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Stealthy Linux Trojan May Have Infected Victims For Years

deviated_prevert Re:systemd hasn't been around that long, has it? (129 comments)

As long as your sig is under construction it will not be ready to move into the light. Personally I prefer tailor made sigs.

about two weeks ago

How One Man Changed the Ecology of the Great Lakes With Salmon

deviated_prevert Re:Genetic viability is also a long term concern (118 comments)

"You'd rather just whine in complete ignorance rather then read something interesting and become more knowledgeable. Pathetic."

A complete ignorance of native species within an ecosystem is the problem sir. The use of the word "trout" is symptomatic of the ignorance of the general populace, especially in the east. The native char species of the Great Lakes have a tendency to be slow growing variants, in fact the actual age of mature Salvelinus that were the predominant top shelf predators of Superior and Huron are very poorly understood. Some have a life span that is many times longer than any Oncorhynchus. And as for ignorance well what can I say, other than it is extremely unfortunate that we tend to ignore the individuals who warned against these interventions in the first place.

No matter how well intentioned, putting an artificial construct into a robust ecosystem by completely ignoring how it works in the first place is the problem and those who advocate this policy usually have a very short term monetary interest in mind not the environment especially some idiots out west here that have actually illegally planted all sorts of eastern species.

No sir the ignorance is much deeper and problematic than my rant, the problems start by taking the easy way out by creating artificial fisheries that cannot work in the long term instead of embarking upon long term habitat stewardship and is the core of the issue here.

about two weeks ago

How One Man Changed the Ecology of the Great Lakes With Salmon

deviated_prevert Genetic viability is also a long term concern (118 comments)

Out west, where the original Oncorhynchus (so called Great Lakes salmon and Rainbow trout) stock came from we are experiencing a decline in the viability of stocks because of hatchery methods. Perhaps the decline in stocks in Lake Huron is partly due to this problem as well as a drop in feed levels. The entire marine habitat of the Georgia Straight as well as the Straights of Juan de Fuca is losing resident native strains of Oncorhynchus because of the loss of viable in stream rearing habitat on the rivers and creeks that are essential to the life cycle of west coast salmon.

In turn we are seeing a drop in populations of many native species that predate upon the salmon, including the resident Orca pods.

Out here our answer to the problems is to use the few remaining herring and instead feed it to farmed salmon in pens. In fact one of the arguements for the expansion of the fish farming industry is the fact that we have screwed up the viability of the existing one, so go ahead mess it up completely! As the genetic viability of the hatchery stocks declines over the next few decades then just maybe we might start to take action in the place where it is needed most, kicking out the idiots who are doing the damage and exposing the practices of fish farming for what they are not what they pretend to be.

Just maybe the loss of the sport fishery in the Great Lakes will serve as a wake up call to the idiots who oversee the fisheries, if not it is time to turf them out of their fat chairs in Ottawa, Washington and the provinces of BC, Ontario and states like Michigan where the management of our fisheries has become the realm of short sighted morons who bend to industrial interests.

about two weeks ago

How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

deviated_prevert Re:What about long-term data integrity? (438 comments)

Surely it protects against data loss due to (some) hardware failures.

It doesn't protect against rm -rf /* type data loss.

rm -rf /dev/sd(*)"whichever drive you mounted that has been infected by the manufacturer with windows", can protect the user against infections by Windows 8 very nicely indeed though. Or for those who like to watch a drive slowly kill it off, a good session of dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sd(*)"whichever drive you mounted that has been infected by the manufacturer with windows"

Either way a very satisfying result and a sense of real accomplishment happens, without any serious data loss.

These simple actions are the best known method to increase the life span of old computers with less than 8 gig of ram with hdd drives and a primitive OS that constantly overtaxes drives by constantly indexing a pagefile.sys section to disk for no good reason other than to kill the drive in a short period of time, so the consumer will go out and buy a new 'puter ever other year! GRRR

about three weeks ago

The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

deviated_prevert Re: In an unrelated news item... (334 comments)

Perhaps, but Europe isn't exactly the engine of growth powering the world, either. Maybe EuroParl should think about fixing employment and debt along its southern periphery instead of trying to dismantle Bing's competitor.

