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Words to put dread in a sysadmin's heart: 'We are moving our cloud from Windows to Linux'

El Reg - Mon, 10/11/2014 - 10:02am
If you must pick Windows, pick early and stick

The worldview of elastic compute, or mine at least, has historically had very little Microsoft involved in it. Recently however, I have attended several job interviews and one question that has invariably been asked is: “We are planning on moving from Windows to Linux. Have you done it before?”…

Apple tells ex-iPhone users how to get iMessage out of their lives

L'Inq - Mon, 10/11/2014 - 9:45am

When it won't let you go


Samsung slams door on OLED TVs, makes QUANTUM dot LEAP

El Reg - Mon, 10/11/2014 - 9:34am
LG says will stick with it, but be ready to watch it cave in...

Analysis  Samsung has said that it intends to focus on UHD TVs using LCD panels augmented by quantum dot technology, instead of pushing OLED as a commercial replacement for LCD. This is the kind of decision that might mean that OLED never takes off in the larger form factors.…

NHS XP patch scratch leaves patient records wide open to HACKERS

El Reg - Mon, 10/11/2014 - 8:58am
Trusts fail to sign up to extended Windows XP support

Thousands of patient records could be left exposed to hackers, as up to 20 NHS trusts have failed to put an agreement in place with Microsoft to extend security support for Windows XP via a patch, The Register can reveal.…

Aussie feds consider job offer to 'LulzSec leader' who wasn't

El Reg - Mon, 10/11/2014 - 8:46am
Man jailed for simple website defacement protests his technical impotence

Shackled hacker and supposed "leader of Lulzsec" Matthew Flannery is welcome to apply for a job with the Australian Federal Police (AFP_, the force says.…

Hooray for Apple BENEVOLENCE! iMessage text BLACK HOLE finally fixed

El Reg - Mon, 10/11/2014 - 8:29am
Thanks, Apple ... so very kind of you

People ditching their iPhones until now faced a rather irritating problem: Apple's iMessage service assumes that all text messages to their phone numbers should use the over-the-top iMessage app.…

Pica8 adds 'transitional' SDN capabilities

El Reg - Mon, 10/11/2014 - 8:03am
Mix L2, L3 and OpenFlow on one switch

Pica8 wants to make the software-defined networking (SDN) transition easier for data centres that have to cope with an installed base, letting its software work simultaneously with SDN environments and traditional Layer 2/3 networking kit.…

Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 series hands-on review

L'Inq - Mon, 10/11/2014 - 8:00am

We take a look at Dell's Intel Core M-powered Surface Pro 3 rival


Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 series hands-on review

L'Inq - Mon, 10/11/2014 - 8:00am

We take a look at Dell's Intel Core M-powered Surface Pro 3 rival


Emoticons blast three security holes in Pidgin :-(

El Reg - Mon, 10/11/2014 - 7:28am
Dump docs on users' disks using only ASCII art (°O°)

Cisco researchers have reported a trio of vulnerabilities in popular instant messaging client Pidgin that allow for denial of service by way of emoticon abuse and remote arbitrary file creation.…

Prehistory's Brilliant Future

Slashdot - Mon, 10/11/2014 - 7:05am
An anonymous reader writes Senior Vice President and Provost of Science at the American Museum of Natural History Michael J. Novacek has written an op-ed piece about the glut of new dinosaurs recently discovered, including a fish fossil with flexible limbs which documents the transition from life in the water to life on land. In addition to the new species, a team has recently published its work on new skeletal remains of Spinosaurus, a 100-million-year-old carnivore. From the article: "As with any frontier of new knowledge, there are challenges as well as opportunities. Certain regions of the world, like North Africa, may hold the key to understanding the evolution of major groups, but remain poorly explored. Even as some regions become accessible thanks to political change, others can turn into conflict zones. Illegal fossil poaching is rampant in many areas and needs to be controlled before it does untold damage to our future knowledge. It is all the more important to deal with these challenges when we consider the unique contribution of paleontological evidence to human knowledge. From our study of living species, we could not have been predicted the existence of dragonflies as big as sea gulls or dinosaurs with the bulk of large whales that could support themselves on land. Such discoveries provide insights about the capacity of organisms to evolve, adapt and survive."

