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3COM's Ergo Audrey Hacked

timothy posted more than 13 years ago | from the nifty-tiny-cheap-pick-any-three dept.

Hardware Hacking 134

It looks like the 3COM Ergo Audrey hacking scene is finally taking off. A guy named Sowbug has hacked the 3COM Ergo Audrey to shell. He has pictures of it here(1) and here(2). Another site has opened to cover this hack, here(3). And of course the Linux Hacker messageboards are covering it quite a bit.

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Progresso Black Beans (4, Redundant)

zpengo (99887) | more than 13 years ago | (#2164975)

Progresso Black Beans, eh? Yeah, someone's gonna get owned unless he takes some Pepto.

Re:Progresso Black Beans (1)

zpengo (99887) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165019)

Oh come on...it was funny :P

Moderate parent up. (5, Funny)

Error27 (100234) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165094)

The first thing I noticed was the beans also.

I feel the beans cast an air of suspicion over this whole thing.

Its like this guy is working on his computer but instead of drinking a Coke, he just eats a can of beans? That aint right.

Re:Moderate parent up. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165333)

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seriously though.. nasty

Re:Moderate parent up. (1)

Nameles (122260) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165712)

Well, if you eat enough beans, you're going to have to stay up to let them come out :D

Re:Progresso Black Beans (1)

Gekko (45112) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165899)

Yes it is funny. However if you look deeper you may see the author's (artist's???) Hidden meaning. The O is hacked off (the P is just barely visable. I think he was trying to make a statement "Progress". Then again maybe I am searching for meaning where their is none.

Re:Progresso Black Beans (1)

Egoine (22800) | more than 13 years ago | (#2166041)

I tought the same thing.

Often there is a meaning even if the author had none! :)

oksala (-1, Troll)

initnull (512461) | more than 13 years ago | (#2164978)

FP oksalaenshow

Hey (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2164983)

That's a fake screenshot (photo). Seems like he has taken the picture from a shot of ItermPPC (yeah only PPC -- ) and posted it here. Slashdot should research the authencity of their articles before they post.

Re:Hey (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165007)

Yes Iterm is binary only for PPC due to some vauge restriction on the terminal emulation they inherited from IBM et la. It works well with the PPC linux distro's, but I'm not sure if it's going to work on G3+ running Linux. Hmm. Anyone tried this?

Re:Hey (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165236)

http://www.sowbug.com/audrey/fullscreen.jpg -- guy's into faking his screenshots quite abit.. see the smugged out bit at the bottom.

Re:Hey (5, Informative)

awx (169546) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165258)

Right, I *know* this is redundant but as this is the first Wrong comment to reach +3 I will explain.

He did not install linux on his machine. He is using QNX.

He has got a shell running in QNX. It is natural for an OS with a GUI to put a title bar on its windows, is it not?

He got the shell running by adding a new web-page to the CF card which holds the Audrey OS, which had a link when clicked on bought up the shell.

For the people discussing "smudges" and 0-pixel misalignments: get a life. For the people that did not read the article: get a life.

Re:Hey (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165310)

kama whore!

Re:Hey (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165574)

lama whore!

shit :) (-1, Troll)

initnull (512461) | more than 13 years ago | (#2164989)

shit hehe

mirror (-1, Troll)

Mr. Sketch (111112) | more than 13 years ago | (#2164990)

The site seems pretty /.ed already. I put up a mirror here [geocities.com] .

Re:mirror (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2164993)

Please dont mirror, these seem to be fake pictures.

--da

Re:mirror (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2164998)

Parent is a goatsex link

GOAT WARNING (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165000)

yeah, don't follow and all that...

Re:mirror (-1, Offtopic)

jerkychew (80913) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165001)

Oh... Goatsex... how nice... Aren't you a boon to the Slashdot community...

Re:mirror (-1, Offtopic)

Mr. Sketch (111112) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165034)

Sorry, but I had to. I had already hit the karma cap and it was just depressing to not see my karma go up anymore when I had posts getting modded up to +5 or +4. So I figured some goatse.cx [slashdot.org] trolling would knock me down a little.

Re:mirror (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165066)

The really funny part is, whether JeffSketch@hotmail.com is your e-mail address or not, that person's about to get the spamming of a lifetime!

Re:mirror (1)

Mr. Sketch (111112) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165072)

Three words buddy: BRING-IT-ON

spork_testicle (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165005)

is a fuckwit. (c) Timeless by Bruce.

Good news (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165010)

I took a huge shit this evening, thus ending my two-day no-shitting streak.

