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Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

Hal_Porter Re:It's not Google's fault. It's Mozilla's. (129 comments)

Nobody forced Mozilla to make the stupid decisions that they did. In fact, a lot of Firefox users very vocally said, "No! We don't like that!" time and time again, release after release. But Mozilla didn't want to listen. Mozilla did everything in their power to ruin the Firefox experience. And now the entire web has to suffer.

Opera did the same thing. I still like Opera 12.x. But I prefer Chrome to the newer, Chromium based, versions of Opera. And the problem is that Opera 12.x is doomed in the long run.

about 5 months ago

Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

Hal_Porter Re:i'm glad to work for free (418 comments)


but now I'm sadly lowercase
with the occasional italic

Roger McGough.

about 6 months ago

Reproducing a Monet Painting With Aluminum Nanostructures

Hal_Porter Re:And you thought ink was already expensive! (27 comments)

We don't use 'aluminum' or 'aluminium' anymore. They new Unified English® spelling is 'aluminininium'.

about 7 months ago

Huawei, Vodafone Test Out Hybrid System That Combines LTE and GSM

Hal_Porter Re:How? (46 comments)

It seems like it's based on dynamically allocating spectrum between GSM and LTE


However, using a technology called GL DSS (GSM-LTE Dynamic Spectrum Sharing) Vodafone and Huawei have shown a way to allow GSM and LTE to coexist.

In a traditional mobile network, operators allocate each technology an exclusive set of frequencies. For example, many operators, including Vodafone, currently hold 20MHz of spectrum at 1.8GHz, of which 10MHz is used for LTE and the rest for GSM traffic.

GL DSS lets Huawei's SRC (Single Radio Controller) give GSM a higher priority during periods of heavy traffic, ensuring that voice calls get though unharmed. But the SRC can also provide more room for LTE when users aren't making calls, allowing for better throughput, the vendor said on Tuesday.

There's a paper on it (or at least a similar idea) here


It's interesting because it seems like GSM will live on for low bandwidth machine to machine applications even though most of the spectrum has been converted to LTE. So if you've got an embedded system with a GSM modem, there's no need to worry that the carriers will cut off the signal in order to get more LTE bandwidth.

about 7 months ago

Why Snowden Did Right

Hal_Porter Re:But that's not all Snowden did... (348 comments)

You presume that U.S. citizens are the only ones whose rights matter. Don't feel badâ"many of us U.S. citizens think the same way. But you will find if you talk to citizens of other countries, like Germany and Canada and France, that they also care about these issues, and care that the NSA, GCHQ and others have spied on them.

Totally dude. If only Alan Turing had done some whistle blowing on how the privacy of German U boat captains was being violated the world would be a much better place.

about 8 months ago

Why Snowden Did Right

Hal_Porter Re:Almost... (348 comments)

Now what are we going to do about it?

You go out there and fight the cops. I'll just finish my beer and then I'll join you.

about 8 months ago

Linux Developers Consider On-Screen QR Codes For Kernel Panics

Hal_Porter Re:Dump kernel to serial printer (175 comments)

You could sound the message out in Frequency Shift Keying.



1200 baud is 120 characters per second. So you could dump an uncompressed 80x24 screen of text in 16 seconds. You'd just repeat the dump over and over again.

Software on a mobile phone would capture the FSK and submit it as a bug report.

Perhaps a less whimsical way to do it would be to write to a dump file and submit when the system reboots. E.g. the kernel could keep enough of the Bios alive so that it could switch back to real mode and use int 13h to write to reserved bit of the disk.

about 10 months ago

Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

Hal_Porter Re:People with money (161 comments)

People with money can afford to be coke addicts, for a while at least. Give 'em a month or so and both sets of people will be 'borrowing' from the relatives to feed their addiction.

about 10 months ago

Michael Abrash Joins Oculus, Calls Facebook 'Final Piece of the Puzzle'

Hal_Porter Re:Legendary... (232 comments)

Michael Abrash died to redeem your sins, you heathen.

about 10 months ago

Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

Hal_Porter Re:Space travel (357 comments)

Or a bank of frozen ova and sperm. Or DNA sequences stored on a flash drive. Humans have 98% of their DNA in common, so you would only need to store the 2% of diffs. If properly compressed, all the genetic diversity of the entire human population of the earth would probably fit in a few terabytes.

