Should any question that can – t be answered be asked? #answers


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That may depend on what you mean by questions that cannot be answered.

First: on questions for which there is no clear answer, or at least no answer on which a majority of us can agree.

I have asked two such questions on Quora.

Apparently, there is no final answer on which everyone can agree for either question.

The biggest question on Earth. Does God exist. may itself be unanswerable. Or at least it has no definitive answer.
But I think the question is too important not to ask. We will likely never come to a consensus over whether the answer to that question is yes or no. But I think we can agree: the answer, whichever way it may be, is surely significant to all of us.

Such questions should be asked, and I am all for their being asked on Quora. And though today we do not have a definite answer, it may be that tomorrow someone will bring the answer.
I think that the question can and should wait until such time as someone finds the answer.

And. to connect this to the next point. we can all imagine an answer to the question, Does God exist? More: we can all imagine both answers.
Atheists can also imagine the existence of God, just as theists can imagine the nonexistence of God. Without either of us believing in these opposite scenarios, we can nonetheless imagine them

As for questions that are unanswerable:

I can only think of two:

  1. When is Yellow?
  2. Why is Thursday?

To those, I cannot imagine a good answer. I cannot even imagine a stupid answer to those questions. I cannot in fact imagine any answer being possible.

I think to seriously post When is Yellow? as a question on Quora would be a waste of everyone s time.

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A? t – 5 letter crossword answer #answering #services


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Crossword Quick Solve

  1. noun – degree of deviation from a horizontal plane; “the roof had a steep pitch”
  2. a biased way of looking at or presenting something
  3. present with a bias; “He biased his presentation so as to please the share holders”
  4. heel over; “The tower is tilting”; “The ceiling is slanting”
  5. to incline or bend from a vertical position; “She leaned over the banister”
  6. lie obliquely; “A scar slanted across his face”
  1. – A slab of stone used as a veneer for coarse masonry.
  1. – A deep blue pigment or coloring material used in various arts. It is a vitreous substance made of cobalt, potash, and calcined quartz fused, and reduced to a powder.
  1. adjective – quick and brisk; “I gave him a smart salute”; “we walked at a smart pace”
  2. characterized by quickness and ease in learning; “some children are brighter in one subject than another”; “smart children talk earlier than the average”
  3. painfully severe; “he gave the dog a smart blow”
  4. be the source of pain
  5. capable of independent and apparently intelligent action; “smart weapons”
  6. improperly forward or bold; “don’t be fresh with me”; “impertinent of a child to lecture a grownup”; “an impudent boy given to insulting strangers”; “Don’t get wise with me!”
  7. showing mental alertness and calculation and resourcefulness
  8. a kind of pain such as that caused by a wound or a burn or a sore
  9. elegant and stylish; “chic elegance”; “a smart new dress”; “a suit of voguish cut”
  1. – The snuff, or burnt wick, of a candle.

Why didn – t you answer my question? Ask Leo! #answers #to


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Why didn t you answer my question?

Why didn t you answer my question?

That s a fair question. I don t answer all the questions I get, and I also don t respond to all the comments that are posted.

It s not that I don t want to. I can t. There are simply too many questions coming in every day for me to address each and every one. I do have to prioritize and select those questions I can answer that will also benefit the most people when I post the answer.

Let me give you some tips that ll help increase the odds.

How to best get your question answered

Use the search box at the upper right of every single page. There are over 4,000 articles (that s four thousand ). A significant percentage of the questions I get every day are already answered by one of them.

Get up to datefirst. Most all solutions assume that everything is up-to-date. That means Windows, your security software, your applications and anything involved at all with whatever problem it is you re experiencing.

Scan for malwarefirst. A surprisingly large number of my answers begin with run an up-to-date anti-malware scan . You can save time by doing that before you ask.

Be clear. Sadly I don t know how to put it more clearly myself. If I can t understand your question you will not get an answer.

Be complete. Provide as much information about your problem as you can:

  • Windows version
  • Software versions
  • Machine make and model
  • The exact steps that caused the problem
  • Exact error message
  • Anything else that might be relevant

I absolutely realize that you might not know exactly everything that s relevant, but I do need a lot more that it doesn t work to go on.

And for the other side of the coin:

Reasons I might not answer your question

It wasn t in English. Sorry, but I only read English.

