122 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010
What about creating a default-deny state on computers?
Meaning any kind of program (whether software or hardware) will not be able to run - at all - until their existence have been verified and approved by the operator?
The only drawback to this is that you'll be overwhelmed with a plethora of access requests, or that somebody who don't understand the implications, will grant running rights to a nasty piece of malware.
In the end...
...when an image is flagged as "abusive" it still need a human eyeball to discern whether it is KP or not.
I pity the poor sod whose thankless job it is to view all those nasty images thus flagged...
...here I'm synchronizing (one way) all files to a server on an hourly (or so) basis. Files that get deleted by accident is not deleted on the target server.
Then there's another server which is used for a monthly backup - since it's quick just to synchronize changed files (but not deleted) across. (Tape is taking too bloody long).
Then, finally, a tape backup to commit to long-term all the files/directories directly from the main server. A 5-day backup job.
Last time I had cryptolocker, I was able to recover files from the monthly server quick quick after zapping the cryptolocker'd PC. No need to wait for 5 days or so for files to be restored from backup.
And the backup server and tape streamer PC is in a different building (at last) than the main server.
I'm a lazy bastard, and have no wish to restore a file server from scratch.
Cheers to the other sysadmins out there...
all the way!
Bring back the humble Nokia 3330 :D
Hoo boy, this is going to be really interesting...
PRINT USR 0
So wishing I could donate a lot of these Fun Loving Gummy Bears to our local parliament and government...
...and Mario won.
All patent trolls need to experience the same treatment - and close up shop for good.
...and for Android devices too?
Hopefully it'll also be compatible with Android devices - will be cool if you can be seen banging away at an old Speccy in order to write up an expenses report for the Bossly Unit...
High time to find that Speccy in the cupboard and see whether it is possible to tack on some cheap Bluetooth chippery...
Had my bag of fun with this piece of garbage.
The attack vector was something like this : luser allowed her son (against IT policy) to install and run games on her work laptop. I suspect her son caused the laptop to be infected with CL either by opening an email attachment or the such. It proceeded to encrypt every single .doc, .xls and the such files on said laptop.
Then it displayed its ransomware notice.
Her son tried to uninstall it, but panicked when it changed the desktop background to the infamous CL background bitmap.
He sbould've left it there, but he didn't, and downloaded (and reinfected the laptop) with CL accordingly to the instructions given.
Then mommy came to work with said laptop, plugged it into the network, and did some work.
Then she proceeded to phone me.
Worst day ever. I killed her connection, and had to restore from a backup... Luckily it was only her laptop, her home folder on the server and one directory with lots of .PDF, Word and Excel files affected - and the corruption didn't spread to the automated backups yet....
She was under the impression I could "google for a fix and way to remove it" .... Hopefully the loss of her photos and other (not backed up) documents on her laptop will make her think twice now....
Had to do a fresh windows install on a new HDD as I could not get rid of the CL trojan at all... Will probably format and reinstall that HDD at some later stage.
Going to introduce (and enforce) new, tougher IT policies next year. Lesson learnt.
Made my Friday better.
Gotta try this one day... <evil laugh>
Thorin starts singing about gold
>KILL THORIN BY PUSHING HIM INTO THE OPEN ELEVATOR SHAFT
You pushes Thorin, quite by accident, and in the darkness, into the open elevator shaft.
Is this the beginning of the end?
Re: What's new?
How long does it take to collect the reading? Just a matter of pointing the instrument towards the meter, and off you go?
Here in Guptastan (formerly Gauteng) they do it the old-fashioned way - open the cover for inspection. Frequently the oke doing the inspection get his numbers mixed up, leading to billing chaos.
We email our 'leccy and water figures in to the loonicipal offices every month to avoid a cock-up on our bill.
George Orwell was spot on...
Rollback to 1984, and commit.
Love this command :D
Makes recovery soooo much harder :D
And welcome back, oh mighty BOFH :)
But what about the iPhone5 then?
If the factory itself struggles to produce scratch-free iPhones, then what'll happen should some poor sod plop his iPhone5 down for repairs?
