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Tool Of Objective Truth

by ediaz In reply to Dark Side Programming

Tool Of Objective Truth


<p>Three years ago, when google api come to the public, I wrote a little program named <span class="caps">TOOTD6, </span>based on Tool Of Objective Truth (sadly, is no longer availabe, <span class="caps">AFAIK</span>), a simple game that used the google api to determinate the "objective truth" about any topic, based on how many references has a word, or term, in google.<br />
The world wasn't ready for <span class="caps">TOOTD6, </span>but perhaps now its the time to give <span class="caps">TOOTD6 </span>a chance. Now is available in Windows only, but I hope to write a more portable version soon. Sources are available on request (is a delphi 7 program)</p>

<p>You can download the current release of <span class="caps">TOOTD6, </span>called <span class="caps">LNDSTOOTD7 </span><a href="http://www.lnds.net/downloads/LndsTootD7.zip">here</a>.</p>

<p>If you like it, write me a note, is freeware.</p>


An example


<p>The picture show how we determinate which one of 3 programming languages are more popular, candidates are Java, Ruby y Python:</p>

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Linux: 2.6.13 Kernel Released

by ediaz In reply to Dark Side Programming

<p>Linus Torvalds announced the release of the 2.6.13 Linux kernel. "The most painful part of 2.6.13 is likely to be the fact that we made x86 use the generic <span class="caps">PCI </span>bus setup code for assigning unassigned resources"</p>

<p>Visit <a href="http://www.kernel.org/">http://www.kernel.org/</a>.</p>

<p>There is a <span class="caps">RSS</span> Feed to keep track of kernel development at: <a href="http://kernel.org/kdist/rss.xml">http://kernel.org/kdist/rss.xml</a></p>

<p>This release has better support for <span class="caps">PCI</span> Devices, specially on laptops, according to Linus Torvalds:</p>

<blockquote>The most painful part of 2.6.13 is likely to be the fact that we made x86
use the generic <span class="caps">PCI </span>bus setup code for assigning unassigned resources.<br />
That uncovered rather a lot of nasty small details, but should also mean<br />
that a lot of laptops in particular should be able to discover <span class="caps">PCI </span>devices<br />
behind bridges that the <span class="caps">BIOS </span>hasn't set up.</blockquote>
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Identity Theft

by ediaz In reply to Dark Side Programming

<p>I live on a country where every children born with his/her national id number.</p>

<p>Well, our National Identity Number is an old institution, as far I know, it is more than 50 years old, perhaps 100 years (I will check this number).</p>

<p>Id Card oposition is a cultural thing, for us, to carry an id card is natural, perhaps our history make us accept id cards just a natural way to identify people. </p>

<p>The problem of id card, is the excessive bureaucracy, every transaction needs a confirmation of identity. </p>

<p>The reason of this, is the barely mentioned by Bruce Schneier on this <a href="http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2005/08/identity_thief.html">this post</a>, Id cards can be lost or stollen, is relative easy to alter a card, and make a fraud. That obligates to the stablishment of more bureaucracy, we have birth certificates, a national registry of identification, certificates of residence, a big fingerprint database, etc, etc.</p>

<p>A nightmare of bureaucracy :)</p>


<p>It's good, or bad?</p>

<p>Is a fact of live for me, my country is not the only one with id card. </p>

<p>For all those countries that choose id cards, the only way is to improve this tecnology to avoid identity theft. Is an obligation to give better id cards, to give better and reliable verification technology. We, the citizens of this countries, didn't choose to be identified by a number, so our governments must ensure our identity is safe, now, more than ever, because we live in an interconnected world.</p>

<p>Perhaps the solution is not to use id card, but, I believe this is not longer possible (no without a revolution .</p>

<p>I don't care much if <span class="caps">USA </span>will have an id card, I care of my country id card, if I can't avoid it, I need it to be more secure. This is an issue, or opportunity, to all people interested on privacy and security. Given, the fact of id cards, how we can improve it, and make it safer, if this is possible.</p>
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Realmeme paradox

by ediaz In reply to Dark Side Programming

<p>According to RealMeme owner, Broward Horne, after he published his <a href="http://www.realmeme.com/Main/evilindex/index.jsp">"Saving Google" memegraph</a>, his google ranking disappeared.</p>

