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Popular Wi-Fi Thermostat Full of Security Holes

Trax3001BBS Re:avois Asuswrt-Merlin if it's a choice. (103 comments)

Come again?

I'm sorry I don't write comments well but it doesn't stop me. I have many excuses but the truth is I should just stop posting.
Sorry for wasting your time.

about a month ago

Popular Wi-Fi Thermostat Full of Security Holes

Trax3001BBS Re:avois Asuswrt-Merlin if it's a choice. (103 comments)

I can't quote your replies.some text problem but I do apologize Mr. Merlin; just today it hit me that a Xoom tablet was stolen by the same people;
a lack of security on my part, I kept the wifi passwords the same. It was my fault for not changing passwords as soon as it was stolen.

As for Swat, well time will tell.

Geek Squad, I downloaded their private book on "how to fix computers" it was all common knowledge looking for problems, a waste of money and an embarrassment if they park in front of my place.

Purchasing a new computer; I feel tazers are useful for other things - I'm on a borrowed laptop at this time, no video card I own works, I figured my vid's were tazed.
A new vid card almost demands a dual vid computer to me.

Time will tell how things work out. - to repeat when my laptop was stolen I neglect to change passwords, Just today it was a face slap moment -,a stupid security situation over looked on my part,

about a month ago

Popular Wi-Fi Thermostat Full of Security Holes

Trax3001BBS avois Asuswrt-Merlin if it's a choice. (103 comments)

When the "Internet of things" became another M$ phrase I just thought cr*p, as I had to learn of it, to be safe. I like to be ahead of the game and a fairly good computer user till recently.

A story...

I use a ASUS R66U router and doing a whois, damn if Asuswrt-Merlin wasn't on my system; is was open to where I had my pants down on the Internet. Merlin did send me a note (to a private computer that had no web pages to view) to take care of the problem but his software was the cause.

Follow my post and see I supported and had open Internet lines, they were hacked and for two months my system belonged to someone else. Sometimes I could access it, other times nada, so kept it on for those up times and continued to contact who suggested I might learn more or even call the Geek Squad, a slap in the face.

I even ordered another computer system from Newegg as mine was fairly dead, due to the free Internet users that took over my system.

Now this hacker found or added ( there's no telling but I might have to explain that to a court) that offended them so they reported me to 911, I had Swat looking for my drives that I hid earlier as the hacker himself bragged so much he posted his name, I had him for slander -Swat, I have no clue what they were looking for. I was a neutral in my own house and watched Swat search my place (very professional).

No charges yet but time will tell.

My story is to say you must be better now, your systems are hackable; this thermostat is controlled by your computer, so from thermostat to computer.

Be better, I had never been hacked till this time (35 years) and had no clue - maybe Asuswrt-Merlin was watching for a hole, I had damn threads on my system and Merlin's job was to block their entry. He lost I don't trust his software anymore.

about a month ago

Mangalyaan Successfully Put Into Mars Orbit

Trax3001BBS Re:Congratulations India (173 comments)

I don't really agree with your outlook on it's people (I don't know them), but yes congratulations India, well done.

about a month ago

iPhone 6 Plus case bent by casual carrying in a front pocket

Trax3001BBS Samsung S 5 (1 comments)

Is a POS which I'm stuck with for 2 years, but my back pocket the normal spot I carry it - there is no case out yet that isn't some spam that just offers a case and an easy way to remove (Lose) the phone from.

Bend? Oh god give me the ability to switch to the iPhone 6, Bending is much better than what I go through..

about a month ago

Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

Trax3001BBS I was purchasing a new phone (353 comments)

At one point I claimed I wanted nothing to do, nor need of a cloud storage.

Dude told me I have the wrong impression of cloud storage, going on to tell me the basics of cloud storage, I just turned and left him, I had no more use for him.

about 2 months ago

Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

Trax3001BBS Re:It's a matter of expectations (406 comments)

This video is nothing more than an ad.

