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Comment: best anti-virus ever (Score 1) 463

by jjohn_h (#48891651) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

The last virus I fell victim to was a virus spreading around on diskettes with infected boot sector. That was 1991.

Since then the only viruses and malware running on my PC would be there by invitation. I let them in intentionally, had a look and kicked them out - fully in control.

Last week I just fancied getting a virus check of my storage devices and installed Bitfender. It modified my Windows BCD boot without asking and took over. It would not let me launch it on demand, no, it deemed itself so indispensable that it had always to be there in imperial role. It didn't like being offline. Kicked out in no time.

And what anti-virus was I using? Ah, an easy one. I browse around as lowly user without javascript, session cookies only. Sure, I must use javascript with some banks and travel agencies and Google Maps but I know them and wipe out all their settings afterwards. Otherwise I do not allow web sites to take over my machine. No, bastards, keep your dirty fingers off my files.

Comment: the real issue (Score 2) 139

The scientists did not stand accused of failing to warn against an earthquake. Not at all. Legend.

They were accused to have encouraged the town of Aquila to disregard threatening tremors and stay safely at home.

The town followed 'their' recommendation against the century old habits in an earthquake-prone region to run out and wait in the open air. Result was more then 300 deads.

The appeal court has decided that the fatal recommendations did not come from the scientists but from the inept, corrupt, opportunistic bureaucracy. Doubts about this version linger on.

+ - The end of PostGreSQL

Submitted by jjohn_h
jjohn_h (674302) writes "Every time some issue related to mySQL comes up, quicker than light the followers and believers of the PostGreSQL church are there to mud the waters. The chant is always the same: PostGreSQL is sooo superior, why use mySQL and why talk of mySQL in the first place. The gods have spoken, it's PostGreSQL and nothing else. Bad news for you, whiners: Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter have extended mySQL to WebScaleSQL. I expected from you a collective harakiri, nothing else:"

Comment: Disappointing and Puzzling (Score 1) 986

by jjohn_h (#44623359) Attached to: Joining Lavabit Et Al, Groklaw Shuts Down Because of NSA Dragnet

I have been reading Groklaw since its inception in May 2003 and I am fully convinced (i) that there is a lady XY that goes by the name of Pamela Jones or just pj; (ii) that she did an epochal job; and (iii) that I and everybody else own her big thanks.

However, Groklaw changed after the lady disappeared for a couple of months in 2009 and then returned without much explanations. I had the distinct impression that a small team was then at work of which she was still the leader and the main contributor. A law professor took over for a brief period and disappeared again.

The team have now discovered that they cannot hide the way they thought they could and wished they could. The reasons given by pj for closing down are totally unconvincing. Does she communicate day by day? Does she use the phone? Does she write letters? With the same logic she is offering for Groklaw's closure she would have to stop talking, phoning and writing. And breathing.

Comment: Best defense in the universe: no javascript (Score 1) 520

by jjohn_h (#44506285) Attached to: China Has a Massive Windows XP Problem

Once upom time I did care about updating my XP. Then about 3 years ago the updates stopped installing, they would loop forever. Apparently a MS bug. They released a fix, the fix didn't work for me.

The news: no malware, no virus, no intruders for the past 3 years. The recipe: no javascript. And even Slashdot becomes readable.

Comment: living without updates (Score 1) 712

by jjohn_h (#43389117) Attached to: Set Your Watches For the End of Windows XP

About two years ago my WinXP SP3 stopped updating. The update would start but went into grinding never coming to an end. It was actually a widespread problem at the time, apparently a bug on Microsoft's side, apparently fixed by Microsoft after a while. I tried plenty of suggestions, nothing helped, as of today my system does not update. I never bothered to reinstall from scratch.

So what? You go on the Net without administrative rights, Javascript is disabled and you can relax. But those exploits that attack you anyway? Well, I infected my machine intentionally with a boot virus. I collected information running WinXP under the virus. Then I booted into Ubuntu and had a look at \Windows\System32 to see the intruders. Essentially, I neutralised the infection by hand although in the end I restored the partition anyway.

+ - Challenging challenge questions

Submitted by jjohn_h
jjohn_h (674302) writes "My NY bank likes to use challenge questions before allowing access to accounts. However, when they do not find their cookie they challenge you with unregistered fancy questions (which of course will lead to failure).

Is this practice actually widespread and what can be done against it? In this particular case, the bank claims 'security reasons' and are unwilling to discuss the issue."

A failure will not appear until a unit has passed final inspection.