HSL – 10.19.14 – WEEKLY UPDATE

Here is the weekly update from HackSphereLabs:

ACTIVE PROJECTS
So i finally made the decision I needed to with source (one of my laptops).  It is a toughbook and I originally wanted to get another drive caddy for it, for a second hard drive that I wanted to swap out and put another OS on.  The drive caddys are $70, the recreated ones from china are 75…what a joke.  I still want to get one but instead I undertook the task of resizing my lvm in a luks container.  I did not back it up and just jumped in.  The result is here.  I was successful but at the end I thought I had messed up.  When issuing the command df -H it was showing a root partition bigger then the logical volume.  It ended up being that LVM and gdisk use powers of 1024 to represent drive space.  I really thought most software used powers of 1000, specifically in Linux.  I was wrong and a df -h showed me everything was fine.

I also built a easy vid.me/uRl scraper with python, selenium, and firefox.  The site has a decent amount of content from China and India.  Specifically tv shows and other crap.  Along with the normal stuff you would get from a site that allows NSFW content.  The one thing that bothered me was the fact that they had nothing truly interesting.  Nothing useful that I have never seen before.  Owell, I will have to look elsewhere.

Selenium is really cool, controls Firefox in a variety of ways and builds a new temp profile every run.

THE FUTURE
Now that I have the space cleared up I am going to get a copy of backtrack/kali installed and start messing with some of these peripherals I have laying around.  Pentesting time?  I really need to get some work done on Momentary but I have lost touch with the other group member.

Lets get back to the gym too and get back on some of this consulting stuff.  I want to have some cash for the move in another month.

I have to get N’s Scentsy website setup too.

I really want to start using the HD camera to make videos, I think I have to come up with some ideas.  Possibly link into the pentesting project?  Plus I have to make that job video.

I should publish that vid.me python deal too.  Added to ToDo.

PROBLEMS
I had a job interview with a company in Cali.  Made it all the way to the end, and then nothing.  From what I heard they did not hire anyone.  Whats the deal!  Cali would have been expensive and now I am looking forward to AZ.  I think the company in Cali did not want to pay what I wanted to work there.  They really had some pretty low salary expectations for Cali.  I think they want to appeal to the single male that has room mates or something.  They said I would get another interview for another position…but nothing.  Whatevs!

I have a lot going on at work right now and I need to focus on some of the IT stuff that needs to get done.  I have been working in excel for at least a week strait and it is driving my crazy!  I linked a bunch of documents together so I have to do less work in the future.  That raise is supposed to kick in by the end of the month.

My virtualization infrastructure at the house needs upgraded.  It is on Debian squeeze and I want to put the domUs on local drives instead of the network.  My network infrastructure is secure, but not fast between routed networks.  I had to reboot my main nas and virtualization server as two domu’s where frozen…there was a kernel panic in the logs…

I have ran out of space on my NAS and this is a problem.  I may have to get some drives to back stuff up to, start archiving to blueray, or expand the NAS.  I have two of them and the second is too small to accept the zfs send from the first for clone, so I have to do something  I could erase the second and use it but what would I have for backup?  Something does need to happen soon.  I am down to 140gb out of 6 terrabytes.  It would be nice to get 5 (1 as spare) 6 TB drives…but even then, how do I back that up.  I think I need a new backup plan.

I could keep both NAS units how they are and just get two 6TB drives and use those to export a clone of the data to.  I just may do that.  I do not think I have any more external sata ports though.  I will have to see if I could add one to each, if I have any more ports free. I could even use a vendor based device and hack it with openindiana to accept zfs sends…like a two or three bay nas device.  I could use USB, I will have to see if that will suck.

One of the NAS units use ECC while the other does not…I would like to get rid of the other that does not while also keeping the protection of the ECC on the one.  If I attach drives to clone to I could do both and use the ECCless NAS for things that are not critical.  I can then see if I can put ECC in it (I do not think it is supported with that motherboard).

There is just not that much mini hardware out there with ECC I think.  AppliedMicro makes something but it looks like they only have other vendors building products around there 64bit ecc process.  The only thing I see right now is the HP’s Moonshot with the m400 cartridge.  It looks to have ecc memory.  It looks to be a system board with no vga output, and can only be integrated into a Moonshot chassis.  The moonshot must have management in it.

