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Anyone wanna work for FAcebook?

From: John Aldrich 
Facebook is looking for a Linux kernel hacker to work on the networking

Another indication that M$ is Changing (Windows -> OSS?)

From: Wil Wade 
Via Hacker News:

The other headline could be: A "top engineer" at Microsoft isn't fired be
suggesting that Windows could be Open Sourced.

We have talked about it before how Microsoft is changing, but I think the
importance here is how much OSS has gone from "I don't trust open source"
(actual quote from a co-worker, who was later fired...) to the
understanding that having (at least certain things) a common base to build
on helps everyone.

Ether that or Microsoft is following the demise of other companies hoping
that the company can stay afloat if they just open source everything.
(Don't think that is the case)

Other thoughts?

From the Comments of a Linux to Win 8 Test

From: Jonathan Calloway 
I can=E2=80=99t help but to add this thought.  I wonder how many of us =
will say / do / think the same thing about Windows 10?

> On Mar 19, 2015, at 9:05 AM, Wil Wade  wrote:
> So on Hacker News was posted this article:
> "Developer trying out Windows 8.1 after 8 years with Linux "
> =

From the Comments of a Linux to Win 8 Test

From: Wil Wade 
So on Hacker News was posted this article:

"Developer trying out Windows 8.1 after 8 years with Linux "

[OT] 3D Printing Carbon3D

From: Jason Brown 
Very cool! The oxygen component is interesting, I wonder if it really does
speed up the print that much.  Otherwise this appears no different than
standard SLA printing. There are many others on the market such as the
popular Form1.>>

They produce beautiful prints, but the resins are fragile. FDM printers
like a RepRap, MakerBot etc print in the final material and are strong
enough for actual use (for certain values of use). Resin prints are good
for visualization, making a mold, or other uses that don't require much in
the way of mechanical strength.

Resin prints can also be bit unstable, most companies don't mention it but
place a resin print on a shelf and it degrades over time, discoloring,
becoming sticky, or actually melting and deforming. Thi can happen in just
a couple of months. I hear this is getting better.

None of those are as big a barrier for me as material costs though. Resin
formulas are usually closely guarded and extremely expensive. $149 per
Liter for the Form1. Compared to two years ago, that is super cheap.  I was
happy to hear recently that a big player, Autodesk, has opened up their
resin formula for everyone:>>.

Despite the drawbacks to SLA resin printers, I still want one!  Or perhaps
for Electron Beam Melting:

[OT] 3D Printing Carbon3D

From: Wil Wade 
------------------------------------------------------ (~Hacker News)

Thought this might be of interest here. I saw a Kickstarter a while back
doing something similar, but not as nice (and without so much money behind

Main thing I like about it (although the raw speed is nice), is how much
smoother the material looks. But however good they actually are, it is just
nice to see more methods for 3D printing out there.

Anyone hiring?

From: David Rucker 

Most of you may not know me but I follow the list a lot and reply very
rarely. I currently work for RadioShack as one of their Expert Repair
Technicians doing cell phone and tablet repairs. I am one of the few of
their techs that can do advanced soldering. I also owned and operated a
computer service shop for several years as well. I am current going to
school at Volkswagen in their automation mechatronics program. RadioShack
is on their last leg and is now circling the drain, so to speak. Pending
being purchased by Amazon or sprint. Most job listings in the tech field
are morning afternoon shifts. I need something from 4 pm to 9 pm during the
week and flexible on weekends. I can provide a full resume, just wanting to
see if anyone knew of anything or had anything available themselves.

Thank you in advance!
David R. Rucker

OT: Hackintosh for sale $600

From: Phil Sieg 
I built 2 Hackintoshes, and need only one of them.

Here is the one for sale:

Intel Xeon 2.83ghz quad core processor
500GB main drive
1TB Time machine/data drive
Nvidia GTX 650 (2GB DDR5) Video with triple outputs.
802.11 B/G/N Airport card
Dell Optiplex 780 Mini-Tower Mobo and case

Almost silent and runs very cool. Running Yosemite 10.10.1

Equivalent to 1st 2 generations of MacPro. Very fast.

Come by my office and check it out if you like.

