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About braindead0

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    Reno, NV
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    meadmaking, blacksmithing, textile arts, welding/fabricating, fixing/breaking stuff. I also play bass, bodhran and random percussion.

    I also appraise antiques and then smash them.
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    Jeep Wrangler, XR650L
  1. Maybe I'll get a drone after all

    Not really surprising. .... wonder how long until I have to register my stunt kites???
  2. I think someone lived in the stone building, had a doorway.. several windows.. didn't seem like a utility building. Might end up back out there this weekend, in the Jeep with my wife.. if so we'll likely poke around in much more detail. When I'm doing 'recon' on the bike I'm usually interested in covering ground with an eye toward coming back for detailed look see.
  3. Maybe I'll get a drone after all

    What I propose is that people should pay a little attention to what is installed on their phone, computers..etc. Certainly most people cannot manage the level of security I can. I think anyone can read that list of permissions and plainly see that this software is over-reaching, most people don't even bother to read it I'm sure. That being said having 95% of the population wide open for exploit makes securing systems much easier for me.. just don't be the low hanging fruit. I opened up a guest network here this last summer, just to see how many people are setup to blindly connect. In one week I was able to compromise over 200 distinct devices, simply because they connected to my network. The 'malware' in this case was benign pinged back to me with a few details to identify individual hardware, then removed itself.. I could have used this foothold to do all manner of bad things so those people devices, likely everyone they know and every network they connect to... and so on. You are correct, in the end it's all about the costs benefit analysis. Problem is that people don't factor in externalized costs to other systems. For example when someone brings malware into the workplace the costs will affect their job in one way or another... someone has to pay the price. That latter scenario happens much more often that people realize, most aren't reported because it's bad publicity.
  4. Maybe I'll get a drone after all

    DJI (and presumably other manufacturers) are trying to help the problem by implementing features such as that. It'll help the accidental problem by an honest person, however these systems are easy to defeat.. I think the DJI's were hacked in about a week. These keep the honest people honest, but IMO miss the mark and may cause people like your friend to seek out ways around it because the system doesn't work well. Typically those blocks are location based, presumably he could have gone elsewhere and the drone would work...
  5. Maybe I'll get a drone after all

    The only apps installed on my phone were written by me, so I know that they do not have permissions that aren't necessary to the function. I've reviewed the source for my firmware and it's clean (another reason I don't want to update phone, it'll take weeks to get the source and a couple more to review). There's more to this than data on your phone. That application has permissions that would allow it to track your location 24x7 and upload your whereabouts via cell or wifi network. In addition it could use BT/WIFI (surprised it doesn't have NFC as well) to discover other phones in the area, if it finds other phones that are accessible it could propagate malware in both directions. Your phone could be an attack vector into other systems, phone.. network...etc.. Lack of care for security is what gives us the most damaging botnets. 'smart' phone apps are becoming more of an issue and it will get worse. Keeps me working however I'd much rather be more productive. Oh well, my systems are secure.
  6. When I was out there I started tagging spots for camping, and then gave up... too many. The location where I found the remains of a butcher shop had enough room for at least 2 probably 3 or more (if you don't mind being cozy) large 5 ers. It's waay up the valley a few miles from the geothermal plant, the dirt road is in good shape though. You could take over a vacated property in 'town' as well. Lots of flat areas, many still fenced in. You'd probably want to do a recon run... there's tons of options.
  7. Maybe I'll get a drone after all

    I wasn't proposing deputizing hackers,, none I've ever met would take the job. Point is that their are resources available to develop systems that could deal with this problem very easily, systems that could be fully automatic and deployed on fire fighting aircraft.
  8. Maybe I'll get a drone after all

    You can't fix idiots, you can't stop them. Laws just make them go underground. People are amazingly resilient and often willing to put a lot of effort into circumventing attempts to restrict their action. Morons are still lighting up aircraft with laser pointers. Tried to regulate CB radios, that didn't seem to help at all. Low power radio... they gave up banning that.. etc.. Once the equipment is available to people for a price they will pay, the cat is out of the bag. IMO emergency services need to actively seek out penetration testers, white hat hackers, etc.. Give emergency responders tools to jam/destroy or otherwise render drones inoperable. Solve the actual problem without creating another bureaucracy. I screwed with an idiot flying one outside my house last year, it was a cheap WIFI controller model. All it took to take it down was pointing a directional antenna connected to a 2.4ghz fuzzer (legal equipment I use to test hardware). It stopped immediately and landed. Turn off fuzzer, and his remote would connect he'd fly again... I did it again and again until he left the area... Obviously this wouldn't work on all of them, however the consumer grade drones I've seen are all very weak as far as security. Pro drones may not be any better, I wouldn't be at all surprised. The frequencies used aren't going to interfere with aircraft or communications systems. There are of course the more amusing methods, birds of prey seem to enjoy taking down drones. ;-)
  9. When I was out there were several folks camped out here: 39.678012, -118.148056 It's a large area fairly flat and somewhat shielded from the road as it's a bit lower that the surrounding terrain. I'm pretty sure you could get anything road legal into that area. Those were the only campers I saw, however it was turkey day.
  10. Maybe I'll get a drone after all

