* Posts by Paul S. Gazo

23 posts • joined 17 May 2009

SynoLocker Trojan crime gang: We QUIT this gig

Paul S. Gazo

Re: put your hand in your pocket, synology

Yeah, no. It's not Synology's fault. The patch for this has existed for eight months.

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Samsung's thumb-achingly ENORMO Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

Paul S. Gazo

Actually, the size was the primary reason I bought mine. I do RPG gaming (Pathfinder, if anyone cares) and have a huge library of books in PDF format that I wanted to make portable. The physical books are great at home, where they reside in the library shelves, but when out and about, it's nice to be able to occasionally whip the NotePro out and look up some detail.

With this, when you zoom in to the text columns (ignoring the margins), it's exactly the same size as the physical books. Perfect.

I got a nice leather sleeve and carrying it around isn't any sort of hardship. All in all, this was the product I've been waiting for all this time, and ended my non-tablet-owning streak.

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Microsoft: Let's be clear, WE won't read your email – but the cops will

Paul S. Gazo
WTF?

I see that this isn't going to be a popular view but I'm not sure I see where the problem is.

A Microsoft employee used a Microsoft-owned mail service to leak Microsoft-owned IP. Microsoft later found out this now ex-Microsoft employee had done this, so they reached into the Microsoft-owned mail storage to obtain evidence of the leak. Once Microsoft had isolated the mails stored in the Microsoft-owned mail service, they handed them over to law-enforcement for laws to be enforced.

I don't see any need to complicate things here. An employee acting in violation of their employer's policies who uses their employer's resources to do so shouldn't have any expectation that the employer won't use every resource they have ownership of to deal with them.

This isn't about your e-mails to your grandmother. This isn't about you at all. This isn't even about privacy. It's about a moron who used a VoIP-provider's VoIP service to phone in death-threats to his boss. Even if he was paying for said VoIP service, if his boss recognizes his voice, he should expect the logs to be pulled and (if such a thing were done) recordings to be listened-to.

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No, pesky lawyers, particle colliders WON'T destroy the Earth

Paul S. Gazo
Mushroom

Actually, that brings up an excellent point.

"In fact the LHC is more likely to blow up the earth before somebody finds proof that God exists."

I'd think that if God exists, He's massively more likely to blow up the Earth on a whim than is a hypothetical particle reacting in a way that doesn't fit any non-discredited theories. Thus, God is the clear and present danger and we should perhaps divert more of our funds from less-urgent tasks such as killing ourselves, towards the location and neutralization of God.

Perhaps investing more strenuously in particle physics might be a reasonable start.

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Bill Gates to pull a Steve Jobs and SAVE MICROSOFT – report

Paul S. Gazo

What to do?

Thing is as a company that primarily makes and OS and an office app, there's limited room for innovation anymore.

In the beginning, the desktop OS was functionally limited by artificial hardware legacy. Now with x64 that's gone.

In the beginning, the desktop OS was hard to configure and hardware didn't work well with it. Now with plug & play and Internet access for automatic driver pulls, that's gone.

In the beginning, the desktop OS was an island, designed for unconnected environments. Now with the NT kernel it's got networking, domains, security and such by default, so that's gone.

Bottom line is that WinXP frankly did ENOUGH to make anything after it a difficult sell. There's nothing killer in Vista/7/8 that folks must have. There's no feature that evolves the whole concept of a desktop OS to a new level of baseline. It's just... incremental updates basically.

But when the art of the OS is essentially "almost everything you could ask for", what is the maker to do? THAT's the struggle.

Maybe where there's still room is reliability.

Imagine an OS that's malware-proof because it recognizes obnoxious behaviour and self-heals. Every boot it says "hey, did some jackass window you don't want pop up, blocking everything else and breaking your browser? 'Cuz I think one did. And I can just roll back that stupid thing." How about an OS that properly tracks the origin of changes to its config and lets you fix things at a granular level? System started hanging occasionally? Hey, turns out that installing XYZ application changed some random DLL that's also in use by the print driver and that's why... here, let's fix it.

Just a thought. But beyond that, I don't know what the hell else MS could introduce that folks actually WANT.

