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Crime

Scalpers Bought Tickets With CAPTCHA-Busting Botnet 301

alphadogg writes "Three California men have pleaded guilty to charges they built a network of CAPTCHA-solving computers that flooded online ticket vendors and snatched up the very best seats for Bruce Springsteen concerts, Broadway productions and even TV tapings of Dancing with the Stars. The men ran a company called Wiseguy Tickets, and for years they had an inside track on some of the best seats in the house at many events. They scored about 1.5 million tickets after hiring Bulgarian programmers to build 'a nationwide network of computers that impersonated individual visitors' on websites such as Ticketmaster, MLB.com and LiveNation, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) said Thursday in a press release. The network would 'flood vendors computers at the exact moment that event tickets went on sale,' the DoJ said. They had to create shell corporations, register hundreds of fake Internet domains (one was stupidcellphone.com) and sign up for thousands of bogus e-mail addresses to make the scam work."
Linux

New Linux Petabyte-Scale Distributed File System 132

An anonymous reader writes "A recent addition to Linux's impressive selection of file systems is Ceph, a distributed file system that incorporates replication and fault tolerance while maintaining POSIX compatibility. Explore the architecture of Ceph and learn how it provides fault tolerance and simplifies the management of massive amounts of data."
Censorship

Chinese Root Server Shut Down After DNS Problem 91

itwbennett writes "After a networking error first reported on Wednesday last week caused computers in Chile and the US to come under the control of a system that censors the Internet in China, the 'root DNS server associated with the networking problems has been disconnected from the Internet,' writes Robert McMillan. The server's operator, Netnod, has 'withdrawn route announcements' made by the server, according to company CEO Kurt Lindqvist."
PlayStation (Games)

PS3 Hacked? 296

Several readers have sent word that George Hotz (a.k.a. geohot), the hacker best known for unlocking Apple's iPhone, says he has now hacked the PlayStation 3. From his blog post: "I have read/write access to the entire system memory, and HV level access to the processor. In other words, I have hacked the PS3. The rest is just software. And reversing. I have a lot of reversing ahead of me, as I now have dumps of LV0 and LV1. I've also dumped the NAND without removing it or a modchip. 3 years, 2 months, 11 days...that's a pretty secure system. ... As far as the exploit goes, I'm not revealing it yet. The theory isn't really patchable, but they can make implementations much harder. Also, for obvious reasons I can't post dumps. I'm hoping to find the decryption keys and post them, but they may be embedded in hardware. Hopefully keys are setup like the iPhone's KBAG."
Image

Man Sues Neighbor For Not Turning Off His Wi-Fi 428

Scyth3 writes "A man is suing his neighbor for not turning off his cell phone or wireless router. He claims it affects his 'electromagnetic allergies,' and has resorted to being homeless. So, why doesn't he check into a hotel? Because hotels typically have wireless internet for free. I wonder if a tinfoil hat would help his cause?"
Education

Ocean-Crossing Dragonflies Discovered 95

grrlscientist writes "While living and working as a marine biologist in Maldives, Charles Anderson noticed sudden explosions of dragonflies at certain times of year. He explains how he carefully tracked the path of a plain, little dragonfly called the Globe Skimmer, Pantala flavescens, only to discover that it had the longest migratory journey of any insect in the world."

Comment Re:Debian GNU/kFreeBSD (Score 1) 376

That's only partly true. In '94 BSD was even or ahead of Linux in terms of features.

Wrong. As one of the grandparent posts mentions, at that time Linux had shared libraries and compressed kernel, making it much more usable on desktop PCs. I know what I am talking about, I was a 386BSD and NetBSD user then, and for me those features (together with better attitude of the Linux community) were precisely the reasons for migrating to Linux.

Of course, networking at that time was more mature in *BSD. But as for overall system stability, Linux won: around 1994 it was the first UN*X I had that survived running crashme(1) on it.

Silicon Graphics

Submission + - SGI assets may be sold for $25M

UnanimousCoward writes: Several articles including this one from the San Jose Merc are reporting that SGI has agreed to sell itself for $25 million to Rackable Systems after seeking bankruptcy protection for the second time in three years. A judge still has to approve the deal. Stories like this make me feel old.
Silicon Graphics

Submission + - SGI Files for Chaper 11, plans to sell off assets

darkjedi521 writes: According to Bloomberg, SGI filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy April 1st with plans to sell its assets to Rackable Systems unless another buyer is willing to come forward and pay a higher per share price than Rackable. According to the Mercury News, the sale is for $25 million, though the chapter 11 proceedings leave the possibility of sale to another entity open.
Businesses

Submission + - RIP SGI

Hugh Pickens writes: "A collective shudder rippled through Silicon Valley on Wednesday morning, as Rackable Systems announced the purchase for just $25 million in cash of Silicon Graphics Inc, a company that in 1997 was pulling in close to $4 billion in revenue a year producing some of the flashiest computers on the planet for handling tough graphics jobs. SGI was forced into bankruptcy a couple of years back and has been struggling ever since but in its day it was one of the nation's fastest-growing companies, best known for building extraordinary computers that helped create special effects for the "Jurassic Park" films. SGI used to thrive by selling computers based on its own chips and operating system but its technology was undercut by cheaper graphics products from companies like Nvidia and cheaper mainstream chips from Intel. In addition, SGI made a blunder by opting to move all of its computers over to Intel's lackluster Itanium chip. By buying SGI, Rackable takes on some engineers with expertise in building large, complex systems as well as some intellectual property around graphics and server technology but regrettably for SGI, the company sold off some of its key 3-D graphics technology to Microsoft several years ago."

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