Archive for the ‘Dumb Things That Happen’ Category

Microsoft says Safari on Windows isn’t safe

Posted on June 3rd, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Dumb Things That Happen, PSA-Types, Software/Hardware Reviews, Tech News, Viruses spyware and other nasty things | No Comments »

“The Windows version of Safari has a bug that’s been dubbed the “carpet
bombing” flaw. It would allow a Web site to place an infinite number of
shortcuts on a user’s desktop — the default download location in the
Windows version — effectively covering the screen with links to
potentially harmful Web sites or code. The same flaw exists in the Mac
version, except that the default download location in the Mac OS is the
user’s downloads folder.”

(http://blogs.chron.com/techblog/archives/2008/05/ah_the_irony_
microsoft_says_safari_isnt_safe_1.html)

Security researcher Nitesh Dhanjani, who found this flaw, contacted Apple about it, and got this reply :

…the ability to have a preference to “Ask me before downloading
anything” is a good suggestion. We can file that as an enhancement
request for the Safari team. Please note that we are not treating this
as a security issue, but a further measure to raise the bar against
unwanted downloads. This will require a review with the Human Interface
team. We want to set your expectations that this could take quite a
while, if it ever gets incorporated.”


(http://www.dhanjani.com/archives/2008/05/safari_carpet_bomb.html)

So, apparently, Apple doesn’t feel that this could be harmful in any way.
What would you think if Safari let your desktop look like this, and get covered in spam, viruses, and other junk?
(Image from Dhanjani)

“Now, Microsoft has issued a security alert
regarding the flaw, calling it a “blended threat.” Microsoft isn’t
supplying technical details about just how the threat works, but does
provide some basics:

What causes this threat?
A
combination of the default download location in Safari and how the
Windows desktop handles executables creates a blended threat in which
files may be downloaded to a user’s machine without prompting, allowing
them to be executed. Safari is available as a stand-alone install or
through the Apple Software Update application.

What might an attacker use this function to do?
An
attacker could trick users into visiting a specially crafted Web site
that could download content to a user’s machine and execute the content
locally using the same permissions as the logged-on user. “

(http://blogs.chron.com/techblog/archives/2008/05/ah_the_irony_
microsoft_says_safari_isnt_safe_1.html)

Demotivation Posters

Posted on May 31st, 2008 in Dumb Things That Happen, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Time Wasters | No Comments »

So, I know theres been quite a few lists of demotivation posters, and I just want to contribute some that I have found to be especially funny or striking. A lot of these came from sites that made flash slideshows, and so here, I provide the actual image file in case you people want to keep a set on your own harddrive 😛
Check it out: Flashladybug Demotivation Poster Collection

Laptops can be searched at the US Border – Without Reason

Posted on May 19th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Dumb Things That Happen, Tech News | No Comments »

Straight from the Electronic Frontier Foundations website :

“On April 21st, the Ninth Circuit held in United States v. Arnold
that the Fourth Amendment does not require government agents to have
reasonable suspicion before searching laptops or other digital devices
at the border, including international airports.”

This is very bad. If you know someone who’s got a laptop, then you know that theres a lot of personal stuff on it. There can be family photos, emails, notes, personal finance data, and other things that you just don’t want other people seeing. You don’t let other people read your diary, so why should you let other people read the contents of your laptop? (The ruling doesn’t apply just to laptops by the way – its ANY electronic devices, so it could include your cell phone, the photos on it of you and your friends who may or may not have drunk too much last week, the business calendar of meetings on your PDA, etc.)

Other then an invasion of privacy, I don’t see any need or benenfit to allowing border agents to search laptops. This isn’t the 1800s where to get sensitive information into the US, it had to be carried in paper form, contained inside a locked box. There’s email, websites, downloads, and loads of other ways to get data over the border. Searching laptops should not be allowed without reasonable suspicion.

Read more about it here
http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/10things/?p=356

On a less serious note, if I have a logon that requires a password, and I don’t give you that password, does that count as copy protection for my laptop, therefore meaning that if border agents try and get around my password (without me giving it to them – they can’t search my brain without reasonable cause) they are guilty of violating the DCMA?
(Read #1 here)
http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/10things/?p=356

Phorm

Posted on May 16th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Downloads, Dumb Things That Happen, PSA-Types, Tech News, Viruses spyware and other nasty things | 2 Comments »

For those of our readers in England, heres a post for you guys. Firstly, before we start, if you’ve been reading this blog all this time, we apologize for spelling words in the US way, although some of the spellings make more sense without the -u- in them..but, enough about that.

