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1  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Chip designs that could impact Bitcoin: 3D stacking on: August 13, 2012, 10:36:33 PM
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So the idea is to take components that are often separate on a system – processors, main memory, networking and other peripherals – and etch them all onto chips and then stack them up in a 3D array, rather than solder them onto a motherboard and wire them together with metal stripes in a 2D array. By going 3D, the wires between components can not only be shortened - cutting the time those components need to exchange signals and potentially requiring less energy to send a signal.

"Today's chips, including those containing 3D transistors, are in fact 2D chips that are still very flat structures," explained Bernie Meyerson, a vice president of IBM Research, in a statement announcing the partnership between Big Blue and 3M.

"Our scientists are aiming to develop materials that will allow us to package tremendous amounts of computing power into a new form factor – a silicon skyscraper. We believe we can advance the state-of-art in packaging, and create a new class of semiconductors that offer more speed and capabilities while they keep power usage low – key requirements for many manufacturers, especially for makers of tablets and smartphones."

The initial plan is to come up with a way to stack up as many as 100 chips into a tower of computing power. Over the long haul IBM wants to be able to bond stacks of complete wafers together, bonding hundreds of processors at a time.

The plan, says the IBM source, is to get it into production around the end of 2013.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/09/07/ibm_3m_3d_chip/

For now this is just secret sauce for IBM and 3M, but applied to GPU's or ASIC's could increase hashing power while keeping power consumption low.
2  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Technical Support / Advanced Evasion: Getting Through your Targets Defenses on: July 31, 2012, 08:03:11 PM
Advanced Evasion Techniques in plain english
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAFh5EIX3kg
3  Other / Off-topic / Statement From Zhou Tong's Mother about his troubles on: July 30, 2012, 11:02:00 AM
I received an email from Zhou Tong's Mother asking me to post this promptly.

shu, shu, shu...Don't cry Zhou Tong.



When I talked to Uncle, he was concerned.



Uncle said he would help.



Uncle has many friends in the PRC,



with which he has good relations.



He said not to worry about police involvement,



he would be the first to know if there were any problems.



If it escalates too fast even for him,



he knows a few lawyers to help.



Uncle is greatful of the jade rabbit, he said he will put it with the rest of the relics you sent him.



So you won't be sad, meimei would like to play a song for you to be happy.



Sincerely,

Ma Zhou



This story was compiled with 陈建海 Bing Image search
4  Other / Off-topic / Steam Client for Linux: Valve Linux on: July 18, 2012, 12:22:46 AM
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Steam’d penguins? Is it a recipe for an exotic South Pole dish? Perhaps it’s one of those bizarre YouTube videos of penguins in a sauna cavorting with the Swedish Bikini team?

The truth is that this is the first post of the Valve Linux blog. This blog is where you can find the latest information from Valve about our Linux development efforts. Avoid the rumors and speculations that multiply on the Web. Instead, come to the source – a blog where people who are interested in Linux and open source game development can get the latest information on Valve’s efforts in this arena. In this initial post, we’ll introduce the team (and a bit of its history) and then give you a snapshot of what we’re currently doing.

The goal of the Steam client project is a fully-featured Steam client running on Ubuntu 12.04. We’ve made good progress this year and now have the Steam client running on Ubuntu with all major features available. We’re still giving attention and effort to minor features but it’s a good experience at the moment. In the near future, we will be setting up an internal beta focusing on the auto-update experience and compatibility testing.

Since the Steam client isn’t much without a game, we’re also porting Left4Dead 2 to Ubuntu. This tests the game-related features of the Steam client, in addition to L4D2 gameplay on Ubuntu. Over the last few months, excellent progress has been made on several fronts and it now runs natively on Ubuntu 12.04. We’re working hard to improve the performance and have made good progress (more on that in a future post). Our goal is to have L4D2 performing under Linux as well as it performs under Windows.
http://blogs.valvesoftware.com/linux/
5  Other / Off-topic / Verizon Sues for Right to be Your Internet Editor on: July 17, 2012, 09:04:15 AM
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Last week, Verizon filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit laying out their various and sundry complaints against the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order, which put net neutrality regulations in place for Internet service providers. The telecom giant is suing to have the FCC's order thrown out, and one of their legal arguments is raising more than a few eyebrows. Verizon, per the court document, considers itself your Internet editor. Or your Internet editor-in-waiting.

