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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: South Park moves behind Hulu paywall starting Sept 24, 2014 on: July 13, 2014, 09:07:37 PM
127  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Extra Credits: Propaganda Games & Why Games Do Cthulhu Wrong on: July 13, 2014, 08:36:02 PM
I tripped across an interesting site about games. They publish some pretty interesting stuff, and some very thoughtful things.

http://extra-credits.net/

Here's one example:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UP4_bMhZ4gA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UP4_bMhZ4gA</a>

And one about Cthulhu (and still thoughtful):

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DyRxlvM9VM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DyRxlvM9VM</a>

It's very much "meta" in that the underlying concepts are examined in a depth that you've probably never really seen before (applied to games), or have only seen superficially.
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: South Park moves behind Hulu paywall starting Sept 24, 2014 on: July 13, 2014, 07:25:14 PM
Then again, there's always the EZTV proxy... Wink
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Replicant developers find and close Samsung Galaxy backdoor on: July 13, 2014, 07:24:07 PM
While this is a few months old, it's probably worth bringing to people's attention.

I somehow doubt this is unique to Samsung...  Cry

http://www.fsf.org/blogs/...e-samsung-galaxy-backdoor

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Replicant developers find and close Samsung Galaxy backdoor

While working on Replicant, a fully free/libre version of Android, we discovered that the proprietary program running on the applications processor in charge of handling the communication protocol with the modem actually implements a backdoor that lets the modem perform remote file I/O operations on the file system.

This is a guest post by Replicant developer Paul Kocialkowski. The Free Software Foundation supports Replicant through its Working Together for Free Software fund. Your donations to Replicant support this important work.

Today's phones come with two separate processors: one is a general-purpose applications processor that runs the main operating system, e.g. Android; the other, known as the modem, baseband, or radio, is in charge of communications with the mobile telephony network. This processor always runs a proprietary operating system, and these systems are known to have backdoors that make it possible to remotely convert the modem into a remote spying device. The spying can involve activating the device's microphone, but it could also use the precise GPS location of the device and access the camera, as well as the user data stored on the phone. Moreover, modems are connected most of the time to the operator's network, making the backdoors nearly always accessible.

It is possible to build a device that isolates the modem from the rest of the phone, so it can't mess with the main processor or access other components such as the camera or the GPS. Very few devices offer such guarantees. In most devices, for all we know, the modem may have total control over the applications processor and the system, but that's nothing new.

While working on Replicant, a fully free/libre version of Android, we discovered that the proprietary program running on the applications processor in charge of handling the communication protocol with the modem actually implements a backdoor that lets the modem perform remote file I/O operations on the file system. This program is shipped with the Samsung Galaxy devices and makes it possible for the modem to read, write, and delete files on the phone's storage. On several phone models, this program runs with sufficient rights to access and modify the user's personal data. A technical description of the issue, as well as the list of known affected devices is available at the Replicant wiki.

Provided that the modem runs proprietary software and can be remotely controlled, that backdoor provides remote access to the phone's data, even in the case where the modem is isolated and cannot access the storage directly. This is yet another example of what unacceptable behavior proprietary software permits! Our free replacement for that non-free program does not implement this backdoor. If the modem asks to read or write files, Replicant does not cooperate with it.

Replicant does not cooperate with backdoors, but if the modem can take control of the main processor and rewrite the software in the latter, there is no way for a main processor system such as Replicant to stop it. But at least we know we have closed one specific backdoor.

The FSF encourages all current Samsung Galaxy owners to appeal publicly to SamsungMobile for an explanation (they can also be emailed). Samsung should release this program as free software, without the backdoor, so that Replicant doesn't have to continue defusing the traps they have apparently left for their users.


Quoted in its entirety.
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: July 13, 2014, 09:20:00 AM
This might belong in the silly humour thread...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gD4llSr-Ik8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gD4llSr-Ik8</a>

But, I've had too much to drink to care. tongue

131  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: July 13, 2014, 05:52:58 AM
Coin Prism lets you create colored coins:

https://www.coinprism.com/

It's a kind of wallet service.

http://coloredcoins.org/

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The open source standard for decentralized exchange
Colored Coins is a colored bitcoin minting and exchange protocol that works on top of an existing blockchain infrastructure

Basically, you can colour a coin to represent anything, e.g. your house, a car, some stocks, a coupon/voucher, whatever, and then pass that around.

For example, say you own a hardware shop and you want to issue coupons for $50 off of a new lawn mower. You can issue those in Bitcoins. When someone pays for one of your lawn mowers and sends you one of the coloured coins that you created, you can then redeem it as a $50 coupon.

