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Comment That time has passed (Score 1) 267 267

Besides blocking pornography there is no need for web blocking any longer. Your users all have mobile phones they can use to do ANYTHING. You might as well allow most of it, ensure your security software is doing its job, and monitor for reporting purposes only.

Comment Re: Like the nazi used to say (Score 1) 431 431

You're partially correct here. Mason's son is an outlier because he is doing experiments and working with items that typically teens no longer do. In general we've become a society of appliance users and are not as technically savvy as we used to be. However there is an ongoing resurgence of the DIY movement happening and I applaud it. In fact I should do more than that. I should figure out how to actively support that myself. Heck I am a licensed ham radio guy, that should be a pathway for me to do that. Bottom line the police were alerted because this is not typical teen activity and like many household items those switches are very common in not so nice "projects". However maybe instead of a raid they could have knocked and asked about the son's work.

Comment There is so much wrong here... (Score 1) 517 517

It would likely take months to unravel all of this in a corporate environment. A few key points to focus on...

- SSD will help solve the slowness caused by drive encryption and high I/O absolutely
- A/V on the desktop shouldn't be that intrusive however. Your security dept is likely playing a CYA game instead of addressing the actual needs. Press for more protection before the desktop limiting desktop scans to weekly. Real time protection on the desktop is necessary and must be factored in when sizing a desktop platform.
- Updates are a necessity and must be taken into account when selecting a desktop platform. i3 procs have no place in corporate environments, i5 procs only belong on the lowest demand desktop
- Ensuring drives are not allowed to get "too full" is important to performance
- Adequate memory is necessary to reduce disk swapping which be an be a heavy I/O load

Comment Audio recording on VCR (Score 1) 258 258

Back in the 80s many of us shortwave listeners began using VCRs to record a specific frequency during times when we weren't near our radios. Unlike cassette tapes with VHS tapes we could record up to eight hours of audio and review it later. Early form of time shifting out entertainment.

Comment Re: Sometimes even your hack gets outdated... (Score 2) 258 258

Yeah, any UHF TV (the second knob tuning channels 14-83) could pick up cell phones back then. You had tuned the vcr (you had to program the channel buttons then on cars since there were commonly only 10 or so buttons) up into that range. The speaker wire made an extremely poor but just good enough antenna for you to hear something! From the fading description you were hearing the phones themselves as they drove past your house as opposed to hearing the tower. Had it been the tower you heard they wouldn't have faded but simply gone away in an instant as the cell phone switched to a new one.

Comment Re: HOWTO (Score 3, Interesting) 1081 1081

The death penalty is not vengeance in the least. It is a possible penalty for very serious crimes. Generally it's only reserved for the worst of the worst. It's not something taken lightly, but it is one alternative. This is very different from ISIS kidnapping innocent people, touring them and finally publically murdering them. Don't think ISIS is "honest" or have any other redeeming qualities. They are the Nazis of this century and are deserving of being wiped from this planet as quickly as possible.

Comment Re: HOWTO (Score 0) 1081 1081

I too believed this for many years. However as I've gotten older I realize that some people are simply too dangerous to others to leave to their own. If these individuals cannot live within the society the rest of us do why is it our responsibility to support them for the remainder of their natural lives? Death penalty is not a secret, people know if you do this, chances are you are going to die for it. They have made their choice, so why do some people feel this odd need to "save" them like they are a stray dog but then insist that the rest of us help pay for it?

Comment Re: "computer hacking" the convenient catch-all (Score 2) 327 327

Agreed, and while I doubt the prosecution team would be dumb enough to try and peruse this as a hacking case, based on what I've read if they do the "perp" deserves to get off scot-free. I'm tired of these catch all laws being used Constnatly where they don't apply because prosecutors are either too lazy or too ignorant to determine the actual crime.

Comment Trend Micro isn't bad really... (Score 1) 467 467

However it depends on how recent it is and how complete a solution it provides. I've used it in the Enterprise IT arena in the past (I've been in enterprise IT for a couple of decades now) and it worked well, both on servers and desktops. Last year though when I purchased a new laptop (my first Windows laptop in years) I looked around for a while and settled on Norton 360. I thought it provided the most complete solution, had decent reviews and I got it at a steal of a price - something like $20 on Amazon as a "deal of the day". I had looked at McAfee (which I still do not care for), was close to purchasing Kaspersky before the sale on Norton 360, and I had dismissed the free tools as simply "better than northing". Now, probably six months later, I don't regret the purchase at all but I do hope I can find a deal on Norton 360 again come renewal time.

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