Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) hit by major bug on release day

A critical bug was found after they spun the final ISO. The bug affected the GRUB2 bootloader configuration and prevents other OS in your multiboot configuration from loading.

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Each new release of Ubuntu usually garners a lot of excitement among the geeks but this latest release was a little more than Canonical had bargained for. A critical bug was found after they spun the final ISO. The bug affected the GRUB2 bootloader configuration and prevents other OS in your multiboot configuration from loading. It does not actually destroy the other OS and it can be fixed but it’s a pain the ass like so many other Linux issues. This is exactly the reason why I abandoned my Linux OS experiment last year. I was spending way too much time dealing with minor issues like wifi drivers, trackpad drivers, losing sound for no reason, monitor calibration problems, etc. All those things just work, even in a Windows environment. People like to tout the security of Linux and the minimal exposure to viruses and trojans but I spent more time tweaking my Ubuntu OS than I had ever spent on any other OS combined.

The bug does not happen with single boot Ubuntu and it does not happen with every multi-boot configuration but it can happen and if you’re one of the ones being hit with the bug, it can be very irritating and render your other OS inoperable until you fix the boot. Canonical will respin some of the ISO to fix the bug.

From IncidentReports/2010-04-29-Late-respin-for-bug-570765

We had a late discovery of GRUB bootloader bug affecting dual-boot users of Ubuntu. When installing in a dual-boot environment, the other operating system will not appear at first in the GRUB menu. Installing the available updates and rebooting will fix this issue. However, it was determined the day of the release that this is not an optimal solution for new users or those not connected to the Internet.

List of new features in 10.04

Early reports of problems

Grub2 documentation

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iPhone prototype finder identified, Apple asked to search home

Wired magazine is reporting the finder of the lost Apple iPhone prototype has been identified as Brian J. Hogan, a 21-year-old resident of Redwood City, California. Contrary to earlier reports, Hogan made no attempts to contact Apple or the bar where the phone was found. He made inquiries through a third party to contact various tech sites in an attempt to sell exclusive access to the prototype phone finally catching the attention of Gizmodo.com. Since he is likely to be the target of any criminal charges if it ever comes to that, he has retained legal council and issued a statement saying he “regrets his mistake in not doing more to return the phone”. Continue reading “iPhone prototype finder identified, Apple asked to search home”

New Model Mayhem security breach gave random members access to other members’ full profiles

I was not going to write about this yesterday when it happened. Frankly, by the time I found out about it, it was old news and Model Mayhem snafus were getting so common that I didn’t really think it warranted another post.  But Model Mayhem’s refusal to alert members makes it necessary to inform as many members as possible about how their private information may have been compromised.

Background

At 10:05 am April 26, 2010, a member reported in the site related forum that he had full access to another member’s profile. In fact, he was a photographer posting under another model’s profile. He could read all the emails and had full control of the other profile. By all indications, nothing special had to be done to gain access. He simply found himself in the profile of another member. It was later reported by an admin that Model Mayhem had already been aware of the problem minutes before the start of that thread. 40 minutes later, the first response from a moderator saying: “I’m bringing this to attention of admins as quickly as possible”. Minutes later, more post from a site admin and the site manager saying they are working quickly to get it resolved. Continue reading “New Model Mayhem security breach gave random members access to other members’ full profiles”

Silicon Valley cops raid Gizmodo editor’s home taking 4 computers

Police armed with a search warrant broke into the home of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen and seized four computers and other devices related to their investigation of how Gizmodo obtained a lost iPhone prototype. The Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team took several computers, hard drives, digital cameras, cell phones and other gadgets, plus Chen’s American Express bill and copies of his checks.

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via Silicon Valley cops raid Gizmodo editor’s home, take four computers – Yahoo! News.

Police armed with a search warrant broke into the home of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen and seized four computers and other devices related to their investigation of how Gizmodo obtained a lost iPhone prototype. The Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team took several computers, hard drives, digital cameras, cell phones and other gadgets, plus Chen’s American Express bill and copies of his checks.

