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Replicating the NSA's Gadgets Using Open Source

ilikenwf Podcast Spam (47 comments)

Really, this is just promotion of some podcast.

about 3 months ago
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'Curiosity' Lead Engineer Suggests Printing Humans On Other Planets

ilikenwf Re:Grow, not print. (323 comments)

Replicators or Borg are a bad idea IMO...if Sci-Fi has proved one thing, it is this.

about 3 months ago
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'Curiosity' Lead Engineer Suggests Printing Humans On Other Planets

ilikenwf Pirate Bay Physibles... (323 comments)

I can think of some people I'd like to download, and after printing, upload.

about 3 months ago
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NSA Surveillance Reform Bill Passes House 303 Votes To 121

ilikenwf Re:Obviously: (208 comments)

Hehe, this...as well as the bureaucrats. We have a lot of bureaus that don't actually do anything other than hire people and spend money, left over from times when they were actually needed. It's like half the daemons in ubuntu, actually.

about 3 months ago
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NSA Surveillance Reform Bill Passes House 303 Votes To 121

ilikenwf Re:A step in the right direction (208 comments)

There's probably a footnote explicitly protecting government members from investigation.

about 3 months ago
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NSA Surveillance Reform Bill Passes House 303 Votes To 121

ilikenwf Re:Obviously: (208 comments)

We need to fire everyone in Washington DC and reform the crap out of everything. Both sides are wrong here - why vote for a flawed by design bill? It only exists for political posturing for elections.

We need to remove the bureaucracy, scrap the tax law and start over, zero base budget every agency, and force everyone in DC to work for an amount that is equal to the mean wage of the nation, since they're supposedly volunteers. On top of that, Obamacare should apply to them and pensions should be removed for all of them, past present and future.

about 3 months ago
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NSA Surveillance Reform Bill Passes House 303 Votes To 121

ilikenwf Re:A step in the right direction (208 comments)

They aren't, this is all for appearance sake for elections, so that they can say "I voted in favor of privacy reform to protect you" in their political ads, while having done nothing in reality. It is BS.

about 3 months ago
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eBay Compromised

ilikenwf Class Action (193 comments)

Who's with me?

about 3 months ago
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GitHub Open Sources Atom, Their Text Editor Based On Chromium

ilikenwf Re:mac only? (121 comments)

Just use Komodo...it's less likely to spy on you by default, as it's based on Mozilla...more mature, too.

about 4 months ago
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GitHub Open Sources Atom, Their Text Editor Based On Chromium

ilikenwf Komodo Anybody? (121 comments)

I'm here at work using it right now...anyway, Komodo runs on Linux, Mac, Windows and is based on Mozilla...it has also been free and around for quite a while...extensibility? Yep...

I don't get why everyone reinvents the wheel when they could instead make something that already exists, but is more complete better.

about 4 months ago
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Super Bowl Ads: Worth the Price Or Waste of Time?

ilikenwf I Think the Super Bowl is A Waste of Time (347 comments)

...it and football as a whole, honestly. IMO a big majority of football culture is that of ignorant and/or dumb, brutish people.

about 7 months ago
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Blackhole Exploit Kit Successor Years Away

ilikenwf Not Hackers (108 comments)

People who do this aren't hackers, they're degenerate criminals. Hacking doesn't mean cybercrime, and I resent the assumption that it does.

about 8 months ago
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60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

ilikenwf CFL Bulbs Suck; LED Are Great! (944 comments)

CFL bulbs, containing mercury, and lasting nowhere near what they're said to, suck and are overpriced. LED bulbs, while expensive, are amazing. I have some 10W and 7W LED bulbs by topin, which I got half price on ebay from someone who imports them.

I can't tell much difference in light output, but the fact I'm burning so much less power makes it all worth it.

about 8 months ago
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RSA Flatly Denies That It Weakened Crypto For NSA Money

ilikenwf Re:They May Not Have, But... (291 comments)

Unless that was part of the contractual obligation - tax free $10 mil, you stay and work for 5 years or until dismissed...etc...

about 8 months ago
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Run Netflix On OpenSUSE

ilikenwf Stupid (128 comments)

This is an ad for OpenSuse, Pipelight has been around for 2-3 months now.

about 8 months ago
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RSA Flatly Denies That It Weakened Crypto For NSA Money

ilikenwf They May Not Have, But... (291 comments)

They very well could have had a few employees that accepted $10 million to do it.

