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Comment Billions and billions served... (Score 1) 60

Hello,

Not sure if it is still the case (it's been years since I've installed Java) but didn't the runtime installer display a message saying something like three billion devices run Java? I wonder if the reason for not uninstalling old version was to help inflate that count.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

Comment List of laptop surge supressors (Score 1) 135

Hello,

Inline 100-240V laptop surge suppressors are readily available from online electronics retailers. Here are a few that will work for you:

I've used the APC model without any issues, as well as models from Targus and TRC that has since been discontinued, but occasionally show up online for sale.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

Comment Use of ASLR and DEP in AV software still lacking.. (Score 1) 132

Hello,

Last month, anti-malware testing company AV-Test issued a report titled "Self-Protection for Antivirus Software" in which they looked at the use of ASLR and DEP in 32 different anti-malware programs. Of all these programs, only one had 100% of its files compiled with those protections.

Of course, anti-malware programs usually have their own anti-tamper mechanisms to ensure code and data integrity, but it seems like there's still some ways to go, and even it is still a good idea to make use of additional security functionality available through the compiler and operating system.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

Comment issue with ESET software has been resolved (Score 3, Informative) 360

Hello,

The problem with the Windows 10 Build 10586 (aka v1511, TH2) installer detecting versions of ESET's software that are compatible with Windows 10 as not being compatible has been fixed by Microsoft. Simply allow the installer to connect to the Internet for the latest updates and it will download an update that allows is to recognize all compatible versions of ESET's software.

Customers who were on the latest builds of ESET's software (v9.0.318 for consumer, v6.2.2033 for enterprise) were never affected by this, but customers who had older--but still Windows 10 compatible--builds did have there versions flagged when Build 10586 of Windows 10 was installed.

For more information, see the following E SET knowledgebase article: http://support.eset.com/kb3733...

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

Comment Re:Where's the rest of the platform? (Score 1) 157

Hello,

To add to the list:

campaign finance reform (wrt. Citizens United v. FEC)
copyright infringement (should it be a civil or a criminal matter)
education (vouchers for private schools)
intellectual property (in particular, patents on software)
prostitution (legalization of)

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

Comment My current home PC (security researcher) (Score 1) 558

Hello,

System specifications are as follows:

Chassis and Power Supply
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case
Power: Corsair RM750 CP-9020055-WW 750 Watt ATX PS
Accessory: Antec Easy SATA Hot Swap Hard Drive Caddy with eSATA Port

Storage
Optical: Asus BW-12B1ST Blu-Ray R/W SATA
Storage (SSD): 2 x Samsung 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256 256GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" SSD
Storage (HHD): Western Digital WDBSLA0040HNC-NRSN Desktop Performance 4TB SATA 6Gb/s HDD
Storage (USB): Seagate Backup Plus Fast Portable Drive 4TB USB 3.0

Compute, Graphics and Audio
Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS
CPU: Intel i7-4820K LGA 2011 64 Technology Extended Memory CPU Processors BX80633I74820K
Cooling: Intel Thermal Solution Air
RAM: 32GB - 2 x Patriot Viper 32GB (4Ã--8) Kit DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz PD000282-PV332G160C0QK
Sound Card:: Creative Labs X-Fi Fatality Titanium Sound Blaster PCIe adapter card
Video Card:: EVGA GeForce GTX660 SC 2GB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 SVGA Card

Peripherals
Monitor: Auria EQ276W 27" WQHD LED LCD Display
Keyboard Rosewill Mechanical Keyboard RK-9000V2
Mouse:: Microsoft Trackball Optical USB mouse

System is used for a variety of professional and personal activities

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

Comment Is MojoKid shilling for HotHardware allowed by /. (Score 5, Interesting) 72

Hello,

If one looks at MojoKid's submissions to Slashdot, one notes they exist exclusively of links to articles at HotHardware.Com, which according to the whois data, is registered to a Dave Altavilla of Mendon, MA.

Never to ActiveWin, Ars Technica, HardOCP, Neowin, TechReport, WinBeta or the scores of other web sites which discuss, review or "engage in coordinate PR disclosure" of technology news, but always to HotHardware, never anywhere else.

Are MojoKid and Mr. Altavilla the same person? And why is he (are they?) only posting links to Slashdot to HotHardware,a site which, coincidentally, seems to rely on links to partner.googleadservices.com, www.google-analytics.com/, cdn.taboola.com, tru.am and other advertising and privacy-invasive sites in order to monetize its page views. All these hostnames should be blocked in your hosts file before visiting any links to hothardware.com to ensure you are not being advertised to or tracked (which seem to be very similar, these days).

If MojoKid/Altavilla are going to use Slashdot to generate revenue for themselves, they should at least let Slashdot's management know and note in their submissions that they are sending Slashdotters to a site which they generate revenue from; to not do so is unethical and abusive of Slashdot.

And in case anyone wants to throw a stone at my glass house, I've submitted a grand total of one articles to Slashdot, and it mentioned a free service being offered through the auspices of the IEEE which not just my employer but dozens of our competitors were involved in. Not a single banner ad or privacy-invasive script to be had there at all.

Regards.

Aryeh Goretsky

Comment Not a bad teaching tool (Score 3, Insightful) 68

Hello,

This actually isn't a bad idea... as a training tool. It exposes GHCQ's interns (or other programmers and IT pros) who are not used to programming or managing clusters with the underlying concepts, so they can then go and apply those to whatever real projects they have.

Not everyone gets exposure to distributed computing concepts as part of their education, and having a small, simple system like this is a good and inexpensive means of introducing them to new hires. The homebrew cluster management software is another example of this.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

Comment Re:Where can I buy a good trackball? (Score 2) 431

Hello,

A couple of "large" trackball vendors:

BigTrack - http://www.bigtrack.co.uk/
Kensington - http://www.kensington.com/us/u...

You can also try visiting www.trackballworld.com and looking around at the various offerings there. I've never bought from them, so no specific feedback to give (or, in other words, caveat emptor).

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

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