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by cloudier

Ortolan Bunting

For centuries, a rite of passage for French gourmets has been the eating of the Ortolan. These tiny birds—captured alive, force-fed, then drowned in Armagnac—were roasted whole and eaten that way, bones and all, while the diner draped his head with a linen napkin to preserve the precious aromas and, some believe, to hide from God.

64% of all Microsoft vulnerabilities for 2009 mitigated by Least Privilege accounts

  • Cybercrime is not driven by the use of zero day flaws, but by the millions of people using the Internet with outdated software – It’s a simple fact that has so far contributed to the rise and rise of some of the most prolific botnets, and outdated flaws within popular applications remain the main vehicle for Zeus crimeware infections. Naturally, there are campaigns that exclusively rely on recently published flaws, but the window of opportunity offered by those would be closed sooner than the one of all the outdated applications running on the same PC, combined. It’s the cybercriminal’s mentality of traffic optimization for malicious purposes, (See example: Money Mule Recruitment Campaign Serving Adobe/Client-Side Exploits), that offers the highest probability of infection.
  • Microsoft OS/software specific vulnerabilities are only a part of the drive-by exploits cocktail served by web malware exploitation kits – You would be surprised to know how many people are so obsessed with “Patch Tuesday” that they exclude the decent number of outdated browser plugins and third-party software installed on their PCs. The result? A false feeling of security, which combined with an outdated situational awareness on how modern web malware exploitation kits work, leads to a successful drive-by attack. It shouldn’t come to as a surprise that, not only did malicious PDF files comprise 80 percent of all exploits for 2009, but also, the use of Microsoft Office files for targeted attacks is declining. Two years ago, Microsoft in fact confirmed this trend – Microsoft: Third party apps killing our security.

Malicious PDF files comprised 80 percent of all exploits for 2009

Therefore, the increasing use of malicious PDFs can also be interpreted as the direct result of the millions of users using outdated and exploitable Adobe products, with the only preference a malicious attacker could have in this case remaining the incentive based on the 99% penetration of Adobe Flash on Internet-enabled PCs. But how is the possible that with such a high market share, ScanSafe’s report shows that Adobe Acrobat/Reader exploits grew while the use of Flash exploits declined?

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“I don’t need to prove my manliness by shooting guns. My guns are right *here*.”

by bezzle

Today is Sunday. 

Woke up *early* to make some pastries for Octoberbash, and mum got up and hour later to blearily tell me that dad could take me, instead of my expected two hour public transport trip.  Finished baking, played some Undercroft and misplaced my iPod.

Yes.  I lost my iPod in my house somewhere.  Or my mum could have sneakily took it in a moment of my absent-mindedness.  ==’

Edit – put my coat on afterwards and found it in the pocket.  My bad.

Octoberbash – came just after noon, to find people playing brawl already, and then came…singstar.  They were at that for HOURS.

What: Octoberbirthdaybash

Where: Kynan’s house

Who: thirtysomething people, a lot of nerf guns + ammo, a lot of food (especially chips, pastries and cheesecake…)

After lunch, which was *square* puff pastry pizza, I learnt how to play mahjong!  Actually, I still make a lot of mistakes, haven’t learnt the terms you’re supposed to say to sound authentic and the point system.  But whatever.  I get it now.

Me: What are you supposed to say when your tiles are all in a combo?

Charmaine: ‘Winnn!’

It was raining sporadically through the day, so only a few went into the pool.

Eh, what else?  The highly anticipated Humans Vs. Zombies game pretty much failed?  Went to the park late, to find the rain had decided to turn on again, and everyone ran for shelter.  Then ran from shelter to shelter, shooting at everyone else.  Then went back. 

And the cake!  It was really nice.  Well, obviously, seeing as it was gelato cake.  There was cheesecake too, but I didn’t bother getting any.

After that, fed my newfound mahjong addiction, while people continued to play guitar hero and watch Titanic.

As a backing track to all of this going on, there were the screaming/singing from the singstar people, and people just singing/playing guitar for the sake of it.  Yeah, those songs were so…similar…and…repetitive…

But yes, it was a great day, regardless of the weather, and


and, of course,


because chances are I won’t remmber/know when your birthdays are.


Here’s a link to a special crossover manga chapter!  Fairy Megane Crossover of FAIRY TALE and YANKEE-KUN TO MEGANE-CHAN woot two of my favourite manga 8D

Here’s Victor’s quote corner, and quite aptly because I should be studying…

80% of the final exam will be based on the one lecture you missed and the one book you didn’t read.


on birthday presents.

by cloudier

I think giving money to a person for their birthday isn’t tacky/lazy/mean. If you don’t know what they want and don’t have much of an idea what they want, then it’s fine! In fact, I daresay that it’s better than buying them something, since there’s a pretty high chance you’ll get them something they don’t like.

On the other hand, if you have been told over and over by that person that that person wants a certain object, you have no excuse for not buying what they asked for (provided that it’s within your budget).


You lied to me !

by bezzle

Tuesday was not a very good day.  Started off with me missing my bus, so had to go back and drop my sister off, and on the way this person crashed into our car, so I had to take her to school, and then wasted more time waiting for Dad to pick me back up, then got to school hoping to make it a ‘good and proper’ late.  But noo, the roll call bell rang as soon as I entered the building.

English was stressful.

Watched Run, Fatboy Run in PE.  It was funny and cute (and a bit weirdly gross) and scabbed cashews off Ben, in exchange for Soothers.  Cold season is now in force, surprisingly late this winter.  So now my indulgence is blackcurrant Soothers, and I have a pack-a-day habit for tissues.

Commerce was just bludging around, and then after school physics was so…guilt-trippy.  None of us pay full attention to Jowa, who is such a nice guy and a good tutor too.  It’s just too easy to tune out, especially because his whiteboard markers have run out and it’s too hard to see the board.

Was adding songs to my library, and came across this song that I used to (and still?) liked a lot:

Also, I find the first verse of this song very witty/funny:

That’s why I might just celebrate tonight
and if you aint down with it then get on your bike
to saint elswhere, who the hell cares
I’m in great shape, you need healthcare
If you cant say something nice then keep quiet or come to the club, there’s girls there

Random thought: why don’t people put wardrobes in bathrooms?  Because it’s so annoying when you’re taking your clothes in for a shower, and you leave something out/forget. 


Uh, it’s Friday now, and I’m happy.  Had two and a half days off school, so it’s like two weekends in a week 8D  It was Ben’s birthday today –


and yes, I hope you appreciate your gifts, and have fun explaining the bear to your parents~  Just try to show that nice guy side more often, ‘kay? 

The bear which we sprung on Ben with at the beginning of science, and he was amazed that he didn’t find out about it.  Not surprising, seeing as I had it, and came to school today during recess. 

Ehehe I have somehow managed to make Jeffrey want to break a collarbone.  He says he wants to experience getting knocked out by anaesthesia, after questioning me during science.  It was somewhat amusing.  Here’s what happens:

– if you inhale happy gas, you inhale…nothing really happens…then you wake up after the surgery like nothing happened.

– if you get it through an IV needle, you feel it going through the vein in your arm.  Then you’re out.

Who’s going on ag camp?  I have somehow decided to do ag, and I don’t know anyone going…

What also makes me happy is something that happened after school today :)

Wait…that sounds dodgy.  IT’S NOTHING DODGY.

Victor’s quote corner:

Electricity is actually made up of extremely tiny particles called electrons, that you cannot see with the naked eye unless you have been drinking.
– Dave Barry


by cloudier




sorry i’m so late. :T