It wasn t clear. I get a surprising number of questions that are, as far as I can tell, nearly unintelligible. I do my best, but if I can t figure out what you re asking or talking about, I can t answer your question. That includes avoiding most netspeak shorthand and l33t speak.

There wasn t a question. Many questions I get don t actually ask me anything, so there s no need for me to respond. My Hotmail doesn t work is a good example.

The question is incomplete. I need details to help you operating system, specific error messages, what you were doing, or attempting to do, at the time of the problem you might have been having. While I d love to, I just don t always have the time to ask you lots questions in response to your question to get at what s happening. Why doesn t my Hotmail work? is a classic example.

The question isn t about technology. I get a lot of geography questions, political questions, and other random things. I even get the occasional personal advice question. None of those are my area of expertise I do questions about computers and technology.

You mistyped your email address. or you didn t provide one. This happens surprisingly often. If I can t send you email, or my email to you bounces, I have no other way of getting it to you.

The question asks me to do something questionable, or possibly even illegal. I cannot get your password back, I cannot crack your account or someone else s. I cannot hand out activation codes for anything. All such requests are simply ignored.

The question is already answered on the site. Actually I try to respond to these with a pointer to the article that answers your question, but when the load gets too heavy, this falls by the wayside also. Use the search function to find the answers that are already here heck, it s typically what I do myself to locate the article I d point you at.

The question asked in a comment is answered by the very article that the comment is posted on. I ll admit it I just don t get this. There s text near the comment box that says read the article . Yet I get comments posted that are clearly from people who have not, because it s answered by the article. So, I typically ignore these.

I don t know the answer, or I have nothing substantive to add to the conversation. For submitted questions, I typically do not reply if I don t know the answer. I may put the question into a queue for future research. For comments posted on an existing question, if I have nothing to add, I won t. What s great about comments is that other readers often do.

About Leo

Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After “retiring” in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo .


Shocking! You Won – t Believe What I Learned About Peter Answers


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Shocking! You Won t Believe What I Learned About Peter Answers

Tonight, I ve discovered something terrible. Or maybe it s wonderful. Depends on how you look at it, I guess.
from the diary of Peter Galliger, December 3rd, 2006

Peter Answers. More than just a clever prank

Hi. My name is Chris Wondra.

I thought I had peteranswers.com all figured out. Start by typing a period in the petition box, blah, blah, blah all that.

I was wrong. Very wrong.

And so is everyone else out there offering up their smarty-pants instructions.

Strange messages from users of Peteranswers.com

I thought I was so smart posting my cute little story and instructions about how the prank actually works. You can see them here if you like. Or you can find them on someone else s blog. Practically everybody knows how to pull the prank now. And if you don t, it s not hard to find the secret.

Except nobody knows the real secret. Sure the prank is cute, but Peter Answers has another side that few people see. A very dark side.

Sure the prank is cute, but Peter Answers has another side that few people see. A very dark side.

Something is wrong.

Too many people are getting strange answers from Peter when they are ALONE!

And these people keep sending me emails or telling me about it by commenting on my blog. At first I ignored them. I thought they just didn t know how to follow directions. But the stories keep coming.

After awhile, I couldn t ignore them.

Something is going on.

Time after time Peter knows things he shouldn t. Again and again he tells people facts about their pasts. In some cases Peter even tells the future AND IT COMES TRUE!

If you ve read my previous post on the subject, you can understand why I might be skeptical. The problem is that time and again, these people report using the website ALONE!

The problem was that time and again, these people reported using the website ALONE!

And then one night, six months ago, I pulled all the messages and emails together and printed them out.

All 500 of them!

Until I actually sat down and counted them, I had no idea there were so many!

So I began to wonder: Is it possible that all these people are lying? I had over 500 messages in front of me all of them claiming to have had an unexplained interaction with a spirit while they were ALONE on the internet.

Were all these people lying?

Why would so many people lie to me (a complete stranger) about something like that?

I wanted Answers

Then, even more surprisingly (after I had them printed, counted and organized), I was shocked to discover a disturbing pattern. At first I didn t believe it. I couldn t see the pattern on my computer, but once I had them printed, it was obvious.

Since then I haven t slept much. The moment I printed out the messages and discovered the pattern, I was hooked obsessed with Peter and his haunting answers.

So I ve spent the last 6 months researching his story.

I ve interviewed hundreds of people. Dug up dozens of photographs. Surfed through thousands of digital and electronic message boards, blogs, spoken with dozens of paranormal experts.

