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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

Noryungi Do no evil, right? (281 comments)

Here is my problem: Google has a long history of cooperating with NSA.

Don't believe me? Fine: read these links instead... Yahoo News article about cooperation between Google and NSA, Guardian article, Tom's Guide article.

Even if Google does not/did not/will not cooperate with NSA, Eric Schmidt himself has been cooperating with the US Government, which cast serious doubts about his desire to protect the private information of Google clients.

Again, don't believe me? Fine, read this instead: Julian Assange on Eric Schmidt. Or (even better) this transcript.

Even if Eric Schmidt does not cooperate with the US Government, he has said himself, repeatedly, that privacy is dead and that it's something for hackers.

Don't believe me? Fine, read this instead: EFF article, Gawker article.

In other words, a company that cooperated with the NSA, led by a man who does not care about your privacy (but cares very much about his) is telling you that there is nothing to see here, sure we are protecting your privacy, please buy our products, we are safe and professionals and there is nothing to be afraid of.

Seriously? How come this gasbag is a freaking CEO, paid millions of dollars a year?

about a month and a half ago

Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

Noryungi Best Script Ever? (299 comments)

From a man who starred in such unwatchable turds as "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"?

Shoot, those movies were just plain BAD. And that is NOT the kind of recommendation I expect for a new movie.

And before you flame me: yes, Harrisson Ford was in a shitload of great movies. But his glory days are over, and have been over, for at least 10 years now.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

Noryungi Speaking of what I know... (267 comments)

Both OpenBSD and NetBSD come with XFCE, OpenBox, Firefox, mplayer (or equivalent). NetBSD pkgsrc may be a bit closer to Gentoo than OpenBSD ports/packages, but both are excellent package systems. You may get more games with NetBSD, including Minecraft and others but I haven't checked, so don't quote me on this.

If you are used to Gentoo, picking one or the other should not be too difficult, but OpenBSD, while a bit picky when it comes to hardware, is also a bit easier to use: if a piece of harware is supported, it is supported. Period. NetBSD often requires compiling a specific kernel to add this or that peripheral. OpenBSD usually supports everything out of the box, as long as it is in its harware compatibility list. Plus, there is this schweet schweet security goodness, now with LibreSSL gooey core!

Here is a quick example: I have had a motherboard die on me. I just ripped off the main HDD out, put it into a slightly different machine, and OpenBSD just picked up the harware changes, reconfigured, checked the filesystems and worked without making a fuss. I have used OpenBSD for many years in a second-hand laptop, where everything was supported, and it was a pleasure to use as my main machine. The update procedure is quick and easy, and a new version of the OS comes out every 6 months like clockwork.

So there you go, hope this helps.

about 2 months ago

Senate May Vote On NSA Reform As Soon As Next Week

Noryungi Re:I hope it... (127 comments)

Repeals the Patriot Act and shuts down Homeland Security. How many redundant players do we need to keep us safe?

As many as it takes to give tons of money to all the little cogs in the militaro-industrial complex.

Seriously, the USA were already spending more than everyone else in the world on its military (and its security apparatus, including the NSA), before 9/11.

Was this able to prevent the WTC/Pentagon attacks? No. And not just that, but Osama bin Laden was able to hide practically in plain sight for years, communicating all the time with his organization through written and recorded messages (meaning: outside the reach of the NSA).

Will the NSA be able to prevent the next 9/11? Let me go out on a limb and say "No" again. If the hard-core terrorists haven't got it by now, every single telecommunication in the world is being spied upon. The safest way is to organize the next attack by courier and letters, and not through electronic communications at all.

The Iraq war was all about oil, Halliburton and Exxon bottom line. Today's enless wars, conflicts and spying is all about keeping the money machine going strong, and the US Government doling mountains of cash to contractors and sub-contractors.

The whole thing will end very badly.

about 3 months ago

OpenSUSE 13.2 Released

Noryungi Question for btrfs users... (42 comments)

I am using OpenSUSE 13.1 right now with ext4 partitions and I am pondering migrating to OpenSUSE 13.2 with btrfs or simply updating the distro with ''zypper dup'' and keeping my ext4 fs.

If you are using btrfs, what has been your experience? Better performance? As stable as ext4?

about 3 months ago

Silk Road 2.0 Seized By FBI, Alleged Founder Arrested In San Francisco

Noryungi I have said it before... (219 comments)

... And I will say it again: if the FBI can arrest these people and bring down these ''black'' markets, who are supposed to be on Tor and protected by iron-clad crypto, it means only two things:

1. Tor is not as secure as everybody says it is (because _____ insert your favourite conspiracy theory/security failure here).

2. NSA/GCHQ, etc... justification for snooping on everyone (terrorists! drugs! guns!) is just complete and utter bull****. Hard detective work pays every time, and is probably more cost-effective than the massive surveillance and privacy violations we have right now.

Please note that 1 and 2 are not necessarily opposed to each other. We may well have 1 AND 2 at the same time..

about 3 months ago

New GCHQ Chief Says Social Media Aids Terrorists

Noryungi And remember people... (228 comments)

Slashdot IS social media, which is why NSA and GCHQ created a fake Slashdot to hack into a Belgian Telecom company.

You dirty terrorists, you! Bad Slashdot! BAD!

