11.06.2008

Hey Y'all

Sorry for the lack of posting. There have been some good times and some very not so good times. My wife and I celebrated our 20th anniversary (good) and my father had a TIA this summer and had a stroke a couple of weeks ago (very bad). We've also lost several relatives and many friends are experiencing some really bad times. I've been keeping busy at my regular job and at my part-time job. Not to mention, I'm trying to take on more active roles in my Masonic lodge (http://psrh79.com) and at the Scottish Rite (http://www.scottishrite-stl.org).

Anyway, help me stay on the straight and narrow and keep updating. :)


Passing car triggers crash that kills 2 men in St. Charles County
An elderly driver trying to pass another car caused a crash that killed two men Wednesday night in St. Charles County, police say.


If you missed President Elect Obamas speech have some malware instead

Thanks go out to Gary Warner for alerting us to this bogus presedential speech malware being spammed out right now. "A very prevalent spam campaign promising a chance to view Obama's
acceptance speech is leading instead to keylogger malware that sends the stolen keystrokes to the Ukraine."

http://isc.sans.org/diary.html?storyid=5294
http://www.scmagazineuk.com/Malicious-Obama-video-contains-Trojan/article/120495/
http://www.avertlabs.com/research/blog/index.php/2008/11/05/election-day-is-over-election-malware-is-not/
http://www.darkreading.com/security/attacks/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=212000783



Bank of Ireland employee loses USB stick containing customer details

The personal information of almost 900 customers has been lost by an employee of Bank of Ireland.

http://www.scmagazineuk.com/Bank-of-Ireland-employee-loses-USB-stick-containing-customer-details/article/120453/



Brazilian embassy in India website compromised

The Brazilian embassy in India website has been compromised with malicious code

http://www.scmagazineuk.com/Brazilian-embassy-in-India-website-compromised/article/120452/



Opera patches vulnerabilities

Opera has patched a vulnerability which is has deemed to be 'highly critical'.

http://www.scmagazineuk.com/Opera-patches-vulnerabilities/article/120449/



Identity theft keeps police, researchers occupied

Derek Manky, security researcher at Fortinet Inc., discusses phishing and identity theft and explains the current threats from online organized crime and social networking sites.

http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/qna/0,289202,sid14_gci1337791,00.html



Even more RPC worms for Windows hole

Currently, two "real" worms exploit the Windows hole in the server service. One of them also spreads via P2P networks. The malware discovered last week wasn't a real worm as it didn't include any distribution routines

http://www.heise-online.co.uk/security/Even-more-RPC-worms-for-Windows-hole--/news/111883



BotHunter tracks down zombie PCs on a LAN

The new version 1.0.1 supports dynamic updates to permit faster rules updates for identifying botnet communications

http://www.heise-online.co.uk/security/BotHunter-tracks-down-zombie-PCs-on-a-LAN--/news/111891



Pfizer Accused of Using U.S. Workers to Train Foreign Replacements

Pfizer's outsourcing contract with Infosys Technologies and Satyam Computer Services means job losses for IT workers in Connecticut. Many U.S.-based contractors are complaining that they are being asked to train H-1B workers who will soon replace them.

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/IT-Management/Pfizer-Accused-of-Using-US-Workers-to-Train-Foreign-Replacements/?kc=rss



AMD Slashes Another 500 Jobs to Save Costs

Advanced Micro Devices, which has been struggling to regain its financial standings for nearly two years, announced that it would cut another 500 jobs as its looks to “breakeven” by the start of 2009.

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Desktops-and-Notebooks/AMD-Slashes-Another-500-Jobs-to-Save-Costs/?kc=rss



FCC Approves Sprint-Clearwire WiMax Deal

The $14.5 billion merger between Sprint's Xohm division and Clearwire's broadband operations clears the final regulatory hurdle. Sprint and Clearwire's 4G WiMax bet has drawn investments from heavy hitters Intel, Google, Comcast and Time Warner.