LOL the first post that mentions anything about the competition. Perhaps the EU is just trying to get special software seat costs for member countries from Redmond. A simple case of "the Mouse That Roared" strategy to get special treatment from the real monopolists on the block!

Either way the truth about why the EU are trying to oust Google is most likely well and truly hidden from the tech journalists and the tech journalists that are reporting on this perceived strategy to dismantle Google as a company are in the pocket of the people behind the scenes.

If Google is successfully dismantled and restricted in access by a segment of the internet as large as the domains of Europe then chances are what we will see happen in the future is new routing hardware and nodes being built. The results of breaking up Google in a big way will be a case of "All Roads Lead To Redmond" not Rome along with huge bandwidth cost increased not real competition as some officials in Europe may think.

The other possibility is that the net will split up and we will see disconnected local nets firewalled in the same way China does. This could be easily done with hardware based domain blocking technologies the way cell phones can be made to lock out competing providers network pipes.

Either way the network traffic and services including ad revenues will be controlled in Washington State instead of California. The revenues conveniently off shored by the lords of Redmond to avoid paying American corporate and state taxes regardless of which who is on the top of the heap.

Or just maybe Suse will get more money and build a competitor search engine based upon Bing's search engine software, perhaps this explains the recent love affair with Linux that is happening in Redmond.

about a month ago

Microsoft Aims To Offer Windows 10 Upgrades For All Windows Phone 8 Lumias

deviated_prevert Re:Who cares (77 comments)

I'd say "who cares about Windows Phones" because that's kinda not the problem here. It's not Windows Phone 8 that the 10 upgrade is sorely needed on. Windows 8 (the desktop OS) is the failure that needs to be fixed here. Precisely because a computer isn't a phone.

I have a wonderful cell for sale if anyone is interested. The radio is absolutely excellent and rarely drops calls even in remote locations. The hardware has not given me any issues at all over 5 years of use and the battery is interchangeable by the user! Really it is called a Samsung Omnia 910. Trouble with the phone though is the OS which is essentially useless for web surfing with html 5 multimedia content.

The offending OS is unfortunately a Windows mobile mashup of xp and double unfortunately even though it will easily run an early Android release the carrier has the thing locked down to the point where there is no way to change the OS.

"Someone buy my phone PLEASE!"

To quote a famous comedian.

about a month ago

New Particle Collider Is One Foot Long

deviated_prevert Re:Not exactly (161 comments)

If you do a Google search on

SLAC PUB plasma wakefield
you will find a lot of non-paywalled papers on this and related plasma accelerator experiments at SLAC.

And if you use BSD or Slac you will not have to deal with a the over sized POS systemd configuration to accelerate your bits for packet collisions!

about a month and a half ago

Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

deviated_prevert Here is Steve making the actual comment. (283 comments)

Steve was a little out of sorts at the time. He was looking at the Win8 after market sales figures on Amazon compared to the numbers of Android products.

about 2 months ago

Google Expands Safe Browsing To Block Unwanted Downloads

deviated_prevert Re:Will Google have the balls to block Oracle? (106 comments)

No, dumbass, you can't use the google toolbar with google chorme. Its redundant.

Too bad you called the OP a dork, for obvious reasons. If I had mod points I would have given your post a boost. Obviously the same goes for the bing things and all the other crapware from AOL and the like. Google is running into the same image problem that Microsoft did with activeX. Damned if you do, loose user eyeballs if you don't. Java that is another whole kettle of muck. Here is hoping that html5 does not turn out to be as insidious with add on off browser capable apps that just highjack the engine and fool the user into thinking the add on is a real computer program that they absolutely must have.

The mind of the user is the first target of add on malware, the second target is usually their wallet.

about 4 months ago

Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet

deviated_prevert Re:Rubbish (453 comments)

Republican Political Scientists always want to keep the common, working class man down.

