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Comment: Re:Interesting angle on social engineering... (Score 2, Interesting) 329

by scheuri (#29229291) Attached to: FBI Investigating Mystery Laptops Sent to US Governors
That is what I thought first, too. Well, I still think it is a very interesting angle on social engineering as you put it.

However, if you do that with a large enough company to get "undetected" (assuming smaller companies would recognise something fishy is going on) there should be a large risk that this laptop goes to the IT-people first to get completely altered to companies standards.
That usually should mean complete format and using an image of whatever the company is using as client OS. So there goes your malware (at least most of it).

So I am very confident that this has to be taken into account.

Comment: It does not change the slightest thing at all (Score 1) 311

by scheuri (#27786223) Attached to: IE8 Update Forces IE As Default Browser
As far as I recall correctly IE7 was supposed to be forced on Windows (XP) as well and was IIRC shipped with Windows Vista.
Now IE8 is forced by Windows Update

Now how is this going to change ANYTHING at all if millions and millions (okay, not that many, but you get my point) of pirated (and even not pirated) copies of Windows XP will not be updated...ever.

Remember the near uprising when windows 98 was not supported anymore. While I was "what, you still use that" thousand of people still were "Hey, I am using this...it just works...I never touched it".

Why is this different?

Comment: read the news (Score 1) 604

by Joe the Lesser (#27757775) Attached to: When it comes to the Swine Flu, I am ...

Just because the swine flu is giving healthy adults trouble doesn't mean the children and elderly get out free, as noted by the child who died this morning.

Mexican labs can detect the flu, they are just swamped with so many cases and the tests takes some hours.

As of the time you wrote your post:

- Deaths: 159, all in Mexico, 26 confirmed as swine flu and rest suspected.

- Sickened: 2,498 suspected or confirmed in Mexico; 66 confirmed in U.S.; 13 confirmed in Canada; two confirmed in Scotland; 14 confirmed in New Zealand; two confirmed in Spain; and two confirmed in Israel.

- Confirmed U.S. cases, by state: 45 in New York, 11 in California, six in Texas, two in Kansas and one each in Indiana and Ohio, according to CDC and states.

Comment: Re:The horse, not the horse shit. (Score 1) 448

by Joe the Lesser (#27704735) Attached to: Watchmen 50 Days On, Was It Worth the Gamble?

cause children shouldn't know about rape, or violence against women? It wasn't a real rape scene anyway, it was just attempted...

Of course, the sex scene was pretty hot so...

But I don't think there were themes any worse than DK2.

I'm curious if anyone here let their child watch it and what the reaction was.

Murphy's Law, that brash proletarian restatement of Godel's Theorem. -- Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow"

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