Should be interesting "Shop scratched and ruined my iPhone5!!!"
Wot a daft idea. 'Ere, 'arf a brick at this idea.
They can implement self-expiring ebooks, but there will be ways and means to keep those books from expiring.
What a waste of money and time.
We need a Sparta smiley.
Gonna be ironic if the new batteries promptly overheat and vent with all the execs on board, high up in the sky...
Ne'er-do-wells can jolly well take a hike!
On PC's you have to contend with trojans and viruses.
As if that isn't enough, you also have to contend with malware on smartphones...
A good old-fashioned two-stroke engine and generator to generate the neccessary juice?
DOSBox + Simcity Classic.
Hall of the Things (ZX Spectrum)
What about Sinistar?
"Beware, I live!"
Isn't 512Mb RAM a little on the skimpy side?
Re: But the question I want answering is
Most probably a bored Windows sysadmin, not having any work to do...
Well done. :)
Now... about that rickroll...
Excellent video and all that :) Especially the animations.
Hope the wee Sir will remember this for a long time to come :)
People should welcome negative comments posted truthfully as these will help them to offer a better service to the customer.
Any companies putting up blinkers when it comes to negative comments, deserve epic failure.
Of course, honesty is required when posting anything negative. If you had a bad experience, do post it, but don't embellish and make things up.
Also had one of these, and it was good :)
Great to see it was the favourite in 1983, although the chart (and its myriad colors) is a bit hard to follow. Maybe something interactive (a graph which "lights" up when you hover (or mousturbates) your mouse over a certain computer...
Is it possible to plot the demise of a couple of these favourites all the way from 1983 up until 1988?
Hobbit remake for PC
You can get the PC remake for The Hobbit at the above link.
Gollum start asking you riddles
Heh, this also take me back. Was one of the best (and frustrating) adventure games I've had... :)
Will introduce my kids to it.
History repeating itself?
IBM tried to lock out other vendors from its mainframe biz back then.
Microsoft also tried to lock out other vendors from Windows (most notably Word/Excel competitors).
Should be interesting to see what happens going forward...
And nuclear power is safe?
Sure is - if you can get rid of the human factor. Which is next to impossible.
Lucky guys, all of you... *mutter*
Never had a chance of owning (or using) any of those early devices, but it is understandable that those just *works* unlike today's hi-tech gimmickry gadgets which tend to give issues whether these be battery life, wifi (yes, I'm pointing at iOS6 specifically) or just plain usefulness.
Had the 48k ZX Spectrum though, does it count? :D
Seems that old-tech still have the upper hand regarding reliability and usefulness over today's fancy bling.
On my way to play Manic Miner and Horace in the Park.
Eel pie, anybody?
By the by, this reminded me of this :
...patents do blow donkey balls.
High time to scrap the whole kaboodle and Redo From Start.
I'm getting tired of hearing of Y suing Z because of X and A ... BLEH!!!
Re: lol i just hate every IT company equally.
Welcome to the club - wish I can just quit IT totally.
But I can't - it's my bread and butter.
Getting my jacket as I'm outta here.
What will happen should Samsung be banned from doing sales in the US of A?
Supposedly Samsung is banned from doing business in the US of A?
What will happen then?
Interesting Times springs to mind.
Sounds like a nom nom nom recipe, anybody got the recipe details?
It'll probably involve some Sauce of Samsung and so on ...
DRM vs DRM-free
Is there any advantage to be had by including (or forcing) DRM with your software? You do need to pay for DRM development etc, and to counter any bugs/hacks/cracks as they appear.
Or do you rely on people's goodwill not to copy/pirate your stuff and leave DRM out? No need to pay any extra for DRM development etc...
Hardware looks good... software?
I'm usually anti-M$, but this do look good.
Except for the software, that is.
Any idea if it can be rooted with [insert Linux distro here]?
...of the Triffids, anybody?
...will be rewarded with a lot of moola...
Interesting times for Apple.
Remember that movie - when you can log in with only an username, no password...
They should do a remake of that movie :)
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