Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos
So taking out the SD card and a factory reset is not enough anymore? But how do you run DOD quality data wiping software on a phones built-in memory anyway? Most people hock phones and they are re-sold with phone numbers still on them. That should not happen. Let alone personal photos.
Astronomers Discover Earth-Sized Diamond
How much of a gravitational pull would there be on this object? Could you approach it closely or would that be a bad idea?
Draper Labs Develops Low Cost Probe To Orbit, Land On Europa For NASA
Use them together, use them in peace.
Cybercriminals Ramp Up Activity Ahead of 2014 World Cup
People will exploit any opportunity to make a quick buck out of customers anywhere. This goes to show that you must be very careful when using electronic payment and ATMS anywhere. Better security will help too.
The Upcoming Windows 8.1 Apocalypse
First you end support for XP, which is a good thing, then you end support for Windows 7 in 2020, now you are ending support for Windows 8 on May 8. Why? the bog standard Windows 8 still has newer software than Windows 7, the only thing holding it back is the retarded Modern UI interface. But this is a pretty lame apocalypse. I am perfectly happy with Windows 7 in a qemu KVM hypervisor running on a Linux laptop. This way I can run Windows in a window and use MS Office for those tasks that require it and still have access to the superior Linux command line tools. I just wish I still had my XP Pro VM. Now that was fun. Why is everything an apocalypse these days?
US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks
Are there any old drives around that can read these disks? What do they do if the drives fail? I am surprised this really still works, but I guess the stuff works, so they have no real inclination to upgrade it anytime soon. What old operating system do you need to read 8" floppy disks? Would DOS 6.22 work or would you need something even older?
NASA Mars Rover Begins Examining Strange Slab Nicknamed "Windjana"
Will we get information from this rock concerning ancient life? There could have been life on mars in ancient times that was wiped out when the atmosphere disappeared. That would be very intriguing for humanity. Better news than the search for this so-called missing plane or the Royals tour.
India Plans Mission To Probe Sun By 2020
How are they to withstand the heat and gravity sending a probe to the sun? Surely this is just to get close to take closeup pictures. But we have Helios for that. And will the probe be named the Icarus 1?
Affordable 3D Metal Printer Developed Based on RepRap
This will be the next thing demonised in the media, even though the technology has many positive benefits in terms of manufacturing. But after printing the object do you still need to trim it and sand it down? Maybe you print it slightly oversize and then trim it down to smooth it out. What is the exact finishing process with this tech?
Chinese Chang'e-3 Lunar Rover On Its Way After Successful Launch
At least China are interested in the moon. America are only interested in Iraq and Afghanistan. I hope that China land men on the moon and send back photos and video of the lunar lander. That would shut up the conspiracy theorists.
Bizarre Six-Tailed Asteroid Dumbfounds Scientists
Asteroids do not have tails. Fusion powered spaceships or comets do though....
Nokia Introduces Windows Tablet
It is time that they abandoned the old Symbian OS and enbraced something else; but I wonder if they will ever create a good Linux phone like the Ubuntu Edge. Now that is a device that is made for the desktop as well as mobile. But I have a Nokia 520 and I love it. The battery life could be better though. When are we going to get more advanced batteries?
Elevated Radiation Claimed At Tokyo 2020 Olympic Venues
The SOL laser will be ready by then, but Gamera is still not ready.
Water Discovery Is Good News For Mars Colonists
Just dig underground and the First Hundred can live in Underhill.
Boot To Zork
Someone do this, I loved playing the text-based adventure games as a kid. Someone should bring these back. They had amazing graphics as you saw the world in your head. Nothing like the 1080p games they make now. But Zork is a classic and the ability to play it now is incredible. Pity that graphics now is the selling point instead of gameplay and story development.
GNUstep Kickstarter Campaign Launched
Does this mean that we could run the Adobe suite on Linux? Maybe Dreamweaver as well? Or is this a hopeless dream. Anything is better than having to use the Mac OSX Finder.
The Latest Security Vulnerability: Your Toilet
Just like the infamous Reverse Cowgirl episode of South Park where the TSA took over the toilets: south-park-new-episode-takes-tsa-toilet-seat-gender-war-video-425858 That could happen too... Remember to wear your safety belt.
New Doctor Who Actor To Be Revealed This Sunday
But Gallifrey is trapped in a time-lock, they are technically still going, but trapped in time. But I guess the fact that the BBC loves money will allow them to pull something out of their hat.
UK ISP Filter Will Censor More Than Porn
The ministry of truth will define what is allowable content and which is not. This using the Royal baby as a distraction to implement totalitarian control of the Internet. Just waint until they start blocking all "unwanted" content.
3 Habitable-Zone Super-Earths Found Orbiting Nearby Star
That is why we have the Butlerian Jihad to free humanity from thinking machines. "The mind of man is holy".