And what have I found?

Without knowing the whole story, you ll never believe me but I ll tell you anyway. I call it e-haunting. I ve found absolute proof that spirits can haunt us using electronic devices. Computers, phones, cell phones, fax machines, the internet, ipods. you name it.

I call it e-haunting.

Before he died, Peter had it all figured out. And now he s doing it!

Sometimes people say truth is stranger than fiction. Now I know why. Peter s story is the strangest tale you will ever read. But the truly freaky thing about it is that it s COMPLETELY TRUE!

Why Peter s story must remain hidden

Notice I didn t say secret. I said, hidden.

So are you wondering why, in this day and age, when you can find everything on the internet, you haven t heard this before? Don t you think it s strange that everyone is posting instructions to the prank, but nobody seems to know who Peter is or why he built his website?

I ll tell you why.

Because every time someone gets close to the truth on-line, their computer crashes. or worse. So you will never I repeat NEVER find this story on any webpage, news story, or blog including mine.

Every time someone gets close to the truth, their computer crashes. or worse.

Believe me I tried. And I ll never do it again.

The reason? Believe it or not, Peter s story has to be kept off the internet. Sort of.

Let me try to explain.

Before his death in 2007, Peter made some incredible discoveries about the nature of, and relationship between, the supernatural world and electronics. These discoveries must not be posted on-line.

Peter reaches out. from the grave

Let me tell you what I can.

    Emily was Peter s girlfriend.
    Peter is dead.
    Since his death he has been trying to contact her.
    Then she disappeared.

Emily didn t know it at the time, but the picture below is an example of one of those attempts.

The story behind the picture is just a snippet of the entire strange but true tale of Peter Galliger and the website he built before he died.

The story behind the picture is just a snippet of the entire strange but true tale of Peter Galliger and the website he built before he died.

One night, Emily was at a sleepover celebrating her 15th birthday. It had been hard for her friends to convince Emily to come. Peter had been dead only two weeks. Emily and Peter had been close, and she was still struggling with the grief and confusion that always follows the loss of a close friend.

Eventually though, Emily s friends convinced her. It was around 11:00 at night and as they were getting ready for bed (and goofing around with the camera they had given Emily as a gift) Jessica, one of Emily s friends, snapped the picture above. Emily and her friend Haley had just finished brushing their teeth in the bathroom.

See the deformed hand reaching for Emily s throat?

The accident that took his life also crushed one of Peter s hands.

Jessica swears the hand was not there when she took the picture. So you can imagine their surprise when they started looking through the pictures the next morning.

As it turns out, however, that picture wasn t the first time Peter had tried to contact Emily. Since then (and before she disappeared), she told of hundreds of different occasions Peter has tried to reach out from the dead.

It s a sad story. I just can t tell here. I wish I could. I know that doesn t make much sense to you now. But I ll post more when I can.

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What to Do If You Can – t Answer an Interview Question


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What to Do If You Can t Answer an Interview Question

When you don’t know how to answer a question during an interview, the silence can seem excruciating. You might even wish the floor would open up and swallow you whole. Not to worry, though — keep these tips in mind the next time you’re strapped for an answer.

1. Calm down.

First of all, the most important thing to do is stay calm. If you start freaking out, your body will begin reacting physiologically. For example, your blood pressure will start rising, and your heart may race. Once you start a stress response, you won’t be thinking clearly, and you may throw out answers without thinking. Take deep breaths, and tell yourself that it’s OK to not know the answer to the question. You’ll just have to work through it; there’s nothing you can do to change things, but you need to stay calm to find the right answer.

2. Don’t say, “I don’t know,” off the bat. And don’t make stuff up.

You should not tell the interviewer you don’t know the answer without mulling it over. Then again, be careful not to make stuff up. because your interviewer can see right through that.

3. Ask questions.

Maybe it’s the question you don’t understand. Ask your interviewer to clarify what she said. Go deeper into the question to see if you can get more details that will help you figure it out.

4. Tell your interviewer what you do know.

If you do have some knowledge of the question, then take the time to tell your interviewer what you do know of the situation. Saying everything out loud can start you on the process of figuring out the problem.

