Elite News

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Share Huge Files Online with Gigasize (1.5 GB/FILE!)

Gigasize is new on the block, but compared to sites like Rapidshare and Megaupload, it is light years ahead. Without signing up, you can host files up to 1 gigabyte, or sign up to host huge 1.5 gigabyte files. Could sites like this kill P2P networks?

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Digg's Eli White Releases PHP Book

A digg developer publishes a PHP how-to reference. Called PHP In Practice, the description reads: PHP 5 in Practice is a reference guide that provides developers with easy-to-use and easily extensible code to solve common PHP problems.

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How To Crash Internet Explorer

Ever wish you could make your friends and family switch away from Internet Explorer? Perhaps the ability to make it spontaneously crash (and I mean totally crash) just by sending them a link might sway them...

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October 3rd Declared "Day Against DRM"

"If consumers even know there's a DRM... we've already failed" -Disney Exec
Taking inspiration from Disney, DefectiveByDesign.org is asking people to submit ideas for actions for October 3rd - a "world wide day of action against DRM". DBD will highlight the best ideas and award prizes for ideas and actions that raise public awareness.

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Sunday, August 20, 2006

md5

In the past, I have done a lot of research into Rainbow Tables ( link ) and here is a free solution to cracking a md5 password.

www.md5lookup.com

This tool uses similar methods of finding a password as a Rainbow Table. Basically, it maintains a database of md5 hashes 1-7 digits long (8 for alpha only), whenever you submit a md5 hash, it searches its database for it, speeding up what used to take days with brute force.

The greatest part, it is free to use for everyone, and open source if you want to use your own table.

with the introduction of tables, hash tables, and rainbow tables, encryption is not safe.

Monday, August 14, 2006

OFF System

Earlier i posted about my dislike of the RIAA and MPAA and the unfortunate decline of torrents, there might be a solution. Enter, the OFF System (Owner-Free Filing system).

The OFF system offers a way to distribute media and avoid copyright issues.

It works on the idea that the data stored on the servers are owner free. No one can claim ownership of it, it is owned by no one.

But how does that work?

Basically, rather than storing files on the server they store data. Data that looks random and is not owned by anyone. Instead of downloading the file you download the random data and a equasion to combine it into an actual file.


So like say someone copyrights the number 5, sure you cant have the number 5 on your server, but what if you offered the numbers 2 and 3 and you happened to add them together to make 5 on your own? They do not have the copy rights for 2 and 3, 4 and 1, 7 and 2, and so on. There are an infinite amount of combinations, subtractions, divisions, that they would have to own.

The example they gave is say you have 4 strings of data,
String A
String B
String C
String D

Now if A combined with B makes a song, say Perfect Situation by Weezer, and A + C = In the End by Linkin Park, who owns A? Does Weezer or Linkin Park? What about if B + D = some other song, who owns B?

They have a OFF client for download, but its in the way Beta right now, so im not sure about the stability.

More info and downloads:
http://offsystem.sourceforge.net/wordpress/?page_id=13

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The Benefits of Hybrid Drives

"Flash memory is being integrated with the hard disk by Seagate and Samsung and onto the motherboard by Intel. Potential benefits: faster read/write performance; fewer crashes; improved battery life; faster boot time; lower heat generation; decreased energy-consumption."

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