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The Milky Way Is Much Less Massive Than Previous Thought

hairyfeet Re:Sponsored by Mars Candies: (110 comments)

It AIN'T the men, its the stupid as hell clothing industry thinking any guy besides metrosexuals give a rat's ass about that. I don't know how many guys I've talked to the past few years that are ROYALLY PISSED that they can't just go into a store and grab a pair of size whatever and know it'll fit. We don't care if you call it a 37 or an ummagumma just STICK TO IT so we can just walk in and buy a pair of damned pants without having to try shit on like the girls...is that REALLY so much to ask for?

As for TFA? The correct answer is "we don't know shit, it'll probably change, but for now the number pulled out our collective asses is". hell they can't even make the math work without "dark" this and "dark" that which should automatically be replaced with a little stick figure shrugging its shoulders. I think the only thing we can truly say for certain is how things work in this one little teeny tiny itsy bitsy area, anything else? Its just wild guesses with a LOT of question marks in there.

7 hours ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

hairyfeet Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (715 comments)

Calling someone retarded is no less insulting than screaming nigger or faggot at them...are you telling me that is acceptable? or how about Linus flipping the bird to a major manufacturer that a LARGE part of the community REQUIRES to do their jobs? What if Nvidia said "ya know what? Fuck you Torvalds, from now on? They can buy OSX or Windows" and called it a day?

he is not only giving FOSS a bad name, which is pretty bad considering what RMS did in public left Torvalds pretty much the ONLY face of FOSS that didn't look like a loon, but he is also giving every stereotype of IT, that IT is full of maladjusted man children that behave like 14 year old punks, credence. We get enough of that shit without Linus acting like a fucking prima donna, thx.

7 hours ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

hairyfeet Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (715 comments)

Notice I got modded down for daring to say this type of behavior is NEVER excusable, I don't care if its from Cook or Ballmer or Torvalds you should act like a PROFESSIONAL, not a spoiled brat halo player. And I'm sorry but cursing anybody out in public, along with flipping the bird to companies who don't do to suit him? He's acting like a brat NOT the head of such a large important project. and the fact that so many will put up with this prima donna behavior and actually make excuses for it? Just shows there IS A REASON why IT has such a bad name.

8 hours ago
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EA Tests Subscription Access To Game Catalog

hairyfeet Re:"small catalog" and "subscription" (58 comments)

The problem is this....EA is known for killing MP as soon as a title leaves top tier, usually within a year or two max. this means these games will be "pre-crippled" so that half the fun of a sports title, kicking your friend's ass, will already be removed.

Still for those that made the mistake of buying an Xbone that might be a good deal. For us PC gamers that 30 bucks a year would get you a dozen or more games from the Humble Bundles or Steam sales we could keep forever, of course the guys into EA sports will already have the latest Madden so won't care and...wait who is this supposed to appeal to anyway? Sports guys will already have the sports games,shooter guys generally don't play sports and have the latest shooters (because the MP dies the second a new one comes out), I'm sensing a case of "here is some old shit we can't sell so what do we do with it?" fail coming on.

yesterday
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

hairyfeet Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (715 comments)

Torvalds has shown repeatedly he has ZERO professionalism and the fact that so many in the FOSS community make excuses for his childish amateur hour behavior is truly sad. There is NO EXCUSE for acting like a spoiled rotten 14 year old Halo player and the fact that Torvalds can continue acting this childish and get away with it is a pretty damning commentary on the Linux community and its support of diva behavior.

3 days ago
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Russia Posts $110,000 Bounty For Cracking Tor's Privacy

hairyfeet Re:Transparency FTW! (97 comments)

I thought that it was pretty easy to crack TOR, just run a bunch of exit nodes and suck up the data. Sure it doesn't let you target a specific individual but its governments we are talking about here, where the typical goal isn't to get ALL the people, just enough that you are seriously rolling the dice if you try thus causing a nice chilling effect.

4 days ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

hairyfeet Re:Papers (223 comments)

Windows 8.1, they are gonna be one of the first laptops to take advantage of the "Free Windows under 10 inches" rule MSFT recently enacted, which means it should be trivial to "downgrade" to Win 7 if you want. I think I read about them on Windows Insider but in any case they are due either late Sept or early Oct but I would put my money on early Sept if possible to grab the back to school sales.

