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Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

Culture20 Re:Mac's don't get viruses. . . (150 comments)

I was making a reference to the recent Apple patch that disabled the phone on the iPhone.

This release contains improvements and bug fixes, including:
Fixes an issue in iOS 8.0.1 that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

On their new flagship phones for iOS8. If Apple devs were really that thorough, I doubt that would have passed the first round of tests. On the other hand, I've noticed patches on RHEL take longer to release than Ubuntu which take longer than other Linux distros. But I'm not sure OSX is delayed due to rigorous testing.

1 hour ago

Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

Culture20 Re:Mac's don't get viruses. . . (150 comments)

It could simply be that considering that considering their user base, Apple puts any patches through a much more rigorous testing than a linux distro typically does.

Yeah, I was really pissed when RHEL released a patch for a kernel bug last week and it disabled the phone app on my iPhone. *#$^ing RedHat.

2 hours ago

Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

Culture20 Re:How important is that at this point? (152 comments)

I'd also be very happy if somebody could tell me what GIMP does that Photoshop doesn't. It's free. if it shaves man-hours off my work, then load me up with the tips. I ain't gonna switch, but I ain't above using both.

Programmatically accessible from command line scripts (if you're not hep to the ImageMagick fu):
and other languages

3 hours ago

Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

Culture20 Re:that was fast (150 comments)

but if that sandbox can ping...

Papa's gonna buy you a diamond ring.

3 hours ago

eBay To Spin Off PayPal

Culture20 too big to be acquired (56 comments)

PayPal's yearly revenues exceed $7 billion ... they're also too big to be acquired, which is on [investors'?] minds after the ludicrously successful Alibaba IPO

Just ask for dividends.

5 hours ago

Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones

Culture20 Re: Hodor (122 comments)

Is it really a deus ex machina if a central theme of the story is Deus?


Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

Culture20 Re:Oh dear - money grows on trees... (489 comments)

Not if you're legally required to use some power from the grid or face an immediately levied tax (it's not a fine!). I could even see some rationale behind it: something about national emergency preparedness, keeping the grid working, and jobs. Battery banks beyond a certain size could be made illegal for home use (just like rainwater storage in the western USA) to encourage uploading excess to the grid and require pulling from the grid in dark hours (the electrical companies become flywheel companies). Everyone pays more to the utilities. That's nature's way.

3 days ago

The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Culture20 Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (595 comments)

I have to pre-wash clothes in the mud sink before they go into the HE washing machine else they don't really get cean. I use more water this way than with the old style washing machine.

4 days ago

Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

Culture20 Re:Briefing for management - reuse with attributio (316 comments)

No. In recent versions of IOS, Macs do not run local web servers.

Sure they do.

People have to add in a web server by themselves

Oh, you mean by default. Sure, it doesn't run by default, but see below. Now, these 3rd party web servers that people install. Let me guess what one of the most popular might be (due to ease of install). MAMP? They'd be better off using the httpd provided in the OS from Apple since that *might* get updated by Apple (but people tend to ignore running updates).

& very few do so.

I think you'd be surprised.

(assuming you do web development or some such)

Not since 1995, and if I did I wouldn't do it on OSX. *shiver*

there is no web server in a normal recent OSX installation.

I think you might be wrong. I'm looking at a Mavericks install in front of me. Only thing installed other than the base OS is ARD. /usr/sbin/httpd is there, and when run it attaches to port 80.

4 days ago

First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

Culture20 Re: Only the beginning (236 comments)

On a lot of systems, even OSX, /bin/sh is bash, just named differently. I don't know if running it with a different process name changes the "shellshock" behavior or not, but why take chances?

4 days ago

Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

Culture20 Re:Briefing for management - reuse with attributio (316 comments)

However, I don't see this as being a major exploit for Macs (which run Web servers very rarely)

But they do. And worse, they're usually MAMP, which rarely gets updated, and there's a culture of not updating with both Apple and its userbase. I'd be surprised if Apple has a fix for this yet, and they won't provide one for older machines. Not that the users will want to update anyway...

4 days ago

Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

Culture20 Re:Dangerous (399 comments)

Bash has always felt a bit dangerous...


about a week ago

Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

Culture20 Re:Of course (356 comments)

If it emits Hawking radiation as it's collapsing, it doesn't become a black hole, it becomes a Hawking hole.


about a week ago

Russia Pledges To Go To the Moon

Culture20 Well that escalated quickly (197 comments)

First they're invading Georgia, then Ukraine, now the Moon!
But seriously, Putin, if you leave Earth, don't come back.

about a week ago

Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

Culture20 Re:How many of you are still using Gnome? (394 comments)

I used to have a gnome fetish, but I gave gnome the boot when the developers put a boot on the users' necks.

about a week ago

US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

Culture20 Japanese Cars versus rearmament (338 comments)

As a former Cold Warrior (both launch officer side and staff analytical mathematician side), I now appreciate the bitterness I saw in former WW2 warriors when they would see a Japanese car.

Grumbling at a Japanese car because "We beat the Japs, now you won't buy American cars!" isn't quite the same as "I manned a US nuclear silo during the Cold War, and now the USA is refreshing the nuclear weapons stockpile". Maybe "we beat the Ruskies, and now you order brides via mail from Russia!" or "I manned a US Flying Fortress during WWII and now the USA is refreshing the Air Force with new bombers" might be closer to the two expressed sentiments. One is "I've been trained to hate a particular enemy", the other is "War. War never changes."

about a week ago

Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

Culture20 Re:The WHO (478 comments)

And for those who really are obsessed with mental puzzles and exercise, it's not about extending life, but instead extending the quality phase of life. This has a side effect of extending life in some people.

about a week ago

NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

Culture20 Re:But your honor... (185 comments)

It does. And the annoying thing about the "Other" folder (which collects messages sent from non-friends) is that Facebook neither notifies you via email nor by the little red "new message" icon. You have to explicitly open up the Other folder to see if a non-friend might have sent you anything. Want to have a conversation with a friend of a friend (invite them to bachelor[ette] party, et al) without "friending" them? Good luck!

And now because of this judge, everyone must check their FB Other folder regularly or be subject to summary judgment for failure to appear in court. (I am not a lawyer)

about two weeks ago



Facebook forces your information to be public now

Culture20 Culture20 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Culture20 (968837) writes "I just hopped on FB, and went to change my status (yes, I was going to say what I ate for lunch). A popup appeared, saying it wanted to change all my information into links. Being a geek, I chose the "edit them individually" method since I didn't know if the links would be correct. Then I read the following text:

Confirm the Pages that will be on your profile
Uncheck any Page you don't want to link to. Linking to education and work Pages may also create additional Pages, such as for your major or job title. If you don't link to any Pages, these sections on your profile will be empty. By linking your profile to Pages, you will be making these connections public.

If you don't link to any Pages, these sections on your profile will be empty. By linking your profile to Pages, you will be making these connections public.

You are about to remove this information
If you don't link to any Pages, the following sections on your profile will be empty:
  • Work and Education
  • Current City
  • Hometown
  • Likes and Interests

They're empty now. Others have noticed this too."
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MS IE out-of-band security bulliten; New Firefox

Culture20 Culture20 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Culture20 (968837) writes "MS just published a security bulletin for the latest IE exploit(s):
There's also a webcast at 1PM PST.

In other browser news, Mozilla just released Firefox 3.0.5 and today. is the last 2.x, and there will be no security updates. Upgrade to 3.0.5 and use an addon if you've been holding back for url-bar related reasons. Still no official MSI from Mozilla, so Windows admins, prepare your installations with care."

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