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376  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: new programmer possibly on: April 09, 2009, 12:43:41 AM
iPhone dev does require using Apple's Mac OS X operating system and knowledge of the Objective-C programming language. You also need the iPhone SDK from Apple, which is a free 1.7 GB download, though to put apps on the store will set you back USD$99.

As for where to where to start with programming, there are many threads already on this which can be located using the search function, although most of the regulars are more than happy to have the discussion again.

Good luck Thmbsup

Ehtyar.
377  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Conficker - The Facts on: April 08, 2009, 10:39:53 PM
I'm not sure I understand exactly what kind of "proof" you need that's not already out there. Are you under the impression that the analysis of Conficker linked in the first post was made up?

Ehtyar.
378  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Name The Best UNZIPPER! on: April 08, 2009, 01:59:10 AM
7-zip for speed and context menu.

Some heavy interface users might prefer PeaZip.

Ehtyar.
379  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Conficker - The Facts on: April 06, 2009, 07:01:29 AM
You mean you're doubting it will be updated...right? Not sure how you could convince yourself it doesn't exist at all...

Ehtyar.
380  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: freeware that checks for XML non-compliance on: April 06, 2009, 01:33:46 AM
Looks like libexpat contains a tool specifically to check xml well-formed-ness. Get a copy here and try out the xmlwf.exe tool.

Ehtyar.
381  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Update - Some Highlights on: April 05, 2009, 07:55:15 PM
Some of the more recent funnies mostly from the IRC channel.

Why Joshua Is Straight
Quote from: Joshua
(09:36:27) <Metshrine> Man, this guy has a fantastic ass, sometimes I wish I were bi-sexual.
(09:36:52) <Metshrine> but then i remember i would have to take as opposed to just giving, then i know why I am not
(09:37:25) <Lashiec> lmao

Be Nice to People with Special Needs
Quote from: Gothic
<mouser> hahhhaha:
<mouser> <Gothi[c]> you're just mean, aren't you?
<mouser> <Gothi[c]> yes but
<mouser> <Gothi[c]> you're nice to metshrine
<mouser> <Gothi[c]> because of your experience with 'special needs'
<mouser> --
<mouser> hahahaahahahahahahaha
<mouser> josh: pwned

Josh's Baby
Quote from: half_the_channel
(11:51:05) <Dell[a]> Metshrine, hows the baby?
(11:51:15) <Metshrine> baby?
(11:51:25) * Metshrine has no baby
(11:51:44) <Metshrine> Thats like asking mouser "How's the PhD"
(11:51:45) <Metshrine> He has none!
(11:51:46) <scancode> can you get a baby by having gay buttsecks
(11:51:49) <CodeByter> Metshrine is pregnant?
(11:51:58) <CodeByter> wowwwwww, ouch scancode
(11:52:00) <Metshrine> scancode: Let's you and me find out
(11:52:06) <scancode> sure
(11:52:08) <Metshrine> :-D
(11:52:09) * scancode assrapes Metshrine
(11:52:11) <Metshrine> I PITCH!
(11:52:18) <Metshrine> NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(11:52:23) <EhtyarWRK> oh dear god
(11:52:39) <CodeByter> um scancode
(11:53:04) * Metshrine looks at his sore anal cavity
(11:53:05) <y0himba> *PERK* Assrape
(11:53:06) * y0himba goes back to lurking.
(11:53:07) <CodeByter> haha
(11:53:08) <scancode> <3 dc
(11:53:12) <Dell[a]> lol y0himba

