon.org ) It puts an icon near the clock and network icons , and clicking on it gives the option of toggling " Power management " from "1" to "0" . Just what I want , with no permanent changes to the main screensaver/pow...
by Faust
Tue May 15, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Archive of Operating Systems
Replies: 2
Views: 112

Archive of Operating Systems

We often see posts here from people looking to install Linux on older hardware . This site is not aimed at that issue specifically , but I thought it might be a useful resource . https://archiveos.org/ https://archiveos.org/linux/ Some are no longer under active development and some have been taken ...
by Faust
Mon May 14, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: How about having a subforum dedicated to security/malware related issues?
Replies: 22
Views: 352

Re: How about having a subforum dedicated to security/malware related issues?

It's a good idea , and I've sometimes thought the same thing myself . I spend a fair deal of time on such issues and I always enjoy discussions with like-minded folk , but I really don't think it would work well on this forum , for these reasons - a] there are already a few good forums with these ma...
by Faust
Sun May 13, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: How to donate without PayPal? SOLVED
Replies: 28
Views: 476

Re: How to donate without PayPal?

Pierre wrote:
Sun May 13, 2018 6:46 am
you would still have to redeem that pre-paid gift card - via Paypal, anyway.
- which would still be against some folks principles, in dealing with PayPal.
I had a feeling it might not be so simple ....
... someone in the middle is still going to take a handling fee .
by Faust
Sun May 13, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: How to donate without PayPal? SOLVED
Replies: 28
Views: 476

Re: How to donate without PayPal?

I've seen people recommend paying for VPN service using pre-paid gift cards ( purchased with cash of course )

but no idea how that would work across differing currencies .
by Faust
Sun May 13, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: How to donate without PayPal? SOLVED
Replies: 28
Views: 476

Re: How to donate without PayPal?

catweazel wrote:
Sun May 13, 2018 5:57 am

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I have something for sale that you might be interested in...
That looks like an attractive investment .

Are you related to Victor Lustig by any chance ?
:lol:
by Faust
Thu May 10, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Privacy Possum - for Firefox and related browsers
Replies: 14
Views: 368

Re: Privacy Possum - for Firefox and related browsers

Thanks for the replies folks . I always try to support projects that I feel are worthy ( such as Privacy Badger ) and I used Ghostery for years , until I saw how they had cosied-up to the very type of data-harvesting business that I want out of my life . I also felt that Privacy Badger had gone a bi...
by Faust
Wed May 09, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Privacy Possum - for Firefox and related browsers
Replies: 14
Views: 368

Privacy Possum - for Firefox and related browsers

Has anyone been using this ? It looks like a fork from Privacy Badger ( the dev was part of that project ) It certainly looks more aggressive than Privacy Badger https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/privacy-possum/ " Privacy Possum monkey wrenches common commercial tracking methods by redu...
by Faust
Sat May 05, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: BleachBit breaks Mint Software Manager in KDE 18.3
Replies: 5
Views: 164

Re: BleachBit breaks Mint Software Manager in KDE 18.3

i use bleachbit in arch linux, linux mint , pclinuxos, ubuntu since 2011 and nothing has happened . i use it very aggressively adding extra files, folders to delete and use it every time i update Thank you , that is refreshing to read . Bleachbit boots with a menu of actions , and some of those opt...
by Faust
Tue May 01, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Ventilator going wild
Replies: 10
Views: 281

Re: Ventilator going wild

I looked at your charts , and from the hardware perspective there is more info needed there also .

I can't see a timescale , and peak temperatures are vital to know .
and I would be looking for a temperature plot from the moment the fan started spinning fast .
by Faust
Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Scripted vs compiled programming languages
Replies: 27
Views: 275

Re: What's the programming language Linux Mint has been coded in?

I almost understood a line of code written in Perl once... but I might have just dreamt it ;) Have a look here ... there's a single line quine in perl, and an explanation of the code Bingo ! Being able to code a quine , regardless of language , was at the very root of what I asked . It is much more...
by Faust
Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Scripted vs compiled programming languages
Replies: 27
Views: 275

Re: What's the programming language Linux Mint has been coded in?

[...] PS - you are not getting either of the prizes :P Damn ;) Actually, I'm sure you'll get at least one one-liner posted if you wait a bit (there's one in Python, probably other languages too) I wondered if anyone would come up with an example using perl . It's pretty good at juggling strings / v...

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