Friday, 10 January 2014

[Podcast] DPTLC Podcast!? COMING SOON!


DPTLC Podcast!? Not if I can help it!*


* Your DPTLC Podcast Host would like to remind you that he doesn't feel the need to follow any pre-programmed schedule.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

[Geeking] Rooting your Public Mobile ZTE N762

Why root your Public Mobile ZTE N762?

 To remove or move to your phone's SD card the unwanted Apps you never use and make extra space for Apps you really want. The N762 is cheap but as very little memory so rooting your phone is a nice way to optimize its space. (ie. I do not have a Facebook account or use Google+ on my phone removing those apps freed about 15Mb on my phone.)

 To tether the 3G connection over a USB cable or through Wi-Fi. While there are some other options, rooting your phone will allow you to easily share your phone's Interweb connection with your other device.

 To customize your phone. Some apps will allow you to customize just about everything on your phone but those require that you have a rooted phone.

 Once rooted you will also be able to install ROMs to change/upgrade the version of Android currently on the phone and install apps allowing you to take screenshots or install a firewall to protect your phone.

Read carefully

The risks of rooting your Android phone 
by bullguard.com

[...]
     1. You can turn your smartphone into a brick. Well, not literally, but if you goof up the rooting process, meaning the code modifications, your phone software can get so damaged that your phone will basically be as useless as a brick.

    2. Your phone warranty turns void. It’s legal to root your phone; however, if you do it, your device gets straight out of warranty. Say you root your phone and some time after that, you experience a phone malfunction – hardware or software related. Because of the Android rooting, the warranty is no longer valid, and the manufacturer will not cover the damages.
    3. Malware can easily breach your mobile security. Gaining root access also entails circumventing the security restrictions put in place by the Android operating system. Which means worms, viruses, spyware and Trojans can infect the rooted Android software if it’s not protected by effective mobile antivirus for Android. There are several ways these types of malware get on your phone: drive-by downloads, malicious links, infected apps you download from not so reputable app stores. They take over your phone and make it act behind your back: forward your contact list to cybercrooks, sniff your e-mails, send text messages to premium numbers, racking up your phone, and collect personal data such as passwords, usernames, credit card details that you use while socializing, banking and shopping from your smartphone.
[...]
And then read: Android Newbie’s Guide to Rooting and The Always Up-To-Date Guide to Rooting the Most Popular Android Phones.

Need to Know:
HOW TO UNROOT (ALMOST) ALL ANDROID DEVICES (SIMPLIFIED)
How to Unroot Android from eHow

1- Install Clockwork
Source: xda-developers.com, kodemind.com
  • Download Clockwork HERE
  • Extract the "Android SDK" folder from the "Android SDK.rar" to C:\.
    You should now have C:\Android SDK\ 
  • Put your phone in Android Bootloader Interface.
    How to:
    1. Turn your phone ON, 
    2. Immediately Press and Hold the Volume Down and Menu* button.
  • Your phone will now appear frozen. 
  • Plug your phone into your PC and install the driver found in the Android SDK folder.**
  1. Open a Command Prompt (Open as administrator if using windows
    Vista/7)
  2. Type in Command Prompt:"cd C:\Android SDK" 
  3. Press Enter.
  4. In Command Prompt type:"fastboot flash recovery recovery.img"  
  5. Press Enter.**
  6. Once step 4 has completed, which shouldn't take more than a few second,
    Type in Command Prompt:"fastboot reboot"
Your phone will now reboot.
  • To load Clockwork and see if it was installed successfully enter Recovery mode.***
    How to:

    1. Turn your phone ON,
    2. Immediately Press and Hold the Volume UP and Menu* button
* The Menu button is to the left of the Home button. Some people do press the Home button by mistake. If you did press the wrong button remove your battery and try again.
** If entering "fastboot flash recovery recovery.img" returns "Waiting for device" you most likely haven't plugged-in you phone or installed the driver from the Android SDK folder.
***  Once loaded Clockworkmod will be upside down but will work properly.

2- Root your Phone
  • Download "superuser_installer_xda.zip" HERE 
  • Mount your phone to your PC and Copy "superuser_installer_xda.zip" to your phone's SD card. 
  • Unmount your phone
  1. Load Clockwork,  (Tip: Use volume button to navigate and the Home Button to select)
  2. Select "Install zip",
  3. Select "superuser_installer_xda.zip",
  4. Install,
  5. Reboot your phone.
 Your Phone is now Rooted!

