Discussion in ‘Starting a Business’ started by Douglas M Brant, Jan 13, 2021 at 4:15 PM.
Discussion in ‘Starting a Business’ started by Douglas M Brant, Jan 13, 2021 at 4:15 PM.
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It’s a little bit strange that your DM is initiating a romance subplot.
A romance subplot means that the DM spends a lot of time having a one-on-one conversation with one player. During this time, all the other players at the table pretty much sit there doing nothing because their character isn’t present in the scene. Many DMs don’t like doing that to their players, so we try to avoid romance subplots.
It seems like the fastest way out of this problem is to drop your DM a quick note saying: “hey, it’s nice of you to arrange this personal story for my character, but I want to let you know that I’m not really interested in doing a romance subplot.” If I got a note like that, I would immediately drop the subplot and never bring it up again.
My character Jade is extremely awkward in social situations and is completely obvious to people hitting on her.
and I’m contractually obliged to point out that this is My Guy Syndrome. We have a very popular article on this topic, and it’s worth reading the top answer.
The short version is: you’ve decided that your character is awkward in social situations and doesn’t like flirting. If that’s a match for how you, the player, feel, then that’s fine! But if you felt like maybe it might be fun to have your character be flirty and social, you can just decide that your character wants to try being flirty and social now. Roleplaying should be fun; if you discover that your roleplaying is causing you to not have fun, you should choose to roleplay differently.
I’m playing a Drunken Master Wood Elf Monk named Jade. Last session, my party after about a weeks worth of traveling had finally made it to their destination. Our party rested up and then decided to stock up on supplies before meeting our contact. My character (who is a sage and is and loves books) decides to go to the local bookshop and purchase some books along with some parchment. As Jade was leaving, the NPC who was running the bookshop scribbles a note on one of her pieces of paper. She doesn’t read it until late into night. After reading it she finds out that the bookshop NPC (I don’t remember his name) wanted to meet her at one of taverns in town. Jade meets up with him and he starts flirting with her.
My character Jade is extremely awkward in social situations and is completely obvious to people hitting on her. She blushes and then luckily the contact (a monk whom her party was planning to meet with) takes her aside to speak with her.
The NPC is clearly super into my character but my character isn’t. How should I go about role playing this out and being able to kindly reject him?
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I am co-founder of a startup. We are working towards developing a product that let's see you see competitor pricing, their products, quantity, facebook ads and other data to understand how overall marketplace is doing. We have 50-60 sign up so far. We will offer our webapp extremely cheap to help out folks who wish to grow in their marketplace. I have worked at quite a few e-commerce companies before and everyone has some sort of marketplace analytics to understand demand. Almost…
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I am working on a Drupal 8 site that has articles which have a ‘interests’ field, and each User profile has a ‘interests’ field.
I want to create a view that only shows articles that the currently logged in user is interested in. For example, if the currently logged in user is interested in “Sports” and “Business”, the view should show all articles that are tagged as either “Sports” or “Business”.
I presume that the solution will involve using Relationships and Contextful Filters. I have read about both here and here.
I have checked previous answers, and think this one is pretty close to what I’m trying to do: Display content having the taxonomy of the logged in user
However, I couldn’t seem to get it to work for Drupal 8
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So, I just recently bought BitDefender “Total Security” (5-Device) (2-Year Subscription) – Android, Mac, Windows, iOS (Digital) from Best Buy for 46.39 out the door. When I just ran it, I noticed that it did NOT check for Rootkits, which was a primary concern of mine, because I was certain I had a virus, but free antivirus software could not find it.
After searching around BitDefender for an option to scan for rootkits for awhile, I googled “how to scan for rootkits with BitDefender.” The first page that popped up was one with BitDefender’s domain name. Now the explanation seems fine:
“The Bitdefender Rootkit Remover deals with known rootkits quickly and effectively making use of award-winning Bitdefender malware removal technology. Unlike other similar tools, Bitdefender Rootkit Remover can be launched immediately, without the need to reboot into safe mode first (although a reboot may be required for complete cleanup).”
Then a seemingly innocuous statement:
“New to Rootkit Remover? Not sure what to expect? Get the FAQ.”
I am reasonably familiar with computers, Windows specifically, and I did run a Rootkit remover on my phone several years ago, so, I thought I knew what to expect, so I didn’t bother with the FAQ. I continued reading:
“Rootkit Remover deals easily with Mebroot, all TDL families (TDL/SST/Pihar), Mayachok, Mybios, Plite, XPaj, Whistler, Alipop, Cpd, Fengd, Fips, Guntior, MBR Locker, Mebratix, Niwa, Ponreb, Ramnit, Stoned, Yoddos, Yurn, Zegost and also cleans infections with Necurs (the last rootkit standing). Please note that the list is a bit outdated – new rootkit families are added as they become known.”
