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Comment: Understating the menace. (Score 4, Insightful) 353

by Rahga (#26285271) Attached to: 400,000 PCs Infected With Fake "Antivirus 2009"

This family of infectors is probably, by far, the worst spyware/hijacking peice of junk I've ever seen. I can't help but feel that 400,000 isn't nearly the number that has actually been infected, simply because nobody I know actually uses MSRT, and I seriously doubt that any machine that gets infected with it could actually get back into the condition where it can download and/or install MSRT, or virtually any other software. It's just that bad.

Comment: Re:Painful evolution (Score 1) 140

by Rahga (#26235393) Attached to: Print News Fading, Still Source of Much News

I don't think paper as a news medium is non-sustainable... I just think that Newspapers as a 12-section behemoth advertising delivery vehicle is non-sustainable. The current amount of bloat is immense, and exists simply because the current model is to sell as many ads to as many clients as possible. This means a ton of cheap ads that take up a large percentage of space, and they won't cut down content until advertisers pull out completely.

Limiting it to fewer sections to at higher cost would probably keep more papers in business long term, but would cut a ton of the potential to make money if and when business gets good again. Like it or not, most newspapers would rather take that bet then downsize to a sure thing.... Otherwise, they open themselves up competition. Remember when markets had multiple newspapers competing with each other, "Extras!" on street corners? Neither do I, but that time did exist once, and probably will again.

Make it myself? But I'm a physical organic chemist!

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