Monthly Archives: January 2013

There have been plenty

26.01.12

There have been plenty of captain’s picks in the Queensland Labor Party made by lesser people than the captain at the time, I don’t understand the fuss. Trish Crossin may have been an effective Senator for the Northern Territory but after having spent 17 years in office it was definitely time for a baton change.

Nova Peris Kneebone will be a modern representative for the ALP in NT and I believe that the bold move to have Nova as the number one candidate is a great move on many levels. The parliament needs far more representation from the wider community than we presently have, and good on Julia Gillard for standing up for more diversity.

We as a community are sometimes confused by the decisions that our parliamentarians make on our behalf, one thing for certain is that when asked a question I would trust Nova to give a straight honest answer before I would trust most politicians in the electorates’ local, State that I belong to.

Great to see, let’s see more of it, more carpenters, clerks and everyday people taking up the responsibility of representation.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

QUIZ on Australia

I missed one question.

From: deb newman ]
Sent: Wednesday, 23 January 2013 5:33 PM
Subject: : QUIZ on Australia

QUIZ

Right-o you lot, reckon you know a bit about Oz?

Have a gander at this site and see how you fare.

Australia Quiz

I do have a lot of time

18.01.12

Letter to the Editor

I do have a lot of time for our local member Ewen Jones however his call for certainty in an uncertain time is surely unrealistic especially given his LNP State government has created a huge amount of uncertainty for business in Queensland. It’s like the pot calling the kettle black.

Mr. Jones and his LNP policies Newmanomics have created 6.2% unemployment which is now beginning to drag Australia (5.4%) down. There is nothing more uncertain than being unemployed as 14,000 Queensland public servants including doctors and nurses found out last year on the harsh and cruel end of Newmanomics , with Tony Abbott applauding from the sidelines at Newman’s antics.

For a nation who saw off the Global Financial Crisis without going into recession due to management of the economy from Swan, Gillard and Wong we must trust that this government continues to take the best available options at the best of times available.

Australia is in the top 5 economies worldwide, we didn’t get that way overnight and that situation could very quickly change and unravel with inexperienced hands at the tiller, re Joe Hockey. Times are tough worldwide not just in Australia, we should stick to the team with the runs on the board, even though there are certain policies I do not agree with, I’m afraid this time I’ll have to vote Labor.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

The most dysfunctional society on earth.

From: shaun newman [mailto:sne35565@westnet.com.au]
Sent: Wednesday, 16 January 2013 9:28 AM
Subject: The most dysfunctional society on earth.

…yet Aussies are breaking their necks to imitate them when we have our own perfectly good culture, it beats the hell out of me.

Shaun.

From: Seow_fernando1961@ Hotmail.com [mailto:seow_fernando1961]
Sent: Wednesday, 16 January 2013 8:18 AM
To: shaun newman
Subject: Enjoy: Family Problems ?

Family Problems ?

Two men, one American and an Indian were sitting in a bar and
discussing about their family problems.

The Indian man said to the American, ‘We have problem in India we
can’t marry the one whom we love, You know my parents are forcing me
to get married to this so called homely girl from a village whom I
haven’t even met once.’ We call this arranged marriage. I don’t want
to marry a woman whom I don’t love… I told them that openly and now
have a hell lot of family problems.’

The American said, talking about love marriages… In America We can
marry the one whom we love ……I’ll tell you my story. ‘I married a
widow whom I deeply loved and dated for 3 years. After a couple of
years, my father fell in love with my step-daughter and married her,
so my father became my son-in-law and I became my father’s
father-in-law.

Legally now my daughter is my mother and my wife my grandmother. More
problems occurred when I had a son. My son is my father’s brother and
so he is my uncle.

Situations turned worse when my father had a son. Now my father’s son,
my brother is my grandson. Ultimately, I have become my own grandfather
and I am my own grandson."
AND YOU SAY YOU HAVE FAMILY PROBLEMS

The Indian fainted……..!!!

The savage cuts

17.01.13

Letter to the Editor

The savage cuts to the health system in Queensland from the Newman government are bad enough, without adding insult to injury by trying to imply that the cuts are from the Gillard government who continue to increase funding for Queensland Health on an annual basis. How Mr Springborg expects to get away with these pitiful excuses is beyond me.

Why can’t these people simply take responsibility for their actions?

It has been a rough 10 month trip with this LNP government and Campbell Newman should not be going around asking how people want him to govern that is the work he and his colleagues should have done in policy development, God knows they had long enough. Why ask the question “How do you want me to govern for the next 20 years” when in reality he will be out on his ear as soon as we get the chance to put him there.”

