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Oracle takes its gripes about Pentagon's JEDI contract to federal court

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Devil

Oracle Complaint Translation

> the government has introduced "unduly restrictive requirements"

Translation: It has to, you know, actually work.

> which will "cause Oracle significant competitive prejudice".

Translation: Ours doesn't work.

> A key component of this "second generation cloud" [ ... ] is the bare-metal server [ ... ] which would tackle the "incredible vulnerability" of running sensitive cloud-control software and customer-provided code on the same computers [ ... ]

Translation: We want you to buy a lot of servers from us. And then we'll audit you for license compliance and extort more money from you.

Angry Googlers demand bosses pull the wings off 'Dragonfly' censored Chinese search engine

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Google is "a company willing to place its values above its profits"

I can't stop laughing.

Facebook spooked after MPs seize documents for privacy breach probe

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Re: Why?

> A US court in California has no jurisdiction over the UK [ ... ]

It's a Silicon Valley lawyer. They all believe that Santa Clara Superior Court has jurisdiction over the entire Universe.

Facebook's CEO on his latest almighty Zuck-up: OK, we did try to smear critics, but I was too out-of-the-loop to know

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Facebook is committed to fighting disinformation ...

... by spreading disinformation about those who dare question Facebook's commitment to fighting disinformation.

Did I get that right, Zuck?

This is why I don't have a Facebook account and this is why I refuse to interview at Facebook, in spite of having been contacted by their recruiters several times this year.

Sorry, Mr Zuckerberg isn't in London that day. Or that one. Nope. I'd give up if I were you

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Delay, Deny and Deflect

And thus begins the Facebook circular firing squad on the C-Suite floor.

Sheryl Sandberg appears to be toast at the moment. That might change, though. She might have photos.

From the NY Times article:

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, has overseen an aggressive campaign to fight critics and ward off regulation.

And she wants to be Prez.

Sheryl, honey, you just don't know when to stop.

Stack up on popcorn, this one's gonna be fun to watch.

Empire state of mind: NYC scatters palm leaves for Bezos' cloudy web shop juggernaut

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subsidy of USD $48,000/job over 10 years

That's the amount of NY State + NYC subsidy per Amazon LIC (Long Island City/Queens) job promised.

Back-of-the napkin math: for a USD $150K/year paying job, the state + city tax collected amounts to around USD $12,000/year.

Yes, taxes in NY State and NYC are high. Contrary to popular belief, we don't mind helping out the less fortunate with HEAP grants in winter, our unemployment benefits include a decent health insurance program, and we have good social and assistance services programs for the elderly.

So NYS and LIC (Queens) have figured out that they are subsidizing the first four years, but it's all green after that.

We shall see.

Russia: We did not hack the US Democrats. But if we did, we're immune from prosecution... lmao

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Re: Wikileaks and Trump?

> if people are exposed to fake news and shrill politics and outright manipulation for long enough, people will become more 'street smart'

Sadly no, they won't.

Listen to the bullshit Trump is spewing and watch his 32% of followers eat it up, in spite of the fact that he's been demonstrably lying to them since the day he took office.

Google vows to take claims of sexual assault, harassment seriously, just like privacy

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Re: women at the company make 99.7 cents

> Worstall did some good work on this [ ... ]

There. FTFY.

And I'm quite sure that if Google reported that White Google Men were paid 99.7 cents on the dollar compared to women, you'd be screaming White Male Reverse Discrimination Wah Wah Wah! at the top of your lungs.

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women at the company make 99.7 cents

99.7 cents is less than 100 cents last time I checked.

Unless, of course, employment at Google requires a degree of physical strength that would be impossible - or extremely unusual - for women to achieve.

Like bench pressing 245lbs, 10 reps, for example.

Somehow I doubt that the Men Of Google (2019 calendar?) can bench press 245lbs, 10 reps.

Mything the point: The AI renaissance is simply expensive hardware and PR thrown at an old idea

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Supreme Court raises eyebrows at Google's cozy $8.5m legal deal

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Re: The Bret thing

> take this shit somewhere else

Uh-oh. The School Principal is here. He's kickin' ass and taking' names.

Behave, or he'll tell Mom and Dad at the next PTA.

I'm shaking in my boots.

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Re: @ST The Bret thing

> Dude, quit trying to be a lawyer.

For your own sake, stop posting dumb shit. I don't think you realize how illogical your entire argument really is. Save yourself from further embarrassment.

