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StankDawg

I am an "American constitutionalist". I believe in the constitution from top to bottom and consider it one of the greatest documents ever written. This country was founded under it and grew and prospered under it. Recently, we have been going away from that very foundation that made us great and look at what is happening to our country. We are falling to pieces economically, morally, and structurally. Americans are starting to finally wake up to problems that we have had for the past 30+ years. I am glad that people are starting to see the light. I only hope that it isn't too late.

To ensure that it isn't too late, I have recently re--embraced my rights granted to me in the bill of rights (aka the preamble) of my constitution. Particularly, the second amendment. People who know me know that I am a big believer in the first amendment which, as every knows (or should know) is freedom of speech. I find it funny that many people support this 1st amendment, but they are against the second amendment. As the saying goes, the 1st amendment is so important, that the second amendment was made to guarantee it.

I think that a lot of people jump onto political party agenda bandwagons without realizing WHY this amendment exists. You have to have a grasp on the history of our country to get it. We left to form our new country to get away from a government that was repressive. We didn't want to be told what we could or could not say or think. We did not want to be forced into a certain particular religion or any religion for that matter. This is not the role of the government. These things were so important that they were written as the foundation to our constitution. Originally started as the "Constitution of Virginia" which was written in my home state, it was solid for 200+ years and I would argue, still solid to this day.

Today, in 2010, we have been witnessing a government that has been repressive to say the least. In my opinion, we have been losing our rights slowly but surely over the last 30+ years. The government has been taking over some of the most important institutions on our lives. They run things like our banking system (The Federal Reserve), our Housing industry (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac), our health care (which looks privatized, but permitted to only a few companies by the government. and who knows what will happen to it now), our transportation systems (Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation), and our communications (the Federal Communications Commission).

Look at those things. Now look at where all of the problems are in the United States right now. Do you see a pattern? The pattern is that WE CAN'T DO ANYTHING RIGHT!! I don't mind some socialization, it is not about that. I just don't trust this government to do it right. This government is screwing this country up so badly that I cannot even put it into words and we have sat by all of this time and let it happen. The sad thing is that 99.9% of us are still standing by and letting this happen because we are simply oblivious to the way things work. Americans are lazy, unmotivated, and uneducated and because of this apathy, those of us who see the truth are prisoners of our own government.

Not me. Fuck that.

Back to my second amendment rights... The second amendment is not just the right to bear arms. It is not some Warmongering mindset that America has been labeled with. We don't want guns because we a re a bunch of hellraisers. that is not what that amendment was written for. It wasn't for wars. It wasn't for hunting. It wasn't so that we could kill each other or become barbarians. Quite the opposite. Read these words carefully.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The key words here are "necessary to the security of a free state". You see, our forefathers knew that the government that they were escaping form had repressed them leaving no way to rebel and stand up once things had gotten too far. This amendment was written, and made number 2 on the list, because they realized how important it was that they did not allow that to happen again. This right allows us to bear arms not to protect ourselves against outsiders but for something much more important. It allows us to protect ourselves from our own government. All of the other reasons mentioned above are important also, but this was the true reason that it was written.

This is what I have chosen to do. I already had guns as a kid. When you live in the country, and in the South, you grow up around guns. But my guns were for mostly hunting. Now, I have purchased some guns for my own protection. Now before you thinking I am going into full kook mode, let me clarify one thing very clearly. I HOPE THAT I NEVER HAVE TO USE THESE GUNS!!! Sincerely. All of the stuff that I am talking about here is not part of some nut job columbine scheme nor am I going postal. what I am doing is simply exercising my rights as an American citizen before this right, like many others, gets taken away as well.

It is happening people. I don't understand why so many people are blind to it when it is right in front of your eyes. You have rights and if you don't use them, you may lose them. Luckily for me, I am using mine and as to paraphrase the true sentiment of what says in the subject of this post...

"You can have my RIGHTS when you pry them from my cold dead hands."

StankDawg

Why threads get closed

Someone made a comment to me how annoying it was that I close threads randomly, so I thought I would answer that question.

First of all, I don't close threads randomly. As a matter of fact, I rarely close threads. Our entire moderating teams discusses decisions like that together to ensure that no one gets preferential treatment and at the same time, no one gets singled out unfairly. Once we agree that a thread has become a dead end for whatever reason, it may be closed. How we we determine that? Well there are a few reasons...

1) SPAM. If a thread starts, or ends in clear and obvious SPAM, we usually close it. If there is some useful information in the thread, we will try to split the good posts out and move them somewhere appropriate in the forums. If you are here to spam your site, you should leave these forums because you will get caught and banned quickly.

