Monthly Archives:November 2006

Updates to the Source Engine have been released. Please run
hldsupdatetool to make sure your server is up-to-date. Here are the
list of changes:

Source Engine:
– Added cvars to let the server prevent clients setting unreasonable
network settings: sv_mincmdrate, sv_maxcmdrate, sv_client_predict,
sv_client_interpolate, sv_client_interp, and
sv_client_cmdrate_difference
– Added protection against servers manipulating the
cl_restrict_server_commands cvar
– Allow servers to execute the “play” command on clients
– Added an interface to allow servers to query most cvar values on the
clients
– Added the IP address of the machine who executed an rcon command to
the server logfiles
– Fixed spectator relaying in SourceTV
– Removed cl_cmdbackup

– Added protection against servers manipulating the
cl_restrict_server_commands cvar sounds like valve is trying to make sure servers can’t have control of the clients at all. Most source server operators have now implemented a block that is you deny the servers the ability to check your client’s settings they block you from coming on the server. This has made several large GSP’s go dark in terms of source server users. This is a huge security risk hence why the blocks are implemented. I wonder how Talon is going to handle this?

*update* Talon had to kill all of the servers he manages. Valve just put out an update for the update but now sounds don’t work. Talon could be in for a long night..:( I’m glad i have not fired up the one source server GFC runs yet.

I got this from one of my mailing lists:

Mr. and Mrs. Fenton are retired. Mrs. Fenton insists her husband go with her to Wal-Mart. He prefers to get in and get out quickly but Mrs. Fenton loves to browse. HE must find an outlet for his boredom at Wal-Mart.
> SO after about 25 shopping trips here’s a letter Wal-Mart sent to Mrs. Fenton.
>
> Dear Mrs. Fenton,
>
> Over the past six months, your husband has been causing quite a commotion in our store. We cannot tolerate his behavior and may ban both of you from our stores. We have documented all incidents on our video surveillance equipment. All complaints against Mr. Fenton are listed below.
>
> Things Mr. Bill Fenton has done while his SPOUSE was shopping in Wal-Mart:
>
> 1. June 15: Took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in people’s carts when they weren’t looking.
>
> 2. July 2: Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute intervals.
>
> 3. July 7: Made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the ladies restroom.
>
> 4. July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an official tone,’ Code 3′ in Housewares..tone,’ Code 3′ in Housewares..
> 5. August 4: Went to the Service Desk and asked to put a bag of M&M’s on layaway.
>
> 6. September 14: Moved a ‘CAUTION – WET FLOOR’ sign to a carpeted area.
>
> 7. September 15: Set up a tent in the camping department and told other shoppers he’d invite them in if they’ll bring pillows from the bedding department.
>
> 8. September 23: When a clerk asks if they can help him, he begins to cry and asks, “Why can’t you people just leave me alone?’
>
> 9. October 4: Looked right into the security camera; used it as a mirror, and picked his nose.
>
> 10. November 10: While handling guns in the hunting department, asked the clerk if he knows where the antidepressants are.
>
> 11. December 3: Darted around the store suspiciously loudly humming the “****Mission*the “****Mission****
>
> 12. December 6: In the auto department, practiced his “Madonna look”
> using different size funnels.
>
> 13. December 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed through, yelled “PICK ME!” PICK ME!”
>
> 14. December 21: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumed the fetal position and screams “NO! NO! It’s those voices again!!!!”
>
> And last, but not least….
>
> 15. December 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile then screamed very loudly, “There is no toilet paper in here!”
>
> Regards,
>
> Wal-Mart

Unfortunately Ballmer doesn’t realize that Novell is simply a collection of packages.  Since he indemnified Novell’s distro he has effectively indemnified all gpl packages in the distro.  Ballmer’s claim he owns Linux is ludicrous.  Here’s the Inquirer link and the Linkworld link.

If Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y. has his way we will.  Rangel says, “There”s no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm’s way,”.  Baloney.  They will be the first ones to send this new force out all over the place.  Rangel earlier this year tried to make military service for all me and women between 18 and 42 mandatory.  Sorry Dems..some of us know you are a bunch of socialists and/or communists.  Just wait everyone who voted dems(and repub for that matter) you’ll see what comes next.

Michelle Malkin posts on this. She says it will go nowhere. That is most likely true..but with Dems holding both sides it could at least et to Bush who may actually use his veto power. The Dems I won’t think will have enough votes from the other side to override a veto.

All i want is a distro that plays mp3???s out of the box..or makes it easy to enable. So far I ahve tried Fedora 2-6 and Suse 10.1 to no avail. ubuntu works but it’s owner’s anti-US and pro-UN stances make it a non-option for me.