I wonder if I could take one of those blade servers, power it, and put video to it.  The front of them take a funky connector/3 way adapter cable that takes the one connector on the front and turns it into vga, serial, and usb.  They call it a SUV cable.  Quote:  “Connect the SUV cable to the SUV port on the Server Blade. Access the blade using the serial port (RS232 port) on the SUV cable, which is the cable with 3 ports or serial, USB and VGA.”

The connector on the back of the blade looks like it handles IO and from what I have read briefly it looks like the IO is a bus that interfaces with a mezzanine ethernet card installed in the chasis which links with physical ports on the chases  (through some type of board) and the pcie bus on the blade board.  I still bet you may be able to make it work…if there is a digital interface between those three things, a chassis would be needed.

I could also fall back to the HP Proliant Microserver.  It looks like it may be the perfect solution really.  I would basically be building another nas but with less drives:

http://www.juhonkoti.net/2013/01/20/cheap-nas-with-zfs-in-hp-microserver-n40l

http://blog.darrenscott.com/tag/zfs/

http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=99190

I looks like the cheapest one on ebay right now is 225…

It seems like any enterprise servers are going to be too big for my needs.  Even SAS 1U or 2U servers are pretty long and the system board is about the same length, so no way to make it smaller.

I also looked into some used spam filters/firewalls and a lot of them do not come with VGA ports and are just as much as the hp microserver.  Nothing really cheap on ebay.  Looking at the barracuda stuff, the 610 is the first one to come with ECC memory.  Not that I would use them as spam filters but the cheapest one is $300 on ebay, and if you do use it, you would need to purchase a license.  What a rip.

GENERAL STUFF
We have to start prepping for Arizona.  HSV to Marana is 1639.2 miles.  That is 318.73 in gas for the trailblazer and 286.86 for the equinox @ 3.50 a gallon.  That does not include costs to get to HSV.  That is just 605.59 dollars just for gas.  This is not including cost to move to HSV for a few weeks and the drop in cash.  The HSV lodging I think I can work out though at a min.  SAV to HSV is 411 miles so 80 dollars trailblazer and 72 dollars equinox.

We also have pet fees in AZ on apartments that we would have to deal with:  *$200.00 non-refundable pet fee / $200.00 refundable $25.00 pet rent (1) pet / $40.00 pet rent (2) pets *Breed restrictions apply

The money these people make off of us and they constantly push the limits.  In other places I have had companies a thousand less then what they usually offer.  They act like they are not making money off us!  I think I may have to use another company or find my own.  We need to start working on that.  Basecamp task added!

JUST A THOUGHT
I saw a video of some WA cops speeding and getting spotted via air enforcement.  Just shows you how serious they really take the speed limit into account.  Not that I do not always respect limits, it is just they are always so slow to start off with.  55 on a highway?  55 on a down hill straightaway?  It gets complicated when other people really do not know how to drive.  Why should I go slower because other people suck?  Speedtraps?  Air enforcement?

Grr!  what a waste of time.  They keep talking about driverless cars like they are the best think to ever happen.  While they are nice, I still think, I would like to drive myself sometimes.  What about the feel of the road?

But it got me thinking about how much more restrictive speeding is going to be in the future.  Right now we have posted limits that most ignore and a lot of good cops only go after the true idiots.  But can you imagine when they start using UAV’s to really do this right and they are everywhere?  UAVs the destruction of freedom.  Air enforcement may be king someday.  How do you stop this?  Can it be stopped?

I think it will be like those absurd red light cameras.  Where they decrease the timing of the light to catch more people.  Or where they cause more accidents because people slam on the breaks and get rear ended.  Let darwin work man.  People should pay attention when they drive and problem solved.

MEDIA CONSUMPTION
Lucy was decent and we are catching up on the Walking Dead.  Also re watched the last 3 Harry Potters. N is watching sons of anarchy.

INTERNET THINGS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kEpZWGgJks

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HSL – 10.04.14 – WEEKLY UPDATE

THE FUTURE
I have been looking into getting back into pentesting again.  Kali Linux looks promising and I am waiting on the funds for another drive.  I may just grab the drive back that I gave someone and they have not used yet.  64GB crucial SSD should do well.  I have been going back and fourth about repartitioning one of my encrypted disks and just dual booting but it just seems like way too much of a hassle and I like the idea of an isolated drive that I can swap.  I think it would be a good way to get into tutorial mode again…it has been a while since I released a guide.  I usually just pump info into the wiki.

