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List of New Supported Games and FAQ.

Hey guys! Here is a list of all the new supported games, you can download the Nucleus Co-Op scripts from the app now, the games listed here that are clickable link you to a guide but all are supported. You can also see all available scripts from the app now by pressing the view all option.
10 Miles to Safety
20XX
100% Orange Juice
200% Mixed Juice!
Abyssal Zone
Acceleration of SUGURI 2
Accel World VS. Sword Art Online Deluxe Edition
A Hat in Time
Air Missions: HIND
Alien Breed Impact
Alien Breed 2: Assault
Alien Breed 3: Descent
Aliens Colonial Marines
Aliens vs Predator
Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop
Among Us
Aragami: Shadow Edition
ARK: Survival Evolved
Ashen (steam version only)
Astroneer
Attack on Titan 2
ATV Drift & Tricks
Barony
Battle Grounds III
Binary Domain
BioShock 2
Bit Dungeon III
Blades of Time
Bladestorm: Nightmare
Blood and Bacon
Bob Was Hungry
Borderlands
Borderlands 2
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Borderlands GOTY Enhanced
Borderlands 3
BrainBread 2
Broomstick League
Brütal Legend
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition
Bunch of Heroes
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
CastleMiner Z
Clandestine
Cladun Returns: This is Segoku
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
Citadel: Forged With Fire
Code of Princess
Conan Exiles (16 june 2020 update added Funcom Live Services and now the game is online only effectively breaking the splitscreen script. You need to downgrade to the previous version.)
Contagion
Contra: Rogue Corps
Counter-Strike: Source
Craftopia
Cube World
Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online
Daemon X Machina
Damnation
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition
Day of Defeat: Source
Day of Infamy
Deadfall Adventures
Dead Island
Dead Island: DE
Dead Island Riptide: DE
Dead Rising 2
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record
Dead Rising 3
Dead Rising 4
Deathtrap
Debris
Deep Rock Galactic
Desolate
Dinosaur Hunt
Divinity: Dragon Commander
Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition
Divinity: Original Sin 2
Don't Starve Together
Door Kickers
Double Action: Boogaloo
Dragon Ball Xenoverse
Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2
Dragon Marked for Death
Dragon Quest Builders 2
Drake Hollow
Dungeon of the Endless
Dungeons 3
Dungeon Siege III
Dying Light
Dystopia
Earth Defense Force 4.1
Earth Defense Force 5
Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon
Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain
Earthfall
Enemy Front
E.T. Armies
F1 2012
F1 2014
Fade to Silence
Factorio
Fallout 76
F.E.A.R. 3
Final Exam
Feel The Snow
Fight The Dragon
Fistful of Frags
Forge Quest
Fortified
Front Mission Evolved
Full Mojo Rampage
Garry's Mod
Gas Guzzlers Extreme
Generation Zero
Gensokyo Defenders
GOCCO OF WAR
God Eater Resurrection
God Eater 2 - Rage Burst
God Eater 3
God Mode
Golf It!
Grid 2
Grim Dawn
Ground Branch
GTFO
Guns n Zombies
Half-Life Deathmatch: Source
Half-Life 2: Deathmatch
Half-Minute Hero: The Second
Halo Custom Edition
Halo 2 LAN
Halo 2: Project Cartographer
Halo Online ElDewrito
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Halo Wars: Definitive Edition
Hammerwatch
Hero Siege
Hoard
Hunted: The Demon’s Forge
Human: Fall Flat
I am Weapon: Revival
Insurgency
Iron Brigade
It came from space, and ate our brains
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days
KATANA KAMI: A Way of the Samurai Story
Killing Floor
Killing Floor 2
Killsquad
Kill to Collect
Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West
Left 4 Dead 2
LEGO Worlds
Livelock
Lord of the Rings War in the North
Lost Planet 3
Magicite
McDroid
Mean Greens - Plastic Warfare
Mighty No. 9
Minecraft Java Edition
Monday Night Combat
Mordheim: City of the Damned
Morphies Law
Mothergunship
MudRunner
NanoWars
NASCAR '15 Victory Edition
Necropolis
Need For Speed Most Wanted 2005
Nioh: Complete Edition
Niffelheim
No Man's Sky
No More Room in Hell
Outbreak
Outbreak: TNN
Outland
Outward
Orcs Must Die! 2
ORION: Prelude
OVERKILL's The Walking Dead
Pacify
Paint the Town Red
PAYDAY: The Heist
PAYDAY 2
Pirates, Vikings, and Knights II
PixARK
PixelJunk Nom Nom Galaxy
Portal Knights
Prevent The Fall
Primal Carnage: Extinction
Project CARS 2
Pure
Raft
Rage
Re:Legend
Remnant: From the Ashes
Resident Evil 5
Resident Evil 6
Resident Evil Revelations
Re-Volt (RVGL)
RimWorld
Risk of Rain 2
Roguelands
Ryse: Son of Rome
Sacred 3
Saints Row The Third
Saints Row IV
Saints Row: Gat out of Hell
Sanctum
Sanctum 2
Scourge Outbreak
Secrets of Grindea
Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus
Senran Kagura: Estival Versus
Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash
Serious Sam 2
Seven Days to Die
Sir, You Are Being Hunted
SkyDrift
Sniper Elite 3
Space Engineers
Space Hulk: Deathwing
Spec Ops: The Line
Spintires
Starbound
Stardew Valley
Star Wars: Battlefront 2 (Classic, 2005)
Strange Brigade
Strength of the Sword: ULTIMATE
Styx: Shards of Darkness
Super Mario 64
Super Mario 64 PC Port
Survivalist
Sven Coop
Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment
Sword Art Online: Lost Song
Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization Deluxe Edition
Synergy
SYNTHETIK: Arena
SYNTHETIK: Legion Rising
Takedown: Red Sabre
Team Fortress 2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Terraria
TerraTech
The Blackout Club
The Darkness 2
The Forest
The Haunted: Hells Reach
theHunter: Call of the Wild
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing Final Cut
The Mean Greens - Plastic Warfare
The Simple Apocalypse
The Survivalists
The Watchers
Tokyo Ghoul:re Call to Exist
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2
Tomb Raider
Torchlight II
Toukiden: Kiwami
Toukiden 2
TOXIKK
Unending Dusk
Unepic
Unloved
Unreal Tournament III
Umbrella Corps
Vagante
Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
We Were Here Together
White Noise 2
World in Conflict: Complete Edition
Wreckfest
XCOM: Enemy Within
Zeno Clash II
Zombie Army Trilogy
Zombie Panic! Source

