* Posts by Don Buchholz

8 publicly visible posts • joined 29 Aug 2008

Berners-Lee: Facebook 'threatens' web future

Don Buchholz

Internet fashion ...

Really! I'm going to sign up for that MySpace account, soon!

Facebook/MySpace, etc., they're mostly garbage. Entertainment is the primary value, but, living in America where movie and sports stars are paid millions of $$$ annually, there is great value in embracing that old canard "there's a sucker born every minute."

Rootkit blamed for Blue Screen patch update snafu

Don Buchholz

I like this new update behaviour ...

... finally, Microsoft has delivered surefire method to get infected systems off the net!

Too much sitting can kill: Official

Don Buchholz

not just Swedes -- Canadians, too.

http://cspinet.org/new/pdf/feature_-_exercise_facts__reasons_to_exercise.pdf -- see pg. 9-10.

Top of page 10: " ... tracked a representative sample of 17,000 Canadian adults who took part in a 1981 national Fitness Survey." Guess I'd better get off those bar stools and start standing!

Windows plagued by 17-year-old privilege escalation bug

Don Buchholz

disabling s/w installers not always bad ...

I could get a certain BOFH-ish pleasure from doing this with some end-users. :-)

Poisoned PDF pill used to attack US military contractors

Don Buchholz
Black Helicopters

CVE says Windows and MacOS-X vulnerable

The F-Secure article links to CVE-2009-4324, which states both Windows and MacOS X systems are vulnerable.

US Supremes flatline Virginia's hardline anti-spam law

Don Buchholz

Virginia High Court = Dopes. US Supreme Court has more important matters.

The way I read this is that the Supreme's just decided that they didn't want to review it.

I guess their attitude is "do we have to review everything!?". They're right. The original stupid ruling the one the Virgina prosecuter was appealing), was handed down by the Virginia State Supreme Court (see Sep. 2008 article in the Reg's related-links section).

The US Supreme Court doesn't have time to review every stupid ruling made by lower courts. They're probably wishing, just like the rest of us, that Virginia had competent judges in the first place. Maybe if they let the moronic ruling stand, the Virginia voters might actually pay attention to the qualifications of the Idiots they vote into service. (Well, I can dream, can't I?)

US teen clocks up 14,528 text messages

Don Buchholz
Gates Halo

it's the number delivered

If I understand my plan correctly, AT&T charges for every message *delivered*. So, if you're sending broadcast messages to a 25 person list (e.g. if you're one of the 'social organizers' in your clique), you can hit the 400/month limit pretty darn quickly ... Yeah, with teens, "unlimited" is definately the right option for any wireless plan. (I think they have too much time on their hands.)

Anatomy of a malware scam

Don Buchholz
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excellent article

A most excellent and timely article. I just spent the better part of two days researching, scanning, and cleaning up a laptop infected w/ a variant of this crap! (His desktop system is scheduled for a purge on Tuesday -- long weekend here in the West.) It's nice to know that (so far, anyway) this junk is just trying to extort cash. It'll suck when they start using stuff like this to root around our disks for data and send keystroke logs back to the mothership.

I just wish our anti-virus software had caught the Trojan EXE *before* the user executed it.