Phil Sieg
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

McDell Hackintosh>>> Quad Core/16gb/500GB SSD $617

From: Phil Sieg 
So I have successfully Hackintoshed a dell Optiplex 780 Desktop (between mini tower and SFF in size 16x16x5). It is VERY fast and silent. I must say I am impressed. Here is the build:

Optiplex 780
Intel Q9650 Core2 Quad 3.0ghz (Will replace with Xeon Quad when it arrives)
16GB 1333mhz ram
500 GB Crucial M100 SSD
1TB Western Digital Blue (Time Machine internal drive)
Nvidia GeForce GT730 1GB DDR5 low profile. Triple monitor support ;-)

So a Quad core 3 ghz with 16gb ram and 1tb Time machine drive that performs like a MacPro (older one of course) for $617 ALL IN.

I can’t say I will never buy another Mac… But I might not buy another Mac Desktop.

The ONLY thing I do not have working yet is the APP Store, and Messages.

Phil Sieg
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

A cool CHEAP Hardware hack!!!

From: Phil Sieg 
I am building a couple of cheap quad core hackintoshes using stock Dell =
Boxen and upgrading video cards.

I was shopping for Core2 Quad processors (Q9650) and was shocked to see =
them at $100 and more! Awful damned old for that price.

Soooo I was googling around and found this: =

So an EASY way to use LGA 771 XEON CPU=E2=80=99s in Core2 Duo/Quad =
motherboards. More cache, better overclocking, and lower temps=E2=80=A6 =
OH YEAH and HALF the PRICE!=20

The Quad core Xeon comparable to the Q9650 core2 quad is $46 instead of =


Phil Sieg
SeniorTech LLC / snapf=C5=8Dn=C2=AE

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. =
It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

From: Rod-Lists 

Don't believe the hype: Sony hack not 'unprecedented, ' experts say

From: Rod-Lists 
Posted for the security guys on the list

Throw Linux onto this $95 Intel iMac

From: Phil Shapiro 
This Intel iMac that sells for $95 today (cyber Monday) would be lovely with Linux on it. 

Getting wifi working takes a little extra time, but is quite do-able. 

Getting the webcam to work can be done, too, I've heard -- although I've 
never done it myself. You could always use an external USB webcam on this computer. 
(i.e. Logitech or somesuch) Linux automatically senses the external webcam. 

Although not as light as a laptop, these 17-inch iMac are fairly transportable to hackathons 
and the like. It's important for the public to see iMacs running Linux, too. That would open their 
mind to possibilities -- and get more of the young ones wanting to install Linux on older computers. 


Phil Shapiro, 

"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

Mysql Rapid Loading

From: Mike Harrison 

A quick perl hack to split up a large MySQL database “dump” (from mysqldump) into several files, 
and load it using multiple processes. Depending on your data, seems to provide an large speedup. On an 8 hour MySQL load, It loaded in right at 3hours with threads set to 4. 
In this case, everything but two tables loaded in minutes. 

Played with splitting up large inserts into multiple files, but it seems the indexing gets pretty funky. More efficient long term to load a table sequentially (it seems). 

serious hadoop talk 11/13/2014:Society of Work

From: Rod-Lists 
Thursday, November 13, 2014
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Society of Work
701 Market St #1350 (13th floor FTB building), Chattanooga, TN 

The session will be divided into a presentation and a hacking session.
Our presenter will be Josh Patterson. He will give us an introduction to Hadoop and the world of Big Data.
The hacking session will be to install a pseudo-distributed VM for Hadoop on your BYOL (bring-your-own-laptop).

=?utf-8?q?Open_Chattanooga_Hack_Night_=E2=80=93_Mesh_N?= =?utf-8?q?etwork_Party!?=

From: Sean Brewer 
Special hack night: James McNutt and Jake Brown will show us how how to
build a mesh network, which they will also be demonstrating at MozFest in
London later this week!

During periods of civil unrest like the Arab Spring, civilians organized
and spoke openly on social media, and subsequently the involved governments
sought to limit access to the internet. In a typical model with an ISP,
this is as easy as cutting a cord. Mesh networking doesn't allow for this
because it's never reliant on a single point of access, it heals itself if
a point in the mesh goes down, access to local resources on the mesh always
remains open, it=E2=80=99s open source and freely available, and accessible=
anyone with WiFi.

We'll use off-the-shelf hardware to build a mesh network isolated from the
internet. Curious to see how it works, applications of it, or maybe test an
idea you have? Come on by!

There will be food!

The event will be this Tuesday (October 21st) on the 4th Floor of the
Chattanooga Public Library downtown at 5:30pm.