5. Tell them how you would find the answer.

Even if you don’t know what the answer is, you can tell the interviewer the steps you would take to figure out the problem. Interviewers ask you hard questions because they want to see what your thought process is. Sometimes, the thought process may be more important than the actual answer. They want to see that you can take initiative and have the resources to come up with a solution on your own, instead of needing someone to hold your hand through problems. While you’re trying to find the solution, you can admit to not knowing certain parts; this way, you come off as being honest, and the hiring manager will know you are not trying to fake it. For example, if you need to calculate something and you’re not good at math, you can respond with “I can’t do the calculations off the top of my head, but I think these calculations will give me the answer. And what I can do is use a calculator to find that answer.” Showing a little honesty shows vulnerability and transparency. It also makes you more likable.

6. Know the right time to come clean.

Although we mentioned not admitting to the interviewer that you don’t know the answer, there is an exception to this rule. If the answer is something that you will only know through memorization, such as a definition of the word, then it’s probably best to admit that you don’t know the answer, as it may be impossible to figure it out independently. Here’s what you can tell the interviewer: “It’s a good question, but I’m sorry, I don’t have the answer off the top of my head. I will be sure to follow up with the answer after the interview.”

7. Send a follow-up email.

The follow-up email for an interview could become your second chance. Try to talk about the answer you were stumped on, but be smooth when you’re talking about it. And make sure you’re only naming the mistakes your interviewer caught and not drawing attention to the ones she did not catch. Don’t say something like “I’m sorry I did not know the answer to that question.” Instead, tell her that after more time and thought, you managed to come up with a couple of solutions that could work for the problem.

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Why doesn – t God answer my prayers? #answers #to #chemistry #questions


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Why doesn t God answer my prayers?

Does God really mean it when He says that He will give us what we ask for? Bible texts come to our minds, such as Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it will be given to you”. Will He really answer when we call? Isaiah 65:24: “Before you call I will answer, while you are still speaking, I will hear.”

Does God answer prayers?

Have you ever asked the question, why doesn’t prayer work? Why at times does it appear that God ignores us when we pray to Him. Many have prayed for God to intervene and solve a problem that they are struggling with, but sometimes God‘s apparent answer is silence.

God knows what’s best
Even when we feel that God is not answering our prayers, you can always know God is a God of love. The Bible tells us He loves us:

John 3:16. ‘”For God so LOVED the world”.
Jeremiah 31:3, “I have loved thee with an everlasting love.”.

God created us and knows infinitely more than we know. He knows what is best for us, and what would not be good for us. If you have children, when they were very small, sometimes they asked for things that would not be good for them, or would harm them. For good reasons sometimes parents do not always give their children what they ask for, when they ask for it. Parents give them what is best for them.

It is the same way in our prayers to God. God gives us what is best for us. We are God’s children and He gives us what is best for us, and at a time when it is best for us. Our lives must be right with God before He can answer our prayers.

Right way
God has certain conditions that must be met before our prayers can be answered. One of the first, is we feel our need of help from Him. Isaiah 44:3 says, “I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground.” The heart must be open to the Spirit’s influence, or God’s blessing cannot be received. One cannot pour water into a cup that is already full.

Right heart
If we have cherished sins in our lives, and refuse to give them up, or if we are doing things we should not be doing, and are disobeying Him, we cannot expect Him to answer our prayers. He cannot answer our prayers if we have sins in our lives that are unconfessed or if we are hanging on to cherished sins. Also, if we refuse to forgive others who have wronged us, God cannot hear us. (See Matthew 6:12 and Ephesians 4:32).

This is not saying you can earn God’s favor to answer your prayers, it will always be Jesus’s blood that makes us worthy; but we do need to do our part if God is going to work in our lives.

Pray without ceasing
One of the reasons we feel our prayers are not being answered, is because we stop praying. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says it best, “pray without ceasing.” Paul is more direct in Philippians 4:6, “In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

In reality, we should not be worried so much about if God hears our prayers – He does and He does care. What we should be worried about is if because of temptations, hard times, and trials we get discouraged, and give up praying. In Luke 18:1, Jesus, “spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.”

His time, His will
God is a God of love, and He is interested in every detail of our lives. He hears our prayers, and answers every sincere prayer if we meet His conditions. We must not expect that every answer will be “yes”, since we are sinners and do not always ask what is best for us. Sometimes His answer is “No’ and sometimes it is “wait.” (Hebrew 10:36) We need to end each prayer with, “Not my will but Your will.” Even if we are sincerely doing God’s will, and to the best of our ability, following His will for us, He may see that it is best for us not for Him to say “yes” at this time. We must continue trusting Him, regardless of His answer at the moment.

