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First Botnet of Linux Web Servers Discovered

LaskoVortex Re:Ok, so I got the popcorn ready.... (254 comments)

I'm going to use all these negative mods as evidence of the M$ shills that fucking infest this board. It's been taken over. Holy fuck. Guys, you are earning your money. And blowing your mod points. Slashdot: you have lost a contributor with me. I'm out. Just get paid directly from M$ and be done with the facade.

more than 4 years ago
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First Botnet of Linux Web Servers Discovered

LaskoVortex Re:Ok, so I got the popcorn ready.... (254 comments)

I've gotten popped for every response I've given, but I have enough karma to buy Florida, so I don't care. (I post at 1 for fun.) But you seem genuine and intelligent, so you deserve some answers.

First of all, I run only one linux server. Everything else is OS X. So, no I'm not married to linux and I do run proprietary software when it is most useful to do so.

But I also have a problem with the semantics of "botnet" because the use of the word outside of the technical community has the connotation of an autonomously replicating system. I now understand technical people want to give the word a more relaxed meaning and they enforce that definition with negative mod points. But, outside of the technical community, the "generally accepted" definition is vague and if you asked Joe Regular Guy directly, you'd probably learn that autonomous propagation is implicit, once you explained the concept to him. "Botnet" ain't exactly in Funk and Wagnalls, by the way.

Also, my first linux box was rootkitted through the FTP server, and so I learned about the pitfalls of poor security on linux a long time ago. No one needs to explain to me that it can be vulnerable.

The lesson here is to not use the word "a*******f" and "M*******t" in the same sentence. That will get you popped by hidden forces and flamed by Anonymous Cowards.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Users Drop Open Source Apps For Proprietary Alternatives

LaskoVortex Re:Continuity (891 comments)

I use pylab and scipy as a replacement for Matlab. But it's really frustrating because sometimes you do an update and everything can bust because this or that lib won't compile with your current compiler or this or that dependency is not available or it wont work with X or aqua term or whatever.

On OS X, matplotlib (pylab), numpy, and scipy are all single click installers now for python 2.5, which is itself a single click installer. I put all these through their paces daily and the newest installs are rock solid.

Just as you wouldn't buy OS X 10.6 and install it before the second point upgrade (e.g. 10.6.2), you shouldn't try to upgrade to python 2.6 before all of the other scientific packages are ready.

Maintaining a python 2.5 scientific environment has never been easier on OS X and ubuntu. I think it's even easy on windows with enthought.

more than 4 years ago
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First Botnet of Linux Web Servers Discovered

LaskoVortex Re:Ok, so I got the popcorn ready.... (254 comments)

Sorry, but by that logic, wouldn't you--explicitly--be one as well?

Astroturfers get paid. You decide.

more than 4 years ago
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First Botnet of Linux Web Servers Discovered

LaskoVortex Re:Ok, so I got the popcorn ready.... (254 comments)

If I had mod points, I'd mod you Troll.

You don't get mod points because when you get them you mod inappropriately.

more than 4 years ago
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First Botnet of Linux Web Servers Discovered

LaskoVortex Re:Ok, so I got the popcorn ready.... (254 comments)

Did you even read what I linked to? A botnet is a collection of compromised computers that share a Command and Control channel.

Ok. I went back and read the definitions.

I like this one:

The term often applies to groups of computer systems that have had malicious software installed by worms, Trojan horses or other malicious software.

And you like the one that fits your fiscal agenda. So I'm not the only one who selects their definitions, am I? You. Are. An. Astroturfer.

more than 4 years ago
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First Botnet of Linux Web Servers Discovered

LaskoVortex Re:Ok, so I got the popcorn ready.... (254 comments)

Because the generally accepted definitions don't suit your purpose?

Define "generally accepted".

more than 4 years ago
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First Botnet of Linux Web Servers Discovered

LaskoVortex Re:Ok, so I got the popcorn ready.... (254 comments)

"define: botnet"

I suspect you are astroturfing for MS here and so will want "botnet" to mean "any set of two or more compromised computers". But that definition means that the number of windows botnets would be astronomical, so be careful about your definitions.

