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Over 9,000 PCs In Australia Infected By TorrentLocker Ransomware

felixrising Re:Company I work for got hit... (83 comments)

That sounds like a security argument that forgets the convenience part of the equation. If you have departments of 100+ staff and need them to have access to the same files... all it takes is one user falling for it, you're still left moping up. We had two staff fall for it from different departments... fun times.

2 days ago
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Over 9,000 PCs In Australia Infected By TorrentLocker Ransomware

felixrising Company I work for got hit... (83 comments)

We had two employees access the torrentlocker website, right through out proxy portal with Kaspersky and McAfee running, and they downloaded it to their PCs running McAfee and then ran the bloody thing. By the next morning, we had more than 50000 files encrypted. I spent the next two days scripting deletion and restores across several multi-terabyte file shares. What I REALLY don't get is, why the heck did a known piece of malware like that make it through all of those antivirus/antimalware systems and heuristics and succeed in ruining two perfectly good days? (just ignoring all of the staff downtime).... Anybody?

2 days ago
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Rosetta Results: Comets "Did Not Bring Water To Earth"

felixrising Re:The wet ones did! (135 comments)

Someone mod this guy down too... there is no air in space and hence no sound... there is therefore no "whooshing" sound.

about two weeks ago
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Rosetta Results: Comets "Did Not Bring Water To Earth"

felixrising Re:The wet ones did! (135 comments)

Someone mod him down.... if you're in orbit... mass has nothing to do with it.

about two weeks ago
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Stars Traveling Close To Light Speed Could Spread Life Through the Universe

felixrising Starship... Star-ship (184 comments)

Putting a new twist on Starships... Literally an Interstellar Star-ship. If you measure civilisations on the Kardashev scale; then a Type 1 -> 2 civilisation should be capable of redirecting a candidate star to place it on a course to travel wherever they want... it might take a long time, but hey, if you want to go traveling across the universe, you'd better do it on a grand scale.

about three weeks ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

felixrising chest thumping... planet of the apes (342 comments)

The world has gone insane!!! Why would anyone threaten or rationally consider using nuclear weapons against any country all over the political leanings and chest thumping of the leadership of some other country?! It's insanity.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

felixrising I'm sure it's been said before.... (334 comments)

1. Install Ubuntu 2. Setup only the applications they need in the task bar. 3. Install teamviewer host and or just enable openssh with dyndns for location. 4. ??? 5. Profit!!! I've had this set-up for my mother for 4 years now. She had Windows beforehand, but it kept committing suicide and was a much easier target for would-be malicious agents (yeah, she gets her fair share of "Microsoft support" calls offering to fix her computer - she knows how to respond these days). It's just rock solid, runs a web browser (gmail, facebook, google searches) and it runs skype too.. she doesn't need anything more than that.... and it keeps her support requirements very low. I just do a system check whenever I see her and it's always just happy as larry.

about 3 months ago
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Newly Discovered Asteroid To Pass Within Geostationary Orbit Sunday

felixrising Re:Isn't that cutting it kinda close (101 comments)

Meh, don't worry about it, I'm sure some other Country is spending money tracking NEOs.

about 3 months ago
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Finland's Nuclear Plant Start Delayed Again

felixrising You need more project managers (130 comments)

As everyone knows, when it comes to planning, you need someone to manage those plans, you need more project managers.. the more you hire the more planning will happen.. almost in direct proportion. You probably don't need experienced engineers as much as you need project managers... in fact, you might want to add a program manager to manage the managers who manage the projects.. this way many plans will be made, planning projects will be finished and the projects will happen because of gant charts. no real self respecting project can be accomplished unless you have gant charts.. and recently there have been some amazing developments in gant charts, for instance, they don't need to be waterfall.. they can in fact be other shapes too.. we're not sure what shapes they really can be, but to be safe, lets make it a waterfall so project coordinators can follow them without too much management overhead. Oh, I forgot to mention we need project coordinators under the project managers, and program managers on top of the project managers.. you know, like a waterfall.. like a gant chart that looks like a waterfall. I can feel the synergy from here.