God’s timetable is not the same as ours. He knows better than we do when is the best time for our prayers to be answered. (See Hebrews 6 :13-15). God is eternal and does not measure time as we do. 2 Peter 3:8: “Beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”

In the story of Abraham, God promised a son to Abraham. But Abraham became impatient when Sarah didn‘t bear him a son, so he took his wife’s servant as his wife. Abraham tried to solve the problem in his own way and the result was disastrous. We are still seeing the results of his mistake today. God eventually answered his prayer at the time when He saw it was best for Abraham.

For God to give us what we ask for, we must ask “according to His will.” Faith cannot take the place of “asking according to God’s will.” 1 John 5:14, “…if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” If you do not ask according to God’s will, it is not real faith in God. If God’s answer is “No” we still must be willing to wait patiently, and trust God to answer in his own way and in His timing.

Trust God, even though it may seem like prayer doesn’t work. Even though it may seem like at the moment He is not near and has abandoned you.

Isaiah 41:9,10:
“You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest regions, and said to you, You are my servant, I have chosen you, and have not cast you away. Fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

If we have faith and sincerely trust God, we will not be concerned as to whether the answer is “wait” or the answer is “no” or “yes.” We must just trust, and wait and see if God in His timing will see fit to answer as we have requested, or perhaps He has something better in mind for us. Remember your prayer should end with “Not my will, Lord, but Your will.” (Luke 22:42). “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5,6.

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SQL Cast Date #t #sql #cast


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Using SQL Server 2008
This first option of removing the date uses the SQL Server 2008 method. This will return only the date or only the time:
[cc lang= sql ]
remove the time
SELECT CAST(GETDATE() AS date) 2009-07-12
remove the date
SELECT CAST(GETDATE() AS time) 08:46:25.8130000
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If you re not working with SQL Server 2008, you have to improvise.

Cast Date With No Time Using Floor
This example removes the time from the date time by setting it to the beginning of the day.
[cc lang= sql ]
Get the current day with no time
2009-06-29 00:00:00.000
SELECT CAST(FLOOR(CAST(GETDATE() AS float)) AS datetime)

Get the next day
2009-06-30 00:00:00.000
SELECT CAST(CEILING (CAST(GETDATE() AS float)) AS datetime)
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Cast Date with No Time Using Convert
Using convert you can remove the time for display purposes, usually for reporting or the front end.
[cc lang= sql ]
Month first
SELECT CONVERT(varchar(12),GETDATE(), 101) 06/29/2009
SELECT CONVERT(varchar(12),GETDATE(), 110) 06-29-2009
SELECT CONVERT(varchar(12),GETDATE(), 100) Jun 29 2009
SELECT CONVERT(varchar(12),GETDATE(), 107) Jun 29, 2009

Year first
SELECT CONVERT(varchar(12),GETDATE(), 102) 2009.06.29
SELECT CONVERT(varchar(12),GETDATE(), 111) 2009/06/29
SELECT CONVERT(varchar(12),GETDATE(), 112) 20090629

Day first
SELECT CONVERT(varchar(12),GETDATE(), 103) 29/06/2009
SELECT CONVERT(varchar(12),GETDATE(), 105) 29-06-2009
SELECT CONVERT(varchar(12),GETDATE(), 104) 29.06.2009
SELECT CONVERT(varchar(12),GETDATE(), 106) 29 Jun 2009

Time only
SELECT CONVERT(varchar(12),GETDATE(), 108) 07:26:16
SELECT CONVERT(varchar(12),GETDATE(), 114) 07:27:11:203
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Roll Your Own Date
To roll your own date format, use the datename function. This is also the only way to get the full month name.

[cc lang= sql ]
SELECT DATENAME(MONTH, GETDATE()) June
SELECT DATENAME(DAY,GETDATE()) 29
SELECT DATENAME(YEAR, GETDATE()) 2009

Concatente values
June.29.2009
SELECT DATENAME(MONTH, GETDATE()) + . + DATENAME(DAY,GETDATE()) + . + DATENAME(YEAR, GETDATE())
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Here are the rest of the possible datepart intervals:


Remote i t support #remote #i #t #support


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Ride With The Devil

One of my beloved hobbies is to ride my motorcycle together with my wife and to travel around. To increase the communication abilities I was looking for a decent Bluetooth intercom kit. There are three main players in this market. Cardo systems (http://www.cardosystems.com) is one of the most recognisable brands in this part of the world.