Instead I propose the following definition:

botnet: an automated and self propagating network of compromised machines.

If "self propagating" is essential to the definition of "botnet" then the group of manually compromised linux machines is not a botnet.

more than 4 years ago
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First Botnet of Linux Web Servers Discovered

LaskoVortex Re:Ok, so I got the popcorn ready.... (254 comments)

Rather than the point-and-click convenience you'd expect on windows.

It's not that easy on MS windows. After you click the link to the tennis player nudie pix, your machine locks up. Then you have to *hard reboot* (without the help of the blue screen to let you know your computer crashed). Only after you hard reboot, usually by pulling the power cord all the way out, can you run the botnet software.

Windows really isn't as user friendly for botnets as everyone thinks it is. I hope 7 does better.

more than 4 years ago
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First Botnet of Linux Web Servers Discovered

LaskoVortex Re:Ok, so I got the popcorn ready.... (254 comments)

This isn't technically a botnet:

It's unclear exactly how the servers have become infected. Sinegubko speculates they belong to careless administrators who allowed their root passwords to be sniffed. Indeed, the part of the multi-staged attack that plants malicious iframes into legitimate webpages uses FTP passwords that have been stolen using password sniffers. It's likely the zombie servers were compromised in the same fashion, he explained.

These are simply rootkitted servers and they appear to have been done manually. The unique aspect of this is that it seems to be coordinated, so the MS astroturf team has decided to call it a "botnet".

more than 4 years ago
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Does Your College Or University Support Linux?

LaskoVortex Re:Who cares? (835 comments)

Dude, my dad and brother and uncle run linux. They don't give a shit about what's under the hood. I put it on their computers so they would stop begging me to fix their shitty windows boxes every time I visit. Do you know how many headaches getting them to convert has saved me? Hundreds probably. I started converting them over about 4 years ago--in the dark ages. My dad just asked me for a new unbuntu disk to install on a computer he is selling or buying for himself. I ripped the disk and mailed it to him, and I haven't heard from him. *He doesn't know jack-shit about linux or unix.* Can you wrap your mind around that. This is the man's native operating system and he couldn't "ls" if his life depended on it. And he couldn't configure a driver either. Do you get that? In fact, if I hadn't switched him and my brother to linux, I wouldn't have time to write this. I'm not friggin' lying here. In fact, I run OS X exclusively for myself except in VMs, so I'm not a linux zealot. If I had a choice between linux and windows, I'd run linux hands down. But I fork over the big $$ for OS X. You probably do to. So quit pretending windows is just as good as linux. Windows is shit. I have first hand experience.

more than 4 years ago
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Placebos Are Getting More Effective

LaskoVortex Re:WTF (349 comments)

No shit, Sherlock?

Sherlock was actually the sleuth from some fictional stories written long ago. So it's inaccurate to use "Sherlock" here.

If I hear one more person use "Sherlock" in the wrong context, my brain is going to explode because they don't know proper usage.

The term you are looking for is "fucktard".

Learn English.

more than 4 years ago
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Placebos Are Getting More Effective

LaskoVortex Re:WTF (349 comments)

That sill doesn't explain why placebos are now nearly twice as effective as ~1990, but this paragraph from the article might be a factor:

Because if you have an imaginary concocted ailment like restless leg syndrome or hyperactivity, then the imaginary effects of a sugar pill are going to work well to alleviate the imaginary symptoms of the imaginary disease.

Pharmaceutical companies define disease these days. They advertise diseases and they push doctors to prescribe their poisonous ineffective chemicals to treat the advertised diseases.

You could probably find a correlation between the number of advertised diseases like restless leg syndrome and this so called "placebo effect".

more than 4 years ago
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Church of Scientology Proposes Net Censorship In Australia

LaskoVortex Re:Jesus was NOT a hippie (464 comments)

Anyone that thinks Jesus was some hippy "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of guy really has never read the Bible.

