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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

myxiplx I can recommend passwordstate (445 comments)

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.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Open Source Remote Application Access?

myxiplx Re:Two easy solutions (113 comments)

VirtualBox also has a seamless mode and is both free and open source, well worth a look.

about 2 years ago

CES: Another Chording Keyboard Hits the Market (Video)

myxiplx Re:That must hurt (101 comments)

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.

about 2 years ago

Denial-of-Service Attack Found In Btrfs File-System

myxiplx Re:Can we get a real Linux filesystem, please? (210 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Math and Science iOS Apps For Young Kids?

myxiplx Feed Me Oil (165 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

Support Forums Reveal SCADA Infections

myxiplx Re:First-hand experience (66 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

Google Security Engineer Issues Sophos Warning

myxiplx Re:Hospital (89 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

How Do You Spot a Genius?

myxiplx Re: education vs. learning (385 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Securing a Windows Laptop, For the Windows Newbie?

myxiplx Set it and forget it - my tips (503 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

The Pirate Bay Starts Using Virtualized Servers

myxiplx Re:Invulnerable? (186 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

AMD's Hondo Chip 'A Windows 8 Product'

myxiplx Re:First Intel, now AMD? (229 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

Xen-Based Secure OS Qubes Hits 1.0

myxiplx Re:A secure approach to insecure software (175 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

Ubuntu Gnome Remix 12.10 Arrives For Testing

myxiplx Hardcore Gnome Shell fans, seriously? (175 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

NASA's First New Spacesuit In 20 Years Is Its Own Airlock

myxiplx Re:Only suit fabric protecting crew from hard vacu (164 comments)

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!

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Go Paperless At Home?

myxiplx Fujitsu snapscan, and maintain it (311 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Details Windows 8 for ARM

myxiplx Re:Why is this relevant? (372 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

Financial Malware Hijacks Online Banking Sessions

myxiplx Re:Why? (161 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

How Apple Had a Spectacular Year

myxiplx Re:AAPL (504 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

When Your Company Remote-Wipes Your Personal Phone

myxiplx Re:Can google wipe my phone? (446 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago



myxiplx myxiplx writes  |  more than 8 years ago

myxiplx writes "Over the past couple of months, BT have been quietly upgrading our home users to 'DSL Max'. So far I have seen 8 lines 'upgraded', and not a single one is running anywhere near the speed it should be.

Of our six 8Mb accounts, three are reporting speeds below 300kb/s, and none of the others are above 1Mb/s. My home account hasn't run faster than 130kb/s in over a month. Prior to the 'upgrades' these were fixed 2Mb accounts, and at least three had been regularly speed tested with average results well over 1700kb/s.

Aside from the agravation and hassle of having to report so many problems to multiple ISP's, it's left me wondering how many other people have been affected by this. How many people have had this 'upgrade' from BT and are now receiving just a fraction of the speed they are paying for? How many people are already in this position without realising it?

In our case, if it hadn't been for one attentive user at the office we would have been unaware that this work was going on. Fortunately he noticed that his internet connection had become very slow, and when our IT department contacted his ISP we found out that this work was being carried out on several of our accounts.

In the cases I have investigated so far where the speed of the line has dropped, the modem on site has adapted to DSL Max perfectly. Connections between the modem and the exchange have increased without fail, but despite this the lines themselves have been running as slow as 120kb/s. What we have found is that the slowdown has been caused by mis-configuration within BT, with their network artificially throttling the speed of the lines.

We first saw problems like this in June this year, when we upgraded our office line from 2Mb/s to 4Mb/s. The modem was synchronising with the exchange at 7Mb/s but the expected increase in speed did not materialise. BT traced the problem to their BRAS profile — the upgrade had worked, but this profile was still set to 2Mb/s and BT's network was throttling the traffic.

This month my home account was hit by an almost identical problem, a previously fine 2Mb line had not run faster than 130kb/s for over a month, the problem: BT's BRAS profile yet again, this time set to 135kb/s. How BT manage to throttle my account at 135kb/s when upgrading a 2Mb line I don't know, but I suspect this will be the problem we are facing on the six other accounts I mentioned above.

Even the BT engineer who came to my house had experienced these problems, with again the BRAS profile within the BT network being the cause.

Counting the BT engineer, that means that I know of 9 lines that have been upgraded to DSL Max, across four different ISP's, with all but one running slower after the upgrade, and not one running faster. In all three that have been resolved, the BRAS profile within the BT network has been the cause of the problems, and they have taken at least two weeks to resolve.

What concerns me is that BT seem to be carrying out these upgrades without informing customers, and don't seem to be performing any checks to ensure that the upgrade has worked as intended. End users are left receiving a fraction of the speed they are paying for, and BT are quite happy to let them find this out for themselves.

I wonder how widespread this is, and how many others at slashdot have experienced similar problems?"


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