Sunday, October 30, 2016

Dirty Cow, Livepatching the Kernel With Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

I updated my Ubuntu machine, a desktop, to the newest kernel updates which includes a security patch to "Dirty Cow". Supposedly Dirty Cow is a vulnerability which if exploited can raise non-root users to root.

I also availed of Canonical's livepatching offer for its customers. You can check out this page. Follow the steps and your Ubuntu machines can download and install kernel updates without rebooting. Also if you are running 16.04 LTS then you have defaults for downloading and installing security updates everyday. You don't have to do anything. Your computer will check updates, download them and install it for you in the background.    

Friday, October 28, 2016

Libreoffice User for Ten Years and Counting

Yes I have MS Office but I prefer Libreoffice. :)
















Boss asked me why I use Libreoffice instead of MS Office. I said I just
prefer Libreoffice.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

I Forgot My Password

Today's digital world is guarded by keys. Keys in the form of passwords or passphrases or whatever you want to call it. It's about 12 to 15 characters long and without it you lose access to information and communication. You even lose proof of identity.

I use Linux and occasionally I forget my administrative password. Here's how to recover from such tragedies.

Reboot your computer.

Hold the shift key to get to the GRUB menu. What you are after is to boot to the recovery mode of your kernel. Once the menus presents itself use the arrow keys to highlight the particular kernel (recovery mode) and hit enter.

You want to be root and again just highlight the particular item on the menu presented. Then press enter. It should drop you to a shell like so:

root@desktop:#

You are now in a read-only file. To change that type:

root@desktop:#mount -rw -o remount /

Then to set a password for a user type:

root@desktop:#passwd username

Type the new Unix password:

Retype the new Unix password:

And that's it. Reboot once more. Use the new password to login.


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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Hyperurecemia

Hyperuricemia is a health condition where a person has a high level of uric acid. Normal for a man to have less than 400 umol/L or 6.8 mg/dL.

Our body regulates uric acid by excreting excess uric acid. Uric acid is a normal by-product of our body metabolism. Our cells need to repair structures and uric acid is the product of such cellular activity.

I need to pick food that contain less purines to control dietary cause of high level of uric acid in the blood. Obesity is also closely associated with hyperurecemia as well as hypertension.

It is recommended that you see a health expert if you have symptoms related to the disease.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Sicario Film Review

Sicario is a film about the drug war.  The United States Drug Enforcement Agency created an inter agency task force to go after the drug cartels. They recruited a female FBI agent played by Emily Blunt. Benicio del Toro plays an ex-cartel member with skills in torture and assassination. At first they play team to get closer to the cartel leaders. But Kate Macer, Emily Blunt's character, is a by the book cop against Alejandro's killer-hunter instincts.








The level of gore and carnage is up in this one. The opening scene alone gives you a heads up. There's a scene depicting execution and bodies hanging by the rope from an underpass. This is not for your kids.

The most intense scene is the shootout on the highway near the border. Benicio del Toro and "Eyeglasses" guy gets out the car in the middle of the traffic. They point their M4 and tells the cartel man to be calm, then shoots. Kate remains inside the car blurting out expletives. It was over in seconds.

Director Denis Deneuve who also made Prisoners, was in his best. No unnecessary action extended. Well played.

I give it four stars. Go watch it.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Is Satire Too Difficult For Filipinos?

A Philippines made up of confident, critical thinkers is a Philippines that knows how to tell fact from fiction, chooses between right and wrong, and, ultimately, unburdens itself of the people who steal power and abuse it. Not only will proper education prevent Filipinos from mistaking satire for truth, but it will also prevent the unsavory events that inspire satire to begin with. – Marguerite de Leon writing for Rappler.com


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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Quote From Slaughterhouse Five

“I think the climax of the book will be the execution of poor old Edgar Derby,” I said. “The irony is so great. A whole city gets burned down, and thousands and thousands of people are killed. And then this one American foot soldier is arrested in the ruins for taking a teapot. And he’s given a regular trial, and then he’s shot by a firing squad.”


There are no rhyme or reason in war. No logic except for generals.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

It Only Works When You Have A Conscience


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Sunday, October 9, 2016

End The Killing Now

I do not want to be in the wrong side of the moral equation when it comes to extra-judicial killing. When one is feeling helpless, remember that keeping level headed is important. The most important element of a nation is its people,yet our president sanctions outright murder. That is not acceptable in any civilized society.

Free your mind. Open your eyes. Your friends are being killed. Your mother is afraid everytime you go out. She is fearful of your father going out at night. The knock on the door is no longer welcome. The world is full of violence and death.

We gave away our peace to a tyrant with bloodlust in his eyes. We shall be going from bad to worse, spiralling downward to the bottom with his every bad decision. More people will die and it won't be a faceless, unknown but a friend or a loved one.

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Update For Libreoffice 5.3 --> 5.4

The Libreoffice blog says there's an update available today for Libreoffice suite. The productivity suite is now ready with version 5.4...