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Charlie Miller Circumvents Code Signing For iOS Apps

Oriumpor Apple runs scared (172 comments)

The Doctor Pwn's the OSX, he keeps his license. The Doctor Pwn's the iOS via Safari, he keeps his license. The Doctor Pwn's Apple's walled garden, and they take his license.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Takes On a Mexican Drug Cartel

Oriumpor Re:Identifying what exactly? (548 comments)

Nothing like a martyr for the cause.

His name was Robert Paulson.

more than 2 years ago
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Feds Take USAjobs.gov Back From Monster, Performance Tanks

Oriumpor Government takes control of something (175 comments)

And it becomes slow, unresponsive, and costly. ...
Nope. No Surprises here.

more than 2 years ago
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RSA Blames Nation State For Cyber Attack

Oriumpor Bullcrap (145 comments)

I spend a week a year listening to crap like this for hour after hour. In 2010 everyone said (and still this year the big Security firms are still clueless) that the PLC attack against the Siemens controllers "Was an extremely sophisticated attack" blah blah blah "nation state" blah blah blah.

This is based on the following:
1. Obviously the 2 signed pieces of code would have required real human assets.
2. The PLC controllers are incredible sophisticated and expensive.
3. The method of infiltration was extremely well planned.

Until earlier this year I was spouting the same crap... then an individual busted Comodo wide open. Then later Diginotar (as if Comodo wasn't evidence enough.) SO Check, #1 no longer requires human assets.
Then I saw a talk that blew #2 and #3 out of the water. A relatively low funded talk ( about 6k) was done, where an individual (not a team, not even two people) was able to identify a direct backdoor that provided shell access into all PLCs of the model applicable in the Stuxnet attack, and could perform the attack without the need of the configuration stations...

THERE WAS NO NEED FOR A USB PAYLOAD TO BOOTSTRAP THE COMPILER! You could actually login, and patch the damn executables on the plc itself using the backdoor.

My conclusion about 30 seconds after these things were demonstrated (on the actual PLCs) was that it probably did take a team of engineers to create the rube goldberg that was stuxnet, but it didn't involve anyone at Siemens (since when confronted with the researchers findings, they acknowledged them, saying they were already aware.)

Since the RSA attack is like three steps down from that, I would say that RSA is trying to perform damage control with their shareholders since in terms of sophistication a user clicking a malicious URL in an email is sooooOoo 1999.

more than 2 years ago
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Red Hat CEO On Patent Trolls: Just Pay Them Off

Oriumpor Rudyard Kipling said it best (167 comments)

It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation
    To call upon a neighbour and to say: --
"We invaded you last night--we are quite prepared to fight,
    Unless you pay us cash to go away."

And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
    And the people who ask it explain
That you've only to pay 'em the Dane-geld
    And then you'll get rid of the Dane!

It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation,
    To puff and look important and to say: --
"Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you.
    We will therefore pay you cash to go away."

And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
    But we've proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
    You never get rid of the Dane.

It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
    For fear they should succumb and go astray;
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
    You will find it better policy to say: --

"We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
    No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
    And the nation that pays it is lost!"

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Celebrates Feynman 50-year Anniversary

Oriumpor Re:Favorite Feynman Piece (169 comments)

Didn't even warrant a troll mod :( damn Caltech guys must be reading another thread.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Celebrates Feynman 50-year Anniversary

Oriumpor Favorite Feynman Piece (169 comments)

And I call it a piece of art because the man was a damn artist when it came to explaining physics.

The universe in a glass of wine.

Searching for it returns nothing.

I know you can look it up by the section of the class, but come on natural language search is the new pink.

I'll stick to the bad recordings passed around by CIT students for the past quarter century.

more than 3 years ago
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GNOME To Lose Minimize, Maximize Buttons

Oriumpor i was going to buy an alienware pc (797 comments)

and in a startling turn of events i'll be buying an apple. gnome is my interface of choice, but if the future of the ui is braindead i'm going to aqua.

more than 3 years ago
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Nintendo Warns 3D Games Can Ruin Children's Eyes

Oriumpor Re:What I have been telling people. (229 comments)

So much sarcasm, must resist feeding trolls. Ahh well, yes Virtual Boy, it's what I get for phone posting. /. groupthink just hasn't caught up with the reality of the automatic misrepresentations that said virtual presence devices present. Blame the mods for modding it up, don't attack someone's credibility solely for underrated bumps to your virtual ego.