Seriously, though, this is beyond belief and beyond the pale. Where do they get these morons? Most of these people are guilty of perjury (at best) and outright conflict of interests and gross violations of basic human rights at worst.

When is this going to stop and when are we going to get rid of these idiots? Where is Senator Franck Church when we need him?

about 3 months ago

OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules

Noryungi Re:Puzzling (162 comments)

As an avid OpenBSD user and fan, this puzzle me because it would seem like a giant step backwards. Yes, loadable kernel modules do weaken the security some but it makes adding hardware drivers difficult.

Again: compiling the OpenBSD kernel is an emergency measure only. Most of the time, patches distributed by the project require you to compile the userland only.

As for adding device drivers, you usually do not need to: the standard kernel works very well with most hardware configurations.

I have motherboards burn on me, restarting the OpenBSD server usually was a question of taking the drive out of the machine, connecting it into a new machine and powering the system. The kernel just picked up and accepted whatever new hardware was in the replacement machine. Much, much easier than Linux.

about 3 months ago

OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules

Noryungi Re:Not surprising. (162 comments)

Yes, yes, little troll, you just demonstrated your total lack of knowledge when it comes to OpenBSD.

Straight from the horse's mouth: http://www.openbsd.org/faq/faq...

And I quote the aforementioned:

Why do I need a custom kernel?

Actually, you probably don't.

The only time you need to recompile OpenBSD kernel is when a major security issue has been found and your system is vulnerable.

about 3 months ago

OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules

Noryungi Re:Code compression (162 comments)

I am afraid your intelligence has also been compressed.

Besides, OpenBSD uses BSD libc, which is a lot less bloated than GNU libc.

about 3 months ago

OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules

Noryungi Re:Djeezus (162 comments)

See my answer above: OpenBSD dev also use git. LibreSSL - portable is maintained on Github, for instance.

Then again, you probably don't know a lot about OpenBSD... Do you? A simple Google search could have given you the links I included in my previous answer.

about 3 months ago

OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules

Noryungi Re:Djeezus (162 comments)

Well, I was surprised by the bitbucket link as well, but a lot of developpers (OpenBSD or not) use git these days. The repo linked to seems to be a copy of the official OpenBSD CVS.

A better link could be, for instance:




The interesting thing is that the diff just before Ted Unangst is more than 11 years old -- which means LKMs really haven't been used for a long time in OpenBSD...

about 3 months ago

Windows Flaw Allowed Hackers To Spy On NATO, Ukraine, Others

Noryungi Re:Hilarious (97 comments)

Hmmm... NSA_KEY anyone?

Sure, sure, it's just a conspiracy theory BUT... Isn't it surprising (for instance) that Apple and Google both announced full-phone encryption recently, while Microsoft announced exactly... Nothing?

Oh, and one other thing: companies do not exist in a vacuum and have to respect the laws of the different jurisdictions they operate in. Microsoft has been condemned by the US Government in the past for anti-competitive behaviour. Think about this for a second.

about 4 months ago

First Man To Walk In Space Reveals How Mission Nearly Ended In Disaster

Noryungi Re:The Russian space program was amazing (122 comments)

Your comment seems very condescending.

Let's not forget the Russians were the first to send a satellite around the Earth, the first to send an animal into space, the first to send a man into space, the first to send a woman into space, the first to have a space mission that lasted more than a day, the first to have a spacewalk, the fist to send a satellite to orbit the Moon, the first to have fully automated rendez-vous between two satellites, etc., etc., etc.

Sure, their spacecraft may look "ugly" (or at least, "uglier") than western or American ones, but they get the job done and they are reliable workhorses.

I believe the differences between the two is mostly to the "no nonsense" approach to the Russians, and the fact that they like re-using designs and equipment that work instead of constantly re-inventing the wheel.

Think about it this way: the USA created the space shuttle and sank billions of dollars into it. The Russians kept improving the Soyuz rockets and capsules. These days, the space shuttle has been retired, while both Soyuz still fly regularly. Which approach is better? I don't know, but you certainly can't blame the Russians for creating "ugly" machines, as long as they are functional and good at what they do.

Recommended viewing: "The Red Stuff" about the very first Cosmonaut class of the USSR. You can view it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

about 4 months ago

Samsung's Wi-Fi Upgrades Promise Speeds Up to 4.6Gbps

Noryungi Err... Wait a minute... (92 comments)

"Medical devices"?? On a wifi network???!!!

What could possibly go wrong?

about 4 months ago

Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

Noryungi Re:Awesome! (774 comments)

It will be there soon. I estimate it at around end of Q1 2015. Just wait.

about 4 months ago

Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

Noryungi They do it privately and securely... ? (249 comments)

Well that's news to me, and I work in (the IT department of) one of those agencies... Which shall remain nameless because work.

Are you going to tell us next that the NSA really is respecting the law and protecting us from dangerous terrorists?!?

I don't know what you are smoking, but I definitely want some of it...

about 4 months ago

User Error Is the Primary Weak Point In Tor

Noryungi And, by the way... (70 comments)

If people who have serious security preoccupations (drug dealers, pedophiles, etc...) are dumb enough to get caught due to human error (and probably not doing their homework), why exactly do the NSA, FBI, CIA, MI6, GCHQ, DGSE, FSB, BND, etc... etc... have to trace everything we do or say online?