I have two nice dell monitors that I need to get together and put on the main system.  Displaylink is great!

PROJECTS
I am impressed with the updated linux support for some of the HP laser printers that I have to use.  A lot of the bugs have been ironed out in the Archlinux package which is nice.  Though I just had a friend mention that Linux printer support is horrid.

My python project is a bit halted right now but all is not lost.  I just need to get it up into get and move forward that way as it will make the project more portable and solve some of the problems I have been having moving computers around and such.

I was looking at vid.me and was wondering why there is not a public indexer out there….you can just change the url and look at any video…there are no privacy settings and after seeing what people post on there…I think they think some of those videos are private…  It seems that they do not use a or b in there vids…the best way to find a vid url group is to start with a url ending in z.  So tYz….99 percent of the time something like tYc would not work, but 99 percent of the time, tYd would load just fine.  I may build an indexer.

I am working on using tracmor again at work for inventory and asset control…it looks like it is going to be perfect…may have to customize some things.

PROBLEMS
Firefox keeps crashing on both my of Archlinux boxes.  I have to look into this.  Archlinux also changed the way system dumps are processed.

I have to get rid of all my useless hosting!  Not even using it really…..

GENERAL STUFF
The last few weeks have been good.  Making progress and the vehicle has been treating us well.  We put many thousands into it to make it the way it needs to be.  We are going to be taking a trip and I have a few things to accomplish but over all it should be decent.  The last day is going to be harsh.  15 hour drives are not fun :/  Getting the cash situation straitened out.  That seems to be better.  Overall getting back in the swing of things after being in Hawaii really.  I guess the island of Hawaii affected me a bit more then I understood.  Too much vacation mode in my mind.  Need to focus on the grind and the simple things really.  I have halted the job search for a bit to focus on the next move to AZ.  It is up and coming and I need to get things lined up before I push forward.

Comcast customer service is trash.  I spent 8+hrs on various chats with them which ended up with them telling me I have to pay to have someone come out to fix whatever causes my modem to go offline 5-6 times a day and range for a bit before it reconnects.  If they merge with timewarner I do not know what to say…it is just going to get worse.  I believe in a free market but these guys have to be manipulating it!  On the other end I have a client that has timewarner and we had a call about something else.  Night and day…it was a 5 min call, got all the info I needed.  Still that time warner rep was reading script and I am sure if he was having the same problems I was having he would have had the same problems.

I ended up getting someone to come out by asking our leasing agent to get a hold of Comcast for me.  They have something like 20 accounts so maybe it was easier.  Comcast did not show for the fist appointment one weekend, did not call or anything.  I called 4 hours after they were supposed to show and got the you will be next speech.  Still nothing.  Never showed, never called to reschedule.

I got the appointment rescheduled for the next weekend and the guy showed up.  Well almost.  I was walking the dog and saw a Comcast guy drive up to the gate, search the gate names for entry for about 30 seconds (how can you even find my name in the first place in that amount of time, those things suck) and then park in the parking lot.  I put the dog away, and walked up to him…he was watching netflix or at least listening to music in the parking lot.  When I asked him if he was there for me he said yes.  He said he called someone and asked how it was supposed to get in.   He did not call me though, you know, the number on the invoice. (who did he call?)

The guy was just going to sit in the parking lot, and do whatever, and then move on!  All he did was replace the modem with a different brand.  (did you know that all the Comcast modems look the same but have different manufactures? (serious))  It seems to be working but who knows.  I have friends in the apartment complex that had the same problems as me.  I wonder if they all have bad modems.  The funny part is, that as I was leading the guy to my apartment, another guy started asking him what is up because he has the same problems that I do.  I think they all have bad modems, or the cable network at the complex is broke.

