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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

cbiltcliffe Re:trendy (467 comments)

Security essentials is ok and doesn't spam you, but it's just ok.

HTH,

Security Essentials used to be just ok. Over the past year or so, it's turned into the most useless piece of crap I've ever seen. I used to recommend it as a free option for some people, but lately I've been ripping it out of every machine I see it on, in the same way I used to do with Norton a few years back.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

cbiltcliffe Re:In after somebody says don't run Windows. (467 comments)

You don't need no brakes on your car to study what happens to some other guy when they crash their car.

Similarly, I don't need antivirus on my computer to reverse engineer the infected files I pulled from a client machine; which, incidentally, their antivirus said was clean, and I found them manually. (But wait! How did you find them without the antivirus telling you that they were infected?! That's unpossible!!! <head explodes>)

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

cbiltcliffe Re:In after somebody says don't run Windows. (467 comments)

Don't forget checking the state tables on your router every once in a while.

Oh...that's right; most routers don't actually let you see that information. You have to be running something actually, you know, useful. Like pfSense.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

cbiltcliffe Re:In after somebody says don't run Windows. (467 comments)

Hardy har har. I'm pretty sure you were trying to be funny.

But, just in case you, or any of the other similar comments were actually being serious:
  Maybe that actually meant "don't run anything resembling antivirus software," since, you know, that's what the thread and the article are all about.....

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

cbiltcliffe Re: In after somebody says don't run Windows. (467 comments)

Well, once I sorted out your bizarre punctuation and capitalization, I realized I agree with you.

Every one of my computers has Sandboxie installed. It's one of the tools I used when analyzing malware, when I want to see exactly what it does to the machine.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

cbiltcliffe Re:In after somebody says don't run Windows. (467 comments)

I don't execute virus files on my work computer. That would be stupid. I decompile/reverse engineer/etc them.

I have a separate computer that I use if I need to actively infect one. It's not a VM (for the exact reason that some posters have already given) but I do have a Clonezilla image of it, so I can quickly wipe/reinstall after analyzing the infection.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

cbiltcliffe Re:In after somebody says don't run Windows. (467 comments)

AC: "I'm a fucking idiot, and have no idea how to tell if a computer's infected without big scary warnings from my antivirus software, therefore everybody else is exactly the same."

Never mind the fact that if nobody could detect an infection without a/v software, then it would be impossible to ever add new viruses to the definitions of any antivirus software; meaning, of course, that all antivirus software would have a precisely zero detection rate, and therefore would be completely useless. So, even if you're right, then you're still wrong.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

cbiltcliffe Re:In after somebody says don't run Windows. (467 comments)

That would be "in before somebody says 'don't run Windows'".

Having said that, I've run Windows (among other things) for years, and haven't run anti-virus in over a decade for two reasons:
- it's more trouble than it's worth when you know what you're doing,
- it's hard to do any kind of virus research at all when you've got antivirus trying to delete every infected file you're examining.

In the time I've not run a/v, I've never had an infection. (I never had an infection before that, either, but that's beside the point.)
I use Comodo Endpoint Security on the kids' computer, and the HTPC, but my main Windows desktop hasn't had it for years, and won't have it for the foreseeable future, either.

All my Linux machines, of course, don't run anything, except for my mail server, which has ClamAV on it, just to scan attachments.

4 days ago
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2014: Hottest Year On Record

cbiltcliffe Re: noooo (560 comments)

Bullshit. Most (all?) of the Northern hemisphere had the most brutal winter we've had in decades. We broke cold temperature records that were 100 years old or more. Then, on top of that, summer basically never happened. We didn't actually get to normal summer temperatures until September, and there were reports of similarly cool June, July and August temperatures from far afield.
So for 2014 to be a record hot year, I have to ask: where the fuck was it actually hot? Unless all the land in the southern hemisphere was actually on fire, this claim seems to be a flat out lie.

about three weeks ago
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GCHQ Warns It Is Losing Track of Serious Criminals

cbiltcliffe Re:Brought it on ourselves (229 comments)

Times are changing, nowadays you can commit crimes without even going out of your house, real-time encrypted communication with your whole gang.

When has this not been true? Invite a bunch of neighbours over with some balloons tied to the front porch, and a sign up that says "Happy Birthday Son!"
Then, sit in the kitchen talking about your plans to blow up some local municipal building, while some co-conspirator dresses as a clown and entertains the kiddies in the front room that you can see through the window from the street. (Ok, so you probably had to leave the house to buy the balloons, but still.)

Police methods and laws need to keep up with the technology and their use by criminals.

