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Comment: Re:How about driverless engines anyway? (Score 1) 293

by Deathlizard (#49777669) Attached to: Amtrak Installing Cameras To Watch Train Engineers

Trains are complex machines. Most of the time, they work flawlessly, but things can go wrong fast. Broken knuckles between Cars. Car Derailments, Cars, (Ignoring the warning signals, Crossing the tracks, getting hit) Tornado, ETC. Youtube them if you don't believe me.

A human in the cockpit is going to assess those situations much faster than an automated system can in many of these situations.

You want to stop trains from speeding? screw the cameras, Put GPS in the engine (if they don't have them already), map the speeds of the rails to the GPS and don't let the train go over the speed limit the GPS (or Dead Reckoning if it's in a tunnel) says you should be going. Its been in Semis for years and it would take next to nothing to modify that system for Train engines with no change to the rail infrastructure.

Comment: Re:Hell No Hillary (Score 5, Informative) 676

by Deathlizard (#49459047) Attached to: Hillary Clinton Declares 2016 Democratic Presidential Bid

Totally Agree here.

You have to be Nuts and Stupid to vote for Hillary in 2016. Especially if you're a democrat voting in a primary.

She is easily one of the most corrupt politicians I've seen in recent memory. Hell, just looking at Wikipedia alone gives me these entries and I've probably missed a couple of them:

Whitewater Controversy
FBI Files Controversy
Travel Office Controversy
Cattle Futures Controversy
Email Server Controversy

The last one is the straw breaker. She knowingly hosted her Email on purpose so that she had full control over what people can see or not see regarding federal government correspondence. Her wiping the box when it was under investigation is no different to what Nixon did with the audio tapes and should disqualify her right there.

There are better presidential candidates out there. Hell, there are better potential democrat candidates out there.

Comment: Re:List 'em in the summary, slashdot. (Score 2) 113

So basically, all of the names make it look like it's an Adware firm. Awesome.

Is this really news to the security community at this point? I've been saying that Adware is a virus for almost a decade now and they're finally starting to see it?

Does this mean that the AV Firms (MS, Mcafee, Norton, ETC) are finally going to get tough on adware infections? Something tells me no. I'll believe it when Conduit, Dealio, Wajam and the like get flagged my more than 1/2 of the AV Vendors out there.

Comment: Not the first time. (Score 1) 248

by Deathlizard (#49087541) Attached to: Lenovo Allegedly Installing "Superfish" Proxy Adware On New Computers

I've ran into this recently on a Lenovo tablet, but I don't think it was superfish (honestly I don't remember the name, but it was factory installed. ADWCleaner caught it.) although it looks like they purposely obfuscate the name to confuse people so they can't uninstall it.

And this is Adware No. 2 for them. They had their own homebrewed Adware program called Message Center Plus. It was so bad that MSE Detected it.

IBM knew How to make a Laptop. Lenovo Knows how to exploit a Brand Name. it's a good thing Google sold Motorola to them so they can exploit my phone now.

Comment: Re:Bound to happen (Score 2) 619

by Deathlizard (#48969735) Attached to: Google, Amazon, Microsoft Reportedly Paid AdBlock Plus To Unblock

The problem is even the unobtrusive ads are virus filled. Do any search for any major software package (Examples: VLC Media player, 7-Zip, Libreoffice) on any of the major search engines to see what I mean. I get no less then 3 virus infections per week just by people clicking on those types of ads.

It was much better when Google, Bing, and Yahoo put a big colored box around the ads so you can know for certain what your searching for. Google just has the yellow Ad gif now, and yahoo and bing just says "Ads related to" text which just blends into the real search results. I won't even talk about Ask. DuckDuckGo seems to seperate better since it lists official sites but even they just do the Ad gif thing google does.

I'll turn them back on when they clearly label what an ad is so that even an computer idiot can tell they're fake results and they actually screen ad URL's for misleading or malicious content (Not just for malicious scripts and the like. Obviously fake Installer Trojans that you download and execute are bad too), until then, unobtrusive ads stays off.

