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Mozilla To Support Public Key Pinning In Firefox 32

hairyfeet Re:Please... (84 comments)

Try Pale Moon friend. Its based on FF so you can keep your plugins, has a native 64bit build, oh and the best part NO STUPID NEW UI, in fact the devs have stated they will NOT be going to the new UI PERIOD. its fast, stable, works so well in fact I've started using it as my default browser even over my beloved Comodo Dragon because its even snappier, just a really great browser all around.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

hairyfeet Re:Simple (556 comments)

DVDs. The reasons why is they are cheap, easy to transport, and can hold a lot of data. With DVDs I can hand somebody 4GB+ of data for 15c including the sleeve, and when you can't predict how well or reliable their net is? That comes in REAL handy.

So the pundits can talk cloud this and cloud that but as long as I can get 'em I'm gonna be using DVDs. Hell if I had my way I'd still be using Lightscribe, but now that HP has pulled the plug its getting harder and harder to find new burners with LS. Sucks as it worked quite nicely.

yesterday
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Microsoft Releases Replacement Patch With Two Known Bugs

hairyfeet Re:Oh microsoft (136 comments)

That is because that bullshit excuse is soooo damned old it has its own meme .

yesterday
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MediaGoblin 0.7.0 "Time Traveler's Delight" Released

hairyfeet Re:Great! ! (69 comments)

But what would be the point of that when Windows has Homegroup that will let you do the same thing on your own network without the overhead?

2 days ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

hairyfeet Re: Switched double speed half capacity, realistic (314 comments)

Sorry but I've dealt with more failed drives at the shop than you've had hot meals and if they fail "without" warning?

Then YOU sir are not paying attention! Before a HDD fails you will see several rather blatant warning signs, warning about delayed write fails being the most obvious but there is also temp spikes on the drive (as the motor heats up trying and failing seeks) and SMART changes (not talking SMART fail, which is usually at the end, we are talking large changes in the SMART values which can be read by one of several free programs such as HWMon or HDTune) not to mention most modern drives get REALLY noisy when they are getting ready to croak.

Compare this to the "dirty little secret" of the SSD world which is the majority of SSD fails are NOT the flash chips themselves but the SSD controller chip. When that fails? NO warning, NO chance to back up your data, just flip the switch and...poof. this is why I tell my customers they should use a religiously adhered to backup system along with cloud computing to insure no data loss.

2 days ago
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Fake NVIDIA Graphics Cards Show Up In Germany

hairyfeet Re:Ahh...so this strikes again huh? (75 comments)

I had to tell a ton of folks back in the day they got scammed out of hundreds thanks to fly by night sellers when it came to the first gen Socket A AMD chips for this reason, the scumbags figured out a drop of solder in the right spot would unlock the multipler and with a little hacking they could get even the lowest Duron to report itself as the high end Athlon so they would OC the shit out of it and sell the systems as the much more expensive top line Athlons. It got to the point that when somebody brought in an Athlon the first thing I did was head into the BIOS because the problems with the systems nearly always came back to insanely OCed low end chips being sold as top shelf. Some of them were 60%+ over on the clock and the voltage because all that mattered was getting it to run long enough to make a sale.

But anybody who has worked shop for any length of time has run into these fakes, most are coming from Laos and Vietnam where they must have a pretty large counterfeiting industry going to whip off this many fakes.

2 days ago
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MediaGoblin 0.7.0 "Time Traveler's Delight" Released

hairyfeet Re:Great! ! (69 comments)

Might be good for somebody not living in the USA, but here our ISP overlords use any excuse to add ever shittier caps so hosting your own media? Probably not a good idea,especially when there are sites like YouTube and Dropbox. Hell I wouldn't be surprised if this would be a TOS breaking deal, like running your own servers.