You could, at the time of sale, give out 0.0001 BTC in coloured coins that are redeemable for next month's specials. It would cost you a few cents, but it would bring in more business... because somebody would create an online marketplace to trade coloured coins and a customer could sell their $50 off lawn mower coupon for $10 (or 0.01 BTC or whatever) or trade for another coloured coin coupon (or whatever). Everyone would win.

You could issue concert tickets like this.

What can you imagine?

And it works on the Bitcoin blockchain.

Can you do that with credit cards or cash? Wink

Hint: It's happening. Wink

132  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: YaCy - Decentralised Search on: July 12, 2014, 10:55:23 PM
Seems ComputerWorld sees a need for something else...

http://www.computerworld....eed_an_underground_Google

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Why we need an underground Google
Governments are forcing search engines to show wrong results. It's time for search engines to go rogue so they can be right.

More at the link.
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: July 12, 2014, 10:00:49 PM
They're ba-a-ack!

http://www.theguardian.co...y-information-sharing-act

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The Senate is giving more power to the NSA, in secret. Everyone should fight it

Politicians are still trying to hand over your data behind closed doors, under the guise of 'cybersecurity' reform. Have we learned nothing?

One of the most underrated benefits of Edward Snowden's leaks was how they forced the US Congress to shelve the dangerous, privacy-destroying legislation– then known as Cispa – that so many politicians had been so eager to pass under the guise of "cybersecurity". Now a version of the bill is back, and apparently its authors want to keep you in the dark about it for as long as possible.

Now it's called the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (Cisa), and it is a nightmare for civil liberties. Indeed, it's unclear how this kind of law would even improve cybersecurity. The bill was marked up and modified by the Senate intelligence committee in complete secrecy this week, and only afterward was the public allowed to see many of the provisions passed under its name.

Cisa is what Senator Dianne Feinstein, the bill's chief backer and the chair of the committee, calls an "information-sharing" law that's supposed to help the government and tech and telecom companies better hand information back and forth to the government about “cyberthreat” data, such as malware. But in reality, it is written so broadly it would allow companies to hand over huge swaths of your data – including emails and other communications records – to the government with no legal process whatsoever. It would hand intelligence agencies another legal authority to potentially secretly re-interpret and exploit in private to carry out even more surveillance on the American public and citizens around the world.

Feinstein. Hmm... Where have I heard that name before?

Yeah... more at the link. Same old, same old. Just this time it's called "CISA".

134  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Homebrewing on: July 12, 2014, 09:42:28 PM
I have to say that the mead was the most satisfying -- only because as good as the beer was, and as fun as it was to make, it didn't rival the best store bought beer.

Really? I'm pretty shocked.

I brewed up a white beer and drank it raw because it was so good even at that stage. Warm. That good. Mind-blowingly good. No bottling or secondary fermentation.

I find most beer from the store is pretty poor in comparison to what I can do at home (from my limited experience). But, I have a high tolerance for sediment too.

But the cranberry mead I made felt like something really special.

Hmm... cranberry... I love fruity drinks! cheesy (Living in SE Asia was heaven!) You've got me wondering if I can pull off some simple fruit batches. I wonder what a durian drink would be like...

I'm going to have to have a go at brewing some mead. I really never considered it until both you and 40hz mentioned it. Mead I find rather sweet, and I tend towards a more moderate sweetness with a rich texture, e.g. stout or brown ale.

Now I'm wondering if I can do it in a very small batch of just a few bottles... should be doable... Cheesecloth over the bottle with a rubber band...

135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Homebrewing on: July 12, 2014, 07:50:31 PM
So, to continue a chat about brewing your own booze at home...

Spinning off from the recipe thread here:

http://www.donationcoder....35091.msg359199#msg359199

Also thinking of trying for a honey-ginger mead...hmm...

I'm thinking about adding in some organic honey that hasn't been filtered to death for my next batch of ginger ale. The more complex sugars aren't so easily broken down and should mitigate the extreme dryness that you get when making ginger ale like I described in the post linked above.

I've not used honey in anything like this before. Honey adds a distinctive flavour, so you need to be careful.

I mentioned the dryness of ginger ale to the fellow at the brew store and he mentioned using stevia, but stevia has a very strong after-taste and I'm not very fond of it. I tried it in coffee before, but it's just not very nice (malt extract is nicer as it has a smoother taste compared to the sharper stevia flavour). He also mentioned honey, which is certainly more agreeable than stevia.

I also picked up a "Chimay Blue" kit the other day. It uses 2 cans of malt extract, which is quite a bit.