Frequently Asked Questions & Troubleshooting

(Under Construction, last updated: 11/08/20)
Q: What is Nucleus Co-Op?
A: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbituCgu3Bc
Nucleus Co-Op is a free and open source tool for Windows that allows split-screen play on many games that do not initially support it. The app was originally created by Lucas Assis. Zerofox later took over and added a ton of new features and improvements to support a lot more games. Ilyaki later joined in and brought multiple keyboards/mice support and more great features to the table. The app is currently being developed and updated by these devs: Lucas Assis, Zerofox and Ilyaki.
R-mach too for making and supporting the website that hosts the Nucleus Co-Op scripts.
Also the further development of the app wouldn't have been possible without all the amazing contributions and hard work from the SplitScreen Dreams Discord members (which include the devs mentioned above) that made all the new Nucleus Co-Op scripts and continue to make new discoveries and scripts to support even more games, among them: Talos91, PoundlandBacon, dr. old.boi, Pizzo and many more.
Q: How does Nucleus Co-Op work?
A: Essentially Nucleus Co-Op opens multiple instances of the same game (some games require mutex killing for that, among other methods) that will only answer to one specific gamepad (we do this via Nucleus Co-Op custom xinput dlls or xinput plus dlls) and connects those instances via LAN or steamworks online multiplayer emulation (Goldberg Emulator), all while making sure all the windows have focus so they can be playable with gamepads or that the instances are playable even in the background. Nucleus then resizes, removes borders and repositions the games windows so you can have synthetic splitscreen to play locally with your friends.
Q: Which games can be splitscreened using Nucleus Co-Op?
A: There are a lot of supported games, all mentioned in the list above. A ton of games are now supported thanks to the amazing program called Goldberg Emulator, developed by Mr. Goldberg, a big thank you to him. Read the Goldberg FAQ if you want to know more.
Q: Where do I download Nucleus Co-Op?
A: You can download latest version from Github. Download the compiled .rar release, don't download the source code zip if you just want to use the app. Zerofox's mod v0.9.9.9 r4 is the latest version recent scripts are created for, please avoid other versions for now.
Q: How do I use Nucleus Co-Op?
A: Here is a quick video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWmvz59i-o0
1.- Download and exctract Nucleus Co-Op (extract using apps like 7-zip or winrar).
2.- Open NucleusCoop.exe.
3.- Click on Download Game Scripts, the script browser will open. Search for a game in the supported games list and download a script. You can also see all available scripts from the app now by pressing the view all option.
4.- Once the script has finished downloading you will get a prompt asking if you would like to add a game now, click yes if you want to add it now, if you select no proceed to step 6.
5.- Next you need to find where your game's executable is located. If you're not sure, try Googling 'where is (game) installed' and just search for the .exe in the place they tell you to look for. For Steam games this is usually something along the lines of 'C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common(game)'. Some games will have their real .exe stashed away in a folder called 'bin' or 'binaries'. Once you choose the right .exe, add the game.
6.- You can also automatically add games, click 'Auto-Search' and select the drive and path you want to add games from.
7.- Once your game is added, select it in the Nucleus UI and drag the gamepad icons to the splitscreen layout, click on the top-left icon on the layout corner to change the type of splitscreen layout. You can also use multiple monitors, if you have multiple monitors connected they will show in the Nucleus UI. If you see Script Author's Notes appear at the bottom of the UI, read them carefully.
8.- Finally press > then Play (top right of the UI) and you are ready to go.
Q: Where should I place the Nucleus Co-Op folder?
A: You can place the folder wherever you like as long as you keep the following in mind:
DO NOT place it inside a folder containing files for a game you wish to play.
Avoid placing it inside a folder that has security settings applied to is, such as program files, program files (x86).
Some scripts require the Nucleus Co-Op folder to be located on the same drive as the game files.
If you are still unsure where to place the folder, the root of the drive your games are installed on is usually a safe option.
Q: How do I play with an uneven amount of players (such as 3 players) without having an empty space?
A: Right click on a section of the splitscreen layout.
Q: Nucleus Co-Op doesn't launch, how do I fix it?
A: Here are a few things you can try:
1.- Try updating your Microsoft.net framework, and install/reinstall Visual C++ 2010-2017.
2.- Make sure your antivirus program is not blocking Nucleus Co-Op or deleting any of its files.
3.- Run Nucleus Co-Op as admin.
4.- Restart your PC, and try again.
Q: Does Nucleus Co-Op have any malware?
A: Absolutely not.
Q: I wish to help out with the project, how can I get in touch?
A: Join the Nucleus Co-Op discord community or contact us here in the subreddit.
Q: When support for X game?
A: Not all games are easy to splitscreen, if you want to suggest a game make a post with the title [Request] Name of the game and provide useful information like if the game supports LAN or dedicated servers, if it is available on Steam or in other services, if it uses external servers for online, if it has gamepad support etc. Also you can contact any of our experienced Nucleus scripters here or in the Nucleus Co-Op discord and ask if a script is possible. The main scripter is the OP of this post for instance. Remember that Scripters are limited by the games they own and can test on, so if you really want support for a game to be added consider donating the game to the scripter in question.
Q: How do I know when a script gets updated?
A: Scripts updates are always announced in the Nucleus Co-Op discord server in the channel scripts updates.
Q: How do I create my own splitscreen script for Nucleus Co-Op?
A: Here is the documentation, open the .js file with notepad to read it. You can also use the other scripts you download from Nucleus as reference, they get downloaded to the Nucleus scripts folder. If you create a working script or if you have any questions about Nucleus scripting you can ask us in the Nucleus Co-Op discord or here in the subreddit, we can help you improve your script so it is fully working for sharing with the community.
Q: Does Nucleus Co-Op work on Linux/Mac?
A: Nucleus Co-Op depends on a lot of Windows functions and APIs, at the moment it only works on Windows 7 and Up. If you are interested in porting Nucleus Co-Op to other operating systems please feel free to contact any of the developers.
Q: Where can I report a bug/issue?
A: Note that Nucleus Co-Op is a tool in development and still in Alpha. Expect bugs, glitches and weird things to happen. Help other people not have these things happen by checking for a solution here and submitting a [BUG REPORT] to the reddit as a new topic or in the comments here, if no-one else has brought it up. Make sure you have read the script notes in the Nucleus UI very carefully first before submitting anything.
A good [BUG REPORT] looks like this:
Thread name: [BUG REPORT] Simon falling off horse
BUG: Simon falls off his horse.
EXPECTED: Simon should not fall off his horse, right?
CAUSE: I'm pretty sure it's because I have my computer plugged into an auto-blow.
STEPS TO REPRODUCE
1.- Open up Simon Stays On His Horse: The Interactive Video Game of the Movie.
2.- Choose Co-Op and join with another player.
3.- Simon falls off his horse!!!
TYPE: Severe! The gameplay can't continue if Simon isn't on his horse! (Alternatively, Minor if the gameplay can continue but it's just annoying)
NUCLEUS OPTIONS: I played with 2 players using the vertical splitscreen (left and right) on one tv and 2 famicom controllers. I'm using the latest version
SYSTEM: I'm on Windows 3.1 with 4MB of RAM, a 2KHz CPU and no graphics card, playing on a projector. She's a monster.
I'd really like this to get fixed please thanks magic man! -Beanboy"
Keep in mind most scripts are made and tested using the latest legit steam versions of a game, so provide information about what version of the game you have.
Also provide a debug log of the NucleusCoop error or crash, enable the debug log in Nucleus UI settings and save, the debug log will be created in Nucleus root folder where the .exe is. You can also ask for support in our discord.
Q: Why is Nucleus Co-Op resizing the game instances incorrectly/the instances look stretched?
A: Try setting your monitor scale to 100% in your monitoTV resolution settings. It is also highly recommended that you add custom resolutions to all your monitors from your AMD/Nvidia/Intel panel (For example if you are using a monitor resolution of 1920x1080 add custom resolutions like 960x540, 1920x540, 960x1080, ect.) that way most games will be able to see and use those custom resolutions and the splitscreen will not look stretched(Example). Note that not all games support custom or ultra widescreen resolutions. Also try disabling the Nucleus status window in Nucleus UI settings and save.
Q: Why is Nucleus Co-Op throwing an error message that it can not find a file when launching a script?
A: A lot of scripts edit the game's .ini or .cfg files to force windowed and to adjust the game's resolution to the window size, so make you sure you run your game at least once and change some graphic settings before running it via Nucleus Co-Op, that way you make sure the proper config files are getting generated first. If you are still getting the error after doing that, select the game in the UI, click on Game Options and select Delete UserProfile Config Path for all players. Also try disabling the Nucleus status window in Nucleus UI settings and save.
Q: Where are my Nucleus Co-Op save files located?
A: Some scripts save to the Nucleus Co-Op enviroment folder located in C:\Users\YourUser\NucleusCoop, you can access each game save file via the Nucleus Co-Op UI too, select a game, click on Game Options and select Open UserProfile Save/Config Path. Other scripts just save in the same file path your regular game saves to.
Q: Why are my in-game frames per second low/better in one instance than in the others when using Nucleus Co-Op?
A: Remember that Nucleus Co-Op opens multiple instances of a game, so depending on the game this can be quite demanding for your PC, to improve FPS and performance try reducing graphics settings like textures and shadows, limit the FPS or unfocus all the game windows so that they get equal priority and the FPS even out, you can do this by Alt-Tabbing to a different window like the Nucleus app window, the game windows will still remain on top, you can also press the windows key+b in your keyboard to unfocus all instances.
Q: My Playstation/generic PC controller isn't working/isn't being detected by Nucleus Co-Op, how do I fix it?
A: Most Nucleus Co-Op Scripts only detect Xinput gamepads. Controllers that work best are Xbox 360 game controllers for minimum hassle. There are a few scripts that also support Direct Input gamepads but Xinput gamepads are generally a lot easier to restrict to a specific game instance than Dinput gamepads.
If you are using PS4 gamepads try the app DS4windows, look in the settings for an option called "hide ds4 controller" - make sure it's ticked. To ensure it's definitely running in exclusive mode make sure ds4windows is set to load on windows startup, then turn your controllers on while windows is loading. Download the latest version here - https://ryochan7.github.io/ds4windows-site/
Read more about how to use exclusive mode here: https://github.com/Ryochan7/DS4Windows/wiki/Exclusive-Mode-(Hide-DS4-Controller-config-option)-tips-and-issues
If you are using generic dinput gamepads the app XOutput is also useful to emulate xinput gamepads.
The app X360CE version 4 that creates virtual Xbox 360 Controllers inside your Windows operating system is also very useful to emulate xinput gamepads system wide.
Remember that some games detect both dinput and xinput gamepads so even if you are emulating a xinput gamepad the input could still not be restricted correctly because the game is now responding to both the emulated xinput gamepad and to the native direct input of your gamepad, that is why some apps like DS4windows have an "exclusive mode".
Also do not place any x360ce xinput dlls inside the Nucleus Co-Op files as this might interfere with Nucleus custom xinput dlls.
Xbox One gamepads have some issues with background input in games that only support direct input gamepads and with Unity games that use Unity's default input for gamepad support.
If you are using steam controllers try this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wy4F2eqTXQ4
Q: Why is my keyboard not showing in the Nucleus Co-Op UI?
A: If a script is only showing gamepads and not keyboard icons that means the script only supports gamepads and doesn't support keyboards and mice in splitscreen yet.
Q: There are many keyboards and mice icons in the UI, how do I know which ones to use?
A: If you press a key in the keyboard you will use or move the mouse their corresponding icons in the Nucleus Co-Op UI will light up yellow. The app can detect keyboard macros that is why sometimes you will get multiple keyboard icons.
Q: Can you play splitscreen+LAN in different PCs?
A: Yes, if you run the game via Nucleus Co-Op in different PCs you can connect all instances you launch via LAN, for example you can have 2 players playing vertical splitscreen in one PC via Nucleus and connect to 2 others playing Nucleus splitscreen in a different PC via LAN. If the script uses steamworks multiplayer emulation you'll have to change the instances steam ids in the other PCs you'll connect to, otherwise the instances launched by Nucleus will use the same steam ids and won't be able to connect to each other. For that you can open the game script .js file in Nucleus scripts folder in the other PCs and add for example Game.PlayerSteamIDs = [ "76561198134585131","76561198131394153","76561198011792067","76561198043762785" ]; that will change the default ids of the first four instances you open in one PC via Nucleus Co-Op.
Q: This project is Amazing where can I donate?
A: We don't have an unified donation platform yet but you can support the devs individually here: Zerofox, Ilyaki, Lucas Assis.
You can also donate to our main scripters that make the games scripts for Nucleus: Talos91/blackman9
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May report: Metro series, Yakuza closure, and Egyptian wonder

Another huge month. I was in holiday at home for two weeks and it shows. I took great advantage of Game Pass once more (Metro series, Unavowed, Red Strings Club, Astrologaster), got to dig up almost decade old games from my backlog (Splinter Cell conviction, Left 4 Dead), get closure on one of my favorite series (Yakuza 6), and even advance my list with a long open world (AC Origins).

