Re: I want to quit my addiction to Microsoft products...
"someone has an easy link to easy steps to get the distro on a USB I'd appreciate it..."
2445 posts • joined 24 Mar 2010
"someone has an easy link to easy steps to get the distro on a USB I'd appreciate it..."
"This is a distro that deserves more credit than it ever receives!"
"Spreading Linux worm"
Not exactly spreading - infects via php vuln, so it needs a running webserver to allow the infection, and then it tries to infect, using a binary from a single, known server, any other networked webserver using a small, motley collection of usernames/passwords. After that where does it go ?
Even Symantec rate it low
Wild Level: Low
Number of Infections: 0 - 49
Number of Sites: 0 - 2
Geographical Distribution: Low
Threat Containment: Easy
Damage Level: Medium
Deletes Files: Deletes files.
Distribution Level: Low
Agree that it may yet be the tip of the iceberg but the real problem is poor passwords on devices
"Richto was my previous name on here - changed because of confusion it was some sort of boast about wealth - not a new account"
Most regulars know that - apart from anything else your tedious style, idiotic references that often actually disprove the point you are trying to make and general pro-Windows, anti Linux rants are rather obvious even when posting as AC
AC/TheVogon/RICHTO - what's the difference ?
There seems to be a huge increase in this recently, indeed I 'received' the Skype message this morning - I say 'received' because my ISP does a really good job of screening these out and puts them into a folder that I need to access via webmail - I just looked and there are 12 alone in the last 5 days - all with zipped Windows executables as the attachments
"So Higgs bosons are supposed to give mass to everything, and they can decay into bosons and other stuff, but bosons have mass and therefore must contain Higgs bosons..."
It's the Higgs field that is supposed to give bosons mass. In QM the field should have a corresponding particle - the Higgs Boson
Oh, you've woken up, have you ?
"These are Linux botnets"
Anything substantial to support this ?
I've read reams about this and it all seems to be re-hash, no mention of Linux or Windows
"ideal for those wishing to lose weight"
That's what struck me - it's slightly less than the estimated daily calorie expenditure of hunter-gathers from ~5000 years ago
"As to Android?! I can't see that ever making it onto corporate desktops. Linux itself already has very high vulnerabilities counts, and Java as a UI is catastrophically unsafe! Just look at the Malware issues that it already has...."
Funny, Windows managed to get onto corporate desktops and look at the vast ocean of malware for that
"With hindsight I should have prefaced with "In the volume market,"."
To be fair, now retired, I still can use all the cpu I can get. Processing 1080p/50 video takes huge amounts for example.
"How else can I buy a really fast server for crunching numbers or big data using Linux?"
Sadly I agree, We moved from SG workstations to Xeon workstations, gained performance, future proofing and all our specialist scientific software could be readily obtained for Linux, further we then assembled 512, then 1024 then 2048 node commodity-based Linux X86-64 clusters. This all saved a fortune and still allowed us to mix in IBM fileservers & compute servers.
"Serial ports are supported post Win XP"
That's not really the point 'modern' hardware esp. laptops don't usually have them. The one I'm using at the mo' from 2007 doesn't. My micro ATX server doesn't - sure I could add a card ( wasting the only expansion slot) but these USB/serial converters were ~£5
"Used a serial to USB adaptor."
Use several on my Linux file/print/oddsnsods server to communicate with PIC microcontrollers. Work really well and just needed a few lines changing in the source. No drivers needed.
"Adobe's PDF Reader is a particular culprit."
Well, yes, but I thought a lot of this stuff was good, old badfile.pfd.exe or e.g. invoice.zip being extracted to an executable. I've been getting a lot recently but it's stopped by my ISP so I only see it in the spam folder if I use web access to my account
"but I'm not going to an unverified website"
I don't know if anyone has used http://sitecheck.sucuri.net/scanner/ to check any susp. website ?
I know, I know it's a chicken & egg, and as usual I tried it first from a Linux VM running under Linux but it seems good to me
"Why are we not developing Hydrogen-powered cars?"
Because generating hydrogen at the momen either means using fossil fuels or electricity at poor efficiency
"Never mind Tesla, is there any interest from Durex?"
Let me get this right - you want to reuse ?
"This is an IT website, so get used to it."
In your case it merely serves as a spotlight on your own ignorance. Of course it's drivel - it's like saying a vuln in Firefox is a fault of Linux. Goodgrief, have your prejudices but try and behave rationally.
"Actually I was totally taking the piss."
Yes, I know. I enjoyed it all the more !
Well I'm going to downvote you because although mostly correct in your statement you missed out 'rather secure' or better 'exceptionally secure'
From the Norton link in June
Risk Level 1: Very Low
Linux.Fokirtor Threat Assessment
Wild Level Low
Number of Infections 0 - 49
Number of Sites 0 - 2
Geographical Distribution Low
Threat Containment Easy
Damage Level Medium
Distribution Level Low
""although we're all going to have to get used to it""
Oh no - those days are long gone !