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Mobile-and-Wireless/FCC-Approves-SprintClearwire-WiMax-Deal/?kc=rss



Minus Succor From Google, Yahoo is Still Open to a Deal With Microsoft

Under fire since failing to come to terms with Microsoft on an acquisition for Yahoo, Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang braves the crowd at Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Search-Engines/Minus-Succor-From-Google-Yang-Says-Still-Open-to-a-Deal-With-Microsoft/?kc=rss



Nintendo: Why the Wii Won't Get a Price Cut

In an interview with the Japanese website Touch-DS (via Kotaku), Nintendo president Satoru Iwata had some interesting things to say about hardware price drops.

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,2845,2333925,00.asp?kc=ETRSS02129TX1K0000532



Hackers jailbreak T-Mobile's Googlephone

Hackers have managed to jailbreak T-Mobile's new G1 phone by exploiting a gaping loophole in Android, the open source operating system supplied by Google.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/11/05/google_android_jailbreak/



Pentagon spends $442m on 'multiple kill' space interceptors

The US Missile Defence Agency has assigned a further $442m for work on "multiple kill vehicles", designed to let a single American interceptor rocket destroy several orbital targets. The multi-kill capability is seen as vital if the nascent US missile shield is ever to become a credible defence.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/11/05/multiple_kill_contract/



Microsoft's 'M' treads on US veterans' toes

Microsoft is in hot water again for again taking the name of someone else's software for one of its fledgling products

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/11/05/microsoft_m_va/



Windows 7: One compatibility label, no confusion

Microsoft is reducing its four Windows-compatible logos, responsible for confusion and a class action lawsuit, down to a single system for consumers and partners.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/11/06/windows_seven_logos/



Doctor debuts field-tested brainwave comms kit

The designer of a high-tech system allowing brain-damaged people to communicate and perform physical tasks through the power of thought has claimed to be the first able to successfully test it on such patients.

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/11/06/brainwave_tech_debuts/



Sony pitches blue-laser Compact Disc revival

Sony failed to tune the masses into its better-than-Compact-Disc format, Super Audio CD, so it's having another go, this time with technology derived from Blu-ray Disc.

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/11/06/sony_japan_blu_spec_cd/



SanDisk to cut 15 per cent of its staff

SanDisk is making 15 per cent of its 3,000-strong world-wide workforce redundant as it struggles to cut costs. That means 450 people are heading out of the door.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/11/06/sandisk_fires_15_percent_staff/



US admiral wants pain-rayguns for Gulf fleet

A US admiral has called for American warships operating in the Middle East to be equipped with microwave "pain ray" cannons to avoid using overwhelming lethal force.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/11/06/ads_fifth_fleet_request/



Microsoft Begs Hardware Makers To Take Support Seriously

Microsoft has confirmed that there will be a widespread public beta of Windows 7 in early 2009, while urging device manufacturers to start immediate testing with its pre-beta release to avoid the widespread hardware compatibility problems that contributed so much to the negative perception of Vista. 'There is not another WinHEC planned before Windows 7 is released,' Microsoft has warned them.

http://apcmag.com/microsoft_begs_dont_screw_windows_7_like_you_did_vista.htm



Microbial Life on the Moon?

One astrobiologist claims the deep, dark craters on the Moon might contain traces of early life from meteorites blasted off the Earth by asteroids billions of years ago.

http://www.universetoday.com/2008/11/05/microbial-life-on-the-moon/



MySpace MyAds Product A $50 Million Business A Month After Launch

MySpace’s self service display ad product, called MyAds, officially launched on October 12, less than a month ago. Advertisers can bypass the normal sales routine, use a Flash tool to create their own display ads, and run them on a cost-per-click basis. The minimum CPC rate is $0.25.

http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/11/05/myspace-myads-product-a-50-million-business-a-month-after-launch/



MySpace To Distribute Ashton Kutcher’s Blah Girls

When Ashton Kutcher launched his animated show Blah Girls at TechCrunch50 earlier this year, he ran into MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe in the hallways. DeWolfe expressed interest in the show. Fast forward two months, and Blah Girls now has a distribution deal with MySpaceTV, which had 51 million unique video streams in August (Comscore).

http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/11/05/myspace-to-distribute-ashton-kutchers-blah-girls/