more than 3 years ago
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Democrats Crowdsourcing To Vote Palin In Primaries

Oriumpor Re:As a voter who normally leans Democrat... (1128 comments)

It's the green party, as in the color of the money. You can vote in politics, but a thousand dollars with a note about your interests to a congressperson is likely to go a lot further.

more than 3 years ago
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Tales From the Tech Trenches

Oriumpor Holy shit sparky, what'd you do? (99 comments)

Ok, well I have to take some blame because I was involved in this, but while working for a major retailer I was one of two engineers fixing the power going to a pair of 6509's. They had redundant power supplies, and both the backups were bad. I had sent them both back, and received the RMA units the same day. After scheduling the change, and getting all the paperwork filled out we were ready to begin. Because we anticipated issues with at least one of the units, anything in this Datacenter seemed to be cursed, we called in a proactive ticket with Cisco. As we lined up the 30 amp plug and had it seated in the plug housing (attached to a local UPS) the engineer I was working with began inserting the 20 pound power supply into the chassis.

Just as he was sliding it I noticed THE CABLE HOUSING WAS SLIDING OUT OF THE POWER SUPPLY!!! I was starting to shout for him to stop and the two exposed solder points contacted the outside of the power supply. Needless to say, milliseconds later, Sparky (who hadn't checked the screw that held the housing in place on the power supply) was cowering in the corner, the operator on duty ran in the DC and had to yell over our now popped ears what the fuck just happened. Occording to her it was a very large bang, to me it was like a lightning bolt in front of my eyes.

I was already reaching for the leather strap to yank him off it, when I saw he was on the ground and the UPS had locally blown it's fuse. Thankfully he wasn't hurt, and it only took me about 36 hours of explaining to TAC what happened to get the unit back up to 100%. Before that night I never thought I'd call and say, "The unit arc'ed out and I watched it ground through the chassis... we're gonna need some parts." From now on I write the instructions such that it's painfully fucking obvious "DON'T FLIP THE POWER TO THE ON POSITION ON THE FEED UNTIL THE UNIT IS SECURE!!!"

Sparky doesn't do IT anymore.

more than 3 years ago
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Nintendo Warns 3D Games Can Ruin Children's Eyes

Oriumpor Re:What I have been telling people. (229 comments)

It's been around longer than that see: stereogram my grandmother has some stills from before the turn of the century (20th) that can be viewed on an old brass unit that looks like something you would take to an opera.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks and Democracy In Zimbabwe

Oriumpor Re:Ellsberg actually redacted diplomatic cables (669 comments)

Either you're lying or nobody is listening. I've mentioned this on the ISSA forums, on linkedin lists and on Slashdot multiple times. Wikileaks has an agenda. Cryptome, read it, learn it, love it. And for the hate of Cthulu if I see a stereotypical "Cryptome is a lying pack of liars" I'll scream.

This is exactly the sort of thing they want to happen, it's not an accident. To put on the WL hat: It's a horrific display of global politics, built on lies. To look at it from the outside in, it's a terrible setback to a slow development of what might someday have been a democratic upheaval. Now bloodshed may be the only option. See: the Ivory Coast.

more than 3 years ago
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Nintendo Warns 3D Games Can Ruin Children's Eyes

Oriumpor Re:What I have been telling people. (229 comments)

Nintendo pulled the Visual Boy because of this effect. I hate the feeling my eyes get while watching isometric 3d projections. It's unnatural, and I swear viewing all those 3d stills when I was a kid with the goggles didn't help.

more than 3 years ago
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Ubuntu Powered Tablet Spotted!

Oriumpor Re:Here's the text and Google Cache version (169 comments)

Trolling, for the truth. Linux advocates: learn to laugh at yourself, or you'll just get made fun of even more.

(RedHat->CentOS user since Halloween.)

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks and Democracy In Zimbabwe

Oriumpor Re:Ellsberg actually redacted diplomatic cables (669 comments)

Either you're lying or nobody is listening. I've mentioned this on the ISSA forums, on linkedin lists and on Slashdot multiple times. Wikileaks has an agenda. Cryptome, read it, learn it, love it. And for the hate of Cthulu if I see a stereotypical "Cryptome is a lying pack of liars" I'll scream.

