Sage SmartProbe FAQ

What’s a Sage SmartProbe?
See previous articles,
A Complete Pill for the Sage SmartProbe.
The Care and Feeding of the Sage SmartProbe.

Where do I get a Sage SmartProbe?
Possibly here — while supplies last. (Warning: I have no relation with this vendor and have no idea whether they still include the probe with “Gizmo 1″ kit. I [...]

The Care and Feeding of the Sage SmartProbe.

Note: Please read the FAQ!!!
If you cured your Sage SmartProbe of its congenital disease as per the last article on the subject, you may now be wondering what to do with it.
The vendor supplied a massive Java shitware with the thing, which does not merit any discussion whatsoever. Instead, we will use the probe’s very [...]

How to Make Your Own Lamport Parachute from Common Household Materials.

The thought began, as many good things begin, in #trilema.
Users of the WOT, of V, and other systems where your cryptographic identity is wholly in your own hands1 live with a certain risk of “cryptographic death” – i.e. the compromise of one’s signing key. A conscientious user of public key crypto might keep the thought [...]

A Complete Pill for the Sage SmartProbe.

Note: Please read the FAQ!!!
The Sage SmartProbe was a very spiffy “Hard ICE” debugger, one of the few ever manufactured for use with modern (2010s) AMD x86-64 processors, and – as far as I’m aware – the only one ever sold on the mass market, rather than as part of “favourite son” deals (as, e.g., [...]

MPI sans the mud.

This README (signed)

Hash: SHA512
What you see here is a very classic version of the GNU MPI (bignum) library.
It has been surgically removed from GnuPG 1.4.10, specifically as found at:
SHA512(gnupg-1.4.10.tar.gz) :
1) Everything pertaining to Automake was nuked, and the earth where it stood -
Instead, we [...]

Mechanics of FLUXBABBITT.

The public discovery of FLUXBABBITT, a modestly-clever American spy gadget – that may or may not have been “fired in anger” yet – has provoked the usual flood of media garbage (“JTAG is a Chinese back door! Threat or menace?”) What follows is some basic investigation regarding the plausible workings of this device, based only [...]


By now, I imagine everyone with the slightest inkling of an interest in electronics has seen this scandalous tidbit:

To anyone who has received this generous gift from his Government, I offer:
4 Bitcoin for either of the above, in working condition. 1 Bitcoin for a dead or untestable unit.
Serious inquiries only! Please attach two high-res photographs [...]

You are Bad at Entropy.

Presenting a very old game, entitled: Man vs. Machine. Or, why Man is not a Particularly Good Source of Entropy.

A Country of Which Nothing is Known but the Name.

If you came here via a search engine, you were probably looking for Pierre Cartier’s wonderful mini-biography of the mathematician Alexander Grothendieck – from which I shamelessly stole the title. Please go straight there. Otherwise…

“And so no one, except for two people, enters the top floor of the Aedificium. …”
The abbot smiled. “No one should. [...]

RIP Douglas Engelbart.

Douglas Engelbart – perhaps the last of the great American inventors – is dead. The newspapers are keen to remind everyone that Engelbart invented the computer mouse, but they are largely silent on the matter of his having personally created almost every one of the concepts we think of as part of the standard [...]