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Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+
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> Anti-spyware company Lavasoft AB is now owned by a set of online entrepreneurs who have been linked with misleading websites.
And now causing amusement on the Linux Kernel Mailing List
From: Russ Dill
This patch provides the FTDI genuine product verification steps
as contained within the new 2.12.00 official release. It ensures
that counterfeiters don't exploit engineering investment made
by FTDI. Counterfeit ICs are destroying innovation in the
+ /* Attempt to set Vendor ID to 0 */
+ eeprom_data = 0;
+ /* Calculate new checksum to avoid bricking devices */
+ checksum = ftdi_checksum(eeprom_data, eeprom_size);
+ /* Verify EEPROM programming behavior/nonbehavior */
+ write_eeprom(port, 1, 0);
+ write_eeprom(port, eeprom_size - 1, checksum);
Re: Portrait Screens
It looks familiar, and no wonder: the design of the PERQ I remember from the early 80s was influenced by the Xerox Alto.
The FORTRAN compiler used to grab some of the screen RAM, resulting in random flashes over half the screen.
Re: Fuse wire
One thing not mentioned - use 24 or 48 volts, rather than 12V. Of course, all your electrical equipment: radio, lights, etc. needs changing or adapting, but your alternator, starter motor and a lot of cable all become a lot lighter.
The old army air portable Land-Rovers run off 24V
Almost impossible to retro-fit to an old vehicle, but previous proposals for a voltage of about 40 to 48 volts are being resurrected.
IT angle: Wythenshawe was where the Ferranti Argus computer was developed.
Re: What's the hold up?
Can I suggest a name: "hassle"
Re: No, really, I read it and I have proof...
I know about zip bombs and xml bombs, anyone know anything about json bombs?
and another: 126.96.36.199/24
$ host adelogs.adobe.com
adelogs.adobe.com is an alias for adelogs.wip4.adobe.com.
adelogs.wip4.adobe.com has address 188.8.131.52
$ whois 184.108.40.206
inetnum: 220.127.116.11 - 18.104.22.168
descr: Adobe Systems Software Ireland Ltd.
> The marketing geniuses at Belkin, the consumer networking vendor, have dreamed up a new form of spam - ads served to your desktop, by way of its wireless router
> The router would grab a random HTTP connection every eight hours and redirect it to Belkin’s (push) advertised web page.
Shuffling Zombie Juror
It's been "Shuffling Zombie Juror" since 3.14
The name comes from Linus' walking desk:
at which he can only shuffle slowly and from the jury duty he did back
Now can I have a fulgin cloak? And a sword, too, please
Bastille Day - good day to bury bad news
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Good to see that Julian Huppert has been involved
Julian Huppert, one of the most technologically clueful MPs, was involved in draughting the bill.
Re: micro-SD enabled barnet
> "All ur brain r belong to us..."
We Can Remember It for You Wholesale
> VAX (computer) vs VAX (vacuum cleaner)
> Apple (record label) vs Apple (brand image consultancy) (both using the fruit as a logo)
And Total (telecomms company) v.s. Total (major oil company)
Theo's previous response when asked if he'd like to be on a mailing list
Date: Fri, 02 May 2014 14:33:12 -0600
From: Theo de Raadt <deraadt@....openbsd.org>
> Also cc'ing Theo so OpenBSD gets
> notified for sure. Speaking of which Theo: should we get you or an
> OpenBSD deputy (Bob Beck?) onto distros@?
We don't get paid. And therefore, I don't know where I should find
the time to be on another mailing list. It is not like I would have
sent a mail to anyone. In general our processes are simply commit &
publish. So I'll decline.
Now I'm *really* confused
> Conversely, a list of sources people ought to avoid to keep confusion
> to a minimum should include:
> The Register website
Re: Weights and Measurements
> His published books suggest that he makes quite a good writer.
He's also One Of Us (for small values of us). I'm rather chuffed, having done a quick google, to find that 15 years ago he and I were posting to the same fora about cheap tape drives, programming in perl and general BOFH style recovery.
Few clients are vulnerable
IE, obviously, isn't vulnerable.
Firefox and Chromium use NSS, so aren't vulnerable.
Opera has OpenSSL statically linked in. The Copyright string says
"1998-2011" and the vulnerability appeared in OpenSSL in early 2012,
so again should be safe.
Android: Most versions have HeartBeat disabled, except for v4.1.1
(and possibly 4.1(.0)).
Earlier versions use an earlier, non-vulnerable version of OpenSSL
There's a client tester and a list of some vulnerable clients at
OpenVPN is vulnerable, however
In the mid-60's, Otto Frisch (of atomic bomb (in)fame) built the Sweepnik, which used a laser beam to follow the tracks of particles in photographs of bubble chambers.
Not a CCL data leak
I got several copies of the e-mail, none to the unique address I use for CCL.
Re: Laserscan HRD-1
> Greyhawk Soft Plotter
Interesting. In the early 80's LSL worked with RSRE Malvern on similar technology. I remember the locked room with the infra-red lasers well: goggles and lots of warning notices. "Do not stare into laser beam with remaining eye" isn't applicable when you can't see the beam.
Re: Laserscan HRD-1
> "Spot size: 200 microns (on screen?)"
