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Comment: Re:In Albuquerque? Yep (Score 1) 31

by Hartree (#48870765) Attached to: Local Hackerspace Loses Solar Balloon, Creating Another UFO In New Mexico

I was in ABQ in the 90s, and they had things like the Airborne Laser 747 come through, an Antonov AN 124 delivering a Topaz space reactor (had to close Gibson Ave when it departed for worry about the jet wash being over the barriers), etc.

A lot of the interesting things didn't look all that odd unless you knew what to look for, like extra sensor ports added to them and such (Aviation Week was sometimes a good guide to those). The trestle was already closed, so they weren't getting them for EMP testing so much. Phillips Lab still got a lot of one off planes coming through for things related to R and D.

The Balloon Fiesta mass ascensions are still one of the most amazing things I've seen. I-25 was a dangerous place to be driving when that happened. everyone was looking at the balloons and not the road.

Comment: Re:What kind of statement is this (Score 1) 83

by Hartree (#48625377) Attached to: Over 9,000 PCs In Australia Infected By TorrentLocker Ransomware

"How can you even say that."

It's been my observation over years of dealing with them.

  Most people who use computers aren't the Slashdot crowd. They "kinda, sorta" know enough to be able to check their email, surf the web, or play some games.

Usually when they have a failure from malware, they've been infected (perhaps with other things as well) for some time. If they can even find the original system restore disk, they're way ahead of the game.

They get Cousin Jimmy (or one of their kids), cause he's good with computers, to clean up or reinstall their computer. Usually leaving many of the same holes that got them zapped in the first place.

Or, they get some computer store to deal with it. They just gripe about losing some stuff, but it was a game they liked and can no longer find, or an email from momma before she died, etc. not something life and death. They may start copying some things to a thumb drive, if you're lucky.

So many times I've asked "When was your last backup?" and get a vacant stare even from people with PhDs at the university I work at. Let alone the everyday person on the street who has a computer at home.

Comment: Backups solve much of the problem: (Score 4, Insightful) 83

by Hartree (#48623297) Attached to: Over 9,000 PCs In Australia Infected By TorrentLocker Ransomware

As computer files become more valuable to ordinary people (rather than just IT geeks and businesses), backup plans become more important.

Most general users don't do this, but as the data becomes more damaging if it's lost, encrypted or maliciously destroyed, they may need some sort of solution.

Even a pretty sophisticated ransom-ware would have a hard time if you take an occasional backup and check it by restoring/reading the file on another machine.

Comment: The real damage? (Score 1) 589

by Hartree (#48623235) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

I have this sneaking suspicion that the real damage that could be done to Sony is if the group that broke in got into the internal financial data rather than what gets reported.

Word has long been that the accounting practices of Hollywood and the music industry make Enron look pretty tame. And Sony is into both.

Imagine how many lawyers/accountants would be going over any financial records that get released. There are lots of actors and musicians that have felt they got shafted with what they were paid versus what they were actually owed.

+ - MIT removes online lectures by Walter Lewin due to sexual harassment accusations->

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An anonymous reader writes "The physics online lectures and courses of Prof. Walter Lewin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Lewin_Lectures_on_Physics) are extremely popular in YouTube, and have been discussed several times in Slashdot.

Due to recent accusations of online sexual harassment against Prof. Lewin (who retired from MIT in 2008), MIT has decided to remove all lectures and courses (https://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/lewin-courses-removed-1208)."

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