As companies continue to beat the Internet of Things drum, promoting a world when every device is smart, and anything electronic is network connected, we have some news that shows just what a horrible idea this really is. A security firm has found that a Linux kernel driver called NetUSB contains an amateurish error that can be exploited by hackers to remotely compromise any device running the driver. The driver is commonly found in home routers, and while some offer the ability to disable it, others do not appear to do so.
NetUSB is developed by Taiwanese company KCodes. The purpose of the driver is to allow PCs and Macs to connect to USB devices over a network, so that these devices can be shared just by plugging them into a Wi-Fi router or similar. To do this, a driver is needed at each end; a client driver on the PC or Mac, and a server driver on the router itself.
This router-side driver listens to connections on TCP port 20005, and it’s this driver that contains a major security flaw. SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab, which publicized the problem, discovered that the Linux driver contains a simple buffer overflow. As part of the communication between client and server, the client sends the name of the client computer; if this name is longer than 64 bytes, the buffer overflows. The company says that this overflow can be exploited to enable both denial of service (crashing the router) and remote code execution.
A fascinating look into how Zappa was thinking about getting his music to his audience.
Zappa’s pitch addressed all of these concerns by proposing to store the best of the labels’ catalogs “in a central processing location, and hav[ing] them accessible by phone or cable TV, directly patchable into the user’s home taping appliances.” Yep: Prior even to home computers, Zappa envisioned a server full of music ready to move down your phone or television cable.
He even envisioned both the subscription model (royalty payments and consumer billing were “built into the software of the system”) and a very Pandora-like option of “special interest categories.”
Read the whole thing, you’ll laugh and smile!
LGF contributor Slap informed me of a link to the text of Zappa’s proposal. Click here for that text.
Here’s an interesting story Curious Lurker recently alerted me to via twitter.
Its a story by Dominic Casciani about the battle between mainstream Islamic clerics and ISIS. (Off course we all know the anti Muslim bigots in the “counter Jihad” will accuse the anti terrorist clerics of lying, cause their Muslims.)
In one corner, there’s the religious establishment of a global faith - complete with 1,400 years of collected learning. In the other, there is the self-styled Islamic State (IS) and its daily dose of propaganda videos flooding the internet. Have traditional clerics got what it takes to be heard in this digital culture war?
Even if every Muslim scholar in the world constantly tweeted against IS, young Muslims on social media could simply turn their backs and carry on reading IS’s output. But Jordan’s e-Muftis are among those beginning, slowly, to put up a fight online.
Earlier this year, IS posted a video showing its fighters burning alive Jordanian air force pilot Muad al-Kasasbeh, in revenge for the country’s role in international air strikes.
The parody news site GotNewsDotCom has managed to get as far as the Missouri supreme court in its quixotic efforts to gain access to the juvenile offense records (if any exist) of Michael Brown. In the process, its editor-in-thief, Charles C. “Chuck” Johnson, has managed to raise an unstated amount of money to pursue his vendetta against a dead man.
Since last August, Johnson has contended that Brown, a black teenager who was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, had some kind of felony counts on his sealed juvenile offense records. He based his contentions on anonymous sources on the Ferguson police department.
But, despite spending $15,000 of what he says was his own money and soliciting further donations to continue the legal battle, Johnson has yet to get those records made public. Given that his attorneys’ arguments to the supreme court are not much different from the ones they made to the appellate court, this latest effort may fail, too.
More at GotNwes.com
A timeline of Johnson’s tweets, blog posts, and legal efforts follow. As his legal efforts repeatedly fail, he becomes ever more strident in his condemnation of Brown for no other apparent reason that Brown was a young black man.
Here’s a very fun, funny and informative video By Tom Reimann from cracked, on conspiracy theories.
I’m pimping my own blog here, but I think you’ll see it’s for a good reason. Our least favorite Internet troll posted a prime example last week of how he panders to white racist scum to get their clicks (= money).
The subject of Chuck C. Johnson’s latest Award Winning Journamalism is a smear of two African-American men: one a judge and the other a criminal. No facts are in evidence. Only innuendo.
Really, there are no surprises here for watchers of the Chuck C. Johnson/GotNews juggernaut, but his recent GotSmear of Louisville Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens takes the cake for lurid race-based clickbait.
Here’s the screaming GNDC headline:
EXCLUSIVE: Corrupt Black Judge Lets Black Thug Out of Prison Because White Victim’s Toddler Is ‘Racist’ #OluStevens
The headline bears little resemblance to what actually happened.
