What boggles my mind is that some gov't agencies require you to submit documents in particular proprietary formats, such as .doc[x] for MS Word. How is it that a gov't agency is allowed to support -- by forcing you to buy the product of -- a private company? It makes no sense to me.
I just wish M$ shoots its feet hard with the next Windows iterations so Linux can gain even more ground.
I've often felt the same way, but from early indications it doesn't sound to me like they are. It sounds like they're actually trying to improve their products in a way that make them more useful to customers. (I know ... shocking!) Two examples that spring to mind: 1) recent versions of Windows Server don't require a GUI. 2) I've heard that Win10 is going to come with Virtual Desktops by default.
Both of those concepts that have been default (or at least common) in the *nix world for decades. If MS is finally getting its head out of its ass and at least trying to do things the right way, that's a win, imo.
Way to go everyone! The article's comments have been completely (with one exception) taken over by the troll ... with, of course, your complicity. Way to go!
Does he have any response to your nuanced arguments? Any counterpoints? Does he ever? Answer: no. His entire purpose is to disrupt and derail any reasonable conversation/debate, and you guys not just let him, but enthusiastically help him.
That's just great! For your efforts, have a Report click!
For those of you who don't know, this Ashton Ished character is none other than the TD plague formerly know as "Out_of_the_Blue" who trolled this site for quite some time. Successfully, I'll add.
There's no use responding to it. There's no point. Just don't even bother.
How we rid ourselves of this disease before was to auto report any of its posts and just ignore it. Trolls need attention to survive. For those who didn't know better and did respond, they got reported as well (even while their points were often valid and correct). In this way we suffocated it and it left us alone for a while. Seems to be time to do it again.
I encourage everyone to report this troll, ignore it, and report any responses.
the agency’s Tailored Access Operations group has extraordinary capabilities to hack into and “exfiltrate” data from specific computers, even if those computers are highly secured and not connected to the Internet.
How is this even possible? I looked through the linked article and found no mentions of this capability. I understand that in their operations where they intercept packages and add mal/hard-ware to products these could then be subverted to access another network that is connected to the "target" PC/network, but if the systems are fully isolated (and not having wireless capability built-in or attached) I don't see how this could be possible.
I suppose part of the payload they add to a package could be wireless transmitters and they could set up receivers nearby, but that's the only situation where I can imagine getting access to a fully isolated system. Or am I missing something?
This seems very similar to something I've thought/said about pot being called a gateway drug. You're fed all this crap ala "Reefer Madness" about how terrible marijuana is, how it will ruin your live, how it will turn you into some kind of maniac, etc."
But then, you meet people who smoke pot. And they're as "normal" as everyone else. Hell, maybe you even try it yourself. And then it dawns on you: "All this time they've been lying to me about how bad this stuff is. They must be lying about cocaine, heroin, etc."
But, it turns out they're not lying. Too late for too many people.
Crying wolf there about the negative effects of pot is much like the wolf they're shedding tears over that is file sharing.
It's not like everyone can see that the "random" avatar on your comments is exactly the same every single time. It's comical that you think you can disown the comments you've been making by pretending that I have you confused with someone else.