Metro 2033 Redux (PC)

Splinter Cell Conviction (PC)

Metro Last Light Redux (PC)

Unavowed (PC)

The Red Strings Club (PC)

Metro Exodus (PC)

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (PS4)

Left 4 Dead (PC)

Astrologaster (PC)

Assassin's Creed Origins (PS4)

Thumper (PC)
Hope you had a good month. I'll probably ease up a bit on my progress in June, and go back to some old favorites like The Last of Us in anticipation of its sequel, and probably replay some Dishonored (spurred by the great NoClip doc). Happy gaming and stay safe.
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[Table] IAmA: IAm the Houston Rockets GM, AMA (playoffs edition)

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Date: 2013-04-19
Link to submission (Has self-text)
Link to my post
Questions Answers
Many Houston fans are worried by the prevalence of ISO plays late in the 4th quarter of close games. How are you reacting to the usage of Lin and Harden in these closeout games? Pretty much every NBA team increases their use of isolation late&close. Some of this is supported by the data - e.g. to control the clock to minimize the time to score for the other team or to potentially exploit a certain match-up when the opposing team switches all perimeter screens as is often done late&close. Some of this is not supported by the data.
Followup: What's your opinion on how well the coaching staff is meshing two great ball dominant guards? What steps are the Rockets taking to further this melding into a cohesive unit? I think the coaches have done a fabulous job meshing our roster which had the most turnover in NBA history this season and is also the least experienced team in NBA history.
Hello Daryl. As my username shows, I'm a huge Rockets fan. I'd love to hear your opinion on Wednesday night's Rockets game. We got off to a good start, but once our lead hit 11, we stopped moving the ball, we stopped getting good shots, and we stopped pushing the tempo. What happened? Why were those offensive possessions the best we could get? You are clearly a Rockets fan as all of the problems you listed from the game are correct. Coaches and players working to correct.
Very frustrating, we should be playing the Spurs right now. Regardless, I'm proud of this team and I'm humbled to finally be back in the playoffs after a 4 year drought. Thanks for all the hard work you've done thus far. #rednation. With the benefit of hindsight, it probably was not the correct move. That said, if Delfino had made a few 3s during that stretch it may have worked out. Very hard to coach in this league as everyone else gets the benefit of seeing how things work out and then criticizing.
Before the season started (but after the Harden trade), where did the analytics have the Rockets finishing? Vegas oveunder was 29 wins, that is about as objective a number as you can get.
Can we ever get the actual throwback uniforms for a game? Not my area but I do love the classic uniforms.
I know you're a regular at NBA, but how often do you trek to other Rockets blogs like The Dream Shake, Clutchfans, and Red94? I consider it part of my job to stay up on all analysis of the Rockets. May learn something.
29 wins was before the Harden trade, right? Yes, but after the Harden trade the oveunder was still in the thirty win range. What the coaches and players have been able to do to get us to 45 wins is remarkable.
As a fan of advanced stats I'm sure you realise that Harden's PPP from ISO is lower than his PPP from PnR. Have you ever discussed this with coach McHale? Pretty much every NBA player has a lower PPP from ISO than PnR so there would not be much to discuss.
With the emergence of Terrence Jones and Greg Smith as starting calibre power forwards, are you still looking to sign a star big man in the coming free agency, or will you sign the best player available regardless of position? We are excited about Terrence Jones and Greg Smith emergence - both are clearly rotation caliber players. We have not developed our full free agency plans yet.
How would you fix the Suns? We have a binary star system.
What is your favorite beer? I am not a big beer guy. Will this or Mitt Romney be my most unpopular answer ever?
Maybe this isn't your job per se, but do you think it's time for the Rockets to get a rebranding? I feel like we're in a new era since all the moves this summer and the Harden trade. Plus the current logo and uniforms are pretty atrocious imo. Apology, not my job, I have enough to worry about already!
How difficult has it been drafting true NBA talent with the implementation of the one-and-done rule and the fact that we are usually in the 14-18 slot in the draft? Are this team's best years ahead? The good news is we don't have a 14ish pick this year. The bad news is that it happened because of my worst trade: Terrence Williams for this years 1st.
How did you feel about McGrady signing with the Spurs? DId you ever have any interest to bring him back for veteran guidance? McGrady is still a quality player. Did not fit our direction to bring him back at this time. Makes sense for the Spurs. I wish him well.
Give me your thoughts on Royce White? Do you ever think he'll play for the Rockets? I was happy Royce played for the Vipers at the end of their regular season. We only want him to succeed.
How do you feel Lin is developing? Do you see him as your pg for the future? I feel like he needs the ball in his hands to be truly effective and with Harden commanding the ball most of the time, Lin becomes redundant. For his first year as a starter, I thought Jeremy was fantastic and given his physical ability, competitiveness, and work ethic I only expect him to get better. His primary weakness is his shot which is a skill that generally improves as your career progresses. See also my Quora answer on what he has improved this season
Also you should play Terrence Jones more. The guy is a winner and a competitor. Terrence Jones has worked hard to get his shot and is making the most of it. Love him.
Harden took and made the most unassisted 3s in the NBA. Is this something you'd like to see more or less of going forward? Is this something you've discussed with Coach McHale? The best 3s are off the catch. That said, it is pretty hard to take a bad three, it is almost always better than most other options once you pass up the shot. Harden is one of the top players in the league in shooting% on 3s off the dribble.
Besides the Rockets series, what first round playoff match up are you most excited to watch? Clippers vs Memphis is the most compelling. Chris Paul as the best PG on the planet vs a physical team with great players at multiple positions.
How do you feel about what Coach McHale has done this year? Taking the 6th youngest and least experienced team ever to the playoffs in the tough western conference when we were picked by multiple publications to finish last? I would say Coach McHale has done a great job.
Thanks for doing another AMA, Daryl! Lifelong Rockets fan here. I always hear about Hakeem working with other teams' big men. Is there not a permanent postion the Rockets would be willing to give him? He seems like too much of a wanted commodity to just let others have. Our big men have worked with Hakeem. That said, we have a richness of big men coaches here in Houston with Carroll Dawson (who worked with Hakeem/Ralph/Moses/Yao) and Kevin McHale (top 10 big man ever).
This season the Rockets have taken very few mid range shots (especially since PPat left). It's pretty widely known that you've stated the most efficient way to get points in the NBA is via 3s, layups, and free throws. Now that the Rockets have been playing in such a style this season, has it changed your analysis at all? Have any surprising trends or conclusions pertaining to this come up? One interesting thing is that folks think we are proscribing mid-range shots, which is not the case. Our transition based attack and open sets give us the best chance to win with our personnel and generally this type of offense leads to high quality shots.
I just watched the movie Linsanity at the PacArts (Asian Film Festival) Spring Showcase. Loved it. Anyways, when was the last time you had TacoBell, and what did you order? The Doritos-Locos tacos are the only inelastic food item I know. I would pay almost anything for them.
What move/trade do you think was the biggest statistical gain for the Rockets? In other words, which move made the biggest overall impact for us as a team? Thanks for bringing an exciting product back to Houston, I fully believe you will bring a championship to the city. RED NATION FOREVER. Rafer Alston for Lowry for Toronto guaranteed lottery 1st were probably the most important trades as it set up the Harden trade more than any other moves
I believe it would behoove the NBA if a few great minds throughout the business, persons with varied backgrounds in the game and outlooks on its future, met to discuss how to improve the game fundamentally through rule changes. A panel with Bill James a few years back was on this exact topic.
What changes need to be made, if any, to maximize our chances of beating the Thunder? Increase the variance.
Hey Daryl, huge NBA fan here. The team you have put together is incredibly fun to watch and likable. My question, did you know from your analytical data when you drafted chandler parsons that he would be as good as he is this quickly? No, no one could predict how good Chandler would be. We obviously thought he was very good or we would not have picked him but his success should be attributed to him and his hard work.
Who's a young or unproven player on the Rockets that you're particularly excited to see develop in the upcoming years? Too many to choose from (in no particular order): Patrick Beverly, Terrence Jones, Furkan Aldemir, Donatas, Thomas Robinson, Greg Smith.
What was the most interesting paper to come out of this year's SSAC? Value of Flexibility in Roster Construction
Research papers will be much bigger next year. Stay tuned!
With a lot of teams embracing the advanced metrics in basketball over the last decade would you say your team is still at the forefront of that in terms of the technology and money that spent on the new analysis? Trying to stay ahead but there are some very good teams now.
The smart teams are focusing on shots at the rim and corner threes because they're the most efficient. What's the next step when defenses figure out a way to slow that down? TBD.
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[Table] IAmA hacker who is currently in Federal Prison, AMA.

