IoT, D-Link and Third-Party Firmware

In the early 2000’s, everybody was talking about IPv4 address exhaustion. As some of you technically enlightened readers probably know, IP stands for “Internet Protocol” and version 4 of the protocol coincidentally uses 4 bytes for the address. This means a logical span of 0.0.0.0 to 255.255.255.255, or 4294967295 possible IPs (including the unusable or private ones.) And had we kept giving out public IPs to all connected devices we would have been screwed by now. The solution was thought to be IPv6, with 16 byte addresses; enough to give a unique IPv6 address to every grain of sand on this planet.

But it wasn’t IPv6 that saved us, but rather a feature called Network Address Translation, or NAT for short. This feature usually lives in your router and bridges a private network with a public one. This is the reason you see IP-addresses starting with 192.168. in many places as that is one of the private IP ranges mentioned before. But for this to work your router also need to have a public IP address, an address that is reachable from the Internet, and therein lies the crux.

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I can’t believe this actually need explaning…

The cesspool of ignorance that is BuzzFeed has done it again. “Three women experience what it’s like to manspread and take up space for one week” is the subject of a video posted a month ago, lowering the bar even more if that is even possible. The article can be found here but if you want to watch the actual video you have to do so on YouTube. They have disabled embedding for the video, meaning it won’t even play on their own site. They have also disabled comments, so for those you need to visit the article. Geniuses at work, obviously.

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The only winning move is not to play

It is just starting to become clear just how fucked up the US elections was this year. Not that any election really is a bundle of happy ecstasy, but this one was something special.

Trumps motivation is obviously the same as it has always been; money. The names he has picked from his hat so far emphasize this. Just look at Myron Ebell, another climate change denier with a major in philosophy and no scientific education whatsoever.

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Julie Borowski wants to bring back DDT

At first I thought Julie was trolling when I watched her video on why we should bring back DDT to combat Zika. Sadly, I don’t think she is, so yet again I shall have the honor of shooting down her argument. This is a whole new level of stupid tho.

For me, getting my facts straight is at the core. I will not post anything in any form argumenting something that I have no clue about. However, it seems Julie sets the standards much much lower. You should go watch the video here before you read on. Wearing a tin foil hat while watching is strongly recommended.

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Apple just patented a way for anyone to disable the camera on your phone

Today, an article popped up in my Google News feed, with the headline “Apple patented a way to keep people from filming at concerts and movie theaters on their phones“, and to be honest it gave me the chills. At a first glance it doesn’t seem like such a dangerous idea, but just think about it for a seconds.

Giving anyone the ability to remotely disable your camera is a bad idea. A really bad idea. Especially if it can cover an entire venue.

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Julie Borowski don’t understand coal

The stupid is strong with this one… Julie Borowski just uploaded a video on how killing coal is a bad thing. She apparently comes from a long lineage of coal miners, so she gets how important coal is to fight poverty and put food on the table. And in the process, she fails to see the whole picture.

I guess the feedback on that video got a bit heated, as she disabled the comments within a few hours of uploading. She has since re-enabled them, which she deserves a gold star for. That does not however make her argument any more valid.

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