Provide evidence to a judge, receive a warrant. That's the process. Period. As technology progresses, the types of evidence you can present to a judge also progress. That right there is now they keep up with the technology.

about a month ago
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GCHQ Warns It Is Losing Track of Serious Criminals

cbiltcliffe Re:Just arrest them then? (229 comments)

Evidence != Conviction.

1. You suspect someone of a crime based on some evidence you obtained legally, either by accident,by witnessing something in a public place, by a witness statement, by a confession, or some other method, but regardless, it's without a warrant, but using a method that's legal to obtain evidence without a warrant.
2. Based on this evidence, you obtain one or more warrants and use them to gather more evidence.
3. If the totality of evidence points to a crime being committed, you arrest and charge the target with a crime.

The problem with the NSA/GCHQ, etc, is that they're not following this pattern. Instead, they're doing this:

1. Perform surveillance on everybody without warrants.
2. If you find anything pointing to a crime committed by an individual, then, well, repeat step 1.

about a month ago
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South Korean Power Plants To Conduct Cyber-Attack Drills Following Hack

cbiltcliffe Re:Huh? (39 comments)

If there is an Internet connected switch on the dedicated SCADA network, then it's not air gapped, by definition. Air gapped means there's no wire running from the Internet side to the protected network. Hence, there is an "air gap" in between the two networks.

about a month ago
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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

cbiltcliffe Re:A more important issue... (246 comments)

In Windows the video driver is installed automatically on the fly. All you get is a couple of seconds a blank screen, and you don't even have to exit the desktop.

Err....no. No, it's not. After you've figured out the video chipset manufacturer, been to their website, found the right driver package, downloaded it, double clicked the installer, agreed to the EULA, and clicked next a few times to copy the files to the hard drive.....then, and only then, is the video driver installed automatically on the fly.

That's like saying you've got a self driving car that gets you from home to work automatically, when it fact, you've got a recent Ford that only has parking assist.

about a month ago
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Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles

cbiltcliffe Re:Goal is cooling, not reduction of warming. (114 comments)

The climate is already changing, the goal is to reduce the amount of change.

The problem is the effort is not to reduce the amount, the effort is to send change, however slightly, in a VERY BAD direction.

We already know the Earth will enter a glacial period again. It may even be tending to do so now, we really don't have the understanding of climate to say for sure.

THIS. Somebody, finally, who fucking GETS IT!

On geological time scales, there is no such thing as a stable climate. We WILL enter another ice age, sometime in the next 1000 years or so. When we do, there will be no chance in hell that earth will support its current population. I'd estimate that Earth's population will be reduced to significantly less than a billion, through starvation, disease, and resource violence. That's over 80% (probably 90% by then) of the world's population that will be wiped out, simply because there won't be enough food, water, or non-glacier-covered land for everybody to live. Most of the equatorial regions will be desert, and pretty much everything more than 45 degrees latitude away from the equator will be covered in kilometers thick ice.
The Black Plague didn't wipe out anywhere near this percentage, and we consider that to be a huge disaster.

If we can, through man made activity, prevent the next ice age from happening, even if it does cost of a couple of small island countries, the environmental and human cost is astronomically less than the ice age alternative.

about a month ago
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Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles

cbiltcliffe Re:sjeee.... (114 comments)

The climate is already changing, the goal is to reduce the amount of change.

The climate has been in constant flux ever since the earth formed from a cloud of dust. The idea that we somehow must be warming the earth with our activity, simply because it's a touch warmer now than it was in 1860 is the worst kind of arrogance.

about a month ago
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Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles

cbiltcliffe Re:This seems bad... (114 comments)

Yes, lets fiddle with the environment, these are the same scientist who in the 70's wanted to try and heat the earth because they thought we were all headed to an ice age. Just think if we had let them do that!

We ARE headed into an ice age. Look at the last million years of temperature history of the earth, and you'll see our current warm period is scheduled to end sometime in the next thousand years or so, at the latest.

It's not a question of if we'll get to another ice age, but when. As in, will the people who are alive when the next ice age starts still speak a recognizable version of my language, or will it have changed enough that I wouldn't be able to communicate with them? Yes, we're potentially that close.

about a month ago
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Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles

cbiltcliffe Re:...the biggest polluters *in some compounds* (114 comments)

... vs 100HP in your typical automobile,

What the heck do you consider typical? A Trabant?
A subcompact Toyota Yaris is 106 hp. A Nissan Juke, which is smaller than most families can actually use, is 188 hp for the base model, going up to 215 for the upgrade models. A Buick Encore, another tiny SUV, is 138 hp. GMC Terrain, which is actually getting close to the "typical, average" car, is 182 hp for the base model, 301 for the upgraded engine.
Any mid size car or minivan that any family actually can use is going to be at least 180-200 hp, and could easily be up in the 300-400 hp range. Hell, my first car, horribly underpowered as it was, was 115 hp, and that was a 1981 model.

