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Submission m0n0wall project shut down->

jrronimo writes: Those of us in the market for an open source router operating system have one less option: As of 15 February 2015, Manuel Kasper has officially ended the m0n0wall project.

In the ending announcement he states "...the world keeps turning, and while m0n0wall has made an effort to keep up, there are now better solutions available and under active development.

Therefore, today I announce that the m0n0wall project has officially ended. No development will be done anymore, and there will be no further releases." He goes on to say that "m0n0wall has served as the seed for several other well known open source projects, like pfSense, FreeNAS and AskoziaPBX. The newest offspring, OPNsense (, aims to continue the open source spirit of m0n0wall while updating the technology to be ready for the future. In my view, it is the perfect way to bring the m0n0wall idea into 2015, and I encourage all current m0n0wall users to check out OPNsense and contribute if they can."

Thanks for all of your hard work Manuel!

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Comment Re: Suppository form works just fine. (Score 2) 135

A few years back my girlfriend had C. Diff, pretty badly. At the time, fecal transplants were still new / in testing (or, at least, the doctors hadn't even mentioned it, but we had read about them online). She happened to be browsing journals and found an article that mentioned Saccharomyces boulardii as a possible treatment. A few weeks after starting a pretty healthy regimen, her symptoms cleared up and have been gone ever since. In that respect, a probiotic was effective as a cure.

It truly is the sort of thing that one should seek medical attention for, I agree. However, at the time she had no insurance and the oral vancomycin that had been prescribed to her was going to be $1,500 per prescription fill, and as you said, it probably wouldn't have helped too much -- C. diff creates spores that tend to outlive most treatments, lending to its 'difficile' name. It was a scary time, but she got very, very lucky.

We've been off-handedly following news articles about treatments like this one, and this pill is an excellent advancement of treatments. Here's hoping no-one else had to go through what she did.

Submission So, how dead is antivirus exactly?

Safensoft writes: Symantec recently made a loud statement that antivirus is dead ( ) and that they don’t really consider it to be a source of profit. Some companies said the same afterwards; some other suggested that Symantec just wants a bit of free media attention. Some companies just silently recommend using advanced information protection ( ) and press is full of data on antivirus efficiency being quite low. A notable example would be the Zeus banking Trojan and how only 40% of its versions can be stopped by antiviruses ( ). Arms race of protection and malware developers is probably not going to stop, so this situation will remain.

On the other hand, nobody was thinking too much of antivirus anyway for a long time already ( ), so it’s hardly surprising. It’s not a panacea; the only question that remains is just how exactly should antivirus operate in modern security solutions. Should it be one of the key parts or protection solution or it should be reduced to protection against only the easiest and already well known threats?

It’s not only about dealing with threats, too, there are also performance concerns. Processors get better and interaction with hard drives becomes faster but at the same time antiviruses require more and more of that power. Real time file scanning, constant updates and regular checks on the whole system only mean one thing – as long as antivirus is thorough, productivity while using this computer go down severely. And this situation is not going to change, ever, so we have to deal with it.

But how exactly? Is the massive migration of everything, from workstations to automatic control systems in industry, even possible? Or maybe using whitelisting protection on windows-based machines is the answer? Or we should all just sit and hope for Microsoft to give us a new windows with good integrated protection like windows 8 is stated to have? Any other ways to deal with it?

Submission Will Lisp ever make a return?

An anonymous reader writes: With all kinds of languages popping up with the features Lisp had for decades, but without the simple syntax, why is it that nobody continues to openly choose Lisp? Why do we keep getting excited over the old being repackaged into new languages despite the old already having mountains of useful resources and a long history of bug fixes and stability tweaks? Does Lisp as a whole just need a good marketing team, is that really it?

Submission T'Pring dies!

EzInKy writes: The actess who portrayed Spock's potential mate T'Pring passed away Tuesday. According to the BBC and others the cause was complications from a heart attack. Leonard Nimoy took the time to tweet "Saying goodbye to T'Pring, Arlene Martel. A lovely talent." I'm sure there are many here who will also be saddened as she was most probably in our first fantasies of interspecies mating.

