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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.

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.

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