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This worm spreads by exploiting web servers hosting vulnerable PHP/CGI scripts. It is a modified derivative of the Linux/Slapper and BSD/Scalper worms from which it inherits the propagation strategy. It scans an entire class B subnet created by randomly choosing the first byte from an hard-coded list of A classes and randomly generating the second byte.
Web comics are the next incarnation of traditional cartoons. And while the medium in which they are published has changed, the idea of comics making commentary still stays the same. Today, some Web comic creators use their comic to promote Linux advocacy.
Hot on the heels of our recent piece of silliness which showed how Google word verification threw up the delicious "minge", we can now report that the search monolith has discovered the true meaning of Vulture Central fave "titsup". Reader Adrian J. St. Vaughan explains:
NASHUA, N.H., Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- NextCom launches the FleXtreme NextDimension, a top-of-the-line computer with outstanding computational and graphics capability, taking the best possible advantage of open standards in the smallest form factor available.
“The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and five Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have joined forces to pilot a system to identify zombie computers, notify the unfortunate owners and help them take appropriate action quickly.
Many ISPs have expressed an interest in participating in the project. Five ISPs have agreed to participate in a pilot project: Telstra Bigpond, Optus Internet, Westnet, Pacific Internet and West Australian Network.
[Ed.- Good luck explaining things to unsophisticated users.]
Novell has teamed up with Al Faris, a gold certified Novell solution provider, for a seminar to be held in Bahrain focused on Linux-based identity management and resource management solutions.
... the dark tower of Microsoft is slowly toppling brick by brick.
Many developing countries, and countries with a socialist background, are turning to an Open source technology called Linux. Cuba has already begun the switch from Microsoft to Linux and is just one of many countries that is becoming familiar with and able to use a budding new system that writes itself.
Brazil, India, South Africa, China, Russia, South Korea and recently, Germany are only some of the countries already broadly using various forms of Linux on a governmental level. These nations feel that they are killing two birds with one stone.
MIT's newly upgraded wireless network -- extended this month to cover the entire school -- doesn't merely get you online in study halls, stairwells or any other spot on the 9.4 million square foot campus. It also provides information on exactly how many people are logged on at any given location at any given time. It even reveals a user's identity if the individual has opted to make that data public.
So let's sum up. A high price for minimal coverage, for a risk with limited documented history of losses. It's your call.
Canton, MA – With the release of its PowerDAQ-for-Simulink Toolkit, UEI's PCI/PXI data-acquisition cards now support Mathworks’ Simulink programming tools for hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) and rapid-prototyping applications on Linux.
The latest version of the Linux kernel has been finally released, after being postponed twice for basically no good reason. Originally, this 2.6.14 version was supposed to be available starting October 7th, as Andrew Morton, the man responsible for developing the Linux kernel, said in a mailing list posting in September.
You may be aware of the firestorm of protest from authors and publishers, including two lawsuits, over Google's new Print Library Project... Because I wrote an article for LWN in September about this project and the Author's Guild lawsuit against Google, I know that those accusations are not factually true. For that reason, I decided to republish the information here, because it explains how this project really works and what the legal arguments are on both sides. Google Print Library does not work at all the way it is described by Ms. Schroeder and Mr. Barr, as you will see. While there are arguments to be made on both sides, it is vital in any discussion to be accurate on the facts. So with that goal in mind, here is the result of my research on how Google Print Library really works.
[Ed.- Pamela Jones vs. Rampant Hyperbole and Hysteria. Go, Pamela, go!]
Thanks to everyone that shared in the celebration and shared photos of yourself with the 100 Million Downloads celebratory banner. We received nearly 200 photos and so it was very difficult for the SFX team to pick just ten winners. Actually, it was so difficult that we couldn't do it. The best we could do was to narrow it down to 17 winners (and we selected an 18th as the clear peoples' choice winner based on comments and views.)
Most of the photos fell into some basic categories so we're awarding a first place prize and runners up in these five categories: Nice Photos, Artistic, Group Pics, Best Desk, and Way Too Enthusiastic ;-)
[Ed-Just when you thought the bumbling fools at SCO could not act sillier they have reached a new low. ]
They have asked IBM to turn over "all documents concerning IBM's contributions to the Linux 2.7 kernel," including "development work." There is no Linux 2.7 kernel. Please, please, please, let SCO ask the court to sanction IBM for refusing to hand over the 2.7 materials. Pretty please?
Scott MacGregor writes: "The first release candidate of Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 is now available for download. Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 Release Candidate 1 is intended to allow testers to ensure that there are no last-minute problems with the Thunderbird 1.5 code. There will be at least one more release candidate before the final launch of 1.5.
Federal authorities arrested a 20-year-old California man on Thursday, accusing him of creating bot software to compromise nearly 400,000 Windows computers and using his control of the systems to garner more than $60,000 in profits.
[Ed.- What a criminal mastermind- he vandalized 400,000 PCs for a measly $60k? Way to go, schmuck. Just like causing a thousand dollars' worth of damage to steal a car stereo you'll hock for $40.]
To help you escape from automated phone purgatory, The Seattle Times has compiled a consumer's guide for thwarting the phone systems at about 60 local and national companies and government agencies. We spent more than 2 ½ hours on hold while experimenting with various tricks to bypass the phone menus, voice prompts and automated routing systems to reach a human.
My good friend Fernando Cassia writes me: "I always find it puzzling that the mainstream U.S. media mentions Brazil, but leaves Argentina out of the picture, even when there's something worth mentioning, like this."
Now admittedly, he was fussing over the fact that I missed his article in the Inquirer. But then he doesn't return my emails and leaves me mostly in the dark with regard to South America, which is his home turf.
I am flattered that he refers to us as the mainstream American press. You have to admire his ability as a journalist and his remarkable mastery of English. Not bad for a nice Italian boy living in Argentina, huh? But then Fernando, how come you never write me any more?
If you have not been following this story, it's time you did, as there are some 20 music Cd's out there published by Sony/BMG, that contain this malware they are calling a DRM solution concocted for them by by First 4 Internet. Be warned that once your PC is infected, it is difficult or maybe impossible to remove the code from your computer without causing damage to your system, such as rendering your CD drive inaccessible. In addition to hiding hacks, if your PC is infected with this DRM you can also be setting yourself up for new viruses that your scanner will not detect as the same trick can be used by virus writers to cloak the code from your anti virus protection program. As Airhead sarcastically said in his news submittal on this subject: "Good job Sony"
LONDON - In a perfect example of what goes up must come down, Microsoft had managed to upstage Netscape with the introduction of its now famous Internet Explorer. Even though that stage is far away from Redmond, the arrival of Mozilla Foundation's Firefox and Opera are slowly but surely giving the geniuses at Microsoft many a sleepless night.
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