5 days ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

hairyfeet Re:Papers (223 comments)

I think the $99 netbooks that are gonna be coming out this fall should just suck up these low end sales like a sponge. After all the new Atom and Jaguar chips are crazy powerful and at 8 inches it'll be just perfect for kids sticking into backpacks. i already have a dozen customers that have put off getting their kids a tablet to get one of these new netbooks and I have a feeling that without having the lowest cost these ChromeOS sales are gonna dry up, same goes for the low end tablets.

After all why would you buy a Chromebook that ONLY works on the net when you could have a netbook that runs all the apps a Chromebook can run AND run offline as well? Oh and the Linux guys should love 'em as both Intel and AMD have been pretty good about opening up the APUs so it should be a dirt cheap way to have a pocket Linux lappy.

about a week ago
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GOG.com Announces Linux Support

hairyfeet Re:GOG discovers DOSBOX works on Linux (81 comments)

I think you missed his point, his point is the old DOS game is wrapped in a Windows installer that often won't run on the platform he is using and there is NO way to just download the original files WITHOUT the installer which would allow him to trivially get it running in Linux.

While I have never been a fan of Linux I agree that is stupid for multiple reasons, not only does it make his ability to buy and use these games much harder (thus making it more likely he and those on his platform won't buy, thus hurting sales) but there are also plenty of DOS fans that use integrated launchers like D-Fend that could also use the raw files so they can just drop them into their custom DOSBox and call it a day. Considering you get the files AFTER running the Windows installer i see no reason in not just offering the option to download the game installer free.

This reminds me of the stupid 2K Humble Bundle I bought last week, the whole reason i bought it was "yay they have a GFWL DRM free version of Bioshock 1, no more needing a pirate version of a game I bought or dealing with GFWL removal crap, yay!" only to find that while yes their version was 100% DRM free it did NOT support torrenting, ONLY a direct download that was glitchy as hell and which wouldn't work with download managers....argh! I finally had to fire up 32bit IE of all things as that was the only browser that seemed to play nice with their download. If its already DRM free why not give me the choice of torrent?

about a week ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

hairyfeet Re:Intel (236 comments)

Oh I have been singing the praises of the AM1, its a fucking AWESOME chip! I mean a replaceable ULV that does 1080p easily AND is the same chip used in the PS4 AND only uses 25w WHILE having boards that offer options like having multiple PCIe and even a PCI slot and the whole setup can be had for less than $100? Well hell what's not to like!

And I put an E350 Bobcat against a Pentium D805 and even having over 1GHz speed difference it was a joke, that little $60 board just curbstomped that 805. it was then when I really realized how truly shit the P4 design was, because when the weakest Bobcat can beat one of their best duals you know its a garbage design.

about two weeks ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

hairyfeet Re:Intel (236 comments)

Actually the P4 would have been fine if they could have reached the clocks they predicted (10GHz+) but the pipes ended up so damned long every cache miss was like slamming on the brakes, not to mention the truly insane amounts of heat the last P4s belched out.

This is why I tell folks to toss if they have a P4 as while an Athlon of the same age is still useful the amount of heat belched out by Prescott and Cedar Mill P4s is just nuts. At the shop I've been replacing P4s with E350s and recently socket AM1s and even those bottom of the line netbook chips still feel faster than the P4 while putting out practically zero heat out the back. You don't realize how badly the cache misses slow the chip until you put an Athlon 64 or first gen Core Solo against the high clocked Pentium Ds, even at double the clocks they just feel dog slow.

about two weeks ago
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LibreSSL PRNG Vulnerability Patched

hairyfeet Re:This is not how you inspire confidence (151 comments)

Nice to see that I'm not the only one who thought the response was completely unprofessional.

What is it lately with all these OSS guys in key positions turning into Ulrich Drepper clones? Have they gotten so used to being told how great they are that when anybody dares point out a mistake they HAVE to go nuclear? You got Torvalds flipping off companies and throwing fits like a 14 year old Halo player, you got de Raadt acting like a giant ass, now you got this guy...wtf? Has everybody forgotten what it means to act like a professional?

about two weeks ago
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Apple Agrees To $450 Million Ebook Antitrust Settlement

hairyfeet Re:Fanbois (91 comments)

Uhhh..spin it how you want but the emails showed beyond a doubt that Apple was price fixing and sorry, that is illegal. Also if you think Apple was price fixing "for good of the people"....BWA HA HA HA HA, that is damned funny, it was to increase their share and make sure no competitor could undercut them, again going against free market competition.