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

A Great Poem

From: Colin
Sent: Wednesday, 16 January 2013 8:10 PM
To: undisclosed recipients:
Subject: A Great Poem

very well written and accurate

AUSTRALIA…

Great poem…makes you think… sure does!

When the shearing sheds are silent and the stock camps fallen quiet

When the gidgee coals no longer glow across the outback night

And the bush is forced to hang a sign, ‘gone broke and won’t be back’

And spirits fear to find a way beyond the beaten track

When harvesters stand derelict upon the wind swept plains

And brave hearts pin their hopes no more on chance of loving rains

When a hundred outback settlements are ghost towns overnight

When we’ve lost the drive and heart we had to once more see us right

When ‘Pioneer’ means a stereo and ‘Digger’ some backhoe

And the ‘Outback’ is behind the house, there’s nowhere else to go

And ‘Anzac’ is a biscuit brand and probably foreign owned

And education really means brainwashed and neatly cloned

When you have to bake a loaf of bread to make a decent crust

And our heritage once enshrined in gold is crumbling to dust

And old folk pay their camping fees on land for which they fought

And fishing is a great escape; this is until you’re caught

When you see our kids with yankee caps and resentment in their eyes

And the soaring crime and hopeless hearts is no longer a surprise

When the name of RM Williams is a yuppie clothing brand

Not a product of our heritage that grew off the land

When offering a hand makes people think you’ll amputate

And two dogs meeting in the street is what you call a ‘Mate’

When ‘Political Correctness’ has replaced all common sense

When you’re forced to see it their way, there’s no sitting on the fence

Yes one day you might find yourself an outcast in this land

Perhaps your heart will tell you then, ‘. I should have made a stand’

Just go and ask the farmers that should remove all doubt

Then join the swelling ranks who say, ‘don’t sell Australia out’

Author unknown

The most dysfunctional society on earth.

…yet Aussies are breaking their necks to imitate them when we have our own perfectly good culture, it beats the hell out of me.

Shaun.

From: Seow_fernando1961@ Hotmail.com [mailto:seow_fernando1961@hotmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 16 January 2013 8:18 AM
To: shaun newman
Subject: Enjoy: Family Problems ?

Family Problems ?

Two men, one American and an Indian were sitting in a bar and
discussing about their family problems.

The Indian man said to the American, ‘We have problem in India we
can’t marry the one whom we love, You know my parents are forcing me
to get married to this so called homely girl from a village whom I
haven’t even met once.’ We call this arranged marriage. I don’t want
to marry a woman whom I don’t love… I told them that openly and now
have a hell lot of family problems.’

The American said, talking about love marriages… In America We can
marry the one whom we love ……I’ll tell you my story. ‘I married a
widow whom I deeply loved and dated for 3 years. After a couple of
years, my father fell in love with my step-daughter and married her,
so my father became my son-in-law and I became my father’s
father-in-law.

Legally now my daughter is my mother and my wife my grandmother. More
problems occurred when I had a son. My son is my father’s brother and
so he is my uncle.

Situations turned worse when my father had a son. Now my father’s son,
my brother is my grandson. Ultimately, I have become my own grandfather
and I am my own grandson."
AND YOU SAY YOU HAVE FAMILY PROBLEMS

The Indian fainted……..!!!

New post How to turn off Java on your browser – and why you should do it NOW

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How to turn off Java on your browser – and why you should do it NOW

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From: shaun newman [mailto:sne35565]
Sent: Sunday, 13 January 2013 10:18 AM
To: ‘Shane Crocker’
Subject: RE: How to turn off Java on your browser – and why you should do it NOW

Thanks Shane, I have deleted my Java and sent your message on to others

From: Shane Crocker [mailto:shane.crocker]
Sent: Friday, 11 January 2013 7:27 PM
To: shaun newman; ‘DAVID ANTHONY’; startide_rising; ‘Jill Knight’; ‘Kiel Shuttleworth’; ‘Wendy Davie’; ‘John Holland’; ‘Jon Wren’; ‘David Cornwell’; ‘Alison Alloway’; kincsy; scottis
Subject: How to turn off Java on your browser – and why you should do it NOW

As everybody knows I have zero tolerance of hoaxes. This time it is not a hoax.

-Shane

How to disable Java

http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/how-to-disable-java-internet-explorer/

How to turn off Java on your browser – and why you should do it now

http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/08/30/how-turn-off-java-browser/

by Graham Cluley on August 30, 2012 |127 Comments

Filed Under: Featured, Java, Malware, Vulnerability

Do you still have Java turned on in your web browser?

If your answer is "Yes" or "I’m not sure" then it’s time to take action.

