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Finnish Hacker Isolates Helicopter GPS Coordinates From YouTube Video Sounds

Achra Re:...and? (163 comments)

I'm a software guy just like you. It's just that I am also a software guy with a hobbyist understanding of amateur radio and electronics. You can learn how to do this too.

about 7 months ago

Finnish Hacker Isolates Helicopter GPS Coordinates From YouTube Video Sounds

Achra ...and? (163 comments)

am I the only one reading this story and thinking, "so what?". The most interesting this is that apparently the digital signal was embedded into the tv-feed for the video. One would think that they would strip that back out before broadcast. The rest? I'm guessing that this woman has an amateur radio background, for her to know what 1200baud BFSK sounds like and to have all of the SDR software already on her computer. The rest is just hexdump and pattern matching. Sorry, I know this is an oversimplification, but this isn't genius either.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Would You Stop a Debt Collection Scam From Targeting You?

Achra Re:Fax machine (497 comments)

Yes, but service may have been completed by publication and the GP doesn't understand what happened. The lawyer from the debt collection company would then take a stack of motions for orders of default into ex-parte and get their default judgement order against you.

about 10 months ago

Feds Seek Prison For Man Who Taught How To Beat a Polygraph

Achra Re:Pseudoscience debunked? (374 comments)

Um, do you mind disclosing _when_ and _where_ this was? I can't imagine any circumstances in which I would consider it acceptable to be asked to sit a polygraph test in order to obtain a job. Especially a crappy minimum wage job. I mean, if you're trying to get hired as a state trooper or CIA agent or who knows what, then fine.. I'd consider it the sort of request that you just have to deal with in those career paths... but RADIO SHACK?!? Seriously? I desperately want to know when this was. Is McDonald's administering lie detector tests now? I can absolutely promise that if I were looking for a terrible job, I would under no circumstances agree to take a polygraph.

1 year,15 days

Qualcomm Says Eight-Core Processors Are Dumb

Achra Re:The Onion said it best (526 comments)

Double edged safety razors really are the only way to go. The blades cost nearly nothing.. I think I pay $2.00 for a 10-pack from the store. The razor itself walks right through any length of beard hair... none of that trying to tap the hair out from between the twin/quad/octuple blades. Once I tried it, I honestly couldn't fathom why everyone switched to disposable multi-bladed razors in the first place. The interesting thing is that my wife&daughters all borrow my "scary old-timey razor" for doing their legs. They agree that it works better than any other razor they've found. I'm just saying, give it a shot. You can find an old gilette DE razor on ebay for a few dollars or buy one of the new overpriced merkur models (but I wouldn't bother).

about a year ago

Police, Copyright Industry Raid Movie Subtitle Fansite

Achra Re: Fuck 'em (344 comments)

Could you please post a page/paragraph reference and quote? As much as I would love to find what you are describing, I don't see anything in any of the rulings (including the current one, on PDF) that give end users the right to backup DVD's for personal use.

about a year ago

Police, Copyright Industry Raid Movie Subtitle Fansite

Achra Re: Fuck 'em (344 comments)

Can you post a link? Also, does statute really give the library of congress the power to create exceptions to the DMCA?

about a year ago

Police, Copyright Industry Raid Movie Subtitle Fansite

Achra Re:Fuck 'em (344 comments)

Hm, I'll admit to being a bit behind the times here. However, based on my research (and your comments), it seems that your method requires creating a disk image. That disk image can then be mounted via some virtual optical drive software (such as DaemonTools) and then viewed with any normal PC DVD viewing software. My thoughts:


1) The DMCA doesn't use the words "Decrypting", it uses the words "Circumventing". Could it be argued that using some specialized software to do a bitwise copy of the disc to local drive and then another piece of specialized software to mount the image is circumventing the copy protection of the disc? I think that yes, quite possibly. The copy protection is meant to keep anyone from making a copy of any sort, therefore circumventing it is circumventing it. Perhaps slightly more of a grey area, but only in an interesting legal argument sort of way. You'd still have the same lawsuit on your hards (Well, if it was a DMCA suit, then it would be the FBI seizing computers, subject to arrest, the whole nine yards)... Most people are ill-equipped to deal with a large scale civil suit, let alone a criminal one, even though a criminal suit is actually far easier to have dismissed. Please don't take this as approval of this law - but I believe only with visibility into the seriousness of the legal problem can people really understand and hopefully change it.

2) It sort of misses the point of the "loaned that backup to a friend" that the OP was talking about. I mean, you can't read the ensuing data chunk in a dvd player, for certain... and "Here, buddy, hand me your portable HD and I'll copy this .iso onto your disk and you'll be able to mount it and view it at home" seems unlikely.

Anyways, thanks for letting me know. Now I'm interested to see how legit the technique really is. I'm still very very skeptical. Have you done it yourself?

about a year ago

Police, Copyright Industry Raid Movie Subtitle Fansite

Achra Re:Fuck 'em (344 comments)

You can copy DVDs bit for bit, thus not breaking encryption. You argument falls apart there,

srsly? We can copy DVD's without breaking the encryption? How exactly does that work, then? Also, no fair cheating and saying "Well, it _could_ be done, you just wouldn't be able to watch it." because that's useless.

about a year ago

Police, Copyright Industry Raid Movie Subtitle Fansite

Achra Re:Fuck 'em (344 comments)

I watch movies for free all the time over at a friend's house. He rented or bought them, I paid nothing. If he loans me the physical media, is that illegal? I still paid nothing. Now just stretch it a bit further and say he ripped it for the purposes of back up, then loaned me that copy? There isn't a lot of difference in these scenarios, and it proves, that yes, you can legally watch movies for free sometimes.

