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NSA Agents Leak Tor Bugs To Developers

Noryungi OPSEC (113 comments)

If you are a Tor programmer, and if there are really NSA/GCHQ insiders who actually help you to correct bugs... For Pete sake, just keep quiet about it!!!

Now, both agencies will have to initiate a mole-hunting operation, and you will lose these valuable insiders!

On the other hand, it may paralyze these agencies for months, maybe even years, while they try to figure out who has been leaking invaluable bug information back to the Tor project.

So it might be a wash. Either way, it also probably means that people inside the Puzzle Palace and the Donut are beginning to realize that enough is enough, so that is also encouraging.


The Royal Society Proposes First Framework For Climate Engineering Experiments

Noryungi What could possibly go wrong? (170 comments)

Instead of potentially dangerous experiments, may I suggest the oldest known and proven solution to global warming?

This is extremely complicated, so please bear with me for a minute or two:

Plant. More. Trees.

Don't believe me? Fine, don't take my word for it. Heck, even that bastion of free enterprise, The Economist got behind that idea!

So, why is not implemented on a large scale? Because planting trees is not techonologically "sexy" - it is well known, has been well known for centuries, and, for maximum effect, would require rich countries to invest serious money in poorer countries, to save the rainforest (which is where tree-planting would have maximum impact). And we cannot allow these natives to get money to do something as simple as plant a tree, right?

In other words, the wealthiest have decided it is a lot more fun to throw money at dangerous or even foolish and ineffectual solutions rather than provide for jobs and development in the poorest countries of the world -- precisely the countries that will suffer the most due to global warming. Make of that what you will.

4 days ago

Snowden: NSA Working On Autonomous Cyberwarfare Bot

Noryungi Re:Mark my words (194 comments)

Newsflash! Slashdot already has been targeted by NSA!!

Don't take my word for it: Link 1 and Link 2.

about two weeks ago

Snowden: NSA Working On Autonomous Cyberwarfare Bot

Noryungi Re:Snowden's comments at odds with his actions (194 comments)

Typical conservative knee-jerk selfish ego-centric reaction right here.

What is wrong with serving one's own country and being concerned when a shadowy agency deploys a digital net over everything?

about two weeks ago

Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

Noryungi Re:Classic Spook Stuff... (132 comments)

Amen, brother.

(And don't forget the French!)

about 1 month ago

Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

Noryungi Re:Classic Spook Stuff... (132 comments)

I think you forgot "FCUK NSA" somewhere in that NSA food... Or is it "FSCK GCHQ''?

about 1 month ago

Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

Noryungi Re:what environments allow USB boot? (132 comments)

Anything that has a USB port, really.

Essentially, anything that is run by NGOs or individuals.

Sure, in a corporate or governmental/military environment, USB ports are usually a big ''no no'' but some of use like them USB gadgets.

(Yes, before anyone ask, there has been infiltration through contaminated USB drives and keys ''abandoned'' in strategic locations...)

about 1 month ago

Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

Noryungi Re:Wait, wait... (132 comments)

No, not extortion against Tails - extortion of money from the NSA or whoever else their ''clients'' are.

I am sure a lot of TLAs right now are salivating -- unless they have discovered these vulnerabilities before Exodus. In which case, silence can be golden, indeed.

about 1 month ago

LibreSSL PRNG Vulnerability Patched

Noryungi Re:Shocked I am! Shocked! (151 comments)

how come you have spent years designing and programnming PRNGs

I do them in hardware, where they should be. Software is no place for an RNG.

Good for you. Not everyone can afford an hardware PRNG, though, so software it is for most of us.

about a month ago

LibreSSL PRNG Vulnerability Patched

Noryungi Re:Curious OS design shortcoming (151 comments)

Precisely - which is why PIDs are randomized on OpenBSD since... well, a long long time.

Try "ps -auxwww" on, say, Mac OS X and OpenBSD and the difference is truly evident.

about a month ago

LibreSSL PRNG Vulnerability Patched

Noryungi Re:Shocked I am! Shocked! (151 comments)

I've spent the past 5 years of my life fully employed in the design, creation, testing, and deployment of secure RNGs.