In other words, what, on earth, is the purpose of these gigantic spying programs for, if all that is needed is good old fashioned gumshoe work? You know, like, waiting for the bank robbers to brag of their exploits to a police informants, painstakingly tracing money flows from dodgy businesses, or gathering evidence and finger prints on a crime scene?

Sure, security is hard, everyone makes a mistake once in a while, yadda yadda yadda, but what about the rights of the innocent average citizen? We are all being spied on, while police forces are perfectly able to catch the criminals, even if they use Tor! There is simply no justification, none whatsoever, for these agencies to spy on everyone. Think about that for a second.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

Noryungi Dashlane (191 comments)

Excellent password manager. Syncs an AES-encrypted file to all your devices. It also has plug-ins for most web browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Safari) that allow you to login automatically on a web site. I personnally don't use the plugins, but it's really good on both Android and Mac OS X.

about 4 months ago

Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Noryungi Re:Not going to be as rosy as the YES! campaign sa (494 comments)

No, I'm afraid you don't understand a few things. Firstly, Scotland's oil is small beer on the global stage. The North Sea produces ~1.5m bpd, OPEC alone is something like 30m. Scotland could turn off the taps and the planet wouldn't even blink.

Bzzzt! Sorry Wrong Answer! Try again.

And I quote: "The largest field discovered in the past 25 years is Buzzard also located off Scotland, found in June 2001 with producible reserves of almost 64×106 m (400m bbl) and an average output of 28 600 m to 30 200 m (180,000-190,000 bbl) per day." (Source here).

It's not just the production that counts - it's also the size of the reserves, the fact that Scotland is very close to its primary market (the EU) and its own stability.

And, if you happen to believe that Peak Oil is almost upon us (and there is no reason to believe otherwise) then that Oil is going to be more and more valuable as time passes...

Think Venezuela, not Norway.

about 4 months ago



OpenBSD releases a portable version of its OpenNTPD

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about three weeks ago

Noryungi (70322) writes "Theo De Raadt roundly criticized NTP due to its recent security advisories, and pointed out that OpenBSD OpenNTPD was not vulnerable. However, it also had not been made portable to other OS in a long time. Brent Cook, also known for his work on the portable version of LibreSSL (OpenBSD cleanup and refactoring of OpenSSL) decided to take the matter in his own hands and released a new portable version of OpenNTPD. Everyone rejoice, compile and report issues!"

The Open-Source Everything Manifesto

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about 7 months ago

Noryungi (70322) writes "Interesting article at the Guardian about the Open-Source Everything Manifesto, the latest book by Robert David Steele "former Marine, CIA case officer, and US co-founder of the US Marine Corps intelligence activity", who posits (a) that conditions are ripe for a revolution in the USA and the UK and (b) that the only forward for humanity is by open-sourcing everything and conducting all government business — even foreign intelligence — in an open-source, let's-share-everything manner. Robert Steele is known as the inventor of open-source intelligence."

A dinner with NSA General Alexander

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Noryungi (70322) writes "Jennifer Granick, former Civil Liberties Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, now Director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, recently had dinner with NSA Director, General Keith Alexander. Her story is well worth reading... Especially for the cognitive dissonance between the NSA objectives and Civil Liberties activists."

32 Raspberry Pi cluster built to support PhD research

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Noryungi (70322) writes "Joshua Kiepert, a PhD student at Boise State University has created a small 32 node Beowulf Cluster, (PDF paper) running Arch Linux to support his PhD research. This allowed him to avoid running his simulation on the official (Xeon-powered) cluster of his university for a cost of slightly less than US$ 2000 — which is the price of a single Xeon machine. While the cluster will never break speed record it allowed him to work on his research for quite a reasonable price."
Link to Original Source

Hanford nuclear waste vitrification plant "too dangerous"

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Noryungi (70322) writes "Scientific American reports, in a chilling story, that the Hanford, Washington, nuclear waste vitrification treatment plant is off to a bad start. Bad planning, multiple sources of radioactive waste, leaking containment pools are just the beginning. It's never a good sign when that type of article includes the word "spontaneous criticality", if you follow my drift..."
Link to Original Source

Unscrambling an Android telephone with FROST

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about 2 years ago

Noryungi (70322) writes "Researchers at the University of Erlangen demonstrates how to recover an Android phone confidential content, with the help of a freezer and FROST, a specially-crafted Android ROM. Quite an interesting set of pictures, starting with wrapping your Android phone in a freezer bag..."
Link to Original Source

Greg Palast on Piers Morgans and Aaron Swartz

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about 2 years ago

Noryungi (70322) writes "While Aaron Swartz was hounded mercilessly for the made-up crime of publishing information, Piers Morgan enjoys his prime-time slot on CNN... While guilty of much more serious crimes than Aaron. A must-read article by investigative journalist Greg Palast."
Link to Original Source

Ancient tsunami devastated Lake Geneva

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Noryungi writes "A fascinating article in Nature, details how a tsunami, provoked by a massive landslide, ravaged the shores of the Lake Geneva, including the city of the same name. Interesting, especially given the much larger population now present on the shores of the same lake."
Link to Original Source