Anyways, Comcast in GA is horrid.  Funny thing is, I paid like 300 a month for 100MBIT DS and 10MBIT US in Tacoma, WA while I was there and did not have any problems.  Though, the installers constantly ‘joked’ (harassed is more like it) that no one would ever need this fast of speed.  I actually thought it was 100/100 and not 100/10…and when I called the rep to ask what was up the guy acted like I was an idiot and started to ignore me.  I guess his and Comcast’s Internet must be just to good for me.  I figured they would monitor usage and use the statistics on my account as most probably do not have the 100/10 package and use it restrict people in the future so I maxed that connection as much as I could, when I could.  Download to /dev/null!

Residential Internet is crap.  Even Google really.  I find it a joke that they make themselves out to look like the good guys but there TOS prohibits severs and such.  They should have a tagline like:  “Break Our Rules Faster with Google Fiber”.  I should be able to MAX that connection 24/7 and they should not say a word. Owell, there goes the future.

As of late in some of these places I go, I get BW limits on total data transfered.  In fact I am in one of Comcasts 300GB ‘test’ areas.  I am glad to be one of the select group that Comcast is screwing over.  It feels great.  Thanks Comcast.  I once had that problem with ATT fiber too.  (I never hit the caps though, I try and stay under if I can)  I asked an ATT rep if I could just get a business line instead if I wanted and they told me I need to show ‘proof’ that I had a business.  WHAT WHAT WHAT?!?  I guess my peasant status is not enough to get full unlimited, unfiltered access to the Internet.  My money is no good.  I am not worthy!  I could be dangerous with all that bandwidth.

Idiots.  The lot of them.

Dam.  A lot of text above.  At least I got that info out and should not have to type it again in the future.  I can just reference this!

Kaplan university, props to you too.  I know a special someone who ran out of financial aid at the end and took a loan out from the school.  What they did not tell her is that she will not get her degree or transcript until the ‘loan’ is paid off.  Thanks guys!

SHOUT OUTS

ArthrD3nt…keep up man!

MEDIA CONSUMPTION
Still working on Startrek Voyager…the 2nd time around.  Re watching all eps again.

INTERNET THINGS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4NRJoCNHIs

HSL – Autochimp Intergration – 2014.09.22

So, if you are receiving this message you are on my blog mailing list.  Don’t you feel special?  I know, I know…I would to.  Lets see what we can do with this.

 

Test Message 1

Lastpass is Garbage

What is wrong with everyone.  Am I the only one not taking crazy pills?  Is it the same people that say encryption is 100% safe and no computer could crack that in a million years that are creating these services?

Who ever thought storing the keys to your life online at lastpass.com was safe?  Here is a quote:  “All sensitive data is encrypted and decrypted locally before syncing with LastPass. Your key never leaves your device, and is never shared with LastPass. Your data stays accessible only to you.”

Whew.  I mean, I was worried that you where syncing an ever changing encrypted file, with a known syntax, and the same encryption key.  That one password should keep me safe.  Thanks.

These people are nuts.  They act like, if it is encrypted, it is safe.  No, no it is not.  Encryption is a small layer of security, it is not like it cannot be decrypted?

You can give the passwords to your kingdom away.  I will keep mine close.

The Internet

A story….

I would not be possible. This would not be possible. People have been using the Internet for so long we forget what it really is. Does anyone really remember what it was like before the Internet? How slow information used to move? How limited access to information was? Who controlled the flow of knowledge globally?

Why do you think any of us are like we are today? When I was a child no Internet existed and instead I had nothing but books. I love books.

My first computer was the key to the door that opened everything else in my life. The Internet was just the path. Networking protocol and information. I had more knowledge at my fingertips then at any public library, anywhere. I had more knowledge then any other human in any other previous generation. I did not need to worry about censorship or belief. It was the one place, the only place, that one could be free and not get punished for it.

I could learn anything and everything…and I did. I still do.

We have more information at our fingertips then any other generation ever and considering the growth of knowledge and data every second, one could say the same in that manner. Every second our combined knowledge grows because of the Internet.

There have been and still are many enemies to that freedom. The more I read about them the more angry I get. The more I participate in what people think the Internet is the more I know they have no idea what it represents and what it has given us and continues to give us.

Unlimited, unconstrained, access to information and people. I still can not understand why people and organizations like you want to take this away? You should be ashamed. If you were to head to the streets and start burning down libraries and setting up theaters there would be riots. You are taking advantage of peoples lack of understanding of technology and people like me know it.