That didn't take long... (2, Funny)

Halloween Jack (182035) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165012)

www.audreyhacking.com is already slashdotted.

Maybe it's just that the name isn't that familiar, but the idea of "hacking Audrey" has a certain creepy resonance to it... thinking of the people that I know named Audrey... hmmm...

Re:That didn't take long... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165458)

Looks like their solution to being slashdotted was to redirect back to /. :)

My shopping list (0)

jerkychew (80913) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165013)

Ok, let's see...
-Bread, check.
-Milk, check.
-As many 3Com Audreys as I can possibly afford to put on Ebay (at triple the price) once 3Com renders them unflashable, check!

Um (3, Informative)

sllort (442574) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165022)

Ya, but what's an Audrey? [zdnet.com]

Sounds like 3Com has learned the lesson of the I-Opener. Nothing is impossible to hack, but at least this one is hard.

Re:Um (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165257)

Fuck off and die, you filthy bitch. Oh, oh, the most jeuvenile troll around these parts is suddenly mister informative. Get bent.

Re:Um (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165363)

it's called karma whoring silly. even us sllorts need to boost our karma before we unleash goatsex storms on the masses. having to claw your way up from -25 really sucks, do you know how much dick you have to suck before you stop posting at -1?

that said, that account will hit 50 karma again, or my name isn't eric s. raymond. slashdot is censorware, slashdot did ban an ip for an undocumented non-scripted offense, and i'm going to whine about it till the cows come home.

please continue to flame me, and fuck a dog for pleasure!

Faked Screenshots (0, Flamebait)

zpengo (99887) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165031)

Those screenshots are faked. He just created some nice looking screens and fed them into Audrey. Slashdot needs to be a little more careful before boasting about hacks. This loser's gonna have wood for the next three weeks because he made Slashdot.

Re:Faked Screenshots (1)

Phork (74706) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165047)

do you have any proof of this? because they look pretty real to me.

Re:Faked Screenshots (2)

zpengo (99887) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165058)

All you have to do is look at them. Look at the bar across the top, the way the text is rendered, etc. That's not native Audrey, it's a fake.

Re:Faked Screenshots (4, Insightful)

alhaz (11039) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165163)

Um, read his webpage.

He doesn't say anything about even trying to run linux on it. He's managed to get QNX to give him a regular shell prompt on it, and considers that useful. QNX aint a bad OS, so, sure, that's useful.

It's too fuzzy to make out what's on that title bar, but it would be perfectly normal for the QNX gui to put a title bar on a window, wouldn't it?

Re:Faked Screenshots (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165178)

Looks exactly like a QNX RTP pterm (photon term) to me...and that's what in the audrey. The top font is the default text font for all QNX windows (unless otherwise specified by the application).

The dirlist looks good too.

not to mention the fact that when he did some digging he came with QNX employees on the names of some binaries...which I know for a fact work there, since I'm also a QNX employee (and work with some of the names mentioned). The rest of the info he's put together looks pretty good as well (as in accurate).

Maybe you should check out the QNX RTP before claiming that these are faked up shots...

Re:Faked Screenshots (1)

askii64 (512780) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165397)

thats definately qnx. I have a copy of it on my system and I'd probably be using it now if it supported my modem.

Re:Faked Screenshots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165076)

yeah, notice there's a titlebar on the window containing the image.

Re:Faked Screenshots (1, Flamebait)

garcia (6573) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165238)

I wonder if the editors "get wood" when they post worthless/outdated/previously posted crap... It seems that they do.

Re:Faked Screenshots (2, Informative)

variable (13935) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165239)

I doubt these are faked considering the fact that there is a directory named after the internal 3COM name of the project. :) I guess he could have worked @ QNX or 3COM and been smart enough to add that in - but I doubt it. :)

Re:Faked Screenshots (0)

Dmitry Skylarov (470197) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165388)

Yeah, right, "insider" corporate info never gets leaked! I guess that the leaked nVidia drivers I've been using for the past six months are simply figments of my imagination!

Loser.

Re:Faked Screenshots (1)

cwebster (100824) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165543)

there is a page where nvidia releases pre-prelease drivers, but you go on and keep thinking you have l33t corporate leaked drivers.

Another Chance (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165037)

Top house tune of 2001 is Roger Sanchez - Another Chance.

Released on: Mon 9 Jul 2001
ROGER SANCHEZ - 'ANOTHER CHANCE' (DEFECTED)

As timing goes it doesn't get much better than Roger Sanchez's new seasonal single.