Well, no, there actually is a difference in those scenarios. In the first scenario, you are not breaking the law or committing a crime. In the second scenario, a DVD is being decrypted. This is a violation of the DMCA and a crime under US statutory law. You should always strive to be aware of the laws that you break.

about a year ago
top Shuttered, Founder Arrested In Spain

Achra Re:he is not going to an resort prison (138 comments)

There is something profoundly broken about our justice system in that the general public takes joy in imagining the likelihood of prison rape.

about a year ago

NetBSD 6.1 Has Shipped

Achra Re:Why NetBSD? (105 comments)

Have you considered lending the machine to a NetBSD developer? In order to have hardware supported, we need the conjunction of (access to hardware, skills, time). You may lack the second entry of the tuple, but someone else may just lack the first one.

NetBSD mailing lists (port-sgimips here) are the right place to discuss such an arrangement

Eh, lack of availability of those computers isn't the problem. The problem is that the systems have very custom/unique architecture and there isn't a lot of end-user desire. I, too, went through what the GP is talking about. Irix is _still_ commercial and is realistically still the only option if you want to fire up your Octane. I went down all of the roads I possibly could with Linux/mips & NetBSD/mips.. support on both sides of the coin was the same: Terrible. Anything besides Irix on those old mips SGI's is pretty much useless, everything from "Hey, I got a bootloader to work and you can totally telnet into the machine, no framebuffer support" to "framebuffer support, mostly works, but no acceleration of any kind". The SGI Octane is really a conversation piece at this point anyways, I donated my long ago to the local PC-recycler and they turned it into scrap metal. Not old/rare enough to be a museum piece and not new/fast enough for modern use.

about a year ago

Can You Really Hear the Difference Between Lossless, Lossy Audio?

Achra Re:Some lossy sound better than other lossy. (749 comments)

You can't recreate signal once it is lost. All interpolation would do in this example is chew up more disk space.

about a year and a half ago

Copyright Trolls Order Wordpress To Disclose Critics' IP Addresses

Achra Re:How about... (119 comments)

IANAL, but I _think_ that I would need to move for and receive an order giving permission to file a motion in that case, since I am not a party to the action? Wouldn't that be an Amicus motion? .. although, I suppose that if you are one of the John Doe's listed in the case (and didn't mind to identify yourself) - and were currently pro se? then I think you could file that motion. Who knows. Maybe everybody should try it and we'll see what happens. Worst case, the court throws out a thousand motions.

about a year and a half ago

Cherry's New Keyboard Switches Emulate IBM Model M Feel

Achra Re:As opposed to actual Model Ms which are still m (298 comments)

Ah, that makes more sense to me now. Yes, ebay/paypal deliberately punishes sellers that are foolish enough to ship outside of the united states. Chargebacks are super common and they can last as long as a month. The sale that made me stop selling outside of the country left my paypal account negative $100 for a month. Most of that money was the shipping to the country in question (Ukraine)... All for a $30 videocard. Never again. If you don't like it, encourage ebay to be fair to the sellers that are even-handed about shipping internationally.

about a year and a half ago

Why Can't Intel Kill x86?

Achra Re:A hard time keeping on the forefront? (605 comments)

Any time I see a bluescreen, I look first (and most of the time LAST) at the RAM. It's almost always a problem with buying sketchy commodity ram. Sometimes, however, the bluescreen can be from something more obscure. The other day, I diagnosed a bluescreen that was happening due to the failure of the swap file while gaming. Apparently the underperforming power supply wasn't able to power BOTH the videocard and the HD at the same time (or at least, not fast enough for the swapfile to operate correctly) and bluescreen. One Powersupply swap later and all was well.

about a year and a half ago



Humble Indie Bundle 3

Achra Achra writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Achra writes "The Humble Bundle folks have done it again! Choose your own price to buy five great indie games for Linux, Windows & Mac. This time it is: Crayon Physics Deluxe, Cogs, VVVVVV, Hammerfight, And Yet It Moves."
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Achra Achra writes  |  about a year and a half ago

This journal is deprecated. All of the listed types of games can be run in ScummVM now.


Definitive old games on new systems quickstart guide

Achra Achra writes  |  more than 9 years ago Here is the definitive guide for playing Lucasarts/Sierra games on modern PC's:

First, Linux PC's:
Lucasarts games:
AGI Sierra games (Lsl1, Sq1, Sq2, Kq1-3, etc):
SCI0 Sierra games (Sq3, Lsl2-3, Kq4):
SCI1 Sierra games (Sq4-5, Lsl5-6, Kq5, etc) and oddballs like willy beamish and all those old games like tunnels of armageddon:
Windows Sierra games (Sq6, Lsl7, etc): (or apt-get install wine)

Any platform, Sierra games: This guy has done the unpossible, writing timing fix patches for the games so you don't have to kludge them with slowdown utils:

Windows PC's:
LucasArts games:
AGI Sierra games:
SCI Sierra games:
Windows games:
Games that just don't work right:

And just for grins, because it's freaking awesome:
Good luck, let me know if you have any problems.

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