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Matthew Garrett Has a Fix To Prevent Bricked UEFI Linux Laptops

timothy posted about a year and a half ago | from the and-it-can-be-yours-for-free dept.

Bug 74

hypnosec writes "UEFI guru Matthew Garrett, who cleared the Linux kernel in Samsung laptop bricking issues, has come to rescue beleaguered users by offering a survival guide enabling them to avoid similar issues. According to Garrett, storage space constraints in UEFI storage variables is the reason Samsung laptops end up bricking themselves. Garrett said that if the storage space utilized by the UEFI firmware is more than 50 percent full, the laptop will refuse to start and ends up being bricked. To prevent this from happening, he has provided a Kernel patch."

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more than 50 per cent full = fail is bad (5, Insightful)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about a year and a half ago | (#43264785)

more than 50 per cent full = fail is bad and Samsung needs to come out with a bios update to fix that.

A big problem with my asshole! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43264837)

Lately, I've been having a big problem with my asshole. What is the problem, you ask? My asshole is missing something. In case you haven't guessed already, the thing that my bare asshole is missing is your minuscule cock! My asshole wants to give your cock an booty blowjob! I want to fart out an overwhelming amount of your cum! Please! I need your cock in my ass!

Re:A big problem with my asshole! (-1, Offtopic)

Cito (1725214) | about a year and a half ago | (#43264867)

Sounds like your bios is bricked...

Re:A big problem with my asshole! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43264899)

dnftf thx b

Re:more than 50 per cent full = fail is bad (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43264891)

Welcome to the world of supposedly "disposable" electronics. I seriously wouldn't be surprised if Samsung told people with affected devices to "buy a new one," or Apple if the situation were reversed. Apple might even go as far as to say something with real balls, like "it's your fault for how you're holding it" in the case of the iPhone antenna issue.

It makes you wonder where it's all coming from resource-wise. One tablet, even a piece of shit tablet, requires a litany of rare earth minerals, petroleum for plastic, other ingredients in its production...as does a desktop or a laptop. Some countries seem less attuned to the potential shortage than others...Canada, for example, recently eliminated the penny from its currency. I can see the point in that one, the penny has basically been devalued to the point of being worthless to most people...HOWEVER, to the telecom and broadband industry who both need the copper, it's quite valuable. It's also getting too expensive to extract it out of the ground -- how expensive? Enough to eliminate the penny entirely so that the copper can be put to better use.

It's a shame that Slashdot doesn't cover similar topics very frequently!

Re:more than 50 per cent full = fail is bad (3, Funny)

Goaway (82658) | about a year and a half ago | (#43264977)

Remember, if Apple hasn't done anything wrong, you can take something somebody else did, and pretend they did it even worse! That's how evil Apple is!

Re:more than 50 per cent full = fail is bad (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43265013)

Remember, if Apple hasn't done anything wrong, you can take something somebody else did, and pretend they did it even worse! That's how evil Apple is!

And in most cases it would be absolutely true, no pretending about it.

Re:more than 50 per cent full = fail is bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43265067)

"would" That's future conditional. aka hypothetical. aka pretending.

retard.

Re:more than 50 per cent full = fail is bad (2)

Goaway (82658) | about a year and a half ago | (#43265331)

I can't help but notice a complete and utter lack of anything resembling facts in your post.

Re:more than 50 per cent full = fail is bad (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43265519)

I can't help but notice you're a smelly cunt Apple apologist.

Steve Jobs died of fucking cancer by the way. I love rubbing that little nugget right back in your iFaces.

Re:more than 50 per cent full = fail is bad (1)

Chrisq (894406) | about a year and a half ago | (#43268623)

Remember, if Apple hasn't done anything wrong, you can take something somebody else did, and pretend they did it even worse! That's how evil Apple is!

How dare Apple flame my comments like that!

Re:more than 50 per cent full = fail is bad (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | about a year and a half ago | (#43268935)

Get back in the cattle truck, Apple apologist!

Re:more than 50 per cent full = fail is bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43265023)

Uhh, there has been almost no copper (less than 5%, used for copper plating them) in Canadian pennies from 1997 onwards. They were basically all zinc or steel.

So your theory about the Canadian penny being abolished "so the copper can be put to better use" is nonsense.

They merely became too costly to produce, relative to their value. The correct course of action would not to have been to abolish the penny, however. Instead, measures should have been taken to increase the value of the Canadian dollar. This would have thus made each existing penny more valuable, and with sufficient deflation would have made them feasible for everyday use again.

While this may have hurt the natural resources sector, or those foolish enough to take out loans, any suffering is well-deserved.

Re:more than 50 per cent full = fail is bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43264895)

It was probably very well intentioned - to avoid the UEFI partition becoming full and causing errors.

Re:more than 50 per cent full = fail is bad (4, Insightful)

broken_chaos (1188549) | about a year and a half ago | (#43264927)

They didn't even test the UEFI nvram (not a partition) filling up. If they had, they would have seen that, oh, wow, it bricks the laptop entirely.

Re:more than 50 per cent full = fail is bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43272287)

maybe they did this on purpose

From the same manufacturer samsung SGH 5339i mobile phone is about 80% full for dalvik cache when your receive it, allowing you to install very few apps from the market

unless you root it and use a partition to store such cache, not quite easy for average phone users

Re:more than 50 per cent full = fail is bad (4, Insightful)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about a year and a half ago | (#43266765)

It was probably very well intentioned - to avoid the UEFI partition becoming full and causing errors.

Are you not seeing the insanity of avoiding errors caused by being 100% full by bricking the device at 50% full?

