Sad that the good guys pack up and leave, but the bad ones remain...
255 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010
Today's Sandra and Woo comic : http://www.sandraandwoo.com/comics/2016-06-09-0793-an-offer-you-cant-refuse-ww.png
Signed it as well.
Enough is enough. Thank you Steve Gibson for Never10.
grc.com and never10.exe for those straggling few PC's having their tootsies stomped on by WGX
I am not impressed, we also get a hammering on our network as there are three or four W10 viruses spewing forth their vitriol here.
Earlier in the year I relented and allowed my laptop to be upgraded to W10 - and regretted it two days after... now I'm very anti-win10 and want that particular nasty virus to go away and never return.
it's worse than Cryptolocker. With crypto you just nuke the offending PC, restore a good backup and you're back in business... with win10 if you throttle port 80 or any port it uses, then people will moan and complain... no way for you to save face here.
Will you be able to drill down to individual ISP's or IP's?
WTAF did I just read?
The BOFH can do a better job than this...
Re: Speaking from experience
'strue, it is NOT a pleasant experience. Had the same thing myself.
It is cheaper buying backup devices than paying the bastards their ransom...
...makes the Stoned virus looks tame...
Re: No oracle
But the real thing is so much better than watching other people's pr0nz...
Guess it must be the excitement and everything that makes a lethal combination of addiction...
Re: Careful what you wish for
The Matthew Smith from Manic Miner fame?
Fools rushing in where angels fear to tread.
Thanks goes to Gibson with his never10 utility.
Anyway, I digress.
I think the real reason for M$ getting this desperate is their precouses Windows Mobile platform took a heavy knock recently due to the dearth of apps in the App Store....
...and Win10 have an app store.
Putting these two together gives me the result of that M$ want to infect as many purdy compootahs as possible with Win10 in order to drive app development for the Win10 app store, and by extension, for WinMobile too.
Purdy Compootahs ftw.
Nah, I'll stick to Win7/Win8.1 for a long, long time. Works for me, and no silly poofting around in the background either.
Time to move away from Android to something else then?
Somewhere along the line M$ promised that PC's on a domain network won't be infected with Win10.
Low disk space is the bane of Exchange servers. Or any email server for that matter.
Just the thing to "forget" on your Boss' desk...
Should look at employing Zuma as president, he will just say "heh heh heh", and whitepaint everything so all will be ok....
He he he he, I can remember the outcry on http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/ when that happened!
Was not pretty!
Wonder how many clients jumped ship right there and then.
A bit late as commentard, but better late than never, eh?
As sysadmin I hate running timed delete jobs, I prefer to do deletes manually.
Because boo-boos can happen.
Rather let the script do backups etc, and so on, that is needed, but when it comes to deleting (or dropping databases), rather do it manually.
Because Mr Murphy loves to do on-the-fly coding as well.
Expect some nasty cryptolocking ransomware written in Python sooner or later... ne'er-do-wells just seems to keep themselves busy these days...
Solution would be to code a default-deny OS - where nothing will run without authorization from the user. Granted, it will be a major PITA (especially after application upgrades)...
You can never win...
One more reason to have both a NAS and cloud storage for your preciouses data
Re: Worth it for:
Also had CryptoLocker on my network.
Luckily permissions to files and folders was heavily enforced, so the damage was constrained to only that user's departmental folders.
It was a simple procedure to rm -rf said department's data, copy fresh data from a backup, apply network permissions where needed, and everybody was back to work.
Laptop hard drive? Got binned as I could not get rid of cryptolocker - seems user's son "played" with it and it got installed so good and proper that I preferred to bin that hard drive rather than take the risk of a resurrection. It even start to encrypt USB drives inserted... nah, not good to mess with that. Bin it, get new HDD, reinstall windows, and all is well and good.
Re: Some of the IT guys can be just as silly
Jolly good idea! Then everybody can see who's been slacking off :)
Use your own fondleslab if you want to look at rympypumpylicious pictures and movies... safer that way...
Re: Max? Is that you?
Wow... talk about a flashback to the good times!
I found this juicy titbit in El Reg's archives when I searched for the history of Lotus Smartsuite and, from there, to Borland's Quattro Pro.
Seems the lessons learnt is forgotten every time, eh?
Caramba! Dude, where's my hacked car?
And this kind of thing makes me wonder just how safe or secure some of the devices out there really are. Going to be interesting.
Bonus point for said malware if it kills off vast swathes of botnets and zombies.
