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Comment Re:But... (Score 2) 375

I can tell you who consistently hates it no matter how long they use it themselves. Anyone who has to walk someone else through doing something using a Ribbon-ized application over the phone. It's absolutely impossible if you don't have the app in front of you for reference yourself. Its especially difficult when the element they're supposed to click on doesn't even have a fucking text label, only a big shiny icon. It's much easier to walk people through navigating hierarchal menus, the way they're organized, you can even feel your way around without having the UI to reference just by feedback from the user's descriptions over the phone. Also, the Ribbon just wastes more screen real estate.

Comment OMG BIG shiny icons FTW! (Score 1) 951

Not that I would ever care to use MS Office or the Explorer shell on a tablet device, but I can see how this would be somewhat useful for touchscreen input; however I HATE the way everything is transitioning from well organized text-based contextual menus, to big shiny icons that take up a ton of space, its like everyone has forgotten how to f'ing read. It makes it damn near impossible to walk somebody through a task over the phone when there's no text label on the things that you're telling them to look for and click on. Slightly offtopic, yet somewhat relevant; I also despise the proliferation of videos everywhere on the internet replacing well written articles of text and photos. Its like the computer industry is starting to cater to the caliber of people (illiterate) that write Youtube comments and post on Yahoo groups, awesome.

Comment Re:This just reminds me of... (Score 0) 169

Let me put my tinfoil hat on for a moment... Beatings aren't necessary, the US gov't can simply use the NSAKEY to decrypt anything encrypted using Microsoft libraries, this was revealed back in NT4 and again when Win2k SP2 source code was leaked. This is to make their encryption methods export compliant. This is the only legit news article I could dig up on it right now, but if you look around, I'm sure you'll find more. Pretty sure I read somewhere that there's another "unknown" key out there that they think is for the UK gov't to use as well; actually that might be what was revealed in the SP2 source code leak.

Comment Re:Are you paranoid enough? (Score 1) 165

SPF, another mail system element that is trivial to implement, that any sysadmin worth a damn should have done already; but I suppose you're right, a spearphisher that has intimate knowledge of an organization could spoof a vendor's email address. I don't know about you, but I don't open unsolicited attachments from anyone these days, Sally in Accounting OTOH...

Comment Re:Wilfully drain batteries? (Score 2) 174

According to TFA, they know that carriers are buffering traffic and they think that carriers may be doing deep packet inspection, causing TCP timeouts instead of retransmits:

Surprisingly, packets of data sent across this network are buffered by the carrier itself. This means that when a packet of data fails to make it to its destination—a common occurrence on noisy wireless networks—it cannot be instantly retransmitted, as it would normally be on the Internet. Instead, the sending device must wait a long time—on the order of seconds—for a time-out to alert it to the failure. On a one-megabyte download, this slows transmission rates by up to 50 percent, the researchers report.

Comment Re:Are you paranoid enough? (Score 2) 165

I would like to think I would never fall for something like this. But if this email had a return address of someone in the company? That would make it seem VERY legitimate.

If your mail admin (or outsourced mail provider) allows inbound messages that are spoofing your company's domain(s), they are worthless and have no business running your mail system.

Comment Re:I thought macro viruses were dead? (Score 1) 165

If you watch the video in TFA, you'd see that there were zero prompts besides the classic Outlook you're opening an attachment dialog. Excel happily executed the embedded Flash object without any warning or notification at all. Absolutely ridiculous, why anyone would think Flash (arbitrary code execution) embedded in a damn spreadsheet, is useful and even a remotely good idea is beyond me.

Comment Re:They've been practicing (Score 1) 514

I thought that memresistors were suppose to be one of the greatest invention in computers. HP was suppose to have invented it and it was suppose to go into production around 2012. I thought they were suppose to be a non-volatile ram memory so that it would mean near instant booting of the computer.

This is pretty much what we have with SSDs now.

Comment Re:Audio webcast link (Score 1) 514

I haven't touched Dell since that run of Optiplex where the caps go BOOM! real good. Can't remember the line but that was irritating as hell.

The infamous cap plauge was not restricted to Dell Optiplex's, I have personally experienced large amounts of failed HPaq DX2000's, IBM Netvistas, and even a few Apple iMacs and eMacs that suffered the fate as well. I will say that Dell and IBM's support was amongst the worst at handling the issue. HP and Apple were great, Apple even paid CDW to replace the logic board in an eMac that was way out of warranty.

Comment Re:providers (Score 1) 130

I've actually had Cox call to tell me that one of our satellite offices was spewing out spam that appeared to be from a machine infected with the Cutwail bot. Turned out that it was someone's personal laptop they brought in on our guest wifi. Granted, it was a "business class" connection and they were responding to a complaint from someone else.

Comment Re:correction in the summary: (Score 1) 130

Say whatever you want about the company who published the article, I didn't even RTFA. I can vouch for what they're saying though; I've seen a massive uptick in quarantined viruses lately, the most I've seen in years since the Pre-XP SP3 days. Most of them are password protected zips or exe's with multiple extensions. Overall spam volume is still lower than last year however.

Comment Re:Expected it to suck, and it did (Score 1) 788

One way to partly rectify some of the problems would be to apply a fuel tax on oil. It may make people in the US think about getting cars with better fuel economy and also provide an income to the state. Of course people will cry blood and complain a lot, but it will be healthy in the long run.

Yeah, all the poor people living paycheck to paycheck that can barely afford to get around as it is, will just take out loans on new fuel efficient cars that they can't afford, brilliant idea!

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