Family of three people murdered by a New Mexico teenage boy in 2004 have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Take-Two Interactive Software, the maker of “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City“, & claimed that the video game provoked the boy’s violent behavior.
Archive for September, 2006
This patch is extremely important all, this flaw is being exploited widely.
A security issue has been identified in the way Vector Markup Language (VML) is handled that could allow an attacker to compromise a computer running Microsoft Windows and gain control over it. You can help protect your computer by installing this update from Microsoft. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.
More information for this update can be found at Vulnerability in Vector Markup Language Could Allow Remote Code Execution (925486)
Well right now I feel like I’ve been mauled by Jesus, as I’m sick as a dog and it sucks hard. Went to bed last night and at about 12:30am I woke up feeling funny in the throat, I repeatedly woke every few hours feeling progressively sicker.
Wonderfully at about 6:20am I got up, tried to walk to the toilet and felt like I have just drunk an entire bottle of rum. Needless to say I then slept till 10:50am and now I feel shitty and sick.
Just to let everyone know there is an unpatched hole in Internet Explorer that is currently being actively exploited. This exploit leverages Vector Mark-up Language in Internet Explorer, and is remotely exploitable requiring no user interaction other than for them to browse a page.
Another good reason to switch to Firefox
Download Torpark and put it on a USB Flash keychain. Plug it into any internet terminal whether at home, school, or public. Run Torpark.exe and it will launch a Tor circuit connection, which creates an encrypted tunnel from your computer indirectly to a Tor exit computer, allowing you to surf the internet anonymously.
I must give you a little warning though.
German police seize ‘anonymizing’ Tor servers
Police block an undisclosed number of servers during a crackdown on Internet pornography, By John Blau, IDG News Service, September 11, 2006 – Infoworld
In a crackdown on Internet child pornography, German police detected several servers running a copy of Tor, a software designed to anonymize Internet usage.
“We seized or blocked an undisclosed number of servers during a raid, which is still underway,” Jens Gruhl, a spokesman for the public prosecutors office of Konstanz, Germany, said Monday. “A few of these computers had installed copies of Tor.”
Users of Tor software in the country, worried about an unexpected visit by the police, have decried the move in a flurry of blogs.
“This situation is disturbing, really disturbing,” wrote Alexander Janssen, from Düsseldorf, Germany, in a blog post. “I run a Tor server myself and the last thing I want to experience is the police kicking down my door [and] seizing my computer.”
Gruhl said German crime officials are not specifically searching for servers running Tor but for servers distributing child porn. “That fact that police discovered copies of Tor is coincidental, not intentional.”
In his blog, Janssen reckoned that the seized servers were configured to be so-called Tor “exit nodes,” allowing their IP (Internet Protocol) addresses to show up in the server logfiles in question.
Tor was created to defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that “threatens personal anonymity and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships and state security,” according to the Web site www.torproject.org.
The software bounces communications around a distributed network of servers, called onion routers, protecting users from Web sites that build profiles of their interests, local eavesdroppers that read data or learn what sites they visit, and even the onion routers themselves.
So in reality privacy comes at a cost.
A little warning to all those who have installed patch MS06-049, if you have NTFS File System Compression turned on you could be in danger of file system corruption.
A list of fixes is here – Firefox 184.108.40.206 Release Notes
As usual when a company comes out and says they are going to digitally remaster something, Star Wars for example, I always get the feeling that something bad is going to happen (Star Wars for example). Well now it’s going to happen to the Star Trek Original series (TOS). Gasp!!!
But maybe all is not lost.
All involved said they wanted to stay true to the original series.
“The purpose of this [effects update] is to…not change the story and not change the plot, because we are all so passionate about the way it exists,” said David Rossi. “What we’re really trying to do here is just enhance the experience of watching Star Trek that people can have.”
Much talk has been made over the years about the different looks for the Klingons, but the classic villains remain the same in these updated episodes.
“We wouldn’t…dream of [changing them]. The Klingons existed as the way they are in that series and there’s…an episode of [most recent Trek series] Enterprise that explains why there’s a difference in the Klingons from the original series and the Klingons from future series,” Rossi said. “So there’s no reason for us to go back and do that. And the time it would take us to do that and the amount of resources would be crazy.”
“The star patterns that were in the original opening are exactly duplicated in the new opening. We smoothed out the motion of the Enterprise,” added vid Rossi. “It flies more dynamically now. It occupies real space. It doesn’t look like a model anymore. So that’s kind of the angle we took on it.”
Okuda said they used the original show’s look as a template for any tweaks.
“Star Trek is a period piece, albeit a period in the far future. So all the decisions are being made to honor the production style, the style of cinematography and the style of editing,” said Michael Okuda. “With that as our guidance…it follows very logically trying to re-create the look and feel of the original series.”
“When I was first approached, I was a little apprehensive because…I [was] concerned that the changes would be jarring,” Okuda added. “But then when I understood CBS Paramount’s intention was to honor the original, not to change it…I became very enthusiastic about it.”
Nogawski said one of the biggest reason’s for updating the show is to keep it viable in the age of high-definition TV and beyond.
“As we move into eventually a much better television set than there was in the sixties, moving into more lines of resolution to all the way up to HD, [Star Trek] would have not held up to that viewer,” Nogawski said. “And that viewer, in many ways, is kind of who you’re addressing as the younger viewer who really was not alive when the show was originally produced and may never have watched it up to this date. So it was really imperative to make this change… You’re going to get to the point where black-and-white [and] what was shot over the last forty years is going to become a memory if you don’t have these things looking the way that the eye is used to looking at them going forward.”