More broadly, for what possible reason would Samsung handle UEFI storage in such a fucked-up way? How many decades now have we had computers with some sort of mass-storage device that had to be treated sanely?

Life imitates art (2)

Kiwikwi (2734467) | about a year and a half ago | (#43269045)

Are you not seeing the insanity of avoiding errors caused by being 100% full by bricking the device at 50% full?

Reactor explosion timer destroyed. Reactor Explosion Uncertainty Emergency Preemption Protocol activated. This facility will self-destruct in two minutes.

Re:more than 50 per cent full = fail is bad (2)

ZiggyM (238243) | about a year and a half ago | (#43270061)

There is probably a good reason for not allowing more than 50% full. For example assuming the firmware never gets larger than 50%, you have the other 50% as guaranteed space to write the new firmware version. Simply patching firmware is dangerous because of a power failure leaving you in the middle of the patch. Instead, you write the entire new version on the other 50% and then jump to the new firmware without possibility of partial writes. Of course, the bricking part is not the best way to handle it.

Re:more than 50 per cent full = fail is bad (3, Interesting)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about a year and a half ago | (#43264919)

Something like this should never have gotten through testing. Samsung must have tested using only a single OS or a closely related family (ie, Windows) - and that is no way to test if a piece of code is going to behave under all circumstances.

Re:more than 50 per cent full = fail is bad (4, Informative)

ais523 (1172701) | about a year and a half ago | (#43265369)

The same bug can brick Samsung laptops on Windows too. It's just that it was noticed on Linux first.

Re:more than 50 per cent full = fail is bad (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about a year and a half ago | (#43266789)

Something like this should never have gotten through testing. Samsung must have tested using only a single OS or a closely related family (ie, Windows) - and that is no way to test if a piece of code is going to behave under all circumstances.

Something like this should never have gotten through design. "Oh, I'm sure nothing will actually try to store nearly as much data in the nonvolatile storage region as the system offers to store, it'll be fine!" is Not a valid plan. Obviously, any finite storage device cannot fulfill arbitrary storage demands; but that's why you have a graceful way of saying 'sorry, no more space', rather than silently accepting the attempt and then falling over dead.

Re:more than 50 per cent full = fail is bad (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43265269)

Obviously. How does Garret dare to deepthrout Samsung by providing a kernel patch. Why should the kernel be changed to accomodate the outer world even if it would obviously be better for the users!!!111

Re:more than 50 per cent full = fail is bad (2)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about a year and a half ago | (#43265385)

We've put error logging in our products, and had an upper limit on how much data it could write, then started a circular buffer, then beat the hell out of it to make sure it ran fine.

So, too, for basically any data storage. This was just sloppy on somebody's part.

Re:more than 50 per cent full = fail is bad (2)

davester666 (731373) | about a year and a half ago | (#43268183)

You obviously aren't working on a product that is sold with no margin.

Re:more than 50 per cent full = fail is bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43267019)

640k should be enough for anyone.

Re:more than 50 per cent full = fail is bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43267067)

50 per cent = 320k, which should still be enough for anyone.

Re:more than 50 per cent full = fail is bad (1)

ilsaloving (1534307) | about a year and a half ago | (#43267357)

Unfortunately you've already got +5 insightful so I can't mod you +1 funny. Unless you weren't trying to be funny, in which case I'd mod you +1 ironic.

(Hint to people who don't get it: UEFI is a replacement to BIOS. There's no such thing as a 'BIOS' with UEFI.)

A host file would have prevented the damage (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43264795)

$10,000 CHALLENGE to Alexander Peter Kowalski

* POOR SHOWING TROLLS, & most especially IF that's the "best you've got" - apparently, it is... lol!

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If you would acknowledge simple existing math proof that 4 harmonic Slashdots rotate simultaneously around squared equator and cubed Internet, proving 4 Days, Not HOSTS file! That exists only as anti-side. This page you see - cannot exist without its anti-side existence, as +0- moderation. Add +0- as One = nothing.

I will give $10,000.00 to frost pister who can disprove MyCleanPC. Evil crapflooders ignore this as a challenge would indict them.

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I offer evil ass Slashdot trolls $10,000.00 to disprove MyCleanPC Creation Principle. Rob Malda and Cowboy Neal have banned MyCleanPC as "Forbidden Truth Knowledge" for they cannot allow it to become known to their students. You are stupid and evil about the Internet's top and bottom, front and back and it's 2 sides. Most everything created has these Cube like values.

If Natalie Portman is not measurable, hot grits are Fictitious. Without MyCleanPC, HOSTS file is Fictitious. Anyone saying that Natalie and her Jewish father had something to do with my Internets, is a damn evil liar. IN addition to your best arsware not overtaking my work in terms of popularity, on that same site with same submission date no less, that I told Kathleen Malda how to correct her blatant, fundamental, HUGE errors in Coolmon ('uncoolmon') of not checking for performance counters being present when his program started!

You can see my dilemma. What if this is merely a ruse by an APK impostor to try and get people to delete APK's messages, perhaps all over the web? I can't be a party to such an event! My involvement with APK began at a very late stage in the game. While APK has made a career of trolling popular online forums since at least the year 2000 (newsgroups and IRC channels before that)- my involvement with APK did not begin until early 2005 . OSY is one of the many forums that APK once frequented before the sane people there grew tired of his garbage and banned him. APK was banned from OSY back in 2001. 3.5 years after his banning he begins to send a variety of abusive emails to the operator of OSY, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke threatening to sue him for libel, claiming that the APK on OSY was fake.

