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Submission + - Malware Hijacked To Distribute Antivirus Program

itwbennett writes: Some rogue do-gooder has 'gained access to some of the servers that cybercriminals use to distribute the Dridex Trojan and replaced it with an installer for Avira Free Antivirus,' writes Lucian Constantin. For those unfamiliar with Dridex, it is 'one of the three most widely used computer Trojans that target online banking users' — and it's resilient: In October, 2015, one month after its administrator was arrested, it was back in full swing.

Submission + - Online Museum Displays Decades Of Malware (

An anonymous reader writes: archive,org has launched a Museum of Malware, which devotes itself to a historical look at DOS-based viruses of the 1980s and 1990s, and gives viewers the opportunity to run the viruses in a DOS game emulator, and to download 'neutered' versions of the code. With an estimated 50,000 DOS-based viruses in existence by the year 2000, the Malware Museum's 65 examples should be seen as representative of an annoying, but more innocent era of digital vandalism.

Submission + - Battle brewing over the right to record 4k and 8k broadcasts in Japan (

AmiMoJo writes: Japanese broadcasters have indicated that 4k and 8k broadcasts may have recording disabled via a "do not copy" flag, which receivers would be expected to obey. Now the Internet Users Association (MIAU) and Shufuren (Housewives Federation) have submitted documentation opposing the ban. The document points out that the ban will only inconvenience the majority of the general audience, while inevitably failing to prevent unauthorized copying by anyone determined to circumvent the protection.

Submission + - Intel Says Chips To Become Slower But More Energy Efficient (

An anonymous reader writes: William Holt, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Technology and Manufacturing Group, has said at a conference that chips will become slower after industry re-tools for new technologies such as spintronics and tunnelling transistors. "The best pure technology improvements we can make will bring improvements in power consumption but will reduce speed." If true, it's not just the end of Moore's Law, but a rolling back of the progress it made over the last fifty years.

Submission + - CFQ In Linux Gets BFQ Characteristics

jones_supa writes: Paolo Valente from University of Modena has submitted a Linux kernel patchset which replaces CFQ (Completely Fair Queueing) I/O scheduler with the last version of BFQ (Budget Fair Queuing, a proportional-share scheduler). This patchset first brings CFQ back to its state at the time when BFQ was forked from CFQ.

Paolo explains: "Basically, this reduces CFQ to its engine, by removing every heuristic and improvement that has nothing to do with any heuristic or improvement in BFQ, and every heuristic and improvement whose goal is achieved in a different way in BFQ. Then, the second part of the patchset starts by replacing CFQ's engine with BFQ's engine, and goes on by adding current BFQ improvements and extra heuristics."

He provides a link to the thread in which it is agreed on this idea, and a direct link to the e-mail describing the steps.

Comment Happened to me (Score 5, Interesting) 174

I bought my own cable modem, had been using it for over a year when I finally decided to return Comcast's modem. Took it down to their local office and had the customer service rep. check the modem back into inventory and remove the rental fee from my account before leaving. The first month after having it removed everything was fine, there was no rental fee billed, the 2nd month after it re-appeared on my bill and they tacked on an extra charge for the prior month as well as sent a separate mailing notice to inform me they had noticed there was no rental fee on my account and it must have been a billing error on their part but not to worry as they weren't going to charge a penalty, just 2 months worth of rental fees. In order to have the issue resolved I had to call customer service and have them "open an investigation" to check with the local office to verify they had received my old modem back.


Russia Begins Work On a Lunar Lander ( 91

MarkWhittington writes: Whether and when Russia will try to send cosmonauts to the moon is an open question. The Putin government has heavily slashed spending on the Russian space program, a measure brought on by declining oil and gas revenues. But, as Popular Mechanics reports, Russian engineers have gone ahead and have started to design a lunar lander for the eventual Russian lunar surface effort. When money is going to be forthcoming for such a vehicle is unknown, though Russia could partner with another country with lunar ambitions, such as China or the European Union.

Comment A fire hazard (Score 3, Interesting) 111

Nothing like being the PC technician stuck in a small computer while being expected to unbox and image new system, configure network gear before it gets deployed and haul back dead systems. When people from other departments visit my cubicle, the first thing they say is "Oh my God!". At a previous employer I took down the cubicle wall between my cube and an adjacent one, moved it into the old entry gap of the other cubicle and formed one double-sized cubicle. The best environment I ever worked in was a basement lab with professionally designed lab benches that had built-in monitor arms and cable routing passages integrated into it. Upper and lower shelves in addition to a generous work surface. It also helped that the lab was treated as a secure room that only technicians badges could open. You can get so much more work done when people can't walk up to circumvent the Help Desk process.

Comment How my Mom did it in the 1980's (Score 1) 317

My Mom runs the computer lab at a Silicon Valley public elementary school, and has done so for over 30 years. She introduced CS to students on Apple IIe's with BASIC programming samples that generated music and then had the kids modify the code to write their own music. Nothing fancy, just a few notes looped but it allows kids to be creative and do more if they want to. A similar thing could be done with modern languages, just with different coding examples (Flappy Bird clones, etc...). Currently, the state of California only requires a focus on teaching kids typing, Microsoft Office, and basic web research skills. My Mom has always done more than was required though. Too bad she is retiring this year but I don't blame her, kids have gotten worse with each passing year. Last time I visited the school a kid pulled a knife on a teacher and tried to slash her throat, the Principal's response was to take the kid out for pizza so they could discuss how the kid was feeling. Simply disgusting and nothing like the good ol' days when my principal was a retired Army veteran that would pin kids against walls and drag their ass down to the office if they got out of line.

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