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Comment Re:ZoneAlarm users get what they deserve (Score 2, Insightful) 216

WHY would you use it, when Windows has had a better firewall since XP, and the Vista/Windows 7 firewall is even better than that?

Why? Simple: because the Windows firewalls have a built-in white-list. That completely removes it from my consideration. I'd argue that 'firewall' is not even applicable to that service.

Comment Re:Checks (Score 2, Informative) 494

Checks may seem "quaint" to you techies, but vast swaths of America's infrastructure and social mechanisms are still greased this way. Checks are superior to cash in too many ways: if I'm carrying my checkbook, I'm technically carrying as much cash as I have, and the recipient doesn't have to make change. If I send my kids to school with a check, lost,stolen, or "misdirected" is not an issue. Plus, I always have a receipt.

I've been doing this for years through my credit union, with my flatbed scanner. With cell phones commonly pushing over the 3 megapixel mark, it's not at all surprising to see this as a natural extension of the existing process.

Comment Re:Legal pirates made me a annoyed panda (Score 1) 216

Consider it a loss leader. If those people play the game, love it as much as the average person, and mention it to others or directly expose them to the game, while also sharing the great value in the deal, then those people will probably go an and buy the game as well. Most people wouldn't admit to paying $0.01, so their friends are likely to spend more than that. Personally, if someone introduced me to the game, and I found out they paid $0.01 for it, I'd pay MORE just to make up for them.

Comment The summary says it: "It's all inside your mind" (Score 1) 508

I usually do my best coding when I'm nowhere near a computer. Sure, eventually, I'll have to sit at a computer to *implement* it. Coding, the true poetry part of it, happens wherever it wants to, and often when I'm not at a computer. Seriously. The idea will strike, ferment, pass or fail some roughshod mental testing, and start to form into pseudo code a while before I can implement it. I can write a serious amount of pseudo code in my head. After all, the poetry of programming is in the logic, not the words.

Comment Not all copyrighted material downloaded is stolen. (Score 1) 269

I have a lot of records & CDs. I *could* convert my collection to MP3s, but I am lazy. I sometimes download someone else's copy.

I *have* the physical media; have I committed a crime?
Has the person who made it available for download committed a crime?
Are they given the chance to prove they also own the physical media?
If they don't, then the possession of the MP3 *may* be illegal, but is the transfer of a copy to me illegal?
Am I not legally entitled to own a digital copy of the music I bought on physical media?
Do I have to make it myself in order for it to be legal?
Can I legally make my copy available to others who have asserted they own the physical media also?

Internet connectivity is approaching "utility" status with many people. It's how I work, how I do my banking, and how I make & receive phone calls. Should mere accusations of alleged illegal activities be permitted to shut me off?

Comment Re:Certification games (Score 1) 259

For many companies, paying the ridiculous price of VMWare is worth it for this reason alone.

Ridiculous? Quick & dirty numbers here: we have at least 90 ESX servers, with at least 800 virtual guest servers. That's 4 million US dollars worth of physical servers we didn't buy. Not to mention the cost of power, rack space, and associated infrastructure. I can't begin to estimate the cost savings in 100% remote management of every aspect of those 800 servers. Cost is all relative.


Submission + - What are we doing about phishing?

JayGuerette writes: I regularly receive phishing emails for about 20 banks and other online services. I'm happy to forward them to the proper domain holder. If it's a new one I haven't seen before, it may take some time to figure out where to forward the email. 'abuse@' and 'spoof@' are most common, some people use 'security@' or more obscure addresses. Some people want it forwarded, some people want an attachment, some people expect you to copy & paste the email into a web form.

Most places fail to understand that I'm doing them a favor. I am not one of their customers; and under only a slight moral obligation to notify them. If they make it too difficult, then I will just delete the email. For example: Halifax Bank expects you to prepend the subject line with 'Report'. Perhaps they think modifying the subject line is not a big deal; but spending more than 5 seconds on an email IS a big deal, when simply deleting it and moving on takes 0 seconds. Copy and paste to a web form? No way in hell.

I always wonder what the recipient is going to do. Companies like Amazon, PayPal, eBay, Chase, Bank of America, and Capital One, most likely have a well-practiced response. Today, I received an email today from "ePassporte Cardholder Services" informing me that an email I had forwarded to them was a phishing email and that I shouldn't respond to such emails. I had forwarded the phishing email to them 3 months ago. I suspect this means, for at least the past 3 months, someone has been successfully gaining access to ePassporte accounts.

Phishing losses are estimated at over $3.2 billion in 2007. Large corporations theoretically have the legal expertise and funding to shut down the phishing sites; are they really doing anything about it? Do smaller companies typically have the resources to deal with this issue?

Is your company prepared to handle a phishing attack against your customers? The site: seems like a great resource. Does anyone have "real world" experience they can share?

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