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Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 4-10
« on: February 01, 2010, 09:16 PM »
Maybe they just have a (nearly) iron-clad brand now. *sigh*

- Oshyan
Given the amount of crap Apple have gotten away with in this past year I'd say that's a very fair assessment, lol.


Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 4-10
« on: February 01, 2010, 03:53 PM »
Some real shockers and sad-to-see moves this time, that continue to signal the end of civilized society. :P
Indeed :(

Re: the MadTV iPad spoof prediction, I was shocked to see A: how incredibly psychic they were and B: how Apple apparently didn't care to check the possible repercussions of their intended name use before announcing it to the world. A quick Google (ok, ok, fine, Bing, hehe) search would surely have turned up this gem...

- Oshyan
I would not be at all surprised if they fully aware of the repercussions. Think of how they must be salivating over all the free publicity they're getting.


Living Room / Tech News Weekly: Edition 4-10
« on: February 01, 2010, 02:06 PM »
The Weekly Tech News
TNWeekly01.gifHi all.
Sorry for the major lateness everyone, lots of stuff going on IRL :(
As usual, you can find last week's news here.

1. Google Mystery Server Runs 13% of Active Websites
You can probably bet it's some Python/Apache mashup, but the Google Web Server is now running 13 million active websites on the Internet, just behind Microsoft IIS with 14 million, miles behind Apache with 44 million.

The Google Web Server - custom-built server software used only by Google - now runs nearly 13 per cent of all active web sites, according to the latest survey data from the web-server-tracking UK research outfit Netcraft.

Netcraft data has the Google Web Server (GWS) running nearly 11 million active sites - i.e., sites with recently updated content. This total includes not only sites run solely by Google, but also sites the company operates on behalf of third parties via services like Blogger, Google Docs, and Google App Engine.

2. Who's the World's Largest Tech Firm?
Well this was a shocker. Samsung recently beat out HP to be the world's biggest tech business (revenue wise) with a whopping $117.8bn over HP's $114.6bn.

The world's biggest technology company, by revenue, is now Samsung, which has just replaced HP at the top of the pile.

For 2009 Samsung brought in revenue of $117.8bn, beating HP which made $114.6bn for the year ended 31 October. It is on track to beat the ink giant in 2010 too - predicting sales of $127bn versus $120bn at HP.

3. Google Wants to See Client Addresses in DNS Queries
Certainly no shocker here. Google wants to see the actual client IP address in DNS queries to enable better load balancing. Isn't it enough Google that your local DNS server is typically located in the same friggin' place? Or perhaps you wanna track us some more?

Late Wednesday evening, Google employees posted an "Internet-Draft" outlining proposed changes to the DNS protocol that allow authoritative DNS servers to see the addresses of clients. This way, geographically distributed content delivery networks can tailor their answers to a specific client's network location. So a client from California would talk to a server in California, while a client in the Netherlands would talk to a server in the Netherlands.

Currently, authoritative DNS servers don't see the client address, only the address of the resolving server that is typically operated by the client's ISP. So in the current situation, if our Californian and Dutch clients both use a DNS resolver in New York, a location-optimizing authoritative DNS server would give them both the addresses of servers in or around New York. By including the client's address in the request, the authoritative server can send a better response and improve the subsequent interactions between the client and server because the request/response round-trip times across the network are shorter.

4. Gallery: The Best and Worst Fake Apple Tablets
Everyone knows the Apple Tablet was released last week, but no one wants to hear anymore flapping about it, so here's a gallery or the best and worst photo-shopped imitations.

Right up until the world changed yesterday, and Steve Jobs stepped down from Mount iSinai with the Moses Tablet, we still had no idea what the iPad would look like. But that didn’t stop anyone from guessing, and better, turning to Photoshop to share their visions.

Some we laughed at, others we would have put down money for. But just how accurate were they? Here we look at the worst (and best) of Fake Tablets.

