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+ - Malware forecast for New Zealand

Submitted by terremoto
terremoto writes: New Zealand has been in the path of a severe winter storm since last Sunday. A 30 to 50-year event as far as it snow falling in some places is concerned (like the capital, Wellington). With unprecedented interest in the local weather, this was the perfect time for someone to subvert the ad server of the national weather service and dish out malware to a large number of PCs nationwide. Our workplace of ~400 PCs had about 10 strikes yesterday afternoon.

Comment: And which one have Wikipedia entries? (Score 1) 124 124

by terremoto (#33992924) Attached to: Where Are the Original PC Programmers Now?

I got the Programmers at Work book recently (picked it up in a second hand book sale). After reading the articles I looked up a few Wikipedia entries. John Page is not there at all. And PFS:FILE is mentioned only in passing in an entry on pfs:Write [sic] - in which Page is entirely absent.

Comment: Re:how is this measured? (Score 5, Informative) 39 39

by terremoto (#33447090) Attached to: Solving an Earth-Sized Jigsaw Puzzle

Anyone know how the measure this stuff?

Short term (human lifetime) by using GPS, VLBI and measurements of seismic activity.

Long term (earth lifetime) by using magnetic stripe lineations on the seafloor, hot-spot tracks (eg, the Hawaiian volcano chain) and other geologic indicators.


The Internet

The Puzzle of Japanese Web Design 242 242

Posted by kdawson
from the how-to-pack-five-eggs dept.
I'm Not There (1956) writes "Jeffrey Zeldman brings up the interesting issue of the paradox between Japan's strong cultural preference for simplicity in design, contrasted with the complexity of Japanese websites. The post invites you to study several sites, each more crowded than the last. 'It is odd that in Japan, land of world-leading minimalism in the traditional arts and design, Web users and skilled Web design practitioners believe more is more.'"
Open Source

Open Source Developer Knighted 101 101

Posted by samzenpus
from the knights-who-say-free dept.
unixfan writes "Georg Greve, developer of Open Document Format and active FOSS developer, has received a knighthood in Germany for his work. From the article: 'Some weeks ago I received news that the embassy in Berne had unsuccessfully been trying to contact me under FSFE's old office address in Zurich. This was a bit odd and unexpected. So you can probably understand my surprise to be told by the embassy upon contacting them that on 18 December 2009 I had been awarded the Cross of Merit on ribbon (Verdienstkreuz am Bande) by the Federal Republic of Germany. As you might expect, my first reaction was one of disbelief. I was, in fact, rather shaken. You could also say shocked. Quick Wikipedia research revealed this to be part of the orders of knighthood, making this a Knight's Cross.'"

Comment: Re:Related research (Score 1) 27 27

by terremoto (#29079431) Attached to: New Hope For Predicting Earthquakes

True, I suppose ... although the scale of the problem is somewhat greater. Rock also tends to flow under pressure, so it's not a simple matter of shear force.

... and the places where earthquakes occur are deep in the earth and not amenable to direct observation. Earthquake prediction, in the sense of saying when any specific event will occur, is a very hard problem.

Comment: Re:Yet another "modern" FS without undelete... (Score 1) 241 241

by terremoto (#28914761) Attached to: A Short History of Btrfs

Simply make the filesystem mark deleted files as "hide from directory listing, and really delete only if you need the space". Then add a couple of syscalls to examine these "recyclable" files and restore them to normal status.

Netware has a Salvage utility that relies on a filesystem with those attributes. It used to be called the Netware File System (yes, NFS). More recent versions are now called Novell Storage Services. Ported to SuSe now according to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novell_Storage_Services/


Cuba Launches Own Linux Variation 494 494

Posted by samzenpus
from the the-people's-OS dept.
willclem writes "According to Reuters, it seems that Cuba has launched its own variation of Linux in order to fulfill its government's desire to replace Microsoft operating systems. 'Getting greater control over the informatic process is an important issue,' said Communications Minister Ramiro Valdes, who heads a commission pushing Cuba's migration to free software."

Chemist who falls in acid will be tripping for weeks.