There fixed that for you.

about 7 months ago

Computer Game Reveals 'Space-Time' Neurons In the Eye

deviated_prevert Re:I saw this happen just today! (105 comments)

she snagged the thing backhanded as it fell off the shelf. Apparently, ninja's work at PetSmart.

Either that or she was a really hungry. Working stocking the shelves at PetSmart cat food is most likely all she can afford to eat. I am a pensioner and sometimes my cat eats better than I do, Friskies starts looking better and better all the time, wonder if their chicken and giblets pate would taste ok with mustard on a cracker? Might need a little salt but honestly some high end cat food is starting look better than what I have to eat most of the time.

about 7 months ago

Heartbleed Turned Against Cyber Criminals

deviated_prevert Re:Darned Heartbleed (50 comments)

The point was specifically that the guys who highjack e-mail accounts to send viagra offer e-mails all over the net are known to reside on phoney porn sites sitting there like fishermen waiting for some sucker to click their targets which are usually phoney links in the first place. They are the ones who were quick to exploit the Openssl hole and do man in the middle interception of encrypted passwords.

Believe it or not there are still phone calls being made by people claiming to be from Microsoft telling you that you have a problem with your Windows. These guys come from the same places that pull all these scams. They have been at it for years and are starting to worry about the down fall of the Windows operating system on the home desktop. Many are out looking for jobs and some even apply for unemployment insurance, others are trying to find easy ways to target other devices.

As long as phoney certs can happen these guys will find ways to redirect or intercept data from unsuspecting users and create havoc on the net. It does not matter if you are using a VM if your instance is hacked and your password to a site is stolen you are cooked because it has nothing to do with being "infected" with a virus it has to do with being hacked while on the net and your network stack being temporarily hosed to expose your sensitive data.

about 8 months ago

Heartbleed Turned Against Cyber Criminals

deviated_prevert Re:Darned Heartbleed (50 comments)

3 days after the news about Heartbleed is broken, my email account is hijacked and someone is sending my former teachers emails about Viagra. I have a hunch that this bug is the reason...


Quit surfing pron sites now.

about 8 months ago

US and UK Governments Advise Avoiding Internet Explorer Until Bug Fixed

deviated_prevert Re:Recommended browser for old XP machines? (153 comments)

That said, on an XP system you should install EMET 4.1 (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41138) for Windows XP. It will mitigate this and many other issues. You should not be running Windows XP without it, now that XP is EOL. Also, use a third party Antivirus solution like Kaspersky or NO32. And for the love of Dog, do not use Java, flash, or Adobe %products%.

You are forgetting the simple fact that no matter how good emet gets at doing the job of stopping remote exploits the problem is the person behind the keyboard. Do you really think that the majority of people who use XP are capable of understanding what heap execution prevention is? Or understanding what a freaking .dll is? Considering the fact that any OS that can arbitrarily run executable binary code directly off the internet is broken by design. It was ridiculous for Microsoft to release a remote controlled OS for granny and grandpa to use in the first place. The very concept of data execution prevention should not even need to exist and it was never needed in the first place. Internut Exploiter is broken and needs to be shot once and for all!

PS Having read about the specs for emet on WinXP I notice it does not run as a service and must be launched for the set policies to protect the stack, so unless grandma and grandpa can figure out how to set it up, get it to make exceptions for drm software like silverblight and other common DIGITAL RIGHTS SOFTWARE like Digital Editions, which is used by just about everybody who reads books from libraries on loan and a swack of other DRM stuff like the code that runs cds, dvd, bluerays and a whole host of other devices that use drm data execution blocking locks.

I can set up emet and configure it to work with all the individual programs without a problem but you can bet that most users will install it, boot it up once and go OH SHIT WTF and just never use it or set it up correctly. That is why the trusted computing nerds at Microsoft do not wave it around and say "here you go we have a way to finally fix XP so that it is secure!"

about 8 months ago

Lumina: PC-BSD's Own Desktop Environment

deviated_prevert Re:Why? (148 comments)

Why would either Apple or Microsoft want it?

