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Comment: I'm afraid (Score 1) 152

by dargaud (#49378809) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who's Going To Win the Malware Arms Race?
With the latest exploits talking about dormant BIOS exploits impossible to remove without a JTAG hardware programmer, or USB port reprogramming with direct access to your memory... I'm afraid the worse is yet to come. This kind of exploit is mostly OS agnostic (plug in the wrong USB device and get completely owned), directly on hardware, undetectable, etc... If the authors want to keep it dormant for long periods they can.

When the first bots started I wish the internet providers had taken steps to completely block the internet access to the clueless owners of owned Windows systems. Show them a captive page with a short explanation why, and a download of an antivirus. No internet access until then. But this should have been done over 15 years ago.

Comment: Re:software dev vs programmer (Score 4, Interesting) 139

by dargaud (#49377485) Attached to: IT Jobs With the Best (and Worst) ROI

In England we call them, much more accurately, train drivers.

Interestingly, in France we call them chauffeurs, as in heaters. Because they used to have to shovel coal under the steam engine long before they could start them. And taxi and truck drivers are still called this way. Etymology...

Comment: In the future... (Score 5, Funny) 157

by dargaud (#49356921) Attached to: How long until our skies are filled with drones?
"In the future, airplanes will be flown by a dog and a pilot. And the dog's job will be to make sure that if the pilot tries to touch any of the buttons, the dog bites him." -- Scott Adams (of Dilbert fame)

Looking at the latest event in France, I'm pretty sure that time is not very far ahead.

Comment: Re:and laptops? (Score 1) 362

by dargaud (#49309051) Attached to: OEMs Allowed To Lock Secure Boot In Windows 10 Computers
I currently live in Europe and tried to get a Linux Laptop about 2 years ago. I tried several barebone sellers, but there were always problems: either they wouldn't ship to my country, or they'd force the local keyboard upon me, but I wanted a standard US qwerty. In the end, the ONLY seller of Linux laptops that had what I wanted was... Dell ! And that's what I got for home, work and wife. Works fine with Ubuntu.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.