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Submission + - Internet routing and the Sony PSN DDoS? 1

JWSmythe writes: "I know this won't make a real story, but I'm hoping others can give their input. Is your Internet routing horrible right now? I'm seeing slow speeds (>500ms on a cable modem, with our own usage only at about 75Kbps.

I received several complaints from my staff around the country, and they're being routed all over the place. For example, from Massachusetts to Florida, their route is literally:

(their location) -> Boston MA -> Pompano FL -> New York NY -> Ashburn VA -> Atlanta GA -> Seattle WA -> (4 unknown hops) -> (our endpoint in Florida)

Similar spot checks from my location show the same horrible routing, that looks more like a band tour schedule than Internet routing.

Someone mentioned that Sony took yet another online game down due to security breeches. Has the DDoS against them stepped up? If so, I'd like to kindly say to those doing it "STOP IT! You're breaking other stuff!""

Submission + - Interview: One Man's Fight Against Forum Spam (

JWSmythe writes: "Free Internet Press has an interview with "Random Digilante", an anonymous hacker who has been taking over forum spammer's email accounts, and notifying forum operators to delete those accounts.

    It looks like his reasoning is sound, and his methods are safe, where he won't hurt any real users.

    Anyone who's used message boards has noticed, sooner or later spam becomes a serious problem. Without some proactive measures to slow the tide of ads for discount drugs, adult entertainment sites, and even cut rate name brand clothing, will overrun the forum. This person is doing something about it."


Submission + - Live Long & Prosper: This Ain't Star Trek XXX

JWSmythe writes: Drafting on the heels of the summer release of Star Trek, Hustler plans to release a trekky themed porn titled, This Ain't Star Trek XXX. With the success of the parody, Who's Nailin' Paylin, it seems adult companies are finally tapping into the idea of using pop culture and plot to sell porn. This is nothing new (See The Office and Scrubs), but as the adult industry is forced to compete with free internet porn, I suspect we'll see a rise in adult films with bigger budgets, plots, and high production value.

I have to say I'm kind of excited to see pornography become a bit more professional. These parodies give regular people an excuse to buy porn without feeling creepy. Sure there will be plenty of trekkies with hard drives loaded with free smut, but this parody will be the only one they proudly display on their shelves and watch with friends. If you're the type of person who can't understand watching an X-rated film around company, rent the Blockbuster version of Pirates or Caligula and pop it in at a party. Not only do parody porns have the same aphrodisiac effects as alcohol, they also provide for the same amount of laughs.

Evan Stone, possibly the only humorous actor I've ever seen do porn (again see Pirates), cut his porny-tail to play the captain. The cast also includes Tony DeSergio with shaved eyebrows as "Spock," Jada Fire as "Uhura", Jenna Haze, Codi Carmichael, Sasha Grey, Aurora Snow, Anthony Rosano as "Scotty," Cheyne Collins, and Nick Manning as "Khan."

Warning: Needless to say, NSFW.

Read More and more and see the promo video

I knew when Kirk screamed "Kahn!" there must have been more to it.

Submission + - Googlebot attacks 1

JWSmythe writes: It looks like Google's Googlebot's have been exploited.

    Today I noticed a surge in our server load. I had a look at our access logs, and found tens of thousands of requests like this. This is one from my Apache logs. (lines broken intentionally) — -- [16/Apr/2009:18:16:51 -0400] "GET /mobile.story.php?sid=19365'%20and%201=2%20union%20select%201,
CONCAT(char(112),char(104),char(112),char(98),char(98),char(95) ,char(117),char(115),char(101),char(114),char(115))
%20'1'='1 HTTP/1.1" 200 1342 "-" "Nokia6820/2.0 (4.83)
Profile/MIDP-1.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.0 (compatible;
Mediapartners-Google/2.1; +"

It's a good thing my site is coded well. These sort of things don't get anywhere.

Parts of the request may be spoofed, but the IP is awful hard to spoof. That's a Googlebot IP.

The heaviest offender is an IP in China, with 48k requests. Google owns the rest.