Citation needed. Seriously, this is /. where everyone is a world-class programmer (except me, of course).

The world is full of bad PRNGs, NRNGs, CSPRNGs, DRBGs, TRNGs and any other form of RNG.

I will grant you that one.

LibreSSL doesn't have a leg to stand on. A good secure RNG will return unpredictable output.

Bzzzzt! Sorry, you lose. As I have already said, this is not a LibreSSL problem - it's a Linux PRNG problem. Unless I am mistaken, the same issue is non-existent under OpenBSD, because it's PRNG is different from Linux, better seeded and because PIDs are randomized under that OS.

We know how to do these things. It isn't trivial, but it isn't hard either.

You contradict yourself: if programming PRNGs is, let's say, a medium difficulty task (neither trivial nor too hard), how come you have spent years designing and programnming PRNGs (your words, not mine) and how come the world is full of bad bad bad PRNGs? Surely, by now, everyone would have agreed on a reasonable implementation?

The truth is, PRNGs are HARD to program, because computers are not good at generating truly random numbers. Period. The best implementations all rely on some form of hardware generator. But don't take my word for it, go ahead and read this instead.

Allowing someone to extract predictable behavior from the service end of a security library is a gross failure and an exposition of incompetence.

As opposed to the magnificent job OpenSSL has done all these years, with information leakage, bug reports that went uncorrected for years and accumulated cruft for such modern OS as VMS, DOS and Windows 3.1?

I think you need to tone down the hysteria a notch right here.

about a month ago

LibreSSL PRNG Vulnerability Patched

Noryungi Re:LibreSSL not ready for deployment yet (151 comments)

I'd say this is almost a best case scenario even, so far the only bug found was one that could not easily exploited. and it was patched, the response from Beck was by OpenBSD standards, tactful.

For different values of "tactful", of course... ;-)

about a month ago

LibreSSL PRNG Vulnerability Patched

Noryungi Re:'Vulnerability" is rubbish. (151 comments)

Incorrect. If your PRNG is garbage, all crypto is also garbage.

A car analogy - if I know where and when you started driving I can make fairly accurate guesses of your location without having to rely on GPS tracking.

That is absolutely right, but I will note right away that this is a problem specific to the Linux PRNG - OpenBSD does not have this vulnerability (also, because PIDs are randomized under OpenBSD)...

about a month ago

First Release of LibreSSL Portable Is Available

Noryungi Re:Donate (101 comments)

Oh boy, there is so much wrong here... Where to start?

First of all, OpenSSL problems are not ''getting fixed''. Part of the problem is that funding for OpenSSL was primarily based on company XYZ sponsoring function ABC. This gave incentives to the OpenSSL devs to add more functionalities on top of the cruft, the horrible mess that was the code base. More funding equals more developpers equals more eyeballs, but we haven't seen the progress so far.

Second of all, OpenBSD has given a HUGE amount of (BSD licensed) code to the rest of the world, Linux included. Try typing "ssh -V" on any Linux machine and I can guarantee you will get OpenSSH. And if you are like me, this is something you use EVERY. FREAKING. DAY. So please stop the trolling about OpenBSD, mmmmkay?

Third, the amount of code that has been cleaned up, improved, deleted and just plain scrubbed is simply amazing. You can say whatever you want about OpenBSD cranky devs, they know their stuff and they know their way around C code.

Fourth, OpenSSL is BSD/Apache licensed, and not GPL, so stop spouting off about supporting GPL software - not everything has to be blessed by Stallmann to be acceptable. And, yes, the Linux Foundation recognizes this - while you don't.

about a month and a half ago

First Release of LibreSSL Portable Is Available

Noryungi Re:Happy to let someone else test it (101 comments)

There is not just ''cruft'' in the code base: if I remember correctly, they removed thousands upon thousands of lines of code from OpenSSL - think VMS, Borland C, Windows 3.x, MS Visual C++ (etc) support.

And they tested the whole thing on the OpenBSD ports - so far, nothing has been broken.