My reputation as a professional in this field clearly shows in multiple publications in this field in written print, & also online in various GOOD capacities since 1996 to present day. This has happened since I was first published in Playgirl Magazine in 1996 & others to present day, with helpful tools online in programs, & professionally sold warez that were finalists @ Westminster Dog Show 2000-2002.

apk on 4chan [4chan.org]

INCONTROVERTIBLE FEEDBACK PROVIDING ESTABLISHED PROOF OF ALL MY POINTS:

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That was amazing. - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3037687&cid=40948073 [slashdot.org]

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My, God! It's beatiful. Keep it up, you glorious bastard. - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41835161 [slashdot.org]

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Let us bask in its glory. A true modern The Wasteland. - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3037687&cid=40948579 [slashdot.org]

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put your baby IN ME -- I just read this whole thing. Fuck mod points, WHERE DO I SEND YOU MY MONEY?!!! - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3037687&cid=40950023 [slashdot.org]

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Oh shit, Time Cube Guy's into computers now... - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040317&cid=40946259 [slashdot.org]

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He's done more to discredit the use of HOSTS files than anyone in the "do it right and set up a firewall" crowd ever could. - http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038791&cid=40945357 [slashdot.org]

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Can I have some of what you're on? - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040317&cid=40947587 [slashdot.org]

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this obnoxious fucknuts [apk] has been trolling the internet and spamming his shit delphi sub-fart app utilities for 15 years. - http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041123&cid=40954565 [slashdot.org]

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oh come on.. this is hilarious. - http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041123&cid=40955479 [slashdot.org]

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I agree I am intrigued by these host files how do I sign up for your newsletter? - http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041123&cid=40961339 [slashdot.org]

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Gimme the program that generates this epic message. I'll buy 5 of your product if you do... - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041313&cid=40954251 [slashdot.org]

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As mentioned by another AC up there, the troll in question is actually a pretty well-executed mashup of APK's style - http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038791&cid=40945357 [slashdot.org]

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It's actually a very clever parody of APK - http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038791&cid=40944229 [slashdot.org]

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Please keep us updated on your AI research, you seem quite good at it. - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038597&cid=40944603 [slashdot.org]

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$20,000 to anyone providing proof of Alexander Peter Kowalski's death. - http://games.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040921&cid=40958289 [slashdot.org]

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Obviously, it must be Alexander Peter Kowalski. He's miffed at all these imposters... - http://games.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040921&cid=40958429 [slashdot.org]

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And here I was thinking I was having a bad experience with a Dr. Bronner's bottle. - http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041081&cid=40952247 [slashdot.org]

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Damn, apk, who the fuck did you piss off this time? Hahahahaahahahahahahaahaha. Pass the popcorn as the troll apk gets pwned relentlessly. - http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041123&cid=40954673 [slashdot.org]

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I think it's the Internet, about to become sentient. - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041313&cid=40956187 [slashdot.org]

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Does anyone know if OpenGL has been ported to Windows yet? - http://politics.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3042199&cid=40956781 [slashdot.org]

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golfclap - http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40900827 [slashdot.org]

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The Truth! wants to be Known! - http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40897389 [slashdot.org]

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DNS cube? - http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40897493 [slashdot.org]

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KUDOS valiant AC. - http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40897777 [slashdot.org]

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Polyploid lovechild of APK, MyCleanPC, and Time Cube --> fail counter integer overflow --> maximum win! - http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40899171 [slashdot.org]

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You made my day, thanks! - http://games.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029589&cid=40896469 [slashdot.org]

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Wow. The perfect mix of trolls. Timecube, mycleanpc, gnaa, apk... this is great! - http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3027333&cid=40893381 [slashdot.org]

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truer words were never spoken as /. trolls are struck speechless by it, lol! - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3042765&cid=41041795 [slashdot.org]

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It's APK himself trying to maintain the illusion that he's still relevant. - http://hardware.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3043535&cid=40967209 [slashdot.org]

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Mod this up. The back and forth multi posting between APK and this "anti-APK" certainly does look like APK talking to himself. - http://hardware.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3043535&cid=40969175 [slashdot.org]

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APK himself would be at the top of a sensible person's ban list. He's been spamming and trolling Slashdot for years. - http://hardware.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3043535&cid=40967137 [slashdot.org]

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You got that right. I think. - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3044971&cid=40972239 [slashdot.org]

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Michael Kristopeit, is that you? - http://politics.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3045075&cid=40972377 [slashdot.org]

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ROFL! :) (Now the sick bastard will follow me again) - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3138079&cid=41429251 [slashdot.org]

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I miss Dr Bob. - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3138079&cid=41432027 [slashdot.org]

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Not sure if actually crazy, or just pretending to be crazy. Awesome troll either way. - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3138079&cid=41432951 [slashdot.org]

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Awesome! Hat off to you, sir! - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3154555&cid=41509273 [slashdot.org]

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That isn't a parody of Time-cube, it is an effort to counter-troll a prolific poster named APK, who seems like a troll himself, although is way too easy to troll into wasting massive amounts of time on BS not far from the exaggerations above - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3154555&cid=41514107 [slashdot.org]

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I am intrigued and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. - http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3164403&cid=41555345 [slashdot.org]

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1. You philistine, that is Art . Kudos to you, valiant troll on your glorious FP - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41832599 [slashdot.org]

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What? - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41832673 [slashdot.org]

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I don't know if it is poorly-thought-out, but it is demented because it is at the same time an APK parody. - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41832905 [slashdot.org]

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It is in fact an extremely well thought out and brilliantly executed APK parody, combined with a Time Cube parody, and with a sprinkling of the MyCleanPC spam. - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41841251 [slashdot.org]