New check-in glitch hits Virgin Blue.
The computer system running the check-in system at Virgin Blue has slowed down and necessitated manual check-in procedures with pen and paper, defeating the purpose of having a computerised check-in system in the first place. On Sunday there was major chaos when the computer system malfunctioned and stranded passengers at the airport whilst staff struggled to process angry passengers manually.
Zenwalk Linux Kernel Troubles.
The XBOX 360 problem has been found to be a problem with the power supply. Apparently it overheats due to insufficient cooling air when sitting on the carpet. Of course I just needs more cooling vents to allow hot air to rise out of the top of the device and vents in the bottom to let air in the bottom. And feet to keep it off the floor. I could design a better power supply than that in my sleep. I guess the power supply was sending irregular power signals to the unit and making it crash. Oh well, I guess you could design a power smoothing device to wire between the XBOX and the power supply to reduce the incidence of crashes but it would be better to just drill holes in the top of the power supply to allow the hot air to rise out of the top. Then cooler air would be drawn in the bottom. As long as you keep it off the floor. You could get a plastic or wire mesh paper bin and turn it upside down and sit the power supply brick on top of it. Then you would get more airflow.
I am really annoyed with Linux, right now, I downloaded and compiled cdrtools to burn a CD,and the cdrecord program will not work with Kernel 18.104.22.168. I hope they get that fixed soon, otherwise I will need to install a 2.4 kernel and use that. Although, Mepis had the same problem. I really need to get the CD done! Anyway, my system is a lot better than Windows XP, and Windows 2000, Windows XP is already 5 years old! My 22.214.171.124 Kernel is only about 6 months old and is currently up to version 2.6.14 according to Kernel.org. This means if I installed that Kernel, I would have a kernel only about a month or so old! And you do not need string to keep the Linux Kernel cool... I wish I knew why Windows 2000 is so bad, but I guess it is just the OS in general. Windows 3.1 was not too bad, but also not that good. But at least you could exit Windows and get back to MSDOS. Although the safe mode in Windows XP is just a graphical screen with a command prompt window floating in the middle, which I like very much indeed. Because it keeps the Newbies away. And a tip for Windows XP users, Running scandisk and chkdisk once a month is not a complete system check. A full registry cleanup and scan with Adaware would be better, that program is rather good at what it does. Even though Windows XP is hardly a good operating system compared to Linux when it comes to security matters. Microsoft would rather sell you a program to fix the problems with their OS rather than do it themselves. And that totally sucks when they have Billions of dollars they could spend on fixing their OS and they just do not seem to care anymore about the many security issues inherent in their software. Especially Microsoft Internet Explorer and MSN Messenger, and that annoying `net send` command. That one makes me very mad indeed. It may be annoying to have to re-boot after running the chkdsk and scandisk stuff in Windows XP, but in Linux after running fsck you have to re-boot as well and that is fair enough. But Jesus Fucking Christ the fucking command shell in Windows XP is totally rank, it uses the TAB key but not for auto-completion of commands such as chkdsk and explorer and notepad, mkdir etc, even csh is better than this, or tcsh. Both are rather good.
I wish there was a way to replace the Microsoft DOS command shell in Windows XP with FreeDOS, that is a million times better. Or a DOS version of BASH.
I have been using Windows XP and I am very annoyed with how it manages to get viruses as soon as you have finished with the virus scanner.
You finish the scan and 10 minutes on the net later you shut down the browser and scan the machine again and you have more spyware and trojans on it. And the stupidity of the users who install the stupid browser addons and toolbars that carry trojan horses and other bullshit. The main reason for Windows being infected with all this crap is the stupidty of the users who use it.
Why oh, why is this allowed to happen...
I have managed to compile Zdoom. I deleted the whole directory & started from scratch, and applied the patch and I managed to get it working.
I must have made some error with the source code but I have got it to compile perfectly, and the sound works using ALSA as well on my system, but I have set it up with the OSS sound output, as it runs a little faster with this option enabled. I have got it to work with ALSA as I said, but the performance of the sound is a bit hit & miss.
But I am very happy with the performance, running on a Pentium ][ 450 MMX 192MB, and 2MB video. I also love how the Nautilus file browser shows thumbnail image previews of the save games as well, this really will help when you have a few of them and you cannot decide which one you want to load!
I am happy to package up a binary distribution for those who want it, but not everyone runs Mandrake and it maynot work on a Debian machine. I do not know that much about the different library files on different distro's but I doubt it would work as well. I just thought Randy might appreciate a report of how well I got it to run with my hardware.
