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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

El Reg - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 5:41pm
Fort Meade scene of bizarre and fatal Monday morning

One man is dead and another seriously hurt after they tried ramming a car into the gates of the NSA's headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland.…

The internet IS a series of tubes. Kinda: A <i>Reg</i> 101 guide to cabling

El Reg - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 5:28pm
Pick a copper-bred road or carry on up the fibre

Twisted Pair – Part 1  There are so many types of cables and connectors it can be confusing when you are building a data centre. I’ve taken a look at the pros and cons of each so you can decide which is the best option for you.…

Windows not genuine

Windows Genuine Disadvantage [XP] - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 5:15pm

My Windows 7 is suddenly telling me its not genuine. I downloaded the diag tool found in the forum and here is the information.

 Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
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Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 50
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0x80070005
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-WK8CM-QTPMC-YP79Y
Windows Product Key Hash: 7BrsWM2sTwUCF+QGlZo7A60DkUA=
Windows Product ID: 00359-035-0747746-85867
Windows Product ID Type: 5
Windows License Type: Retail
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010300.1.0.003
ID: {3378B0D9-B5AB-4578-9823-22F2CB8B7683}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Home Premium
Architecture: 0x00000000
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_gdr.150202-1526
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 8.0; Win32)
Default Browser: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.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>{3378B0D9-B5AB-4578-9823-22F2CB8B7683}</UGUID><Version>1.9.0027.0</Version><OS>6.1.7601.2.00010300.1.0.003</OS><Architecture>x32</Architecture><PKey>*****-*****-*****-*****-YP79Y</PKey><PID>00359-035-0747746-85867</PID><PIDType>5</PIDType><SID>S-1-5-21-932105526-1737995384-3220696122</SID><SYSTEM><Manufacturer>Dell Inc.</Manufacturer><Model>XPS M1530                       </Model></SYSTEM><BIOS><Manufacturer>Dell Inc.</Manufacturer><Version>A12</Version><SMBIOSVersion major="2" minor="4"/><Date>20081119000000.000000+000</Date></BIOS><HWID>C8B83607018400F8</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><OEMID>DELL  </OEMID><OEMTableID>M08    </OEMTableID></OEM><GANotification/></MachineData><Software><Office><Result>109</Result><Products/><Applications/></Office></Software></GenuineResults>  

Spsys.log Content: 0x80070002

Licensing Data-->
On a computer running Microsoft Windows non-core edition, run 'slui.exe 0x2a 0x46' to display the error text.
Error: 0x46 

Windows Activation Technologies-->
HrOffline: 0x00000000
HrOnline: 0xC004B100
HealthStatus: 0x0000000000000000
Event Time Stamp: 1:5:2015 14:22
ActiveX: Registered, Version: 7.1.7600.16395
Admin Service: Registered, Version: 7.1.7600.16395
HealthStatus Bitmask Output:


HWID Data-->
HWID Hash Current: OgAAAAEABwABAAEAAAABAAAAAwABAAEA6GFGVJyLRoMGDE5qmnoyDxJ5HrNGXr59sOTwSAoAVg9Gyg==

OEM Activation 1.0 Data-->
N/A

OEM Activation 2.0 Data-->
BIOS valid for OA 2.0: yes
Windows marker version: 0x0
OEMID and OEMTableID Consistent: yes
BIOS Information: 
  ACPI Table Name OEMID Value OEMTableID Value
  APIC DELL   M08    
  FACP DELL   M08    
  HPET DELL   M08    
  BOOT DELL   M08    
  MCFG DELL   M08    
  SLIC DELL   M08    
  OSFR DELL   M08    
  SSDT PmRef CpuPm

Apple Extends Its Trade-In Program

Slashdot - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 5:10pm
Mark Wilson writes "Earlier in the month it was reveal that Apple was about to start offering gift cards as part of a trade-in program for people buying new a new iPhone. The updated program has now gone live so you can take your old Apple device, or non-Apple smartphone to an Apple store, or mail it in to receive credit. The credit can be used in store or online against the purchase of a new Apple device, and this program expansion is the latest move from Apple to try to tempt users away from other platforms. You can check online to see how much you can expect to receive for your existing phone and decide whether it's worth your while. Hint: it might not be.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

How Malvertising Abuses Real-Time Bidding On Ad Networks

Slashdot - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 4:28pm
msm1267 writes Dark corners of the Internet harbor trouble. They're supposed to. But what about when Yahoo, CNN.com, TMZ and other busy destination sites heave disaster upon visitors? That's the challenge posed by malvertising, the latest hacker Golden Goose used in cybercrime operations and even in some targeted attacks. Hackers are thriving in this arena because they have found an unwittingly complicit partner in the sundry ad networks to move malicious ads through legitimate processes. Adding gasoline to the raging fire is the abuse of real-time ad bidding, a revolution in the way online ads are sold. RTB enables better ad targeting for advertisers and less unsold inventory for publishers. Hackers can also hitch a ride with RTB and target malicious ads on any site they wish, much the way a legitimate advertiser would use the same system.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Attempted Breach of NSA HQ Checkpoint; One Shot Dead

