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Sony Pictures Computer Sytems Shut Down After Ransomware Hack

ArsenneLupin Re:oh goody (154 comments)

I really hope they don't pay!

I hope so too. That way, the hackers will release the files (the contents, not just the filenames), which contain enough juice to sink Sony Pictures (and possibly other parts of Sony too) for good.

3 days ago
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Sony Pictures Computer Sytems Shut Down After Ransomware Hack

ArsenneLupin Re:Dear Sony, I am delighted! (154 comments)

every officer of the company needs to do the honorable thing and leave the company, leave the industry, and get a job more suited to their ethical and strategic skill set. Like flipping burgers, or arranging the sushi on the platter.

Are you sure these are appropriate jobs for Sonyscum? Personally, I wouldn't want to eat burgers laced with exlax, or sushi caught from the waters next to Fukushima...

3 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

ArsenneLupin Re:Fix a thumbdrive virus by doing WHAT??? (555 comments)

The suggestion in the book that it would be appropriate to plug a known-virus-infected USB thumbdrive into another computer in order to fix it seems totally crazy to me. Even if the second computer does have better security there's no guarantee the virus isn't a new one that hasn't made it into virus checker recognition databases yet...

Yeah, but you forgot an important detail... The suggestion was not just to plug it in to another computer, but to plug it into another computer that isn't yours. In case it does becomes infected, you just sneak away, and pretend that nothing happened...

But only if you're a boy. If you're a girl, you just keep sitting next to it and weep...

about a week ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

ArsenneLupin Re:They WILL FIght Back (516 comments)

Everybody knows wind turbines are eye sores.

They obscure all the lovely smoke stacks.

A couple of years back, the French complained that a new wind turbine field in Germany was spoiling the nice scenic view of the Chateau de Malbrouck (located just opposite the German-French border from that infamous field).

Unfortunately, they conveniently completely forgot what the Germans see when they look at the Chateau de Malbrouck

about two weeks ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

ArsenneLupin Re:This isn't new (327 comments)

When you qualify it by saying, "always on third party SSDs", then it's not the same as "always" (unqualified).

But he did:

Apple has always disabled TRIM on those

So, what's your point?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Single Sign-On To Link Google Apps and Active Directory?

ArsenneLupin Re:What the hell (168 comments)

If you are turning north from I-10 onto I-65, or if you are on I-65 and turning east or west onto I=10, you have already failed at taking the quickest was from anywhere to anywhere else.

Just looking at a map, while coming from North I-65 and going east on I-10 looks kinda nonsensical, going west doesn't look so bizarre. You'd use that connection when going from Montgomery to New Orleans, wouldn't you?

Or is that just a general comment that those roads tend to be congested, and are never the quickest way (no matter which way you turn?)

about three weeks ago
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"Police Detector" Monitors Emergency Radio Transmissions

ArsenneLupin Ambulances are using the same technology (215 comments)

In many places, Ambulances and firefighters are using the same technology. So expect some false positives...

about a month ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

ArsenneLupin Re:Not the same thing at all. (381 comments)

The current panic underscores it as well - first people underreact and now they are overreacting.

The shwinesflu scare a couple of years ago may also be an explanation for the initial under-reaction...

about a month and a half ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

ArsenneLupin Re:The more things change the more the stay the sa (728 comments)

"politic" meaning roughly in the original Greek "To shout down"

Bullshit. The word "politic" is derived from "polis", the Greek word for "city". So "politics" is the art of running a city (or city-state, as most cities were back then), not the art of shouting your opponent down...

about a month and a half ago
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Building a Honeypot To Observe Shellshock Attacks In the Real World

ArsenneLupin Just grep for () in your /var/log/apache2/referer. (41 comments)

If you run a web server of any kind, just grep for () in your /var/log/apache2/referer.log, and you'll see plenty of hits:
fgrep '()' /var/log/apache2/referer.log

... if not, maybe you're simply running a site that is too obscure?

about 2 months ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

ArsenneLupin Re:Only CGI scripts affected? (399 comments)

Oh I had the same thought....I mean, by the time an "attacker" is modifying arbitrary environment variables in your process,

Which is the case on most Apache Web server configs: the client has full control over the HTTP_REFERER and HTTP_USER_AGENT variables... And the exploit in question works with any environment variable, including those 2.

