29. December 2005 - Trojan alert over unpatched Windows flaw
Hackers have created a range of Trojan programs which exploit a dangerous new Windows Meta File
vulnerability. The vulnerability is rated critical, and so far, no patch has been issued.
The WMF vulnerability exists in computers running Microsoft Windows XP with SP1 and SP2, and Microsoft
Windows Server 2003 and stems from a flaw in a utility used to view picture and fax files. The security
flaw might be exploited by inducing victims to view maliciously constructed sites, particularly where
IE is used as a browser, or when previewing *.wmf format files with Windows Explorer.
Windows PCs infected by malware from the Trojan-Downloader Agent-ACD family are liable to download
other malware programs onto a compromised machine
25. December 2005 - Happy Birthday WWW Browser ...
THE INTERNET browser turns 15 today. Tim Berners-Lee wrote the first Web client, or
browser editor, on a NeXT computer called World Wide Web in 1990 with the aim of building
a creative tool that would allow people to use the Internet. He apparently finished the
code on Christmas Day, 1990 while all his associates were feasting on mince pies and
getting into the port. He released the program to a number of much sobered up people at
CERN in 1991. Later that year they started to port WorldWideWibble from NeXT to the bit
more common C language and created the new browser libwww and the whole lot took off.
03. September 2005 - EU offers oil supplies to US ...
The EU today offered to provide oil to the US if requested as America ran short of fuel
after the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina.
Javier Solana, the EU's foreign policy chief, said the US administration had approached
several EU member states individually for help.
Mark Tran - Friday September 2, 2005 - Guardian Unlimited
30. August 2005 - That's the way to go ...
Saskatchewan's certified organic farmers are taking Monsanto and Bayer Crop Science to
court in a precedent setting class action lawsuit to stop genetically engineered wheat
and to get compensation for losing canola as a crop due to genetic contamination.
Today OAPF () received the decision by Honourable Mr. Justice Cameron of the Saskatchewan
Court of Appeal granting them "Leave to Appeal" to Judge Gene Ann Smith's May 11, 2005
decision [Click here to read more about this].
28. August 2005 - New Orleans orders people to flee as hurricane nears
Authorities in New Orleans today took the unprecedented step of ordering the evacuation
of the city in anticipation of the arrival of the biggest storm in its history (Hurricane
Katrina). The 3 million residents were told to flee as Hurricane Katrina, will bring winds
of up to 175mph and will threatening catastrophic flooding by blewing in surge waves
from the Gulf of Mexico.
19. August 2005 - Mo Mowlam died today ...
'Smart and loyal ... but her greatest gift was her normality'
Baroness Boothroyd, former Speaker of the Commons and a close friend
Mo Mowlam, who has died today aged 55, will always be identified in the public record as the
Northern Ireland secretary at the time of the Good Friday agreement in 1998. But she
will probably more appropriately be remembered for her courage, humanity and an extraordinary
degree of public popularity, almost certainly unmatched by any other politician of her era.
15. August 2005 - New Internet worm affects all Windows users
A NEW MALICIOUS WORM which affects Windows users has been detected.
The new worm uses holes in the security of Windows 95 all the way through to XP and
will allow malicious attackers access to your PC.
Security company Trend Micro said in a release, "hundreds of infection reports were
sighted in the United States and Germany." Supposedly the infection is spreading, and
quickly. [Read more]
11. August 2005 - Windows 2000 users, patch now or else...
That's the blunt warning from Microsoft Corp.'s security response center after "detailed
exploit code" for a wormable flaw started circulating on underground security Web sites.
The software maker rushed out an advisory late Thursday night to warn that unpatched
Windows 2000 users are at the biggest risk of a PC takeover attack.
The vulnerability that worries Microsoft the most is an unchecked buffer in the Plug
and Play service that can be exploited as a privilege escalation or to run remote code
09. August 2005 - Windows 2000 users, patch now or else...
On all levels – human rights abuse, healthcare, medical, educational, and psychological
– Iraqi children are enduring immense hardship and suffering. A recent investigation by
Neil Mackay of the Sunday Herald, (01/08/05) has revealed crimes against humanity.
