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Comment Re:AV companies scare their customers (Score 1) 272

I have ran Norton Internet Security since the 2009 incarnation, with generally OK results [I'm a 40-year IT veteran and was curious how a "big box" suite would perform], but when I got the pop-up pushed at me to upgrade to 2011, I was appalled to see that it refused to install unless I uninstalled Threatfire, which it deemed to be "incompatible" - that's it; no other option, no explanation, just uninstall, "trust me, I'm Symantec and know best." Guess who will NOT be renewing their subscription in 24 days? What's the difference between "Security Toolkit" [as an example] telling me I have BAD STUFF on my system, and this?

Submission + - Apple gives away free bars with iPhone

BuhDuh writes: According to this story[New York Times]
'Apple Inc. said Friday that it was ''stunned'' to find that its iPhones have for years been using a ''totally wrong'' formula to determine how many bars of signal strength they are getting.'
So the official explanation of the drop in strength caused by the "death grip" is now:
'That drop seems exaggerated because the phone can wrongly display four or five bars of signal strength when it shouldn't, Apple said. ''Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place,'' the company said in a letter to users. '

Apple, AT&T Sued Over iPhone 4 Antennas 435

bannable writes "Apple has been accused of violation of the Federal Communications Act, three counts of products liability related to negligence, defect in design and breach of implied warranty, intentional and negligent misrepresentation, fraud by concealment, unfair business practices and more. 'The iPhone 4 manifests design and manufacturing defects that were known to Defendants before it was released which were not disclosed to consumers, namely, a connection problem caused by the iPhone 4's antenna configuration that makes it difficult or impossible to maintain a connection to AT&T's network,' the California complaint reads."

Submission + - Quick! Get a tinfoil hat for your smartphone!

BuhDuh writes: TV Station KOAT in Albuquerque, reporting on the dangers of spyware on smartphones offers the following:

To test the spyware, Action 7 News purchased software for about $350, and with permission, installed it on an employee's phone. Producers Robin and Laura agreed to be spied on. So what can the software do? "I can follow you around if your phone has GPS technology. I can see where you are, I can read your e-mails, I can read your text messaging," said Carr. Once Robin makes a phone call from several miles away, a cell phone in the newsroom receives a text message alert about her call. The newsroom cell phone is able to listen to the phone call between Robin and her fiance. Robin's GPS location could also be continuously monitored.
And even with her phoned turned off, her conversation over lunch with her colleague Laura could be heard on the newsroom cell phone.

(Emphasis in the last line is mine)
So there goes our ultimate sanction against a machine takeover — no more "Hah! Let's see how far you get after I pull the plug on you, you bastard!"

Comment Re:It could be related to ACTA, or. . . (Score 4, Informative) 190

DISCLAIMER: I am part of the support team of an ISP
Yes, we do hate those users who suck bandwidth via bittorrent to the detriment of the majority who simply want to read their email, keep up-to-date via a social networking site and do other non-intensive tasks. However if we were being completely cynical, the over usage charges we can collect (and which our users agreed to in our AUP when they signed up) are a nice earner. PLUS I agree, we don't have to invest so heavily and so often to upgrade our infrastructure. I don't necessarily agree with such a position, but I'm stuck with it. However, I read TFPDF and it bleats about illegal copyrighted downloads which it seems to imply is the only use for bittorrent, nowhere do I see (except after the download is complete) how this violation can be proven. I have lost count over the years of how many iso's of various Linux distros I have downloaded, how many times the kids have updated WoW.... This sanctimonious BS posturing in the guise of protecting copyright leaves me cold.