3 days ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

hairyfeet Re: Switched double speed half capacity, realistic (314 comments)

It does work, as does putting paging on a non-OS drive. As for SSD sure it helps as a boot drive...but who fucking boots anymore? Frankly what I saw at the shop was a better boost in actual applications by using the SSD as a caching drive and as a bonus you can pick up 32GB-64GB SSDs for dirt cheap and they make perfect caching drives. That said if you can fit ALL your games AND the OS AND the applications on an SSD? Sure they fly, just be sure to have VERY recent backups as SSDs still fail without warning, unlike HDDs. you'd think they'd have fixed that by now but nope, still no warning when it comes to the SSD shitting itself.

As for TFA this makes me happy as it'll lower the cost on the smaller drives, the 1TB are already down to the $50 range and I'm hoping they'll soon be back to the $35 range they were pre-flood. I have found that most home users can get by FOR NOW with a 1TB but as the amount of media they create and consume grows so too does the space they require. Personally I'm happy (again FOR NOW) with the 6TB worth of space I have but if this drives the 4TB drives into sub $70 territory i could see snatching up another 12TB and putting my entire movie collection in HD on a media tank.

Has anybody tried the Seagate 4TB and 6TB drives in any real numbers? Hows the failure rate? I ask as I still actively avoid the Seagate 1.5 and 2TB because of all the fails i saw at the shop, they were REALLY shitty...did they fix that problem with the 4 and 6 drives?

3 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

hairyfeet Re:Nobody else seems to want it (726 comments)

If your failure of an OS can't even pass HALF of what Windows can? admit its a failure and STFU. I'm standing here, throwing down the gauntlet and saying your shit OS can't even provide HALF of what fricking Windows Vista can...who is gonna prove me wrong? As for saying I'll change the rules? I can't, they are posted and so simple..well a FOSSie can understand them.

Pick ANY mainstream consumer Linux, PCLOS, Ubuntu, Mint, the only requirement is that it had to exist 5 years ago otherwise it can't simulate a 5 year cycle can it? As for mainstream, distrowatch has a list of the top whatever mainstream distros, listed under "user friendly"...take your choice, pick your poison, they all suck. Then make sure you have working drivers INCLUDING a wireless that can use WPA V2 and then update to current...that's it. NO printer support, NO mobile devices, simply show the world your OS is capable of the most limited of functionality, what frankly should be the baseline for even calling yourself an OS, the ability to apply security updates without shitting yourself...and YOU CAN NOT DO IT because the linux driver model is THAT shitty, it really truly is.

So PROVE ME WRONG, make me eat my words. the challenge is free, takes less than 4 hours, and no requirements on the hardware other than the most basic, sound, video, and wireless...that's it, that's all.

3 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

hairyfeet Re:Nobody else seems to want it (726 comments)

Show me a distro that will pass the Hairyfeet Challenge, which just FYI simulates HALF of a Windows support cycle, that is a lousy 5 years...you can't do it, because they will ALL shit on their own drivers and fail. the closest ANY FOSS zealot was able to get was by using fricking SCI-Linux, a specialty distro built for research labs (and therefor breaking the first requirement, a mainstream consumer distro) and even after breaking the very first requirement he FAILED because at the end of the challenge? He didn't have functional sound AND the wireless wouldn't even be recognized by the OS...nice.

The challenge is free, takes less than 4 hours start to finish, and gives several advantages to Linux over Windows such as no requirement to support mobile phones or printers yet NO LINUX CAN PASS what honestly should be the absolute minimum that should be acceptable to consider yourself a functional OS, to be able to update without destroying yourself. Just FYI I can do this on Win2K and pass, from RTM to EOL, from XP from RTM to EOL, and on Vista through 8.1 from RTM to current.

So if you truly believe what you are saying? Then film yourself taking the Hairyfeet Challenge and post the results to Dropbox. But I have a feeling this is the last we will be hearing from you because every person who has had the guts to take the challenge and respond has either come back with "but but but...its not fair to expect Linux to actually work!" excuses for why their OS can't even provide the most basic of functionality, or the few truly honest ones who said "Ok you are right, this is an issue because I can't get my distro to pass" which is usually followed by them going to the forum of said distro to point this out only to be attacked for not guzzling the koolaid.

