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Johannes Buchinger
The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.

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With kind regards to Pierre Henry

check this for some details on the setup:

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WTF? HP delivers a keylogger with its notebooks

Conexant's MicTray64.exe is installed with the Conexant audio driver package and registered as a Microsoft Scheduled Task to run after each user login. The program monitors all keystrokes made by the user to capture and react to functions such as microphone mute/unmute keys/hotkeys. Monitoring of keystrokes is added by implementing a low-level keyboard input hook [1] function that is installed by calling SetwindowsHookEx().

In addition to the handling of hotkey/function key strokes, all key-scancode information [2] is written into a logfile in a world-readable path (C:\Users\Public\MicTray.log).


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Excerpt from the governmental answer to an inquiry about the usage and quality assurance of an election results computation and reporting software:

The test results and the source code will not be published following the "security by obscurity" principle.


Link to the full document (German):


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who'd have thought +Wil Wheaton makes ambient music :)
i needed to make a thing where there wasn't a thing before.

Hi all,

is anyone aware of an Android app that is able to handle multiple USB/Midi Interfaces and allows routing and handling of cc messages (e.g on message_X received on interface_A send message_Y on interface_B)?

Would be cool if I could repurpose that unused TvBox I've lying around for this task :)


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Netgear strikes again. If you're using one of the affected models update the firmware immediatly (or better: install openwrt if you can not afford to trash this piece of Netgear junk and replace it with some real hardware)

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This is interesting. And I've been hit by the Google spam filter myself twice (*) when posting to this community.

I'm wondering if I'm the only on that had legitimate posts disappear right after posting here?

(*) at least for one of the cases I know for sure that the post was not removed by the mods as I checked back with Mike.
Did you know that Google's anti-spam algorithms suppresses high-quality comments?

Everybody thinks engagement is low on Google+. But one reason is that Google itself is suppressing engagement.

Google's anti-spam algorithms instantly makes invisible a large number of comments to your posts. Some are spam. Some are high-quality comments.

You can see these with the current version of Google+. To see the comments Google is hiding from you, you have to go to the "Classic" version of Google+ (click on the link at the bottom left of your main Google+ screen in the browser version).

Once in classic mode, open a post and click on "Show comments removed as spam."

In my own case, I find that about a quarter to a third of the comments are perfectly good comments from users in good standing. Some of the suppressed comments are amazing.

In every case, the person who commented thinks everybody can see their comment, but nobody is responding. In fact, nobody ever saw their comment.

The screenshot here is from a post I did yesterday. A huge number of comments are awesome. And I would have never known about it if I hadn't gone in to the "Classic" version and checked this out.

I've complained about this several times and Google does nothing about it.

What we need are simple moderation tools in the new version that enable us to restore false positives.

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Sorry for dipping into the political side of the IT, but I believe this proposal currently discussed in the EU parliament is something each IT pro should be aware off as if it goes through it'll destroy the web (Share an interesting tech article to this community? Illegal in the EU if this bill is passed...)

This monster is the legacy of the highly controversial previous 'Digital Commissioner' for the EU, Guenther Oettinger, a tech illiterate and lobby [cough] second to none IMO.

Here's an article has some details on the plans:

The video is a call to action by EU parliamentarians from conservative to the left - which alone is a remarkable occasion that these people raise their voice in unison.

Please note, that this has nothing to do with sharing of pirated music or software - this is about how we share information

Thanks for your attention

*drops mic

Hi all,

I'm currently struggling with back/shoulder issues which are caused not entirely but to quite some degree by my mouse use. I used a trackball years ago but never got really accustomed to it (no fun in a multiple monitor setup).

TL;DR: I'm looking for alternative input devices and would love to hear about your experiences / recommendations.

Cheers and stay healthy,
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