Here’s something to feel unsecure about…
|New Symbian OS Trojan Found
Yet another new trojan, which has been dubbed MGDropper (also being called METAL Gear.a by some) , has been found for Series60 phones. The virus, which is disguised as a Series60 version of the game Metal Gear Solid, is particulary nasty as it disables anti-virus software before it starts to infect your mobile and those around you.
The way the trojan works is that when the METAL Gear.sis file is installed on the mobile, the virus disables specified anti-virus software on the phone, as well as all file explorers and various other applications. It then installs Cabir.G, a variant of the Sulls Trojan. Once Cabir.G has infected the phone, it uses Bluetooth to look for other phones to infect. When a suitable phone is found, the virus sends it a file called SEXXXY.sis. If the target user accepts the file, the virus will diable the “select” button on that mobile.
So far no anti-virus company has issued removal instructions for this new trojan but Symworks have released a new verion of their Series60 Anti-virus Software that can deal with this new problem. F-Secure have also posted some information about new malware that has been circulating recently. They list Skulls.C, Cabir.F and Cabir.G as the latest threats discovered this Tuesday alone. They also said that MGDropper can’t disable their Anti-Virus Program (unlike others) and shouldn’t be a problem for users who have F-Secure Mobile Anti-Virus Installed.
Whew… Thank god I only have a Series 40 Phone…
I’m sitting here with my laptop on the coffee table and watching CNN and BBC, and news starts pouring in about thousands of people losing their lives from Tsunamis that hit Asian countries less than 24 hours ago. Images of people being swept away by the on rushing wall of tidal waves and people finding bodies young and old among the debris and rubble are flashed across the screen. A real tragedy this.
Shows the all the information of nearby APs! SSID, encryption status, channel number and signal strength. Now that I’m practically a Wi Fi nut, this would be a great gadget to have.
A Windows Media Center Machine… WITH A BUILT IN FRICKIN TOUCH SCREEN! OH MY GOD CREAM! MY PANTS! OMGOMGOMG!
Broadband Office Storage Server with built in FTP and VPN, now how nice is that… But it’d be even better with wireless… But… I think Asus has one of those…
Oh… Speak of the devil…
Oh the humanity… Oh the sexiness… TAKE ME NOW YOU BEAST! TAKE ME NOW!
|Robbers have stolen millions of pounds from a bank in the centre of Northern Ireland’s capital Belfast after holding two employees hostage.
The raiders went into a branch of the Australian-owned Northern Bank on Wellington Street after holding two members of staff hostage in their homes.
As detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s (PSNI) new Crime Operations Department launched a major investigation, security sources disclosed the scale of the theft.
One confirmed millions had been taken from the vaults.
“Detectives are investigating the removal of asubstantial amount of cash from a bank in the Belfast area,” a PSNI spokeswoman said.
On its website (wwWnbonline.co.uk), the Northern Bank says it is “the largest retail bank in Northern Ireland with a network of 95 branches and 11 business banking centres”.
Founded in 1824, it is part of the National Australia Bank group.
Last Tuesday, National Australia Bank announced it had reached an agreement to sell the Northern Bank to the Danske Bank Group of Denmark.
Police were first alerted to the robbery at around 11.45pm last night (1034 AEDT Tuesday).
It is believed members of the gang took over the homes of senior officials from the bank.
The crime operations team headed up by Assistant Chief Constable Sam Kinkaid was immediately called in.
Its officers specialise in investigating serious andorganised crime.
Democratic Unionist Policing Board member Ian Paisley Jnr said the robbery underlined the mafia-style culture operating in Northern Ireland.
“This appears to be another very serious crime in Northern Ireland,” the North Antrim Assembly member said.
“Although we do not have specific details about the amount of money taken, we do know that there is more than one scene of crime and that several families have been held hostage during this criminal operation.
“The police as yet have not been able to say whether there is paramilitary or non-paramilitary involvement.
“However this indicates the kind of mafia society we live in in Northern Ireland.
“It is illustrated by the fact that a criminal gang can carry out such an audacious raid like this.”
Is it just me, or does this mirror the movie Bandits? It’s pretty frickin’ similar, I’d guess there’s a red headed girl tagging along ruining everything at the end.
|NEW YORK — One of the web’s most popular file-sharing sites has shut down less than a week after Hollywood announced a flurry of lawsuits against operators of such internet servers.
A note posted on Suprnova.org, which facilitated sharing among users of the BitTorrent program, said the site was “closing down for good.” The collection of links to downloadable files, including music, movies and books, was taken down.
“We are very sorry for this, but there was no other way, we have tried everything,” the statement said.
Reached via Suprnova.org’s chat room, the site’s anonymous operator refused to comment on why it had shut down.
Last week, movie studios sued more than 100 operators of U.S. and European sites that host BitTorrent links but did not name the defendants.
Suprnova.org was the most popular repository for links to files that could be downloaded using the BitTorrent program.
Another site that carried BitTorrent links, N4p.com, said it had shut down due to a civil complaint that cited the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Torrentbits.org and Phoenix-torrents.com also shut down.