Della and Gothi[c] Sittin' in a Tree
Quote from: Della
(14:11:12) <lanux128> hey EhtyarWRK
(14:11:38) <EhtyarWRK> yesh lan man?
(14:13:31) <lanux128> just checking
(14:13:37) <lanux128> awful silence in here
(14:14:05) <EhtyarWRK> i just got back from lunch
(14:14:08) * Della bangs on some pots and pans
(14:14:41) <EhtyarWRK> goth man = pots & pans?
(14:14:54) <Della> im not gothic
(14:14:56) <Della> im della
(14:15:07) <EhtyarWRK> read it again
(14:15:27) <Della> ohhhh
(14:15:31) <EhtyarWRK> lol
(14:15:31) <Della> i get it
(14:15:37) * Della chuckles
(14:15:54) <lanux128> but Ehtyar i don't get it
(14:16:53) <EhtyarWRK> if della bangs on pots and pans
(14:17:01) <EhtyarWRK> and those pots and pans are goth man
(14:17:05) <EhtyarWRK> then what is della doing?
(14:17:32) <lanux128> ah! i geddit
(14:17:40) <lanux128> *bangs*
(14:17:54) * Della blushes
(14:18:01) <Della> i dont do that tho, im a good girl
(14:19:55) <EhtyarWRK> LOL
(14:20:08) <EhtyarWRK> boy goth man is gonna be very impressed you said that tongue
(14:20:34) <Della> he is? why?
(14:20:52) <EhtyarWRK> coz you basically just told dc goth man gets no sex0r tongue
(14:21:04) <Della> ROFL
(14:21:43) <Della> well, we all know THATS not true.....................
(14:22:14) <Della> completely
(14:22:30) <Della> damnit, ima shut up now

Mouser's Forgotten Date
Quote from: Deozaan
<lanux128> anyone seen mouser?
<Deozaan> No.
<Deozaan> He must be on a date or something.
<Deozaan> Gone all day.
<Deozaan> !lastspoke mouser
<@MouserBot> mouser last uttered a word on #donationcoder 5 hours, 44 minutes ago.
<Deozaan> See what I mean?
<lanux128> mouser on a date?
<lanux128> you meant coding, right
<Deozaan> No I think he's on a date with a vegetarian woman.
<Deozaan> They're eating a delicious tofu lobster meal.
<Deozaan> After which they'll enjoy some fine tofu wine.
<lanux128> tofu wine -> sake ?
<lanux128> no, that's rice wine
<lanux128> so he's on a date with a delicious woman
<Deozaan> And then in drunken stupor, get into an argument about which coding language is better, C++ or BASIC.
<lanux128> having vegetarian lobster tofu..
<Deozaan> He'll find out she's an Apple lover.
<Deozaan> And it will be the end of the best relationship he's ever had.
<lanux128> hmm.. sounds too fishy
<Deozaan> Then he'll wake up with a hangover and not remember it even happening.
<Deozaan> And say he was just coding all night long.
<lanux128> then again that is probably what would happen smiley

Mouser Mail
Quote from: Joshua
(11:55:22) (@Ehtyar) josh never got your email
(11:55:31) (@Metshrine) liar
(11:55:33) (@Metshrine) i have a read receipt
(11:55:34) (@Metshrine) oh wait
(11:55:36) (@Metshrine) i sent it to mouser
(11:55:37) (@Metshrine) FUCK!
(11:55:41) (@Ehtyar) LOL

Ehtyar.
382  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Conficker - The Facts on: April 05, 2009, 07:02:42 AM
I found this just now and thought it might be useful. It is a scanner, written by Team White Hat (Dan Kaminsky's crew) in python that should detect Conficker-infected machines.

The scanner can be downloaded as an independent package that can be run without python:
http://iv.cs.uni-bonn.de/uploads/media/scs_exe.zip
Simply extract the package and run 'scs <start-ip> <end-ip>' to scan an entire IP range, or 'scs <ip-list-file>' to scan a text file containing a list of IPs to scan. You can also run 'scanner <ip>' to scan a single IP address.
If you're handy with python you can download the source script (it requires the Impacket lib):
http://iv.cs.uni-bonn.de/uploads/media/scs.zip
More info is available at:
http://iv.cs.uni-bonn.de/...ons/containing-conficker/

Hope these help out in some way.

Ehtyar.
383  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 14-09 on: April 05, 2009, 06:47:01 AM
8. so if I had the correct transformer could I simply hook up a 12v battery to my computer tellme no, I guess not - you'ld have to have some way of getting it to kick in. I dont understand how that is more efficient energywise than a UPS but probably cheaper?
Re cooling - I dont know where they have their servers but somewhere cold would seem logical (Alaska?!)
I believe the shipping containers that house the servers are of the refrigerated kind, but indeed it would seem to be more environmentally friendly to simply house your servers somewhere in Alaska (still, spare a thought for those of us who need Google on the other side of the planet tongue).