5. Simpsons, Powerpuff Girls Porn Nets Jail Time for Australian
Not sure which side I'm on here. Some are arguing that this would only be a precursor to actual child porn, yet I fail to see anyone actually being victimized here (as would be the case with real child porn), so how can you justify punishment? However, he had been sentenced in 2003 after real child porn was found on his computer, so I can understand the judgement itself a little better.

We'll just come right out and say it: some people are into cartoon porn. Heck, even if you're not "into" it, you may have accidentally happened upon it just by running an innocent Google Image Search with SafeSearch turned off (guilty as charged). If you live in Australia, however, you may want to take extra care that your porn stash doesn't contain cartoon imagery of children. A man in Australia was recently convicted for possessing pornographic images depicting characters from The Simpsons and The Powerpuff Girls, and is now a registered sex offender.

Twenty-eight-year-old Kurt James Milner was turned into police for having questionable material on his computer in early 2008, but due to technical difficulties, police were unable to retrieve information from his machine for more than a year. Once they were able to do so, however, they found 64 sexually explicit images depicting characters from the aforementioned TV shows. As many of you Simpsons fans know, there are numerous children who make regular appearances on the show, and they were apparently "not excluded from these images.''

6. Aussie Censor Balks at Bijou Boobs
On the other hand, this is just insane. Those given the right to determine what Australians can and can't see on the Internet have now decreed that films or photos depicting "small" breasts and female ejaculations will be refused clasification as small breats apparently encourage pedophelia. Female ejaculations are a form of golden shower (absurd), which is apparently already banned, not to mention "abhorrent".

The proposed Australian Government clampdown on smut just got a whole lot broader, as news emerged of a ban on small breasts and female ejaculation in adult material.

The end result of this widening of the censor’s net could be the addition of millions of websites to the internet filter now being proposed.

Breasts came under the spotlight a year ago, as Senators Barnaby Joyce and Guy Barnett commenced a campaign against publicly available porn. Rounding up magazines from corner shops and filling stations, Senator Joyce claimed that publications featuring small-breasted women were encouraging paedophilia.

7. Settlement Rejected in ‘Shocking’ RIAA File Sharing Verdict
The RIAA has offered Jammie Thomas-Rasset a $25,000 settlement in the case against her for sharing music illegally, which she has refused and is continuing her appeal.

The recording industry is demanding Jammie Thomas-Rasset pay $25,000 to settle out of court the nation’s first file sharing case against an individual to have gone to trial –- a settlement offer the Minnesota mother of four is rejecting, lawyers in the case said Wednesday.

The development came days after the federal judge in the case reduced to $54,000 a jury’s June finding that Thomas-Rasset must pay $1.92 million for file sharing 24 songs on Kazaa. Following Friday’s decision by U.S. District Judge Michael Davis, the Recording Industry Association of America proposed that Thomas-Rasset pay $25,000 to close the case.

8. Ubisoft's New DRM Solution: You Have Be Online to Play
*sigh* These people will never learn. In fact I think they're getting dumber...

Ubisoft does not have the best history when it comes to invasive—if not downright broken—DRM, but the company's upcoming "solution" to game piracy is much worse than anything we've seen in the past. The gist is simple: every time you want to play your game, it has to phone back to Ubisoft before giving you permission to play. No Internet connection? You're simply out of luck.

Ubisoft of course points out that this move has some benefits for games. Now you can access your saved games anywhere! You don't need the disc in the drive! You can play from any computer that has an Internet connection! Brent Wilkinson, Director, Customer Service and Production Planning at Ubisoft, thinks you'll like this decision. "We think most people are going to be fine with it. Most people are always connected to an Internet connection," he told GameSpy.

9. IPv4 Free Pool Drops Below 10%, Allocated
I'm not in the habbit of directly linking a Slashdot article here, but this one is a very nice summary. Basically we're still running out of IPv4 IPs, so ICANN is considering allocating some of the more troublesome remaining blocks like and which have been classified as "reserved" until now, and so have been affected by misuse.

