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Comment Re:Command & Control (Score 1) 206

Well, presumably the botnet outputs data to an address, right? Like let's say everything it collected was sent to a particular IP adadress. The "uninstaller" could have just been, say, something that edits the hosts file and just blocks the IP at that level. It doesn't risk harming the computers (it only adds one address that will fail to connect) and it completely cripples the botnet.

Comment Oh okay, WW2 then (Score 1) 465

Spend days in the rain, barely sleeping on a boat.

Spend a seasick few hours being ferried accross the channel in constant fear or a torpedo blowing the entire ship out of the water with nothing you can do about it.

Get into a tiny rolling vessel and find out that you are at the front.

Get tossed around as the landingcraft slowly makes its way to the coast, while the bombartment stops and you know every german on the coast has plenty of time to get into position.

Get machine gunned as the ramp comes down.

Get reborn.

War sucks, this scene has been done a lot if games and for some reason you are always in the landing craft that isn't machine gunned. Magically, you are one of the handful of survivors of the first wave at Omaha. Funny that.

Comment Re:Autopsy killed the Post office (Score 1) 297

I hate writing cheques (and hate being given them even more), so I don't. I have several bills set up to be paid automatically, but some others I pay manually through online banking. I click "Bills" - "Electricity", type "32.42" and hit "Pay". (The first time I had to choose the appropriate electricity company from the list and put in my electricity account number.)

I've sent 4 important letters this year:
- An insurance claim,
- a complaint to the insurance company... but I faxed this
- a complaint to their parent company
- a complaint to Lloyd's of London
- a form with my bank details on so they could (finally) settle the claim
Three political letters
- one to my MP (member of Parliament)
- one to my London Assembly member
- one to the local council
And one to my sister, when she left her credit card at my house.

Comment Re:Keep Changing Assumptions Until the Right Answe (Score 1) 496

And of course no-one really wants to say this: "No model can predict the future, because the data from the past does not necessarily follow in the future."

We have all sorts of very nice models built by very bright people who will try to convince anyone that their model can tell you how to trade, or what to invest in, or what this market or that market can do. There are several problems with this: Not only can a model not accurately predict future events, especially major, "abnormal" future events, but the model can't even take into account enough data to accurately model the past! You find that you overlooked a data point, that something was correlated that you think was not correlated; you find that things become correlated that were never correlated before.

Models have their place, but directing the overall flow of interest rates and investment and market direction is not that place. How many times do we have to have every single model proved absolutely and totally wrong by freak events before we say enough?

Operating Systems

Submission + - An Ubuntu guide to taming the Linux kernel (itwire.com)

davidmwilliams writes: "Although Linux is frequently referred to by the names of various distributions, what can properly be called "Linux" is really the management part of the operating system known as the kernel which interacts with the computer's hardware. Here's how the kernel works in Ubuntu, and how to rebuild it. http://www.itwire.com/content/view/14860/53/"

Submission + - Are interactive whiteboards a Good Thing? (samdutton.com)

samdutton writes: "Interactive whiteboards are now installed in almost all primary and secondary schools in the UK — and that probably goes for many other countries as well.

Teachers and kids seem to love them — but are interactive whiteboards really better than blackboards, non-interactive whiteboards and 'Big Book' learning? Given the high cost of purchase, installation, maintenance and replacement — do they give value for money?

...and is it OK that (in rich countries, at least) more and more of life, including school, is now a televisual experience?"


Broadcasters Want Cash For Media Shared At Home 426

marcellizot writes "What would you say if I told you that there are people out there that want to make sharing your media between devices over a home network illegal? According to Jim Burger, a Washington, D.C attorney who deals with piracy in the broadcasting industry, certain broadcasters want to do just that. Speaking in a recent podcast, Burger remarked that the broadcasting industry is keen to put controls on sharing media between devices even if those devices are on a home network and even if the sharing is strictly for personal use. When pressed as to why broadcasters would want to do this, Burger replied simply 'because they want you to pay for that right.'"

Worm Threat Forces Apple To Disable Software? 201

SkiifGeek writes "After the debacle that surrounded the announcement and non-disclosure of a worm that targets OS X, the vulnerability in mDNSResponder may have forced Apple to remove support for certain mDNSResponder capabilities with the recently released Security Update 2007-007. 'Seeming to closely follow the information disclosed by InfoSec Sellout, Apple's mDNSResponder update addresses a vulnerability that can be exploited by an attacker on the local network to gain a denial of service or arbitrary code execution condition. Apple goes on to identify that the vulnerability that they are addressing exists within the support for UPnP IGD... and that an attacker can exploit the vulnerability through simply sending a crafted network packet across the network. With the crafted network packet triggering a buffer overflow, it passes control of the vulnerable system to the attacker. Rather than patching the vulnerability and retaining the capability, Apple has completely disabled support for UPnP IGD (though there is no information about whether it is only a temporary disablement until vulnerabilities can be addressed).'"

In Australia, An Ebay Sale is a Sale 267

syousef writes "An eBay sale is a sale says an Australian New South Wales State Judge in a case where a man tried to reneg on the Ebay sale of a 1946 World War II Wirraway aircraft. The seller tried to weasel out of the deal because he'd received a separate offer $100,000 greater than the Ebay sale price. The buyer who had bid the reserve price of $150,000 at the last minute took him to court. 'It follows that, in my view, a binding contract was formed between the plaintiff and the defendant and that it should be specifically enforced,' Justice Rein said in his decision." I haven't found anything like this in previous discussions; have there been similar decisions like this handed down in the US, Canada, or Europe?

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