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78 Hydroptère

August 26th, 2014 No comments

The 78 Hydroptère is currently cruising around in the lake of Zurich. – What a beauty!

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Image 2014 CC-BY-NC-SA copyleft Tristan Hauser

23 years of Linux

August 25th, 2014 No comments

Congratulations, Linus Torvalds, and thanks for inventing and writing the GNU/Linux Kernel since 23(!) years!

Hello everybody out there using minix -

I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and
professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing
since april, and is starting to get ready. I’d like any feedback on
things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat
(same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons)
among other things).

I’ve currently ported bash(1.08) and gcc(1.40), and things seem to work.
This implies that I’ll get something practical within a few months, and
I’d like to know what features most people would want. Any suggestions
are welcome, but I won’t promise I’ll implement them :-)

Linus (torv…@kruuna.helsinki.fi)

PS. Yes – it’s free of any minix code, and it has a multi-threaded fs.
It is NOT protable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never
will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that’s all I have :-(.

Source: usenet comp.os.minix

CCC proudly announces honorary members Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden

August 24th, 2014 No comments

Congratulations, CCC!

Chaos Computer Club supports Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden
2014-08-24 00:52:00, 46halbe

Since its founding more than thirty years ago, the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) holds strong beliefs in the freedom of information. Consequentially, freedom fighters and whistleblowers deserve our utmost respect and support. For this reason we will help the European legal team of Edward Snowden financially.

Asylum, legal counsel and protection are costly. This is why we decided to support Snowden’s six European lawyers with 36.000 Euro to cover their expenses. Earlier this year, the CCC general assembly also decided to offer Edward Snowden the honorary membership, which he accepted gladly.

“The long lasting dedication of the CCC and others for citizen’s rights and against mass surveillance paved the road for a broad public debate after Edward Snowden’s revelations”, said Snowden’s German lawyer, Wolfgang Kaleck. “Both the commitment as well as the support for Snowden require perseverance. The financial support provided will help sustain these efforts.”

Edward Snowden is the source of many leaks about the so-called Intelligence Community and their hacking and surveillance operations, which made news headlines all over the world. He ignited the necessary global discussion by informing journalists about how much and how deeply we are being spied on by the NSA and their partners, how they infiltrate telecommunication and Internet service providers. One of our central claims and part of our hacker ethics is: “Public data should be utilized, private data should be protected.” Edward Snowden had the guts to live by our principles.

Undoubtedly, Chelsea Manning’s courageous actions also stand in line with these values of ours. To express our support and respect, the CCC bi-annual general assembly unanimously voted for offering her the honorary membership. She agreed to accept our offer. Needless to say, it is an outstanding honor for us to count Chelsea Manning as one of us!

The former US private Chelsea Manning, stationed in Iraq in 2009 and 2010, was sentenced for violations of the Espionage Act and other offences in August 2013. Allegedly, she transferred hundreds of thousands of military and U.S. State Department documents and the infamous “collateral murder” video to Wikileaks. Detained as a political prisoner in 2010 under unduly harsh conditions without minimal standards of humane treatment and stripped of her clothing in custody every night, Manning is now serving a 35-year sentence for her courageous acts. [1]

Links:
[1] Alexa O’Brien at the 30th Chaos Communication Congress (30c3) reporting on the secret trial of Chelsea Manning
[2] Edward Snowden Interview Transcript

Brave! – Become a CCC member yourself today!

Swiss Aero space under military surveillance

August 21st, 2014 No comments

Since monday night (18th August 2014) ADS95 Ranger Drones are flying within TMA (traffic manoevering area) LSZH (ICAO code for ZRH, Zurich), using callsigns such as FOCUS1 and FOCUS2, seemingly equipped with ADS-B, as they are now visible on Flightradar24 and other platforms.


(Note that the stupid military operator does not know that the transition level for TMA LSZH is FL70 and therefore asks for clearance for FL60 instead of 6000ft!)

The virtual pilot navigating the drone applied for respective flightplans (LSME ZUE ROMIR KLO LSME) with Skyguide, – according to my call with them, – from LSME (Emmen) to LSME, without further explanation, intention nor defined route.

As there is no comprehensible reason, such as WEF Davos or Swiss political revolution for such an operation, I hereby propose to install a selfshot system equipped with ADS-B receiver to take these surveillance systems down smash into ground!

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Further I should say that the Swiss Military in Emmen was very surprised by my call (01:30 a.m. CEST) to learn hat the drones are visible for anyone, as they seemingly are equipped with ADS-B. – Grotesque!

The responsible person for the operation told me on the phone that the Ranger Drones by Ruag have been in a mission to secure the Swiss-Germano border for the whole week already.

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Teh Russians invading? Some “Chügeli-Neger” trafficing drugs? – Or is it just about Germans overrunning our borders again to stuff the cellars of our banks with Nazi-Gold? WTF!? m)

[Update 0130 UTC]
Mr. Röthlisberger, military police sergeant from VBS, was not only surprised to learn that the drones are visible for anyone through secondary radar, but, – surprisingly, – was not aware that drones from the swiss military were in operation at all, though his office is in charge for military operations within swiss aerospace!

