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400,000 PCs Infected With Fake "Antivirus 2009"

Rahga Re:Malwarebytes (353 comments)

That advice works wonders when the file won't delete while it's in use and the registy entries rewrite themselves after you delete them.

more than 5 years ago

400,000 PCs Infected With Fake "Antivirus 2009"

Rahga Understating the menace. (353 comments)

This family of infectors is probably, by far, the worst spyware/hijacking peice of junk I've ever seen. I can't help but feel that 400,000 isn't nearly the number that has actually been infected, simply because nobody I know actually uses MSRT, and I seriously doubt that any machine that gets infected with it could actually get back into the condition where it can download and/or install MSRT, or virtually any other software. It's just that bad.

more than 5 years ago

Print News Fading, Still Source of Much News

Rahga Re:Painful evolution (140 comments)

I don't think paper as a news medium is non-sustainable... I just think that Newspapers as a 12-section behemoth advertising delivery vehicle is non-sustainable. The current amount of bloat is immense, and exists simply because the current model is to sell as many ads to as many clients as possible. This means a ton of cheap ads that take up a large percentage of space, and they won't cut down content until advertisers pull out completely.

Limiting it to fewer sections to at higher cost would probably keep more papers in business long term, but would cut a ton of the potential to make money if and when business gets good again. Like it or not, most newspapers would rather take that bet then downsize to a sure thing.... Otherwise, they open themselves up competition. Remember when markets had multiple newspapers competing with each other, "Extras!" on street corners? Neither do I, but that time did exist once, and probably will again.

more than 5 years ago

Is MySQL's Community Eating the Company?

Rahga Re:Too late for a proprietary fork? (223 comments)

I've done my share of programming under the GPL... and I've never liked it. I never implied that proprietary was better, rather I prefer software that is free in every way. If you have a BSD-licensed app and you want to use an awesome code snippet from a GPL piece of software, you can't. (At least, not without going back to the contributor and working out some sort of deal.)

more than 5 years ago

FCC Cancels Free Internet Vote

Rahga Re:The real fix for the filtering problem... (257 comments)

I just wanted to ammend my post by saying that none of this is a good idea, but if the government was in the business of good ideas, it would be better to license rather than filter. The former at least has a shot of succeeding to some degree.

more than 5 years ago

FCC Cancels Free Internet Vote

Rahga The real fix for the filtering problem... (257 comments)

The real fix for the filtering problem is not to filter, but to license access to the internet. To be completely honest, just about everything done on any public utility has rules and regulations and forces people to obtain licenses to use them. Want to drive on the road? Get a license. Want to be an electrician? Get a license. Want to check out library books? Get a license. If you abuse the public's trust, you get your license revoked. Unlike, say, blocking IPs of the RBN, content filtering will never work, socially or technically, so waste our time trying.

more than 5 years ago

Google To Sell Truly Open Android Dev Phone

Rahga Re:Stupid Cell Phone Question (219 comments)

Sprint is CDMA, not GSM. The "G1" phone doesn't do CDMA. What you want isn't possible.

more than 5 years ago

Google To Sell Truly Open Android Dev Phone

Rahga The Sprint Problem (219 comments)

I'm stuck on Sprint right now and probably the near future, unfortunately. As much as I'd love to develop for Android, Sprint has made it very clear that they don't value my business. CDMA keeps me from using this developer phone on Sprint. The only way I'll be able to switch is if I come across a magical pile of money that makes it all relatively painless.

more than 5 years ago

Free Resources for Windows Perl Development

Rahga More like lack of interest. (117 comments)

"But the tens of thousands of smaller modules on CPAN are lagging, in many cases because of lack of access to a Windows environment for development and testing."

I was born on a day, but not yesterday. I must admit to not using perl for anything serious in a very long time, but as I recall, many smaller modules in CPAN didn't even work trouble free on an up-to-date linux machine because they were either badly coded or simply didn't run with newer versions of other dependencies. Maybe things have changed, but I doubt access to Windows machines is a real issue for anybody apart from a tiny handful of GNU diehards/blowhards.

more than 5 years ago

Postfix's Creator Outlines Spam Solution

Rahga Re:I lost a lot of respect for Wietse Venema (253 comments)

There's all sorts of low pressure work to do at Morgan Stanley... For example:

* Schmooze with Paulson and Bernanke.
* Knock the ball into the cup.
* Read twitters from your best buds at Goldman Sachs

It used to be busier before they had to remove a few items from that list like...
* Play with Credit Default Swaps
* Short Sell

more than 5 years ago



Rahga Rahga writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rahga writes "It's the dumbest move I've seen a tech retailer make recently... Circuit City will fire 3,400 employees, then offer them and others their job back if they are willing to go back to entry-level pay, from $11 to around $8. Justification is that they've been paying well over market values. In other words, they are now demanding salespeople that are as clueless as the guys in Wal-Mart's electronics department."


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