In my opinion, this is a mistake. It’s unclear what evidence they had used as a basis for the warrant but it sounds like the search itself is a fishing expedition for a crime. Gizmodo, owned by Gawker Media, is not exactly a guy in his garage running a blog. No doubt there will be a legal fight and far reaching implications for other bloggers and journalists. It’ll be interesting to see how this pans out. Questions are already being raised as to the legality of the warrant. It seems overly broad and may violated Federal and California laws.

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New Facebook ‘LIKE’ button added

At yesterday’s Facebook F8 conference in San Francisco, Mark Zuckerberg announced the new Facebook Open Graph API. One component of this new API is to allow third party websites such as this to embed a Facebook LIKE button. I’m happy to announce we have already fully implemented this feature on every post and page of this blog. At the bottom of each article, you will see a Facebook LIKE button which you can click. If you click it, your Facebook avatar will be added with a link to your Facebook page. A new wall post will be added to your Facebook account that will read something like this “Jennifer likes Are you a bad parent? | blog.patyuen.com on blog.patyuen.com.”

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At yesterday’s Facebook F8 conference in San Francisco, Mark Zuckerberg announced the new Facebook Open Graph API. One component of this new API is to allow third party websites such as this to embed a Facebook LIKE button. I’m happy to announce we have already fully implemented this feature on every post and page of this blog. At the bottom of each article, you will see a Facebook LIKE button which you can click. If you click it, your Facebook avatar will be added with a link to your Facebook page. A new wall post will be added to your Facebook account that will read something like this “Jennifer likes Are you a bad parent? | blog.patyuen.com on blog.patyuen.com.” Continue reading “New Facebook ‘LIKE’ button added”

Gizmodo reportedly paid $5,000 for “lost” iPhone 4G

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Gizmodo paid $10,000 for “lost” iPhone 4G | Edible Apple.

As a follow up to this earlier story, Edible Apple is reporting that Gizmodo reportedly paid $10,000 $5,000 for the lost iPhone 4 prototype. If that is true, Gizmodo got a bargain as the pageview to the story is now over 2.5 5.4 million and climbing. Apple probably would have paid more to get it back but the mere offer would probably land that person in jail for extortion. So I guess a cool $5,000 is not a bad payday.


Update: The Apple employee who lost the phone has been identified as Gary Powell.

Update 2: Nick Denton, founder of Gawker Media who operates Gizmodo.com, said the company paid $5,000 for the phone.

Update 3: Apple confirmed authenticity of prototype iPhone 4 by sending Gizmodo a demand letter to return the phone.

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Gizmodo leaks iPhone 4 prototype

via This Is Apple’s Next iPhone – Iphone 4 – Gizmodo

It looks legitimate. Apple has reported it lost and disabled the phone shortly after it was lost. The level of integration makes it highly unlikely anyone could have faked this. Apple has never intentionally leaked a product that I know of. In fact, they go to extreme lengths to keep all their new products a secret.

What’s new

• Front-facing video chat camera
• Improved regular back-camera (the lens is quite noticeably larger than the iPhone 3GS)
• Camera flash
• Micro-SIM instead of standard SIM (like the iPad)
• Improved display. It’s unclear if it’s the 960×640 display thrown around before—it certainly looks like it, with the “Connect to iTunes” screen displaying much higher resolution than on a 3GS.
• What looks to be a secondary mic for noise cancellation, at the top, next to the headphone jack
• Split buttons for volume
• Power, mute, and volume buttons are all metallic

What’s changed

• The back is entirely flat, made of either glass (more likely) or ceramic or shiny plastic in order for the cell signal to poke through. Tapping on the back makes a more hollow and higher pitched sound compared to tapping on the glass on the front/screen, but that could just be the orientation of components inside making for a different sound
• An aluminum border going completely around the outside
• Slightly smaller screen than the 3GS (but seemingly higher resolution)
• Everything is more squared off
• 3 grams heavier
• 16% Larger battery
• Internals components are shrunken, miniaturized and reduced to make room for the larger battery

Update: The Apple employee who lost the phone has been identified as Gary Powell.

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