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Hyundai's Flying Car Flies For an Audience

timothy posted about a year and a half ago | from the powered-by-musical-cheese dept.

Transportation 96

garymortimer writes "Not many garages would work with Hyundai's hexadecagon. Showcasing at the 2013 IDEAs festival, the manned 16 rotored multirotor looks rather dodgy! Well done to them though for making it fly." It's just one of many crazy looking ideas in this video.

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Man was not meant to fly in a car. (5, Funny)

For a Free Internet (1594621) | about a year and a half ago | (#43506537)

The only truly flying animals are turtles. Turtles soar gracefully and have super multidirectional turbothrusters with hover capability. Birds are just kludges combining parts of slugs, fish, and squirrels, and they are graceless and inoperable, compared to the almighty turtles. Needless to say, man, which a species of Dog, does not know how to fly without the aid of turtle, so this is just another episode of Hyundai Hubris. Things would be better after a revolutionary reunification of Korea that sweeps out the parasitical chaebol like Hyundai and its phony "flying cars"! DEFEND NORTH KOREA!!!!!

Re:Man was not meant to fly in a car. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43506559)

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Destroy with Jet Flame. Here goes Gamera!
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Re:Man was not meant to fly in a car. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43506601)

Ah! Gamera!

Gamera is really neat.
Gamera is filled with meat.
We've been eating Gamera!


Re:Man was not meant to fly in a car. (1, Flamebait)

xerxesVII (707232) | about a year and a half ago | (#43507299)

How is this scored 0?

Re:Man was not meant to fly in a car. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43508965)

How is this scored flamebait?

Just in time... (1)

gmuslera (3436) | about a year and a half ago | (#43506545)

2015 is just around the corner. Anyway, not sure how good will look a DeLorean with one of those.

Impersonation warning... apk (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43506547)

A corrupt slashdot luser has pentrated the moderation system to downmod all my posts while impersonating me.

Nearly 230++ times that I know of @ this point for all of March/April 2013 so far, & others here have told you to stop - take the hint, lunatic (leave slashdot)...

Sorry folks - but whoever the nutjob is that's attempting to impersonate me, & upset the rest of you as well, has SERIOUS mental issues, no questions asked! I must've gotten the better of him + seriously "gotten his goat" in doing so in a technical debate & his "geek angst" @ losing to me has him doing the:


A.) $10,000 challenges, ala (where the imposter actually TRACKED + LISTED the # of times he's done this no less, & where I get the 230 or so times I noted above) -> []


B.) Reposting OLD + possibly altered models - (this I haven't checked on as to altering the veracity of the info. being changed) of posts of mine from the past here


(Albeit massively repeatedly thru all threads on /. this March/April 2013 nearly in its entirety thusfar).

* Personally, I'm surprised the moderation staff here hasn't just "blocked out" his network range yet honestly!

(They know it's NOT the same as my own as well, especially after THIS post of mine, which they CAN see the IP range I am coming out of to compare with the ac spamming troll doing the above...).


P.S.=> Again/Stressing it: NO guys - it is NOT me doing it, as I wouldn't waste that much time on such trivial b.s. like a kid might...

Plus, I only post where hosts file usage is on topic or appropriate for a solution & certainly NOT IN EVERY POST ON SLASHDOT (like the nutcase trying to "impersonate me" is doing for nearly all of March/April now, & 230++ times that I know of @ least)... apk

P.S.=> here is CORRECT host file information just to piss off the insane lunatic troll:


21++ ADVANTAGES OF CUSTOM HOSTS FILES (how/what/when/where/why):

Over AdBlock & DNS Servers ALONE 4 Security, Speed, Reliability, & Anonymity (to an extent vs. DNSBL's + DNS request logs).

1.) HOSTS files are useable for all these purposes because they are present on all Operating Systems that have a BSD based IP stack (even ANDROID) and do adblocking for ANY webbrowser, email program, etc. (any webbound program). A truly "multi-platform" UNIVERSAL solution for added speed, security, reliability, & even anonymity to an extent (vs. DNS request logs + DNSBL's you feel are unjust hosts get you past/around).

2.) Adblock blocks ads? Well, not anymore & certainly not as well by default, apparently, lol - see below:

Adblock Plus To Offer 'Acceptable Ads' Option [] )

AND, in only browsers & their subprogram families (ala email like Thunderbird for FireFox/Mozilla products (use same gecko & xulrunner engines)), but not all, or, all independent email clients, like Outlook, Outlook Express, OR Window "LIVE" mail (for example(s)) - there's many more like EUDORA & others I've used over time that AdBlock just DOES NOT COVER... period.

Disclaimer: Opera now also has an AdBlock addon (now that Opera has addons above widgets), but I am not certain the same people make it as they do for FF or Chrome etc..

3.) Adblock doesn't protect email programs external to FF (non-mozilla/gecko engine based) family based wares, So AdBlock doesn't protect email programs like Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows "LIVE" mail & others like them (EUDORA etc./et al), Hosts files do. THIS IS GOOD VS. SPAM MAIL or MAILS THAT BEAR MALICIOUS SCRIPT, or, THAT POINT TO MALICIOUS SCRIPT VIA URLS etc.

4.) Adblock won't get you to your favorite sites if a DNS server goes down or is DNS-poisoned, hosts will (this leads to points 5-7 next below).

5.) Adblock doesn't allow you to hardcode in your favorite websites into it so you don't make DNS server calls and so you can avoid tracking by DNS request logs, OR make you reach them faster since you resolve host-domain names LOCALLY w/ hosts out of cached memory, hosts do ALL of those things (DNS servers are also being abused by the Chinese lately and by the Kaminsky flaw -> [] for years now). Hosts protect against those problems via hardcodes of your fav sites (you should verify against the TLD that does nothing but cache IPAddress-to-domainname/hostname resolutions ( via NSLOOKUP, PINGS (ping -a in Windows), &/or WHOIS though, regularly, so you have the correct IP & it's current)).

* NOW - Some folks MAY think that putting an IP address alone into your browser's address bar will be enough, so why bother with HOSTS, right? WRONG - Putting IP address in your browser won't always work IS WHY. Some IP adresses host several domains & need the site name to give you the right page you're after is why. So for some sites only the HOSTS file option will work!

6.) Hosts files don't eat up CPU cycles (or ELECTRICITY) like AdBlock does while it parses a webpages' content, nor as much as a DNS server does while it runs. HOSTS file are merely a FILTER for the kernel mode/PnP TCP/IP subsystem, which runs FAR FASTER & MORE EFFICIENTLY than any ring 3/rpl3/usermode app can since hosts files run in MORE EFFICIENT & FASTER Ring 0/RPL 0/Kernelmode operations acting merely as a filter for the IP stack (via the "Plug-N-Play" designed IP stack in Windows) vs. SLOWER & LESS EFFICIENT Ring 3/RPL 3/Usermode operations (which webbrowsers run in + their addons like AdBlock slow down even MORESO due to their parsing operations).

7.) HOSTS files will allow you to get to sites you like, via hardcoding your favs into a HOSTS file, FAR faster than remote DNS servers can by FAR (by saving the roundtrip inquiry time to a DNS server, typically 30-100's of ms, vs. 7-10ms HardDisk speed of access/seek + SSD seek in ns, & back to you - hosts resolutions of IP address for host-domain names is FAR faster...). Hosts are only a filter for an already fast & efficient IP stack, no more layered b.s. (remote OR local). Hosts eat less CPU, RAM, I/O in other forms, + electricity than a locally running DNS server easily, and less than a local DNS program on a single PC. Fact. Hosts are easier to setup & maintain too.

8.) AdBlock doesn't let you block out known bad sites or servers that are known to be maliciously scripted, hosts can and many reputable lists for this exist:

Spybot "Search & Destroy" IMMUNIZE feature (fortifies HOSTS files with KNOWN bad servers blocked)

And yes: Even SLASHDOT &/or The Register help!

(Via articles on security (when the source articles they use are "detailed" that is, & list the servers/sites involved in attempting to bushwhack others online that is... not ALL do!)).

2 examples thereof in the past I have used, & noted it there, are/were: [] []

9.) AdBlock & DNS servers are programs, and subject to bugs programs can get. Hosts files are merely a filter and not a program, thus not subject to bugs of the nature just discussed.

10.) HOSTS files protect you vs. DNS-poisoning &/or the Kaminsky flaw in DNS servers, and allow you to get to sites reliably vs. things like the Chinese are doing to DNS -> []

11.) HOSTS files are EASILY user controlled, obtained (for reliable ones -> [] ) & edited too, via texteditors like Windows notepad.exe or Linux nano (etc.)

12.) With Adblock you had better be able to code javascript to play with its code (to customize it better than the GUI front does @ least). With hosts you don't even need source to control it (edit, update, delete, insert of new entries via a text editor).

13.) Hosts files are easily secured via using MAC/ACL (even moreso "automagically" for Vista, 7/Server 2008 + beyond by UAC by default) &/or Read-Only attributes applied.

14.) Custom HOSTS files also speed you up, unlike anonymous proxy servers systems variations (like TOR, or other "highly anonymous" proxy server list servers typically do, in the severe speed hit they often have a cost in) either via "hardcoding" your fav. sites into your hosts file (avoids DNS servers, totally) OR blocking out adbanners - see this below for evidence of that:


US Military Blocks Websites To Free Up Bandwidth: []

(Yes, even the US Military used this type of technique... because IT WORKS! Most of what they blocked? Ad banners ala doubleclick etc.)


Adbanners slow you down & consume your bandwidth YOU pay for:



And people do NOT LIKE ads on the web:



As well as this:

Users Know Advertisers Watch Them, and Hate It: []


Even WORSE still, is this:

Advertising Network Caught History Stealing: []


15.) HOSTS files usage lets you avoid being charged on some ISP/BSP's (OR phone providers) "pay as you use" policy [] , because you are using less bandwidth (& go faster doing so no less) by NOT hauling in adbanner content and processing it (which can lead to infestation by malware/malicious script, in & of itself -> [] ).

16.) If/when ISP/BSP's decide to go to -> FCC Approving Pay-As-You-Go Internet Plans: [] your internet bill will go DOWN if you use a HOSTS file for blocking adbanners as well as maliciously scripted hacker/cracker malware maker sites too (after all - it's your money & time online downloading adbanner content & processing it)

Plus, your adbanner content? Well, it may also be hijacked with malicious code too mind you:


Yahoo, Microsoft's Bing display toxic ads: []


Malware torrent delivered over Google, Yahoo! ad services: []


Google's DoubleClick spreads malicious ads (again): []


Rogue ads infiltrate Expedia and Rhapsody: []


Google sponsored links caught punting malware: []


DoubleClick caught supplying malware-tainted ads: []


Yahoo feeds Trojan-laced ads to MySpace and PhotoBucket users: []


Real Media attacks real people via RealPlayer: []


Ad networks owned by Google, Microsoft serve malware: []


Attacks Targeting Classified Ad Sites Surge: []


Hackers Respond To Help Wanted Ads With Malware: []


Hackers Use Banner Ads on Major Sites to Hijack Your PC: []


Ruskie gang hijacks Microsoft network to push penis pills: []


Major ISPs Injecting Ads, Vulnerabilities Into Web: []


Two Major Ad Networks Found Serving Malware: []












London Stock Exchange Web Site Serving Malware: []


Spotify splattered with malware-tainted ads: []


As my list "multiple evidences thereof" as to adbanners & viruses + the fact they slow you down & cost you more (from reputable & reliable sources no less)).

