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Comment: MXM...meh (Score 1) 359

by iMouse (#46000143) Attached to: GPUs Dropping Dead In 2011 MacBook Pro Models

Apple had used MXM II and MXM III slots/cards for several years in the iMac. Like with the MacBook/MacBook Pro line, they've moved the iMac to a soldered GPU solution as well.

With the way Apple crams components into notebooks less than an inch thick, I can't really see an MXM slot being possible. The thickness of the logic board, MXM card and thermal plate for the GPU die on my iMac is thicker than my 2011 MacBook Pro.

I completely agree that Apple should explore replaceable GPU options, but they're not gonna be able to get it done with the current MXM standard.

Comment: Re:pfsense (Score 1) 193

by iMouse (#45046095) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source Project For a Router/Wi-Fi Access Point?

I've been using pfSense for the last 3 years or so and really love it. pfSense just by itself isn't the best solution for Wi-Fi, but combined with APs or routers in bridged mode loaded with Tomato, DD-WRT, OpenWRT, etc, you can do a lot with it. Include managed switches with VLAN support, multiple NICs and you can nearly run an entire infrastructure off of it.

The captive portal has been improved since 2.0 and received a lot more features with the recent 2.1 release. There is also support for plugins that greatly expand the capabilities of your pfSense box.

Comment: Re:No problem here (Score 1) 266

by iMouse (#42844801) Attached to: iOS 6.1 Leads To Battery Life Drain, Overheating For iPhone Users

Have a friend with a 4s and iOS 6.0.x that has some kind of background process keeping the phone from going into standby. The standby and usage timers are the same and the phone only gets about 8 hours of use.

I'm wondering if some misbehaving apps or mail/sync configurations are keeping the phone awake. Something in the iOS 6.1 update could be causing a similar problem for some of those who update.

Both my iPhone 4 and wife's 4s seem to be relatively normal since the 6.1 update.

Comment: Old PC + pfSense (Score 1, Interesting) 172

by iMouse (#42469345) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deploy Small Office Wi-Fi SSIDs?

Why not install pfSense on an old PC (Pentium 4-class is more than enough) with a couple of NICs and the FreeRADIUS 2 module? Put the APs in bridged mode and set up 802.1x authentication.

If you didn't want to use self-signed certs and a private CA, your only cost would be for certificate purchases/renewals. The cost is negligible if you count your staff IT hours as costing you nothing.

Comment: Re:What's the impact of those new viruses? (Score 1) 183

by iMouse (#42461029) Attached to: Antivirus Software Performs Poorly Against New Threats

On a system that you do not wish to format, you can use TDSSKiller from Kaspersky Labs to remove the MBR hook and the data in the TDL4 partition (if the system still boots). Kaspersky Rescue Disc or Windows Defender Offline are pretty good at detection from bootable media on a system that does not boot.

From there, you can use pretty any Linux Live CD loaded with GParted to re-merge the TDL4 partition with the partition next to it. TDL4 typically carves out space for a partition containing its own custom encrypted file system and loader files between 1MB and 8MB in size. Just be careful that the partition is a TDL4 partition you're removing and not a diagnostic or EFI partition from your manufacturer.

Comment: Re:What's the impact of those new viruses? (Score 3, Insightful) 183

by iMouse (#42449657) Attached to: Antivirus Software Performs Poorly Against New Threats

I'm still finding systems with infected MBRs and hidden partitions loaded with TDSS.tdl4. How old is this rootkit now?

I think these AV companies need to figure out how to properly clean/repair a system that has already been compromised before trying to play the cat and mouse game with the malware developers. I find AV software far more useful if a late detection can be removed/repaired rather than have it sit on my system for years undetected.

Comment: Re:I'd like to nominate iTunes on a Mac (Score 3, Informative) 94

by iMouse (#42408483) Attached to: The Most Unique Viruses of 2012

...uh. Not sure if sarcasm...

iTunes 11.0.1 on my iMac has "Hide iTunes" and "Hide Others" just like every other version of iTunes I've ever installed.

- Menu Bar
-- iTunes
--- Hide iTunes

I insert an audio CD or video DVD and I'm asked what I want to do with this disc...just like every other version of Mac OS X since who knows when. Have you looked at your settings here?

- System Preferences
-- CDs & DVDs
--- When you insert a music CD:
--- When you insert a video DVD:

Actually, iTunes on Mac OS X runs a hell of a lot better than it does on Windows. Kinda like how poorly Microsoft Office runs on the Mac compared to on Windows.

Comment: What a weak list... (Score 1) 94

by iMouse (#42408313) Attached to: The Most Unique Viruses of 2012

No ZeroAccess?! I guess it could be argued that portions of ZeroAccess are/were designed with the BlackHole dev kit, but it blows my mind that something as sophisticated, stealth and widespread as ZeroAccess isn't on the list. The method of infection, its resilience/resistance to removal and use of the compromised workstation are pretty unique.

I'm pretty sure that a large chunk of the malware on this list did not have file infecting variants or true "viruses".

Comment: Re:What is broken? the reader or the specs? (Score 1) 56

by iMouse (#41918841) Attached to: $50,000 Zero-Day Exploit Evades Adobe's Sandbox, Say Russian Analysts

Adobe Reader and Flash were previously the largest attack vectors...Java is by far #1 and has been for the last few years. Since Sun/Oracle states "Java Runs on 3 Billion Devices" and that a large chunk of those devices will never or rarely see a patch, it has been a HUGE painted target lately.

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