2) FLAMING. This is the most common reason that threads get closed. Sometimes they start as flames, other times the end up turning into flames and there is no longer useful information being posted. When this happens, you can usually bet that there were warnings issued to people who were involved even if you do not see it. We do this to keep the forums on topic, useful, and friendly to everyone. If anyone doesn't like the way that we moderate, they should probably leave. It will make our job easier and enhance the overall enjoyment of the forums for everyone else, which is a win-win situation for us since that is what we are trying to do.

3) USELESS POSTS. This is very rare, but on occasion someone will post a question that is devoid of content or intellectual benefit. The truth is, we try not to make any assumptions on what is useful or useless because everyone has different views. The problem is that it needs to be posted in the appropriate place. We rarely close things in off-topic, so you can post useless crap there all day. That is what it is for. But if you post silly or worthless posts in other forums, they will most likely be closed. Search for answers first, give people the benefit of the doubt when they answer you, and be appreciative and respectful of your fellow members. If you are not adult enough to do this, then you should leave these forums. And if you are going to leave in a huff and post a flame of how much you hate me and BinRev and how much I have wronged you, at least do it in the proper forum in the off-topic area on your way out.

4) ILLEGAL MATERIAL. WAREZ is almost always an insta-ban. I still cannot believe how many times we have to ban people for WAREZ or posting other illegal material even though it is clearly in the rules. You do not see warez anywhere else in the forums, so why post it? There are other forums for this sort of content and BinRev is not it. If this is why you are here, then you should also leave the forums.

But apparently some people think that there is a 5) RANDOM reason for closing threads as well. I guess technically, we could play that card if we wanted to. We started these forums and built them to what they are today. I pay for them out of my pocket, so yes, technically I can do whatever I want them. But again, this is why we have a moderating team in place so that even I cannot abuse power. If a single moderator was to abuse power or I starting abusing my power, you can damn sure bet that there would be a huge revolt by the entire moderating team.

If you have had a warning, or a thread closed/moved, or any sort of action from the moderating team or myself, I want you to think for a second why we did it. If you think we enjoy it or want to piss everyone off, think about it...does that make sense? Why would we do that? The truth is that for every PM or comment that you send one of us complaining about us closing your thread, we have gotten several other PMs from other members complaining about you and your threads! Your peers don't like what you are doing and we are representing them. So you turn your misplaced anger away from us, and back towards yourself.

So, just to be clear: We welcome everyone to BinRev. WE WANT YOU HERE! We do not care about your experience or skill level. We don't care about your age, your gender, your skin tone, your nationality, or anything else. But what we do care about is that you respect the rules that we have set forth and that have been working for years. You will respect your fellow forum members, and the moderating team. We treat everyone equally and if you violate the rules and a thread get closed on you, or worse yet, you get banned, it because you did not follow the rules and advice that we have presented to you in multiple places. If you do not like these policies, you should leave this forum. The other 99.99% of our users thank you for making it a better place by leaving.

StankDawg

NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

I recently presented at the interz0ne 4 conference in Atlanta on a topic entitled "Disposable Email Vulnerabilities". During this presentation, I announced the latest DDP project to go live.

The name of the site is "Will Hack For Food" (or WH4F for short) and it is a new Disposable Email Service that is much safer to use than any of the others.

You can download the actual presentation here which explains it better, but the short version is that this system cannot be backdoored as easily as the others. You can feel safe using this to avoid SPAM and protect your privacy and you don't have to go through the hassle of creating another hotmail or gmail account and filling out all of that personal information.

As for the unusual URL, it was actually a site that we registered as a joke a while back. We thought it a funny name and we registered it as a ".biz" simply because .biz domains were only 4.95 per year at that time. We were using this site simply as a sandbox to test things and decided it would be good to use for this project.

Thanks to Nick84 for all of his patience and work on this project and be sure to check out his site at rootsecure.net. Also thanks go to my friends over at memestreams who helped beta test.

StankDawg

FIRST!

This is the first post in the first blog in the new integrated blogging system. We have installed the module and we are deciding how we will roll this out to our users and which users will have the abilities to use it.

Be patient and stay tuned for more information!

StankDawg

Waiting at the DMV

The DMV shovels ads to us poor bastards waiting for service via something called the mvn (motor vehicle network). Well they so until the eeepc running vista crashes. I wasn’t fast enough to capture the post screen but it is true that the DMV uses a fucking eeepc. FAIL!