That's because any religion that doesn't aim to (1) convert others and (2) kill those who won't be converted is not going to make it in the long run. Over 2000 years, "I'm ok, your ok." looses to "I'm ok, you aren't, it's your kneecaps or my religion."

more than 4 years ago
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iPod Fee Proposed For Canada

LaskoVortex Re:Plan for profit (414 comments)

3) Make said songs available for ipod download.

Nice plan until Apple decides which songs can be downloaded onto their hardware. Try again.

more than 4 years ago
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New Zealander Invents Segway Alternative

LaskoVortex Re:what's the point? (282 comments)

I don't get why people keep come up with all these bizarre alternatives.

What is your favorite video game? Zork wasn't good enough for you?

Oh, I like modern video games...I'm sorry such simple, logical arguments go over your head. Have you considered a career in breaking rocks for a living?

No. But I have considered a career in psychology--and it seems I might be pretty damn good at it.

more than 4 years ago
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New Zealander Invents Segway Alternative

LaskoVortex Re:This is just plain stupid. (282 comments)

The incremental utility is simply not there.

I had to scroll through 250 posts before someone actually gave an intelligent criticism of one of these things.

more than 4 years ago
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New Zealander Invents Segway Alternative

LaskoVortex Re:what's the point? (282 comments)

I don't get why people keep come up with all these bizarre alternatives.

What is your favorite video game? Zork wasn't good enough for you?

Get back in your base...oh you never left.

more than 4 years ago
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New Zealander Invents Segway Alternative

LaskoVortex Re:Personal mobility (282 comments)

I see your "I walk so everyone should walk", and raise you "I drive so everybody should drive"

I see your insightful post and raise you a "why the hell was this modded troll"?

more than 4 years ago
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New Zealander Invents Segway Alternative

LaskoVortex Re:Personal mobility (282 comments)

Why aren't we satisfied with walking anymore?

Umm, it's slow? It's unpleasant. You have to dodge assholes who run red lights. It's not intense enough for a workout. It does not work your entire body.

Do you need more reasons?

I row 10,000 m five days a week on an indoor rower and I use mechanized transportation to and from work every day. The 10,000 m on the rower would just about cover my round trip *in a rowboat*. An equivalent amount of energy on a bicycle or walking would get me to work and back twice at least. I don't walk for the reasons I mentioned. I don't run because I don't like to show up to work sweaty and I have too many injuries from the knees down to do it for more than a week without crippling myself. I don't ride a bike because I live in LA and I LIKE LIVING!

If I didn't think some jackass in a car would try to nail me on a yike bike just because he didn't like the way I looked, I'd probably get one. Instead, I savor the thought of the thousands of pounds of metal around my body as I commute to and from work.

The antagonism towards segways and yike bikes even on the hyper liberal /. drives me away from these environmental alternatives because I know the attitude you and others show here is expressed as dangerous aggression on the road. I'd rather mother earth burn up in a stew of CO2 than make myself a target for drivers who are insecure about their own masculinity and aim their SUVs at everything that doesn't have four wheels.

more than 4 years ago

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Pattern of Fraudulent Charges from iTunes

LaskoVortex LaskoVortex writes  |  more than 5 years ago

LaskoVortex (1153471) writes "I recently got popped for a couple of big unauthorized charges from iTunes store. Both large charges were of whole number dollar amounts. I am working to resolve this problem with my credit card company, who is being quite helpful. I checked online to see if others have had the same problem and it turns out that unauthorized charges of large whole numbers (in different currencies) is not unusual at the iTunes store. Moreover, a consistent complaint I've seen is that the iTunes store has not appeared to attempt to remedy the larger problem of a consistent pattern of obviously fraudulent charges. In over 15 years of using credit cards, I've never had a problem of this scale or obvious fraudulence. Why is Apple, with their tremendous access to technology, so incapable of preventing this abuse?"

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