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Mac Malware Evolves - No Install Password Required

JeffSpudrinski Re:No surprises here (374 comments)

Security companies of all types release information about vulnerabilities...that's nothing new.

Sophos has been around for years and are widely acknowledged as a leader in security software...they simply aren't that well know in the US. Same goes for Kaspersky...been around for years, but the marketing giants of McAfee and Symantec are simply more well known in the states.

I'd rather someone out there let folks know about these issues when they find out and it never hurts if they also provide a solution.

If they had known and *not* told anyone, they'd take a beating for that.

Just my $0.02.

-JJS

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Stymies Lendle E-book Lending Service

JeffSpudrinski Re:Read... (237 comments)

I know a perfect way to bypass Amazon's API to loan and borrow books.

Let's consider having a building where we can store them paid for by our taxes. Then we can go and get free memberships and atually have a real book.

Let's call it a "library".

Then we can borrow and lend and no one can stop us.

In all seriousness...this very thing (and similar cases of "big brother-ishness" from Amazon and others) is why I have been anti e-reader. You're granting power to a company to control what you read and how you read it...and you are paying them to do it to you.

Don't give up freedom for convenience. Amazon has gotten too large in this market and wields too much influence.

While I hate to see it happen, I foresee some sort of federal regulation of "e-reader's rights".

Just my $0.02.

-JJS

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Taking Down Erotica, Removing From Kindles

JeffSpudrinski Re:I hope they removed The Holy Bible too (641 comments)

Agreed. I haven't liked any of online content e-reader devices for reasons just like this.

I resent paying someone for something just to let them decide what I can and can't have on the device (and numerous electronic devices fall under this issue).

I don't know laws in other parts of the world, but I live in the USA and people here simply wouldn't stand for it if someone attempted to remove books from a bookshelf in their house. I have no idea why people will stand by and quietly allow this type of crap to go on. They just can't realize they are giving up freedoms a tiny bit at a time.

-JJS

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Taking Down Erotica, Removing From Kindles

JeffSpudrinski Re:I hope they removed The Holy Bible too (641 comments)

Point of context:

You're correct, except that Lot's daughters thought they were the last living humans on the earth. So they got him drunk and seduced him and justified by by wanting to continue humanity. Lot wasn't to blame except that he got drunk enough to let his daughters seduce him. "I was drunk" has never been a valid legal defense.

The point of the story was that even his daughters had fallen victim to the environment of Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot was pretty much a "tragic protagonist" in the story.

Don't flame me...I'm just adding a bit of context to the original comment.

-JJS

more than 3 years ago
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America's Cubicles Are Shrinking

JeffSpudrinski Re:Causality (484 comments)

Amazing how corporations will justify whatever they want.

Because people are not given a choice but to work in less space, they therefore say that they don't need it or want it.

Question: did they ask the workers (really ask them...anonymously)? .02

-JJS

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Create Mice From 2 Fathers

JeffSpudrinski Re:In b4 shitstorm (435 comments)

Not arguing here (don't flame me if you disagree)...just providing a little clarification:

Quote: "Mary had Jesus by God which was a 1 Mother, 0 Father scenario (God is generally regarded as the spiritual father. I don't think many Christians envisage actual physical sex with God as evidenced by the virginity of Mary remaining intact)"

Some Christians would interpret this is 1 Father, 0 [genetic] Mother. Some interpretations have it that Mary was mainly the surrogate mother and Jesus was God incarnate. He used Mary's womb as His starting point...thereby completely experiencing what it was to be human from the start. Again...that kept Mary's viginity intact, however she was considered holy enough for this honor...which is why some tenets of Christianity (Catholicism) honor Mary greatly.

-JJS

more than 3 years ago
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Single Software Licence Shared 774,651 Times

JeffSpudrinski Re:I think Microsoft might have them beat... (446 comments)

Dang...that brings back memories. I remember the code that worked every time for Win95. It had a lot of sevens and a few zeros (No, I'm not posting here). I never installed a pirated copy, but just used that number to save time when installing.

Wow...I feel like a grizzled old soldier reminiscing about the "good old days".

I won't bother to tell you to get off my lawn. You'll figure it out when you see my field of land mines.

