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Comment Re:Here in Ireland... (Score 1) 368

Tell me more... I'm a sysadmin who loves a challenge. What else do these guys do? I would love to read their end user license agreement. Probably says something like "WE READ YOUR EMAIL!" Go to here and see if your ip address always changes, if it does everytime then they are proxying you in a pool of addresses, if it changes everytime you reboot your dsl modem, that's just because it's dhcp. I would be very very surprised if they proxied everything. Plus you can't proxy SSL sessions without breaking them, so things like gmail should act normally if they are doing things they aren't meant to... What make is the DSL modem?
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Submission + - Dell to sell PC's in shops

mysqlbytes writes: Computer seller Dell has signed a major new agreement with consumer group DSG that will see the US giant's products sold through a network of 1,300 Dixons, PC World and Currys stores around Ireland for the first time. The deal with DSG is part of Dell's major push towards regaining a leading foothold in the global computer market. Hewlett-Packard has already pipped Dell as the biggest seller of computers by offering its products through retail outlets. Dell has retaliated by making its computers available through major retailers such as Wal-Mart and Best Buy. Read more here

Submission + - Ubuntu 7.10 Released

mysqlbytes writes: The latest releases of Ubuntu for desktop and server are available today for download. This release brings together the best of free and open source software delivered on a stable, easy to use and learn platform. Read the press releases or download it now.
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Submission + - Blogger Finds Y2K Bug in NASA Climate Data (

mysqlbytes writes: While inspecting historical temperature graphs, Steve McIntyre, who operates the site, noticed a strange discontinuity, or "jump" in many locations, all occurring around the time of January, 2000. The graphs were created by NASA's Reto Ruedy and James Hansen (who shot to fame when he accused the administration of trying to censor his views on climate change). Hansen refused to provide McKintyre with the algorithm used to generate graph data, so McKintyre reverse-engineered it. The result appeared to be a Y2K bug in the handling of the raw data. Read more here!
The Internet

LiveJournal Says Users are Responsible for Content of Links 283

Many of you might remember the previous story about LiveJournal erroneously deleting hundreds of users as suspected paedophiles, spurred on by pressure from the group, Warriors for innocence. Since then, they've been taking action against users hosting material on their servers that they believe to be illegal. Today, LiveJournal management have demonstrated a serious lack of understanding in how the internet works, declaring that users are responsible for the content of the webpages that they link to in their blog entries. A user points out the obvious flaw: "I get ToS'd because the link's been redirected to a page full o' porn, even though context clearly shows that when I originally put up the link that it didn't actually land on a page of porn?" One wonders how such a long-established blogging company can be so ignorant about the nature of the world wide web.

Submission + - Nokia to replace 43 Million Batteries (

mysqlbytes writes: According to a recent post on the BBC's website, Nokia has admitted to a problem in the BL-5C batteries made by Matsushita between December 2005 and November 2006. For some of us, it means longer battery life with a new lease of life. And for some of us, no more burnt legs :) See the article here, and you can check out the product advisory here:

Journal Journal: Microsoft AntiSpyware (BETA) quality...

An interesting article on raises the question: How many people out there actually rely upon Microsoft AntiSpyware to keep their system safe? Personally on a daily basis i have seen quite a number of Trojans and other little critters slip unnoticed. So i end up using multiple scanners to pick up everything i can. A plethora such as adaware and spybot search and destroy might keep you
Operating Systems

Journal Journal: Sentinix abandoned

The Sentinix project has been abandoned. A very promising project run by Michel Blomgren of the For you who have never heard of it, it was an all in one security and mail package in one, for mail it had: postfix spamassasin and mailscanner to name but a few and for monitoring it had: Nagios, Nagat, Snort, SnortCenter, ACID, Cacti, RRDTool, Nessus. I'll be sad to see this go, maybe someone could inherit it...

Journal Journal: Viruses for OS X

Mac users are secure in their environment for one main reason, they aren't running a Microsoft product! Most of the viruses are written to attack M$ products because like the rest of us they have a built up hatred to someone who can churn out bad software and have people buy it because they 'don't have a choice'. Mac's are based on BSD, in itself its secure. I'm sure security vunerabilites do exist but virus writers have an easier task exploiting something which every other virus writter out the

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