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Comment: Not everyone buys PLEXes (Score 2) 398

by grahamlord86 (#42736115) Attached to: How <em>EVE Online</em> Dealt With a 3,000-Player Battle

The real-money losses are very sensationalised. A single player in null-sec space can easily farm 50-100million ISK per hour.

Hell, even a rookie like me (in my first battleship) solo'ing level 4 missions can generate 100m in half a day if I get on with it, and I only have 4 or 5 months of casual play under my belt, which isn't much by EVE standards.

With a PLEX (the method of converting real money into ISK) being worth around, say, 600ish million, the average ship on EVE doesn't need to be paid for in real money.

Likewise, titans and big stuff like that is often corp funded, they're not necessarily owned by the player flying the ship.

So I very much doubt that $25k actually flew out the door, or into CCP's coffers.

Comment: Re:Bigger problem than imagined. (Score 2) 183

by grahamlord86 (#42450677) Attached to: Antivirus Software Performs Poorly Against New Threats

That's true, but-

A: My point about a virus that's been in the wild for at least two or more weeks is still not covered stands. AV corps bang on about research and monitoring so much, why are they so slow to keep up, especially when a lot of modern viruses are relatively easy to remove?

B: AV loves to harp on about how well it's protecting you, yet you never see positive virus removals in the logs. By your suggestion, I should be seeing disinfections and removals in the AV logs on most computers. The only time I get a hit on AV is on a system that's already infected, and the AV is quite unable to remove it.

Comment: Bigger problem than imagined. (Score 4, Insightful) 183

by grahamlord86 (#42450123) Attached to: Antivirus Software Performs Poorly Against New Threats

I run a local computer repair shop, and I can corroborate this story- modern AV does jack.

I haven't seen any really malicious malware in a while, but I see ransomware and scareware ones quite often, and every time the computer has up to date AV on it.
What's more, a lot of the time I've seen the virus in question several times, meaning it's been around for at least a fortnight, and still the AV guys haven't picked up on it.
I can appreciate that a social engineered drive-by exploit attack is difficult to defend from, when the customer asks me how to stop it happening again, it's a tough question to answer- but this doesn't change the fact that IMHO, all anti-virus is a waste of time and money at the moment.
I install MSE on customer laptops because I have to put SOMETHING there, but I have little faith that it will protect them.

Now I'm not fear-mongering here, I'm just being matter-of-fact. Three years ago when I stopped re-selling AVG, my account manager said 'Oh sorry to hear that, can I ask why?'
I said; 'Because it doesn't work. I am removing trojans and rootkits from computers every day, and many of them are running AVG, which has completely failed to save them.'

Make your anti-virus software work, and make it protect users from drive-by attacks on bad facebook links (without intrusive toolbars and link checkers please), and I will sell you hundreds of copies in my little shop alone.

Comment: IYHO... (Score 1) 238

by grahamlord86 (#41749967) Attached to: All Five Star Trek Captains Share a Stage

"...but exceeded them by a good light-year."

Not for everyone. My mate was there, and he (along with a lot of other attendees) found it to be a shameless money making event.

He paid a high price to get in, only to find that EVERYTHING costs money.

Want a photo with a star? You have to pay for that.
Want to shake their hand? Pay.
Want an autograph? Pay.

Want to take photos of the event to share? My mate overheard staff telling a fan to put his camera away or they'd hit him over the head with it.

There's a facebook group ( ) of disgruntled fans.

Now obviously the sponsors were out to make money, but I think a lot of fans were expecting a convention, where you pay your money and then get an organic grass-roots experience with all the stars Wasn't the case here.

Comment: Re:Maximize (Score 1) 1002

by grahamlord86 (#36146888) Attached to: Do Developers Really Need a Second Monitor?

Absolutely. I purchased a utility to add this functionality to Mac OS, which is normally unprecedented for me.

The advent of split-screen has lessened the need for a second monitor to me- but another big alternative is virtual desktops.