"A total of 16,777,216 IP address numbers were just allocated to the Asian Pacific Network Information Centre IP address registry for assignment to users. Some venerable IP addresses such as and have been officially assigned to the registry itself temporarily, for testing as part of the DEBOGON project. The major address blocks and, are chosen accordance with a decision by ICANN to assign the least-desirable remaining IP address ranges to the largest regional registries first, reserving most more desirable blocks of addresses for the African and Latin American internet users, instead of North America, Europe, or Asia. In other words: of the 256 major networks in IPv4, only 24 network blocks remain unallocated in the global free pool, and many of the remaining networks have been tainted or made less desirable by unofficial users who attempted an end-run around the registration process, and treated 'RESERVED' IP addresses as 'freely available' for their own internal use. This allocation is right on target with projected IPv4 consumption and was predicted by the IPv4 report, which has continuously and reliably estimated global pool IP address exhaustion for late 2011 and regional registry exhaustion by late 2012. So, does your enterprise intranet use any unofficial address ranges for private networks?"

10. Do You Have a Pad I Could Borrow?
Awesome spoof of the iPad, made long before the thing was even announced.



Living Room / Re: Best trackball?
« on: January 27, 2010, 11:57 PM »
Oh I'm sorry Kartal, I misread your post. I thought the part about a left handed trackball was simply discussion (like you already had one or something). Sorry for the bugger-up.


Living Room / Re: Best trackball?
« on: January 27, 2010, 11:23 PM »
Still using my Logitech TrackMan from about 4 years ago. Don't know if you'd consider one with the ball for the thumb (I can't stand ones with the ball in the middle), but this is the best mouse I've ever used, period.


Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 3-10
« on: January 24, 2010, 10:45 PM »
Well said F0d Man. Media sensationalism at its finest.

Seems the essay was directly from Schneier, though.


Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 3-10
« on: January 24, 2010, 09:06 PM »
And when it's successfully exploited on such a grand scale, I'll be impressed. Until then, it's stationary target practice.


Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 3-10
« on: January 24, 2010, 08:43 PM »
AFAIK the NTVDM vuln was not used at all in the China hack.

I know why you found the NTVDM vuln interesting, I just don't particularly agree. I'd fine it more interesting if they found something that impressive in a moving target, or something more readily exploitable. This was like taking candy from a baby.


Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 3-10
« on: January 24, 2010, 07:56 PM »
The Google attack (and the rest of them) was the IE RCE (high reliability for IE6/XP only...makes you wonder).

I don't believe the NTVDM has been exploited in the wild yet (at least not to great effect). I'm not terribly excited about it TBH; if/when someone finds a creative way of *using* it, it might get interesting.


Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 3-10
« on: January 24, 2010, 03:53 PM »
@4wd R.O.F.L!!! :greenclp:


Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 3-10
« on: January 24, 2010, 01:22 PM »
Thanks guys :D


Living Room / Tech News Weekly: Edition 3-10
« on: January 24, 2010, 04:50 AM »
The Weekly Tech News
TNWeekly01.gifHi all.
It's BAAAAACK!! Hope you enjoy :)
The last Tech News was posted a month and a half ago. You can find it here.

1. Judge Slashes "monstrous" P2P Award by 97% to $54,000
Looks like this whole Judges with sense thing is catching on. Jammie Thomas-Rasset has had her outrageous $1.92 million damages charge, brought by big media, dropped to $54,000. A little more reasonable for 24 songs wouldn't you say?

Judge Michael Davis is the senior federal jurist in Minnesota. He presides over the gleaming 15th floor courtroom where, earlier this year, P2P user Jammie Thomas-Rasset was slapped with $1.92 million in damages for sharing 24 songs. Davis made no comment on the amount of the award and showed no emotion as it was read out.

But now we know how he rely feels about the jury's work in that case: it led to a "monstrous and shocking" damage award that veered into "the realm of gross injustice."

2. Tor Software Updated After Hackers Crack Into Systems
Oops. Doesn't look like their VCS was compromised - seems the hackers had no idea what they were onto.

