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

deviated_prevert Re: In after somebody says don't run Windows. (462 comments)

I assumed they'd get the jump on me, what with me running Norton.

In Soviet Commieputer nation computers Norton runs you!

3 days ago
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Silicon Valley's Quest To Extend Life 'Well Beyond 120'

deviated_prevert How about doing something usefull. (272 comments)

Like extending the life of some computers and hardware beyond the life cycle dictated by the world according to Microsoft and their planned obsolescence specialist "hardware partners"! Thank God the geniuses in Silicon Valley have not figured out how to transfer the engrams of Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer onto micro chips just yet.

YIPES just maybe they already did it and that is why we are stuck with operating systems that expire! Perhaps they are keeping the real human interface software, networking, bandwidth and available memory space all to themselves and are really just herding the plebs from somewhere out on the net called silicon heaven and are not even human beings anymore!

about two weeks ago
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The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch

deviated_prevert Re:Almost true from 1995-2000 (153 comments)

> If I want to include an RCMP officer in full dress uniform in a stage play even in the country where they come from then I have to get permission from Disney to use the image.

That was almost true for a few years, from 1995-2000. The RCMP had a merchandising contract wherein Disney Canada would manage whatever rights RCMP had to the mountie image. They figured Disney is pretty good at managing the branding of a character, so they contracted with Disney to manage the Mountie character.

Does the RCMP have the right to control whether or not you have an RCMP officer in a play? Probably not. The image wasn't a registered trademark, and you're allowed to use other people's trademarks in certain ways. Therefore, they couldn't have Disney manage that right for them.

To the extent they did have Disney managing their licensing for merchandising, that deal ended fourteen years ago.

Thank you for informing me that the deal is over. However it would not at all surprise me if there are deals that are not public knowledge currently in force. Our conservative government does this sort of thing all the time and the management decisions of the Mounties are under their direct control, unlike in the US where the FBI was a distorted organization run by a Tzar that was appointed essentially for life because he had dirt on all the political parties.

What is really disgusting is that Corbis has essentially done damage long term to the free dissemination of digital images of the worlds great art. I am sure that all the artists who painted the masterpieces are turning in their graves. As are Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, George Szell and a host of other greats who produced great recorded arts that are now owned by the assholes at Sony.

My original statement still stands, these assholes are doing more damage to the arts than they are good, period.

about a month ago
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The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch

deviated_prevert Re:The day the music and freedom died. (153 comments)

Sums up the mickey mouse laws that Sony, Disney and their ilk have created in the industry. It has nothing to do with copyrights it has everything to do with control of content.

I don't see a problem with Disney still retaining full rights to Mickey. The company still exists and actively uses the character in their works.

What would you do if your kid decided to get creative then you were sued by Disney? All because he or she did a doll based cartoon using Mickey and Mini and then posted the results online?

It will take something like this happening to expose these crooks for what they really are. I am sorry I have no respect for Sony or Disney as they more than any other corporations have stifled creativity and have become anti-creative and destructive to the arts in many ways. Youtube and other sites scare the shit out of the hats at Sony and Disney for a very good reason. It is a place where real creativity can happen and they do not control all the content. The leaked e-mails revealed this fact and I have no doubt that Google gets plagued with take down requests from these morons. In the long term the United States will become one of the worst places to create anything new if these corporations have their way. Perhaps they do not see it yet but their policies will bite them in the ass in the long term.

It is almost as if they are deliberately destroying the creative end of their organizations.

I would guess what is really happening with them is that the bean counters point to how much of their business is coming from old moldy rehashes of the stuff in the vaults and then board and CEO cave in and cut the budget for new ventures. And at the same time increase the legal budget to fight for extensions to their copyrights.

Sony and Disney have become little more than a disease upon the arts, the fact that the attack from North Korea is seen by the media as a "national security crisis" instead of a minor annoyance speaks volumes to how much power they wield.

about a month ago
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The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch

deviated_prevert The day the music and freedom died. (153 comments)

Sums up the mickey mouse laws that Sony, Disney and their ilk have created in the industry. It has nothing to do with copyrights it has everything to do with control of content. If I want to include an RCMP officer in full dress uniform in a stage play even in the country where they come from then I have to get permission from Disney to use the image.