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Apple's secret 12.9-inch MONSTER needs a good fondle, say biz sources

Paul S. Gazo

Re: What's the target audience/use case?

@FrankAlphaXII

This is the device that gets me to buy a tablet. Better would be an Android device. The market segment I'm in isn't the "sit on the couch and play Angry Birds" while watching sitcoms market. It's not the market that leaves a tablet laying around in case the urge to watch some YouTube arises.

What I want is a tablet the size of a hardcover book (though thinner if possible) that I can throw PDFs of real books on and use the in full-colour at full-size. Specifically RPG gaming but I could see doing this with textbooks as highly applicable as well. I'd enjoy having my entire library of RPG books stuffed into this device. Four or five shelves of reference material at my fingertips - in its original format. Not just a text rip, not a black & white e-book format, not HTML, and not some reconstituted app. The books. So I can treat one tablet just like whichever of a hundred or so books I want at the moment.

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Ban Samsung sales in the US? Sorry, Apple: Tech titans say 'No'

Paul S. Gazo

Re: Google a "friend of the court"?

"Trollbait -> backup account for somebody. Three posts since 2010."

That may very well be but it doesn't change the nature of the relationship. It's in Google's best interests that nobody restrict sales of any Android-based phones. As for SAP and the rest, they basically have nothing to do with the subject. It's like McDonalds get in on the fray and saying "we use electricity to cook our food, and Samsung's phones use electricity, so we're qualified to weigh in on this."

Now, if other handset manufacturers were coming out and signing in on this, that'd speak loudly. "Even though Samsung is our competitor, this whole patent war is bullshit and we want it to go away." That would speak loudly. But they're not. Evidently the only competitor (Nokia) says "nuke 'em from orbit".

There's the message, sadly.

Disclosure: I don't own any iDevices, don't want to, and dislike Apple's tactics. Oh, and I own a Samsung "superphone".

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Latest Symantec CEO's 'revolution' could axe 1,000 jobs

Paul S. Gazo
Facepalm

Friend, BE2012 isn't usable for anyone INSIDE Enterprise level IT. In fact, the loss of multi-server selection-lists impacts larger companies the most. While there were some really neat improvements in things like DeDupe, the fundamental functionality of the product is seriously degraded.

Good news: Symantec has a Beta out for the next release of BE.

Bad news: the beta is a refresh to include Server 2012 and Exchange 2013. It explicitly won't return Job Monitor or multi-server selection lists. For that... we continue to wait.

This, after the debacle that was SEP11's gold release. SEP is pretty decent now, but after the elegance of SAV, the 11.0 release was horrendous.

My advise to Symantec: stop worrying about "solutions" and "channels" and such. Just make your products better than everyone else does and you'll rake in money.

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Assange takes refuge in Ecuadorian embassy

Paul S. Gazo

> Is this the actions of an 'innocent' man?

Sure. If I believed I was going to get screwed over and potentially end up dead by allowing myself to be extradited for something of which I was innocent, in a heartbeat I'd run. Not everyone is a martyr.

I'm not saying he's innocent. I have no way to judge that. But avoiding extradition when you think you're being persecuted doesn't indicate guilt. If anything, this radical a step supports his claim that he thinks he's in serious danger here. Again, he might be thinking wrong. I have no way to judge that. But your question implies all kinds of things that aren't reasonable.

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Microsoft accused of leaking RDP attack code

Paul S. Gazo
Meh

Re: RDP in the open

A few points for you.

You're placing faith that there will never be an exploit discovered in whatever VPN client/server/protocol you've decided to use. That's exactly as reasonable as placing faith in RDP - which is an encrypted protocol - only moving the vulnerability to some other software stack.

Second, RDP has been available since Windows Server 2000, released February 2000. Twelve years for this vulnerability to be discovered. Yes, it's been there the whole time, but again... there could be an undiscovered issue that's been lurking in whatever VPN solution you've been advocating for the last decade.

Third, RDP is used for Terminal Servers which have the most utility when exposed to the Internet for access. Doing so is no more unreasonable than exposing a web server or mail server. Yes, a Terminal Server will generally have access to internal resources and yes there are ways to have public-facing web servers in a DMZ but ultimately we're still talking about software that is most useful if not behind a VPN.

