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Apple Quietly Goes After Mac Trojan With Update

BarlowBrad Re:Let's get this out of the way, shall we? (321 comments)

That is so awesome, I am currently backing up my system to reinstall Windows, so it will be great to get this on there to start with... thanks Hairyfeet!

more than 3 years ago

Apple Quietly Goes After Mac Trojan With Update

BarlowBrad Re:Let's get this out of the way, shall we? (321 comments)

Windows users are probably safer because they know of the dangers out there

Not necessarily. I believed the same thing until I married my (non-tech savvy) wife three months ago. After we got married and she started using my computer I found it started to slow down... because of malware. I never used AV protection before because it seemed to slow down my PC more than the malware would. But I didn't realize just how clueless she was until I saw her clicking on the images of the "Close X" to close a pop-up (that somehow got past Firefox... because she disabled the pop-up blocking and no-script), and the click-through took her to a site that supposedly sped up computers, but I'm pretty sure would only slow them down. Now I'm faced with trying to figure out a way to keep my computer fast and I'm not sure which way to go...

more than 4 years ago

Source Code To Google Authentication System Stolen

BarlowBrad Star Wars (306 comments)

...the theft raises the possibility that attackers could analyze the code to find new exploits to take advantage of in the future.

Many Bothans died to bring you this information...

more than 4 years ago

DRM Content Drives Availability On P2P Networks

BarlowBrad Re:Paying (211 comments)

I see your point, and you make a good one. But I think you are missing the crux of the grandparent's argument. Yes, it is difficult modify a new car due to the way they are typically manufactured, but it is not as if the manufacturers went out of their way to make it difficult to prevent modifications. They just build it the efficient way possible. Contrast that with many of today's devices such as "the iPod and it's ilk" which go out of their way to prevent modifications.

Yes, there are devices out there which are built to be easily modified (see Android and it's ilk), but it feels wrong for the manufacturers to intentionally make their devices hard to modify, which they do.

more than 4 years ago

Simple, Cost-Effective, Multiroom Audio?

BarlowBrad Re:Deliver the audio via FM-radio (438 comments)

Any suggestions on a decent transmitter? All the ones I have tried can barely get across a room, let alone through a wall.

more than 4 years ago

Save the Planet, Eat Your Dog

BarlowBrad The Real Point of the Book (942 comments)

Is it possible that the real point of the book is not to really suggest that we eat our pets, but rather to raise awareness and get people talking about the environment? If so, perhaps they have succeeded.

more than 4 years ago

What Belongs In a High School Sci-Fi/Fantasy Lit Class?

BarlowBrad Re:What? IMHO that's not true! (1021 comments)

Perelandra is good, but my personal favorite of Lewis' SciFi/Fantasy work is "That Hideous Strength". It just sucked me in and never let me go when I read it in high school.

more than 4 years ago

Angry Villagers Run Google Out of Town

BarlowBrad Re:Google Maps (1188 comments)

Mine cross references Google's street view database with homes in areas that make the news with key words "Affluent" and "Burglaries".

more than 5 years ago

More Websites Offending Thai Monarchy Blocked

BarlowBrad Re:Thailand's censorship directly impacts our news (220 comments)

But there still has to be someone that finds it first and reports it. This cannot come from traditional media sites if they self-censor, but instead must come from true internet journalists.

more than 5 years ago

Comcast's Throttling Plan Has 'Disconnect User' Option

BarlowBrad Re:Chill pill people (299 comments)

It may be hefty for a single user, but multiply it by a family of six (consider teenagers and young adults instead of young children) and that 250 GB is eaten up much quicker than you would expect.

What's next, a "Comcast High Speed Internet Family Share Plan", a la the current cell phone financing structure?

more than 5 years ago



What Are the Best Laptop Theft Recovery Measures?

BarlowBrad BarlowBrad writes  |  more than 6 years ago

BarlowBrad (940854) writes "Yesterday my house was broken into and among other things two laptops were stolen. Getting past the feeling of violation, I am looking to the future and how to both prevent theft and recover computers should it happen again. I have found various services that claim to track and recover stolen laptops such as LoJack for Laptops, Computrace, GadgetTrak and Undercover, but I (obviously) have no experience with any of them. I also know that Intel will be coming out with a new anti-theft technology chip, but that isn't supposed to come out until the fourth quarter and I'll be replacing the laptops before then. Does Slashdot have a recommendation between these services or suggestions for another?

I have also wondered if there is a "home brew" solution that I could cook up myself. I'm not an elite programmer, but I am somewhat computer savvy and open to ideas. At least one of the replacement laptops will have to be a Windows machine, but the other may be a Mac or run Linux, so ideally I'd want a solution for multiple platforms. Perhaps a script that sends an email with the IP address every time the computer connects to the internet? Or is there already something out there like that in the Open Source community?"

Microsoft Announces New Zune Lineup, Wireless Sync

BarlowBrad BarlowBrad writes  |  more than 6 years ago

BarlowBrad (940854) writes "From PC World: "Microsoft announced a new slate of Wi-Fi-equipped Zune players today, including $150 4GB and $200 8GB flash-based players, and a $250 80GB model that's slimmer than the original Zune. All of the new models feature touch-sensitive controls and wireless syncing with your PC, a much-demanded feature that Microsoft will also make available on the original 30GB Zune when the new models debut in mid November."

Wireless. More space than a Nomad. But draw your own conclusions."

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