It could be that the Internet has leveled the playing field in so may ways that someone or something somewhere wants to stop this. It could be possibly that they are losing control of ancient business models, outdated information control methods, and populace development influence. It could be that they want to crush that freedom and bring the world back to a place where they control it.

I for one will not stand for this and I think I know plenty of people who think the same way. Especially considering that they too have similar stories. That they too realize how important this information and how fast it moves between people and systems is.

Politically, when the Internet was young I used to hope that the US government would make constructive simple laws the same way I thought freedom in this country is. Laws regarding the Internet have turned out to be nothing but a disaster. Restriction, after restriction, after restriction. Unenforceable restrictions even. Where are the laws protecting freedom on the Internet?

The Internet is a freedom that should be protected. It is an essential tool that has become the pen and paper of the modern generation and if you should choose to infringe on that right or limit that right you are an enemy to the very fabric that this nation was founded upon.

Generate XRAY Easy

Very Cool.

To Whom It May Concern

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homomorphic_encryption

 

Mikey Kittrell

Mikey Kittrell – GINGERBREAD

NEW

You ever have that feeling like you should go backward.  That feeling like you should stop, accept the commonly used practices, just make things work the way they should work.  I do, and I recently realized that I should ignore that feeling as it is dangerous.

But everyone accepts it.  Do it as it needs to be done.  Roll with the easy.

With some of the things that I do, I get this overwhelming sense that I should just keep the capabilities at a minimal and not explore the new.  If it works it works.

I think one of the big problems with exploring the new is that not many people did it.  I think if more people did it the new would be better.  It would work better.

The problem with pushing things to the edge is that you have this constant sense of failure and you have to learn to deal with it.

STARTUP WEEKEND – HONOLULU HAWAII – KICKASS

Introduction

Having never done much with startups I decided to head over to startup weekend Honolulu to see what all the fuss was.  It took place at BoxJelly a coworking space that, from what I know about it, had quite humble beginnings and was bootstrapped by itself.  I originally visited the BoxJelly because I was interested in HICapacity a Honolulu hackerspace/makerspace.

I have visited many makerspaces/hackerspaces and wanted to meet some of the individuals of one of Hawaii’s.  Hawaii is an interesting place with unique people and being the type of person I am I sometimes take culture for granted.  I could tell that for myself to really get to know these people and understand the combined culture at BoxJelly and HICapacity I would have to spend some time there.  While I did attend a VR meeting led by the gentlemen named Ka’i but after that I just could never find the time to head over and hangout.  I live about an hour away and it is just not possible with my schedule.

I also attended a pre Startup Weekend event because I have always been interested in starting a business and I was interested in the framework that I was told about when that conversation came up.  I registered as a Developer and proceeded to listen to some entrepreneurs and other speak.  They later held a raffle and I won free ride to the event.

I emailed the email address that I was told to email for my free ride and never received a response.  I just waited to see if they were going to coordinated as the date got closer.  I still did not receive anything.  Being on the mailing list, when the date was closer, I started receiving ticket purchase emails alerting me to purchase a ticket soon.  I emailed the address again and this time received a response!  Being I did not need a ride I received my highly discounted ticket which I will not reveal the cost of.  BOOM I WAS IN.

Before the Event

I did not know what to expect and having been to a lot of conferences over the years assumed it may be the same.  I knew that I was going to have to work with a team and get a business running in 54 hours.  Sounded fun.  I have a lot of ideas but I could not think of one that I wanted to use at the event so I was going to just wing it and join a team when I got there.

Having never started a real business or attended a Startup Weekend before I almost thought about pulling out as I wanted to get some coding work done on a personal project of mine.  I manned up and thought:  when would I ever get to do this again? Also from my earlier journeys to BoxJelly I still had interest.  I also had the dream of winning or at least starting something great with someone that could continue after the event.  It is so hard to get a group of people together and get them to do anything collectively.  In fact it has been said that this is the hardest thing to do for any entrepreneur, focusing many people on one thing.

Game Time

I was able to meet a few founders of some seemingly lurcrative business startups in the begining and listened to some of them speak.  It was cool to meet one of the founders of LaunchKey as security is what I am all about.

