Waterdog Computer Works – Misleading Mac users to make a buck.

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Macs DO get infected with viruses and malware.  This has always been the case.

There.  I just quoted Waterdog Computer Works from their Facebook ad (illustrated above).

Waterdog Computer Works – a PA-based computer firm is trying to convince Mac users that they do get viruses. First off, any computer firm that doesn’t differentiate between viruses and malware is already borderline scammy.  That’s like saying “being sick” and “having HIV” are the same thing.  They are clearly not, and the same goes for viruses and malware.

Malware is any kind of bad piece of software, ranging from things like adware, spyware, and browser hijackers to viruses, worms, and ransomware.

It is important to make this distinction because Macs DO suffer from the former three items and, while there have been some ransomware scares, I’ve yet to see them come to fruition.  If you don’t understand the Mac’s mechanisms for adding programs (installing like you do on Windows is actually NOT the norm), it’s quite possible to infect yourself.  It’s quite like picking up a needle on the street and jabbing yourself with it.

Browser hijackers can be anything from a Trojan to a bad extension.  Trojans, if you were unsure, are either programs that got installed along with something else or simply lied about what it was to begin with.  On Mac, you need to give your admin password to do these kinds of installs, so you did it to yourself.  Again, as I said before, this is NOT the normal way to do installs, so don’t fret.  That said, we won’t cover the methods of adding programs today.

Finally, the point I want to get to.  There are no viruses and worms on a Mac.  When I say viruses and worms, I mean programs that self-install and self-propagate.  In fact, ask Waterdog Computer Works to PROVE such a piece of malware exists and I’ll gladly retract this article and apologize.  They can’t or they won’t.  Why?  As I said… they don’t exist.  Mac OS 9, with a shitty 2-3% market share and a NON-public Mac API Kit had true viruses.  macOS (née Mac OS X), since 3-24-2001, has had (near) zero.  We’ll say “near” but I don’t think there’s been even one.

I’m willing to bet WCW will either ignore you, block you, or post to some “proof” from 1999, because that’s what scaremongers/ liars do.  They avoid answering the question.  They may be good at what they do outside of the Mac community but, let’s face it, Mac is not Windows anymore than Wayne (WCW’s location) is North Philly.

*ACHOO* – Did you just sneeze?  Don’t worry.  WCW will be glad to sell you HIV meds to take care of that…

https://www.facebook.com/WaterdogComputerWorksWaynePA/

http://archive.is/aStc5

http://archive.is/1jxCJ


Update:  http://archive.is/idFN2

You’ll see that WCW links to Toms Guide as “proof” of Mac viruses, but once again, 2017 has not been the “banner year for Mac Malware,” despite Amit Serper’s assertion (Who the fuck is Amit again?)

All I see is an article referencing PUPs and quoting Malwarebytes, but Malwarebytes NEEDS Mac users to not understand viruses vs malware so they can scare them into paying for a premium service they don’t need.  In turn, WCW needs ignorant Mac users to pay them to install a premium version of Malwarebytes… paying for both a product they don’t need and a scammy company to do it for them.

To be fair, the free Malwarebytes product is good to have, in case you do install a Trojan (read: PUP), but these installations are user-error and can be avoided with proper understanding.

As usual, the scaremongers are out in full force, using deceptive language, and all jerking each other off to make a buck.

 

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Htmlcoin – the cryptocoin that keeps defying the odds and all logic.

I’ve said it before… Htmlcoin is an anomaly among the cryptocurrency world. Back in 2013 and 2014, I did a ton of altcoin mining – mainly scrypt coins, including Litecoin, Dogecoin, Zeitcoin, Procoin, Htmlcoin, and so many others.

Many of those coins simply disappeared. Procoin, which touted itself as the cryptocurrency for small businesses just… disappeared one day, rendering all coins immediately useless. Just par for the course.

Htmlcoin seemed even worse. The mining for these coins never increased in difficulty in the early days, netting millions of coins per day. I didn’t care. The running joke in my head was that I’d finally become a billionaire, even if it was in a coin clearly destined to disappear. Trading it smartly with doge would result in getting more doge and more html. It was a great coin for playing with.

