The latest buzz
The latest buzz
Unfortunately, the year 2018 starts with CPU hardware bugs of the century:
Meltdown & Spectre logo: CC0 Natascha Eibl
In IT security circles these CPU bugs are known as CVE-2017-5754 (Meltdown), CVE-2017-5753 (Spectre Variant 1) and CVE-2017-5715 (Spectre Variant 2).
What does this mean for the CPU users out there? Well:
The bugs were known to Intel at least since summer 2017 thanks to the Google Project Zero Project. Another team from Austria, Graz, discovered the same bugs in November/December 2017. Between Intel and Google there was an agreement to keep the vulnerabilities secret. This secret was broken and made public by the British website “The Register” on the 2nd of January 2018. Most of the confirmations came from the programmers working on the Linux kernel, their communication is public. They had to work over the holidays and couldn’t enjoy Christmas and New Years Eve. Thus, the Linux kernel is not vulnerable to Meltdown anymore since kernel version 4.14.x since the first week of January 2018.
Concerning Spectre, both variants; currently it could be these fixes won’t work. There is a proposal from the Google team called RETPOLINE, but so far these didn’t make it into the Linux kernel nor into Windows updates or MacOS updates. The other proposal from Intel side was “straight bullshit” according to Linus Torvalds. From what is known today, Spectre will be an IT security problem for at least months to come. Due to the fact this is a hardware bug, it’s almost impossible to fix this from a software side. For real, the only workaround with which you’re safe right now is: change your CPU. Cheers!
Why should you bother?
The problem isn’t really the local machine you’re working with: Meltdown and especially Spectre are incredibly hard to exploit even for skilled hackers. The problem is what kind of data is residing on a server. Whether it be your Emails, your visited websites, your bank account details, your photos of your loved ones, your social media profiles; with the accurate technique all of this data can be stolen without a trace 100% from Intel machines. And according to recent statistics these CPUs run ~70% of the Internet today. All operating systems (Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android, iOS, etc.) are affected anyway. As mentioned before, this is a hardware bug. Usually, hardware bugs are in no way fixable with software patches.
To make things worse and to give you an example of bad morale and integrity, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich sold 250,000 shares of his Intel stocks at the end of 2017. He knew what would lie ahead for him and his rotten company but didn’t think a bit about his customers. This is truly the f***ed up world in which we’re living right now. We hope you can deal with these facts and keep on.
We’re active in the IT sector since 2000 but never experienced anything similar severe to these bad news. Of course we knew that Intel is ahead of the pack regarding bad design and bad behaviour regarding computer processors. What we didn’t know was that Intel didn’t change at all. Since the marketing campaign for the i3/5/7 processors anyone thought they learned from their mistakes. Apparently they didn’t. Which makes Intel probably the most dangerous company in the whole wide world.
Never forget to update your computer in 2018. Good luck to y’all!
the aethyx staff
“Over-specialisation means that there are more persistent vulnerabilities too. A deadly threat.” – “Ghost in the Shell”, Japan, 1995
Christmas is over already and we hope you had a wonderful time with your loved ones!
2017 is gone now. As always, it was a difficult yet surprising year. Nevertheless it’s now the right time to look forward what lies ahead and the things to come!
We wish all of our precious readers, authors, clients & fans a Happy New Year!
May health, luck & satisfaction be with all of you.
Only the bestest,
the aethyx staff
we still believe in free speech.
Though times get harder every day for those who want to find a voice for their opinion.
Thus, we created an Email post box which exists solely in the dark web since November: firstname.lastname@example.org.
From time to time we’ll check for new mails. Not on a daily basis but several times a month.
There were a few reasons why we chose TorBox as a provider:
* good reputation
* offer their services for a pretty long time already
* are not available through the clearnet
* 25 MB are free
* it’s easy to set up
Who knows, maybe we’ll widen the experiment some day in the future. Right now we’re taking part, observing. Today, it’s just an experiment.