Zombie Apocalypse: this is how it all begins

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Noryungi (70322) writes "Courtesy of Zero Hedge, ladies and gentlemen, this is the official start of the Zombie Apocalypse... A naked man was shot and killed by an officer of the Miami Police Department after chewing through half the face of another person. Interesting detail: according to some witnesses it took half a dozen shots to kill the attacker. Add to this a somewhat related piece of news about a mysterious (parasiting?) disease transforming african children into zombies and it's time to revise your classics before all hell starts to break loose."
Link to Original Source

Apache Foundation to manage Open Office

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Noryungi (70322) writes "Despite some licensing problems between the LGPL and the Apache License, it seems Oracle has decided to spin off Open Office and donate it to the Apache Software Foundation. While this is probably due to a lack of interest from Oracle, it is nevertheless good news and may even open the door to a merge of Libre Office and Open Office."
Link to Original Source

Google announces the Google Chrome OS

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Noryungi (70322) writes "It's official: Google is announcing the Google Chrome OS. Fast, secure, targeted at x86 and ARM CPUs and "netbook"-class computers, the Chrome OS will simply be the Chrome browser running on a Linux kernel. It will be designed to get a user on the Internet in a few seconds and will be open-sourced later this year."

Blackberry "spy" software released

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Noryungi writes "Maybe the French were onto something after all. It turns out that there is a software able to spy on Blackberries, and record voice conversations and all messages (emails or SMS text message) that transit through the portable devices. Of course, the software has to be installed by the owner of the Blackberry, but it would not be surprising to find out that someone has found a way to silently auto-install that software on RIM devices."

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Noryungi writes "This amazing, and scary, article talks about the discovery of a zone of the Pacific Ocean — twice the size of Texas — that is dying because of the plastic brought there by the current. Since this particular area is also a high pressure zone, plastic stays trapped and slowly poison all forms of life. The pictures are scary as heck."

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Noryungi (70322) writes "Theo DeRaadt, the founder of OpenBSD, has made public an email sent to OLPC and Red Hat. In this email, he strongly condemns the willingness of both Red Hat and OLPC, who signed an NDA with Marvell in order to user this company's WiFi chips in the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project. Choice quote: "It is clear that your choices are not about opening up Marvell, but simply commercially expedient and hurtful to our common cause [open source].""



An unbiased comparison of Windows and OpenBSD

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about 3 months ago


Freaking hilarious. A bit dated, but definitely still valid... ;-)

Money quote:


Web browser:

OpenBSD comes with a text based browser called lynx, which is limited in functionality. Windows comes with Internet Explorer. Let's face it: Internet Explorer is a hunk of crap.

Winner: OpenBSD

Text editor:

Windows comes with Notepad, a great easy-to-use text editor.

OpenBSD comes with vi, another hell-spawned weapon of evil which causes mayhem and kills kittens every time a user attempts to do something productive with it.

Read the rest, it's great


I think Steve Ballmer is trying to hack my Linux machine...

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about 4 months ago

I swear in the holy name of Ken Ritchie this is what I am seeing in my Linux server logs right now:

OSSEC HIDS Notification.
2014 Oct 13 16:41:45

Received From: udon->/var/log/messages
Rule: 5712 fired (level 10) -> "SSHD brute force trying to get access
to the system."
Portion of the log(s):

Oct 13 16:41:45 udon sshd[13920]: Failed password for invalid user developer from port 49864 ssh2
Oct 13 16:41:45 udon sshd[13920]: Invalid user developer from
Oct 13 16:41:44 udon sshd[13918]: Failed password for invalid user developer from port 49081 ssh2
Oct 13 16:41:44 udon sshd[13918]: Invalid user developer from
Oct 13 16:41:43 udon sshd[13910]: Failed password for invalid user developer from port 48407 ssh2
Oct 13 16:41:43 udon sshd[13910]: Invalid user developer from

Now, take a look at the following and tell me it isn't true!



Stan Lee is an agent of Thanos - or maybe even Thanos himself.

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about 6 months ago

Warning: this is long and completely weird. Almost spoiler-free, but there might be some in there as well.

Saw Guardians of the Galaxy yesterday and it was pretty much what I expected: funny and cartoonish, great action and great special effects (but, really, when was the last time you saw a movie with BAD special effects? But I digress.)

And, of course, we had the funny cameo by Stan Lee right there at the beginning of the movie. Good old Stan, funny as usual. And a very strong showing by Thanos, the bad-ass similing foe glimpsed at the end of the Avengers.

What struck me this morning was this horrible thing: what if Stan Lee and Thanos were one and the same?

Bear with me here for a minute or two... I'll try to explain

Thanos is defined, in the Guardians of the Galaxy, as "The Mad Titan", and one of the common thread that unites the Marvel movies (Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, The Avengers) is the fact that there are in the universe these incredible artifacts, named the stones of power.

But the OTHER common thread in all these movies (plus the Spider-Man movies and the Fantastic Four) are these funny little cameos by Stan Lee, who appears for a few minutes in pretty much all of them.

What if Stan Lee is Thanos himself, or an agent of the Mad Titan?

All of a sudden, all these little appearances start to make sense!

You see, Thanos is a Titan, an ancient being of almost unfathomable powers and resources. Surely, to being like this one, time traveling and dimension/realm hopping is nothing but a trifle?

My theory is this: Thanos knows that nothing in the Universe is truly a threat to him... EXCEPT maybe for the combined might of Earth/Midgard and Asgard. Think of it this way: Asgard was able to kick the dark elves collective asses (Thor 2) not just once but TWICE, and the elves had "the Ether" (magical McGuffin #1), something so powerful that it was supposed to be able to drag back the entire universe back into darkness.

