Archive for January, 2008

Anonymous attacks Scientology

Friday, January 25th, 2008

A hacker group calling themselves Anonymous have declared war on Scientology.

In their declaration of war, posted on YouTube, Anonymous claim:

“With the leakage of your latest propaganda video into mainstream circulation, the extent of your malign influence over those who have come to trust you as leaders has been made clear to us.

“Anonymous has therefore decided that your organisation should be destroyed, for the good of your followers, for the good of mankind, and for our own enjoyment.

“We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.”

Organized by an online Forum and IRC Channel, Anonymous have been launching denial of service attacks on various Scientology websites. Names and contact details of Church of Scientology members have been circulated to Anonymous members.

Comprising predominantly of Script Kiddies who appear to be students (one member using the online handle xenubuster left this morning to take an exam), the Anonymous “members” download a Denial of Service script and run it from their home computer. The group contains users who have done this sort of attack from home before and have been contacted by their ISPs.

Using standard Denial of Service attacks, Anonymous appear to have been successful in temporarily taking some Scientology sites offline, but no serious damage appears to have been done.

Last night, the group was using a simple UDP flood to try and disable the DNS servers responsible for some Scientology web sites. This morning, one member of the group using the online handle xenubuster claimed “not even the industry really know how we’re doing what we’re doing“!

Anonymous have published a Long Term Strategy for their attack that suggests that their next stage involves IRL (in real life) bombardment of the Church of Scientology. They also suggest publishing this flier in areas known to have Church of Scientology members.

I can’t get you out of my head, roids

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

La la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la

I just can’t get you out of my head
Roids your lovin’ is all I think about
I just can’t get you out of my head
Roids it’s more than I dare to think about

La la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la

I just can’t get you out of my head
Roids your roidin’ is all I think about
I just can’t get you out of my head
Roids it’s more than I dare to think about

Every night, every day
Just to be there with my pods
Won’t you stay
Won’t you then stay forever
And ever and ever and ever

La la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la

I just can’t get you out of my head
Roids your roidin’ is all I think about
I just can’t get you out of my head
Roids it’s more than I dare to think about

There’s a dark secret in me
Don’t leave me locked in your heart
Set me free
Feel the need in me
Set me free
Stay forever
And ever and ever and ever

La la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la

I just can’t get you out of my head
La la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la
I just can’t get you out of my head
La la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la
I just can’t get you out of my head
La la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la
I just can’t get you out of my head
La la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la

PA on the Dancefloor

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

(PA)
It’s PA on the dancefloor
But you better not raid the n00b
Jeekay, gonna roid this goddamn planet down

Oh, I know I know I know I know I know I know
About your kind
And so and so and so and so and so and so
I’ll have to play

If you think you’re getting away
I will prove you wrong
I’ll take you all the way
Boy, just come along
hear me when I say
Hey

It’s PA on the dancefloor
But you better not raid the n00b
Hey, hey
It’s PA on the dancefloor
But you better not raid the n00b
Jeekay, gonna roid this goddamn planet down

Oh I know I know I know I know I know I know
There may be others
And so and so and so and so and so and so
You’ll just have to pray

If you think you’re getting away
I will prove you wrong
I’ll take you all the way
Stay another song
I’ll blow you all away
Hey

It’s PA on the dancefloor
But you better not raid the n00b
Hey, hey
It’s PA on the dancefloor
But you better not raid the n00bs
Jeekay, gonna try ‘n get some roids somehow
PA on the dancefloor
But you better not raid the n00b
Hey, hey
It’s PA on the dancefloor
But you better not raid the n00bs
Jeekay, gonna roid this goddamn planet down

Don’t think you’ll get away
I will prove you wrong
I’ll take you all away
Boy just come along
Here me when I say
Hey

It’s PA  on the dancefloor
But you better not raid the n00b
It’s PA on the dancefloor
But you better not raid the n00bs
Jeekay, gonna roid this goddamn planet down

It’s PA on the dancefloor
But you better not raid the n00b
Hey, hey
It’s PA on the dancefloor
But you better not raid the n00bs
Jeekay, gonna roid this goddamn planet down

It’s PA on the dancefloor
(On the dancefloor)
But you better not raid the n00b
Hey, hey
It’s PA on the dancefloor
(On the dancefloor)
But you better not raid the n00bs
Jeekay, gonna roid this goddamn planet down

I know, I know, I know, I know, I know.