10. I thought for a minute that the employee was the serial killer ... seems odd too that one person would be connected to all these cotton buds - but I presume it's those medical ones on a long thin piece of wood, so maybe not quite so odd
Hrm, I shall make that clearer in the post I think. The connection to that many crime scenes doesn't really surprise me, though you'd have to wonder how many other employees have been implicated in how many other crimes due to these circumstances..I'm not one to willy-nilly dispense my DNA to the authorities (quite the opposite in fact), but I think in this case I'd be rather eager to do so.

Ehtyar.
384  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: freeware that checks for XML non-compliance on: April 05, 2009, 05:37:20 AM
CLI is much better for batch operation, which is what Lan Man asked for. I'm happy to help out with a batch file tongue

Ehtyar.
385  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Most Wiki'd Item? HTTP 404 on: April 05, 2009, 01:38:08 AM
Oh that is definitely hilarious, though I certainly fit your "easily amused" and "geek" criteria.

Ehtyar.
386  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: logitech mouse drivers are pure evil on: April 05, 2009, 01:35:35 AM
As do their webcam drivers.

Ehtyar.
387  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: freeware that checks for XML non-compliance on: April 05, 2009, 01:32:14 AM
I think you're looking for xmllint. It comes as a part of libxml2.

Ehtyar.
388  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Tech News Weekly: Edition 14-09 on: April 05, 2009, 01:01:11 AM
The Weekly Tech News
[attach=1]Hi all.
I hope you all enjoy the clip on No 11, courtesy of app103.
As usual, you can find last week's news here.


1. DNA Database Grows Faster Than Forecast

2. US Supremes Flatline Virginia's Hardline Anti-spam Law

3. New Method for Detecting Conficker Discovered, Debuted

4. UKBA to Exchange Fingerprints With US

5. Unpatched PowerPoint Flaw Spawns Trojan Attacks

6. Microsoft and TomTom Settle Patent Dispute

7. Chinese Cyberespionage Network Runs Across 103 Nations

8. The Beast Unveiled: Inside a Google Server

9. France Approves Main Section of Tough Anti-P2P Bill

10. Police Track DNA of a Cotton Bud Maker for Two Years

11. Whose Line Is It Anyway - Living Scenery With Richard Simmons (Thanks App)


Ehtyar.
389  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Conficker - The Facts on: April 03, 2009, 03:00:39 PM
Yeah, so true. My boss was on McAfee for whatever reason yesterday, and they were doing exactly the same thing. It's always such a disappointment when companies take advantage of consumers' ignorance like that.

Ehtyar.
390  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Conficker - The Facts on: April 02, 2009, 06:53:24 PM
Why is it not foolproof? IMO that's a much easier way for users to detect to Conficker than attempting to download a tool from a site that Conficker blocks.

I nearly hit the roof at work this morning when we got an email from the higher-ups about Conficker, suggesting that if you believe you're infected you download a cleaning utility from Microsoft or Symantec, both of which are blocked by Conficker. Would common sense not tell you to have users check for infection by attemping to access, say, microsoft.com and then if they have issues, provide a URL that Conficker doesn't block from which to download your removal tool. What the hell is wrong with these people?

Ehtyar.

[edit]
Now that my ranting impulse has been satisfied, thanks for the link App smiley
[/edit]
391  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 13-09 on: April 01, 2009, 08:47:37 PM
Another thing I noticed about Google long before the media apparently noticed: Google Showing Local Results On Non-Local Queries. I've always searched directly through google.com using browser keywords (visiting google.com redirects me to google.com.au) because I don't want localized results. It stopped being effective several months ago.

Ehtyar.
392  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Conficker - The Facts on: April 01, 2009, 02:59:21 PM
Indeed!! I spent far too much time yesterday watching news updates in case there was news. I'd very much like to know what Conficker will morph into when its authors decide to get their act together, though I'm not surprised nothing happened yet, far too much media attention at the moment.