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StankDawg

So I have recently started twatting...errr...tweeting? twitting? Whatever it is, I finally broke down and tried it. I know that I swore I would never tweet (I think I even tweeted that exact statement) but I ran out of games to play on the iphone while bored and fired up the twitter app and started twattling. I can't imagine it being something that I do regularly or frequently, but I might post an occasional funny picture that I take from my portable telephonic computer machine with photographic technology. Hell, I only have a tweeter account because someone else registered it in my name to promote the web site and then gave the account to me.

The main thing that I hate about twitter is how people fucking post CONSTANTLY! I have already had to remove a couple of people from my twat list. My GOD you do not really think that people care that much to hang on your every word...do you? I mean, thousands upon thousands of twitters? I just don't care that much about your twat to have it pollute the rest of the people who twist responsibly! Holy shit, there were 2 people who twastered so often that they were generating 25% of my twatter posts for crying out loud! I mean, I like these people, but only post when you have something funny or interesting to say. Posting every mundane detail of your life, which is apparently so boring that you tweet 20+ times per day, is just pointless. It is the same reason that I don't read your fucking blogs either! I mean, yeah, I don't post to my blog often, but shit, at least when i do it has a funny picture, an emotional drama filled rant, or an occasional useful bit of information.

This leads to the second thing that annoys me. Why is there some social obligation to follow everyone who follows you? I see this a lot more on facebook. I have friends who argue about why they didn't accept someones invite on facebook. I mean, WTF? Maybe I don't use facebook and didn't see your invite. Personally, I still do not have a facebook account! If I did, I would not feel obligated to reciprocate following you anyway. I mean, back to the reason that I have a twizzler account...A lot of my friends are from all over the United States (and outside for that matter) and this may be the only way that I can keep in touch with them. If you are a friend in real life, then I will TALK TO YOU ON THE PHONE or MEET YOU IN PERSON and hang out of something to find out what is going on in your life! I mean, if you are only friends with someone on twatservice, then you aren't really friends. Talk to them on the phone sometimes, meet up in real life, even if it is only once every year or so. All of those celebrities that you follow are NOT YOUR FRIENDS! I only follow Daniel Tosh because he is funny as shit, not because we buttfuck on the weekends.

I will tweetle only when I have something funny to share or if I find something interesting, and I will keep it minimal. A few posts one day, but maybe not for another week or two after that. Be realistic. If you do care, you can see my tweet on the side of this very blog. You can also follow me, if you want, at the obvious "@stankdawg" tweeter-totter name. Do not be surprised that I might not follow you back just like I won't be butthurt of you stop following me either. I am not everyone cup of tea...Hell, I may not be be anyones cup of tea and I am OK with that.

In case you haven't figured it out, I have no idea what to call this shit so I call it different words all the time. I am pretty sure that it doesn't matter since it all sounds the same anyway.

PS: If you think I am talking about YOUR twitter account, I am certainly referring to someone else. I love YOUR twattles! Its that other guy that I can't listen to any more.

StankDawg

After a bad relationship (The worst in my entire history, however short of a list that may be) I have recently been back in the dating world, such as it is. It is very difficult finding someone out there who can put up with all that goes along with being me. I have very high standards for people and I am not willing to settle for just anyone yet that being said, I admit that I am certainly not the greatest catch out there.

That being said, I have been finding it difficult to trust after being used and mistreated in a previous relationship. It is a fine line between holding up standards in what I expect in a girlfriend and how much I hold myself back. This past abuse has turned me a bit jaded. I want to trust. I want to be trusted. I am not sure if I know how to do that.

I am also a hacker, which means I am distrustful by nature. I question everything. So when someone says something to me, I always take it with a grain of salt. That makes it difficult to trust it when someone pays me a compliment, or does extend themself to me. Everyone that I have ever trusted has eventually let me down (except for my mother who is the only person in all of existence that I trust explicitly).

Luckily, one thing that I do have that helps is a Southern upbringing. I grew up in a world where people trust each other in general. It is very easy for me to trust people for small things. I loan friends money all the time. I take risks to help people...even strangers. I give my time, my knowledge, my advice, and anything that I can. These are easy for me because I want to help people an I like helping people and I like it when people trust me because it means that I can probably trust them. Because of that belief system and way of life, I always give everyone a chance when I first meet them. That comes very easy to me. But that is not the trust that I am talking about here. That is a different type of trust. I always give people people a chance to earn my trust at those types of things. When it comes to my heart and my soul...that is a lot harder and that is the root of this whole conundrum.

