1712 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
From what I see of malicious attacks...
...it's all ransomware/hijack stuff that's written on the hour by the crimegangs and pretty much none of the AV companies can defend against it because its so new.
Basically for most of the nasty stuff out ther, it's so new, you may as well not bother with AV.
I bet the samples that were used in this test were at least a week old and so not really a real world test in my experience.
I've seen all of them beaten.
If you want proper Zero Day protection from Microsoft...
... then you need to install their Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit. It's a separate application to the AV part.
Everyone seems to keep forgetting this but MS doesn't exactly promote it much. I guess one day they will integrate the two. Odd that a fairly crucial component is kept hidden.
I've been using it for about a year and so far nothing bad has happened. I also install lit on all my customers machines. No bad reports so far. All very quiet in fact.
Re: Hmmmmm 3 or 4 hours in my workshop....
It is funny when you get to see a lot of TV and movie props as to how crappy they actually look close up. Even ones from $100 million movies look really nasty under examination.
Re: I seem to recall..
I always used to love the look of the Apricot F1. They used to have them in Dixons.
Never saw anyone buy one. Was a sexy looking machine.
Re: Why is line rental so much?
I mentioned the concept of ADSL only landlines here a few weeks ago but a lot of folks here pooh-poohed it for some reason.
...and as a TalkMobile customer myself...could you please start your own 3G/Mobile Data services rather than using the crumbs left on Vodafones plate?
(Long story but I have one of those legendary 07777 numbers that are impossible to shift from the Vodafone network. I didn't know at the time.)
If Talk Talk say they are so good...
...then why is it that most of the customers I visit and use TalkTalk have ADSL speeds in the 512k to 1Mb range?
I then advise them to switch and Bingo...6Mbps+ straight away.
And this is after the customer has reported it to TalkTalk and they have said "computer sez no!"
Consistently the worst ISP I come across.
So when does the whopping great...
....'financial aid' cheque land on the NK leaders doormat so he can stand down till it's spent?
Re: Missile fuels and testing
I wonder if that pack of cards exists already and is kept updated for 'eventual' release?
I enjoyed Channel 4 New's coverage of his Xmas speech from the Embassy balcony by basically taking the piss out of him.
Re: PCs are being SNUFFED by crass pre-installed operating systems
Netbooks died out because once folks got over the rush to own a "small cutesy laptop" they realised, that with crappy 1024x600 screens and pathetic single core 1.6 Atom CPUS, that they had bought a piece of crap.
Whether you run Windows or Linux on a netbook its still a crappy frustrating hardware experience.
Most folks only bought them for email and web on the go and the tablet then came along and pissed all over them. I have a Acer netbook with Ubuntu on it I've used it on holiday a few times but since then I've got a Playbook and a Nexus 4 and both nuke the netbook from a high height. The Acer just gathers dust.
I haven't heard any of my customers say "Oh I love my netbook!" Quite the opposite.
It's not uncommon for large firms to get ripped off.
I used to work for one of the very very big financial firms.
I was often asking why our company with its huge buying power (our business was replacing things that got broken or lost) when ordering IT kit would have to pay £300 for 32MB of ram (6 week lead time) from our official supplier, when I could order it from Crucial for £30 (next day delivery)?
Every time I was told to "shut up!"
So I guess it was kickbacks between the IT supplier and the folks that organised the suppliers contracts.
Blue Screens are pretty rare really.
If I hear of someone experiencing them nowadays I ask them to do a Memtest on their ram.
Sure enough its usually faulty ram, if it isn't I then ask them what type of power supply they have in the PC.
"erm well it's grey....says 'Takashonky Power 300 watt' on the side. Is that okay?"
You know what I'm talking about. Problem solved.
Re: This is not unusual
You are right it's not unusual but in this instance it does have an air of "Hmmmmm" about it.
The guy was really ill for sometime and no matter what marketing BS they gave I bet his input was minimal for quite a while. If I was terminally ill with a family and several hundred million in the bank I know I'd rather be doing something else than discussing the whatnots of the 2015 iPhone 7. If he was working on that days before he died then that makes it all the sadder and weirder.
The thing is I'm sure I read in a few place that the iPhone 5 was listed as the 'last Jobs mobe' or 'the 5 had little input from Jobs'.
So if the next two STILL have input from him (really) I can only imagine it will be stretched out till at least the iPhone 9 by the time we get to the 7's release.
And maybe even beyond.........
Re: iPhone 6 and iPhone6s
I can just imagine Apple shoving every single design idea they had in front of his face in the last couple of days he was in the office, getting him to sign off every one of them so they could say there was a 'little bit of Steve's input' in them.
