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PSA: TIME TO UNINSTALL QUICKPIC

TL;DR: QuickPic has been bought by Cheetah Mobile, an infamous scammy company which floods the Android Play Store with junk, and potentially malicious apps.
 
This is going to get ugly. 
QuickPic is a nice little Android photo gallery-slash-viewer. Over several years it has gained a comfortable userbase thanks to steady updates, excellent c... by Michael Crider in Applications, News
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This is interesting. Apparently Kaspersky submitted fake malware to VirusTotal.com, so that rival AVs would have an increased false-positive ratio and get a bad rep.

#kaspersky #antivirus #malware #infosec
Beginning more than a decade ago, one of the largest security companies in the world, Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, tried to damage rivals in the marketplace by tricking their antivirus software
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Only one day left for the ZNAPS magnetic adapter!

If you haven't ordered yours already, stop reading this post and click the link already!

#android   #iphone   #mobile   #microusb   #lightning   #magnetic   #cable   #gadget   #technology  
ZNAPS is raising funds for ZNAPS -The $9 Magnetic Adapter for your mobile devices on Kickstarter! ZNAPS is a specially designed magnetic connection adapter for your mobile devices. Connection is just a snap away.
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Firefox 40 has been released!

Featuring "Improved scrolling, graphics, and video playback performance with off main thread compositing (GNU/Linux only),"

#firefox #linux
 
It should land in Ubuntu repos in the coming days
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So basically OnePlus have admitted on Reddit that they prefer biased reviews.

The full AMA is here: https://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/3fmkb5/oneplus_ama_postlaunch_edition/

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( For those of you out of the loop, David Ruddock from AP had written an independent editorial which was a bit harsh, but honest. http://goo.gl/5lUmH1
OnePlus subsequently "broke up" with AP: https://plus.google.com/+ArtemRussakovskii/posts/1igz22rBvt1 )

+Eric Ravenscraft sums it up pretty well:

"OnePlus is trying to coerce AP into only posting approved opinions by withholding cooperation over a standard review procedure. [...] The next time you want to blame a publication for "bias" or lacking "integrity" just remember, this is what shitty manufacturers do when they don't get the coverage they like."

#oneplus #PRfail  
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This is why I buy phones from real companies.
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Handling 1 Million Requests per Minute with Go. Jul 6, 2015. Here at Malwarebytes we are experiencing phenomenal growth, and since I have joined the company over 1 year ago in the Silicon Valley, one my main responsibilities has been to architect and develop several systems to power a ...
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24 years ago, Linus Torvalds announced that he's working on a free operating system that's just a "hobby" and won't be "professional" or "portable". :)

Today, Linux is the preferred OS of choice from supercomputers to embedded systems. Even if you're not actively using it on your PC, it's probably already in your phone/car/TV/router..

Happy Birthday Linux! Thank you promoting a culture of openness, collaboration and software freedom. 
The Linux kernel is hitting its mid-twenties in stride. As the open source operating system kernel pioneered by Linus Torvalds celebrates another birthday, let's take a quick look back at where we've been in the nearly two and a half decades of Linux growth.
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+Christian Kaderud Nice! My oldest surviving CD is that of Redhat 5, from around '97 :) 
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Shocking how #LENOVO is violating trust, again. First was Superfish, and now BIOS rootkits.

Yet another reason to avoid Lenovo and Windows.

H/t: +Suvi-Tuuli Allan

#netsec #rootkit #security
 
»Lenovo is shipping a rootkit in their BIOS... «-- https://twitter.com/RichFelker/status/631103814477697025


TL;DR: »Any Windows contains a mechanmism called WPBT, where it checks if the BIOS contains a specific ACPI entry. If it does, it pulls a binary from the BIOS and modifies the installer.

Lenovo BIOS provides such a WPBT binary and infects any pristine windows installation with Lenovo binaries. The process replaces the autochk file with a modified version that phones home and downloads stuff unencrypted and unvalidated.«

Will sagen, der Hardware Vendor pullert Dir in die Installation sogar dann, wenn Du unmodifizierte Originalsoftware von Microsoft statt des von Lenovo preowned Dreck installieren willst, der auf dem Gerät ab Werk drauf ist, weil Microsoft ihren Kram ab Werk backdoored.

Background:
https://lkml.org/lkml/2015/5/20/1155

https://www.google.de/?gws_rd=cr&ei=8zrKVbWcJoLTygPm_LnwAg#q=wpbbin.exe+site:microsoft.com


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http://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopic.php?p=29497693&sid=ddf3e32512932172454de515091db014#p29497693 »Hi, I discovered this issue back in May when I bought a Lenovo Y40-80 which also has this. It really pissed me off so I did quite a bit of digging into it and successfully removed it, so after running into this thread I figured I'd share what I learned.