There's an old urban legend about a guy leaving the driver's seat of an RV (on cruise control) to use the bathroom. Personally I've never believed it, but it does serve to illustrate something about expectations.

My story was setting the cruise control on the RV on a straight section of road to fix themselves a drink, which of course the van crashed.

about 2 months ago

Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk

Trax3001BBS Article needs a rewite, simple, yet just the same. (150 comments)

As for the article...

First part says "According to the user, there’s a small window of opportunity to minimise the damage. That is, if you can backup files faster than the program encrypts them."

Then buried where many don't wonder (towards the end, it mentions "1) Power off the DiskStation immediately to avoid more files being encrypted"

I would think the wise thing would be to exchange the location of the two sentences. least you have some would be hero actually try to find where to start saving at.

about 3 months ago

NFL Players To Use Tablet Computers During Games

Trax3001BBS someone asked about a shoulder holster for a devic (107 comments)

Be it a cell phone or Camera, at first I and others found humor in the question, but the more I think bout it the more sense it makes.

Case in point, your not going to wear in on your waist during a football game. -My new phone I even asked for a shoulder holster for my new phone as it's large and prone to gravity thefts. Yes they found humor in it as well but I'll be looking for a nice comfortable one in the mean time.

about 3 months ago

"BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

Trax3001BBS The very first thing I do is disable autorun (205 comments)

Mainly because it's the first asking for access(Windows), I just no everything out. One of the largest security holes around and it's still fully active.

Give up complete computer security because I want music to play seconds before I could do it myself.

about 3 months ago

How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Trax3001BBS two lan ports on my x58 and they both go south (391 comments)

Man that was a hard one to trouble shoot, ended up using a network adapter I've kicked around for years.

Yep rebuilt, as I like the ASUS rather than the EVGA so switched over; and the lan card isn't as fast as what was on the board.

about 3 months ago

A Brief History of Patenting the Wheel: What Goes Around Comes Around

Trax3001BBS Much as MicroSoft tatics (36 comments)

Can't interest them in facts baffle em with bull sh!t.

As far as I know MS still holds the patent to smiley faces, the fact they have been around since the keyboard made no difference..

A rock "rolling" downhill has the same features of a wheel, when it hits and kills someone can I patent a new weapon?
I'll make much mention of the fact it was revolving to maintain accuracy.

A sling doesn't require a rock/stone to spin, in fact can't really pull it off.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

Trax3001BBS I don't like the word Bing (174 comments)

I've never really cared for it, in my area it could be taken for type of a cherry, but of little fact. Now MapPoint that is a search engine name. Google not forgotten with a name selected for what can only be called it's prime directive.

Not forgotten is also the daughter of the mathematician who sued to have that word (Google) back in his memory, I'm sorry but it is a good site name). They did your Dad good, take solstice in that.

The fact Google will control the world in a matter of years should add the cherry. The statement is a matter of the Google glasses that can read Pin Numbers.

about 3 months ago

Alleged 'Bigfoot' DNA Samples Sequenced, Turn Out To Be Horses, Dogs, and Bears

Trax3001BBS I've believed in the abominable snow man. (198 comments)

(now questioned)

I've believe something like the big foot or more importantly the abominable snow man for many years now.

Due to Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, also known as the Andes flight disaster, in South America, this was a rugby team that crashed and survived close to two months, on a snow whipped mountain top.

The big deal about this crash is they had to eat the dead to live. The book (which I read) mentions two large "ape like creatures were that were "busy" in the route they were taking to get down so they diverted. They tried to wait them out but grew tired of waiting so circled around them. It sounded like they ("apes") were waiting for the survivor out of curiosity.

