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The Malware of the Future May Come Bearing Real Gifts

namgge Re:Malware (103 comments)

Not really. The nice/nasty thing about Apple's walled garden, depending on your point of view, is that if just one user notices and reports your malware doing something it shouldn't Apple can revoke the relevant certificates and it's game over within a matter of hours.

Since one also has to provide proof of identity and pay a subscription to get the certificates in the first place unless the author took a lot of trouble to create a false identity they could be tracked down and prosecuted.

Now, I am sure there are flaws in this system, but it raises the bar to the point that there are easier ways for a hard-working computer-savvy crook to earn a living.


about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Unresponsive Manufacturer Who Doesn't Fix Bugs?

namgge You can't get blood out of a stone (204 comments)

If your business needs a working VPN and your current supplier isn't capable of providing one you must to cut your losses and procure a new solution. And this time get someone who knows what they are doing to run the procurement process. Once you have the working alternative in place let your lawyers try to recover costs if you must. But my experience, which is that the behaviour you are experiencing is what happens shortly before the supplier goes bust. Namgge

about three weeks ago

Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

namgge Re:What are the bounds of property? (166 comments)

You need to start taking your medication again.

about a month and a half ago

UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

namgge Who knew? (198 comments)

As service-user I've always had the impression that the NHS database was a large Excel workbook and a load of VB macros written by interns.

about 1 month ago

TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

namgge Unimpressed (251 comments)

The author is overselling himself. You haven't scammed a scammer until you've got them to send a bag man from Nigeria to a remote Scottish Island to collect your investment in cash.

about 2 months ago

Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

namgge Normalization (276 comments)

There are, of course, roughly ten times as many women over 18 as there are males in the range15-18.

about 2 months ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

namgge Re:Oh, the timing... (727 comments)

And a techie's definition of 'working', i.e. drinking coffee and reading slashdot is still the same too.

about 2 months ago

Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

namgge Olden ears... (502 comments)

By the time I could afford a high-end card, age had dulled my hearing to the point that I couldn't tell the difference.... :-(

about 4 months ago

Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds

namgge Re:From The Front Lines... (166 comments)

it is widely known that most humans have an attention span of between 10 to 20 minutes

It may be widely believed, but it's not true for people studying a topic that interests them. In this case their attention span is limited by hunger and/or bladder-capacity.

The oft-quoted 10 minute attention span is applicable to paying attention to material that doesn't interest the subject.

about 6 months ago

Could Google's Test of Hiding Complete URLs In Chrome Become a Standard?

namgge Next step.... (327 comments)

... they bribe the state to criminalize the use of url's and make it compulsory to access websites only via a licenced search engine.

about 6 months ago

GNU Mailman 3 Enters Beta

namgge Re:Requires Javascript. (57 comments)

It seems to work fine with JavaScript disabled. In fact, in my opinion it's better that way because it doesn't have the animated cr*p that the JavaScript-kiddies think is so kewl but is really rather pointless and distracting.

about 6 months ago

DOJ Complains About Getting a Warrant To Search Mobile Phones

namgge Re:We're here to "help" you! (178 comments)

Surely the most likely outcome of your domestic security arrangements that you get shot by your wife?

about 6 months ago

Making Graphene Work For Real-World Devices

namgge Re:Why not just... (18 comments)

Another advantage that silicon has is that its oxide is also easily formed and controlled in process and is an excellent electrical insulator.

about 6 months ago

You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free

namgge Good luck (201 comments)

Good luck with this Apple, but in my experience the bug reports and feedback you'll get from Joe Public will be next to worthless. Don't waste your time on them; concentrate on what paid-up developers are telling you about your betas and fix the issues they identify first, please.

about 6 months ago

How Silk Road Bounced Back From Its Multimillion-Dollar Hack

namgge Hmm, I wonder... (50 comments)

Why would you bother to pay back millions of dollars when you could just disappear into the digital ether?

I'm just guessing, but I'd have thought that ripping off certain users of Silk Road could be extremely bad for your health.

about 6 months ago

Fire Risk From Panasonic Batteries In Sony Vaio Laptops

namgge Re:User error? (36 comments)

A foreseeable user error, of the type you describe should not result in equipment catching fire.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

namgge Do the right test (452 comments)

Instead I want to set up one test machine for users to try it and ask THEM if they like it.

I guarantee that in this form, the result of the test will be that THEY won't like it. People fear the new and unknown and need positive incentives to change.

So, offer THEM the choice of one person, to be drawn at random from a hat, being fired to pay for e cost of new PCs vs switching to Linux and everyone keeping their jobs. Then you'll find they like Linux lots.

Also, keep in mind that 'supporting' users takes much more time than you might naively guess. Make sure that your efforts to 'support Linux' don't turn you into the unproductive member of the office.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Management Interface On an IT Appliance?

namgge And the answer is... (114 comments)

a command line.

about 7 months ago

Girl's Facebook Post Costs Her Dad $80,000

namgge Parents will do stupid things (387 comments)

There is only one way to keep something secret; don't tell anyone. And anyone includes your teenage daughter.

about 8 months ago


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