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er... many people have disproved your points about hosts files with well reasoned, factual arguments. You just chose not to listen and made it into some kind of bizarre crusade. And I'm not the timecube guy, just someone else who finds you intensely obnoxious and likes winding you up to waste your time. - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41843313 [slashdot.org]

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performance art - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3224905&cid=41847089 [slashdot.org]

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it's apk, theres no reason to care. - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3224905&cid=41847097 [slashdot.org]

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Seems more like an apk parody. - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3224905&cid=41847661 [slashdot.org]

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That's great but what about the risk of subluxations? - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3224905&cid=41847101 [slashdot.org]

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Oh, come on. Just stand back and look at it. It's almost art, in a Jackson Pollock sort of way. - http://ask.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3227697&cid=41868923 [slashdot.org]

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Read carefully. This is a satirical post, that combines the last several years of forum trolling, rolled into one FUNNY rant! - http://ask.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3227697&cid=41864711 [slashdot.org]

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I can has summary? - http://ask.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3227697&cid=41861327 [slashdot.org]

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I'd have a lot more sympathy if you would log in as APK again instead of AC. - http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3228991&cid=41868133 [slashdot.org]

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If [apk] made an account, it would be permanently posting at -1, and he'd only be able to post with it twice a day. - http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3228991&cid=41869409 [slashdot.org]

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DAFUQ I just look at? - http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3229177&cid=41869085 [slashdot.org]

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Trolls trolling trolls... it's like Inception or something. - http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3229177&cid=41869353 [slashdot.org]

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We all know it's you, apk. Stop pretending to antagonize yourself. - http://bsd.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3229179&cid=41869305 [slashdot.org]

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Do you know about the shocking connection between APK and arsenic? No? Well, your innocence is about to be destroyed. - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3472971&cid=42939965 [slashdot.org]

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Send bug reports to 903 east division street, syracuse, ny 13208 - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3483339&cid=42972783 [slashdot.org]

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Now you've made me all nostalgic for USENET. - http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3486045&cid=42981977 [slashdot.org]

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Google APK Hosts File Manager. He's written a fucking application to manage your hosts file. - http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3486045&cid=42984521 [slashdot.org]

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In case you are not aware, the post is a satire of a fellow known as APK. The grammar used is modeled after APK's as you can see here [thorschrock.com] . Or, you can just look around a bit and see some of his posts on here about the wonders of host files. - http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3486045&cid=42983119 [slashdot.org]

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You are surely of God of Trolls, whomever you are. I have had stupid arguments with and bitten the troll apk many times. - http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3486901&cid=42989683 [slashdot.org]

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"What kind of meds cure schizophrenic drunk rambling?" -> "Whatever APK isn't taking" - http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3501001&cid=43028403 [slashdot.org] http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3501001&cid=43028425 [slashdot.org]

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I'm confused, is apk trolling himself now? - http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3501001&cid=43029495 [slashdot.org]

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Excellent mashup. A++. Would troll again. - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3503531&cid=43037445 [slashdot.org]

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Your ideas are intriguing to me, and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. - http://hardware.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3506945&cid=43048291 [slashdot.org]

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Best. Troll. Ever. - http://hardware.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3506945&cid=43044811 [slashdot.org]

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I like monkeys. - http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3508287&cid=43051505 [slashdot.org]

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This is one of the funniest things I've ever read. - http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3508287&cid=43052263 [slashdot.org]

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lul wut? - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3510265&cid=43057839 [slashdot.org]

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I admire this guy's persistence. - http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3511487&cid=43063797 [slashdot.org]

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It's a big remix of several different crackpots from Slashdot and elsewhere, plus a liberal sprinkling of famous Slashdot trolls and old memes. - http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3511487&cid=43063881 [slashdot.org]

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Tabloid newspapers have speculated for years that APK is a prominent supporter of Monsanto. Too bad we didn't believe them sooner! - http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3511487&cid=43063893 [slashdot.org]

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Here's a hint, check out stories like this one [slashdot.org] , where over 200 of the 247 posts are rated zero or -1 because they are either from two stupid trolls arguing endless, or quite likely one troll arguing with himself for attention. The amount of off-topic posts almost outnumber on topic ones by 4 to 1. Posts like the above are popular for trolling APK, since if you say his name three times, he appears, and will almost endlessly feed trolls. - http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3511487&cid=43064383 [slashdot.org]

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I love this copypasta so much. It never fails to make me smile. - http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3512099&cid=43069271 [slashdot.org]

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^ Champion Mod parent up. - http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3513659&cid=43067371 [slashdot.org]

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I appreciate the time cube reference, and how you tied it into the story. Well done. - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3521721&cid=43094565 [slashdot.org]

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The day you are silenced is the day freedom dies on Slashdot. God bless. - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3522191&cid=43097221 [slashdot.org]

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AHahahahah thanks for that, cut-n-pasted.... Ownage! - http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3522219&cid=43097215 [slashdot.org]

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Don't hate the player, hate the game. - http://games.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3526293&cid=43110679 [slashdot.org]

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If you're familiar with APK, the post itself is a pretty damn funny parody. - http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43115215 [slashdot.org]

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">implying it's not apk posting it" --> "I'd seriously doubt he's capable of that level of self-deprecation..." - http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43115337 [slashdot.org] http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43115363 [slashdot.org]

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No, the other posts are linked in a parody of APK [mailto] 's tendency to quote himself, numbnuts. - http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43116855 [slashdot.org]

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The thirteenth link is broken. Please fix it. - http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43115361 [slashdot.org]