You could save space if you only brought the DNA common in countries that developed into industrialized democracies too - Western Europe, East Asia and the North America.

about 10 months ago

North Korea: Male University Students Required To Get Kim Jong-un Haircuts

Hal_Porter Re: Orwellian? George Orwell was a Socialist. (110 comments)

He also thought that the USSR was totalitarian and not socialist. In 1945 he voted for the Labour Party which was democratic socialist. Labour was a party that grew out of the unions and whatever you can say about Labour there were definitely not about turning the workers into serfs.

Which is the point really - the USSR did the opposite of what democratic socialists like Orwell wanted and called it socialism.

about 10 months ago

Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

Hal_Porter Re: Space travel (357 comments)

If I was a member of the global elite and I knew civilisation was doomed due to my actions you can bet I'm leaving with my buddies in large, well stocked city sized Super Orion nuclear pulsejet. It's not even about what to do when the ship arrives, more that I want to look out through UV proof windows at the peasants watching the launch through non UV proof glass.

about 10 months ago

China Arrests 1,500 People For Sending Spam Messages From Fake Mobile Bases

Hal_Porter Re:Great. (35 comments)

Gluing works. Seriously you glue their hands to the sides of their face with industrial cyanoacrylate adhesive. Of course eventually they'll manage to get them off but in the meantime they'll be prevented from typing and learn a valuable lesson.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

Hal_Porter Re:No problem (423 comments)

The people that hacked Natanz would probably find it easier to get exclusive access to a zero day exploit on Windows 7 or 8 than XP.

When you're working for a government spy agency and have endless cash to pay off unprincipled 'security researchers' I think you can get into any OS whether old or new.

China can do the same thing. E.g.



If you look at Stuxnet it seems like the initial infection was done by leaving USB sticks around


Ralph Langner: Yeah, that's true. So the distribution we see with Stuxnet is mainly done via infected USB sticks. So, in technical terms, it would be not appropriate to call Stuxnet a worm because Stuxnet does not distribute by self-replication over the Internet, but thisâ"it distributes mostly by infected USB sticks. This is the exact strategy that you would use when attacking an aero jet facility. So just like a nuclear power plant. In this case, it makes most sense to assume that the attack was carried out via the Russian integrator that built the plant. Because if you are familiar with the commissioning of such big plans, you know security in those situations is practically nonexistent, especially IT security. So engineers walk in and out with their notebooks, with their programming devices that they use for programming the PLCs. And those engineers that walk in and out, they easily be lured into picking up infected USB sticks, so this makes very much sense to assume that the attack was performed via the integrator just by making sure that some of their engineers accept infected USB sticks, plug them in their notebooks, go home with their notebooks to their company headquarters, and at some point in time, go with their infected notebooks to the target site. By the way, this also explains all the infections that we see in India, Indonesia, and Pakistan. Because these are also regions where this particular integrator has business.

I've worked at companies where you were searched for removable storage going in. Hell I've worked at places where the USB ports where filled up with epoxy or disabled by group policy.

If you look at Bradley Manning air gap security is vulnerable to a single rogue employee. Also you need management that will enforce the policies - in Manning's case they should have stopped him bringing in CDs.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

Hal_Porter Re:No problem (423 comments)

XP had a bug where you got very high CPU usage in SVCHOST.EXE. Somewhat surprisingly MS fixed it a couple of months ago. If I were in charge I'd have left it unfixed in order to encourage people to upgrade.

about 10 months ago

North Korea: Male University Students Required To Get Kim Jong-un Haircuts

Hal_Porter Re:Wait...they have universities? (110 comments)

Stalinist Communism is a really bizarre piece of double think.

Before the revolution you have evil aristocrats ruling over a mass of brutalised serfs.

Post revolution you have quite a New Class/Songbun which de facto aristocracy ruling over workers working on collective farms. And workers on collective farms have no right to change jobs, so their status is much more serf-like than it was pre revolution.

Just to make it even more Orwellian the pre revolutionary system wasn't actually like this. E.g. before the Russian revolution serfdom had been abolished pretty much everywhere


Not because capitalists are humanitarians but because it's actually more efficient for rich people to employ free labourers for a wage when they're working than to own serfs or slaves.