Privacy-conscious users of the Tor anonymiser network have been urged to upgrade their software, following the discovery of a security breach.

Two of seven directory authorities and a metrics data server were compromised in a hack discovered earlier this month, Tor developer Roger Dingledine explains. The three servers were taken offline and refurbished following the hack.

3. Bumps ahead as Vimeo, YouTube respond to HTML5 video demand
Vimeo and YouTube have both deployed opt-in (*sigh*) HTML-5 media players on their site. Unfortunately, both are using the H.264 codec instead of the open Ogg Vorbis alternative. They're also about half a year behind DailyMotion, but still, yay!

When Google began soliciting feedback from users about what features they would most like to see in the next version of YouTube, the response was an overwhelmingly enthusiastic request for standards-based open video: users called for Google to support the HTML5 video element.

Google responded by rolling out an experimental HTML5-based player on YouTube that allows users to watch videos without having to depend on Adobe's Flash plugin. Vimeo, another leading video hosting website, followed suit this afternoon and rolled out an HTML5 beta test of its own. Of course, both of them are lagging behind DailyMotion, which launched its HTML5 beta last year.

4. Analysis of 32 Million Breached Passwords

Imperva released a study analyzing 32 million passwords exposed in the breach. The data provides a unique glimpse into the way that users select passwords and an opportunity to evaluate the true strength of these as a security mechanism.

In the past, password studies have focused mostly on surveys. Never before has there been such a high volume of real-world passwords to examine.

5. Wrists Playing Up? You're Shagging Too Much
THink you've got carpal tunnel? Picking a new position apparently helps...

A US researcher has suggested a possible link between dodgy wrists caused by carpal tunnel syndrome and sex, "when the hands become repeatedly extended while under pressure from the weight of the upper body".

The syndrome occurs when "the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist", as this handy guide explains. Symptoms range from "frequent burning, tingling, or itching numbness in the palm of the hand and the fingers" to "decreased grip strength" and the inability to tell hot from cold by touch.

6. Virgin Trials P2P Deep Packet Snooping
The headline should probably be "Virgin to trial P2P deep packet snooping", but whatever. Looks like major UK ISP Virgin Media will start using deep packet inspection to see just how much file sharing is taking place on their network. Though, of course, they won't be retaining any identifying aspects of the data...

The trial will see Virgin monitor about 40 per cent of its customers — none of whom will be informed of their participation. Virgin insists that the system seeks only to determine the amount of file-sharing traffic that infringes on copyright and that it will disregard data that can finger individual users.

The software, called CView, is provided by Detica, a BAE Systems subsidiary that specializes in high volume data collection. The ISP is using Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) to detect peer-to-peer traffic over its customers' broadband connections. P2P files are then matched against a third-party database of songs to determine if they violate copyright.

7. Google Hack Attack Was Ultra Sophisticated, New Details Show
I imagine everyone has heard about this. It's being called "Aurora", a vulnerability in IE6/XP that allowed suspected Chinese attackers to gain access to over 30 large corporations. The vulnerability was known only to Microsoft prior to the attack, and has since been taken care of with an out-of-band patch. The attackers were apparently very well prepared, and managed to steal a very significant quantity (and quality) of data, including source code from those they breached.

Hackers seeking source code from Google, Adobe and dozens of other high-profile companies used unprecedented tactics that combined encryption, stealth programming and an unknown hole in Internet Explorer, according to new details released by the anti-virus firm McAfee.

“We have never ever, outside of the defense industry, seen commercial industrial companies come under that level of sophisticated attack,” says Dmitri Alperovitch, vice president of threat research for McAfee. “It’s totally changing the threat model.”

8. NASA Extends the World Wide Web Out Into Space
Took long enough, but it looks like astronauts will be enjoying live Internet from now on :)

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station received a special software upgrade this week - personal access to the Internet and the World Wide Web via the ultimate wireless connection.