01. August 2005 - Food Crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa
Niger faces an unprecedented food crisis this year. It is the second poorest country in
the world, according to the United Nations. Failed rains and a locust infestation wiped
out much of last year’s crop of millet, the staple cereal of the Sahel. Now, 20% of
children under five are malnourished with a significant proportion of these severely
and there are still two and a half months to go before the next harvest. Local food
supplies have run out, government stocks of grain are exhausted and there are not
enough seeds to plant for this year’s harvest. Of a population of 12 million, an
estimated 3.6 million people are directly affected with over 800,000 children suffering
from hunger. Despite the international response that is now getting underway, the
situation has reached a critical point which could lead to disaster.
29. July 2005 - Astronomers Discover "10th Planet"
After 75 years of speculation and false leads, it finally seems to have happened. A team
of astronomers using the 48-inch Samuel Oschin Telescope at Palomar Observatory and the
8-meter Gemini North telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, has discovered the largest Kuiper
Belt object (KBO) ever.
"It's definitely bigger than Pluto." So says Dr. Mike Brown of the California Institute
of Technology who announced today the discovery of the new planet in the outer solar
28. July 2005 - One WAR ends ..."
After more than 3,600 deaths over the past 36 years, the Northern Ireland "Troubles"
appear to be drawing to a close after the Irish Republican Army formally announced a
historic end to its "armed campaign" and said it would start dumping its huge arms cache.
The IRA announcement, called "a step of unparalleled magnitude" by British Prime Minister
Tony Blair, is expected to lead to renewal of stalled political talks on power sharing
between Catholics and Protestants in the Northern Ireland assembly.
06. July 2005 - "Uff" ... Victory for common sense ...
Euro parliament kicks out software patent law ...
By INQUIRER staff: Wednesday 06 July 2005, 13:38
THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT has rejected the introduction of the software patent directive
by a 648-18 vote. The directive was intended to give firms patents EU wide rights, but
faced sustained opposition from campaigners who had thought it favoured multinationals.
Florian Muller, who founded the nosoftware.patents.com ginger group last year, said:
"A nightmare is over. Parliament put an end to the lies of the EU Commission and so many
others". He claimed that that the EU Commission and many European governments denied the
directive would allow software to be patented, but "that was the whole idea". The vote
confirms earlier guidance by the European Parliament in February this year that the
Commission was on the wrong track. The Legal Affairs Committee asked the Commission to
re-start the directive. But, claimed Muller, Jose Manuel Barroso, the EU Commission
president, declined such requests. Today's decision, he said, meant that the Commission
had alienated the Parliament forcing the MEPs to show that it was the final arbiter.
"That demonstrated to the Commission that it had better not ignore the Parliament again
in a situation like that," he said ...
03. April 2005 - Big Bright Jupiter ...
When the sun sets on Sunday, April 3rd, step outside and look east. That big bright
"star" near the horizon ... is Jupiter. The giant planet is at its closest to Earth all
year long on April 3rd, only 667 million km away.
If you have a telescope, point it at Jupiter. Even small backyard 'scopes are big enough
to show the planet's cloud belts and its four largest moons. In this image, taken March
24th by Francisco Rodríguez Ramírez of the Canary Islands, a solar eclipse is in progress.
Jupiter's moon Europa blocks the sun behind it and casts a dark shadow on Jupiter's cloudtops.
31. March 2005 - Election Fraud in America ...
Scientific Analysis Suggests Presidential Vote Counts May Have Been Altered.
A Group of University Professors Urges Investigation of 2004 Election
Officially, President Bush won November's election by 2.5%, yet exit polls showed Kerry
winning by 3% <#_ftn1>. According to a report to be released today by a group of
university statisticians, the odds of a discrepancy this large between the national
exit poll and election results happening by accident are close to 1 in a million.
30. March 2005 - SOLAR MINIMUM ...
Late last year, solar physicists declared that solar minimum is coming. It certainly is.
Monthly-averaged sunspot numbers have reached their lowest levels since 1997.
If this trend holds, solar minimum should arrive in 2006 followed by a rapid ascent back
to solar maximum in 2010. It is widely believed that sunspots vanish and solar flares
stop--completely--during solar minimum. Not so. Occasional big sunspots will unleash
flares and spark auroras in 2006, just not so often as in recent years.
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