Of course if you grow up in Stalinist state you're told that before the revolution (and in capitalist states) evil aristocrats ruled over brutalised serfs and now things are much better even though that's the opposite of the truth. And most likely you know on some level that is false - that the status of workers under 'socialism' is much close to serfs than it was either pre revolution or in evil capitalist states and even worse the ruling class is much closer to being a hereditary aristocracy.

about 10 months ago



Microsoft tests HALF-INCH second screen to spur workplace play

Hal_Porter Hal_Porter writes  |  about 7 months ago

Hal_Porter (817932) writes "http://www.theregister.co.uk/2...

Microsoft tested Picco in two group of interns and a family. All groups found the device amusing, but also reported that Picco and Picclets were useless for any functional or meaningful communication. Subjects, did, however, feel that the appearance of Picclets made the workplace feel a little more intimate.

“Two studies of the device at work demonstrated how crafting was an expression of intimacy when the device was used to connect the workplace to the home, and a way of demonstrating skill and humor to a broad audience when messages were sent amongst co-workers,” the paper reports. It also says Picco helped to personalise workspaces, but some testers felt left out because they were either lousy artists or couldn't make clever messages. As the paper puts it, “the level of skill needed to produce these messages became a barrier to entry for some co-workers.”

I'm making a note here — Great Success"
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EATR killbot to feed on corpses

Hal_Porter Hal_Porter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Hal_Porter (817932) writes "Rawstory reports the excellent news that future killbots will feed on battlefield corpses.

Robotic Technology Inc.'s Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot that's right, "EATR" "can find, ingest, and extract energy from biomass in the environment (and other organically-based energy sources), as well as use conventional and alternative fuels (such as gasoline, heavy fuel, kerosene, diesel, propane, coal, cooking oil, and solar) when suitable," reads the company's Web site. That "biomass" and "other organically-based energy sources" wouldn't necessarily be limited to plant material animal and human corpses contain plenty of energy, and they'd be plentiful in a war zone.


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Bantown and Bash vs Amazon

Hal_Porter Hal_Porter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Hal_Porter (817932) writes "It seems like Amazon's recent policy change on obscenity was no such thing. Evil trolling group Bantown have claimed responsibility. Turns out it was all done with a few lines of script. A former member explains.

Bantown is a tactic for inciting meta-lulz on multiple levels through the alignment of third-parties against each other. Bantown is like the plot of most James Bond movies, wherein some nefarious evildoer brings the US and the Soviets close to war. Bantown is a trolling technique of the highest order, which usually pits communities against each other, or communities against companies, or organizations against companies, or companies against organizations

Here's the pastebin explanation in case it gets taken down

Hay dude. Amazon removed its customer-based reporting of adult books yesterday. I guess my game is up! Here's a nice piece I like to call "how to cause moral outrage from the entire Internet in ten lines of code".

I really hate reputation systems based on user input. This started a while back on Craigslist, when I was trying to score chicks to do heroin with. My listings like "looking to get tarred and pleasured" and "Searching for a heroine to do the paronym of this sentence's lexical subject" kept getting flagged. The audacity of the San Francisco gay community disgusted me. They would flag my ads down but searching craigslist for "pnp" or "tina" reveals tons of hairy dudes searching for other hairy dudes to do meth with. So I decided to get them back, and cause a few hundred thousand queers some outrage.

I'm logged into Amazon at the time and see it has a "report as inappropriate" feature at the bottom of a page. I do a quick test on a few sets of gay books. I see that I can get them removed from search rankings with an insignificant number of votes.

I do this for a while, but never really get off my ass to scale it until recently.

So I script some quick bash.
let count = 1
while true; do
links -dump 'http://www.amazon.com/s/qid=0/?ie=ASCII&rs=1000&keywords=Gay_and_Lesbian&rh=n%3A!1000%2Ci%3Astripbooks%2Ck%3AHomosexuality&page='`echo $count`|grep \/dp\/ >> /tmp/amazon

There's some quick code to grab all the Gay and Lesbian metadata-tagged books on amazon. Then I pull out all the IDs of the given books from those URLs:

cat /tmp/amazon |sed s/.*dp\\/// |sed s/\\/ref.*//

and I have a neat little list of the internal product ID of every fag book on Amazon.

