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Cops locate person through Sirius satellite radio Anonymous 01/25/2020 (Sat) 18:10:35 No.1395 [Reply]
>VALLEY CENTER, Calif. (KGTV) — Using a satellite radio "ping" signal, local deputies were able to track down an attempted murder suspect at a North County casino early Saturday. >Just before 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Valley Center Sheriff's deputies were alerted to the suspect, identified as 54-year-old Steven Salas, who was wanted for attempted murder, criminal threats, and felony domestic violence. >Using information about Salas' vehicle provided by Imperial County deputies, local authorities were able to track down Salas by sending a "ping" to his Sirius satellite radio. His vehicle was then located at Harrah's Rincon Casino in Valley Center. >When deputies say they tried to make contact with Salas, he fled the casino and led deputies on a pursuit. >A spike strip was successfully deployed and Salas ended up driving back toward the casino before pulling into a nearby gas station, where he was arrested, deputies say. >No one was injured during the pursuit. >Salas has been booked into San Diego County jail on several felony charges. https://www.10news.com/news/local-news/north-county-news/deputies-ping-satellite-radio-to-track-down-attempted-murder-suspect
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I used to be that you could get free satellite radio if you played the long game. You just put your radio in some sort of faraday cage, then call and cancel your service. To save bandwidth, they would only send the kill signal for your radio for a year or so. If you kept your radio hidden long enough that they finally stopped broadcasting the kill signal, you could get out your radio and have service for free after that.
Isn't that more or less the trick for free stelitte TV ?
>>1395 >Steven Salas >Salas Coincidence?
>>1416 No, free Sattv requires having the proper keys to decrypt the content. I haven't kept up with it in many years but last I checked they'd gotten pretty good at dealing with pirates. Might be different for services other than Dish/Directv. >>1400 Depends on the GPS service. Most call home through other methods like the cell phone network or WiFi. >>1404 If your car has built in Sat Radio or something like OnStar it can be pinged remotely at any time. Services like OnStar can listen to everything being said in the car at any time. They can do the same thing with all modern cars that have built in microphones for hands free cell phone usage. Basically, anything made after the early 2000s is botnet by design. In fact, since the ECU is so tightly integrated in modern cars they can even be disabled remotely. This is often used when cars are stolen that have OnStar like services and they want to located and recover them.
>>1437 >connect onstar service to ecu inba way that can control and kill it. Very smelly, at least they cant kill your breaks right?

Setting up Protomail anonymously Anonymous 09/11/2019 (Wed) 07:08:48 No.84 [Reply]
I'm trying to set up an email account to use with my board here, but my old 8chan.co email apparently won't receive emails now. I want to go ahead and set up a Protonmail account, but in the setup process they ask you to fight 'spam' by confirming your identity with either email, SMS, or a donation. I tried several of the burner emails from guerrilla mail, but proton say these are all 'temporarily disabled, please try another'.

I certainly have no plans to give them a real email or phone number, and don't have a good way to give them a donation to help 'fight spam'. Any suggestions /tech/?
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Services that pretend to keep your data safe from court orders sound suspiciously like honey pots.
Use a secure paid provider and aliases or self-host for business purposes to limit tracking and abandon email altogether for secure personal communication.
You can use certain free ones too, but they're often very limited regarding IMAP/POP3 and aliases, and there's a bigger chance they're scams or go bust.
Also you risk getting caught up in other people's issues like when cock.li's servers got raided by German police.
Only manually, just search for things attached to it that have any worth to you and change the address on those services.
>>964 just download your old emails using POP3, you can do it easily with Evolution or Thunderbird, and redirect all email from your old gmail address to your new email address.
>>1375 Ive heard of Thunderbird from people making vista builds. Does linking Thunderbird to gmail leak any information to google?
>>1405 >Does linking Thunderbird to gmail leak any information to google? I'm not sure what informations you are talking about, but if you consider that Gmail is literally Google's mail service, any kind of action on your Gmail account will be recorded by Google. In particular, if you redirect like >>1375 suggests, the mail will still pass through Google's servers before being sent to the new address.
>>1410 Sorry, scrap the last line, I misread what the anon was trying to say. Anyway, you are probably better off simply abandoning the account altogether.