Am I supposed to keep my IIS sites with Outlook Web Access behind a VPN? That'll be great... all my users with phones relying on that site for ActiveSync just... can't get e-mail. Anyone who wants to check their e-mail via OWA at a kiosk in a hotel just... can't because they can't install the VPN client I force them to use.

There's a difference between best-practices and practical-for-this-application.

Finally let's not forget the Small & Medium Business market. There's a whole whack of real-life reasons in that market that make it impractical sometimes to add layers of complexity. Sometimes Good Enough is the difference between losing a client and keeping one. And I point out again... twelve years we've had no meaningful discoveries in this technology.

As for internal LANs, there's another great point. Someone brings an infected laptop into the network where we DO have exposed RDP for maintenance purposes and wham... the entire building starts executing arbitrary code. Including the domain controllers. Yay.

So hopefully you understand that there are reasons to expose protocols other than SSH to the Internet from time to time, and that regardless... everyone* needs to patch NOW.

*Everyone = those who have RDP enabled.

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PlayStation hacker defiantly posts 'bible' following police raid

Paul S. Gazo

Neither do I but:

It would've been interesting to demand all of Sony's computer were remanded into custody of a 3rd party while they were searched for evidence supporting that class-action suit.

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Dell dumps RIM, saves fortune

Paul S. Gazo

Not as of eight months ago.

BESX 5 (Exchange released in March, Domino a couple days ago) doesn't require CALs and is good for up to 3,000 users per install/database. Depending on how you cluster things on your Exchange server, you may be able to run more than one BESX per enterprise. Not sure.

You're thinking about BPS 4, which had a user cap and you had to pay for CALs.

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Anonymous plants pirate flag on MPAA website

Paul S. Gazo
Paris Hilton

What I don't understand...

Is why sites like this one even exist. Who is the target audience who'd be visiting copyprotected.com? I mean, it's a site "that reports violations of the copy protection controls on DVDs and Blu-ray discs". Is someone at Universal or Sony or Paramount seriously browsing to this place every day to find out if the DRM has been cracked? Who - in a nutshell - gives a rat's ass enough to visit any site associated with the MPAA or RIAA except to find stuff to laugh at?

Paris because it's evident why someone might visit her.

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Wikileaks founder blasts reopening of rape probe

Paul S. Gazo

Off-the-cuff proposal for a new rule to the game of life.

Is Assange guilty? Don't know. Don't really care either. But I do encounter entirely too many articles informing me that So-And-So has been accused of Horrible Act.

This kind of news benefits me not at all. You know what... time to stop the gossip-mongering. From now on, the accused is allowed to tell whoever he or she chooses, to prevent people "disappearing" into the legal system. Next-of-kin may also request information when arrests are made. Other than that, zip it. Shut up. The press shouldn't be permitted to spread the news.

I realize that's dangerous in itself, but too many lives are being destroyed because some pouty little pea-brain girl decides "he touched me" is a great way to get back at her Geography teacher for a bad grade.

I don't claim this is perfect, but it's food for thought.

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.XXX domain deal stripped bare

Paul S. Gazo

The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

How does that work? I mean, sure... you keep your kids from visiting Humpty-Dumpty.xxx I don't dispute that. But what about Dirty-Crotch-Lickers.com?

Or are you somehow implying that you think that pornography will just... suddenly stop being available on any other TLD? Sorry, but dream on.

And stop worrying so much about your kids learning that sex is fun. You figured it out and they will to, no matter what you do. I'm not advocating deliberately exposing them to porn or sexuality, but there's a sliding scale of what is sensible to pretend doesn't exist. Five-year-olds won't CARE because they're hormonally disinterested. Ten-year-olds much the same. At fifteen... well, I've got news for you. Not very long ago in human history people would be married off and be at it like bunnies by fifteen.

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Porn and pirates hide Android's money maker

Paul S. Gazo
Paris Hilton

Minimum pricing because customers are paying more on another platform?

Please bite me. It's a free market and it's about time the various overpriced fart apps were discounted. Most mobile apps are widgets at best and should be priced to reflect that. Artificial price control to inflate income is just wrong.

Paris because she gives it away for free.

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Apple eyes kill switch for jailbroken iPhones

Paul S. Gazo
Paris Hilton

I have an idea for a new patent.