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I heard many times hackers in prison have some amount of respect. That they don't get harassed or aren't at the bottom of the hierarchy. Is this true? If you say you're a hacker will people just leave you alone. "This has been true for almost every facility I've been to so far. Most criminals are either afraid that as a hacker you can do things like increase their sentence, or they're just interested in it because they wish they could make money with it as opposed to robbing people, stealing cars, selling drugs, or whatever they're there for. Most of them don't understand the amount of time and devotion it takes to learn to hack. So to answer your question, yes, most people just leave you alone. The others are too busy asking you questions to harass you."
Wow I really didn't think it would work that way. I thought hackers would be the bottom of the food-chain, but that's pretty interesting that some of the tough-guys are intrigued/cautious of a hackers intelligence. "I was surprised too. Unsurprisingly, the bottom of the food chain is reserved for those with sexual offense cases (especially the ones involving children)."
What do you plan on doing once you're out? "I regret some of them. I'm still not completely sure what I'll be doing when I get out. No suits. Just body armor and AR-15's."
How were you detained? black suited men with glasses show up at your doorstep? I sent him all your questions, but I can answer the last one (how he was detained) based on what he told me face to face. He said the FBI called something like a few days to a week in advance and asked him some questions. At that point he knew he was likely going to be detained, so he got rid of a bunch of hard drives and stuff. It was an unmarked black Crown Vic and two or three federal agents knocked on his door. He'd seen them pull up and decided to leave a cigarette lit so he'd have one last minute of freedom or something to that effect. When they knocked he answered and told them just a moment he needed to put out his cigarette. He went upstairs and did that, then came down and they politely handcuffed him and put him in the backseat of their car. He said they were asking him questions about his hacking and seemed very curious, but he kept his answers short and uninformative.
Very newmanian Haha, so true.
Did he know he was going to get caught at some point? Or was he positive he would be able to get away with it? I must say that's pretty risky. I remember him telling me that Digital River (the company he hacked) patched the vulnerabilities he was using several times, and that's probably one of the main reasons why he was caught. He got greedy and kept going back in even after he knew they were aware of his break-in.
1) Are you self taught? 1) "Yes."
2) When did you start this activity? how old were you? 2) "I was about 10 or 11 when I first became interested in hacking."
3) Did you do it for the challenge or the money? 3) "Always the challenge. When I ended up needing some money, I looked at what I already had access to instead of hacking something new."
You started when you where 10 or 11 i am guessing there was a porn blocker on your computer right. "Thankfully, no porn blocker. It all started when I saw someone on AOL use a "punter" to kick another user offline. I wanted to know everything about how they worked. Now I know they were just Visual Basic programs that sent instant messages containing HTML that the AOL client didn't expect (i.e., "") which would cause it to crash."
So nerdinja, what were YOU in jail for? I feel this may be a more interesting ama then waiting around for a hacker to reply to questions. After dosing 5 grams of indoor grown psilocybin mushrooms (often referred to as a "heroic dosage") I ended up in jail with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon charges. But that's beside the point.
Similar thing happened to me. Took 5 grams, freaked out, started driving got pulled over and fought four cops. I woke up in jail with a dislocated shoulder being charged with battery on a peace officer and resisting arrest. It happens to the best of us, hope your shoulder turned out okay and that you didn't spend too much time tangling with the legal system. Also relevant username ftw.
Who/ why did you rob someone? ( other then because you were high) Did you still do mushrooms? 1) I was sold ounces of the mushrooms at a time and then I would sell them 2) I "robbed" Radioshack of a VGA cable and an audio cable because I was out of my mind after staying up for five days in a row 3) I remember the majority of it, in fact I still have a file called "relax and take notes.txt" that I wrote while tripping my balls off. 4) I dropped one cap not too long ago at a friends house when somebody offered me one, I enjoyed it, but as I was coming down I got the slight paranoid feeling I had originally experienced.
Actually I'm not. I'm genuinely more interested in your story then the hacker story seriously. How did the police treat you? They tased me bro. Literally, haha. I leaped at them and yelled at the top of my lungs when they came to arrest me.
We're gonna need to see that file now, nerd ninja Edited to correct piss-poor spelling. ಠ_ಠ.
[5 days on 5 grams? bullshit, when I was 16 I ate 1/3 ounce (9 grams) and tripped for 10 hours...I'm not saying you didn't rob a radioshack and get tased and spend time in prison...but 5 days? for 5 grams? naaaah....] Cool. I'm not asking anybody to believe me, hell I'd prefer for you NOT to believe me as the story is highly embarrassing. There you go Mr. internet guy.
Not to laugh. But I laughed. Did you try to fight them? In that mindset (psychotic) I don't know what I was thinking. I think that at that exact moment I thought they were holograms or psychic projections or something, and that if I jumped and battle cried loud enough they'd disappear or dissolve or something ._.
I didn't actually get a chance to lay a finger on either one of the cops (there were two) as they tased me quicker than you can say buhgina. It wasn't one of those puny handheld tasers either, it was the projectile hook in your fucking chest kind of taser.
Please? Please what?
That shit leaves scars. So as someone who has never tripped, what was your 5 day expeirence like? What do you remember most? The only thing I can relate to it is my friend took acid and wound up wandering into a grocery store. He said the whole place in his mind started on fire and a grocery employee came up to him and said " areeee youuu ooohhhkayyyy?" Being somebody who enjoys altered states, I will say that experience was the worst possible thing that could have happened. I lost all basis in reality, couldn't discern whether I was awake or dreaming, I was convinced I was time traveling and doing all sorts of fictional things, it was all around just a bad experience. I've dropped one other psychedelic since and actually had a great time (2-CE, 8-10mg in a capsule) so it's not that I'm against drugs or anything, it's just I went a little overboard with the shrooms and I believe I achieved what some might call "ego loss" when I was definitely not ready to take a hard look at myself without an ego.
Please let us see the file. What is this file you speak of?!
1) did you hack the gibson? 1) "Yes, although it was running several psybnc's as "./httpd" and had a few suids in /tmp/ for some reason."
2) how do you feel about how 'movies and tv' portray people who work with computers or do what you did? 2) "They usually get it wrong. They're usually depicted as evil masterminds who want to steal your bank accounts and read your emails (I'm the exception, not the rule). It's also a lot less visual than movies like "Hackers" and "Swordfish" make it seem."
What motivated you to freely share oceanographic data from NASA's satellites? Was there something special that you thought needed to be made public? "Actually, I have no idea what they were talking about (No, seriously). I never touched that database. I basically just got into the system, looked around, then left. I didn't bring it up in court because it wouldn't have effected my sentencing either way."
How long were you on the payroll? And did you have a plan to back out at a certain point because I imagine you knew this could not go on forever and that somewhere along the line you'd get caught. "I was on the system for about 5 or 6 years, but didn't actually try taking money from it until about 2 years ago. I didn't have any alternate plans at the time. In my mind, I always assumed I would have found something else if Digital River ever dried up."
What's Kate Upton's email password? Kate123.
Is he going back into hacking when he gets out? I imagine he's not going to want to answer that one, to be honest. But I sent it anyway.
Do you sincerely regret stealing large amounts of money? "Yes, because there's no reason I couldn't have obtained large amounts of money legally. I was just being lazy."
Is there any way for me to put money on his books? Of course, man. I'm sure he'd be super stoked to hear even that somebody offered. PM me and I'll tell you how.
Are you serious? they have them as dirt cheap labor and they are charging him to communicate? I don't think he actually works in there. As far as he explained, you have a choice of working to get money put on your books, or not.
What programming language is your favorite to code in? What can we do to protect ourselves better from normal rootkits and things like that? "Perl! "Normal rootkits" can usually be avoided by maintaining a remote database of checksums for all of your local system binaries (i.e., with Tripwire). That along with up to date patches, strong passwords, and a little common sense should help."
I find it difficult to believe that a convicted hacker has any access to a computer while in prison. Federal prisoners are allowed access to a very simple computer that has a calendar, contacts list, and email client. Read up on CorrLinks if you don't believe me. It costs him I think $.05/minute to check it, which comes out of his commissary funds.
How many "favors" does it cost him to send/check email? "2. Is there a charge for using this site? Charges for using this site are based upon agreements with Correctional agencies. This site does not charge for sending or receiving messages from inmates at Federal Bureau of Prisons facilities with TRULINCS. Sending messages to Iowa inmates costs $0.25 per message."
I'm a lawyer, not a convict, for what it's worth. Thanks, sir. I've always found it curious that there are those who fake AMAs, and I'm certainly not one of them. Just thought you guys might find this interesting.
Why did you hack, even though you knew it was wrong? (feel free not to answer that one, it might seem a bit personal) Was it really difficult to do what you did , even though you knew what you were doing? Like, was the process of hacking those websites difficult? "I wouldn't consider hacking wrong, but what I did wasn't just hacking, it was also theft. At that time, morality was the last thing on my mind. I had lost my job and needed money. I'm not saying this was my only option, just that it was the easiest. As for the hacking difficulty, it wasn't much of a challenge gaining access. Figuring out the correct database that handled payments was the hard part (A lot of duplicate databases on the system that were unused)."
I just think it is funny that they gave a computer hacker access to a computer, kind of like giving a heroin addict his fix. Not really, it's more like giving a heroin addict needles but no heroin.
How old are you? I recall him being 26 when I met him about 6-8 months ago. He may be 27 by now.
"27 now. 26 at the time of my arrest."