Wow so he knew about all the chip roadmaps.....
...etc. going back to 2010 (i'm sure in the last few months the aesthetics of the iPhone were far from his mind)!
A true visionary!
Anything to keep the devoted thinking there is still a little 'Job's Magic' left in them.
It's like Delboy's stock phrase to Rodney "You mum on her deathbed said to me........"
Time to dust off Project Orion.
I'm sure with today's more precise maths modelling and experience a fully nuclear launch out in the pacific would work a treat.
Getting 5000+ tons of building materials and supplies into space in one go, not to mention a fully working factory/workshop would be a huge leap.
Re: Space Junk
Would be a shame to think that in say another 30 years it becomes so cluttered that it gets too dangerous and becomes off limits.
Trapped by our own junk.
What I don't quite get is....
....that I see many articles on this topic from tech journos and market analysts as to why corps and companies are not buying PCs like they were 10 years ago.
To them it all seems a big mystery yet we all know the reason and its been mentioned several times in this thread alone.
The kit matured for business (and most of the domestic market) the minute dual core CPUs were introduced.
Why do they continue to write this stuff? PCs are still necessary, not many businesses will be tossing 90% of their computing kit in a skip any time soon. Its just that that old IBM 2GB desktop with the 2Ghz C2D in it is good for another rebuild or two for the new guy in Accounts.
What I learnt this week!
That it appears as a straight white male I am regarded as the greatest force for evil, fear and oppression in the known universe!
Thanks, I really needed that lift!
...in this day and age you can build a career out of purely being 'offended and outraged'.
So many people now have very little to do so they look for things that instead of just tweaking their interest, actually enrages and offends them. Then they can collectively group hug-rage together to make themselves feel better.
Herd-Rage, a great way to find like-minded idiots.
...that escalated quickly!
Re: It happens
Well in all fairness when staff asked me to explain them as I was the IT trainer, I just used to say "its magic!"
Surprisingly effective answer it turned out.
The great communication void of the internet strikes again!
Had this been two blokes having a leg pulling session in a pub over a packet of crisps and a couple of pints.....
TL;DR - Leg pulling doesn't really work on the internet.
As for Adobe.....
...I remember them stating a few years ago when asked why the UK/Australian versions cost more then the US versions was due to.....
(and I kid you not)
Nothing to do with...
...all those folks ordering Nexus 4 phones direct from Google then?
Re: Bring your own Blackberry to work?
An iPhone....oh how ordinary!
Are memories of Sony's Digital Walkmans....
...and their dreadful bloated and buggy software the reason a lot of folks stay away from Sony phones?
Re: A tenner a month for...
Only costs £2 for a US TV series season boxset for two weeks from your local lending library.
We've just powered through 4 seasons of Fringe for £8! Bargain!
No advert, no torrents and no waiting.
Re: How do they actually catch anyone not paying the license?
That's just it, they are nothing more than a subcontracted, half-assed debt collection agency.
No authority to do anything at all.
Re: Owning a TV is not compulsory.
Isn't it a case that the third party company paid by the BBC to enforce and monitor the License Fee is just that, a company with zero legal powers or authority.
Essentially they have less power than a debt collection agency.
Its like the detector vans. They don't really exist. All you need is a database and check the addresses not currently paying for a licence.
Re: A tenner a month for...
Yep and none of them really targeting you as a consumer. Just the odd blink and miss it bit here and there.
That's the problem with the BBC, always appealing to someone other than you.
I was always a big supported of the TV licence...
....but over the past 5 years or so we find ourselves watching less and less of the BBC's output in our house.
We recently did a check and found the only BBC produced show we watched was Being Human.
Now £120.00 is getting quite expensive for a show we could rent from the library for £2 on DVD.
BBC programming has nosedived bigtime. It's stretched itself too thin and works too hard trying to cater to certain demographics. Those of us wanting great involving drama with actors and in-depth documentaries fell a little left out.
Better stuff coming from the US.
Ahhh c'mon the Desert Eagle bit was one of the funniest things I've read on here recently.
Re: 9 out of 10 Llamas refused to comment
That is the plan of course. That's why the single player offline mode was never considered.
All the stuff that's oddly wrong and plainly missing will appear every few months as chargeable DLC.
In about 18 months and $60+ later you should all have the full game as it was intended.
Re: And some folks just build these.....@jason 7
Well whatever my hobby is it's far more worthwhile than running Wprime, Sandra, Prime95 or 3DMark 24hours a day for bragging rights.
If you think running pretty pointless synthetic benches all day is a worthwhile endeavour then go right ahead.
