1. Just when you thought it was safe to run IIS...

    15 March 2007

    Maybe CERT-FI is following in the footsteps of US-CERT (free tip for you guys: 300 bps is obsolete!), which is why it's taken them eight months to say anything about this, but there is a particularly interesting worm that attacks Windows crawling around on the Net called Allaple-A which is remarkably subtle for an infectious agent. First of all, it's polymorphic, meaning that it rewrites parts of itself whenever it spreads, which makes it difficult for antivirus software to find and kill it. At first, it spread by bruteforcing passwords against the Radmin service and open network shares, but there …

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  2. Captain Midnight goes porno early!

    15 March 2007

    Last evening television viewers in Arizona were treated to an unexpected bonus cable show: Soundless hardcore porn in lieu of Tom Brokaw. It seems that someone zipped the cable feed of KPPX-TV (carried by Cox Communications' cable net) and replaced it with a pornographic movie.. Cox says that it was a 'source issue'; ION Television (the parent company of KPPX-TV, Mesa, Arizona) says that someone sabotaged their feed, and they've started hunting for the perpetrator.

    If nothing else, zipping's come a long way from a guy in a rubber mask being spanked with a flyswatter.

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  3. Lifestyle snapshot.

    15 March 2007

    Looking over my entries for the past couple of days, I haven't been writing nearly as well as I would have liked, nor about the things that I've been concerned about the most lately. Frankly, I've just been trying to get through the day in one piece, with enough energy left over after I get home to throw a couple of loads of laundry in and relax a bit. You could say that I've had a lot on my mind this week. It's 0831 EST5EDT as I write this; twenty-five hours and counting until I go under the drill at …

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  4. Now that I'm feeling better, at least for a while...

    14 March 2007

    ...Lyssa and I headed out to Rialian's place last night for the return of open study, stopping at our local Five Guys burger joint for dinner en route.

    Five Guys reminds me a lot of the O in Pittsburgh - it's homey and cozey, the food is tasty (only they serve hamburgers made to order instead of hot dogs), and when you order a large fries, they give you a large order of fries. A large fries is easily enough for two people so it's safe to halve your order if you go there. The hamburgers were made on site and …

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  5. The RIAA sues people about as accurately as Stormtroopers can shoot.

    14 March 2007

    The RIAA, in its effort to sue everyone and everything it can on the face of the planet because it thinks they've been pirating music has filed suit against a retiree who is paralysed on the left side of his body, nevermind the fact that he is probably unable to use a computer because he is medically disabled. John Paladuk is also largely unable to speak due to the stroke which paralysed him.

    On top of that, his sole means of income is his disability check.

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  6. New and interesting ways to get work done, so long as you get work done.

    13 March 2007

    The article says that so-called bedouin workers, who don't work out of offices or their homes, but from restaurants and coffee shops all day on laptops seem to be indigenous to San Francisco, California, but I think I've seen them in DC, Virginia, and New York City in my travels (and come to think of it, I was probably one of them during my last job in Pittsburgh). Rather than pay by the square foot for office space or work out of someone's bedroom, basement, or garage (which seem to be the traditional birthplaces of companies), people are paying by …

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  7. Congratulations, JC!

    13 March 2007

    I'd like to post congratulations to J.C. Hutchins, the podcaster behind 7th Son. In this week's episode he announced that he'd been contacted by an agent about getting the 7th Son trilogy published. Not long after this, what J.C. described as 'a major science fiction publisher' contacted him through his agent about the manuscript for the first novel, Descent.

    Congrats, J.C.!

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