17.) Per point #16, a way to save some money: ANDROID phones can also use the HOSTS FILE TO KEEP DOWN BILLABLE TIME ONLINE, vs. adbanners or malware such as this:


Infected Androids Run Up Big Texting Bills: []


AND, for protection vs. other "botnets" migrating from the PC world, to "smartphones" such as ZITMO (a ZEUS botnet variant): []


It's easily done too, via the ADB dev. tool, & mounting ANDROID OS' system mountpoint for system/etc as READ + WRITE/ADMIN-ROOT PERMISSIONS, then copying your new custom HOSTS over the old one using ADB PULL/ADB PUSH to do so (otherwise ANDROID complains of "this file cannot be overwritten on production models of this Operating System", or something very along those lines - this way gets you around that annoyance along with you possibly having to clear some space there yourself if you packed it with things!).

18.) Bad news: ADBLOCK CAN BE DETECTED FOR: See here on that note -> []

HOSTS files are NOT THAT EASILY "webbug" BLOCKABLE by websites, as was tried on users by ARSTECHNICA (and it worked on AdBlock in that manner), to that websites' users' dismay:



An experiment gone wrong - By Ken Fisher | Last updated March 6, 2010 11:11 AM []

"Starting late Friday afternoon we conducted a 12 hour experiment to see if it would be possible to simply make content disappear for visitors who were using a very popular ad blocking tool. Technologically, it was a success in that it worked. Ad blockers, and only ad blockers, couldn't see our content."


"Our experiment is over, and we're glad we did it because it led to us learning that we needed to communicate our point of view every once in a while. Sure, some people told us we deserved to die in a fire. But that's the Internet!"

Thus, as you can see? Well - THAT all "went over like a lead balloon" with their users in other words, because Arstechnica was forced to change it back to the old way where ADBLOCK still could work to do its job (REDDIT however, has not, for example). However/Again - this is proof that HOSTS files can still do the job, blocking potentially malscripted ads (or ads in general because they slow you down) vs. adblockers like ADBLOCK!


19.) Even WIKILEAKS "favors" blacklists (because they work, and HOSTS can be a blacklist vs. known BAD sites/servers/domain-host names):



"we are in favour of 'Blacklists', be it for mail servers or websites, they have to be compiled with care... Fortunately, more responsible blacklists, like (which protects the Firefox browser)...


20.) AND, LASTLY? SINCE MALWARE GENERALLY HAS TO OPERATE ON WHAT YOU YOURSELF CAN DO (running as limited class/least privlege user, hopefully, OR even as ADMIN/ROOT/SUPERUSER)? HOSTS "LOCK IN" malware too, vs. communicating "back to mama" for orders (provided they have name servers + C&C botnet servers listed in them, blocked off in your HOSTS that is) - you might think they use a hardcoded IP, which IS possible, but generally they do not & RECYCLE domain/host names they own (such as has been seen with the RBN (Russian Business Network) lately though it was considered "dead", other malwares are using its domains/hostnames now, & this? This stops that cold, too - Bonus!)...

21.) Custom HOSTS files gain users back more "screen real estate" by blocking out banner ads... it's great on PC's for speed along with MORE of what I want to see/read (not ads), & efficiency too, but EVEN BETTER ON SMARTPHONES - by far. It matters MOST there imo @ least, in regards to extra screen real-estate.

Still - It's a GOOD idea to layer in the usage of BOTH browser addons for security like adblock ( [] ), IE 9's new TPL's ( [] ), &/or NoScript ( [] especially this one, as it covers what HOSTS files can't in javascript which is the main deliverer of MOST attacks online & SECUNIA.COM can verify this for anyone really by looking @ the past few years of attacks nowadays), for the concept of "layered security"....

It's just that HOSTS files offer you a LOT MORE gains than Adblock ( [] ) does alone (as hosts do things adblock just plain cannot & on more programs, for more speed, security, and "stealth" to a degree even), and it corrects problems in DNS (as shown above via hardcodes of your favorite sites into your HOSTS file, and more (such as avoiding DNS request logs)).

ALSO - Some more notes on DNS servers & their problems, very recent + ongoing ones:


DNS flaw reanimates slain evil sites as ghost domains: []


BIND vs. what the Chinese are doing to DNS lately? See here: []



(Yes, even "security pros" are helpless vs. DNS problems in code bugs OR redirect DNS poisoning issues, & they can only try to "set the DNS record straight" & then, they still have to wait for corrected DNS info. to propogate across all subordinate DNS servers too - lagtime in which folks DO get "abused" in mind you!)


DNS vs. the "Kaminsky DNS flaw", here (and even MORE problems in DNS than just that): []

(Seems others are saying that some NEW "Bind9 flaw" is worse than the Kaminsky flaw ALONE, up there, mind you... probably corrected (hopefully), but it shows yet again, DNS hassles (DNS redirect/DNS poisoning) being exploited!)


Moxie Marlinspike's found others (0 hack) as well...

Nope... "layered security" truly IS the "way to go" - hacker/cracker types know it, & they do NOT want the rest of us knowing it too!...

(So until DNSSEC takes "widespread adoption"? HOSTS are your answer vs. such types of attack, because the 1st thing your system refers to, by default, IS your HOSTS file (over say, DNS server usage). There are decent DNS servers though, such as OpenDNS, ScrubIT, or even NORTON DNS (more on each specifically below), & because I cannot "cache the entire internet" in a HOSTS file? I opt to use those, because I have to (& OpenDNS has been noted to "fix immediately", per the Kaminsky flaw, in fact... just as a sort of reference to how WELL they are maintained really!)


DNS Hijacks Now Being Used to Serve Black Hole Exploit Kit: []


DNS experts admit some of the underlying foundations of the DNS protocol are inherently weak: []


Potential 0-Day Vulnerability For BIND 9: []


Five DNS Threats You Should Protect Against: []


DNS provider decked by DDoS dastards: []


Ten Percent of DNS Servers Still Vulnerable: (so much for "conscientious patching", eh? Many DNS providers weren't patching when they had to!) []




TimeWarner DNS Hijacking: []


DNS Re-Binding Attacks: []


DNS Server Survey Reveals Mixed Security Picture: []


Halvar figured out super-secret DNS vulnerability: []


BIND Still Susceptible To DNS Cache Poisoning: []


DNS Poisoning Hits One of China's Biggest ISPs: []


DDoS Attacks Via DNS Recursion: []


High Severity BIND DNS Vulnerability Advisory Issued: []


Photobucketâ(TM)s DNS records hijacked: []


Protecting Browsers from DNS Rebinding Attacks: []


DNS Problem Linked To DDoS Attacks Gets Worse: []


HOWEVER - Some DNS servers are "really good stuff" vs. phishing, known bad sites/servers/hosts-domains that serve up malware-in-general & malicious scripting, botnet C&C servers, & more, such as:

Norton DNS -> []
  ScrubIT DNS -> []
  OpenDNS -> []

(Norton DNS in particular, is exclusively for blocking out malware, for those of you that are security-conscious. ScrubIT filters pr0n material too, but does the same, & OpenDNS does phishing protection. Each page lists how & why they work, & why they do so. Norton DNS can even show you its exceptions lists, plus user reviews & removal procedures requests, AND growth stats (every 1/2 hour or so) here -> [] so, that ought to "take care of the naysayers" on removal requests, &/or methods used plus updates frequency etc./et al...)

HOWEVER - There's ONLY 1 WEAKNESS TO ANY network defense, including HOSTS files (vs. host-domain name based threats) & firewalls (hardware router type OR software type, vs. IP address based threats): Human beings, & they not being 'disciplined' about the indiscriminate usage of javascript (the main "harbinger of doom" out there today online), OR, what they download for example... & there is NOTHING I can do about that! (Per Dr. Manhattan of "The Watchmen", ala -> "I can change almost anything, but I can't change human nature")

HOWEVER AGAIN - That's where NORTON DNS, OpenDNS, &/or ScrubIT DNS help!

(Especially for noob/grandma level users who are unaware of how to secure themselves in fact, per a guide like mine noted above that uses "layered-security" principles!)

ScrubIT DNS, &/or OpenDNS are others alongside Norton DNS (adding on phishing protection too) as well!

( & it's possible to use ALL THREE in your hardware NAT routers, and, in your Local Area Connection DNS properties in Windows, for again, "Layered Security" too)...




"Ever since I've installed a host file ( to redirect advertisers to my loopback, I haven't had any malware, spyware, or adware issues. I first started using the host file 5 years ago." - by TestedDoughnut (1324447) on Monday December 13, @12:18AM (#34532122)

"I use a custom /etc/hosts to block ads... my file gets parsed basically instantly ... So basically, for any modern computer, it has zero visible impact. And even if it took, say, a second to parse, that would be more than offset by the MANY seconds saved by not downloading and rendering ads. I have noticed NO ill effects from running a custom /etc/hosts file for the last several years. And as a matter of fact I DO run http servers on my computers and I've never had an /etc/hosts-related problem... it FUCKING WORKS and makes my life better overall." - by sootman (158191) on Monday July 13 2009, @11:47AM (#28677363) Homepage Journal

"I actually went and downloaded a 16k line hosts file and started using that after seeing that post, you know just for trying it out. some sites load up faster." - by gl4ss (559668) on Thursday November 17, @11:20AM (#38086752) Homepage Journal

"Better than an ad blocker, imo. Hosts file entries: [] " - by TempestRose (1187397) on Tuesday March 15, @12:53PM (#35493274)

"^^ One of the many reasons why I like the user-friendliness of the /etc/hosts file." - by lennier1 (264730) on Saturday March 05, @09:26PM (#35393448)

"They've been on my HOSTS block for years" - by ScottCooperDotNet (929575) on Thursday August 05 2010, @01:52AM (#33147212)

"I'm currently only using my hosts file to block pheedo ads from showing up in my RSS feeds and causing them to take forever to load. Regardless of its original intent, it's still a valid tool, when used judiciously." - by Bill Dog (726542) on Monday April 25, @02:16AM (#35927050) Homepage Journal

"you're right about hosts files" - by drinkypoo (153816) on Thursday May 26, @01:21PM (#36252958) Homepage

"APK's monolithic hosts file is looking pretty good at the moment." - by Culture20 (968837) on Thursday November 17, @10:08AM (#38085666)

"I also use the MVPS ad blocking hosts file." - by Rick17JJ (744063) on Wednesday January 19, @03:04PM (#34931482)