I'd say an intervention might be needed in these cases but that takes actual friends to do that....not just a collection of Manga and Marvel superhero figurines proudly displayed on a shelf.
And some folks just build these.....
...to run benchmarks on all day.
They don't think they are bonkers either.
Waste of life and electricity.
Re: How I see it.
No you misread what I was getting at. 'Tech Experts' were going crazy over NFC irrespective of platform whether it was on Android or Apple. They were all hoping for NFC on the iPhone5 and then when it didn't appear on the iPhone, instead of bemoaning it, they just showed a split second of disappointment and then mostly went "Oh well it was never important!". Basically trashing NFC.
Had they included it it would have been a ticker tape parade for NFC.
I'm still looking for my S3.........I didn't think I bought one.
How I see it.
According to the tame tech press if these features are on one brand of phone they are 'gimmicky' if they were on another brand of phone they would be 'ground-breaking'.
Its like last year NFC was going to be MASSIVE (I can't capitalise that enough) it was going to be huge and everything. The IT gurus were literally ejaculating NFC tags all over the place (what a thought).
Then Apple didn't bother to put it in the iPhone5 and the next day the tech press were going, "NFC? What's that? Never heard of it. Never gonna happen!"
Hmmm as a dyed in the wool Windows user I've always liked how fonts look on linux over Windows. Even on a VM in Windows they still look nice and smooth.
Windows 7 looks fine but 8 looks like the Cleartype has been switched off (even though it says its on).
Re: Add EMET3.0 into the mix
Well this is it. But if it stops a bit of shareware from 2003 working I don't see the issue. The needs of the many...
As a side note it doesn't work too well with Office 2003 and earlier if you switch on all the configurations for each of the Office apps. So basically they were not written to conform to modern memory security policies.
However, if you load up the All profile for the applications then it configures the correct settings for Office so you don't get any issues.
Add EMET3.0 into the mix
It keeps tabs on third party stuff if it tries to act up in a naughty way.
Just shuts the sucker down if it does.
Don't know why MS doesn't roll it out as standard fit really. I'm putting it into all my customer builds and no issues so far.
Just ban the use of Powerpoint in your organisation...
....and you can get rid of 25% of your workforce with no negative impact. The remaining 75% will have a lot more time to do actual work than sit through the pointless presentations created by the 25%.
Some twit with more money than sense.......
...bought an iPad and then had his nose put out of joint when he wanted to use it for work (to pose with basically) and the IT dept told him to sod off.
He then banded together with his other expensive pink shirted friends and pushed it and pushed it.
And BYOD was invented.
The power of whining knows no bounds.
As for the rest of us? I've seen what the general public use cos I make a living trying to fix it all. It's a mess quite frankly.
Hilarity and disaster will be certain!
Re: Yeah its all in the upgrades.
Its largely down to what CPUs will run on the Intel chipset in the laptop. Sometimes the BIOS can kibosh it but mostly you can slip one in. You just check the Ask Intel pages on the web.
There were a lot of cheap laptops sold as late as 2009/10 with single core Celerons in them. Nasty!
I remember buying a AMD based laptop...
...in 2005. It had a full blown Newcastle 3500+ A64 CPU in it.
You could burn your thighs with it. Nothing like a full blown desktop CPU in a laptop.
It got better when I put a Venice 4000+ in it....a bit. Centrino was the way for a good while.
My dad still uses it today.
Yeah its all in the upgrades.
The CPU may still be willing but that 4200rpm IDE drive will have to go and the choices are getting limited.
What I really love doing at the moment is when I get a customers laptop in that has a single core Celeron in it.
You can pick up a 2Ghz dual core C2D for around a tenner, swap that in and you then have a customer for life. Often I don't charge them for it or just charge them the tenner. However, the improvement is so much they rave about it and refer you on to others. Its a worthwhile investment.
Only problem is I'm stuck with a pile of Celerons......
Re: Cut the price as far as you want
Main PC - Windows
Main Laptop - Chromebook
Main Phone - Android
Tablet - Blackberry Playbook
I like to spread it around. I like them all. They work just fine for me. Price is the overriding factor on my choices these days. It's not so much that I'm using Windows less, it's that I now have more equipment choices to do work on.
Five years ago it would have been PC and Laptop only. Now I have a range of weapons in my armoury.
Re: @another coward Huh. - Jason
Once again the point is that within two posts and not really knowing my level of experience you stated I must be incompetent and can't use Google.
See how that looks? How would you feel 30 mins into a course learning something new and you were called incompetent in front of everyone on the course?
This is the crux of this part of the discussion.
I have since stated I know how this stuff works but you still keep kicking me and reinforcing that less than tolerant attitude.
I've done all I can I think.
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