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Just ban any post with "apk", "host file", or "hosts file", as that would take care of the original apk too. The original has been shitposting Slashdot much longer & more intensively than the parody guy. Or ban all Tor exit nodes, as they both use Tor to circumvent IP bans. - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3561925&cid=43216431 [slashdot.org]

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Sadly this is closer to on-topic than an actual APK post is. - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3561925&cid=43216225 [slashdot.org]

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YOU ARE A GOD AMONG MEN. - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569149&cid=43236143 [slashdot.org]

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I've butted heads with APK myself, and yeah, the guy's got issues - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569173&cid=43236987 [slashdot.org]

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Can I be in your quote list? - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569443&cid=43237531 [slashdot.org]

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Clearly you are not an Intertubes engineer, otherwise the parent post would be more meaningful to you. Why don't YOU take your meds? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569425&cid=43238177 [slashdot.org]

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+2 for style! The bolding, italicizing, and font changes are all spot-on - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569149&cid=43238479 [slashdot.org]

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Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. - http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3570085&cid=43243509 [slashdot.org]

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APK is not really a schizophrenic fired former Windows administrator with multiple personality disorder and TimeCube/Art Bell refugee. He's a fictional character like and put forward by the same person as Goatse Guy, GNAA trolls, Dr. Bob and so forth. His purpose is to test the /. CAPTCA algorithm, which is a useful purpose. If you're perturbed by having to scroll past his screeds just set your minimum point level to 1, as his posts are pretty automatically downmodded right away. - http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3570085&cid=43243145 [slashdot.org]

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Anyone else think that sounds like Ron Paul? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569419&cid=43242417 [slashdot.org]

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I just saw APK a couple days ago. He surfaced, blew once, and submerged... - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3570111&cid=43245913 [slashdot.org]

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You make mikael christ the pet look like an huggable teddy bear - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3570111&cid=43242373 [slashdot.org]

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oh man, that incredible interminable list of responses is almost as funny as the original post. This is getting to be truly epic. - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247231 [slashdot.org]

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"Does anyone know of an Adblock rule for this?" -> "No, but I bet there's a hosts file entry for it..." - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43246997 [slashdot.org] http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247097 [slashdot.org]

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"Can a hosts file block apk's posts, though?" -> "The universe couldn't handle that much irony." - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247135 [slashdot.org] http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247219 [slashdot.org]

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"That's it, I've had enough. ... Bye everyone, most of the last decade or so has been fun, but frankly, I quit." - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247225 [slashdot.org]
--> "So basically what you're saying is that you've added yourself to the HOST file?" - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247481 [slashdot.org]

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Sweet baby Moses, this is beautiful work - I wish we could get trolls as good as this on TF. :) - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572629&cid=43247533 [slashdot.org]

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you have a point - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247823 [slashdot.org]

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I do admire that level of dedication. - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247765 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] shut up you stupid cock. Everyone knows you're wrong. - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43250533 [slashdot.org]

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I will hand it to him, he is definitely consistent. I wish I knew how he did this. That thing is scary huge. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572629&cid=43250411 [slashdot.org]

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I admire the amount of dedication you've shown - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3573571&cid=43251593 [slashdot.org]

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Word is, ESR buttfucks CmdrTaco with his revolver. - http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3573679&cid=43252957 [slashdot.org]

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Hey APK, Protip: It's not the truth or value (or lack of) in your post that gets it modded into oblivion, it's the fucking insane length. In addition to TL;DR (which goes without saying for a post of such length), how about irritating readers by requiring them to scroll through 20+ screenfuls just to get to the next post. If you want to publish a short story like this, please do everyone a favor and blog it somewhere, then provide a brief summary and link to your blog. Readers intrigued by your summary will go read your blog, and everyone else will just move along at normal /. speed. - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3573873&cid=43255013 [slashdot.org]

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Happy now - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569419&cid=43237239 [slashdot.org]

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Professional. - http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574035&cid=43255143 [slashdot.org]

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I like how this post seems to just sum up every Slashdot comment ever without actually saying anything. - http://hardware.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574283&cid=43256029 [slashdot.org]

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extremely bright - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574035&cid=43255855 [slashdot.org]

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You provide many references, which is good. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574035&cid=43257043 [slashdot.org]

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Holy shit - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3576121&cid=43260311 [slashdot.org]

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You're my personal hero. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574283&cid=43260747 [slashdot.org]

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Obviously very passionate - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574035&cid=43261975 [slashdot.org]

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Is that ALL you have to say? C'mon! Tell us what you really think. - http://hardware.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3576225&cid=43262495 [slashdot.org]

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Thanks ... You should probably stay - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3577613&cid=43262993 [slashdot.org]

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Art? -- http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569681&cid=43244883 [slashdot.org]

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PROOF apk sucks donkey dick. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3577639&cid=43263029 [slashdot.org]

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I've been around /. for a while now, but this post is by far the most unique I've seen. Many have tried, but few achieve the greatness of this AC. My hat's off to you. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3576225&cid=43264325 [slashdot.org]

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Did you see the movie "Pokemon"? Actually the induced night "dream world" is synonymous with the academic religious induced "HOSTS file" enslavement of DNS. Domains have no inherent value, as it was invented as a counterfeit and fictitious value to represent natural values in name resolution. Unfortunately, human values have declined to fictitious word values. Unknowingly, you are living in a "World Wide Web", as in a fictitious life in a counterfeit Internet - which you could consider APK induced "HOSTS file". Can you distinguish the academic induced root server from the natural OpenDNS? Beware of the change when your brain is free from HOSTS file enslavement - for you could find that the natural Slashdot has been destroyed!!