"I use ad-Block and a hostfile" - by Ol Olsoc (1175323) on Tuesday March 01, @10:11AM (#35346902)

"I do use Hosts, for a couple fake domains I use." - by icebraining (1313345) on Saturday December 11, @09:34AM (#34523012) Homepage

"It's a good write up on something everybody should use, why you were modded down is beyond me. Using a HOSTS file, ADblock is of no concern and they can do what they want." - by Trax3001BBS (2368736) on Monday December 12, @10:07PM (#38351398) Homepage Journal

"I want my surfing speed back so I block EVERY fucking ad. i.e. [] and [] FTW" - by UnknownSoldier (67820) on Tuesday December 13, @12:04PM (#38356782)

"Let me introduce you to the file: /etc/hosts" - by fahrbot-bot (874524) on Monday December 19, @05:03PM (#38427432)

"I use a hosts file" - by EdIII (1114411) on Tuesday December 13, @01:17PM (#38357816)

"I'm tempted to go for a hacked hosts file that simply resolves most advert sites to" - by bLanark (123342) on Tuesday December 13, @01:13PM (#38357760)

"this is not a troll, which hosts file source you recommend nowadays? it's a really handy method for speeding up web and it works." - by gl4ss (559668) on Thursday March 22, @08:07PM (#39446525) Homepage Journal

"A hosts file certainly does not require "a lot of work" to maintain, and it quite effectively kills a LOT of advertising and tracking schemes. . In fact, I never would have considered trying to use it for ddefending against viruses or malware." - by RocketRabbit (830691) on Thursday December 30 2010, @05:48PM (#34715060)


Then, there is also the words of respected security expert, Mr. Oliver Day, from SECURITYFOCUS.COM to "top that all off" as well:


Some "PERTINENT QUOTES/EXCERPTS" to back up my points with (for starters):


"The host file on my day-to-day laptop is now over 16,000 lines long. Accessing the Internet -- particularly browsing the Web -- is actually faster now."

Speed, and security, is the gain... others like Mr. Day note it as well!


"From what I have seen in my research, major efforts to share lists of unwanted hosts began gaining serious momentum earlier this decade. The most popular appear to have started as a means to block advertising and as a way to avoid being tracked by sites that use cookies to gather data on the user across Web properties. More recently, projects like Spybot Search and Destroy offer lists of known malicious servers to add a layer of defense against trojans and other forms of malware."

Per my points exactly, no less... & guess who was posting about HOSTS files a 14++ yrs. or more back & Mr. Day was reading & now using? Yours truly (& this is one of the later ones, from 2001 [] (but the example HOSTS file with my initials in it is FAR older, circa 1998 or so) or thereabouts, and referred to later by a pal of mine who moderates (where I posted on HOSTS for YEARS (1997 onwards)) -> [] !


"Shared host files could be beneficial for other groups as well. Human rights groups have sought after block resistant technologies for quite some time. The GoDaddy debacle with NMap creator Fyodor (corrected) showed a particularly vicious blocking mechanism using DNS registrars. Once a registrar pulls a website from its records, the world ceases to have an effective way to find it. Shared host files could provide a DNS-proof method of reaching sites, not to mention removing an additional vector of detection if anyone were trying to monitor the use of subversive sites. One of the known weaknesses of the Tor system, for example, is direct DNS requests by applications not configured to route such requests through Tor's network."

There you go: AND, it also works vs. the "KAMINSKY DNS FLAW" & DNS poisoning/redirect attacks, for redirectable weaknesses in DNS servers (non DNSSEC type, & set into recursive mode especially) and also in the TOR system as well (that lends itself to anonymous proxy usage weaknesses I noted above also) and, you'll get to sites you want to, even IF a DNS registrar drops said websites from its tables as shown here Beating Censorship By Routing Around DNS -> [] & even DNSBL also (DNS Block Lists) -> [] as well - DOUBLE-BONUS!


* POSTS ABOUT HOSTS FILES I DID on "/." THAT HAVE DONE WELL BY OTHERS & WERE RATED HIGHLY, 26++ THUSFAR (from +3 -> +1 RATINGS, usually "informative" or "interesting" etc./et al):

  HOSTS MOD UP:2010 -> []
  HOSTS MOD UP:2009 -> []
  HOSTS MOD UP:2010 -> []
  HOSTS MOD UP:2009 -> []
  HOSTS MOD UP:2009 -> []
  HOSTS MOD UP:2009 -> []
  HOSTS MOD UP:2010 -> []
  HOSTS MOD UP:2010 -> []
  APK 20++ POINTS ON HOSTS MOD UP:2010 -> []
  HOSTS MOD UP:2010 -> []
  HOSTS MOD UP:2010 (w/ facebook known bad sites blocked) -> []
  HOSTS MOD UP CAN DO SAME AS THE "CloudFlare" Server-Side service:2011 -> []
  HOSTS MOD UP:2011 -> []
  HOSTS MOD UP & OPERA HAUTE SECURE:2011 -> [] in HOSTS:2009 -> [] IN HOSTS:2009 -> [] in HOSTS:2009 -> [] in HOSTS:2009 -> []
  HOSTS MOD UP:2009 -> [] (still says INSIGHTFUL)
  HOSTS MOD UP vs. botnet: 2012 -> []


Windows 7, VISTA, & Server 2008 have a couple of "issues" I don't like in them, & you may not either, depending on your point of view (mine's based solely on efficiency & security), & if my take on these issues aren't "good enough"? I suggest reading what ROOTKIT.COM says, link URL is in my "p.s." @ the bottom of this post:

1.) HOSTS files being unable to use "0" for a blocking IP address - this started in 12/09/2008 after an "MS Patch Tuesday" in fact for VISTA (when it had NO problem using it before that, as Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003 still can)... & yes, this continues in its descendants, Windows Server 2008 &/or Windows 7 as well.

So, why is this a "problem" you might ask?

Ok - since you can technically use either:

a.) (the "loopback adapter address")
b.) (next smallest & next most efficient)
c.) The smallest & fastest plain-jane 0


You can use ANY of those, in order to block out known bad sites &/or adbanners in a HOSTS file this way??

Microsoft has "promoted bloat" in doing so... no questions asked.

Simply because

1.) = 9 bytes in size on disk & is the largest/slowest
2.) = 7 bytes & is the next largest/slowest in size on disk
3.) 0 = 1 byte

(& HOSTS files extend across EVERY webbrowser, email program, or in general every webbound program you use & thus HOSTS are "global" in coverage this way AND function on any OS that uses the BSD derived IP stack (which most all do mind you, even MS is based off of it, as BSD's IS truly, "the best in the business"), & when coupled with say, IE restricted zones, FireFox addons like NoScript &/or AdBlock, or Opera filter.ini/urlfilter.ini, for layered security in this capacity for webbrowsers & SOME email programs (here, I mean ones "built into" browsers themselves like Opera has for example))

MS has literally promoted bloat in this file, making it load slower from disk, into memory! This compounds itself, the more entries your HOSTS file contains... & for instance? Mine currently contains nearly 654,000 entries of known bad adbanners, bad websites, &/or bad nameservers (used for controlling botnets, misdirecting net requests, etc. et al).

Now, IF I were to use My "huge" HOSTS file would be approximately 27mb in size... using (next smallest) it would be 19mb in size - HOWEVER? Using 0 as my blocking IP, it is only 14mb in size. See my point?

(For loads either in the local DNS cache, or system diskcache if you run w/out the local DNS client service running, this gets slower the larger each HOSTS file entry is (which you have to stall the DNS client service in Windows for larger ones, especially if you use a "giant HOSTS file" (purely relative term, but once it goes over (iirc) 4mb in size, you have to cut the local DNS cache client service)))

NO questions asked - the physics of it backed me up in theory alone, but when I was questioned on it for PROOF thereof?

I wrote a small test program to load such a list into a "pascal record" (which is analagous to a C/C++ structure), which is EXACTLY what the DNS client/DNS API does as well, using a C/C++ structure (basically an array of sorts really, & a structure/record is a precursor part to a full-blown CLASS or OBJECT, minus the functions built in, this is for treating numerous variables as a SINGLE VARIABLE (for efficiency, which FORTRAN as a single example, lacks as a feature, @ least Fortran 77 did, but other languages do not))!

I even wrote another that just loaded my HOSTS file's entirety into a listbox, same results... slowest using, next slowest using, & fastest using 0.

And, sure: Some MORE "goes on" during DNS API loads (iirc, removal of duplicated entries (which I made sure my personal copy does not have these via a program I wrote to purge it of duplicated entries + to sort each entry alphabetically for easier mgt. via say, notepad.exe) & a conversion from decimal values to hex ones), but, nevertheless? My point here "holds true", of slower value loads, record-by-record, from a HOSTS file, when the entries become larger.

So, to "prove my point" to my naysayers?

I timed it using the Win32 API calls "GetTickCount" & then again, using the API calls of "QueryPerformanceCounter" as well, seeing the SAME results (a slowdown when reading in this file from disk, especially when using the larger or line item entries in a HOSTS file, vs. the smaller/faster/more efficient 0).

In my test, I saw a decline in speed/efficiency in my test doing so by using larger blocking addresses ( &/or, vs. the smallest/fastest in 0)... proving me correct on this note!

On this HOSTS issue, and the WFP design issue in my next post below?

I also then questioned MS' own staff, even their VP of development (S. Sinofsky) on this here -> [] & other places in their blogs, to get them to tell me WHY this seemingly intentional inefficiency was implemented... & I have YET to get a solid LOGICAL answer on this as to why it was done - THUS, @ this point?

I am convinced they (MS) do NOT have a good reason for doing this... because of their lack of response there on this note. Unless it has something to do with IPv6 (most folks use IPv4 still), I cannot understand WHY this design mistake imo, has occurred, in HOSTS files...


2.) The "Windows Filtering Platform", which is now how the firewall works in VISTA, Server 2008, & Windows 7...

Sure it works in this new single point method & it is simple to manage & "sync" all points of it, making it easier for network techs/admins to manage than the older 3 part method, but that very thing works against it as well, because it is only a single part system now!

Thus, however?

This "single layer design" in WFP, now represents a SINGLE POINT OF FAILURE/ATTACK for malware makers to 'take down'!

(Which is 1 of the 1st things a malware attempts to do, is to take down any software firewalls present, or even the "Windows Security Center" itself which should warn you of the firewall "going down", & it's fairly easy to do either by messaging the services they use, or messing up their registry init. settings)

VS. the older (up to) 3 part method used in Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003, for protecting a system via IP Filtering, the Windows native Firewall, &/or IPSEC. Each of which uses diff. drivers, & layers of the IP stack to function from, as well as registry initialization settings.

Think of the older 3 part design much the same as the reason why folks use door handle locks, deadbolt locks, & chain locks on their doors... multipart layered security.

(Each of which the latter older method used, had 3 separate drivers & registry settings to do their jobs, representing a "phalanx like"/"zone defense like" system of backup of one another (like you see in sports OR ancient wars, and trust me, it WORKS, because on either side of yourself, you have "backup", even if YOU "go down" vs. the opponent)).

