Security research company Intego on Monday issued a security alert about a new Trojan Horse called OSX.RSPlug.A that specifically targets Mac users. The Trojan is a form of DNSChanger that changes the Mac’s Domain Name Server (DNS) address.
According to Intego, the Trojan has been found on several pornographic Web sites. When trying to view a movie, the user is told that “Quicktime Player is unable to play movie file. Please click here to download new version of codec.”
When the user clicks the link a disk image (.dmg) is downloaded to the desktop. When the user installs the software, they are actually installing the Trojan, not a free video codec. The Trojan is installed with full root privileges, which means it has access to all files and commands on the system.
When the malicious DNS server is active, it hijacks some web requests, leading users to phishing web sites (for sites such as Ebay, PayPal and some banks) or to web pages displaying ads for other pornographic web sites, according to Intego.
What is this lonely tire doing beside the road? Did someone just leave it there? Has it run away from his three best friends?
Older Americans around the country are getting duped by a seemingly innocuous tactic that can expose them to hard-sell pitches from the insurance industry.
The technique is centered on a marketing tool called the lead card, and it became popular after the federal government created its Do Not Call Registry in 2003 to shield consumers from unwanted solicitors. Sent through the mail, the lead card invites the recipient to mail off an enclosed reply for free information about, say, estate planning.
But the cards fail to warn that by sending off replies, recipients are giving up their right to avoid telephone solicitations from the sender — even if their phone numbers are on the Do Not Call list.
State Rep. Richard Curtis, R-La Center is married and has children, according to his legislative Web site. Elected to the state House of Representatives in 2004, he has voted against gay rights legislation.
The most interesting advances in Science don’t come when somebody shouts Eureka! They come when somebody wonders “now this is odd…”
Goodwin leads me over to a red 2005 H3 Hummer that’s up on jacks, its mechanicals removed. He aims to use the turbine to turn the Hummer into a tricked-out electric hybrid. Like most hybrids, it’ll have two engines, including an electric motor. But in this case, the second will be the turbine, Goodwin’s secret ingredient. Whenever the truck’s juice runs low, the turbine will roar into action for a few seconds, powering a generator with such gusto that it’ll recharge a set of “supercapacitor” batteries in seconds. This means the H3’s electric motor will be able to perform awesome feats of acceleration and power over and over again, like a Prius on steroids. What’s more, the turbine will burn biodiesel, a renewable fuel with much lower emissions than normal diesel; a hydrogen-injection system will then cut those low emissions in half. And when it’s time to fill the tank, he’ll be able to just pull up to the back of a diner and dump in its excess french-fry grease–as he does with his many other Hummers. Oh, yeah, he adds, the horsepower will double–from 300 to 600.
“Conservatively,” Goodwin muses, scratching his chin, “it’ll get 60 miles to the gallon. With 2,000 foot-pounds of torque. You’ll be able to smoke the tires. And it’s going to be superefficient.”
He laughs. “Think about it: a 5,000-pound vehicle that gets 60 miles to the gallon and does zero to 60 in five seconds!”
Two years ago, Goodwin got a rare chance to show off his tricks to some of the car industry’s most prominent engineers. He tells me the story: He was driving a converted H2 to the SEMA show, the nation’s biggest annual specialty automotive confab, and stopped en route at a Denver hotel. When he woke up in the morning, there were 20 people standing around his Hummer. Did I run over somebody? he wondered. As it turned out, they were engineers for GM, the Hummer’s manufacturer. They noticed that Goodwin’s H2 looked modified. “Does it have a diesel engine in it?”
“Yeah,” he said.
“No way,” they replied.
He opened the hood, “and they’re just all in and out and around the valves and checking it out,” he says. They asked to hear it run, sending a stab of fear through Goodwin. He’d filled it up with grease from a Chinese restaurant the day before and was worried that the cold morning might have solidified the fuel. But it started up on the first try and ran so quietly that at first they didn’t believe it was really on. “When you start a diesel engine up on vegetable oil,” Goodwin says, “you turn the key, and you hear nothing. Because of the lubricating power of the oil, it’s just so smooth. Whisper quiet. And they’re like, ‘Is it running? Yeah, you can hear the fan going.'”
One engineer turned and said, “GM said this wouldn’t work.”
“Well,” Goodwin replied, “here it is.”