We share the opinion that the dark web (or darknet, as it’s synonymously used) is still in it’s early stages of development. But as we stated above and elsewhere on our sites, things won’t get easier from last year on. Democracy is under attack and also its citizens. And for millions, who knows how many, the dark web became their one and only spot to communicate, to trade, and source of information. We are an independent online publisher, we support that. And want to be part of it. And no, we don’t think you’re paranoid: you are just normal.
Let’s fight for our freedom!
the aethyx staff
If you want to know the entrepreneurial view of the Internet, visit Portugal: https://twitter.com/RoKhanna/status/923701871092441088.
Usually we don’t link to stuff on Twitter, because they are working on dismantling the web as we know it too. But the majority accepted this fake news medium already and we as experts(!) can’t do nothing about it.
Welcome to reality.
There’s serious stuff going on right now.
Imagine an Internet of lanes, where the ones get the fastest lane who pay the most. That would be the death of net neutrality, a concept which the Obama administration tried to support but right now seems to fail miserably.
A lot of corporations tried to kill the Internet before: Comcast. Verizon. AT&T. To name only a few. And the NSA stuff about Edward Snowden didn’t mean that things would get any better, to say the least.
We live in a world of sick societies. Most of the people you meet, you work with, you like and appreciate, don’t have the slightest clue what’s going on in reality. In real time. Anywhere. They just don’t give a shit, all they care about is C.R.E.A.M. We live in a cold, misinformed, polarising world, where those are punished who try to educate, evaluate, really want to entertain.
Prefixes are inverted in this world, what appears “good” is bad, what they call “bad” is often good. Good for you as an individual, good for your future, good for your morals. If you want to dive deeper, just check the biography of one of the most important geniuses of our time: Aaron Swartz. For those who never heard this name: he was the one realising the semantic web for the ordinary users, who killed himself because he tried to publicise closed-source scientific records. Welcome to your real world. Do you feel comfortable in this world? Do you have the slightest clue what’s really going on?
Let’s remember Thanksgiving 2017 as the time in history of mankind when the Internet died.
2016 they took us the pride to live in electing a racist, misogynic, dumb-as-fuck, feckless, apolitical, aryan, retarded US president.
It won’t get better from here. That’s something we should have realised by now. Next step is: support goes to the FCC.
We never wanted nor approved this. We weren’t asked.
“Go back to bed, America. Your government has figured out how it all transpired. Go back to bed, America. Your government is in control again. Here. Here’s American Gladiators. Watch this, shut up. Go back to bed, America. Here is American Gladiators. Here is 56 channels of it! Watch these pituitary retards bang their fucking skulls together and congratulate you on living in the land of freedom. Here you go, America! You are free to do what we tell you! You are free to do what we tell you!” – Bill Hicks
Update I, 11/27/17:
as a follower of our work there may be the moment when you start asking yourself: “okay, I understand that AETHYX MEDIAE is an independent online publisher. But what do they mean with the strange word “semantic”?
Long story short, it’s mainly an update of the WWW we know and use today. As Tim Berners-Lee himself stated in 2001 already:
“The Semantic Web is an extension of the current web in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation.”
This technique is in some sort already real today. Every website which provides an RSS/Atom feed let’s you create your own source(s) of information. Usually this file is an OPML file, containing RSS/Atom links named “feeds”. An application with which you can use the semantic web is simply an RSS/Atom feed reader.
If you as an individual or corporation are really interested in developing the web further, providing such a feed is definitely a must.
Thus, every individual or corporation which doesn’t provide such feeds is either not interested in the WWW itself (and probably never was) and/or simply emphasises exploitation of humans as well as machines.
Keep that in mind when surfing the WWW these days. Today it’s not that easy anymore to distinguish friend from foe.
