* Posts by Framitz

121 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Feb 2010


Baby got .BAT: Old-school malware terrifies Iran with del *.*


Re: Wouldn't

I had a client some years back that executed a Trojan batch file that attempted this. It failed when it got to critical system files. The harm was undone with a little work and the PC was fine.

Happy birthday, transistor

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Alien tech?

I don't think so, but a friend still swears that the transistor is reverse engineered alien technology.

What he doesn't seem to realize is that the vacuum tube is far crazier when you understand the theory.

Earthworm Jim


PC version

I only remember ever seeing the PC version. It was OK at the time.

'Regular' PS3 gamers who've cancelled credit cards? You FOOLS!


If I can't truly OWN it, I don't want it at all.

Sophos dangles free Android antivirus to tempt BYOD-friendly biz


No to Sophos

I'll stick with Zoner AV until I see something better, it has all the features I want, including call and text blocking which is very useful.


Re: Hmmmm

And nothing more IMHO.

Never mind Azure: They BROKE Twitter!


No problem

I'm fine with anything that breaks Twitter or Facebook.

Sony: Walkman, meet Android


I already have an android phone.

This is from despicable Sony, not even interested in anything they sell for the next 5 years.

Tech boffins: Spend gov money on catching cyber crooks, not on AV


Re: Perhaps

Perhaps your computer is OWNED, how would you know?

HBO 'sorry' for skewering Dubya



This was no need at all for any apology, it was entertainment and totally appropriate.

Apple, Time Inc. ink iPad magazine subscription deal


Re: A special kind of stupid

Did you forget? This is for Apple crap so it fits perfectly with the customer base.

1 in 6 Windows PCs naked as a jaybird online


Of course it is bogus

I installed McAfee Security Scan Plus on a known clean and protected system.

It is obviously designed to sucker people into purchasing if they need it or not.

It showed a completely clean system and STILL tried to sell their product.

As almost always, this survey is utter bullshiat. (just as most of us already knew, but I like to prove assumptions).

Windows Phone beats iOS sales in China



Isn't propaganda wonderful?

Just look at the nonsensical responses to this nothing article for plenty of examples.

What's copying your music really worth to you?


Ehh, I get nothin'

My digital music collection is not a big deal at all, it is ALL replaceable without re-purchasing.

Literally the least of my worries.

Crooks sell skint fanbois potatoes instead of iPhones


No sympathy here

The greedy, stupid victims got what they paid for.

'Catastrophic' Avira antivirus update bricks Windows PCs



I knew there was a good reason to avoid this AV like the plague.

'IT is no place for the little ladies', says Dell mouthpiece


Women are here

I work for a fortune 50 company. Nearly 1/2 the senior IT staff is women.

My boss is a woman, her boss is a woman.

I like women, and have no problem working for my boss, she's highly competent.


Re: Can we please...

Ads? I don't see no stinking Ads... Adblock is my friend.

iPhone fanbois enraged by Instagram's Android triumph


Re: iPhone users <> Apple fanbois

A real programmer would use:

69 50 68 6F 6E 65


41 6E 64 72 6F 69 64

Terrafugia flies first prototype: Flying cars 'within a year'

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Wait for Moller

This has been done at least twice before and it failed. It will fail this time too as it is impractical.

Baffling barcode-on-steroids stickers plaster the Earth


Re: Colour QR

I believe that was closer to 15 years ago. I remember some crazy stuff from that period that never took off.

MYSTERY programming language found in Duqu

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Re: Nah...

It would be funny if it's compiled BASIC... it very well could be!

Apple to Google Maps: ‘Get lost’


Works for me

Google maps and navigation is more accurate than my Garmin GPS when it comes to directions.

Never any issue with errors in SoCal. The Garmin sometimes runs me around inefficiently while Navigation on Android takes the most efficient route every time.

I could care less what Apple does or does not do.

SUNKEN LINER Titanic iceberg riddle answer FOUND ON MOON


don't blame the moon

twas incompetence that sunk that ship.

Seagate slam-dunks flood-hit rivals with triple-profit Q2

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Once WD is fully back up and running their superior product will prevail.

Try a 'shroom before ruling on chill pills, boffin tells gov


Ideally, you will just take your stupid coat and GO.


From personal experience, they taste like nothing. Closest is unsalted popcorn flesh.

pcAnywhere let anyone anywhere inject code into PCs


Not a big deal

PC Anywhere is BANNED from use where I work, and the last place I worked, so this is not a problem for us.

MPAA threat sparks White House petition for bribery probe


The term 'Douche Bag' is far too kind.

"Enema Nozzle" is a closer fit, but still doesn't go far enough to describe the despicable waste of skin.

'Space Monkey' craze: Texan students 'get high' by choking each other


New? What?

Nothing at all new here.

Most of us saw or did this in grade school and out grew it long ago.

Folks behind the survey must have been raised in a closet or something, causing them to have the intelligence of a fungus.