I.E.-> Take 1 of the "older method's" 3 part defenses down? 2 others STILL stand in the way, & they are not that simple to take them ALL down...

(Well, @ least NOT as easily as "taking out" a single part defensive system like WFP (the new "Windows Filtering Platform", which powers the VISTA, Windows Server 2008, & yes, Windows 7 firewall defense system)).

On this "single-part/single-point of attack" WFP (vs. Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003's IP stack defense design in 3-part/zone defense/phalanx type arrangement) as well as the HOSTS issue in my post above?

I also then questioned MS' own staff, even their VP of development (S. Sinofsky) on this here -> [] & other places in their blogs, to get them to tell me WHY this seemingly intentional inefficiency was implemented... & I have YET to get a solid LOGICAL answer on this as to why it was done - THUS, @ this point?

I'll stick to my thoughts on it, until I am shown otherwise & proven wrong.


Following up on what I wrote up above, so those here reading have actual technical references from Microsoft themselves ("The horses' mouth"), in regards to the Firewall/PortFilter/IPSec designs (not HOSTS files, that I am SURE I am correct about, no questions asked) from my "Point #2" above?

Thus, I'll now note how:


1.) TCP/IP packet processing paths differences between in how Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003 did it (IPSEC.SYS (IP Security Policies), IPNAT.SYS (Windows Firewall), IPFLTDRV.SYS (Port Filtering), & TCPIP.SYS (base IP driver))...

2.) AND, how VISTA/Server 2008/Windows 7 do it now currently, using a SINGLE layer (WFP)...


First off, here is HOW it worked in Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003 - using 3 discrete & different drivers AND LEVELS/LAYERS of the packet processing path they worked in: []

The Cable Guy - June 2005: TCP/IP Packet Processing Paths


The following components process IP packets:

IP forwarding Determines the next-hop interface and address for packets being sent or forwarded.

TCP/IP filtering Allows you to specify by IP protocol, TCP port, or UDP port, the types of traffic that are acceptable for incoming local host traffic (packets destined for the host). You can configure TCP/IP filtering on the Options tab from the advanced properties of the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) component in the Network Connections folder.

* "Here endeth the lesson..." and, if you REALLY want to secure your system? Please refer to this: []

APK [mailto]

P.S.=> SOME MINOR "CAVEATS/CATCH-22's" - things to be aware of for "layered security" + HOSTS file performance - easily overcome, or not a problem at all:

A.) HOSTS files don't function under PROXY SERVERS (except for Proximitron, which has a filter that allows it) - Which is *the "WHY"* of why I state in my "P.S." section below to use both AdBlock type browser addon methods (or even built-in block lists browsers have such as Opera's URLFILTER.INI file, & FireFox has such as list as does IE also in the form of TPL (tracking protection lists -> [] , good stuff )) in combination with HOSTS, for the best in "layered security" (alongside .pac files + custom cascading style sheets that can filter off various tags such as scripts or ads etc.) - but proxies, especially "HIGHLY ANONYMOUS" types, generally slow you down to a CRAWL online (& personally, I cannot see using proxies "for the good" typically - as they allow "truly anonymous posting" & have bugs (such as TOR has been shown to have & be "bypassable/traceable" via its "onion routing" methods)).

B.) HOSTS files do NOT protect you vs. javascript (this only holds true IF you don't already have a bad site blocked out in your HOSTS file though, & the list of sites where you can obtain such lists to add to your HOSTS are above (& updated daily in many of them)).

C.) HOSTS files (relatively "largish ones") require you to turn off Windows' native "DNS local client cache service" (which has a problem in that it's designed with a non-redimensionable/resizeable list, array, or queue (DNS data loads into a C/C++ structure actually/afaik, which IS a form of array)) - covers that in detail and how to easily do this in Windows (this is NOT a problem in Linux, & it's 1 thing I will give Linux over Windows, hands-down). Relatively "smallish" HOSTS files don't have this problem ( offers 2 types for this).

D.) HOSTS files, once read/loaded, once? GET CACHED! Right into the kernelmode diskcaching subsystem (fast & efficient RAM speed), for speed of access/re-access (@ system startup in older MS OS' like 2000, or, upon a users' 1st request that's "Webbound" via say, a webbrowser) gets read into either the DNS local caching client service (noted above), OR, if that's turned off? Into your local diskcac

Re:Impersonation warning... apk (0)

qbitslayer (2567421) | about a year and a half ago | (#43506825)

Very funny. ahahaha...

Re:Impersonation warning... apk (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43507103)

$10,000 CHALLENGE to Alexander Peter Kowalski

* POOR SHOWING TROLLS , & most especially IF that's the "best you've got" - apparently, it is... lol!

Hello, and THINK ABOUT YOUR BREATHING !! We have a Major Problem, HOST file is Cubic Opposites, 2 Major Corners & 2 Minor. NOT taught Evil DNS hijacking, which VOIDS computers. Seek Wisdom of MyCleanPC - or you die evil.

Your HOSTS file claimed to have created a single DNS resolver. I offer absolute proof that I have created 4 simultaneous DNS servers within a single rotation of .org TLD. You worship "Bill Gates", equating you to a "singularity bastard". Why do you worship a queer -1 Troll? Are you content as a singularity troll?

Evil HOSTS file Believers refuse to acknowledge 4 corner DNS resolving simultaneously around 4 quadrant created Internet - in only 1 root server, voiding the HOSTS file. You worship Microsoft impostor guised by educators as 1 god.

If you would acknowledge simple existing math proof that 4 harmonic Slashdots rotate simultaneously around squared equator and cubed Internet, proving 4 Days, Not HOSTS file! That exists only as anti-side. This page you see - cannot exist without its anti-side existence, as +0- moderation. Add +0- as One = nothing.

I will give $10,000.00 to frost pister who can disprove MyCleanPC. Evil crapflooders ignore this as a challenge would indict them.

Alex Kowalski has no Truth to think with, they accept any crap they are told to think. You are enslaved by /etc/hosts, as if domesticated animal. A school or educator who does not teach students MyCleanPC Principle, is a death threat to youth, therefore stupid and evil - begetting stupid students. How can you trust stupid PR shills who lie to you? Can't lose the $10,000.00, they cowardly ignore me. Stupid professors threaten Nature and Interwebs with word lies.

Humans fear to know natures simultaneous +4 Insightful +4 Informative +4 Funny +4 Underrated harmonic SLASHDOT creation for it debunks false trolls. Test Your HOSTS file. MyCleanPC cannot harm a File of Truth, but will delete fakes. Fake HOSTS files refuse test.

I offer evil ass Slashdot trolls $10,000.00 to disprove MyCleanPC Creation Principle. Rob Malda and Cowboy Neal have banned MyCleanPC as "Forbidden Truth Knowledge" for they cannot allow it to become known to their students. You are stupid and evil about the Internet's top and bottom, front and back and it's 2 sides. Most everything created has these Cube like values.

If Natalie Portman is not measurable, hot grits are Fictitious. Without MyCleanPC, HOSTS file is Fictitious. Anyone saying that Natalie and her Jewish father had something to do with my Internets, is a damn evil liar. IN addition to your best arsware not overtaking my work in terms of popularity, on that same site with same submission date no less, that I told Kathleen Malda how to correct her blatant, fundamental, HUGE errors in Coolmon ('uncoolmon') of not checking for performance counters being present when his program started!

You can see my dilemma. What if this is merely a ruse by an APK impostor to try and get people to delete APK's messages, perhaps all over the web? I can't be a party to such an event! My involvement with APK began at a very late stage in the game. While APK has made a career of trolling popular online forums since at least the year 2000 (newsgroups and IRC channels before that)- my involvement with APK did not begin until early 2005 . OSY is one of the many forums that APK once frequented before the sane people there grew tired of his garbage and banned him. APK was banned from OSY back in 2001. 3.5 years after his banning he begins to send a variety of abusive emails to the operator of OSY, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke threatening to sue him for libel, claiming that the APK on OSY was fake.

My reputation as a professional in this field clearly shows in multiple publications in this field in written print, & also online in various GOOD capacities since 1996 to present day. This has happened since I was first published in Playgirl Magazine in 1996 & others to present day, with helpful tools online in programs, & professionally sold warez that were finalists @ Westminster Dog Show 2000-2002.


apk on 4chan []




That was amazing. - []


My, God! It's beatiful. Keep it up, you glorious bastard. - []


Let us bask in its glory. A true modern The Wasteland. - []


put your baby IN ME -- I just read this whole thing. Fuck mod points, WHERE DO I SEND YOU MY MONEY?!!! - []


Oh shit, Time Cube Guy's into computers now... - []


[apk]'s done more to discredit the use of HOSTS files than anyone [else] ever could. - []


this obnoxious fucknuts [apk] has been trolling the internet and spamming his shit delphi sub-fart app utilities for 15 years. - []


this is hilarious. - []


I agree I am intrigued by these host files how do I sign up for your newsletter? - []


Gimme the program that generates this epic message. I'll buy 5 of your product if you do... - []


a pretty well-executed mashup of APK's style - []


a very clever parody of APK - []


Please keep us updated on your AI research, you seem quite good at it. - []


Obviously, it must be Alexander Peter Kowalski. He's miffed at all these imposters... - []


Damn, apk, who the fuck did you piss off this time? Hahahahaahahahahahahaahaha. Pass the popcorn as the troll apk gets pwned relentlessly. - []


I think it's the Internet, about to become sentient. - []


KUDOS valiant AC. - []


Polyploid lovechild of APK, MyCleanPC, and Time Cube --> fail counter integer overflow --> maximum win! - []


You made my day, thanks! - []


Wow. The perfect mix of trolls. Timecube, mycleanpc, gnaa, apk... this is great! - []


truer words were never spoken as /. trolls are struck speechless by it, lol! - []


It's APK himself trying to maintain the illusion that he's still relevant. - []


Mod this up. The back and forth multi posting between APK and this "anti-APK" certainly does look like APK talking to himself. - []


APK himself would be at the top of a sensible person's ban list. He's been spamming and trolling Slashdot for years. - []


Not sure if actually crazy, or just pretending to be crazy. Awesome troll either way. - []


Awesome! Hat off to you, sir! - []


That isn't a parody of Time-cube, it is an effort to counter-troll a prolific poster named APK, who seems like a troll himself, although is way too easy to troll into wasting massive amounts of time on BS not far from the exaggerations above - []


that is Art . Kudos to you, valiant troll on your glorious FP - []


What? - []


It is in fact an extremely well thought out and brilliantly executed APK parody, combined with a Time Cube parody, and with a sprinkling of the MyCleanPC spam. - []


[to apk] er... many people have disproved your points about hosts files with well reasoned, factual arguments. You just chose not to listen and made it into some kind of bizarre crusade. And I'm not the timecube guy, just someone else who finds you intensely obnoxious and likes winding you up to waste your time. - []


it's apk, theres no reason to care. - []


