* Posts by Pete Mallam

9 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Jan 2008

Feds to collect DNA of every person they arrest

Pete Mallam
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@AC - Familiaral Matching

Yeah, I was thinking along those lines myself. I really dont understand the arguments against DNA collection!

If you've done nothing wrong then you've done nothing wrong. If your DNA is in the database then the police have one more sample with which to find the person who raped a 12 year old girl. If they can identify that your cousin is the sick bastard who they are looking for and your DNA pointed them in that direction, wouldn't you feel much better about the whole process? I know I would and I long for the day when one more tool to help stop disgusting crimes like that are more effective.

On the other side, if someone wants my DNA to do nasty stuff that you're all worried about, all they have to do is grab my refuse from outside my house. Toothbrushes, clothes, tin cans... Everything I touch can potentially have traces of my DNA on it if you're quick and able to look closely enough!

Gates teases bankers with Windows 7 dates

Pete Mallam
Gates Horns

Windows Versions.... The end!

@Re:Windows 7?

To extend on what you were saying, windows 2000 is Windows 5.0 and Windows XP is Windows 5.1 (HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\CurrentVersion=5.1)

As for "Polished" I'm not overly convinced about that. It's based on the same code, but rather than polished XP was diverged somewhat. A fresh new GUI (similar to the GUI updates for Windows 95 that 98 came with... Thanks to IE Integration) and some minor code deviations. It IS a new revision of the version.

Move over Storm - there's a bigger, stealthier botnet in town

Pete Mallam

Particularly nasty beast too...

I had this appear on a customers site. The first indicator was Symantec advising the user that an email he was trying to send was rejected... Okay, so we're looking at an impossible stream of these alerts! I had to kill the alerter service just so I could look at the machine. A multitude of SMTP connections could be seen in Netstat.

Following that, 2 AV products failed to identify it, though one could tell something was in memory. Post reboot, back it comes.

In the end, AVG was successful in identifying and eradicating it... But in being plenty cautious I rebuilt the machine and pointed the user in the direction of AVG as this seemed to be the only thing that was able to detect it.

Nasty wee beastie! I can see how this is a huge botnet... The SMTP connections simply hammer the network connection and although there are no entries in Task Manager, the effect on both the AV and the system caused by it are noticable.

Japanese boffins could save UK from economic doom

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Love the tone.

Has your shifty foreign neighbour got 16 mobes?

Pete Mallam
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I feel safer already...

No, really!

Hefty black hole weighs in at 33 Suns

Pete Mallam

Why do they call them "Black Holes"???

The sun is a big thing made up of stuff that is hot and gives out light. It's like a big fireball. When the stuff that burns runs out, the flame goes out and all the other stuff that's left is left.

The sun is high in gravity, a thing that pulls things to it. This is cos of the stuff thats in it that would either burn or is the ash left over when the thing is done burning.

If the sun isnt burning, it sits there not burning. Not giving heat out as it cools it pulls stuff towards it, being bigger and getting higher in that gravity thing. Thngs that would normally burn out if they got too close or are pushed away by the heat or the "vapour" of the flames on the sun are no longer affected this way. They hit the sun and make the sun bigger and more gravitied.

Cos the sun isnt on fire any more, the sun isnt bright.

Cos the sun isn't bright, it's difficult to see from the distance we are from it.

Cos we can't see it... We call it a hole?


Jane Fonda c-word slip shocks US

Pete Mallam

*Sigh* Not again!!!

This happens every time TVM is playing somewhere... Some actress comes on a chat show and mentions the title of the section she's in... What is it? Reclaiming the Cunt?


Besides anything else, the people performing in the show are totally desensitised by now, so just live with it and stop being so bloody prude!


Germans to blast fish into space

Pete Mallam

We are observing your earth!

This sounds like the sort of thing B-Grade horror movies start with!

School-dodging Mexican lad glues self to bed

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Much needed relief on a dreary day in the office.