xtracto (837672) writes "The U.S. Navy and Dept. of Defense have learned valuable lessons that translate to huge contracts for the Linux OS. What does this mean for open source and the community that drives it? Jack Wallen offers his take." Link to Original Source top
xtracto (837672) writes "As he had already predicted, cracker Charlie Miller has won the PWN2OWN contest by cracking Safari and Mac OS X within seconds of the start of the competition. "It took a couple of seconds. They clicked on the link and I took control of the machine," Miller said after his accomplishment. He took home the USD 10000 prize, as well as the MacBook he performed the exploit on. Internet Explorer 8 fell a while later by cracker Nils, who also cracked Safari and Firefox after being done with IE8." Link to Original Source top
xtracto (837672) writes "Is there an Open Source program or file available under Linux which can duplicate the feature available in the RAR file of adding a "redundancy record" to the file in order to allow recovery of the file if corrupted? I need to backup a vast amount of text data (log information for a scientific experiment) and currently I am doing it by compressing the data using tar and bzip2 format and then archive it to DVDs, but I would like to add some redundancy to the files (maybe a standalone program on top of the tar-bziped files). Is there anything like that on Linux?. Note that RAR is not a choice because of the closed file format (as this is scientific data which might be available for everyone in the future)." top
xtracto (837672) writes "Spore is finished. That's the first thing I learn as I head in to my play session at the Leipzig Games Convention. Obviously, the game isn't finished finished (as in ready to ship), but in terms of its content offering, it's all there — the game is complete. At this point, EA is spending the next several months paying attention to feedback from players to tweak and polish Spore for its release next Spring. But otherwise, it's done." top
xtracto (837672) writes "The Unicorn Museum presents a walk through history. Designed by a noted fantasy author, this state-of-the-art 60,000 square foot museum brings the fantastical and highly implausible to life. Based on the idea of 'if it's in the Bible, it must be true', The Unicorn Museum promotes belief in the Biblical Truth of unicorns, a creature mentioned nine times in the KJV Bible. The website has been published as an act of protest by the Brotherhood of Fantasy Creatures (MiddleEarth Div.157) in response to the injurious actions of the Creation Museum. The Creation Museum is a new $27 Million facility designed to teach the truth of Creationism and the Christian Bible." Link to Original Source top
xtracto (837672) writes "Kotaku is reporting to have received reports from a number of readers that some Target retail stores have already instituted the $100 price drop on the PLAYSTATION 3, breaking the July 12 price break and selling the 60 GB model at the new, rumored price of $499. They confirmed with Target locations in Bend, Oregon and Beavercreek, Ohio that the stores are now selling the PS3 at the new lower price" Link to Original Source top
Chart Track data is gathered from 7000 UK retail outlets representing 90 per cent of the software market, including GAME, Gamestation, Play.com, Asda and HMV.
A spokesperson for Chart Track confirmed the figure to GamesIndustry.biz this afternoon, stating: "Yes, sales of PS3 hardware have dropped by 82 per cent."
xtracto (837672) writes "I just returned from buying certain Linux magazine. While looking at the "Computing" stand in the library and right after I grabbed a copy of the Linux magazine a guy asked me if I used Linux, after that, the made told me he had tried to use Linux but that he found it difficult. I told him the first things that came to my mind, this is, that it depended on the distribution (to what answered that he tried using Kubuntu). I recommended him to look for a Linux User Group near his hometown (he told me he was not from nearby). What would you tell this kind of people?, Not so long ago a relative who is completely computer illiterate started talking about Linux (to my surprise) but the general thought is that "it is harder than Windows". What do you people say to advocate Linux, in very few words, considering people that tried to use it before or people that has never used it?"
I am a developer with several years of experience in programming, mostly Java an Windows (Visual Studio, DevC++, PHP MySql, etc) environments. Although I know how to program in C, C++ I have never had interaction with any of the GNU tool chains for maintaining used code in many Open Source software (such as Makefiles, autotools, cmake). I know the basic usage of those (what are they for and how to create one) from some online tutorials I have looked.
Some days ago, I decided to engage in helping a specific (not very big) SourceForge C++ project to practice my C++ skills, however, after downloading the SVN code I was presented with an overwhelming source tree which used either autotools or cmake for the generation of the project. I tried to setup either Eclipse CDT and KDevelop to work in the project and also tried adding a simple class (.h and.cpp) manually but I could not make it compile successfully (did not know what files to modify for the autotools or cmake!).
Therefore I would like to know if there is any place or books (other than the typical Manuals which are not very didactic) which could guide me at the "logic" used when participating in projects using such toolsets.
There you go, a proof of concept method to skip those pesky ad-blocking programs and deliver the ads to the lusers.
I do not know if this is innovative or if it has been already implemented, but I came up with it in the last half hour... if it becomes wildly used, then you saw it first here.
Oh, and the CEO-like mumbo jumbo is courtesy of myself...
--- A technique to enforce ad delivery in Web (HTML) based applications.
The following is the description of a technique which enforces the deployment of web based advertisment preventing the client applications from removing them automatically using extensions such as Adblock (Firefox), AdMuncher (Internet Explorer), etc.