about 8 months ago

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NSA Collects 200 Million Text Messages Per Day

ilikenwf ilikenwf writes  |  about 8 months ago

ilikenwf (1139495) writes "A new release from the files obtained by Edward Snowden have revealed that the NSA collects millions of text messages per day. These are used to gain travel plans, financial data, and social network data. The majority of these texts and data belong to people who are not being investigated for any crime or association. Supposedly, "non-US" data is removed, but we all know that means it is sent to a partner country for analysis, which is then sent back to the NSA."
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Announcing Nightingale 1.12.1 - The First Release Since Songbird Discontinued

ilikenwf ilikenwf writes  |  about 8 months ago

ilikenwf (1139495) writes "The Nightingale developers have announced version 1.12.1 of the media player, forked from the now defunct Songbird (RIP). Improvements include a new localization infrastructure, enhanced stability, battery drain fixes for OS X, Unity integration fixes, libnotify integration, new first run pages, and more (Release Notes). If you already use Nightingale, the automatic update feature should have notified you of the release. If not, get the new version here."
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The Second OS Hiding in Every Mobile Phone

ilikenwf ilikenwf writes  |  about 10 months ago

ilikenwf (1139495) writes "While any given phone can be running a number of OSes, many if not all of them have RTOS firmware made by one of two manufacturers. The RTOS in both Qualcomm and Infinieon chips have been found to implicitly trust all commands they receive over the air. There are numerous potential exploits, including remote code execution with a 73 byte message. Considering law enforcement and hackers alike can spoof cell towers, there is a potential disaster."
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Former Lockeed Martin Skunworks Engineer Selling Prototype "Spy Rock" on eBay

ilikenwf ilikenwf writes  |  1 year,8 days

ilikenwf (1139495) writes "For a cool $10,000,000.00, the prototype of a surveillance rock full of spy gadgets could be yours! More importantly, server backups from the gentleman's time at Lockheed are included, being the real valuable in this auction, as it contains schematics and such. The seller seems to think that the current xBee radio products are actually based on his work with Lockeed. The proceeds will go towards legal action the seller is apparently taking against his former employer."
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NSA Confirmed to Monitor 75% of Domestic Internet Traffic, Store Domestic Emails

ilikenwf ilikenwf writes  |  1 year,11 days

ilikenwf (1139495) writes "Today it has been confirmed that the NSA, contrary to their own word, has the capability to monitor 75% of domestic internet traffic, and stores all domestic emails. So much for their cyber spying programs being limited to suspects and foreign nationals — does this mean they consider every U.S. citizen a criminal? Heap in the fact they're working on a real time facial recognition system to use live with security camera feeds, and you have a situation that makes George Orwell spin in his grave."
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Hackaday For Sale, Editors Seek Crowd Funding to Buy It

ilikenwf ilikenwf writes  |  about a year ago

ilikenwf (1139495) writes "Hackaday's owner, Jason Calacanis, has decided to sell the popular hacking/modding site for around $540,000. Multiple parties are interested; the most promising buyer at the moment appears to be the current editors, who are attempting to buy the site via crowdsourcing and incorporate it under a nonprofit to keep the hacks flowing. One way or another, the site should survive."
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POTI, Creators of the Songbird Media Player Are Calling it Quits

ilikenwf ilikenwf writes  |  about a year ago

ilikenwf (1139495) writes "Pioneers of the Inevitable has announced on their blog that they will be folding on June 28. Started in 2007, the company went on to create the Songbird Desktop and mobile players, as well as the Songbird.me Facebook app. Their legacy lives on in Nightingale, an open source fork of the Songbird Desktop player that runs on Linux, Windows and Mac. No word yet on whether or not their currently closed source code will be opened up or not, but their contributions to the world of open source software are appreciated, and won't be forgotten."
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Nightingale Media Player Releases Version 1.12

ilikenwf ilikenwf writes  |  about a year ago

ilikenwf (1139495) writes "Nightingale, the multi-platform open source media player (fork of Songbird, who closed it's SVN to the public) has released version 1.12. Sporting bug fixes, code improvements, new features, and generally better speed and stability, this is the best version to date. Features include a plethora of new and updated add-ons, a fully vanilla XULRunner backend, better usage of system libraries on Linux, and the much desired ability to integrate with Unity and Gnome (PPA and binary packages here)."
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Adrian Lamo Discusses His Decision to Expose Bradley Manning

ilikenwf ilikenwf writes  |  about a year and a half ago

ilikenwf (1139495) writes "Whether you agree with his rationale for doing so or not, Adrian Lamo has come forward to discuss his reasoning for exposing Bradley Manning. Manning, now in federal custody, leaked thousands of US intelligence files and documents. Lamo's side of the story shows that he was concerned for Manning's mental health and stability, and for the lives Manning was risking by releasing classified material — Afghan informants, for instance. Either way, this goes to show that if you're going to release stolen/hacked documents, it's best you do it anonymously and don't brag about it."
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Nightingale Media Player 1.11 Released for Linux, Mac, Windows