Right now, cybercriminals are aware and exploiting serious security flaws in Java that could lead to your computer becoming infected by malware.

And the worst news is that Oracle (who has known about the zero-day vulnerabilities since April) doesn’t plan to issue a patch for the problem until October. (Update: Oracle has now issued a patch – but you should still consider whether you really want to run Java or not in your browser).

There will be many pointing fingers at Oracle and arguing that it has not taken the security flaws seriously, but the accusations that are bound to fly aren’t actually going to help the millions and millions of vulnerable devices out there.

Those devices need a patch from Oracle – but as it may not be available for some time, the best advice I can give you is to disable Java.

Naked Security’s Chet Wisniewski has put together simple instructions for users of the most popular browsers, explaining how Java can be disabled:

So, what are you waiting for?

Isn’t this just a storm in a teacoffee cup?

No, it isn’t.

Time and time again we’re seeing examples of cybercriminals exploiting flaws in Java to infect innocent users’ computers.

For instance, earlier this year we saw more than 600,000 Macs infected by the Flashback malware because of a Java security flaw.

In fact, it has become increasingly common to see malware authors exploiting vulnerabilities in Java – as it is so commonly installed, and has been frequently found to be lacking when it comes to security.

Cybercriminals also love Java because it is multi-platform – capable of running on computers regardless of whether they are running Windows, Mac OS X or Linux. As a result it’s not unusual for us to see malicious hackers use Java as an integral part of their attack before serving up an OS-specific payload.

As the following 0.jpgdemonstrates, the bad guys have even created multi-platform Java malware which can hit your computer whether you are running Windows, Mac OS X or Linux.

Seriously though, stop reading this article now and check if you have disabled Java or not. Chances are that if you don’t think that you need Java, you don’t need it.

Even if you absolutely must use websites that require you to have Java installed, why not disable it in your main browser and have an alternative browser just for visiting that website?

What you need to do now is reduce the opportunities for attack. For most people that means disabling Java – and doing it now.

Experts urge PC users to disable Java, cite security flaw

http://www.theage.com.au/it-pro/security-it/experts-urge-pc-users-to-disable-java-cite-security-flaw-20130111-2ckog.html

Computer users are being advised by security experts to disable Oracle’s widely used Java software after a security flaw was discovered in the past day that they say hackers are exploiting to attack computers.

"Java is a mess. It’s not secure," said Jaime Blasco, Labs Manager with AlienVault Labs. "You have to disable it."

Java, which is installed on hundreds of millions of PCs around the globe, is a computer language that enables programmers to write software using just one set of code that will run on virtually any type of computer.

It is used so that web developers can make sites accessible from browsers running on Microsoft Windows PCs or Apple Macs.

Computer users access those programs through modules, or plug-ins, that run Java software on top of browsers such as Internet Explorer and Firefox.

The US Department of Homeland Security also said people should stop using Java software.

"This vulnerability is being attacked in the wild, and is reported to be incorporated into exploit kits," the department’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) said in a notice on its website. "We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem."

The recommended solution was to disable Java. Three computer security experts also said computer users should disable those Java modules to protect themselves from attack.

A spokeswoman for Oracle said she could not immediately comment on the matter.

"This is like open hunting season on consumers," said HD Moore, chief security officer with Rapid7, a company that helps businesses identify critical security vulnerabilities in their networks.

Moore said machines running on Mac OS X, Linux or Windows all appear to be vulnerable to attack.

Marc Maiffret, chief technology officer with BeyondTrust, said businesses may need to keep using Java to access some websites and internet-based programs that run on the technology.

"The challenge is mainly for businesses, however, which have to use it for some applications," he said. "Oracle simply needs to do a lot more to secure Java and get their act together."

Security experts said the risk of attack is currently high because developers of several popular tools known as exploit kits that criminals use to attack PCs have added software that allows hackers to exploit the newly discovered bug in Java to attack computers.

Reuters/AFP

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How to turn off Java on your browser – and why you should do it NOW

From: shaun newman [mailto:sne35565@westnet.com.au]
Sent: Sunday, 13 January 2013 10:18 AM
To: ‘Shane Crocker’
Subject: RE: How to turn off Java on your browser – and why you should do it NOW

Thanks Shane, I have deleted my Java and sent your message on to others

From: Shane Crocker [mailto:shane.crocker@westnet.com.au]
Sent: Friday, 11 January 2013 7:27 PM
To: shaun newman; ‘DAVID ANTHONY’; startide_rising@bigpond.com; ‘Jill Knight’; ‘Kiel Shuttleworth’; ‘Wendy Davie’; ‘John Holland’; ‘Jon Wren’; ‘David Cornwell’; ‘Alison Alloway’; kincsy@yahoo.com; scottis@fastmail.com.au
Subject: How to turn off Java on your browser – and why you should do it NOW

As everybody knows I have zero tolerance of hoaxes. This time it is not a hoax.