One other thing I'm thinking of trying is just using the regular malt extract that I buy at the supermarket to create a beer. Lord knows how it will turn out, but it's worth a shot. I like the idea of using non-specialty ingredients or commonly available ingredients.
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: July 12, 2014, 07:36:22 PM
Trying it with a very nice pale ale yeast I've had some very good luck with in the past. S/B interesting to see how it comes out.


Ah! I didn't know that you'd given it a spin before!


Also thinking of trying for a honey-ginger mead...hmm...


I'm thinking about adding in some organic honey that hasn't been filtered to death for my next batch of ginger ale. The more complex sugars aren't so easily broken down so... err...


Maybe we should start a separate homebrew thread for this?


Yes. Wink
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: July 12, 2014, 07:33:34 PM
Remember the concept of the self fulfilling prophecy, and add to that the knowledge that no one really has any power over you unless you give it to them. If we continuously function solely based on the assumption that TPTB have total control over everything ... Then they very soon really will. And we will all die very quietly whenever and wherever we are told too.

^ THIS!
138  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: YaCy - Decentralised Search on: July 12, 2014, 07:19:41 PM
Interesting- I'll have to keep an eye on this.  Have you installed it yet?

I upgraded my drive to a 1 TB SSD and just installed YaCy - seems ok so far. It's not going to replace your regular search engine right now, but it is very promising.

You can browse it at http://localhost:8090/

I find I'm getting a lot of German results, but, it's still small, so I guess I'll run a node for now & hope for more people to jump on board. It will improve 1 person/installation at a time.

In a quick test, I started crawling my blog site, then searched for the title of an essay that I mirrored on in after giving the crawler some time. My blog post with the mirrored essay came up, but the original essay didn't. No real surprise there. But it shows that crawled searches from your local crawl come up darn fast.

The administration interface is very good as well. Lots in there. I've not explored it all yet, but it seems quite robust from a quick browse.

The quality of results is not at the DuckDuckGo or Google level yet, so that's a problem. I suppose that what YaCy needs is philosophically aligned people to start running nodes.

There are some interesting things that you could do with it though. For example, you could run through TOR, crawl sites that you are interested in, e.g. https://publicintelligence.net/ (a subversive site - they even host "Inspire" magazine!), then later search your own local cache in stealth mode while not connected through TOR. Since you'd have that locally stored, you'd never access the Internet (stealth mode) and could get search results without anyone knowing -- it's all done on your local machine.

tl;dr - Great software. Network isn't prime time ready yet. Needs more privacy advocates to add nodes for network effect to start to take hold.
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: July 12, 2014, 10:16:45 AM
He also brew up a helluva fine Ginger Ale! (Thanks for the recipe and suggestions btw!) Thmbsup

Give 'er a shot & tell me what you think. Expect it to be dry though. I actually picked up some ale and champagne yeasts to give it another shot with a more polished approach. smiley
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: July 12, 2014, 10:14:57 AM
You can regulate what PEOPLE do. But the Bitcoin cat is out of the bag.

Bitcoin is FLOSS software. Can anyone regulate Apache or Linux?

Hate to say it, but they most certainly can. FLOSS is not immune to government interference and regulation. Both directly and (more insidiously) indirectly. (see: China, Russia, N. Korea, New Zealand, Australia, the USA, ...)

Just like that other great piece of technology that was supposed to liberate us all and serve as the absolute check on the power government: the Internet.

The intelligence agencies of the world are still laughing themselves to silly over that one.

You're not describing regulation there, unless you mean outside of the judicial sense and instead mean the broader concept (control). But that's not what we were talking about -- we were talking about regulation in the judicial sense.

What you've described would be better phrased as "subverted".

Can governments regulate (in the judicial sense)? No. They can't. That ship has sailed. (See here and here for a couple examples of why that is.)

It just ain't gonna happen. Period.

Will they regulate? YES! BUT. NOT. BITCOIN!

They will regulate HUMAN BEHAVIOUR. They can do that. They can say what you can do with BTC and what you can't do with it.

But they sure as guns ain't gonna crack open vi and gcc. They can't. It's a decentralised network!!! Everyone else needs to agree, and that ain't gonna happen.

Can governments interfere/subvert? Of course.

tl;dr - Regulate (judicial sense) = not possible, Subvert/interfere = very possible.

141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: July 12, 2014, 07:42:06 AM
It's happening.

And as soon as it becomes fully licensed and government regulated it will be universal. tongue

I wish people would stop talking about things this way - it's inaccurate and skews the conversation to things that just ain't gonna happen. Bitcoin cannot be regulated. The game is over. It's done. Insert another quarter, but you don't get to continue.

