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Comment: Re:by taking advantage of ... users. (Score 1) 290

by quentin_quayle (#26556133) Attached to: US-CERT Says Microsoft's Advice On Downadup Worm Bogus

You really do a good job, but defending "autorun" is just preposterous. This was always obviously a dire security hole, but Microsoft still (???) denies it is a bug. They responded to criticism only by adding another layer and making it harder to turn off. Automounting is a positive feature, but auto-execution by default is an anti-feature. Even if it were opt-in it would be bad design.

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 729

by quentin_quayle (#24031607) Attached to: PC Repair In Texas Now Requires a PI License

What about this section?

SECTION 11. Section 1702.226, Occupations Code, is... amended to read as follows: Sec. 1702.1045 [1702.226]. PRIVATE SECURITY CONSULTING COMPANY [CONSULTANT]. A person [An individual] acts as a private security consulting company [consultant] for purposes of this chapter if the person [individual]: (1) consults, advises, trains, or specifies or recommends products, services, methods, or procedures in the security or loss prevention industry; (2) provides a service described by Subdivision (1) on an independent basis and without being affiliated with a particular service or product; and (3) meets the experience requirements established by the board [commission].

Any good PC shop will advise the client about computer security, recommend products such as anti-virus and anti-spyware, recommend practices such as user account maintenance and restrictions, and so on.

"I have more information in one place than anybody in the world." -- Jerry Pournelle, an absurd notion, apparently about the BIX BBS

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