Tuesday, 28 September 2004

Slashdot | First JPEG Virus Posted To Usenet

Oh holly crap. Now they're exploiting JPEG decoders to spread viruses/worms/trojans! It also looks like you could do this with various other types of file too. Linux could also be at risk (makes sense, if you run it on IBM compatable). Better check you've got the latest version of Firefox.

Slashdot: Questions for Bush and Kerry

Here's mine: Help Select Questions for Bush and Kerry

Monday, 27 September 2004

Pork chop sandwiches!

FENSLERFILM, creators of the Public Service Announcements (re-dubbed comedy versions of the end of G.I.Joe cartoons), have been issued with a letter telling them to take down the PSA content because it 'violates copywrite'. That's bull. They're not profiting from this and its clearly meant as a joke. If they just put up a disclaimer or something, that should be enough. I guess big smelly corporate guys just don't have any sense of humor.

I'm sure you can still find them out there somewhere, maybe on peer-to-peer. Once its out there, you can't get rid of it.

UPDATE: you can still see a couple on www.heavy.com.

Thursday, 23 September 2004

The F-Wit of the week award

...Goes to Micro$oft, for deciding to only provide IE patches for XP. Nice going guys, way to ensure even more people dump your crappy bug-ridden, insecure, anti-privacy browser in favor of Mozzila or Firefox. I only wish it wasn't welded to your crappy OS, so I could ditch that crap forever. Unfortunately at work, some of the intranet apps will only work properly on IE, so I guess we'll just have to either re-write them or put up with the security loopholes.


I'm just waiting for them to say they're no longer going to do security updates for the windows 2000 OS.

Morning has broken, like the 1st Amendment

Cat Stevens was refused entry into the USA on security grounds.

Presumably because:
" In the late 1980s he shocked many of his former fans by supporting the fatwa ordered by the Ayatollah Khomeini against Salman Rushdie, which led to him being put under a death sentence by the Iranian government.

And in 2000 he was deported from Israel over allegations that he backed the militant Islamic group Hamas. "

But the real question is, is he actually guilty of aiding and abetting terrorists? Because if he wasn't then according to the 1st amendment (freedom of speech) there's no reason why he shouldn't be let into the country. Tailed, spyed on, bugged and recorded, protested against, maybe even egged by protesters, but not refused entry. I mean, come on.

Ok, he's an a**hole for supporting the fatwa. That's my opinion. But opinions don't meen aiding and abetting illegal action. Not unless you offer some sort of help in some way, like cash.

If he offered any help or cash, then fair enough, but it looks like they just kicked him out of their country for having an opinion they didn't like!

So much for the 'land of the free'.

Sunday, 19 September 2004

President Bush Discusses Iraq

President Bush Discusses Iraq in his usual incoherant way. First he butchers innocent civialians, then he butchers my language.

Learn to speak English properly! Its not like you can't aford the lessons. Hint: 'sewicided' isn't a real word!

"if we see a threat, we must deal with it before it fully materializes"

Really Mr Bush?

Russia was 'a threat'. They had WMDs comming out of their ears, but I didn't notice the USA rushing in there with tanks and troups. Of course that was before you stole the presedancy. Your predecessors delt with 'threats' rather differently, and it seems they resolved that conflict (the cold war) with significantly less bloodshed.

Why can't you?

Friday, 17 September 2004

Winy little bitches against freedom of speech

Mothers against Maddox. What next? For those of you living in a cave for the last three years, here is the 'best site in the universe'. Ok, some of this content might not be suitable for kids, but that's not his problem.

Quite frankly, letting your kids use the internet without some sort of supervision is like giving them their pocket money and sending them alone into the New York ghettos: insane (it'd be about five minutes before they would be robbed and/or killed, raped or at least buying porn and cigarettes).

Bet you any money this 'mother against Maddox' is divorced. I feel sorry for those kids.

As for WEBSENSE Enterprise blocking access to this site: why the hell do people care so much about this site being visited at work? If employees want to take a break and read a funny website, what the hell is the problem with that? Just because its not YOUR opinion and you think 'irony' is a kind of metal! A lot of people's jobs with computers are so damn boring that a little surfing here and there can help improve moral and so improve productivity. But no, you have to play Big Brother.


Update: Some amusing google searches that came up for 'Mothers Against'
Mothers Against Boomerangs! Heh.
Mothers Against Peeing Standing Up. WTF? Way too much free time on their hands. Get a job.... and a life!
Mothers Against Crappy Backgrounds. I actually agree with this one.
Mothers Against Video Game Addiction and Violence. Another typical bunch of ignorant, puritan, irresponsible a**holes who blame all their kids problems on TV and video games instead of actually taking responsibility for their kids themselves and raising them properly.

Thursday, 16 September 2004

'War on terror' simulator

Interesting simulation. You bomb a civilian by mistake and it makes other civialians terrorists. Kind of like 'sim city' for Bush.

Tuesday, 14 September 2004

Smashing The Stack For Fun And Profit

Very good article on Buffer Overflows.

The moral of this story: C is a dangerous choice of language for communications software.

Man, I'd love to get my hands on the source code for windows and do a few searches.

Who is the RIAA and why are they total scum?

Downhill Battle Peer-to-Peer Legal Defense Fund

"The Recording Industry of America (RIAA) is the lobbying organization for the five major record labels, which hold a monopoly on the American music business. These corporations--EMI, Sony, AOL Time Warner, Bertelsmann, and Vivendi Universal--use the RIAA to illegally fix prices on CDs and now are using the RIAA to spy on people's home computers and then file lawsuits against them."

These greedy bastards would also like to make it illegal to even provide a p2p service:

"Courts so far have held that networks cannot be held liable because, like VCR makers, they do not commit copyright infringement but merely make it possible.

The RIAA has pushed Congress to lower that standard. A bill currently being considered in the Senate would hold liable anyone who "induces" others to reproduce copyrighted material. "

Monday, 13 September 2004

Internet Radio: Trance/Dance etc.

Digitally Imported Good tunes, especially for getting 'in the zone' when you're coding.

Thursday, 9 September 2004

Tactics Arena Online

Cool game. Very well put together, especially considering its free to play!