I work mostly on a laptop, so second monitor can be a pain to keep hooked up, virtual desktops are a life saver in this instance, because you can group windows together, or generally simulate multi-screen set ups.

Comment: Looking ahead? (Score 2) 67

by grahamlord86 (#35722590) Attached to: Tobii Releases Eye-Controlled Mouse For PCs

Not convinced about the practical use for this, your eyes are generally working one step ahead of your hands.

Let's say I'm playing Bejewled in timed mode, where you need to make moves as fast as possible- my eyes are already looking for the next move as my hand makes the move I've just found.

Same goes for browsing the internet or many other tasks, where my eyes are looking at something else while my hands move the cursor to a link or, say, Next Page button...

Ask any guitar/bass player, they're not looking at the note they're playing, they're looking at the next note their hand is going to move to.

Having the cursor track the eyes would significantly slow down a power user I think?

Comment: Re:Better solution for Mac than TrueCrypt- File Va (Score 1) 218

by grahamlord86 (#35588196) Attached to: Man Finds Divorce Papers, Tax Docs On "New" Laptop

This is why I use TrueCrypt instead of Fire Vault...

Most of my home directory isn't sensitive, I don't want to slow-down and hassle that comes with encryption on it.

So all my stuff is unencrypted, and then I have a few TrueCrypt volumes with stuff that I DO want encrypted.

Comment: Re:I make a living from these guys. (Score 1) 75

by grahamlord86 (#35545762) Attached to: UK PC Users Hit By Huge Fake Antivirus Attack

I don't tink the two are directly related, although it wouldn't surprise me if the 'sources' of both scams are links or even the same.

I've had scattered reports of these phone calls over here, I hear about it every now and then, but it's sporadic. Not sure how these calls are targeted.

Comment: I make a living from these guys. (Score 3, Informative) 75

by grahamlord86 (#35541206) Attached to: UK PC Users Hit By Huge Fake Antivirus Attack

I've spent the past month clearing up the fall out of this explosion of Fake AV... It's the most common issue I see on computer in my repair shop these days, and has been for a few years now, but this confirms why it's been so hectic the past couple of weeks!

I am amused that AVG are going on about it when, like the rest of the mainstream antivirus products, AVG itself cannot prevent or remove these Fake AVs- by the time the user brings their computer to me, AVG, or any other antivirus is broken and crying in the corner of C:\Program Files, or just gone completely.

Comment: Intent (Score 1) 270

by grahamlord86 (#35507318) Attached to: IsoHunt To Court: Google Is the Bigger Problem

As with TPB case, this is about Intent.

Google is not meant for searching for pirated material.

IsoHunt is a website designed and intended for sharing pirated material.

Just because some people use a crowbar to break into a house doesn't make a crowbar inherently evil, but put the crowbar in a Burglar's Toolkit, and then you've got a kit intended for crime.

As with TPB, I hope the IsoHunt guys win, but let's not kid ourselves into thinking their argument is justified, and they're on a par with google- their argument is a pedantic technicality.

Comment: What's your delivery method? (Score 1) 263

by grahamlord86 (#35346204) Attached to: Backdoor Trojan For Windows Ported To Mac OS

Even if this was a super evil virus tool, it's got the same problem that every other mac 'virus' has- How do you get it on the system?

The last so-called 'Mac Virus' required roughly the following steps:

1. Go to dodgy porn site
2. Attempt to watch shady video
3. Download dodgy video codec no one's every heard of in order to watch shady video
4. Mount DMG file of dodgy video codec no one's every heard of
5. Run installer for dodgy video codec no one's every heard of from DMG
6. Enter an administrator login for installer for dodgy video codec no one's every heard of

That wasn't a virus, it was a cleansing of the biggest idiots from the mac community.

Why will this be any different? There's a billion remote admin tools that can be used maliciously for OS X- but it's not a trojan unless you can install and configure it without the user knowing, or better yet without them doing it themselves.

Computers will not be perfected until they can compute how much more than the estimate the job will cost.