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Blackhole Exploit Kit Gets an Upgrade

lostsoulz Re:Firefox + NoScript (43 comments)

Broadly agreed, but t'Internet is a woeful mess of script upon script upon script. I use NoScript, Ghostery, AdBlock Plus and HTTPS Everywhere...but sometimes find well-known sites that still b0rk until I reconfigure an addon.

more than 2 years ago

Iran Claims New Cyber Attack On Its Nuclear Plants, Blames US and Allies

lostsoulz Re:Bad Idea? (289 comments)

+1 Internet :-)

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Equipping a Company With Secure Android Phones?

lostsoulz Nexus + ICS + F-Secure (229 comments)

Get a Nexus. However, nothing is secure once someone has their hands on it (insert obligatory XKCD encryption link.) At least F-Secure Mobile Security reduces the attack surface before it's stolen and allows you to remote-wipe after it has been stolen. I don't work for F-Secure BTW!

more than 2 years ago

Hacked Bitcoin Financial Site Had No Backups

lostsoulz natural selection (331 comments)

For as long as idiots run commercial websites without backups, one can only hope they're found out...exploited and then relegated to an evolutionary dead-end. It's not as if offsite backups are particularly hard to figure out.

more than 2 years ago

Linux Mint 13 (Maya) Has Arrived

lostsoulz Ubuntu - Mint - LMDE (216 comments)

Having cut my teeth on Red Hat and Mandrake over a decade ago, I'm not a Linux newbie. That said, I don't tend to compile kernels or, these days, build much software from source. Earlier Ubuntus, with their Gnome 2, became my workstation operating system of choice. I stopped tinkering with the OS internals because productivity was more important and *things* *just* *worked* - until Unity.

I still liked Ubuntu's lack of hassle and the Debian roots, but was disappointed with Unity (it might be OK for craptops and netbooks, but it's awful on dual monitor rigs...assuming it bothers to detect the second monitor.) The Unity workflow is broken and I felt that it was less of a work platform (i.e. somewhere where I could run the handful of apps I require.)

I installed Mint on my laptop and liked it. Then I read about LMDE and live-booted it on my workstation. I installed it right away - hassle free, runs my apps and disappears into the background (as all good operating systems should.) I update it when I need to and it has the reassuring Debian feel (but it's suitably different from Debian.) I don't know why I like the fact it's different from Debian, but I do.

Anyhow, dear readers, LMDE - I heartily recommend it to you. It's beautifully uncomplicated and a joy to use.

more than 2 years ago

Australian ISP Wins Case Against Movie Studios

lostsoulz Re:Wait, what?! The court found in iiNet's favour? (155 comments)

Bribing is such a dirty word. It sounds low, base and frankly illegal. We can't have that. Instead, you lobby the lawmakers until you have legislation that leaves the judiciary with no option but to find in the studio's favour. The alternative is unconscionable - e.g. Disney DVDs & BDs drop in price, consumers have increased choice, customer service improves and margins fall. Think of the children for Dawkin's sake!

more than 2 years ago

Australian ISP Wins Case Against Movie Studios

lostsoulz Wait, what?! The court found in iiNet's favour? (155 comments)

C'mon, surely this can't be true? Stuff like this *never* happens. This demonstrates a clear failure of the studio's lawyering and lobbying. They need to find more lawyers immediately and seriously up their game. If this sort of common sense is allowed to take hold, who knows what may happen.

more than 2 years ago

European Parliament Takes Step Toward Burying ACTA

lostsoulz I hope it's gone... (53 comments)

...but bitter experience teaches me that copyright thugs have deep pockets, they don't *get* *it* and they're willing to play the long game. For every SOPA, PIPA and ACTA, there are a bazillion legislators that are willing to take Big Media's dime.

more than 2 years ago

Judge Orders Oracle and Google To Talk, Again

lostsoulz When will patent thuggery end? (89 comments)

It seems that IT news is dominated by A litigating against B (lawyers get rich.) C takes on D in a bunch of jurisdictions and has products pulled from shelves (lawyers get rich and consumer choice suffers a hiccup.) Much of the litigation is driven by US tech firms. As a European, I realise our legal systems are less than perfect, but I'd like to understand more about the motivation (beyond $$ alone,) for such active lawyering. Maybe it's all about $$...but isn't everyone getting bored with this?

more than 2 years ago

UK Plans Private Police Force

lostsoulz Land of Dope and Tories (252 comments)

Next up, 999 call-handling relocates to Bangalore. "Welcome to 999, your call is important to us...please hold." The perfect accompaniment to privatised policing.

Would it not be easier to bring back National Service? Now, get off my lawn!

more than 2 years ago

Anonymous Supporters Tricked Into Installing Trojan

lostsoulz what could go wrong? (184 comments)

Installing software that allows a third party to orchestrate DDoS? Sounds legit...

more than 2 years ago

Ongoing Attacks Target Defense, Aerospace Industries

lostsoulz attackers carefully select... (77 comments)

...the latest recipient of their "Clicky here purleese," email with the recruitment.xls attachment.

more than 2 years ago

Smart Meters Wreaking Havoc With Home Electronics

lostsoulz only going to get worse... (375 comments)

Most utilities are moving to smart meters. It's a technological nirvana propounded by PHBs and the companies selling the crap. Just think, you don't need to waste hard cash on people actually reading meters. Hell no, you can drive down a road and read all the meters with a laptop. Except you can't because some of the technology is immature and signal strength from these devices seldom reaches the manufacturers claims.

We were told by a manufacturer that their technology was secure because their software is proprietry. It's a recipe for disaster...especially given that a quick google for "security research smart meter," returns some interesting results. Welcome to the brave new world of smart metering. Minus the "smart."

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Demonstrates Practical Homomorphic Computing

lostsoulz What the hell is wrong with me?! (141 comments)

Did anyone else read the headline as "Microsoft Says Homophobic Computing Is Practical" ..?

more than 3 years ago

Pakistan Tries To Ban Encryption

lostsoulz Re:Cool! (185 comments)

Oh, you thought SSL would still be around after this little law gets into effect?

I, for one, welcome the arrival our new Telnet Overlords.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Certifications To Get?

lostsoulz *nix, backup and storage certs (useful to a point) (444 comments)

As deblau stated, "What kind of job do you want?"

If you're applying for a Solaris & EMC shop, look no further than your Oracle Solaris certification and EMC backup/storage track. However, the certification only demonstrates that you can attend a testing centre and answer questions based upon specific scenarios or a subset of your knowledge. What you really need is experience (I know, chicken/egg,) a willingness to learn and an employer that's willing to invest in you (and not offshore your job to a heavily certified, but functionally useless graduate in Hyderabad.) YMMV.

more than 3 years ago



Windows 8 magic push-button vanilla reset

lostsoulz lostsoulz writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lostsoulz writes "For those that are forced to tolerate Windows, now you can "Push Button Reset," or "Refresh Your PC." Just right for removing that year-three OS rot or fresh round of malware infection."
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