Well, starting from here, you are vulnerable as soon as:

  1. You have a CGI script written as a #!/bin/bash script on your system
  1. You have /bin/sh symlinked to /bin/bash (used to be common in many Linux distribution), so as soon as a script calls system(), /bin/bash gets executed, along with the scripts full environment...

about 2 months ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

ArsenneLupin Re:Really? Using bash for CGI? (399 comments)

The problem affects any CGI that *calls* bash, which means any call to system() in any language is going to cause a problem.

Nowadays, on most systems, /bin/sh is a proper Bourne Shell (either ash or dash), and no longer bash. So system() should no longer be an issue, but explicitly calling bash still would be...

about 2 months ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

ArsenneLupin Re:Test string here: (399 comments)

Or, more easily: the exploit string could be packed into the TERM variable, which almost all ssh's and even telnet daemons pass on the the shell: env TERM='() { :;}; echo vulnerable ssh some_user@some_server'

about 2 months ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

ArsenneLupin Re:Full Disclosure can be found on oss-security... (399 comments)

Just ran pacman -Syu

$ env x='() { :;}; echo vulnerable' bash -c "echo this is a test"
bash: warning: x: ignoring function definition attempt
bash: error importing function definition for `x'
this is a test

Good. And now on to the next level:

env X='() { (a)=>\' bash -c "echo /usr/bin/id"; cat echo

about 2 months ago
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The UPS Store Will 3-D Print Stuff For You

ArsenneLupin Re:So in the future ... (144 comments)

Captcha: Pervert

Well, actually, there's plenty of sex shops around where you can buy custom-molded dildos, sold by the pound of plastic or latex... (saw some in Brussels, but most likely other large cities have those too).

about 2 months ago
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Dremel Releases 3D Printer

ArsenneLupin Re:Wrong type of machine for Dremel (105 comments)

Doesn't all this depend on the software? On a milling machine intended for the end user, the software could know about some of these constraints, and automatically reduce the speed to safe levels where needed. And also, this iModela machine works with soft materials (plastics, woods), not steel, which (probably) means it's not quite as likely to destroy its bits if mis-driven.

about 2 months ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

ArsenneLupin Re:What is a customer? (290 comments)

Good to know... if this indeed the case. I just wonder whether they will have to reply to messages from neighbouring countries as well, or only from Germans...

Indeed, google is notoriously hard to reach...

about 3 months ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

ArsenneLupin Re:What is a customer? (290 comments)

...when the police starts rounding up board members...

For not replying to an e-mail? I'd only wish :-)

about 3 months ago

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Luxembourg PM Juncker to resign over spy scandal

ArsenneLupin ArsenneLupin writes  |  about a year ago

ArsenneLupin (766289) writes "Luxembourg will hold new elections after Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker announced he would resign following a secret service scandal.

Mr Juncker, Europe's longest-serving head of government, told parliament he would step down on Thursday."

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Luxembourg Prime Minister Resigns over Spying Scandal

ArsenneLupin ArsenneLupin writes  |  about a year ago

ArsenneLupin (766289) writes "Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, Europe's longest-serving leader, Wednesday said he would step down over a scandal involving the small country's small secret services, who were alleged to have created a "big mess" by indulging in a spate of misconduct on his (or rather: Mister Mille's...) watch.

When will president Obama follow suite?"

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Pope Benedict XVI resigns due to old age

ArsenneLupin ArsenneLupin writes  |  about 2 years ago

ArsenneLupin (766289) writes "In a statement released by the Catholic Church, Benedict VXI said that “after having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry.”
Hopefully the new pope (if there will be any...) will be more open-minded and tolerant of minorities"

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