The typical ad-blocker will allow the removal of certain elements in a web page that match certain predefined filters. Thus for example, if an ad blocking program is instructed to filter out elements containing the text "www.adcompany.com/*" in the URL, then when the web client is downloading a web page and the ad blocking component finds the web page that matches the filter it will remove the corresponding element from the HTML.
In order to avoid such behaviour a method to mix the content with the ads is proposed. This method prevents the use of pre-defined filters to remove automatically ad blocking elements in web pages enforcing the web client to display the page as it was designed by the content provider.
To achieve this, the method consists on three steps.
First the web server (i.e. www.mycontent.com ) creates a random URL which will contain the actual web page content (www.mycontent.com/LKFSPEKW ) and redirects the client browser to such page, which perform the second step for every ad to display.
Secondly an ad-server is setup which provides the predefined ads for the web page. This ad-server communicates with the web serverthat displays the content via server-side scripting language (as PHP, Python, etc) to provide the corresponding add to display. The web server then creates a local copy of the ad creating a random based URL (which still has as base the www.mycontent.com web page) creating a virtual directory (www.mycontent.com/XCKLA132D).
Finally, the web server proceeds to insert the ad links in the displayed web page containing the information to be accessed. It is important to note that the URL containing the content of the page must be of a similar nature (random characters, with numbers, etc) than the adds being served in order to prevent automatic filtering. ---
Some of you might have heard about it, some don't. Holophony is, as stated in the Wikipedia:
an audio recording technique, designed by Argentine researcher Hugo Zuccarelli, which operates on a similar principle to Holography, except it applies these principles to sound and audio recording. It uses a multiple exposure technique where an original recording is combined with a reference recording, and the resulting interference patterns are recorded. The result has been reported to be realistic and life-like three dimensional sounding audio recordings which have been said to exceed the realism of stereo sound.
The results obtained from holophonic recording should be listened to be understood. One of the main breakthroughs is the ability to play audio which is real 3D in contrast with current market techniques like DTS, Dolby Surround, etc. Although These techniques claim to produce tridimensional sound, the audio signal listened lacks of the vertical component. An example would be, in a typical THX introduction video where the robot seems to go around fixing the logo, you can listen the sounds at your front, side and back; however, these sounds lay in the same plane, there is difference in the vertical (i.e. there is *no* way to listen sound at the top of your head).
For some time, I have been looking hard on any information available on Internet that would allow me to create this kind of sound. I am a hobbyst game programmer and I believe this kind of sound has a lot of potential in game development. Specially on these days when portable gaming has became mainstream (and that the consoles are powerful enough to create 3D worlds).
As stated on the Wikipedia page, Holophonic sound was invented by an Argentinian named Hugo Zucarelli near the 1980s. It was because of the date of the invention that I was really puzzled why nobody hasnt exploited the inventions; and moreover, why isn't there information on how to achieve this type of audio.
Sometime this year, I started looking *again* for information about Holophony, but now, one obvious thing that I have always missed hit me, this is, if the author is from Argentina then maybe, just maybe there is some information in Spanish (which luckily is my mother tongue).
Although I could not found *how* to record using holophony, to my surprise I found some forums where (it seems) the same Hugo Zucarelli posted what I think is very interesting information which explains why Holophonics is not as widespread as other more accepted sounds.
Unfortunately, the story of this inventor is sad and from what he wrote, it seems some companies from the not-very-liked record industry assossiation of america have once again tried to abuse from the inventor.
I took the task to translate the forum posts made *by* the person who claims to be Hugo zucarelli. On the first forum thread the person claiming to be Mr. Zucarelli uses the nickname Hugi. The translation of the text is as follows:
#132 06-ago-2005 1:21 I am the inventor of the Holophony, I have just arrived to Buenos Aires, you can contact me at [mail removed]@yahoo.com Next Friday in "Obras" I will show for the first time the Holophonic Speakers, I hope you like them.
The concert is "the end", they play "The Final Cut" from Pink Floyd. I hope to see you there. We will have Holophonic disks to sell ($30) 3 x $60 . I will be there to autograph them. Hope to see you there!
#139 09-ago-2005 22:57
On Friday in "Obras" in the concert of "The End" we will sell CDs. Come! Huggo Zuccarelli.
#215 24-feb-2006 23:21 If you want to ask me something interesting for everyone I answer. firstname.lastname@example.org Specially the people that want to meet to chat. I am in Buenos Aires. A hug.
It is on the next post (#216 ) where the interesting bits start:
Holophony is not binaural, because you do not need two ears to appreciate the 3D effect.
As you do not need two eyes to see a hologram in stereoscopic.
The reason is that the ears are tridimensional by nature and do not need to interrelate to work.
If not, you could not percieve sounds being with one ear covered with a pillow.
Moreover, try covering an ear and ask a friend to make a sound with his fingers around, up, down and you will see that you can percieve it.
The binaural heads where made for people instructed far from their intelligence. I, on the other side could be a monkey but I am not retard.
Observe and you will see that you can not pan the reality, you realize that the sound does not COLLAPSE on your ear when you cover the other, according to the binaural theories you could not have no spaciality however the sound does not approach your head it stays there.