Comment: Re:Sad... (Score 1) 242

by Deathlizard (#48964915) Attached to: RadioShack Near Deal To Sell Half of Its Stores, Close the Rest

Now, everybody carries an advanced radio/computer in their pocket, they're sold at RadioShack, and the nerds declare a tragedy.

I think they're declaring a tragedy because you can't build an advanced radio/computer for their pocket out of parts purchased at RadioShack.

There should be Raspberry Pi / Arduino parts all through these stores, They don't take up a lot of floor space and there is interest in these DIY Electronic projects. Instead it might as well be called CellPhoneShack: Full of tons of phones from all carriers priced in a way that they can't beat the carriers' own store prices.

Comment: All Antivirus Sucks. (Score 1) 467

by Deathlizard (#48890361) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

All antivirus sucks, the only difference is how much you pay for it. You give me an PC with any combination of AV product(s) and 15 minutes and I'll give you an infected box, and it won't just be an Adware / Crapware infection. It will be a Screw you type of Cryptovirus or some serious credential stealing backdoor.

That being said, I use MSE / Windows 8 Defender simply because it's free and the least intrusive of the free AV's and it works great as a canary since every Virus attacks MSE / Defender first and you know you're infected when it keels over, giving you time to do something about it before your Files / Backup gets screwed.

Also, Get Adblock plus for your browser, Disable Non Obtrusive ad's in adblock plus so you don't see the Search Engine virus ads and don't download or install anything from anywhere afterwards.

Robotics

The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots 391

Posted by Soulskill
from the quick-destroy-all-the-remaining-copies-of-Battlebots dept.
Jason Koebler writes: If and when we finally encounter aliens, they probably won't look like little green men, or spiny insectoids. It's likely they won't be biological creatures at all, but rather, advanced robots that outstrip our intelligence in every conceivable way. Susan Schneider, a professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut, joins a handful of astronomers, including Seth Shostak, director of NASA's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, NASA Astrobiologist Paul Davies, and Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology Stephen Dick in espousing the view that the dominant intelligence in the cosmos is probably artificial. In her paper "Alien Minds," written for a forthcoming NASA publication, Schneider describes why alien life forms are likely to be synthetic, and how such creatures might think.

Comment: Re:the real story (Score 3, Insightful) 230

by Deathlizard (#48596239) Attached to: Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

the problem that I have with this isn't this particular patch, but the pattern.

Microsoft over the last 6 months have not had a patch cycle that didn't have major widespread issues with a patch that was eventually recalled. The last time they had problems this bad was sometime around 2002-2003, and back then they claimed that they changed their testing criteria to prevent major patch issues from happening, And it worked for a good while. At least I only had to worry about 1-2 bad patches a year at most.

This patch botch, however, takes the cake. There is absolutely no way this patch should have been able to pass a competent Q/A test. Every single windows 7 machine that got this patch through our test systems (which is about 100 PC's spread across multiple vendors and OS images) popped up a "you are a conterfeit victim" message within 24 hours of receiving the patch. There is no way they couldn't have run into this unless they are doing short term checks for patch related issues.

"The Patch Installed without crashing" is Not Good enough Q/A when you are rolling out a patch to millions of potential customers. Someone in MS Q/A Needs to get fired over these issues before it causes more damage (IE: People taking Forbes stupid advice, disabling critical updates and getting infected by some cryptovirus that wipes out all of their company files that could have been prevented by a patch install.)

Comment: Re: Isn't that click fraud? (Score 1) 285

by Deathlizard (#48558219) Attached to: AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

Actually, been seeing a lot of ad popups saying to install either flash player or Java recently (hell, even "your machine is infected!! Call this scammer phone number to fix it!" ads have been popping up lately). These have been around forever and AdBlockPlus blocks almost all of them.