LinkedIn Cuts 10% Of Staff

We’ve just heard from LinkedIn that the Sequoia-backed business network will be cutting 36 of 370 employees, or around 10% of the company. LinkedIn is saying that some of these employees will be reassigned to new roles (though the company won’t comment on how many new roles there will be).

http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/11/05/linkedin-cuts-10-of-staff/



Dark matter may be shining a light

The mysterious substance dark matter could be shining with its own kind of light. While this "dark radiation" would be invisible to us, it could have visible effects.

http://www.newscientist.com/channel/fundamentals/mg20026814.800-dark-matter-may-be-shining-a-light.html?feedId=online-news_rss20



Sprint Facing $1.2 Billion Class-Action Lawsuit

The suit claims that the company's early termination fees violate laws in several states as well as the Federal Communications Act.

http://www.informationweek.com/news/telecom/business/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=212000818&cid=RSSfeed_IWK_All



IBM Unveils Mac Support, Roadmap For Lotus Symphony

The 2009 version calls for 60 new features that included developing the software entirely on version 1.2 of the OpenDocument format and OpenOffice 3.0 code base.

http://www.informationweek.com/news/software/enterpriseapps/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=212000816&cid=RSSfeed_IWK_All



Economic Meltdown Hits Virtualization Provider Egenera

Egenera says it will conserve financial resources by using its hardware vendor partners to market its virtualization products and services.

http://www.informationweek.com/news/storage/virtualization/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=212000787&cid=RSSfeed_IWK_All



Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Reach Highest Efficiency Ever

Chinese and Swiss researchers announced earlier this week that they have reached the highest efficiency yet for dye-sensitized solar cells (Gr├Ątzel cells). The photovoltaic cells are cheaper than silicon-based solar cells, but until this week’s discovery their drawbacks have outweighed their benefits.

http://cleantechnica.com/2008/11/05/dye-sensitized-solar-cells-reach-highest-efficiency-ever/



Microsoft promises better battery life, faster boot times in Windows 7

Microsoft says that Windows 7 will use less memory and power than Vista does and will start up and shut down more quickly, among other improvements.

http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9119230&intsrc=hm_ts_head



Judge may soon spill more Microsoft secrets

A federal judge will soon rule on whether to make public more Microsoft Corp. confidential information in a class-action lawsuit that accuses the company of deceiving consumers during its 2006 "Vista Capable" marketing program, a court document showed.

http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9119225&intsrc=hm_list



MobileMe stumbles again, goes dark for nearly 7 hours

Even though Apple Inc. recently upgraded the back-end infrastructure of its problem-plagued MobileMe, the online service was offline for nearly seven hours on Monday, according to a Web uptime-measurement company.

http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9119199&intsrc=hm_list



After laptop theft, Baylor Health warns of possible data compromise

HealthTexas Provider Network Inc., a subsidiary of Dallas-based Baylor Health Care System, is notifying about 7,400 patients of the potential compromise of their Social Security numbers and other personal information after a laptop containing the data was stolen in September.

http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9119231&intsrc=hm_list



Indian outsourcing industry jittery after Obama win

India's outsourcing industry is privately a little jittery after Sen. Barack Obama's victory in the U.S. presidential election. But there is the expectation in industry circles that in the end, economic pragmatism will prevail.

http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9119198&intsrc=hm_list



Hackers make crack in Android defences

Hackers have cracked controls in the Google Android operating system, used on T Mobile's GI phone. The hack gives users a way to read data on parts of the phone that are normally walled off and could be used to install new programs, or even a new operating syste

http://www.techworld.com/mobility/news/index.cfm?newsid=106605



Windows 7 demonstrated on netbook

Operating system run on Asus machine.

http://www.techworld.com/opsys/news/index.cfm?newsID=106612&pagtype=all



WPA cracked for the first time

Wi-Fi security breached by researchers.

http://www.techworld.com/security/news/index.cfm?newsID=106611&pagtype=all



Apple outlines shift in strategy, rise in R&D spending, more

Apple in its annual filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday outlined a number of new metrics on the company's business strategy, its retail operations, R&D investment, Snow Leopard-releated expenditures, worldwide operations, and more.