Slashdot - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 4:09pm
seven of five writes One man is dead and another severely injured after a shootout at one of the main gates of the National Security Agency located at Fort Meade, Maryland. Two men dressed as women attempted to 'penetrate' the entry point with their vehicle when a shootout occurred, officials said. The FBI said they do not believe the incident is related to terrorism.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

iPhone 7 rumours, price and specs

L'Inq - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 4:07pm

Everything you need to know about Apple's 2015 smartphone


Pure CEO dons cheerleader outfit, harangues world, dog

El Reg - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 4:03pm
Bangs drum, makes song and dance about annual performance

Comment Pure’s chief evangelist officer executive officer, Scott Dietzen, has blown Pure’s trumpet about its 2014 business.…

Intel could buy Altera for £7bn in IoT push

L'Inq - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 3:55pm

Reported deal would be Intel's largest acquisition


Apple's Tim Cook Calls Out "Religious Freedom" Laws As Discriminatory

Slashdot - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 3:44pm
An anonymous reader writes It will come as no surprise that Apple's CEO Tim Cook doesn't agree with so-called religious freedom laws. Cook says, "[they] rationalize injustice by pretending to defend something many of us hold dear," and has penned an op-ed piece for The Washington Post which reads in part: "A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors. Some, such as the bill enacted in Indiana last week that drew a national outcry and one passed in Arkansas, say individuals can cite their personal religious beliefs to refuse service to a customer or resist a state nondiscrimination law. Others are more transparent in their effort to discriminate. Legislation being considered in Texas would strip the salaries and pensions of clerks who issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples — even if the Supreme Court strikes down Texas' marriage ban later this year. In total, there are nearly 100 bills designed to enshrine discrimination in state law. These bills rationalize injustice by pretending to defend something many of us hold dear. They go against the very principles our nation was founded on, and they have the potential to undo decades of progress toward greater equality."

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Google will treat Chrome OS users to a tweaked App launcher

L'Inq - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 3:43pm

Whoa there, cowboy, it's not quite stable yet


What you missed in tech last week: Three buys O2, Facebook mega-drones, One M9 review

L'Inq - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 3:20pm

What got readers all excited over the past seven days


Trying Out The Modern Linux Desktops With 4 Monitors + AMD/NVIDIA Graphics

Phoronix - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 3:10pm
As some recent non-performance testing of the AMD and NVIDIA graphics drivers on Linux, I checked in to see how well the various Linux desktop environments were working these days in multi-monitor setups. With the latest AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards and drivers, I tried out Unity, GNOME Shell, Xfce, and (attempted) KDE Plasma 5 on Ubuntu 15.04 to check out the latest experience.

Vodafone wants to bonk you… wait, wants you to bonk

El Reg - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 3:04pm
Look at our operator-favouring Single Wire Protocol

NFC payment tech for phones, aka bonking, is coming to an Android Vodamobe near you.…

Future Firefighters May Be Guided By "Robots On Reins"

Slashdot - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 3:02pm
Zothecula writes When firefighters need to enter smoke-filled buildings to conduct search or rescue, they frequently suffer from low visibility and often need to feel their way along walls or follow ropes reeled out by the lead firefighter. With a limited supply of oxygen carried by each firefighter, being slowed by the inability to see can severely limit their capacity to carry out duties in these environments. Now researchers from King's College London and Sheffield Hallam University have developed a prototype robot assistant for firefighters that can help guide them through even the thickest smoke.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

UK Safari users win the right to sue Google over secretive cookies

L'Inq - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 2:44pm

Court dismisses Google's claims


India Mandates Use of Open Source Software In Government

Slashdot - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 2:18pm
jrepin writes The Indian government announced a policy yesterday that makes it mandatory to use open-source software in building apps and services, in an effort to "ensure efficiency, transparency and reliability of such services at affordable costs." The new policy (PDF) states that all government organizations must include a requirement for their software suppliers to consider open-source options when implementing e-governance applications and systems. The move will bring the Indian government in line with other countries including the US, UK and Germany that opt for open-source software over proprietary tools.

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PulseAudio 7.0 To Enable LFE Remixing By Default

Phoronix - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 2:12pm
Queued up in Git for the next version of PulseAudio, v7.0, is the enabling of LFE remixing by default after some upstream work was done by Canonical developers working on Ubuntu...

One day all this could be yours: Be Facebook, without being Facebook

El Reg - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 2:05pm
The pros and cons of Open Compute

Data centre design is a costly business, costing Apple $1.2bn for a pair of “next-generation” carbon-neutral plants in Ireland and Denmark. Even the smallest average Joe data centre will easily cost north of $1m once the options such as multihomed networks, HVAC systems and other such critical kit is installed with redundancy, security and a thousand other things that only data centre designers think about ahead of time.…

Europol boss joins his peers in condemning encryption tools

L'Inq - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 2:04pm

Personal use of security gives Europol a hard time