It is time for someone to challenge this nonsense and expose the practices of these charlatans for what they really are. Then perhaps the public will wake up to the real damage to freedom of expression in the entertainment industry that these corporate thieves and their myrmidons in government have foisted upon the audience.

about a month ago
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Stealthy Linux Trojan May Have Infected Victims For Years

deviated_prevert Re:systemd hasn't been around that long, has it? (129 comments)

As long as your sig is under construction it will not be ready to move into the light. Personally I prefer tailor made sigs.

about a month and a half ago
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How One Man Changed the Ecology of the Great Lakes With Salmon

deviated_prevert Re:Genetic viability is also a long term concern (118 comments)

"You'd rather just whine in complete ignorance rather then read something interesting and become more knowledgeable. Pathetic."

A complete ignorance of native species within an ecosystem is the problem sir. The use of the word "trout" is symptomatic of the ignorance of the general populace, especially in the east. The native char species of the Great Lakes have a tendency to be slow growing variants, in fact the actual age of mature Salvelinus that were the predominant top shelf predators of Superior and Huron are very poorly understood. Some have a life span that is many times longer than any Oncorhynchus. And as for ignorance well what can I say, other than it is extremely unfortunate that we tend to ignore the individuals who warned against these interventions in the first place.

No matter how well intentioned, putting an artificial construct into a robust ecosystem by completely ignoring how it works in the first place is the problem and those who advocate this policy usually have a very short term monetary interest in mind not the environment especially some idiots out west here that have actually illegally planted all sorts of eastern species.

No sir the ignorance is much deeper and problematic than my rant, the problems start by taking the easy way out by creating artificial fisheries that cannot work in the long term instead of embarking upon long term habitat stewardship and is the core of the issue here.

about a month and a half ago
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How One Man Changed the Ecology of the Great Lakes With Salmon

deviated_prevert Genetic viability is also a long term concern (118 comments)

Out west, where the original Oncorhynchus (so called Great Lakes salmon and Rainbow trout) stock came from we are experiencing a decline in the viability of stocks because of hatchery methods. Perhaps the decline in stocks in Lake Huron is partly due to this problem as well as a drop in feed levels. The entire marine habitat of the Georgia Straight as well as the Straights of Juan de Fuca is losing resident native strains of Oncorhynchus because of the loss of viable in stream rearing habitat on the rivers and creeks that are essential to the life cycle of west coast salmon.

In turn we are seeing a drop in populations of many native species that predate upon the salmon, including the resident Orca pods.

Out here our answer to the problems is to use the few remaining herring and instead feed it to farmed salmon in pens. In fact one of the arguements for the expansion of the fish farming industry is the fact that we have screwed up the viability of the existing one, so go ahead mess it up completely! As the genetic viability of the hatchery stocks declines over the next few decades then just maybe we might start to take action in the place where it is needed most, kicking out the idiots who are doing the damage and exposing the practices of fish farming for what they are not what they pretend to be.

Just maybe the loss of the sport fishery in the Great Lakes will serve as a wake up call to the idiots who oversee the fisheries, if not it is time to turf them out of their fat chairs in Ottawa, Washington and the provinces of BC, Ontario and states like Michigan where the management of our fisheries has become the realm of short sighted morons who bend to industrial interests.

about a month and a half ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

deviated_prevert Re:What about long-term data integrity? (438 comments)

Surely it protects against data loss due to (some) hardware failures.

It doesn't protect against rm -rf /* type data loss.

rm -rf /dev/sd(*)"whichever drive you mounted that has been infected by the manufacturer with windows", can protect the user against infections by Windows 8 very nicely indeed though. Or for those who like to watch a drive slowly kill it off, a good session of dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sd(*)"whichever drive you mounted that has been infected by the manufacturer with windows"

Either way a very satisfying result and a sense of real accomplishment happens, without any serious data loss.

These simple actions are the best known method to increase the life span of old computers with less than 8 gig of ram with hdd drives and a primitive OS that constantly overtaxes drives by constantly indexing a pagefile.sys section to disk for no good reason other than to kill the drive in a short period of time, so the consumer will go out and buy a new 'puter ever other year! GRRR

about 2 months ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

deviated_prevert Re: In an unrelated news item... (334 comments)

Perhaps, but Europe isn't exactly the engine of growth powering the world, either. Maybe EuroParl should think about fixing employment and debt along its southern periphery instead of trying to dismantle Bing's competitor.

