Wednesday, May 24, 2017
repositories. In my opinion it is a good idea to always update to the
latest available stable kernel. Along with the kernel, linux-firmware
updates were also available. Again, any new updates to hardware drivers
Monday, May 22, 2017
You should downgrade to an older, working linux kernel still in the cache. Using a fairly recent Arch linux install medium, you can mount the root partition to /mnt. Then chroot into the system.
$ arch-chroot /mnt /bin/bash
It is assumed you keep at least one other version of the linux kernel in the cache. You can check in /var/cache/pacman/pkg. At least downgrade linux, linux-header and any kernel module you have. To downgrade:
$ pacman -U linux-x.xx.xx-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz linux-headers-x.xx.xx-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
Exit by typing exit. Reboot. You should be able to boot now.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Pornography,n. obscene pictures, writings, drawings, motion pictures,
videos, or the like intended primarily to cause sexual
arousal and having little or no artistic merit.
From the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
A hand in my mouthPerhaps the band wants to leave a note of hope here.
A life spills into the flowers
We all look so perfect
As we all fall down
"What the world around us thought of as pornographic, we didn't. People's bodies aren't pornographic. What was pornographic, to us, was the way that people treated each other and how political systems destroyed people and that kind of intolerance. That's what we were trying to get across." - Lol Tolhurst, drummer
In an electric glare
The old man cracks with age
She found his last picture
In the ashes of the fire
An image of the queen
Echoes round the sweating bed
Sour yellow sounds inside my head
And in life
And in heaven
The sound of slaughter
As your body turns
But it's too late
But it's too late
One more day like today and I'll kill you
A desire for flesh
And real blood
I'll watch you drown in the shower
Pushing my life through your open eyes
In a world where they are killing drug users, this song throws its accusation of hypocrisy at those who satisfy their bloodlust at the expense of people who have real problems.
I must fight this sickness
Find a cure
I must fight this sickness
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Use the package manager to download intel-ucode.
$ pacman -S intel-ucode ## this will be downloaded from community repositories and get updates automatically if there's a new version
To set this up automatically and you don't have a custom kernel (if you have one, then YOU should know how to set this up) run grub-mkconfig.
This will edit your grub.cfg file and add a line for the intel-ucode.img file.
After running it you can check the grub config file with:
$ sudo less /boot/grub/grub.cfg ## you should scroll down and look for instances of this line up to the end of the file.
echo 'Loading Linux linux ...'P.S. Unless you know what you're doing, you should not edit the grub file manually.
linux /boot/vmlinuz-linux root=/dev/mapper/vol1-root rw
echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
initrd /boot/intel-ucode.img /boot/initramfs-linux.img
perk up concerned people anytime. Impeachment calls somebody to account
and when addressed to the most powerful man in the world, everybody
wants to listen.
Last week, beginning with the testimony of Sally Yates, the former
assistant attorney general, and definitely not ending with the firing of
FBI director James Comey, Donald Trump's days took a decidedly downward
turn. James Comey had been investigating Trump since the US elections of
2016 for his campaign staffs' connection to the Russians. Sally Yates
was apparently fired because she was looking into Trump's National
Security Adviser's connection to foreign influences. Both were just
doing their jobs.
Today, the assistant attorney general appointed Robert Mueller as
special prosecutor to investigate the Trump-Russian scandal. President
Trump has a formidable challenge in the person of Robert Mueller, a
former FBI director and a highly respected member of the president's own
political party. Mueller served as FBI director for as long as J Edgar
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
world. Blame is going round and around. The vulnerability or bug taken
advantage of by the hackers of this malware has a patch. Microsoft
provided the patch last March to users. Not all Windows machines updated
and those that forego the update got screwed. Some compared them to the
anti-vaccines people. Microsoft pointed its fingers to countrys who are
stockpiling bugs like this in order to weaponize them. Much like the
dreaded viral diseases and keeping the weak samples in a vault just in
case they need to produce vaccines for them. The NSA is preparing for
that scenario when nation-states would use them to wage war.
Wcry was stolen. It was stolen by criminals. Now criminals have a
weapon of mass destruction. When everything our civilization does
depends on computers, this situation sucks. Aaand it's just starting.
Monday, May 15, 2017
AME or ME (Management Engine) is a microcontroller, a fully independent CPU apart from the main CPU you know and control. It cannot be disabled. It is active even if your computer is in hibernation or turned off (as long as it's connected to the main outlet). It is placed there to help IT enterprise to manage computers remotely. This is a problem with the enterprise and this is Intel's solution.
Some points to remember about Intel's Management Engine:
- It has full access to your computer's memory and everything it is connected to by TCP/IP; it can control memory and all peripherals.
- It can send and receive network signals even if the computer is turned off or through a firewall.
- It can't be disabled in new Intel chips. In Intel Core2 and newer processors.
I have a problem with the last point. If this is not a malicious feature (the intention is to help in management) the feature should be optional. If Management Engine is a security feature and should therefore be default and persistent then I object to it. In any case, the firmware to Management Engine is proprietary. Nobody but Intel can see and modify it. With the recent WNCry ransomware attack, I will hate to see Management Engine turned over to malicious parties.