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This 125mph train is fitted with LASERS. Sadly no sharks, though

El Reg - Mon, 10/11/2014 - 7:02am
Network Rail's New Measurement Train - not new, but still pretty nifty

+Vid & Pics  The men – and woman – in orange explained to me that the Network Rail “New Measurement Train” isn’t new. It’s a converted Intercity High Speed Train which has been in operation for more than ten years in this form, and it is used for running new tests for checking the condition of the track.…

Boffin imagines WiFi-defined no-shoot zones for wireless weapons

El Reg - Mon, 10/11/2014 - 6:00am
Is that an Internet of Things in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?

What if, instead of trying to control the sale of guns – a political impossibility in America – weapon use were enforced by a complex combination of electronics, WiFi communications and policy enforcement?…

System not compatible after install of student windows 8 tried to Re-install vista got error non genuine please help fix.

Windows Genuine Disadvantage [Vista] - Mon, 10/11/2014 - 4:35am

Hello

I finally got this computer to work again after fail upgrade to windows 8

I need assistance to get back to Genuine vista copy. 

I had two disks one 8up and this copy I have the purchase receipt if needed.

Thanks

ronny_ro

Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
-----------------------------------------
Windows Validation Data-->
Validation Status: Genuine
Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-F4GJK-KG77H-B9HD2
Windows Product Key Hash: iJAth4TbScMi8HdcPurlASXdEkw=
Windows Product ID: 89578-OEM-7332157-00204
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.0.6001.2.00010300.1.0.003
ID: {BF45DDD6-798E-4AB8-B8C2-223D5AE2FC2C}(3)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: Registered, 1.9.42.0
Signed By: Microsoft
Product Name: Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium
Architecture: 0x00000000
Build lab: 6001.vistasp1_gdr.101014-0432
TTS Error: 
Validation Diagnostic: 
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAExec.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Data-->
Office Status: 109 N/A
OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Office Diagnostics: 025D1FF3-364-80041010_025D1FF3-229-80041010_025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-517-80040154_025D1FF3-237-80040154_025D1FF3-238-2_025D1FF3-244-80070002_025D1FF3-258-3

Browser Data-->
Proxy settings: N/A
User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Win32)
Default Browser: C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
Download signed ActiveX controls: Prompt
Download unsigned ActiveX controls: Disabled
Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins: Allowed
Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe: Disabled
Allow scripting of Internet Explorer Webbrowser control: Disabled
Active scripting: Allowed
Script ActiveX controls marked as safe for scripting: Allowed

File Scan Data-->

Other data-->
Office Details: <GenuineResults><MachineData><UGUID>{BF45DDD6-798E-4AB8-B8C2-223D5AE2FC2C}</UGUID><Version>1.9.0027.0</Version><OS>6.0.6001.2.00010300.1.0.003</OS><Architecture>x32</Architecture><PKey>*****-*****-*****-*****-B9HD2</PKey><PID>89578-OEM-7332157-00204</PID><PIDType>2</PIDType><SID>S-1-5-21-935705080-3991079953-1074444225</SID><SYSTEM><Manufacturer>Dell Computer Corporation</Manufacturer><Model>Dimension 4600               </Model></SYSTEM><BIOS><Manufacturer>Dell Computer Corporation</Manufacturer><Version>A12</Version><SMBIOSVersion major="2" minor="3"/><Date>20040826000000.000000+000</Date></BIOS><HWID>E0323507018400F2</HWID><UserLCID>0409</UserLCID><SystemLCID>0409</SystemLCID><TimeZone>Pacific Standard Time(GMT-08:00)</TimeZone><iJoin>0</iJoin><SBID><stat>3</stat><msppid></msppid><name></name><model></model></SBID><OEM/><GANotification/></MachineData><Software><Office><Result>109</Result><Products/><Applications/></Office></Software></GenuineResults>  

