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Comment Re:The Best AntiVirus Ever (Score 4, Informative) 113

You're wrong on #2.

Porn sites do NOT spread malware. Maybe at one time they did, but not any more.

I have an anecdote to prove my point (this is the internet, after all)

A guy brings in his computer it has a virus. He's sure the kid has been doing "naughty" things on it and got it infected. Digital AIDS as it were.

I fixed the virus and did an "audit" of the PC's surfing history and searches and so on, giving me a timeline up to the point where it got infected.

The kid was indeed surfing porn. I asked the guy when he and momma went to bed. "10:00" he said. I told him I could tell. Little Johnny was surfing for "hot milfs", "Zoo porn" and other horrible things starting at 10:30. But the virus didn't get downloaded then.

The virus got downloaded at 7:30 in the morning when the adult got on the PC and did a google search for "TV Repair in [local town name]" and followed whatever link was there that took him to a fake antivirus driveby download.

In other words, Bestiality? Safe. TV Repair? Not safe.

I have other examples too, such as malicious ads on PBS kids and Drudge report and so on.

Comment Re:How surprising (Score 2) 113

A bug in Norton? Really? How surprising. That's never happened before, has it?

People pay for Norton products all the time but I cannot in good conscience ever recommend any product from them. I have repaired computers that were literally damaged by simply installing norton products. I could go on and on (and have, many times when appropriate) about how this software doesn't work and is literally worse than nothing - based on MY OWN personal observations, and I am NOT alone.
But I don't go on about McAfee, I simply sum up McAfee products with one line: The only thing WORSE than any of the Norton products is anything from McAfee.
Not even worth the breath.

Comment Re:How to catch fopen() without hooking kernel? (Score 1) 113

Sometimes I think the PC Matic guys are right: a whitelist is a more reliable way to block malware. But a whitelist requires more diligence to maintain if you don't want to turn a PC into a game console, and diligence is something sorely lacking in the non-technical majority.

Don't worry, eventually once there is a sufficiently bad "digital pearl harbor" event EVERYTHING will be on a white list, because everything will be like itunes and google play, you (we) won't be able to do nuthin' on our PC without it going through a walled garden.

A walled garden controlled by a bureaucratic quagmire along the lines of whatever "team" brought us the 0bamacare website.

Comment Re:Need? (Score 1) 70

Well, with IPV6 we need something to use up all those IP addresses.

The real pushers of IoT are "big data" because with a internet connected sensor chip in basically every object they will know practically everything about everyone.

When Proctor and Gamble knows that you use an abnormally large quantity of sheets of Charmin TP every time you take a dump, because each roll has a accelerometer and biometric sensors in it to identify each user and log usage, they can market the extra soft rolls to you to protect your bum.

Comment ABP too mainstream now (Score 3, Interesting) 237

adblock plus is better than nothing but uses tons of ram and is just too "mainstream" now.

ublock origin is the way to go. Much lighter weight, saves ram and processor, has that exclusive air about it.

ublock origin was blocking ads before blocking ads was mainstream.

Comment Re:This numbers are dishonest (Score 1) 315

I like 10 better than 8, but 7 JUST WORKS. 7 is not annoying, file sharing makes sense, and everything works as expected.

With 10, file sharing is different, authentication is different, it messes with the start menu still, but golly gee things are shiny. Not a fan, but you're better off with 10 than 8.

I've been using 7 since it's been out and I plan to keep it for a while yet. However I am getting ready to move to linux with an assortment of VMs of 7 for all my specific windoze needs. I plan to keep 7 working as long as possible.

Comment Re:Not surprising and can you blame them? (Score 2) 420

And you wonder why there are so many regulations. It's because of these circumstances that the government has to SPELL EVERYTHING OUT, or business will act like little children and say, "well you didn't say take of my cloths before I get in the shower."


Since this is a technological site I think it's interesting to consider that VW (and all the others as we're now seeing) can't make a clean diesel.

Well, they CAN make a diesel run clean, but only under specific controlled conditions for a tailpipe sniffer test.

The logical conclusion is that when the diesel engine runs clean, it has other undesirable characteristics. This, because, if it COULD run clean AND also have desirable characteristics, they would have it run clean all the time. It's simpler. Why add complexity to the powertrain control modules to have two or more performance modes?

But they don't have it run clean all the time because they can't.

The only logical conclusion is that when it runs clean it has poor performance. No power. No torque. Something bad. Or, they run it so lean that the temps spike and it would hurt engine life. I don't know. They figured out some tricks to fool the sniffer and they couldn't live with it in that mode full time.

The automakers have reached the limits of technology in cleaning the diesel emissions, at least with the diesel fuel available in the USA.

We would be better off to have more diesel out there in passenger vehicles. It has great fuel efficiency, the engines last a long time, lots to like about diesel. I hope this fiasco doesn't kill it off.

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