Submission The Milky Way's Most Recent Supernova That Nobody Saw

StartsWithABang writes: The last two naked-eye supernovae changed the world: Tycho Brahe's supernova of 1572 and Kepler's of 1604 literally ushered in the modern age of astronomy, and yet despite the fact that supernovae occur about once-per-century in galaxies, we've never seen another Milky Way supernova since. But surprisingly, they've still been happening! It's only the fact that we're in the plane of the galaxy, whose dust blocks the visible light from such a large fraction of our neighboring stars, that's prevented us from seeing them. But we can look beyond visible light now, and have discovered at least two more recent ones since, including one that happened as recently as the 1860s!

Submission How Drones Entered the FBI's Spying Toolkit

Jason Koebler writes: The FBI has had an eager eye on surveillance drones since first experimenting with remote control airplanes in 1995. But budget cuts nearly ended the Bureau’s unmanned machinations in 2010, and it took a dedicated push aimed at making drones “a tool the FBI cannot do without” to cement their place in the FBI’s surveillance toolkit.
The near termination—and subsequent expansion—of the FBI’s drone program over the past four years is chronicled in hundreds of heavily-redacted pages released under a lawsuit filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington over the past several months.

Comment Re: +1 for this Post (Score 1) 427

If you ask me, the Netgear WNR3500Lv2 is the "true" successor to the WRT54GL:
- Cheap! -- around $40
- Is supported by Shibby's Tomato port -- no problems with uptime; frequent updates in the face of Heartbleed, etc.
- 4 Gigabit Ports in addition to the WAN port
- N support
- USB support for a NAS, but I've never used that functionality

- Only 300 mBit N support
- Only 2.4 GHz
- Internal antenna only
- Flimsy base, heh. Mine broke, but the router still stands up.

Netgear seemed to be pretty open to the idea of supporting open source firmwares through their My Open Router website and forums. ...But Netgear was also caught with a backdoor in their firmware, like a lot of other vendors, but I would hope that replacing the stock firmware with Tomato would help with that. (Although since I'm using someone else's build instead of doing it myself who knows!)

I've really loved this router, though.

I wish it were newer (AC support I guess?), had a 5 GHz radio and/or supported faster N speeds... but 300 Mbit is enough for anything I'm doing.

Comment Definitely Small Claims and/or BBB. (Score 5, Interesting) 526

I had a user whose laptop was replaced by Dell under warranty, except that they sent him back a 17" monstrosity rather than the 13" machine he had at the time. They wouldn't budget on giving him something smaller. After filing a small claims court case, they reimbursed him for the price of his original laptop and I think told him to keep the new one, too. He was happy after that.

Another friend had a HTC One phone whose screen popped and shattered while he was browsing twitter. HTC refused the replacement despite being a month old, claiming he dropped it. After filing a Better Business Bureau complaint, they replaced it under warranty.

Either way, something like that will get someone's eye and hopefully the original poster will be happy. The bigger problem is that this is a thing Dell will break a warranty over, which is ridiculous.

Comment Encryption & restricted access (Score 1) 381

I have a deal with a friend who is geographically disparate from me: He knows the password to an encrypted flash drive that I have in mhy possession. In the event that amnesia (or god forbid something worse) should befall me, he knows to come and retrieve this drive. We generally chat on the phone once a week or so, so he would know pretty quickly if there were a problem that required this. On the drive is a list of passwords and associated data to reclaim most of my digital life, and to let others know what's going on.

Every year or so I pull the drive out and update it with changes and ensure that it's still functional. So far it feels like a pretty good plan. If I wanted to step it up a little more, I would put this in a safe deposit box in a bank. I still ponder doing that, but really I'm not so important for it to truly matter, haha.

Comment Re:No Sympathy (Score 1) 413

It's a real thing. We have a couple of I think either Techtronix or Agilent scopes that run Windows 2000 or XP. A few years back someone plugged one of the 2k scopes into our network, at which point it became a movie server, hosting "Mr. Deeds". It is no longer allowed to be plugged into the network.

One group just updated a crazy analyzer to a Pentium M with 1 GB of RAM. Cost: $40k. It's obscene.

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