Ubuntu LTS Survey Anonymous 12/17/2019 (Tue) 18:20:42 No.1105 [Reply]
Canonical is doing a survey for their next LTS release. Tell them what you think! Be sure to include all your FLOSS autism.

No, because Canonical have already decided that they are a Cloud-focused distro for deployment on Azure and AWS. Fuck off with proprietary snap crap.

ARM Anonymous 01/06/2020 (Mon) 14:27:53 No.1273 [Reply]
Why is it so hard to find decent ARM boards? All I want is a low power ZFS server, but I can't find a motherboard to suit my needs. Does anyone actually have a good ARM motherboard?
For the most part, there's no real development into the desktop ARM space because A. consumer desktops are dying outside of hobbyists B. ARM research since it's advent has been focused on low-power machines, usually mobile machines. Perhaps when the concept of non-hobbyist desktop PC boards die, there can be a space. Your best bet right now for ARM computer with most things setup is with Pine64. They provide fairly good sbcs, compared to the fruit shit, and although they mostly focus on mobile devices, you could try your hand at running your ZFS server on it. AFAIK FreeBSD doesn't run on them right now.
i was thinking about picking up the MACCHIATObin Double Shot. It has 10 gig network and 3 sata ports. Other then lacking sata ports it seems like it'll do the job. is it a dumb idea to add a USB HDD in a zpool with SATA drives?
ARM boards are shit because of nonstandard boot firmware (openfirmware/u-boot/EFI/BIOS tier bootstrap firmware). A good ARM system is the beaglebone black, since it can be booted without the video decoder firmware, and it is widely supported due to industrial use. The raspi is also popular but frankly you already know both are flawed. For a ZFS server, find a device that is explicitly compatible with a standard FreeBSD or FreeNAS image. It may be better to buy a new or used atom board, since they follow the EFI standard, and some have ECC support, which adds another layer of protection to your filesystem.

Work more and get less paid 12/29/2019 (Sun) 18:32:45 No.1206 [Reply]
Christopher Lemmer Webber Social Justice warrior, banished FSF board member, W3C member, and creator of the ActivityPub protocol thinks that Programmers should plan for lower pay. https://octodon.social/@cwebber/103392024080584687
>>1206 Did you click the link of his citation?

How to into "webdev"? Anonymous 08/25/2019 (Sun) 13:17:53 No.36 [Reply]
I'm sure I'm not the only one who has gained the interest of making or running their own imageboard because of the 8ch incident. But how do you actually do it?

Anyone can install node.js and start fucking around, or do what a minecraft port forwarding tutorial tells you to, but if you want to be serious about this stuff you need to actually understand what you're doing and why you're doing it. What if your server stops working properly and the problem isn't "it crashed"? You'd have no idea what to do because you just installed some shit without understanding them and their roles. How do you learn how this stuff works? Are there any good books on it or something? What keywords should you put into a search engine in order to find the right stuff?
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Learn IPFS, will you? At least contribute to something that is worth your time.
>learn this obscure esoteric uncontrollable file torrenting system, that'll help you make websites
GTFO Pajeet
>>1125 He's right though, are there any browsers that ship with IPFS?
I actually started fucking about with this recently too, >>577 has the right idea. >rent a cheap VPS or set up your own server at home >install whatever distro you want and nginx/apache >muck about with it 'till you git gud Be careful with cheap VPS servers though, lots of shitty chink companies will just take your payments for the year and leave a few months later, which is exactly what happened to the owner of /sp/chan and also me. I'm messing with an FCGI project in C, I'll post in the project thread once I'm done. >>1125 Anon, stop being a cock slurping faggot for a second. It doesn't make any sense to learn an unstable and possibly worthless alternative to something if you aren't well versed in what it's supposed to be an alternative to in the first place. Out of curiosity, have you followed your own advice? I don't mean that in a snarky way--what is working with IPFS like?

