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Friday, February 2, 2018

Bypassing eJay Downloader/Download Manager, Random Stuff, and More

For those who don't already know this you can often bypass a lot of download managers out there if the 'Download Manager' doesn't really feel like a good 'Download Manager' (there are some genuinely terrible ones out there. Some of the worse I've come across don't even allow for resumption of downloads! Truly bizarre given this day and age?). I recently had this situation with:
They basically want you to use their download manager at:
- to figure this out first startup Wireshark and run it on the relevant network interface controller/device
- then run the download manager/program like so
wine ejay_hiphop5_reloaded_downloader.exe &
- then freeze the the output from Wireshark and do a search request for the names of the files in question. This led to an IP address. Direct connection to IP address seemed to lead to a stall/non-response?
--2018-02-02 05:50:52--
Connecting to connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... ^C
- examination of the trace led to the following two URIs
- if you're wondering how to do this from Linux CLI here are relevant commands/code...
tcpdump -Ar ejay_hiphop5_trace.pcap | less
00:12:02.811894 IP system.60716 > static. Flags [P.], seq 1:117, ack 1, win 229, options [nop,nop,TS val 9596671 ecr 1453398521], length 116: HTTP: GET /deploy/ejay_hiphop5_reloaded_setup-1.bin HTTP/1.0
GET /deploy/ejay_hiphop5_reloaded_setup-1.bin HTTP/1.0
Host: downloader3.ejay.com
User-Agent: Download Manager
- as you can see below, everything seems fine with wget
Resolving downloader3.ejay.com (downloader3.ejay.com)...
Connecting to downloader3.ejay.com (downloader3.ejay.com)||:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 757552 (740K) [application/x-msdos-program]
Saving to: ‘ejay_hiphop5_reloaded_setup.exe’
ejay_hiphop5_reload 100%[===================>] 739.80K   141KB/s    in 6.4s    

Resolving downloader3.ejay.com (downloader3.ejay.com)...
Connecting to downloader3.ejay.com (downloader3.ejay.com)||:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 1729064223 (1.6G) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: ‘ejay_hiphop5_reloaded_setup-1.bin’
ejay_hiphop   0%[                    ]  12.06K  17.3KB/s
- frustrating thing is that attempting to use aria2c to speed things up didn't really seem to make much of a difference with regards to speed...
aria2c --max-connection-per-server=4 --min-split-size=1M http://downloader3.ejay.com/deploy/ejay_hiphop5_reloaded_setup-1.bin
Download Results:
gid   |stat|avg speed  |path/URI
a08282|INPR|   215KiB/s|/media/sda1/eJay HipHop 5 Reloaded/ejay_hiphop5_reloaded_setup-1.bin
- funny thing is that in the past I've worked with many people who said that you can't really gain much from a packet trace? It depends on what you're looking at?

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- "The proposed shutdown of exchanges that the justice minister recently mentioned is one of the measures suggested by the justice ministry to curb speculation," the Office for Government Policy Co-ordination said in a statement.
"A government-wide decision will be made in the future after sufficient consultation and coordination of opinions."

The petition was launched last month by an unnamed person and credited the increase in the value of cryptocurrencies with an increase in hope among the people who could now contemplate finding relief from economic distress.

Last year, youth unemployment reach 9.9% and dissatisfaction among young people played a role in electing Moon Jae-in as president in May 2017.

In 2017, South Korea became a major bitcoin trader with 4.5% of all global transactions using the won. This made it the fourth most widely used currency for trading bitcoin, after the US dollar, the yen and the euro.
- “Like his mentor Trump, Hoekstra wears duplicity as a badge of honor. Nothing that they say can be believed or taken at face value. They lie through their teeth and talk with forked tongue,” Etler said.

“This has been the modus operandi of European colonialists and imperialists ever since the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia were invaded and occupied. In other words they are not to be believed or trusted,” he concluded.

Hoekstra, 64, served as the US Representative for Michigan's 2nd congressional district from 1993 to 2011. He was born in the Netherlands and moved to the United States at age 3.

