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Silk Road Journal Found On Ulbricht's Laptop: "Everyone Knows Too Much"

B5_geek Missing the point. (180 comments)

While a lot of people are jumping on the "..it wasn't encrypted.." "..FBI grabbed it while he was logged in.."
You are missing the point.
Step 1) NEVER carry incriminating evidence with you. Encrypted or not.
2) use a VPN/SSH Tunnel/etc (and/or both) to connect to the server where your data is. (make sure that server is located in a non-extraditing country, and filtered from you by a few shell companies)
3) keep an absurdly low 'idle-timeout' on your ssh sessions
4) use a dead-mans switch on that servers encrypted data
(i.e. run command "I_am_not_in_jail_yet.sh" every 15minutes.) {be more vague then this*}
5) ALWAYS assume that your local system is compromised. (boot/run from a read-only media)
6) don't brag about it! If more then 1 person knows; then your secret is not safe.

5 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

B5_geek OpenBSD & PF are your only sane choice (403 comments)

I have learned this the hard way so please take heed;

NB! most of the guides online have the syntax (order of wording) wrong for pf.conf included the beloved OBSD FAQ.
This is accurate and works on OBSD v5.6
99% of the online howto & guides will get your firewall almost working.

Use this as an example from my working pf.conf

pass in log on egress inet proto { tcp, udp } to $pub_ip port { ssh } rdr-to $workstation

You can spot the variables. Use 'LOG' for all of your entries and keep a "tcpdump -nettti em0 host 192.168.0.x" running while testing your setup.

about two weeks ago

Tracking the Mole Inside Silk Road 2.0

B5_geek Re: blow their minds (81 comments)

Nice reference.

it always surprises me that people actively trying to avoid detection by law enforcement do so many dumb things.

about a month and a half ago

Material Possiblities: A Flying Drone Built From Fungus

B5_geek Attention SciFi fans! (52 comments)

This is a start!
It's this kind of thinking that will bring us closer to Vorlon tech, LEXX, or even Moya! =)
(did I miss any?)

Seriously, as others have pointed out, the most expensive valuable parts are not the airframe, but the motors/camera/radio/battery so stop the hippy-dippy crap and don't worry about making it out of biodegradable material.

But seriously, keep working/thinking in this direction.

about a month and a half ago

Online Payment Firm Stripe Boots 3D Gun Designer Cody Wilson's Companies

B5_geek Re:Bitcoin. (353 comments)

I'm not sure if you are intentionally be obtuse or not seeing the forest for the trees.

Bitcoin allows the seller to directly receive payment from the purchaser. Whenever a seller depends on a 3rd party intermediary to pass money through then that seller becomes dependant on the whims of that third party.

In some cases that 3rd party has enough clout to enforce change that is beneficial to society. But that power can be abused easily.

Lets take an imaginary scenario:
Payment processor "Money Buddy" discovers that website "slave-labour-goods.com" is forcing children to work 23hrs a day for a nickle. "Money Buddy" tells them to stop being assholes or they will stop processing their payments.

Nobody can really argue that this forced-change is a bad thing. Now lets change the scenario to something more ambigious.

"Money Buddy" discovers that "imported-cheap-stuff.com" forces that any female employees wear a hijab. The "Money Buddy" CEO is a feminist and thinks that this is an oppressive rule. But "imported-cheap-stuff.com" is located in a country that enforces that law, and the president of the company proudly wears her Hijab during the press conference proclaiming that "Money-Buddy" is actively trying to oppress her religion and national law.

Bitcoin bypasses that middleman. If you want to support child-labour and buy your sneakers for $2 less then the competitor offers then you can. If you want to make sure your money goes directly to the people you want you can. Why allow these fat-cats to continue getting their cut when they offer no added value for their services?

Bitcoin can be an incredibly powerful tool for change in society.

about 3 months ago

Online Payment Firm Stripe Boots 3D Gun Designer Cody Wilson's Companies

B5_geek Bitcoin. (353 comments)

This is one of the many problems that Bitcoin solves.

about 3 months ago

New Atomic Clock Reaches the Boundaries of Timekeeping

B5_geek Answer and a quote. (249 comments)

Easy answer, build N+1 of them and use the 'average' value of time that they generate.

One of my favourite quotes applies here:

"When you have a clock you always know what time it is. When you have two you are never quite sure." - Mark Twain.

about 3 months ago

Hacking Team Manuals: Sobering Reminder That Privacy is Elusive

B5_geek Re:Nifty Overview (37 comments)

You have obviously R'd TFS, TFA, and TFM.
What are you doing on /.?
You are too perfect an imposter. No spelling or grammar errors either. Probably some AI.

Should I refer to you as Wintermute?

about 3 months ago

Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

B5_geek Super powers! (161 comments)

I've heard a rumour that he can also smell things behind him too!

(yes I just started that rumour)

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

B5_geek A few options. (294 comments)

If you have a system that you can test against (i.e. a server at your work with a fatter-pipe then you have at home, or a hosted server/VPS/etc.)


run "iperf -s" on the server and "iperf -c server.ip.address" on the client.
Read the man pages for more options.