"A System for Keeping the Intrusive Manufacturer of the Device I Have Paid For The Fuck Away From My Data".

Let's see how it works. A law is passed mandating the inclusion in all electronic devices a big indicator that lights up to tell the user the manufacturer has attempted to access device data. If the user has not requested this intrusion, they then press a button and the CEO of the manufacturer has his testicles electrocuted.

Seriously, if you want to build "security" features into your OS, fine. But when you're going and patenting systems for being a prying, spying, paranoid control-freak, you need to have your ego checked at the door.

Paris because maybe we could get something useful out of remotely activating her camera and turning on geotagging.

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Microsoft hits stubborn volume licensing site with more updates

Paul S. Gazo

VLSC is a total arse-pain.

I work for a small IT shop that does outsourced IT for small & medium businesses. We manage everything for our customers. Now I have to jump through hoops to process volume license purchases for customers.

The biggest hurdle is that now the e-mail address of the end-user MUST be used to initially place a license into VLSC.

Great. I love it when customers have used their business addresses for personal MSN use. Customers will gladly give me passwords for the domain administrator, for their accounting software, and for anything else. But personal Live accounts get changed frequently Just Because. It's annoying.

Microsoft has the customer's money. Resellers should be able to process on behalf of, without jumping through hoops.

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ICANN delays decision on pornography domain

Paul S. Gazo
Paris Hilton

You named the group incorrectly.

They're not the moral majority. Amongst the developed world, they're the hypocritical majority and the moral minority. Most people like porn. Most people like sex. Most people just aren't willing to publicly admit it for fear of being ostracized as perverts.

Behind closed doors when nobody's looking, the guys proposing strict anti-porn regulation are busy taking a strap-on up the arse from a dominatrix in leather.

Don't be fooled. It's just about appearances. It's trendy to seem prudish, at least amongst the U.S.

Paris because at least she wasn't afraid of doing something that felt good.

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Street View pulls Canadian murder scene

Paul S. Gazo

I'm a local

I live in Windsor. I don't get it. The killing happened. The investigation happened. Why having imagery surrounding the investigation is "tasteless" or even "distressing", I don't know. If I were related to the victim, I wouldn't be using Street View to check out the strip club where it happened. Otherwise, who is this footage bothering?

I'd be more disturbed by the fact that when Google imaged our city we were embroiled in a historically unprecedented THREE MONTHS. No garbage pick-up, no maintenance of public parks - our city which does a lot of tourist traffic - looked like hell. That our city is recorded "permanently" as very unattractive is far more disturbing than that one of our average two murders a year happened moments before Google showed up.

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Near-ready Firefox 3.6 gets second RC sausage

Paul S. Gazo

High and mighty still means you're high.

I am in IT and I've got two things to say to you:

One... given today's penchant for everything being a fat-ass web portal instead of lean local code, upgrading to speed up a browser is quite valid. I had to log onto Oracle's customer support site today, which is a Flash-based monstrosity that knocked my work PC onto it's knees, begging for help.

Two... my home PC is a 5.5-year-old P4 2.8Ghz single-core box and I'm strangely able to tell the difference between Firefox being slow and plug-ins being slow. Actual investigation reveals an interesting truth: FF is just fine. Maybe FF is just slower on the planet you don't share with Near-ready and I.

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No third service pack for Windows Server 2003

Paul S. Gazo
Alert

Interesting progression.

WinNT 4 got a total of 6 service packs.

Win2k got a total of 4 service packs.

Win2k3 gets a total of 2 service packs.

Win2k8 has a total of 1 service pack so far. (While it's called SP2 the RTM code is Vista SP1.)

Either product quality is going up or MS hates us all.

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ContactPoint goes live despite security fears

Paul S. Gazo
Paris Hilton

Truly disgusting

If a social-worker has any business knowing any of this information they have the means and authority to collect it. Also, if police have some mysterious need to know what school Child X attends, doesn't it follow that the same need to know adults' place of employment exists? This is a blatant money-wasting make-work project.

We'll also be reading about a copy of this database being stored on a laptop that gets stolen off the seat of someone's car... probably in about 12 months.

Paris because she knows all about getting screwed.

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