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Portables

+ - The year of the little Linux PCs 1

Submitted by flyingfsck
flyingfsck (986395) writes "Well, this sure has turned into the year of the little Linux PCs. I just received an email from Mandriva about Linutop http://store.mandriva.com/product_info.php?products_id=381 a tiny Geode based PC that runs Mandriva off a 4GB memory stick. It pales a bit when compared to the Asus EeePC http://eeepc.asus.com/global/ which has a keyboard, screen, WiFi, Camera and so on all built in, but the application is different. This one is a metal cladded desktop replacement, not a flimsy plastic laptop replacement. Together with the XO and Classmate, 2007 may be remembered as the year Linux was finally ready for the little desktops."
Space

+ - Carbon Dioxide didn't end last ice age - new study->

Submitted by flyingfsck
flyingfsck (986395) writes "Science Daily http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/09/070927154905.htm — Carbon dioxide did not cause the end of the last ice age, a new study in Science suggests, contrary to past inferences from ice core records.

Lowell Stott, professor of earth sciences at the University of Southern California, examines a sediment core. (Credit: Dietmar Quistorf)

"There has been this continual reference to the correspondence between CO2 and climate change as reflected in ice core records as justification for the role of CO2 in climate change," said USC geologist Lowell Stott, lead author of the study, slated for advance online publication Sept. 27 in Science Express.

"You can no longer argue that CO2 alone caused the end of the ice ages."

Deep-sea temperatures warmed about 1,300 years before the tropical surface ocean and well before the rise in atmospheric CO2, the study found. The finding suggests the rise in greenhouse gas was likely a result of warming and may have accelerated the meltdown — but was not its main cause.

The study does not question the fact that CO2 plays a key role in climate."

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Security

+ - IMAP Brute Force the latest script kiddie craze?

Submitted by flyingfsck
flyingfsck (986395) writes "Are IMAP password attacks the latest annoyance?

The Nessus toolkit includes THC Hydra http://www.thc.org/thc-hydra/, a fast, parallelized login brute forcer. I noticed the following in my mail server logs today:

BSN-61-107-201.dial-up.dsl.siol.net[86.61.107.201]
Dec 24 14:27:53 ns imapd[28250]: imap service init from 64.5.44.212
Dec 24 14:27:53 ns imapd[28248]: imap service init from 64.5.44.212
Dec 24 14:27:53 ns imapd[28251]: imap service init from 64.5.44.212
Dec 24 14:27:53 ns imapd[28248]: Command stream end of file, while reading line user=??? host=UNKNOWN

This doesn't bode well for the new year.

A simple fix would be to add a 'sleep(10)' to the IMAP server login routine to discourage brute forcing, but that means I have to get the source code, do some reading and compiling. Thank GNU for open source software though, since without the source I'd be in trouble."

Excessive login or logout messages are a sure sign of senility.

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