Inwoners van Nederland en Renkum, Bennekom en Doorwerth in het bijzonder. Hou u kinderen thuis. Omdat ze bij het OM hebben lopen knoeien, rijdt er nu een gore viespeuk door uw straat. Waarschijnlijk in een lichtblauwe Fiat Multipla. Hoewel de zaak klip en klaar lijkt (“De man heeft de vergrijpen bekend. De slachtoffers waren kinderen in de leeftijd van 9 tot 11 jaar. Agenten betrapten de man op heterdaad.”) heeft de rechter-commisaris van Arnhem vandaag in alle wijsheid besloten deze sex offender de straat op te sturen. Uiteraard mag u als hardwerkende burger niet weten hoe deze meneer heet en hoe deze meneer er uitziet. De privacy van een pedo is in dit land meer waard dan een kind. Dit zaakje stinkt natuurlijk. Zo had de politie geen tijd om een aangifte in behandeling te nemen. En daarbij; ANP had aanvankelijk de naam van aanrandert op de nieuwsfeed staan, maar ANP heeft de naam verwijderd, ook uit de archieven. WAAROM??? Amerikaanse collega’s noemen gewoon man en paard. Engelse collega’s noemen gewoon man en paard. Spaanse collega’s noemen gewoon man en paard. Kijk, dat schept duidelijkheid. Nu worden alle lichtblauwe Multipla’s gedemoniseerd…
Tja. Het is maar waar je prioriteiten liggen…
Take the names of two U.S. States, mix them all together, then rearrange the letters to form the names of two other U.S. States. What states are these?
Although the answer is really, really easy if you think about it for a second or two*, it can be used to demonstrate some interesting programming principles, and you can say something very interesting about algorithms and programming languages.
“…And the irony is, Rudy Giuliani, probably the most under qualified person since George Bush to seek the presidency, is here – talking about any of the people here. Rudy Giuliani. I mean think about it, Rudy Giuliani, there’s only three things he mentions in a sentence — a noun and a verb and 9/11 and I mean, there’s nothing else. There’s nothing else.”
— Senator Joe Biden
The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether Exxon Mobil Corp. should pay $2.5 billion in punitive damages in connection with the huge Exxon Valdez oil spill that fouled more than 1,200 miles of Alaskan coastline in 1989.
The justices said they would consider whether the company should have to pay any punitive damages at all. If the court decides some money is due, Exxon is arguing that $2.5 billion is excessive under laws governing shipping and prior high court decisions limiting punitive damages.
The last time I bought anything from an Exxon company was sometime during the nineties when I took delivery of a new (company) car, and the fuel tank was just about empty and the only station I could reach was one of theirs.
Next time, I’ll walk instead.
had it. I get more than 300 emails a day and my problem isn’t spam (Cloudmark Desktop solves that nicely), it’s PR people. Lazy flacks send press releases to the Editor in Chief of Wired because they can’t be bothered to find out who on my staff, if anyone, might actually be interested in what they’re pitching. Fact: I am an actual person, not a team assigned to read press releases and distribute them to the right editors and writers (that’s firstname.lastname@example.org).
So fair warning: I only want two kinds of email: those from people I know, and those from people who have taken the time to find out what I’m interested in and composed a note meant to appeal to that (I love those emails; indeed, that’s why my email address is public).
Everything else gets banned on first abuse. The following is just the last month’s list of people and companies who have been added to my Outlook blocked list. All of them have sent me something inappropriate at some point in the past 30 days. Many of them sent press releases; others just added me to a distribution list without asking. If their address gets harvested by spammers by being published here, so be it–turnabout is fair play.
There is no getting off this list. If you’re on it and have something appropriate to say to me, use a different email address.
Followed by a nice long list of addresses, and a lot of very interesting comments. As one of the commenters state: I
absolutely love the fact that the only people who have commented and are offended are PR spammers. I think that, more than the post, more than the list, more than anything else, speaks volumes.
Andrew Keen recently wrote a book called “The Cult of the Amateur” in which he lambasts citizen media for degrading our culture. To him, Craigslist, YouTube, blogs, and the like are dangerous because “the distinction between trained expert and uninformed amateur becomes dangerously blurred.”
Despite the patent absurdity of the premise, I picked up the book anyway, thinking it may have some value.
What did Keen, an “expert” technologist and entrepreneur, have to add to the debate?
I started reading until I got to page 52, and unexpectedly came across this passage:
Unfortunately, the internet is bloated with the hot air of these amateur journalists. Despite the size of their readership, even the A-List bloggers have no formal journalistic training. And, in fact, much of the real news their blogs contain has been lifted from (or aggregated from) the very news organizations they aim to replace.
It is not surprising then that these prominent bloggers have no professional training in the collection of news. After all, who needs a degree in journalism to post a hyperlink on a Web site? Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, for example, the founder of Daily Kos, a left-leaning site, came to political blogging via the technology industry and the military.
First of all, I’m not sure what Keen is talking about when he says we aim to replace news organizations. He’s been reading too much Pajamas Media propaganda. But more importantly, it’s really too bad that this non-amateur, non-blogger, expert technologists doesn’t know how to use Google. Or a web browser.
Because right on my About page you’ll find this:
Moulitsas earned two bachelor degrees at Northern Illinois University (1992-96), with majors in Philosophy, Journalism, and Political Science and a minor in German.
