Rorroh's Blog

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So Long — For Now May 1, 2012

Filed under: Blog Updates,Updates — Rorroh @ 10:30 pm

I originally posted this to my Twitter account but I figured it would be a good idea to put it here too. It’s adapted slightly for clarity but the majority of it is unchanged.

So, last night I realised that I try to do too many things. Did you know I used to run a blog [referring to this and a few others before it]? It’s a memory I cringe at. Not because of the subject matter but more because of how disorganised it was. It was messy since I didn’t really have a central theme to it. Actually, my Twitter account is a decent mirror of my blog. At least there it’s somewhat expected to be messy.

The blog also died a few times. Several times. All the time. I kept trying to revive it, thinking it would go over well if I tried just once more.

Reviving it was also an embarrassing attempt. “I’ll get it, and I’ll finally feel peace with it!” Nope. I’m not meant for a formal blog I guess, although this might be a good post for it. Ironic, huh?

So, bottom line: I’m going to start cycling out things that I just cannot do, even though I do have an interest in them. I’ll start by permanently retiring the blog. That will probably help give me peace at last.

I may one day bring up a new blog. If I do, it probably will not be a personal one. I think I’m just going to stick to Twitter for a while though.

If you want to keep up with me, you can do so via the following:
Twitter (Throw some @’s my way!)
Tumblr
Rorroh.net

 

Birthday! (and a website update)

Filed under: Updates,Website Updates — Rorroh @ 10:22 pm

Hey guys, the 28th of April was my birthday! Lots and lots of nothing was planned for that day, but it was fun anyway! I got a bagel for breakfast, had dinner with family at Chili’s and had delicious cake. My mood was awesome, too, so that made that day even better. What’s more, the mood is still lasting.

Also, the night before my birthday I decided to treat myself to a domain name. You know, because I’m so sweet. I now officially own and am located at Rorroh.net. This is something I’ve been waiting a long time for, so I’m pretty excited to finally have it.

All-in-all, pretty great birthday!

I’ve also got another update coming in a few minutes. On its surface, it’s not really a “good” one, but it’s for the best.

 

Tumblr July 30, 2011

Filed under: Updates — Rorroh @ 12:37 am

What happens when I’m alone for a long time?  Monologues.  Monologues happen.  I made a mention in an earlier post (Well would you look at that?  I even used the word “monologues!”) that sometimes I have sudden inspirations to write, but due to a few different reasons they never make it out of my mind.  My first one was lucky enough to get out, and I have a feeling a few others might come out in time too.  This makes perfect use of my Tumblr!

My Tumblr monologues.

Edit 9/1/2011 4:34: A better word would be “soliloquy.” I updated the link to reflect that.

 

Quick Update – Favourites Search July 29, 2011

Filed under: Internet,Updates — Rorroh @ 2:16 pm
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Two weeks ago I posted on Twitter that I was doing a Google Custom Search to put my bookmarks in, and then, as an afterthought, I decided and mentioned that I would post a link for those who were curious about it.  As far as I can tell, none of them contain porn (Probably).  It’s a bit bare and rather hard to find anything, but if you put in the right phrase then you may be able to get a hit or two.  I have just put in the first URL pattern, which should make it list most of the pages on the given site.  I’ll start changing some of the older URLs to patterns too as soon as I get some more time.

Here’s the link.  Have fun.

 

TrueCrypt July 21, 2011

Filed under: Encryptions,Security — Rorroh @ 1:34 am
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When I said I would be active with this blog, not even I took me seriously. I couldn’t resist sharing something really cool, and Twitter just wasn’t good enough.

A long long time ago, I made a mention to some of my IRC friends that I needed a secure way to store some of the files on my computer from prying eyes. One of them suggested TrueCrypt. I took it into consideration but didn’t think too much of it; I was rather lazy to deal with anything fancy like that. Some time later the name came up again and I redownloaded it, but I only explored it minimally. You get the idea. It was intimidating.

An actual need for encryption was brought up again by a new router with ReadyShare, which would give me more room on my desk and access to my external hard drive from any computer on the network at the cost of “access to my external hard drive from any computer on the network.” I didn’t think twice about it: I really didn’t want just anyone to access my external and I didn’t want to go through the entire volume to figure out what to encrypt, what to keep out there and what to dispose of entirely, so I just kept it off the network. Tonight, however, I decided to finally satisfy my curiosity about TrueCrypt once and for all.

I installed the program and got it up and running with no problem. Not unexpected, and that’s cool, but the file encryption is what I’m really interested in. The start-up screen is familiar to me; I’ve been here countless times but I’ve only once clicked around on it. Visual overload is the main factor of confusion in using this program so I decided to save myself a few hours by checking out the conveniently placed tutorial on their website. Oh goody, I’ve been clicking the wrong places the entire time.

