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Comment Re:Stop chasing the shiny (Score 1) 161

As someone who had an Apple 3gs and then a 4s, then said "I don't really ~love~ my apple, so I'll go Samsung Galaxy S6" ... and then realized how much crapware Samsung and the carrier piled on it.. then when I saw how long it took to get StageFright updates out.. I realized just how useful it was having Apple directly updating stuff.

TL;DR: this is why I think I'll go back to Apple when my contract allows it and I'll stick with it despite not really loving Apple.

Comment Re:Let me get this straight... (Score 5, Informative) 304

100% agree.

Samsung used to be my go-to for monitors and TVs and such, but if they're going to start injecting ads on my TV, I will remove them from consideration next time I need to update.

I will remove any TV from consideration that exhibits this behavior. I will vote with my wallet.

Comment Re:Openstreetmap.org (Score 1) 149

The Doctor: You know, since we're talking with mouths, not really an opportunity that comes along very often, I just want to say, you know, you have never been very reliable.

Idris: And you have?

The Doctor: You didn't always take me where I wanted to go.

Idris: No, but I always took you where you needed to go.

The Doctor: You did!

PRECISELY!

Comment We use Lync (Skype for Business now) at work... (Score 2) 224

We use Lync (well, formerly known as Lync, now re branded as Skype for Business) for our work IM system

The server is constantly locking up /dumping connections and just generally feels quite unreliable... It seems that it's gotten worse ever since they re branded as Skype I don't actually know if that's just my imagination.

Still at least it's not full of ads like a lot of the free IM clients like Yahoo and AIM etc... (yes I know about Pidgin, but there are such serious issues in the LibPurple library I don't know as it's a really good choice)

Comment Turn off "GWX" (Score 5, Informative) 506

For folks who aren't terribly computer savvy (So.. theoretically not Slashdot)

Go get "Never 10" freeware from GRC... it uses the officially Microsoft sanctioned means of permanently disabling the whole "Get Windows 10" stuff

https://www.grc.com/never10.ht...

This is a good option for "mom support"

For those willing to muck about in the registry:

Open Regedit, navigate to the following key.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate

Important: If that key doesn't exist, you'll need to create it.

Create a DWORD value called DisableOSUpgrade and set it to 1

There's also a good quick and dirty:
http://www.windowsmechanic.com...

Comment So, ... was this a responsible disclosure (Score 1) 109

Ok, so I read the article and my collegues and I use 7-zip quite a bit - so I am trying to figure out if the vulnerability was addressed in the latest release

I see the article was posted on the 11th, and 7-zip's latest builds seems to be v 16.0 which was published on 5/10 ... but looking at the 7-zip fix history:

http://www.7-zip.org/history.t...

All I see is that "some bugs were fixed" - this does not fill me with confidence.

So, I'm just trying to decide if the may 10 update and May 11 release is enough circumstantial evidence to say "ahh v16 fixes this so just update and we're good (assuming we don't have any other tools that bake in vulnerable past 7-zip sdk builds)

My guess is that updating to 16.0 will likely fix this in my directly installed copy of 7-zip.... though I don't like going on hope and circumstantial evidence.

Comment Disabling Auto Download of Multimedia Messages.. (Score 1) 48

Back when my phone was still reporting it was vulnerable, I took the step of disabling auto downloading of multimedia messages as it was the only way to be sure (Nuke it from Orbit)

I only turned that back on after my phone passed all the known tests... At this point, It's not worth the risk - this whole StageFright thing seems to be just fundamentally bad, so I'm leaving the Auto Download off.

I never once got a multimedia message from someone who wasn't already known to me, but I figure that the slight inconvenience of deciding to download or not is worth the security benefit.

Comment Re:Windows 7 (Score 1) 360

Windows XP is now a year and a half past its "completely out of support even for extended support for really big customers who paid us extra for it" ... and yet I still regularly run into customers (I do Developer Support for an SDK) who are still stuck using Windows XP because their organization is too cheap to upgrade and/or they feel that XP still works for them.

For many, XP is very much "ain't broke, don't fix it" though from a security standpoint - YES, YES IT IS BROKE - VERY BROKE - DO NOT WANT.

Comment When you're planning on blowing yourself up... (Score 4, Insightful) 204

It seems to me that when you're planning to blow yourself up anyway - you're probably not that worried about getting caught after the fact, and there's so much traffic going around that open communications especially if using a simple codewords for obvious trigger phrases (so say "flowers' instead of "bombs" etc...) and very likely the best the intelligence folks will do is read your comms after you've succeeded and have gone to meet your 72 Virgins....

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