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Linux/lupper.worm

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.

"User Friendly" and "GPF" creators on comics and operating systems

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 7, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
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.

Google discovers true meaning of 'titsup'

  • The Register; By Lester Haines (Posted by tadelste on Nov 7, 2005 12:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
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:

Harness the NextDimension with NextCom's Innovative Xtreme Performance, Portable Graphics Development Workstation and Server

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dcparris on Nov 7, 2005 12:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
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.

Australian Government to Crack Down on Computer Zombies

  • LinuxElectrons; By ByteEnable (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 6, 2005 11:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
“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 targets Bahrain

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.

Microsoft losing control

  • The Daily Texan (University of Texas); By Devon Ryan (Posted by tadelste on Nov 6, 2005 10:49 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
... 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 maps wireless users across campus

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.

Need open source insurance?

  • ZDNet; By Dana Blankenhorn (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 6, 2005 9:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
So let's sum up. A high price for minimal coverage, for a risk with limited documented history of losses. It's your call.

Data Acquisition SDK Now Supports Mathworks on Linux

  • LinuxElectrons; By Tommy (Posted by tadelste on Nov 6, 2005 9:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
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.

New Linux Kernel

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.

Explaining the Google Print Library Project

  • Groklaw; By Pamela Jones (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 6, 2005 8:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
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!]

Mozilla Firefox 100 Million Downloads Celebration Image Contest Winners Announced

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 ;-)

SCO looking for Non-existent code in Non-existent kernel

  • Groklaw; By Pamela Jones (Posted by bstadil on Nov 6, 2005 6:23 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, SCO
[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?

Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 Release Candidate 1 Available

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.

Suspected bot master busted

  • Security Focus; By Robert Lemos (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 6, 2005 5:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
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.]

How to outsmart automated phone systems

  • Seattle Times; By Jolayne Houtz and Emily Heffter (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 6, 2005 3:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
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.

Intel to create software development centre in Argentina

  • The Inquirer; By Tom Adelstein (Posted by tadelste on Nov 6, 2005 2:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Intel
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?

Is it time for Sony to recall their rootkit DRM music Cd's?

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"

Ie, Firefox and Opera, who's the fairest of them all?

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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