A former Republican congressman for Michigan, Hoekstra served as a national security adviser for Trump during last year’s presidential election campaign.
- Mohan and Kincl said: "Though these changes will affect a significant number of channels, 99% of those affected were making less than US$100 per year in the last year, with 90% earning less than US$2.50 in the last month.

"Any of the channels who no longer meet this threshold will be paid what they’ve already earned based on our AdSense policies. After thoughtful consideration, we believe these are necessary compromises to protect our community."

In April last year, Google set a YouTube Partner Programme requirement of 10,000 views for videos to carry ads. This time, that has been cut further.

Thousands of contractors will review the clips on Google Preferred. Within that section, the company says it will have "a three-tier suitability system" that will “give them appropriate placements for their brand, while understanding potential reach trade-offs", according to the website Recode.
- “The Boosting Business Innovation Programme is providing $18 million to the state’s 11 universities — including $1.5 million to UNSW — and the CSIRO to work with businesses to support innovation.

“The Boost program brings business and research brains together in one place to develop new ideas and opportunities, including through Techvoucher supported research projects.”

LoyaltyX chief executive Philip Shelper said participants in the UNSW trial earned a digital stamp for each purchase, with 10 stamps converting to $10 worth of ether.

“The research results have been extremely positive with students excited by being rewarded with cryptocurrency that can grow in value, providing a major opportunity to re-invent loyalty programmes,” he said.

“Ether is a floating currency, and over the course of the trial participants saw their Ether balance increase in value by 30 per cent. Those that chose to keep their Ether rather than cash it in have seen a gain of over 450%. Cryptocurrencies could provide the first major advancement in loyalty program design since frequent flyer programs were launched in the early 80s.”
- Both senators and House members want AT&T to stop collaborating with Huawei on standards for 5G. They are also seeking an end to the use of Huawei handsets by AT&T's discount branch Cricket, Reuters said quoting Congressional aides.

The news agency quoted Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang as saying he did not know anything about the matter, but hoped that China would be given a fair operating environment in other countries.

“We hope that China and the US can work hard together to maintain the healthy and stable development of trade and business ties. This accords with the joint interests of both,” he told a daily news briefing in Beijing.

In keeping with the prevailing sentiment in Congress, a bill has been introduced by Republicans Michael Conaway and Liz Cheney to prevent the government from doing business with Huawei or ZTE, the latter being a Chinese telecommunications and systems and equipment firm.

Back in 2012, the US Congress issued a report that raised concerns about state-sponsored spying related to products made by Huawei, the biggest global maker of telecommunications equipment. The company has denied any such involvement.

In Australia, nearly six years ago, Huawei was denied any role in supplying equipment to the country's national broadband network project, following advice by ASIS, one of Australia's spy agencies.

Last year, Australia put pressure on the Solomon Islands to drop Huawei as the main contractor for an undersea cable project. The Project Honiara undersea cable project is expected to improve the capacity of the local telco, Our Telekom, to handle domestic and international calls.

In December, Britain's Financial Times newspaper reported that Canberra would block the deal with Huawei and instead pay the $100 million cost itself.

The director-general of ASIS, Nick Warner, spoke to Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare about the undersea cable deal soon after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defence Secretary James Mattis visited Australia in mid-June.
- The majority of people over 75 live alone and about 200,000 older people in the UK have not had a conversation with a friend or relative in more than a month, according to government data.

Most doctors in Britain see between one and five patients a day who have come mainly because they are lonely, according to the Campaign to End Loneliness, a network tackling the health threat isolation poses to the elderly.
- “The United States has a lot of expensive weapons to sell, the Saudis have lots of money. So they come to a deal. The only problem here is the weapons are not going to solve the problem,” Jones said.

“This is not the first time that the Saudis have bought weapons from the United States.  They have already spent billions of dollars in weapons and those weapons cannot prevent simple things like the fact that the Yemenis have fired two missiles which had landed in Riyadh,” he stated.

