* Posts by STrRedWolf

16 posts • joined 10 Oct 2011

Stunning infosec tips from Uncle Sam, furries exposed, Chase bank web leak, and more


The Reg hack forgot to research outside the fursuit.

Only 20%-25% of the furry community actually "fursuit" or cosplay. So that "people who dress up" line is an old, tired, inaccurate statement. (Yeah, I sent the correction in)

More info from Anthrocon: https://www.anthrocon.org/what-is-furry/

Remember CompuServe forums? They're still around! Also they're about to die


First Quantum Link... then Usenet... now...

It was inevitable. Quantum Link's forums shut down... then Usenet died off... and now Compuserve is being absorbed and rebranded into the AOL/Yahoo/Oath borg, and with it, the discussion boards of old are gone.

Wish they'd donate them to the Internet Archive.

SCARY SPICE: Pumpkin air freshener sparks school evacuation


And badly sourced.

The report pointed to a CBS network affiliate... which isn't in Baltimore. It pulled the copy from the Baltimore CBS station, WJZ.

Yes, I've sent a correction notice in. I bet the Reg hacks are sleeping off their hangovers...

Facebook fake news: Sort it out yourself, readers


Bad use of dead character for graphic

Great timing on using Pepe the Frog in the header image there, lads. He's dead.


Cat discovers GNOME desktop bug


Didn't find the Linux Kernel Panicing Cat?

With actual photos, this time. Timo from the Kernel list was able to find a crash/panic bug using a "feline input weight." https://lkml.org/lkml/2011/11/3/110

What data recovery software would you suggest?


The question really is: Do you need something to recover a crashed laptop, a virus-loaded laptop, or do you want something to back up your laptop so you can recover easier (aka prevention)?

For a crashed (or crashing) laptop, there is only one solution: Spinrite at grc.com. This works wonders and is worth the $90. Don't be fooled by it's tiny (3.5" floppy) size -- it's written in assembler by GRC's sole owner, Steve Gibson. Spinrite also works on SSDs (using level 1, max level 2). Get it, slap it on a CD, boot into it, scan your drive. It'll take a while but it's worth the wait and price.

For a virus loaded laptop, pull a copy of the AVG Rescue CD, and boot into it. Scan your system. Then switch to MalwareBytes and let it clean up your system.

If you Windows install is completely hosed, grab a Knoppix CD and use it to dig through your laptop and copy your data to an external USB drive. This is Linux for the win.

For prevention, there's numerous ways including Carbonite or even setting up a Raspberry Pi with a large desktop HD (or even a USB based Drobo) and setting up a "Time Machine for Unix" scheme.

Your 'funny' cat pics are weighing down the web, so here's a better JPEG encoder from Mozilla


Why not just replace the last-end compression?

Mozilla forgot one other item as well. JPEGs are compressed in phases. The first few are to translate the RGB image to a different colorspace, something like YuYv. It then reduces the image down depending on configuration (remember, JPEGs loose information by design), and then finally hands it off to a general data compression codec.

That codec? Arithmetic.

No, it's not LZW (aka XZip), not BZIP, not even GZIP (PKWare's Deflate) or LZ77 (GIF), hell it's not even Huffman! It's plain arithmetic encoding, and anyone who knows their compression codecs knows plain old' arithmetic encoding SUCKS.

To demonstrate that it sucks, the folks behind StuffIt! (Mac compression tool) put in a custom JPEG compressor, which took the JPEG, undid the arithmetic encoding, and recompressed it with Deflate. When it was uncompressed, it just un-Deflated it, re-arithmetic encoded, and passed it off as the original JPEG. It got like 10-15% savings.

Penguins, only YOU can turn desktop disk IO into legacy tech


Haven't been monitoring things, have we?

Phoronix published results of the Flash Friendly File System (aka F2FS) that's bundled in the Linux 3.8 kernel. Compared on SSD, SD cards, and even USB flash drives against EXT3, EXT4, XFS, and even BTRFS... F2FS improved performance in most cases. In some cases it even beat exFAT and NTFS.

I'm waiting for it to stabilize on 3.9 though.

WTO ruling emboldens pirates of the Caribbean


If this goes through, this means:

Pirate Bay, bullet-proof hosting services, and even Mega will land mirrors on their networks.

Internet connectivity gets upgraded ASAP.

The media companies start bribing heavily enough to cause military action.

A&B get nuked.

World War 3.

I'd move to Germany but they're even worse than the US.

Welcome to 'Vulture South'


Okay, what's Vulture Far East? Tokyo?

And what about Vulture North, since the home office (nest?) is in the UK?

'I'm a PIRATE' confessions spew from OED iPhone dictionary


Great, another Trojan horse. And why haven't these been yanked off the store?

Ohio voting machines have 'backdoor', lawsuit claims

IT Angle

PA Touchscreen was not calibrated.

Hearing reports that the touchscreen on the machine wasn't calibrated in PA. The Ohio problem, though, if it's a paperwork/audit issue, needs an audit.

Apple banishes Java from Mac browsers


Actually, Apple did talk to Oracle earlier and decided to get out of the biz of doing their own Java builds. Oracle will take care of that now... and considering what Oracle's done to patch Java (finally)...

Amazon lets you barf VMs out of EC2


Don't forget the DIY stuff.

Did someone forget that VDMK also works in any VMWare product (including the free Server, which you can slap on any Linux box) and Oracle's VirtualBox?

Microsoft unveils paid SkyDrive options


Would be nice if it matched Dropbox's range of OSen.

Skydrive: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android (by third party)

Dropbox: Windows, Mac, *LINUX*, iOS, Android, and many third party access.

Yeah, wake me when Skydrive hits the penguins.

Twitter update: @regsecurity – The Reg bags imposter

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Agree with Patrick on @elreg being human

(First time commentard, please be brutal. :D )

I was about to suggest that -- let @theregister and @regsecurity be RSS feed stuff, and @elreg be human (with some updates on various projects going on). Monitoring @theregister for feedback will be helpful in case of problems (like hacks to Vulture Central hardware or notices of specials at nearby pubs).

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