Of course they could always do like Amazon and take less profit per sale...ha ha ha, who am I kidding, Apple take less? never!

about two weeks ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

hairyfeet Re:hmmmmm (681 comments)

I don't know what the coward was doing but I used PING plenty at the shop with 2K Pro and it worked just fine.

Frankly I wouldn't even put XP in their top OSes, by SP2 it was okay, never great, and while SP3 did have speed improvements it made up for that with patch cruft. If I were to rank their top OSes it would be Win 7, Win XP X64 (which was IRL Win 2K3 workstation), Win 2K, and then it would be a coin flip between Vista and WinXP 32bit as both of them required SPs to become usable and both OOTB sucked the big wet titty.

As for win 9? If the rumors are true that there will be NO local login (so they can datamine you, try to sell you shit with the appstore, and do a dozen "are you a dirty pirate?" checks a day) then I figure it wil be another VistaBomb, but if they just give us Win 7 with the under the hood features of win 8.x like better SSD support and WIM? Then it will be a hit. So far I have yet to see anything from this new guy to convince me he isn't just "Balmer 2.0" only whereas Balmer was "touchscreen touchscreen and did we mention we work with touchscreen?" while this new guy seems to be "cloud cloud and did we mention we have a cloud?".

about two weeks ago
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New Single Board Computer Lets You Swap Out the CPU and Memory

hairyfeet Re:So you can reuse the PC board? (122 comments)

What I can't believe is that they compare this weak sauce single core to a NUC, it'd be like comparing a Pinto to a Porsche as they really aren't even in the same class.

If you want something crazy affordable to compare to a NUC then check out the new AMD AM1 Jaguar kits, like this you can swap CPUs but unlike this the smallest you can get is a dual core APU while for $100 you can have the quad Athlon APU and all the chips are based on the same Jaguar chips they use in the PS4 and XBone. I've built both the Sempron dual and Athlon quad and I have to say...they are fricking great! The Sempron makes a great ULV server or basic netbox while the quad makes for a decent desktop or really nice media tank. The new APUs have hardware acceleration for all the popular video formats and they are crazy low power draw so making silent systems with them is pretty trivial. the only caveat is get the faster RAM as with APUs the RAM speed makes a difference when it comes to graphics performance but other than that they are great for DIY systems on the cheap.

But units like the NUC and AM1 are why I think the days of ARM being used on anything but ultra cheapo Chinese crap are numbered, as both AMD and Intel are dipping into single digit power draw territory while having an IPC that just curbstomps ARM. I've said it before and it looks like time is proving me right, you just can't scale up ARM without blowing the power budget while both AMD and Intel are getting better with each rev on power while still keeping a huge IPC lead. If this trend continues there just won't be a point in using ARM for anything but bargain basement as they just won't have the performance to compete with AMD, much less Intel.

about three weeks ago
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Improv Project, Vivaldi Tablet Officially Dead

hairyfeet Re:To little too late. (71 comments)

Linux is to Android what Linux is to TiVo, it was cheaper to snatch the kernel than write their own, the rest, including the idea of FOSS (look up on Ars the excellent article about Android going proprietary Google is pulling a EEE on Android) they didn't want.

So to make your sentence accurate it should read, Google does, Apple does, Microsoft does, which explains it all...money, money, and money. The public has shown repeatedly they don't give even a single fuck about walled gardens or openness, hence the runaway success of iPad, so if the ONLY feature you can tout over the other guy is "freedom"? You are fucking dead, or like OpenPandora on life support.

about a month ago
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That Toy Is Now a Drone

hairyfeet Re:They're infringing my Second-Amendment drone ri (268 comments)

Which is what I think is funny about this whole "drone vs model" crap, they are talking about planes even the largest of which frankly isn't gonna be able to carry enough payload to do even a tenth the damage of a Rider truck with fertilizer. If there is anything we should have learned from OKC its that low tech does a hell of a lot more damage while being easy for even the dumbest terrorist to construct. And I'm sure that if you counted up every vehicle used for combat out there? Drones wouldn't even be in the top 50, probably not even in the top 100 when it comes to terrorists, its technicals and bomb trucks.