Problem?
See the comment section of kodemind.com or mobilephonetalk.com for trouble shooting and help.

3- What Now?

IMPORTANT!!
"With great power comes great responsibility."

Being Root on a Linux based system is nothing like being the Administrator of a Windows PC by doing something frivolously or executing random commands you could damage your phone or make it completely useless.

Lets prevent some of the future mistake you'll be undoubtedly making.
  • Set a Password for Root.
    1. In your phone launch the Superuser App and go to the settings,
    2. Enter a new Pin.
  • Install an Anti-Virus
    I'm personally using Avast! but there are many options out there. 
  • Back Up your Phone!
    Install Titanium Backup Root to help you backup then fix the many mistake you'll probably be making in the future.
Read More! Fail Less!
  • The 10 Best Android Apps that Make Rooting Your Phone Worth the Hassle from LifeHacker.com
  • I've rooted my phone. Now what? What do I gain from rooting? From stackexchange.com
  •  (Guide) (Beginners) You have rooted your phone, now what can you do. From talkandroid.com
Some Apps I like that require Root

Elixir II: A suite of tools for your Android.
Adfree Android: Removes the ads found in some(Most) free apps.
TotalCommander: A very complete file manager.
App 2 SD: Allow you to move unmovable apps to your SD card.
AnTuTu CPU Master: Overcloak your CPU.
Android Terminal Emulator: Linux command shell terminal.
ROM Manager: Clockworkmod Interface.
ScreenShot Free: Take screenshot in Android.



DPTLC is in no way affiliated with Public Mobile.
Rooting your phone will void all warranty from Public Mobile and ZTE.

Friday, 8 February 2013

[Snowstorm #Nemo] USA vs Canada vs Québec

Of course, of this could be said a lot of things, things that could easily turn to racism or bigotry, I just thought it was funny to compare how different group react to the same event.


Highlights
Priority dedicated to the snowstorm on the front page of the Huffington Post in the USA, Canada & Québec.

Huffington Post USA

Huffington Post Canada

 Huffington Post Québec


Note that the USA are the only one who found it useful to give this snowstorm a name, ergo #Nemo.
It's also interesting to look at the number of comment on those articles which are by now near the thousands in the USA, at 20 in Canada and none yet in Québec.

*Images: Front page of the Huffington Post (USA, Canada & Québec) on February 08, 2013.

Update [February 8, 12:00]
At 12 O'clock the Canadian edition downgraded the snowstorm.


Saturday, 26 January 2013

[#IPDiscrimination*] Kijiji says this ad is illigal

Since Kijiji as made it its goal to fuck with me here is the fucking ad!

Posted (Attempted to) in Montreal.kijiji.ca because you know I'M in fucking Montreal!

I know it's nobodies fault but, right now, if I was to learn that Kijiji's office had burned down and everyone had been trap inside I would, without shame, do the happy dance. Don't get me wrong I really like Kijiji, I've just never been able to post on the goddamn site. Also they NEVER replied to any email I've sent through their help desk.


*IP Discrimination really is a thing and it's a terrible thing in a virtual world without "border". IP Discrimination is most often linked to racism where entire nations are being block from accessing certain websites.

Update! [February 8]

Using ProXPN's VPN I was finally able to publish the ad which doesn't fit with Kijiji's policy that a user's IP must be from the same country has the page he wants to publish on since ProXPN's IP is in the US and not Canada.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

[eMag] Papers from Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society

"The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (Phil. Trans.) is a scientific journal published by the Royal Society of London. It was established in 1665,[1] making it the first journal in the world exclusively devoted to science, and it has remained in continuous publication ever since, making it the world's longest-running scientific journal. The slightly earlier Journal des sçavans can also lay claim to be the world's first science journal, although it contained a wide variety of non-scientific material as well.[2] The use of the word "philosophical" in the title derives from the phrase "natural philosophy", which was the equivalent of what would now be generically called "science"." - Wikipedia


Swartz indicted for JSTOR theft
Digital activist gained access through MIT network drops
By Connor Kirschbaum
STAFF REPORTER
August 3, 2011

"Aaron H. Swartz is an accomplished 24-year-old by anyone’s standards. He co-authored the now widely-used RSS 1.0 specification at age 14, was one of three owners of the massively popular social news site Reddit, and recently completed a fellowship at the Harvard Ethics Center Lab on Institutional Corruption.