'Another Chance' is tailor made for summer and, more particularly, Ibiza.

Floating in on a tide of warm strings and synth chords, a conga and snare pattern ripples under the surface as the vocal hook heralds a sun burst of kick drum and ascending bass lines.

Sanchez's formulae is honed to perfection, under-pinning the plaintive sample, taken (as Giant from ride.no points out) from Toto's 'I Won't Hold You Back', with warm, melodic, emotional, but thoroughly dance-floor-friendly vibes.

It retains the soulful characteristics associated with US house, as well as some, erm, glam hand-bag elements, but the production here also takes note of European commercial values, maximising its utility in all manner of DJ sets.

Clearly a contender for the 'Stardust' 2001 title, it's already been buzzing around the white isle, meaning you'll get another chance to hear this again and again and again over the summer.

Resistance is futile, the S-Man cometh.

Ben Osborne

Linux has been hacked ! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165044)

Just in case you wonder, the Linux trademark has been "hacked" too !

One example of how those unscrupulous slimers are getting in for the kill is www.linuxmalaysia.org

Go to that place and see for yourself how "Linux" has been used to sell CHOCOLATE !

This is just the beginning, folks. There'll be others using "Linux" as the bait to do whatever they want to do, and I won't be surprised if someone come out with "Linuxsex.net" or "Linux-dildo.com".

Please help stop the abuse of Linux trademark. Please help tell others about the abuse.

Thank you !

hmmmm... (2, Insightful)

gol64738 (225528) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165054)

what's with the dec '99 dates for /bin and /tmp? he says that he purchased it on july 23rd. i think his directory creation dates look a little funny. maybe these *are* faked.

Re:hmmmm... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165069)

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Re:hmmmm... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165115)

man touch

Unless he's got fbconsole putting audrey-style titlebars at the top of his console, they are fake though.

Re:hmmmm... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165267)

man touch You just gave me the chills.

Re:hmmmm... (1)

oolon (43347) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165186)

I think its fake too.... Why?

dr-xr-xr-x 2 0 0 8994816 Aug 06 01:25 proc

Since when did /proc have a size? mine is 0 its a special filesystem after all... How if it was tared up so it could be extracted somewhere else may be it would have a size like that, after all /proc/kcore is pretty big!

As to the cd / chroot or just replace cd or perhaps he just edited a typescript output then cated it back, could be all in the /config/versions.dat file!

Since when do . files appear in an ls -l ? ls -al
would list them...

I vote fake till more evidence is shown

James

Re:hmmmm... (3, Informative)

variable (13935) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165219)

Very easy, /proc on QNX Neutrino is not like /proc on Linux. In fact, on Neutrino the size of /proc is actually the amount of free physical memory in the system (looks like a little over 8M). And the shots are very "real" looking to me, install QNX somtime and checkout the normal terminal. And since the Audrey's look-n-feel is done via a UI plugin it is totally possible to get a window that looks like a normal QNX/Photon terminal.

Re:hmmmm... (2, Informative)

serial frame (236591) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165368)

Also, under QNX, ls prints inodes that start with a '.' anyways.

A somewhat off-topic note, the proc filesystem drivers under QNX 6.0 are awkward--You can't chdir to a directory in /proc, and then ls. You must do 'ls /proc/dirname'.

Re:hmmmm... (1)

variable (13935) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165507)

Yes you can! I do "cd /proc/boot" all the time and you can also do a "cd /proc/self", or, in C code
, open( "/proc/self/as", O_RDWR ),
to get access to information on yourself.

Well this will discourage manufacturers... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165067)

...from using Linux.

If there's one thing appliance manufacturers want, its control of their boxes. Every time one of these gets hacked, it makes it a bit less likely the next system will use Linux.

Of course, since every appliance thus far has been a failure, that's not a big deal... for now...

Re:Well this will discourage manufacturers... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165081)

According to that logic, they'd never, ever talk with MS about using their software on an appliance, neh?

Re:Well this will discourage manufacturers... (2)

rhavyn (12490) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165292)

I guess it's a good thing that Audrey runs QNX then, isn't it.

It ain't Linux (1, Informative)

Innominandum (453982) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165327)

I hate to break it to you, but this thing isn't running Linux. It's running QNX RTP which is a helluvalot better than that slow bloated dung pile Linux. So please don't add insult to injury by calling it that!

Some quick notes I made from a few links and about 2 minutes of reading:

- The fact that Audrey is 'hackable' is probably 3Com's (Audrey's makers) fault and not QSSL's (QNX's makers) fault. 3Com designed and packaged the system.

