Thursday, April 30, 2009
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Look at the picture and you can see where this driver broke through the guardrail, on the right side of the culvert, where the people are standing on the road, pointing.
The pick-up was traveling about 75 mph from right to left when it crashed through the guardrail.
It flipped end-over-end bounced off and across the culvert outlet, and landed right side up on the left side of the culvert, facing the opposite direction from which the driver was traveling
The 22-year-old driver and his 18-year-old passenger were unhurt except for minor cuts and bruises.
Just outside Flagstaff , AZ on U.S. Hwy 100.
Perhaps a different perspective on the shot will help
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2009 19:26:27 +1000
A very interesting interview with Bob Black re the current situation.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The highest waterfall dive was 12.19 m (39.99 ft) and was achieved by Di Huanran (China) at the Diaoshuilou Waterfall of Jingbo lake, Mudanjiang City, China, on 5 October 2008. This record was done for Zheng Da Zong Yi - Guinness World Records Special.
~Winner of Berlin Short Film Festival~
A remarkable story that brings out the false perception of inadequacy in each one of us. We have more than enough not just to live but to share with others if only we realize how many people are less fortunate than us.
May we always count our blessings and also remember to be a blessing to others.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Tuesday April 7, 2009The Internet can be a dangerous place and botnets are becoming an increasingly widely-used technique by hackers.
By SYAHRIR MAT ALI
Over the years, it appears that the motivation that drives these hackers has shifted from getting recognition from their peers in the hacker communities to one that is driven by financial gains. And one of the most recent, sophisticated and widely used technique is the manipulation of botnets.
Internet expert and co-developer of the TCP/IP, Vint Cerf, said that "of the 600 million computers currently on the Internet, between 100 and 150 million were already part of these botnets."
And that was in 2007!
What is a botnet?
A bot refers to a compromised PC that may be under the control of a malicious remote user — someone who can be anywhere in the whole wide world and conveniently nicknamed the bot herder. A collection of bots is also commonly known as a botnet.
Imagine a scenario where a bot herder has somehow managed to install a malicious Trojan virus program on your PC.
The Trojan will install and propagate itself into the operating system and check to see if your PC is connected to the Internet.
If it is, the Trojan will create a "secure connection" back to its herder and he will then be able to communicate seamlessly with your PC. This is one of the ways of how a bot came to be.
The bot will then become one of the many nodes in the bot herder's army of bots.
Sometimes, it is also used to control other bots; which further deepens the hierarchy of domination.
The bot herder's PC will act as the command and control centre and all the computing power and Internet bandwidth of the bots will be at his disposal for exploits; this could include launching DoS (Denial of Service) attacks on websites, sending out spam e-mail and committing identity and financial information theft.
All these abuses could potentially take place without you even realising what is going on, until it is too late.
In a way, a botnet can also be considered a distributed computing effort similar to the one being carried out by the SETI@home project (setiathome.berkeley.edu).
However, unlike those hopeful extraterrestrial enthusiasts, these bot herders do not first ask for your participation or permission to use your computing resources and they are up to no good.
Symptoms of a bot infection
It is quite difficult to detect a bot infection as your PC may not show noticeable signs like those infected with worms and viruses.
It won't even produce anything out of the ordinary save for some performance degradation; which casual users will likely attribute to anything else.
However, if your Internet connection has been suspiciously sluggish and nowhere near the bandwidth you've subscribed to and you're sure that you are not downloading or uploading any huge files at the time, then there is a good chance that your PC might already be a bot.
In other words, your PC may have been compromised and you may no longer be the only one in control of it.
Or, you may be running your usual wordprocessing software or browsing the Internet and checking your e-mail; but you may also notice that your PC has been getting slower as if it is running lots of other programs simultaneously.
On top of that, you admittedly cannot remember the last time you updated your antivirus software (or if you even have one).
If any of these scenarios sound familiar, stop using your computer (especially for online transactions) and have your PC checked by a computer security professional.