Oh and FIPS support? Not gonna happen. Bob Beck has been very very clear on that subject. OpenBSD does not care too much about US government standard.

about a month and a half ago

First Release of LibreSSL Portable Is Available

Noryungi Re:first security vulnerability to be discovered! (101 comments)

in 3....2.......1............

That was the goal from the vey beginning: make the code less horrible to get people involved and correct as much as possible.

So, yes, they will find more problems. They expect that.

about a month and a half ago

Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

Noryungi Wait a minute... (162 comments)

Acetaminophen is illegal now??!! Please say it ain't so!!

about a month and a half ago

Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

Noryungi Buddhist meditation... (333 comments)

... And just about any form of meditation revolves about emptying your mind, focusing on your breathing and discarding thoughts (after examination) rather than dwell on them.

I just read this study as an example of how people are completely disconnected from their own inner life and addicted to constant stimulation. Seriously, an electric shock instead of enjoying a little bit of peace and quiet and a chance to gather yourself? What kind of total lack of self-control is that?

about a month and a half ago

NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

Noryungi Re:Know your history (361 comments)

There's no Berlin Wall in America.

... Yet. They are working on it, thank you very much. See here. Or here.

I think you didn't get the memo on the whole Berlin Wall metaphor.

Your poor attempt at sarcasm betrays (a) an overly sensitivity to criticism of your country, and (b) a complete misunderstanding of the issue at hand. There is no Berlin Wall because there is no escaping the NSA. They are spying on the entire world. You can move to Mexico - that makes you a suspect. You can move to Canada - that makes you a suspect. If you even talk to someone who may know someone who may have been in contact with a suspect, you will be caught in the dragnet.

Everyone is fair game, everyone is a potential target. Everyone will be spied on, because terrorists! 9/11! Dirty bomb! Mushroom clouds! They hate our freedom!

I suspect YOU did not get THAT memo. Or maybe you are of the "I did not do anything wrong - so I have nothing to hide and nothing to fear from Big Brother" persuasion? Hmmm?

By the way, why are you reading Slashdot, citizen? Do you have your permit for that? And why talk to this terrorist suspect or that one?

The rest of your comment are more of the same drivel, so I will not even dignify it with a response.

about a month and a half ago

NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

Noryungi Re:Know your history (361 comments)

The Stasi (East Germany Secret Police) used to be one of the most powerful intelligence service in the world. It is estimated they had hundreds of thousands of informants and it maintained files on millions of citizens of East Germany.

But the Berlin wall eventually fell, despite all its efforts and all its agents. I believe the same thing will happen in the US. When the times comes, the whole rotten house of cards will crash down to earth.

Oh, and, NSA? Please go f**** yourself.

about a month and a half ago



The Open-Source Everything Manifesto

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about 2 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."

32 Raspberry Pi cluster built to support PhD research

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about a year 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 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 a year and a half 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 a year and a half 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  |  about 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 7 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].""



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

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about a week 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 2 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 8 months ago

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


Some more utilities for the toolbox...

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about a year ago

From the excellent Daemon Keeper blog:

IPSET (Quickly add numerous IP addresses to NetFilter/Iptables) :


It is to laugh

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about a year 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.


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. ;-)



A few links for today...

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about a year ago

OpenBSD admin scripts:
OpenBSD upgrade guide :
Docker/LXC administration :

That Is All.


Blast from the past...

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about a year ago

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


Slackware 14RC5, NetBSD 6.0RC2

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about 2 years ago

Two of my favourite projects just announced good news:

Just sayin'


Current projects...

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about 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  |  more than 2 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...:
Mempodipper - just because:



Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 3 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

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  |  more than 4 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 4 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...


The most important financial news you will ever read.

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 4 years ago


Courtesy of the ever mind-expanding Zero Hege. Read it.

Then: re-read it. Until you finally understand the magnitude of the economic problems ahead. No, not behind us - directly ahead.

Short version: we are all f*cked up. Royally. Or, as they put it on their site (nice Keynes quote) : "On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.".

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