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Comment Re:waaaait just one second... (Score 1) 260

Well, yeah, that's what I thought at first also, but then how am I able to browse the internet and send and receive mail without sudoing?
Because you arent using port 25 or port 80 to connect from, your using an arbitrary port > 1024 to connect to a remote computer that is listening on port 80/25.

for eg

cjmt@bsd$ netstat -an
Active Internet connections (including servers)
Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address Foreign Address (state)

The Media

Submission + - BBC lose all their original footage of 911

Kerago writes: "The head of news BBC World, Richard Porter, recently disclosed in the BBC World editors blog http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/theeditors/2007/02/part _of_the_conspiracy.html, that the BBC has lost all of its original 911 footage. Mr Porters response to questions about how this could happen, who was responsible and when this would be reported to the public can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/theeditors/2007/03/part _of_the_conspiracy_2.html This has been kept extremely quiet in the UK media so far."

Windows Live OneCare Can Eat Your Email 204

FutureDomain writes in to point us to a blog sponsored by PC Magazine, reporting about another problem with Windows Live OneCare. Apparently, it sometimes deletes the entire Outlook or Outlook Express .PST mailbox when it finds a virus in one of the messages. The only solution is to tell OneCare to exclude the entire Outlook mailbox. This is the software that came in last in antivirus tests. The trail of tears is ongoing over on the Microsoft forums.

Open Source Federal Income Tax Software 227

niiler writes "There is finally a usable US federal income tax program for Linux users who don't wish to file online. TaxGeek is a Mozilla-based US income tax program that includes Form 1040, Schedules A, B, C, C-EZ, D, E, K-1 (1065), SE (Short and Long), W2, Forms 8880, 8853, 8863, 8812, 5695, 4952,3903, 2106, 2106ez, 2441 with access to most other files as PDFs. It is intended to be extensible so that developers can easily add other forms that are needed without affecting the existing file formats and stored data. TaxGeek will also create PDFs of all the supported forms so that you can print them and send them in to the IRS. (PDF creation support requires the installation of Perl PDF::Reuse.) At this point, e-filing is not supported."

Submission + - Plan9 kernel exploit made public

swehack writes: "The month of February saw a very rare case of a kernel exploit for the plan9 operating system made public on the Dailydave mailing list. The author mentions how he kindly waited for Bell Labs to patch the vulnerability but also that the exploit lasted quite a while in private use. One can only speculate what one would do with a private plan9 kernel exploit."

Submission + - Solaris Telnet Worm

An anonymous reader writes: The previously discovered Solaris telnet vulnerability is now being used by a worm to spread. In addition, the worm opens up a /bin/sh backdoor and has a payload of sending funny system broadcast messages related to security researchers including one that says "Theo deRaadt SUCKS!" in ASCII art.

Submission + - Need suggestions for a highly portable computer

Asijit Chatterjee writes: "Hi folks !

I am a final year electrical engineering undergraduate and am looking forward to passing out in June of 2007.
My computing platform for the last six years (two years of school and four years of engineering education) had been this great Intel 815 based desktop with 256MB RAM.

After graduation, I realize that my computing requirements will change drastically. I will be needing a lot of mobility (and hence a weight of less than a kilogram) since I will be expected to work in the field most of the time. I will not be needing as much firepower or storage as even my current desktop (933MHz Pentium 3 with 3 X 20GB hard drives). I will need a processor with a speed of 20 to 30MHz (triple those figures if it is a RISC processor). And a _flash_ storage capacity of around 2 to 4GB.
The one thing I refuse to compromise on is flexibility. I have been using Linux back since grade 11 and writing code in C since grade 9. I want the same capabilities in this system too i.e. Linux capable and with a C compiler. I do not intend it to run simulation software like PSPICE or MATLAB since my employer is probably going to provide me an entire 16 core Itanium server for that.
I saw the tablet PCs in the market. They provide way more power and storage than I need and cost a fortune.
I also saw the OpenMoko phone but the sad thing about it is that it cannot compile its own programs in the field (forget about typing it out on that touchscreen). It needs an external PC to write code for it.

What I am searching for is something in between. Something that has its own display and a PS/2 or USB port to attach my favourite keyboard and yet is capable of compiling its own programs in the field. Removable flash storage would be nice.
Any suggestions ?

P.S. Please forgive me. I tend to drag things to unnecessary lengths."

Submission + - New FreeBSD ULE 2.0 Scheduler for the win...