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/11/05/apple_outlines_shift_in_strategy_rise_in_rd_spending_more.html



Apple delays entry MacBook Air untill after Thanksgiving

Apple is apologizing to customers this week who had placed orders for its new entry-level NVIDIA-based MacBook Airs, explaining that due to an unforeseen issue, it's unlikely to deliver those systems until shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday.

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/11/05/apple_delays_entry_macbook_air_till_after_thanksgiving.html



Five ways to slim down your Mac OS X install

Ars shows you how to minimize your Mac OS X installation footprint to make the most of limited laptop space.

http://arstechnica.com/journals/apple.ars/2008/11/05/five-ways-to-slim-down-your-mac-os-x-install



SanDisk claims hundredfold flash speed boost for writes

Flash memory maker SanDisk has announced a technology that it claims will increase write speeds by up to 100 times. The company is also pushing new performance and reliability metrics, which we take a look at.

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20081105-sandisk-claims-hundredfold-flash-speed-boost-for-writes.html



Warner Bros. to fight China movie piracy with 60¢ downloads

Warner Bros. will begin offering some of its films for online rental in China through Beijing-based Vool. The DRMed rentals will go for as low as $0.60, and are clearly aimed at undercutting the profits of copyright infringers.

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20081105-warner-bros-to-fight-china-movie-piracy-with-60-downloads.html



Microsoft puts Windows 3.11 for Workgroups out to pasture

After fifteen years and God knows how many copies sold, Windows 3.11 has finally shuffled off this mortal coil for good. As of November 1, it's no longer possible to acquire an embedded license for the now-fully deprecated operating syste

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20081105-microsoft-puts-windows-3-11-for-workgroups-out-to-pasture.html



Three Plead Guilty in $2 Million Citibank ATM Caper

Three New Yorkers accused of using hacked Citibank ATM card numbers and PINs to steal $2 million from customer accounts in four months have pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and access device fraud charges.

http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/11/three-plead-gui.html



Full Steam Ahead for California's High-Speed Rail

Before the final ballots had even been tallied, high-speed rail advocates in California were getting down to work, laying the foundation for a bullet train that will link San Francisco and Los Angeles as early as 2020.

http://blog.wired.com/cars/2008/11/california-vote.html



Battlestar Galactica Props Hit Auction Block

Break out your frakkin' credit card if you want a piece of Battlestar Galactica. Thousands of props, costumes and set pieces from the intense sci-fi show will be auctioned off in January as the series heads into its final chapter.

http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2008/11/battlestar-gala.html



Brand New Trailer For Joss Whedon's Dollhouse

The biggest question mark hanging over Joss Whedon's challenging new show Dollhouse is how do you explain its premise (about mindwiped puppets for hire) to casual viewers?

http://io9.com/5076901/brand-new-trailer-for-joss-whedons-dollhouse



US Consumer Bankruptcies up 40% - Over 100,000 in October!

First time that personal filings have topped 100,000 in a month since the U.S. Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention Act took effect. So far this year, consumers have filed more than 880,000 bankruptcy petitions, eclipsing 822,000, the total for all of last year. "Things will only get worse," said Jack Williams, American Bankruptcy Institute

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSTRE4A35KE20081104?rpc=64



Bruckheimer Comments on ‘Pirates 4′, ‘National Treasure 3′, and ‘Lone Ranger’

Well, Bruckheimer sat down with a panel of journalists on the set of ‘Prince of Persia’ to discuss some of this other, upcoming money-makers. He stated that ‘National Treasure 3′ and ‘Pirates 4′ are both in the script phase.

http://wearemoviegeeks.com/2008/11/bruckheimer-comments-on-pirates-4-national-treature-3-and-lone-ranger/



FDA Reports Nationwide Recall of Mislabeled ReliOn Insulin Syringes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is notifying health care professionals and patients that Tyco Healthcare Group LP (Covidien) is recalling one lot of ReliOn sterile, single-use, disposable, hypodermic syringes with permanently affixed hypodermic needles due to possible mislabeling. The use of these syringes may lead to patients receiving an overdose of as much as 2.5 times the intended dose, which may lead to hypoglycemia, serious health consequences, and even death.

http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2008/NEW01911.html



It's sooooo true....

http://xkcd.com/500/

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