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O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Friday is Pi Day

El Reg - Fri, 14/03/2014 - 7:28am
And next year it will be even better

At 1:59 in the morning on Friday, March 14 – or, for convenience, at 1:59 in the afternoon – take a moment to pause and contemplate π (aka pi), as, if you write your date US style, that's the moment to celebrate the universal glory that is Pi Day.…

Russia Blocks Internet Sites of Putin Critics

Slashdot - Fri, 14/03/2014 - 7:08am
An anonymous reader writes in with news about Russias censorship of internet sites critical of President Vladimir Putin. "Russia blocked access to the internet sites of prominent Kremlin foes Alexei Navalny and Garry Kasparov on Thursday under a new law critics say is designed to silence dissent in President Vladimir Putin's third term. The prosecutor general's office ordered Russian internet providers to block Navalny's blog, chess champion and Putin critic Kasparov's internet newspaper and two other sites, grani.ru and ej.ru, state regulator Roskomnadzor said. The move was the latest evidence of what government opponents see as a crackdown on independent media and particularly the internet, a platform for dissenting views in a nation where state channels dominate the airwaves. Ej.ru editor Alexander Ryklin called it 'monstrous' and a 'direct violation of all the principles of freedom of speech,' More at EFF, and in earlier stories at the The Huffington Post, and Deutsche Welle, which notes, 'This year's report by Reporters Without Borders on World Day against Cyber Censorship condemns Russia as one of the "Enemies of the Internet." "Russia has adopted dangerous legislation governing the flow of news and information and freedom of expression online," it concludes.'"

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Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

El Reg - Fri, 14/03/2014 - 7:01am
Better double check...

If you're wondering who is still running Windows XP in this day and age, given that support for the OS is ending soon, the answer is it might be YOU! Or at least, so Microsoft suspects.…

Microsoft was 'willing' to buy WhatsApp says Bill Gates

El Reg - Fri, 14/03/2014 - 6:30am
Founder also feels core Microsoft products need 'more than a tuneup' for the cloud

Microsoft was “willing” to buy WhatsApp, Bill Gates has told Rolling Stone.…

Actually, there <i>is</i> an Arapaho word for 'pliers'

El Reg - Fri, 14/03/2014 - 6:02am
Commentards bite BuzzGasm with tooyo'oenoo'

The Vulture Central backroom boys are running around like headless chickens following the revelation that our new BuzzGasm feed is not functioning to the high standards of factual accuracy our demanding readers expect.…

Reporters without Borders confirms, yes, lots of nations are spying on their citizens

El Reg - Fri, 14/03/2014 - 5:02am
Welcome to the club, US and UK

Revelations of domestic and international phone and web surveillance operations by US and UK spies have earned the two countries a dubious distinction on the Reporters Without Borders' "Enemies of the Internet" list.…

Ubuntu's Mir Gets Delayed Again

Slashdot - Fri, 14/03/2014 - 4:30am
jones_supa writes "Delays keep piling up for the Mir display server on the Ubuntu desktop. After already being postponed multiple times, Mir might not be enabled by default on the Ubuntu Linux desktop until the 16.04 LTS release — in two years time! This was the estimate by Mark Shuttleworth in a virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit. Using Mir, Mark says, will lead to supporting more hardware, obtaining better performance, and 'do some great things' with the technology. He expects some users will start using Mir on the desktop over the next year. Mir is already packaged as an experimental option, along with an experimental Unity 8 desktop session."

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Microsoft closing in on Apache's web server crown

El Reg - Fri, 14/03/2014 - 4:02am
And sprinting up on the inside, here comes Nginx!

50 million more of the world's web servers started to run Microsoft's internet information server (IIS) during February, according to Netcraft.…

Barnes &amp; Noble's Nook freed from Windows, WinPhone apps pledge

El Reg - Fri, 14/03/2014 - 3:01am
Mystery Microsoft e-reader program to take their place?

Barnes & Noble's struggling Nook e-book division can breathe a little easier, now that Microsoft has let the bookseller off the hook on its promise to offer e-reader apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone.…

A Look at the NSA's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool

Slashdot - Fri, 14/03/2014 - 2:05am
realized writes in with a closer look at the NSA's QUANTUM system. "Today QUANTUM packs a suite of attack tools, including both DNS injection (upgrading the man-on-the-side to a man-in-the-middle, allowing bogus certificates and similar routines to break SSL) and HTTP injection. That reasonable enough. But it also includes gadgets like a plug-in to inject into MySQL connections, allowing the NSA to quietly mess with the contents of a third-party's database. (This also surprisingly suggests that unencrypted MySQL on the internet is common enough to attract NSA attention.) And it allows the NSA to hijack both IRC and HTTP-based criminal botnets, and also includes routines which use packet-injection to create phantom servers, and even attempting (poorly) to use this for defense."