Time to make some FREE PARKER T-shirts and bumper stickers. Would it be possible to write to Mr Parker myself? As a fellow "Information Freedom Fighter & Network Security Professional I would have tons to talk about ( without being illegal ). That's super nice of you, I'll definitely be sending him your comment. The way the CorrLinks system works is he has to have your email address, and request contact with you from the inside. PM me your address and I'll shoot it to him. If he requests contact with you, you should get an email explaining how to setup your account at CorrLink's website.
"I've only got like 14 mins left on this thing. Tell digitalmatter to setup a donation page for me so people can Western Union me some money for email ;D But that might sound weird."
They gave you a computer and internet access? Isnt that liking giving a child molester a 12 year old? Not much you can do with such a locked down email only system, so no, not really. If you're doubting the authenticity of the AMA then I'd be glad to provide more proof. Just ask.
What were some "small" hacking projects you did before getting the courage to do Digital River? "Digital River was a "small" hacking project compared to some other things I've hacked :-P But since I'm only charged with Digital River, disregards that. :-x"
Why did you choose Digital River? Did they seem more vulnerable than other companies? "It was more vulnerable, but ran by people competent enough to make it a little more challenging."
What's an average day in the prison you're in? "Uneventful ;-)"
Where, when and how (meaning self-taught, etc) did he learn to hack? "IRC, 1994, Self-taught."
"(Heh, that one was short)"
Is your mom mad at you? "I think she knows I've been punished enough and her being angry won't help any."
When is he getting out? I'm not sure, he only had like 9 months on his Federal sentence but there were other complications that are going to end him up in TDC for a year or two once he's released from the fed.
Wait you met him in jail but you've never been to prison? I'm sure I'm just misunderstanding the difference between jail/prison. Jail is where you're housed temporarily (usually max of a year) while going to court and such, prison is where you serve out your sentence.
How did you get into computer hacking? "I think I answered this in another question. The (very) short version is: AOL punters -> warez.com -> DALnet -> everything else."
What's was your "magnum opus" in hacking? (AKA, what was the moment you realized you were really good at this?) "I haven't reached it yet >:-D"
What about tax stuff? If you were on the payroll, and having the checks mailed to you with accurate info, wouldn't the company send you a W-2 also? "If I remember correctly, taxes were done on the system with a web interface, though I'm probably misremembering."
Interesting! Haha, kind of a short answer, I know. But I'm just relaying his responses verbatim.
Understandable :p frankly I didn't even expect you to see my comment anyway, so this is cool lol. I've spent a large part of my time off from work responding to comments, upvoting, downvoting, and relaying responses. Shit's hard work, I feel like I need a secretary!
Bad news bud. You are the secretary. Facepalm.
What's the best language(s) and OS(es) for hacking, and where would be the best place to learn it/them? I'm pretty good at programming but not too great with security stuff, so I'm interested in knowing this (mostly to defend my servers/websites, ofc). "Languages that would help: C, Assembly, Perl/Python, Bash; OSes: Backtrack 5 (or any Linux), along with the other *nixes (BSD/Solaris). The internet's a good place to start (Google is your friend)."
Can any computer connected to the internet truly be "hackproof"? Or can a smart enough hacker gain access to anything as long as he's determined enough? "No computer can be made 100% "hackproof", but there are things you can do to make it extremely difficult to get into your system. Luckily, the few with enough skill to get into (almost) everything won't be paying any attention to your system ;-)"
Ever goto Defcon? Do you use backtrack? Or compile all the tools your self? I'll send him the question, but I know he has used Backtrack in the past, and spoke pretty highly of it. Hearing him talk about it made me want to try it.
Question: What are the best Computer Science and Math classes to take, if I want to learn about reverse-engineering commercial software? "I wouldn't know what classes are available these days, but there was an old site I used to frequent @ Link to protools.cjb.net that (If it's still there) has lots of (de)crypters/(de)compilers/(dis)assemblers/tutorials/etc. that would be very useful in reverse engineering."
What's the food like? "Edible(ish)"
Has the Government/Anyone else offered you any Jobs in IT once out of prison? I hear lots of hackers get picked up once out. Problem: he's still in prison.
What is the first thing you will do when you get out? Are there any online communities you miss being a part of? "I'm sure it'll involve random womenfolk and fewd. After that, I'm not sure yet. I wasn't really part of anything besides IRC, and I stopped that a year or two before my arrest. In the end, it was just me and my lonesome hacking the planet for fun and profit."
Would you say that it is cracking that you have done and not hacking? I'm going to send him this question, but I can answer this myself. Cracking is usually reverse engineering software, whereas the word hacking, in most cases, is used to describe accessing computers and/or networks you're not supposed to have access to. He hacks, but he can probably crack software as well if he wanted to.
Five hours later the only question anyone cares about isn't answered. Patience is a virtue. He's working on getting his responses to me asap.
That's just totally not true. 5 grams of dried mushrooms is a lot. Most people do like 2 grams at a time...max. That being said...there's no way he was tripping for 5 days after 5 grams. 5 grams is a lot and anyone who claims differently is either inexperienced or outright lying. I was up for 5 days, without exaggeration. According to a few of my friends I dosed 1-2 grams more here and there. It was mainly the psychotic/manic episode that kept me up. I even had a friends mother give me 200mg of Seroquel and I still remained awake.
Maybe the quality of these were insane. I have a very high tolerance for hallucinogens. They were well grown indoor psilocybin with great big bronze bottomed stems, deep purple veins, etc. Who knows how strong they actually were, but they definitely were the catalyst for my 'episode' if you want to call it that.
Haha. The doses that people on erowid take are much higher than the average person. Those guys are pros. Geoffrey clearly doesn't know all that much about actual psychedelics. Reading Erowid is one thing, having your hands on good stuff is another. I find it fishy that he's measuring doses as ".176 ounces" ... who does that?
It's schwag vs. dro, man. Exactly. Field shrooms you could probably drop a half ounce of. Indoor well grown shrooms and three grams is getting close to a high dosage.
Lol when he took the .25oz they were well grown indoor shrooms. Taken multiple times from many different sources. Usually indoors because that is what is easier to grow in this area. Tripped balls, but not FIVE days and you remember everything. Well you see, the mind is a complicated thing. You find a vast difference in brain chemistry from one human to another, not to mention behavioral patterns, how you were raised, pre-existing psychological disorders, etc. I don't get what you are trying to prove here, Geoffreyhach. That I am bluffing about going crazy and doing something seriously stupid? Think about it for a second.
Do the mistakes that you made that led up to you being caught seem obvious now. "Very. (Proxy servers only work when you use them. Best to use a VPN that's setup as your default route so that you can't access anything on the internet without it going through your VPN... And don't wire any money to your own bank account, it's not very smart)."
You were great in Swordfish. "It was fun working with John Travolta, and Halle berry looks great topless!"
Can't say I have any greater respect for a lawyer than I would a convict to be honest. Zing.
Hardware has little effect on hacking capabilities. Wooosh.
What do you drink while in the Penn. Ive sent him the question, but I remember him telling me about this when we met. They call it "hooch" and it's just highly fermented fruit and sugar. They store it in trash bags in the toilets when the guards "shake down" the cells. He told me of one experience where him and another guy had to drink a metric ton of hooch so they didn't get caught, got super drunk.
"Copheee! (When I can afford it)"
I need to start making a list of people drink, this is the first time it has been a, "metric ton of hooch out of a garbage bag from a toilet." Relevant username ftw. For the record I wasn't the one drinking the hooch, and I don't think it ever touched any doodoo water.
I understand. People rarely thing about what there drinking, yet water will keep them alive longer then food will. TY for Response!!! Yes, yes it will (as I take a sip of Dr. Pepper Ten, in all its high fructose syrup glory)
Hey! im from Minnesota you bastard! "Well I'm from Texas, so screw Minnesota!"
I will have to pass along the question although I am pretty sure I know the answer. It has been a few months since we met but I will have to double check the answer with him. I dont regret any interactions but I will have to get back to you on that! I don't understand you. There have been multiple AMAs where there's a middle man forwarding the messages to somebody else. What's the big deal? Does it make it any less authentic? Are his responses losing meaning as the bytes pass through the interwebs?
Why the hell would you want to FREE this guy? He stole $275,000. That's not anything like a victimless crime, it's just simple theft. If you ask me it was a victimless crime seeing as how the money was most likely insured. Having met the guy I can tell he's genuinely a nice person, kind, compassionate, and wouldn't harm a fly. Different strokes for different folks though, I suppose.
People on the internet are weirdly aggressive. Yeah, but it still surprises me when I see it.
Do they molester you? In all seriousness, If(youFeelGuilty) { print "why do you feel guilty" }else { print "why not?"} "Thankfully, no molestering. And youFeelGuilty = "alittle\n"; /* cause stealing is wrong */"
Fine I will tone it down. I have no respect for you or the hacker you are in communication with. He is a thief, and you stated you see no problem in it. That is all. And yes I have, when I was a young teen not realizing the damage I was causing musicians and the record industry. I now use Spotify. I understand. Thanks for the comments.
How did you gain the knowledge of hacking? Like what were the first steps to learn how to code and stuff? It seems like one of those things you can find a youtube how-to... "Hacking isn't just coding, but that is a large part of it. I'd rather not go into the philosophy or definition of hacking because it's been done many times before by people much smarter than me. I doubt a site or video will teach you everything you need to know. Your best bet is to first learn everything about your own system (i.e., What programs are running in the background? What do they each do? What tcp/udp ports are open? Why are they open? etc.). If you get into hacking just to learn how to break into computers then you'll probably end up in jail. But if you learn because you're interested in every aspect of networking/computing then you'll probably have a future in it."
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[Table] IAmA Reverse engineer who broke millions of hotel locks. AMA

