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Comment: Re:running 8.1 update 1 from wsus (Score 1) 575

by Espectr0 (#46759315) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

we have specialized hardware as our firewall
we have an antivirus on all machines
we are policies to restrict software to only allow sanctioned bits.
we have sensible subnetting in place

I admin 600 client machines and the only issue in over 9 years was an IIS security issue.

I am not saying we are 100% secure, but really, if you think about it, SSL isn't going to do anything for us.

Comment: running 8.1 update 1 from wsus (Score 4, Informative) 575

by Espectr0 (#46753495) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

if you have wsus without ssl, it works fine after importing the update from the catalog.

i don't see the need of ssl on an internal small server, anyway even with ssl you can enable tls 1.2 manually and it will work.

this article is also misleading, since the update itself is a regular update and not labeled "update 1" or even a service pack, but on every windows version out there there are updates that depend on other updates, especially service packs, so nothing new here.

Comment: Re:If only there was an update tool from xp to win (Score 1) 641

by Espectr0 (#46695975) Attached to: Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

There is one. Pcmover by laplink (not the free version) says that it can migrate apps as well as data.

If you only want to migrate the data and profiles, use USMT (free), it's a command line tool but works fine.

If you are migrating to 7 instead of 8.1, use windows easy transfer, it's a GUI to usmt that comes with it built in, download for XP and then format and double click on the .mig file to get the data back.

Comment: Re:User friendly (Score 1) 144

by Espectr0 (#46352437) Attached to: WhatsApp Founder Used Unchangable Airline Ticket To Pressure Facebook

Not true, whatsapp doesn't store contacts, as it doesn't do contacts authorization.

When you change your android phone, you put your gmail account and you get your contacts back (this is being done by the OS), whatsapp just queries the server to find out if your contacts have whatsapp and shows accordingly.

Comment: Re:Facebook was dumb. (Score 3, Informative) 144

by Espectr0 (#46320197) Attached to: WhatsApp Founder Used Unchangable Airline Ticket To Pressure Facebook

You are mostly right, i live in Venezuela, here we only get charged for data/outgoing sms/outgoing calls. Incoming sms and calls are free, as they should. Of course, our cell plans suck, for example i only get 60 minutes a month, 300 sms and 250 MB of data.

You are wrong about whatsapp not caring for new accounts, it is widely known whatsapp 450M users have about 70% of daily use.

Here a trick for whatsapp users: don't want to pay anually? Have android? Borrow an iphone, put your simcard, buy whatsapp for 1$, put your simcard back into your android phone. Boom, you get lifetime service for 1$.

Whatsapp is good enough, its strenght isn't security or privacy, but rather its comfort. You don't need to add anyone, no pins, usernames, passwords or logging in. If you want security then use BBM.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 2219

by BrokenHalo (#46201833) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
Well said.

But just to throw a spanner in the works, it doesn't hurt to mention that even the so-called "classic" version of the site is looking pretty damn fugly at the moment for a logged-in user who has left any non-default settings in his profile. So (at least in my case) the beta could easily be seen as an improvement.

Comment: Re:LOL (Score 1) 249

by BrokenHalo (#46139511) Attached to: Windows 8.1 Passes Windows Vista In Market Share
Except that I am aware of at least one case where a guy DID get fired for buying a non-IBM machine. He was a new broom on a long-standing Burroughs site (this was back in the '70s), and he reckoned he was the shizznit, without the requisite experience to back that up. When the directors heard that this fool had splurged on an IBM box that was virtually incapable of functioning in their company, he was dismissed immediately.

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