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Submission + - International Authorities Cooperate To Take Down Massive 'Avalanche' Botnet

plover writes: Investigators from the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, Eurojust, Europol, and other global partners announced the takedown of a massive botnet named 'Avalanche', estimated to have involved as many as 500,000 infected computers worldwide on a daily basis.

"The global effort to take down this network involved the crucial support of prosecutors and investigators from 30 countries. As a result, five individuals were arrested, 37 premises were searched, and 39 servers were seized. Victims of malware infections were identified in over 180 countries. In addition, 221 servers were put offline through abuse notifications sent to the hosting providers. The operation marks the largest-ever use of sinkholing to combat botnet infrastructures and is unprecedented in its scale, with over 800 000 domains seized, sinkholed or blocked."

Submission + - Not one, not two, but three undersea cables cut in Jersey (cloudflare.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Sometime before midnight Monday (UK local time) a ship dropped its anchor and broke, not one, not two, but three undersea cables serving the island of Jersey in the English Channel. Jersey is part of the Channel Islands along with Guernsey and some smaller islands. These things happen and that’s not a good thing. The cut was reported on the venerable BBC news website. For the telecom operators in Jersey (JT Global) this wasn’t good news. However looking at the traffic from Cloudflare’s point of view; we can see that while the cable cut removed the direct path from London to Jersey, it was replaced by the backup path from Paris to Jersey. The move was 100% under the control of the BGP routing protocol. It's a relief that there's a fallback for when these unpredictable events happen.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 2) 139

May I recommend a thermostatic mixing valve? It lets you keep your water heater very hot, but delivers the hot water mixed with cold water at the set point of the valve. You can then run a separate pipe from the water heater to appliances that need the very hot water, such as the dishwasher or washing machine. It also delivers more water than a regular water heater set to a safer temperature like 120F, effectively extending the capacity of a water heater by 20% or more.

I wouldn't recommend you plumb the very hot water directly to the tub, as the risk of scalding would be too great.

Comment Re:This article is bullshit (Score 1) 540

I came to question your number. Mad props for self-checking, even if after the fact.

The numbers are still dreadful. I'm sure you know this, but for others: Ignoring all the ways that we have underemployment and people no longer seeking, going from 5 to 8% unemployment is a catastrophic number. If we presume we have 160-180* million people working in the US, and 10 looking, a million lost trucking jobs, 4.6 million lost food prep jobs, a few million lost medical support and diagnostic jobs (this time we'll automate out the white collar), a few million clerical and bureaucratic jobs, etc... automation will devour everything. I can see us having a tolerable number of edge condition jobs (a command center team doing truck dispatcher/controller instead of a hundred drivers, one on-call medical expert for multiple clinics using remote diagnostics, someone to stock and clean and secure the burger place, and fewer and fewer people that havent been replaced: tattoo artist, chef, hairdresser, repair and maintenance techs)

This will be messy.

*(aaand THAT is why I blinked hard at the idea 100 million of them flipping burgers).

Comment Re:Of course they have malware (Score 1) 161

When I set out to help her make it run faster, I didn't anticipate that it would be that difficult, or take that long. I thought I could just uninstall one or two things and she'd be fine; but the machine was running so badly that each thing I uninstalled was followed by an equally slow reboot in hopes that would fix the problem. The worst offender turned out to be the free McAfee "security" suite. Learning that I needed to download a McAfee Consumer Product Removal Tool, wading through their equally frustrating web site to find and download the damn thing, and actually running it took a surprising amount of time.

I actually thought finding all the the right device drivers for the brand new hardware would be so hard as to not be worth the hassle. I was very wrong.

Lesson learned, though. Next time I'm going to pull the "Geek Squad virus repair" trick and just reformat the drive.

Comment Re:Of course they have malware (Score 4, Informative) 161

Ever take a Lenovo Windows 8 machine out of the box? The shovelware that encumbers it boggles the mind. It took me three hours to scrape that crap from my sister's brand new machine. Given the performance of the machine before and after, I'd go to court today and testify it was legitimately infected with malware.

Ironically, for that much work at my rates, Office Depot would be undercharging.

Comment That was kind of the point (Score 4, Insightful) 457

Heinlein didn't picture a "Service guarantees citizenship" society just to have it whitewashed away by today's PC standards. Any reboot that ignores the societal aspects may as well be filmed by Michael Bay, and just go straight to CGI exploding aliens; it won't be true to the book in any way.

Comment Re:Neat that it's possible, but insignificant (Score 1) 181

You're entirely missing the point. Sewage comes out of EVERY part of the country. Local micro-refinery stations (not entirely unlike local water treatment generally) could be turning that into a usable product with less effort than paying foreign despots to ship it to you from around the world, obviously.

Unfortunately, today's crude oil refineries are physically big, ugly plants that produce nasty smelling (and toxic) pollution. Boiling liquefied crude is already bad enough; imagine boiling sewage (hint: amplify the smell of a feedlot and picture it traveling about 10 miles along the ground.) Fractionating towers for petroleum are tall, ugly beasts because they need to be; they have to be on a large area, with lots of storage tanks, and they need round the clock lighting and security. Nothing about them is appealing, nobody would let you build one in their back yard. There's a reason nobody's built a new oil refinery in the last 30 years.

I can imagine that an existing refinery could retrofitted to handle the material; but I can't imagine that they could build micro-refineries near cities.

Comment Re:Atomic Controls. (Score 1) 109

That doesn't make sense. If you can deny it access, what's the problem?

There are legitimate features that apps and devices might be able to offer by using your contact list. A printer could make use of fax numbers or email addresses, for example. If you deny it access to your contacts, it'll still print, but it won't automatically offer to fax documents to your recipients. That's no reason to avoid the printer.

Now, if it grabbed your contacts without asking, that would be a problem.

Comment Re:easier to fix? (Score 4, Funny) 163

How are you going to issue a software patch to the pile of rubble on another planet? This is not a situation where you can ship the product without testing and fix it in firmware later!.

It's Agile. The product owner will raise this issue as a priority in the backlog, they'll fix it in this sprint, and it will ship in the next release.

Comment Re:Vote SMOD. . . (Score 1) 857

. . .The Sweet Meteor of Death in 2016: solutions that ENDURE. . . .


The Sweet Meteor of Death is a corrupt sellout that will leave more alive than dead! Don't remember the mess it's predecessor left behind 65 million years ago? Oh yes, the Massive Meteor of Death promised to wipe out all life on Earth and look how that ended up!

Vote Catastrophic Comet of Destruction 2016! It's the only civilized choice!

The Catastrophic Comet of Destruction is a bigoted speciesist, and will only rain death on neighborhoods infested with homo sapiens.

This whole Meteor vs Comet thing is a part of the rigged two-body system anyway. Don't waste your vote on either. Write in the Astronomical Asteroid of Apocalypse and make a real difference in the future of Earth!

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