PLUS, Odin, Asgard's King and All-Father has another "stone of power" in his possession, the Tesseract (Magical McGuffin #2), something so powerful a minuscule fraction of its power was supposed to power the Entire Red Skull Hydra army (Magical McGuffin #2).

Thanos is not an idiot, you are not the kind of being who survives so long -- maybe even from the beginning of the universe -- by ignoring potential competitors. So what he does is research the opposition. And, for this, what better agent than good old Stan Lee?

Think I am crazy? Consider the following time-line:

Circa 1944: Stan Lee appears as a general -- infiltrating the US Army -- certainly in order to research the super soldier programme (Captain America 1) and, possibly, the use of the Tesseract by Red Skull & Hydra.

2008: Stan Lee is mistaken for Hugh Hefner, probably researching Tony Stark and the Iron Man programme (Iron Man)

2010: Stan Lee again is mistaken, this time for Larry King, again extremely close to, and researching, Tony Stark and the new development of Iron Man (Iron Man 2).

2011: Stan Lee tests Mjolnir weight, trying to pull it out of the earth with his pick-up truck (Thor 1). Being so close to Mjolnir, he probably was able to witness first-hand the battle between Thor and The Destroyer, gving him very valuable information on both the strength of the Prince of Asgard and the kind of military technology Asgard can put in the field if needed... But also on the average technology of Earth and of SHIELD - probably the toughest opposition available on the planet (think Helicarrier here).

2012: Stan Lee was in NYC during the battle between the Avengers and Loki's army -- which was supplied by Thanos in a bid to recover the Tesseract. Think of it this way: Stan Lee is Thanos eyes and ears ''on the ground'' and was probably able to judge first hand if Loki was in a position to win that conflict. Why do we see Thanos smile at the end of the Avengers, despite the battle having ended in complete defeat? Because he already knew the outcome of the battle through Stan Lee report and because he considers the lessons learned have provided him with invaluable information on the strength and weaknesses of its two worst potential enemies: Earth (Midgard) and Asgard!

2013: Stan Lee is in London (Thor 2), in the very hospital where Dr Erik Selvig is interned, keeping an eye on him, and probably researching the way Earth foremost expert on the multiverse is able to understand the realms, a topic of the foremost importance for Thanos (what would happen if Tony Stark and all his armors were to launch a trans-dimensional attack with weapons possibly based on Asgard Technology?) and all this just a couple of hours before the Dark Elves try to use the Ether to bring darkness to the Universe. That's the second time Stan Lee is in a position to (a) be a witness of a battle between Asgard/Thor and dangerous foes and (b) learn more about one of the Magical McGuffins and their powers, something that could become very valuable in the future.

2013: Stan Lee, again appears in a very close vicinity of Tony Stark (Iron Man 3). I think his interest here is more of a port-mortem on the Battle of N.Y. in the Avengers: how are the humans who defeated Loki's army holding up? How are they adapting to this new multiverse? Have they developped new weapons and tactics? It seems obvious Thanos has an interest in the super-soldier programme and its ramifications into the different super objects that have been gradually been discovered. But the strength of Earth, its military technologies, also have its full and undivided attentions. He wants to know about it BEFORE Earth is in a position to use that technology against him!

2014: Stan Lee is in the Smithsonian Museum, as a security guard to the Steve Rogers expo (Captain America 2 - The Winter Soldier). But, seriously, since it appears he has been researching the super soldier since the mid-1940s, it's not really surprising: he IS probably the foremost authority on Captain America, thanks to his time travels! And, again, please note he is in Washington D.C., really close to where the action is. Coincidence? I THINK NOT!

2014: Stan Lee is present on Xandar, probably keeping an eye on Gamora, and is able to witness the fight between her and the other characters who will become the Guardians of the Galaxy. Not just that, but, being in Xandar, he may even be able to scout and research the security around the Infinity Stone, which is going to be held by Nova Prime. Again, this cannot be a coincidence: Stan Lee is in the perfect place to observe, collect information and report possibly crucial data back to Thanos.

AND... This is just the Iron Man/Avengers/Thor/Captain America movies. Stan Lee has also appeared in the Spider Man movies (some very interesting military applications here) and in the Fatastic 4 movies (Earthling defat Galactus? Inconceivable!!). Again, always at he right time, right place to observe, note and report back to his master, the Mad Titan, Thanos himself.

There you have it -- of course, Thanos and Stan Lee NEVER appear together at the same time during the movies. Even if they did, that would simply prove that Stan Lee is an agent of Thanos, and not Thanos himself.

Now, I believe the question we all need to ask Stan Lee is this one: "Are you an agent of Thanos, or have you ever been an agent of Thanos? And, if not, how do you explain your presence in all of these places and times?". Make him swear on a Bible, and surround him with SHIELD agents equipped with more copies of the big gun Coulson used on Loki in the Avengers (and please note that THAT gun was inspired by Asgard's Destroyer in Thor 1 -- how is that for technologies hopping dimensions?).

You have been warned. Stan Lee works for Thanos. And he is not on Earth to help us.


Submission to Slashdot... I haven't done that in a long time...

