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Over 9,000 PCs In Australia Infected By TorrentLocker Ransomware

ITRambo Sandbox before browsing (78 comments)

We install Sandboxie on all computers that are in for service. The benefits of using it are explained to the customer. A rogue website only takes over the sandboxed session. If infected, close the box, delete the contents and you're up and running again. I do not comprehend why the "partial" sandbox of existing browsers is considered to offer protection. Full sandboxing is the only way to do so. Nothing short of a full sandbox is safe. The sandbox in 360 Total Security looks promising also. But, it needs to be selected from the right mouse click menu, when clicking on the browser icon. My experience is that people get lax and won't do this all the time. Of course, if someone uses a cloud backup service, like Carbonite, they can clean the viruses on the PC and then restore their files as long as their cloud files are not encrypted also.

yesterday
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

ITRambo Lawyers (187 comments)

Apple's lawyers were not working to bring out the truth or present anything that Apple did that hurt the competition. Their job is to win. Half-truths and ridiculous scenarios being presented as helping the customer are all part of the game. The lawyers succeeded in steering the jury to see Apple as a humble, helpful, servant of the people. Preventing possibly corrupted music files from inhabiting their ecosystem was a noble goal. Lies, but apple Apple wins.

2 days ago
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Last Three Years the Quietest For Tornadoes Ever

ITRambo SyFy channel appreciates the input (184 comments)

"More storms, more violent storms, the coasts scoured down to bedrock by hurricanes, the interior a hell of violent weather." The result is Sharknado. Keep looking up people!

4 days ago
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Bank Security Software EULA Allows Spying On Users

ITRambo Questions about this. (135 comments)

What does IBM plan to do with the collected information? If malware is present, will IBM inform you of that fact, or simply record what type it is for their records? Will IBM remotely remove said malware and then expect payment from us for doing so? Hmmm.

about a week ago
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Chinese CEO Says "Free" Is the Right Price For Mobile Software

ITRambo Free, like broadcast TV, with ads (133 comments)

Free mobile apps make money from ads and from freemium sales. These are commercial products and are not open source. Claiming the apps are "free" is good marketing.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Develop "Paint" To Help Cool the Planet

ITRambo This is just silly (145 comments)

The surface area to paint is insufficient to have a meaningful intended effect. 1) It won't stay clean for long reducing effectiveness. I know, as the former white roof of my business is now a spotted light gray. 2) Coating adhesion is not eternal. It's expensive to repaint often. 3) The greenhouse effect would just bounce much of the reflected infrared right back to heat up some other part of the earth. Paint to cool the planet is a nice idea, but terribly useless. Just go plant a tree somewhere and call it a day .

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Discover an "Off Switch" For Pain In the Brain

ITRambo Re:Mindfulness is the best pain killer (83 comments)

Meditation leads to relaxation which results in less perceived pain. Try meditating while under a stressful timetable and focusing on the job at hand so the work is completed ASAP while the next job awaits, all while arthritis is causing your joints to beg for a massage that isn't coming. This is why we take analgesics. Meditating isn't often practical when pain relief is needed the most.

about three weeks ago
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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

ITRambo Fairness in the US system (413 comments)

Nice study. However, 21st century US systems are set up to benefit those in power, or their corporate sponsors. Redistricting is not going to change to be more fair.

about three weeks ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

ITRambo Re:Um, what? (433 comments)

At least she didn't trade Sammy Sosa to Dell.

about three weeks ago
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

ITRambo The Lord has spoken. (452 comments)

I am Davis. Look at what the Lord has given me. Here are fifteen (accidentally hits backspace key), er, ten commandments.

about three weeks ago
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Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

ITRambo 80% is not 100% (203 comments)

From the PCMag article: "The company said it survives drops up to 80 percent of the time." That's from a three foot drop. Corning does not promise no more broken iPhone screens as the headline reads. Slashdot, please stop with the click bait headlines. Present facts, please.

about three weeks ago
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Physicists Resurrect an Old, Strange Dark Matter Theory

ITRambo Galactic Oort-type cloud (138 comments)

Does this imply that there might be an Oort-style cloud, or bubble-like sphere, on the galactic edges made of small clumped matter, the total mass of which is many times that of the observable galaxy?

about a month and a half ago
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New GCHQ Chief Says Social Media Aids Terrorists

ITRambo Libertarian (228 comments)

If you are in the US and don't vote Libertarian, where a candidate is available, then you are continuing the corrupt two party system. Otherwise, follow the old advice: If they're in, vote 'em out. Every time.

about a month and a half ago
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Some Virgin Galactic Customers Demand Money Back

ITRambo Re:Climbing Everest is around 2% (165 comments)

The difference is sitting on your ass at 5% risk, or busting your ass while freezing at 2% risk, with additional risk of frostbite or non-lethal injury. Tough choice.

about a month and a half ago
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Researchers At Brown University Shattered a Quantum Wave Function

ITRambo Re:Tentative summary (150 comments)

Thank you for a superb, comprehensible summary.

about a month and a half ago
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The Future of Stamps

ITRambo Complete waste (131 comments)

Because... lasers are freaking cool. Postage etched with lasers. How long before a postal worker turns the lasers on everyone on the room?

about 2 months ago
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South Korean ID System To Be Rebuilt From Scratch After Massive Leaks

ITRambo North Korea moves South (59 comments)

5 million more stolen ID's and the entire population of North Korea can apply for South Korean benefits.

about 2 months ago
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

ITRambo Continually improve fission. (350 comments)

Cold fusion is magic. It doesn't work and has been debunked over and over again. I suspect that some cold fusion researchers are great salesmen that sell the dream of an eventual big payday and historical fame to investors. Instead of cold fusion nonsense, nuclear engineers should be working on improving existing small fission reactors, like Toshiba's 4S. That's something mankind can use. Not never ending "ten years from now" promises of cold fusion.

about 2 months ago
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First Teleportation of Multiple Quantum Properties of a Single Photon

ITRambo not (107 comments)

Agreed. Some researchers, apparently to obtain funding, redefine entanglement effects as teleportation. Much cooler sounding.

about 2 months ago

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