- If they used BeIA, Windows CE (or whatever) using the same design, it would be equally as easy to 'hack.'

- Doing this hack requires an Audrey flash ROM image. Something that is not widely available. So, unless you have connections like this guy did, it's probably not very easy to do.

Re:It ain't Linux (1)

jrp2 (458093) | more than 13 years ago | (#2166066)

- The fact that Audrey is 'hackable' is probably 3Com's (Audrey's makers) fault and not QSSL's (QNX's makers) fault. 3Com designed and packaged the system.

You are quite correct, except it wasn't really a "design fault" but a code leak. I have seen several "attempts" to hack Audrey and none were successful until this guy got a hold of an internal version that had a shell. I am not going to say that it would be impossible to do without it, but I doubt many (if any) would have the fortitude and knowledge to accomplish it (outside of 3Com and QNX).

I will say, looking at what he did, he accomplished quite a bit. Probably a hundred or more people had a flash card with this code on it, and he is the first one I have seen to figure out how to dissassemble it and do something with it. He did some great social and reverse engineering.

Manipulated Screenshots (-1, Redundant)

cmdrsed (472978) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165075)

Yep, I agree with Coward, those screenshots look FAKE!

Re:Manipulated Screenshots (1)

zulux (112259) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165142)

He only claims to have gotten a Korn shell on his Audrey running off of QNX . He dosen't claim to have changed the OS from QNX to Linux. http://www.sowbug.com/audrey/hack.html

Gives all the details.

Wow (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165093)

Imagine a beowulf cluster of these!

Wow (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165103)

But can it run Linux?

fake (0, Redundant)

cmdrsed (472978) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165110)

The fact that the black edges of the monitor don't match up (yes I know, they are different angles, but take a closer look) should be enough alone to prove the fakeness.

How much did sowbug harvest from the slash? (1, Troll)

WillSeattle (239206) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165126)

If in fact these are faked screens, which we visited, one wonders how much his sites harvested from our browsers that's sitting in his logs now?

Just send me more of that tasty spam, it goes well with the can o' beans next to the Audrey ...

Re:How much did sowbug harvest from the slash? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165152)

If in fact these are faked screens, which we visited, one wonders how much his sites harvested from our browsers that's sitting in his logs now?

WHAT?

Faked Screenshots (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165141)

Yes, the screenshots of the Audrey's shell prompt are faked. No, they are not faked the way some posters seem to think they are.

All the people pointing out the tiny little pixel-sized inconsistencies in the pictures are going to be disappointed to know that the the screenshots are real. The guy didn't do any graphical manipulation to make these; they're actual legitimate photo images of what was being displayed on the monitor at the time.

What's faked is the shell prompt itself. Look at the top of the screen. See the little menu bar? That ain't Linux, that's Audrey. All the guy did was display a bunch of text on the screen that looks like a shell prompt, or take a screenshot of a real shell prompt and display it on the Audrey's screen.

That is all. You may now return to writing conspiracy theories.

Re:Faked Screenshots (2)

BorgDrone (64343) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165205)

That ain't Linux, that's Audrey.

check the site, he didn't install linux on it, he got a prompt on the native OS, which is QNX

Re:Faked Screenshots (1)

LinuxGeek (6139) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165593)

Please discontinue your posting here on ./ as it it dragging down our collective intelligence.

Please practice the following before posting again:

breathe

read

think

Now I think the cheap Audreys on ebay look pretty appealing. It could be a nice substitute for the i-opener that I never got.

Proof? (4, Informative)

drc500free (472728) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165144)

here [sowbug.com] is how he said he did it... Before we complain about borders not lining up, someone who understands this should give us a fair evaluation of his methodology

Re:Proof? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165160)

In a word: fake

In two words: laughably fake

- Black Parrot

lame ass razorfish designed device (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165155)

not suprising that they're being hacked, this whole concept is a razorfish product.

Be careful folks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165169)

This is quite possibly breaking the law. Unauthorized access to a computer system is highly illegal and since this product is not meant for this type of application anyone who attempts this "hack" may indeed be a criminal. You need to read your license agreements carefully to see if this is allowable. If there is no license then there is an implied license which only allows you to use a product for what the manufacturer intended. If there is no license or the license doesn't specifically say you can hack it then DO NOT DO IT! You could wind up in prison if you continue without authorization. Just ask Dmitry Sklyarov if he liked prison or not (he'll be returning for an extended stay shortly).