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Reiser5 In Development Anonymous 12/31/2019 (Tue) 14:55:25 No.1218 [Reply]
https://marc.info/?l=reiserfs-devel&m=157780043509663&w=2 ReiserFS isn't dead unlike Reiser's Wife
>>1218 You mean MurderFS?
>>1218 The fact there's still madlads out there continuing to develop and maintain this obscure wife murdering file system instead of sucking Redhat's dick to get it renamed and mainlined after all these years is somewhat admirable. Is it any good though?

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He's back baby Anonymous 12/27/2019 (Fri) 14:34:39 No.1197 [Reply]
https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=GNU-FSF-Relationship-Ideas >FSF throws RMS under the bus, removes him from power >Still the head of GNU >GNU takes over FSF >Makes the FSF do their accounting/bitch-work He won boys
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We did it reddit!
>>1197 >He won boys Nothing is donned until the people who participated in this persecution have either understood the insanity of their actions or have either being thrown out of their communities. Relevant comment: https://www.phoronix.com/forums/forum/phoronix/general-discussion/1148130-gnu-maintainers-seeking-greater-transparency-clear-procedures-from-the-fsf?p=1148506#post1148506 >Ludovic Courtès, Andy Wingo, Carlos O’Donell, Andreas Enge and Mark Wielaard We can note that there are less people in this than the initial GUIX post. https://web.archive.org/web/20191007155242/https://guix.gnu.org/blog/2019/joint-statement-on-the-gnu-project/ I can only suppose that some of them have seen that they have been tricked.
Reminder to send your emails to the FSF telling them you disagree with how they handled this whole situation.
>>1210 No thanks, I'll just not donate this year.
>>1211 Let them know why you won't donate. It'll mean more if you specifically point to RMS and say you'll continue to withhold donations until they stop it with this shit.

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Anonymous 12/22/2019 (Sun) 01:19:49 No.1151 [Reply]
https://usa.piratesparty.org/ Alright. These guys are going to be very pro-privacy, technologically literate, anti-copyright la—the site’s SSL is deprecated, it’s filled with shit javascript, and it has one of those “Fuck you, accept the cookies” banners along the bottom. Dear lord what the hell happened with this dumpster fire? Isn't this supposed to be the pirate party? What the fuck?
>>1151 Well, nevermind on the SSL thing, since I checked yesterday it's up to date now, but still.
>>1151 > trusting pinkos > ever
>>1194 It honestly looks more like a pathetic attempt from UKians to reverse-intervene than a glowing group, but whatevs, nothing relevant to /tech/ around there. If in some years it manages to push some anti-copyright measures or something, then it will deserve another check
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The site freezes up my browser for a good 30 seconds until the browser kills the scripts on the page.

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Advent of Code is coming Anonymous 11/13/2019 (Wed) 01:06:13 No.698 [Reply] [Last]
We're 20 days out, which is clearly not enough time for 8kun/tech/ to come back.
20 days out is also about as much preparation as you'd need to use Advent of Code to learn a new language. So:
1. are you competing this year?
2. what language(s) are you going to use?
3. where are you going to talk about the puzzles?
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7 hours remaining. You better have completed all of days 1-24 or you're not getting your last star tomorrow!
10 more minutes, and I'll be free from this LARPfest
>Unrecognized command My intcode machine is fucking broken.
Do you really solve day 18 with dumb BFS on the grid? I feel like there should be an elegant solution involving graph transformations or straight up linear programming, but I'm just too brainlet to see it.
>>1180 >dumb BFS At the very least, you can preprocess the grid and add a few heuristics to get a pseudo-A* running far faster than plain BFS. There shouldn't be a faster solution than that, since the problem statement boils down to a modified Traveling Salesman.

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