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Living Room / Birth of an Avatar
« on: January 07, 2010, 09:39 PM »
Like many people it seems, I thought Avatar was AWESOME (I'm really hoping I get to see it without 3D however, I think the glasses and lower visual quality made the movie slightly less immersive). My boss found this video on Vimeo, and I thought I'd share it with you guys, a really fun watch.



As much as I am a Mozilla fanboi, I have to corroborate F0d Man's statement. Flash under FF does seem to suck to an even greater extent than in IE.

Alternatively, if you're watching movies etc. in Flash and that's what's bothering you, there are many tutorials online and several userscript that can assist you in downloading them instead of watching them in-browser. I use HttpFox and Download from Youtube most often.


Living Room / The Diagram of Geek Culture
« on: January 06, 2010, 11:03 PM »
So's funny because it's true.
diagram of geek culture.png
Via Neatorama.


Living Room / Re: Yet another 0-day pdf exploit in the wild
« on: January 06, 2010, 04:19 PM »
Adobe Reader vuln hit with unusually advanced attack

Finally, maybe Adobe will finally get some bad press and we'll get non-shitty code in our PDF readers...however unlikely...


General Software Discussion / Re: "God Mode" in Win7? (All Tasks)
« on: January 05, 2010, 04:02 AM »
It should be 'Anything.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}' (without the space) I think. Thanks Zaine :)


Adventures of Baby Cody / Re: Baby Cody In Belleville, NJ
« on: December 30, 2009, 02:26 PM »
Thanks guys, our pleasure!! :)


Adventures of Baby Cody / Baby Cody In Belleville, NJ
« on: December 30, 2009, 02:18 PM »
Hey all!!

April and I are here together in Belleville, NJ soaking up warm Baby Cody huggles!! We also went to breakfast/lunch (I had WAFFLES WITH A STRAWBERRY MILKSHAKE OMG YUM). Here are some pics, enjoy :D.

My breakfast waffles...YUM!!Baby cody in baby cherry tree.
Baby cody in baby cherry tree.Baby cody in baby cherry tree.
app103 with Baby CodyEhtyar with Baby Cody
Baby CodyBaby Cody
(baby cody stole a single
to show just how big he
really is)
Baby Codyapp103 and Ehtyar


Thanks for the Newsletter fellas :)


Living Room / Re: The Great Aussie Firewall to Go Ahead
« on: December 21, 2009, 07:46 PM »
Yeah, heard about that. Good of the auDA to prove our point for us. However, at this point I've lost faith in the effectiveness of the "peaceful protest", particularly given the lack of support for this decision in the first place. Good of them for keeping the spirit alive though.


Living Room / Re: The Great Aussie Firewall to Go Ahead
« on: December 20, 2009, 06:30 PM »
I'd also like to point out that where in a communist nation, it is a simple matter to procure the kinds of funds required to DPI every single packet leaving their borders (particularly when done from the very beginning), you very well run the risk of bankrupting all but the biggest ISPs by forcing them to filter their own traffic in any but the most mundane of ways. Heavy-handed law passing such as would be required to institute this sort of scheme in Australia does them no good if it results in the collapse of the nation's Internet infrastructure.

With forced Protocol Encryption, they can't see what's being transferred - add DHT and it becomes really hard to prove anything but "there's a lot of data flowing through a truckload of connections". Once that is enough to get somebody convicted, I'm all for grabbing firearms and overthrowing the guv'ments.
HAH, nice :)


Living Room / Re: The Great Aussie Firewall to Go Ahead
« on: December 17, 2009, 11:35 PM »
I was under the impression that the scope of the Great Aussie Firewall included simply blocking specific domains/IPs. Am I mistaken? :O

Doesn't matter what it includes, Ehtyar. The standard operating procedure of politicians is to get something implemented ASAP that will offend the least amount of citizens. Then, once it is in place, they're free to make as many additions as they want later.
Of course it matters what it includes. Until they get around to including SPI in the firewall laws (a lot more work/cost for ISPs, and much more invasive for consumers - very doubtful it would get passed) I can DHT as much as I like.