It goes like this: the Open Internet Order says that Verizon, as a provider of broadband Internet, can't block or slow access to (legal) online content because they disagree with its message or are being paid by an outside party to do so. This is essentially how the internet has operated since its inception, and the Open Internet Order is intended to prevent ISPs like Verizon from becoming gatekeepers. Verizon, however, argues that it has the constitutionally protected right to decide which content you, as a Verizon customer, can access -- that it is no different from a newspaper editor.
http://mediamatters.org/blog/2012/07/09/verizon-wants-the-freedom-to-edit-your-internet/187003

WTF! Do we live under some communist regime?
6  Other / Off-topic / America didn't have a revolution because of taxation. on: July 16, 2012, 12:12:50 AM
When Benjamin Franklin was ambassador to England, the representatives of the Bank of England asked him, "How come America is getting so rich?" Franklin replies, "Well that's easy, we create our own money and we owe no interest to pay to no one." Hearing of this, the representatives were able to get the parliament to pass the Currency Act of 1764. The Currency Act outlawed America's own creation of money, it put America on the gold standard and made Americans pay their taxes in gold or silver coin. Unfortunately, gold and silver was a very scarce commodity in America in those days. The result of this immediately plunged America into a very deep depression.
According to Franklin, everyone in America was well aware of who caused this depression. England outlawed America's printing of it's own money and it was the Currency Act of 1764 that was the root cause of the American revolution, because it created such an economic upheaval. Franklin states, "We could've endured a little tax on tea and in other matters, but it was Englands taking away our ability to create our own currency that was the root cause of the revolution."

The Federal Reserve is proof we did not protect America's right to print it's own money.
7  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Apple Joining Mobile Payment Royal Rumble on: July 15, 2012, 11:23:42 PM
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Apple was granted a patent on Tuesday by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a Near Field Communications (NFC)-enabled travel management application, furthering speculation that the company is readying mobile payment technology for future versions of its iPhone product.

The Web site Macrumors.com reports that Apple was granted a patent for a service, “iTravel” that would make use of NFC technology. The service could also help travelers mitigate some perils of air travel via their smartphone, such as paying for checked luggage, confirming reservations or checking in at the airport by allowing phones to access travelers’ information, including their photograph, fingerprint or retinal scan, to verify identities.

Thirty three percent of U.S. consumers have already made a payment by their mobile phone according to a survey conducted by analytics firm IDC Financial Insights this week. That number is more than double the amount of mobile payment adopters from last year. Additional research from Gartner this week anticipates the mobile payment market will exceed $600 billion globally by 2016, almost four times the $172 billion that was spent this year -- a statistic that likely factors in Apple’s emerging interest in the field.
http://threatpost.com/en_us/blogs/apple-receives-nfc-patent-taking-it-slow-mobile-payments-071112

$600 Billion? Bitcoin should be the largest percent of that!
8  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Technical Support / Guidance on troubleshooting process and memory usage on: July 02, 2012, 05:11:41 PM
I'm having an issue with running Armory and etotheipi is unable to direct me in determining what is wrong though he thinks not enough memory. It runs fine, according to him, in a 1GB VM. I would like to provide an answer that will explain what is really happening, though my linux skills are limited, and so I ask for your help.

The system is an Ubuntu like 11.04 64bit with 1 GB of RAM.

This is what top says while running Armory and everything is very slow and crashes cgminer.

Code:
Mem:   1021836k total,  1010296k used,    11540k free
Yet all processes total only 60% of memory, what is consuming the other 35%-40% of memory besides processes that would make the system so sluggish?
What tools can I run that will help identify what is happening and can put into a report or log?

Cheers
9  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Technical Support / Guest-to-Host VM Escape Vulnerability on: June 30, 2012, 06:50:51 PM
Look out Linode!!!

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The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) has issued an alert for a dangerous guest-to-host virtual machine escape vulnerability affecting virtualization software from multiple vendors.

The vulnerability, which affects 64-bit operating systems and virtualization software running on Intel CPU hardware, exposes users to local privilege escalation attack or a guest-to-host virtual machine escape.

From the advisory:

A ring3 attacker may be able to specifically craft a stack frame to be executed by ring0 (kernel) after a general protection exception (#GP). The fault will be handled before the stack switch, which means the exception handler will be run at ring0 with an attacker’s chosen RSP causing a privilege escalation.

Affected vendors include Intel Corp., FreeBSD, Microsoft, NetBSD, Oracle, RedHat, SUSE Linux and Xen.
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/security/us-cert-warns-of-guest-to-host-vm-escape-vulnerability/12471
10  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Technical Support / Beware the Ides of July 9, 2012 and DNS Changer Trojan on: June 30, 2012, 06:29:05 PM
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In about two weeks, hundreds of thousands of computer users are going to learn the hard way that failing to keep a clean machine comes with consequences. On July 9, 2012, any systems still infected with the DNSChanger Trojan will be summarily disconnected from the rest of the Internet, and the latest reports indicate this malware is still resident on systems at 12 percent of Fortune 500 companies, and roughly four percent of U.S. federal agencies.

