Friday, July 25, 2014

HackRF One

HackRF One from Great Scott Gadgets is a Software Defined Radio peripheral capable of transmission or reception of radio signals from 10 MHz to 6 GHz. Designed to enable test and development of modern and next generation radio technologies, HackRF One is an open source hardware platform that can be used as a USB peripheral or programmed for stand-alone operation.

10 MHz to 6 GHz operating frequency
half-duplex transceiver
up to 20 million samples per second
8-bit quadrature samples (8-bit I and 8-bit Q)
compatible with GNU Radio, SDR#, and more
software-configurable RX and TX gain and baseband filter
software-controlled antenna port power (50 mA at 3.3 V)
SMA female antenna connector
SMA female clock input and output for synchronization
convenient buttons for programming
internal pin headers for expansion
Hi-Speed USB 2.0
open source hardware

HackRF One has an injection molded plastic enclosure and ships with a micro USB cable. An antenna is not included. ANT500 is recommended as a starter antenna for HackRF One...

Cryptome Kills the Kickstarter: an interview with John Young

Who doesn’t want your money?, it seems, does not. Until yesterday they had a Kickstarter funding drive that boasted $19,838. It wasn’t their $100,000 stated goal, but it would have paid for the servers for another decade or so.

The Kickstarter was cancelled last night. We spoke to them to find out why.

Cryptome is the longest-running leak site in the English-speaking world. It’s been a thorn in the secrecy-industrial complex’s side since 1996, operating more or less continuously and somehow flying under the radar of those who’ve effectively nuked WikiLeaks and inspired Edward Snowden’s Russian sojourn.

Run by New Yorkers John Young and Deborah Natsios, it has been pumping out PDF copies of things someone, somewhere is well paid to keep hidden, day after day after day on a bare-bones site that looks like a snapshot from 1994.

“Converting a random sample of Cryptome’s 71,000 files to PDFs produces a total of 6,800,000 pages over 18 years, averaging about 380,000 pages per year or about 1,000 books per year,” they claim on the Kickstarter page, and no-one would doubt it. Funding (estimated at $2000 a year for server costs and domains) has come from the principals and from occasional donations. Back in May, they decided to use Kickstarter to raise funds for a “global archives” on USB sticks, which would then be distributed to supporters of the fundraiser...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Historical/Research 9-11 video, 68 min, unedited (2001)

Many of the things that went out over the air (TV) on September 11, 2001 have never re-aired. To the degree that we contribute our videos, we thus contribute to history.

This unedited video was recorded in 3 segments (all times Mountain Daylight): early afternoon, early evening, and late that day (already 9/12 back East) until the tape ran out...

This movie is part of the collection: September 11

9/11: Stabilized WTC1 (NIST FOIA, WPIX Dub4 #17)

9/11: Stabilized WTC2 Molten Metal (P. Damas, NIST FOIA)

9/11 ForeKnowledge

In March 2002 for the premiere on CBS, they had people worried that the movie would be gruesome, nauseating, maybe fallen jumpers on the sidewalk, body parts, blood, guts, etc.

And for what it's worth CBS did make network history by airing the F word.

But then the Naudets POINTEDLY UNDERPLAYED the gruesomeness expectation, by having Jules testify how he consciously decided AGAINST filming the "burning" person(s?).

Jules says with tears in his eyes: "I just didn't want to film that. It was like, no one, no one should have to see this." MEANING, I think, 'No one BUT US [the filmmakers] should GET to see it!'

This moment garnered them praise, in reviews, because of their commendable non-sensationalist "self-restraint," their "auto-censorship."


It smells like they murdered the Staten Island FDNY Probie (Michael Gorumba) on 8/28. It smells like they murdered the FDNY Chaplain (Mychal Judge) and the brother of Battalion Chief Joseph Pfeifer (Lt. Kevin Pfeifer) on 9/11.

It smells like they murdered all those office workers, in the Towers.

--Ray Ubinger