Disable MTP in CyanogenMod

20:32 GMT+2, 24th January, 2014

Ever since I flashed CyanogenMod 10.2 on my device, MTP has been a nightmare, and I was unable to get it to work under my machine. For those of us who want to disable MTP and mount an Android device as a mass storage device, here's how.

Run the following command in a terminal on your Android phone:

$ setprop persist.sys.usb.config mass_storage, adb

Or, if you have android debugging enabled, run this command in a terminal on your computer:

$ adb shell setprop persist.sys.usb.config mass_storage, adb

Reboot your device, and you're good to go!

To revert back to MTP, run the following command on your android phone:

$ setprop persist.sys.usb.config mtp, adb

Or this on your computer, with ADB enabled:

$ adb shell setprop persist.sys.usb.config mtp, adb

Happy hacking!

Source: Cyanogenmod forum

Who Controls Your Computer

21:20 GMT+2, 6th January, 2014

To Protect and Infect

19:32 GMT+2, 1st January, 2014

Happy new year to all! And to celebrate the new year, I will have to force you to watch the following lecture by Jacob Applebaum, To protect and infect (Youtube link. Please use youtube-dl or minitube to access this video.)

This lecture was recorded at 30c3, where Applebaum puts all major corporations who have cooperated with the NSA to shame. Dell, for example, has been planting backdoors into their RAID utilities within the BIOS. Samsung, Seagate, WD and others have planted backdoors in their hard-drives' firmwares to assist the NSA's unethical spying.

I do not know which is scarier. The fact that these firms cooperated with such orders, or the fact that the majority of the population does not care. Spying, no matter who is being monitored, is an injustice and should be ceased immediately. Mainstream media has ignored the releases made by Snowden, Manning and (as of recently) Der Spiegel and Applebaum, and have made them seem as if they are the ones who have commited the crimes.

Not only is this the extent of their spying, it's going to get worse. A lot worse. Illegal search and seizure of information is a serious offence, and a violation of the 4th ammendment. This has caused many US writers to self-censor and avoid writing about topics that are deemed too 'sensitive'.

To summarize the lecture into a few sentences, I have to quote Applebaum and state:

"If they have 10 different options to spy on you
that you know about, they have thirteen ways
of doing it and they do all thirteen."

We do not know up to now how this information is used or processed, but we can guarantee that collecting information in this manner is a voilation of your basic rights. We have to resist such actions and do our best to stop them from spying on us.

Sources: Der Spiegel article, Applebaum, To protect and infect [Youtube], and The Gaurdian.