-Shane

How to disable Java

http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/how-to-disable-java-internet-explorer/

How to turn off Java on your browser – and why you should do it now

http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/08/30/how-turn-off-java-browser/

by Graham Cluley on August 30, 2012 |127 Comments

Filed Under: Featured, Java, Malware, Vulnerability

Do you still have Java turned on in your web browser?

If your answer is "Yes" or "I’m not sure" then it’s time to take action.

Right now, cybercriminals are aware and exploiting serious security flaws in Java that could lead to your computer becoming infected by malware.

And the worst news is that Oracle (who has known about the zero-day vulnerabilities since April) doesn’t plan to issue a patch for the problem until October. (Update: Oracle has now issued a patch – but you should still consider whether you really want to run Java or not in your browser).

There will be many pointing fingers at Oracle and arguing that it has not taken the security flaws seriously, but the accusations that are bound to fly aren’t actually going to help the millions and millions of vulnerable devices out there.

Those devices need a patch from Oracle – but as it may not be available for some time, the best advice I can give you is to disable Java.

Naked Security’s Chet Wisniewski has put together simple instructions for users of the most popular browsers, explaining how Java can be disabled:

So, what are you waiting for?

Isn’t this just a storm in a teacoffee cup?

No, it isn’t.

Time and time again we’re seeing examples of cybercriminals exploiting flaws in Java to infect innocent users’ computers.

For instance, earlier this year we saw more than 600,000 Macs infected by the Flashback malware because of a Java security flaw.

In fact, it has become increasingly common to see malware authors exploiting vulnerabilities in Java – as it is so commonly installed, and has been frequently found to be lacking when it comes to security.

Cybercriminals also love Java because it is multi-platform – capable of running on computers regardless of whether they are running Windows, Mac OS X or Linux. As a result it’s not unusual for us to see malicious hackers use Java as an integral part of their attack before serving up an OS-specific payload.

As the following demonstrates, the bad guys have even created multi-platform Java malware which can hit your computer whether you are running Windows, Mac OS X or Linux.

Seriously though, stop reading this article now and check if you have disabled Java or not. Chances are that if you don’t think that you need Java, you don’t need it.

Even if you absolutely must use websites that require you to have Java installed, why not disable it in your main browser and have an alternative browser just for visiting that website?

What you need to do now is reduce the opportunities for attack. For most people that means disabling Java – and doing it now.

Experts urge PC users to disable Java, cite security flaw

http://www.theage.com.au/it-pro/security-it/experts-urge-pc-users-to-disable-java-cite-security-flaw-20130111-2ckog.html

Computer users are being advised by security experts to disable Oracle’s widely used Java software after a security flaw was discovered in the past day that they say hackers are exploiting to attack computers.

"Java is a mess. It’s not secure," said Jaime Blasco, Labs Manager with AlienVault Labs. "You have to disable it."

Java, which is installed on hundreds of millions of PCs around the globe, is a computer language that enables programmers to write software using just one set of code that will run on virtually any type of computer.

It is used so that web developers can make sites accessible from browsers running on Microsoft Windows PCs or Apple Macs.

Computer users access those programs through modules, or plug-ins, that run Java software on top of browsers such as Internet Explorer and Firefox.

The US Department of Homeland Security also said people should stop using Java software.

"This vulnerability is being attacked in the wild, and is reported to be incorporated into exploit kits," the department’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) said in a notice on its website. "We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem."

The recommended solution was to disable Java. Three computer security experts also said computer users should disable those Java modules to protect themselves from attack.

A spokeswoman for Oracle said she could not immediately comment on the matter.

"This is like open hunting season on consumers," said HD Moore, chief security officer with Rapid7, a company that helps businesses identify critical security vulnerabilities in their networks.

Moore said machines running on Mac OS X, Linux or Windows all appear to be vulnerable to attack.

Marc Maiffret, chief technology officer with BeyondTrust, said businesses may need to keep using Java to access some websites and internet-based programs that run on the technology.

"The challenge is mainly for businesses, however, which have to use it for some applications," he said. "Oracle simply needs to do a lot more to secure Java and get their act together."

Security experts said the risk of attack is currently high because developers of several popular tools known as exploit kits that criminals use to attack PCs have added software that allows hackers to exploit the newly discovered bug in Java to attack computers.

Reuters/AFP