The #! repo server and torrent tracker are currently the targets of a DoS attack and are offline. The attack is being monitored and I hope to have normal service restored soon. Apologies for the inconvenience, but this is somewhat out of my control. The repository being offline affects the cb-welcome post install script, so please don't run it until this is resolved. If you have a new install, please cancel out of the script. Thank you!
Nimey writes: The Salon reports that "Last week, Bob Fitrakis and Gerry Bello at FreePress.org reported an important story concerning what they described as “uncertified ‘experimental’ software patches” being installed at the last minute on electronic vote tabulation systems in 39 Ohio counties."
Nimey writes: Adobe has posted a security bulletin for Photoshop CS5 for Windows and OSX. It seems there is a critical security hole that will allow attackers to execute arbitrary code in the context of the user running the affected application. Adobe's fix? You need to pay to upgrade to Photoshop CS6. For users who cannot upgrade to Adobe Photoshop CS6, Adobe recommends users follow security best practices and exercise caution when opening files from unknown or untrusted sources.
Nimey writes: Over the past two months, The (Allentown, PA) Morning Call interviewed 20 current and former warehouse workers who showed pay stubs, tax forms or other proof of employment. They offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it's like to work in the Amazon warehouse, where temperatures soar on hot summer days, production rates are difficult to achieve and the permanent jobs sought by many temporary workers hired by an outside agency are tough to get.
Nimey writes: It seems that many people who have bought the $30 student edition of Windows 7 have received a broken installer that will not create a bootable DVD image. The problem seems to be related to extracting a 64-bit version of 7 on a 32-bit version of Windows.
In other news, the Pirate Bay has several editions of Windows 7 available in.ISO format, which need a license key (which we paid our $30 for) to work anyway.
Nimey writes: The Register has posted an in-depth story analyzing the all-too-common malware XP Antivirus 2008. It's a very professional scam, and I've had many users taken in by it. Essentially the program masquerades as a legitimate anti-malware program, pretends to scan your computer for baddies, wants you to buy the full version to remove what it "found", and imitates portions of Windows XP.
Nimey writes: Gosh, imagine that. US Attorney General Michael Mukasey will not prosecute the former Bush Administration officials who improperly hired career Justice Department officials based on politics. The Bush Administration continues to protect its own at the expense of the country.
Nimey writes: For the first time since 1983, the US House of Representatives will have a closed session, this one to have "an honest debate" about President Bush's unwarranted-wiretapping program. The session is scheduled for tonight. Contact your representative.