I still believe that you have to be willing to trust and you have to have someone who is willing to trust you as well. This is very difficult for me these days and I have to keep reminding myself to trust people. If you don't give people a chance to come into your life...they never will. This puts me in a delicate balancing act...

I have to somehow try to balance these two seemingly incompatible worlds: The world of hurt...and the world of hope.

I have been talking to a very nice young lady recently and she has actually been pretty awesome. Most that I have talked to have been mental, boring, or disinterested in me. Even though we have only gone out a couple of times, I think this one is different. WE laugh and cuss and make the same silly jokes. We like to torture each other with mixed messages. We both have similar pasts. Last night, I spent the entire night until 5 AM texting and talking with her on the phone. I haven't actually gotten along with anyone like this in a while and it is a scary thing to me. Especially since this is exactly how that last abusive relationship started. I don't want to trust too much and potentially be hurt again but I also don't want to miss out on a great woman because I was unable to open myself up and trust again. I am putting my heart on the line again and hoping that it is the right thing to do. I hope I am doing the right thing.

This shit is HARD!!!! I FAIL at dating.

There has to be one other person out there who I can trust isn't there?

StankDawg

I got advanced screening tickets to see the new transformers movie Thursday night. I was already anxious to see it when it comes out on July 4, so I jumped at the chance to see it early and waited in line, in true geek fashion, 2 hours early. Like many people, I grew up watching the transformers, so I had high expectations of this movie and hoped that the transformers would be done properly.

WARNING: SPOILERS INSIDE! Do not click and read the rest of this article if you want to be surprised at the movie.� I will not give away the main plot or ending, but I will talk about some aspects of the movie that can be considered spoilers. DO NOT READ FURTHER UNLESS YOU ARE READY!

If you do want to read it, click the small button that says "show"...

My biggest concern going into the movie was not so much the accuracy of the cars and robots and keeping them true to the originals. I actually am not that much of a purist to insist on no changes from the originals.� Movies always make some accommodations for the new format and newer audience. It did not bother me that Wolverines claws came from between his fingers when, in the comics, they come from the back of his hand.� It did not bother me that "movie Spider Man" generated his own webs from his body while the original "comic book spider man" invented a special fluid that he created himself. I can let these things go, if it helps the movie.� I will warn you now that there are several accommodations that you will need to make going into this movie.

Bumblebee is not a Volkswagen like the cartoons. BFD! This did not bother me one little bit. Bumblebee is a Chevy Camaro, but the character was still great. He was definitely the most human-like of the autobots and had the deepest connection with the audience. He is the first transformer introduced at the beginning of the movie, and you got used to him pretty fast so that the other changes were not as bad when they were introduced.

Another small character change was one of my favorites as a kid, and that was "Jazz" originally voiced by Scatman Crouthers. In the movie, Jazz is more of a hip-hop gangster voice and attitude, right down to the posture.� He has a very small role actually, so this was also acceptable to me. The only voice that was actually kept form the original was that of Optimus Prime, and it was deserved. He did not say very much, but when he spoke, he had the voice of a leader, whatever that means. you definitely knew he was "the man" and the voice acting of the movie was great.

My other concern was the acting. I was worried that it would be all flash and special effects with bad acting, but the acting was good. This is where it becomes interesting to me as a hacker.� Hackers played a pretty big part in the plot of the movie. The government intercepts a signal that they need cracked and they bring in teams of hackers and cryptographers to try and break the code. Sure it is a Hollywood cliche, but the good thing was that they actually portrayed hackers in a positive light as people that HELPED for a change.�� It was also accurate (IMHO) showing that hackers are also into gaming, sci-fi, and music and generally normal, fun-loving people who just happen to have a gift of curiosity and knowledge. But I digress...

The code that was being cracked and the screens that were shown were all total "Hollywood" and had no reality to them. There was no NMAP siting here. Again, who cares? The technical details of the code and the hack were kept to a minimum anyway. I was just happy to see positive hacker roles in a movie.

I could go into more detail about the movie here, but I do not want to ruin the whole thing. There were other accommodations made that were not faithful to the original cartoon, but I found them all acceptable. I was also pleasantly surprised at how funny the movie was. There were a lot of jokes in there and some geek humor (watch for the Wolverine/Freddy Krueger conversation) and I was lawling several times during the movie.

I also found a lot of little hidden jokes and scenes and I am sure there were more that I missed. Keep your eyes peeled for the FURBY truck and the X-box 360 scene towards the end. It was also funny/interesting where the top-secret hiding place was located (You will know what I mean when you see it). I wonder if any conspiracy theories will grow out of that one.

