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ARGUS-IS – Does it exist?

I’ve just read about a 1.8-gigapixel surveillance platform developed by DARPA and I am not sure, if I can believe the article. It just sounds too unbelievable and too scary at the same time. 25 square kilometers are covered and processed in a real time? What the heck? Just think about all the bandwidth needed for all the video data. Even considering that this is just 12fps video, it must be still generating insane amounts of traffic. How could someone be able to transfer this huge amount of data wirelessly?

But if the system, which is shown in a video below, really exists, then my paranoia-o-meter is over the top. I could imagine, why the oppressive US government would want to have such a system, but do they really have it already? I hope not.

Compressorhead – Ace of Spades

Did you ever wonder what Danny Carey would sound like if he had 4 arms?

How about if Angus Young had 78 fingers? Imagine what Robert Trujillo would sound like if he was actually made of metal?

Well, wonder no more, meatbags.

Compressorhead is the worlds heaviest metal band.

Stickboy, fingers, and bones are guaranteed to shake and rattle the world of meatbag music.

Stickboy (drums) was created to exacting specifications. 4 arms, 2 legs, 1 head, no brain. he plays a Pearl 14 piece kit with double kick. stickboy junior, the bastard child of an unknown mother takes control of the hihat shuffle. inception date 2007

Fingers (guitar) joined stickboy in 2009 and brings 78 purpose built fingers, enough to play the entire fret board and pluck.

Bones (bass) is the highest precision bass player in known existence, and the youngest member of the band. inception date 2012.

Standaside meatbags. Oil is thicker than blood.

 

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Patent Trolling from Apple

First of all, I need to say that I like MacBooks. Apple makes really good Unix-based laptops. I can’t say the same about their phones, but alas… like Germans say – “Jedem das Seine“.

And I really hate the patent wars. Patent system is at the moment broken, probably everybody agrees with that. If at first it appeared that Apple just couldn’t create nothing innovative for the last few years and they thought that they would punish the competition by suing everybody, now they decided to bring this to the entirely new level and act as the real patent trolls. Apparently it’s now forbidden to produce any device with stylus, if you are not Apple. They probably have forgotten Steve Jobs’ opinion on the subject and Apple also ignores the fact that styli were used by ancient Romans already. With the amount of crap their lawyers make each day, they should be banned from courts…

No Apple

Tears of Steel

Blender Foundation released 4th short movie – “Tears of Steel”(codename “Mango“). Its main purpose – to show everybody that open source tools are awesome. Of course they are, as is the open source community. The acting, however, could be better(this time we can see a work of some real actors). But it is quite good demonstration of the technology, which can be used to persuade all the skeptics, which think that you need expensive proprietary software to achieve anything worthwhile.

Well, it is good, but it isn’t superb. I could use this adjective only for the previous movie made by the same foundation. If you haven’t seen it, be sure to check it out.

Your phone company is your enemy

…at least when it comes to your privacy. This shouldn’t come as surprise to my readers(at least I hope so – I believe in your intelligence), but after watching following video from Malte Spitz you could still be shocked by the scope of all that data gathering.

After watching this video I had so many questions. As always, when my privacy is violated, I was angry, but I also would like to know what exactly my phone company has on me. For how long the data is stored? How often it is accessed? For what purposes? Well, I won’t get an answer for the most of these questions, but at least I can follow an example from Malte and file a request to get all the data about me.

Truecrypt decrypted?

California based company, Passware, claims that their software can decrypt hard drives encrypted with Truecrypt, the popular open-source disk encryption software. Well, apparently, this task can’t be done easily, but the claim is extraordinarily nonetheless. According to Passware, you will need:

  1. Passware Forensic edition, which costs 995$
  2. Physical access to a running computer, which has firewire port and a mounted truecrypt partition.

I could say that there is nothing to worry about, but that wouldn’t be true. The idea to steal the passwords to the encrypted drives from a running computer’s memory isn’t new. If it can be replicated with a ready-made software – it is something to think about. Encryption software needs to change to counter this type of an attack. Maybe the passwords in a memory could be encrypted too. Anyway, until the counter is found, you would be safer without firewire ports.

Converting VirtualBox to VMWare ESXi

Oracle(former Sun) VirtualBox provides virtualization solution without much hassle and requires almost no initial knowledge about virtualization technologies, but it isn’t designed for an enterprise usage. It just lacks the same flexibility and the features of VMWare. Sadly, migration from one application to the other isn’t straightforward. I stumbled upon two good resources on this subject. First guide is somewhat outdated, but it outlines the parts which need to be changed. Second link gave me an insight into the problem and I was able to solve everything else.

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