Instead of disappearing, they decided to fix the coin. They changed the algorithm for mining and did a coin swap, kind of like a reverse split. I wasn’t a billionaire anymore 😦 but at least I still had a healthy amount. Dubbed html5 (despite still being htmlcoin officially), it was definitely seen as a much healthier coin. It traded for somewhat better amounts of doge and even litecoin at times.

Over the years, I just held most of my amount, as it’s supposed to go “POS” in 5 years, which is interest bearing. Last few times I looked, its USD price was embarrassingly low (like $0.00000008).

Then, over the last few months, it was subject to a 51% attack, which seems to open the block-chain to manipulation. Ok, well, it was fun while it lasted, and it certainly outlasted all the other coins from back in the day.

What’s that, you ask? Why is htmlcoin worth $0.000181 today (and trading for approximately 0.00000005 BTC – prices fluctuate)? Who the fuck knows? However, they’re fixing the coin AGAIN and doing a mostly 1-for-1 swap of the coin, so most people won’t lose anything. 1000000 htmlcoin today is worth $181 (or 0.05BTC, which is about $210).

Man, if I still had 1,000,000,000 htmlcoins today, I could potentially trade it for…. $181,000.

If history has taught me anything about htmlcoin, it’s that it defies everything. Shitty original algorithm, 51% attack on newer version of the coin, and on the cusp of a second coin swap and update…. and now it’s worth more than ever, and still slowly climbing.

In closing, some htmlcoin holders might find themselves to be accidental millionaires before too long.


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The culmination of Windows shit is upon us. Last month, WannaCry was the nightmare ransomware plaguing systems. This month (today, in fact) it’s Petya (a type of ransomware attack).

Ready for the rub? Most sources are claiming that this used the SAME exact exploit for WannaCry.

Here’s where the fun begins.

  • If your retarded Windows admin didn’t patch after the WannaCry incident, fire them. Make them go work on the fry machine at McDonald’s. They’ve proven to be utterly useless computer guys. Big, fat, nerdy Windows guys who sit in big, fat, bent and dented chairs, espousing how “Windows isn’t that bad.” Fucking idiots.
  • Windows is the computer version of HIV. Literally. You buy a brand new computer and, out of the box, it has HIV. Ready for any and all opportunistic infections. Ever meet a guy who says, “Just don’t go to bad parts of the internet and you’ll be fine. I’ve never been infected!” I’ve met them. Plenty of them. Those who accept the challenge of letting me run some scans on their machine are always more infected than a hooker in the shittiest part of town. These guys have their heads so far up their ass.

You Wintards can keep laughing at how I use Mac. I’ll continue to surf the “shadier” parts of the internet, while surfing porn in a different tab, while banking in yet another tab, and I still won’t get infected. Your computer simply talks to a network and it can be infected.

Wintards. Ransomware of this magnitude is the culmination of all your bullshit, defending a shitty, insecure platform, all while pretending “No, Windows is better now.

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When t3h Haxxxx0rs don’t know shit.

‘The Most Sophisticated Mac Ransomware’ Being Sold on Dark Web

So, Jahanzaib Hassan is trying to make a name for himself by pretending that:

Macs not so safe after all

Given that it was mostly Windows that became the target of ruthless ransomware attacks, it is surprising to see that Macs have now been taken into the fold as well. Perhaps this is due to the fact that Mac users have grown in the past years.

What all these hit-whore articles miss is the main point. These kinds of malware, while dangerous, still require user intervention. In other words:

  • Windows users simply have to be breathing and their computers need to be on a network.
  • Mac users have to be naive enough to enter an admin password. That’s right. Mac users actually have to explicitly let the malware in, like inviting a vampire in. Very different from Windows, where just looking up at the blue sky gives you computer-AIDS.
  • Yes. Mac has gone up in attacks in recent years, but they all still require tricking the human.


