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Comment We have to redefine "malicious" (Score 4, Informative) 62

From the post on Avast's blog, the ones who started this whole thing, the scam is evidently to put out software with the same name as 50 different major companies, wait for people to mistakenly download, and pay $1.99 for the app. That's not much of a major criminal scheme, it's pretty pathetic and it is well within the powers of a major corporation like Microsoft to shut this down.

The really eye-opening part is when one of the "malicious" apps is defined as the following:

"Claiming to âoeprotect your phone from malware and theftâ, this malicious app runs in the background of victimsâ(TM) devices once downloaded and collects their data and location."

This is what Windows 10 does by design. I think we need to redefine what "malicious" means. In both softwares you clicked "I agree" to the T&C before continuing.

Comment Re:Bacteria spread via the air (Score 1) 118

We were insane. Every machine room was swept daily, floors stripped and waxed 1x/week (in the machine room!!), readings and wipe down of the machines was done 4x/day, so you could see if there were any leaks etc. Spares were labels and neatly hung. Each machine room had a spare TOWER and spare compressor in line - just open valves, and turn on. Building also ran at 100% fresh air, all electrostatically precipitated. Yes, the building was a virtual clean room. Did I say we were a BIT crazy?

Comment Re:Bacteria spread via the air (Score 1) 118

I spent a summer working for a place that had oh, 15-20 towers. TWICE a week we dosed the tower with biocides and rust preventatives, and once every 2 weeks samples from each of the towers went out for analysis. Then again, I know from my father, who worked in the field, the place I was at was 'odd' in that we did way more PM than any other place he knew of (he was in the repair end, I was doing operating). Sounds like the places with the problem aren't putting in the money. The problem with tower water is it tends to be warm, and it is recirculated with lots of air blown over it. Algae buildup is a HUGE problem and I'd bet that the places in question have that problem too, and don't think about the efficiency problem the algae cause...

Comment Re:Ugly Americanism (Score 1) 132

English is indeed the international language of the travel industry. In fact, it's the world's second language. People who have never been to any English-speaking countries use it as a common language to talk to each other. I think you need to get out more, your views are provincial and blinkered.

Comment Re:Excellent news (Score 1) 62

That's not the way it works. You get hired to do the job you're going to do, at full salary, and you do it initially under a provisional clearance, while your full clearance is being processed. If the work is sensitive enough that provisionally clearing people is too dangerous, then already having the appropriate clearance is made a prerequisite for the job.

Comment What can I use instead? (Score 1) 409

After my computer slowing to a crawl, inspecting the task manager, discovering FF was using 1.5G memory, restarting FF, and seeing that it only used 500M memory with the exact same windows open, what realistic alternatives are there?

Chrome, no. There's a new Opera coming out, but not anytime soon. IE, not in this lifetime. I've been out of the loop for a long time, what does the alternative browser market look like these days?

And throw in a replacement for Thunderbird as well, I'm tired of waiting 30 seconds for a "create a new message" window to appear on my system.

Comment Re:Obligatory Reagan Worship! (Score -1, Troll) 211

LOL slashdot doesn't have an overwhelming conservative majority. It's just that for once in your life you're venturing outside the left-wing echo chamber, where contrary opinions are deleted and troublesome posters banned. It's a shock to see opinions that differ from your own and the whole experience seems quite hostile. You're not alone, your people during the Cold War felt the same way. Why don't you ask the peoples of the former Soviet Union who lost and who won? The phrase "former Soviet Union" should give you a hint. Your side? Hell yeah they were your side.

"When Communist U.S.S.R. was a superpower, the world was better off."
-- Janeane Garofalo

Comment Re:The Science In a SciFi movie... (Score 1) 163

That's the whole idea. You take scientific concepts and extend them to fictional scenarios. Or, that used to be the idea. Today, "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" are considered science fiction, while they are both clearly dramas (excepting a few TOS episodes).

This is the theory that Jack built. This is the flaw that lay in the theory that Jack built. This is the palpable verbal haze that hid the flaw that lay in...