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Thu Dec 11

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awlabrador replied to the Apple User's Group board. 1:42 PM

Re: Hard drive bad blocks

I ordered a WD green. Money's tight with the holidays, and I have other backups at the moment. The WD Purple looks intriguing, though, like it would be ideal for Time Machine. And less cost than the WD black, which is what I used to [more]

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awlabrador posted to the Apple User's Group board. 2:15 AM

Hard drive bad blocks

Someone asked in the past few months what might be an acceptable number of bad blocks on a hard drive. I replied zero, and I think others implied the same. While some bad blocks result during manufacture, these are usually mapped out, so when bad [more]

Wed Dec 10

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awlabrador replied to the Apple User's Group board. 2:51 PM

Re: Regin - informational

This isn't over.

Some time ago, in this thread, I noted that I couldn't think of any reasons why the Regin package couldn't be generalized and extended to other platforms, like Linux and, of course, Mac OS X. The issue is not so much [more]

Mon Dec 8

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awlabrador replied to the Apple board. 5:44 PM

Re: quick ques about appl

I guess there is a very good topic hidden in this question.


A thoughtful post that's likely of interest to most of us on this board and, I'd guess, likely of less interest to the OP, based on the large number of very similar [more]

Sun Dec 7

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awlabrador replied to the Apple board. 10:24 PM

Re: quick ques about appl

and then sell the junk to pay them off...

By now it's obvious nobody here is going to give you a 90 day price target, or even a range.

That said, I think it safe to say that few here would call AAPL junk. You might consider [more]

Thu Nov 27

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awlabrador replied to the Apple User's Group board. 11:57 PM

Re: Regin - informational

In fact, in reviewing the white papers, I wondered if there were any reasons why the same kinds of attacks in stages 1-5 couldn't be carried out on Macs, and I asked on this board if anyone knew why not:...

To reinforce the point that [more]

Wed Nov 26

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awlabrador replied to the Apple User's Group board. 11:45 PM

Re: Regin - informational

The "so-far-uncovered components" are pure speculation. There might not be any!

Now you are being deliberately obtuse, again. The components which have been uncovered so far by the investigation are indeed Windows only. [more]

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awlabrador replied to the Apple User's Group board. 11:51 AM

Re: Regin - informational

You're fooling yourself if you think that Macs are not susceptible to the kinds of components described in stages 1-5 for Regin.

Just to head of any obtuseness on this point -- willful or otherwise -- I am not saying that Macs [more]

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awlabrador replied to the Apple User's Group board. 11:35 AM

Re: Regin - informational

I'd limit my resources to developing attacks on the specific systems used by my intended target. Stuxnet targets Siemens controllers, because that's what the Iranians are using at Natanz.

That's precisely where Regin -- and whatever [more]

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awlabrador replied to the Apple User's Group board. 1:21 AM

Re: Regin - informational

In case I haven't made this mind-numbingly clear, the Regin developers' attention to things like GSM networks should make it obvious, among other things, that Regin is more than just a Windows-only issue.


I've been reading and [more]

Tue Nov 25

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awlabrador replied to the Apple User's Group board. 11:55 PM

Re: Regin - informational

Question: can such a virus cause a problem for Mac users who use Boot Camp or some other means of running Windows on their Macs?

Yes. If you run Windows, you are vulnerable. It doesn't matter if you're running it on a Dell or
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awlabrador replied to the Apple User's Group board. 6:14 PM

Re: Regin - informational

Judging by the countries invaded, I'd think this is an attack from the west, notably the USA.

Likely the CIA.


Based on publicly available information, I'd say those are reasonable guesses, but there's nothing in that [more]

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awlabrador replied to the Apple board. 4:22 PM

Re: RAISED TARGET

Anybody else feel like this is just board clutter? Aren't there Yahoo boards for this kind of thing?

Well, I already p-boxed the OP for what I judged to be inanity some time ago. It seems to me worthwhile to click Ignore Thread for [more]

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awlabrador replied to the Apple User's Group board. 2:36 PM

Re: Regin - informational

I'm in the US, and I use a Mac. So I don't care about Regin.

I think this is extremely short-sighted as to Regin's potential as well as to its implied source. And yes, I have read the white paper, from beginning to end. To quote the [more]

Fri Nov 21

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awlabrador replied to the Apple User's Group board. 5:39 PM

Re: Supported hard drive

Yes, it will, but for future reference, you can go to OWC (www.macsales.com), click on the My OWC tab at upper left, and look up available upgrades based on your specific model for yourself. It's what I did for [more]

Wed Nov 19

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awlabrador replied to the Apple User's Group board. 4:18 PM

Re: Thunderbolt Overdrive?

Correct, but as Steven has pointed out, perhaps the failure rate of SSD's is not too dissimilar to that of HDD's.

As you note, perhaps. The article Steven linked is pretty recent, and I note it has a section on "Improving [more]

Mon Nov 17

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awlabrador replied to the Apple User's Group board. 1:24 PM

Re: Thunderbolt Overdrive?

That article doesn't cover SSDs.

-awlabrador

Tue Nov 11

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awlabrador replied to the Apple User's Group board. 3:31 AM

Re: MacPro Uses....

I was going to use it for backups, but I did not know I could put anymore than 2TB drives in it...manual says 1TB....So since I am only using it for backup/storage, I can put 4TB drives in it? I would like that.


That, I'm afraid, [more]

Thu Oct 30

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awlabrador replied to the Apple User's Group board. 12:44 PM

Re: MacPro Uses....

Here's what I would do:

I would stick as many 4 TB hard drives in it as I can and then run it as a headless Crashplan or Retrospect backup server on my home network, stuck somewhere out of sight, and back up any machine in your home. [more]

Thu Oct 23

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awlabrador replied to the Apple board. 6:37 PM

Re: Walmart Rejects Apple Pay...For Now...

Appears to be very merchant focused (No surprise) instead of focused on the customer.

This last bit kind of reminds me of Ultraviolet digital copies that the movie industry is trying to push. That sort of thing is focused on [more]

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