Enjoy a colourful autumn,
the aethyx staff
P.S.: according to the W3C strictly seen only RDF (Resource Description Framework), OWL (Web Ontology Language) & XML (Extensible Markup Language) are “official languages” of a semantic web. In reality, however, most of the time humans will get in contact with the semantic web is actually Atom, RSS & XML.
it’s 2017 but despite that 750 million people worldwide are still lacking skills in literacy, according to the UN. Literacy is defined as not only reading, writing and counting skills, but to put those in a particular context too.
Today, regarding digital technologies and their emerging use and markets, it’s not only important to know how to use new forms of technology but also know how these can be used to empower people, make them more self-confident and not feel excluded.
Let’s take the bad year 2016 with the Brexit, the Trump presidency in the US as well as the rise of racist and far right parties (as of the elections 2017 unfortunately also reality in Germany) as negative examples what may happen, if people don’t know how to use technology to empower and free themselves, but are in fact used and consumed by dubious centralised companies like e.g. Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter to be enslaved.
As a literate individual, ask yourself: “what am I able to do here to change this?”
Well, the first thing you have to understand, if you won’t do it, it’ll be done for you. If you are not in control, get this control back!
Secondly, by doing nothing, nothing will get better.
Thirdly, we can be glad that we don’t lack technology, the future is in fact today!
Fourthly, use this technology for change, to empower you and your loved ones, not to empower others and also not for free!
If you now start setting up your own blog, write your first app or decide to start an own Diaspora* pod, these lines did the trick! Walk on, never stop, do your thing!
For all the others needing help, let it be known: AETHYX MEDIAE is here for your help!
Setting up our first weblog in 2001, starting from there, we became an independent online publishing house in 2010 specialised in creating and maintaining weblogs, Android apps, Ebook publishing and personal cloud space! All done by one human most of the time, sometimes by three people maximum! AETHYX MEDIAE should be one of the best examples what’s possible today and also, what it means to live in these marvelous technological times.
Of course, technology can also be used to improve the lives of the aforementioned 750 million illiterate people. But they need help for this. Help by 7 billion literate people. But if even 7 billion don’t use technology right, humanity will be doomed as a whole. Let the years 2016 and 2017 be a hard reminder that nothing comes for free and that it’s more important than ever to know how to use technology for freedom and empowerment and that it’s also important to fight hard for this.
AETHYX MEDIAE & the aethyx staff,
It’s summer plus it’s 2017, so it’s about time to update our Android apps the following weeks.
We would like to begin with an already uploaded update of our inhouse web browser YAABy.
The newest version here is able to display favicons and is now also usable on all the coming Chromebooks. You’ll find all of the information regarding this release on the official website: yaaby.eu. Just click on the banners from Google Play Store & Amazon there to arrive directly at the product detail page. We hope you enjoy this newest version as much as we do!
Right now we’re programming the updates for JPCARS.de, gizmeo.eu, zockerseele.com. These will be available the next two weeks or so. In sum it’s an update for Android 7.x.x (Nougat) and some code cleaning. These will be the last updates also before the official release of Android O by Google. We hope you like what you’ll see and as always…
…if you want to support our work, please flattr us or donate some Bitcoin! The appropriate buttons are shown on every single page here on aethyx.eu. Every donation will be fully spent inhouse to keep this project running and save us nerves and financial drama in the near and far future. It’ll also secure our unique idea of an indie web publishing house which we think will become more and more important regarding current political and media situations worldwide.
That’s it from AETHYX MEDIAE for now,
only the bestest to all of you,
the aethyx staff
In one of the most important posts of May, author Farhad Manjoo explains in an article for the New York Times how Twitter is being used for spreading false and misleading information:
The term gamed in the title is a bit misleading though, as it implies you gain personal advantages in posting misinformation. Due to the fact that Twitter can be used and controlled easily by robots (or botnets), we also want to add another component here: this is often done simply for fun. Technologically, Twitter is complete crap.
But there are alternatives.