They might of of been called abominable snow men in the book but there was no real clue what they were other than very large, ape looking beings (given bears they could of been).

about 4 months ago



Researchers Clone Cells from Two Adult Men (stem cells)

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  about 6 months ago

Trax3001BBS (2368736) writes ""Lanza’s group used caffeine to prevent the fused egg from dividing prematurely. Rather than leaving the egg with its newly introduced DNA for 30 minutes before activating the dividing stage, they let the eggs rest for about two hours. This gave the DNA enough time to acclimate to its new environment and interact with the egg’s development factors, which erased each of the donor cell’s existing history and reprogrammed it to act like a brand new cell in an embryo."

Stem cells is my take on this feat."

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Damming news from Washington State

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  about 8 months ago

Trax3001BBS (2368736) writes "Wanapum Dam has been found with a 65-foot (20 meter) crack. Water levels are being lowered to both reduce water pressure and give the inspectors access to the area.

"Earlier this week, an engineer noticed a slight irregular “bowing” above the spillway gates near where cars can drive across the dam.
When divers finally took a look under water they found a 2-inch-wide crack that stretched for 65 feet along the base of one of the dam’s spillway piers...

The artilcle goes on to say

"Even if the dam doesn’t fail, the significance of the damage is likely to require extensive repairs and that, too, could impact the entire Columbia River system.
“All these dams coordinate to generate energy on a regional scope,” Stedwick said. “If Wanapum is impacted, that has impacts on dams up stream as well as below.”

Up stream dams would be required to handle more water, the lower Dams means just one (Priest rapids Dam); after that is the last free flowing section of the Columbia river. Daily walks along that section I've seen it deviate (higher or lower) by amazing amount of water; it can handle it.
On top of this situation you have a large group of people that would like that particular Dam removed as well as the one above and below it (think of the fish!), after Priest rapids dam (down stream from Wanapum Dam) is the Hanford Nuclear Reservation once the site for Plutonium production area. Either of which stand to get a lot of press from this.
Personally I'd like to give the engineer that noticed a slight irregular “bowing” and atta boy."

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Dear Asus router user: All your Cloud are belong to us

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  about 8 months ago

Trax3001BBS (2368736) writes "ARS is running an article about a vulnerability of ASUS routers that are becoming very popular at the moment -like connected USB devices being open to the world.

According to Lovett, the weakness affects a variety of Asus router models, including the RT-AC66R, RT-AC66U, RT-N66R, RT-N66U, RT-AC56U, RT-N56R, RT-N56U, RT-N14U, RT-N16, and RT-N16R..a when using AiCloud or FTP

-and this old news, come new again-
I have the AC66U router, but with the Asuswrt Merlin ROM that took care of this vulnerability long ago. (Number 17)"

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Voyager 1 Has Left the Solar System

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  about a year ago

Trax3001BBS (2368736) writes "Last year on July 27, 2012.

  The delayed announcement? Voyager 1 observed no change in the direction of the magnetic field, as had been expected.
"According to conventional wisdom, we'll know we've passed through this mysterious boundary when we stop seeing solar particles and start seeing galactic particles, and we also detect a change in the prevailing direction of the local magnetic field. ""

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Light Bursts out of a Flying Mirror

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Trax3001BBS (2368736) writes "You know the old question of the photon traveling at close to the speed of light passing near a black hole; how much speed will it acquire from the a gravity assist?

The answer I'm fine with is the photon ejects a gamma wave and maintains it's original speed.

How about the reflection from a mirror moving close to the speed of light. The reflection will pick momentum from the speed of the mirror.

Albert Einstein stating that the reflection from a mirror moving close to the speed of light could in principle result in bright light pulses in the short wavelength range

A team of physicists from the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics(MPQ) in Garching...created such a mirror in a recent experiment."The scientists used an intense laser pulse to accelerate a dense sheet of electrons from a nanometre-thin foil to close to the speed of light and reflected a counter-propagating laser pulse from this relativistic mirror.instead of moving faster (photons already travel at the speed of light),the reflected light is shifted in its frequency.

In the experiment, the incredibly high velocity of the electron mirror gave rise to a change in frequency upon reflection from the near infrared to the extreme ultraviolet up to a wavelength of 60 to 80 nanometre.

