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posted by martyb on Monday June 20 2016, @10:12AM   Printer-friendly
from the One-ring-to-bring-them-all-and-in-the-darkness-bind-them... dept.

From Damien Zammit, we have this fun little tidbit:

Recent Intel x86 processors implement a secret, powerful control mechanism that runs on a separate chip that no one is allowed to audit or examine. When these are eventually compromised, they'll expose all affected systems to nearly un-killable, undetectable rootkit attacks. I've made it my mission to open up this system and make free, open replacements, before it's too late.

The Intel Management Engine (ME) is a subsystem composed of a special 32-bit ARC microprocessor that's physically located inside the chipset. It is an extra general purpose computer running a firmware blob that is sold as a management system for big enterprise deployments.

When you purchase your system with a mainboard and Intel x86 CPU, you are also buying this hardware add-on: an extra computer that controls the main CPU. This extra computer runs completely out-of-band with the main x86 CPU meaning that it can function totally independently even when your main CPU is in a low power state like S3 (suspend).

On some chipsets, the firmware running on the ME implements a system called Intel's Active Management Technology (AMT). This is entirely transparent to the operating system, which means that this extra computer can do its job regardless of which operating system is installed and running on the main CPU.

The purpose of AMT is to provide a way to manage computers remotely (this is similar to an older system called "Intelligent Platform Management Interface" or IPMI, but more powerful). To achieve this task, the ME is capable of accessing any memory region without the main x86 CPU knowing about the existence of these accesses. It also runs a TCP/IP server on your network interface and packets entering and leaving your machine on certain ports bypass any firewall running on your system.

Yeah, and I'm sure they pinky-swear never to allow the NSA access to any computer via it. I'll be using AMD from now on, slower or not, thanks.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 21 2016, @08:27AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 21 2016, @08:27AM (#363202)

    Previously the Canaanite pantheon included El as the high god and Ashera as his consort.
    There was gender egalitarianism reflected here, to some degree.

    When this religion was defeated, gender egalitarianism went out the window.
    Man was now master.

    This is the history, going backwards:
    Hebrews (Deuteronomy) - Singular Worship male God. Rape of female child (yes read the hebrew) = man keeps her, pays father some money. Man can execute adulterous women. Man owns the woman (he is ba'al (master, owner) of the woman): it says it explicitly if you read the hebrew. No punishment for man who has sex with unmastered(unmarried) women not his wife. Can have asmany women as he pleases (including young girls - female children). All explicit in the hebrew for those who bother to read it.

    Assyrians/Northerners - Pantheon, but male god (marduk) has taken the throne and killed the high goddess. Rape of female = father of female can rape your wife or daughter or have you marry the raped female.

    Sumer and friends - Pantheon with Female godesses in equal power with man - Man who rapes a girl is executed. Man who has sex with with women not his wife is thrown out of the house without his posessions and exiled from the house. Woman who has sex with men not her husband while husband is at war is accepted back by the husband when he comes back. Matralineal decent

    Around Sumer and Previous: women have multiple husbands.

    So if you know history, then you know it is not "well yea, they had to keep property.. bla bla bla, wasn't for male domination". Men being able to rape female children and not suffer punishment but instead keep the girl was an _innovation_ ment to bring happiness and power to men. Just as the change from matralineal decent to patralineal decent, and the execution of anyone worshiping the old goddess cults, and the right of the man to execute a woman he _owns_ who has had sex with another.

    It was for male domination (it was good).

    Since the 1800s, however, england has dragged us back to the stone age and women again rule:

    A man who has sex with women not the wife is ejected from the house, the woman keeps it etc (just like in sumer).

    Women may have multiple partners, no punishment. (just like in sumer)

    Men may NOT have female children as brides.
    Men may NOT have multiple females.
    Men may NOT rape female children.

    Men were executed for rape of female children and unmastered women (England, America), though now it is "merely" forever in prison.

    Boys do NOT inherit the property, instead whomever the woman marries gets 1/2 etc.

    It's all back to near sumer level.

    Will men be granted an invasion from the north and again a strong Male War and Storm God to wash away the cunts and their supporters?

    I only pray to He that such may be.

    Living with no girl child to own is no living at all.