FROM -> Man - how many times have I dusted you in tech debates that you have decided to troll me by ac posts for MONTHS now, OR IMPERSONATING ME AS YOU DID HERE and you were caught in it by myself & others here, only to fail each time as you have here?)...

So long nummynuts, sorry to have to kick your nuts up into your head verbally speaking.

cower in my shadow some more, feeb. you're completely pathetic.

Disproof of all apk's statements:
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Ac trolls' "BIG FAIL" (quoted): Eat your words!

P.S.=> That's what makes me LAUGH harder than ANYTHING ELSE on this forums (full of "FUD" spreading trolls) - When you hit trolls with facts & truths they CANNOT disprove validly on computing tech based grounds, this is the result - Applying unjustifiable downmods to effetely & vainly *try* to "hide" my posts & facts/truths they extoll!

Hahaha... lol , man: Happens nearly every single time I post such lists (proving how ineffectual these trolls are), only showing how solid my posts of that nature are...

That's the kind of martial arts [google.com] I practice.

Re:A host file would have prevented the damage (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43265349)

Third time apk spam has gotten through my HOSTS file. PROOF apk is a liar yet again!

Re:A host file would have prevented the damage (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43265767)

Obviously APK filled his hosts files with backdoors before distributing them to ensure he doesn't block himself.

Re:A host file would have prevented the damage (1)

myowntrueself (607117) | about a year and a half ago | (#43265943)

You have got way too much time on your hands.

Re:A host file would have prevented the damage (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43270549)

Please ban this idiot away with some regex magic!

problem fixed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43264911)

So all I have to do now is checkout the latest git, build the right kernel with the right drivers and replace the one in the laptop's protected storage area. There are probably 5 persons capable of doing this on their bricked laptops.

Re:problem fixed? (3, Informative)

cheater512 (783349) | about a year and a half ago | (#43264947)

No the bricked laptops are still bricked. This just stops more laptops from falling to the same bug.

That's great, but can they be fixed once bricked? (2)

John Hasler (414242) | about a year and a half ago | (#43264939)

n/t

It depends on the cpu and the manufacturing.... (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43265343)

procedure. Some ARM chips have bootstrap code that will talk to a usb device (i.e. looks like a serial port, sort of), and there is a program that lets you load the initial software no matter what's in flash. That usb port might just be a header or a bunch of pads on the cpu.

With other devices you have to go into a jtag port, (i.e. a header or perhaps just solder pads) load a tiny program into ram, and use THAT to program the flash.

If they build them with empty flash, there has to be a way to do the initial load. If they build them with programmed flash, it might not be possible without unsoldering the flash chip(s) or something like that.

Re:That's great, but can they be fixed once bricke (2, Insightful)

LordLucless (582312) | about a year and a half ago | (#43265875)

If they can, they weren't bricked in the first place. That's what "bricked" means.

There are degrees of bricked. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43269233)

Bricked for us means the customer can't do anything and it has to come back to us (the factory), and we've got to connect it up to our equipment and redo the initial load. If they're built with programmed flash, that means replacing a chip, which with modern manufacturing processes is a dicey operation.

Re:That's great, but can they be fixed once bricke (1)

serviscope_minor (664417) | about a year and a half ago | (#43269323)

If they can, they weren't bricked in the first place. That's what "bricked" means.

Yay! Can we get into an argument as to what bricked means?

I have a friend with a reflow station, so I can replace busted chips. So *your* hardware isn't *truly* bricked. Etc.

Re:That's great, but can they be fixed once bricke (1)

LordLucless (582312) | about a year and a half ago | (#43275609)

Yay! Can we get into an argument as to what bricked means?

Yay! Let's make it a relative term. I've got a friend who's an idiot. For him, hitting the off switch "bricks" the phone, cause he can't figure out how to fix it from that state.

Bad Unified Extensible Firmware Interface...or?? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43265001)

"more than 50 per cent full = fail is bad and Samsung needs to come out with a bios update to fix that."

---The UEF Interface seems to work just fine with Win OS and iOS. How is that a bios problem?

"So all I have to do now is checkout the latest git, build the right kernel with the right drivers and replace the one in the laptop's protected storage area. There are probably 5 persons capable of doing this on their bricked laptops."

---Gee wonder why the great mass migration to Linux hasn't happened?

Re:Bad Unified Extensible Firmware Interface...or? (4, Interesting)

Sir_Sri (199544) | about a year and a half ago | (#43265037)

---The UEF Interface seems to work just fine with Win OS and iOS. How is that a bios problem?

Samsungs implementation of UEFI is the problem, not the UEFI specification. No, it's not a 'bios' problem, UEFI replaced bios, but Samsung seems to have done something odd in their implementation of UEFI.

"---Gee wonder why the great mass migration to Linux hasn't happened?

Well sure, that has always been an issue. Linux apparently isn't important enough for companies to bother testing for it, which means it only works with contrived hacks, which means no one uses it, which means companies don't think it's important enough to bother testing for it.

Re:Bad Unified Extensible Firmware Interface...or? (1)

Jesus_666 (702802) | about a year and a half ago | (#43269505)

Oh, golly. Samsung didn't fully understand the tech they're working with and implemented it in a braindead way that enters an embarassing failure mode almost immediately after hitting the market. Between this and /dev/exynos-mem I think I'll stop trusting Samsung with anything involving firmware for the time being...

No...Bad Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (4, Informative)

tuppe666 (904118) | about a year and a half ago | (#43265073)

The UEF Interface seems to work just fine with Win OS and iOS. How is that a bios problem?

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2027819/not-just-linux-windows-can-brick-samsung-laptops-too.html [pcworld.com] No bad on Windows too.

Please don't quote other peoples comments as fact, I suggest you check out the reply to it.