<p>Is a paradox, because, real meme gives google, more business, I support Horne demands, read more on: <a href="http://news.com.com/5208-12-0.html?forumID=1&threadID=8786&start=0">news.com</a></p>
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Monoppix

by ediaz In reply to Dark Side Programming

<p>Remember, .Net is not only for Windows.</p>

<p>I read on <a href="http://www.adapdev.com/blogs/smccormack/PermaLink,guid,665f368b-e750-4511-961e-486271253c93.aspx">Sean's blogs</a>, about monoppix.</p>

<p><a href="http://www.monoppix.com/">Monoppix</a>, is a port of <a href="http://www.knoppix.net/">Knoppix</a>, with full Mono Support:</p>

<blockquote>That means you can compile an application on Windows under Visual Studio, copy the <span class="caps">EXE </span>onto a Linux box with Mono installed, and run it under Mono. There are of course other requirements, like you can't be making Windows native PInvoke calls, Mono needs to have implemented all features you're using, etc., but there's no need to compile under Mono to run on Mono</blockquote>
(Quoted from <a href="http://weblogs.asp.net/jgalloway/archive/2005/08/24/423612.aspx">JonGalloway.ToString()</a&gt

<p>Well, you must remeber to compile an <span class="caps">MSIL </span>compatible application, and you are portable.</p>

<p>Think about this, how many servers are linux based? <br />
Think, how many programmers are proficients on Visual Basic .Net, over Java, <span class="caps">PHP, </span>or python.... </p>
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Koders

by ediaz In reply to Dark Side Programming

<p>I Like Koders, you can search on millions of line of code, try it:</p>

<p><script type="text/javascript"><!--
koders_search_format = "vertical_ext";
//--></script><br />
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.koders.com/Special/Tools/searchbox.js">
</script></p>
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Cancellable Biometrics

by ediaz In reply to Dark Side Programming

<p>Good biometrics practices must ensures that:</p>

<p>1.- Sample can only captured one time, this is called cancelable biometrics. An advance is covered in this <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/08/29/transforming.biometrics.ap/index.html"><span class="caps">CNN </span>story</a>. </p>

<p>2.- The database must store the biometrics features in a secure mode, preventing tampering. This can be done using cryptography, and many known techniques to prevent tampering.</p>

<p>3.- Ensure capture of live biometric sample, we now have sensors that can sense live finger prints, reading pulse, pulse, temperature, etc. </p>

<p>Remember, biometrics is part of the security equation, you must combine it with passwords, tokens, and other security elements. </p>

<p>Even, is better to have multi modal biometrics...</p>
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SALT Telescope

by ediaz In reply to Dark Side Programming

<p>Find beautiful images of southern stars and galaxies, taken on the First Ligt of the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT).</p>

<p>Heres a sample: <a href="http://www.salt.ac.za/content/first_light/lagoongreen.jpg" border="0" parent="_top"><img alt="smlagoongreen_sma.gif" src="http://www.darksideprogramming.org/archives/smlagoongreen_sma.gif" width="150" height="117" /></a> (2Mb, from Salt site)</p>

<p>See more detailed images on <a href="http://www.salt.ac.za/content/first_light/index.html"><span class="caps">SALT</span> Site</a>.</p>
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The Rainbow Crack

by ediaz In reply to Dark Side Programming

<blockquote>RainbowCrack is a general propose implementation of Philippe Oechslin's faster time-memory trade-off technique.
In short, the RainbowCrack tool is a hash cracker.</blockquote>
(<a href="http://www.antsight.com/zsl/rainbowcrack/">Project RainbowCrack</a&gt

<p>The method described is useful for many hash functions, not only <span class="caps">MD5, </span>also for <span class="caps">NTLM, MD2, MD4, SHA</span>-1, lm (LanManager), and <span class="caps">RIPEMD160.</span></p>

<p>This method stores pre calculed intermediate results needed for the cracking, <a href="http://www.antsight.com/zsl/rainbowcrack/faq.htm">"several years of computation effort can be saved in tens of GB of data"</a>.</p>

<p>So given enough time, and disk space, you can make your crack, for example, the <a href="http://passcracking.com/">passcracking </a>site use this tables.</p>

<p>So, are you still considering <span class="caps">MD5 </span>useful???</p>
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Making money on the internet

by ediaz In reply to Dark Side Programming

<p>Just write how to make money in the internet, put a site with the topic, write a ebook on pdf format, and sell it in $100, and bingo, you are making money (ah, you have to do some spam, via email and blog posting, using callbacks, and blog comments).</p>

<p>I will experiment with this post, perhaps my visits begin to increase :) </p>

<p>:) :) :)</p>

<p>We must add spam filtering to our blogs, I bet, this post is a candidate for spam.</p>
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