Tag: News

Ubuntu 9.10: works for me!

Posted by – 2009/11/08

I was a bit worried about upgrading to Ubuntu 9.10 after El Reg’s scare stories claimed that nine out of ten people had problems with the automatic upgrade.
I guess their stats were skewed, nine out of ten people who are complaining on the Ubuntu forums were complaining about the upgrade, which is nothing like nine in ten people having problems.

Worked fine for me on two different machines, my only problem is that the battery charge profile on my laptop was lost.

Trafigura vs The Internet

Posted by – 2009/10/14

The news are banging on about how the Internet has won against Trafigura’s attempts to gag the British press from reporting on questions in parliament, they couldn’t stop social media hosted in other countries so the whole thing blew up in their faces. Great news!

However, far more interesting IMO is metadata provided by Google Sidewiki, which allows anyone with a Google account to add uncensored discussion to the side of the page:

Try censoring metadata, fascists!

SideWikiLeaks anyone?

All the fuss seems to be about the Minton report, apparently the press aren’t allowed to talk about the content or tell people where to find it, and certainly not link to it.

FYI it talks about a cocktail of toxic chemicals being dumped on the Ivory Coast (including ten tonnes of sodium hydroxide), and you can get it from WikiLeaks here.

RDF defaced

Posted by – 2009/08/18

Last night I got an email from the admin of the Richard Dawkins Foundation forums inviting me to join a warez site, which was rather strange. Of course it turned out that the site was broken into by a script kiddie and defaced. I’m assuming that the database was downloaded so my generic weak forum password is currently being cracked, so I’ve took the precaution of changing it on as many forums as I can remember.

The kid will probably be caught as the attack has been reported to the FBI, he was stupid enough to use the same email address for multiple accounts and even post the name of the proxy site he used. This story has a moral though, make sure you have a strong password for places where you have administrator privileges, and make sure you don’t mindlessly log into sites claiming to be ones that you trust. I hope the RDF admins learned a lesson here!