NVIDIA Driver Update Causing Video Cards To Overheat In Games 155

After a group of StarCraft II beta testers reported technical difficulties following the installation of NVIDIA driver update 196.75, Blizzard tech support found that the update introduced fan control problems that were causing video cards to overheat in 3D applications. "This means every single 3D application (i.e. games) running these drivers is going to be exposed to overheating and in some extreme cases it will cause video card, motherboard and/or processor damage. If said motherboard, processor or graphic card is not under warranty, some gamers are in serious trouble playing intensive games such as Prototype, World of Warcraft, Farcry 3, Crysis and many other games with realistic graphics." NVIDIA said they were investigating the problem, took down links to the new drivers, and advised users to revert to 196.21 until the problem can be fixed.

Comment Re:Their country, their standards. Reciprocity suc (Score 1) 5

It's not that the Brazil government can't afford a Thawte or Verisign certificate - the actual reasoning is that as a sovereign nation they don't trust (and can't depend on) these foreign corporations. The website is (IMHO, correctly and appropriately) certified by the chief Brazilian trusted authority.

Hmm. When I go to The Consulate General of India in San Francisco, I am assured that

Effective October 1st, 2007 Travisa Outsourcing will handle all requests for Indian visas.

Strangely enough, that site [registered by Verizon Wireless] is authenticated by Verisign Inc., but that does not seem to bother your governments sensibilities. BTW, I myself am a UK Citizen and a Permanent Resident of the United States, so I don't think your xenophobic rant really applies to me.

But yes, it's your country so your rules apply. I understand that a visa is a privilege, not a right.

I applied for my visa/"Green Card" in the same way that a non-citizen from anywhere must, and although the process involves vetting as might be expected, I am never "excruciatingly humiliated" [to paraphrase your comment] when re-entering the US.

The point of my post was to highlight the fact that there exists a web of trust on the internet which seems to be ignored in this particular case; is that my browser's problem? I think not. They all quite rightly caution that there can be no trust applied to this particular site and to try to turn this into a specious allegation on what happens to a non-citizen entering the US is garbage.


Submission + - Olympics In Brazil? Beware The Visa Application! 5

BuhDuh writes: Not that I intend to go, but we planned to take a cruise later this year, as part of a European vacation, from Portugal to Brazil. That's when the fun started. You need a visa. No problem, fill in a form online starting at the official government site. Wait a minute! A government in a sovereign country can't afford a valid security certificate from a trusted authority?

It gets worse. Among other choice pieces of information you will be required to supply on this untrusted site are:
full biographical info, including mother and father's full names!?
complete details of your passport — number, date of issue/expiry/where issued etc
schooling details!?
current employment!?
full address/zip/phone/email

Is this a perfect recipe for identity theft, or am I just a paranoid who misplaced his tinfoil hat?

Submission + - Pay up, says Comcast (

BuhDuh writes: The tragic death [] of a NM State trooper, helicopter pilot, and the student they tried to rescue lead the honorary Japanese Consular General, Davis Begay, to be personally held responsible for her unpaid Comcast internet bill. Despite Comcast's assertion that the matter had been dealt with, they continued to harass Mr. Begay and even put the account into collection. Only [after the TV channel's assertion that they had intervened] did Comcast cancel the action, credit the account, and apologize. One can only imagine the extra grief Ms. Yamamoto's parents must have experienced.

Comment Re:let's wait and see (Score 1) 286

There are good and bad points to be made on both sides of this contentious subject. Eliminating spurious traffic/spam etc could never be bad, but given the .au government's draconian position, I wouldn't trust them to monitor the corridors in a kindergarten school. As for "How?" - tail -f /var/log/messages works for me. Pipe it to some simple filters and you have it. Want to know who's reaching out on port 445? Or spamming on port 25? There's a filter for that.
The Internet

Submission + - New Apache DOS Tool

BuhDuh writes: "The good folks at SANS Internet Storm Center advise us of a new DoS tool just released which targets Apache (ironically IIS 6.0 and 7.0 are not affected). They give details of a crafted HTTP request which it is alleged will keep a connection open indefinitely, and by 'lather/rinse/repeat' will eventually lead to the DoS. No details are given of where the tool was released, and it does not seem to be Goliath, but given the solid reputation of the ISC, it should probably be taken seriously."

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