This is just another case of "Hollywood scenario planning" where the government treats the high tech shit they see on NCIS and 24 and treat it as a legitimate threat because they can't/won't admit the truth.....which is that what makes terrorists effective is the fact they can take pretty much anything and make it a weapon. If you want to see what terrorists weapons are like you should look at the crazy IEDs the military has disarmed in Iraq, everything from copies of late WWII German wooden mines made out of footlockers and packing crates to paint cans filled with homemade explosives and metal scraps and rigged to a beeper, what makes terrorism so hard to stop isn't them using high tech shit, its just the opposite, they often go so low tech that you'd have to ban pretty much all agriculture and household cleaning products to stop 'em.

about a month ago
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The Revolutionary American Weapons of War That Never Happened

hairyfeet Re:Revolutionary American weapons... (133 comments)

Neither did the Flapjack, which is what we were talking about, nor did the ice carrier, the bat bomb (although it did burn down a test facility) and many of the other batshit crazy every side was working on back then, don't mean they aren't cool to check out. Also check out Blacktail's Disasters! series (he has tank and warplane) to see some designs that were stupid, badly thought out, or just plain batshit.

But just because it saw combat (and I don't think the AR-234 ever had a confirmed kill) doesn't make it good, see the Ferdinand, baka bomb, or the Buffalo for failed designs that got real soldiers killed and we aren't talking about the other side. Doesn't mean they aren't interesting to check out (or fly if you have IL2:1946).

about a month ago
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Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails

hairyfeet Re:The Canadian law doesn't apply to these (145 comments)

Its been years since I got patch emails from MSFT (I just use WSUS Ofline now, saves bandwidth) so maybe they have ads for their other products on them?

about a month ago
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The Revolutionary American Weapons of War That Never Happened

hairyfeet Re:Revolutionary American weapons... (133 comments)

Noo no and nope. After Coral Sea there was a serious chance that we would have no carriers (in 1941 a study was done that predicted no new full carriers before 1946) so that is why they went for the Flapjack. it turned out that Cruiser conversions worked a LOT better than expected and that combined with the faster production of the Essex made the flapjack no longer needed.

Again go look at the video, strange weapons or weird weapons of WWII is what its called, the have video and pics of all the planes. As far as the ME163 I was NOT talking about the Baka Bomb, they also had their own version of the ME163 called the J8M which was based on ME163 but was lengthened to give them a longer flight time. And as far as the USSR fighter they have footage of the test flights and it worked pretty damned well, but the death of the test pilot combined with the tide of war switching in the east thanks to increased output (as Stalin is quoted as saying "quantity has a quality all its own") meant there was simply no need to iron out the bugs. it also has drawings and computer generated footage of the flying wing (called the arrow it looked like an arrowhead) and the pulsejet plane that the USSR was testing.

Anyway look it up sometime if you are interested in WWII as its pretty interesting.

about a month ago

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New Via quad previewed

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hairyfeet writes "HardOCP has a preview of the new Via Technologies quad core APU which purports to outscore the AMD Brazos in graphics performance while having just a 27w TDP. Most interestingly for possible server roles is it continues Via's support for hardware based AES encryption while being pin compatible going all the way back to the C7. So could this be the chip that gets via a place in your server room?"
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Tea Party cheers for letting uninsured die

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hairyfeet writes "At the republican debates Rep. Ron Paul was asked about whether an uninsured twenty something should be allowed to die and the audience cheered at the thought. As someone who considers himself pretty conservative I found that horrifying. Is this how greedy we have become? That it is better to let a young man die than pay any taxes? Is this REALLY what we want in America?"
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Google attempts buyout of Motorola

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hairyfeet writes "After claims that competitors of Android are abusing patents including Motorola who is attempting to collect patent royalties from Android manufacturers it looks like Google is deciding to fight back by offering 12.5 billion for Motorola and all the patents owned by the cell phone maker. Will Google be able to pull this off? Will this start a bidding war for Motorola? And will this combined with the Nortel patents give Google too much power in the mobile arena in the eyes of the DoJ and EU Commission?"
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Mono coms to Android

