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Submission + - Rainbow Tables for Download - Free!

Tristan Gamilis writes: "Rainbow Tables are well and good, but for those of us with single cores and less than 10 years to sit and wait for them to generate, they are more than a little beyond reach.

Enter Free Rainbow Tables.com
Nearing their first Terabyte of tables, and all for free — No strings attached.

The tables are generated by their community using DistrRTgen, a distributed Rainbow Tables Generator. Breaking tables down into parts, the program then assigns the parts to the many users running the DistrRTgen client. The parts are completed and uploaded back to the server where they are compiled, compressed, and made available for download to anyone and everyone with a hash that needs cracking.

Progress can be followed, as well as User Stats.

The site is currently focusing on NTLM tables to give Windows Vista a warm welcome!"
Caldera

Submission + - SCOX Goes Sub-Dollar

GreyPoopon writes: "It appears that things are about the get very interesting for SCO Group. With less than thirty minutes left in trading, SCOX appears set to close below the one-dollar mark for the first time. This is no big surprise after last Friday's devastation, but it's a great way to end the week. The question is, if SCO gets delisted by NASDAQ, what happens with the court case?"
The Internet

Submission + - Got Earthlink? Got Mail? No, They Lost it.

LandGator writes: "Robert X. Cringely, doyen compu-columnist for PBS, reports on a hidden e-mail problem at Earthlink: They're losing up to 9 messages out of 10, found as a result of a friend's testing.
He sent messages from other accounts to his Earthlink address, to his aliased Blackberry address, and to his Gmail account. For every 10 messages sent, 1-2 arrived in his Earthlink mailbox, 1-2 (not necessarily the SAME 1-2) on his Blackberry, and all 10 arrived with Gmail.
Swimming upstream through Earthlink customer support, my buddy finally found a technical contact who freely acknowledged the problem. Since June, he was told, Earthlink's mail system has been so overloaded that some users have been missing up to 90 percent of their incoming e-mail. It isn't bounced back to senders; it just disappears. And Earthlink hasn't mentioned the problem to these affected customers unless they complain. (Emphasis mine.)
Gee, you don't suppose they expect we actually want the e-mail service we paid for, eh?"
Networking

Submission + - DNS All Over the Place

Juha Holkkola writes: "On November 15, SANS published 2006 annual update of the Top-20 Internet Security Attack Targets (www.sans.org/top20/). Each year, some of the most security conscious organizations all over the world help SANS in compiling this list based on severe vulnerabilities that have been discovered during the last 12 months or so. If any network service or product that has made this list has been more or less safe for more than 12 months, it gets dropped out. What strikes me the most with SANS's Top-20 is that DNS and BIND have made the list every single year since SANS started publishing it in 2000. That's every year for seven years now. And so, one would imagine that the networking community would finally like to do something to address the associated security problems, DNS being one of the most critical TCP/IP services and all. As some information security experts have recently pointed out, network administrators often shun away from interfering DNS as that could potentially have dire implications on functioning networks. I guess what they mean by this is that as DNS is one of the few applications that dates back to the pre-firewall-era of Internet, managing and securing DNS is like having a pet dinosaur. It's really not that cute and you'd really prefer not to touch it at all. Pet talk aside, perhaps the time has come to take the bull by the horns? While DNS and plain BIND may be somewhat cumbersome to secure and to manage, there are also more advanced options out there that make protecting and managing DNS servers a walk in the park."
Music

Submission + - UK Copyright fight intensifies

tnmc writes: Ok, it's The Sun (a Rupert Murdoch tabloid), but the article is unbelievable: http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2006560780,00 .html "TOP musicians this week joined forces in a bid to tighten copyright law. They want to extend the legal protection on songs they have recorded. This copyright is currently just 50 years and allows them to receive royalties whenever their song is played. Once it's out of copyright — as will soon happen to early songs by the likes of The Beatles and Rolling Stones — they get nothing. And crime gangs could then churn out low-quality copies of Cliff Richard recordings to fund other activities, such as drug-running."
Toys

Submission + - TVTome Replacement Up and Running.

Mara Wadens writes: "Remember good ol' TVTome.com? It used to be a great site, and the number one source for tv info online- mostly due to the fact that their was no competition (no counting epguides, which was basically a sister site). In 2005, TVTome was bought out by C|Net, and got a whole new look, and even a new URL. This left many users abandoned, not being able to switch all their info and hardwork to the new site. Many members left, furious with the changes C|Net made. One member decided to make his own site- TVRage.com. "Rage" being the anger former TVTome members felt towards C|Net. Word spread, and many members from TVTome made the switch to the newer site, and added their work they contributed, and hastily contributed information. One year after all this, TVRage has become what TVTome was in it's 3rd or 4th year. With a bright future a head, TVRage proves to a simpler, faster, and more convenient alternative to the slow, and sometimes buggy TV.com."
Sony

Sony Adds PS3 Support to Linux Kernel 181

mu22le writes "A few Sony patches to the Linux kernel have just been merged in the mainline tree, to be included in the 2.6.20 release. The patches add 'core platform support for the PS3 game console and other devices using the PS3 hypervisor.'" From the Linux Devices article: "Linux gained generic support for the Cell processor, on which the PS3 is based, with the 2.6.13 release in June of 2005. The new Sony-contributed patches to the 2.6.20 kernel appear to add machine-specific support for technology such as the PS3's memory architecture, DMA (direct memory access) model, and SMP (symmetric multiprocessing) model. A Yellow Dog Linux (YDL) distribution has been available for the PS3 since October, thanks to a development deal between Sony and YDL publisher TerraSoft. However, YDL so far has not been bundled with early PS3 shipments, despite earlier indications from Sony Entertainment's CEO, Ken Kuturagi."
NASA

Submission + - NASA captures liquid water flowing on Mars

bananaendian writes: "Wikinews reports that
"NASA scientists have announced that the Mars Global Surveyor has captured images taken by the Mars Orbiter Camera, of what is believed to be liquid water "flowing" into "gullies" from below the surface of the planet Mars and scientists also say that the water appeared within the past seven years. The gullies are located inside the Terra Sirenum crater and the Centauri Montes regions of the Red Planet."
See the images for yourself: NASA Global Surveyor"

Feed Firefly Reborn as Online Universe (wired.com)

The canceled sci-fi series enjoys a fan base as dedicated as the show's run was short. Now Firefly fanatics will be able to live in a massively multiplayer online universe carved from Joss Whedon's vision. A Wired News exclusive by Mark Wallace.


The Media

Submission + - More online media jailed

OSDNBoss writes: "According to the US Watchdog Committee to Protect Journalists a total of 134 journalists were in jail on December 1, 49 of which were Internet journalists. China leads the way with the highest number in jail. I'm sure the censors have already blocked slashdot and other news and opinion sites in the countries mentioned. It begs the question, however, as the blogosphere grows are online journalists and editors more or less protected than their print and TV counterparts?"
Music

Submission + - RIAA Mischaracterizes Letter it Received from AOL

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "In Elektra v. Schwartz, an RIAA case against a Queens woman with Multiple Sclerosis who indicates that she had never even heard of file sharing until the RIAA came knocking on her door, the judge held that Ms. Schwartz's summary judgment request for dismissal was premature because the RIAA said it had a letter from AOL "confirm[ing] that defendant owned an internet access account through which copyrighted sound recordings were downloaded and distributed....". (Copy of order)(pdf) When her lawyers got a copy of the actual AOL letter they saw that it had no such statement in it, and asked the judge to reconsider."

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