Microsoft Virtual Server 2003 vs Vmware Server

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Both Microsoft Virtual Server 2003 and Vmware Server are free virtual server hosts offering very similar features.

I have recently had the (mis)fortune of attempting to configure one of my personal servers as a Virtual Machine host in an attempt to consolidate all my servers and reduce my IT spend.

I currently have (separate) servers that fulfill the following roles:

  • Mail (Microsoft Exchange) Server
  • Web Server
  • Inbound/Outbound Mail Exchange

Whilst having these applications on separate physical machines increases redundancy, it creates a rather large monthly IT spend.

What I intend to do is to convert my Mail Server (Running Windows 2003) into a Virtual Machine host and then migrate all roles onto separate Virtual Machines. This also includes migrating the Exchange Server from the Host onto a Virtual Machine so as to minimize downtime.

My initial thought was to run Vmware as the Virtual Host platform, however this had some rather significant drawbacks:

  • Creating a new Virtual Machine disk locked the server up for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • The Linux installer would hang if any other Virtual Machine was running at the time of install.
  • Virtual Machine Guests were noticeably latent.
  • The Virtual Console requires a client to be installed.

In an attempt to resolve these problems, I tried Microsoft Virtual Server 2003.

The Virtual Server 2003 installer was faster, and Virtual Machines significantly more responsive. Creating a new Virtual Machine takes a matter of seconds with no noticeable adverse effects on the Virtual Machine Host.

Microsoft Virtual Server 2003 also comes with a rather nice web interface where you have full console access.

I admit that the latency problems may be partially caused by the fact that the Host has not yet had a RAM upgrade! It is currently running with 1GB DDRII instead of the 3GB it will have before being commissioned properly.

It appears that Microsoft win this one! Their Virtual Server platform appears to be rather awesome.

It has been suggested that I should use xen instead, however the constraint of running on a Windows 2003 Server Host Operating System has resulted in this being impossible.

Human Pet!

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008
Human Pet

Given that she describes herself as a human pet – and is happy to walk around on a lead – Tasha Maltby is used to odd looks and even odder remarks.

But nothing had prepared her for the reaction of the bus driver who allegedly told the self-styled Goth and her boyfriend: “We don’t let freaks and dogs like you on.”

Miss Maltby and her fiance Dani Graves were so angered they have complained to the bus company of being “victimised”.

I find the comments by the bus driver to be rather irritating. They are even more so annoying as dogs are often on buses; I suspect that she will be much less hassle to other passengers than a dog!

Why can’t they ban religious crazies from buses instead? I would much rather have this couple on a bus with me than some religious nut who does not stop preaching to the entire bus about why their religion is the only true path to God. As much as I am in favor of free speech, I would appreciate it if they chose not to exercise their right to it in public places where I cannot escape!

  • Goths and Human pets: 1
  • Religious fanatics: 0

Cache Coherency Event Profiling using Cachegrind, a Valgrind Tool

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

I am currently writing a patch for Cachegrind to add the following functionality:

  • Simulation of multiple caches (cores)
  • Simulation of various Cache Coherency Protocols
  • Profiling of Cache Coherency Events

Please watch this space for updates and patch downloads.

If you are interested in this patch, please contact me by emailing andy@andymillar.co.uk.

Got error 28 from storage engine Error

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Got error 28 from storage engine Error

This error apparently means that your MySQL server has run out of disk space and is unable to write to the filesystem.

Clear space on the partition where your MySQL server’s data is stored, and this will fix the error!