Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?
For internal passwords, and its ability to securely allow teams to share access to a password list I can highly recommend password state.
Its a great program with a really responsive team behind it. I've used it in two companies now and its proven popular both times.
Ask Slashdot: Open Source Remote Application Access?
VirtualBox also has a seamless mode and is both free and open source, well worth a look.
CES: Another Chording Keyboard Hits the Market (Video)
Yup, that looks about as ergonomic as a medieval rack, and with a simple linear set of letter combinations and no apparent thought gone in to making them easy to use.
The Agenda micro writer my baby sister had back in the 1990's was light years ahead of this.
Denial-of-Service Attack Found In Btrfs File-System
Unless you go for ReFS, which is Microsofts new file system available in Server 2012. It's still new, but looks to have all the best features of NTFS, ZFS and Btrfs rolled into one.
McAfee May Have Been Captured
Needs a +5 epic. I lol'd
Ask Slashdot: Math and Science iOS Apps For Young Kids?
Another physics game. The first levels are easy enough for a young child, and our little girl loves it. With the fans, boards, and other mechanisms its a good introduction to gravity and other forces.
Support Forums Reveal SCADA Infections
We had a company with those requirements and we refused point blank to allow it Internet access. We allowed them a one day trial to prove it was secure and of course it was riddled with viruses within hours. We then forced them to wipe and reinstall it, and plugged it in to our isolated production network.
The guys designing and working with these systems haven't the first clue about IT, let alone security.
Google Security Engineer Issues Sophos Warning
No way to easily report the files? You just email them in, a 30 second phone call to Sophos will get you the details.
In a previous role we would help clean users home computers from time to time, and we discovered a good number of new viruses. I submitted half a dozen viruses to Sophos that weren't being picked up by any virus scanners. They confirmed them all within a few days, and signatures were added within weeks. The whole process is incredibly easy.
How Do You Spot a Genius?
Same here, I used to get marked A for attainment, and B or C for effort. I never could understand exactly what else I was meant to do when the work was so easy and I was bored out of my brains.
At university I was so bored in lectures I got into the habbit of completing the previous weeks assignment during the lectures, and taking notes at the same time. Still got good marks, the biggest problem I had was staying awake.
After taking a year out I realised real work had more challenges and more opportunities, and kept me interested in a way education never had. I quit my degree and have never looked back. I have two girls of my own now, and my main focus is to make sure they don't get bored at school and actually get to work to their level, whatever that may be.
Ask Slashdot: Securing a Windows Laptop, For the Windows Newbie?
As a log term windows admin who's cleaned up more home computers than I care to count, here are my tips:
1. Ensure windows updates are set to download and install automatically.
2. Install AVG Free, sure MS essentials is good, but I guarantee every virus is written to avoid it, I go with 3rd party AV wherever possible.
3. Install Chrome for web browsing, sync the account to google
4. Setup his account as a regular user, don't give him the admin password
5. Setup something to backup Warcraft, it's a huge download, you don't want to be doing it again if you need to reinstall
And that's it, it's basic security but win7 is pretty good, the above has been enough to keep our home XP machine safe for many years.
Ultimately it's a kids computer and they're going to click anything shiny, sooner or later it will get a virus. There are a few key points to bear in mind here:
1. It's going to happen, preventing it is pretty much impossible.
2. Your other computers are Linux, so the risk to them is negligible.
3. Most viruses these days are botnets or phishing, so long as he's not spending a fortune on a debit card, the risk to him is minimal.
4. All the software I recommended will update itself, so it's zero maintenance. That's a major factor in keeping windows secure.
5. If it does end up riddled with viruses, a quick re-install over the top, followed by a sync to google and it's all back to normal, including your files and settings.
The Pirate Bay Starts Using Virtualized Servers
Actually, I suspect this means they can now have a whole host of *offline* backup servers ready to be launched the second the main site goes offline.
It's going to be kind of hard for the police to get a warrant to shutdown something that doesn't exist yet.
AMD's Hondo Chip 'A Windows 8 Product'
I suspect it's more a case of Intel and AMD wanting to break into the mobile space, but not wanting to take on ARM head to head. Win8 products give them that opportunity. Thry'll target Android when they have a product that's competitive with ARM, until then no manufacturer would have any reason to use their hardware for an Android product.
Xen-Based Secure OS Qubes Hits 1.0
Riiiight. Because requiring every single programmer in the world to design perfect software with no errors is sooooo much easier than adding extra security to the OS.
People make mistakes, it's why the term human error exists. In the real world people accept this and work with it. It isn't something you can eliminate.
Ubuntu Gnome Remix 12.10 Arrives For Testing
Gnome Shell is junk, distos have deserted it in droves and users hate it. Since when did this train wreck of a GUI have hardcore fans?
Somebody needs to mod this article -1 Flamebait.
NASA's First New Spacesuit In 20 Years Is Its Own Airlock
No, the greatest advantage is that you can be sure the thing is air tight *before* anybody gets in to it. Checking for damage just became a whole lot safer!
Ask Slashdot: How To Go Paperless At Home?
As others have said, Fujitsu Snapscan. For around £350 you get a compact dual sided scanner that just works. We used them in a previous job and they had no trouble scanning thousands of pages a week with almost no jams.
Also, if any scanner starts to pick up multiple sheets or jam, look for a maintenance kit. Replacing the pads and rollers is a simple, routine task and does wonders. We kept spares in stock and had to service scanner feeds every couple of years or so.
Microsoft Details Windows 8 for ARM
I wouldn't count out Autodesk, they are big MS fans and have a tendency to jump on the last and greatest. At the very least I would expect a tablet compatible viewer; that allows the kinds of demonstrations that sell product.
Autocad proper will be x86 only, but there will almost certainly be some MS tablet support.
Financial Malware Hijacks Online Banking Sessions
There's already at least one virus that successfully worked around this with a man in the middle attack: Instead of trying to make a payment directly, it modified a payment you were making. Of course the bank prompted for an authorisation code, but as the user was making a payment they were expecting this, and promptly entered the details, sending some random amount to an account controlled by the virus writers.
The really clever bit was that it also re-wrote the screen display, to make it appear as though your expected transaction had gone through. It calculated the appropriate balance, and even re-wrote the online statements so nothing appeared out of place. It was running for many, many months before it was discovered.
How Apple Had a Spectacular Year
For a gaming console, watch the Apple TV. It will only happen if they feel the market is ripe for it, but I wouldn't be surprised to see the Apple TV morph into a low cost home entertainment hub, covering TV, movies, internet, music and gaming.
One thing you can count on - if Apple move into gaming, it won't be just another console.
PS. If they do release one, if the controller isn't a wireless touchscreen device of some kind I'll eat my hat.
When Your Company Remote-Wipes Your Personal Phone
No, I don't mean is there a setting to do this. I mean, just by using Activesync to connect to a free gmail account, is my phone granting remote wipe privileges to google?
They probably haven't implemented it, and I do trust google more than most companies, but I still don't like the thought of my email provider having any kind of remote wipe ability, purely by virtue of the connection type being used.
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