4 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

hairyfeet Re:Nobody else seems to want it (726 comments)

"Are you saying that if Microsoft made a radical change to their "kernel" (three big DLL's is a kernel, who knew?) architecture those drivers would still work?"

YES because you can use 32bit WDM drivers right now on 32bit Windows 8.1, you can even take Win2K drivers and use them right now in 8.1, as I have used WinXP RTM drivers in Win 7 SP1, that is 14 years of working drivers to choose from. Meanwhile you can't even use 4 year old drivers in Linux without black screen o death and after 8 years not a single mainstream Linux OS can pass the Hairyfeet Challenge which simulates just FIVE YEARS of support, less than half of what you get with Windows.....HAND.

4 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

hairyfeet Re:Mod parent UP please (726 comments)

That is why Torvalds needs to be quaking in his loafers, the rumors are the new CEO is getting rid of the Ballmer era bullshit and is gonna bring sanity back to MSFT.

I don't know if you've heard but the rumor on the enterprise front is they are gonna offer an Office 365 style package for the OS in the server and desktop space, where you will just pay a set yearly fee and your OS will always be capable of upgrade for free, with a single upgrade button that will upgrade the OS to the latest version and no more of the license hedgemaze. If this comes to pass I can easily see Linux being relegated strictly to LAMP and embedded roles because the corps won't have to deal with Torvalds' messes anymore.

4 days ago
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IBM Gearing Up Mega Power 8 Servers For October Launch

hairyfeet Re:Are they available in the cloud? (112 comments)

The fact that IBM tried to give away their fab to GloFlo should say all that needs saying, as IBM obviously doesn't have enough confidence in POWER to modernize the fab. I have a feeling all IBM has left when it comes to PPC is legacy customers and they are probably already looking at exit strategies.

4 days ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

hairyfeet Re:I seem to remember... (273 comments)

Fuck off yourself because what they are doing is NOT competing, what they are doing is called Predatory pricing which if the DoJ hadn't been bought and sold years ago they would be dropping the hammer on them. this is NO different than Walmart coming into an area and pricing products below cost to wipe out competition and then fucking the consumer when they are the only game in town. its pure evil corporatism at its fucking worse and it fucks everyone but the corp in the end.

5 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

hairyfeet Re:Mod parent UP please (726 comments)

No I'm always buried when I dare to point out the truth, that simple math will show that "let the devs handle it" is simply impossible. You have right now around 250,000 drivers out there for Linux, new hardware probably adds 3k-4k a month and you have MAYBE 500 kernel devs worldwide who have the years of experience in low level coding required to debug a low level driver...starting to see the flaw here? if you pumped the kernel devs full of speed so they did NOTHING but work on drivers 24/7 (and in reality the amount of time they spend on drivers versus the kernel is pretty low, probably 25% at best) then in a perfect scenario you'd have the drivers for a particular piece of hardware looked at by a kernel dev about once every 10 years for a max of 3 minutes! and this isn't even bringing up the facts that 1.- the kernel dev most likely won't have the hardware on hand to test, 2.- Will have little to no hands on exp with said hardware, and 3.- has little to no incentive to spend any real amount of time trying to fix a driver he/she will never need for hardware they will never own...see why it doesn't work?

THIS, this right here, is what royally pisses me of about the FOSSie faction, you can show them that something is fucking IMPOSSIBLE to pull off, its as much as dream as fricking zero point energy but as long as Torvalds or Stallman says its true? Well who you gonna believe, that lying math or the saints? I mean its fucking basic math, you have X NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT CAN DO A JOB AND THE JOB IS GROWING BY X+Y*Z THEN THE JOB AIN'T GETTING DONE!!! Seriously how fricking hard is that?