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Date: 2012-08-17
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While there is no doubt that your expose' will only improve security in the long haul, what are you thoughts/feelings on the immediate impact of your findings? At the end of the day, I know that people will use this for malicious purposes, just like any important vulnerability that's disclosed. However, I have to balance that out with a question that's been on my mind for a long time: How many people used this before I even thought of it? How many people have been robbed or worse, because of these buggy locks?
Did you do any sort of responsible disclosure such as contacting Onity before going public? Covered at Link to www.reddit.com
I'm in the navy, and currently living in the barracks which are secured by these locks. This explains how a friend of mine had some of his stuff taken. Thanks for doing your part to stop this, we kind like our stuff here. Wait, they're using HT locks or CT locks? They look slightly different, and this stuff won't work on CT. HT is usually only used in hotels, whereas CT is used for commercial buildings, dorm rooms, barracks, etc. I know CT locks are used on some carriers, for instance.
What are you working on over at Mozilla? I work on Boot2Gecko, primarily doing gfx optimizations. Currently working on overscroll animations (what happens when you scroll a page too far).
Do you use Boot2Gecko as your primary phone or for any "serious"/actual normal stuff you'd use with your previous Android or iOS phone? Not yet. I use it as a side phone when I need it, but honestly I break it too often to do so. Sometime soon I'll set a phone aside for stable testing and dogfood it properly.
Why is it important to have an animation for it? Why not just have it have a hard stop? It feels very unnatural to have a hard stop.
Why doesn't Firefox/Gecko recognize my website's beautiful CSS3 stylized scrollbars? Sad. Couldn't tell you, sorry. I work much, much lower level than that; know nothing about the layout side of things.
None of our guests knew anything about it, so no having to deal with the fallout. Let me ask you, though, since I have your attention, what your beer of choice is? Depends on my mood. Overall favorite is Clown Shoes Black IPA, but I'm also a huge fan of Anchor Steam.
Clown Shoes? Damn, just looked them up and they don't seem to be available to California. Anchor Steam is a damn fine beer, though. Have you had their Breckel's Brown? So tasty and malty, like a biscuit. Don't believe I have. I'll check it out :)
Dude you're a MA guy? Western MA reporting in, Clown Shoes is AWESOME. Link to beeradvocate.com. Nope, sorry. NYC for a few more hours, then CT. Fell in love with Clown Shoes after they came to a local craft beer festival.
Also, something I was wondering earlier. Why didn't you give them a full heads up before releasing it full disclosure? Isn't it ethical to give them a warning you are going to release a pretty big vulnerability in a companies product? Tl;dr: I figured that getting the information out there and exposing this as the major issue it is was priority number 1; the safety issues involved make it a really risky proposition, and letting people know how bad things are was the best way.
I saw a couple options if I had gone to Onity with these issues ahead of time: 1) They file a lawsuit and keep me tied up in court to keep the info out of the public eye and save face. Result: information doesn't go public (and get fixed) for years. 2) They ignore it, I release everything. Result: same thing we have now. 3) They claim to fix it repeatedly and pressure me to hold off on releasing anything until X% of hotels are fixed. Result: nothing happens, ever; they fix it in an improper way and hotels never update. I eventually release, maybe. 4) They fix it quickly, get the fix out to hotels on their dime, and all is well. Result: Complete safety.
In my opinion, #1 and #3 are most likely. Either way, hotels continue to be unsafe for a very long time. That isn't okay in my book. This forced their hand such that they had to respond and fix the issues, and they're taking steps to do that now.
All of this is combined with the fact that I know I'm not the first person to discover this. It's simply too damn simple; how many people have used this in the past for malicious reasons? The cat has been out of the bag for many years, IMO.
Lets say you have 30 days until the presentation, you get an anonymous email address and send the company a description of the flaws with a note saying you will release the info to the public in 30 days and will not be checking your email until after that time. Maybe screenshot/record the mail being sent for evidence in case they deny it. In this scenario they have 30 days to fix the problem, they have no way to threaten you (or maybe they they could threaten the conference and this idea only works if you leak the info online independently?), and you can expose them as being even bigger pricks if they fail to take timely action to fix the problem. A decent idea, or not workable? That sort of thing would probably work if you wanted to remain anonymous while giving them a heads up. However, it seems like it'd increase your liability if you were to get into a legal battle after it.
Wikipedia tells me you were interested in computing by the age of four. What was it that got you interested at such a young age? I discovered a book on BASIC for the Apple ][E in my school library, and started tweaking the code in there, then started writing little text-based games; that was probably kindergarten or first grade. It was short (maybe 30-40 pages?) and IIRC its cover was orange with white lettering, if anyone has a clue. Would love to get a copy again.
The other thing was that I learned about EDIT.COM and opened the game Pilgrim's Quest in it, on my old 386. I was maybe 6 or 7, and I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, but I mashed keys and typed in words and such; it wasn't source, it was a raw binary. I ran the game, and the screen was completely corrupted, but on pressing a key, you'd hear a sound. Each key had a different sound. It was then that I realized that if you understood what these things did, you could be the master of a little universe of your own.
Of course, playing Shadowrun on the Genesis when I was a little bit older helped a lot. I still want to be a decker; hell, I even named my old OS "Renraku".
How does a 30 year old newbie learn to code? I'm not really sure. The hard part is just getting started, so maybe something like Link to www.codecademy.com could be of help.
I think the book you used was called "BASIC Programming for Kids." If so, that's the exact same book that got me into programming too! Link to www.amazon.com. Holy shit, I think you're right. Thank you!
Now that you've mentioned Apple, what is your opinion of Apple? I hear a lot of opinions here on Reddit regarding Apple, but I would love to hear what someone like yourself thinks of Apple or their direction/machines. I like some of their products (I couldn't live without my iPad, particularly) but despise their business practices.
I want to be a white hat security guy; how do I get started? my background is unix sysadmin/qa, etc. Learn to program in at least one high-level language (Python, Ruby, JS, whatever), learn to program in at least one low-level language (C is best, C++ is almost as good). If you want to work on the reverse-engineering side of things, learning assembly for at least one ISA (x86 is best) is a very good thing. If you want to work on the web side of things (which you'll likely need, at some point or another) then you have to understand how web development is done, how the web itself works, how JS works, etc.
Start from the top down; first step is the web. OWASP has lots of good information, but use it to just get a feeling for what's out there, then Google around.
Run through some web security challenges, e.g. HackThisSite, and use WebGoat as a test.
Read up on native security a bit -- learn the basics of buffer overflows and all that fun stuff.
Grab old versions of open source software with known vulnerabilities, and rediscover them. This applies equally well to native and web software.
Practice, practice, practice. Every time you encounter a piece of technology or a security process, think about how you could attack it. Take a shot at every piece of software you come across (-NOT- web-based services; that's generally illegal).
Surround yourself with people smarter than you are on every topic you're interested in. This is easy to do in the age of the interwebs.
I'm also writing a book on getting into security; the outline is available at Link to gist.github.com . The point of it is not to be a complete guide to every detail of every part of security, but rather to expose you to enough different things that when you need to learn something, you're able to. It'll be out... sometime before I die :P.
Are these generally the same set of instructions necessary for someone of less than honorable morals to learn to get into the criminal side of things? I ask out of curiosity if the difference is entirely intentions, because i'm really interested in psychology. Totally not a criminal and stuff :P. The only difference between an honorable hacker and a dishonorable hacker is what they do with their knowledge, not the knowledge itself.
Do you have an idea when this book will be released? I'm quite interested :) Can you suggest any other book(s) on the subject? I really have no idea. I'm about a quarter of the way finished, having started it maybe 4-5 months ago, so it's coming along pretty quickly. I'm happy with how it's turning out, though I have no idea how I'm going to publish it; some friends keep telling me to throw up a Kickstarter project to fund it, pay for an editor, etc but I'm on the fence still.
Ask you ANYTHING? well why don't we start with how do you do it? As in how it works? Well, there's a port on the bottom of the lock that's used to program the lock. That port allows direct memory access, enabling you to read the sitecode (unique code for the property) out of memory, then send it back up with the open command. No authentication is required, and it takes about 200ms for it to pop open. Full details are available at Link to daeken.com if you want more details.
Or do you mean how I actually got to that point?
Well I was actually jokingly asking you to disclose the secrets of your trade. Answer was totally unexpected and satisfactory :) First step is to figure out what your goal is. For instance, you may want to understand the model format in a game, so you can render them yourself.
Once you have your goal, think about how you would design the system you're trying to reverse-engineer. It doesn't have to be detailed, just a general idea.
From that, come up with a set of assumptions about the system. E.g. "there will be a field in the header that is roughly the size of the file divided by 12 (3 x 4 byte floating point values, for coordinates)". Then check each of those.
Once you've done that, rethink your model of how it works using the new information, and repeat until you figure it out.
It helps massively to know a little about everything, so you can draw conclusions about how things work just by seeing what it does. Yep. That example is real, btw -- I worked on reversing the Everquest file formats many, many years ago to write my own client for it. I was still in high school at the time; I printed out a couple pages of the hex dump of a few files in a given format, then I'd go over them with highlighters and figure out the specific bits. It's all about pattern matching and checking assumptions.
Even though I didnt understand a huge amount of acronyms in that it was still really interesting! thanks! Anything specifically? I might be able to clear things up.
Do you think the lock manufacturer will fix the vulns at least for newly produced locks? Or are there maybe even inherent protocol weaknesses that would make a patched lock incompatible with existing programming devices or cards or so? Fixing these vulnerabilities consists of two parts: changing the protocol for the portable programmer such that direct memory access is not possible, and changing the crypto to use a safe algorithm and a large key size (a 32-bit key on a terrible proprietary algorithm is very much Not Ok (TM)).
This means that the portable programmer and encoder both have to be changed, in addition to the locks. I can only hope they'll do all of this, and get it audited to know that it actually works properly.
So they need to replace 4 million locks and other stuff too. Wouldn't they be worried that a new RE will then come by and expose new vulnerabilities? They should be concerned about that no matter what. That's why I strongly, strongly recommend them to have everything thoroughly audited by independent security professionals. Will they catch everything? No. Will they catch these sorts of horribly obvious vulnerabilities? Absolutely.
Thought the mfr issued a statement that they were fixing "most" of the locks with a physical deterrent and "firmware upgrade"? Am I missing something? Am I in the wrong thread again?? Fuck! What they've described as their plan to fix these issues is, I believe, not actually going to solve everything. Details are at Link to daeken.com
Does Onity actually think that people don't have access to Torx bits? I'm sure they realize that people have them, but that it'll add quite a few seconds to the opening process, rather than it being instant. It also makes it harder to not be obvious that you're doing it or that you were there.
Honestly, it's not a bad solution, it just should be paired with fixing the underlying vulnerabilities.
Caleb from Hackaday.com here. Think they'll just ignore it like bump keys? Seems like so much money and trouble to go back and fix everything. I think that it's public enough that they'll be forced to do the right thing eventually and release a fix/recall in the future. I just don't know when that'll be.
How did you become so smart? College? Self-learning? If so, what did you read or follow? Everything I know was self-taught. I just found interesting things and started doing them. I'm actually a high school dropout, no college at all haha.