We as a publishing house already offer high-tech and dedicated services in the same field since 2010:
we try to encourage anyone to use your own website, your own blog, your own skills in spreading information. Alas, a friendly reminder that we still sell complete packages which start at 50€ only for making your “own Twitter“:
Or maybe you want to directly publish an eBook on your own, we offer help here too: https://aethyx.eu/eshop/ebook-publishing/.
It will feel like a breath of fresh air when you recognize that you can use more than 140 characters, insert additional files with your fingertips and format the code of your posts to your liking in no time. 😉
You can do it! We’re here to help!
the aethyx staff
if you want to change the future, if you want to be a part of what lies ahead, now it’s the right time to join artificial intelligence development.
We already are engaged in the following fields:
What is kind of irrational is the fact the we as a company show you the path what you as an individual or company should do: program AI. Program it. Now.
Yes, of course the question will be here: how? It’s incredibly easy.
Keyword: deep learning. Do it as a student would do. Use the tools which are already available. Yes, as a follower of AETHYX MEDIAE for years now, this may sound familiar and logicial. Believe us: it isn’t. People are stupid. People are lazy. Go ahead. Or we will do it, again, on our own.
In Germany we call this Fehdehandschuh. We never made jokes. This is serious business right here.
For those who won’t believe us, here a translated quote from the print magazine DER SPIEGEL, page 19, issue #14 2017:
“May be, but Google published in January the following message: scientists of the company invented an AI software which creates better AI software on its own. A digital perpetuum mobile.”
Welcome to your present! Wake the f**k up, please!
On the page prior to that statement, it starts with what we would like to encourage you with this snippet:
“Deep Learning is a mechanism which is learnable in a simple way. The tools for this technique are downloadable anywhere on the internet”
Geez, we are online since January 2010. This is _exactly_ what we shouted out via our Why? page:
“Secondly, technology is nothing without the human being. We have the tools, we live in the 21. century, it is time to be active. Your life has value. Do not waste it in front of the TV. Be active, forget your passive past”
We won’t say here what tools you should use, you decide. We won’t say here where to find these tools, you should know by now how. But just do! Heck, create this sh*t! On your own! It’s easier as you might think.
That’s it from us about this AI buzz.
Stop playing video games, stop being a black hat, start to use and program AI!
We will do the same. We always did. Poor Lenos, who didn’t recognize this by now.
Best of luck to you out there,
the aethyx staff
Good evening dear readers,
2013: whistleblower Edward Snowden flees from the NSA to Hongkong and then to Russia while informing the world about secret spy activities against American citizens as well as those of other countries
2017: we read about the Vault 7 series by Wikileaks informing the world about the biggest intelligence leak to this date in covering similar techniques by the CIA
Times are changing and they are changing fast.
So, in a small time frame of only 16 months, our “prophecy” become true unfortunately, that the open web, the open internet is dead. And believe us, we also didn’t want to hear or read this, but http, the de-facto web protocol we all love and grew up with, is deprecated by now. This is like, well, telling millions over millions of web developers & users, bloggers, online journalists, artists, etc. all over the world “if you use insecure http, you suck!” It’s not fair, it’s not even their fault. But we pay for the bills in the end.
So, this March 2017 we did heavy work, project wide, under the hood: we switched from http to https. Everywhere. You can count us now to the 50% (at least according to Firefox statistics) of the web which implemented and use it already. This was no easy part and still there are issues. Let’s give you an overview of some of the problems we faced:
.htaccess, if you didn’t know already about it. Otherwise your sites will crash/not use https
Working with the internet today is almost entirely defined by working with the WWW. No matter what you do, the most of the stuff you do online you do via your web browser. Heck, even smartphone apps use the web as their platform.
We may have lost the fight to keep the web an open medium. Not a good sign. But we are still in fighting to keep it a secure medium. Which is, well, until someone in maybe 27 years from now on (remember, the web was born around 1990) will know new facts, read between the lines again and state “https is deprecated”!
Never stop fighing. Never.
Enjoy SSL everywhere,
the aethyx staff