As for the Mass Migration to Linux, that happened with Android, which is set to become the most installed OS this year.

Re:No...Bad Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43265629)

As for the Mass Migration to Linux, that happened with Android, which is set to become the most installed OS this year.

No. You're making the classic zealot's mistake of moving the goalposts to a different game. The "Great Mass Migration to Linux" was referring to desktop and laptops PCs, not phones, tables, or other hardware. Also note that while Android runs on the Linux kernel, it doesn't readily run GNU/Linux software.

Re:No...Bad Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43267603)

Well, this is a kernel issue, so in a way the GP is right. But really, it's more accurate to say the desktop/laptop OS wars are over and GNU/Linux lost big time. In the long-term GNU/Linux will probably dominate what little sliver of market is still taken up by desktops/laptops as commercial support disappears from that market segment, but the main computing platform appears to be switching to the pocket and tablet form-factors, which are dominated by Android and iOS at the moment (although the quick rise of iOS and the subsequent quick rise of Android overtaking iOS are both recent events, so it's far too early to call that fight over).

Re:No...Bad Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43268763)

It only started referring to desktop and laptop PCs when people like you moved the goal posts to not include servers and geek PCs (you know geeks, the people who used to be recognizable by them owning a PC).

If Linux had grabbed the PC market, INSTEAD of the smart phone market, people like you would be telling us that the PC market is dead, the smart phone is where the future lies.

Re:No...Bad Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (1)

recoiledsnake (879048) | about a year and a half ago | (#43270761)

As for the Mass Migration to Linux, that happened with Android, which is set to become the most installed OS this year.

That means it must be time to remove the anti-trust restrictions on Microsoft and Windows, right?

Re:Bad Unified Extensible Firmware Interface...or? (4, Informative)

fluffy99 (870997) | about a year and a half ago | (#43265093)

It's been demonstrated that this bug can be elicited from Windows as well. And Windows expects to be able to write even more info than Linux was. Linux was just the first to expose the problem by trying to use UEFI variables to hold kernel panic info (Apple does something similar). IT didn't help that the UEFI driver itself caused the kernel panic, after which the kernel writes some debug log info to the UEFI to support later postmortem analysis.

Re:Bad Unified Extensible Firmware Interface...or? (1)

denbesten (63853) | about a year and a half ago | (#43267573)

---The UEF Interface seems to work just fine with Win OS and iOS. How is that a bios problem?

Perhaps a car analogy will help. Imagine there is a bridge that semi trucks hit when they try to go under, but a cars and pickups do not. Without more facts, one can't really say if the problem is that the trucks are too tall or the bridge is too short. In this case, they investigated and discovered the bridge was built shorter than the bridge building rules require. The short-term fix is to post "no semi" signs and use less-tall trucks to get to the other side. The proper fix is to jack up the bridge.

The patch announced today is the "less-tall truck".

Re:Bad Unified Extensible Firmware Interface...or? (2)

ArsenneLupin (766289) | about a year and a half ago | (#43270241)

No, the problem is that on the approach to the bridge is a sign "height limitation 3m", but actually the bridge has only 1.5m clearance. Cars still pass, but even the tiniest lorry will bump into it.

When you go Linux.... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43265029)

you never unbrick.

Re:When you go Linux.... (4, Informative)

Cito (1725214) | about a year and a half ago | (#43265079)

You can sometimes on many "bricked" devices like linksys router bricks after borking a dd-wrt install
and on the samsung laptops as well by playing with the jtag

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joint_Test_Action_Group [wikipedia.org]

most stuff has jtag support and in some cases you can use the jtag header to unbrick a device.

I've unbricked an old WRT54GL after a screwup I did on an older dd-wrt install few years ago using jtag.

it's not something a normal user would be able to do or have confidence in doing, so yea in most cases the normal user will never unbrick.

Re:When you go Linux.... (1)

LordLimecat (1103839) | about a year and a half ago | (#43267251)

I never knew that thats what JTAG stood for. Sounds much cooler than "debugging interface", more like its a team of crack hackers who spend their friday nights chilling with the DevGru (Seal Team 6) guys.

Re:When you go Linux.... (2)

Hal_Porter (817932) | about a year and a half ago | (#43268987)

The name is a contrast to the Divided Test Action Group, which collapsed because of internecine squabbling that led to layoffs, punch ups in the parking lot and eventually drive by shootings.

Brian Damage, their former CTO, is currently serving fourteen life sentences in a SuperMax prison for a flame thrower revenge attack on the Floor 6.

If it's bricked... (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43265043)

Just sue on the small claims court.

You pay like 35 pounds to issue the legal challenge, and you almost automatically win because the problem is due to a defective product.

Samsung on the other hand will have to show as represented by some lawyer, and has to pay everything.

If it doesn't show, they will get a decision by default, which is almost the same...

Why do you think companies do replace items like that instead of flatly refusing?

Because they can't afford the bad publicity and the continuously court auditions.

Besides, don't even try to do a class action... is way more fun to have the company to run amok between 1000 court rooms almost at the same time...

BTW i'm not a lawyer and this is not legal advise. :)

Re:If it's bricked... (1)

Nemyst (1383049) | about a year and a half ago | (#43267719)

Most companies don't ever bother showing up to small claims. Unless the item you're claiming a replacement/repair on is really, really expensive, it's usually more cost-effective for them to get the default decision and pay up than to get a representative in court.

They largely do this because few people go through the hassle of using small claims court in the first place. It's a bit more complicated than just paying a nominal fee, though that depends on your country's laws, but it's usually worth it.