Why wasn't your presentation part of the normal blackhat briefings (the last two days)? Did one need more than a standard 'briefings only' badge to see your talk? I was frustrated to be excluded, having paid so much money for entry. They decided they wanted a "fun" presentation for the Zero Day Briefings that happened the night before everything, and I was picked for it. You didn't need any special badge, but it was woefully under-advertised. Amazed I got as many people as I did, honestly. That said, the presentation sucked -- my timing was totally off, so I ran through my 60 minute slot in... 30.
How many people actually came to your presentation? I assume only those from the trainings sessions ($5,000+ entry) were able to see your talk? For what it's worth, I'm planning on doing another one of it which will be livestreamed with a public Q&A. Not sure when, but I'll announce it on Twitter (@daeken) and my blog (Link to daeken.com) ahead of time.
Thoughts on Ada vs. C? Never wrote much Ada at all, so I don't have much of an opinion on it. C is my mother tongue (along with x86 asm) effectively, so I'm naturally biased towards it.
How much did you enjoy Stuxnet? Never looked into Stuxnet at all; malware doesn't interest me in the least.
Is reversing as boring as I imagine it? Reversing for me is amazingly interesting. Don't get me wrong, it definitely gets old sometimes. But it's a combination of the ultimate application of the scientific method (ok, this is how it would work if I designed it... what assumptions can I make from there, and how can I check them? Rinse, repeat) and putting together mental jigsaw puzzles while only having hints of what the image should be. I love it.
How does it feel to work in a field society absolutely doesn't give a shit about? Are there actually organizations out there that care about IT security in a way that deserves the word? Law firms? Drug cartels? The Vatican? I'm in it for the challenge, above all else. While most people have no idea what I do and those that do frequently dislike it, it's immensely challenging and fun for me. The money helps too, of course.
Can you tell me any secret IRC rooms where reversers hang out to be away from the noobs? PM me if necessary. I don't really know of any. I hang out in a lot of IRC channels, though, where this sort of thing is discussed in passing frequently, but they're mostly social. PM me on Freenode (nick is Daeken) if you want to join any of them. Also, #lockresearch (Freenode) is a channel I started to continue the Onity work, if you're interested.
Do you know of any secure hard-drives where the ATA security feature cannot be circumvented by firmware update or overwriting certain disk sectors? If not, are there other ways to reach this goal like cutting write-enable pins to flash chips? Never looked into ATA security stuff, sorry.
What do you think about the "oh, we'll send out some screws to stick into the reprogramming hole" response from the vendor? Would you stay in a hotel room with that patch applied? I think it's actually a really nice temporary fix, and I think it's good to have it there even once these issues are fixed -- after all, there are likely others there. It's not perfect, but it raises the bar slightly, and that's a good thing. The rest of the response... not so much.
Honestly, the likelihood of anything happening to you (even if you left the door latch off and had a vulnerable lock) is tiny. I always throw the door latch/chain on when it's available, but I don't stress about it. If someone wants to rob me or whatnot, they'll do it.
Did you get any blow backs from this? Like did any hotels or security companies (the lock companies) get pissed at you? I'm sure a lot of people are pissed at me, but outside of some rude comments on the internet (gasp) I haven't heard a thing.
Favorite sandwich? Reuben with thousand island dressing. Pretty much all I ate for a week after moving to NYC.
Damn, I replied before that we had very similar introductions into computers and now this. Are you the black hat version of me, though we both love Reubens, our universal weakness? Lots of sauerkraut, no lean meat, go hard or go home? Wouldn't the blackhhat version of you eat pastrami sandwiches instead? Then again, I do love pastrami...
You're in NYC now? I just moved away after several amazing years. Enjoy! Try the burgers at Paul's on 8th. Good work on getting a repeatable hack on these locks published. Now I can finally use the pool at the Hilton! I've been in NYC for a little under two years, but I'm actually moving to CT tomorrow haha.
Living in NYC, moving to CT, computer knowledge... Are you Foamy? Nope, sorry.
How does one get started in reverse engineering? Learn C.
Learn x86 assembly (start by compiling C you write down to assembly and reading it, then get your friends to write some stuff and compile it for you, then decompile it back to C by hand)
Start digging into every protocol and file format you can find. Pick a goal (e.g. I want to write a model viewer for WoW) and jump into it.
Practice, practice, practice.
If you want to go down that path, shoot me a PM on Freenode IRC; nick's Daeken.
I see from other comments as well that you are an advocate of C. What are your thoughts on C vs C++? C++ has its place, much as I hate to say it. I've recently begun relearning C++ properly, along with Boost, so that I can make use of Cinder. I don't completely hate it.
One of the reports mentions your code/device failing to open some locks in a few cases. Was that just a matter of your stuff being mostly proof of concept code that needed refinement, or were the locks any different from what you had been working on previously? I know that the locks were different (in that they used slightly different boards), but the key problem was a timing issue with my Arduino sketch. The night before the Forbes demo, I hacked the sketch up to add some extra functionality (reading out the code key values needed to make master cards, in addition to just opening the door) and I'm fairly confident that screwed up the timing, which I calibrated carefully a long while back.
Outside of some random documentation issues and a little bug in the code, I'm fairly certain that the code that I released in my paper (largely the original code) works 100% of the time. That's definitely been what I've heard from people who have tested it. Not sure how I feel about that.
How I'd solve this: Port it to a much faster uC, run your communications code in a fast high priority interrupt handler, will be rock solid. I think a PIC32MX7 would probably do it. Yep, a number of people have built independent implementations on random uCs and had full success.
Have you ever used your skills for something mischievous? or for a personal gain? Mischievous, not really. For personal gain, nothing directly outside of just using my skills for work; my projects like these have ended up boosting my reputation and making it easier to get work, so that counts I guess.
Did you see the industry having to do a complete overhaul of their procedures? Or was that the point? That was the point, by and large. The Onity vulnerabilities are terrible and obvious, and obviously need to be fixed, but I think the bigger picture is: there are plenty of other lock vendors, and I'm sure they aren't that much better. Security -- real, hard security -- needs to be the norm here, and that won't happen without getting some knocks.
Did you ever fear repercussions by Onity? I mean you're hurting their business and public image quite a bit. Fear? Not so much; I feel I've done the right thing and stayed within the bounds of the law. I'm surprised there hasn't been an attempt to 'shut me up', though.
Are you working on your next big hack? If so, can you give us a taste? You know, at this point I have no idea. I'm amassing hardware hacking equipment at the moment (well, putting in orders; moving tomorrow, so I had to wait), so something will be coming eventually. Mainly focusing on work, demoscene stuff, and some independent consulting at the moment.
It's very likely this won't be the last of the lock stuff I do. I've got some things on my mind, but I have no idea what will come of any of it.
Do you have more information on reversing the Emotive brain-computer interface that can be publicly released? I wrote about my reversing process at Link to daeken.com It's currently maintained as part of Link to www.openyou.org
If you have any questions about it beyond this stuff, feel free to ask. That was a fun project.
Cheers, Cody. (Awesome name for a hacker, btw) Definitely something I'd like to get involved in when my programming skills are less shit. The brain hacking thing's sure to be a big thing in the future - especially now there's a cheap consumer virtual reality headset on the way. Well, if you're interested go ahead and jump on ##reversing on irc.freenode.net -- just started it to help people get up to speed.
Is there anything else that you like to do with your spare times besides reverse engineering things? In terms of tech, I spend a lot of time working on demoscene productions and writing random little apps/tools. Otherwise, just doing things with the girlfriend; seeing movies, going to plays, bowling, shopping, etc. I'm pretty boring, generally.
Occasional acid flashback? We don't talk about that these days. Not after the incident.
I heard that when they tested your hotel door unlock scheme on several randomly chosen hotel locks, it only worked on a small percentage. Covered that at Link to www.reddit.com
So, I see a lot of questions about security and whatnot, but I have something totally different to ask you. What do you do for fun? Things both in and out of the realm of CS. First part is covered at Link to www.reddit.com
Do you ever do random challenges for the heck of it (like writing a Befunge interpreter in Befunge, for example)? Or do you strictly do stuff like that for work? I do a lot of random challenges in programming/reversing/security. Bug bounties (see Link to www.ccbill.com ) are a lot of fun, and I used to do a lot of esoteric language work ( Link to esolangs.org ). Also, a lot of Project Euler; it's slow going, though, since I don't allow myself to Google anything, ask questions, etc.
That's pretty awesome. I don't think I'm good enough at programming for any serious bug bounties, but I totally respect people who are. I used to do a ton of work in esoteric languages (mostly Befunge '98 and Piet) but the esolang community seems to be all but dead lately. Hey, nobody starts out awesome. It takes a lot of work to get to the point where you can totally dominate bounty programs; start small and work up. Simple sites like CCBill (whose bug bounty program is unfortunately terminated. May or may not have been my fault...) are a great place to start.
Can you break the lock on my Chasity belt I lost the key?!? Given the 'Lord' in your name, I believe I will pass ;)
How many hotel owners do you think even care or will bother to change this? For the majority of the people staying, no one would even realize that this is a flaw in the particular hotel they're staying at. So how/why would owners actually go ahead and do this fix, especially since its going to be out of their own pockets? How do you convince them to change it? Lots will care, simply because of the black eye the industry as a whole is getting in the press right now. However, I think many won't do anything about it, simply because they do have to pay for it themselves. That's why I believe that the responsible response from Onity would be a proper recall, at their expense. It's the only way that hotels are going to fix this.
Is it true that you find this easy but riding a bike very difficult? Quite so.
What ever happened to that chair you hate? Hah. I have no idea. Do you still have the sound bite of "Fuck! I hate this chair" ?
Purely hypothetical of course, but would it have been possible to make a little more money...doing this the other way? Are those routes possible? Are there people who are interested? Where there's money involved, there's always a moral and immoral path; someone will always be willing to throw you some money.
Have you figure out, how to unlock the heart of a woman? I believe so, yes.
I may be very naïve with this question and stuff but I really want to get into hacking/security. However, I really want to learn a programming language too. With what programming language would you suggest that I start with? I was thinkig between Python and C. Thanks in advance! I absolutely recommend both Python and C. They're the two languages I use most commonly. From there, go for x86 assembly.
Oh man so much thanks for answering! I honestly didn't expect you to answer my little question in this thread of a 1000+ replies, thanks a lot man! I'm making an attempt to answer every reasonable question haha.
You said a while back here that you were working on a book about software emulation. Is this still in the works? It is. Sort of. I wrote half the book, scrapped it, wrote half the book, scrapped it again. I can't come up with anything that 1) teaches the things I want to teach, 2) isn't a million pages, and 3) actually makes sense to anyone but myself. If it's ever going to work, it's going to be in the form of a bunch of separate ebooks on specific issues, I think.
Why didn't you tell the lock manufacturer and hotel chains instead of blasting it to the entire world so everyone can break into any hotel room? Covered this all over the thread, but here: Link to www.reddit.com
Like a bikechain that can be broken through with lockcutters? I don't think security through obscurity works anywhere, but just like on the interwebs, anything that raises the barrier to entry makes things safer, even if not more secure.
Can you comment on my thoughts above? As for how long it takes to open a lock with the vulnerabilities described in the paper, you're several orders of magnitude off; you plug a device into the lock (which can be done in under a second), it opens in 200 milliseconds or less, and you're in.
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[Table] IAmA: IAm the Editor in Chief at Rotten Tomatoes. AMA

