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Comment: Re:No (Score 4, Insightful) 482 482

However, just because I gave Person A access to my wifi, that doesn't mean I give everyone Person A knows access to my wifi. This could end up in legal hot water territory.

I guess that I just won't be giving any guests access to my network anymore. They can pony up and get their own mobile data plan for their devices.

Comment: Re:Number of comments is really down (Score 1) 269 269

No kidding. Whose bright idea was it to overlay the comment count and icon over the title? It obscures long titles now.

I think the UI designers unzipped their pocket full of tricks and forgot to zip it back up again, it's turning into a how-not-to-do-UI example.

Comment: Re:Conduits everywhere. (Score 1) 557 557

Make sure that they run whatever cable you decide to run (ethernet, fiber, whatever) in conduit, ideally with junction boxes on a relatively regular basis (at bends, etc), so it is easy to draw new wire through when you need to.

Yes, the electrician will say "you don't need to do that; that's silly." Ignore him. Do it.

Do not put junction boxes at all bends. Electrical code in almost all regions require junction boxes to be accessible (you can't cover them with drywall), so that means you'll have a metal cover plate on your wall where these boxes are. If you're concerned about bends, adjust the conduit diameter accordingly.

Comment: Re:Will anyone exploit it? (Score 1) 82 82

Out if interest, what "infections"? Do you have any examples.

Keep in mind malware = virus for most computer users.

I myself have cleaned two MacBooks of malware in the last six months. We don't use them here at work, but I had a neighbour bring over their two MacBooks because they had a "virus".

It turns out their children (adult children!) were going to free TV sites and the like and had their web browsers taken over (yes, including Safari. They had two browsers on these laptops, Chrome and Safari). Both machines were unable to connect to the internet. It also slowed the entire machine to a crawl, I had to wait almost 10 minutes for a terminal to open. This is not a virus per-se, as it only infected the local user accounts, and it fucked up both browsers so badly that browsing the internet was impossible, I couldn't even get it to load Google's search page. netstat showed that there were serveral processes running trying to talk to the internet. Now fixing these was not that difficult, as it only "infected" the local profiles.

However, they were the ones who brought it to me and said it was virus-infected. I guess they had a PC laptop before the MacBook, and only bought the MacBook because they were told it can't get viruses. Both told me when their MacBooks break down they won't pay the premium to get another Mac laptop.

+ - SourceForge grabs GIMP for Windows' account, wraps installer in bundle-pushing -> 1 1

shanehiltonward writes: SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.

Update: In a blog post issued shortly after this story posted, an unidentified member of SourceForge's community team wrote that, in fact, "this project was actually abandoned over 18 months ago, and SourceForge has stepped-in to keep this project current." That runs counter to claims by members of the GIMP development community.

The GIMP project is not officially distributed through SourceForge—approved releases are only posted on the GIMP project's own Web page. But Jernej Simoni, the developer who has been responsible for building Windows versions of GIMP for some time, has maintained an account on SourceForge to act as a distribution mirror. That is, he had until today, when he discovered he was locked out of the Gimp-Win account, and the project's ownership "byline" had been changed to "sf-editor1"—a SourceForge staff account. Additionally, the site now provided Gimp in an executable installer that has in-installer advertising enabled. Ars tested the downloader and found that it offered during the installation to bundle Norton anti-virus and myPCBackup.com remote backup services with GIMP—before downloading the installer authored by Simoni (his name still appears on the installer's splash screen).

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