Ehtyar.
393  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Conficker - The Facts on: April 01, 2009, 02:28:39 PM
I'm sure that having a NAT router between you an the 'net would go a long way toward preventing the problem (though does having UPNP enabled on the router change that? - It came enabled by default on my most recent router.)
Disabling UPNP is to prevent Conficker from spreading from your network only.

I'm surprised at the number of people who expected the skies to fall and the seas boil today. Wasn't my original post about that not happening? Anyway, just be sure to keep your current protections in place and be prepared for the update to occur sometime soon. If you ask me, an awful lot of work has gone into Conficker for its authors to forget about it now.

Ehtyar.
394  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Conficker - The Facts on: April 01, 2009, 05:26:12 AM
But did I get this right - anyone with a legal copy of windows (and that includes people with a legal copy of windows which they installed on several machines, or multiple times on one machine for testing/development purposes) who runs regular updates, is protected by free software, so the only people not protected are the people with pirate copies who don't also have a paid/pirated/free copy of a virus scanner.
Incorrect. You can still be infected if using an easily guessed password or through using an infected USB memory stick. The update only protects you from infection over the internet.

Ehtyar.
395  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Conficker - The Facts on: April 01, 2009, 01:05:12 AM
Going to HTTP://ip.number.here often won't work, since the site won't get the "Host: domain.name.com" HTTP header they expect. You'd have to put the IPs in your hosts files, but that file is probably used by DnsQuery() and thus the method is going to fail because Conficker's patching.
Most of the big sites should work as they're on dedicated/load balanced boxes. For the smaller ones, you can use one of a number of methods to send a fake Host header.

Even with a proxy, you'd still be doing the DNS lookup locally - it's only the HTTP connection to the server that's going through the proxy.
F0d Man, were you thinking of a proper proxy? App Lady is talking about a web proxy.

Ehtyar.
396  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Conficker - The Facts on: April 01, 2009, 12:03:18 AM
The primary things you need to concern yourself with for infection prevention are:
-Update your Windows
-Use a strong administrative password
-Disable autorun

You might want to consider getting yourself a real-time virus scanner, ClamAV was originally designed for use on mail servers.

Not sure what you mean by having a computer with DMZ disabled. If you meant your router, then yes I would recommend not having a DMZ at all and using port forwarding where necessary.

Ehtyar.
397  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 13-09 on: March 31, 2009, 06:01:30 AM
Hmm. Would be interesting to know how much of a difference that makes. Anyone else *cough*kartal*cough* willing to weigh in on this one?

Ehtyar.
398  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Conficker - The Facts on: March 31, 2009, 05:50:34 AM
How does conficker block those URLs? Simply hooking the winsock DNS resolving functions, or setting the machine's DNS server?
Conflicker patches DnsQuery() in memory.

From the Windows Secrets article linked above by PhilB66

Quote
Admins of small and large LANs can use OpenDNS as a Domain Name System server.
The firm introduced on Feb. 9 a new, Conficker-specific feature. If an infected PC on a LAN somehow evaded detection, OpenDNS will prevent it from contacting Conficker's control servers. Best of all, admins can read a report showing which PC tried to connect to a Conficker server.

It's nice to have a proactive DNS provider! smiley
It will be interesting to see if that applies to the millions of domains potentially generated by Variant C. It also won't effect the p2p update mechanism...

Ehtyar.
399  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Conficker - The Facts on: March 31, 2009, 01:25:13 AM
C-R-A-P. Anyone have any suggestions on what to resolve? :S

As a universal solution what we want is a utility that will resolve domain names without using the Windows API. Dig and Host will both do it, but neither are particularly user-friendly.

Thanks J-Mac.

Ehtyar.
400  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Conficker - The Facts on: March 30, 2009, 11:18:03 PM
The Windows Secrets article that Phil lined to above mentions that most A-V sites and the MS Update site will not be reachable if a machine is infected with Conficker, but you can still get there via the IP addresses for htose same sites. So it would be a good idea to get ahold of those IP addresses sometime ahead of 4/1.

Jim
I'm happy to resolve the entire and post it, but I can't find a complete list of what gets blocked. Anyone have one?

Ehtyar.
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