bejiitas_wrath writes "Sony corporation has been attacked once again, with 93,000 accounts compromised and account data possibly copied from Sony's servers. This is the third attack on the infrastructure of Sony HQ that has succeeded and possibly will not be the last. No one has claimed responsibility for this latest attack, it is not definite if Anonymous was responsible or just a copy cat attacker." Link to Original Source top
bejiitas_wrath writes "Microsoft`s Hotmail service has locked out many users with the message that their accounts are locked and even after resetting the passwords they are still unable to log in at all. This could be a cracking incident where malicious individuals have gained access to the Hotmail system, or it could be some other major bug. This is understandably upsetting for many people and hopefully this can be resolved by Microsoft soon." Link to Original Source top
bejiitas_wrath writes "Ars Technica has an interesting story about the history of the videophone in Science Fiction. Star Trek has always depicted the video calling when hailing ships and planets, but even the 1935 movie The Tunnel depicted video calling from one continent to another and even video calling from airplanes! And huge public video screens showing the news and current events. Nowadays we can use Skype to call one another over the Internet and video call with mobile `phones, but the video quality is nowhere near the quality shown in the film 2001 or the aforementioned Transatlantic Tunnel film. What are your thoughts on this technology?" Link to Original Source top
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.
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 22.214.171.124. 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 126.96.36.199 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.
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
Installed drivers: Type 10: ALSA emulation
Card config: Ensoniq AudioPCI ENS1370 at 0xdc80, irq 9
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.
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.
bejiitas_wrath writes | more than 9 years ago
Have been playing Memento Mori 2 and I have recorded a demo run of MAP31-MAP32 in UV. I have got 99% kills on MAP31 and 100% kills on MAP32. I could not find the last monster in MAP31, but I know that it is an Imp, and he is near one of the tech areas.
Anyway, I will be running this classic map and I will be getting faster and faster as I go along.
Reading the latest copy of APC mag recently. http://www.apcmag.com.au and there was a person who had tried Red Hat 9.0 on a Pentium 3 600MHZ Gateway laptop and he complained that it was slow and sluggish. He did not even try installing different desktops or adjusting the settings of his system at all. If he is really so stupid he cannot research things and find out how to improve the speed of Linux then he maybe should go back to Winshit ME and use that instead. I had Red Hat running on a Pentium 2 450MMX and I installed the Blackbox Window Manager, which is about the fastest Window Manager out there. You can change which services are loaded at boot time to streamline the boot process and save memory.
He must have only had 64MB of RAM if that is all he got out of it.
Anyway, my installation of Knoppix Debian 3.1 on my laptop is going very well, I have configured apt with the packages from my Debian CDrom and it is working extremely well indeed. Not even Atomic http://www.atomicmpc.com.au knew about the method of installing Knoppix v3.6 to the hard drive. You get a perfectly functioning Debian 3.1 system with all of the useful Linux networking apps such as Ethereal and ndiswrapper for configuring those troublesome PCMCIA Ethernet adapters. I used this to install the drivers for my Netgear FA411 Ethernet adapter using the *.inf file. I downloaded a Debian source package, but the version I had already proved to be sufficient. Ndiswrapper is truly a revolution, allowing Linux users to load Windows *.sys drivers into the Linux kernel. Allowing owners of devices that may not be supported by Linux to get it working with this method. I found a package of Linux sources on the cd that came with my Netgear adapter and there were errors in the code which I promptly fixed. But a newbie cannot be expected to be able to deal with things like this if they did not have knowledge of C/C++. I did not like this at all, but at least the Knoppix operating system was able to detect this device and now I have it setup to broadcast via DHCP for IP so it will be easy to network starting the connection at boot time. I also have the SAMBA server to allow me to share out folders to a windows machine, making file transfers very easy.
bejiitas_wrath writes | more than 9 years ago
I have just installed Xamdros Debian Linux on my laptop, and I have got my 100MB network adapter to talk to my Mandrake Linux 10.0 box.
Now I will not have to copy files between PC's with a thumbdrive ever again. I have 100MB's of networking and I could not be happier. The laptop originally had Windows on it but no self respecting person would run that.
Linux has good support for PCMCIA devices and the best support for USB thumb drives.
bejiitas_wrath writes | more than 9 years ago
The alarm just went off today "False Alarm" and the code to reset the alarm was the same as the postcode!. What the hell is that? This is the security alarm!
The security people should be fired! This makes me very angry! At least use some imagination.
bejiitas_wrath writes | more than 9 years ago
I have just downloaded the latest Linux binaries for Doom Legacy and
they were even easier to setup then the binaries for Zdoom. It even
uses my timidity setup for midi music from my Soundblaster PCI 128. I
am very pleased with this program, I got it working very easily, why
can't the 2.0.93 binaries be released on Linux, if the Doom Legacy
team can get these working why are there no binaries past v1.22 on the
Linux platform. As I wroteIn my
journalthere should already be some way to compile the
2.0.93 source code with gcc and build an executable that way.
Anyway, I have been working on my viewblog CGI and I have added more
features using the CGI module. I now have a fully autogenerated HTML
header and the BASE href tag is dynamically generated from the address
of the actual server, saving the user having to type in the value for
their server config.
Well, life here is Australia is going swimmingly, we have a train
system worse than India, the Hospitals are a joke and the Judges are
getting away with drunk driving, and going on sick leave for AU$1200 a
day! The trains are sitting on the platform full of early morning
commuters and the train is not moving because the driver has not
turned up! No I did not make this up. You could not make this
up if you tried. How much worse can it get? 20 drivers go on sick
leave at the same time and then you have more delays. Just to add to
the horror of riding in cramped carriages packed tighter than an
inmates arse in the Bangkok Hilton, there is a serial sex offender in
the trains, which is pretty damned bad when there is no room to move.
Not to mention train guards who make the SS look like the Salvation
Army, who coming across a girl who had been Assaulted and was curled
up in a ball crying, she was fined for having her feet on the seat!
Excuse me for being pedantic, but considering how many problems there
are with the train system in Sydney, footprints on the seats are the
least of the problems. Hiring train guards from the ranks of the
Gestapo will not help either, having trains that arrive on time, and
are clean and air conditioned for once is the main goal here.
But our country has been going downhill for many years, I do not see
any let up in the decline of public services. Sure Micheal Costa has
no problems with this he is probably driven to work each day, he does
not have to take filthy smelly un-airconditioned trains and suffer
along with everyone else. Bob Carr went on holiday while this was
going on and it got this bad in his absence. Not that he actually does
anything anyway! I do not fancy sitting in a motionless train carriage
with serial gropers and B.O offenders waiting and waiting for the
driver to turn up so's we can be on our way thank you very much.
And what is it with those people who still insist on using those 20th
century Floppy Disks. It is the 21st century people, I just bought
some mini CD's the other day, the cases are exactly the same size as a
floppy disk but they fit 21min - 185mb, which fits 128.4722222222222
floppy disks on one CD according to Kcalc. And they only cost AU$7.95
for a packet of 5. They are not re-writable, but they are very
cool. Much better than a floppy, the last time I used one was to cat a
FreeDos image to one. With all the money you spend on packets of
Floppies you could have bought a USB Drive. A 128mb one can be had
relatively cheaply now. Oh, your PC runs Windows '98, is that your
excuse is it? USB Drives can work with Windows '9x but moving from one
PC to another is a problem, that is why I prefer Windows 2000/XP if I
have to use Windows. Although using Windows XP is an exercise in
frustration compared to KDE 3.2.2 which is a pleasure to use. I have
192mb of RAM and have Wine, Apache 2 and 1600*1200 pixel wallpaper on
as well as XMMS running and I still have plenty of memory free for CD
burning and gaming. Try that in XP.
bejiitas_wrath writes | more than 9 years ago
I have just seen the news about the new star wars movie. What an
awesome movie this will be! Darth Vader is finally complete and the
dark lord of evil is born! Now we know how he ended up like that, I
would never have known. I am deliberately avoiding watching the whole
trailer, as I do not want to ruin the surprise of watching the movie
in the cinema.
But I am just about to watch 'The Core' on Showtime, so I am not that
picky about which movies I watch...
I have recently tried to compile the source code for the 2.0.92
release of Zdoom, http://www.zdoom.org and the code was supposed to be
able to build on Linux, but there was no way it would really work
Why cannot the author of this code make a configure script and
generate makefiles that way. You have to run autconf on an autoconf
script and then attempt to use that configure script to generate the
makefiles you need. But of course, this does not work either.
Why, oh why can't Randy Heit set up a configure script, so that the
user can just use the traditional./configure
that we traditionally use when installing source tarballs. He has promised
a Linux release for this awesome source port, but so far I am not
impressed with the distribution of this source. I hope he will learn
that we just want to unpack the source and compile it as easily as
possible without having to generate our own configure scripts just to
get Zdoom working. I hope to see a binary or source RPM very soon,
this should make it simple to install. prboom was an easy source port
to install, if I remember rightly I had to install a couple of other
packages to satisfy dependencies and then I installed the prboom RPM
and all was well. Randy could learn from something like that, I even
installed timidity and the midi music works like a charm, which is
more than I can say for the Zdoom-122 binary tarball...
I have much experience compiling software for my Linux system, it is
my preferred method of installation. But only if the source is laid
out intelligently and there is the configure script wating for my
Sure, there are the 2.0.93 Windows executables on the site now, but as
far as my experiments with 2.0.92 goes it absolutely refuses to run
with Wine, even though I managed to run Quake 2 with the
But I cannot wait until the Linux release is finally released, as this
source port has many useful features that a Doomer like me can
appreciate, all it really needs is Dynamic lighting like Quake2 had in
software mode, where a rocket travelling down a hallway would light up
the level as it passed. If this was introduced into Zdoom, you could
light up levels with Dynamic lighting just like in Quake1-2 where even
in software mode, you could have very realistic styles of lighting
that are much better than the existing sector based lighting system.
Maybe even translucent water like GlQuake. And finish the ExtraFloors
Hey, I have just got the 1.23 Beta 33 Windows version of Zdoom
working! It is running with the Wine emulator, and it can write to the
directory and save games as well. I guess this is better than nothing
until the linux 2.0.93 binaries or source tarballs (preferably.) are released.
Ps, I tried to run the 2.0.92 Windows exe with Wine, and this is the
crash dump it gave me...
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.