The tutorial makes you realize that the program is very straightforward with just a slight learning curve. Before you can encrypt anything, you need to make a volume (a place to store the files you want encrypted) through the “Create Volume” button. Flash drives, hard drives, CD/DVD drives and anything else that stores data for a computer are examples of volumes, for those who are not familiar with the term. Once I hit that button, I had the realization that TrueCrypt doesn’t just encrypt files, but can encrypt anything from clusters to entire system volumes. I just wanted to encrypt something small and anything more than just a few files seemed overly complicated, so I stuck to the default and moved on.

Now I just make a file for the volume..
Select my encryption and hash algorithms..
Put in the size I want..
Add an optional key file..
and.. format. The file is created.

Okay, so now what? I had a newly-created file with nothing in it, so I went back to the trusty tutorial. In it, you’re told to select an available drive from the list, select your encrypted volume using the “Select File” button and click “Mount.” In the next popup, you put in your password, select your key file (if you have one) and click “OK.” To be quite honest, even with the mention of volumes and mounting, it didn’t cross my mind that TrueCrypt actually mounts your now-decrypted files to a virtual drive on your computer. All you need to do from here is double-click the drive from the list (or go to it from your computer’s drive select) and treat it like any removable media drive. True to its slogan, TrueCrypt encrypts and decrypts everything on the drive on-the-fly! As soon as you put a file on it, the file is encrypted into the volume and is never on the disk in an unencrypted form.

This program is a lot easier than I thought it would be, and it can even create hidden volumes and hidden OSes. Even better, it’s free and open-source! I’ll be sure to jump on it next time one of my friends recommends something, because this program is long overdue.

 

LulzSec’s “The Sun” Takedown July 20, 2011

Filed under: Hacking — Rorroh @ 11:00 am
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LulzSec is still going strong, and their most recent victim, The Sun, should have seen it coming. I’m not talking about Murdoch’s infamous scandal, although that was really the only reason they attacked The Sun.

LulzSec seemed to manage to not just find a password to play around with, but actually post an article, redirect all users of the site to that article and then, in true form, leak many of their passwords. Surely this was an act of genius. Some little-known underground tricks must have played their part in this, right? As it turns out, The Sun has been vulnerable to attack since at least 2009. What’s more, the vulnerability turned out to be one of the easiest to spot and fix: A cross-site scripting vulnerability. The Sun seemed to be aware of it, but still put that version of the site on an alternate server — a big no-no in the security world.

All it took was that one cross-site scripting vulnerability and the rest was just a break-in waiting to happen. LulzSec used that vulnerability to make the older server a jump host, effectively using it as a tunnel to put JavaScript code into all the site’s articles. The Murdoch article itself, however, wasn’t really on The Sun’s website at all; it was actually being hosted on http://www.new-times.co.uk/sun/ (now taken down, but the link should go to a freze.it archive of the page).

(Source: rootshell.be)

 

USA’s New “6 Strike Plan” July 18, 2011

Filed under: Internet,Internet Freedom — Rorroh @ 6:13 pm
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Recently, a deal was made between most of the USA’s Internet service providers and the entertainment industry called the “6 Strike Plan.” As per the plan, if any clients to the ISP are caught “infringing copyrights,” they get six strikes, all with an alert: The first and second are emails with some helpful tips for securing your network and doing things legally; the third and forth are some sort of system to make sure that you read and understood that your network is being used to “infringe copyrights;” the fifth and sixth alerts are so-called “Mitigation Measures,” which will probably either throttle down or completely disable your Internet connection for a while.

I made a mention of it to my friend Foxdog, who knew how to spell it out a lot better than I could. The conversation went like this:

[4:12:36 PM] Dżej: So apparently that thing I’ve been fighting for the past several months went through. :I
[4:12:36 PM] Dżej: Not as a law but as an agreement.
[4:12:59 PM] Dżej: 6 strike policy or something like that.
[4:13:10 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: :O
[4:13:54 PM] Dżej: It’s the government making deals with ISP’s, where after you do anything deemed “infringing” 6 times, your service gets played with.
[4:14:17 PM] Dżej: It’s up to the ISP’s to decide what is “infringing.”
[4:14:47 PM] Dżej: And the punishments are at the ISP’s discretion too.
[4:15:58 PM] Dżej: So that YouTube video I know you watched yesterday, POOF, your Internet is suddenly at a crawl!
[4:16:39 PM] Dżej: The policy was announced only yesterday.
[4:17:08 PM] Dżej: Luckily that’s *probably* as far as they can go as a response to “infringing” acts.
[4:17:21 PM] Dżej: *”infringing copyright” 6 times
[4:17:30 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: @_@
[4:18:27 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: And this is for the WHOLE country?
[4:19:13 PM] Dżej: Not the whole country, but people with certain ISP’s.
[4:19:43 PM] Dżej: Comcast, AT&T, I think Sprint (they’re an ISP, right?) and I don’t remember the rest.
[4:20:28 PM] Dżej: Another lucky bit is that it’s not universal. c: If your service is turned down or off by one ISP, you can switch to another ISP just fine.