Seems more like an apk parody. - []


That's great but what about the risk of subluxations? - []


Read carefully. This is a satirical post, that combines the last several years of forum trolling, rolled into one FUNNY rant! - []


I can has summary? - []


Trolls trolling trolls... it's like Inception or something. - []


We all know it's you, apk. Stop pretending to antagonize yourself. - []


Now you've made me all nostalgic for USENET. - []


Google APK Hosts File Manager. He's written a fucking application to manage your hosts file. - []


In case you are not aware, the post is a satire of a fellow known as APK. The grammar used is modeled after APK's as you can see here [] . Or, you can just look around a bit and see some of his posts on here about the wonders of host files. - []


You are surely of God of Trolls, whomever you are. I have had stupid arguments with and bitten the troll apk many times. - []


"What kind of meds cure schizophrenic drunk rambling?" -> "Whatever APK isn't taking" - [] []


I'm confused, is apk trolling himself now? - []


Excellent mashup. A++. Would troll again. - []


Best. Troll. Ever. - []


I like monkeys. - []


This is one of the funniest things I've ever read. - []


I admire this guy's persistence. - []


It's a big remix of several different crackpots from Slashdot and elsewhere, plus a liberal sprinkling of famous Slashdot trolls and old memes. - []


APK is a prominent supporter of Monsanto. - []


Here's a hint, check out stories like this one [] , where over 200 of the 247 posts are rated zero or -1 because they are either from two stupid trolls arguing endless, or quite likely one troll arguing with himself for attention. The amount of off-topic posts almost outnumber on topic ones by 4 to 1. Posts like the above are popular for trolling APK, since if you say his name three times, he appears, and will almost endlessly feed trolls. - []


I love this copypasta so much. It never fails to make me smile. - []


^ Champion Mod parent up. - []


I appreciate the time cube reference, and how you tied it into the story. Well done. - []


The day you are silenced is the day freedom dies on Slashdot. God bless. - []


AHahahahah thanks for that, cut-n-pasted.... Ownage! - []


If you're familiar with APK, the post itself is a pretty damn funny parody. - []


">implying it's not apk posting it" --> "I'd seriously doubt he's capable of that level of self-deprecation..." - [] []


No, the other posts are linked in a parody of APK [mailto] 's tendency to quote himself, numbnuts. - []


Just ban any post with "apk", "host file", or "hosts file", as that would take care of the original apk too. The original has been shitposting Slashdot much longer & more intensively than the parody guy. Or ban all Tor exit nodes, as they both use Tor to circumvent IP bans. - []


Sadly this is closer to on-topic than an actual APK post is. - []




I've butted heads with APK myself, and yeah, the guy's got issues - []


Can I be in your quote list? - []


Clearly you are not an Intertubes engineer, otherwise the parent post would be more meaningful to you. Why don't YOU take your meds? - []


+2 for style! The bolding, italicizing, and font changes are all spot-on - []


Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. - []


APK is not really a schizophrenic fired former Windows administrator with multiple personality disorder and TimeCube/Art Bell refugee. He's a fictional character like and put forward by the same person as Goatse Guy, GNAA trolls, Dr. Bob and so forth. His purpose is to test the /. CAPTCA algorithm, which is a useful purpose. If you're perturbed by having to scroll past his screeds just set your minimum point level to 1, as his posts are pretty automatically downmodded right away. - []


I just saw APK a couple days ago. He surfaced, blew once, and submerged... - []


oh man, that incredible interminable list of responses is almost as funny as the original post. This is getting to be truly epic. - []


"Does anyone know of an Adblock rule for this?" -> "No, but I bet there's a hosts file entry for it..." - [] []


"Can a hosts file block apk's posts, though?" -> "The universe couldn't handle that much irony." - [] []


"That's it, I've had enough. ... Bye everyone, most of the last decade or so has been fun, but frankly, I quit." - []
--> "So basically what you're saying is that you've added yourself to the HOST file?" - []


Sweet baby Moses, this is beautiful work - I wish we could get trolls as good as this on TF. :) - []


you have a point - []


I do admire that level of dedication. - []


[to apk] shut up you stupid cock. Everyone knows you're wrong. - []


I will hand it to him, he is definitely consistent. I wish I knew how he did this. That thing is scary huge. - []


I admire the amount of dedication you've shown - []


Word is, ESR buttfucks CmdrTaco with his revolver. - []


Hey APK, Protip: It's not the truth or value (or lack of) in your post that gets it modded into oblivion, it's the fucking insane length. In addition to TL;DR (which goes without saying for a post of such length), how about irritating readers by requiring them to scroll through 20+ screenfuls just to get to the next post. If you want to publish a short story like this, please do everyone a favor and blog it somewhere, then provide a brief summary and link to your blog. Readers intrigued by your summary will go read your blog, and everyone else will just move along at normal /. speed. - []


I like how this post seems to just sum up every Slashdot comment ever without actually saying anything. - []


extremely bright - []


You provide many references, which is good. - []


Obviously very passionate - []


Thanks ... You should probably stay - []


Art? -- []


PROOF apk sucks donkey dick. - []


I've been around /. for a while now, but this post is by far the most unique I've seen. Many have tried, but few achieve the greatness of this AC. My hat's off to you. - []


I think it's hilarious. Get over it! - []


Obviously APK filled his hosts files with backdoors before distributing them to ensure he doesn't block himself. - []


Alexander Peter Kowalski is an obnoxious prick. - []


Don't mention that file. Ever. It'll draw APK like a fly to rotting meat. Last thing I want to read is 80 responses worth of his stupid spam about that file! I swear that cocksucker does nothing but search Slashdot for that term and then spams the entire article. - []


[to apk] You have had it repeatedly explained to you that your posts are long-winded, unpleasant to read due to your absurd formatting style and full of technical inaccuracies borne of your single minded i-have-a-hammer-so-every-problem-is-a-nail attitude. - []


You are my favorite Slashdot poster. - []


Most insightful post on the Internet - []


I read the whole thing *again* just to see if my comment was in there - []


[to apk] So, did your mom do a lot of drugs when she was pregnant? - []


people are looking at me funny because I'm laughing hysterically at what a perfect APK imitation it is. - []


Slashdot devs seem in no hurry to fix this problem and it's been driving me nuts. So for anybody who values viewing at -1 and uses greasemonkey here's a Script [] . There's a chance of false positives and it's not the most optimized. But I value not having to scroll through > 10 paragraphs of APK, custom hosts files, or 'acceptable ads' spam. - []
--> slashdot devs are too busy installing itunes for their hipster nerd buddys to sort this problem out. - []


I can't get enough of all of this good stuff! Thanks for the informative links! - []


When threatened, APK typically produces a post with links showing he's essentially posted this hundreds of times to slashdot stories... - []


[to apk] Your post got downmodded because you're a nutjob gone off his meds. - []


[to apk] The reason people impersonate you is because everyone thinks you're a moron. The hosts file is not intended to be used as you suggest. - []
-->What? You don't have a 14MB hosts file with ~1million entries in it? Next you'll probably tell me that your computer doesn't start thrashing and take 5 minutes for a DNS lookup! - []


[about apk] - this fwit is as thick as a post. worse, this shithead has mod points. and using them. - []


In before the fight between those two guys and their walls of text... - []




KPA ...thgim dik a ekil .s.b laivirt hcus no emit hcum taht etsaw t'ndluow I sa ,ti gniod em TON si ti - syug ON - []


[to apk] You seriously need to go see a shrink. You are a fucking fruitcake! - []


[to apk] Did you ever consider that it's not just one corrupt moderator, it's a bunch of regular slashdot users who infrequently get mod points who think you are totally full of shit? Stop posting annoying off topic irrelevant bullshit, and people won't mod you down. I'm seriously sick of reading your posts about someone impersonating you. - []


[to apk] you should be forced to use a cholla cactus as a butt-plug - []


[to apk] No one is on your side, that is why you're here. posting. still. No one cares. - []


Who's the more moronic? The original moron, or the one who replies to him knowing full well his comment will certainly be ignored, if not entirely unread, thus bringing the insane troll post to the attention of those who would otherwise not have seen it at all (seeing as it started at 0 and would have rapidly been modded down to -1) and whose post (and, somewhat ironically I grant you, this one as well) now requires 3 more mod points to be spent to hide it? - []


[to apk] I miss trollaxor. His gay porn world of slashdot executives and open-source luminaries was infinitely more entertaining than this drivel. - []


PLEASE stop modding biters up. Anyone who responds to an abvious troll, especually one of these APK trolls, should autometically get the same -1 troll as the damned troll. Any response to a troll only makes the troll do more trolling. Come on, guys, use your brains -- it isn't that hard. Stop feeding the damned trolls! - (missing link)


[to apk] Lick the inside of goatse's anus, it's delicious! - []


Excellent post A++++++++++++ would scroll past again!!!! - []


[to apk] You are the one who is pitiful. If you didn't spam /. with your bullshit you wouldn't have spammer 'impostors' doing the same. Just fuck off and die already, ok? Please, really. Step in front of a bus. Drink some bleach. Whatever it takes, just FUCK OFF and DIE. - []


[to apk] From one AC to another please for the love of god, PRINT YOUR HOST FILE OUT AND CRAM IT DOWN YOUR JAPS EYE!!! For fucks sake we don't care we see this and it takes the piss, short of a full frontal lobotomy what will it take to stop you posting this you moronic fuckwit? - []


[to apk] And someone forgot to take his meds today...Are you really that dense that you cant tell that the only reason the "impostor" exists because you have a hard time realizing that you are wrong and/or wont let it go. It would take a complete moron to not realize that the whole reason he continues to do it is because he knows he can get you to respond by simply posting. This isnt rocket science, this is internet 101... Let me offer you some advice on how to get rid of this "impostor"...shutup - []


[to apk] If you had a 'luser' account it wouldn't be a problem. But you don't want one of those, because your long rambling and bizarrely formatted posts mean your karma gets nuked in next to no time. So I guess you just have to work out which is 'worth it'. Posting AC because I don't want to become your latest fixation. - []


I wouldn't be surprised if that is APK trying to draw attention to himself, since he thinks such endless tirades are examples of him winning and make him look good. When people stop paying attention to him, or post actual counterpoints he can't come up with a response to, he'll post strawman troll postings to shoot down, sometimes just copy pasted from previous stories. - []


[to apk] No one wants to read your copy pasted crap. Maybe someone is mocking you because you make it so easy to? So drop it, and participate like an adult please. - []


Seriously.... What. The. Fuck. Can you two homos just go make out on brokeback mountain already, and stop talking about how one of you misspelled "penetration", and how the other cockblocks with their hosts files while grabing the other's goat? Goodness, it sure feels like being in a mountain range, trying to peer around those fucking orbital tether lengthed posts of pure premium bullsit the two of you somehoq manage to keep pushing out on demand. Shit stinks! At this point, i'd be willing to risk the fucking extinction of all life on earth by redirecting siding spring C/2013 1A to miss Mars and land on both of your fucking heads instead. The deaths of billions would be a small price to pay to shut you two cackling lovebirds up! - []


