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Comment Re: AV only helps if you are bad (Score 2) 184

I've been reading Slashdot and the like for more than twenty years now and the relative amount of vulnerabilities reported for MS products, especially IE and Outlook is so significantly higher that not using that already makes a huge difference. Of course other software is also not without its faults but I could say that your approach of treating all software as equally bad is paranoia.
Now that we've both insulted each other I think I can safely say that we agree that you have to find software that gives the best balance between risk and usability for the situation you use it in.

Comment Re:AV only helps if you are bad (Score 4, Insightful) 184

Same here. I hate AV software with a passion bcause it slows your computer to a crawl, gives a false sense of security and once it's on your computer it takes a complete reinstall of the OS to get it off again. The best AV practices are:
Never use MS software to browse the internet and read email
Use an ad blocker
Never even read email from unknown sources, let alone open attachments from there.
MAKE BACKUPS of your files.

Comment Unacceptable! (Score 5, Funny) 140

This sort of reckless openness in communications sends the message that so called 'disasters' are a free-for-all for pirates, child pornographers, and terrorists.

Any right-thinking citizen would agree that a few unimportant people staying buried in rubble is a small price to pay to secure the internet against intellectual property theft and anonymous communication by evildoers.

Comment That's honestly pretty surprising. (Score 1) 174

It's not a huge surprise that the reliability of Apple widgets isn't appreciably better than high end Android gizmos; Apple is hardly the only company in the world that knows how to shove a bunch of solid state hardware into a tight space; and to the degree they are atypically skilled at it they usually end up focusing on extra skinniness and similar aesthetic considerations that don't necessarily enhance reliability.

What is surprising is that 'Android devices' as a whole would perform so well. It is the blessing, and the curse, of Android that pretty much anyone can slap it into almost anything; and vendors take full advantage of that. I would have expected the floods of dire crap to drag down the average reliability rating considerably.

Comment Re:Offtopic (Score 2) 156

Agreed. I also see:

10 Confirmed Dead In Shooting at Oregon's Umpqua Community College
VC, Entrepreneur Says Basic Income Would Work Even If 90% People 'Smoked Pot' and Didn't Work
Yelp Employee Posts Open Letter About Cost Of Living And Low Wages, Gets Fired
Universal Basic Income Programs Arrive
Explosions and Multiple Shootings In Paris, Possible Hostages

Linked to virtually every story.

Comment Standard protocol (Score 2) 102

I wish the EU would force makers of messaging software to standardize the protocols they use so that I can choose to use the program I want to use. As it is now you have to use what everybody uses to stay in touch with your friends, so now I have to give the datasuckers at Facebook all the information I so desparately don't want them to have because Whatsapp is a handy tool that everyone uses. I would gladly pay for a program that does what Whatsapp did before it was part of Facebook and nothing else, but I can't now because I can't force friends and relatives to use the same thing I do.

Comment Re:Time to update firewalls. (Score 1) 87

Some software attempts a compromise(Chrome's certificate pinning isn't applied to certificates authenticated against a locally imported trusted root; but is otherwise); but anything that either refused to make exceptions or simply doesn't integrate with the platform's certificate handling very well should break SSL decryption with just certificate pinning.

That's often not the only inspection mechanism in place; but anyone who can actually break SSL without access to a trusted cert is currently being very quiet about the matter.

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