Expedition 22 Flight Engineer T.J. Creamer made first use of the new system Friday, when he posted the first unassisted update to his Twitter account, @Astro_TJ, from the space station. Previous tweets from space had to be e-mailed to the ground where support personnel posted them to the astronaut's Twitter account.

9. No One Gives A Crap How Many Pigs You Have, Jerk!
Your friends think your farm is lame...



Developer's Corner / Re: Like gitHub, but better
« on: January 21, 2010, 07:18 PM »
I use msys and Cygwin both on a weekly basis. They're both perfectly usable if all you want is an interactive terminal, but for automated use or scripting they're slow, bloated and a pain in the arse to work around.

You are correct, however, that distributed VCS has some advantages over server-based ones in certain situations, though I wouldn't consider the benefits worth trading in native platform support for. Some distributed VCS with native cross platform support include Bazaar, Mercurial, darcs (though there are no "official" windows binaries), and SVK (based off of Subversion).


Living Room / Re: The Third & The Seventh - Beautiful CG short film
« on: January 21, 2010, 04:56 PM »
I had trouble watching the earlier half as the subject matter didn't particularly interest me, but from about 6:50 onward I was dumbfounded. Truly a remarkable achievement and a thing of beauty.

Also watch the Making Of The Exeter Shot. Amazing.


Living Room / Re: Birth of an Avatar
« on: January 21, 2010, 04:39 PM »
A bit from Nightline on the development of the Na'vi language.


Living Room / Re: Birth of an Avatar
« on: January 21, 2010, 04:31 PM »
Hi Jenny,

I found these from a few quick searches, looks like Deviant Art is the place to go:


And for those of you well versed in Photoshop, this one might help you out a little


Developer's Corner / Re: Like gitHub, but better
« on: January 21, 2010, 04:26 PM »
Mouse Man, if you're still on Windows exclusively, don't bother unless yuo're willing to use it under a POSIX-like emulation layer (msys or Cygwin atm).


Living Room / Re: I can haz LOLMouser plz?
« on: January 21, 2010, 12:08 AM »


Living Room / Re: Birth of an Avatar
« on: January 20, 2010, 06:24 PM »
Guys, this thread was meant to spread this video, for those of us who'd rather spend our time appreciating something for what it is (instead of whining incessantly about it). Go find another thread/forum to rag on would you?


Thanks for the remind about FoxClocks. I forgot to add it to Thunderbird when I switched from Sunbird to Lightning.


To get rid of the new mail icon, flip the mail.biff.show_tray_icon to false. I'm not aware of any way you can integrate that functionality with MTT+.


+1 Enigmail
+1 CompactHeader (who in the *frack* designed the built-in behaviour?!?!)
+1 Lightning b1
MinimizeToTray Plus
Where is my Contacts Sidebar? :'(
Thanks for Manually Sort Folders :)

I'm looking for something similar to Outlook flags (not convert to task) that keeps an email permanently visible in the UI until it's actioned. So far I can't find anything that will do this.


DC Website Help and Extras / Re: is the chatroom borked?
« on: January 12, 2010, 11:36 PM »
Yeah it's playing up for me too. I'd recommend using an irc client. Poke around here for one that suits you, typical favorites on Windows are mIRC and X-Chat, Linux would be X-Chat or irssi.


I also have virtually everything on a portable, but it's a truecrypted laptop hdd in an external case as opposed to a usb flash drive (just recently upgraded from 500gb to 1tb 'coz I ran out of space) and I love it. I feel the slowness is an acceptable con for having my whole computer-life on a single portable storage device.


Fabrice Bellard has managed to calculate pi to 2.7 trillion decimal places using his Core i7 desktop PC, Fedora 10, 7.5 TB of disk space in a RAID-0 configuration with an ext4 filesystem and 131 days of compute time at a cost of "less than 2000 euros". He beat out the previous record of 2.6 trillion digits calculated on a Japanese supercomputer in 26 hours. He plans to release his code in the near future, for 64-bit architectures only.


Pic from DownloadSquad


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