Brett Kavanaugh didn't lie because I say he didn't lie. That's your entire argument, in a nutshell.

Never mind the fact that he was indeed caught lying, repeatedly, under oath.

That's the problem with right-wing Trumpkins. You are incapable of constructing a logical argument based on facts. It's called post-truth. Meaning: your prejudices, opinions and biases overrule facts. And when you're caught in this fallacy, you always resort to the victim grievance fallback.

Try something new for a change. Maybe it will work better.

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Re: The Bret thing

> I don't remember anything about him caught in a lie and I check BBC news

The fact that you don't remember anything about Brett Kavanaugh being caught in a lie does not mean he wasn't caught lying once, or more than once.

It only means that you don't know if he lied or not. That's not exculpatory, which is the obvious intent of your post.

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cash-strapped Harvard University, Stanford University [ ... ]

Stanford is really cash-strapped too. Its Board of Trustees sings l'Internationale at the start of every meeting. Hoping for a better day.

We're Zuckers for a sequel: Brit MPs' battle to grill Facebook boss continues

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Re: Zuck just doesn't give a...

> [ ... ] he's either just a front man or the "not knowing" is a act.

He's the frontman for the collective "not knowing" act ongoing at Facebook, in the Executive Suite.

Haha, good times: Larry Ellison regales noobs about when Oracle staff almost didn't get paid

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Re: systems

> IBM was then a place where good ideas went to die.

Fortunately, that is no longer the case. Today's IBM - it's totally different.

IBM sits draped over the bar at The Cloud or Bust saloon. In walks Red Hat

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Re: Clouded vision

> [ ... ] should be sent to me at /dev/null

At least you identify yourself correctly. As in /dev/null.

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Re: Clouded vision

> The free edition of RHEL is called CentOS

Ummm, no. CentOS used to be an independent distro. They cloned RedHat's srpm's and produced their own distro. RedHat acquired CentOS in 2014.

What CentOS does to this day is not a free version of RHEL. It's something different. It may be free for individual developers, but for the likes of Google or Amazon it is definitely not free.

Which is all completely orthogonal to your original bullshit. You claimed that RHEL was free, and that RedHat made money from services. RHEL is not free - as in beer, it never was. It actually costs USD $349 just to download the ISO, and that does not include any support. RedHat makes tons of money from selling RHEL support contracts.

Wanna run CentOS for free? Be my guest. But that's not what the likes of JPMorgan or Caterpillar or FedEx are running. They all run RHEL. And they pay dearly for it.

> Bullshit where it is due, sunshine.

Glad to read you're in touch with your own bullshit.

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Re: Clouded vision

> The RedHat business model - we sell services, and here is a free software install to get you going

Bullshit.

For starters, RHEL is not free. It's pay-to-play. Fedora is free, but that's not what RedHat's customers run.

RedHat's business model was just fine. They've been very profitable for many many years.

Also, RHEL doesn't even fit on an install CD.

This has nothing to do with Cloud. It has everything to do with corporate financial engineering and changing IBM's headlines in the news. After 6 1/2 years of driving IBM into a ditch, Ginni Rometty is now a bold visionary. She bought RedHat with a credit card from JPMorgan.

Witness the chorus of social media influencers gushing over this deal. No-one else is.

Wanna know what's going to happen to RedHat at IBM? Look no further than what happened to Solaris at Oracle. Remember Solaris?

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

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Re: Amidst all the wailing and knashing of teeth here

> IBM deciding to roll over some of the more impressive and efficient capabilities of AIX

What would those be, exactly? Please do enlighten us.

Apple to dump Intel CPUs from Macs for Arm – yup, the rumor that just won't die is back

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Re: Rosetta-a-like is absolutely necessary

> How does that help run any of the thousands of existing applications on this new architecture?

By thousands of existing applications surely you mean just three: Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Microsoft Orifice Office. That's about 90% of Apple's ecosystem, outside of Apple.

Here's the breaking news: all three of them already run on AArch64 (ARM64).

Google Cloud chief joins Saudi shindig exodus over journalist's worrying disappearance

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was it Black & Decker?

> Yup, cuz rogue dudes can really go in and of consulates at will and abuse people inside.

With a bone saw no less.

Because that's the standard expectation of anyone visiting a foreign country's consulate: be killed and subsequently cut up in pieces with said bone saw, and then shipped in parts via diplomatic mail.