The main features I was looking for were sound quality, compatibility and upgradeability of the firmware to get fixes and features. After researching a bit, I decided to go with a scala rider Q3 (http://www.cardosystems.com/motorcycles/scala-rider-q3) which is a mid-class product with nice features.

First of all, operationally and functionally I really do like this system. It has good quality at a fair price. But thats pretty much all. It is a completely different story when it comes to security.

According to the manual, the website cardosystems.com/upgrade can be accessed to get the required software and to configure the Q3’s settings. After having access to the community, I could download the required cardo-updater software, which is available for Windows and OSX. So I download the OSX version (http://community1.cardosystems.com/files/q0/macbcif/Cardo_Updater_1.7.pkg) and installed it.

During the installation, I was informed by my application monitor Hands Off! (https://www.oneperiodic.com/products/handsoff/) that a new binary “cardo-updater” (running as root!) wants to bind itself to TCP port 8080. Wait a minute. Wtf. listening on port 8080? After further investigation, I recognised that the binary is installed as a LaunchAgent and thus the application is executed as root. Just to make this clear – I just installed a service running as root and listening on port 8080 on every interface of my computer — what could possibly go wrong?

I started a sniffer and the all beloved burp proxy and made sure that I see all the communication going on between this service and anything else. As soon the the cardo-updater service was runing the community website of cardosystems did recognize my Q3 device and displayed a website to configure the individual settings, upgrade the firmware and synch the settings to my actual headset.

After a few minutes, it was obvious that Cardo did something very strange. I played around with the web application and discovered that it works beautiful, but completely insecure! The configuration website basically consists out of a GAZILLION of javascripts building requests, that are sent to the locally installed and running webservice. The main API is available at http://community1.cardosystems.com/application/modules/Headsets/externals/g9/scripts/cardojs.interface.js.

Depending on what setting you change on the Cardo website, a corresponding request will be constructed and executed. The following URL sent to the local running service will set the fast-dial number (0049552222266) on my headset:

Yes, I know what your are thinking and yes. it’s completely unauthenticated and the RequestID field is only an identifier used to identify responses in case of asynchronous commands. If you post such an URL to the Cardo community sites. guess what. Everyone accessing the URL will automatically alter their configuration of the fast-dial number in the attached headset. One could configure an expensive service/dialer number or just changing other settings. – NO way!

Yep and it was even worse – check the following URL:

This specific request will initiate a firmware update of the device with the firmware image provided as CSR parameter. Everyone able to build a firmware or patch an existing one could distribute it automatically to users clicking the link. CSR is referring to the built-in bluetooth chip. The required IDE as well as the corresponding tools like the BlueSuite can be acquired from CSR or discovered in various download locations. Being an old Bluetooth guy and knowing some bits about the CSR, i know that there are a lot of tools built in into the Bluez framework of Linux. You can interact with the chip using bccmd, pstool or dfutool. The later one allows you to make a backup of your existing firmware of the device.

So to recapitulate, the cardo-updater is basically a webserver to libusb gateway, completely unprotected and unauthenticated, binding to all interfaces, running as root on OSX and as a regular user on windows (at least).

After playing around with the requests and reading some of the JavaScript API, I identified a local privilege escalation that make any file on the computer world readable. By using dtruss I could further identify what happens when cardo-updater processes the firmware update request. See the following attacking URL and the truncated output of dtruss:

In line with my assumptions, dtruss showed that the firmware file provided as a parameter to the URL will be “downloaded” into a temporary file and later validated. In this case /var/tmp/tmp.0.kb5LLv. Later in the procedure the update will fail, as this is obviously no valid CSR firmware, but the tempfile is still there and readable fore everyone.

While master.passwd is not a critical file, it served the purpose well. This piece of crappy software is copying root-only files to the temp location and makes it world-readable!

After playing around a bit with the API and URLs, I wondered what else would work, and what vulnerability would be present. Using strings the following list of commands have been discovered, I added some comments to it:

So e.g http://127.0.0.1:8080/cardo/api?callback=CardoJS.Interface.UniversalCallback ?>

Should any question that can – t be answered be asked? #answer


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That may depend on what you mean by questions that cannot be answered.

