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Comment Re:Much better idea (Score 1) 49

The one in question asked for an Admin password. If you give a Linux system the root password (or even do a sudo) then I'm sure you can install a cryptolocker just as easily.

The interesting point on cryptolockers is you don't even need root to be effective. Encrypting the files the user owns (the real targets) doesn't require any special permissions. The only benefit you get from root level is a better chance of destroying backups.

Submission + - Valve found to violate Australian Consumer Law ( 1

throx writes: The Federal Court in Australia has found Valve has violated Australian Consumer Law by advertising that no refunds are available on digital goods. Valve claimed to not operate in Australia, which the Federal Court found against. Valve could face fines of up to USD750k per breach.

Comment Re:Barack "Executive Order" Obama... (Score 1) 367

Sorry, but this is simply not true. Perhaps you should actually read the conventions before making this stuff up?

Nations unilaterally sign on to the conventions. The conventions deal with both lawful combatants and non-lawful combatants (though neither term is used in the conventions). "Terrorists" are in the same category as foreign spies and non-military murderers.

Comment Re:UV light =/= self cleaning (Score 1) 135

Sure, it's a good idea to kill of germs with UV light - but that ain't self cleaning. Someone sprinkles all over the seat, and leaves shaving hair in the sink, and you're going to need a lot more than a black light bulb.

It really all depends on how much UV you use, doesn't it? (evil grin)

Submission + - Microsoft brings SQL Server to Linux (

Mark Wilson writes: The new Microsoft has place an increased importance on the cloud, and with other companies following suit, reliance on server solutions has increased. Today the company announces that it is bringing SQL Server to Linux.

Both cloud and on-premises versions will be available, and the news has been welcomed by the likes of Red Hat and Canonical. Although the Linux port of SQL Server is not due to make an appearance until the middle of next year, a private preview version is being available to testers from today.

Comment Re:Android? (Score 0) 405

What I haven't heard yet is where Android lands on the security spectrum.

Updates for all non-Nexus devices and even some Nexus devices are signed by the manufacturer, not by Google.

I'm pretty sure devices that allows for user-driven unlocked bootloaders (and therefore access for things like Cyanogenmod) doesn't require signing by the manufacturer - otherwise there would be no method to put Cyanogenmod on there. For example, my Galaxy Note 3 just put a big warning up when I went to update the firmware, but allowed me to do it.

Comment Can't wait for the next "free data" day then... (Score 3, Interesting) 68

So the other Sunday when they had "Free Data", customers managed to download around 2000TB of data over the mobile network. Cranking the speed up some more should enable an even more impressive effort in internet binge downloading!


Comment Re:So Let Me Get This Straight (Score 1) 249

Where Zimbra can't beat Exchange on is complete perfect integration with Outlook. It does however beat Exchange and Outlook on their offered functionality.

That's actually the key to the differentiation of Exchange. Integration with Outlook means integration with Office and the incredible morass of Office Automation that large businesses tend to build over time. Just as there was never a drop-in replacement for Notes, despite the detractors (usually Exchange fanboys) listing similar bullet-point by bullet-point comparisons and declaring victory, it's the ability for the groupware platforms like Notes and now Exchange to pull together a wide array of communication and messaging activities through desktop application integration that really gives them the leg up and lock in when it comes to the Enterprise.

Zimbra is, for sure, an outstanding messaging and communication solution that when you break down the bullets on the standalone Outlook/Exchange combo fares extremely well. Ain't always that simple. :)

Comment Re:Worse than Tjernobyl. (Score 1) 580

Yes, this is a very different situation to Chernobyl but the worst case is actually far, far worse (in some ways of measuring at least). The problem here isn't the reactors themselves but with the spent fuel stockpile. Estimates have the potential for an uncontrolled meltdown in the spent fuel pile at orders of magnitude higher radiation exposure than were experienced from the Chernobyl incident, added to this exposure causing major problems in continuing to cool the reactor cores still under threat.

I have no idea what you're talking about "thousands of people to try to control the Russian plant" either. For a start, it was Ukrainian or Soviet but let's not stand on petty national boundaries too much. Second, about 30 people died as a direct result of the incident which makes it, uh, 0.03 thousand?

Comment Re:suspicious (Score 2) 901

What bass-ackwards printers are they using? I'd have guessed that most printers used in a corporate environment are postscript based, so support shouldn't really be an issue.

Not in my experience. Printers tend to be a crazy mess of different technologies supplied by the cheapest supplier/closest friend of the IT Manager/whatever someone found at Best Buy/etc. I'd estimate maybe 25% of the printers I've seen in corp environments support Postscript, about 50% support some variant of PCL (which mostly overlaps the Postscript ones) and the rest are a mix of custom drivers and just plain bizzare cruft.

If it makes you feel any better, the non-PS/PCL ones tend to not have x64 drivers for Windows so the whole thing just demonstrates the typical corporate shortsightedness in purchasing decisions.

Scanners in a corporate environment tend to be photocopiers with a network card that dumps a file somewhere so they likely won't be as much trouble as a printer. There's still the odd bizzaro scanner that just doesn't have drivers for anything but Win95 but those are slowly dying out. Assuming SANE is a very, very risky proposition.

Having a Windows Print Server doesn't really work because Windows works best by offloading the rendering to the client rather than using the server.

So, the print driver issue is likely real (though odd because it would have been cheaper to just get Linux compatible stuff for far less than driver development costs); the interop between OpenOffice and MS Office is definitely real; and there's more likely a lot of plain bad planning that just made a mess of the whole migration which put a bad name on tech that really isn't that bad.

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