Does Google make hardware just so nobody buys it?

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Re: it's like Vertu only cheaper

> Owning Google hardware doesn't boost your social standing in any group that I know of.

There exists a - small - group of individuals who are Google hardware fanboys. They buy Pixel phones, tablets, Pixelbooks, etc. And they believe these things are cool. At a minimum, cooler, or better than all the other brands.

Are they really better? Not by a long stretch IMO.

Never mind the fact that today is October 11, 2018, and the Wow! factor of any of these pieces of hardware, regardless of their brand, is close to zero. It's an Android smartphone or tablet. There are many others just like them, and there have been many others just like them for quite a while.

> But why?

Rationally, I have no idea. Irrationally, I'd guess antropomorphism.

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it's like Vertu only cheaper

I seriously believe that people buy Google hardware just so they can show their friends they bought and own Google hardware. It has nothing to do with functionality or features.

The defining characteristics of this Pixel Slate are (a) ridiculously expensive and (b) under-spec'ed. For some people that's a thing.

Vertu complex or envy or something.

Want some of that sweet government contract money? Obama's CIO gives tips to land deals with Uncle Sam

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Re: Okaaay...

> Let me ignore the river of marketing BS flowing from FireEye for just a sec

The fact is, you can't. By the time you typed that sentence you had already been exposed to FireEye's raging tide of BS.

On the plus side, we now all know that working for FireEye is probably not a good idea, health-wise.

Oracle cloud supremo Thomas Kurian extends temp leave to the heat death of the universe

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Oracle didn't lie about Kurian. No Sir!

In Oracle's initial announcement, three weeks ago, Kurian took an extended leave from the company.

Well, this is indeed an extended leave. Very extended. It's soooooooo extended, it will probably last well past Kurian's lifespan.

There was no lying here. Fake news! Fake news!

Facebook: Up to 90 million addicts' accounts slurped by hackers, no thanks to crappy code

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Re: They've had so many cockups, this is not news.

> Is it really news that yet again Facebook has been compromised? They hand out any data they collect like free handjobs from a £10 dollar hooker on a street corner.

Exactly. And to make matters worse - if that's even possible - Facebook's main concern right now seems to be focused on managing the PR around this debacle. How do we make Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg come out smelling like roses from all of this?

On top of this, they have the temerity of claiming that "the bug has been patched".

Really? Facebook doesn't even know about the security holes lurking in their own code. They stumble upon them by happenstance. Not security research, not testing. Just panic reactions after the bug has been out in the wild for ages. That little fact alone tells me everything I need to know about their code reviews and secure coding practices.

26-year-old geniuses. Yeah.

Yo, Zuckerberg. Why won't you hire some greybeards? They'll teach your pimple-faced geniuses - who still enjoy living in a dorm - a thing or two about secure coding practices and hunting down possibly catastrophic bugs.

Ooooh, I almost forgot. You stated publicly that any software engineer over 30 is just dumb.

NSA dev in the clink for 5.5 years after letting Kaspersky, allegedly Russia slurp US exploits

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> The link between Kaspersky and the Kremlin has been made by US officials only, without any evidence.

Hi, Volodya!

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Re: Kaspersky 'Standalone Virus Removal Tool'

> Anyone got a reliable recommendation for alternative standalone virus removal tool [ ... ]

Malwarebytes.

It's very fast and lightweight. And quite accurate. Won't hog your CPU.

Don't know if it runs off an USB stick or not, though. Never tried it.

Disclaimer: I have no association whatsoever with Malwarebytes. I just like their anti-virus based on direct personal experience.

Yes, I am forced to use Win7 on one laptop because photography software is either Microsoft or Apple these days. And, contrary to Sir Jony Ive's pronouncements, I find Apple's UI, single-button mouse and sucky keyboards extremely difficult and unintuitive/uncomfortable to use.

No, no, you're all wrong. That's not a Kremlin agent. It's someone with 'inauthentic behavior'

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Re: Sheryl Sandberg was/is considering a run for President

> how many past holders of that post (never mind the present one) have been qualified?

Pretty much every single one starting with FDR. I may not agree with their politics or policies but none of them appeared to be in completely over their heads when they declared their candidacy.