-JJS

more than 3 years ago
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AVG 2011 Update Causes Widespread Problems For 64-Bit Windows

JeffSpudrinski Re:AVG? Feh. (318 comments)

True...it is still there, but they still try to make it hard to spot the free link.

They prey on folks that they are hoping either 1) aren't very tech savvy, or 2) are in "panic" mode to install something and will click on the first thing they find.

Back when I stopped recommending AVG was when I had several folks I had sent there and they all got the "trial" version by mistake and not the free version.

You've got to remember, Slashdot folks, not everyone using computers is as savvy as most folks here are. AVG started preying on that by moving the "free dowload" link to the bottom of the page where it was a very nondescript link.

That's also why I'm careful about directing folks to CNET since CNET allows ads on their site that have huge green "click here to dowload now" as part of the ad...and the ad will be something similar (but not free) to the software folks might be looking for.

It's the same trick AVG started using...still offering the free stuff, but making it hard to find how to actually download it without knowing the tricks to watch out for.

-JJS

more than 3 years ago
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AVG 2011 Update Causes Widespread Problems For 64-Bit Windows

JeffSpudrinski Re:AVG? Feh. (318 comments)

I've been discouraging my friends/customers from using it for about 18 months now.

Agreed that it was once awesome, but they took a dive when they starting including that crappy IE plugin tool that pre-verifies all the results of your searches.

They also make it nigh on impossible to find the free version on their site (or it was hard last time I looked, which has been a while).

While all AV programs are prone to screwing something up, this one won't help their already soured reputation.

I've been using Avast and Sophos for a while now and had little issues with either of them.

-JJS

more than 3 years ago
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The 5-Year Console Cycle Is Dead

JeffSpudrinski Re:Wow, not even the first example is right (422 comments)

Not only isn't the example right, they've not taken into account the "rolling upgrades" that the new consoles have gone though and the firmware upgrades.

Time was, when you bought a console, it was the same no matter when you bought it. Now, the PS3 you buy isn't even close to the original PS3. The two are differnt hardware, software, etc... The only commonality is they look similar and run (most of) the same games. The Wii is about the only current console that is almost identical to it's original offering.

-JJS

more than 3 years ago
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Empire Strikes Back Director Irvin Kershner Dies at 87

JeffSpudrinski Re:Sad day (132 comments)

Indeed. While they are all very cool, SW:TESB was, by far, the best of the lot. Lucas is good (well...okay at it, anyway) and they are all enjoyable to a certain degree, Episode 5 is the one I revisit most often.

-JJS

more than 3 years ago
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Worker Rights Extend To Facebook, Says NLRB

JeffSpudrinski Re:Freedom of speech... (340 comments)

I didn't say it was right, but that's the way it is.

If you trash your boss or your workplace in a public forum, then they can find lots of "legal" reasons to let you go. Think about it...if your boss was looking for a reason to get rid of you, how many of you out there come in two or three minutes late, take a personal call at work, browse the web, etc... If you're on the boss' good side, he/she turns a blind eye...if they don't like you, then you get written up.

There's laws to protect workers, sure...but there's lots of ways for companies to still fire you, but stay within the confines of those laws.

Someone shouldn't realistically be surprised that the company will start watching them looking for a legit reason to get rid of them if they trash their boss or workplace publicly.

Again...doesn't make it right, but that's just the way it is.

Later,
-JJS

about 4 years ago
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Worker Rights Extend To Facebook, Says NLRB

JeffSpudrinski Freedom of speech (340 comments)

Sure...you can say/write whatever you want.

If you write that you hate your boss...in a public forum...with your name...don't expect your boss to buy your lunch for you. ...and don't expect them to forget about that when it comes time to pick employees for layoffs.

You can say/write whatever you want...just be ready to accept the consequences.

-JJS

about 4 years ago
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The Galaxy May Have Billions of Habitable Planets

JeffSpudrinski Re:Getting to them has always been the problem (380 comments)

This math is nothing new. Carl Sagan discussed this exact thing during his series called "Cosmos" made back in 1980. (If you haven't watched it, you should. I was an instant Carl Sagan fan when I saw this.)