LOL the first post that mentions anything about the competition. Perhaps the EU is just trying to get special software seat costs for member countries from Redmond. A simple case of "the Mouse That Roared" strategy to get special treatment from the real monopolists on the block!

Either way the truth about why the EU are trying to oust Google is most likely well and truly hidden from the tech journalists and the tech journalists that are reporting on this perceived strategy to dismantle Google as a company are in the pocket of the people behind the scenes.

If Google is successfully dismantled and restricted in access by a segment of the internet as large as the domains of Europe then chances are what we will see happen in the future is new routing hardware and nodes being built. The results of breaking up Google in a big way will be a case of "All Roads Lead To Redmond" not Rome along with huge bandwidth cost increased not real competition as some officials in Europe may think.

The other possibility is that the net will split up and we will see disconnected local nets firewalled in the same way China does. This could be easily done with hardware based domain blocking technologies the way cell phones can be made to lock out competing providers network pipes.

Either way the network traffic and services including ad revenues will be controlled in Washington State instead of California. The revenues conveniently off shored by the lords of Redmond to avoid paying American corporate and state taxes regardless of which who is on the top of the heap.

Or just maybe Suse will get more money and build a competitor search engine based upon Bing's search engine software, perhaps this explains the recent love affair with Linux that is happening in Redmond.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Aims To Offer Windows 10 Upgrades For All Windows Phone 8 Lumias

deviated_prevert Re:Who cares (77 comments)

I'd say "who cares about Windows Phones" because that's kinda not the problem here. It's not Windows Phone 8 that the 10 upgrade is sorely needed on. Windows 8 (the desktop OS) is the failure that needs to be fixed here. Precisely because a computer isn't a phone.

I have a wonderful cell for sale if anyone is interested. The radio is absolutely excellent and rarely drops calls even in remote locations. The hardware has not given me any issues at all over 5 years of use and the battery is interchangeable by the user! Really it is called a Samsung Omnia 910. Trouble with the phone though is the OS which is essentially useless for web surfing with html 5 multimedia content.

The offending OS is unfortunately a Windows mobile mashup of xp and double unfortunately even though it will easily run an early Android release the carrier has the thing locked down to the point where there is no way to change the OS.

"Someone buy my phone PLEASE!"

To quote a famous comedian.

about 2 months ago
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New Particle Collider Is One Foot Long

deviated_prevert Re:Not exactly (161 comments)

If you do a Google search on

SLAC PUB plasma wakefield
you will find a lot of non-paywalled papers on this and related plasma accelerator experiments at SLAC.

And if you use BSD or Slac you will not have to deal with a the over sized POS systemd configuration to accelerate your bits for packet collisions!

about 3 months ago
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Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

deviated_prevert Here is Steve making the actual comment. (283 comments)

Steve was a little out of sorts at the time. He was looking at the Win8 after market sales figures on Amazon compared to the numbers of Android products.

about 3 months ago
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Google Expands Safe Browsing To Block Unwanted Downloads

deviated_prevert Re:Will Google have the balls to block Oracle? (106 comments)

No, dumbass, you can't use the google toolbar with google chorme. Its redundant.

Too bad you called the OP a dork, for obvious reasons. If I had mod points I would have given your post a boost. Obviously the same goes for the bing things and all the other crapware from AOL and the like. Google is running into the same image problem that Microsoft did with activeX. Damned if you do, loose user eyeballs if you don't. Java that is another whole kettle of muck. Here is hoping that html5 does not turn out to be as insidious with add on off browser capable apps that just highjack the engine and fool the user into thinking the add on is a real computer program that they absolutely must have.

The mind of the user is the first target of add on malware, the second target is usually their wallet.

about 5 months ago
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Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet

deviated_prevert Re:Rubbish (453 comments)

Republican Political Scientists always want to keep the common, working class man down.

There fixed that for you.

about 9 months ago
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Computer Game Reveals 'Space-Time' Neurons In the Eye

deviated_prevert Re:I saw this happen just today! (105 comments)

she snagged the thing backhanded as it fell off the shelf. Apparently, ninja's work at PetSmart.