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hairyfeet writes "After releasing Monotouch for iPhone which allows c# development on iOS Novell has announced the availability of Mono for Android. Will this give us the "one language to rule them all" that Java failed to bring, or will the bad blood between the F/OSS groups and Microsoft make this a dead end?"
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Microsoft extends downgrade rights

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  about 4 years ago

hairyfeet writes "For those worried about losing the ability to run XP, it appears your worries are over. Brandon LeBlanc has just blogged that Microsoft will be extending the Windows OEM downgrade rights saying "Enabling such rights throughout the Windows 7 lifecycle will make it easier for customers as they plan deployments to Windows 7." For those that still rely on WinXP apps, I'm sure this is welcome news."
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Linux package repos vulnerable

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hairyfeet writes "The paper submitted here along with the original PDF says these researchers have found a way to take over a repository without needing the private key. Is this a serious risk, or just more FUD?"
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More strangeness in the Windows "memory hog" case

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hairyfeet writes "After Windows 7 was declared a "memory hog" by Craig Barth of Devil Mountain software, who later turned out not to exist the story, which was quickly dismissed as scaremongering By Ars Technica has today taken yet another turn. ZDNet has analyized the Devil mountain software XPNet and written an article "Why We Don't Trust Devil Mountain software (and neither should you) which uncovers serious privacy issues, lies involving a supposed high profile customer that doesn't actually use their software, and the convoluted relationship between Randall Kennedy, his alter ego Craig Barth, and IDG. This story just keeps getting stranger."
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ASUS abandons Linux

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 5 years ago

hairyfeet writes "Computerworld has posted from a ASUS product showcase in Sydney that when asked why there were no Linux notebooks or Netbooks on display that according to ASUS representatives Linux is being phased out by the company across the board in favor of Windows. Considering that Ubuntu has confirmed that Linux has a 400% return rate when compared to Windows, and that Windows now own 90%+ of the Netbook market with an aging Windows XP, does this mean that the future of Linux in the Netbook/Notebook market is bleak?"
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HP and Symantec team up for new Secure Firefox

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 5 years ago

hairyfeet writes "HP,Mozilla,and Symantec have teamed up to create a new version of Firefox,to be called the HP Firefox Virtual Browser and will first be seen on a new HP desktop called the HP Compaq dc790. Kirk Godkin, an HP senior product manager for business PCs, said "What we have created is a virtual layer where your browser runs and all the downloads, all the clicks, all the cookies and everything is placed within ... a virtualized run-time environment,With the browser, the user only has to click the mouse and it will reset the browser to its original state and all their favorites will remain the same."

With the browser arena getting more crowded by the day, with Internet Explorer 8, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari all competing with Firefox for a space on the desktop it will be interesting to see how well this new Virtual Firefox measures up. For the complete story go to eWeek for more details."

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More woes for Nvidia as motherboards are pulled

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 5 years ago

hairyfeet writes "Hot on the heels of yesterdays reporting on Slashdot of Nvidia laptops chips failing is todays report by the Inquirer that several manufacturers have quietly pulled their Nvidia 790i boards due to a rumored data corruption issue. DFI, Foxconn, and Gigabyte have all quietly removed all 790i offerings from their product pages without explanation. After taking a 150 to 200 million dollar charge for the repair and replacement of the defective mobile chips this development couldn't have come at a worse time."
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Spam King kills himself and his family

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  about 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "Edward 'Eddie' Davidson,the escaped Spam King first reported on Slashdot here,was found dead along with his girlfriend and 3 year old daughter in what is apparently a murder/suicide. The full details are posted here."
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New Trojan Leverages Unpatched Mac Flaw

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "Showing that the Apple Macs increased popularity has made it a more appetizing target for hackers, The The Washington Post is reporting that a new exploit tool released recently to exploit ARDAgent has been distributed until earlier today through an online forum for Mac Hackers.

After analysis of the exploit code noted security researcher Dino Dai Zovi stated this exploit is designed to be bundled into any legitimate downloadable Mac program,turning an otherwise legitimate program into an exploit toolkit capable of turning control of the computer over to hackers. According to Mr. Dai Zovi the program tries two different exploits to install itself without requiring the users username and password, the above mentioned ARDAgent and a privilege escalation vulnerability pacthed by Apple in 2006. Once installed it drops a keystroke logger called logext onto the infected system,followed by installing a listening VNC server to allow the attacker remote access."

