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I've finished my latest electronic music compilation, this time focusing on the broader genre of #newbreed 
This first volume is intended partially to act as a sort of "newbreed 101" for people unfamiliar with the genre. Think of newbreed as a meta-genre that encompasses multiple electronic subgenres like c
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I've completed my latest compilation/mix, just in time for Halloween :)
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Yay! Listening now.
 
I've finished my new witch house compilation. If you like electronic music you should check it out! #witchhouse
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I'll listen while I work :)

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Breaking: The Intercept publishes internal NSA blog posts about targeting sysadmins.
Across the world, people who work as system administrators keep computer networks in order – and this has turned them into unwitting targets of the NSA for simply doing their jobs.
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Pretty classic target profiling. If they really wanted to get hard core about it they would also target recently fired sysadmins. 

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He's got a point.

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Looks like we got a little snow, but now it's all ice.
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I haven't been out yet but I am willing to bet the city is shut the fuck down. 
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I have started a new electronic music blog :)
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I have finished my latest electronic music compilation/playlist! :D

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No thanks +Intel. I don't want my OS locked.
 
Intel processors now get OS locked

In an GOLEM interview at CEBIT 2014 fair, Frank Kuypers, technical account manager at INTEL corp., proudly presented a new feature in INTEL processors, called "hooks", beginning with the new 2014 "Merrifield" 64 bit SoC chip generation.

The manager gave an example: In the Intel network only mobiles with certain Android versions are allowed to use certain functionalities. If you then replace your Android version, e.g. by a free Cyanogenmod Android kernel, not only some chips would stop working, e.g. LTE/UMTS, but also mails from your employer would be blinded out, because now the processor itself would 'classify' the new software as 'risk'.

'Hooks' allow custom code to be executed when some defined event (such as saving an article or a user logging in) occurs. This technology is well known and often used to patch binaries or to add functionality to binary code.

But now this functionality is implemented in hardware, so that the OS itself doesn't even notice the execution of e.g. a virus scanner, Frank Kuypers said.

By design, INTEL processors, in opposite to 'hard coded' ARM processors, use microcode. Microcode is used to decode CISC operations (Complex Instruction Set Computer), breaking down instructions to RISC code. Bugs in the processor instruction set so can be corrected by just updating the microcode.

Now, beginning with the new 2014 power efficient mobile "Merrifield" processor generation, this functionality can and will (so are WINTEL alliance plans) be used to lock the processor for certain OS'es or OS versions.

First implementation will be the INTEL owned McAffee virus scanner, which now operates in the background on microcode level, completely unnoticeable by the OS or system operator, Frank Kuypers proudly added.

Whether there will be a SDK or use of this 'functionality' will be kept a secret, still is undecided, Kuypers said.

Have fun!

Source: http://www.golem.de/news/intel-hooks-im-kernel-sollen-android-sicherer-machen-1403-105054.html
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This appears to be a speculative article... AVR's have used software fuses to enable/disable functionality for awhile now, xbox's have used them to prevent reflashing/downgrading for hacking. I'm making some assumptions here - but virus scanning on the microcode level would be largely a heuristic scan of data being popped into the execution stack (since 'signed code' doesn't quite work) which is pretty cool, but saying the feature is designed to prevent execution of a different OS seems like a pretty far leap; unless someone out there is thinking of making a new PSP based on SOC hardware...
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I'm into art, computers, music, science, philosophy and anything that combines them. I'm a big open source enthusiast and spend far too much time on the internet ;)
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