-JJS

about 4 years ago
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You Have Taste Receptors In Your Lungs

JeffSpudrinski Re:Maybe some help for Asthmatics (223 comments)

"Singulair side effects include...other side effects such as agitation, aggression, anxiousness, dream abnormalities and hallucinations, depression, irritability, restlessness and tremor"

Sounds like the same side effects of the coffee he referred to.

-JJS

more than 4 years ago
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Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley Dishes On Steve Jobs

JeffSpudrinski Re:Control (417 comments)

dZ,

Please...not intended to be a fight, don't take it personal.

My experience with Apple folks is based on personal experience and not people in forums (fora, as you put it). I know a lot of people that use Apple products and while there are some who genuinely use them for their strengths (those in desktop publishing or graphic artists), there are those who use them and roll their eyes and smirk when they meet those "others" who don't have Apple products and they look down their noses at them.

I don't defend or crack on Apple other than they tend to cultivate a cultist style of attitude. My comments about Steve Jobs were just that there are a lot of people that will gleefully applaud and fawn over whatever his current gadgets are, no matter how expensive or redundant they are (not all of them). If anything, they can be construed as a compliment to his ability to sell just about anything at any price.

I don't (and did not) insult everything Apple does. They make good hardware, but it's overpriced for what it provides. If you know how to do it, you can get equal performance/security from a Microsoft OS or from Linux. Just like you can make your Mac OS insecure if you really want to.

Re-read my original post. I never said Apple stuff was crap...I said the Steve Jobs could sell anything and used crap (which most people wouldn't purchase) as an example. If it makes you feel better, then pretend I said he could sell iSand to people that live in Saudi Arabia.

Anyway...don't take it personal when other disagree with you. No personal slight was intended.

Later,
-JJS

more than 4 years ago
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Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley Dishes On Steve Jobs

JeffSpudrinski Re:Control (417 comments)

They were Toaster Streudles, you insensitive clod.

Thanks for bringing that back up...why don't you just give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it while you're at it?

Seriously...my comments weren't intended as anything personal against Jobs. He's a salesman, and a dang good one. The man can sell anything.

There's just way too much of a "cultist" attitude with a lot of Mac users (and that is cultivated by the Cupertino folks). The users I'm referring to can't see anything positive in anything that's not an Apple product.

Every OS has some good and some bad. Folks that are tech savvy enough learn to balance all of that. My personal network setup has a mixture of Windows, Linux, and Mac stuff without being obsessive about any of it. You build on strengths and avoid weaknesses.

Just my $0.02.

-JJS

more than 4 years ago
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ACLU Says Net Neutrality Necessary For Free Speech

JeffSpudrinski Re:Hmm... (283 comments)

There's two schools of thought here.

1) Net neutrality is important to free speech because the ISPs will invariably abuse the rules (without breaking them, of course) laid out if they are allowed to slow down certain types of traffic. They will slow it to the point that it becomes unusable (file sharing, anyone?), or slow down access to competitor's sites (again to the point where they become unusble). The companaies will claim they won't, but history has proven otherwise.

2) Net neutrality is only good if you're the one doing the file sharing or watching the streaming movie. The older folks simply trying to upload pictures of their grandkids or browse to HGTV's site, but it runs slow because the 14-year-old kid next door is sharing his entire 16 GB colletion of MP3's to the world on the same subnet. Is it fair to the ones who aren't sharing (and they don't have any real alternatives to go to)?

That being said, I'm a huge fan of Netflix and I don't want my streaming movies throttled down. I lean more toward neutrality, but would hope that the worst abusers of bandwidth could still be corrected when needed.

Just my $0.02.

-JJS

more than 4 years ago

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Massive linux bug opens most systems to takeover

JeffSpudrinski JeffSpudrinski writes  |  more than 5 years ago

JeffSpudrinski (1310127) writes "According to The Register (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/08/14/critical_linux_bug/) a bug in the Linux kernel has been discovered that opens most, if not all, version of Linux released in the last eight years to complete takeover. According to security researcher Julien Tinnes "...the vulnerability is as trivial as it can get to exploit...". While not "earth-shattering", this is pretty serious. With as many "flavors" of Linux as there are out there, we can only hope that sysadmins using the OS can get patches in place quickly to mitigate any possible damages."
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