First they turn on dynamic weapons pricing.  Now they have added a cvar to allow the clients the ability to operate independently of the server they are on.  Valve i guess is trying really hard to kill source.  Glad i kept my 1.6 server running..not nearly as many headaches.  Talon also posts on this since he admins like 9 CS:S servers.

*update* it gets worse. Valve hosed all server operators with this stupid patch. Talon has the details.

*update 2* If the client sets cl_restrict_server_commands to 2 then 1.6 users ignore all server commands like the cvar enforcements of hlguard and the scanning of hlguard. All 1.6 servers are now hacker havens. I have taken down my 1.6 server until i find a way to resecure it(if one actually exists at all these days).

*update 3* Talon says it’s only for source NOT 1.6. I am verifying with the hlds admins mailing list.

*update 4* whew..this only affects source..:)

The Inquirer got a hold of an RTM copy of Vista.  This bad boy still chews up nearly a gigabyte of ram at bootup. I have a couple of earlier posts about Vista here and here

This is an interesting Distro.  It’s called Linux Mint and has pretty much all the current multimedia codecs and programs.  You can check it out or download it at their website.

It’s taken nearly 4 years but I am finally able to build Gen a new machine that will be faster than mine.  She has been asking for a faster machine than me for a while..:)  Here are the specs:

Athlon64 3500+
1.5 gigs ram
Nforce 6100 based mobo
PCI-E x16 GeForce 7600GT 256 Megs RAM
SBLive! sound card(carryover from old system)
DVD burner(carry over form old system)
80 gig SATA 7200 rpm HDD
case
Lan, usb, parallel..etc, etc integrated onto the mobo.

She’ll run circles around me now..:)

Don’t get into it lightly.  The company I am working with has shown good service unfortunately i am getting surprise after surprise.  I’m almost considering refunding some client’s monies and canceling my colo’ed server.  I can pay much much less with a shared host for my sites.  While i would love to do web hosting..until I can afford about 250/month(either a different colo provider which would be much more expensive or renting a dedicated server) I don’t think a colo’ed box is going to be feasible due to the complexities i keep running into..:(

This one is definitely a prayer moment.

Pretty bad.  The machine i used was slow and i could have been done much quicker using the old paper ballots.  At lease mine worked properly.  Ars Technica starts off with a summary of the problems and links to several sites.

I find this article disturbing.  I know Franklin is his own man but for him to do this much of a flip from his father is stunning.  I hope this is just something inside this branch of his organization and that Franklin will turn this ship back to the course of the Gospel.

Unfortunatly the “tinfoil briigade” is right.  It is remarkably easy to steal votes on a Diebold.  This has been repeatedly demonstrated despite Diebold’s protestations to tthe othrwise.

Ok this is nuts.  The newest video cards are now using as much power by themselves as some entire systems.  I quote form the article:

“Two power six-pin connectors means that the card gets 2x75W from the
cables plus an additional 75W from the PCIe bus. This brings total
power consumption to an earth-heating 225W.”

My entire system doesn’t use that much.  I have several servers that the whole box uses less than this card.  This is beyond insane..it’s completely unneeded.

*update* So far the power draw is only 5w extra under load but 30 extra at idle. That’s still a ton considering what systems even a few years ago were drawing.

I heard something on WJTM today.  It was on the show The American View.  It says that when tv first came out everyone knew it was make believe.  Now that’s changed.  A pack of wolves could devour an entire household but that if it did not make the tv news it didn’t happen.  The TV was virtual and not real.  Now it’s the opposite..what’s real isn’t believed if it isn’t in the virtual world.  The virtual is now real and reality isn’t real.  HOw telling.  Just like many of the arguments by the demopublicans lately.  However, it hasn’t been much better from the republicrats either.  Pursuing Holiness has an article about how the press hurts the Dems.  Frankly it hurts both sides since they aren’t much different from each other on the inside.

Phone call after phone call..sometimes over 50 a day with no caller id identification. I know what they are. Various phone ads for candidates, but mostly against other candidates. It would be somewhat tolerable if they at least had a caller id of of. ” party” at least. I think the next national and/or state elections i’ll pay my phone company to block those garbage calls. If you don’t want to id yourself..i don’t want to talk to you.

*update* Michelle Malkin talks about the very thing that irritates me most.

For some reason Red Hat can’t leave the memory timing in the kernel be. Every so often one of the kernel releases causes an issue similar to what is being seen here.

The fix I have used every time to fix Red Hat’s “I’m not going to give cache memory back like i should issue”?

edit /etc/sysctl.conf
add vm.swappiness=0

run sysctl -p

Do all of this as root. So far this has always forced the mahcine to start digging into file cahce isntead of defaulting to swap. RH 2.4.x kernels do this a ton and tuning swap usage is quite involved. With 2.6.x it can be(and usually is) much easier.