ilikenwf ilikenwf writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ilikenwf writes "Nightingale is a fork of the Mozilla-based Songbird media player. You may recall the preview release of the Nightingale Media Player back in December. Since then, the project has become version concurrent with Songbird's code, fixed many bugs, and added Macintosh support. This new version is marked with speed and efficiency improvements, and has the newly added features of play queueing, automatic update support, and a refreshed look. The project is still seeking users and fans, as well as people willing to contribute code, bug reports, and documentation. Nightingale's cross platform nature and it's consistency between these platforms makes it an attractive choice for users desiring consistency and familiarity in their media player between all members of the desktop OS trifecta."
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Nightingale Media Player Preview Released

ilikenwf ilikenwf writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ilikenwf writes "You may or may not remember the Mozilla-based Songbird media player, which dropped official Linux support in April, 2010. Since then, the Nightingale community fork has waxed and waned in terms of membership and progress, but thanks to having a completely new dev team has today produced a preview build based on Songbird 1.8.1. The team promises a release of a Songbird trunk based build later this year, with fixes and an upgrade to Gecko 6. Plans to support Linux, Windows, and Mac are in the works, with the preview builds being available only for Linux and Windows at the moment. Aside from trying to pull in refugees from the Songbird community, Nightingale wants more developers to aid in fixing dropped and broken features from Songbird — and to add new ones."
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School Sued for Spying on Students with Laptop Cam

ilikenwf ilikenwf writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ilikenwf (1139495) writes "A student and his family have sued his highschool after he was repremanded for “improper behavior in his home,” using a photo taken from the camera as evidence. Surprisingly, this didn't happen in a more police state nation like England or Austrailia — nay, it happened in Philadelphia, PA. While this may appear to be a cut and dry 1st Amendment (and possible pedophilia) violation, the school is actually backing the actions of the principal."
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PSPP: An Open Source Clone of the SPSS Statistics

ilikenwf ilikenwf writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ilikenwf (1139495) writes "SPSS is an extremely expensive piece of software. After showing it to a professor and proving that it does all of the necessary statistical functions, I have been able to convince my school to use at least one piece of opensource software over a closed source version that they are currently paying thousands of dollars for. PSPP is fully functional and a GNU project, and I for one am satisfied. It does all of the functions I need to get through my assignments. A demo video is included."
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Oppose Mandaded Policeware

ilikenwf ilikenwf writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ilikenwf writes "We, the undersigned, are American citizens strongly opposed to the proposed "Security Systems Standards and Certification Act" (SSSCA), which would force all new consumer electronics devices and personal computers to have government-mandated "policeware" built-in.

This proposed policeware would restrict what we can and cannot do with our own personal computers in our own homes and businesses. Any person who disables this policeware would be subject to five years in federal prison and a $500,000 fine."

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Blackhat SEO: Exploiting Dumb Masses for Profit

ilikenwf ilikenwf writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ilikenwf (1139495) writes "This article was recently published in 2600 and describes the methods required to setup a little empire of websites designed specifically to make money off of stupid internet users who are generally considered "n00bs." Many resources and plugins discussed in this article could be adapted for use in a more white or greyhat way, should you choose to do so."
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School - After The Basics, What's the Point?

ilikenwf ilikenwf writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ilikenwf writes "I'm starting to become more and more frustrated with the ridiculous nature of the education system. If a person learns to read, write, do basic math, and depending on future job choice take more specialized classes, should any more classes be required of them? College and highschool in these ways are somewhat follies of society. If one learns these things and can think abstractly, should they really be forced through extra steps in order to achieve their dream career? Anything over and above should be their choice, and not compulsory. What do you think, after reading through my thoughts?"
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apt-fast - 26x Faster Downloads With Apt

ilikenwf ilikenwf writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ilikenwf writes "With a Debian based distro and apt-fast (a shellscript), you can download your updates much faster, without having to go through umpteen steps to get the list of files, and download them with axel. To use this script, simply install axel, and then use it just like apt-get (e.g.: sudo ./apt-fast dist-upgrade)."
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An Open Request to nVidia for FOSS Video Drivers

ilikenwf ilikenwf writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ilikenwf writes "The nVidia drivers we have today work very well in Linux most of the time, but there are many bugs that constantly arise that nVidia has trouble keeping up with, partially due to the fast development of the Linux kernel (a personal frustration of the submitter). That said, this letter/request/petition is 8000+ signatures strong and growing. This request may get nVidia to release the code and allow Linux devs the chance to work out all of the bugs and finally give us perfect nVidia support across the board."
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