Now, to the layperson,, with very little ideas about what cyber-threats really are (other than they are infuriating eventuality with Windows), TO ME, this sounds like my $147 million antivirus software company has this problem pretty well in hand. Thankfully, I checked out the FAQ.
The FAQ deals with the entire issue in an almost disdainful way. The first two questions deal with how short of a time the scan took, claiming it only took 3 seconds. But SlurpTech.com says Kaspersky’s Rootkit Scanner takes much longer than three seconds, at around 15 minutes. A McAfee user claims it took him over four hours to complete the Rootkit Scan on the McAfee, and claims like these are not uncommon. Now, I’m sure there is to be expected an incredibly wide range of possible durations for various rootkit scans, owing to what I imagine are huge differences in algorithms used, as well as depth of scan, as well as computing power, types of drives to be scanned, etc. So, I am not surprised by this wide variation; however, 3 seconds does not sound like a sufficient time at all, to do an effective root scan, but the Exchange, I am sure, will correct me on that point of necessary.
Next, the FAQ says they plan on adding a rootkit scan “ASAP.” Fair enough.
The next Q&A is the titular question:
“Q: When will you add detection/removal for virus/worm (y)?
A: Never, unless it has a rootkit component that we’re interested in.”
Now, giving BitDefender the benefit of the doubt, I think they are referring specifically to the class of viruses called “worms”. From what I understand, these are malicious, self-replicating software that worms its way through networks, copying itself without the need for human interaction, causing significant lag (i.e. eating up bandwidth). And now, while it is alluded to that some worms will get through even the best defenses (which it seems to me the “best” of anything will always achieve some kind of superlative), but the same article talks about antivirus software being a huge deterrent, as does this article, and this one, and this one. So, I am confused as to why BitDefender seems so dismissive of the subject. Worms are still a kind of virus, right? I really feel like my anti-malware should protect from a worm, which has got to be considered malware. Now, BitDefender does offer a removal tool, for free, for a specific type of worm, and the program is apparently novel in conception. But, I’m not sure why they would say they “never” plan to make detection “for virus/worm” a goal. What am I missing?
Finally, the last two pairs of Q&A really annoyed me:
Q: Why doesn’t this tool work in Safe Mode?
A: Certain restrictions of the Safe Mode prevent the filesystem-checking functionality from operating – at all. This is a known limitation, not a bug and cannot be circumvented.
Q: This tool just broke my computer and now my SO won’t talk to me anymore, I’m late with a work assignment and I have to re-install Windows! What to do?
A: This tool is provided as is, without any explicit or implied guarantees of any kind (limitations may apply depending on jurisdiction). Try to retrieve the logs (if any were generated) and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
So, the first pair seems to suggest to me that the “filesystem-checking functionality” of all rootkit scans suffers from this “limitation, not a bug.” But, nearly every other rootkit scanner (1, 2, and Kaspersky and Norton. And none of these other programs come with the scary warnings of “We bricked your shit? Tough titties.” McAfee is the only other rootkit remover than comes with a similar similar warning:
“Q: How can I get support for RootkitRemover?
A: RootkitRemover is being provided as a free tool to detect and clean specific rootkit families. It is not a supported tool. McAfee Labs makes no guarantees about this tool.”
So, if these are the only felt compelled to issue these warning, and they’re also the only two that don’t boot in safe mode, I have to wonder if the two events are related. And, if this results in bricking your computer on a regular basis, while the other rootkit removers, don’t, maybe one product is inferior? But, maybe the one pair are attacking more insidious versions of rootkits.
The FAQ ended with this attempt at humor:
“We might be able to help, or at the very least we’ll write a cautionary tale about your predicament and post it online.”
Now, I may find more hilarity in the situation if I were more confident that my malware issues were resolved.They seem to have subsided, but I haven’t really been doing much on my computer.
Anyways, to summarize my questions: A) What did Bitdefender mean about never planning to do anything about the virus/worm, unless it had an interesting rootkit component? Is that a normal stance for a malware provider to assume? and 2) If, Bitdefender’s Rootkit Remover gets rid of rootkits “quickly and effectively making use of award-winning Bitdefender malware removal technology” why won’t they stand by the product they offer, at least they’re paying customers. And iii) Which rootkit remover should I use? I suspect the answer will be basically all of them; in anticipation, I already have my files backed up. Sheesh, what is it with you IT guys and backing up files? (Only kidding. I religiously protect my files.) And, Lastly, ****) How long do thorough rootkit scans and erasures take? I saw that Kaspersky claimed their rootkit remover only took about 15 second; I believe the other website misread, so the claim of 3 seconds doesn’t seem infeasible.
As always, I thank the Exchange for its input.