Monthly Archives:January 2007

Merck wants all girls vaccinated against HPV using, of course, their vaccine. They say their lobbying efforts are above board. Unfortunately their ethics and greed put them into the criminal element as fas as i am concerned.

*update* this vaccine doesn’t protect not only against all HPV virii but it also doesn’t protect against all of the cancer causing variants of HPV.

*Upadate 2*?? Apparently the huge outcry has forced the drugmaker to abandon this effort.?? I think they’ll try it again later though.

ANd it’s slower than XP in just about all tasks and much slower in video related tasks. This is not surprising as all versions of Windows are slower than their predecessors despite the faster hardware that is available than 5 years ago.

I’ll make this easy:
REAL minimums for full Vista performance
CPU: at least 3 ghz(p-4), 2.4 ghz(core 2 duo) 3500+(AMD Athlon 64)
2 gigabytes of ram
ATI 1900 or nvidia 7900
7200 RPM hard rive(10k preferred)
Vista has some interesting problems with sound as the directsound layer is gone. Firms like creative and realtek are scrambling to figure out how to work with this.

Hardware and application compatibility are currently unknown.

Congress apparently has forgotten they control one thing…the money.  Turn that off and the troops are out of Iraq.

Now this isn’t hugely simple but it’s not that hard either. Sprint will allow phone service to a phone to be turned off with no verification aside from getting the phone number and business name correct. In order to get it turned back on you have to verify your identity. So it’s not easy to automate it..but not too hard using say asterisk on linux and a voip provider and some creative scripting.

I saw this in an e-mail. How true every single one of these statements are.

* *Scenario*: Jack goes duck hunting before school, pulls into school Parking lot with shotgun in gun rack.

1957 – Vice Principal comes over, takes a look at Jack’s shotgun, goes to his car and gets his to show Jack.

2007 – School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

**Scenario*: Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

1957 – Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best friends. Nobody goes to jail, nobody arrested, nobody expelled.

2007 – Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark. Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.

**Scenario*: Jeffrey won’t be still in class, disrupts other students.

1957 – Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by Principal. Sits still in class.

2007 – Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability.

**Scenario*: Billy breaks a window in his neighbor’s car and his Dad gives him a whipping.

1957 – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.

2007 – Billy ‘s Dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care and joins a gang. Billy ‘s sister is told by state psychologist that she remembers being abused herself and their Dad goes to prison. Billy’s mom has affair with psychologist.

**Scenario:* Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

1957 – Mark shares aspirin with Principal out on the smoking dock.

2007 – Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.

**Scenario*: Pedro fails high school English.

1957 : Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.

2007 : Pedro’s cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system and Pedro’s English teacher. English banned from core curriculum. Pedro given diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he can’t speak English.

* *Scenario*: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the 4th of July,puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, blows up a red ant bed.

1957 – Ants die.

2007 – BATF, Homeland Security, FBI called. Johnny charged with Domestic terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from home, Computers confiscated, Johnny’s Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

* *Scenario*: Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary, hugs him to comfort him.

1957 – In a short time Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2007 – Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.

Peter Gutmann interviewed by Leo Laporte. Mr. Gutmann, recently in the public eye because of his analysis (and stringent criticism) of the the next-generation DRM present in Windows Vista, answers questions on the subject put to him by Leo Laporte and Steve Gibson. This link is to a transcript of the discussion. An MP3 file is also available.

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I have a previous link just a few posts below.

It has long been known that the fedora series is the beta distro for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Fedora legacy is getting shutdown. This means if you are running FC 4-5 you really need to reload your machine with FC6. There’s another RedHat option:CentOS. They take the sources form RHEL..removed the RH trademarks and put them up for free.

There’s a major issue with Adobe Acrobat plugins. This flaw means hostile code can be run on your machine even if the other website is innocent. All the malicious person has to do is be able to append the code onto the end of any .pdf link. I am posting the download for adobe reader 8 here. All ECC residential clients need to download and install this. Here’s the link to the file.