about 4 months ago
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

felixrising Play hardball (181 comments)

John Oliver really said it well, explained the nature of the shake-down... these ISPs are simply being greedy and not realising that providing a quality fast connection to their subscribers is in their own interest, providing poor quality connection to services that other ISPs are providing good quality to only serves to hurt their reputation and good will with their own subscribers. If was Netflix or any of these content providers that are providing great content for the ISPs, I'd play hardball.. it'd hurt their own bottom line for a while, but if they banded together with other content providers to enforce it, they would soon have the ISPs begging.... So what would I do? Notify customers of these big ISPs that within two months they will no longer be providing the full service via that ISP.. sit back and watch the ISPs customers leave in droves.. of course, this is just turning the tables on the ISP net neutrality rules, but when the ISPs are already playing hardball and have their own man in charge of the FCC, then it's time to give them a taste of their own medicine.

about 4 months ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

felixrising Re:You have to understand (359 comments)

This. This is why universal education for every human is the greatest long term solution to poverty there is. It's combating ignorance.

about 4 months ago
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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

felixrising not engineers, project managers (371 comments)

You just don't have enough project managers.... it's not the engineers that are the problem.

about 4 months ago
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The Billion-Dollar Website

felixrising Repeat! (194 comments)

Sounds remarkably like the Myki public transport ticketing system with it's associated blow-out to 1.5 Billion dollars https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... Although arguably Myki downgrade from the previous ticketing system. Clearly, planning and careful tendering and contract wording are vital in these big projects to hold the winning contractor to account, no changing contractors half way through or half arsed planning phase. Maybe it's just my thinking as an engineer, but so often these projects take on such a life of their own, what is really needed is a highly skilled and capable small core team of engineers and designers who build a working prototype and are able to make well thought out fast decisions on the move, then once it's been thoroughly tested, the big rollout happens, also with their oversight, you don't need huge numbers of program managers, project managers or project coordinators and nary a MBA should be in sight, you need people with the skills and knowledge to deliver the project, driving it, and only then farm out delegation work to other teams for specific deliverables to realise the bigger project.

about 4 months ago
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The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution

felixrising Not paying attention? (145 comments)

I assume you are talking about the hardware... because once you have a "private cloud", the next step is moving away from setting up servers and configuring the applications manually, and getting into full on DevOps style dynamically scaling virtual workloads, that are completely (VM and their applications, the network configuration including "micro networks" and firewall rules) stood up and torn down dynamically according to the demands of the customers accessing the systems.. those same workloads can move anywhere from your own infrastructure to leased private infrastructure to public infrastructure without any input from you... of course, none of this is new... but it's certainly a paradigm shift in the way we manage and view our infrastructure... hardly something static or settled. Really this is a fast moving area that is hard to keep up with.

about 4 months ago
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Patents That Kill

felixrising Patent reformers just have the wrong perspective (240 comments)

No No NO! You are obviously not earning enough money from patents to appreciate the money that is being earned and therefore you must be wrong! We must fight this attack on patents!

about 4 months ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

felixrising Re: Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

I highly doubt this is as nefarious as it seems on the surface. Chances are google applies hashing to each image that passes through their servers in order to reduce duplication of stored files. Some files may have been flagged before as being child porn and they setup some alerting when new emailed images match this pre-existing hash... nothing worse than an AV signature match... Note: I'm just guessing here, but there is no way google has a team of people sitting there scanning every single email, it's all automated and we have already given express permission for google to do some content analysis on our emails, that is after all how they target advertising at us and turn a profit... gmail isn't free!

about 5 months ago
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Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

felixrising Re:What about... (155 comments)

Well, yes, it's correlation, not a clear pathway for causation... but the findings are intriguing. Maybe people who produce fat sons just happen to like smoking when they are pre-pubescent? Chances are there are some epigenetic effects though...

about 5 months ago
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Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

felixrising Re:What about... (155 comments)

There is evidence that adolescent boys who smoke, have epigenetic effects that change their sperm for the rest of their life, they produce children that are obese. http://www.reuters.com/article...

about 5 months ago

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