On Jan. 6, 2011, Swartz allegedly entered the basement of MIT’s Building 16, using his white bicycle helmet as a mask to hide his identity from passersby. A federal indictment, unsealed on July 19, describes his entering a restricted network wiring closet, retrieving a laptop and external hard drive he had hidden there under a cardboard box weeks before, and cautiously stepping out of the wiring closet with his makeshift mask in place.

According to the indictment, Swartz’s laptop had been using MIT’s network to rapidly download articles from JSTOR. JSTOR is an archive of academic journals to which many universities, including MIT, pay large amounts of money for access. The indictment describes these events as the final phase of Swartz’s three-month JSTOR downloading operation, bringing his total count of acquired JSTOR articles to 4.8 million. MIT valued that information at $50,000, according to the Cambridge Police incident report.

Swartz’s intention, the indictment claimed, was to upload all of the documents to a peer-to-peer file-sharing site, where anyone could access them for free.

He never got the chance. Within two hours of fleeing Building 16, Swartz was captured by Secret Service Agent Michael Pickett, in what was the culmination of three months of detective work by MIT Information Services & Technology, the MIT and Cambridge Police Departments, and the United States Secret Service." 

- The Tech


About this torrent:
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Hash: SHA1

  This archive contains 18,592 scientific publications totaling
33GiB, all from Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society
and which should be  available to everyone at no cost, but most
have previously only been made available at high prices through
paywall gatekeepers like JSTOR.

Limited access to the  documents here is typically sold for $19
USD per article, though some of the older ones are available as
cheaply as $8. Purchasing access to this collection one article
at a time would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Also included is the basic factual metadata allowing you to
locate works by title, author, or publication date, and a
checksum file to allow you to check for corruption.

ef8c02959e947d7f4e4699f399ade838431692d972661f145b782c2fa3ebcc6a sha256sum.txt

I've had these files for a long time, but I've been afraid that if I
published them I would be subject to unjust legal harassment by those who
profit from controlling access to these works.

I now feel that I've been making the wrong decision.

On July 19th 2011, Aaron Swartz was criminally charged by the US Attorney
General's office for, effectively, downloading too many academic papers
from JSTOR.

Academic publishing is an odd system—the authors are not paid for their
writing, nor are the peer reviewers (they're just more unpaid academics),
and in some fields even the journal editors are unpaid. Sometimes the
authors must even pay the publishers.

And yet scientific publications are some of the most outrageously
expensive pieces of literature you can buy. In the past, the high access
fees supported the costly mechanical reproduction of niche paper journals,
but online distribution has mostly made this function obsolete.

As far as I can tell, the money paid for access today serves little
significant purpose except to perpetuate dead business models. The
"publish or perish" pressure in academia gives the authors an impossibly
weak negotiating position, and the existing system has enormous inertia.

Those with the most power to change the system--the long-tenured luminary
scholars whose works give legitimacy and prestige to the journals, rather
than the other way around--are the least impacted by its failures. They
are supported by institutions who invisibly provide access to all of the
resources they need. And as the journals depend on them, they may ask
for alterations to the standard contract without risking their career on
the loss of a publication offer. Many don't even realize the extent to
which academic work is inaccessible to the general public, nor do they
realize what sort of work is being done outside universities that would
benefit by it.

Large publishers are now able to purchase the political clout needed
to abuse the narrow commercial scope of copyright protection, extending
it to completely inapplicable areas: slavish reproductions of historic
documents and art, for example, and exploiting the labors of unpaid
scientists. They're even able to make the taxpayers pay for their
attacks on free society by pursuing criminal prosecution (copyright has
classically been a civil matter) and by burdening public institutions
with outrageous subscription fees.

Copyright is a legal fiction representing a narrow compromise: we give
up some of our natural right to exchange information in exchange for
creating an economic incentive to author, so that we may all enjoy more
works. When publishers abuse the system to prop up their existence,
when they misrepresent the extent of copyright coverage, when they use
threats of frivolous litigation to suppress the dissemination of publicly
owned works, they are stealing from everyone else.

Several years ago I came into possession, through rather boring and
lawful means, of a large collection of JSTOR documents.

These particular documents are the historic back archives of the
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society—a prestigious scientific
journal with a history extending back to the 1600s.