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Vista collapse means Yahoo required for survival

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "Gartner analysts Michael Silver and Neil MacDonald told a conference audience yesterday that Microsoft's Windows product is collapsing and must make radical changes to its operating system or risk becoming a has-been. They pointed out the abysmal adoption rate of just 6% for businesses and the huge size of the code base which means years to make changes and leaves only the most high end computers to take advantage of it anyway.


The real question isn't "What can Microsoft do to fix their Windows product?" but rather "Even If Windows and Office were perfect, would it be enough to keep Microsoft relevant in the medium term?" I think the answer to that latter question might be "nope." And that, of course, is why they want Yahoo so badly. Online advertising revenue is their only real hope of long term survival."
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Vista works,and it only took 16 months!

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "Eweek columnist Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reported today that he finally got his Vista machine fully operational and it only took 16 months! While I don't normally take much stock in such stories, I do find this one compelling as it is from a person who has been hacking Operating Systems since the days of the CICS/MVS and has been using Microsoft products from DOS 1 and Windows 1 up. How are those that buy the upgrade to Vista after Microsoft stops selling Windows XP supposed to figure out how to get everything working if it takes an experienced OS guy 16 months?


I personally believe this is further proof that Microsoft needs to rethink the ending of Windows XP on June 30,at least until support for the basics like common on-board sound chips have been worked out. And to be fair and partial I'd also like to point out that yesterday the same columnist published an article pushing for the release for XP SP3.But after his Vista experience I can't say I blame him. What do you think slashdot? Is Vista ready to be deployed on the millions of machines out there running Windows 2000 and XP? Or should Microsoft wait to allow manufacturers more time to work out the bugs when it comes to drivers?"
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Hacker finds serious flaws in Windows Server 2008

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "Argeniss founder Cesar Cerrudo has found serious design weaknesses that could allow a skilled hacker to take complete control of the Windows Server 2008. These weaknesses could allow a hacker to have complete control over the system and also affects Windows XP,Server 2003,and Windows Vista. To Quote Mr. Cerrudo "[We found] from design issues that were not identified by Microsoft engineers during the Security Development Lifecycle, and allows accounts commonly used by Windows services — NETWORK SERVICE and LOCAL SERVICE — to bypass new Windows services protection mechanisms and elevate privileges". He further stated that on Windows XP and server 2003 it is especially severe as "any Windows service, even when running under a low privileged account, can potentially break through the security protections and fully compromise the operating system.""
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Mozilla CEO has problems with Safari "update&#

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "Do you use iTunes on Windows? If so you may be getting the gift of Safari from Apple whether you want it or not, and Mozilla CEO Joe Wilcox is not happy about it. After his daughter was offered Safari as a "bonus update" with a recent update to her iTunes software,Mr. Wilcox is quoted on his blog as saying "What Apple is doing now with their Apple Software Update on Windows is wrong. It undermines the trust relationship great companies have with their customers, and that's bad — not just for Apple, but for the security of the whole Web." He also pointed out the check box is already clicked when you go to update meaning you have to opt out,not in and that it lists Safari as getting an update even if you don't have it installed.


Whether you are a fan of Apple or not most would have to admit installing a new browser during an update to existing software is a not the norm. So is it simply a good business strategy? Or is it a case of Apple trying to use its existing software to help push its way into new markets? You can read and decide for yourself here"
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Windows Vista VS XP Deathmatch

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "As there are many of us choosing to skip on Vista(including me) Australian PC World has an interesting article with the slightly overblown title Death Match: Windows Vista VS XP. But while the title may be a little over the top, the article is actually thoughtful,in my opinion. It points out some of the things one should be looking at from a business point of view when deciding whether to skip Vista or not, such as support,security,reliability,etcetera. And for those who would simply like to read the article without flipping through four pages of ads, I humbly present the printer friendly version here."
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Bush on Teleco Immunity: No Compromise

