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Comment: Model 100 (Score 4, Informative) 231

by pdawson (#40874457) Attached to: Radio Shack's TRS-80 Turns 35

The model 100 was a great machine. Got me through HS and college in the 90's. Lightweight, runs forever on 4 AA batteries, stores 32k text worth of class notes. And the key for me, no distractions like sol.exe, no network access. Transfer the notes to PC vis serial port at home and you've got room for the next day's notes.

And its even still available and supported at www.club100.org

Comment: Re:Malwarebytes (Score 2, Informative) 353

by pdawson (#26286779) Attached to: 400,000 PCs Infected With Fake "Antivirus 2009"

Process Explorer is your answer to this, from Sysinternals. Suspend, not kill ass the problem processes, then go into properties for winlogon, explorer, etc and the problem dlls will have their own threads inside the process. Suspend the individual threads, then go back and kill everything you suspended. Memory is now clean, go kill the problem files off disk and out of startup entries, then reboot.

United States

+ - Lawyer asks RIAA to investigate Bush twins 1

Submitted by tanman
tanman (728257) writes "After reading an article in the Miami Herald that said "[President] Bush's twin daughters, gave him a CD they had made for him to listen to while exercising", a Florida lawyer calculated statutory damages of 1.8 million dollars and has sent a letter to the RIAA asking that they "display the same vigor in prosecuting this matter and protecting the rights of your rights-holders that it has displayed in enforcing those rights against other alleged violators." From the letter, "This is a serious violation of copyright. As you know, whichever of your member organizations that are right-holders for the copied musical works may be entitled to statutory damages of $150,000.00 per musical work copied.""
Math

+ - AES may be breakable (and/or have a trapdoor!)->

Submitted by nodrog
nodrog (31300) writes "A preprint at the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR) claims that AES may be susceptible to a new cryptanalysis technique. From the article abstract: — We describe a new simple but more powerful form of linear cryptanalysis. It appears to break AES (and undoubtably other cryptosystems too, e.g. SKIPJACK). The break is "nonconstructive," i.e. we make it plausible (e.g. prove it in certain approximate probabilistic models) that a small algorithm for quickly determining AES-256 keys from plaintext-ciphertext pairs exists — but without constructing the algorithm. Even if this break breaks due to the underlying models inadequately approximating the real world, we explain how AES still could contain "trapdoors" which would make cryptanalysis unexpectedly easy for anybody who knew the trapdoor. If AES's designers had inserted such a trapdoor, it could be very easy for them to convince us of that. But if none exist, then it is probably infeasibly difficult for them to convince us of that."
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The Courts

+ - Julie Amero granted new trial->

Submitted by
Dynamoo
Dynamoo writes "As previously covered on Slashdot, Connecticut teacher Julie Amero was facing the possibility of a 40 year jail term because of a spyware infection on a school computer.

The judge in the case today ordered a new trial citing that the original evidence was flawed. This comes after a campaign by security experts and bloggers to have the earlier conviction overturned. It looks unlikely that Amero will actually be tried again, which looks like a great victory for common sense."

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Security

+ - Teacher Julie Amero gets a new trial->

Submitted by
LazloHollyfeld
LazloHollyfeld writes "A New London Superior court judge this morning granted a defense request seeking a new trial for Julie Amero, the former Norwich middle school substitute teacher convicted of exposing her middle school students to Internet porn. Acting on a motion by Amero's attorney, William Dow III, Judge Hillary Strackbein placed the case back on a trial list. Amero had faced 40 years on the conviction of four counts of risk of injury to a minor. State prosecutor David Smith confirmed that further forensic examination at the state crime lab of Amero's classroom computer revealed "some erroneous information was presented during the trial. Amero and her defense team claimed she was the victim of pop-up ads — something that was out of her control. Judge Strackbein said because of the possibility of inaccurate facts, Amero was "entitles to a new trial in the interest of justice." After the brief court appearance, a smiling Amero stood next to her attorney. "I feel very comfortable with the decision," Amero said. Dow commended the state for investigating the case further. A new court date has yet to be scheduled. Amero has reentered a not guilty plea."
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Education

+ - Sub. Teacher Vs. Porn Follow-up

Submitted by Maximum Prophet
Maximum Prophet (716608) writes "This is right out of a Kafka novel. The teacher went running for help. "There's no problem". "Don't turn off the machine". "We're going to put you in jail because of the problem..."
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17134607/
One jurer wanted her to throw a coat or something over the machine. Let's see, he would rather she endanger the entire school buy starting a fire (yes, old fashion CRTs are fire hazards) rather than let some kids see some naked people. Won't someone think of the kids?"
Security

+ - An update to the Black Hat controversy story

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Here's an update to the Black Hat RFID controversy that's on top the site right now. The talk has been cancelled as a result of the legal threat by HID. Black Hat conference organizers had to rip up conference material, a la Cisco/Lynn in 2005."
Education

+ - Create a systems admin job at my school?

