Friday, May 29, 2009

Bad Behavior: The Conficker Worm

Bad Behavior: The Conficker Worm | Erin Early, May 28, 2009 | "It was hard to miss the headlines in March and April bringing news on Conficker, the computer worm that has received extensive media coverage, due in part to Microsoft's offer of a $250,000 bounty in return for information leading to the arrest of the malware's perpetrators. April 1, the highly anticipated date for the Conficker botnet's activation, passed by without the activation of the Armageddon-like payload that some reports touted. Yet, Conficker continues to be a threat the world is watching. Keep reading to find out what exactly Conficker is and how you can avoid it -- with information straight from the experts at Malware Labs at the online security company, Lavasoft."

Here's some info for helping keep this bugger at by. But, if you are really tired of crashes, virusis, spyware and all the rest of the badguy stuff, give Linux a spin. It's not the do it yourself platform it used to be and has support for just about anything you might want.
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Thursday, May 28, 2009

U.S., South Korea raise military alert on North

U.S., South Korea raise military alert on North | By Jon Herskovitz – Thu May 28, 3:50 am ET | SEOUL (Reuters) – "South Korea and the United States raised the military alert level for the peninsula on Thursday after the communist North warned the truce ending the Korean War was dead and it was ready to attack.

North Korea ramped up tensions this week with a series of provocations rarely seen since the 1950-53 Korean War, including war threats, missile launches and a nuclear test that puts it closer to having an atomic bomb.

Speaking of North Korea, see why I fear it will be the epicenter of the next global war? Someone needs to figure out how to stop all these "out for blood" idiots from destroying the planet. While the Green Movement is all well and good, it doesn't matter if we reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 10% if the world ends up as an irradiated, cratered, lifeless ball in space?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Myanmar: Suu Kyi pleads not guilty at trial, party says

Myanmar: Suu Kyi pleads not guilty at trial, party says | updated 3:03 p.m. EDT, Fri May 22, 2009 | YANGON, Myanmar (CNN) -- "Aung San Suu Kyi declared herself innocent of charges she finally heard in court for the first time Friday, the fifth day of her trial on allegations of subversion."

More fun in South East Asia. I recommend that everyone who thinks they live with a screwed up Government research news about Myanmar (aka Burma), Pakistan, Thailand, and especially North Korea. I am giving a talk to a local high school in a few days about my experiences during the Cold War. While preparing for it, I was thinking about the potential for the next big war. The epicenter, in my opinion, will be North Korea.

While it's difficult with the current cultural mores, particularly in the US, to think beyond oneself, if we are going to prevent WWIII then everyone needs to learn about and understand the rest of the world. Preferably with an objective and open mind.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Sri Lanka's long war in bloody final climax

Sri Lanka's long war in bloody final climax | By C. Bryson Hull and Ranga Sirilal | COLOMBO (Reuters) – "Tamil Tiger rebels launched suicide attacks on Sunday against Sri Lankan troops fighting in the final battle of Asia's longest modern war, the military said.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa returned to the country early on Sunday, the day after he said the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had been defeated militarily in the 25-year civil war, even as combat still raged in the island's northeast.

I hope this is a real ending to the civil war and not just more talk. It's not like Sri Lanka couldn't use some pieciful years after all that has happened.

P.S. Technically the longest modern war in Asia is the Korean War. It's in its 64th year.
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Monday, May 11, 2009

Another "famous" woman to meet

A couple of years ago I commented on some "famous" women I'd like to meet. I'm adding one more to the list; Stormy Daniels. She's in the same entertainment genera as Chloe but, again, that's not why I'd like to meet her.

Stormy is a very strong, independent woman who runs her own multi-million dollar business as well as working for one of the top companies in the industry, Wicked Entertainment. She not only acts, and believe it or not she is a very good actress, she writes and directs movies as well. Most of all, though, she's one of the funniest people I've seen. Her sense of humor is one I can relate to well. Stormy is a beautiful, smart, capable, funny, sexy, independent woman. What's not to like?

Of course, just like the others on my list, I will likely never get a chance to meet her. Not unless she comes to visit my house.
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Monday, May 04, 2009

Boy, 6, Accepts Dad's Silver Star

Boy, 6, Accepts Dad's Silver Star | May 01, 2009 | Salt Lake Tribune - WEST HAVEN, Utah -- "Often, when the skies above Kanesville Elementary School are clear, children on recess can look up and see a fighter jet from nearby Hill Air Force Base slicing a sharp white contrail into the blue.

Some of those jets have cut similar trails across Afghan skies. And that's as close as most of this suburban school's students will ever come to the ongoing battle in south Asia.

But, the war flew much closer to home on Wednesday. In a morning assembly before hundreds of teary-eyed students, a stoic 6-year-old named Jase Spargur accepted the Silver Star -- the U.S. military's third-highest medal for valor -- on behalf of his fallen father.

I have known boys like Jase and men like Lt. Brostrom. This story, and the thousands like, should be told and retold to everyone. Seeing it on the six o'clock news is one thing. Seeing the people involved and honoring them for their sacrifice is the only thing that can help people understand how much is given to keep the tides of war and destruction from inundating not only the US but the world.
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