What is Audrey? (0, Redundant)

Nicolas MONNET (4727) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165180)

Slashdot REALLY needs to learn something: EXPLAIN what the fuck you're talking about. I have no idea what an Audrey is, and I bet thousands of people don't either ... it would take ten words to describe it.

Watch your language! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165200)

I'm calling the police on you right now and I'm also going to sue you in court.

Audrey is an obsolete system discontinued by 3Com (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165581)

Audrey is an Internet Appliance discontinued by 3Com
See the link:

http://support.3com.com/infodeli/tools/consumer/au drey/finalfaq.pdf

Discontinuance of Audrey Q&A
Q Why has 3Com decided to discontinue its Audrey product line?
A While we continue to believe in the potential of Audrey, there are ...

But some people still think it is important.

Not faked (5, Informative)

Ross C. Brackett (5878) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165204)

Didn't *anybody* follow the first link? This page [sowbug.com] describes how he actually did it. The reason that it looks like it's running in an Audrey window is because IT IS. He got a shell, all right, NOT by porting Linux to Audrey, but by updating Audrey's flash so to add a QNX shell application on the flash card. He then booted the Audrey and ran the shell. That's what the screenshot is of.

Once again, not a fake.

Re:Not faked (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165240)

moderate parent up. he is a total fag, and should be modded up as such.

blah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165223)

Perhaps I'm just ornery, but to this whole thing I say, "blah."

Internet Appliances? (1)

Grim Grepper (452375) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165255)

I've never understood the fascination with Internet Appliances. Couldn't you just use a cheap PC? It would do all the functions of an Internet Appliance, plus so much more.

Re:Internet Appliances? (0)

vena (318873) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165459)

1) they're cute
2) they're cheaper (entire system, including the cute little touchscreen = less than $100)
3) does everything have to do So Much More(tm)?

Tomorrow's headlines... (5, Funny)

bani (467531) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165282)

"INFAMOUS HACKER SOWBUG ARRESTED BY FBI"

Tuesday, August 7 - Newswire

Today the FBI arrested the infamous hacker
"sowbug" on a criminal complaint from 3com.

The FBI alleges that "sowbug" violated the DMCA
by reverse engineering 3com's "Audrey"
device.

A company spokesperson explained : "sowbug
violated the DMCA by bypassing our elaborate
security mechanisms to prevent unauthorized
access to the operating system. ingenuity
will not be tolerated. We intend to send a message
to the dangerous hacker community that using our
products in ways 3com never considered is totally
unacceptable."

Supporters of the DMCA are calling for the death
penalty, arguing "a mere 5 years imprisonment
is not a strong enough deterrent to free thinking
and research."

Re:Tomorrow's headlines... (1)

donour (445617) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165559)

Somehow this doesn't seem so far off.....

Blah (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165283)

WTH would you wanna do this anyway!?

ObPr0nReference (3, Funny)

sharkey (16670) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165284)

Ergo Audry? Sounds like a model you'd find at Real Doll. [realdoll.com]

napster?! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165352)

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seriously though.. nasty

Silly me! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165386)

I thought it said, "What topless supermodel would you like on your lap?"...!

Linux Rulez! (2, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165398)

Oh my god! It doesn't look like Linux! It doesn't behave like Linux! Linux is the only OS in existance so these shots must be a fake!!!!

I don't get it. (3, Funny)

Karpe (1147) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165403)

$ man 1 here
No entry for here in section 1 of the manual
$ man 2 here
No entry for here in section 2 of the manual
$ man 3 here
No entry for here in section 3 of the manual

What's up with enumerating your links?

Re:I don't get it. (-1, Offtopic)

Dmitry Skylarov (470197) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165455)

You can't blame Timothy. It's not his fault -- he's just never used UNIX or Unix-workalikes before.

Slashdot is a lame club for hacker wannabes. Rob Malda uses a pirated copy of Windows 98 to do all of his Perl "programming," and CowboyNeal (the only real Linux user of the bunch, who is l337 on Red Had 5.2) copies the files over to their VA Linux x86 toys... I mean PCs... I mean "servers" (giggle). If you want proof of this, check out any of Malda's USENET postings from as recent as 1999. Now look at the headers... Outlook Express, indeed. That was before Malda really understood complicated In-tar-nat things like "headers" and "packets" and "HTML" and such. These days, CowboyNeal has setup Jeff's Exchange server (also pirated, and running on a pirated copy copy of NT4SP3) to forward all of Malda's mail and news through Pine and GNUS in order to help Malda save face.