We were warned repeatedly before the movie started that we were not allowed to use cel phones or cameras and no video recording of any kind and that we would be prosecuted if we were found recording the film. I was a guest here and had no intention of course, but I was a little surprised by it since I had never been warned directly like that before. Some theaters even check people as they enter with one of those magic wand metal detectors like in the airport.

All-in-all, the movie was fantastic. It was one of the best that I have seen in a long time, and I really think that it will beat out all of the other big blockbuster summer movies including spider-man 3. Go see it! It is "more than meets the eye"! And yes, that was a bad joke to end this blog entry. I will smack myself on your behalf.

StankDawg

I have known a lot of people in my life that just talk to hear their own voice. I am sure that you all know people like this as well. I am usually pretty patient around them in real life, but for some reason it bugs me when they do the same thing online. Most people call it "post whoring" insinuating that they are just trying to increase their post count, but I don't think this is the case. Post whoring serves no purpose in general since post counts aren't very important in most places, especially here. Having a higher post count is worthless because it doesn't get you anything extra other than attention from the mods and the regulars and if your posts are not quality posts, the attention that you get is probably not what you intended.

I think that people just want to be heard so badly that they feel to need to reply to everything that they see with "I agree" or "hah" or the like. Listen, this is not myspace. This is not your personal blog...ok, this actually is MY personal blog, but it is not yours so STFU! Look, if you are reading this, think about whether the description applies to you. If you think that I am talking to you, then I probably am and I probably think that you are a total fucktard. Stop posting and GTFO the internet.

StankDawg

The proposal story

I have had to tell this story a million times in the past week so I thought I would share it here as well.

I know that she didn't want some big over the top event (so I stopped pursuing the Orlando Magic game big screen idea) and preferred something smaller and around family. So I decided that I was ready just after a great Christmas with both of our families and was going to pull the trigger just after midnight while we celebrated new years eve at her families house. It is a great date to propose since it was 1/1/11 which had significance to me for obvious reasons. I had already had the talk with her father and gotten his blessings and he was the only one that knew that I was going to pop the question that night. I get along great with her family and I knew that her mother would be as excited as she would be. Unfortunately, as the night drug on, her and her mother both fell asleep on the couches. Her father was cool and kept trying to keep them awake, but we were fighting a losing battle so I told him that I would figure something else out and we started driving home.

If you know me, you know that I always have a backup plan. ;)

It was about 11:30 or so while we were driving home and one of my other ideas popped into mind so I decided to go with that plan. I drove very slowly, and kept her thinking that we were going home. I took a different route that took us by our church and when we got near it I just suggested that we stop by for a little bit since we were in the area. She thought it was sort of strange since the church was most certainly closed, but she knows that I can be weird like that sometimes and went with it. Unfortunately, even though I drove slowly to try to get the timing right, we still got there about 5 minutes until 12 and I wanted to do it right after midnight, so I had to stall. I decided to drive around the church (it is a big church) and just pretend like I was looking at the other building and areas just because "I have never looked around here before". I stalled until about 1 minute before midnight and then pulled the car around to the front of the church and parked. I figured that would work out perfectly that right when got in front of the church (which was closed) I could do my thing. That's when the next hurdle appeared...the security guard.

So here we are, at almost midnight, driving around a closed church, parking, and getting out and walking up to the front doors so of COURSE a security guard would find that suspicious and drive up! Being the social engineer that I am, i scrambled towards him quickly to intercept him still trying not to ruin my surprise as much as possible. I have this ring in my pocket, but the girlfriend right behind me, and I had to get past this security guard without giving away my secret. I just told him that we were had been out of town for the holidays and hadn't gone to church and were only staying for a minute (all true). He thought it strange but said "Ok, I guess".

Now it got tough. I should also mention that this church, and this bench, is where we first met and had our very first date which is why it was my original plan anyway. I only had a few seconds left before midnight and I had my whole speech in mind and was trying to start but she said that it was cold outside and she kept grabbing me telling me to keep her warm. I pushed her away and told her to wait a minute, but she kept wrapping herself in my arms for warmth until finally i grabbed her by the shoulders and said "I'm trying to tell you something.". I told her that I brought her here because it was where we had our first date and where it all started and that I loved her very much and that as the new year started, I didn't want to spend another year without her in my life. I got down on one knee, looked into her teared up eyes and asked her to marry me. Right at that exact moment not only did we have the figurative fireworks going off between us, but we literally had fireworks going off in the air because it was new years eve.

