geekmansworld (950281) writes "The BBC reports that thieves robbed a number of ATMs by cutting open a panel to reveal a USB port, through which they delivered a malware payload. From the article:
"The researchers added the organisers displayed "profound knowledge of the target ATMs" and had gone to great lengths to make their malware code hard to analyse. However, they added that the approach did not extend to the software's filenames — the key one was called hack.bat."" Link to Original Source top
geekmansworld (950281) writes "MTS has agreed to sell its business services unit, Allstream, to Accelero Capital Holdings. Accelero is a Cairo-based investment group co-founded by Naguib Sawiris, an Egyptian telecomm business magnate. Allstream is notable in Canada for it's nationwide fibre internet backbone. MTS says it wants to focus on being a "pure play" telecom provider." Link to Original Source top
geekmansworld writes "Dvice reports that the Chinese want to capture an asteroid into earth's orbit and mine it. From the article: "At first glance, nudging an asteroid closer to Earth seems like one of those "what could possible go wrong" scenarios that we generally try and avoid, and for good reason: large asteroid impacts are bad times. The Chinese, though, seem fairly optimistic that they could tweak the orbit of a near-Earth asteroid by just enough (a change in velocity of only about 1,300 feet-per-second or so) to get it to temporarily enter Earth orbit at about twice the distance as the Moon."" Link to Original Source top
geekmansworld (950281) writes "The Save The Xserve campaign has posted an open letter to Apple and Steve Jobs outlining the importance of the XServe and requesting that the company reconsider their decision to discontinue the device. Since its inception in November, the site has collected over 4,600 signatures from concerned Mac sysadmins around the world. Signatories include sysadmins for universities and public schools, IT consultants, enterprise users, and even the administrator of a XServe-based supercomputing cluster at the NASA JPL." Link to Original Source top
Proposed Internet 'Kill Switch' for U.S. President
geekmansworld (950281) writes "CNET is reporting that a new U.S. Senate bill, proposed by Joe Lieberman, would give the President the power to shut down portions of the internet in times of emergency. The proposed law would affect certain broadband providers, search engines, and software firms (entirely up to the government's selection).
The proposal of this bill is another blow to the idea of a multilateral internet. The U.S. government already maintains control over ICANN, which through IANA oversees the root domain and the IP address space." Link to Original Source top
geekmansworld writes "boingboing reports that backup company Backblaze has created an open-source hardware solution for rackmount Petabyte storage. Based on the company's own storage solutions, the so-called Blackblaze pod uses commodity parts to deliver 67 terabytes at a material cost of $7,867. This stands in stark comparison to the more expensive mass-storage solutions offered by other enterprise-level technology companies." Link to Original Source top
Office 2007 SP2 includes support for the OpenDocument Format, an open standard backed by many companies including IBM and Sun Microsystems but initially resisted by Microsoft. Customers who download the service pack will be able to save documents in ODF and Adobe Systems' PDF, just like they would any current supported file format in Office. They can also set ODF as the default file format. Previously, people could use ODF through a separate plug-in that translates Office documents to ODF and vice versa." Link to Original Source top
geekmansworld writes "Michael Carin is the victim of internet defamation. A Canadian citizen, Carin has been accused of being a convicted pedophile by a website in the United States. Despite the fact that he has an RCMP statement saying he has never even been investigated for such crimes, Carin is powerless. The website appears in the top of Google's search results for his name. Google refuses to modify their results, and the libel law in the state of New York is so outdated that Carin can't sue the website." Link to Original Source top
geekmansworld (950281) writes "Pink Tentacle reports that scientists in Japan have discovered a way to use Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the human brain to extract visual images directly from the mind's eye. Kind of creepy, but no reason to put on your tinfoil hats until you're inside an MRI chamber.
"An international team of scientists has reconstructed more than three-quarters of the genome of the woolly mammoth using DNA extracted from balls of hair, the first time this has been accomplished for an extinct species."
geekmansworld (950281) writes "It seems that Canadian ISP Rogers is inserting data into the HTTP streams returned by the websites requested by it's customers. Probably intended as a "feature", the unsolicited intrusion is nonetheless unsettling." Link to Original Source top
geekmansworld writes "Our business is entirely dependent on e-mail to function. We have our own server and maintain it scrupulously to make sure we optimize legitimate receipt versus deletion of spam. All our major clients' domain names are SA whitelisted to avoid blocking. Increasingly, we've had trouble receiving messages sent through certain ISPs. We've poured over the mail logs, but the messages never even got to our servers (we have primary and secondary MX). It's no secret that spam is overwhelming these days. I wonder, is e-mail now so unreliable that it's a dead medium of communication? How are other server admins coping with email recently?"