[4:43:46 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: So, this effectively means that the US has ordered all Fan Sites to die. Lovely. Chalk another one up for the Freedom-of-Speech-hating Uncle Sam.
[4:47:55 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: Which may also mean that SL will be annihilated. Fan Sites will die because they have wallpapers, pictures, and other stuff that may or may not have been copyrighted, and the only way for Fan Sites to avoid it is if they either have one of the members of the copyright holder’s party in control of their fan site or if they have explicit permission to use the copyright holder’s content. So, I download a nice picture off of a Fan Site and my Internet f**king dies.
[4:59:03 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: A study was done that showed that many people will only download music off of Web Sites/Fan Sites/etc. if they cannot legitimately purchase it on Amazon or on iTunes, or something like that. In fact, I think that was in the news sometime recently. This “6 Strike Fuck-You-Over Policy” means that iTunes WILL have to consolidate ALL of its stores into one global store in order to justify going after those who want music from Japan, the UK, or elsewhere that is not on the US iTunes. Game developers will be forced to release all of their soundtracks on iTunes and on every store as well in order to justify going after Fan Sites with Video Game Music, YouTube videos that have Video Game Music, and even people who simply wanted to listen to Video Game Music for personal, non-commercial, reasons. This “6 Strike Policy” is a disgrace. By fucking over innocent customers’ Internet connection, ISPs will lose their customers and die. The major ISPs have commited voluntary suicide in a vicious, mindless attempt to purify their image. If this were true of SL, every noob who ever came across stolen content and didn’t know that it was stolen would be fucked over. Fear and fucking customers over will be the ISPs’ demise.
[5:11:31 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: One site I read said that the “educational” stuff is absolute BS. Most of it is made-up in a desperate attempt to fill innocent people with a false sense of guilt. The numbers are wrong and not even close to factual. One download does not equal lost profit. For Fan Sites, one download equals endorsement for what the Fan Site is about, thus raising anticipation for what the Fan Site is about, and, subsequently, the sales of what the Fan Site is about. Fan Sites EXIST for people who love what the Fan Site is about. They exist in order to endorse and promote what they are about. Now, infringement is bad, but this is not the way to go about getting rid of it. If ISPs truly want to get rid of copyright infringement, they shouldn’t look at the people who are downloading infringing content, but they should be looking at the companies who make the content. Or, they should look at the sites that are providing the content and look at them carefully and see what they aim to do. Sites that provide free music that can be purchased on iTunes should be taken down, but Fan Sites should be excused on the grounds that Fan Sites aim to endorse a product.
[5:13:08 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: The Six Strike Policy is suicide. Major ISPs will find that they’ve just screwed themselves over by screwing over innocent people. Zero-tolerance is never the way to go because there are always exceptions.
[5:13:49 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: …I’m done. <>
[5:14:17 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: Wooooow, that Public Speaking class and my time blogging sure did pay off 😀

[5:16:39 PM] Dżej: Do you mind if I use what you said? c: With credit of course.
[5:18:01 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: xD
[5:18:17 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: Sure c:
[5:18:39 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: Here’s teh articles ah read:
[5:18:41 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: http://www.geek.com/articles/news/u-s-isps-sign-up-for-six-strike-policy-on-piracy-2011077/
[5:18:57 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: http://www.zeropaid.com/news/94265/assessing-americas-6-strike-regime/

He hit a little close to the proposed 3-strikes laws (of which I cannot say he’s even heard of), but most of what he said is a very possible situation even as it currently stands. Scary as that may be, there is speculation that this deal is being used as a gateway to get the aforementioned laws passed, and Big Business is pushing 125% to make such laws get through Congress. That fact, of course, only helps to justify the rejection of the laws. If they were a good idea, they probably would not feel the need to push so hard since they would have the support that they need right off the bat. In fact, quite the opposite is true: Hundreds of thousands of people are actively protesting against the laws, whether it be by petition, letters to congressmen or simply spreading the word. This is obviously the last thing that the government — let alone the ISPs themselves — should be dabbling in.