Oh yeah...she said "Yes!"

Sometime you just know when things are right. When the fireworks went off, and I slid that ring on her finger, my whole world felt right for the first time in my whole life.

StankDawg

Well, with so many people all getting butthurt over stupid (and irrelevant) IRC activity, combined with the comments of how the forums have "gone downhill" we have taken some steps to improve the situation.

I still firmly believe that it is YOU, the binrev community, who need to police yourselves better and stand up when people are bringing down YOUR forums. However, since no one seems to want to do that, you have left it to me to fix...again. So I am going to fix it the only way that I know how. I am about to implement MARTIAL LAW! Many of you will not like it. That is too bad since you had the opportunity to fix the problems yourselves before it got to this point, so now you must deal with my way of handling things.

The first step was actually done last weekend. We added 3 new moderators to our moderating team. I would like to publicly announce and welcome mirrorshades, Alk3, and deepgeek to the moderating team. They have all been trained on the forum rules and our policies and will all make excellent additions to our existing moderating team. This is only the beginning as we are considering a few more people who may also be joining as well. This is not something that we take lightly. This is a serious job and it takes a lot to earn your spot on this team. I have nothing but the utmost respect for all of them and I appreciate the drama that they have to put up with on a daily basis even if many of our member do not. If you earn your way onto this team, then you are head and shoulders worthy of my respect.

With a strong moderating team in place, we will now begin to clean up the forums. There will be NO MORE slaps on the wrist for offenses. We are now under a no-tolerance policy. This includes not only the letter of the laws, but also the general civility level of the forums. There will be NO MORE FLAMING ANYWHERE IN THE FORUMS! Let me say it again to make it crystal clear. THERE WILL BE NO MORE FLAMING IN THE FORUMS! and there are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule. You will get warned or banned for violating this mandate.

This MARTIAL LAW status will endure until the forums are cleaned up. It may take a month, it may take longer,. If you want it to go back to normal, I suggest that you PARTICIPATE by policing each other. How? Send PM to people who post something that is bad, illegible, off-topic, or just plain wrong. REPORT posts to the moderating team so that we can address them faster. Defend people who get flamed instead of letting bystander apathy take over your life and this community. Do not stand by and watch people ruin the forums. CALL THEM OUT!

Please everyone: Help us make these forums a better place by participating. If you stop trying, then we will stop trying and we will shut the whole thing down. I really do not need this headache, stress, and aggravation. It is your site, not mine. If it has to go down, then it is on you, not me. Please do not let that happen.

StankDawg

NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

On Tuesday, January 4th BlackRatchet and I released our latest project on the unsuspecting Internet world. DocDroppers is a hacking library of sorts. On it, you will find not only all of the texts from myself and the DDP, but any and all text files from the world of hacking. People have attempted collections like this before, but ours is much different.

DocDroppers (or DD for short) is different for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it is organized and well maintained. We have started and maintained many projects and understand what an undertaking it is to maintain projects for a period of time. We know full well the time that would be needed to keep this site alive and we did our best to minimize the time needed to maintain it, but still be prepared to give it the time that it requires.

This leads to the second reason that I think this site will survive. It is wiki-based which means it was designed from the ground up to be a collaborative project. We got it started and added all of our personal articles, articles from many of the sites that we maintain, and articles from friends out there who have submitted material to us. This is just the tip of the iceburg. The project will really shine when people start adding their material to the site. We have barely scratched the surface.

Another reason that we expect this to live and grow for a long time is because we are treating it very seriously and taking a lot of care to maintain that it does not get shut down for copyright violations. We do not think that we need copyrighted material on the site. The hacking community is filled with people who write better stuff than many magazines and books anyway! Everything on the site is under some sort of open license or we have gotten EXPRESSED PERMISSION from the copyright holder to display their work and the copyright notice is displayed. While individual copyright takes precedence over the respective articles, all general contents of the site fall under a different creative commons license than usual. This "share-alike" license allows any and all transformation to the site, which enhances the collaborative environment so everyone can feel free to help improve the site. We don't need copyrighted material!

Finally, the thing that I like best about the site is the functionality. I sat down and hammered out a design scheme and a plan of attack before we even installed the software. Other sites out there collect files with little or no order. What good is a list of alphabetical files if you can't find what you are looking for? I wanted this site to be easier to navigate and fully searchable. I also wanted it broken down by keyword so that articles could easily be found by common topic or subject matter. You should be able to easily find anything you are looking for on DocDroppers and if you don't find it... please add it!