    It already has a remote, adding a small LCD screen and the support hardware wouldn't add much to the cost. I'm not going to upgrade my phone AND run an insecure/overprivileged app on it for functionality that IMO should not assume everyone carries around a supported phone. I'll pass. If this list of permissions doesn't make you nervous... I've added a * after all of these permissions that are commonly used as attack and malware propogation vectors and # on the ones that the app has no legitimate reason to access, and can be a privacy/security risk Version 4.1.18 can access: Device & app history retrieve running apps* read sensitive log data# Identity find accounts on the device# * add or remove accounts# * Contacts find accounts on the device# Location approximate location (network-based) precise location (GPS and network-based) Phone directly call phone numbers# * read phone status and identity# * Photos/Media/Files access USB storage filesystem read the contents of your USB storage modify or delete the contents of your USB storage Storage read the contents of your USB storage modify or delete the contents of your USB storage Camera take pictures and videos Microphone record audio ?? Wi-Fi connection information view Wi-Fi connections Device ID & call information read phone status and identity# Other Access download manager.# download files without notification# full license to interact across users# manage document storage# control media playback and metadata access# close other apps# view network connections read battery statistics pair with Bluetooth devices# * access Bluetooth settings# * send sticky broadcast# * change system display settings* change network connectivity# * connect and disconnect from Wi-Fi# * control flashlight full network access * close other apps * run at startup * draw over other apps * use accounts on the device * # control vibration prevent device from sleeping modify system settings * # add words to user-defined dictionary * # Google Play license check* read Google service configuration*
  11. Maybe I'll get a drone after all

    I just wish they wouldn't tie the Mavic to your phone.. I think that's they only way you can get live camera view? I read the users guide and wasn't impressed with that aspect, and the app isn't available for the phone I have... (oh gosh, it's 2 years old.. no support for that version of Android). I like the form factor/size.. seems really spiffy.. but I'll wait for a fully stand alone system...
  12. It's worth a trip. It would be easy to spend a day or two there. Come spring the wife and I may do some boondocking out there, and explore more. I know I'll be back...
  13. The sign said military training was in progress, however I don't think so... unless it was special ops hiding waiting to surprise the very unlikely passer by... I avoided this area anyway, just in case... That's pretty much it. After the geothermal plant I headed to the east side of the marsh/lake and south on Valley Rd.. Lots of washouts, there were a few pretty rough one. A tad over 3 hours in the saddle 88 miles.. average speed 30mph.. max speed a bit over 50. It was a nice ride. I'll be back, this time to cover more of the settlement and Wonder.. Nice view down Settlement Road. If you're up in this area and looking for a place to boondock, there are tons of places here and lots to explore.
  14. ZOMBIE APOCOLYPSE! Or just a mess left by hunters (or maybe poachers)? There were gobbets of flesh strewn around one of the rooms.. and 3 deer forelegs? 2 inside, and the last one was outside. I'd guess the general disarray was due to predators, but I like to think it was zombies.. much more interesting. Nice stone building just south of the geothermal plant: Smith Lane.. this part was better 'marked' that an earlier bit.. which I really had to just follow GPS: I'm going to assume this is the Smith farmstead, as it's the only thing on Smith Lane I thought about putting some work in on the farm, but I failed to bring enough WD40
  15. Area seems to have a lot of modern use, fire pits.. the 'building' behind my bike seems like something one might use as a waypoint, sign in station.. who knows. Fairly substation foundations. And a nice view into the valley/lake bed Okay, now's the time to gird your loins, prepare for the interesting part... First I have to set the stage at 'Camp 173" Looks like it was a pretty nice house, 2 fireplaces: Interior could use some work:
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    • South Pass City, approximately 90 miles north of Rock Springs, is a historic site administered by the state of Wyoming.  It consists of over 30 log, frame, and stone buildings, along with the Carissa Mine and Stamp Mill.