Have you looked at sales of Win8 lately? Whoever re-invents the wheel and comes up with something trendy in terms of how things work as a windowing gui will either make a tonne of cash, or in the case of MS cloning the interface become the replacement for "Windows" which Microsoft is desperate to find.

The difficulty is that finding a new paradigm other than a "windowing" gui that catches on with J Q Public is not that easy. Tiles and touchy feely screen win8 just ain't making it the customer is not getting gizz on their pants over the "Windows" OS any more, in fact the customer has become jaded and finds that using Windows is akin to jerking off.. you do it but it is not really satisfying unless you are someone like Steve Ballmer.

about 8 months ago

Canada Halts Online Tax Returns In Wake of Heartbleed

deviated_prevert Re:Open SORES proves its worth (50 comments)

Hey doofus my crypto libraries on a debian laptop and our server is patched already.. How you doing with Windows? ASSHOLE

about 8 months ago

Linux 3.14 Kernel Released

deviated_prevert Re:Oblig car analogy (132 comments)

*BSD - Diesel truck, for industrial work.

I agree as a simple and robust internet and file server nothing out there compares to BSD for multicasting. If BSD devs and hackers could help develope a decent and stable a/v studio recording/ server that could be pared down to just the essential setup then I would jump ship in an instant. I would love to be able to serve up realtime high bit rate pod casts with 24 48000 flac in ogg container sound and lower bit rate video at something like good old pal 480 p in on demand realtime webm multicast streams. A pipe dream but a beautiful one if you want to run an internet open stage coffee house for musicians.

Given the support of a major ISP to do it and some major sponsors like Gibson Guitars and the like. Wouldn't it be nice if the high tech industry started to pay back to the world of the arts for a change instead of sucking on its teats like a little infant.

What does all this have to do with the 3.14 Linux Kernel? Well, considering the fact that Linux has taken over the RT embeded device industry and the days of pirate music are over the net is going silent. I can watch YOUTUBE ON MY FREAKING TV WITHOUT A 'PUTER because of an RT embeded version of the Linux Kernel. BUT YOU CANNOT TAKE A VID CAM AND MIC AND PUT YOURSELF OR ANYONE ELSO ON THE NEIGHBOURS TV IN REALTIME. And this is where the future lies, you see Microsoft advertising the hell out of someone using SKYPE but you do not see them SKYPING TO THE NEIGHBOURS TVs. And multicast is completely the domain of the broadcast industry, WELL this is where both BSD AND LINUX can shine with setups for little local subscription based multicasts from places like old school coffee houses. Music schools, public schools, private schools, neighbourhood pubs with stages, local small concert halls, old tv studios that once did OTA broadcasting of local talent. AND THE LIST IS ENDLESS. We could see a real renaissance and it would be wonderfull.

Bach and his wives would be delighted, as they absolutely loved hosting their coffee house and show casing local musicians in a friendly social environment.
Yes You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one" RIP John L

BSD AND LINUX could help undo the harm that DRM, SONY, MICROSOFT, RIAA, APPLE USA, (not Lennon's real original one) and the greed of the recording industry in general has done to the arts and our shared culture.

about 9 months ago

Linux 3.14 Kernel Released

deviated_prevert Re:WOW! (132 comments)

I'm currently doing my daily emerge (update \in Gentoo) on a Powerbook, so obviously my testicles are larger.

I don't complain an old 14 incher is plenty even if it is non pae! Obviously your wallet is thicker than mine though. This little romance only cost 75 bucks. A roll in the hay with a good serviceable IBM CHIPPY powerbook from the same time frame in computing history is usually 3 to four times that much. With or without hdd jobs.

about 9 months ago

Linux 3.14 Kernel Released

deviated_prevert Re:WOW! (132 comments)

And here we have the crux of the Mac v. Linux argument.