This is exactly the sort of thing they want to happen, it's not an accident. To put on the WL hat: It's a horrific display of global politics, built on lies. To look at it from the outside in, it's a terrible setback to a slow development of what might someday have been a democratic upheaval. Now bloodshed may be the only option. See: the Ivory Coast.

more than 3 years ago
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Ubuntu Powered Tablet Spotted!

Oriumpor Re:Here's the text and Google Cache version (169 comments)

ROFLMDAO the image is the epitome of the Ubuntu install. Get it loaded up, try to play your music off your mp3 player while finishing it up and you get the damn codec error.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA To Continue Funding Canceled Ares Project Until March

Oriumpor Re:Well, they were busy (229 comments)

We need to learn from the pragmatists. Shuttles don't work.

The buran was mothballed after 1 successful, UNMANNED!!!!, re-entry. CLUE BAT MEET NASA.

I'm actually incredibly proud of our nation's ability to get shit into space without NASA.

My father in law works for one of these companies, guess what, they care about budgets and maximizing profit and still get to space on a schedule.

Nasa was something to behold when we threw hundreds of billions at it to develop technologies nobody was sure about. It's place is now as a pillar of what not to do, since NASA managed to do what it did in spite of itself.

more than 3 years ago
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Open Source After 12 Years

Oriumpor Re:Try more like 27 years (174 comments)

Stallman Eats his Keyboard, sounds like a few million hits on Youtube.

more than 3 years ago
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Open Source After 12 Years

Oriumpor Re:12 years? (174 comments)

Halloween was 1994 wasn't it? I mean, even if you only take into account attempts to monetize Linux the OSS movement started to become popularized at least 16 years ago. RMS wrote the Gnu manifesto 25 years ago, one could argue it all started then....

more than 3 years ago

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IE goes bye bye

Oriumpor Oriumpor writes  |  more than 10 years ago

EDIT:July 9, 2004

I have tried this with Firefox .9 and have had success... I would ammend this entry to change the install directory for firefox to the internet explorer directory as it makes the over-writing process much cleaner... and some apps are fooled more easily that way.

Well, to anyone with a mind for history, the prevelance of IE security holes, and 0 day exploits is obvious. The reasons for moving to a more stable and feature rich, not to mention less used, browser are obvious to the security minded.

So, for me to find that no one else had tried to remove IE entirely from their XP pro system, to document it online anyways, was pretty astonishing.

Although I tried I was not able to remove IE entirely... but at least it is no longer call-able directly by tons of spyware/popupware applications.

First, I downloaded firefox 0.8. I have had more experience with it than .9, but I suppose it would work just as well.

After which through copying, pasting, and deleting I was able to discover the naming convention that M$ uses to self heal the iexplore.exe file. Upon deletion it copies the "good" iexplore.exe to iexplore.exe.new in the \%progfiles%\Internet explorer\ directory.

So now I had a name for a file I had to make windows unable to write. So I created an empty file with that name (iexplore.exe.new)(0 byte) and set the security so that no user had any permissions to read or write it.

After which I copied the firefox executable over the iexplore.exe and opened it up. I was still able to cause an explorer window to become an IE window (via typing a url in the location bar) but now 99% of the popup/spyware/adware BS can't call IE to open up.

There may be more to it, and the very nature of self healing is not obvious to me so I guarantee nothing.

On top of which I would reccommend making a backup copy of your internet explorer executable just in-case you screw something up horribly.

And if it still doesn't work... Don't fight it

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Prediction #1

Oriumpor Oriumpor writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I believe, that today and yesterday's results on ISC (internet storm center) will show that port 135 attacks have nearly halved as the Nachi worm drops off the face of the earth.

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Moderation

Oriumpor Oriumpor writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I am a little concerned. Pretty much every time I see the meta-moderate option on my home-page I click and try my best to meta-moderate effectively. Every once in a while I troll on some topic that ticks me off, but nothing overly offensive In fact, normally my trolls should be moderated "redundant" but whatever. What does bother me is that around the same time I ran out of my subscription ad-blocking page-views I trolled on a topic or two. Since then my steady flow (every week at least once) of moderator points have pretty much dried up.

Still, I have "excellent" karma because I constantly attempt to contribute to the community. Has anyone else experienced losing the moderate option while still having a good karma rating from either trolling or having their subscription wear up?