Or he might’ve found out that I spent a significant amount of time working for traditional media outlets:
After a hitch serving as an artillery fire director at the headquarters for a missile battery, he attended Northern Illinois University, winning dual degrees and majoring in philosophy, political science and journalism and minoring in German.
From there, it was on to Boston University, where he earned his law degree.
“I knew in law school that I never wanted to be a lawyer. It was a way to kill three years of my life,” he offered with a smile.
He could have become a reporter—there was a job offer from the Associated Press—and he did freelance for three years for the Chicago Tribune, “but I decided I didn’t want to live vicariously through other people’s lives.”
Oops again. That article, by the way, is from the Daily Berkeley Planet, so he didn’t even need to go online to read it. Keen lives in Berkeley.
Had he asked me about my experience, I would’ve added that during law school, I was a graduate assistant to communications “expert” T. Barton Carter (where I helped update his seminal law textbook on media law), and T.A.’d a class on media law at the Boston University College of Communications.
Yeah … oops.
Oops, oops, and oops.
Keen has just proven why us “amateurs” have little regards for the “experts”.
The largest dam in Iraq is in serious danger of an imminent collapse that could unleash a trillion-gallon wave of water, possibly killing thousands of people and flooding two of the largest cities in the country, according to new assessments by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other U.S. officials.
Even in a country gripped by daily bloodshed, the possibility of a catastrophic failure of the Mosul Dam has alarmed American officials, who have concluded that it could lead to as many as 500,000 civilian deaths by drowning Mosul under 65 feet of water and parts of Baghdad under 15 feet, said Abdulkhalik Thanoon Ayoub, the dam manager. “The Mosul dam is judged to have an unacceptable annual failure probability,” in the dry wording of an Army Corps of Engineers draft report.
At the same time, a U.S. reconstruction project to help shore up the dam in northern Iraq has been marred by incompetence and mismanagement, according to Iraqi officials and a report by a U.S. oversight agency to be released Tuesday
The State Department promised Blackwater USA bodyguards immunity from prosecution in its investigation of last month’s deadly shooting of 17 Iraqi civilians, The Associated Press has learned.
The immunity deal has delayed a criminal inquiry into the Sept. 16 killings and could undermine any effort to prosecute security contractors for their role in the incident that has infuriated the Iraqi government.
“Once you give immunity, you can’t take it away,” said a senior law enforcement official familiar with the investigation.
State Department officials declined to confirm or deny that immunity had been granted. One official — who refused to be quoted by name_ said: “If, in fact, such a decision was made, it was done without any input or authorization from any senior State Department official in Washington.”
Also from the article: Richard J. Griffin, the head of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security which granted the immunity, announced his resignation effective last Thursday.
NBC Universal chief executive Jeff Zucker on Sunday urged colleagues to take a stand against Apple’s iTunes, charging that the digital download service was undermining the ability of traditional media companies to set profitable rates for their content online.
We know that Apple has destroyed the music business — in terms of pricing — and if we don’t take control, they’ll do the same thing on the video side,” Zucker said at a breakfast hosted by Syracuse’s Newhouse School of Communications.
He said NBC routinely propositioned Apple to breach its standard pricing model and experiment with higher pricing for one hit show such as “Heroes” by raising the price from the iTunes standard $1.99 to $2.99 on a trial basis.
“We wanted to take one show, it didn’t matter which one it was, and experiment and sell it for $2.99,” he said. “We made that offer for months and they said no.”
The NBC chief also revealed that in addition to more pricing flexibility, his firm was also seeking a cut of Apple hardware sales — such as the iPod and iPhone — which were capable of viewing content downloaded from the iTunes Store.
“Apple sold millions of dollars worth of hardware off the back of our content and made a lot of money,” he said. “They did not want to share in what they were making off the hardware or allow us to adjust pricing.”
Zucker’s comments also arrive just as NBC and NewsCorp. are launching their joint online video venture, Hulu.com, which aims to compete with iTunes by offering streaming TV and other commercial video content to viewers under an ad-supported model.
Read “ruined the music business” as “actually giving the consumer what they want instead of relying on greed and laziness to fill my coffers with regrets.”
Also, I checked out the “hulu” service he talked about, and it claimed that the content wasn’t available in “my region”, which is odd, since there are plenty of other sites that tell me otherwise. The only places that don’t allow me to view NBC content is the services ran by NBC…
Iraq war veterans now stationed at a base here in upstate New York say that morale among US soldiers in the country is so poor, many are simply parking their Humvees and pretending to be on patrol, a practice dubbed “search and avoid” missions.
Phil Aliff is an active duty soldier with the 10th Mountain Division stationed at Fort Drum. He served nearly one year in Iraq from August 2005 to July 2006, in the areas of Abu Ghraib and Fallujah, both west of Baghdad.
