17 posts • joined Friday 20th July 2007 12:53 GMT
i, for one, welcome our new death house overlords... :-)
firstly... facebook has ads?! Where? "Damn" that adblock. :)
secondly... it seems there are two types of willy-wavers in these comments, those that think they are superior due to the size of their contact list and those who think they are superior because they think only their opinion matters.
Grow up people!
they can't tell us, its classified
I have a more plausible theory than aliens.
He wandered into restricted airspace north of las vegas and was shot down. This has been classified and the US government simply can't/won't tell us.
changing admin password
Changing the admin password won't help you at all if you have your browser set to remember the username and password of your router...
Its as simple as putting a meta refresh to some 192.168.1.1 page in an external internet page, and boom, you'd be exploited.
how this is done
This does not involve gaining full control of a users pc first.
Trivial, and an annoying way for a spammer to waste your paper and toner.
Vodafone actually have something in their small print which states that your transfer is only 'free' up to a certain amount if and only if it is HTTP traffic on port 80. Anything else they bill you at full whack for. They are very quiet about this. I often use my phone for mobile IRC and got bitten by this a few times, luckily IRC is very low bandwidth and the bill was not expensive. Still, beware when you see 'unlimited'.
@ Get a Mac
Sure. I'll go out right now and buy a system that costs a lot more than my wintel system, has less features than my linux system, and lacks the ability to play 99.9% of windows games and has compilation issues with a lot of open source apps. Great idea! *passes coat to OS fanboys*
@ Blame the carriers
I have been receiving unsolicited text messages ever since i changed my number. It seems i am receiving someone elses spam. I enquired at the vodafone shop, and they told me there is a system in place to blacklist numbers and take them out of rotation for i think it was 6 months between users. Even though this happens, certain disreputable spammers will still continue sending texts to failed targets, which explains why most of the texts i get are from international sources advertising very dodgy websites. I was told there is nothing the phone company can do about these and they do not respond to 'STOP', so i may just get them to give me a new number. Surely this is a viable solution too?
How exactly is a denial of service attack 'victimless'? Some poor sucker has to pay for the bandwidth, and it can be a very large amount of money.
@ Damon Anderson
I believe the latest release of gnome is 2.20 not 2.2 (this is eighteen revisions later, not '2.2.0'). There are many ways to access removable media from the commandline the most notable being hald which works just like windows in that you insert the media and it becomes available immediately.
Gnome has changed a lot, it looks a lot nicer, its more user friendly, and its cleaner in terms of finding what you want. In theory i could run my system without resorting to the terminal but i would find this a hassle, after all i am a programmer and guis sometimes just slow me down, as they do most technically minded people.
As for KDE, i havent used it in many years.
As for wether or not gnome is actually ready for desktop use by every man and his dog in place of windows, i would have to say 'not yet'. However, I don't mind the fact that linux is still somewhat a minority operating system because while it remains in the shadow of more popular OSes, it will draw less attention from idiots who write viruses, malware, and exploits, keeping it the more secure alternative.
two second check
I would guess that the only way to do this in two seconds is have a list of known processes and versions which are vulnerable to attacks, and walk the process list printing out 'hah you are vulnerable' if the said process is running.
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