My Processor. Not too fast, I know but it is a fast reliable server!
processor : 0
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 6
model : 5
model name : Pentium II (Deschutes)
stepping : 2
cpu MHz : 347.715
cache size : 512 KB
fdiv_bug : no
hlt_bug : no
f00f_bug : no
coma_bug : no
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 2
wp : yes
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 mmx fxsr
bogomips : 686.08
My Sound System.
Sound Driver:3.8.1a-980706 (ALSA v1.0.2c emulation code)
Kernel: Linux Goatse 2.6.3-4mdk #1 Tue Mar 2 07:26:13 CET 2004 i686
Config options: 0
Type 10: ALSA emulation
Ensoniq AudioPCI ENS1370 at 0xdc80, irq 9
0: ES1370 DAC2/ADC (DUPLEX)
Synth devices: NOT ENABLED IN CONFIG
7: system timer
0: Asahi Kasei AK4531
OS: Mandrake Linux 10.0 'Community.'
kugai@Goatse-23:14:33-$ gcc -v
Reading specs from /usr/lib/gcc-lib/i586-mandrake-linux-gnu/3.3.2/specs
Configured with: ../configure --prefix=/usr --libdir=/usr/lib --with-slibdir=/lib --mandir=/usr/share/man --infodir=/usr/share/info --enable-shared --enable-threads=posix --disable-checking --enable-long-long --enable-__cxa_atexit --enable-clocale=gnu --enable-languages=c,c++,ada,f77,objc,java,pascal --host=i586-mandrake-linux-gnu --with-system-zlib
Thread model: posix
gcc version 3.3.2 (Mandrake Linux 10.0 3.3.2-6mdk)
There has just been an 8.7 magnitude Earthquake in the sea of Sumatra. The previous quake that caused the boxing day Tsunami was 9.6 on the Richter scale. People are rightfully scrambling for higher ground and their was a 10cm swell rcorded in the water. Closer to the tremor, it would have been a little higher. I hope there are not fatalities this time, the last wave killed about 300.000 people. The latest quake struck at around 11:15 pm local time and lasted about three minutes. The epicentre of the earthquake is near the epicentre of the previous Boxing day earthquake on December 26. Hundreds of buildings on an Indonesian island near the earthquake have been destroyed and it is believed that dozens of people have been buried in the rubble. Tsunami warnings have been issued in Madagascar and the island of Maritius following the earthquake. People in Bandah Acheh are fleeing to higher ground and nervously watching the sea for any sign of rising water.
-- Sky News.Sky News Website.
I have just got my Networking working! I have connected my Debian laptop to my Mandrake Linux 10.0 desktop server via Crossover cable and I have been able to connect at last!. The problem was that I did not set up each machine's IP addresses and hostnames in the /etc/hosts file so they would not allow each other to connect. I prefer to use this method, since I can restrict connections to machines I know about. I reconfigured the firewall on the server to accept telnet and http connections and I was done! Using telnet is fine for the moment, I would not do it over the Internet though. Pleased as punch I was when I worked it out, but I should have been able to do this sooner I was just not thinking of the simplest thing, instead I was stuffing around with ifconfig and netstat trying to debug the network, when it was the permissions that were the problem. I installed the Windows driver for my NetGear fa411 Ethernet card and got it to work perfectly using Debian GNU/Linux 3.1. Now I have nothing to bitch about. I can use su to switch to the root user and run administration tasks from my Laptop, without having to go near the server at all. Now I am very happy.
I even played a game of prboom over the network and there was of course almost no latency even with the telnet and httpd servers running as well. What else do you expect from a 100MB connection with crossover cable.
Just uploaded Nexus of Evil and Uac Hangar to the Idgames archives. Should be on /newstuff soon... I have re-coded my viewblog CGI script to use a new codebase I wrote over the Christmas break, it now uses all of the CGI.pm features and is much simpler to use, I got rid of the localtime() vs gmtime() crap from the menu and made it much simpler to run and use.
I have also coded an excellent Perl Guestbook script. This script uses CGI.pm and works very well on Apache 1.3. I am testing the script on Debian and it is performing incredibly well. I have also downloaded the Zdoom .96 source code and I am going to build this on Debian. I have got the files patched and I just need the SDL Development packages installed to compile this game and then I will be very happy indeed. Most of the people compiling it use Gentoo, which is fair enough but I prefer Debian anyday. I wonder though, if you had modplug installed could you use it to play the Unreal umx music files in wads? Anyway, I like how the obj files are built in their own directory and they can be removed by deleting the directory. This is better than building them in the same directory as the source. This keeps everything neat and tidy. I have libsdl1.2 so that should be enough, and FMOD3.74. It was nice of the person who packaged up the source to provide some include files with the source to make it easier on the end user.