Wherefore art thou art wrong? Let me count the ways:
1. The judge is not corrupt, and Johnson offers no proof.
2. The “black thug” was sentenced to five years’ probation, not freedom.
3. The judge did not say the toddler was racist.
4. The man got probation because he had no prior arrests for violent crimes.
Four lies in one headline! Quite a feat.
More at GotNwes.com.
Johnson in the same blog post also manages to imply a black judge could not possibly afford a ritzy home, and that he shouldn’t live in a ritzy white neighborhood, because reasons.
Then, since the man who was sentenced to probation had no real history of “thuggery,” Johnson posts social media photos of the guy posing with guns and lists a series of charges — not fines or sentences — including speeding and driving without a license.
Also (ironically) libel and slander.
Why bother with all this? Since Johnson has zero proof the judge is corrupt, and the criminal in this case has a short nothingburger of a rap sheet, we can only presume Johnson wants bigots to visit his site and boost his ad revenues.
It’s not like he’s ever done this before.
Updated 9:55pm Well even if unwittingly she made a difference. Peace starts with the intent to stop fighting. She made us all want to stop fighting.
Sağırlı tells the BBC that the photo shows a girl named Hudea who was four years old when he met her in a refugee camp in Syria in December 2014.
“I was using a telephoto lens, and she thought it was a weapon,” Sağırlı is quoted as saying. “İ realised she was terrified after I took it, and looked at the picture, because she bit her lips and raised her hands. Normally kids run away, hide their faces or smile when they see a camera.”
The photograph was first published in a Turkish newspaper back in January. Although it went viral in Turkey at the time, it took several months for the powerful image to make its way around the world.
As if the various bills discriminating against people under color of religion weren’t bad enough, a new threat to photography and it’s freedom of expression is underway in Arkansas. From The Online Photographer, the best photo blog out there, comes this:
Your freedoms are under direct assault in Arkansas.
“SB-79 would require still and motion photographers to get explicit written consent to include any individual’s likeness—not just celebrities but anyone—in a photograph that is used for virtually any purpose within the state of Arkansas except those uses specifically exempted as Fair Use within the bill.
“The implications of this bill are staggering. For example, an image showing recognizable people posted to the Internet for a use that would not require written consent anywhere else in the world could leave you open to a lawsuit just because someone in Arkansas could view it online.”
A bill well worth opposing, as the ASMP, MPAA, DMLA, NPPA and other photographers’ associations are doing. But wouldn’t it be nicer if State governments weren’t stuffed with dimwits to begin with? I’d better not say any more.
The article goes on simply to link to this page describing SB 79 .
When journalist Chai Jing released her documentary on China’s air pollution, she probably could not have dreamed that her message would resonate so widely while boosting the share prices of so many “environmentally friendly” companies.
On Monday, more than a dozen stocks in the fields of pollutant treatment, air quality monitoring and green technology saw huge gains, with several rising 10% and reaching the daily trading limit.
Among the biggest winners were Sail Hero, a producer of pollutant monitors, Top Resource Conservation Engineering, a renewable energy equipment provider, LongKing Environmental, a maker of desulfurization facilities for boilers and furnaces, and Create Technology & Science, a producer of industrial and corporate air purifiers.
The catalyst for the buying frenzy was a 104-minute long documentary going into details of the history, causes and impact of China’s smog. An independent production by well-known reporter Chai Jing, “Beneath the Dome” was released online over the weekend, and by Monday morning had more than 100 million cumulative views.
More at forbes.com
Chai is a former news reporter and anchor for China Central Television (CCTV). Believing her daughter’s benign tumor (in utero) was caused by China’s pollution, she spent more than 1 million RMB ($167,000) of her own money to produce a low key, but powerful documentary called “Beneath the Dome” (穹顶之下). *
In one segment, Chai asks a little girl in Shanxi province — probably the most polluted of China’s 23 provinces — if she had ever seen stars in the sky. The girl said no. Blue sky? Maybe once, sort of blue. White clouds? Never.
Chai ran the documentary past government officials in Beijing before releasing it on China’s versions of YouTube for free viewing over the weekend. On youku.com alone, it’s been viewed more than 3 million times
Environmentalists hope that public pressure resulting from the film will induce local regulators to enforce China’s existing anti-pollution laws, rather than ignore them to promote faster economic development.
* The Chinese title can also be translated as “Under the Dome,” which is also the title of a science fiction TV series in the USA.