Either that or she was a really hungry. Working stocking the shelves at PetSmart cat food is most likely all she can afford to eat. I am a pensioner and sometimes my cat eats better than I do, Friskies starts looking better and better all the time, wonder if their chicken and giblets pate would taste ok with mustard on a cracker? Might need a little salt but honestly some high end cat food is starting look better than what I have to eat most of the time.

about 9 months ago
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Heartbleed Turned Against Cyber Criminals

deviated_prevert Re:Darned Heartbleed (50 comments)

The point was specifically that the guys who highjack e-mail accounts to send viagra offer e-mails all over the net are known to reside on phoney porn sites sitting there like fishermen waiting for some sucker to click their targets which are usually phoney links in the first place. They are the ones who were quick to exploit the Openssl hole and do man in the middle interception of encrypted passwords.

Believe it or not there are still phone calls being made by people claiming to be from Microsoft telling you that you have a problem with your Windows. These guys come from the same places that pull all these scams. They have been at it for years and are starting to worry about the down fall of the Windows operating system on the home desktop. Many are out looking for jobs and some even apply for unemployment insurance, others are trying to find easy ways to target other devices.

As long as phoney certs can happen these guys will find ways to redirect or intercept data from unsuspecting users and create havoc on the net. It does not matter if you are using a VM if your instance is hacked and your password to a site is stolen you are cooked because it has nothing to do with being "infected" with a virus it has to do with being hacked while on the net and your network stack being temporarily hosed to expose your sensitive data.

about 9 months ago
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Heartbleed Turned Against Cyber Criminals

deviated_prevert Re:Darned Heartbleed (50 comments)

3 days after the news about Heartbleed is broken, my email account is hijacked and someone is sending my former teachers emails about Viagra. I have a hunch that this bug is the reason...

HINT:

Quit surfing pron sites now.

about 9 months ago
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US and UK Governments Advise Avoiding Internet Explorer Until Bug Fixed

deviated_prevert Re:Recommended browser for old XP machines? (153 comments)

That said, on an XP system you should install EMET 4.1 (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41138) for Windows XP. It will mitigate this and many other issues. You should not be running Windows XP without it, now that XP is EOL. Also, use a third party Antivirus solution like Kaspersky or NO32. And for the love of Dog, do not use Java, flash, or Adobe %products%.

You are forgetting the simple fact that no matter how good emet gets at doing the job of stopping remote exploits the problem is the person behind the keyboard. Do you really think that the majority of people who use XP are capable of understanding what heap execution prevention is? Or understanding what a freaking .dll is? Considering the fact that any OS that can arbitrarily run executable binary code directly off the internet is broken by design. It was ridiculous for Microsoft to release a remote controlled OS for granny and grandpa to use in the first place. The very concept of data execution prevention should not even need to exist and it was never needed in the first place. Internut Exploiter is broken and needs to be shot once and for all!

PS Having read about the specs for emet on WinXP I notice it does not run as a service and must be launched for the set policies to protect the stack, so unless grandma and grandpa can figure out how to set it up, get it to make exceptions for drm software like silverblight and other common DIGITAL RIGHTS SOFTWARE like Digital Editions, which is used by just about everybody who reads books from libraries on loan and a swack of other DRM stuff like the code that runs cds, dvd, bluerays and a whole host of other devices that use drm data execution blocking locks.

I can set up emet and configure it to work with all the individual programs without a problem but you can bet that most users will install it, boot it up once and go OH SHIT WTF and just never use it or set it up correctly. That is why the trusted computing nerds at Microsoft do not wave it around and say "here you go we have a way to finally fix XP so that it is secure!"

about 9 months ago
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Lumina: PC-BSD's Own Desktop Environment

deviated_prevert Re:Why? (148 comments)

Why would either Apple or Microsoft want it?

Have you looked at sales of Win8 lately? Whoever re-invents the wheel and comes up with something trendy in terms of how things work as a windowing gui will either make a tonne of cash, or in the case of MS cloning the interface become the replacement for "Windows" which Microsoft is desperate to find.

