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Comment: I have a solution for impacted users (Score 5, Informative) 179

by djdanlib (#47671791) Attached to: Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

This rollback procedure got my Win7 x64 system booting again:

From another system with the same bit width and service pack level, grab the files C:\Windows\System32\gdi32.dll and C:\Windows\System32\Win32k.sys.

Using HBCD or a similar boot disc, boot your defunct system. You can also snag the hard drive and plug it into another working computer.

BACK UP the gdi32.dll and win32k.sys files from System32 to another location just in case. Overwrite those two files in System32 with the ones you grabbed from the other system.

Your system is now bootable, having effectively rolled back the KB2982791 update. This is a quick and dirty procedure and leaves the update itself in an indeterminate state.

Comment: Re:Garbage In (Score 1) 231

by djdanlib (#47412971) Attached to: Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

I wonder which direction the money flows in cases like this. Does Facebook pay the carrier, or does the carrier pay Facebook? Seems to me that both parties are equally at fault here. Some suits probably had a meeting about increasing shareholder value and leveraging popular apps and shook hands, then told the dev team to make it happen. Not that I'm thrilled with bundled software being possible on Android... I wish it wasn't... but it's not Android's fault that someone got greedy.

Comment: Re:Laugh-worthy (Score 1) 138

by djdanlib (#47327843) Attached to: Former NSA Chief Warned Against Selling NSA Secrets

Exactly my point... If you learn a skill at your job, your employer cannot strip you of that skill when you leave.

Obviously selling government secrets is different from saying here's how you implement industry best practices to create security processes.

If the government had a secret security-bypassing technique, and had educated him on its use, he may or may not be obligated under his new employer to close the hole. And as a constituent of that government, I would approve of that use of that information.

Comment: Re:More Cold War Waste (Score 1) 174

by djdanlib (#47098809) Attached to: Organic Cat Litter May Have Caused Nuclear Waste Accident

Same experience here... There were turds in all these hidden locations, because the cat knew I would be upset about it... and the cat was always so guilty looking and skittish (normally greets me like a dog) when I would come home to a fresh one. So I didn't even find out about the clumping or odor control. It doesn't seem like they even tested the product before going to market.

Uncertain fortune is thoroughly mastered by the equity of the calculation. - Blaise Pascal