“These missiles are not anything sophisticated. They are basically the re-worked Scud missiles of the sort that Iraqis, Saddam Husain, fired in Israel during the Iraqi war,” the analyst noted.

“They had been welded together with bigger gas tanks but they are the same missiles. This is a primitive missile. The patriot missile system cannot block them. So why are they buying more patriot missiles?” he asked. “Well, because this is what they do. They buy, the United States sells, and that’s the whole story here.”

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Social Media Comment Bot, Random Stuff, and More

- for a while now I've been half interested in how to create social media bots since huge amounts of traffic on the web that is automated now... Basically, what is happening is that individuals/companies are creating hype about themselves or others which leads to more interest, etc... I've been experimenting with various sites and techniques and it's incredible the increase in traffic that you can get provided things are done correctly...
social media bots percentage facebook
- Twitter and Wikipedia seem to be hugely dependent on these type of 'bots' to maintain accuracy and/or present an alternative viewpoint?
twitter bot
- one of the main problems with these bots is that there are limitations on what you can do for each site. You'll also need to setup an account seperately for each one and as with any pieces of software there's no guarantee that API's will remain the same into the future... Moving target issue is incredibly frustrating... That said there seems to be at least some FOSS work out there worth looking at? Alternative, is that you resort to using something like Sikuli or xdotool. Will slow down performance of your bot drastically though...
comment bot youtube api
youtube api comments
make youtube comment reply python
social media bot
social media bot github
- main reason I'm interested in this is for marketing/sales purposes... Didn't realise how many social media services have a monetising/business component to them now? Twitter Business is effectively a prepaid marketing service
twitter ads
twitter ads billing
- this is one of the more fully featured services out there. That said, moving target issue means it has it's own problems. There are some bots which can be purcahsed off the bat out there if need be...
Twitter Bot - Automate Your Twitter Marketing For Free With Blue Bot
supagrowth twitter bot source code
- basic structure of a social media chat bot is pretty simple. First you need to summarise and analyse the text (this isn't really in wide spread abundance and most of the stuff I've looked at is kind of specialised. Some are really good at summarising specific types of documents. Basically a limitation in our AI technology at the moment?). Then create a suitable reply. Have looked at things like rivescript (and have built chatbots) in the past... May be worth re-looking at such code. Wonder whether you can automate 'clickbait'? Should be theoretically possible since so many people automatically look at things that are rediculous?
rive chatbot
linux summarise text
- possible to integrate a simplified AI engine but what's the point?
simple artificial intelligence
- if you want to rise up Internet rankings then you'll need to track trends. Google, Yahoo, Twitter trends obvious sources. Apparently, Marissa Mayer/Google said they would deploy an API for Google Trends some time down the track but there hasn't been any progress on this? Best we've had are third party plugins/hacks but noting direct from Google? Could just track the RSS trackers, news aggregators, etc? Google Analytics, Optimizely, Facebook Insights, etc... Most of them use standard file formats: JSON, XML, ATOM, etc... 
google trends csv data download
google trends mashup
- use final component to actually post news and comment...
post twitter linux cli
post message twitter python
post message twitter perl
post message facebook python
- this is an example of something that may potentially be much more sophisticated...
- online marketing directors and submission engines don't really work as well as they used to for Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) type work?
- so many dependencies for npm and relatively heavy frameworks becoming so common now? It's clear for me the Internet is a waste of time for a lot of stuff, because a lot of code that you want or need requires customised solutions? All seeing, all knowing AI-God as advocated by some isn't realistic yet (I've built prototypes/skeletons for stuff like this before though (private work))?
- I've obviously built some prototype/skeleton code. Download it here:
- details are as follows:
# This is basically the skeleton code for a social media bot. Integrate
# the code with components mentioned in relevant blog article for an
# increased, automated presence via social media platforms.
# As this is the very first version of the program it may be VERY buggy. 
# Please test prior to deployment in a production environment.

