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Adblock Plus Maker Proposes Change To Help Sites

quentin_quayle Re:Fine with me, as long as it's an option (615 comments)

So now Adblock Plus is monitoring how often the user visits each site? And now is negotiating with advertisers? Does this combination alarm anyone else?

I'm uninstalling ABP and going back to relying on etc/hosts and firewall filters.

more than 5 years ago
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US-CERT Says Microsoft's Advice On Downadup Worm Bogus

quentin_quayle Re:by taking advantage of ... users. (290 comments)

You really do a good job, but defending "autorun" is just preposterous. This was always obviously a dire security hole, but Microsoft still (???) denies it is a bug. They responded to criticism only by adding another layer and making it harder to turn off. Automounting is a positive feature, but auto-execution by default is an anti-feature. Even if it were opt-in it would be bad design.

more than 5 years ago
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PC Repair In Texas Now Requires a PI License

quentin_quayle Re:No (729 comments)

What about this section?

SECTION 11. Section 1702.226, Occupations Code, is... amended to read as follows: Sec. 1702.1045 [1702.226]. PRIVATE SECURITY CONSULTING COMPANY [CONSULTANT]. A person [An individual] acts as a private security consulting company [consultant] for purposes of this chapter if the person [individual]: (1) consults, advises, trains, or specifies or recommends products, services, methods, or procedures in the security or loss prevention industry; (2) provides a service described by Subdivision (1) on an independent basis and without being affiliated with a particular service or product; and (3) meets the experience requirements established by the board [commission].

Any good PC shop will advise the client about computer security, recommend products such as anti-virus and anti-spyware, recommend practices such as user account maintenance and restrictions, and so on.

about 6 years ago

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