Yes, Nixon did terrible and stupid things, but he was Vice President before being elected. JFK and LBJ were in the Senate. Carter was ineffective once elected. Reagan was Governor of California before being elected. All of them - with the exception of the current one - had demonstrable experience and qualifications in running a government, or working for and with the government, with some degree of competence.

I'm including W. in that category. Yes, he made terrible mistakes while in office.

Getting elected to office != qualified to hold the office.

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Re: Sheryl Sandberg was/is considering a run for President

Working your way to the top -- read: infinite ambition combined with thirst for power, not declaring bankruptcy and not posting dumb shit on Twitter doesn't make one qualified to be President.

What makes Sheryl Sandberg qualified to be President? She's COO of Facebook?

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Sheryl Sandberg was/is considering a run for President

Or at least she's been sending some trial balloons.

The fact that she is eminently unqualified for that job notwithstanding.

I think that's frightening.

Three more data-leaking security holes found in Intel chips as designers swap security for speed

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Re: Looking at the wrong holes

> [ ... ] in critical systems, in order to protect against a malicious firmware update, all new code is signed with a private key [ ... ]

I don't think you understand what these newly-disclosed vulnerabilities are all about.

Executive Summary: Meet the new Intel CVE, same as the old Intel CVE.

This has nothing to do with malicious firmware or removing sanity checks. These are CPU design flaws. The common denominator of all these CVE's, starting with Spectre, is careless cleanup - or even complete lack of cleanup - after speculative execution.

> [ ... ] a private key that exists only on a secure machine within the company [ ... ].

How secure is your secure machine if the CPU of this secure machine leaks your super-secret private key?

Oracle's JEDI mine trick: IT giant sticks a bomb under Pentagon's $10bn single-vendor cloud plan

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Re: Interesting that Oracle worries about "lock-in"

According to Oracle, vendor lock-in is bad, unless the vendor in question happens to be Oracle.

Also: why is Oracle so pissed about not getting this JEDI contract. It's not like they have anything remotely resembling Cloud services.

According to Forbes - which happens to be Oracle's mouthpiece when they have something fluffy to hype about themselves - Oracle's Cloud ranks #6 overall. Not exactly in the winning spot.

Hmmmmm, yes. Why wouldn't DOD award their JEDI Contract to the Cloud market's #6 also-ran.

2TB or not 2TB: Microsoft fiddles with OneDrive as competition offers twice the storage

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Re: How much do we need?

> I have implemented OneDrive for Business as part of 365 three times

Translation: you clicked "OK" when prompted.

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scanning directly into OneDrive via the device’s camera

I absolutely love the suave and understated - I might even say bashful - specification of this giant security hole.

Did anybody actually ask for this?

Python creator Guido van Rossum sys.exit()s as language overlord

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Re: Unit Testing! :-)

> Why did C++ re-purpose the auto keyword to mean [ ... bla bla bla ... ]

C++ did not do that. But thanks for completely missing the point of C++'s auto.

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Re: Here's a PEP

> i propose introducing proper keywords like Begin and End

If you keep going down this path you'll end up writing FORTRAN. :-)

But please make the Begin and End keywords uppercase mandatory:

BEGIN PYTHON PROCEDURE Foo

[ ... ]

END PYTHON PROCEDURE Foo

And yes, the name of the PYTHON PROCEDURE must be repeated in the END clause. What else are parsers for?

Also: the line continuation token can be either a '&' on the preceding line, or a '$' on the succeeding line. Screw regexp. And the succeeding line must be indented by 4 tabs. Because.

Also also: scalar variables must be declared with var, while all other variable types must be declared with dim. For clarity, and complexity reduction.

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Re: Futuristic progression of Programming Languages?

> they all seem kind-of C-like

Python is like C in the same way a goat's ass is like an orchid.

Just sayin'.

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reflecting opinions more than best practice

From The Article:

[ ... ] some developers felt PEP 572 was a poor approach that reflected van Rossum’s opinions more than best practice.

The same can be said about the entire Python Language.

Actually, this has already been said about Python. Many times over.

Another staffer at mega-hacked Equifax slapped with insider trading rap

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WTF?

consent decree - are you kidding me?

What happened to NY State's SHIELD Act?

Ooh, I see. It's in committee. Not a priority at this time. Needs more lobbying debate.

US Supreme Court blocks internet's escape from state sales taxes

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Re: The Truth

> place the purchase of stocks and bonds under sales tax law.

Goldman Sachs is totally not digging this idea.