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'Amazon has destroyed the unicorn factory' ... How clouds are making sysadmins extinct

El Reg - Fri, 14/03/2014 - 2:02am
Who'll build your data center if they all work for AWS, Google?

The rise of the cloud is wiping out the next generation of valuable sysadmins as startups never learn about how to manage data-center gear properly, a Pasadena tech biz boss has said.…

That NSA denial in full: As of right now, we're not pretending to be Facebook or Twitter

El Reg - Fri, 14/03/2014 - 1:29am
Non-Americans, it's not looking great

Analysis  Inaccurate. That's how US spy hive the NSA today branded claims that it "has infected millions of computers around the world with malware," and that it "is impersonating US social media or other websites" to eavesdrop on people.…

Boffins propose brainwave privacy standard

El Reg - Fri, 14/03/2014 - 1:01am
EEG data can predict illness, and app-makers are storing it in the cloud …

Researchers from MIT Media Lab and the Technical University of Denmark have raised the issue of “Privacy for Personal Neuroinformatics”, a field they feel deserves attention because brainwave data is starting to go public.…

XP cannot reactivate - Error Code: 0X8007007F

Windows Genuine Disadvantage [XP] - Fri, 14/03/2014 - 12:50am

A recent windows update on my 2003 initiated XP-Pro machine, somehow corrupted and different files such as windows installer didn't work. Am trying to do taxes. This machine has lots of EA games on it that were built for XP, so this machine has not been upgraded. So yesterday, some programs stopped working. There is no malware involved.

I did a slipstream repair using my slipstreamed original XP Pro disc with nlite (first used in 2012). Have done this before to repair windows critical files in the past - and little twerky problems that resolve with a slipstream repair

I'd like to finish taxes so I want to get the activation done so I can crunch numbers.

Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
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Windows Product Key: *****-*****-G47WY-V6HMK-YWMKH
Windows Product Key Hash: 6MGI0SDgofWRfGGzyVI6qYJM2+U=
Windows Product ID: 55276-013-8453341-22165
Windows Product ID Type: 5
Windows License Type: Retail
Windows OS version: 5.1.2600.2.00010100.3.0.pro
ID: {1FE9ACBC-28C9-4E2E-9B1C-DBD70787166B}(3)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: Registered, 1.9.42.0
Signed By: Microsoft
Product Name: N/A
Architecture: N/A
Build lab: N/A
TTS Error: N/A
Validation Diagnostic: 025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-238-2_025D1FF3-258-3
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A
Version: N/A

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: 1
File Exists: Yes
Version: 1.9.40.0
WgaTray.exe Signed By: Microsoft
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: Microsoft

OGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: 2.0.48.0
OGAExec.exe Signed By: Microsoft
OGAAddin.dll Signed By: Microsoft

OGA Data-->
Office Status: 109 N/A
OGA Version: Registered, 2.0.48.0
Signed By: Microsoft
Office Diagnostics: 77F760FE-153-80070002_7E90FEE8-175-80070002_B4D0AA8B-604-645_025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-238-2_025D1FF3-258-3

Browser Data-->
Proxy settings: N/A
User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE; Win32)
Default Browser: C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.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-->
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Licensing Data-->
N/A

Windows Activation Technologies-->
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HWID Data-->
N/A

OEM Activation 1.0 Data-->
BIOS string matches: no
Marker string from BIOS: N/A
Marker string from OEMBIOS.DAT: N/A, hr = 0x80004005

OEM Activation 2.0 Data-->
N/A

Mesa DRI3 Picks Up GLX_EXT_buffer_age Support

Phoronix - Fri, 14/03/2014 - 12:39am
The Direct Rendering Infrastructure 3 code for Mesa has picked up support for the GLX_EXT_buffer_age extension...

