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    Programmable hardware on Computers?


    Are there programmable hardware on computers these days?
    Since the events at the world trade center, I have gotten concerned that there are many things happening without proper consideratons.

    Basically I ask this because I can not find a computer without someone hacking on it wirelessly.

    I can't prove anything because I don't have the resources.
    But I suspect anything with storage has wireless on it and the south bridge chipset also has wireless in it.
    If hardware is programmable then software radio can be implemented.

    I know this sounds more paranoid. But I have concerns.

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    Just turn the wireless, bluetooth etc. off and/or remove/not install the drivers.

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    While it would be conceivable that a 'chip could have wireless on it', it would still need some form of antenna in order to communicate. The wifi and bluetooth adapters in your laptop all have a clearly visible antenna connection, and a shielded cable running along to some form of antenna, usually placed in the lid. Similar for other wireless adapters, they've got to have antennas or they can't transmit or receive a signal.

    When it comes to computer chipsets, there's enough going on inside a south bridge without having to add wireless, so I think that would be virtually impossible anyway. The electrical noise level that close to the heart of a computer is enormous and there's no way one could transmit a signal without an antenna that wouldn't be lost in the electronic 'haze' surrounding those parts - that's why the antennas are located as far away from the core circuitry as possible.

    In most devices I know the wireless adapters are removable, so if you're really paranoid you can remove the wifi and bluetooth adapters from your device (with the power turned off!); in doing so you'll also have to unplug the antenna cables and realize that there's no way anyone is going to 'sneak in' a wireless adapter without it being clearly noticable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mag5 View Post
    I can not find a computer without someone hacking on it wirelessly.
    The wireless is your least problem. Nowadays every left-hander can hack on your computer without any problems - through special internet protocols, through tunnels in the PHP code - virtually through any channel and protocol on the net.
    Besides the computer they may tap your GSM both online ... and offline.
    Not to talk that some people from the psychotronics may hack even on your sigma & thetha of the brain (in direct memory access mode) ... so these are the realities. There is nowehere to escape. Just do not give a f'ck ... & live your life.

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    I've tried removing wireless devices.

    The WiFi PCIE card was disconnected from the Samsung 3 series AMD A6 laptop. I can not boot USB on the computer so after I removed the hard drive I booted precise linux off of the CDROM drive. And then I removed the CDROM because I was concerned about storage devices having wireless capability. I can still do linux stuff since everything is loaded into RAM. But the problem I have is the computer develops a personality and I know that's not possible. Things happen this way and that and it seems to know what i'm trying to do and prevents me from doing it; that is what I mean by a personality. It's one thing to hack via a predetermined hacking in a code or virus, but I'm experiencing things that suggest they can do stuff real time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricard View Post
    While it would be conceivable that a 'chip could have wireless on it', it would still need some form of antenna in order to communicate. The wifi and bluetooth adapters in your laptop all have a clearly visible antenna connection, and a shielded cable running along to some form of antenna, usually placed in the lid. Similar for other wireless adapters, they've got to have antennas or they can't transmit or receive a signal.

    When it comes to computer chipsets, there's enough going on inside a south bridge without having to add wireless, so I think that would be virtually impossible anyway. The electrical noise level that close to the heart of a computer is enormous and there's no way one could transmit a signal without an antenna that wouldn't be lost in the electronic 'haze' surrounding those parts - that's why the antennas are located as far away from the core circuitry as possible.

    In most devices I know the wireless adapters are removable, so if you're really paranoid you can remove the wifi and bluetooth adapters from your device (with the power turned off!); in doing so you'll also have to unplug the antenna cables and realize that there's no way anyone is going to 'sneak in' a wireless adapter without it being clearly noticable.
    There is a device that puts wifi on the SD card. I also bought a cheap signal detector and there is no signals that it can detect. I suspect it's using frequency hopping low detection or CDMA delayed spread spectrum. Either way I know software defined radio has been around for awhile and ham radio community has proven long ago that you just need a sound card to demodulate ham radio. On a typical computer motherboard there are enough components to build a radio, it's just of matter of finding the guy who knows the guy to put this programmable hardware stuff in china factories and not tell anyone about it.

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    Steve Jobs gave a lot of money to charities and he's a left hander too. I'm not saying Steve didn't have problems put into Apple stuff, but I digress. The problem with people living their life is there are people without a life spying on the ordinary people who do have a life. This privacy thing is a real problem most people don't get to understand.

    But back to my problem, I'm trying to avoid windows or intel/AMD machines and android OS and go directly to devices that support linux.
    However I can not seem to find, all of a sudden, a way to compute otherwise. The searches don't show up anything that boots linux without the x86 or android on it. Chrome to me is like android because it's in the same family.

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    You might try two cans and some string.

    Surely you are not for real.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mag5 View Post
    Steve Jobs gave a lot of money to charities and he's a left hander too. I'm not saying Steve didn't have problems put into Apple stuff, but I digress. The problem with people living their life is there are people without a life spying on the ordinary people who do have a life. This privacy thing is a real problem most people don't get to understand.

    But back to my problem, I'm trying to avoid windows or intel/AMD machines and android OS and go directly to devices that support linux.
    However I can not seem to find, all of a sudden, a way to compute otherwise. The searches don't show up anything that boots linux without the x86 or android on it. Chrome to me is like android because it's in the same family.
    https://www.google.com/search?client...utf-8&oe=utf-8

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mag5 View Post
    Things happen this way and that and it seems to know what i'm trying to do and prevents me from doing it.
    So you have acquainted yourself with the artificial intelligence. With that experience of yours you can apply for a Nobel Prize without any problems.
    O.K. enough is enough.
    1. Put one hard-wired hub between your computer and the internet connection. You may use even two hubs, if you think that one hub is not entirely safe for your case. The probability of the 'artificial intelligence' to break through two hubs is 10^-24
    2. Take off the wireless adapter. Actually you may encode the wireless connection. Most probably some neighbour is hacking on your wireless and impeding the speed of the data exchange.
    3. Return the hard disk to the laptop. If somebody wants to copy your RAM in real time the missing hard disk will not stop him from doing so.
    4. Don't use Google Chrome, and don't open the spammers e-mails (with viagra, cialis, lottery jackpots, incredible investnets, etc.) for they may assemble a new 'artificial intelligence' on your computer.
    5. Put some stick on the built-in camera of the laptop (just in case). Unplug the microphone of the headphones.
    6. Install Bleachbit and Bleachbit as Administrator and maintain the computer in good shape.
    7. Uninstall all the software that you are not using.
    At this situation the 'artificial intelligence' should have already passed away.

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