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VirtualBox Development At a Standstill

TheGratefulNet Re:Does It Matter? (267 comments)

I use virtualbox over vmware player for one main reason: nested VMs. one of the companies I worked for used nested vms (sigh) and vmware player would not work. kvm/qemu would, but its mgmt interface is 'difficult' to say the least.

btw, virtualbox is broken with 3.17 kernels and beyond. still no fix in sight that I've been able to find ;(

yesterday
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Drone Maker Enforces No-Fly Zone Over DC, Hijacking Malware Demonstrated

TheGratefulNet Re:Cute 'solution' (164 comments)

average user wont be able to, but many hobbiest users will.

once the code is done and an example circuit is created, its just copy and paste. hell, I'd do a sample just for grins. I find the whole idea WRONG to put limits in the code like this, so I'd be happy to write some sample code that will remap gps data on a serial line. but seriously, its not at all hard.

2 days ago
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Drone Maker Enforces No-Fly Zone Over DC, Hijacking Malware Demonstrated

TheGratefulNet Re:Cute 'solution' (164 comments)

gps modules almost always use low speed serial (ttl) comms.

it would be trivial (50 lines of C code, maybe much much less) to have a cpu (even attiny) in the middle between the gps module and the rest of the brain. when the x,y values come back and its inside a 'nfz' it could easily be remapped (in simple ascii) to NOT be in nfz. perhaps if you are near a nfz, it would go into auto-offset mode and add a fixed x,y value so that it thinks its miles away. then you compensate for it at the ground level when you program its course.

would not be hard at all.

waste of time to try to disallow x,y values for things like this. anyone here who spent a few weeks on even a simple arduino could do this remapping in an afternoon.

2 days ago
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One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

TheGratefulNet Re:Babel of IoT of many things (251 comments)

*secure* is my big issue, these days. without security being well thought out, iot stuff can be a disaster. and I'm not seeing a lot of thought (not really) being put into the whole iot stuff, which worries me a lot.

snmp is a red herring. it won't ever be used for iot and doesn't make sense there, other than to manage the systems that hold the sensors. (speaking as a seasoned snmp guy who spent 25+ yrs doing snmp for lots of big co's).

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One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

TheGratefulNet Re:It's an unecesary label for small things (251 comments)

one data point for you: in the Eiot stuff that I worked on (e = enterprise) we used 'usb sensors' (analog and digital sensors that went to an a/d dongle, then into usb, then into a usb-ip bridge of sorts). this feed power (poe) to the sensors using existing poe infra at big companies and you only have to have cat5 cables to get power and ip connectivity to your sensors.

iot is a superset and includes low-end stuff (for us consumers) and high-end stuff for industry; and when its for industry, its 'eiot'.

2 days ago
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One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

TheGratefulNet Re:Here we go again. (251 comments)

(ob disc: I spent some 25+ yrs in the SNMP field; now working in IoT, at least I was until my last gig finished)

snmp has absolutely zero to do with IoT. snmp is a good (...) netmgt protocol that is very lightweight, standard (well...) and has been around for a few decades. as you know, its poller-based, mostly, with traps there as accelerants to help pollers zoom in, faster, to any events worth knowing about. snmp sucks for streaming loads of data upwards and really has no mechanism for that. has no mechanism for filtering at its source or data compression for transport.

what you want for IoT is to have, essentially, endless streams of source data going thru 'smart filters' along the way (last place I was at, we used 'hacked routers' to do our smart filtering) and then getting to some analysis node. the node may just collect data or it may run some rules and decide if a 'talk back' is needed or some control/feedback loop to change something in the real world.

the 2 cases are really different. snmp is 'slow' and never EVER realtime (not even traps, technically) and is mostly poller based (req/response). IoT is 'transmit continuously' based and MUST have low latency and a reliable (tcp) transport for all its crucial data points.

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One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

TheGratefulNet Re:Here we go again. (251 comments)

sorry, but IoT is nothing - NOTHING - about cellphones or mobile data. those come from USERS. this is not about USER data. its about DEVICE data.

think 'sensors' and you will be headed in the right direction.

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One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

TheGratefulNet Re:Or maybe (251 comments)

right. and one solution (that home users won't like but industry will) is to use usb sensors.

huh? yeah, usb sensors. and usb/ip transports. and PoE for power.

lower end sensors are analog. a cpu will convert it to digital and stream it to some remote sink.

mid-end sensors will be digital (pure) or digital-usb (transported).

high-end sensors will be native ip-based.

all 'ends' are covered.

2 days ago
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One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

TheGratefulNet Re:Or maybe (251 comments)

internet of things (from what I've seen, working on it at a big-name comms company) is all about SENSORS and REALTIME data.

if you are streaming loads of sensor data to some sink, somewhere, that is the current classic example or use-case of IoT.

expect this to be worked out more in industry than at the consumer level. the consumer level is getting the buzz (at forums like this) but in industry, they are talking about expensive sensors (high end a/d systems that robots depend on), power over ethernet to distribute power to the sensors and also ip connectivity, along with (believe it or not) usb-over-ip routing to send sensor data over ip networks.