Before booting windows 7 or 8, the bios checks if C:\Windows\system32\autochk.exe is the Lenovo one or the original Microsoft one. If it is not the lenovo one, it moves it to C:\Windows\system32\0409\zz_sec\autobin.exe, and then writes it's own autochk.exe. During boot, the Lenovo autochk.exe writes a LenovoUpdate.exe and a LenovoCheck.exe file to the system32 directory, and sets up a services to run one of them when an internet connection is established. I don't know too much exactly what those do, but one appears to phone home to http://download.lenovo.com/ideapad/wind ... 2_oko.json which is a bit worrying with the combination of a "ForceUpdate" parameter shown and the lack of ssl, making it fairly likely that it's exploitable for remote code execution by anyone who can intercept your traffic(public wifi, etc).

Disclaimer: Unless you really know what you're doing, you really don't want to try this: As for removing it, you need to edit and re-flash your bios. The downloadable bios update from Lenovo doesn't seem to be extractable at least with any methods I know, and using bios dumping tools only gets you 6 of the 8MB of the bios chip, so unfortunately it has to be done the painful way. You'll need a usb flash rom reader/writer(a cheap CH341A one works fine) and SOIC-8 test clips. You can get each of those 2 items for about $10 each. Take the back cover off the laptop, and also disconnect the battery, and locate the bios chip on the motherboard. Connect the test clips to the bios and connect the other end of the other end of the test clips to the usb writer, and connect the usb writer to another computer. On the other computer use the usb reader/writer to dump a copy of the bios. The bios dump will be an 8MB file. You need to split it into 2 files: the first 2MB and the last 6MB. Download UEFITool from github( https://github.com/LongSoft/UEFITool ) and open the 6MB file. Look through the modules and find the one called "NovoSecEngine2" and mark it for deletion. Save a new copy of the 6MB file. Now make a new 8MB file by taking the 2MB beginning from earlier and appending the new 6MB file on to the end. Use the usb reader/writer to flash that new 8MB file to the laptop's bios, then disconnect the wires and put the laptop back together. Reinstall a fresh copy of windows again, and check your C:\Windows\system32\autochk.exe file to make sure it's signed by Microsoft, not Lenovo. If you have the original Microsoft one there, congratulations, your laptop is now clean.«
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Rogue Squadron fans rejoice!

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LibreOffice 5.0 has even better doc/docx/xlsx compatibility than before. With these improvements, there's very little reasons left to use Microsoft Office, especially considering how user-unfriendly Office 2013 is.
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This is going to be a game changer. 3D XPoint is non-volatile, cheaper than RAM and nearly as fast. And it should hit the shelves as soon as next year! 
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Friendly staff but terrible food. This is by far the worst Indian food I've had in New Zealand, nay, my whole life. We were a party of 13 and we ordered a wide variety of vegetarian and meat dishes and were all of the opinion that every single dish was bad. The worst was the Dal Tadka, which smelt and tasted like it was stale. Paneer and lamb pieces were few. All the curries were sweet for some reason - they didn't taste like curries at all. No chilli in the chilli chicken. The entrées weren't bad (samosas /pakoras) but they were cold and the pakoras weren't crunchy. The mango lassi was good though, and so was the plain rice and rotis. The staff were friendly and they accommodated our needs so it's unfortunate that the food was bad. Perhaps it might have been catered towards the Kiwi palate, but if you're looking for an authentic Indian experience, stay away from Indian Leaf.
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Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
Excellent pizza. A little bit pricey, but worth it.
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
Best burgers in the North Island! Their vegetarian burger is pretty awesome too.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Their vegetarian pizzas are *the* best in town! Especially the Vegetarian Slingshot (with the Paneer topping) - so delish that even hardcore meat-lovers fall in love with this one!
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I ordered some pizza and paid online by debit card, got a confirmation email too. When I went to pick it up, they said that they didn't get the order, because the manager wasn't there today. That in itself was ridiculous, I mean why do you need a manager to manually process online orders? Anyways, they said that they'll start making the pizza immediately, and it'd take about 10 minutes. I went back in 15, only to be told that the manager never received my order, and that I had to sort it out with Dine In. Seriously? The email clearly said that the order was confirmed, and I didn't have to do anything. Of course, Dine In won't answer any calls on a Sunday, and basically I lost my money, I was hungry and angry. I can't even get my money back from the bank because I paid via debit card. So basically I lost my money and you can bet I'm never going to go back there. It's a shame, I really like the food but the manager was less than helpful. If I were the manager, I'd have sorted it out for the customer no matter who's fault it was. Now they've permanently lost a customer, and potentially more, as you can bet I'll be telling all my mates to avoid Mediterranean Food Warehouse.
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Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
Music system is really bad. Speakers distort the music when played at loud volume. This was during Bryan Kearney's gig. Totally spoiled the mood.
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reviewed 3 years ago