Spsys.log Content: 0x80070002

Licensing Data-->
Software licensing service version: 6.0.6001.18000
Name: Windows(TM) Vista, HomePremium edition
Description: Windows Operating System - Vista, OEM_SLP channel
Activation ID: bffdc375-bbd5-499d-8ef1-4f37b61c895f
Application ID: 55c92734-d682-4d71-983e-d6ec3f16059f
Extended PID: 89578-00146-321-500204-02-1033-6001.0000-2392004
Installation ID: 017403278736814631228412808152401432422463172211349696
Processor Certificate URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=43473
Machine Certificate URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=43474
Use License URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=43476
Product Key Certificate URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=43475
Partial Product Key: B9HD2
License Status: Initial grace period
Time remaining: 21600 minute(s) (15 day(s))

Windows Activation Technologies-->
N/A

HWID Data-->
HWID Hash Current: NgAAAAEABAABAAEAAQACAAAAAgABAAEAJJS89PhxRpaUY+LH9OdWseyA8vSKYUwBflSsVpbF

OEM Activation 1.0 Data-->
N/A

OEM Activation 2.0 Data-->
BIOS valid for OA 2.0: yes, but no SLIC table
Windows marker version: N/A
OEMID and OEMTableID Consistent: N/A
BIOS Information: 
  ACPI Table Name OEMID Value OEMTableID Value
  APIC DELL   4600i  
  FACP DELL   4600i  
  BOOT DELL   4600i  
  SSDT DELL st_ex


Raspberry Pi mini-puter TOO BIG and EXPENSIVE for you? Think AGAIN

El Reg - Mon, 10/11/2014 - 4:06am
Just the one USB port, though

Pics  A new Raspberry Pi model has arrived, and it's even smaller and cheaper than the original, while being in most respects just as goof. However it does come down to just one USB port.…

25th Anniversary: When the Berlin Wall Fell

Slashdot - Mon, 10/11/2014 - 4:01am
Lasrick writes Today is the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. This retrospective describes how quickly the Wall was erected, and how Berliners were completely caught off guard by its construction: "Berlin's citizens woke up one morning in August 1961 to find coils of barbed wire running down the middle of their streets; the first inkling some people had that anything was amiss was when their subway train didn't stop at certain stations. Later, the first strands of wire were replaced with a cement wall, along with watchtowers, a wide 'death strip,' and an electrified fence."

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Sysadmins disposed of Heartbleed certs, but forgot to flush

El Reg - Mon, 10/11/2014 - 3:58am
Slack sysadmins stopped working weekends to staunch the flow

Sysadmins' need for sleep and attempts to stop working at weekends have slowed down the response to Heartbleed, according to University of Maryland researchers – but more seriously, it's possible that a bunch of half-fixed websites retain some vulnerability to the bug.…

Russian internet traffic detours through China's Frankfurt outpost

El Reg - Mon, 10/11/2014 - 3:03am
A tale of twisted traceroutes

Russian domestic internet traffic has in the past year sailed through Shanghai due to routing errors by China Telecom, network boffin Doug Madory says.…

Oracle gives HR tool to track your fitness

El Reg - Mon, 10/11/2014 - 1:59am
This gives a whole new - and scary - meaning to 'performance review'

Oracle has announced a new tool for HR departments called “Employee Wellness” and seems to be suggesting that you might be willing to let your boss track how much you exercise.…

How Alibaba Turned November 11 Into the World's Biggest Online Shopping Day

Slashdot - Mon, 10/11/2014 - 1:01am
hackingbear writes Bummed that you're home alone on date night, or stuck in your mom's basement, yet again? Don't worry. A new gadget or some scuba gear could help. Observed on November 11 — or "11.11," for the date with the most 1s — Singles Day, which started out as a joke among a group of male college students attending Nanjing University in the 1990s, has become the world's biggest online shopping day, thanks to the e-commerce prowess of China's Alibaba Group. On this day last year, they sold twice what all US companies sold on Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined. This year, Alibaba has decided to take its 11.11 promotions worldwide, highlighting global brands including online jewelry store Blue Nile, clothing brand Juicy Couture, and even Costco. Amazon has tried to get a piece of the action. The Seattle-based company launched promotions for the holiday last year on its Chinese site, and it's done so again this year.

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