Johann Wolfgang Goethe (Photo credit: andreasmarx)
Not so long ago I was haranguing the former Labour government about their plans for ID Cards, their laws over CCTV and photographing in public places, the reduction in privacy for individuals and the removal of our civil rights over detention without trial, due cause and 3rd party notification for first 90 days and them 42 days.
I left the Labour Party because of it and have not rejoined.
Huge Vocal Resentment Against UK Government Secret Citizen Monitoring Plans.
Now, the tories and their liberal stooges have been shown to be both serially evil in their pronouncements and plans, and also serially incompetent of managing almost anything.
Their pathetic management of a minor industrial dispute (the fuel shortage) which did nothing except invoke almost universal resentment of the coalition and reawaken a general awareness of their ineffectiveness comes on top of stripping the very foundations away from one of UK society’s greatest inventions of the Industrial Age, our National Health Service (NHS).
Top this behavioural abomination with that of the revolving door policy between banking and politics which they continue to promote with zero penalties for failure while the population-at-large have to prop up the whole system with their taxes means only two things to me.
The government must do something desperate to have any hope of re-election in 3 years – this means either war (patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel) or economic boom-and-bust gambling.
They will do something desperate to have any hope of re-election in 3 years – this means either war (patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel) or economic boom-and-bust gambling.
Astute folk will see this as my prediction for government actions over the next 3 years.
Tories: Keep Friends Happy
Meanwhile, hundreds of extra Tory donors will soon be available to bankroll the “all is good” story. They will arrive as beneficiaries of the windfall provided as the “former NHS” contracts are handed out to friends, much like Michael Ashcroft benefited from the first round of NHS privatisation during the Thatcher era. This article on Powerbase and this one (sourced from a now defunct article in The Scotsman) show quite clearly that 1/3 of cleaning contracts went to Ashcroft’s businesses during this time, saying;
MICHAEL Ashcroft, (…) bankrolled an “independent” publicity campaign that allowed his multi-million-pound contract cleaning empire to prosper and led to a change in the law. The campaign was run from the London office of the former Conservative Scottish secretary, Michael Forsyth. A spokesman for Mr Ashcroft confirmed last night that he had contributed to the Public and Local Service Efficiency Campaign (PULSE), which was set up in 1985 to persuade the public sector to contract out services such as cleaning and catering. The campaign had been disbanded by the end of the 1980s after the Conservative government passed the 1988 Local Government Act . Mr Ashcroft’s Hawley Services Group, a contract cleaning firm later known as ADT, flourished under the new regime, with ADT, winning a third of NHS contracts between 1983 and 1988.
Kicking off the shop I’ve reworked (…er…shouldn’t that be ‘am in the process of re-working?…) all tracks from the two previous CD issues. Finally I’ve had a decent handle of the articles…
Some have been substantially changed which may upset the purists, my current modus operandi being to imagine myself back then using the current software and equipment I now have at my disposal, then to change the existing 2-track recordings to best fit this basic idea. After all, they’re already in the digital domain – so I may as well try and make them something like how I/we wanted originally, but was thwarted by technology.
In tandem with this, I’ve whipped out some jam and hidden parts in tribute especially to Paul, Jeff & Garry, because this was the core of many creations that appear on those two releases and turned them into something dark and tragic, as that’s how I currently feel about their absence from the planet.
As Steve Jobs once said,
“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
All this stuff is competitively priced compared to the muffled output from the usual on-line stores.
The Spookhouse design is currently being set. Downloads from the CD will be available following the CD release.
These will be released, mainly as download, for other artists wanting to contribute to to the Foetus Products collective sound resource. This isn’t a joke. We really mean it folks!
I’ve set it up using open-source software on the foetusproducts.co.uk domain. All links are secure where they need to be using a SSL Certificate I bought from GoDaddy.com, as they were had a special offer going…! It’s security level is the highest you can get (it uses a 2048 bit key), which means folks should have no qualms about their bank getting raided or whatever if they buy from us.
Users will have a choice of two financial transaction processors – PayPal and Google Checkout for which I’ve set up merchant accounts. They’re ubiquitous and most people are familiar with their operation nowadays. I thought about using Amazon, but they don’t currently process for digital items.