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Stupidity in the Media

Oriumpor Oriumpor writes  |  more than 11 years ago What the hell is the point of all this insane lawsuits back and forth. I can understand if Linux were a licensed source app that actually made money in the sale of itself.... but Why would any media outlet with understanding of the OSS movement publish this rubbish.

Linus torvaldis has been indirectly threatened for *violating software patents.* Patents SCO doesn't own directly.

Not too long ago, you could even get a CD from SCO that contained linux code don't believe me? The Wayback machine doesn't lie. Not even considering the fact that they released Caldera linux, were a corporate sponsor of "Linux International" and were a proponent of Open Source.

They are now taking a backflip and pointing fingers at EVERY linux vendor, user, distributor, and coder. How can they even begin to imagine such a far leap from their original thinking?

They released OpenLinux (aka Caldera linux) under the caldera systems moniker as far back as 98. Who would even imagine they were going to implicate thousands of people in a worldwide conspiracy to undermine a patent on a technology they own. And then not even look at their own coporate history?

The GPL entitles someone to use code, only if they release anything that they modify for their, or anybody elses use. Caldera was a modified version of linux, whether or not they modified the linux kernel, they released the kernel on a cd with the source to the kernel included.

Now, as anyone who has sifted through the un-ending kernel knows, just like every other GNU project the GPL is attached to every part of it. Here's the funny part, SCO released cds that said they had no right to charge licensing for things. Then 1-2 years later they came out demanding IBM pay for the licenses they gave away via copyleft (aka gpl.)

Now the breach of contract is another issue, and was probably their *fallback* if a buyout did not occur. Why do I say this? Because from the stupidity and the rushed manner SCO has put their claims forth.

Anyone who has worked for IBM will tell you their run audits looking for exactly what SCO claimed was in existence: (obfuscated, copied, stolen, whatever) code in the Linux OS. Now, linux defines 1 thing, and 1 thing only: the kernel. The myriad of other programs released with linux are under many DIFFERENT licenses, some are GPL'd some are BSD'd some are *free* (as in free to do whatever you want, except sell.)

Depending on the distribution you have different *pieces* of the operating system which come from different places. Some Linux operating systems (such as RHLinux) are 100% open source, if you even think of *tainting* your kernel with non-OSS code, it warns you first. Others are not so strict, and include what they believe are the best options for their audience.

Some operating systems based upon the linux kernel (linux like, or true linux) are so small, they can fit in 16mb (perfect example being the ever popular sharp zaurus) some are even smaller still, and nearly re-written completely for optimization on the various processors that are available for Embedded systems.

I can't begin to explain my outrage at the SCO group for their dangerous, slanderous finger pointing. Why do I say slanderous? SCO claims that if the Linux community were to know of the offending code in Linux, that it would be removed. Before I go bald from all this stupidity lets break this down:

  • 1) Caldera was a Linux release from SCO group.
    2) SCO claims 20 years of Unix & Linux experience.
    3) SCO WAS a corporate sponser of "Linux International"
    4) SCO doesn't own anything, except the right to skim off the top of Novells licenses.
    5) SCO is defaming linux with unbacked claims.
    6) SCO has changed their claims more than twice.

Now, I can understand why SCO doesn't want "offending" code removed, (so they can start shoving licenses down the throats of institutions already using *their* code.) But what it does mean, is SCO group does NOT STAND FOR FREE SOFTWARE. NEVER HAS, NEVER WILL.

Someone, PLEASE, PLEASE pick up on the Caldera OpenLinux angle and publish the SCO stupidity, and liabel.

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SCO to sue Linus

Oriumpor Oriumpor writes  |  more than 11 years ago This may seem like old news, since there's an article just about every 8 hours, but within one of the numerous spatterings of misinformation on the internet regarding this case I stumbled upon this *apparent* quote from Darl McBride (SCO's CEO.) "McBride added that unless more companies start licensing SCO's property, he may also sue Linus Torvalds, who is credited with inventing the Linux operating system, for patent infringement." the full article here

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My latest submission.

Oriumpor Oriumpor writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I have seen every one of the so far released animatrix films (all two of them) and I think they are both great pieces of work. I had the assumption that they were going to give them out as PR for the new sequels. However, they have included original film in a video game, and on the upcoming 180 minute 9 part series DVD. According to this E-online article here. If ever there was a better way to sell a video game, than giving junkies unseen footage, I couldn't think of it.

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