The fatal flaw in both "let the devs" and "many eyes" is that they go by the assumption that because something worked once upon a time that it will work now while ignoring that the situation is VERY different. Both of those worked just fine, in the 1990s when the entire OS with DE and all the drivers could fit on a single zip disc with tons of space left over....that ain't been the case in over a dozen fricking years! Now the kernel alone is over 10 million LOC and the Linux drivers are in the tens if not hundreds of thousands, yet as we saw right here not to long ago because the kernel devs are a bunch of arrogant asses its become a "good old boys" club that is not only not growing but is stagnant...and they are supposed to keep up with ALL the devices and ALL the drivers and ALL the changes to every subsystem that could break said drivers AND fix them...really?

I'm sorry but there is bullshit, arrogant bullshit, and the "I can fart hard enough to fly to the moon!" completely unbelievable bullshit and "let the devs" is firmly in the latter by a LARGE margin, just ask these guys about the quality of Linux drivers. But because the fanboys are so fricking cultish about Linux anything other than "Gee Biff isn't Linux perfect? Why it sure is Bob, it cures cancer and makes rainbows!" is attacked and modbombed.

5 days ago
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Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

hairyfeet Re:Why not just use hard drives and then store... (193 comments)

Uhhh...it took me a grand total of 20 seconds to find a 50 count single layer for $27 and that is retail, on the scale FB would be buying I'm sure they could shave another $5-$10 off the price.

about a week ago
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The Tech Fixes the PS3 Still Needs, Eight Years On

hairyfeet Re:HTPC (99 comments)

Yes I do and they have never been more powerful or cheaper thanks to the AMD Socket AM1 chips, which just FYI is the same Jaguar platform used by the XB-One and PS4. If you use a Linux HTPC build like OpenELEC you can easily get one built for less than $250 although i have to say that HTPCs are frankly the only place Windows 8 makes sense, its large startscreen is a perfect 10 foot UI for HTPCs.

But unless you were doing VERY specialized code the OtherOS running on the cell just wasn't a good idea, the cell was just too specialized to use as a general purpose CPU. You'd be better off with a Jaguar quad where the entire system uses less than 65w under max load and if you use an SSD idles in the teens. And of course thanks to it being X86-64 you can run any flavor of Windows/Linux/BSD you want without needing a corp to approve.

about a week ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

hairyfeet Re:Okay... and? (316 comments)

Look up "Double Dutch" and "Irish Whip" tax schemes to see why, these megacorps have it set up so it doesn't matter where the money is made, by the time they get done bouncing it around its socked away tax free.

about a week ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

hairyfeet Re:Nobody else seems to want it (726 comments)

It doesn't matter as a core of the OS is being decided by POLITICS, oh and FYI but that PC World article? Its bullshit, its changed a grand total of TWICE in 20 years, from VXD to WDM, from WDM to DF, and you can still use WDM even on Windows 8. I have used XP drivers in Windows 7, that is 14 years of driver support, show me a video of you using a 7 year old driver without playing the make and break game and we'll talk.

If the core of your OS is decided not on its merits but by politics? Then your OS is doomed to become a punchline. BTW the zealots have been making the same excuses for so long that you can break down more than 90% of posts on any Linux article into just the same TMRepo memes, why? Because like Dems and Reps all that matters now is the politics, NOT the OS.

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

hairyfeet Re:Nobody else seems to want it (726 comments)

Look up "Linux driver ABI" and you'll find out...it doesn't exist. it doesn't exist NOT because its a bad idea (hint: every other OS has one) but because of POLITICS, because some of the hardcore zealots scream "ZOMFG they might not give us teh precious codez ZOMFG"...except most of the major corps ALREADY DON'T GIVE YOU THE CODE so it makes not a shitting lick of fricking difference!

So instead of having an easy to use interface so a driver can be written once and last for years (hell I have used 32bit Win2K drivers on 32bit Win 7 without issue) they will keep a throwback to the 1970s because of GNU-politics. Its sad but as long as politics takes a higher place than good OS design it'll keep on sucking. Again its not a FOSS issue, BSD has one and their drivers work for years, its a Linux issue. BTW watch me be attacked for daring to bring this up, its considered religious heresy to even speak of it.

about two weeks 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  |  about 3 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  |  more than 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  |  about 6 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  |  more than 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 8 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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