If you're that far off with one of your assumptions, so simple to be verified as incorrect with 10 seconds on Google, then why should we consider anything else you say to be accurate?

about a month ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

cbiltcliffe Re:pro/con (445 comments)

You got that *half* right...

From the freaking summary:
"A provision to extend the controversial USA Patriot Act to 2017 was also appended by the House of Representatives."

Which also didn't pass, as it was part of the same bill. Hence, why it was a "pro" that the Patriot Act didn't get extended.

Duuh.

about 2 months ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

cbiltcliffe Re:Beware the T E R R O R I S T S !! (445 comments)

So basically, they're saying "the land of the free and the home of the brave" should sacrifice our fundamental liberties and allow the government to ignore the constitution to keep us safe. Why don't they just move to North Korea? It has everything they want.

We're all too damned terrified to be brave, so you need to make us non-free, so we can be safe11!!1!11!111eleventy!1!!!

Oh, say can you see
by the dawn's early light.
The terrified people
the government begging.

Oh, please keep us safe
from the big bad meanies
Who you keep on saying
they all want to kill us.

And the rocket's red glare
the bombs bursting in air
We've all never seen them
but you say ISIS has them.

etc.etc.etc.

about 2 months ago

Submissions

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Video games affect behaviour positively.

cbiltcliffe cbiltcliffe writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cbiltcliffe (186293) writes "A study done at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah has determined that playing video games with a parent positively affects behaviour in girls age 11-16.

Boys apparently don't get the same effect, but girls "were less likely to suffer from depression/anxiety or aggressive behavior."

Even the authors of the study, however, couldn't help but taking one jab at games, stating that "co-playing (at least with girls) may be one way to stay involved with adolescent activities and to negate at least some of the negative effects of playing video games.""

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Hollywood movie studio MGM files for bankruptcy.

cbiltcliffe cbiltcliffe writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cbiltcliffe (186293) writes "MGM Movie studios (distributor of the James Bond movies) filed for bankruptcy in Manhattan after rejecting a takeover bid.
According to the article, the pre-packaged bankruptcy plan will eliminate about $4 billion in MGM debt, and replace managers with those from Spyglass Entertainment....
MGM said it has enough cash on hand to fund “normal business operations” throughout its bankruptcy,..

My question is, will this be used by the MPAA to lobby for harsher copyright sentences, due to the "obvious connection between piracy and this bankruptcy", or will they admit that, as the article states, "the company was hobbled with debt" after a 2005 buyout?"
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Microsoft Plubin puts Firefox users at risk.

cbiltcliffe cbiltcliffe writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cbiltcliffe (186293) writes "The 'Windows Presentation Foundation' plugin that the .NET framework installs in Firefox is vulnerable to the same "browse-and-get-owned" situation that Internet Explorer is.

From the article:

"While the vulnerability is in an IE component, there is an attack vector for Firefox users as well," admitted Microsoft engineers in a post to the company's Security Research & Defense blog on Tuesday. "The reason is that .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 installs a 'Windows Presentation Foundation' plug-in in Firefox."
According to annoyances.org: "This update adds to Firefox one of the most dangerous vulnerabilities present in all versions of Internet Explorer: the ability for Web sites to easily and quietly install software on your PC," said the hints and tips site. "Since this design flaw is one of the reasons [why] you may have originally chosen to abandon IE in favor of a safer browser like Firefox, you may wish to remove this extension with all due haste."

Although Microsoft states that the MS09-054 update also patches this vulnerable component, so be sure to apply it to any machine(s) you maintain."

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DMCA enforcement bots.

cbiltcliffe cbiltcliffe writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Somebody a few days back posted a comment about creating a program that plugged up the bots copyright holders are using to check filenames available on the internet. I took a small amount of time to write one, that's at least somewhat automatically extensible.

The program itself is mirrored on Yahoo Geocities, and the homepage is at http://cbservices.dyndns.org/Anti-DMCA/anti-dmca.html

As the homepage server in question is only on a home DSL connection, I've limited the number of connections possible at a time to 30 in my server config. I'll see how the /. effect takes hold, and bump this up a little if the server seems to be handling it ok...If you get a server busy error, try a little later, or just get it from Yahoo, and try the homepage after you've installed the program. Untar the archive from within your apache root directory, and everything will end up in the right spot. Read the readme file, install, and enjoy.

If somebody who gets there first wants to mirror the file and post another link to a fast server in the first message or two, that would be appreciated.

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