You can regulate what PEOPLE do. But the Bitcoin cat is out of the bag.

Bitcoin is FLOSS software. Can anyone regulate Apache or Linux? It's like that.

TPTB can make laws and regulations about what people do with Bitcoin, but they can't dictate what Bitcoin is or isn't. That game is over.

The conversation needs to be more along the lines of, "this is what you are legally allowed to do with Bitcoin and this is the pain we're going to inflict on you if you don't do what we say." That would at least be more accurate and far more honest. (Of course it would need to be worded less honestly...)

142  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What I mean when I say "I think VR is bad news". on: July 12, 2014, 07:31:21 AM
I'm not a virtual reality fanatic but I read it and was unconvinced that there was any substance to his objections.

I'm not sure why you say that. He's stating how things are, then expressing a preference.

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That's a very cyberpunk future all right, but one I'd prefer not to live in.

@40hz - Nice excerpt. I particularly liked the last paragraph. "There is nothing more gray, stultifying, or dreary than a life lived inside the confines of a theory." Which is pretty much most dystopian stories.
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: July 12, 2014, 06:54:05 AM
Bitcoin through your TV? If you're in Finland, yes.

http://beta.slashdot.org/submission/3694105

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"Finnish national digital TV broadcaster Digita co-operates with startup company Koodilehto to start transmission of Bitcoin blockchain and transactions in Terrestrial Digital TV (DVB-T) signal that covers almost the entire Finnish population of 5 million people. The pilot broadcasting starts in September the 1st and lasts two months. The broadcast can be received by a computer with any DVB-T adapter like this $20 dongle. Commercial production phase is planned to begin later this year."

It's happening.
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / What I mean when I say "I think VR is bad news". on: July 12, 2014, 06:25:01 AM
An interesting post by a programmer working on VR/AR:

https://gist.github.com/r...rous/251b945aef2046ac7cee

I'm not going to excerpt anything, but if you're interested in AR/VR, this fellow worked on it at Valve and has some interesting things to say. The best stuff is at the end.

145  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: July 12, 2014, 03:02:41 AM
Yay. The supposed results of the skeptical process need to be skeptically questioned because... just... ::facepalm::
146  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Rant Thread! on: July 12, 2014, 01:23:40 AM
Rant. Computers. PSU died. Subbed in new PSU from scrypt miner. Computer works now. But 1 video card isn't working. Figures.  Angry
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder Recipe Sharing Thread on: July 12, 2014, 01:16:13 AM
2. My GF likes the contrast of texture and flavors the watermelon/tomato combination provides. I find it distracting. Fortunately, the tomato flavor doesn't invade the watermelon all that much, so I just pick around them when I'm filling my dish. This is a win-win since I don't care for tomatoes in this particular dish - and my not taking any leaves more for my GF, who really does enjoy having them in there. Grin

Heheh! I understand that very well. I don't particularly like dark chicken meat, but my wife loves it. It's a win-win.
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder Recipe Sharing Thread on: July 11, 2014, 11:26:48 AM
Steamed baby potatoes taste awesome hot or cold.

Little baby red potatoes, in a pressure cooker for about 7 minutes, then chilled. Eat them like apples. They are quite sweet.  smiley

Yup. That works too. Sub in yams and you're talking some serious candy! cheesy
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder Recipe Sharing Thread on: July 11, 2014, 11:25:48 AM
I'm a fan of normal gingerale soda, so i need to get my hands on some store-bought alcoholic gingerale and see if it tastes good enough to brew my own.

Dude... You are missing out. The stuff you get in the store is NOTHING like what you can do.

The recipe I posted above is kind of lame. It's very basic and really only for you to have fun. It can be improved upon a LOT. However, it's not so much about the taste as about the adventure. The above recipe can be tweaked easily to come up with a very nice ginger ale. Sub in a champagne yeast, etc., and you'll end up with some real beauty.
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder Recipe Sharing Thread on: July 11, 2014, 11:03:43 AM
Looking for cheap snacks that aren't as horribly toxic as the ones you're probably eating now?

Renegade's Stupid Silly Awesome Snack Recipe!

Steamed baby potatoes taste awesome hot or cold.

Ingredients:

  • Baby potatoes

Step 1 - Steam the potatoes

Steam the potatoes. (40 min is good.)

Step 2 - Eat them

Eat them. (Salt & butter are optional.)


You might be surprised at how good potatoes taste when they are simply steamed. They make a great snack!

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