Also amusing is that while Netcraft reports that CmdrTaco.net is running Linux, the only Linux box that Malda owns is a Cobalt Qube, which functions as his site's firewall. CmdrTaco.net itself is served off of the same NT4 box that runs Jeff's Exchange server, and until three months ago, FrontPage metatags were visible on some of Malda's pages.

Also amusing is ascd, Malda's only attempt at real programming. Ascd is a "dockable AfterStep CD player" which Malda wrote for his "programming certification" class at ITT Technical Institute, where the bums of the future learn how to install Windows and write "Hello, world!" in Delphi. Since Malda has never used Linux or AfterStep before, and since he accidentally burnt up his copy of TCPL in the "coffee bong," ascd was a complete failure. Even if you are able to compile that trash, it segfaults when you try to run it.

He failed the class, and lost his $250 deposit.

Malda never attempted any real programming again. Today, he has accepted that PERL (Penis-Eating Rocks, Losers!) will be his only forray in the world of computing.

This whole site is a scam. I love it when Malda admits to owning a Windows box, which he uses "only" for playing games. (If you don't believe this, go back and read all of Taco's articles about The Sims and Diablo II.) And the best part is that, even if the truth were to get out, Slashdot would still be very popular. Less than 1% of Slashdot's readers have even seen a non-Windows box before.

Slashdot: A Club for Wannabes

Great (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165489)

Maybe I'd care if I knew what the fuck a 3COM Audrey Hepburn was in the first place. Great reporting guys.

I'm confused. (1)

BlueTurnip (314915) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165542)

The posting didn't have links to any background material, so all I know about the Audrey is what little there is on 3Com's website.

I just have a few questions. What exactly is meant by a hack here? Are those screen shots supposed to be coming from some other Audrey that someone has hacked into? If they are taken from the console of the "hacked" system, I'm not sure what they prove. I have root access on my Dell desktop computer running Red Hat Linux 7.1, and I didn't need to do any hacking at all!

Can someone provide some links to some background material so I can understand what the Audrey is, and what this hack allows someone to do?

Re:I'm confused. (1)

suwain_2 (260792) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165737)

Heh, you misunderstood the term "hack."

While the general media uses "hacked" to mean "broken into, the technically 'correct' definition of a "hack" (especially among the /. crowd) is, well... A modification. Thus, saying that he "hacked" the Audrey doesn't mean that he broke into it; it means that he modified it extensively, to the point of getting to the shell.

Audrey (1)

KingAdrock (115014) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165548)

OK-

I was one of the clueless ones who didn't know what the hell Audrey was. So I didn't really feel like visiting the links. But apparently it is some sort of internet appliance that 3COM made, but then discontinued. Fun Times!

QNX? Not surprising... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2165757)

A QNX software development team called Nexware Corp [nexwarecorp.com] "worked extensively on the Browser component of the product" (Aubrey).

See their news release [nexwarecorp.com] page which claims their involvement.

Duh! Hoax! Look at the output of ls! (1)

RoosterT (196177) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165767)

This is not a hack nor is it Linux. It is a hoax. This is simply Audrey running a shell inside of a QNX [qnx.com] Photon [qnx.com] window.

You can tell from the 'ls -l' command. He is in the root directory and one of the files listed is "nto". The name of the microkernel of QNX6 [qnx.com] (also called QNX Realtime Platform) is Neutrino. The "nto" file is the resource manager frontend for the microkernel.

And is it really a hack to install Linux over a cool free [qnx.com] realtime microkernel OS like QNX? Or is it just stupidity? ;-)

Re:Duh! Hoax! Look at the output of ls! (1)

Dahan (130247) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165913)

I think you need to learn what a hoax is. Here's what Merriam-Webster says:

Main Entry: 2hoax
Function: noun
Date: 1808
1 : an act intended to trick or dupe : IMPOSTURE [m-w.com]
2 : something accepted or established by fraud or fabrication

Where do you get the idea that Linux is involved in any of this? Do you see the guy claiming to be running anything other than QNX?

what is the Ergo (1)

madcow15 (512585) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165768)

What are you guys talking about? who would really want to use one of those things in that situation ?? D'ho what is an Ergo???

Buy Audrey on Ebay cheap (1)

ioman1 (474363) | more than 13 years ago | (#2165807)

I bought my 3COM audrey on Ebay for $150 shipped, brand new in a box. These retail for over $500 normally, but they were discountinued do to lack of demand. They areally are neat little units.
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