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Comment: Re:Good grief... (Score 1) 674

by rs79 (#49167151) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge

Nye is a dangerous undereducated idiot. Feynman was a scientist, Pauling was a scientist, Nye has a mech eng degree, a patent on ballet slippers, published no papers, his books were commercial efforts for Disney that had princesses on the cover and he's been a comedian for most of his life.

He reads what others write for him to present, he's a talking head who reads what he's paid to and does not abide by the principles of science.

My kids know more science than he does and he is the last person you want adjudicating anything to do with science.

Comment: Re:how ? (Score 1) 311

by rs79 (#49164095) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Does One Verify Hard Drive Firmware?

I used to write hard drive firmware.

Here's what I would do: pull the controller board off a drive. Write a piece of software that emulates the physical drive to take it out of the equation.

You have to find a way to read the firmware. If you have to desolder a chop ad read it that's ok. Do this to many drives and eventually you'l find one of these that isn't like the other.

Now figure out what it's doing.
The firmware on those drives is not in the slightest bit complicated it's actually very straightforward.

Old SCSI drives circa late 80s is where I'd start looking.

Comment: Re: Jerri (Score 4, Informative) 515

If you really want to understand the connection between ISIS, Afghanistan and Saudi Wahabism that makes this all a little bit less mysterious, have a look at Adam Curtis' film "Bitter Lake". It's an bit of an eye opener to put it mildly.

The Saudis are the fount of all discontent in the middle east. And oil which is why the US lets them literally get away with murder.
Watch the film.


As to the comments about the liberal left, keep in mind one of Curtis previous fils, "The Power of ightmares" explored the tight iterlatationshpi between the new American right and Islamist fundamentalists. They are in fact one in the same.

Comment: Re:How much CPU power & storage in HDD control (Score 2) 311

by thogard (#49161743) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Does One Verify Hard Drive Firmware?

There is enough flash and ram to run Linux on the controller. I've seen it done at Ruxcon/Breakpoint where the hard drive booted up to the point where it couldn't find a root disk to mount.

It is trivial to make firmware that watches for things like /etc/shadow files and returns something else. You can have this code activate by searching for data that would be logged and hunting for the magic key and that is trivial since every system logs to disk.

Comment: Re:You mean CIA is taking over new TLD's (Score 1) 185

by rs79 (#49157221) Attached to: Google Taking Over New TLDs

You might with to look to see who attended the interagency task force that caused DoC/NTIA to end up with names and numbers in their bailiwick in the first place.

What you're suggesting is akin gto "omg Santa's gonna take over xmas!"

See also the SAIC/General Atomics connection to the original NSF / Internic cooperative agreement.

Comment: Re:All the more reason (Score 1) 185

by rs79 (#49157199) Attached to: Google Taking Over New TLDs

Some are, some aren't. Very few things are 100%

Te problem is he cost is so high (it was free but you had to have infrastructure and a clue when we tried) that it's discouraged those trying to do some good and leaves it more as a venue for speculative types. Which was what ICANN was purported to prevent. Oh irony I do love you so.

UNIX was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because that would also stop you from doing clever things. -- Doug Gwyn