If you live in the UK, most likely, your ISP is BT and have had dealings with Virgin Media. Chances are…you have a program installed on your computer called Phorm which sits at your computer and reports browsing activity and sends it back to the company. This is such a ridiculous piece of software, that really, if it got installed on my system, I would be writing rant after rant. Instead, however, theres AntiPhormLite, which is a program for XP and Vista that runs in the background generating fake browsing activity. To save up bandwidth, it only loads the text of a page. Pretty much, it lets you do whatever you want, and screws with the company who installed it. As i quote:

Just run it and go and watch TV if you want. Someone somewhere will
assume you like to shop for red shoes and caravans and be rubbing their
hands with glee.

Brilliant! Thank you AntiPhorm

Random Utility: IE Retitler

Posted on March 25th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Downloads, Dumb Things That Happen, Software/Hardware Reviews, Tech News, Time Wasters | 1 Comment »

This is a REALLY useless utility. This isn’t even like there’s a possible use for it, this program honestly, was made because it COULD be made.
IE Retitler does exactly what it says. It lets you retitle the screens of IE to whatever you want.
Funny…there aren’t any preferences, plugins, or help files. Really…all you can do with it is leave cute messages to yourself when you glance down at your taskbar or the IE bar. Have fun with it 😛
Check it out: Brenton Fletcher’s Portfolio

To be frank though, there are some pretty nice little apps in this portfolio. Have fun flipping through it and downloading a few 🙂

Happy Bunnyday!

Posted on March 23rd, 2008 in Dumb Things That Happen, How To's, Labs/Experiments, Lacking a Category, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Site of the Day, The Never Ending Story/Other FLB Events, Things we should do more of, Time Wasters | No Comments »

Just a humorous Happy Holidays from FLB!

How do traffic jams form?

Posted on March 12th, 2008 in Dumb Things That Happen, Labs/Experiments, Lacking a Category, Photos/Videoes, Site of the Day, Time Wasters | 1 Comment »

Watch this short video to find out.
It’s quite amazing how with only 20 cars driving around a circle, all supposed to be doing 30kph, a wave of backup slowly flows around the ring of cars.  Quite quickly the spacing between cars starts to change.  As some cars speed up, they create gaps.  Is the cars behind them speed up, other drivers speed up too.  Soon, a bunch of faster-moving cars catch up to slower moving cars.  Only when all the cars before the driver ahead of the slow pack move up does the driver leading the slow pack speed up.  Still confused?  Just watch the video.  Its only 30 seconds long, and shows what happens really clearly.
Still not an excuse for being late to work though. . . . .

http://www.maniacworld.com/shockwave-traffic-jam-test.html

Tool makes mincemeat of Windows passwords

Posted on March 9th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Dumb Things That Happen, Tech News, Viruses spyware and other nasty things | 4 Comments »

“A security researcher has released an easy-to-use tool that accesses
locked Windows computers in seconds without entering a password.

The tool, which was released Tuesday by Adam Boileau, works by
connecting a Linux machine to the Firewire port of the target PC and
modifying the password protection that’s stored in local memory.


The attack exploits a well-known weakness in Firewire that makes it
easy for connected devices to read and write to the memory of the host
machine. Similar hacks work on machines running OS X and Linux (
see here).

Of course, the attack depends on having physical access to the targeted machine, and as most El Reg
readers know, anyone who has physical control of the PC owns it. Then
again, password protections have been a useful way to briefly secure a
machine while a user runs to the bathroom. Until now. As Boileau’s tool
makes clear, such protections can be bypassed in a matter of seconds.”

Read the rest of the article here :

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/04/windows_password_bypass_tool/

File Destructor

Posted on February 28th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Dumb Things That Happen, Tech News, Time Wasters | 3 Comments »

Now, Flashladybug does not condone this service, we are only reporting this 😉 We will be held irresponsible for any problems that may occur from the use of this service.
File destructor 2.0 lets you create documents of a certain size that, upon opening in the right program, will give a “file corrupt” error.
What use is this? Well, as the site shows, you can *cough* hand this in instead of your actual document *cough* and get a few extra hours until whoever you gave the file to realizes its corrupt.
This is…interesting.
Check it out: File Destructor 2.0

RIAA: Now lives in an even *further* universe than before

Posted on February 16th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Dumb Things That Happen, Tech News, Time Wasters | No Comments »

The RIAA announced at the State of the Net conference that its considering filters that reside on computers that detect copyright infringement. First question that pops up…why on earth would you install this? Their answer: bundle it with anti-virus software. The next logical question would be…how much would the RIAA pay anti-virus companies for all their lost business? I mean seriously, everyone would just use a free antivirus solution.
This concludes the report that the RIAA has just moved even further away from our universe. Right now…its like a speck. 😛
Thanks publicknowledge for this wonderful tidbit of insanity.