Apple wants to OWN YOUR VERY SOLE


Just follow that thumb!

Cnet slammed for wrapping Nmap downloads with cruddy toolbar


Not just nMap

I downloaded some crapware from Cnet a few days ago, the request to install the so called tool bar was designed to trick the user into installing it.

Of course I avoided that, then found the app was only a garbage demo with no functionality (partitioning software). I went elsewhere and found the correct FREE product.

Yahoo! 0-day! exploit! hijacks! status! updates!


Anyone ?

Anyone use that crap?

Assange: 'iPhone, BlackBerry, Gmail users - you're all screwed'

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For the win!

Wi-Fi may damage sperm, boffins warn


True story dealing with RF radiation

Off topic, but maybe interesting.

This is a much higher energy than any cell phone or laptop, but it's somewhat humorous.

While working in Turkey at a NATO 50 KW HF radio transmitter site. The land was leased from a local farmer and sheep herder.

The farmer found that in winter his sheep would cluster under the transmitter antennas. He noticed that he felt nice and warm in the area around and under the antennas.

So, he built a house under one of the antennas. One of the guy wires actually went in a window and out the back door.

Then he noticed that there were very few lambs born the next spring . . .

I guess someone told him it was the radiation that sterilized the sheep, he sued NATO for damages and won. NATO payed to replace his entire flock of sheep and then built fencing around the antennas to keep the sheep safe.

The funny thing, or not so funny, is the farmer continued to live in the house, constantly bombarded by HF radiation (The signals were ship to shore teletype with many channels so it never stopped).

I sometimes wonder what effects he and his family must have suffered. I'm betting he never had any grandchildren. I still have a photograph of the house somewhere.

Hacker cuffed in job interview sting with hotel he blackmailed


Makes me go "Hmmm"

I wonder if this guy was working in Budapest a few years ago.

I worked a security incident at an RMA center in Budapest for my company. Product was being detected as infected in final inspection.

We traced the source to a thumb drive used by a guy with a very similar, if not the same name.

We spend a few thousand investigating and international calling and fired the person once we were sure it was him. Not a single problem from that facility since.

Pirated software hard drive on display as art


I wonder

I wonder what WD thinks of their drive being displayed as art?

Google guru blasts Android virus doomsayers as 'charlatans'


Alligators actually have been found in NYC sewers.

So what else ya got?

BTW isn't Peter Norton dead as a result of a plane crash or something?

Smart meters blamed for Wi-Fi, garage opener interference


Smart? Meter

My meter was replaced about 2 weeks a go. I've had a lot of wireless issues and didn't realize the meter may be involved.

I switched to the 5Ghz channel on the router and my wireless is rock solid and fast again.

Freebie Android anti-malware scanners flunk tests


So, the study is BS

Leaving out the free versions of some of the more popular AV products invalidates the study making it MEANINGLESS.

Mobe anti-virus biz Lookout eyes Euro telcos


About done

Lookout has turned to crap recently. I'll likely uninstall it when I get home today.

Apple was OK to fire man for private Facebook comments


And remember they also have a patent on hypocrisy.

Seagate flings twirling terabyte platters at world


Hang in there

Seagate is crap, but the competition is needed to keep WD stimulated.

Stallman: Did I say Jobs was evil? I meant really evil

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You use the product as an appliance and that's OK for many people.

It is refreshing to read an honest response instead of the foaming at the mouth fanboi rants.

Thank you

Why the FBI’s 'new Internet' is a dumb idea


Shades of Strategic Air Command

When I worked with SAC communications we had redundancy upon redundancy upon redundancy.

This reminds me of that; We had two sets of land lines connecting all sites. NO line went the same route or through the same equipment. On several occasions we found telcos routing the redundant lines through the same switch and had to demand a change for security reasons. This made for a very robust system and it was only the first tier of at least three... Shouldn't detail the others.

The point is that if enough money was spent to build an independent network it would be so complex that security would still be a huge issue due to the complexity.


Binned PCs were stuffed with MoD and Sun staffers' privates


It's not just computers

We have other technology today that can contain sensitive information.

For example last week I replaced my home phone system, replacing a base station and 4 hand sets. My wife was going to recycle the old equipment.

First we went to the garage and I destroyed the old equipment with a chipping hammer.

This may seem trivial, but those phones contained sensitive call records. The destruction was was fun and the data is destroyed.

El Reg in email address blunder

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Got the list

Deleted it, I wasn't on it, cool.



Maybe not the power, but

Seems this might be more useful as a form of feedback to further improve electromechanical precision in hard disk drives.

Apple's iPod: ten years old


Many possibilities

I have a Philips player with 16GB, can't remember the model. Paid $79 a couple of years ago. Nice, though small color screen will display photos, video, has an FM tuner, and sounds great, it even has a volume limiter so you don't accidently blow your ears out.

Shop around there are MANY good players without the apple logo or price point.

Would you go to Facebook for mobile tech support?


No way Jose

I won't go to Facebook for anything, EVER.