First: on questions for which there is no clear answer, or at least no answer on which a majority of us can agree.

I have asked two such questions on Quora.

Apparently, there is no final answer on which everyone can agree for either question.

The biggest question on Earth. Does God exist. may itself be unanswerable. Or at least it has no definitive answer.
But I think the question is too important not to ask. We will likely never come to a consensus over whether the answer to that question is yes or no. But I think we can agree: the answer, whichever way it may be, is surely significant to all of us.

Such questions should be asked, and I am all for their being asked on Quora. And though today we do not have a definite answer, it may be that tomorrow someone will bring the answer.
I think that the question can and should wait until such time as someone finds the answer.

And. to connect this to the next point. we can all imagine an answer to the question, Does God exist? More: we can all imagine both answers.
Atheists can also imagine the existence of God, just as theists can imagine the nonexistence of God. Without either of us believing in these opposite scenarios, we can nonetheless imagine them

As for questions that are unanswerable:

I can only think of two:

  1. When is Yellow?
  2. Why is Thursday?

To those, I cannot imagine a good answer. I cannot even imagine a stupid answer to those questions. I cannot in fact imagine any answer being possible.

I think to seriously post When is Yellow? as a question on Quora would be a waste of everyone s time.

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Walmart Loses $224 Million Lawsuit For Stealing Lunch Breaks From 187, 000


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Walmart Loses $224 Million Lawsuit For Stealing Lunch Breaks From 187,000 Workers

This past week, Walmart lost its appeal of a $224 million dollar judgement to its Pennsylvania employees for forcing all of them to work through lunch breaks. The Supreme Court declined to hear Walmart s appeal, so 187,000 workers who have been waiting to get paid since 2006 will finally receive their paychecks. National labor union Making Change at Walmart rejoiced saying, The world’s largest retailer won’t be able to continue to mistreat its workers and get away with it. Walmart workers, when they come together, have a powerful voice that cannot be silenced. The lawyer representing Walmart s hungry workers was even more emphatic:

Wage theft will not be tolerated, and class actions are an optimal way for large numbers of workers to recover wages stolen by their employers, said attorney Michael D. Donovan of Donovan Litigation Group said, noting that with interest, the employees, who had been owed $140 million of the $187 million, will now split $224 million.

Walmart has become famous for selling cheap imported goods from overseas for prices so low they strangle local businesses and for paying starvation wages to its employees. Adding insult to injury, a Bloomberg investigation recently discovered that the retail colossus has squirreled away some $76 billion dollars in foreign tax havens like Luxembourg where Walmart has no stores, but sheltered $1.3 billion dollars paying a 1% tax rate. The US Corporate income tax rate is 35%. This technique, which Walmart uses shaved their US income tax bill from $455 million all the way down to $13 million. And that s just one fraction of the billions stashed away.

But their greed and exploitation may soon come to an end. Last month, Walmart set a company record low for worst sales growth in its 45 year history. Bloomberg Media called it, The End of An Era . Just this past January, Walmart shuttered 154 US stores including many projects only built after prolonged fights with residents in Dallas and Los Angeles. and they closed about 100 more overseas. The giant retailer s current business strategy focuses operationally on busting unions, importing the cheap products of overseas slave labor to sell cheaply, and intentionally pays low wages to snatch lucrative federal tax subsidies.

Walmart s tremendously large workforce is bigger than the US Army, but slightly smaller than the Chinese army. By paying a low wage, the Arkansas retail behemoth gets paid in what is basically a federal benefits racket, which costs American taxpayers $7 billion dollars annually in subsidies. If you want to know who the true welfare queen is, just understand this: Six Walton family members own 55% of Walmart today, there are 6 people who actually get $4 billion dollars a year in benefit from US taxpayers through wage subsidies to low paid workers.

In fact, Walmart claims that its entire US income tax bill is $6 billion dollars, so in effect, we the people give Walmart back their check each year, equal to 2% of all corporate taxes paid in America annually. And a billion extra goes back to Walmart s balance sheet, and that s not even counting the extra $600 million a year the Walton family members individually shelter from paying in income taxes alone, through a Mack truck sized tax loophole. There truly is one tax system for the ultra wealthy, and another for everyone else and it s clear which group isn t paying their fair share.

But who can see any reason the country s wealthiest family should treat their work force so horribly, paying them low wages and stealing their lunches too.