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about 7 months ago

Interesting article at the Guardian about the Open-Source Everything Manifesto, the latest book by Robert David Steele "former Marine, CIA case officer, and US co-founder of the US Marine Corps intelligence activity", who posits (a) that conditions are ripe for a revolution in the USA and the UK and (b) that the only forward for humanity is by open-sourcing everything and conducting all government business â" even foreign intelligence â" in an open-source, let's-share-everything manner. Robert Steele is known as the inventor of open-source intelligence.


This. This is soooo true!

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about a year ago

As a married man, this happens to me much too often:



Some more utilities for the toolbox...

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about a year and a half ago

From the excellent Daemon Keeper blog:

IPSET (Quickly add numerous IP addresses to NetFilter/Iptables) : http://ipset.netfilter.org/


It is to laugh

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about a year and a half ago

I love this comment:

vi is a kitchen knife.
vim is a really nice, sharp, balanced chef's knife.
Emacs is a light saber.
Most of the time, my job requires me to chop vegetables. Occasionally, I have to take on an entire army of robots.

(Source: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/48006/is-it-worth-investing-time-in-learning-to-use-emacs)

I have been a vi/vim user since day one ('OK, Linux is now installed, now how do I edit this .bashrc text file mentioned in the documentation?'). But I have seen some emacs master at work and... Well... Let's just say it's impressive. ;-)

Counterpoint: http://edward.oconnor.cx/2009/07/learn-emacs-in-ten-years


A few links for today...

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about a year and a half ago

OpenBSD admin scripts: https://github.com/TheArchit/openbsd-scripts
OpenBSD upgrade guide : http://www.openbsd.org/faq/upgrade53.html
Docker/LXC administration : http://www.docker.io

That Is All.


Blast from the past...

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about 2 years ago

Wow, that's a really old-looking page:
Don't worry - it is SFW.


Slackware 14RC5, NetBSD 6.0RC2

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Two of my favourite projects just announced good news:


Just sayin'


Current projects...

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 2 years ago

More like internal notes than a real journal entry, I am just basically throwing stuff around and keeping URLs all in one place.


That was project one - on to project two!


Now, dear /., can you guess what I am trying to put together? ;-)


Personal Diet Project

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 2 years ago

All right, there goes nothing...

First of all, I am NOT a diet expert, so take everything I am going to write in this Journal entry with a big grain of salt, OK? Before you start doing something stupid, please consult a doctor, don't try this at home, for internal use only, etc.

I have been overweight for many years now. Too much good food, not enough exercise, not enough energy, etc.

Then it really dawned on me the other day: my goodness, I am HUGE. A quick step on the scale: 114 Kg (approx. 228 lb). Fat percentage off the scale. Sh*t sh*t sh*t. Sure, I am 192 cm (6ft 29inches) but this is still way too much.

No wonder I have all the aches in my legs and knees, and no wonder the missus is complaining about the rolls of fat and the absence of pecs and abs. Something had to be done.

And something I am doing is this, following the advice of my D.O.:

1) No red meat. Repeat: NO RED MEAT. That stuff is 100% fat.
2) No dairy / milk based products. No cheese, no milk, no ice cream.
3) No processed sugar, not even brown sugar. Meaning: NO SODA, no fizzy drink or carbonated - most of these are loaded with sugar.

Anything not on this list is fair game - that means white meat (poultry), fish, veggies and fruits are definitely "targets". Moderate intake of starchy food (rice/pasta) in all their forms (white/brown). Moderate intake of honey (= natural, unprocessed sugar, can be used to sweeten tea, my caffeine intake of choice).

And here are the secret ingredients I am adding to this already potent list:

1) At least 6 hours of sleep per night.
2) Drink at least 1.5 liter of water per day (helps with my back problems as well).

Yes, you read that last one well: DO NOT EAT AT NIGHT. Essentially, everything you eat at night is going to be digested pretty quickly and transformed into fat, fat and more fat. Eating very little (my typical dinner usually is a couple of bananas and an apple at night) allows you to lose weight a lot faster than otherwise. And I do mean mush faster.

Drinking a lot of water (1.5L is a large bottle) helps A LOT with my back problems. Also, not sleeping enough has been proven to make you fatter as a lack of sleep is interpreted by your body as a sign of stress, and stress may require you to have stores of energy to be able to cope - hence, the fat.

Results so far? Pretty good!

Monday, March 12th = 113.6 Kg
Tuesday: 112.3 Kg
Wednesday: 112.8 Kg
Thursday: 112.2 Kg
Friday: 111.6 Kg
Saturday: 112.3 Kg
Sunday: 111 Kg

Yup, 2.6 Kg lost in one week! Yes, there has been ups & downs, and these can be explained by the things I ate the evening before, but the general trend is unmistakable: DOWN.

I think next week is not going to start very well, since I have had way too much food today, especially food of the wrong kind, but this first week is so encouraging I am going to continue. Once I have reached a below-100 Kg weight, I am going to turbo-charge that diet by going out and exercising like heck, going swimming and maybe going all sweaty with these people.

And no, eating very little or even nothing at night is not that challenging, as long as you remember that rest is often more important than food. In fact, sleeping 7 hours or more, I wake a lot clearer-headed and not especially hungry. I just have a nice breakfast, and nice lunch, and as soon as I am back from work, off to bed I go!