Submitted by
Old_Mountain_Man
Old_Mountain_Man writes "I have been working at a K-8 school for the last two school years as a volunteer through an Americorps program called the Montana Technology Corps. In theory, I am here to teach teachers and students how to use technology, but because of the need and my ability to do so, I have become an unofficial Systems Administrator. We also have a contracted Systems Admin that comes in once a week, and works 30 hours or so a month. After this year, the Tech Corps position will no longer be available to the school, so something needs to be done to keep the IT systems of the school functioning. I am going to propose to the school board that they create an official, full time systems administrator position, and, of course, to hire me for that job. We have about 375 students, and probably 40 or so staff that use the computers. We have a lab of 25 machines, workstations in each classroom, a laptop cart, four smartboards and six networked printers and six servers hosting files, applications, Exchange and an Isaserver. In all, about 170 machines that need taken care of. (All Windows) There's no way the contracted systems admin could keep up working only 30 hours a month, so I feel the school needs somebody here full time. What I am looking for is specific information regarding how many IT support people are needed for this kind of setup. I wonder if there are papers/reports that break down how much support time is needed for different systems that I could take to the school board. In addition any advice on how to shape my presentation to the board would be useful. Are there others out there that got their jobs similarly? How do you convince a board that they need to start budgeting for this? They have obviously taken the plunge to getting this technology in the school, how do I convince them that they need somebody here to maintain it?"
Windows

+ - Vista Deactivated by Installing / Running Programs

Submitted by
growse
growse writes "It seems that even the most every day tasks can cause Vista to deactivate itself and require reactivation. Ed Bott has written about his experiences with such issues and includes a screenshot gallery of what the user experiences when Vista decides to deactivate itself. Microsoft has a support document about the issues here.

Is this an indication of more anti-piracy screwups to come? It seems that we're past the point of anti-piracy measures being only inconvenient for pirates, so now that legitimate users are being affected will they start to look for other OS options?"
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - IT initiation tricks: Team-building fun or hazing?

Submitted by
PetManimal
PetManimal writes "There's an interesting discussion about IT initiation rituals — you know, when the new person comes to work on the first day, and you send him or her out to do some joke task, like getting a metric hammer, or fetching a "CAT-5 cable stretcher" from the VP. Another list of "fool's errands" includes sending off the noob to get a length of WLAN cable, left-handed screwdrivers, or, for those in the military, a can of prop wash. Are these tricks just harmless fun, a good way to get a laugh while introducing new hires to the team? Or is it another form of hazing, that can waste time and cause hurt feelings? What are some of the initiation rituals that you've seen or experienced?"
Music

+ - Pianist's Husband Admits Faking Recordings

Submitted by bugg_tb
bugg_tb (581786) writes "Earlier this month Slashdot reported on Gramophone Magainze's article about Joyce Hatto's music not actually being recorded by her....

It turns out that this appears to be correct as the BBC is reporting that her husband William Barrington-Coupe "began faking passages because Joyce Hatto, who had ovarian cancer, could be heard groaning in pain during recordings""
Unix

+ - Getting out of tech support

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "For the last year or so I've been working in 1st line tech support at a small call centre that's part of a much larger outsourcing company and to be honest it's sucking the life out of me, I want change but I don't know what direction to take in order to get out and I really need some advice from others who have made the jump.

I'm in my mid-twenties and I've taken a number of college-level courses, a couple of those being computer engineering courses, some math and a few others that I found interesting, in the process I also managed to procure a fairly large amount of debt in the form of student loans, nothing I can't handle but I don't really want more debt although going back to get a degree is one possibility. I'm not entirely sure what I want to do except that I want to do something a bit more "real", to actually fix problems instead of just talking to customer after customer and then submitting tickets for someone else to fix the problem. From what I've understood from older acquaintances moving from tech support to other positions was actually a good way to go back when a lot of companies handled their own tech support, but for me there isn't much of a career path at this company as we only handle 1st line support, 2nd line and all above is done by the client companies themselves.

I'd really like to get more into sysadmin type work, or at least something where you spend more time solving problems and managing systems than you do arguing with irrate customers over how they have to call customer service for billing questions as technical support can't handle those problems. I suppose what I'd like to know is what kind of jobs one should be looking for coming from technical support with decent knowledge of UNIX, networking, scripting and "light coding". Is there any hope for me or will I have to go back to school in order to even have employers look at my resume?"

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