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The Broken Design of Microsoft's "Fix it" Tool

Covert Penguin The right tool for the job (165 comments)

I find it humorous that Microsoft releases Windows Defender for spyware and Windows LIVE for antivirus when it would benefit them much more to integrate the, albeit limited, protection provided by these clients directly into Windows.

In other words, fix the problems with Windows directly instead of pretending to be the valiant solution provider in offering add-on products to fix the problems they originally created.

more than 5 years ago
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Could Fake Phishing Emails Help Fight Spam?

Covert Penguin Re:Been there done that. (296 comments)

Most people who are not IT professionals dont care. If they hose their own computer they dont have to fix it, you do.

+1, Proving that this requires a technical solution, as opposed to some new method of training users.

more than 5 years ago
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Fannie Mae Worker Indicted For Malicious Script

Covert Penguin Security is a process (325 comments)

Bruce Schneier is right; security is a process, not a product. The internal threats are just as great, if not greater, than the external ones.

more than 5 years ago
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More Claims From NSA Whistleblower Russell Tice

Covert Penguin Re:Why does Obama support this? (271 comments)

I'm skeptical of any politician. However, I'm willing to keep an open mind for a while longer on Obama.

Consider that he may only now be privy to information/intelligence that scares him as much as it did Bush/Cheney. Not that I agree with the policies of the previous administration; I'd like to think that change might be delayed because of some information Obama hadn't been previously party to, and he's still trying to determine the most appropriate long term solution for.

more than 5 years ago
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Smart Robot Capable of Hunting For Its Own "Food"

Covert Penguin Re:Not at all premature (191 comments)

You're assuming that the lawn mower was tasked with the cat's safety in addition to cutting the grass.

Alternatives:
1.) Make the wheels smaller so the cat can't enter the business end of the machine.
2.) Get a dog. Most are too big for the lawnmower to injure, and will keep the cat off the grass.
3.) Reconsider feline sympathy.

more than 5 years ago
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Ireland's Largest ISP Settles With Record Industry

Covert Penguin Re:A comparison (222 comments)

Don't joke. What if the real purpose of 5 day delivery is because they've already begun doing it?

more than 5 years ago
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Please No, Not a Blade Runner Sequel

Covert Penguin Re:Ignore it if you don't want to watch it. (585 comments)

I don't get the whole "this sequel is terrible, it shouldn't have been made!" thing. You don't have to watch it. The fact it's been made doesn't affect the original in any way whatsoever. Chill out.

You obviously don't have a 10 year old son whose appreciation for Star Wars or Indiana Jones has been irreparably damaged by his having watched what should have never been a 4th installment in the franchise before seeing the original.

Besides, there's an outside chance it could be really good. The Bladerunner idea is a great starting point.

Let me tell you about my mother...

more than 5 years ago
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Windows 7 To Come In Multiple Versions

Covert Penguin Re:Survey says.... (821 comments)

Doesn't Microsoft typically label as a feature what are generally known bugs/problems?

more than 5 years ago
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Big HMO Jolted By Email, System Failures

Covert Penguin I worked there, but I'm all better now (171 comments)

I worked for KPIT back in the days when HealthConnect was known as the EHR (Electronic Health Record) project. EHR was deemed a failure after a few years, but in typical Kaiser IT fashion they merely changed the name of the project and continued down their futile path. EHR became CIS (Clinical Information System). It was a running joke among the employees about how we weren't allowed to call CIS what it was, "the new EHR". I wasn't surprised to hear that the failing project had been renamed a third time to keep it's momentum. Funny thing about Kaiser is that they'll probably scrap the HealthConnect name after this blows over. I've yet to see another organization as screwed up as Kaiser Permanente's IT department, and I was in the military for 4 years. Enjoy the show folks!

more than 7 years ago

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