Still, there were plenty of sites with BitTorrent links alive Monday, including a “mirror,” or copy, of Suprnova.org.
BitTorrent has grown quickly in popularity this year, and now accounts for more than a third of all traffic on the internet, according to research company CacheLogic.
The program owes its popularity in part to its immunity to industry attempts to confound it with bogus decoy files, which have swamped some other networks. BitTorrent also allows for efficient and speedy downloads.
The Motion Picture Association of America last week said it is planning similar action against operators of servers that direct data for the Direct Connect and eDonkey file-swapping services.
A sad day indeed. RIP SuprNova. Sleep well young prince. Almost as sad as when Goatse.cx domain died. What’s next? Torrentreactor? The Pirate Bay? Me? How would I live? I still have my precious source.
Got this router from the GM yesterday for my stint at the company. It was either this or a USB2.0 Video Recorder thingy, but I can’t see much use of that anytime soon.
|3d sketching on the Tablet PC
This is real cool, Arin pointed us to the work Cornell Computational Synthesis group is doing around freehand sketching. The project is called 3-D Journal and it’s a demonstration of live sketching, written specifically for TablePC in C#.
Project page : http://www.mae.cornell.edu/ccsl/research/sketch/index.html
The best damned headphones I’ve ever had… Well, apart from my other Altec Lansing headphone, but that’s beside the point. While other headphones struggle to make some decent amplitude, these babies pump bass down my ear hole and jam their feet in and won’t let my ear drums up. The bass, the trebles, the sound clarity, oh I’m in love <3 So the story? Got my Nokia 6230 which I’ve been eyeing for so long right, coz it has mp3 playing capability natively, so, me being a music nut can’t help but have this thing stuck in my head all day long. So when I got it, I was kinda disappointed with the silly headset that has those “oh-shit-did-i-snapped-the-wires-clean-off” feeling to the wires leading up to the earpiece. They’re so fiddly and pretty unconvincing in it’s strength to stay on there. And they’re a bitch to put on, having to wrap the wires around my neck etc. And they hurt the dickens when they’re in for too long. So when I found out about this http://www.globetown.net/~nokia40a/earphone/ which I eagerly proceed to look for solderers everywhere that can do this kind of things but all of em were complete wusses when it comes to doing work on a $25 item.
So I got my Filipino friend to work on it and after a couple of revisions, got it to work nicely. So today, I just got me some of these Oyoyo headsets, and lemme tell ya, even if it looks fiddly, this thing packs maximum punch because of Neodynium (yeah, it sounds like some metal that gets inserted into a mutants body all over) drivers. If you want to test out these puppies, just ask and your head shall therefore be blowneth off.
Nokia already has an exclusive line of designer phones called Vertu, they’ll run you a thick knot, but you aren’t paying for cutting edge features, instead the money is an investment in elegant design and expensive materials—oh, and access to the Vertu concierge service to do everything for you in lieu of fancy technologies.
The Mobiado tries to fill the gap between feature packed phones and designer phones. The materials aren’t as exlusive as the Vertu’s nor is the design as sexy (it looks like ball bearings dropped on block of aluminum, which is basically exactly what it is). However the Mobiado has all the latest features like Bluetooth, a VGA camera, video, EDGE, and Nokia’s series 40 v 2 interface. Hey wait a second, that sounds just like a Nokia 6230. In fact, if you look at where all the buttons and the camera are placed, the Mobiado is a Nokia 6230 inside a shiny metal case.
So what sort of luxury features does $1200 buy you? A machined aluminum case with stainless steel buttons and Acrylite (a form of Lexan) lens. In other words, a phone that will stick to your face like a lamp pole if you use it this winter. The one real bonus Mobiado adds over the 6230 is two LED assist lamps for the digital camera. Are two LEDs and an aluminum body worth $850 we’d have to say no. In fact we’d say you’re better off spending your hard earned cash on a 6230 and commissioning a fabricator to build a much nicer metal or carbon fibre or some such fancy material cover and faceplate. You’ll have something nicer and still probably spend less than half of what a Mobiado would run you.
Right, then… Anyone knows of a good carbon fibre fabricator then?
Edit : http://www.mobiado.com/. You’d think that would be obvious to me to add the site link but d’oh, I messed up there.
|The Petition Update
As a result of the recent events surrounding the Doom movie, MegaGames has been informed of an online petition designed to bring awareness to the producers of the DooM Movie that the DooM community is not at all happy with the supposed changes. In that respect, the letter by Dave Callaham, DooM movie scriptwriter, published yesterday served more as a confirmation of those changes rather than as any form of an attempt to appease fans.