The portion of the collection included in this archive, ones published
prior to 1923 and therefore obviously in the public domain, total some
18,592 papers and 33 gigabytes of data.

The documents are part of the shared heritage of all mankind,
and are rightfully in the public domain, but they are not available
freely. Instead the articles are available at $19 each--for one month's
viewing, by one person, on one computer. It's a steal. From you.

When I received these documents I had grand plans of uploading them to
Wikipedia's sister site for reference works, Wikisource— where they
could be tightly interlinked with Wikipedia, providing interesting
historical context to the encyclopedia articles. For example, Uranus
was discovered in 1781 by William Herschel; why not take a look at
the paper where he originally disclosed his discovery? (Or one of the
several follow on publications about its satellites, or the dozens of
other papers he authored?)

But I soon found the reality of the situation to be less than appealing:
publishing the documents freely was likely to bring frivolous litigation
from the publishers.

As in many other cases, I could expect them to claim that their slavish
reproduction—scanning the documents— created a new copyright
interest. Or that distributing the documents complete with the trivial
watermarks they added constituted unlawful copying of that mark. They
might even pursue strawman criminal charges claiming that whoever obtained
the files must have violated some kind of anti-hacking laws.

In my discreet inquiry, I was unable to find anyone willing to cover
the potentially unbounded legal costs I risked, even though the only
unlawful action here is the fraudulent misuse of copyright by JSTOR and
the Royal Society to withhold access from the public to that which is
legally and morally everyone's property.

In the meantime, and to great fanfare as part of their 350th anniversary,
the RSOL opened up "free" access to their historic archives—but "free"
only meant "with many odious terms", and access was limited to about
100 articles.

All too often journals, galleries, and museums are becoming not
disseminators of knowledge—as their lofty mission statements
suggest—but censors of knowledge, because censoring is the one thing
they do better than the Internet does. Stewardship and curation are
valuable functions, but their value is negative when there is only one
steward and one curator, whose judgment reigns supreme as the final word
on what everyone else sees and knows. If their recommendations have value
they can be heeded without the coercive abuse of copyright to silence
competition.

The liberal dissemination of knowledge is essential to scientific
inquiry. More than in any other area, the application of restrictive
copyright is inappropriate for academic works: there is no sticky question
of how to pay authors or reviewers, as the publishers are already not
paying them. And unlike 'mere' works of entertainment, liberal access
to scientific work impacts the well-being of all mankind. Our continued
survival may even depend on it.

If I can remove even one dollar of ill-gained income from a poisonous
industry which acts to suppress scientific and historic understanding,
then whatever personal cost I suffer will be justified—it will be one
less dollar spent in the war against knowledge. One less dollar spent
lobbying for laws that make downloading too many scientific papers
a crime.

I had considered releasing this collection anonymously, but others pointed
out that the obviously overzealous prosecutors of Aaron Swartz would
probably accuse him of it and add it to their growing list of ridiculous
charges. This didn't sit well with my conscience, and I generally believe
that anything worth doing is worth attaching your name to.

I'm interested in hearing about any enjoyable discoveries or even useful
applications which come of this archive.

- ----
Greg Maxwell - July 20th 2011
gmaxwell@gmail.com  Bitcoin: 14csFEJHk3SYbkBmajyJ3ktpsd2TmwDEBb

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- The Pirate Bay



 
* If you are unable to open the .7z files download and install 7zip



Monday, 14 January 2013

Facebook, it's you!


Ok, so I still have a Facebook account, at least until I make sure that I don't need that account to sign into any other site I still enjoy but my Facebook days are over once and for all!

F.Y.I. Facebook makes it pretty fucking hard to remove all of your friends so plan ahead!

Wanna quit to?

Do it right the first time! Read:
- How to Quit Facebook from Wikihow
- How to quit Facebook from Wired
- HowToLeaveFacebook.com
- How to Quit Facebook and Delete Your Profile from eHow
- How To Quit Facebook: 4 steps and 7 reasons from Having Time

Looking for a way to have your account suspended? Read this:
[HowTo] Get your Facebook account deleted for good from Dead People Taste Like Chicken

Fuck it! And quit NOW:
https://www.facebook.com/help/delete_account (This link is the first of many step require to leave Facebook.)



Next step, stop smoking and get a job.. Some day... Some day..