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[News] If You Use Android, Reasons to Avoid Windows

  • Subject: [News] If You Use Android, Reasons to Avoid Windows
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2010 09:42:39 +0000
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Malware found on second Vodafone HTC Magic

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| PandaLabs connected the S21Sec employee's 
| microSD card to his PC and found that the 
| smartphone was loaded with the malware on March 
| 1, more than a week before he had received the 
| phone from Vodafone.
| "This Mariposa botnet client is also loaded in 
| the same hidden NADFOLDER directory. It is also 
| named as AUTORUN.EXE and will automatically run 
| when connected into a Windows machine unless you 
| have autorun disabled (download USB Vaccine to 
| disable autorun if you haven't done so yet)," 
| the PandaLabs blog item says. 



Sigh! A simple USB stick causes so many problems.

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| This is going to be a rant against windows.
| If you don't like hearing negative things
| about windows then don't read this.
| Seriously, don't read this. On the other
| hand, if you like hearing about windows
| problems then please continue :)
| So many times there are people who waffle on
| about how windows just works. How everything
| is all plug and play and automatic. Us Linux
| people like to call it plug and pray :) In
| this particular case it was trying to get
| windows to recognize a simple little
| Kingston USB memory stick.
| [...]
| Compared to windows, maintaining Linux is an
| absolute breeze. Want to delete a lot of
| drivers? Just select them all and delete
| them, simple. Want to reinstall drivers?
| Just reinstall the package, simple.
| People wonder why I don't like windows. This
| is a prime example right there. A simple
| little memory stick problem caused hours of
| wasted time and effort. The necessary
| drivers were already installed. The
| configuration file was in the rightful
| place. It was just that the operating system
| itself couldn't see what was right under
| it's nose. Ok, lets be fair and say that the
| drivers were not on the system. An example
| of that happened that evening with a laptop
| and a web camera. A simple little web camera
| with no driver disk. Not a real problem I
| thought. Just go to the manufacturers web
| site and download the drivers. No drivers on
| the chipset (pixart) manufacturers site.
| Googling came up with the drivers, oops you
| have to either register or pay for the
| drivers. WTD!! (short for "What The Duck!!"
| :) Just another way of scamming people out
| of their money. Suffice it to say that this
| particular web camera didn't work on that
| laptop. Under Linux it worked just fine,
| with no black magic needed to be performed.

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