Real bot cases
A famous example, the Storm botnet, linked each of its bots through the Storm Worm, a trojan program that spreads through spam e-mail. It was estimated that around one to 50 million PCs were enslaved to this botnet and used for a variety of online criminal activities.
In 2004, a network of more than 10,000 bot PCs were dismantled after security staff at Norwegian telco Telenor located and shut down its controlling server.
In June that same year, the huge Internet content and application delivery company Akamai, whose clients include Microsoft and Yahoo!, was attacked with a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack launched by a bot herder in Florida.
In 2005, three men were arrested in Holland for creating a super large botnet of about 1.5 million compromised computers.
A Dutch spammer, who was also arrested in the same year, had used around 600 to 700 bot PCs in his botnet to send around nine billion spam messages all over the world promoting pornographic websites and other advertisements.
Some bot herders are even known to sell or rent the access to the botnets under their control to interested cyber criminals and underground parties. That is how serious the botnet problem has become.
However, all is not lost. Internet users still have a chance of preventing their PCs from becoming bots. Here are some of the preventive measures that you should adhere to in order to ensure your PC remains under your control:
1. Never open any e-mail attachment you receive from unknown and unsolicited sources.
2. Always update your antivirus software with the latest definitions and fixes.
3. Do not use pirated software as they often come with trojans pre-installed on them.
5. Do not arbitrarily plug in any portable disk or thumbdrive that isn't yours without properly scanning it first.
There are a lot of bot removal tools available on the Internet. You can even get a highly effective and constantly updated Malicious Software Removal Tool for free from Microsoft (tinyurl.com/5lyxe).
Nevertheless, since bots are commonly initiated through trojan infections from within a user's PC, early prevention approaches are perhaps the best front line defence for now.
Syahrir Mat Ali is a senior executive at the Cyber Media Research Department of CyberSecurity Malaysia. The views expressed here are his personal views.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Many young women in South East Asia (and in many other parts of the world) are forced into sexual prostitution/slavery. This is the story of one of these girls -- and what one organization is doing to help make a difference.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
James Galea at The 2009 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala for Oxfam Australia. Please donate to Oxfam Australia on 1800 034 034 or www.oxfam.org.au
The following items are for sale, going cheap. If interested, best to contact me on my mobile 0414352778 (+61414352778) to book the item(s).
The intention is NOT to TEMPT you to buy but appreciate if you will pass this info around to your contacts (workmates/friends/family/church community etc) BUT if you wish to consider....hey you are most welcome!
Here is the 'original' email announcement of the sale: (Click on the images to enlarge)
I will start off with the car. ONO. Excellent condition, engine and all that. 4 sets of tyres all new, recently replaced all 4 with new ones about 2 months ago. Remember, many come with a 'buying a NEW car' mentality when checking out a 'used' car. Good as a 2nd family car, zipping kids to school, shopping etc. Well maintained and serviced regularly.
Fridge....big one bottom freezer. Price....cheap cheap, See pic $80 or ONO.
2 single-armchairs, $15 each or special offer, buy 2 for A$30!!! wow!
Glass Coffee Table - 15 bucks - see pic
Front-Loader Washing Machine - only 2 years old - A$200 or ONO - excellent condition! SOLD! (16/4/2009)
Double Bed - hardly used - A$80 or ONO - (SOLD - 7/4/2009)
Single Bed with trundle and drawers, - A$38! Price dropped! Hardwood - solid.
Wood coffee cum dining table (interchangeable) - A$18!!! No pic (yet)
Tall Boy - 4 wide drawers + 2 small drawers -Tall Boy - A$28 (SOLD - 8/4/2009)
'Short' Boy - 3 extra wide drawers - A$28 - Short Boy (SOLD - 8/4/2009)
Buffet Cupboard - A$20
Iron-Cast Double Bed (inclusive of mattress) - A$150
If you know of anyone interested, let me know and pass them my number:
(m) 0414 35 2778
(h) 9878 4889