    Someone Is Offering Mac Ransomware on the Dark Web

    Per the author, Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai:

    Despite some people’s misguided beliefs—fueled in part by Apple’s marketing—there’s been plenty of Mac malware, even ransomware. But MacRansom and MacSpy show once again that bad guys are starting to target Macs more and more, even offering them as a service to others.

    No, dummy. We said there are no viruses. You know… viruses. Apps that self-install WITHOUT any human intervention to make it happen and, in turn, they then spread WITHOUT any human intervention.

    PCs still have viruses. Go ahead. Start clicking on random URLs on a PC, even with anti-virus. I’ll wait. Let’s see how quickly you get hosed.

    On a Mac, you still need to enter your administrator password. That’s right. You have to invite the vampire in. Didn’t I just say this?

    These tech whores can’t wait to say, “Hahaha, misguided Apple people. LOOK!”

    And I’ll beat the dead horse over and over. These tech-tards love interchanging virus with malware to pretend they not only know what they’re talking about, but drive traffic to their respective sites.

    You guys are tech-tards. Oh, and I archived your sites so you don’t get direct hits.

    More…

    “Apple continues to improve the security of them,” Wardle said. “But Mac users should just be cautions, should not be not be overconfident, and should not assume that just because they’re using a Mac they’re inherently safe.”

    Actually, they can be overconfident and assume they’re safe. Literally, just don’t install stuff from a shady site or install stuff you don’t know. Oh, that’s right, that phrase – “don’t install stuff” – makes ZERO sense to Windows users.

    You see, in Windows, apps are like ticks. They bury themselves deep within the OS. DLLs, registry entries, and much more. Can’t just remove the tick.

    On Mac, 90%+ apps are actually packaged files. Standalone .app files (really bundles) that are not embedded into the OS, except for preference files, which don’t DO anything. So, yeah… only the bigger apps, like Microsoft Office get installed and, if you’re not out there stealing it, you don’t need to worry about a rogue installer. Oh, yeah, that porn site you visit does not need you to update Flash. Does that help?


    Hey, if there’s proof this does auto-install and requires no human intervention, I’m all ears, but I won’t believe it until it’s proven.

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An unofficial, open letter to Apple.

Dear Tim Cook and company,

WTF? Seriously. WTF? I am unapologetically Apple. From the time I started earning my own money, I’ve purchased:

  • iMac DV SE
  • iBook 600/100
  • Numerous iPods
  • PowerBook 12″
  • Power Mac G5
  • MacBook Pro (2006)
  • MacBook Pro (2010)
  • MacBook Pro (2013)
  • Numerous iPhones
  • Numerous iPads
  • Numerous Apple TVs
  • An Apple Watch

I’ve been an Apple fan since our first Macintosh SE back in 1988, when my brother’s college required him to have one. So, I’m coming from a long history of Apple products.

So, that brings back me back to… WTF? You know, people still argue that Apple is lost without Steve Jobs at the helm. I don’t believe that. I do, however, think there’s no stern leadership saying “NO” to the stupid decisions. Jony Ive makes some beautiful products, but sometimes they suck for anything outside aesthetics. Cube, anyone?

The 2016 MBPs look very nice. The touch bar also looks cool and is mostly easy to use, from the bit of playing but, yes, I do have to agree with the crowd that these new boxes are way overpriced for what you get. Also, let’s get a physical Escape key put back. That key is used enough to not need to look up at the bar. I almost think the touch bar is a good idea, but poorly placed and implemented. It should almost be more of a trackpad thing. I’m good with the USB-C decision, but being stuck at 16GB RAM does kind of suck. Even more so (and this isn’t your fault at all), new Intel CPUs are no better than what they were 4 years ago. My MBP has an i7-4960HQ, and I’ve yet to see any serious benchmarking leaps with today’s i7-7xxx chips. This means that there’s no compelling reason to upgrade. It also means your 2013 MBP is an awesome piece of machinery! Finally, come on, now. Cheap, lightning-like cables for the power cable? Does that mean I’m going to have to replace the power cord now due to shoddy quality of the cable? I don’t trust that the power cord will be any good. Also, for close to $4k, no extension cord like we used to get? Who’s making these stupid decisions?

