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Scientists Demonstrate Virus That Spreads Across Wi-Fi Access Points

EvilIdler Re:Back in 1990.. (68 comments)

One orker on each side.

about 2 months ago

Meet the Developers Who Want To Build the Next Snapchat

EvilIdler Re:Misread (61 comments)

I misread the title. Thought it said "Slashdot", not "Snapchat". Not sure which misreading was worst :/

about 2 months ago

Sony's Favorite Gadget Is Kinect

EvilIdler Re:It's the ads (222 comments)

It's a frequent complaint from people in the US, but outside I don't think you get the scrolling ads without signing into a US account.

about 2 months ago

How To Develop Unmaintainable Software

EvilIdler Re:Old news (211 comments)

Apart from the small size, that looked a lot like something I was stuck with for a while. The source for that project varied from 100MB to 250MB, because of slightly different customised versions for clients. It was written in an ancient dialect of BASIC that runs on no current system, so it had to be emulated. It could have been replaced in 6 months by two dedicated programmers for far less than it cost to buy the rights to the whole thing in the first place, but only one of us was that dedicated. There was a third guy, but he was of course an external consultant dedicated to knowing this system, and charging in limbs for maintenance. It's possibly that the system I worked on was the code-bloated version of the accounting system above. It did both accounting and PoS tasks, and then some.

about 6 months ago

Bill Gates Acknowledges Ctrl+Alt+Del Was a Mistake

EvilIdler Re:Why not SysRq? (665 comments)

You don't have to. You can press the eject key on the keyboard, or choose Eject from the right-click menu :)

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 7 Slow?

EvilIdler Re:yawn (488 comments)

The funny thing is that even older devices (at least iPhone 4 and iPad 2, possibly others) which can upgrade to iOS7 don't have all those flashy effects. The backgrounds in popups are relatively flat, mostly opaque on my iPad, for instance. So no, it doesn't look like they activated effects my device can't handle in an effort to make me upgrade :)

about 7 months ago

Apple Starts Blocking Unauthorized Lightning Cables With iOS 7

EvilIdler Re:Then you choose where to look (663 comments)

Apple overall. The difference between those 4 companies making phones isn't great, either. They're all doing pretty well.

about 7 months ago

He Fixed 300,000+ Machines - America's Oldest Typewriter Repairman Dies At 96

EvilIdler Re:300,000 Machines? (201 comments)

Some repairs are pretty easy (replacing one simple part). Typewriters used to be pretty sturdy too, so many repairs would be of the simple kind. Somebody who's good can probably replace a cylinder in 5 minutes and a key in 15 (or less).

about 7 months ago

Amazon One-Click Chrome Extension Snoops On SSL Traffic

EvilIdler Re:Common Sense Advice (95 comments)

Occasionally something as simple as download links may stop working if you block Google Analytics, because the people who made the website are too stupid to simply parse weblogs for downloads. But other than that nothing of value is lost. Stock up on AdBlock, Ghostery and other goodies. Throw in Web of Trust for good measure.

about 9 months ago

Microsoft Integrating Xbox One Advertising With Kinect To Profile Users For Ads

EvilIdler Re:Great (300 comments)

Some of these "ads" on the PS3 are direct links to my most recently played games.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Is the Future of Old Copper Pair Technology?

EvilIdler Re:20MBit (347 comments)

My copper at home goes for 2.5km, and I'm lucky to get 11Mbit :/ I think copper is here to stay because the ISPs don't consider it worth upgrading.

about 10 months ago

Google Code Deprecates Download Service For Project Hosting

EvilIdler Re:So, "Don't Be Evil..." (185 comments)

No. GitHub uses, as the name implies, Git. You git clone the source code :) People will just have to get used to hosting binaries on some other site, though. Just look at how quickly Flickr got a workaround to allow any file (you can find it on GitHub, incidentally).

about a year ago

Demonoid Resurrection Dismissed As Malware Was Legitimate

EvilIdler Re:It's a trap? (83 comments)

It took me 4-5 retries before I remembered the right password, of course. They also had my e-mail. At the very least they do have the original database with data going back 8 years. Whether we can trust the admins is still questionable - for all we know they could be setting up the biggest MAFIAA honeytrap yet ;) Also, there is nothing important or identifying on my profile, at least. The e-mail is an alias only used there, the domain is privacy-guarded to hell (and I'm the provider). Never use a real name, even if you just made a research account. Especially then :)

about a year ago

Demonoid Resurrection Dismissed As Malware Was Legitimate

EvilIdler Re:Okaaaay... (83 comments)

I don't remember how many years ago it was, but a major provider of sports ads in Europe had drive-by infections. The Flash hate really picked up steam in those days :)

about a year ago

Demonoid Resurrection Dismissed As Malware Was Legitimate

EvilIdler Re:It's a trap? (83 comments)

I had an account from 2005, and amazingly still remembered my password. Yep, it's the old DB. What sort of people are running the server is a whole different matter, though.

about a year ago

Browser Choice May Affect Your Job Prospects

EvilIdler Re:Makes sense (374 comments)

Chrome is the only one not named Safari or Opera showing local storage etc. easily, you mean ;) Safari has the menu with the boring name "Develop", and Opera has Dragonfly.

1 year,5 days

Tiny Tentacled Microorganisms Named After Cthulu

EvilIdler Re:Ia! Ia! Cthulhu fhtaghn! (54 comments)

It's whenever new music no longer makes sense to you.

1 year,12 days

US and Russia Lead List of Malware Hosts

EvilIdler Re:China, North Korea, Turkey, Russia - Not US (39 comments)

I get a lot of those botnet hack attempts on sites I host, and it's mainly Spain, Italy and Ukraine lately, from residential IPs. A few come from the UK, and they're at other server hosts. The last type are actually fixable, as the admins respond. The residential ones either keep quiet and deal with it, or don't care. The past few months the clustering has dropped off too. It's an isolated login attempt or two a day to Wordpress sites (which one filter bans after 3-5 failures) or SSH ports (rarely, and handled by fail2ban).

1 year,18 days

The Internet's Bad Neighborhoods

EvilIdler Re:How is this news? (77 comments)

Yeah, they move around as they get blocked/lose their accounts. More than half the spam *I* see nowadays seems to come from Ukraine or Spain. There used to be mostly spam originating from Brazil a while back, and a few years ago it was almost exclusively coming from Bulgaria. But the contents were the usual top 10. Most of the activity in general from Ukraine and Russia is people trying to get into Wordpress sites I run. Fail2ban and plugins take care of them, but I don't get why anyone would want to spend time on trying to get into blogs nobody reads :P Really - all the visitors are searchbots, spambots and intrusion attempts! If I remove some security measures the only people who'd be drive-by infected are other spammers and hackers.

about a year ago



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