What's all the C Plus Fuss? Bjarne Stroustrup warns of dangerous future plans for his C++

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Re: Disagree....

> Insulting those who raise valid criticisms of the language really helps engage the community.

It doesn't. And that was the point in the first place.

In this case, the community that you refer to is this constant background noise of commentards who are so far off the mark in their so-called valid criticisms they don't even realize they would've been better off keeping quiet.

Kind of like art critics. They can't paint or sing to save their lives, but they know exactly how someone else should paint or sing.

It's Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt.

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Re: Design by committee

> I thought the rot in C++ started with navel-gazing over templates, about when it went from C-with-classes to designed-by-committee. But at least STL is kind-of a separate module in the language.

It would be to your advantage if you stopped opining on matters you obviously haven't the first clue about.

To begin with, STL is not a module. It's a blueberry muffin with custard filling.

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Re: Disagree....

> C++ has been a Vasa for years. It floats because it's in dry dock.

C++ Rule #1: When you suck at writing C++, you start bashing it on newsgroups and message boards. I've yet to see an exception to that rule.

There's always PHP.

Just sayin'.

Sir, you've been using Kaspersky Lab antivirus. Please come with us, sir

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Re: Я невиновен, товарищ!

> And even that will not satisfy you.

And how exactly would you know that? Can you read my thoughts? Are you my personal spokesperson?

The answer to the previous two questions is no.

> This is essentially what Evengy offered to the agencies, but they still declined.

OK, so if the agencies are being boneheads, open source the code for everyone to see. Let the truth be known.

> Moreover, this is a rather difficult task, because one must use the same compiler with the settings on an OS which is configured identically

Indeed. Not so difficult though. We only need to know the exact version + patchlevel of the compiler. Presumably the build system would be included with the open source publication.

> Clearly this is something that you have not had to do.

Actually I do this every single day for a living. But thanks for your efforts.

> Also, why should they open-source their IP and US companies not?

Because US companies haven't been accused of spying for the FSB or GRU.

And because inventing 20,000 excuses for not publishing the source code stinks of guilty as charged.

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Re: Я невиновен, товарищ!

> In this case it is impossible to prove innocence.

Really, it's not. Kaspersky really should, and really can, prove their innocence by open-sourcing their stuff.

We'll download the source code, we'll compile it, and we'll compare our resulting binaries with the binaries downloadable from Kaspersky Labs' site. They better be identical.

Note: interested parties have collected, over time, a large number of previous, installable versions of Kaspersky AV. So, if they try publishing some open-sauce version of Kaspersky AV source code, with missing little bits of it, here and there, we'll know right away it's not the same with what they've been peddling for all these years.

We'll document every single thing it does during installation. We'll monitor and document every single thing it does during a scan.

So, really, it's quite easy. Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

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Re: Я невиновен, товарищ!

> Why not take no-one's word for it?

Because NSA isn't selling me - or you, or to anyone else - anything.

There is no NSA Anti-Virus software available for download or purchase at nsa.gov.

Another thing NSA is not doing is recommending or advocating not running Anti-Virus software.

There are plenty of perfectly viable and competent alternatives to Kaspersky AV. Malwarebytes. Avast. Bitdefender. Just to name a few.

Disclaimer: I have no association of any kind with any of the Anti-Virus companies mentioned above, so don't even try.

Malwarebytes is my personal favorite. It's lightweight, fast and accurate. Avast is a bit heavier. Bitdefender is quite a bit heavier - meaning on system resources usage. But they do the job.

So, do your research and take your pick.

What I find very interesting - and entertaining - is this tsunami of outrage expressed almost exclusively by Anonymous Coward commentards.

It's almost as if someone - who shall remain unnamed - had a vested interest in maintaining Kaspersky AV's presence on as many Windows PC's as possible, and in making certain that Windows PC users don't uninstall Kaspersky AV, and replace it with a different - and equally competent - Anti-Virus utility.

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Re: "You are free ... to reverse-engineer it ... chance to prove"

Is being completely incoherent your strongest suit?

Please send my very best regards to Glenfiddich.

Also: Malaguez said "probably, but definitely not Tuesday, because the Vietnamese were bypassing it, and Emma had already decided on cabbage."

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Re: Я невиновен, товарищ!

What does Microsoft's licensing have to do with Kaspersky spying for the FSB or GRU?

Grasping at straws much?

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