We hope you enjoy DocDroppers. We got it started and I know that with your help, we will keep improving it and making it the "go-to" hacking reference site

StankDawg

So I have been watching this new pseudo-reality show on Discovery channel called "The Colony". I say pseudo-reality, because it is really more of a simulation of what reality might be like in a post disaster environment. They also chose people who clearly would have the skills necessary to survive. These are no everyday dramatards that you find on "the real world" or other reality shows (although there is some drama on occasion). They chose people with specific skillsets that they knew would actually be able to do the interesting things that would be necessary to survive. They chose 1 doctor and a nurse as part of the casts, surrounded them with several mechanics and engineers and some handymen and carpenters. This gives them the skills and knowledge necessary to do things that are needed to survive.

Here is an example: The are dropped off in an abandoned area outside of Los Angeles, CA where there are no other people with whom to interact (other than an occasion plant by the show to test them somehow). But the area that they were guided to was a giant warehouse that just coincidentally happened to have a lot of handy items in it like some canned food to get started, some gasoline and other types of fuel, and a large array of car batteries which is a great start for generating and storing power. I think this is pretty freaking awesome! As a person interested in survival anyway, I find this show intriguing because it shows not the hardcore "eat anything that moves" survival aspect of life, but a more realistic "use what you have laying around" type of survival. This plays very well to my hacker core.

One of my favorite characters is John who is a computer engineer. So the first thing to point out is that there is no power, no Internet, no computer anywhere around in this situation. But let me tell you, this guy is a freaking GENIUS! He is a geek MacGyver! He may be a computer scientist by title, but this guy knows more science than most science teachers that I have had. Not to mention the fact that he is a very gentle and caring human being. He is a bit of an old hippie, but that may be my end form in life. When it is all said and done and I am in my twilight years (if I am not already in them) that might be the same way that people describe me. This guy is one of the best parts of the show.

Another person that I like is Mike who is portrayed as the general handyman of the group with bonus knowledge of solar energy (how convenient that there were solar panels on a nearby building) which is apparently what he does for a living. He is a great example of someone who just works hard to get things done. He knows what he can do and just does it and if he doesn't know it, he figures it out. He proves that you don't need a PhD to be smart and accomplish a lot of things. There is another character on the show who is supposedly a rocket scientist (Aerospace engineer to be exact) named Morgan who is worthless. She has done nothing the entire show except get an old record player working to play music. She tried to help on other project but showed her ineffectiveness compared to o0thers like Vlad and John. Mike can be a bit of a dick sometimes, but I would gladly have him on my team anytime.

I highly recommend that you check this show out. I really think that it is must see for hackers of all kinds as well as anyone with an interest in survival. I definitely learned a lot of things so far on the show that I had never heard of before. I think you will as well.

StankDawg

I just got back in town from a business trip to NYC and it was a stressful trip as far as work goes, but a blast from a personal standpoint.

I went up a couple of days early (I went up a day early on the last trip also) and crashed with ntheory and hung out with him and decoder and some other friends in the area. Actually, by total coincidence, it turns out that I was on the same plane with my buddy Greg Conti two weeks ago and didn't even know it! When we arrived at LGA airport and I stood up after we landed and looked around, I see Greg in the back of the plane! I was like WTF? So he gave me a ride from the airport where he had parked his car and we caught up on the ride since I had not seen him since Defcon in July.

ntheory and I talked a lot of tech and went to see an open Fios box that he knew about and it is a good thing that we did. Before we could go back again, it was closed and locked up. We took a few pictures, but it was late at night and I am not sure what kind of quality they were. When I rip them from the camera, I will upload them to the gallery. We looked at a lot of code and bitched a lot about technology. We also discussed some options to being back Phreak Phactor and even got the site back up and running. I also found out that he loves the TV show called "Hell's Kitchen" although he is a bit embarrassed to talk about it.