“Morale was incredibly low,” said Aliff, adding that he joined the military because he was raised in a poor family by a single mother and had few other prospects. “Most men in my platoon in Iraq were just in from combat tours in Afghanistan.”
According to Aliff, their mission was to help the Iraqi army “stand up” in the Abu Ghraib area of western Baghdad, but in fact his platoon was doing all the fighting without support from the Iraqis they were supposedly preparing to take control of the security situation.
“I never heard of an Iraqi unit that was able to operate on their own,” said Aliff, who is now a member of the group Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). “The only reason we were replaced by an Iraqi army unit was for publicity.”
Aliff said he participated in roughly 300 patrols. “We were hit by so many roadside bombs we became incredibly demoralized, so we decided the only way we wouldn’t be blown up was to avoid driving around all the time.”
“So we would go find an open field and park, and call our base every hour to tell them we were searching for weapons caches in the fields and doing weapons patrols and everything was going fine,” he said, adding, “All our enlisted people became very disenchanted with our chain of command.”
Apple and T-Mobile announced rate plans for the iPhone in Germany today.
That is fucking expensive. Expect a lot of iPhone-unlocking activity in Germany by people who want an iPhone without this insane plan.
Pope Benedict XVI urged Catholic pharmacists on Monday to use conscientious objection to avoid dispensing abortion pills or euthanasia drugs.
In a speech to participants at the 25th International Congress of Catholic Pharmacists, Benedict said that conscientious objection was a right that must be recognized by the pharmaceutical profession.
Such objector status, he said, would “enable them not to collaborate directly or indirectly in supplying products that have clearly immoral purposes such as, for example, abortion or euthanasia.”
In his speech, the pope also said that pharmacists have an educational role toward patients so that drugs are used in a morally and ethically correct way.
Bullshit. Pharmacists have an educational role toward patients so that drugs are used in a medically correct way, and the only reason they could possibly have to not dispense the drugs a doctor ordered is when they know the drug may have an adverse effect on the patient – for example when another medication, one the prescribing doctor wasn’t aware of, has a contra-indication.
If they can’t do that job properly because their shaman tells them something else, they should get a job they can do, like goat herding.
Britain’s first Muslim minister, Shahid Malik, says he is “deeply disappointed” that he was detained by airport security officials in America.
The international development minister was stopped and searched at Washington DC’s Dulles airport after a series of meetings on tackling terrorism.
Mr Malik, MP for Dewsbury, West Yorks, had his hand luggage checked for explosives when returning to Heathrow.
He said the same thing happened to him at JFK airport in New York last year.
On that occasion he had been a keynote speaker at an event organised by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), alongside the FBI and Muslim organisations, to talk about tackling extremism and defeating terrorism.
“The abusive attitude I endured last November I forgot about and I forgave, but I really do believe that British ministers and parliamentarians should be afforded the same respect and dignity at USA airports that we would bestow upon our colleagues in the Senate and Congress.
“Obviously, there was no malice involved but it has to be said that the USA system does not inspire confidence.”
You can chalk this one up to our bad in assuming best intentions, but when Apple said no cash for iPhones, they damn well meant it — enough to extend the policy out to no cash for anything that could in turn purchase an iPhone. Turns out you can’t even use your Apple bucks to buy an iPhone anymore, not even if someone bought you an Apple Gift Card with their credit card. Ok, for a lot of you this isn’t a big deal, but who gets hit hardest? Try all those teenage Apple fanboys begging various family members for small denomination gift cards that will add up to the iPhone they’ve been after. We’ve never heard any company being so adamant about keeping non-paper trail for every single damned purchase, but now we’re just left wondering how long until someone (or some state) sour from this bitter pill decides to challenge Apple on that whole US dollar bills being “legal tender for all debts, public and private” thing.
P.S. -No we’re not lawyers, but yes, we’re aware that it’s probably completely legal for Apple to do. But that doesn’t make it right, nor does that mean it will go unchallenged, you feel us?
From the comments on that page:
CUPERTINO – Apple announced today that it would no longer be accepting purchase requests for the iPhone. “We feel the iPhone is too good for regular humans,” says the Apple spokesperson. “To protect our brand image, we have decided to stop selling our product altogether to maintain a level of exclusivity unattainable by any other product currently on the market.”
The spokesperson also announced they would continue advertising in order to maintain the feel of unattainability.
CNN is one of the participants in the war. I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected president but refuses because he doesn’t want to give up power.
Arthur C. Clarke (1917 – )
Here is a long but excellent review of Leopard.
The Surgeon General announced today that he will recommend changing the country seal from an eagle to a condom because it more accurately reflects our politics.
A condom stands up to inflation, halts production, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch of pricks, and gives you a sense of security while you’re actually being screwed.