      South Pass City Historic Site
    • Recently, I’ve been going through my old VHS video tapes and digitizing them to DVDs.  These tapes contain my travels and explorations between 1995 and 2009.  I thought I’d start releasing some video shorts of my early travels on this forum.

      The back story for this particular video is as follows.  On March 30, 1996, I made a short hike of about a mile and a third up the lower third of Surprise Canyon, on the western slopes of the Panamint Range, Inyo County, California.  This canyon is just outside of Death Valley National Park.  This canyon has running water running year round through the stretch shown, fed by substantial Limekiln Springs, and the canyon is a water wonderland.  For those not familiar with the area, refer to the two maps.  The first one shows the canyon in relation to the region, the other a close up of the canyon and the ghost town of Panamint City.  The blue line in the close up image shows the route that was taken.

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    • My next series of videos will be based on a trip in 2000 that I took with Lew Shorb.  Lew is a board member here, as well as owner of the popular website http://www.ghosttownexplorers.org/ghost.htm

      In breaking with my past habit of culling out historical sites and ghost towns and creating short videos dealing with these, I decided to keep the exploring part of Explore Forums in and create videos of each day of my travel and exploration, including our camps.  Scenery, travel, camping ghost towns and wide open spaces.

      Part one of this series, as well as subsequent videos, will all appear here within this same thread. Part I will start in my garage, where I was finishing up with the packing my truck.  The following day, after work, I begin my travels to meet Lew Shorb at Rhyolite, Nevada ghost town.

      Our three day, two night travels prowled about the "Nevada Triangle" section of northeastern Death Valley National Park; and will include such sites as:

      1. The Las Vegas & Tonopah Railroad
      2. Gold Bar
      3. Phinney Mine
      4. Strozzi Ranch
      5. Currie Well (LV&T RR)
      6. Mud Springs Summit (LV&T RR)
      7. Happy Hooligan Mine

      This video, that of March 30th and 31st, will start off this series; and is brief, only being 3:28 long.  Nevada-Triangle_Shorb-2000_Part-1.wmv

      So, below is my narrative of part one of this series to give full context of what is seen in the video.  It will probably take longer to read than the video is long.


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    • Exploration Field Trips:
      May 1-3, 2000
      Trip with Alan Patera and Alan Hensher into Death Valley

      What do you do with three authors, two 4x4’s, two two-way radios, three cameras, and camping supplies? Send them to Death Valley, of course. For three days in the first week of May, 2000, fellow authors and historical researchers Alan Patera, Alan Hensher and myself explored Death Valley north and south.

      Alan Patera writes and publishes the WESTERN PLACES series of monograph books.  Alan Hensher has been published in several periodicals as well as authoring several books, centering primarily on the history of Mojave Desert sites.

      Alan Patera, who hails from Oregon, came south to California and picked up Alan Hensher; then the two came my way. At the time I was living in Ridgecrest, California. After overnighting with my wife and I, the three of us took off for Death Valley.  Alan was busy researching and photographing for a future edition of WESTERN PLACES, this time centering on the camps of the Funeral Range, which forms the eastern border of east central Death Valley.  Circumstances and changes of our journey lead Alan to plant the seeds of two more future books, this time centering just outside the northernmost section of Death Valley.


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    • Reconnoitering Trips
      Northern Nevada, Southwestern Idaho
      (and a Blip of Southeastern Oregon Thrown in for Good Measure)
      June 19 - 28, 2001

      This is the trip that I consider to be my favorite trip I have ever undertaken.  It had been in the planning stages since the previous December.  Originally, quite a number of people were invited and had semi-committed themselves to come along.  Over time, however, eventually the number of people whose semi-commitments became firm commitments to this trip narrowed to four.  And I was one of them.

      Below, a list of historic locations we visited – in the order that we visited them:

      1. Bodie & Benton Railway, California.
      2. Stillwater, Nevada.
      3. White Cloud City (Coppereid), Nevada.
      4. Unionville, Nevada.
      5. Midas, Nevada.
      6. Spring City, Nevada.
      7. Paradise Valley, Nevada.
      8. Buckskin, Nevada.
      9. National, Nevada.
      10. Delamar, Idaho.
      11. Silver City, Idaho.
      12. Rio Tinto, Nevada.
      13. Pattsville, Nevada.
      14. Aura, Nevada.
      15. Cornucopia, Nevada.
      16. Edgemont, Nevada (from a distance – on private property)
      17. White Rock, Nevada (from a distance – on private property)
      18. Tuscaurora, Nevada.
      19. Dinner Station, Nevada.
      20. Metropolis, Nevada.
      21. Charleston, Nevada.
      22. Jarbidge, Nevada.
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