Startup Weekend made all this 54 hour stuff possible quickly.  It streamlined the process of generating ideas and creating teams.  Here is a list of teams that was generated/won out:

  • Open Patent
  • Crowdless
  • Tidy Panda
  • Race Life
  • Focus Opus
  • Date Day (aka D Day)
  • Atmo Systems
  • N/A (Amanda Nelson)
  • Karat
  • Supply Me.ORG
  • Robo Liquidater
  • Name Hub
  • Startup Weekend for Musicians
  • DivePortal
  • Honu
  • MJ New Co
  • AdDuels

While all of them were striving to be innovative there is a few I would like to mention before I head on to the rest of the story:

Open Patent is a wonderful idea.  It involves setting up a patent system of framework and support to allow one to patent the things they want to protect while also giving industry hope by promoting and guiding one to opening patents up.  I hope this venture is successful and hopefully I get to participate in it in the future.

Race Life is innovative in the fact that it tracks your running movements and lets you challenge people virtually online.  It is a cool idea.

MJ New Co was about the emerging markets of Cannabis sales and how if one had a proactive stance on this issue one could defiantly profit.  While this venture is controversial the creator was serious and this is what counted in my opinion.  With increase legalization of this drug one could think of this eventually being the same as starting a Beer company.  Do you know how much money Beer companies make?

There was a few other ideas that where pitched that did not seem to gain any traction among the group that attended.  One was an education aggregator that wanted to put the free education and classes online in the hands of the learner quickly and easily.  I liked this one.

I also tried to pitch an idea called impedancewiki but being that I did it on a whim and was unprepared I did not do to well.  I found my self more nervous then I should have been and in the end concluded that if I ever want to do that again I should have at least have the idea in a presentable form as I know I did not get the idea of the project understood and felt that everyone thought it was just going to be another wikipedia.  Considering that it is much different then that and I received few votes I know I did not do a great job.  Still it was great to get up there, experience the situation, and have a venue to present my idea.  Next time I think I will be ready and understand what the initial 60 second pitch part of Startup Weekend is all about.

The Challenge

While I thought most of ideas where great I really did not want to spend the rest of the weekend programming something I did not want to make.  I wanted instead to find a cool project, something original, with someone who really needed my help.

I ended up being part of Robo Liquidator.  The idea that really wants to bring real robots into your life.

I ended up grouping up with a master coder who can use vim and pound out java code like nobody’s business and learning a lot of different things.  The coder also challenged me an pulled me outside of my comfort zone by asking me to figure out things that I never figured out before.

We also had a third part time member on the team who helped us with the presentation of the product but was focused on the open patent project I mentioned earlier.

I did a decent amount of coding and ended up hitting a wall with it at one point as one of the venues we wanted to post some pictures to seemed to not work well with python mechanize.  It was getting close to the end and we needed something.  After moving to twitter and twython we raced to the end of the product coding with some integration between the two code sets and did some testing.

Since we only had three people on the team we had a bit of a hard time working on the rest of the project and our business presentation was not as flashy as the rest.

The judging and presentation event was in an hour.  We had to move on…

The Math

We had some live technology and knowing the problems that come up with demos once we got the prototype tech working we wanted to present.  We ended up presenting first and did a decent job for the number of hours we could possibly put in it.  The robot moved, could be controlled over the Internet from anywhere, had video and took pictures.  It was awesome.

The rest of the groups had some clever presentations.

We did not win…

I think if we would have had a few more team members we really could have won.  I also think we needed to open up the uses of the robot at least for presentation to the judges.

While it would have been nice, since it was my first time, I was happy to even be there and enjoyed every second of it no matter what.  It was also great to meet some new people who had vision and enthusiasm for new things.

I plan to continue this adventure and I will and I think that is what this entire event was really all about.

Time to move forward.

DEFCON 21 – Proliferation – Ambassador Joseph R. DeTrani

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MX488s19yE

Ambassador Joseph R. DeTrani spoke to Defcon 21 about nuclear proliferation and cyber warfare.

Being this guy worked for the CIA and a bunch of other places I was a bit disappointed in his presentation format.  A lot of quotes.  It seemed like he was just presenting information that was out there and I missed some of his opinions.

He did state that cyber warefare should be under a similar treaty that nuclear arms already are (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_on_the_Non-Proliferation_of_Nuclear_Weapons).