Re: "nasty surprise"?
Also want to know what's in store for you should you try and kill it... all I can guess is that it bricks the device solid, with no chance of recovery.
The Neverending Story, by Michael Ende, edited by SCO.
We hateses those virtual keyboards, my presiouses, we hateses it.
Too easy to bang out your massage... err... message, then hit >Send< only to notice a glaring speling ore grammarr misteak somewhere in the message you've spent a painstackingl y 30 minutes to craft with passion.
Which deflates your passion as you're not willing to go back and correct your mistakes. Who knows what mistakes you will induce the second time round?
If they can bring out a phone like the LG Chatterbox http://www.gsmarena.com/lg_ks360-2467.php with slide-out QWERTY in landscape mode, then that will be the deal of the century. Let's face it, a phablet in landscape mode will have half the screen obscured by the dang virtual keyboard, making it not easy for you to craft that message you so desperately want to send out to world+dog... With a physical, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, you can have full screen real estate without resorting to underhanded tricks like a USB or Bluetooth keyboard.
Maybe that's just me, I hate virtual keyboards with a passion. Having the device vibrate with each keypress does not always help as you will hit the wrong key once in a while.
I had a look at the Crackberry Priv... looks good, but I want a landscape keyboard as it will be larger and easier to bang out on than a portrait keyboard where you have to peck like a hen at the keyboard....
Does not inspire confidence at all... what if they lost a couple of VLK licences and you have to stump out some $$$ to get new VLK's?
This from Schlock Mercenary http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2000-10-02
Historical Note: 21st-century readers may be confused by what appears to be an IBM logo on what appears to be a conventional toilet. This depiction is neither an attempt to slight the fine business machines made by IBM, nor to malign toilets.
In the late 28th century, the old Earth corporation, International Business Machines lost its trademark to a much larger, more powerful, intragalactic corporation. After all, by that time Earth's "IBM" was making outmoded processors that were still huge by galactic standards (nearly the size of an eyelash!), while the mighty galactic IBM, "Intragalactic Bowel Movements," was making top-of-the-line toilets for spacecraft.
Intragalactic BM put up with Earth's little computer manufacturer for centuries before initiating the suit. They tried for over 130 years to resolve the trademark dispute out of court, but finally the Bowel Movement company decided not to take any more of IBM's crap.
The tide of public opinion was in favor of Intragalactic Bowel Movements. After all, Earth's "IBM" made cold, impersonal machines, but IBM had form-fitting, self-sterilizing, heated toilet seats going for it. With successful media blitzes ("Gotta B.M.? Think IBM!" and "Where do you want to go today?") and the help of a few hundred Partnership Collective attorneys, Intragalactic Bowel Movements sued the relatively tiny Earth company, and took the trademark.
A Clockwork Orange?
SCO/Caldera would've given both kidneys, nuts, and legs for a case like this...
reminds me of this Giles cartoon :
Published caption: "Stand by for tidings of good cheer from the neighbours - Dad's just blown every fuse in the road."
But can you play Doomdark's Revenge on it?
Two things :
1. Got a call from a shebeen in Soshanguve - the PC in the damager's office was not connecting to the network. Took a shufty at it, and found rats have gnawed the network cable going to the damager's office. Replaced said patch cable, and all was well - but advised the client to get the terminator in to get rid of said pests.
2. Whilst doing contract work at Tsitsikamma toll plaza, a huge baboon wandered around outside the toll plaza offices, and overturned the trash cans outside in search of something edible. I decided that somebody else can go and bother said baboon since I was not in the mood.
I had the (un)fortunate chance of meeting the Fumble, twelve tricks and burger virus.
Not to mention the favourite - the Stoned virus.
And also the cascade one.
NATAS and Exebug joined the fun as well. Exebug was a bugger though
Was fun in those days.
Programming in x86 assembler without the virtue of a virtual machine was very nice, especially if your buggy code caused the PC to go titsup :)
Or locking up the PC solid was also easy to do :)
Pfft, hard drives != reliable
What I've been saying all along - outsourcing is NOT always the answer.
Hindsight is the best teaching tool.
What's this supposed to mean?
From the article :
News of the layoffs made it onto Twitter, of course, and has also reached a blog by former VMware team member Christian Hammond. a target="_blank" href="https://www.thelayoff.com/t/FDYpcKY">Thelayoff.com also features where former and current employees lamenting the decision on the grounds of having been fired or feeling VMware has made a silly decision.
Silly formatting got borked by the chef.