The search for "(Insert company here) Support" ads on search engines however adblock plus does nothing for unless you disable unobtrusive ads. I've had people call them and get hosed by some scammer cause their printer wasn't working and they searched for HP Support and got a scammer.

These ads are cases where the 4 Laws of Computer stupidity (See my Sig) are exploited to the fullest and why I block all ads anymore.

Comment: Re:Isn't that click fraud? (Score 5, Insightful) 285

by Deathlizard (#48555537) Attached to: AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

But other people have the checkbox set to permit unobtrusive ads.

I don't, and everyone I set up doesn't either, and it isn't because I hate all Ads. It's because I hate Removing Adware and viruses.

All of the unobtrusive ad's I've seen from adblock plus contain some link to a malicious download. Don't believe me? do the VLC Test.

1) Turn on Unobtrusive ads
2) Go to Google (or Bing, or Yahoo, Or Ask, ETC.)
3) Search for "VLC Media Player" (As a side note, DuckDuckGo is the few Search engines that do this right, but still serves malicious ads once in awile. Use "Libreoffice" or "Openoffice" Instead of VLC for an example)
4) Click on the first link you see. If the first link you see is an ad, click on it.
5) Download the installer ***WARNING!! Do not run it unless you Enjoy Cleaning viruses for fun!***
6) Go to virustotal.com, and submit the file for analysis
7) Watch the detections go off the charts.

I get roughly 3-7 pc's a week in our shop infected by adware caused by malicious ads that would be otherwise considered unobtrusive. If ad firms would clean up their act, and refuse malicious content ads or obvious scams then I would be more receptive of turning it on. Until then They're no different than a trojan downloader to me.

Earth

UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault 695

Posted by timothy
from the your-fault dept.
iONiUM writes The UN released a new climate change report which concludes that it is indeed happening, and it's almost entirely man's fault. From the article: "The IPCC was set up in 1988 to assess global warming and its impacts. The report released Sunday caps its latest assessment, a mega-review of 30,000 climate change studies that establishes with 95-percent certainty that nearly all warming seen since the 1950s is man-made." However, the report isn't entirely dire. It goes on to say: "To get a good chance of staying below 2C, the report's scenarios show that world emissions would have to fall by between 40 and 70 percent by 2050 from current levels and to 'near zero or below in 2100.'" Below zero of course means mining existing CO2 out of the atmopshere somehow.

Comment: Another HP 2000 (Score 4, Interesting) 232

by Deathlizard (#48293393) Attached to: Will HP's $200 Stream 11 Make People Forget About Chromebooks?

Awhile back, HP made the HP 2000 Laptops running low end AMD Processors and sold them at Walmarts at $279.

Piece of Crap doesn't even describe this PC. These are easily the slowest PC's I have touched in years, and it's not because of Windows 8. (Hell, I think Chrome OS Would struggle on these things.) It's the Hardware components they chose to use with them. Using Low end AMD C and E processors coupled with hard drives with embarrassing slow speed and latency times, it's built to be as cheap as possible and it shows. HP seems to have a track record with this as well, Slipping Tablet, Phone and NetBook Components in full size laptop form factors to convince Granny that she's getting more Laptop than she actually is.

I constantly get these in the shop and I tell the customers there's nothing I can do to them speed wise to make them any faster. Even if you reset them to factory (Which Amazingly removes all of the bloatware down to only essential Hardware necessary items) it's takes practically 30 minutes to boot before you can actually use it. Patching it takes about 1 full day between waiting an hour for it to actually register updates, to installing Windows 8.1, which takes 4-5 hours, and another 6-8 hours installing the Windows 8.1 patches. With just about any other laptop (short of the Toshiba's that follow this same Price model) I can go from windows 8.0 factory to fully 8.1 patched in under 3 hours.

If $279 Gets you crap like the HP 2000, I can't imagine what these $199 systems would be like, Unless MS is seriously giving HP Money each time they sell one of these.

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