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Comment: Old is new again (Score 1) 287

by networkzombie (#49332685) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding
I had a 1972 Buick with an adjustable indicator needle on the speedometer. You set it to whatever speed and it would set off a buzzer if you reached that speed. I always wondered why this feature wasn't standard in all cars. It's pretty rare that people are going slower than intended but going faster than intended is common. Why slow the car down if a speed is exceeded? So the driver isn't "bothered" to pay attention? No! Make a damn buzzer go off so the driver is alerted that they are not paying attention. They should be "driving", after all. If you want your speed automated, turn on cruise control.

Comment: All I wanted was a Pepsi (Score 2) 317

No it's okay, you know I'll figure it out, just leave me alone I'll figure it out. I'm not crazy, you're the one who's crazy. My best interest? How can you know what's my best interest is?

I have found that the people who do not think they will be, and want most not to be confined, are. Society is against you. Don't you forget it.

Comment: EMET (Score 1) 467

by networkzombie (#48890103) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?
EMET along with whatever antivirus you choose.

I like ESET, especially the business version with console. I get it for my large customers.
Kaspersky is good. I use it for email gateways and small offices. The firewall breaks some shit, though.
I'm always removing viruses from computers that are running avast!, McAfee, Symantec, and AVG, so I won't be using those anytime soon
Trend Micro seems to be great, but I only have a couple of users running it so I have never used it in a large environment.
Vipre is a bad joke (I tested it).
MalwareBytes is great at removing crap and I use it often, but I have yet to use the paid version.
TDSSKiller for rootkits.

I'm thinking purchasing MalewareBytes for a small office soon (8 users), but I may go with Trend Micro. I'm on the fence.

Comment: Re:surprise, surprise, surprise (Score 4, Insightful) 224

by networkzombie (#48743193) Attached to: Beware Headlines Saying Chocolate Is Good For You
Actually, no. Evolution has provided humans with taste buds to favor foods that will keep us alive, depending upon conditions. These conditions are key. Bears are a good example. Bears that need to survive hibernation will gorge themselves on any sweets they can find because it is key to their survival. Bears will eat all the honey they can find, but they don't find much. Bears eat a lot of salmon and they find plenty. Bears eat a lot of berries and they find plenty. Bears eat a lot of grubs and they find plenty. Bears will eat all the Hershey bars they can find, along with all the almonds, denim, and bear repellant that goes with it, but they don't find a lot. If bears did find a lot of Hershey bars, they would soon die of (insert disease here). Humans, in the recent 4000 years, have gained the ability to have any food from anywhere on earth within arms reach available to them at low cost. Foods that would be healthy to gorge on, if they were scarce, are now plentiful. That is the problem. Technology has given us the means, but our self control has not evolved to fit our environment. Our taste buds still control us. If it tastes good, it is because your ancestors relied upon it to survive. You, with your comfortable life and big screen TV, should know better. If it tastes good, enjoy in moderation.

Comment: Details please (Score 1) 97

by networkzombie (#48639635) Attached to: Staples: Breach May Have Affected 1.16 Million Customers' Cards
I would love to know exactly how it happened so I may learn from their mistakes. I can only assume they had incredibly poor security measures in place or they were breached by some ninja who's skills were beyond comprehension. Some of the TJMaxx details were released which revealed they had poor wifi security at the store, holding onto data they shouldn't have, and no proper encryption of data, so the criminals basically cracked them from a laptop in the parking lot. If all the latest hacks are similar to the TJMaxx crack, I feel safe. Paranoia is your friend.

Comment: Re: fire them (Score 1) 110

by networkzombie (#48627907) Attached to: Hackers Compromise ICANN, Access Zone File Data System
Do you run your own SMTP server? No email with your FQDN should be accepted via public incoming SMTP port, only private encrypted SMTP port with AUTH should be used for MUAs and MTAs (message submission). Why would your server accept email from itself? Incoming SMTP ports should never accept email from it's own domain. This way, if you get an email as you describe, you can verify that the account has been compromised.

Comment: Re:Remote Torso® (Score 1) 52

by networkzombie (#48607667) Attached to: Telepresence Store Staffed Remotely Using Robots
In my dream, one of the developers had a hidden IPv6 IoT Wake on WAN setting turned on by default in the UEFI v3. It was missed by quality control. We didn't worry about getting hacked or people dying because we paid our insurance policy that year, also we didn't want to pay our engineers a decent wage to do good work because insurance against lawsuits was cheaper. We outsourced to Apple, who outsourced to Foxconn, who outsourced to a soccer ball factory in Kyrgyzstan. It works well, if you remember to compliment the chef.

Comment: Remote Torso® (Score 1) 52

by networkzombie (#48607231) Attached to: Telepresence Store Staffed Remotely Using Robots
I have wanted to build a remote torso for years. It is a torso (duh) with robotic arms. Basically whenever you need a plumber, a dishwasher, a doctor, or a computer tech, you would take your Torso® out of the closet and place it in the desired area where it would be controlled by an expert and complete its tasks without the need for anyone traveling to your home. After many nightmares about a chef stabbing me to death when I didn't complement him on his chicken pot pie, I decided to ditch the whole idea and hope no one else picks it up.

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy