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Crisis Trojan Makes Its Way Onto Virtual Machines

crunch_ca Re:ah don't get it (49 comments)

I imagine this might be of concern to shared hosting sites.

Imagine your VM being infected just because the hosting server is infected. In most cases, even if a server is infected, the VM remains in a relatively clean state. Now, just because you're hosted on an infected server, you can get rooted.

about 2 years ago

Xbox Live Indie Games Rating Manipulation

crunch_ca Re:Seriously... (49 comments)

Amazon's pretty good.

They make it easy to browse and discover content. They also have suggestions (if you like this, you might like that). Certainly they have a top N list, but it's certainly not as important to have your book in the top N as it is on an app store.

more than 3 years ago

EA Simulation Correctly Picked Super Bowl Champs in September

crunch_ca Re:with enough chances, all coincidences are shall (124 comments)

This reminds me of a scam I heard about years ago.
1) Pick 1024 victims
2) Pick 1 volatile stock
3) To 512 victims, say the price will go up, to the others, say it will go down
4) Wait 5 days, then pick the half which were right
5) GOTO 2 (ok, you could use recursion instead, or a loop)
6) When you get to 8 victims, point out that you've been 100% accurate 6 times in a row and get them to invest a lot of money
7) Profit!

more than 3 years ago

Hong Kong Team Stores 90GB of Data In 1g of Bacteria

crunch_ca Re:Not secure (164 comments)

It's enrypted. Apparently using a lossy enryption sheme.

more than 3 years ago

US Objects To the Kilogram

crunch_ca Re:Kilogram is a mass not a weight (538 comments)

Mod parent informative.

I bet if the platinum cylinder were in orbit, the weight would be way off from 2.2 lbs. It would still be a Kg though (not accounting for missing mass discussed in the NIST article).

more than 3 years ago

Researchers Find Way To Zap RSA Algorithm

crunch_ca Re:!news (173 comments)

In fact, even wikipedia references power monitoring attacks. And, yes, that's been sitting in Wikipedia since before March 2008.
I agree, not really headline news.

more than 4 years ago
top's Aggressive SEO Tactic Spams Google

crunch_ca Re:Easy response (241 comments)

WTF is a gym?

A Beowulf cluster of exercise bikes. Duh.

more than 4 years ago

The Ultimate Geek Christmas Card

crunch_ca Re:Seems more like an advert (122 comments)

On top of which, the guy who made the card also happens to be the guy who wrote the bauble app (only 59p).

Nice way to promote the app (but shame on the /. editors).

more than 4 years ago

Google Upgrades Chrome To Beta For OS X, Linux

crunch_ca Re:Beware Google's penchant for auto-updates... (197 comments)

$ ls -l /etc/cron.daily/google-chrome
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 6562 YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM google-chrome

But you are right, I can't find any app called keystone.

more than 4 years ago

Is Linux Documentation Lacking?

crunch_ca Re:Don't like man pages. (769 comments)

Here's a real world example which came up yesterday:

% man getpagesize

... The function getpagesize() returns the number of bytes in a page, where a "page" is the thing used where it says in the description of mmap(2) that files are mapped in page-sized units. ...

I guess you can decipher this, but perhaps they should use a weaker cipher for writing docs.

more than 4 years ago

IBM Takes a (Feline) Step Toward Thinking Machines

crunch_ca Re:"100,000 times as much as your computer has" (428 comments)

A little Python program to help you out:

gb = 1024**3
tb = 1024**4
mem = int(raw_input("Enter your machine's RAM in GB: ")) * gb
cat = 114*tb
print 'The cat has %d times more RAM than you' % (cat/mem)

more than 4 years ago

Ubuntu "Karmic Koala" RC Hits the Streets With Windows 7

crunch_ca Re:Nothings perfect (483 comments)

Yes, I've only seen the problems under the VM (I haven't had the opportunity to install on real hardware yet). It could be that the VM graphics drivers aren't playing nice with KK (or vice versa).

I have run Jaunty, Hardy, Dapper, FC, and other distributions without any issues on the same VM, so my suspicions are that it might be something with KK. But I don't know for certain.

I have faith that the final release of KK will work swimmingly and I look forward to it.

more than 4 years ago

Ubuntu "Karmic Koala" RC Hits the Streets With Windows 7

crunch_ca Re:Nothings perfect (483 comments)

My experience with 32-bit Karmic (running in a VM) wasn't that great.

The changes to xorg weren't picked up in my VM properly and so I ended up with a small monitor resolution which I couldn't change. There was also a lot of instability with X (I think). After copying an xorg.conf file from Jaunty, the VM wouldn't start X properly and I had to toss the VM. I probably could have fixed it, but there was nothing special on the VM so it was easier to restart.

This is running the VMs under a 64 bit version of Jaunty - with multiple procs assigned to the VM.

Windows? I've had better results running it in a VM. But, I only run Windows a couple of times a year.

more than 4 years ago

Massive Phishing Campaign Hits Multiple Email Services

crunch_ca Re:HA! My password is 123456 (183 comments)

From the FA, the longest password hacked was: "lafaroleratropezoooooooooooooo" (30 characters).

This was a phishing attack. The strength of the password didn't matter.

The article talks about analysis of password data and doesn't really point out anything we didn't know already.

more than 4 years ago

How Wolfram Alpha's Copyright Claims Could Change Software

crunch_ca Just imagine the royalties... (258 comments)

#include <stdio.h>
main(t,_,a)char *a;{return!0 main(-86,0,a+1)+a)):1,t main(2,_+1,"%s %d %d\n"):9:16:t "@n'+,#'/*{}w+/w#cdnr/+,{}r/*de}+,/*{*+,/w{%+,/w#q#n+,/#{l,+,/n{n+,/+#n+,/#\
;#q#n+,/+k#;*+,/'r :'d*'3,}{w+K w'K:'+}e#';dq#'l \
q#'+d'K#!/+k#;q#'r}eKK#}w'r}eKK{nl]'/#;#q#n'){)#}w'){){nl]'/+#n';d}rw' i;# \
){nl]!/n{n#'; r{#w'r nc{nl]'/#{l,+'K {rw' iK{;[{nl]'/w#q#n'wk nw'
iwk{KK{nl]!/w{%'l##w#' i; :{nl]'/*{q#'ld;r'}{nlwb!/*de}'c \
;;{nl'-{}rw]'/+,}##'*}#nc,',#nw]'/+kd'+e}+;#'rdq#w! nr'/ ') }+}{rl#'{n' ')# \
:t :0 "!ek;dc i@bK'(q)-[w]*%n+r3#l,{}:\nuwloca-O;m .vpbks,fxntdCeghiry"),a+1);}

I can now copyright the 12 days of Christmas! (Well, if I hadn't ripped the code off from Wikipedia)

about 5 years ago

US DTV Patent Royalties Are $24–$40

crunch_ca Re:Please increase the cost of televisions (262 comments)

Don't you wish there were a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence?
There's one marked 'Brightness,' but it doesn't work.

-- Gallagher.

more than 5 years ago

A Widescreen Laser Projector In Your Pocket

crunch_ca Smallest netbook? (189 comments)

I was thinking about this the other day as I was on a plane jammed into a seat with a laptop. I'd love to see this hooked up to something like:

The wall wart

This would make netbooks seem bulky by comparison.

more than 5 years ago


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