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Comment Re:Cheaper to get hacked than do security maintena (Score 2) 56

> Lesson was simple: it is much easier to maintain old versions that keep things working AND DO NOTHING than
> to do any proactive security maintenance. This works in a number of ways.

Uh, that's not the right lesson to draw from this. If customers gets hacked because they are running out of date CMSes, it's their fault. It's also their fault if it's not working because they have outdated crap that's incompatible with modern php-versions. But if you neglected to update php, and the customers gets hacked because of that, it's your fault. You might be able to talk your way out of it in some cases by pointing out that (this kind of) hacking is bad, but if the customer is a company or a person who cares, they will demand to know exactly how this could happen. Having a logfile that shows them exactly what exploit in their outdated CMS or plugin or theme was used is very satisfying.

I see this in every major php release. The answer to customers who complain is "too bad, update your old outdated Joomla 1.5.x/WP 3.5.x-crap. Or if you don't want to do that, good luck finding a reliable host that still has php 5.eol".

Comment Re:Headline bias much? (Score 1) 1011

If you think any of those are left wing, I'm guessing you live in Italy 1936.


Terrorist Attacks Kill Dozens in Brussels
New York Times

Terror in Brussels: At Least 26 Die in Airport, Subway Blasts

Belgium has now raised its terrorism threat to its highest level, "terrorists in the service of hatred and violence", ..."a functioning terrorist network", "The terrorists have struck Belgium"
BBC News

Comment Re:It is not a justification for more surveillance (Score 5, Informative) 1011

> vast majority of history

No, we've had border controls for a very short time, since the WW1.

It's not 1950 anymore, people move around and the economy depends on it. Hundreds of thousands of Europeans (including me) live in one country and work in another. The temporary border controls between Denmark and Sweden causes huge problems, and does not solve any anything. All these terrorists have valid passports.

Comment Re:GOD FUCKING DAMN IT, MOZILLA! (Score 3, Insightful) 191

What's wrong with modding up posts one agrees with? FF was once a great browser, but started going downhill with the introduction of the "awesome bar", and is by now almost useless. If Mozilla fixes Firefox and makes it usable again, perhaps people will stop modding up rants about hos much it sucks, which it does. Not that complicated?

Comment Re:Offline, single player ... (Score 1) 224

> Cheat codes used to be part of the fun of one-player games.

For me, finding cheat "codes" was (and is) part of the fun. Figuring out that Pirates! on the Amiga stored money x10 in the save file (for example, 20 gold = $C8) was the first kind of hacking (in a very broad sense) I did, or can remember.

And I still enjoy figuring out stuff like that in modern single player games, even if it makes actually playing the game less rewarding.

Comment Re:VR Support (Score 1) 76

Perhaps not the Nethack developers themselves, but I bet somebody will do some kind of VR-version of noteye just to prove it can be done once OcR is out.

Pretty pointless from a gameplaying perspective though. A red & in ADOM (not sure if there are Balors in Nethack?) is way more scary than anything that can be done in VR or any graphical layer.

Comment Funny coincidence (Score 1) 168

My girlfriends work computer was hit with Cryptowall 4.0 today. Since the computer belongs to the university she works for, the only backup is the useless sync to the university servers that only works when it rains and there's a full moon. Also, since she's not admin on it, I couldn't install a proper backup solution or a proper AV (Microsoft Security Essentials says everything is fine after a 5 hour full scan, despite a million encrypted files and a dozen popups at startup about paying to have them unlocked).

I'll dd the HD tomorrow and see if the shadow files are of any use (if they're still there), but best bet for now is the manual backup to external HD that she's been doing every week or so.

Well, at least she might be convinced to abandon Windows.

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