Now from here it was a matter of getting a lot of people to vote for the books. The thing about the adult reporting function of Amazon was that it was vulnerable to something called "Cross-site request forgery'. This means if I referred someone to the URL of the successful complaint, it would register as a complaint if they were logged in. So now it is a numbers game.

I know some people who run some extremely high traffic (Alexa top 1000) websites. I show them my idea, and we all agree that it is pretty funny. They put an invisible iframe in their websites to refer people to the complaint URLs which caused huge numbers of visitors to report gay and lesbian items as inappropriate without their knowledge.

I also hired third worlders to register accounts for me en masse. If you ever need a service like that, you can find them in a post like this advertising in the comments:


Then they would log into the accounts, save the cookies in a cookie file and send it to me.

Then I used the cookie files like so to automated-report all the books:

for i in `cat /tmp/amazon |sed s/.*dp\\/// |sed s/\\/ref.*//`; do lynx -cookie_file=/home/avex/cookie1 http://www.amazon.com/ri/product-listing/`echo $i`/;done

The combination of these two actions resulted in a mass delisting of queer books being delisted from the rankings at Amazon.

I guess my game is up, but 300+ hits on google news for amazon gay and outrage across the blogosphere ain't so bad.

The only person to figure it out was dely from Six Apart: http://tehdely.livejournal.com/88823.html but he has been ground zero at my work, cleaning up my messes before.

So just letting you know the chain of events. if you choose to report on this, please don't disclose my identity/email address. Thanks!


Reiser seeks retrial

Hal_Porter Hal_Porter writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Hal_Porter (817932) writes "Despite turning down a pretrial deal that would have got him a three year sentence and then accepting a later deal where he apologised for the murder and showed the police where he buried the body, Hans Reiser wants another trial. As wired put it "Now the 44-year-old Reiser says he thinks the latest deal was supposed to have netted three years. And he said his lead attorney, William DuBois, who he often butted heads with during trial, was out to get him. Reiser wrote that he believed DuBois suffered from an excess of oxytocin." Dubois said "[Nina Reiser] had an ulterior motive to marry Hans. It couldn't have been out of love that she married Hans Reiser," DuBois said. "I can't see anybody loving Hans Reiser." "He has to be one of the least attractive people you can imagine," DuBois continued. "And she's a doll." He faces an uphill battle "Jurors, and even the judge, did a horrible job concealing their amusement when Reiser was on the stand. The often shook their heads in disbelief or openly mocked his ongoing testimony.""

"Game over" exploit in flash

Hal_Porter Hal_Porter writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Hal_Porter (817932) writes "Thomas Ptacek writes that Mark Dowd (pdf warning) has found a "weaponized NULL pointer exploit" in Flash. The idea is that you trick Flash into making a failed allocation which returns NULL. But since you control the offset from the NULL pointer you can overwrite an arbitrary memory location. As Thomas puts it in his very readable writeup "If youre not an exploit writer, think of it this way: you know that crazy version of Super Mario Brothers that Japan refused to ship to the US markets because they thought the difficulty would upset and provoke us? This is the exploit equivalent of that guy who played the perfect game of it on YouTube." The exploit works on both Internet Explorer and Firefox. It works on Vista, since Flash doesn't opt in to Vista's Address Space Layout randomisation technology."

48GigaBYTE flash chip

Hal_Porter Hal_Porter writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Hal_Porter (817932) writes "Hynix have stacked 24 16 gigabit (2 gigabyte) NAND flash chips in a 1.4mm thick package, giving 48 gigabytes of storage. It's not clear if it's possible to write to them in parallel — if so the device should be pretty damn fast. The usual objection to NAND flash as a hard drive replacement is lifetime. NAND sectors can only be written 100,000 times or so before they wear out, but wear levelling can be done to spread writes evenly over at least each chip. I worked out that the lifetime should be much longer than a typical magnetic hard disk. There's no information on costs yet frankly and it sounds like an expensive proof of concept, but it shows you the sort of device that will take over from small hard disks in the next few years."
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