Living Room / Re: The Great Aussie Firewall to Go Ahead
« on: December 17, 2009, 10:22 AM »
I was under the impression that the scope of the Great Aussie Firewall included simply blocking specific domains/IPs. Am I mistaken? :O


Living Room / Re: The Great Aussie Firewall to Go Ahead
« on: December 16, 2009, 08:22 PM »
I wonder how long it will br before someone suggests the Great Firewall be used to assist Big Media.

I believe that was one of it's functions in the initial proposal, (can't find a link right now), so it's already primed for BM use.  I'm sure quite a few torrent search/tracker sites are already on the blacklist.
Yay for DHT!!


MFC is dying a slow, agonizing death. If you're interested in using C++ w/ GUIs, consider trying wxWidgets or Qt. Both have excellent GUI designers and are cross-platform (which may or may not be a benefit).

C#/VB.NET have similar benefits though VS and Mono, though VB.NET bares little similarity to VB 6, and is often abandoned by more seasoned developers for the more logical (and some argue more powerful) syntax of C#.


Living Room / Re: The Great Aussie Firewall to Go Ahead
« on: December 16, 2009, 03:35 PM »
Australia, Britain, and China: three countries that are hard on netizens. Whenever a government wants to take away a liberty, they usually reach for the "child porn" card. Meanwhile, in the US and Britain, we're holding "piracy summits" to help corporations enact ACTA legislation. All this bodes ill for economic leadership to say the least.
Oh don't you worry, Australia is in on ACTA just as much as the rest of them. I wonder how long it will br before someone suggests the Great Firewall be used to assist Big Media.

BTW Ehtyar, where'd you dig up that picture of the Chairman?

I need one that's 1680x1050 :(
Sorry 4wd, that was the largest I could find. Seems to only come in roughtly 300x300.


Living Room / The Great Aussie Firewall to Go Ahead
« on: December 15, 2009, 01:46 AM »
And in a final, resounding demonstration of the technical incompetence and complete lack of understanding of the current Australian Government, Crown Senatorial Twitrocket Stephen Conroy gave media outlets an hour and a half notice on Tuesday, December 15th 2009 that a press conference was to be held to announce that the Great Aussie Firewall will be legislated into existence in the new year.

Despite abysmal results in the the "pilot" program run earlier this year, and the admission that any technically competent individual could easily circumvent the "filters" (among other astounding failures - see the full article), Australian ISPs will be forced to deny access to any overseas website "refused classification" by the Australian Communications and Media Authority at the network level.

All hail Chairman Rudd.



Living Room / Re: Tech News Hiatus
« on: December 07, 2009, 11:48 PM »
Thanks House Man.

My suggestions would be:
ArsTechnica (of course)
The Register
and of course, for the security minded among us, just about anything from SecLists.

Enjoy the holidays guys!!


Living Room / Re: Tech News Hiatus
« on: December 06, 2009, 11:06 PM »
Hehe, thanks guys.

If it helps any, I was totally (blissfully?) unaware of Google DNS until April mentioned it in passing on the IRC channel. How could I possibly help all you guys stay informed when I'm not even remotely so myself?


*grumbles something about holidays being too much work*

Ouch...good thing most Aussie women have the good sense not to hang around here :P


Living Room / Tech News Hiatus
« on: December 06, 2009, 07:38 PM »
Hi all,

This week marks the start of the Tech News Hiatus as I leave for the USA in two days and I'm afraid I just don't have the time (I've also had food poisoning for the past few days, so my preparation efforts have been hampered).

Mouse Man has asked me to inform you all that you will need to "seek your tech news fix elsewhere" for the coming few weeks, but hopefully we will be up and running again by the weekend of the 9th and 10th of January.

Enjoy the holidays everyone!!


Community - Only 10 episodes so far but it is F.U.N.N.Y!! It reminds me of 3rd Rock From the Sun in that it's a sitcom and it knows it; even during the "serious" moments it's hilarious. However, I imagine it's most amusing to those who have attended community college or a really crappy University.