2 days ago
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One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

TheGratefulNet Re:Working on it right now (251 comments)

that's nothing. I have a bit of the IoG (internet of ghosts) working:

% ping elvis
elvis is alive

see! I told you!!

2 days ago
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One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

TheGratefulNet Re:Yes, the IoT is coming... (251 comments)

I have not seen it mentioned here, but there is also EIoT; E is Enterprise. a whole nuther thing. some companies want sensors (think: industry) and they send huge volumes of test data 'upwards'. the trick (from one vendor, at least) is to data-reduce it intelligently and then forward it up toward the root. you don't have to store the data (per se) but by smart filtering, you end up forwarding only 'useful' data and it can be acted on immediately.

so, the consumer end is only a tiny part of it. the real part is for industry, but no one seems to remember (or realize) this.

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One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

TheGratefulNet Re:FUCK YOU WHAT THE FUCK IS IOT (251 comments)

use the proper name, at least:

"Jesus H. Vishnu"

damn. some people....

2 days ago
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One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

TheGratefulNet Re:Or maybe (251 comments)

yup, not the same thing. IoT also is known as m2m or machine to machine. it tends to be sensor-based machines sending, then some analysis back-end (server) crunching thru the numbers (recently, realtime processing) and possibly sending back control signals ('turn this thing off', 'lower that value there').

embedded is just a part of that.

(I just got off a gig that was IoT related, fwiw)

2 days ago
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Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

TheGratefulNet Re:Virgin Mary grilled cheese (227 comments)

...sort of like the time that some guy saw jesus' face in a piece of chocolate.

talk about "my sweet lord" !

aka, "the immaculate confection"

(shamelessly stolen. so there.)

3 days ago
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Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

TheGratefulNet Re:Raspbian vulnerable (211 comments)

this IS a bummer. upgrading libc is not usually an easy and simple thing; its too central and everything touches it.

so, this means that the pi is not really safe to be on a public net, now, is it?

wonder when raspian will upgrade this pkg. hope they do it soon.

3 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

TheGratefulNet Re:The solution is obvious (579 comments)

google has to start being a responsible binary distributor, too!

I have an original N1 that I bought FROM GOOGLE. no carrier involved, flagship phone for google employees and then, later, the rest of us. it got up to 2.x of the os, google LOST INTEREST and gave up. to this day, the screen still freaks out halfway thru the day (loses its xy calibration and buzzes at you; known bug since almost day-1 of the device) and yet, google does not see fit to fix showstopper bugs on even flagship devices.

I won't buy another android phone, given how poorly google treats people. they have a short attention span, just like the carriers. they are NOT faultless here! they are just as much to blame. more so, if you realize that they let carriers run wild and loose with OUR PHONES, all the while denying updates and forcing crapware on us.

google really fucked the chicken, here. they could have controlled the vendors and carriers but they dropped the ball and we all pay for this lack of vision. we have unsecure phones and no way to update them. great. just great. super genius company (google) that refuses to support perfectly good, working hardware since its 'too hard' to do updates for so many devices. with all the smart heads (??) at google, and they can't do linux updates properly? wow. just wow.

5 days ago
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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

TheGratefulNet Re:For all non Americans... (255 comments)

(joni mitchell songs may be a bit too old for some of the folks here.)

5 days ago
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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

TheGratefulNet Re:For all non Americans... (255 comments)

"Rows and flows of copper wire,
Charging too much, all the while.
So many files I could have had,
But clouds got in my way..."

5 days ago
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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

TheGratefulNet Re:What a bunch of A-Holes (255 comments)

Right now, if Americans want video entertainment, we mostly turn to cable TV companies.

older guys, yes. but everyone I know who is 20something has cut the cord and gets all their data online, via netflix or torrents. I don't know anyone who still has cable tv and is young-ish.

over time, the cable co's WILL have to update their networks. in 20 yrs, I don't think there will be a broadcast tv system anymore. maybe even in 10, if we do it right. this is a fairly short time window and they are NOT going peacfully into the good night...

5 days ago

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Alternatives to Gmail (web and IMAP, paid)

TheGratefulNet TheGratefulNet writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TheGratefulNet (143330) writes "I want to cut the cord with google and the first step is to find a good email/ISP provider. With all the snooping going on (by governments and the data center raids that happen in the US), I'd like to find an *offshore* (maybe Europe?) provider who emphasizes 'freedom' aspects, such as end to end security, data encryption on local disks, keeping absolute minimal logs/purging them frequently; as well as having a decent enough set of spam filters that they actively maintain. I *want* to pay for the sevice since I don't want ads or to have to spend time blocking stuff. I'd like to support a right-thinking ISP; are there any left, out there? Help me find a trusted offshore ISP that will likely be around and who does not do DPI and other evil things. Any recommendations for well-behaved ISPs out there?"

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