Using tor+privoxy in BackTrack 4

By default BackTrack does not seem to come with tor or privoxy. These tools are very useful in providing anonymity. You can read about the tor project at wikipedia.

1. Install tor and privoxy
apt-get install tor privoxy

2. Modify privoxy configuration
nano /etc/privoxy/config
Add the line:
forward-socks4a / localhost:9050 .
Save the file (ctrl+o).

3. Restart privoxy
/etc/init.d/privoxy restart

4. Restart tor
/etc/init.d/tor restart

You should now have tor and privoxy running and you should be able to configure software to utilize tor by using 127.0.0.1:9050 in the proxy settings of the specific programs you want to push through the tor network.

Belkin F5D7051 USB WiFi and Linux

These methods have been tested under Fedora, Ubuntu and BackTrack 4. All of the following should work in almost any linux distribution to get a Belkin F5D7051 (or possibly similar device) working in Linux for WiFi access.

By default the F5D7051 conflicts with 3 drivers (the rt* set of drivers). These drivers must be disabled, rndis_wlan must be loaded and then hopefully the strange problems will go away.

1. Remove Conflicting Drivers
rmmod rt2500usb
rmmod rt2x00lib
rmmod rt2x00usb

2. Reinsert the device

3. Load rndis_wlan
modprobe rndis_wlan

You should now restart NetworkManager and things should be good to go. You might wanna check out the bug report I made for Fedora/RH.

Statistics about the film industry — directly from the mouth of the MPAA

With the recent Pirate Bay trial, many are once again wondering about the future of the torrent scene, piracy, and the stability of the film industry.

Various sources would like you to believe that piracy is causing great harm to the film industry. When it is not. I don’t think the pirate bay should be liable for merely indexing torrents — that said, the attitudes of the staff in regard to piracy is questionable.

I think the most important thing to consider is the users. If you have such a tool available, it should not necessarily be taken down as hopefully some or many of the users will actually pay for the content (or would if the majority of it wasn’t going to already-heaping-rich-greedy-middlemen)

Regardless, here are some statistics..

The Domestic box office continued to grow in 2008, reaching $9.79 billion after a 1.7% gain. (refer to page 3 of the 2008 MPAA Theatrical Statistics report

Worldwide box office reached another all-time high in 2008 at $28.1 billion, an increase of 5.2% over 2007. (refer to page 2 of the 2008 MPAA Theatrical Statistics report)

The number of screens in the U.S. remain constant at just over 40,000 in 2008.

As you can see.. the movie industry is not suffering.