Sean writes: Now that the goals of the SMPng project are considered complete, FreeBSD has some glory to share for the work that's been done over the last 7 years (ie: post-FreeBSD 4.X): MySQL runs 4x faster on FreeBSD 7 than on Linux 2.6 with 20 or more threads. The FreeBSD performance list archives have the details and graphs for those with inquiring minds. Additional details and patches can be found here.
The Internet

Submission + - Pirate Bay abandons bid for own nation

tomp76 writes: Perhaps it was all just a joke. Or perhaps The Pirate Bay, despite being one of the largest bit torrent trackers in the world, isn't really as powerful as its supporters would like to believe. That, at least, is the impression given by one of the founders in this interview. The plans for a copyright-free nation have been scaled down considerably: "We have $20,000 and we are looking at some alternatives. Really we just want somewhere we can name The Pirate Bay, so we can look on Google Maps and find ourselves there."

Submission + - What is the best Media Center software out there?

brm1974 writes: "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_center

For the product by J. River.
A media center is a computer adapted for playing music, watching movies and pictures stored on a local harddrive or on a (in some cases wireless) network, watching DVD movies and often for watching and recording television broadcasts.

Have You guys tried any of those?
What do you think?

        * SageTV
        * Front Row (Apple)
        * GeeXboX (Linux)
        * GBPVR (Windows)
        * SesamTV (http://www.sesamtv.com)
        * MythTV (Linux)
        * Freevo (Linux)
        * Elisa (Linux) (http://www.fluendo.com/elisa/index.php)
        * My Media System (Linux)
        * MediaPortal
        * TVedia
        * Windows XP Media Center Edition
        * Xbox Media Center (not to be confused with Windows XP Media Center eXtender)
        * Domotix (http://www.mydomotix.com)
        * XLobby (windows) http://www.xlobby.com/"

Submission + - Bacteria to protect against quakes

Roland Piquepaille writes: "If you live near the sea, chances are high that your home is built over sandy soil. And if an earthquake strikes, deep and sandy soils can turn to liquid, with some disastrous consequences for the buildings sitting on them. But now, U.S. researchers have found a way to use bacteria to steady buildings against earthquakes by turning these sandy soils into rocks. Today, it is possible to inject chemicals in the ground to reinforce it, but this can have toxic effects on soil and water. On the contrary, this use of common bacteria to 'cement' sands has no harmful effects on the environment. But so far, this method is limited to labs and the researchers are working on scaling their technique. Here are more references and a picture showing how unstable ground can aggravate the consequences of an earthquake."
Operating Systems

Submission + - DragonFly BSD to develop own filesystem

An anonymous reader writes: Matt Dillon has decided to develop a new filesystem from scratch to support DragonFly's clustering, rather than port an existing one. From his post: "There are currently two rough spots in the design. First, how to handle segment overflows in a multi-master environment. Such overflows can occur when the individual masters or slaves have different historical data retention policies. Second, where to store the regeneratable indexes."

Submission + - BBC Top Gear Launches Reliant Rocket

slashmojo writes: After providing presenter Richard Hammond with a near death rocket car experience, BBC car show Top Gear reached for greater heights and brought new life (briefly) to a Reliant Robin by adding wings and strapping it to a rocket to make what looks remarkably like a space shuttle.

Amazingly it actually launched quite successfully before crashing back to earth spectacularly after a malfunction prevented the car detaching from the rocket for landing. The impressive reliant rocket was constructed in Manchester (UK) and fortunately none of the Top Gear presenters were on board this time as it was flown by remote control. More about the launch here.

Submission + - UK Government Rejects Anti-DRM e-Petition

Anonymous Coward writes: "The UK government has rejected an e-Petition calling for a ban on DRM. In a response posted to the e-Petitions site, they claim that DRM gives users "unprecedented choice". BBC News reports on the response: "It said DRM acted as a policeman in that it protected digital content, but, it added, the technology also improved choice and the price consumers wished to pay." The response did, however, recognise that "the needs and rights of consumers must also be carefully safeguarded.""

Submission + - Severe Google Desktop XSS Vulnerability

Tsudohnimh writes: "A new research from Watchfire has revealed a serious vulnerability in Google Desktop.
The attack, which is fully presented in a new Watchfire research paper released today can allow a malicious individual to achieve not only remote, persistent access to sensitive data, but in some cases full system control as well.
The full paper can be found here (1).
A demonstration of the attack flow can be found here(2).
1. http://www.watchfire.com/resources/Overtaking-Goog le-Desktop.pdf
2. http://download.watchfire.com/googledesktopdemo/in dex.htm"

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