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NOTAM:
RUAG AD95 drones by Swiss Military use callsigns FOCUS1, FOCUS2 etc., whereas the registration numbers vary from D-113, D-138, D-8 etc. (*not* HB-XXX, as usual for registered a/c for Switzerland).

FRITZ!Box VoIP password extraction

July 9th, 2014 4 comments

Many providers send you the preconfigured FRITZ!Box containing all settings, whereas passwords are not visible in the webinterface. Some providers, such as Sunrise in Switzerland, argue they wont give you the password due to “safety reasons” when you call their helpdesk. m) – To extract your VoIP password from your FRITZ!Box follow these steps:

1.) Enable Telnet
Open the webinterface of your FRITZ!Box an choose > Telephony > Telephonebook
Add two new entries:
Name: Telnet On
Number: #96*7*

and
Name: Telnet Off
Number: #96*8*

FritzBox-telnet-phonebook

Dial #96*7* on your connected DECT phone to enable telnet on your FRITZ!Box. If you don’t have a phone connected to the Box, enable “click to dial” in telephony > calls > click to dial and dial the number by clicking on the number in the phonebook on the webinterface.

2.) Extract VoIP password in telnet
Access your router via telnet in the command line (aka Terminal). Use the IP of your router and your FRITZ!Box password.

user@host:~$ telnet 192.168.1.1
password: ***********

BusyBox v1.20.2 (2013-05-13 12:53:07 CEST) built-in shell (ash)
Enter ‘help’ for a list of built-in commands.

#

Then use the following two commands to extract the VoIP password:

# allcfgconv -C voip -o /var/tmp/temp -c
# cat /var/tmp/temp |grep passwd
passwd = “23f00b4R”;
passwd = “”;
#

Done 8-)
Now disable telnet again, – for security reasons, – by dialing #96*8* on your DECT. – Have phun!

For further reading:

Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance

June 5th, 2014 No comments

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34 International Experts Weigh in On Mass Surveillance on Snowden Anniversary

Today, a group of over 400 organizations and experts, along with 350,000 individuals, continue to rally in support of the 13 International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance (the Necessary and Proportionate Principles) a year to the day after Edward Snowden first revealed how governments are monitoring individuals on a massive scale. The international experts who supported the Necessary and Proportionate Principles has issued a press release containing quotes from professionals weighing in on the need to end the mass surveillance.

Source

[Update]
“Es ist Zeit, die Netze zurückzuerobern”

Swiss Lawful Intercept Report 2014

March 16th, 2014 No comments

Die Digitale Gesellschaft veröffentlicht heute einen Report zu den Überwachungsaktivitäten der Kantone und des Dienstes Überwachung Post-
und Fernmeldeverkehr (Dienst ÜPF). Der Swiss Lawful Intercept Report
2014 besteht aus mehreren Teilen:

  • Der Rückblick über die letzten Jahre zeigt den steten Anstieg der Überwachungsmassnahmen.
  • Die Statistik 2013 beleuchtet die Überwachungsmassnahmen nach Delikten und zeigt signifikante kantonale Unterschiede auf.
  • Ein Kapitel widmet sich der Gewichtung schwerer Straftaten, mit welchen immer wieder für Überwachung argumentiert wird, und zeigt auf,dass diese Straftaten nur einen geringen Teil an der Gesamtmenge an Überwachungen ausmachen.

Eine politische Einschätzung beleuchtet die Totalrevision des BÜPF (Bundesgesetzes betreffend der Überwachung des Post- und Fernmeldeverkehrs).

Der Swiss Lawful Intercept Report 2014 (PDF) steht online zur Verfügung.

Source

Jolla status report

January 26th, 2014 No comments

Jolla Logo After the excitement about the new GNU/Linux Sailfish OS phone Jolla and having tinkered around for a couple of days I come to the, – unfortunate, – conclusion, that the phone is not end-user ready (yet).

Although the OS offers an intuitive, fast and clever handling of the functions, many core functions are yet missing.

Watching the community reports and how desperate many are looking for a well working, nicely developed and secure smartphone, I hope that the Jolla team will come up with an update of the missing features soon.

Rosetta

January 20th, 2014 No comments

Hello World!

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Violations on users PIM

January 19th, 2014 No comments

While Apple Computers decided to rape users rights once more, ceasing the capability to synchronise PIM (personal information management) data locally with OS X Mavericks 10.9 (argueing they should store their data in their iCloud. – Bwahahahaha!1!!) there are too many PIM solutions for GNU/Linux users, whereas none of them are really feasible for users who want to switch to Free Software.

While many complain that there are too few GNU/Linux Desktop users and Linus Torvalds claims this to be his “personal failure” the GNU/Linux community fails to offer a seamless integration of GUI (graphical user interface) PIM into their OS. (Which is really sad, as fiddling around with SoGo-connector, lightning etc. does not offer a sustainable solution…)

So here is my solution:
Get DAViCal, install it on your server and get mutt, pycarddav and khal for your desktop(s), get a Jolla and you will have a beautiful and seamless PIM solution using the “good olde command line”.

khal