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A real life Bobby tables! Someone registered a custom car license plate "NULL" and got assigned every speeding ticket where the image processing system was unable to determine a plate number.

theguardian.com/world/2019/aug

Two flash clips, a flash emulator, a flash programmer, surface mount soldered test points, oscilloscope probes, cat5 crossover cable, and both a TTL serial adapter as well as an RS232 serial adapter with null modem & genderchanger. Finally got my emacs setup just how I like it.

Anyone interested to take over the maintenance of the driver for the floppy controller in the Linux Kernel?

github.com/torvalds/linux/comm

Holy what!

"Amazon's home security company Ring has enlisted local police departments around the country to advertise its surveillance cameras in exchange for free Ring products and a “portal” that allows police to request footage from these cameras, a secret agreement obtained by Motherboard shows."

vice.com/en_us/article/mb88za/

#infosec

Glad you asked!
1. Pages load twice as fast
2. Laptop battery lasts longer
3. My privacy isn't invaded by 50 different douchebro Silicon Valley companies
4. Your fucking site doesn't slow down my computer to a crawl and I can actually read your fucking articles

OpenBIOS - open source Forth firmware 

The OpenBIOS Project is an open source implementation of OpenFirmware, a Firmware based on Forth (used in SUN and PPC Apple computer, among others)

It can also be used as a hosted Forth running on top of a normal operating system.

OpenBIOS is used for booting Solaris and MacOS X PPC in QEMU.

The Homepage is at
https://www.openfirmware.info/OpenBIOS

The mailing list
https://mail.coreboot.org/hyperkitty/list/openbios@openbios.org/

Got myself a PC upgrade: New 7 3700x CPU (8 cores, 16 threads) + DDR4 RAM + NVMe SSD.

Quick comparison "benchmark" of building all @sigrok components from source:

* Laptop (Ryzen 5 3500U, DDR4, SATA SSD): 6 minutes.

* New PC: 2.5 minutes.

I'm curious how much faster a full build will be; guess I'll find out soon.

While arguing about the feasibility of reverse engineering Windows into ReactOS, I just remembered that the Windows kernel comes with an x86 emulator to run VGABIOS in.

The amount of weird shit that comes with Windows for reasons is astounding.

Interesting blog post by Matthew Garrett: "Which smart bulbs should you buy (from a security perspective)".

mjg59.dreamwidth.org/51910.htm

Received my Joulescope today! It will be a great addition to my toolset. Can't wait to power optimize all the things now. I am impressed how much stuff is on the board to do the job. I wish the schematic was published so I could learn in more detail about how it works.

Updated my Samsung S7 from (unofficial) 15.1 to 16.0 (both self-built and without gapps) and thus also 8.1 to 9.

Looks good so far, haven't noticed any regressions.

Also a good test of my personal app data backup/restore strategy, which also seems to work quite nicely. 😃

The reset process for GE smartbulbs is the sweet spot between "impossible to do intentionally" and "easily done by a toddler playing with the lightswitch."

twitter.com/numbersmuncher/sta

Did you hear? There's a fan project to build Half Life 2 Episode 3. It's coming along rather nicely, and apparently it will support Linux.

youtu.be/54bpxhCEwDQ

Wow, this little logic analyzer for 10 bucks (and @sigrok) make suuuuch a difference working with hardware, it's unbelievable. With all the debugging options I have now, I might just be able to get the original design with the PIC working...

In reality, worf just wanted a vacation and his next leave was too far off

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So the verdict is in, the coffee warmer is a great tool! It really makes rework easier! And it fits under my microscope unlike the bigger hot plate. It also seems to be ok with some hot air action too! :D

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