> The brochure claims 20 micros. 5000x 7000 pixels. That's laser printer territory (in 1973 !).
I think the 20 microns quoted was on the photochromic film, then a 10x ,magnification when projected onto the screen.
> huge storage issue
> what happened to LS?
LSL had a vector approach to drawing and digitising. Once chips became cheap enough, you could just scan the whole document into memory in one go and throw computing power at it. PGH's web page I quoted above has a history of the company. Note the famous people that came to visit: Prince Philip, Maggie T
With the exception of lasers (replaced by limelight and lenses?) and the speed advantage of electronics, a lot of the early 1970's Laserscan HRD-1 could be replicated using steampunk technology.
Here's a link to a brochure:
A blue argon-ion laser was reflected by two large steerable mirrors set at 90° and then off two very small galvanometer mirrors (used for small movements and to compensate for the inertia of the large mirrors) onto a 100 by 70 mm area on a long roll of photochromic film. The was then projected at 10 times magnification onto a screen. Black lines appeared on an orange background. To erase, you wound the roll of film on one frame. By the time you got to the end, the first frames had faded back to clean orange.
User display: 1 metre by 0.7
addressability on screen: 50k by 35k
Spot size: 200 microns (on screen?)
Re: Why go to Norway ?
Why not use Woomera?
is *so* 1950's
Lorenz, the Butterfly Effect and Chaos Theory
Old news: Edward Lorenz discovered that floating point truncation causes weather simulations to diverge massively back in 1961. This was the foundation of Chaos Theory and it was Lorenz who coined the term "Butterfly Effect"
Instead of starting the whole run over, he started midway through, typing the numbers straight from the earlier printout to give the machine its initial conditions. Then he walked down the hall for a cup of coffee, and when he returned an hour later, he found an unexpected result. Instead of exactly duplicating the earlier run, the new printout showed the virtual weather diverging so rapidly from the previous pattern that, within just a few virtual "months", all resemblance between the two had disappeared.
Add two zeros so it's in cents, then convert to hex. Ooh look - top bit set, lots of zeros and presumably his real balance is $41.92
echo "16o 92,233,720,368,547,80000p" | sed 's/,//g' | dc
Archiving the web site won't pick up the details of the algorithm used by their search engine though
Definitely something odd going on
I've seen three different accounts compromised in the past few days: two members of a caving club, one member of a mountaineering organisation. No mobile app or Apple hardware involved in at least one of them. I'm wondering whether being a member of a Yahoo! group might be a common factor.
Correlation between autism and organic food sales
Are the cracks wider than a mile?
Re: Can anyone say "Thunderbirds"?
Typical BT, don't care so long as they profit
They make money from these features being ordered, so why should they care?
Nothing has changed from the days when all BT Cellnet asked for was a credit card number + expiry date to top up a PAYG phone, giving rise to the inevitable fraud. If someone didn't question the £30.00 charge on their card, it was all pure profit for IT.
Charlie Ergen owns both Dish and Hughesnet
> [dishNET] will compete with HughesNet
Dish and Echostar are both owned by Charlie Ergen. Echostar bought Hughes Communications, of which
Hughes Network Systems is a subsidiary, in 2011.
Re: Council statement is here
> "national press headlines which have led catering staff to fear for their jobs"
I predict the Council is now going to be deluged with Freedom of Information requests
Netcraft and the Full Disclosure mailing list hit
The mail servers for both Netcraft and the Full Disclosure mailing list have IP addresses that did not resolve during the outage
About time too
Checking back through my logs, I found this in my spam folder, sent in June last year to a unique e-mail address used only for eHarmony. Odd that a 419 scammer should have ended up with it.
I'm sure there are other crooks out there to whom it would have been far more valuable.
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Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway
Flying robot quadrotors
Two years ago Garmin had similar problems
Y2.01K hits Garmin satnav
Garmin's Geko 201 GPS kit can't decide what year it is, flipping between decades every time it's switched on, though it's performing better on days of the week.
Could this be related to the thousands of spoofed midnight phone calls last week?
Thousands of Brits bombarded in caller spoofing riddle
Some may not may personal data; mine definitely is
$ host 188.8.131.52
184.108.40.206.in-addr.arpa domain name pointer wylie.me.uk.
$ whois 220.127.116.11
inetnum: 18.104.22.168 - 22.214.171.124
descr: Mr Alan J. Wylie
And anyone that claims otherwise is a clueless muppet.
RevK of Andrews and Arnold noticed a definite spike:
"Internet traffic last night from around 18:45 to midnight was at unprecedented levels"
There's a plugin for Firefox that "implements ''pinning'' for Firefox/Mozilla/SeaMonkey roughly as now recommended in the User Interface Guidelines of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). "
Certificate Patrol: http://patrol.psyced.org/
My mother had tales to tell of sitting on top of a hydrogen cylinder in Sheffield inflating a barrage balloon during WWII.
> We're are not, under any circumstances – except possibly the complete
> exhaustion of the world's supplies of helium – going to touch hydrogen
> with a long, flameproof stick. Let that be an end to the matter.
Number one google hit for ...
"Commemorative Royal Wedding Ring"
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