"a small market share compared to other manufacturers"
BMW in UK (2012) are 6.5% which given the number of manufacturers (~40) is pretty good. They are only bested by Ford, VW, Vauxhall although VW group are the real leaders with ~20%
"but they cost thousands"
Hugin costs nothing and is excellent
"15,511,210,043,330,985,984,000,000 more of them" - have pity on him - he's just a Yahoo!
"so a port to Linux is easier." - I imagine so much of 'our' software was in-house and much scientific software is written for Unix and nowadays Linux
Apology : I read it as 'capable'
"I didn't know Linux was incapable of running closed source applications."
If you're not joking -it does and I spent a great deal of my last few years at work running EXTREMELY expensive molecular and protein modeling programs - all closed-source and all protected to the hilt.
"Of course neutrinos, and all other matter, can travel through time."
Agree. On the other hand photons don't experience the passage of time at all - interesting.
"not very much but enough to require a colossal amount of energy to accelerate one to a speed faster than that which light travels at"
Not colossal merely infinite
NASA state on their webpage that the photo shows the moon also as a slight extension to the south-east of the earth 'blob' - on the .tif image it looks to be so but the .jpg has artifacts which mask it . The difference in size between the files is 94MB/0.76MB so I guess that's a reasonable tradeoff.
(I did need to use my reading glasses at ~6" from the 1920x1080 display to see it though )
Earth - mostly harmless
"They already have solar producing 25% of their needs"
They do not !
Solar being ~4% in 2012 as far as I can see, coal+gas ~65%, wind ~8%
I heard a German boasting recently that "they produced almost all of their elec. from renewables" - talk's cheap
"incurs a total bandwidth consumption of 1,382,400 bytes."
Are you sure ? I make it 1.38 GB
"Hmmm and now try get a column containing 000846383 to load as text from a CSV."
It will in LibreOffice as long as ALL that column is to be text. You need to select the column in the import preview and change it's type from the pull-down menu to 'text'
With Excel I can't remember although I used to import VERY large CSVs once upon a time.
"how does Excel calculate if you have put the $ at the front of each number?"
Don't remember with Excel but LibreOffice ( presumably on a UK set machine) treats a number starting with a £ symbol as just that and sums to the correct value. Dollars and other currencies need have the cells/rows/columns formatted and then the unadorned number typed. A safer option really, in any case, is to format to use the 3-letter currency code USD, CHF, GBP etc. which also can be chosen from the formatting menu
"Google could produce an alternative to FAT32/ExFAT"
There are many excellent alternatives but as most gadgets and new sticks/cards use one of the FATs then it would cause all sorts of problems to switch.
"rows to the value of $500 were inserted into the spreadsheet but somebody forgot to press F9 in order to recalculate the spreadsheet formulae."
Why would you have turned off auto mode ? I rarely did even when I had huge sheets. Recalculate was pretty quick.
Even on this old 1.6GHz Celeron laptop using LibreOffice I've just altered the first value in a set of 400000 sine calculations each dependent on the another and it took < 1sec
"Indeed, who *does* use TIFF as a common file format? "
It's used in photography as it's lossless , indeed I think some RAW formats are modified TIFF. Certainly photo processing software like the panorama program Hugin uses it internally for intermediates and can also export it.
"You can (apparently) easily use samba over wireless"
I certainly use Samba/the house file server via wireless to let my wife's Nexus 7 save/load stuff using ( I think - we're away at the moment) FileExpert > interestingly it only seems to allow onto the Nexus file formats that Android has apps that will open - must probe a little more
"You may find that when you made the booking for the hotel in advance"
No, and as I have a motorhome I spend a lot of time on French campsites too - some ask for form filling but hardly any ask for passports.
"Switzerland you may do,"
Almost never, and I travel there by road a lot as we have a holiday home. Infrequently at the motorway crossing in Geneva. A few years ago (~2009) we crossed near Belfort on a fine road (E27) with brand new huge customs/border area which was completely deserted
"This requires all hotels and other commercial accommodation to have foreign guests complete, in their own hand, a registration form and provide valid identification documents."
Well I've traveled to Europe, mostly by road, 3-5 times a year for the last 20+ years and I've never needed anything other than a booking number for a hotel, occas. filled out a form, hardly ever shown a passport (except flying) , maybe once or twice at the Swiss border - but always traveling back into GB
"Sounds like you need to Bing UAC...."
Surely you mean Google...
""Also, one remembers that Stuxnet was spread by USB sticks."
The original versions used a modified autorun.inf file.
Later versions used a vulnerability in how .lnk files were handled
"This means that, even with AutoRun and AutoPlay disabled, you can open a removable media device (USB) and execute malicious code without user interaction."
"Also, one remembers that Stuxnet was spread by USB sticks."
AFAIK it wasn't spread by USB sticks that magically installed software - it needed autorun