My list of attackers from the last two hours are:


    If anyone has any suggestion who could be masquerading as Google from their own IP's, that would be nice. I've blocked the offensive IP's at our firewall, so they are nothing more than a gnat buzzing at the door.

Submission + - Densest CPU configuration motherboard?

JWSmythe writes: "What is the densest CPU configuration motherboard available?

    I know in the Linux kernel, it handles SMP from 2 to 255 CPU's.

    I was talking to a friend, and we were considering what the most CPU's we could stick into a server is. Anyone can buy older CPU's at budget pricing. From what I understand, most of the older Opteron's were limited by design to 1, 2, 4, or 8 CPUs in one machine. I don't know the limit on P4's, nor the newer Opteron's.

    Where could I find a motherboard a huge density of CPU's?

    Wouldn't a 128 CPU 1.5Ghz machine be just a little faster than a dual core 4Ghz, assuming multi-threaded processes?

    Besides the cool factor of having 128 CPU's running at once, this could make one hell of a server or virtualization environment."

Submission + - Termination of bad Internet and phone service? 1

JWSmythe writes: I'm sure many of you have found yourselves in the same situation that I am in. You start at a new company, and every problem is thrust upon you with the upmost urgency. Many times, we find ourselves on a new network with substandard connectivity.

    I recently started with a company who's connectivity was slow. At first it was a "we'll fix it later" problem. A few days later, the connection went down. Not only was the data line down, but so was the voice. 2 hours later, it was resolved.

    Two weeks later, the provider had a significant outage of between 12 to 14 hours (depending on who you ask). I was then informed that this wasn't the first time this happened. This was the 4th major event in 2 months. "minor" events have included bad latency and packet loss, and phone numbers that simply don't ring to the office. It was already established policy for staff to call the office phones on their cell phones every hour or so, just to make sure all the numbers would ring.

    We were gentle with our phone call and letter, simply reminding them that it is unacceptable for us to have long periods of downtime during our business day. We didn't ask for reimbursement, just termination of the services. Their response was that we could cancel our contract for payment of one full year of service.
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Submission + - PC controlled pulse generator

JWSmythe writes: Ok, here's a question for all you nuts. :)

    I want to generate a high voltage DC pulse, and be able to control it from a computer (Windows or Linux, it doesn't matter).

    Ideally, I want to control an ignition coil from a car, to make a nice high voltage pulse. I'm playing with the idea of supplementing the fuel intake for a car with hydrogen gas. I know putting a DC current through water makes it (electrolysis), and I've played with straight voltages from 1vdc to 110vdc.

    There's lots of theory floating around the net, and a few folks who have some wild ideas that generally cannot be reproduced. I want to try out some of them from the comfort of a script. :)

    Several people talk about putting say 2vdc pulsed at some magic frequency, which will make the water fall apart, rather than the electrical current breaking the bonds of the atoms.

    I'd kinda like to give that a shot, but either they show in their diagrams some mysterious box that generates the current, or some virtually unreproducable electronics that I have to solder together. I'm not a great electronics person. I have a pretty diagram that uses a 555 timer chip to do it, but when I put it together as drawn it didn't do anything. I fiddled with it a little bit and made it pass some sort of dc current out, but in a matter of seconds, the 555 chip started to smoke.

    My current load is a bit high, so it tends to be hard on more delicate parts. :(

    I'd like to drive the ignition coil from a car, but be able to vary the frequency at will, and be able to have a script (or something) adjust it for me, so I can sit back and observe the results. Like I said, I'm not the best electronics person, but I can put together something basic, if I have a schematic of something that will work.

    Working the car ignition coil seems fairly easy, if I can control it from the PC. Transformers work on AC current, but aparently if I pulse a DC current at it, when the current drops, it makes the voltage come out the other side. Don't ask me why, I'm no expert. :)

    Anyways, anyone with interfacing a PC to a real world device, and working with high voltages and/or current loads, if you'd reply or email me, I'd appreciate it.

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