I'll keep you posted if future results are as encouraging as this first week. I expect the law of diminishing returns to hit me pretty quickly, which is why exercise is (hopefully soon) going to be an integral part of that diet.


Two links

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about 3 years ago

Just because I don't know where to put this, and because I haven't written in this journal in ages:
CheckSec - allows you to check the security of your binaries...: http://www.trapkit.de/tools/checksec.html
Mempodipper - just because: http://git.zx2c4.com/CVE-2012-0056/tree/mempodipper.c



Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

OK, if you are wondering about YAFIBAL, here is what it means: "Yet Another Fucking Idiot Blathering About Linux".

Let me put it this way: unless you know how to install and manage at least three versions of Linux, and one BSD, I don't care about your fscking opinion on Linux.

Why? Because I don't care about your fscking opinion if the only thing you know about Linux is Ubuntu, on another fscking brain-dead version of Linux for n00bies and other assorted fanbois. I want some real meat, something tangible, that proves to me that you really know what Linux is all about.

With this in mind, let us go through the valley of the shadow of dumb, with this fantastic article, titled: 24 Things we'd change about Linux. WARNING: your head is going to hurt if you read this mound of tripe - you have been warned.

So, here are the 24 bullet points in that shockingly stupid article, and my answers to pretty much each and everyone of them...

1. Fix sound once and for all

I don't care about sound. Stability and reliability are, to me, a lot more important than listening to MP3 all day long. Sound is totally unimportant on a server, and, I would argue, pretty much un-needed on a workstation as well.

Starting your article with this very point reveals who you really are: a stupid fscking n00b who is only concerned with stupid little details that only appeal to other n00b.

2. No more infighting

Yet another fscking n00b remark. No more infighting? Really?

It's called "being a geek", n00b. Geeks like to fight over seemingly little details, that can be fscking important in real life. Infighting IS important, because if you think you can do better than XYZ, and have the gonads to go and give it a try, you may end up with something better than XYZ!! Ubuntu (yuck) set off to make a better Debian than Debian, and, guess what? As much as I hate Debian and Ubuntu, I have to admit that Ubuntu is a better Debian than Debian. Infighting is good, so get over it and get out of the kitchen if you can't stand the fire!!

3. Guaranteed GUI fallback

NO, I don't want a default GUI fallback - I. WANT. A. COMMAND. LINE!!

The only thing that will always work is a command line. Give me a command line anytime, and I have a working machine. Give a fscked up X11, and all I have is a fscked up machine!!

I have to quote the next one in its entirety, it's just to good to pass:

4. Andrew says...
I know choice is good, but the whole point of a package manager is to simplify things for the user. Lets simplify it even more by standardising on one package format and making Linux apps truly Linux-wide.

NO, you stupid n00b!! I want different package managers to fit different populations! I want something simple for the moron like you, and something advanced for fscking geeks like me!! It's called "giving different people different tools, based on their knowledge"!!!

5. Backwards compatibility dependencies

Oh, boy.

[...] Did you know that there are applications for Windows 95 using pre-release versions of DirectX 1.0 that still run on Windows 7 using DirectX 11? I don't think we need to go that far, but I think it's time to do away with petty dependency problems.

Two points:

  1. Never, ever, EVER compare Linux to Windows if you want some street credibility, n00b.
  2. Yes, you can run some stupid Windows 95 sh*t on top of Windows 7 if you want to - that does not mean I want to do the same, and get all the fscking sh*t that comes with fscking Windows

6. Get Mac compatibility for games

Shut up, fscking n00b - I don't want Mac fscking compatibility for games. I don't want games on my machines - they are for work. When I want games, I boot the Wii or the GameCube, who are real game machines, not my Linux machine. Solitaire or MahJong are good enough for me on Linux, for everything else there is Tetris or Frozen Bubble.

Seriously, though, what it this sh*t? There are plenty of games on Linux, just take the time to review them, you idiot.

7. A single name for the wastebasket

There is a single, standard name for the wastebasket - it's called "rm". Look it up sometimes, you fscking idiot.

8. Easier driver install

It's called "modprobe", you imbecile. Look it up sometimes.

9. Guaranteed sleep/hibernate

It's called "shutdown" or "poweroff", you dumb sh*t. Look it up sometimes.

10. Remove Grub

Agreed! Yes, replace the pile of sh*t that is GRUB by LILO. Much better and simpler. Dumb *ss.

11. Make every task doable from the GUI

OK, let me repeat this for you: I. WANT. A. FSCKING. COMMAND. LINE!!!

GUI are stupid and slow, they don't work most of the time and they are buggy. They usually don't work very well through SSH, and they just plain take way too much CPU!!

If you want to do everything within a fscking GUI, buy a MAC! That's what they are here for: to rid the Linux world of fscking morons like you!!

12. Rolling releases

If someone wants the latest release of Gnome, why should they have to wait six months for a new distro release?

I don't want the latest release of Gnome!! I don't want the latest release of anything!! I want something stable and not completely buggy!! If I need a 'rolling release' of anything, I'll roll it myself and compile the fscking application on my fscking machine! Capice?

13. Restore the desktop in KDE

Or, even better, ditch the fscking bloated monstrosity that is KDE and replace with something like truly useful, like Fluxbox or even... "bash"!!