Well my stupid, sorry, parasitic sacks of entrails...GET ON IRC!!!


P.S. be sure to /ignore Metshrine on join ;)

Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 48-09
« on: November 29, 2009, 05:19 PM »
It all comes down to who was responsible for initiating the action.

Entrapment is when the authorities provide the person they're charging with the motive and (optionally) the methods to commit the illegal act in question.
Your clarification is much appreciated Hertz Man, it is indeed an important distinction.

But does inviting a officer pretending to be someone else inside require a warrant on their part? Personally I've no real legal knowledge of this area. I ask because this case seems somewhat like an undercover investigation.
An interesting question.


Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 48-09
« on: November 29, 2009, 01:33 PM »
Alright, ignoring for the moment this guy's apparent lack of knowledge regarding his rights, how is this not entrapment? If a cop can't run around trying to sell you drugs then arrest you if you accept, how come they can run around friending you then arrest you if you accept?


Living Room / Tech News Weekly: Edition 48-09
« on: November 29, 2009, 05:10 AM »
The Weekly Tech News
TNWeekly01.gifHi all.
Enjoy :)
As usual, you can find last week's news here.

1. Mininova Deletes All Infringing Torrents and Goes ‘Legal’
Mininova has finally complied with an earlier court decision and deleted all the illegal torrents from their site. There are roughly 8,000 left.

Mininova’s decision to delete all infringing torrents from its index marks the end of an era that started five years ago.

In December 2004, the demise of the mighty Suprnova left a meteor crater in the fledgling BitTorrent landscape. This gaping hole was soon filled by the dozens of new sites that emerged to fulfil the public’s increasing demands for torrents. Mininova became the most successful of all.

2. "Duh" Latest IPhone Worm
This is a write-up on the first of the actually harmful "iKee" variants, if you can call them that, that can infect jailbroken iPhones in their default configuration.

“Duh” is the latest iPhone worm that was recently spotted by Dutch ISP XS4All. Unfortunately, the advent of publishing “iKee” source code and its subsequent spread has led to this.

“Please be aware that publishing such malicious code may attract more evil fingers to play around!”

From my previous blog post, I’ve warned about “iKee” and “Iphone Info Stealer” source code being published as it poses serious threat since anyone from wannabe “lamers” to script kiddies could take advantage of it.  

3. Facebook Friend Turns Into Big Brother
I really would have thought this was entrapment, but apparently in the USA cops are well within their rights to send a friend request to you on Facebook, then pillage your profile for evidence of illegal activity should you accept.

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse student Adam Bauer has nearly 400 friends on Facebook. He got an offer for a new one about a month ago. “She was a good-looking girl. I usually don’t accept friends I don’t know, but I randomly accepted this one for some reason,” the 19-year-old said.

He thinks that led to his invitation to come down to the La Crosse police station, where an officer laid out photos from Facebook of Bauer holding a beer — and then ticketed him for underage drinking.

The police report said Bauer admitted drinking, which he denies. But he did plead no contest in municipal court Wednesday and will pay a $227 fine.

4. Superconductor Forcefield to Shield Re-entering Spacecraft?
Oh. My. God. Cool!! And it looks like a largely international effort as well.

Space boffins have hatched a plan to test their radical new superconductor magnet forcefield re-entry heatshield technology by firing it into space from a Russian submarine.

Flight International reported on the scheme yesterday, describing cooperative efforts by German space agency DLR (Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt), the European Space Agency and Euro aerospace megacorp EADS Astrium.

The proposed test module would use a magnetic field generated by superconducting magnets to deflect the superhot plasma which results when a spacecraft re-enters Earth's atmosphere at the tremendously high speeds required by space missions. Normally the heat is resistant by super-tough but troublesome insulating materials, as in the space shuttle, or by one-shot ablative coatings which burn off as a spacecraft descends.

5. Panic Button Plan to Beat Cyber-predators
Just when you think those crazy Aussies just can't get any more f**ked in the head, something like this comes along. Imagine a giant red button next to your computer that your child could push if they encountered any correspondence they believed to be inappropriate online. Then imagine, that a bunch of Aussies (being paid by tax payers no less) concocted this idea, and you'd have this story. Why am I funding these people?!?!