Well not really. I'm not the kind of person who believes that CPU speed is the only spec that matters,

A 7 year old machine is getting quite long in the tooth. At 7 years old, compared to a new machine, it will be slow, limited RAM, heavy, have a completely usless spinning optical drive, a slow, spinning hard disk near the end of its servicable life on the end of a slow SATA link almost certainly an ageing battery and by modern standards a rather anemic sceen resolution and the backlight will be faded out considerably. And it will be heavy too.

At 7 years on it won't be a good machine in any regards, unless the author has spent a good deal on upgrades in which case it's hardly a 7 year old machine and substantially more expensive too.

Also, I frankly don't believe the author that it "looks like new" unless he's never used it as a laptop (i.e. carried it around). Cases (even metal ones) get scratched. Keys get dirty because even clean fingers have grease on. Things get worn if they're exposed to the environment. And if it hasn't been, well, my that's a pointless statement since anything untouched will look like new in 7 years except food.

Further to your points about the stylish mac users comments right now I am running Mint 16 DEBIAN on an IBM T42 from 2005. It has 1.5 meg of ram a long in the tooth 48 meg onboard radion 7500 vid. The processor is not even pae for crying out loud and I can still run GOOGLE EARTH 6 .386 AND SPIN THE GLOBE ON LINUX WHILE I POST THIS DITTY RUNNING SPINNING GLOBE ON A SECOND DISPLAY FROM THE VGA PORT.

The nine cell aftermarket battery still gets me 4-6 hours depending on air time with the agb wireless. MIND you I only do this at a maximum 1024x768 as I write music notation or whatever on this little gem of a computer with Open Source Software or do whatever kind of correspondence in any file format you want. PDFs, XLS, .DOCX it does not matter I can create it all effectively with several different pieces of software, heck I can even transcode short .MOV vids in 720p on this little gem without taxing the proc too much

EAT YOUR HART out Windows and MAC users. I am not kidding... LINUX IS GETTING THAT FAR AHEAD OF YOU. And with the addition of stable 3.14 RT kernel out of the box it will only get better.

And that is the beauty of Linux in general the more you keep up with the Jones' Apple and Windows users sell off your old 'puters dirt cheap the better Linux gets! OUT OF THE BOX with Linux this little laptop (tm)Linux Just Works with a well done nonpae capable distro. Of course if you do not understand what I just posted take off your glasses and read it carefully for it is the truth. Linux users can do stuff with older hardware that you can without paying a frigging fortune to do it!! And that is why helping out the people who build OSS like Linux is a great thing. PERIOD EOF

about 9 months ago

Linux 3.14 Kernel Released

deviated_prevert SCED_DEADLINE HURRAH!!! (132 comments)

Out of the box rt YAHOO. Let the games begin...OR more to the point for those who could care less about gaming but record music, stream transcoded AV and do serious studio work LINUX will knock it out of the park! Provided ALSA, THE PULSE MONSTER, Rosegarden, Audacity, Ardour retool to use the rt headers correctly so the linux install does not have to have a hacked up security_limits.conf and a patched kernel. HALLELUJAH I say. Mind you one still might have to increase the frequency from stock 250 to 1000 for their install. Modern systems with higher bus speeds should handle this change but it might not sit to well on slower older hardware like a year 2000 P111 or older.

I have been running rt since the early days and have always felt like having to tweak a kernel just to obtain low latency was a road block for the future of Linux.

about 9 months ago



Musix Is Back in Realtime

deviated_prevert deviated_prevert writes  |  about 10 months ago

deviated_prevert (1146403) writes "The Musix distro from Argentina is an interesting combination, it uses Debian stable and much the same group of packages as Knoppix. However they have tuned the distribution for RT audio work and like Knoppix it really is fast to boot and run, even from usb on a stick. By far the fastest iso boot distro going, it boots from usb2 on my old IBM T42 laptop in under a minute. So far I have found it to be extremely stable and very well thought out. It looks like a very good setup for a DAW it is not bogged down by pulse audio complications and will work exceptionally well with older hardware like ICE1712 based devices like the popular M-audio cards as well as support all the newer devices."

