Report: Kaspersky developed malware to trip up competition

“Our company has never conducted any secret campaign to trick competitors into generating false positives to damage their market standing,” a Kaspersky rep told Reuters. “Such actions are unethical, dishonest and their legality is at least questionable.” However, the company’s actions back in 2010 would suggest that Kaspersky isn’t completely above such acts. In 2010, to protest what it saw as rival companies lifting its valuable virus databases wholesale from third party aggregators like Google’s VirusTotal, Kaspersky flagged 10 innocuous files as malicious. Within 10 days, more than a dozen rival security programs were quarantining those same files, sight unseen.

Source: Report: Kaspersky developed malware to trip up competition

# This modifies cupsd.conf to allow a user to un-pause printers

Snipped from the Mac Enterprise email list:

# This mofifies cupsd.conf to allow a user to un-pause printers

sudo launchctl stop org.cups.cupsd
killall cupsd
cp /etc/cups/cupsd.conf /etc/cups/;rm
/etc/cups/cupsd.conf;cat /etc/cups/ | sed -e ‘s/Limit
Pause-Printer Resume-Printer Enable-Printer/Limit Enable-Printer/’ >
sudo launchctl start org.cups.cupsd

You can get your iCloud version history in Advanced Settings on

A new “data restore” option has appeared on allowing users to “roll back” recently-deleted documents, and Contacts or Calendar edits. The service now saves “snapshots” of recent states and lets users revert back to them, recovering files and changes accidentally deleted or changed. The “restore” options are fairly well-hidden at present, but are found in the Advanced Settings page of the web site.

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“You have to pay to play DVDs on Windows 10? Well, not with a little work.” – CNET

Call me old-fashioned, but I think the capacity to play / use DVDs should be considered a basic part of the OS, even if the machine doesn’t have a built in unit.

Homer is walking through the town dump when he passes a big pile of VCR tapes. The sign above reads, “Betamax.” Next up, another pile, this time with a sign reading, “Laserdiscs.” Finally, he walks past an empty space; the sign says, “Reserved for DVDs.”That episode aired in 2003. Here in 2015, the handwriting is definitely on the wall (if not the dump sign), as Windows PCs can no longer play DVDs without help. Windows 10, like Windows 8 and 8.1 before it, lacks the necessary software.20th Century FoxOf course, Microsoft will be happy to sell it to you: The Windows DVD Player app is now available from the Windows Store for $14.99.If that seems like too steep a price to keep your DVD collection alive and spinning, here’s good news: You can watch DVDs on your Windows 10 PC for free. Here’s what you need:

Source: How to watch DVDs for free in Windows 10 – CNET