Moreoever (sic), the time duration of the reflected pulses was on the order of a few hundred attoseconds only (one attosecond is a billionth of a billionth of a second).

This experiment not only supports Albert Einstein's theory of special relativity, but attosecond pulses of light would allow the electron motion in atoms to be resolved,"


"Geckskin," a device that can hold 700 pounds on a smooth wall

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Trax3001BBS writes ""For years, biologists have been amazed by the power of gecko feet, which let these 5-ounce lizards produce an adhesive force roughly equivalent to carrying nine pounds up a wall without slipping. Now, a team of polymer scientists and a biologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have discovered exactly how the gecko does it, leading them to invent "Geckskin," a device that can hold 700 pounds on a smooth wall"


"Previous efforts to synthesize the tremendous adhesive power of gecko feet and pads were based on the qualities
of microscopic hairs on their toes called setae"
To list a few."



Adobe releases emergency Flash update 2-20-14

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  about 8 months ago

ASLR vastly decreases the chances that a remote-code-execution attack will succeed by loading downloaded scripts in a different memory location each time the computer is rebooted. The attackers behind the campaign discovered by FireEye found a way to bypass ASLR on computers running older software. Specifically, PCs running Windows XP, Windows 7 with the now-unsupported 1.6 version of Oracle's Java, and Windows 7 with a now out-of-date version of Office 2007 or Office 2010 don't benefit from the protection of ASLR.

Readers should remember that versions, 11.7.700.261, or earlier of Flash, regardless of the platform they run on, contain the underlying vulnerability.


BF3's window disappearing, appears BF3 has crashed, or BF3.exe stops

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  more than 2 years ago

As you can see I'm awful wordy this is no exception, I had thought it already posted here...

---First you can fix BF3 very easily by reinstalling your audio drivers. (not so weird if you think about it.)

---- BF3's window disappearing or appears BF3 has crashed. ----

I couldn't play two or three maps of BF3 in a row without the BF3's window
turning Gray then disappearing, "BF3 window" because I thought it was due
to being full screen (in a way it was).

I didn't know if it was my setup, even server side or client side - the opportunity
to find that out was...blocked.

Understand my games ran just fine, then all of a sudden Gray, Black, and I'd
reboot myself to reset what might of been wrong (flush the ram).

I use the Event Viewer (eventvwr.msc) all the time. Win7's is much more useful
than the past Windows OS's but it was only showing a "0 (zero) bit bucket error" (nothing).

So took another approach, debugging the only .DMP file left from a crash and found my problem:
yep a "Windows User Experience Enhancement".

A Timeout Detection and Recovery error, in other words my video card was so busy it didn't
have time to report back it's well being - So the system would reset the video card, taking BF3 with it. While my video card is top of the line, BF3 graphics are rather intense.

My .dmp file was located here X:\Windows\LiveKernelReports\WATCHDOG\

There are registry entries that can fix this at:
the keys must be entered as they aren't there by default

TdrLevel - turn on and off Timeout detection
TdrDelay - change the time out period
TdrDdiDelay - time to reset the graphics stack
TdrLimitTime - time limit TDR's are allowed ( I'll be tweaking)
TdrLimitCount - number of TDR's are allowed ( I'll be tweaking)

Taking the easy way out I just disabled the TDR,

Recently I had rebooted and entered a map with the same players,
I had left. All the chat's were about the lag they were seeing, lot's of people,
lots of lag - not me, the game played just fine. Seems to be just a matter of time
before most are hit with the same problem, just they didn't crash or online to say
they had.

Collected at different times my Event Viewer error messages claimed:
I had run out of Graphic memory or so fragmented it was unusable, another:
"ReportDescription=A problem with your video hardware caused Windows to stop working correctly.",
yet another:
"The Desktop Window Manager is experiencing heavy resource contention.
Scenario : Video memory resources are over-utilized and there is thrashing happening as a result.

