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Comment: Re:Other than the obligatory security theatre... (Score 4, Insightful) 107

by Zocalo (#48895581) Attached to: Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport
Aside from the few hundred lives vs. a few thousand lives if the plane was actually hijacked and attempted another 9/11 style crash into a metropolitan area there is another reason you might want a chase aircraft - obtaining camera footage of the plane should the threat prove genuine and the plane is blown up. I would imagine such data might prove quite useful to the resultant investigation in terms of narrowing down where the bomb was located, how powerful it was, whether it was carried on or checked, and potentially even narrow down who might have got the bomb onboard.

Comment: Re:trendy (Score 1) 457

by cbiltcliffe (#48890723) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

Security essentials is ok and doesn't spam you, but it's just ok.

HTH,

Security Essentials used to be just ok. Over the past year or so, it's turned into the most useless piece of crap I've ever seen. I used to recommend it as a free option for some people, but lately I've been ripping it out of every machine I see it on, in the same way I used to do with Norton a few years back.

Comment: Re:In after somebody says don't run Windows. (Score 2) 457

by cbiltcliffe (#48890687) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

You don't need no brakes on your car to study what happens to some other guy when they crash their car.

Similarly, I don't need antivirus on my computer to reverse engineer the infected files I pulled from a client machine; which, incidentally, their antivirus said was clean, and I found them manually. (But wait! How did you find them without the antivirus telling you that they were infected?! That's unpossible!!! <head explodes>)

Comment: Re:In after somebody says don't run Windows. (Score 1) 457

by cbiltcliffe (#48890659) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

Hardy har har. I'm pretty sure you were trying to be funny.

But, just in case you, or any of the other similar comments were actually being serious:
  Maybe that actually meant "don't run anything resembling antivirus software," since, you know, that's what the thread and the article are all about.....

Comment: Re: In after somebody says don't run Windows. (Score 1) 457

by cbiltcliffe (#48890645) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

Well, once I sorted out your bizarre punctuation and capitalization, I realized I agree with you.

Every one of my computers has Sandboxie installed. It's one of the tools I used when analyzing malware, when I want to see exactly what it does to the machine.

Comment: Re:In after somebody says don't run Windows. (Score 3, Interesting) 457

by cbiltcliffe (#48890593) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

I don't execute virus files on my work computer. That would be stupid. I decompile/reverse engineer/etc them.

I have a separate computer that I use if I need to actively infect one. It's not a VM (for the exact reason that some posters have already given) but I do have a Clonezilla image of it, so I can quickly wipe/reinstall after analyzing the infection.

Comment: Re:In after somebody says don't run Windows. (Score 0, Flamebait) 457

by cbiltcliffe (#48890575) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

AC: "I'm a fucking idiot, and have no idea how to tell if a computer's infected without big scary warnings from my antivirus software, therefore everybody else is exactly the same."

Never mind the fact that if nobody could detect an infection without a/v software, then it would be impossible to ever add new viruses to the definitions of any antivirus software; meaning, of course, that all antivirus software would have a precisely zero detection rate, and therefore would be completely useless. So, even if you're right, then you're still wrong.

Comment: Re:In after somebody says don't run Windows. (Score 5, Informative) 457

by cbiltcliffe (#48889515) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

That would be "in before somebody says 'don't run Windows'".

Having said that, I've run Windows (among other things) for years, and haven't run anti-virus in over a decade for two reasons:
- it's more trouble than it's worth when you know what you're doing,
- it's hard to do any kind of virus research at all when you've got antivirus trying to delete every infected file you're examining.

In the time I've not run a/v, I've never had an infection. (I never had an infection before that, either, but that's beside the point.)
I use Comodo Endpoint Security on the kids' computer, and the HTPC, but my main Windows desktop hasn't had it for years, and won't have it for the foreseeable future, either.

All my Linux machines, of course, don't run anything, except for my mail server, which has ClamAV on it, just to scan attachments.

+ - Rare astronomical event will see triple moon shadows on Jupiter->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Stargazers are in for a treat as they will be able to witness a rare astronomical event early tomorrow morning (January 24, 2015) where shadows of three of Jupiter’s largest moons — Io, Europa, and Callisto — will fall upon Jupiter simultaneously. Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles will provide a live online broadcast on its Livestream channel. The event is slated to being on January 24, 2015 at 4:30 AM GMT and should end by 7:00 am GMT. For those in the PST, the event will happen today from 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm."
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+ - Should Disney Require its Employees to Be Vaccinated? 1

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "According to Joanna Rothkopf Disneyland is already a huge petri dish of disease with tired children wiping their snot faces on Goofy and then riding log flumes through mechanized rivers filled with the backwash of thousands of other sweaty, unwashed, weeping toddlers. Now John Tozzi reports at Businessweek that five workers at Disneyland have been diagnosed with measles in an outbreak that California officials trace to visitors at the theme park in mid-December. The measles outbreak is a publicity nightmare for Disney and the company is urging its 27,000 workers at the park to verify that they're inoculated against the virus, and the company is offering tests and shots on site for workers who are unvaccinated. One thing Disney won't do, however, is require workers to get routine vaccinations as a condition of employment. Almost no companies outside the health-care industry do. "To make things mandatory just raises a lot of legal concerns and legal issues," says Rob Niccolini. Disney has been working with public health officials, and Disney has already put some employees on paid leave until medically cleared. "They recognized that they were just a meeting place for measles," says Gilberto Chávez. "And they are quite concerned about doing what they can to help control the outbreak.""

+ - Extremely rare Star Trek Phaser prop is going on sale for $60,000

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The latest Star Trek item that’s going on sale and expected to go for a doozy of a price. A 47 year old Star Trek Phaser from the original show featuring original Enterprise Crew led by Captain Kirk, Spock, et al, is reportedly going to be sold for a price of a whopping $60,000 (£40,000). This fiberglass prop is apparently one of the two that are currently in existence and hence the fantastic price tag."

+ - Microsoft Announces Office 2016 And Office For Windows 10 Coming Later This Year

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "At its Windows 10 event yesterday, Microsoft unveiled the touch-optimized version of Office. Today, the company offered more details about that version, and then snuck in another announcement: the next desktop version is under development, it is called Office 2016, and it will be generally available “in the second half of 2015.” Office for Windows 10 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook), meanwhile, is also slated to arrive later this year, though Microsoft has shared more about it and plans to offer a preview in the coming weeks. These new Office apps will be pre-installed (they will be free) on smartphones and small tablets running Windows 10. They will also be available to download from the Windows Store for other devices."

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