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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Conficker Getting Tougher To Detect And Eradicate

According to the New York Times, groups that track and defend us from malicious software are saying that the Conficker Virus is being updated and "... the most recent version, which began to appear Tuesday, appeared to be targeted at improving a peer-to-peer communications system between computers that are infected and hardening the system by making infected machines more resistant to anti-virus software." Additionally, "the Conficker authors have switched strategies and are using the program’s peer-to-peer mechanism to update the system. Originally, they had appeared to plan to download instructions to Conficker by generating new Internet addresses that infected machines could download instructions from."

No one has figured out entirely what the plot / purpose of Conficker is but it is being watched closely as it has infected millions of Windows machines world wide. According to Wikipedia "BKIS, a Vietnamese security firm, has announced that they found clues that the virus may be originated from China"

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Shaq And Mark Cuban Exchange Tweets - Trade Rumours Fly

CNet's Chris Matyszczyk, in a recent post on his Technically Incorrect blog, discusses an exchange of tweets between the NBA's Pheonix Sun star Shaquille O'Neal (@The_Real_Shaq) and Mark Cuban (@mcuban) owner of the Dallas Mavericks. The pair are avid Twitter users and the exchange began on Saturday as the Suns where in town to take on the Mavericks. "I'm lookin foor u mark cuban" Shaq tweeted. The Dallas Mavericks owner replied: "you know where i live.." followed by: "And make sure to wear your best ShaqAlbert outfit to the arena tomorrow". Regardless of whether or not this was a simple exchange in jest or there is greater meaning behind it all it has Twitter and the blog-o-sphere a buzz with trade rumours, of course it doesn't help that the last tweet in the exchange was from Cuban who said "shaq found me. wish I could say what happened. I kept my cool."

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Backlash Against Movie's Leak Online

Logic would dictate that geeks everywhere would rejoice at the thought of an early, all be it illegal, release of an unfinished version of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” on the Internet. It seems however that movie and comic book fans as well as bloggers and some members of the BitTorrent community are encouraging each other to resist temptation and see the film in theatres. The NYTimes Bits Blog points out that " commentator on Releaselog, a popular blog among the file-sharing community, wrote : “i think it’s worthy of being seen the right way in the theatre. everyone should support this movie and help it get a massive take making it look like the leak actually helped it.” A commentator on SuperHeroHype, a forum geared toward comic book fans, wrote: “The workprint did nothing but make me want to see the final completed version even more.”"

I, for one, am a big fan of watching movies the way they were intended to be viewed... in the theatre!