The difficulty is that finding a new paradigm other than a "windowing" gui that catches on with J Q Public is not that easy. Tiles and touchy feely screen win8 just ain't making it the customer is not getting gizz on their pants over the "Windows" OS any more, in fact the customer has become jaded and finds that using Windows is akin to jerking off.. you do it but it is not really satisfying unless you are someone like Steve Ballmer.

about 9 months ago

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Musix Is Back in Realtime

deviated_prevert deviated_prevert writes  |  about a year ago

deviated_prevert (1146403) writes "The Musix distro from Argentina is an interesting combination, it uses Debian stable and much the same group of packages as Knoppix. However they have tuned the distribution for RT audio work and like Knoppix it really is fast to boot and run, even from usb on a stick. By far the fastest iso boot distro going, it boots from usb2 on my old IBM T42 laptop in under a minute. So far I have found it to be extremely stable and very well thought out. It looks like a very good setup for a DAW it is not bogged down by pulse audio complications and will work exceptionally well with older hardware like ICE1712 based devices like the popular M-audio cards as well as support all the newer devices."
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Can digital music replace all instrumental musicians?

deviated_prevert deviated_prevert writes  |  about a year ago

deviated_prevert (1146403) writes "Most instrumental music used today in television commercials, background sounds and themes even on the majority of produced shows comes from completely digital composers who produce the product through digitized instrument samples. This has almost eliminated the need for real human instrumental musicians. For most people this makes no difference as this music is essentially background in nature and does not need to have a true musical interaction with a listening audience at all.

The same thing applies to the waves of digital music produced for things like raves. To quote one observer at the Globe and Mail "So now we know why Deadmau5 and Daft Punk wear helmets when they perform. Everybody is digging the music, but no one is dancing. It is a sad development; the headgear of the maestros is there to mask their tears."

Will the live performance of instrumental musicians also become a thing of the past or is there any real need for it? Purely instrumental groups like Booker T and the MGs as well as solo performers like Herbie Hancock or John McLaughlin seem to not take the spotlight as they once did. It is apparent that unless someone with a young fresh face is singing today's producers will not attempt to promote them any longer.

Regardless of how great today's instrumentalists are musically there seems to no longer be a market for real musicianship. Even great performing classical musicians and ensembles seem to becoming scarce because corporations have mostly switched to faster and cheaper digital music production."
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More water on Mars than anyone expected.

deviated_prevert deviated_prevert writes  |  about a year ago

deviated_prevert (1146403) writes "The Curiosity rover has revealed something which is completely unexpected about the planet.

"It was kind of a surprise to us," said Curiosity scientist Laurie Leshin with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. "If you take a cubic foot of that soil you can basically get two pints of water out it," she said. "The soil on the surface is really a little like a sponge for sucking stuff out of the atmosphere."



Perhaps those who signed up for a one way ticket will be able to actually establish a permanent colony. If they don't all behave like they are on an episode of a Survivor reality tv show and kick each other off the planet as humans operating at a tribal colonist level are prone to do!"

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Sushi and software

deviated_prevert deviated_prevert writes  |  more than 6 years ago

deviated_prevert (1146403) writes "A Vancouver B.C. sushi restaurant has been caught with their hands in the wasabi. They used software to erase records for the purposes of tax evasion. It is interesting that the common restaurant systems can so easily be bi-passed by a hack. The Squirrel system common to some Canadian restaurants work from a very simple locked down server. My thinking is that the hack must be somewhere in the SQL chain to the accounting interfaces, otherwise the core server would most likely choke on any modifications to the system. What gives the IT industry the biggest black eye is the fact that there are Tax Zappers available on the internet and questionable software salesmen abound in the every growing modern day plague of high tech fraud."
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Could Nasa's and the ESA find ET by 2020?

deviated_prevert deviated_prevert writes  |  more than 6 years ago

deviated_prevert writes "By 2013 the we could find out whether gravity from blackholes eating matter can produced graviton waves. The upside of the Lisa project is that it is a cooperation between Nasa and the European Space Agency. But could the project also be capable of finding more than just that which it was designed to do? Are there other forms of waves that travel trough space at extremely long wave lengths? Could there be other forms of waves or EMR that we cannot yet detect?"

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About my slashdot handle deviated_prevert

deviated_prevert deviated_prevert writes  |  more than 6 years ago My handle comes from Colonel "Bat" Guano talking to Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake (Peter Seller) in the movie Dr. Strangelove

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Lisa and Nasa/ Esa

deviated_prevert deviated_prevert writes  |  more than 6 years ago By 2013 the we could find out whether gravity from blackholes eating matter can produced graviton waves. The upside of the Lisa project is that it is a cooperation between Nasa and the European Space Agency. But could the project also be capable of finding more than just that which it was designed to do? Are there other forms of waves that travel trough space at extremely long wave lengths? Could there be other forms of waves or EMR that we cannot yet detect?

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