Can digital music replace all instrumental musicians?

deviated_prevert deviated_prevert writes  |  1 year,2 days

deviated_prevert (1146403) writes "Most instrumental music used today in television commercials, background sounds and themes even on the majority of produced shows comes from completely digital composers who produce the product through digitized instrument samples. This has almost eliminated the need for real human instrumental musicians. For most people this makes no difference as this music is essentially background in nature and does not need to have a true musical interaction with a listening audience at all.

The same thing applies to the waves of digital music produced for things like raves. To quote one observer at the Globe and Mail "So now we know why Deadmau5 and Daft Punk wear helmets when they perform. Everybody is digging the music, but no one is dancing. It is a sad development; the headgear of the maestros is there to mask their tears."

Will the live performance of instrumental musicians also become a thing of the past or is there any real need for it? Purely instrumental groups like Booker T and the MGs as well as solo performers like Herbie Hancock or John McLaughlin seem to not take the spotlight as they once did. It is apparent that unless someone with a young fresh face is singing today's producers will not attempt to promote them any longer.

Regardless of how great today's instrumentalists are musically there seems to no longer be a market for real musicianship. Even great performing classical musicians and ensembles seem to becoming scarce because corporations have mostly switched to faster and cheaper digital music production."

More water on Mars than anyone expected.

deviated_prevert deviated_prevert writes  |  about a year ago

deviated_prevert (1146403) writes "The Curiosity rover has revealed something which is completely unexpected about the planet.

"It was kind of a surprise to us," said Curiosity scientist Laurie Leshin with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. "If you take a cubic foot of that soil you can basically get two pints of water out it," she said. "The soil on the surface is really a little like a sponge for sucking stuff out of the atmosphere."

Perhaps those who signed up for a one way ticket will be able to actually establish a permanent colony. If they don't all behave like they are on an episode of a Survivor reality tv show and kick each other off the planet as humans operating at a tribal colonist level are prone to do!"


Sushi and software

deviated_prevert deviated_prevert writes  |  about 6 years ago

deviated_prevert (1146403) writes "A Vancouver B.C. sushi restaurant has been caught with their hands in the wasabi. They used software to erase records for the purposes of tax evasion. It is interesting that the common restaurant systems can so easily be bi-passed by a hack. The Squirrel system common to some Canadian restaurants work from a very simple locked down server. My thinking is that the hack must be somewhere in the SQL chain to the accounting interfaces, otherwise the core server would most likely choke on any modifications to the system. What gives the IT industry the biggest black eye is the fact that there are Tax Zappers available on the internet and questionable software salesmen abound in the every growing modern day plague of high tech fraud."

Could Nasa's and the ESA find ET by 2020?

deviated_prevert deviated_prevert writes  |  about 6 years ago

deviated_prevert writes "By 2013 the we could find out whether gravity from blackholes eating matter can produced graviton waves. The upside of the Lisa project is that it is a cooperation between Nasa and the European Space Agency. But could the project also be capable of finding more than just that which it was designed to do? Are there other forms of waves that travel trough space at extremely long wave lengths? Could there be other forms of waves or EMR that we cannot yet detect?"



About my slashdot handle deviated_prevert

deviated_prevert deviated_prevert writes  |  about 6 years ago My handle comes from Colonel "Bat" Guano talking to Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake (Peter Seller) in the movie Dr. Strangelove


Lisa and Nasa/ Esa

deviated_prevert deviated_prevert writes  |  more than 6 years ago By 2013 the we could find out whether gravity from blackholes eating matter can produced graviton waves. The upside of the Lisa project is that it is a cooperation between Nasa and the European Space Agency. But could the project also be capable of finding more than just that which it was designed to do? Are there other forms of waves that travel trough space at extremely long wave lengths? Could there be other forms of waves or EMR that we cannot yet detect?

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