I am almost glad I was not at Defcon this year so far as right after his speech, instead of speaking about what he was talking about, everyone was asking him about the Snowden disclosures.
The only reason they had a point in asking him about this was possibly to loop it in to some type of cyber warfare treaty.  They did not ask him for that reason though.  They asked him to harass him.
I get that people are angry but I thought the people at Defcon where smarter then this.  How far is harassment going to get with this guy?  Did you need to take your anger out on someone?
When the question was asked, instead of saying no comment, he did want to say something.  Was he prepped?  Did he prep himself?
After that initial harassment a legit question was asked but the question was directed at his mention of a firewall.  I think it was assumed that he was talking about something like China has.  He stated creation of an organization is what he meant.  An organization to oversee.  Oversee what?
They finally got a microphone for the questions.  Someone asks a real question about how exploit finders are not rewarded but instead punished and he responds stating this is what he is talking about.  How this should be changed on a global level and they should be rewarded.
Then another person gets on and trys to offend the guy.  “I am not sure why you are here.”
It is shit.  It is not shit because they are arguing with him.  It is shit because what they are arguing with him about and also what points they bring up.
It is true that WMD’s were used to start the war but the goal for anyone going up on stage should have been to get as much information out of this guy as possible.  You can argue later.  That is how this works, not that this guy is my enemy, but you have to know your enemy.  If the gentlemen that stated “I am not sure why you are here.” was smart he should have thought about questions that would have gotten real answers out of the guy.  What a waste of fucking time.
Who participated in creating your speech? was the next question. Only he did.
He was then asked about how can we trust what the government is saying about other countries nuclear weapon capabilities and was told that the government had been lying to them about it.  DeTrani responds by telling people to forget about what the US government is saying and check out this:  http://www.iaea.org/Publications/Reports/ and make your own conclusions.
I don’t know if this guy is really this ignorant of technology or if he is dodging questions but when asked about hacktivism (I mean the first thing I would ask is for a more strict definition of what we are talking about here).  It does seem like after being harassed for a while he becomes more dismissive.
I wish someone asked:  How do we become involved?  Because that is his answer to a lot.  Involve yourself.  I think he wants to call attention to how an international treaty with cyber warfare is being thought up and it needs to be shaped.
He did use a lot of sensational terms, but think about it.  What does this guy do.  It is his job to use these sensational terms everyday while he is working.  They are no different to him then any other word to him and that is both a strength and a weakness.  It is a strength because to him this is normal conversation and he is not brought out of his zone by them.  It is a weakness because some of the words he uses when talking about cyber warfare you can tell he does not understand completely.  It is either that or he is copying how they are thrown to him or around him in his daily job.  Like CSI giving a brief about the Linux kernel or something.  “We need a firewall” really means that we need to work towards securing everything.
The problem is that either way, this sucks.  You have the people making the decisions going:  Make a Firewall.  The engineers make the firewall and the decision makers decide to use it because they think everyone else wants it and they are confused.
Can you imagine how much power you could have in the group that he operates in if you actually knew what you where talking about?
What a way to treat this guy.  He took it like a champ.

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HI Startup Weekend

Quite interesting event.  In the beginning it was about the people that run the local startup helpers.  Blue Startup, Startup Hawaii, Startup Digest.  The startup Energy Accelerator had a video to bring.  It contained information about where the money and motivation comes from (navy, government, etc).  They state that HI is a startup “paradise” and have a focus on innovation in electric and energy production and control.  Applications for them close on 27th.

Guy came up and talked about what he does that is more on the software side.  Alot about how his business was started.  It took him a long time to get funding.  15 to 20 presentations.  Friends did not help, etc.

Where is the secret information on how to get to the point that one will be accepted as a startup in a competition.  I suppose a start would be in startup contest rules.

Startup America renamed to Up Global.

Startup Weekend!  Experiences shared about startup weekend.  One about trying to sell tea online.  It is made for anyone.  She (the speaker) never seen anything like it before.  Startup weekend builds a bond amongst the group that your are in to help with future ideas

No matter what anyone says it seems to take time.  Though business takes time in general it also takes time to enter and qualify for the competition.  That is, someone will present about their startup org and then state that the deadline is in December.