RSVP here:

or just show up.

Android command-line

From: "Robert A. Kelly III" 
Hash: SHA512

I recently got a new smart phone running CyanogenMod 11 with the
F-Droid repository that I have been playing with. I wonder if anybody
here has played much with doing things from the command line under
Android. Does anyone have suggestions for things like taking pictures
from the camera or getting GPS coordinates from the command line? Has
anyone tried installing a Linux distro like Debian in a chroot on
their Android device? Also, has anyone played with Firefox OS or
Ubuntu Touch, or have any idea how they compare from a hackability
Version: GnuPG v1.4.12 (GNU/Linux)


Hacking GitHub's contributions calendar to display messages

From: James Nylen 
I thought this was a neat hack.

I ran across a webapp[1] that generates a git repository that has commits
on specified dates, so that when GitHub displays them on its contributions
calendar it shows a message or image.  Here are a couple of examples of it
in use:

Hello GitHub:
From the project's author:


Fwd: [PhreakNIC] CTF

From: Jon Nyx 

PS - "Keith" is this guy:

Keith Watson
Information Security Manager, College of Computing
Georgia Tech, Atlanta GA

Part of his day job is taking large botnets away from organized crime
outfits, studying them, and then disassembling them. We're very lucky
to have him helping with our con.

Dru Myers
Nashville2600 President, PhreakNIC founder and con chair, 1997-2001 & 2014

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Keith
Date: Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 8:48 AM
Subject: [PhreakNIC] CTF

I've talked to GTRI (the people who put on the Hungry Hungry Hackers
CTF) and it looks like a go. I will have more info in the next week or

H3 was this last weekend, it went great (8/22 & 8/23)

We noticed at past events that people would leave the CTF after only a
few hours. We asked around and found that people want to compete but
are overwhelmed and don't know where to start.

This year we had two tracks, competition and educational. The
educational track had multiple speakers that did walk-throughs of
tools and how to solve some basic challenges. It went very well and
after the end of the educational track a bunch of them joined the

The CTF is Jeopardy style with about 60 challenges. In addition we had
ten stations setup with a FPGA hardware flags and a car hacking
station setup with CAN buss flags.

Craig Smith of TheiaLabs set up the car hacking station and was on
hand for the entire event. It was a combination CAN buss/WiFi hack.
Craid was alos handing out copies of the Car hacker's Handbook. You
can download the PDF here:

A lock picking challenge was also part of the CTF.

Once we do our post CTF debrief we'll start solidifying the PhreakNIC CTF.

Let me know of anything you would like to see in the CTF.


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Anyone Going to PhreakNIC in Nashville?

From: Jon Nyx 
On Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 1:53 PM, Wil Wade  wrote:

> Just found out about in Nashville (via KLUG) October
> 30 - November 2, 2014.
> Anyone going?

(raises hand)

I am.

Guess I should introduce myself:


I'm Dru Myers (aka jonnyX). I started PhreakNIC in 1997 with several
like-minded friends, ran it until 2001 when I moved to Atlanta, and
now that I'm back in Nashville I'm running it again. I believe we're
the oldest & longest-running non-profit hacker (in the original
non-criminal/white-hat sense of the word) convention in the US, if not
the world. Technically, we're an infosec, maker, linux/foss conference
these days, with a bit of aerospace, engineering, general science &
experimental music (we're in Nashville, after all, music has to be
involved somehow) thrown in for good measure.

PhreakNIC had been struggling the last several years, which is why I
stepped back into the organizer's position, with the goal of growing
it and the parent non-profit so they'll both be relevant and useful
once more, not just the local tech scene but the community at large.
Basically, we're rebooting this year.

Currently, we're working very closely with the Nashville Linux User's
Group, the Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts, DefCon 404 (an Atlanta infosec
group), Freeside Atlanta (a huge hackerspace), Maker's Local 256
(another large & well-organized hackerspace in Huntsville) - you get
the idea. Many of the leaders and admins of the above groups are also
involved in PhreakNIC's reboot. We'd love to have more people onboard,
especially if they have something to contribute to the success of the

We're also working with TVIW - - which is the week
after PhreakNIC (and in Oak Ridge), and the TVIW folks will have a
presence at PhreakNIC, doing some talks and promoting *their* con..

Info I sent to the Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts list last week can be
found here (I don't want to retype it all):