If you don't have a 'known better then you' to test against try this to test your maximum download bandwidth.
Simple test: download a large file from Microsoft (i.e. a 'network install' service pack, or similar) or other big-host

More complicated:
run several (4-20) 'wget' concurrently. If you use Linux .iso's as your target download, make sure you grab the files from *.edu sites. Schools should have a lot more bandwidth then the average .com that is hosting files.

Your ISP might have several things in place from preventing DDOS attacks from there customer machines. So each 'download' might be throttled by your ISP. If you open several download threads to different locations, downloading different things you can maximize your usage.

Also, don't download the same thing twice from the same source. Caching can/will interfere with accurate measurements.

about 4 months ago

DC Entertainment Bringing Batman Experience To Gear VR and Oculus Rift

B5_geek Re:Batcave of the 90's show? (20 comments)

It appears that TFS has been edited to answer my question.


about 4 months ago

DC Entertainment Bringing Batman Experience To Gear VR and Oculus Rift

B5_geek Batcave of the 90's show? (20 comments)

There was a Batman TV show in the 90's?

I thought the only Batman TV show was the campy 70's version. Or are they referring to a cartoon?

about 4 months ago

Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

B5_geek Re:Test string here: (399 comments)

SSH into your host.
from the bash prompt just paste the above string.

user@host $env x='() { :;}; echo vulnerable' bash -c "echo this is a test"

If you see:
this is a test
Then you are vulnerable and need to update your system.

If all you see is:
this is a test

Then you are ok.

about 4 months ago

Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

B5_geek Re:Test string here: (399 comments)

I too was suspicious of that fork-bomb potential. So the first time I ran it was on a test-vm.

I'm glad I am not the only paranoid one.

about 4 months ago

Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

B5_geek Test string here: (399 comments)

This is the test to see if you are vulnerable:

env x='() { :;}; echo vulnerable' bash -c "echo this is a test"

about 4 months ago

US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

B5_geek Overkill? (478 comments)

Doesn't this sound like using an elephant gun to try to kill a fruit fly?

about 4 months ago

'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

B5_geek Re:It's the early morning people who are nuts (127 comments)

Very similar results with me too, although for me that effect waited until I was 35'ish.

Plural of anecdote = data?

about 4 months ago

Scotland Votes No To Independence

B5_geek Canada & Quebec (474 comments)

I wonder if this will silence or encourage the separatists that want Quebec to leave Canada?

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

B5_geek How important is your data? (268 comments)

If you really want to save your data:

Step 1: make a ZFS array and save your data there.
Step 2: copy the data to single hard-drives and store them in a different location then home.
Step 3: upload a copy to some online 'cloud storage' provider.

Use checksums/md5 hashes to determine data integrity.

Based on your budget pick any of the above 3. If you are paranoid, do all 3.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

B5_geek Software answer (238 comments)

The hardware is easy:
Either get a router that you can add DD-WRT/tomato to or build your own PC.

Software answer:
OS = OpenBSD

BUT you are not asking the right questions.
VPN's only work when 2 ends connect. So what VPN server/client will the other end of your connection use? What are you actually trying to do? Does your work have a fat-connection that they will let you use? Are you planning on paying for VPN service from a 3rd party? Do you want to create a VPN between your home and your laptop while you travel?

If you want to build yourself a solid, dependable, 'solution' follow this guide:


about 4 months ago



Production audio/video software for a Mac?

B5_geek B5_geek writes  |  more than 5 years ago

B5_geek (638928) writes "I have ordered a new Macbook Pro 17" and I have a few questions.

What software would you recommend for semi-professional audio & video production? I will be creating/editing/producing some music videos for a hopefully 'up & coming" starlet. I have used audacity in the past (on Linux) but I feel I need something more polished and better suited for high-quality. I also plan on editing video and I don't know what software to use.

Audio: record, edit, effects, and multi-thread weaving
Video: record, edit, effects, (green-screen capable but not a must)
CD and DVD authoring from the above projects.

Hardware: I have never owned a camcorder. What do I get for HD (720P) recording without killing the bank? (The MBP already did that!) Firewire800 interface would be best.
Flash or HDD?

Caveat: I have never used a Mac before, (Dos -> Windows -> Linux) so I don't even know where to start or if the included software is 'good enough'."

Intro to Programming for begineers?

B5_geek B5_geek writes  |  more than 6 years ago

B5_geek (638928) writes "My girlfriends daughter (15) has shown a keen interest in mathematics and computers. I would love to help encourage her and guide her in possible career paths that good math skills make use of.

What tools/guides can I use to introduce her to programming? My programming skills peaked with Basic, .bat and simple linux shell scripts.

The challenge; it can't appear too geeky. She will likely turn her nose up at anything that isn't 'cool'. It is her birthday soon, so I was planning on getting her an EeePC (she already loves mine), so it should be a decent platform to pound away code on."


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