Adding to the MBP gripe a bit, I know someone who has had the keyboard on the new MacBooks and new MacBook Pros break. Apparently, this “butterfly” mechanism needs some perfecting. I’ve never had a laptop keyboard break. Look, there’s definitely a new MBP in my future, but not the shit that’s currently out. Get that battery better. Get that RAM up. Get that GPU up.

Mac Pro. WTF? I’m not even in the market for this (round) box, but clearly someone didn’t understand how pros work, and how they use their machines. Even I know, if I got a box like a Pro (or like my old G5), it’s because it was stupidly-easy to open and add/swap parts. I’m not even a hardware guy and that G5 was awesome. Instead, someone decided that the MP should look cool, and dark, and have lights (HP, anyone), but not be modular or expansive? Expensive, yes. Expansive, no, at least not without a million cables. And, it took you FOUR years to finally come to terms with this? Again, who is in charge and what are they doing?

iMacs and Mac minis. These just seem to be late to ship for inexplicable reasons. Ok, I can guess on the reasons. Also, stop with that “Let’s put a MacBook Air chip in the lowest iMac” shit. This is such a PC-maker move.

iOS stuff is great, except for location services. Fix that shit. If I ask for Main Street and I’m in Cherry Hill, NJ, it should find the closest Main Street in Cherry Hill and then expand outward. Instead, location services makes a horrible guess and starts in a different state (and sometimes even a different country). Who designed that god-awful algorithm? Also, iOS devices are not Mac replacements. In many scenarios, an open system, with an open file system, with an open ability to download whatever is preferable. Stop neglecting the Mac for iOS stuff. Spin up a different team, if need be.

Apple TV. You guys really keep missing the boat here. It has potential to be awesome, but I suspect the TV industry doesn’t like your negotiator. Shocker.

Apple Watch – Great device, but apps tend to suck for it. Not sure if this is due to SDK limitations, CPU limitations, or what? Hey, I want third party faces. I want someone to remake some of the watches I had growing up. Why this restriction?

Apple Pay – Awesome!

About the only news I hear regularly from Apple is its stance on transgendered bathrooms and the Apple Watch. I love my Apple watch and I don’t care who uses what bathroom. Apple – ship the f’ing products. Make them good. Tell Jony when his designs look awesome, but they suck to use. Also, it feels like Apple is catering to the “Look at all the new people to Apple with our cool iDevices” crowd, and ignoring the pros and faithful. Catering to the first crowd is ok in small doses, but ignoring the latter crowd is pushing aside the people that would have still supported Apple if they were going out of business tomorrow. NOT. SMART.

I think I’ve covered everything I wanted to rant about. Point is, as a longtime Apple fan, supporter, shareholder, etc., it feels like you’re dropping the ball and panicking. Go back to making GREAT products. Not everything has to be so thin that it requires new engineering feats just to work normally. I’ll gladly sacrifice my dividend as a shareholder if it means you’ll reaffirm your commitment to greatness instead of nonsense.

Oh, hey, while I’m at it. Why is it, on Windows, I can do “split screen” windows by DRAGGING-AND-DROPPING the windows to their positions and, on macOS, I have to make sure a setting is on in System Preferences first, followed by clicking and holding the green button, dragging to a side, followed by finding the other window to take the other side… but then if I close a window, the one window is full screen only…. Sounds like Microsoft trumped you on your own ability for drag-and-drop ease-of-use. Fix that.

Sincerely,

Angry-but-still-Apple-faithful-for-now

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Internet Troll or IT Imbecile

Ritika Tiwari is my latest target of “taking to task.” We will look at her latest article – 15 reasons MacBooks are overrated – and not only pick it apart, but show you why this girl is no longer working in IT and pretending to write about it. Ready?

15) Ridiculously Overpriced – while I admit that this round of MBPs does carry a higher-than-usual price tag for Macs, MacBooks are rarely overpriced for what they bring to the table. Yes, you can get some cheap Windows PCs, but those cheap PCs come with Celerons, Pentiums, i3s, and AMDs. Most of those selections are pure garbage.