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "President Bush has refused to budge on his stance for teleco immunity,vowing to veto any bill that contains FISA without retroactive immunity. Eweek quotes the House majority leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland in a statement that reads Republicans "prefer to have a political issue rather than a strong new FISA bill in place as quickly as possible. Certainly Republicans do not really believe that the role of the House is to simply rubber-stamp whatever bills the Senate passes." While the EFF, co-lead counsel in the nearly 40 pending lawsuits against the telecos,says that they broke the law by providing the NSA with the contents of billions of emails,text messages,and VOiP conversations,and that guilt should be decided by the courts."
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10 computer ads provide a look at the way we were

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "2spare has managed to compile a look back at how things used to be with ten ads from computing long past. Now we aren't talking the things we have all seen (or remember) like Apple's famous 1984, these start way back in 1971. I especially love the one bragging about 300Mb of storage for under $20,000. These kinds of ads remind me of how I paid $400 for a 1X DVD burner only to have 4X on sale at less than $100 a few months later. So Slashdot readers, how much did YOU pay for high tech only to have it obsoleted right out from under you?"
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Journals

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In praise of e-cigs

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  about 7 months ago

I had tried everything. I tried the patch, the gum, the pill that made the smokes taste nasty, and nothing. No matter what I kept on smoking. Now after 30 years I FINALLY was able to throw away the cigarette...thanks to e-cigs.

For anyone who wishes to try quitting using e-cigs some advice. 1.- Do NOT use the ones that look like a cigarette, not only are the batteries VERY weak but trying to get one of those to drag like a cigarette will just leave you frustrated. 2.- Get what is called a "510 thread" or "Ego style" unit, these can be had for as little as $25 online. 3.- Watch some of the excellent tutorials to find which tips are right for you, a good place to start would be "indoor smoking" on Youtube.

Hopefully this will inspire at least one other person to give it a try and if this old dog can learn a new trick and give up the butts? Then you can too!

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Over 9000?

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  about 8 months ago

You ever wonder what would happen to privdog privacy guard if it went over 9999? Well if you want to see for yourself head over to "musicvideosthatsuck.net" as so far my privdog has managed to roll over TWICE and IT IS STILL GOING. I think I may have found the spammiest spammy spam of sites in all of creation. Anybody find any worse?

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Phone scams

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I know that we geeks tend to laugh at such things but PLEASE REMEMBER that just as many of us can't do open heart surgery or rebuild our car engines, so too is there many that don't have our experience with scams. Currently there are several "$1000 Gift Card" scams that are going around, Best Buy and Walmart are two of the biggest right now. Please warn your less tech savvy friends and family about such things and point out that a REAL winning entry in a contest would be contacted by something other than a txt. I have had to warn several older and less savvy customers in the past few weeks because of this scam so its going around pretty heavily. remember to use your computer savvy for good and help your fellow man keep from being ripped off.

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XSS or something worse?

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 3 years ago

I have a customer that surfs those "porntube" style sites and I kept getting emails from him consisting of a single link, obviously randomly generated. Now since I had just cleaned this machine and knew it to be good I asked "WTH?" and he swore up and down that the ONLY thing he had done was watch some videos on those porntube sites. So I figured he was probably lying, so I figured "I've just made a disc image, have AV and NoScript, lets experiement". So I went to several porntube style sites, DrTuber,XHamster, etc, just clicking links to bounce from one to the other when sure enough about an hour later I started getting emails from myself along with everyone in my address book!

Now since it was the yahoo account that I only use as a spam dump I didn't care about that, what I DID care about is it looks like every. single. person. that looks at any of the porntube sites is vulnerable to having their Yahoo addresses stolen! I tried Chromium and FF 4, I tried with NoScript enabled, no matter what I did after surfing those sites for an hour or less, even after using CCleaner first to make sure there wasn't any info in the cache, there it was.

Now all I can tell you is that it doesn't seem to affect GMail or Live Mail, just Yahoo, but with Yahoo Mail it seems to be pretty damned consistent no matter what the user does! So has anyone else run into this, know how it works, or know how to stop it? I wish I could tell you the exact site but I was looking for the effect more than the cause, but if you start at DrTuber and XHamster and start clicking on video links leading to affiliates you WILL end up seeing it first hand, just don't use a Yahoo account you care about! Although since I saw the effect WITHOUT logging into Yahoo and WITH private browsing on who knows if you'll be able to stop it? I'm starting to wonder if the new yahoo beta isn't storing your address book unencrypted in the browser somewhere for speed. If it is the case we are talking a serious security flaw here folks!

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