In a bid to help users clean up infections, security experts won court approval last year to seize control of the infrastructure that powered the search-hijacking Trojan. But a court-imposed deadline to power down that infrastructure will sever Internet access for PCs that are not rid of the malware before July 9, 2012.
http://krebsonsecurity.com/2012/06/dnschanger-trojan-still-in-12-of-fortune-500/
11  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-06-16 Alex Jones Show: Bitcoin Mentioned by Top Survivalist on: June 30, 2012, 04:02:31 PM
Bitcoin mentioned on Alex Jones by survivalist as a way to help in case of economic collapse, Schweet!
The Impending Economic Collapse with Survivalist James Wesley Rawles
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STfEPWB6MJs  Bitcoin mention @ 23:00 minutes

James Wesley Rawles: If their is a 'Banking Holiday' in the US, bank payment processing may be shut down. On line payments, like Pay-pal, will need to touch a bank at some point. The only online payments that will be working will probably be Bitcoin, because it's not tied to any currency. Any one who doesn't already have a Bitcoin account should go ahead and set one up just as a contingency. Because we may very well might see no way to make online transactions outside of the Bitcoin arena.

Alex Jones: How long do you expect them to try to bring this country into cardiac arrest until we acquesce to their financial terrorism?
12  Other / Off-topic / How fast is the speed of light? on: June 25, 2012, 04:58:41 AM
The speed of light in a vacuum, usually denoted by c, is a universal physical constant important in many areas of physics. The value is explained as 299,792,458 metres per second, or represented as 186,282.397 miles per second. From a perspective, this may appear correct but in actuality is incorrect. The photon does not travel in a straight line, it travels in a corkscrew, that 2-dimensionally we call a wave. Light does not travel at 186,282 miles per second, in actuality, the particle of light travels 3.41 times faster than we are lead to believe.

635,222.97377 miles per second is the true speed of light.
13  Other / Off-topic / Drake Equation Solved by Crop Circle on: June 25, 2012, 01:54:08 AM
Will unraveling the iconographic data in the crop circles reveal who is creating them?

An equation is used to quantify the probability of life that exists in the universe. One crop circle appears to be an answer to the mathematical formula created by Dr. Frank Drake, known today as the Drake equation.



14  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Technical Support / Found a hidden process, now what? on: June 19, 2012, 10:25:35 AM
Code:
WARNING : info.procs changed during test : 366 (was 365)
WARNING : info.procs changed during test : 365 (was 366)
HIDDEN Processes Found: 1 sysinfo.procs = 365   ps_count = 366

 Shocked  I don't know if this is a false positive or if Jynx has evolved.   Shocked

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Gradually the Linux kernel has evolved and doing quite more complex work to modify it to those ends, so currently the most effective way to install a rootkit on a Linux system is to go towards the 'userland'


This kind of rootkits there are two types , or which change the typical binary system associated information (ps and friends) and more sophisticated rootkits inject a library in the process.


Have long existed rootkits acting that way, but had remained somewhat hidden, relatively recently has released a fully functional implementation of a rootkit capable of infecting a Linux system today, his name: Jynx


This type of rootkits act injecting a shared library (. So) in all system processes.
http://7256log.blogspot.com/2011/10/analisis-de-jynx-linux-rootkit.html

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Jynx Kit Userland Rootkit

Authored by ErrProne
Jynx Kit is a LD_PRELOAD userland rootkit. Fully undetectable from chkrootkit and rootkithunter. Includes magic packet SSL reverse back connect shell. Solid building block for further LD_PRELOAD rootkits.
http://packetstormsecurity.org/files/105893/Jynx-Kit-Userland-Rootkit.html
15  Other / Off-topic / Donating to the Zimmerman Defense Fund on: June 13, 2012, 03:08:31 AM
I would like to Donate some Bitcoins to the www.gzdefensefund.com but they only accept Paypal. There is no Email address to ask them to accept Bitcoins so what can I do about it?
16  Other / Beginners & Help / How much is a mBTC equal to? on: June 11, 2012, 03:50:55 AM
and, is it anything like uBTC?
17  Other / Off-topic / Planet X, 2012 and the Conspiracy of Silence on: June 09, 2012, 08:05:44 PM
Was the death of Dr. Robert S. Harrington a cover up?

Dr. Robert S. Harrington, was the chief astronomer of the U.S. Naval Observatory, unfortunately he mysteriously died before he could publicize the fact that Planet X actually is approaching our Solar System for real.

Is esophageal cancer a way to say that he talked to much?