The reason that we’ve gone this route harks back to our (i.e. Crawling Chaos’s) independence of spirit – and because our returns will be on par to going the iTunes route, say, for distribution. We lose about 10% commission in the transaction process compared to a lot more through online download stores.
I had a week’s holiday of sorts last week. On returning I found that this website had been cracked. (I already had intimations that something was wrong because of site stat failures and an email from @Justin Asking, sometime commenter to this website and others). Anyway, so it was. Unfortunately, I didn’t have good web access so was unable to correct things properly.
The cause was my own – a wide-open directory made so as part of an image upload plugin for my WordPress installation. This plugin makes it easy and neat for any commenter to add material to the website……unfortunately for me, it allowed any file, with active content or not, to be uploaded.
Needless to say, the plugin is now disabled and the directory is locked down to the specific file types that I’ll accept. No more active content allowed there matey!
Once the nasty files were uploaded, the internal site privileges allowed the install of a swathe of .htm files to the site root and uploads folder. These had various names like f.htm, g.htm etc. Index.htm was the file on show.
All .htaccess files were okay as well as the WordPress installation files. To be sure, I redid the WordPress install from scratch with fresh downloaded files..
All told, about fifty files were dumped on my website. I’ve hopefully removed the lot and have them downloaded for analysis at a later date. The screen content and internal code all points to Turkish or S.E. Asian (Vietnam or Indonesia) Muslim crackers (I refuse to use the hacker term except to clarify the cracking of security by it’s now-common usage). Saying this, the culprits (the code points to several authors who used freely downloadable files from cracking websites and then proudly expected a pat on the back for their extreme skill at doing a download…like….der….), the culprits could have come from anywhere.
Fifth columnists and agent-provocateurs are nothing new.
Interestingly, being cracked puts me in the same company as at least 186 well-known multinational businesses, such as Acer, Vodaphone, BetFair, The Daily Telegraph, The Register, Spam.Org, Victoria Beckham and Destiny’s Child.
The Guardian interview with the crackers notes that the culprits had been planning the attack for some time which obviously includes the time when my site was compromised. I don’t know if my website was actually used as part of the above DNS server attack but it’s usual for an attack like a DDOS to use several vectors and simultaneous attack points in order to force a server to fail and dump code. This dump then reveals passwords and the like for later use.
WordPress.Org’s forum has a posting about this crack from last week. A Google search in the comment by RedNeckTexan shows the attack on this website to be far from unique….! The links I’ve followed go right to the heart of the crack and the people doing the cracking.
This is the Google Search on the “Easy Comment Uploader” plugin. Like me, RedNeckTexan has pulled the plugin for now, which can be found in the WordPress repository here.
Take this for a scam and a half way of fixing the Google search results!
Defrag Search Results
Today I was looking for an old defrag program, but couldn’t remember the name – so I went to Google. That’s the screenshot on the right.
The second result looked promising. After all, the text says,
Anyone know what is currently the best defragmenter for Windows 7 x64 64 bit, and why? Does it have any problems?
News 9 Today (news9today.org)
Unfortunately, tehparadox.com is not all it seems. The page actually referenced is http://tehparadox.com/forum/f85/best-defragmenter-windows-7-x64-452359/, which looks kosher enough, but it has nothing at all to do with disc defragmenters, and everything to do with get rich quick schemes!! (That is a screenshot on the left).
It’s like all the other fake news sites that we’ve seen recently, except in this case, the whole meta data of the website is built to deceive the search engines!
For instance, the title stays in the browser tabs, saying,
name=”keywords” content=”Best,defragmenter,Windows,7,x64,64,bit, Best defragmenter for Windows 7 x64 64 bit?, downloads,free,resources,online,sharing,community,movies,games,720p,1080p,anime,applications,music,tv shows,e-books,comic books,discussions,warez,dvdr,rapidshare,megaupload,netload,hotfile,fileserve,filesonic”
name=”description” content=”Anyone know what is currently the best defragmenter for Windows 7 x64 64 bit, and why? Does it have any problems? Or should I just use the default one that comes with Windows 7? Thanks.”
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