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Comment: Re:He's being polite. (Score 1) 114

by The-Ixian (#49140697) Attached to: Schneier: Everyone Wants You To Have Security, But Not From Them

Yeah, I was a field tech for a number of years and would often have to clean up the mess left by other "techs".
 
It would always make me wonder how these people got employed in the first place....
 
...Until I learned about technical recruiters... then it all made sense.

Comment: Re:The lesson here (Score 3, Insightful) 266

by The-Ixian (#49095283) Attached to: Lenovo To Wipe Superfish Off PCs

It was the cheaper consumer models that were affected. Retail profit margins are so thin that manufacturers and retailers make up for it with preloaded crapware.

This may have been true at one time, but I don't think it is the case any longer. I think that the ubiquity of cheap components and the falling price of Windows for OEMs, the profit margins have been steadily increasing over the years.
 
I think it is just that OEMs have become dependent on the revenue stream they get from app developers who want their software included in the base image.

Comment: Re:The most insecure OS in the world (Score 3, Interesting) 136

Yes, as much as I hate to admit it, I have had WAY more Linux servers exploited than Windows servers.
 
I have set up hundreds of Windows Small Business servers and less than half as many production Linux servers. I only recall having 1 Windows server exploited, and that was because the customer set up an admin-level user with an extremely simple password and then opened RDP to the world.
 
On the other hand, I have had several Linux servers exploited via ProFTPD, Horde, Sendmail and other vulnerable services.

Comment: Re:Questionable (Score 1) 277

by The-Ixian (#49033135) Attached to: Jon Stewart Leaving 'The Daily Show'

I am with you both monkeyzoo and guyniraxn.
 
I think Jon's skill as an interviewer is unparalleled. His wit and charm always impress me. It is always apparent to me that he puts a great amount of thought and energy into the show.
 
However, the dick jokes really start to wear on me after a while. Seriously, try to find a single episode in the last 3 years that does NOT have a dick joke.... I doubt there are any.

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