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Comment Workaround (Score 1) 197

Apart from the obvious-but-snarky ("Install Linux! hoho I'm so clever!"), you can indefinitely postpone all Windows updates on all versions of Windows 10 by stopping (and disabling if you find a way) the Windows Update service.

Of course, you lose the security updates if you do that too. Whether that's massively important to you depends on how often you run executables downloaded from the Internet, and what TCP/IP services you run on your computer.

Obviously "No security updates" is a bad thing, but if Windows insists on installing an update that actually breaks your PC in some way, no security updates might be the better of two evils, especially if you don't use IE or Edge, run any externally accessible services, and don't run every executable you download from the Internet.

Comment Seen it First Hand (Score 1) 45

It's a shame the Cisco blog is linked second, because it's a great (yet short) read.

Since the end of last month one of my very low volume email accounts has been on the receiving end of a new spam campaign trying to give me malware. The emails I've received exactly match the emails in Cisco's graph So it's neat to see what's behind it - in this case the Necurs botnet running at full tilt.

Considering this account was receiving virtually zero spam before, it's definitely a major uptick in spam.

Comment Patch, Backup, Rotate (Score 2) 180

Just realize half of all penetrations are as a result of social engineering or tokens that get passed out beyond your control.

Patch: keep your servers and workstations and laptops and mobile devices patched to the latest fix. Realize the latter two have a high chance of not being, due to their nature.

Backup: keep both daily and periodic backups. Have periodic full backups offsite. Always assume people will corrupt and mess with your key files. Keep offline offsite versions of those.

Rotate: don't always do the exact same thing. If someone hacks one machine in one place, you may notice differences if you switch it up a bit.

trust: never ever ever trust senior execs.

validate: never ever ever trust senior execs. they will give away access always.

confirm: never ever ever ever trust senior execs. they will order people to let the bad guys get access to your key data always.

(i'm starting to sense a pattern here)

Comment Re:One white elephant for sale. (Score 1) 65

I don't think either Yahoo or Twitter has to lose money, but the path to profitability is a horrible one: they're both heavily overstaffed for what they do. Twitter in particular, IIRC, has thousands of employees, managing what's actually a fairly simple product. You could reduce the headcount to well under a hundred people.

In that respect, being bought out is a preferable solution. The newly created division can set about reorganizing itself as a small focused team on the product at hand, while much of the remaining staff can be absorbed into the larger company over time. There'd still be redundancies, but they wouldn't be anything like as bad.

Comment Re:Anti-Hillary is not Pro-Trump (Score 1) 846

Trump is Bush with more bankruptcies, less military service, and no discernible interest in anything about the job other than power.

And, if anything, you're still being unfair to Bush. Bush! Probably the worst President since Nixon. And pretty much any comparison of him to Trump makes him look like a peace loving world statesman.

I would vote for Bush over Trump in a heartbeat. People ask why I'm prepared to vote for Clinton, given I dislike her politics so much, and there's your reason.

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