The petition has already managed to gather almost 2000 signatures and fans seem to be determined to do whatever is possible to get their message through. If you wish to sign or view the petition follow the download tab above. For those of you who are not certain about what all the noise is about, below is a list of possible DooM movie changes as listed by the petition.
a)Taking place on an unknown planet. (ie: No Mars) What was so hard about the location of this movie? Doom takes place on Mars, yet the movie does not. As far as movie sets go, one planet looks the same as the other, so there’s simply no excuse to leave this out.
b) Having nothing to do with Hell, instead having the monsters and zombies origin being the result of a virus. This completely undermines the point of the game entirely, the Doom pivotal plot point is that Hell invades, without it the movie is not Doom and can’t even pretend to be Doom. Rather it’s just a rehash of a tired sci-fi cliche with the Doom name for a title. If we wanted to see a simple horror-sci-fi movie, we’d watch Event Horizon.
c) Supposedly involving S.W.A.T. Team members instead of Space Marines. As stated before, something so simple as what the name of the uniformed soldiers in the movie didn’t even try hold continuity. There’s no reason or purpose to change Space Marines, which is Doom’s staple, to something different. It’s just bad taste and bad scripting.
d) Having no UAC (Union Aerospace Commission) involved in the movie. Though unconfirmed, this would be another key element of the Doom saga left out.
e) Several minor issues, such as the BFG (Big F***ing Gun) now renamed to Bio Force Gun. As well as all the great DooM Hellspawn such as the Pinky Demon, the Baron of Hell and several others being played by Human characters, and given uncreative names like “Pinky” and “Goat” and “Baron.” This is not only uncreative, but rather creating a movie without the Doom plotline and letting it stand “as-is”, this movie makes deliberate nods and references to the game, like it’s trying so hard to be true to the game, but falls short because the plot has nothing to do with the game at all. Why even bother calling the personnel by gimmicky little nicknames so we can tell what they’ll mutate to? Again, just bad scripting and character casting.
Well? What the fuck are you waiting for? Sign that fucking petition! No?
Well maybe this snivelling scriptwriters’ open letter to the fans will change your minds.
|Open Letter to Doom Fans
Dear Doom Fans:
Sometime in the last week or two, there was quite an uproar over a quote I allegedly made regarding my bravado in completely disfiguring the plot of the Doom games when I went about writing the screenplay for the film. First and foremost, allow me to state that I never made that quote. The reporting news source reported that I made that quote during an open press visit to the Doom set in Prague, during a week in which I was in fact in Los Angeles. Additionally, I want to add that I would never under any circumstances address either the press or the Doom fans with anything resembling the snide elitism that I perceive that quote to connote. In these regards, I consider the journalism involved to be nothing less than shoddy and irresponsible.
The screenplay I wrote DOES differ in a number of ways from the games. I want to be very honest and forthcoming in saying that, and I know that I won’t make any friends amongst the fans of the game in doing so. But it should be mentioned that it was never the goal of anyone involved in this film, from myself and the producers to the studio to the guys at id, to make a direct film adaptation of the game(s). The thought process has always been to create an extension of the Doom universe that will give fans an interesting new take on the themes that they’ve come to enjoy in the game. Because let’s be honest here: as far as a completely immersive and cinematic experience, we were never going to top Doom 3 anyway, and we all knew that. Instead, we have toyed with some elements of the game, and yes, I am pretty much solely responsible for that, since it was my pitch and my screenplay that got made. Let me assure you, though, that the themes and elements that you love about Doom are ALL represented strongly in the film…just with some new twists.
I’ve found it frustrating that I somehow became the goat for the perceived shortcomings of the film, because (and I say this with no humility whatsoever, because I’m not a humble person), that I am, without a doubt, the greatest ally the Doom fan has had during the entire process of the film being made. I am the only person involved creatively who has ever made any attempt to open discourse with the game’s internet fanbase, and I am the only person involved who has continually kept the ideals of the game first and foremost in mind. I very truthfully believe that my unapologetic and hyper-violent script would have been a Doom fan’s movie dream come true. However, since my involvement, the film has steadily moved away from the realm of fandom and more toward the realm of traditional Hollywood interests. It’s not been ideal, in my opinion, but I did what I could when I could, and I stand by that work.
No film adaptation can ever match the expectations of the original fans, and the Doom movie will be no different. You as fans each have your own perfect version of the Doom film already shot in your head, and those versions aren’t always what the guy next to you would want to see in the same movie (someone out there on doomworld.com sure loved the idea of Howie Long as Doomguy — which is perfect aesthetically, but let’s face it, totally absurd if you want this movie to come out in theatres). I myself have a perfect version of the Doom movie all played out in my head–I even wrote it down–and it’s not getting made either. And I’m not always real happy about it, but I do understand that that is the nature of the Hollywood machine. The bottom line is there are literally hundreds upon hundreds of good people working their asses off on this movie right now, and you, just like me, have to trust them to do the best job they can. I don’t enjoy watching a bunch of strangers bastardize my baby any more than you do, but really none of us can do anything about it at this point, so I hope that at least some of you will fret, with me, in the direction of optimism. We all have high expectations, and a lot of them won’t be met, but the bottom line is the movie is going to be pretty cool.
Finally, to the fan that suggested I get an enema (ostensibly to clean out my head, I think): That was awesome.