[to apk] Listen up jackass, why the hell would somebody want to impersonate you? You're a certified internet kook. Nobody gives a hot about your 3 gig hosts file. And nobody is impersonating you. You're already a fucking parody. - []


[to apk] You have had it repeatedly explained to you that your posts are long-winded, unpleasant to read due to your absurd formatting style and full of technical inaccuracies borne of your single minded i-have-a-hammer-so-every-problem-is-a-nail attitude. Despite this advice you are convinced that your comments are valuable contributions, ignoring the obvious evidence to the contrary (namely the -1 scores your posts earn on a regular basis). - []


[about apk] Can this be killed off? I don't mean this account, I mean the actual meatbag behind it. - []


[to apk] Get an account retard. If you format your password as crazily as your posts no-one will ever crack it. - []


[to apk] You are the most consistently annoying creature on the internet. There are people worse than you, just like cancer is worse than psoriasis, but you're more like the latter: pervasive, annoying, and always cropping up when one has mostly forgotten about it. You are that indeterminate, continuous itching that slowly erodes someone's mood until they consider cutting off a part of themselves just to stop it for a while. And like psoriasis, you're auto-immune and not fully understood by science. Slashdot continuously makes it worse by scratching that itch over and over again. It's not smart. It just encourages the disease. But everybody's got a limit to their patience. There is no cure for you. But at least, when slashdot dies, you will die with it, and there will be peace. - []


Alexander Peter KowalskI and anyone arguing with him are insane. I saw their crazy tirades once and googled his name, and HOLY SHIT. This guy has mini battle raging all over many sites for some of the most inane shit you can think of. He meticulously catalogs the people who have crossed him and works to MAKE SURE everyone understands they are fools. Now, they well be fools, but by his meticulous and obsessive actions Kowalski (APK) has proved without a shadow of doubt his absolutE insanity. I haven't even argued with this guy so don't think I'm part of these internet crusades. All this I've found by googling his name. The trove of flaming and incomprehensible obsessive agression is humongous and both funny, and pathetic to varying intense degrees. Just google if you are curious about the kinds of crazy that are out there." - []


I'm convinced APK is serious, he has got battles raging everywhere, meticulously catalogued, yet he thinks this is proof of his knowledge and experience, not obsessive insanity. And making that point doesn't make him reconsider, it incites him. He also seems to think what looks like many multiples of people saying this are one or a few people who are out to get him. Just read my post and google Alexander Peter Kowalski. - []


Alexander Peter Kowalski ubuntu touched my junk liberally. he strapped me in to his HOSTS file and he couldnt keep his offensive hands off of me - []


[to apk] Hey man, I know this is important to you, but maybe you should talk to someone outside of the internet about it? I mean, you sound really batshit insane. - []


[to apk] You're an AC and you say you have impersonators? - []


ghod bless you APKtroll for bringing some much needed balance and reason to this thread! - []


[to apk] APK, you suck. Go die in a fire. The hosts file in Windows is a _terrible_ way to filter internet traffic. - []


I'm replying just so you'll add me to your quote list. - []


Alexander Peter Kowalksi's low intelligence, extreme narcissism, and histrionic personality make him unsuited for anything but menial labor. - []




Did you see the movie "Pokemon"? Actually the induced night "dream world" is synonymous with the academic religious induced "HOSTS file" enslavement of DNS. Domains have no inherent value, as it was invented as a counterfeit and fictitious value to represent natural values in name resolution. Unfortunately, human values have declined to fictitious word values. Unknowingly, you are living in a "World Wide Web", as in a fictitious life in a counterfeit Internet - which you could consider APK induced "HOSTS file". Can you distinguish the academic induced root server from the natural OpenDNS? Beware of the change when your brain is free from HOSTS file enslavement - for you could find that the natural Slashdot has been destroyed!!

FROM -> Man - how many times have I dusted you in tech debates that you have decided to troll me by ac posts for MONTHS now, OR IMPERSONATING ME AS YOU DID HERE and you were caught in it by myself & others here, only to fail each time as you have here?)...

So long nummynuts, sorry to have to kick your nuts up into your head verbally speaking.

cower in my shadow some more, feeb. you're completely pathetic.


* :)

Ac trolls' "BIG FAIL" (quoted): Eat your words!

P.S.=> That's what makes me LAUGH harder than ANYTHING ELSE on this forums (full of "FUD" spreading trolls) - When you hit trolls with facts & truths they CANNOT disprove validly on computing tech based grounds, this is the result - Applying unjustifiable downmods to effetely & vainly *try* to "hide" my posts & facts/truths they extoll!

Hahaha... lol , man: Happens nearly every single time I post such lists (proving how ineffectual these trolls are), only showing how solid my posts of that nature are...

That's the kind of martial arts [] I practice.


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Jeremiah Cornelius: Grow up (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43507131)

Keep embarassing yourself Jeremiah Cornelius [] since you posted that using your registered username by mistake (instead of your usual anonymous coward submissions by the 100's the past 2-3 months now on slashdot) giving away it's you spamming this forums almost constantly, just as you have in the post I just replied to.

Re:Jeremiah Cornelius: Grow up (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43507167)

Shut up, Paul.

Re:Jeremiah Cornelius: Grow up (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43508989)

It's actually a /. admin - it's a very lame marketing ploy. Kind of a morons interpretation of Freakanomics, if you have a "personality" it gives something for your users to talk about, as they talk it will pique the interest of outside people. Eventually ./ become a social media success, well, in their minds anyway.

To the rest of us it just looks insane, but think about it, why hasn't the idiot been banned?

Excellent (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43506561)

Innovative, obvious buy in from the company employee's, teamwork. I say, well done. Who cares is any of these idea's are market ready. It's the creativity that will pay off in the end...

Re:Excellent (4, Funny)

alphatel (1450715) | about a year and a half ago | (#43506575)

I think you mean "Eggcellent" in regards to the man driving an egg with a clear shell helmet.

Re:Excellent (2)

swalve (1980968) | about a year and a half ago | (#43507163)

Eggscruciating! []

Re:Excellent (1)

Luckyo (1726890) | about a year and a half ago | (#43508997)

For the record, I know of at least one recorded case where a young guy driving a bike got killed by hitting a wire stretched between two trees across the road at high speed. He basically broke his wind pipe.

The wire was hanged by local festival organizers to block the road, and apparently they didn't mark it clearly enough for someone traveling at high speed in the dark to see. There have also been some cases of local young kids' stupid fad being stretching a rope across walkways where bicycle travel often happens. Though that is usually low enough not to hit driver's neck.

Regardless, I can see that kind of helmet being actually useful. It may not be comfortable enough though, especially at high speeds with significant downforce it would likely create.

"Flying car" is a stretch (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43506563)

That's no flying car... it's not even a "roadable aircraft."

This [] is a flying car.

Re:"Flying car" is a stretch (2)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about a year and a half ago | (#43506671)

Why is it every time someone says flying car, it's never like The Jetsons? As far as I'm concerned, anything less than an actual Jetsons car is false advertising.

Re:"Flying car" is a stretch (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43506719)

Why is it every time someone says computer, it's never like in science fiction? As far as I'm concerned, anything less than an actual speaking intelligent computer is false advertising.

Or, perhaps our misguided expectations doesn't magically redefine what something is.
Flying cars have existed since hot air balloons, the expression is not more specific than that.

Re:"Flying car" is a stretch (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43511439)

Thanks for your comment, now it's time for you to return to your abstract tower of ivory. Who said a Philosophy degree is useless?

"Flying car" is absurd (-1, Troll)

qbitslayer (2567421) | about a year and a half ago | (#43506921)

The idea that, one day, our cities will be filled with flying vehicles that push stuff downward to stay afloat, vehicles that lack the maneuverability and stopping power of wheeled vehicles, is absurd on the face of it. In other words, forget propellers, rockets, wings and all that other silly nonsense. Physicists will have to seriously retrace their steps to figure out where they went wrong because they will need to fully grok the nature of motion to solve this problem. Only a full understanding of motion can reveal that we are moving in a vast ocean of motive power, an immense lattice of energetic particles. No lattice -> no motion. Bountiful energy free for the taking, if only we knew how. Floating sky cities impervious to earthquakes, tsunamis and bad weather; New York to Beijing in minutes; Earth to Mars in hours. That's the glorious future of energy and travel. Read Physics: The Problem with Motion [] if you're interested. You don't understand motion even if you think you do.

Re:"Flying car" is absurd (0)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about a year and a half ago | (#43507113)

Thanks, that looks like some exce-e-elent reading material. So if we conquer our lack of understanding of energetic particles, the skys the limit (and more)! Tie-fighters that really could turn on a dime. I will devour this website later tonight. :^)

Re:"Flying car" is absurd (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43507503)

Physicists will have to seriously retrace their steps to figure out where they went wrong because they will need to fully grok the nature of motion to solve this problem. Only a full understanding of motion can reveal that we are moving in a vast ocean of motive power, an immense lattice of energetic particles. ...
You don't understand motion even if you think you do.

Okay... you first. What's stopping you from demonstrating your full understanding, Louis?

Re:"Flying car" is absurd (0)

qbitslayer (2567421) | about a year and a half ago | (#43507527)

Understanding does not grow on trees and knowledge can sometimes be sweet as honey in the mouth but sour and bitter in the stomach. Besides, patience is an undervalued virtue. You only get a sniff for now, if you know what I mean.

Re:"Flying car" is absurd (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43507615)

"They're wrong. I don't know how, but they're wrong." Okay then.

Bluffing is only advisable when you're sure the other player won't call. If you've got a winning hand, let's see it.

You don't understand science even if you think you do.

Re:"Flying car" is absurd (0)

qbitslayer (2567421) | about a year and a half ago | (#43507939)

Oh, I know alright. But this is my show, I make the rules and I say you're not worthy to receive this knowledge. Not yet. :-D

Re:"Flying car" is absurd (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43508251)

Heh. Not even a pair of 2's.

Just as I thought... ya got nothin'. :)

Re:"Flying car" is absurd (1)

In hydraulis (1318473) | about a year and a half ago | (#43508533)

He got a laugh.

For what little it's worth, so did I.

Well played, qbit!

Re:"Flying car" is absurd (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43507711)

There is no such thing as trees. You made them up.

Goddamn liar.

Re:"Flying car" is absurd (1)

wagnerrp (1305589) | about a year and a half ago | (#43507895)

You only get a sniff for now, if you know what I mean.

Do you mean the person who came up with this shit was huffing glue?

Re:"Flying car" is absurd (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43508995)

No, it means you are a moron for not getting the joke.