If only Yadex had Zdoom support, I guess I could finish the Hexen side of the code and put in full Zdoom support. Yadex is after all the best editor for Doom, being easy to use and fast. I have loaded the consoledoom.wad with Doom2.wad to work with the textures and the editor shows the custom sprites! Very good indeed. Now that UAC Hangar and Nexus of Evil are in the IdGames archive I can concentrate on other things. I have been considering making a level like E3M1 but much larger, maybe using some of those skin and metal textures from PSX Doom. It would look very PSX-Like but would be more detailed and very cool indeed, I might call it skin city ;).
And what about the woman who found a finger in her Chilli at Wendy's. Are they using dead people to make their food now? This is surely the last time I eat there, although I consider Hungry Jack's a safer bet. Their Grilled Chicken is very nice. And incredibly filling too. How cool is it that John Cena was able to keep his cool on WWE Smackdown on 27-03-05. JBL was taunting him and ended up spraypainted and humilliated. And the Big Show overturning a 4400 Pound truck, that was the most awsome moment on Smackdown ever, even better than when the Undertaker chokeslammed someone and they went through the mat.
My desktop machine is running a cron job, so I better use the laptop for a while. What with having to regenerate makewhatis and all, I do not mind leaving it to it's own devices for a while. If only Windows could have automated system administration. Oh, wait it is finished now. Oh well. Just made a quick map for strolling. I have put in hordes of monsters and long corridors and the key is to get from one end of the corridor to the other without dying. There are 768 monsters in only 3 corridors and yet I can finish it strolling/pacifist! Very cool.
I was reading an old post on slashdot, and there was a guy who was claiming that Microsoft Internet Explorer is no less secure or stable than Firefox and Mozilla. This is the browser that any script kiddy can hack and can be crashed with only 11 bytes of code! What a heap of shit!Mozilla Website.Get a better browser here. Much better than IE. I remember once I was using Windows '98 to browse the Web and I got a dialler program that tried to re-dial my modem to a number in Vanuatu. what a joke Windows is if it let's this happen. Of course the program was downloaded through IE without my knowledge. I wonder how many people have had this happen, quite a few I bet, I am not stupid enough to have that happen to me of course. Debian is not conducive to such things very easily.
About the Terri Shiavo case featured on Fox News, I am wondering about the poor lady, who cannot speak for herself and has no say in proceedings at all, I am sure she wants to maybe end her life, but she cannot exactly tell them what she wants can she? I hope there is some resolution in this case and they can come to some agreement on what should happen. But letting her starve to death is a form of torture and should not happen in this day and age. Give her some water! In a few years they may even be able to help her condition.
Funny thing happened today.
Life in Australia & other stuff.
Windows 9x 4.10 Build 67766446 A
GS=0033 FS=003b ES=007b DS=007b
EAX=403b7238 EBX=418d5c14 ECX=403b7230 EDX=418d5460
EBP=00000000 EIP=418c2211 ESP=406dfbf8 CS=0073 SS=007b
CF- PF- AF+ ZF- SF- TF- IF+ DF- OF- NT- RF+ VM- AC- VI- VP-
ControlWord=0020 StatusWord=787c TagWord=fa5c
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00400000 - 00674fff
418b0000 - 418d5fff *
41540000 - 4156efff
41200000 - 41204fff
410d0000 - 410dffff
410a0000 - 410c7fff
41070000 - 41086fff
40e60000 - 40ec9fff
40bf0000 - 40c5efff
40d60000 - 40d79fff
40c80000 - 40cf3fff
40d10000 - 40d52fff
10000000 - 10095fff
40b20000 - 40b87fff
40ba0000 - 40bd3fff
40ad0000 - 40b06fff
40aa0000 - 40abbfff
40a30000 - 40a98fff
409c0000 - 409d9fff
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406f0000 - 4079cfff
407c0000 - 408fbfff
40910000 - 40987fff
409a0000 - 409bcfff
404a0000 - 4059ffff
401e0000 - 4023cfff
Bytes near EIP:
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ZDoom version 2.0.91 "Susan's Sister"
Not in a level.
Possible call trace:
004a0f8b call 0049dcc0
00417cea call 004a0d50
0040af23 call 0040ae70
0040af23 call 0040ae70
004a1171 call 0040af10
004a1273 call 005101de
00487464 call 100a7783
0049e323 call 00417a20
0049e635 call 0049df70
0051368a call 0049e5c0
0051351e call 00510f80
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New Viewblog CGI script.
I have completed my viewblog.cgi script at long last. This script will enable users of blogger.com's service to have an autogenerated listing of their blog archives with a drop down menu listing of all files in the archives directory.
You can view a demo of my script here.
You can download the script from this page. "Bzip2 archive". Just unzip the file and read the documentation which will get you started.
The script requires CGI and POSIX Perl modules and functions best with Apache web server.
All documentation is in the Script in POD format.
Thanks for listening!