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- latest in science and technology
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‘Halal’ internet means more control in Iran after unrest
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Random Quotes:
- The United States has spent more than $5.6 trillion on foreign conflicts since 2001, more than three times the Pentagon has claimed in official estimates, according to a new study.

The US Defense Department reported earlier this year that it had spent around $1.5 trillion on wars launched after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

But a study by the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs at Brown University puts the total cost of foreign wars at $5.6 trillion, or $23,000 per taxpayer.

The study examines not only the money spent by the US military, but also by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department, for resources dedicated to the so-called “war on terrorism.”

Combat operations since 2001 “have been largely paid for by borrowing, part of the reason the US went from budget surplus to deficits after 2001,” study author Neta Crawford said.

As for the costs of specific conflicts, the study notes that the "two largest categories of expenses have been for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."
- "Our brains are fried as we are studying every day" about virtual currencies, said the group's leader Rara Naruse, 18, as they began their live concert in Tokyo.

The band hopes to promote the idea "through entertainment" that virtual currencies are not just a tool for speculation but are a wonderful technology, she said.

Each of the eight girls in the band, known in Japanese as "Kasotsuka Shojo", plays a character representing a virtual currency such as bitcoin, ethereum or ripple.

Wearing character masks, frilly mini-skirts and "maid" aprons complete with knee-high socks, they performed in a small hall packed with dozens of hand-picked fans and media people.

Their tunes included their debut song, "The Moon and Virtual Currencies and Me", which warns against fraudulent operators and urges people to make sure of their online security.

In keeping with the theme, fans were required to pay 0.001 bitcoin (around $15) -- to take a picture with one of his favourite performer. The price includes a hand-shake and some small-talk.

The girls are paid in bitcoin and payment for admission to future performances and merchandise will only be accepted in virtual currencies.

Their message appeared to be getting through.

One fan, 43-year-old Hiroshi Kasahara, who runs an ad agency, said: "I have been trading stocks and forex but not bitcoin or other virtual currencies as I was a bit scared of them."

"But I feel like opening an account" if the group accepts payment only in virtual currencies, he told AFP.

Makoto Sato, 42, said the idol group had given him "a good introduction" to the world of cryptocurrencies.

"I may well give it a try as it can be a catalyst to make life more convenient and fun," said the 42-year-old office worker.

At the end of the performance, fans cheered and clapped, with one screaming out: "Can't stop loving you!"

The group is tapping into a rich seam in Japan, where bitcoin is recognised as legal tender.

Nearly one-third of global bitcoin transactions in December were denominated in yen, according to specialised website jpbitcoin.com.

The group's launch comes on the heels of a recent market frenzy which boosted bitcoin up to nearly $20,000.
- China in talks for sale of jet engine technology to Germany

China is in talks to sell Germany state-of-the-art machinery and technology critical in the manufacture of high-performance jet engines, a senior government scientist has revealed.

The machinery produced turbine blades capable of withstanding temperatures several hundred degrees Celsius higher than the melting point of metallic alloys, the scientist said.

The scientist, who is involved in the negotiations, asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Turbine blades convert heat generated by combusted fuel into the energy that propels a plane. The blades are one of the most important components in modern aircraft, both military and civilian, and their quality determines how safe, powerful and durable a jet engine will be.

The technological progress could be a very important step for made-in-China jet engines, with China now the world’s largest market for commercial aircraft. Thousands of planes are on order from Airbus and Boeing, and China is also developing its own C919 passenger jet.

In recent years, tremendous leaps in blade-processing technology, combined with breakthroughs in alloy casting and aerodynamic design, have allowed China to produce a brand-new series of powerful military jet engines.

The most notable example is the WS-15 turbofan jet engine, designed for use in China’s J-20 stealth fighter. The WS-15 has experienced reliability problems, but state media boasted last year that its performance matched that of the Pratt & Whitney F119, the world’s most advanced jet engine in military service, which was developed in the United States for the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor stealth fighter.

Bypassing eJay Downloader/Download Manager, Random Stuff, and More

For those who don't already know this you can often bypass a lot of download managers out there if the 'Download Manager' doesn...