14) You cannot customize it – Partially true. There are a lot less customization options, but it keeps the choice simple. This has always been the case.

13) Directly copied from Linux – Now we have reached Ritika’s first 1337 retard moment. Best to just read this and this. Not only was OS X not just some “copied Linux,” but as of 10.5, was a certified and true UNIX box. OS X was fully Unix. Linux is still Linux. Fun to see pretend “l337” techs who had to “quit” the tech world to become a freelance writer. I suspect it’s more because she’s an idiot.

12) There is no right click – This wasn’t true BEFORE OS X, and is even less so now. Ways to right-click include: Right-click on a mouse, Control-click, two-finger click on a trackpad, and even setting the right-side of the track pad to be a right-click. So, Ritika once again displays her ability to super-size fries better than knowing actual tech information. Not all the same options from Windows exist in the contextual menus, but right-clicking is as present as ever. Ritika, you’re just an idiot.

11) Macintosh Finder could learn a thing or two from explorer – This idiot is claiming you can’t resize windows by any corner or edge. macOS has been doing that for many versions now. That excuse is long over, dummy. She also said maximize is not available. You DO KNOW we’re up to 10.12, don’t you? Full screen has been available for a few versions now. You’re really stupid and/or woefully behind for someone claiming to be on top of tech. By the way, dummy, Windows still can’t rename a file or move it while it’s open, and Mac has been able to do that for decades. Didn’t you JUST get copy and paste in the command window for Windows 10?

10) You cannot choose between the hardware and the software – Sure you can. If I want macOS, I get a Mac. Oh, but guess what? I can also run Linux and Windows on it. Looks like I get lots of choices on a Mac.

9) Getting a MacBook repaired is a pain itself – Not really. You might not be able to do it yourself these days, but Apple Stores and authorized repair centers are everywhere. Perhaps you didn’t know this, dummy, but people with Windows laptops are also taking theirs to repair centers. They aren’t doing it themselves, either.

8) MacBooks are a marketing gimmick – No, they’re ahead of the curve. Sleek. Thin. Some are fanless. Using new tech. Current ports. Anyone who has used HP for the better part of 2 decades knows the quality (or lack thereof) of HP devices.

7) No SD card slot – True. Not anymore. I’ve used the card slot maybe 5 times in 7 years, across two MacBook Pros. Not exactly being used by everybody.

6) No cheap OEM versions available like Windows – Hey, stupid. You’re really letting your ignorance shine. macOS has been free for YEARS now. Free. That’s $0, like how much you get paid to still work in IT.

5) Macs are not immune to viruses – yes they are, stupid. So far, all malware is still in the form of trojans. You can’t get my Mac to self-infect and self-propogate, thus you need me to stupidly install something. While that is malware, that’s not a virus. Conversely, Windows can still get infected simply by visiting the internet.

4) You have to dig really deep for freeware – Boy, you really are an IT reject. There’s so much free stuff on Mac, both from Apple, as well as third party and open source stuff found on all platforms. I realize that I’m feeding the troll by responding, but at least everyone can know, when they Google the name “Ritika Tiwari,” they’ll find this blog and what a fuck-nut you are. Your article is also archived so you can’t claim to not have ever written it.

3) Most users have MacBooks to run non-Apple software – Another dumb statement from everyone’s favorite fry girl. While we *can* run non-Apple software, we run mostly Mac software. You really are a troll. Or stupid. Or both. I’d like my fries supersized, Ritika. Can you at least get that right?

2) Delete key doesn’t delete files – true. Wow. Throw enough shit against the wall, something’s gotta stick. Oh, but I can right-click and delete it. Dummy.

1) MacBook isn’t built for gamers – true. Hardcore, high end games are written for Windows. Buying a MacBook for high end gaming means you did “Ritika” research before buying.

Ritika, I’ll be keeping an eye on your stuff. I’m curious just how dumb you actually are.

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