"Ultimately, this crash is due to game/software developers and graphics card
manufacturers (such as ATI/AMD and NVidia) developing buggy devices and
software and not playing by the rules and standards dictated for a specific
platform like Windows. There are many cases of similar events happening on
UNIX/Linux systems, so this problem is not specifically isolated to Windows." /Quote

My system:
ASUS P6X58D Premium MotherBoard
Intel Core i7-950 3.8Ghz 1.2 Volts
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB TR3X6G1600C8D Memory 1806Mhz at 1.60volts
EVGA GTX 570 video card (not overclocked)
CORSAIR H-50 Cooling Hydro (CPU water cooler)
CORSAIR HX850 Silver Certified, Modular power supply
3 HD - 2 CD all unspectacular :}

where one should start - also a copy of what my debug output looked like (guess how I found the site).

TDR explanations, registry settings (Win7 and above)


Solved windows 7 event viewer not working

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Working on a web site with kompozer, until then figured I'd place things that could help others here.

Like Windows 7's Event Viewer not working anymore, claiming the service isn't running

Bottome line:
The trick is to rename
to say:

RtBackup will recreate itself and everything will be back to normal.

Windows 7 event viewer (eventvwr.msc) has grown up.

Understand Win7 is a new OS for me installed for BattleField3. BF3 is also what I'm
mostly fixing or tweaking the OS for as well. This is also the first time I've ever used
permissions always installing windows on a FAT 32 format

XP and below you would use the event viewer to get a clue to your problem, with Win7 it
actually helps a lot.

I was using the event viewer to track down my problem of not being able to play BF3 2 or 3 games
in a row without the BF3 screen fading to gray then disappear, of course near the end where I'd
lose everything I'd gained.

Now weirdness enters the very day I took a serious approach at this problem.
I kept track of the times I was in game, it ended, the next started, and time of crashes
so I could track the times later in the Event Viewer.

Down to work I opened the Event Viewer and it won't, it quit working, claiming the service
needed to be running first, the service was indeed running.

The event viewer is dependent upon the Task Scheduler and it the event viewer, and between the two
there was a time I wasn't sure what if any services were working.

I tried a repair install of Win7 and couldn't because of SP1 - rough day I have another version of Win7
and two versions of XP I can boot into as well as the CD drives, I think I used them all to attack
the problem from the outside. Working with permissions (sidestepping them) and trying to get a copy
of Win7 to install. While maintaining everything or no data loss, I'm not one to format and start over.

Next day different approach - I finally found the answer at

The trick is to rename
To say:

RtBackup will recreate itself and everything will be back to normal. Simple as that.

I couldn't rename RtBackup. Working with permissions for so long I went into my XP64 OS to
work with it, only to find the directory was "Read Only" sigh...

BTW my cure all ERUNT wouldn't work (permissions) or this post would be much shorter or not at all.
Before I do anything I'll run ERUNT just in case.


BF3 - how to cripple or crash any Windows OS with it.

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Looking for a post I posted I came across this article (not the right one):

Battlefield 3 Performance: 30+ Graphics Cards Tested

I know how to crash a system with any video card running BF3, Bold statement as it's not totally the video cards fault and a crash isn't always the result; but you will have a lot of problems until you reboot.

Running BF3 without pagefile.sys or disk cache, will crash or or severely cripple the OS.

After playing for a while you will be asked politely to quit BF3 as your running out of resources - windows 7 also request shutting down it's charm (DMV.exe) and other services.

Thing here is all the requests are behind the BF3 game screen, you'll start loosing control of any equipment your in, or other odd stuff pertaining to input.

I have 6 Gigs of ram and BF3 is the only application where a Pagefile is required, even Photoshop runs without one now.

Yet for all it's problems BF3 is a very enjoyable game that I play daily but now with a pagefile on a slow drive. My video card: EVGA GTX570


I know! I know!

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  more than 3 years ago

-Raises hand and gestures wildly-

A comment is generally a verbal or written remark often related
to an added piece of information, or an observation or statement.

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