Anyway, back to this particular trip, after hanging out and hax0ring the planet with ntheory, I went down to Brooklyn Saturday night to hang out with Front. Actually, we met up at a party that he told me about and hung out until about 1 or 2 AM. While there, he invited back down Sunday to drop some beats for him that he might use on the upcoming album. Now I have no delusions about being a famous beat boxer, it is just a fun thing that I have done since I was young, but I figured what the hell and did it just for the fun of it. If he actually got anything useful recorded, then great. It actually was a strange experience for me since I have never actually beat boxed into a microphone before and heard myself ... well, actually I think I might have done that with my mac one time to try out the camera and posted it in the financiers forum, but that wasn't the same. I actually learned a lot about audio engineering...not much of it stuck in my head, but I now understand and appreciate the equipment and audio quality more than I ever thought about before. When you beatbox, you are basically spitting directly into the microphone and we had to really do some adjusting to get the audio levels right, but he knew exactly what he was doing and got it to sound just right. The other weird thing was that I have never used an actually real microphone before. I am more of an old skool beat-box-into-your-hands kind of guy. I like that natural sound. I tried to use a few of my "tricks" as it were and I am not sure if they sounded good recorded or not. I still prefer just freestyling. Anyway, I heard a few of the early beats for the new album that he is just starting on and I can't drop any docs on anything, but they were pretty awesome. The album title is near and dear to my heart as well. Keep watching his site for any official news and join the VSP while you are there. You will get announcements early and access to extra songs and live tracks.

The flight itself was pretty interesting as well because I was on one of the planes that has wifi available. It costs 9.95 per flight to use it or they had other options for all day or all month use I think. I forget, but I started putting together a short article about it. Of course I did not pay. Pssshh... But I did get connected and had a lot of fun trying to chat in IRC from tens of thousands of feet in the air over the East coast. I even took a few pictures and uploaded them. I will try to post them later as well.

Look for the Dawg coming soon to a city near you!

StankDawg

My presentation from interz0ne 5 is now available for download. The Powerpoint file is included below with this post and the article is finally up over on docdroppers.org right here.

The presentation covers a lot more than the article does, but the articles goes into more depth and does a better job of explaining some of the examples used. Feel free to use and/or redistribute these files as explained in our standard creative commons license.

The Art of Electronic Deduction.ppt

The Art of Electronic Deduction.ppt

The Art of Electronic Deduction.ppt

The Art of Electronic Deduction.ppt

StankDawg

I learned something a long time ago on this site and in this community. I learned not to mention projects and content early because sometimes, it never materializes. So it is very hard for me to bite my tongue and hold in the excitement that I have for the new features that we have in store for BinRev. I know that makes this posts and any vague references like it a huge cocktease, but trust me when I say that the site will be revitalized. You can already see many of the changes with our new blogs section becoming more and more active by the day. Our gallery is now more tightly integrated with the site which makes the need for off-site image storage unnecessary. We have a new Links Database and the calendar app is easier than ever to use. We also purchased the downloads module which is on the to-do list to populate as soon as possible, so that will make a nice place to store files, source code, and any content that might be of interest to our users.

And notice that I HAVE NOT EVEN MENTIONED THE FORUMS! Everything that I just mentioned above are all NEW features to the site! The forums, besides being upgraded in basic functionality and features also have a lot of new add-ons that make it more fun and interactive with our users. It has really been rebuilt to emphasize the community aspect of our site, which we have always prided ourselves on. You do not just have accounts, you have profiles. You can customize your profile, update your status, add friends, and have a social networking environment just for hackers.

Also enhancing the forums, are great new features and modifications like the reputation system and integrated sidebar apps to make site navigation easier and bring more content together. the "Show new posts" feature that many people used has now been replaced with a "Show new Content" feature that works the same but lets you know about ALL new content including posts, blog posts, links, uploads, and so much more!

And I may be the only statistics junkie that likes these mods, but I have enhanced the forums to include statistics almost EVERYWHERE! Your profile page even has a statistics TAB that breaks down so much information about your posting habits and tendencies. The general forum statistics are awesome, the gallery statistics are much more in-depth, and if you look, you will also find blog and download statistics integrated as well.

All of that and I did not break my rule about discussing new things too early! We have so much more to come! We have rolled out SO MUCH STUFF already, and a lot of it came quickly when we rebuilt the site so that you may not have noticed it all. Look around at all of the great things on the site and all I can say is wait until you see what comes next!

StankDawg

Smoked out voters…

I have to to give credit to my buddy inph3rn0 for finding this on reddit after we were discussing results of the California vote to legalize marijuana.

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NOTE:  The fail is that this was posted on Wednesday, the day after the elections.

Source

StankDawg

NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

This is just a heads up to let everyone know that I am making some big server changes during the first week or two of February. Please bear with me and don't worry about any problems or site outages that you may encounter during this time. They will be temporary.

The following sites will be affected:

stankdawg.com

binrev.com

docdroppers.org

oldskoolphreak.com

phreaksandgeeks.com

fl2600.com

phreakphactor.net

geekloveradio.com

defaultradio.com

and one or two others that haven't been announced yet. ;)