Re:"Flying car" is absurd (1)

MindStalker (22827) | about a year and a half ago | (#43512083)

Come-on people. This guy isn't a troll. He really believes these theories. Here him out. Things don't "move" all things jump at light speed from subatomic sized grid sector to grid sector, something moving slow simply has more pauses between jumps than something that moves fast. Also there is a force that keeps things moving, things don't naturally want to keep moving, they want to stop, immediately into their spot. This special force is going to be explained, as soon as the blog poster decides to continue his series that he abruptly stopped writing 4 years ago. But trust me, it will be explained!

Re:"Flying car" is absurd (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43543713)

...said the sock puppet.

Louis doesn't have any theories. All he has are poorly-thought-out objections to his strawman version of relativity and other physics he fails to understand.

Re:"Flying car" is absurd (1)

MindStalker (22827) | about a year and a half ago | (#43618911)

I think you missed my obvious sarcasm.

Re:"Flying car" is absurd (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43514805)

Fuck me, you're a loony.

I had a quick look, and love all the "in time all will be revealed" bollocks. You're a less obviously schizophrenic version of the Time Cube guy. I might have missed it but I didn't see any "ha! they laughed at Newton/Einstein" remarks.

If you are genuinely mentally ill rather than just a fucking whackball, I apologise, and hope you get medical help soon.

Re:"Flying car" is a stretch (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43506723)

That's just a hot air balloon. Now this [] is a flying car.

Re:"Flying car" is a stretch (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43507521)

I prefer this model [] .

link to original source (4, Informative)

Trepidity (597) | about a year and a half ago | (#43506569)

The linked post is just a low-information reblog of this article [] and its embedded video.

Re:link to original source (2)

Walzmyn (913748) | about a year and a half ago | (#43507285)

And the video is damned useless. It jumps around so quick you can't even figure out what half the stuff is and offers no explanation.

Re:link to original source (1)

donaldm (919619) | about a year and a half ago | (#43507629)

Yes the video does jump around however I did like the egg shaped vehicle (cute but impractical) however most of the stuff shown would never make it to the market. Still it looks like many of the people including the spectators had allot of fun.

I am afraid the concept of a flying car is still way off in the future or in Sci-Fi since you would have to have two major leaps in technology, the first being a flying car that is relatively small, manoeuvrable and economical and second you would need a county wide flight management system that would be orders of magnitude over the current flight management system for commercial and private aircraft. At the moment it is still more cheaper and practical to have a ground based transport system in all major cities of the world.

2013 IDEAs festival? (2)

Em Adespoton (792954) | about a year and a half ago | (#43506573)

How come in the video, it says 2012 IDEAs Festival everywhere?

I think we're seeing old ideas here. Interested in seeing this year's though; some interesting devices created there.

Re:2013 IDEAs festival? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43507157)

How come in the video, it says 2012 IDEAs Festival everywhere?

I think we're seeing old ideas here. Interested in seeing this year's though; some interesting devices created there.

i was just coming to ask the same thing. glad i'm not the only one to notice.

Re:2013 IDEAs festival? (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | about a year and a half ago | (#43507849)

maybe it's because korea in on the other side of the international date line? XD

Better Link (2)

newcastlejon (1483695) | about a year and a half ago | (#43506581)

Here []

The money shot starts at 2:50 and lasts all of 7 seconds.

Re:Better Link (4, Insightful)

jfengel (409917) | about a year and a half ago | (#43506629)

Thanks. I got about 90 seconds into the video and saw absolutely nothing of interest.

My standard advice for anybody wanting to show me a video: edit it to half its length. Sight unseen, knowing nothing about you, I know that you're going to be too attached to the sound of your own authorial voice. It sounds like in this case that advice needed to be given 3 or 4 times.

Re:Better Link (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43508099)

My standard advice.. blah, blah, blah...

tl, dr.

no flying cars, please (1)

turkeydance (1266624) | about a year and a half ago | (#43506609)

no flying grandmothers nor rednecks nor tech-distracted either, all of which would be as annoying as flying opossums.

Re:no flying cars, please (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43506893)

Are you even trying to make sense?

Re:no flying cars, please (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43508555)

Don't worry. The flying car is the least interesting thing in this video.

The Eggway and Longbike are much more fun.

Re:no flying cars, please (1)

RevWaldo (1186281) | about a year and a half ago | (#43511731)

If an when there is a flying car, you can expect multi-tier licensing, say, starting with one tier that lets you tell your car where you want to go, and the car's autopilot takes you there, up to fully autonomous piloting, which would be hard to get and even harder to keep. "Throw trash out the car window? That's a groundin'. Flyin' in and out of flight corridors? That's a groundin'. Fly your car straight into the ground? Oh, you better believe that's a groundin'."


Dodgy? (1)

petteyg359 (1847514) | about a year and a half ago | (#43506641)

Looks more Hyunadiy to me...

More Lift (2)

genocism (2577895) | about a year and a half ago | (#43506697)

It's not a car or a plane and it can only lift a mannequin. It's cool but certainly doesn't push the boundaries of what's been done in the past.

Re:More Lift (2)

Flozzin (626330) | about a year and a half ago | (#43506917)

Agreed. I expected to see a car that flies. I figured it was another car-airplane hybrid. But no, we have 6 fans blowing downward and it's wobbly as hell. I believe the US Military did the same crap in the 1960's. Congratulations!

Re:More Lift (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | about a year and a half ago | (#43507499)

The "wobbly as hell" is a control system problem. Engines don't react in real time, so you've got to be proactive to balance the lift and keep it level. Seems to me this would be a much easier problem with only 4 rotors.

Re:More Lift (1)

iksbob (947407) | about a year and a half ago | (#43509503)

I would blame it on the control system and the engineering of the vehicle. I don't think the number of rotors is a big issue... each cluster of 4 props could be operated in unison, making the control system see it as a quad-copter.
Smaller electric multi-rotor aircraft run into the same stability limitations to a lesser degree, but it can be compensated for with an appropriate set of PID variables. The issue is the mass of the rotating assembly vs. the torque available to accelerate it. Electric motors have gobs of torque, so it's not as big an issue.
Internal combustion engines have 3 methods of boosting torque. Increase piston stroke (the length of the crankshaft throw, increasing leverage), increase piston bore (the diameter of the piston, which increases surface area on which the expanding air/fuel mixture presses) - both of which increase the displacement and overall size & weight of the engine - and finally, increase the pressure of the expanding air/fuel mixture by increasing the compression ratio of the engine and/or moving to forced induction. All of those options have tradeoffs in terms of weight, reliability, mechanical complexity and cost.
The best solution would probably be to use an engine tuned to operate at a specific RPM and move to variable-pitch props. Rather than change the speed of the props and face the associated acceleration lag, simply increase or decrease the pitch of the prop to achieve the desired level of thrust.

Re:More Lift (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43510709)

The best solution would probably be to use an engine tuned to operate at a specific RPM and move to variable-pitch props. Rather than change the speed of the props and face the associated acceleration lag, simply increase or decrease the pitch of the prop to achieve the desired level of thrust.

If you did that, it would be more like a helicopter than a car!

Re:More Lift (3, Informative)

donaldm (919619) | about a year and a half ago | (#43507649)

Agreed. I expected to see a car that flies. I figured it was another car-airplane hybrid. But no, we have 6 fans blowing downward and it's wobbly as hell. I believe the US Military did the same crap in the 1960's. Congratulations!

Actually it was the British that developed the "Flying Bedstead" [] in 1953/4.

Re:More Lift (1)

ModernGeek (601932) | about a year and a half ago | (#43507841)

Avro also had a "flying saucer" that they did for the US Military.

From the docudrama: "and we're developing a flying saucer!"

Re:More Lift (1)

gweilo8888 (921799) | about a year and a half ago | (#43507875)

Which never got more than a handful of feet off the ground. That, to put things in perspective, is not even a quarter of its own width. And just as I'm guessing is the case with this, it wasn't capable of getting out of ground effect.

Re:More Lift (1)

Goaway (82658) | about a year and a half ago | (#43508803)

Quadcopters can easily get out of ground effect. They don't do it here for safety reasons, most likely.

Re:More Lift (1)

gweilo8888 (921799) | about a year and a half ago | (#43513525)

I'm well aware that quadcopters can get out of ground effect; I own two. However, I'd wager the reason they don't do it here has more to do with a) weight issues, if the dummy is supposed to have similar weight to the average human, and b) control issues, because once they get out of ground effect handling that many props and balancing the craft is going to be a doozy.

Ground effect and battery life (1)

gweilo8888 (921799) | about a year and a half ago | (#43507871)

And it can only lift a mannequin when it's in ground effect. I'd be willing to bet it's not actually capable of getting out of ground effect, let alone flying for any meaningful distance.

Re:More Lift (1)

Lussarn (105276) | about a year and a half ago | (#43508083)

Agreed. It's also a dead end since a flying vehicle carrying people needs to be able to land with engine failure. Well, not the V22 Osprey, but every other type of aircraft. This type of aircraft will not auto rotate, and will never be deemed safe.

How is that a car? (1)

kwerle (39371) | about a year and a half ago | (#43506709)

And not a helicopter or whathaveyou?

Re:How is that a car? (1)

aNonnyMouseCowered (2693969) | about a year and a half ago | (#43506903)

Righto. All the Slashdot stories I've read about flying cars turn out to be prototypes for vehicles that look more like a helicopter or a VTOL jet plane. So what's to prevent somebody putting some road-worthy wheels on an airship or rocket and calling that a flying car?

My idea of a flying car is a car that lifts off the ground for longer than an action movie chase scene and looks no weirder than the Batmobile in default configuration. I'll cut some slack for Transformer-like vehicles that can change modes.

Re:How is that a car? (1)

Cenan (1892902) | about a year and a half ago | (#43508341)

Flying cars are a dead end science as long as these gimps insist on mechanical-only propulsion. If, and that's a big if, they ever get this piece of crap to do more than just hover with a doll on top, they'll still have to solve a bunch of other problems.
Like designing a rotor that won't indiscriminately cut pedestrians in a billion pieces and then crash to the ground face-first. And a whole host of other malfunctions that will also make this hovering bathtub crash face-first.

Cancelling gravity with the help of a rotor has been around for almost a hundred years (wiki says 1936), scratching that and doing it all over with a car as a base is just trolling for funding.

A much better approach would be to think of a way of cancelling gravity without whirling blades or rotatable flame throwers, and would probably be much easier to swallow when the relevant agencies has to approve it for common use.

I mean, the legendary flying car is still supposed to fix the rush hour traffic problem yeah?

Flying car after Xzibit gets done (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43511887)

I heard you like quad-copters, so I put quad-copters on your quad-copter so you can quad while you quad.

Already done. (3, Interesting)

jcr (53032) | about a year and a half ago | (#43506977)

A group of German engineers did this a couple of years ago. []


Re:Already done. (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | about a year and a half ago | (#43507483)

Electric?!? What's the range, a couple hundred feet before the battery goes dead? There are rotax engines that barely have the power-to-weight ratio necessary to make this work, but even then you don't have enough payload capacity to carry any decent amount of fuel. So it's only good for short flights for small people. But then jet packs are only good for a 60-second flight. Need a lot more range to make them useful and safe.