KDE is a piece of crap. Gnome is a piece of crap. Get over it ASAP and start using something with a bit more intelligence and design sense!

14. Improve the documentation

Oh, boy.

Man pages are great for reference, but the fact that they are there for reference as opposed to reading means they rarely have examples, they group irrelevant options with important ones, and often do little more than scare people away. If someone wants to start a project dedicated to making useful man pages, let me know!

Yes, there is one: it's called OpenBSD. Man pages are references - as far as the examples are concerned, simply try using a couple of commands and you will pretty fscking quickly understand what the sh*t is all about, you idiot!!

15. Replace Gimp


Here is a hint, dumbass: Tweak GIMP to be More Like Photoshop

Whoooo... That was really hard, now, wasn't it? MORON!

16. Replace OpenOffice.org

OK, I am waiting for your code... NOT! Shut up and code, you idiot!!

Oh, but I forget: you probably would not know a compiler if it turned around and bit you in the ass!!

17. Mike says...

The current Unixstyle filesystem layout is an archaic mess. It's silly that, when you install a program, it's exploded into loads of different directories all over your filesystem. Apps should be standalone, like in RISC OS, Mac OS X and many other desktop OSes. Gobo Linux has the right idea.

Your BRAIN is fscking archaic mess, you idiot! Learn how to use Linux (and UNIX) before issuing that kind of stupid declaration!!

18. Graham says...

Simplicity is best. For that reason, I think we should have a single, unified desktop, just like Windows and Mac OS X.

No, no, no NO!!! I want diversity, I want change, I want differences!!! I don't want yet another pre-formatted product marketed to DEATH!!

Again: if you want consistency and "unified interfaces", whatever that means, BUY A MAC!!

19. Less screen clutter

Learn how to use a command line, you idiot!

20. Better organised settings

Aaaaaaargh! I don't give a fscking flying fsck about Gnome, or KDE, that are bloated piles of steaming manure!!!

21. Kill off dotfiles

You poor dumb sh*t. It's the whole difference between "ls" and "ls -a". Look it up sometimes, you moron!

And, the cherry on the cake:

It's time either to switch to a Windows-like registry (with GConf being a good start), or to group them together into a Settings directory that can be maintained easily.

Yes, in other word, you want either Windows or a Mac. Guess what, you little twerp: Buy A Mac! And get the fsck out!

22. Easier closed-source installs

I don't think so. I don't want closed/proprietary software that I can't read the code on my machine. The only exception I was willing to make -- until very recently -- was the closed-source drivers for the fscking piece of wifi sh*t named Broadcom. But that's the only one.

Oh, and by the way, Ubuntu does that, just in case you did not know. Dumb*ss.

23. Standardise use of sudo

What planet are you from? Of course, "sudo" should be the standard... And guess what, idiot? That's already the case, stupid!! Just learn how to use the darned thing already and stop bothering us!!

24. No more open core

Put simply, open core means that the basic part of some software is open source, community-supported and all that good stuff. But an increasing number of businesses are looking to cash in on open source by making closed-source software that sits on top, which you pay for.

Need I say more?

By the holy name of Linus Torvalds and almighty Cthulhu, who publishes this tripe?


Yes, there is such a thing as "too simple"

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

So here we are: a new personal UNIX workstation at work. OK, so it's just a simple Pentium IV PC, but I was going to install a free UNIX on it.

At first, I decided on NetBSD 5.0.1. The installation went on without any problem. Booting time was astounding: less than a minute from switch on to login prompt.

But once I started the machine, the disaster became quickly apparent: the VLAN the workstation was attached to was DHCP-only (hey, don't ask me why, I don't do the security policies around here!) - and did not allow outbound FTP. NetBSD is notoriously stingy when it comes to bundling applications with the base system, and so I went on and decided to install stuff quickly using pkgsrc...

Everything failed! No FTP connection to the outside = no installation possible through pkgsrc. It got bad pretty quickly, because you really don't have anything with NetBSD, not even a simple www client such as lynx. And FreeBSD and OpenBSD are pretty much the same: as far as I know, OpenBSD also uses FTP to download packages and I don't think FreeBSD is different in that respect.

Despite my love for everything BSD, I therefore returned (happily, I might add) to one of my first love: Slackware. Three CD downloads later, I am installing one of the most perfect UNIX-like system, one that is complete, powerful, and contains pretty much everything you need to be productive. Gimp included!

Once again: Slackware rocks. And, yes, despite the fact that NetBSD rocks as well, there is a time for "too simple" and a time for "just right".

And, SuSE Linux? You suck. Two DVDs just for a sinking OS? Sheesh.


New Wiki entry: How to create a good password.

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about 5 years ago

My Super Secret Password Recipe is now online! Click here!.
Discuss in the comments, and let me know what you think!


Crazy idea of the week: Slackware NAS.

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Here is the idea: create a derivative of Slackware, dedicated to NAS (Network Attached Storage).
Everything would be Slackware-based, and a server for NAS should be able to be installed within, let's say 30-45 minutes, using XFS for its filesystems.
The server would come with a full toolbox, including some packages not usually found under Slackware.
Eventually, the whole thing would be managed through a web interface. At first, the only interface would be "dialog" boxes, accessed through SSH.
The whole thing is going to go live on my wiki, as soon as I sort out the very last problems with my Slackware 13 x86_64 newest machine...

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