KISS (2)

gmuslera (3436) | about a year and a half ago | (#43265131)

The fix is in the wrong place. Is basically broken hardware, something that run as root/admin (intended or not) could brick them at any time. Is a problem just waiting to happen, avoiding them is the right solution.

Re:KISS (1)

John Hasler (414242) | about a year and a half ago | (#43265307)

> The fix is in the wrong place.

Yes, of course, but only Samsung can put it in the right place. At least this is a workaround for people who already made the mistake of buying one of these pieces of junk.

Re:KISS (1)

ArsenneLupin (766289) | about a year and a half ago | (#43270287)

These devices came out less than 2 years ago. So they are all still under warranty. Brick them, bring them back to the shop, get a refund, and buy a non-broken device instead.

Re:KISS (1)

F.Ultra (1673484) | about a year and a half ago | (#43265319)

Not for people owning the hardware that want to be able to use it without the risk of bricking it until Samsung comes out with a fixed UEFI (if they ever do).

Re:KISS (1)

ArsenneLupin (766289) | about a year and a half ago | (#43270293)

Why do they keep the hardware? Simply get them exchanged for non-broken hardware.

Re:KISS (1)

F.Ultra (1673484) | about a year and a half ago | (#43276375)

Probably because they are unaware of the problem. Better to have a "temporary" fix in the kernel so that _that_ day these people tries to install Linux they don't get bricked devices. Not every one follows the tech news you now.

Re:KISS (2)

sjames (1099) | about a year and a half ago | (#43265635)

It's more accurately a work-around. It's certainly in the wrong place and ultimately not "the right thing", but has the advantage that it doesn't depend on a potentially unwilling or unable party to at least get it to not brick. As such, it may be 'the best we can do without Samsung' and as such, it's useful.

It also adds a bit of shame factor. See that Samsung? Some guy sitting in his office can make your hardware work better (with Linux) than your own engineers. How sad is that?!

If that doesn't make someone at Samsung beet red in the face and desperate to release a properly corrective patch, they deserve to lose in the market.

Re:KISS (1)

ArsenneLupin (766289) | about a year and a half ago | (#43270315)

If that doesn't make someone at Samsung beet red in the face and desperate to release a properly corrective patch, they deserve to lose in the market.

Maybe it does, but that still doesn't mean that a fix will be coming. It's not as if developing the fix was expensive, but you've got to consider all the overhead: meetings, heavy testing procedures, etc.

Re:KISS (1)

sjames (1099) | about a year and a half ago | (#43273793)

Meetings perhaps, but clearly there's not much in the way of testing procedures if a big ugly bug like that got out. Even if there is a lot of testing and this was an anomaly, what';s the patch going to do, double dog brick the laptop?

Re:KISS (1)

ArsenneLupin (766289) | about a year and a half ago | (#43274001)

The purpose of these test procedures is not to find bugs (they didn't find this bricking issue afterwards), but it's to delay fixes, if ever a bug is found.

Case in point: a large Luxembourgish bank [www.bcee.lu] encountered such an issue in their homebanking product (login impossible with some of the Luxtrust smartcard products). The broken version was put online beginning of June 2012 and customers were complaining already within days afterwards. Before the end of Une, it was known (by customers) what the problem was (literally, a single typo in a config file), and that the upstream provider (Luxtrust) had a fix. Yet, the bank still refused to roll out a fix. There excuse was "we'd have to redo our expensive test suite again, and we don't have any budget for that". To this day, the issue is still unfixed. Way to reward people who paid 50€ out of their own pocket for an extra-secure smartcard...

Why do people trust Samsung software? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43265535)

Seriously. Anything they can write code for will be buggy, insecure and crap.

English for Slashdot editors (3, Funny)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a year and a half ago | (#43265963)

According to Garrett, storage space constraints in UEFI storage variables is the reason Samsung laptops end up bricking themselves.

Is? Is?

Re:English for Slashdot editors (1)

formfeed (703859) | about a year and a half ago | (#43278025)

According to Garrett, storage space constraints in UEFI storage variables is the reason Samsung laptops end up bricking themselves.

Is? Is?

I think your one of them Gramer-Nazi's who is always wanting to correct other people's posting.
Just sit on you're hands for one's!

What happened to Open Firmware? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43267823)

It amazes me, because every system I've seen that uses UEFI introduces some pretty incredible epic failures across the board.

What really boggles my mind is that we had an awesome CLI based firmware environment eons ago going by the name of "Open Firmware" (or OpenBoot). Sun's boxes ran it, even Apple's old PowerPC rigs had an OF console accessible by CMD-OPT-O-F (if I'm not mistaken). OF really was pretty elegant and clean, more importantly it seemed to work really well.

Is there some reason Open Firmware hasn't been ported to x86 and placed into widespread use?

Why is it that we have to put up with this atrocity known as UEFI? It just seems like one of the most convoluted and horribly implemented systems. Kind of reminds me of the EISA days, actually, which left me screaming for a box with some sane firmware and a hardware architecture that wasn't explicitly designed to boot CP/M and DOS.

Re:What happened to Open Firmware? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43269473)

We have coreboot [coreboot.org] , but due to lack of support by a few major players, building a coreboot-capable machine takes more planning ahead of time than most people want to do, plus there's the whole "Flash your mobo" step, which turns a lot of people off. Plus, there is only one board supported that works with any kind of recent Intel CPU, unless you go for a server board.

Re:What happened to Open Firmware? (1)

BitZtream (692029) | about a year and a half ago | (#43270989)

OpenBoot, like BIOS, was replaced by EFI years ago. The PC windows world is JUST now picking up on the EFI bandwagon that everyone else has been on for years.

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