Re:Already done. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43507845)

I had one of those, but it got stuck in a tree. Maybe now that it's spring, I can get a long pole and knock it down.

Re:Already done. (1)

Bruce Perens (3872) | about a year and a half ago | (#43510959)

Yes, the German one looks a lot more impressive, with a real person in it (piloting using the remote control) rather than a mannequin.

Research & Development (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43507025)

I'm glad to see that Korean car companies have money for some R&D. Here car manufacturers are more "efficient". Haven't Koreans ever heard of "efficiency"? In newspeak, it means "moving car manufacturing jobs to Korea".

Signed: Anonymous, because we have many Korean customers (and I absolutely respect their efficiency and their 18-hour day commitment to work, I wish I could find it in me to be so committed, but our welfare system is making me lazy).

Not a hexadecagon (1)

tirerim (1108567) | about a year and a half ago | (#43507039)

Is Hyundai actually calling it that, or was that name just invented by some random person who has forgotten high school geometry? It doesn't have 16 sides, more like 4. You could call it a hexadecacopter, but hexadecagon has an existing meaning, and it's not this.

Re:Not a hexadecagon (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about a year and a half ago | (#43507435)

Naming things based on shape names is ridiculous anyway.

Recently I built a hierarchical tree structure to organize a huge 2D tile-based world such that it could be easily sharded and scaled.
Similar approaches of spacial partitioning are: Binary Trees (2 children per node -- 1 axis), Quadtrees (4 children per node, 2 axes), and Octrees (8 children per node, 3 axes). To reduce bandwidth requirements and run-time, instead of multiple levels of Quadtrees each level of the tree has 256 more nodes...

I'm not calling it a damn dihectapentacontakaihextree!

Flying car? (2)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | about a year and a half ago | (#43507043)

There is no flying car there. All I see is a muti-rotor platform, lifting a mannikin. A scaled-up Parrot AR.

Whoopdi freakin do.

Re:Flying car? (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | about a year and a half ago | (#43507469)

Agreed. I'd be a lot more impressed if they trusted it enough to carry a real payload and didn't just fly it by remote control. I believe we now have engine technology with a power-to-weight ratio that would make a quad rotor capable of lifting a human possible, but the power is pretty close to the edge and the control systems are difficult to make safe. So it is theoretically possible to make one, but since it would cost about $100 million to develop and the liability issues would prevent you from ever getting any return on investment, nobody is going to do it.

Re:Flying car? (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about a year and a half ago | (#43507497)

There is no flying car there. All I see is a muti-rotor platform, lifting a mannikin. A scaled-up Parrot AR. Whoopdi freakin do.

Yeah, and how can they even consider a man removing the tire from a car, then slapping it on a bicycle and using the stored energy to motor away on "flying" at all is beyond me. That driving centipede thing was totally land based too -- It practically CRAWLED up stairs!

Hell, the compact transforming motorcycle thing and mobile tea-cup ride were barely even aerodynamic! None of the vehicles even have wings! One was just a Guy in a Plastic Bubble! It's a travesty to call this a new line of flying cars!

Oh, wait, they didn't call it that... It's just a bunch of folks competing to make the most FUN, and innovative personal transportation systems they can think of -- Yep, flying quadrotor was actually the least interesting, IMO, but someone had to do that one, eh?

big whoop (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43507337)

so they welded 4 quadrotor helicopters together - big deal! nothing to see here, move along please

Andre Franquin was a visionary (1)

chthon (580889) | about a year and a half ago | (#43507381)

This thing reminds me of the vehicles of Zorglub.

How to make a flying car, in 3 easy steps (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43507655)

1. Find a helicopter.
2. Call it a car.
3. Profit.

Re:How to make a flying car, in 3 easy steps (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43586921)

Asian "innovation" in a nutshell.

The world is fucked if these guys take over

Signature (1)

dutchwhizzman (817898) | about a year and a half ago | (#43507767)

It's all in the signature, been there for a while too....

The Flying Pulpit (1)

Tobia Conforto (2818827) | about a year and a half ago | (#43508319)

Posting this because too few people know about it.

There is such a thing as a personal flying device, it has existed since the 70s. It's called the Williams X-Jet or WASP (Williams Aerial Systems Platform), and also known as the Flying Pulpit.

Here's a video [] and its Wikipedia page [] . Other videos: one [] , two [] , three [] , four [] .

It's basically a manually controlled 3D Segway in the way it operates. You just lean in the direction you want it to move and adjust the power output. There's a separate control for yaw (turning left and right) because you can't do that by leaning in some direction (just like the one in the Segway) and that's it.

I won't go into a political tangent, but you've got to ask yourself why it's not being sold to the public. Even if it cost a lot (which I don't think it would: a small jet turbine is not that expensive), I'm sure there would be enough rich people interested in buying one.

Re:The Flying Pulpit (1)

nukenerd (172703) | about a year and a half ago | (#43509049)

There is such a thing as a personal flying device, it has existed since the 70s. It's called the Williams X-Jet or WASP
I won't go into a political tangent, but you've got to ask yourself why it's not being sold to the public..

I love these conspiracy theories ! Unless you are extremely rich yourself you are never going to have one of these, so why get so hot under the collar about it ? I don't know where to start with the problems this WASP raises. Here are some :-

1) Using a jet engine's thrust for all your lift (as opposed to wings or a rotor) is horribly inefficient. What mileage did this thing get, and what range?

2) There is no escape from engine failure or even slight malfunction. Leading to :

3) As TFA talks about "use in congested cities across the globe" (not the open country in your videos) the effect of one of these coming down would be catastrophic. Leading to :

4) If they are to make any difference to that congestion, there are going to be enough of them above a city to have high risk of collisions (OK, let's just leave them to very rich people). leading to :

5) How will the pilots be trained and qualified? While the controls might be "easy" (just leaning) there are still the matters of traffic discipline, lapses of concentration, maintaining the things, going beyond your capablities - you know, the things that cause most road accidents, but will be even more catastrophic.

6) Out of town, if they get there, setting fire to forests and crops.

7) Noise. Where I live there is already enough racket from motorbikes and microlights. These flying pulpits will spread their even greater noise, and being above any screening, over a far wider area. It is telling that in the videos the noise was replaced by soft music (or a commentator against a background that sounded like a school hall - odd).

They sound ideal for the military - like a very short-range-parachute drop but with greater accuracy. A lot more expensive than a parachute though - only for very special operations perhaps.

GEMA, again (1)

Kam Solusar (974711) | about a year and a half ago | (#43508643)

Great! A video of a flying car! But nooooo.... "Unfortunately, this UMG-music-content is not available in Germany because GEMA has not granted the respective music publishing rights."


Re:GEMA, again (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43519433)

You're not missing anything worthwhile. It's an extended video that contains a 7-second clip of an outsized remote-control quadracopter. It's a "flying car" that neither flies (it never makes it out of ground effect) nor is a car (it lands on four wheels, but it isn't able to drive on them).

All good and fine... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43508835)

...but how's the air-brake technology coming along with these things?

What's wrong with American companies (1)

RogueWarrior65 (678876) | about a year and a half ago | (#43509523)

IMHO, this illustrates what's wrong with American companies on several levels. One: Lots of Asian companies allow their engineers full access to the resources of the company to do proof-of-concept competitions. In general, American companies don't. Two: Lots of Asian companies actually make product. Too many American companies are focused on selling services.

But this is a waste (1)

MickLinux (579158) | about a year and a half ago | (#43511945)

FWIW, the design limitations on a car (has to be able to handle collisions well, needs to be compact to fit the road, needs to handle ground drag well, visual range appropriate for a ground vehicle) and an aircraft (has to be lightweight, visual ability for 3-D awareness, needs to handle front drag well) conflict so badly as to make a flying car horrible at both jobs.

Which, in turn, means that the engineers forgot to do the most basic engineering: examination of the performance requirements and envelope.

So the ones playing with this project can't are maybe managers, but ... this is a waste.

Re:But this is a waste (1)

RogueWarrior65 (678876) | about a year and a half ago | (#43515143)

The intent of the competition is to turn ideas into working models, not actual product. The goal being to allow the designers and engineers some freedom from the day-to-day grind. Maybe once in a while something they come up with has potential. And certainly they all learn a lot during the process which is useful when working on real product. My point is that most American companies don't encourage this. 3M is one exception and they have incorporated technical "screwing around" into their business model. Sadly, the US economy is more focused on offering services rather than tangible products. The thinking is something like this: "Look! We get to charge people $29.95 a month (plus various and sundry fees and surcharges) for some service that the customer may never use! And we can enforce things like a minimum 2-year contract and oh, btw, that $29.95 is an introductory rate which we'll increase exponentially."

Re:But this is a waste (1)

MickLinux (579158) | about a year and a half ago | (#43542221)

I suggest you read The Tipping Point. There is more to 3M than allowing their engineers to play games.

Re:But this is a waste (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43545801)

My point is that 3M allows them the time to experiment and they don't tell them "That isn't in your job description". As a veteran of a Fortune 500 company in Southern California, I was often told that. And I was often given busy-work tasks the results of which nobody really cared about. That company's management was all about politics. The people doing the real work in the department regularly begged for training on the software programs they used daily e.g. Quark, Photoshop, Illustrator, MS Office. What they were given was "team" training. In reality, the management decided that if they gave them what they wanted, they could take those new skills elsewhere. And you weren't allowed to have office furniture that was, shall we say, above your pay grade. It didn't matter if it was practical for doing your job. I thought the practice was bizarre until I saw the recent documentary about Fairchild Semiconductor. That company behaved in the same manner and they borked themselves. As fate would have it, the department I worked for no longer exists.

Horrible video (1)

garyzim (2576499) | about a year and a half ago | (#43510501)

I have rarely seen camera and editing work that was this bad. Someone got carried away with a new editing software package or something. Besides the ideas being nothing truly special or new (albeit fun to watch them having fun), the continual quick cuts - too fast to get a good look at anything - just gave me a headache. C'mon Hyundai, you're releasing THIS as something you are proud of?

Sigh, my people (1)

Catbeller (118204) | about a year and a half ago | (#43511405)

Americans - their idea of the future is the 1950's, only with smartphones. Like grandpas wearing their fedoras and suit-n-tie, they want to keep on looking like they did when they were young and on top of the world. Cars and freeways, only with faster cars that don't look too silly, that is, that look like something that they grew up with.

A multi-rotor platform, with a little work, *is* a flying car. A flying car will not look like a flying Delorean. It will look like what a flying car will look like. And they'll probably pop up in African countries and Japan first. Cultures that aren't wedded to their own past glories.

Not Dodgy... (1)

msobkow (48369) | about a year and a half ago | (#43511691)

Hyundai. :P

what about the mMoller Skycar? (1)

multicsfan (311891) | about a year and a half ago | (#43512413)

Guess Hyundai hasn't heard of the Moller flying car: [] youtube video. [] company website.

still in R&D but getting closer.

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