Google encrypts Chinese search requests to subvert Great Firewall

El Reg - Fri, 14/03/2014 - 12:29am
Not that it has many users on the Middle Kingdom's mainland

Google is to begin encrypting its web search service for users on the Chinese mainland as part of a general beefing up of the privacy of its users worldwide. Search terms and results pages will be sent over secure connections to thwart government spies and other eavesdroppers.…

Conservation Communities Takes Root Across US

Slashdot - Fri, 14/03/2014 - 12:15am
Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Kate Murphy reports at the NYT about a growing number of so-called agrihoods, residential developments where a working farm is the central feature, in the same way that other communities may cluster around a golf course, pool or fitness center. At least a dozen projects across the country are thriving, enlisting thousands of home buyers who crave access to open space, verdant fields and fresh food. 'I hear from developers all the time about this,' says Ed McMahon. 'They've figured out that unlike a golf course, which costs millions to build and millions to maintain, they can provide green space that actually earns a profit.' Agritopia, outside Phoenix, has sixteen acres of certified organic farmland, with row crops (artichokes to zucchini), fruit trees (citrus, nectarine, peach, apple, olive and date) and livestock (chickens and sheep). Fences gripped by grapevines and blackberry bushes separate the farm from the community's 452 single-family homes, each with a wide front porch and sidewalks close enough to encourage conversation. The hub of neighborhood life is a small square overlooking the farm, with a coffeehouse, farm-to-table restaurant and honor-system farm stand. The square is also where residents line up on Wednesday evenings to claim their bulging boxes of just-harvested produce, eggs and honey, which come with a $100-a-month membership in the community-supported agriculture, or CSA, program. 'Wednesday is the highlight of my week,' says Ben Wyffels. 'To be able to walk down the street with my kids and get fresh, healthy food is amazing.' Because the Agritopia farm is self-sustaining, no fees are charged to support it, other than the cost of buying produce at the farm stand or joining the CSA. Agritopia was among the first agrihoods — like Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills, Ga.; Prairie Crossing in Grayslake, Ill.; South Village in South Burlington, Vt.; and Hidden Springs in Boise, Idaho. 'The interest is so great, we're kind of terrified trying to catch up with all the calls,' says Quint Redmond adding that in addition to developers, he hears from homeowners' associations and golf course operators who want to transform their costly-to-maintain green spaces into revenue-generating farms. Driving the demand, Redmond says, are the local-food movement and the aspirations of many Americans to be gentlemen (or gentlewomen) farmers. 'Everybody wants to be Thomas Jefferson these days.'" The city of Detroit is planning a 26.9-acre urban farm project on one of its vacant high school properties. Produce from the project will be included in meals for students in the district and later to the larger community.

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Nvidia uncloaks GeForce 800M GPU series for gaming notebooks

El Reg - Thu, 13/03/2014 - 11:54pm
Seven new chips for ultrathin, ultralight Ultrabooks™

Nvidia has completely revamped its notebook graphics line with a seven-GPU launch of the new GeForce 800M series, four bearing the GeForce GTX moniker and three sans GTX.…

Engine Data Reveals That Flight 370 Flew On For Hours After It "Disappeared"

Slashdot - Thu, 13/03/2014 - 11:35pm
Advocatus Diaboli writes "Aviation investigators and national security officials believe the plane flew for a total of five hours based on data automatically downloaded and sent to the ground from the Boeing Co. 777's engines as part of a routine maintenance and monitoring program. As part of its maintenance agreements, Malaysia Airlines transmits its engine data live to Rolls-Royce for analysis. The system compiles data from inside the 777's two Trent 800 engines and transmits snapshots of performance, as well as the altitude and speed of the jet. Those snippets are compiled and transmitted in 30-minute increments, said one person familiar with the system." Update: 03/14 11:41 GMT by S : The WSJ has since updated its report to say the data was from the plane's satellite-communication system. However, Malaysian authorities have denied both scenarios, saying neither Boeing nor Rolls-Royce received data past 1:07am (the flight initially disappeared off radar at 1:30am).

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Engine Data Reveals That Flight 370 Flew On For Hours After It "Disappeared"

Slashdot - Thu, 13/03/2014 - 11:35pm
Advocatus Diaboli writes "Aviation investigators and national security officials believe the plane flew for a total of five hours based on data automatically downloaded and sent to the ground from the Boeing Co. 777's engines as part of a routine maintenance and monitoring program. As part of its maintenance agreements, Malaysia Airlines transmits its engine data live to Rolls-Royce for analysis. The system compiles data from inside the 777's two Trent 800 engines and transmits snapshots of performance, as well as the altitude and speed of the jet. Those snippets are compiled and transmitted in 30-minute increments, said one person familiar with the system." Update: 03/14 11:41 GMT by S : The WSJ has since updated its report to say the data was from the plane's satellite-communication system. However, Malaysian authorities have denied both scenarios, saying neither Boeing nor Rolls-Royce received data past 1:07am (the flight initially disappeared off radar at 1:30am).

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








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