Some folks say it is bad for Linux some say it is good.  I think it’s MS trying to push Linux out.  They failed with the SCO vs. Linux lawsuit so they’ll try it this way.  This deal is MS almost getting it’s wish.  MS now gets paid for every copy of SLES(Suse Enterprise) sold.  The article mentions windows is the platform for Office.  However we don’t need windows to run office or to have office compatibility.  Crossover Office, we also have OPenOffice.  The article also mentions that the results of Openoffice word documents aren’t the same as word documents.  They actually are.  I have never had any anomalies shown when having OO open Word documents and vice versa.

*update* While I am not sure of the balkanization of Linux as this article claims(due to other large patent holders like Nvidia and Sun) the fact that MS is trying it’s best to kill Linux is detailed in this quote, “”Let me be clear about one thing, we don’t license our intellectual property to Linux because of the way Linux licensing GPL framework works, that’s not really a possibility,” said Microsoft chief executive, Steve Ballmer.

“Novell is actually just a proxy for its customers, and it’s only for its customers,” he added. “This does not apply to any forms of Linux other than Novell’s SUSE Linux. And if people want to have peace and interoperability, they’ll look at Novell’s SUSE Linux. If they make other choices, they have all of the compliance and intellectual property issues that are associated with that.”

this is not the death knell for Red Hat like many are saying. If anything it will give Red Hat strength since folks will see what Novell is doing and turn to a truly GPL friendly company like Red Hat.

Take a gander at this to see what happens when you leave these people behind.  Remember Terri Schiavo?  This is a Father who refused what the doctors told him.  My God Bless him and his family forever.

Talking about a tough measure to reach as a father myself. 

Microsoft tried to tie Vista to a machine by allowing one transfer from the original and then that was it. Needless to say there are a lot of folks that like to upgrade their machines and as soon as they changed motherboards this would wipe out that transfer.  The outcry forced Microsoft back to its senses..but don’t think this is done.  MS will try this again.

*Hat Tip to my wife for finding this one*

I had to copy this title word for word.  It’s just too good.  Want to see how easily this election can be(and most likely will be) is?  Time for some links.

First,  the original Ars Technica article.
Bruce Schnier has a few additional links.
Another Ars Technica article.
Computer World previews the upcoming election mess.
A review by Computer World about HBO’s documentary about this mess.

There’s other links embedded in these links so read on..and carefully. 

Update: Check out this video to see how easy it is to hack a Diebold voting machine and chnage the votes without being detected. The video is right here. The research papers are here.
*Update* I finally got my uploading working so here is the .pdf file from ARS’s site.

It’s called Performancing and it rocks.  I am using it to post this entry right now.  My last 4 entries have been via this tool.  Now i can blog directly in my browser.  I honestly don’t know the security implications of this extension but I love it for now..:)

Now this article is one i agree with.  Put the Bible and koran aside and jsut look at how the two try to spread their faith.  As a Christian this is all too obvious to me.
Yes I agree we are in no danger of becoming a theocracy(until the gov’t and liberals hand this country to islam). We are right now nearly an oligarchy.

Take two conroes, slap onto a single cpu chip and you have an instant quad cpu machine. The problem is, Even in software that’s optimized for SMP the results have been far from convincing on the desktop side. People simply don’t need SMP in their daily tasks unless you do heavy multitasking and CAD work. Even then from the benchmarks i have seen you might get no more than 50% gain. That’s pretty inefficient in my book. Take a look at the benchmarks linked below. For the desktop these chips really aren’t necessary. Even dual core isn’t really necessary.
Hexus.net
anandtech
Firing Squad
HardOCP
Sharky Extreme
The Register
The TechReport
Toms Hardware

Talon also posts his opinion of the new quad core

U-Tube Sues You-Tube Over Too Much Web Traffic

Perrysburg, Ohio (AP) – You visited the U-tube site recently?


We don’t mean the one with the videos. We mean the one that’s suing the one with the videos.


An industrial products company in Ohio – called
Universal Tube and Rollform Equipment – has a Web address of utube.com.
That’s the letter “u,” followed by the word “tube.”


The much-better-known site where people can post their favorite video clips is youtube.com – beginning with the letters “y-o-u.”


Universal Tube says its site is now jammed with
more than 100 times the traffic it used to get. In its lawsuit, it’s
demanding that YouTube either change its name or pay so that Universal
Tube can create a new Web domain and corporate identity.

Sue them to have them make you a new identity?  Bleh..their webhost is here. Those allotments are way overpriced for this market these days.  I sent them a nice e-mail stating they need to fire the lawyers and hire a new webhost.  It will be cheaper for them in every way.  Maybe they’ll contact my business?..<G.

*update* Mashable has even more details..:)

Found this site because of the poster’s sig on one of my mailing lists.  A very useful tip indeed.