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By analyzing time-lapse photographs using the “blink comparison” technique, originated by famed Pluto discoverer, Clyde Tombaugh, Dr. Harrington proved that Planet X was indeed inbound into our Solar System. Harrington sent back reports of this ominous discovery, but died of what was reported to be esophageal cancer before he could pack up his telescope and come home to hold what would have been a highly publicized press conference. The source below indicates that Harrington began the search at Black Birch in April, 1991, two years before his death. However, considering the painstaking process of trying to find a distant needle in a very large haystack, two years is not much time at all.
The Mysterious Death of Dr. Robert Harrington and the discovery of Planet X

The location of Planet X
http://adsbit.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-iarticle_query?bibcode=1988AJ.....96.1476H

Before his death he said Planet X was entering into our solar system.
18  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Technical Support / What is this data? on: June 03, 2012, 02:47:17 PM
I retrieved data from here: http://p2pool.info/stats
Feel free to answer any questions or correct any incorrect assumptions.

What is this format known as?
{"rates":[[1312037400000,2],[Lots more stuff],[1338722700000,196]],"maxRate":468.2700000000,"maxUsers":244}

The red highlighted item below is the title of this data.
{"rates":[[1312037400000,2],[Lots more stuff],[1338722700000,196]],"maxRate":468.2700000000,"maxUsers":244}

These red highlighted items are start and end brackets that contain all of the data.
{"rates":[[1312037400000,2],[Lots more stuff],[1338722700000,196]],"maxRate":468.2700000000,"maxUsers":244}

What is the red data below? Hashrate? Users?
{"rates":[[1312037400000,2],[Lots more stuff],[1338722700000,196]],"maxRate":468.2700000000,"maxUsers":244}

What is the red data below? Date/timestamp?
{"rates":[[1312037400000,2],[Lots more stuff],[1338722700000,196]],"maxRate":468.2700000000,"maxUsers":244}
19  Other / Off-topic / Zombie Attacks on the Rise in Florida, 4 Cases so far This Year on: June 02, 2012, 09:44:18 AM
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Miami police are still tight-lipped about the man they shot and killed on the MacArthur Causeway Saturday afternoon, but new details back claims they had no choice: the naked man they shot was trying to chew the face off another naked man, and refused to obey police orders to stop his grisly meal, which one source now claims included his victim’s nose and eyeballs.

Surveillance video taken from security cameras at the nearby Miami Herald building show a police officer arrive on the scene, appear to be startled by the spectacle of two naked men lying on the street, and draw his service weapon. It appears that the officer shot one of the men, but it was difficult to tell in the video.

The bizarre shooting happened shortly after 2 p.m., when police responded to a 911 call about two naked men fighting on a bike path along the Causeway, which was packed with traffic on a busy holiday weekend.

Aguilar, who heads the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, said he has spoken with the officer who responded. Aguilar said the officer saw what the man was doing, and ordered him to stop. He said the man growled at the officer, and then returned to his meal.

Aguilar said the man ate his victim’s nose and eyeballs.

The officer then used his service weapon and shot the man, Aguilar said, but the gunshot had no effect. Other sources confirmed that the man refused to obey, and continued his attack. Aguilar said the officer had no choice but to keep shooting until the attacker was dead.

The head of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, Armando Aguilar, said drugs are at the root of the attack.

In the cases Aguilar mentioned, he said the people have all taken their clothing off, been extremely violent with what seemed to be super-human strength, even using their jaws as weapons.
Zombie Attacks on the Rise in Florida, 4 Cases so far This Year
20  Other / Politics & Society / Carbon Tax to become Law in Australia on: May 27, 2012, 01:41:29 PM
Carbon tax will not increase grocery shopping bills, says industry group

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THE food processing industry says shoppers will not suffer any price rises under the proposed carbon tax because the impact will be borne by manufacturers.
The Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, has repeatedly used the Australian Food and Grocery Council's earlier estimate of a 3 to 5 per cent price hike on food due to the carbon tax during his anti-carbon tax campaign warning of imminent price increases.
But releasing new modelling yesterday, the council said the impact would not hit household shopping bills, because the highly competitive food retailers would not allow the price rises to flow through.
''It is very unlikely food processors would be able to pass on any rises in costs in this depressed retailing market and with a supermarket price war underway,'' the chief executive of the council, Kate Carnell, said.
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/carbon-tax-will-not-increase-grocery-shopping-bills-says-industry-group-20111013-1ln4g.html


Want to know more about carbon taxes? What is the carbon tax and how is it being used to squeeze you dry?
http://www.hulu.com/watch/235716/trading-on-thin-air

"The finite nature of carbon credits and absence of a physical commodity leave it particularly vulnerable to speculation." - U.S. House Representative Bart Stupak
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