Children who feel they are being bullied, harassed or groomed online could call for help instantly using a "panic button" on their PCs under a plan being considered by the Federal Government's cyber-safety working group.

Parents would be offered the ability to download and install the "widget" on their children's computers and, if the kids encounter serious trouble online, pushing the button could connect them instantly to police or child protection groups.

"The decision hasn't been made - it's still in the discussion stage - but I think we're getting pretty close," said Hetty Johnson, chief executive of Bravehearts, which supports survivors of child sexual assault.

6. Two Circulating Beams Bring First Collisions in the LHC
The LHC has finally commenced collisions. The first beams were fired at 13:22 on Monday the 23rd.

Today the LHC circulated two beams simultaneously for the first time, allowing the operators to test the synchronization of the beams and giving the experiments their first chance to look for proton-proton collisions. With just one bunch of particles circulating in each direction, the beams can be made to cross in up to two places in the ring. From early in the afternoon, the beams were made to cross at points 1 and 5, home to the ATLAS and CMS detectors, both of which were on the look out for collisions. Later, beams crossed at points 2 and 8, ALICE and LHCb.

“It’s a great achievement to have come this far in so short a time,” said CERN1Director General Rolf Heuer. “But we need to keep a sense of perspective – there’s still much to do before we can start the LHC physics programme.”

7. Hacked Darwin Kernel Available for 10.6.2 On Atom Netbooks
Since Apple decided to release the 10.6.2 update without support for the Atom CPU, a hacker has released a patched kernel that puts it back in. Anyone see a game of cat-and-mouse coming?

First the 10.6.2 update to Snow Leopard wasn't compatible with Intel Atom processors. Then it was. Then it wasn't again when it was finally released to the masses. Fortunately for the netbook-loving Mac OS X fans out there, the OSx86 scene is only too happy to offer a patched version of mach_kernel to enable booting 10.6.2 on netbooks once more.

The kernel is the deep-down part of Mac OS X that generally handles direct communication between the OS and hardware. Speculation swirled that Apple was actively trying to keep Mac OS X from being installed on inexpensive Atom-based netbooks. However, chances are it was more likely a result of optimizations that didn't take into account Atom processors, since Apple doesn't use them in any shipping products.

8. Emblaze's First Else Unveiled in London, Promises to Be a Game-changer
The First Else, running the Access Linux Platform, is a new smartphone unveiled by Blame Else this week. This could be very interesting, be sure to check out the videos at the end of the article.

Folks, today might be the day when you start to notice how ancient our smartphones have become, even if they only came out in last few months. Blame Else (formerly Emblaze Mobile) for its confusingly-named First Else, a phone "built from scratch" over the last two years and now powered by Access Linux Platform (ALP) 3.0 -- a mobile OS thought to have quietly died out since our last sighting in February. Until today's London launch event, the last we heard of this Israeli company was from October's Access Day in Japan where it previewed the Else Intuition OS, which we like to think of as inspired by Minority Report. While it's still too early to tell whether the First Else -- launching in Q2 next year -- will dodge the path of doom, we were already overwhelmed by the excellence of the device's user experience, both from its presentation and from our exclusive hands-on opportunity. Do read on to find out how Else is doing it right.

9. Leaked 9/11 Text Messages
I'm not sure I quite understand their reasons for it, but Wikileaks have leaked 500,000 text pager intercepts from the 24 hour period surrounding the September 11, 2001. Bruce Schneier has some good links and clips of the gems.

WikiLeaks released half a million US national text pager intercepts. The intercepts cover a 24 hour period surrounding the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington.

Text pagers are usualy carried by persons operating in an official capacity. Messages in the archive range from Pentagon, FBI, FEMA and New York Police Department exchanges, to computers reporting faults at investment banks inside the World Trade Center.

10. Lego Matrix Trinity Help
This is a terrific Lego stop-motion of the rooftop shootout scene between an agent and Neo in the first Matrix film. Enjoy :)



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