Thanks for your interest, I wish that the Yanki and the Britons had not impede me make popular the holophony, that way you too could listen it.
It is still not late, if you know someone who is interested in using it we can still have fun.
A Hug. Hugo
As you can read from the above post, Zuccarelli explains a bit of the theory behind Holophony and the gives some hint about the problems he had to stand against the "Yankis" (peyorative for Americans) and Britons.
This is the first part of the story. I will continue it as I have some time.
So, as I stated I am going to list every stupid comment that states that "OpenOffice is compatible with MS Office", that is bullshit at least by OO 2.0 which is by NO MEANS even 80% compatible. This is the first comment I'll annotate:
Ok, this is the deal. I am being clear as I do not like being scammed or the pyramid schemes.
The first thing to note is a very good hosting company called DreamHost they are a web hosting sevice company whoes services start at $7.95 a month. They DO have a great service, you can look at this review site . Of course you can always make a google search for and see for yourself.
Now, if you go to the homepage you will see that they are running a referral program where you can earn $97 when you reffer someone. This is where I come in.
I am willing to share $15 of those $97 with you. Of course this only works if YOU need a web provider, and you actually become a customer of DreamHost. You must also have a Paypal account, as I will pay you trought PayPal.
Now, you could also reffer some other people and get your $97, that is your buisness.
To do this you need to click here when signing into a service with them, or just type my name "xtracto" as the refferal.
After I get the get the the notification and (of course) the money, I will pay you the $15. For this I will need your paypal account.
And that is it, no hidden tricks and anything, of course if you have any question feel free to mail me (you can see my mail up there).
Update, November 17: Sony has made available an official list of the CD's that contain the XCP copy protection. The list can be read HERE.
As stated on the story: Sony DRM Installs a Rootkit, it seems that some of Sony's disks install a rootkit on your system after you try to listen them on your PC.
Why does it matter?
A rootkit is A type of Trojan that keeps itself, other files, registry keys and network connections hidden from detection. It runs at the lowest level of the machine and typically intercepts common API calls."
It is dangerous because hackers and virus writers can use it to help the attacker [hacker] to maintain his or her access to the system and use it for malicious purposes
On this page one of the developers at SysInternals explains what and how is the rootkit installed WITHOUT ASKING YOU when you insert any of the affected AUDIO CD's to play them on your computer running WINDOWS
Which CD's? I have made a list of the CD's that are "Enhanced" and "Copy Protected" from sony with the XCP copy protection that provides a Rootkit.
It is easy to get an "up to date" list with this google query.
What Can I do? It is important to note that if you have tried to listen any of the above mentioned CD's your computer may have the rootkit installed. Hence, your system may be in danger of being hacked.
If you feel outraged because of this, you can write to the artists and complain about the problem. Tell them that their CD breaks your system as it opens a security hole.
If you think that there are other CD's which should be on this list please feel free to list them in a comment, also if you think any of the listed CD's DOES NOT actually have this problem please also state it in a comment.
UPDATE: November, 07. 2005
Mark Russinovich has posted a new entry on his blog showing some quite interesting and not less nasty behaviours of the fix "patch" provided by sony.
I found very interesting some of the comment posts in response of its blog entry. Specifically the one made by an author named xcp support who presumably represent the company behind the XCP technology.
On that post she states the following:
Blog: He claims that the patch itself could cause a blue-screen, although he says the risk is small.
Answer: This is pure conjecture. F4I is using standard Windows commands (net stop) to stop their driver. Nothing more.
There, she is trying to discredit the information provided by Russinovich's work. Stating that the program uses "standard windows commands". While that is certainly true, Russinovich shown on his post the specific state of the system that would cause the system failure.
Now, more interesting is a post from another user, Matt Nikki:...If you want a more concrete proof, try to rename your favourite ripping software as $sys$whatever.exe and then run it again. You'll notice that the DRM system can no longer detect it, and thus you'll get good copy of the track you try to rip instead of one filled with noise.
So, that means that if someone wanted to make illegal copies of the CD's listed before, they just needed to rename one file!. Thus, at the very end it is Sony's technology who is providing the means to bypass its own copy protection technology.
People won't need to disassemble or hack/crack and or reverse engineer anything. Just rename a simple file.
List Update Anyway, here is an update of the list as of today. For those who asked, no the links above aren't any kind of referral links. This means I will not get any money if anyone clicks those links and/or buy those CDs.
To make this list I am only making a google search as I stated before and then manually parsing the entries.
xtracto writes | more than 9 years ago
Yes, Here is what I have to say:
I am giving away for free my gmail invitations, you only have to give me a gift certificate that could be worth of $1 at the site AllOfMp3 you should note that I AM NOT selling anything, but I want politely to give away my invitations, as I have some of them, and well, i like to download music.
Now, there are several methods of payment in this site, one is from credit card, and I know some of you may not like the idea, but you can buy an X-rost prepaid iCard, it is safer.
If you would want me to give you as a gift more than one account, well, I would appreciate we could exchange the same number of gifts, this is the way we do it in my country, in some special dates we exchange gifts with other people! what do you think?