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How do you think some of the most terrible movies actually make it to the big screen? I would assume at some point SOMEONE read the scripts and thought, "Wow, that's awful." Funny you should say that... we interviewed Jason Statham, and some thing came up about some movies of his that weren't well received, and he said that you don't think you're making a bad movie when you're in the middle of shooting. Cut to three months later, I'm interviewing Rosario Dawson, and she's joking about some of her Tomatometer scores, and I tell her what Statham said about not thinking a movie is going to be bad, and she says "Oh no, I knew that Pluto Nash would be bad" But she said she couldn't turn down the opportunity to work with Eddie Murphy.
Aha! Great to see you here, I'm a producer on a Documentary called Beijing Punk that's somehow been listed incorrectly on your site, the descriptive text and cast info on Rotten Tomatoes is from another film called Beijing Bubbles. I've tried raising trouble tickets and emailing to get it fixed but nothing's been done for months so I figured what the hell and thought I'd ask here :) Also we received a glowing review from the Huffington post but the Rotten Tomatoes page hasn't picked it up. How do we connect the two? And to ask a general question to be on topic, how hard is it for independent filmmakers to get their film listed on your site? Do they have any control over the information presented or is it gleaned from sources automatically such as the IMDB? Hey, hit me on Twitter @matchity, and I can help you out.
Any chance of getting rid of this popup? Or maybe just stop showing it after we have seen it 100 times? For what it's worth, I don't like that pop-up either.
Given how influential your site is, do you ever get pressure from studios to try and fudge the system to move an expensive stinker from rotten to fresh? If so, how do you respond? We'll get a bunch of links to reviews from critics or sites that don't meet our qualifications.
We'll get asked to change a rotten review to a fresh one, because the review is neutral.
In the case of #1, we'll just say that the reviews don't qualify. In the case of #2, we'll ask the critic if we've scored it right. If they tell us to change it, we will, but we have to hear it from the critics.
Going off the end of that, do you feel the critic's recommendation for each film is a good idea, rather than going strictly off the numbers? A 2.5/4 rating isn't necessarily "rotten" or "fresh", yet it goes either way. On top of that, I recently saw on early reviews of The Master, Richard Corliss' rating is a 7/10, and remains the only "rotten" rating (at this time). Do you fee one way is better than the other? 2.5/4 may mean fresh to some reviewers and rotten to others. Our hope is that people are actually clicking through to read reviews, rather than basing their entire decision about the score.
We've thought about the possibility of changing things up, but in all honesty, keeping the system mostly simple is probably going to be our best bet. It allows for a level of transparency that we like, where as averaging out scores adds in a lot more subjectivity and reinterpretation than I think we're comfortable with.
Why isn't Taken 100%? Because we didn't get a threatening call from Liam Neeson yet.
What rating have you disagreed with the most? What has been your biggest surprise? I hated The Tree of Life, but most of the critics loved it, so maybe I was missing something.
And I was pleasantly surprised to see Fast Five get a fresh rating, but I love those movies anyway. I was kinda surprised to see Expendables 2 end up as fresh.
Speaking of Terrence Malick have you seen his new film To the Wonder and if so what do you think of it? Haven't seen it yet.
Have you seen Crank 2: High Voltage? I love the Crank movies. Totally trashy, totally awesome.
What are your Five Favorite Films? I'm a big fan of Rotten Tomatoes. Thanks for doing this AMA! We put our own five faves on the back of our business cards
I'm a long-time metacritic user. How would you convince me that Rotten Tomatoes is better? I prefer metacritic because they use numerical scores (which allows greater accuracy than a simple rotten or fresh), among other reasons. I think we have a broader pool, and a more democratic system, but I think Metacritic does a fine job doing what they do.
But if you like them better, then hey, that's like, your opinion man.
Any thoughts on Metacritic? I think they're good at what they do, but I think our site is more fun. But obviously I'm biased.
I think a weighted average like theirs potentially opens the door to a lot of subjectivity on behalf of the aggregators, but we get similar criticism about how we handle neutral reviews.
Ultimately, we're both assigning numerical values to subjective analyses, so users have to pick which version of that they like more.
How does someone become a "Top Critic"? Do you feel the ratings system is weighed fairly? The criteria for being a Top Critic are here. In a nutshell, we're looking for the people or sources that have the largest reach of the best writing.
We do try and make the system fair, in that it basically boils down to one critic - one vote.
"Print publications must achieve and maintain status as one of the following: - A top 100 daily US newspaper - A top 100 weekly US newspaper" What will you do when there are no more newspapers? Not sure yet. Honestly, that's something I really worry about.
Tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Botanists say fruit, government says vegetable, I think.
Whats your favorite guilty pleasure movie? Probably The Fifth Element. It's kind of a mess, but I love it.
My question is how can you hope to control this, if at all on your website? Obviously when it got to death threats it was necessary not to allow commenting on the thread anymore, but there seems to be the amazing split with RT commenters where one person will trash the reviewer and the person directly below will say "hey we're allowed our opinions". Which side do you fall on, and how to you hope to gain traction with your users, if at all when it gets ugly? Ultimately, we're going to change how our comment threads are set up so that there isn't a thread for each review, and I think that will help a bit. But we're a pretty big platform, and once you hit a certain traffic level, the trolls definitely come out.
The Godfather Part II shows 2 rotten reviews, but when I try to read them, only one critic is shown. What did you do to the other guy? Ask Luca Brasi.
How do you determine whether a critique is Rotten or Fresh if the general tone of the article seems to be neutral? In many cases, the critic submits the review with their own rating. But when we pick up the review, sometimes everyone in the office will read it, and if we really can't agree on a rating, we'll ask the critic. But if something's truly neutral, we'll usually mark it fresh; the phrase we use in the office in that case is "tie goes to the runner"
I'm sure you remember the ordeal with internet users flooding message boards of movie critics who gave The Dark Knight Rises a negative review, but there was one article in particular that I read who admitted that he hadn't seen the film yet. How can you add to/take away from a movie's tomato score based on someone who hasn't seen the film's opinion? In that case, we took the link down to that review as soon as we saw it.
How many miles do you recommend between tire rotations? About 5,000 miles, depending on how you drive.
Will the Rotten Tomatoes Show ever come back? And what's your personal opinion regarding the scores? Would you see any "fresh" movie as a movie one should go watch? I personally like the seperation into fresh and rotten because oftentimes it's just too much about critics ratings. That incarnation of the show if over, but we're trying to cook up some other things. And I'm trying to get Brett and Ellen to come on the Rotten Tomatoes Radio show; I see Brett every week at Current, when I'm shooting What the Flick.
Regarding scores, I think they can be a good tool in the decision making process if you're on the fence about seeing a movie. But if you're dying to see a particular movie, then go see it; it's ok to see (and like) a movie that the critics don't like.
Except Twilight. Those movies are terrible.
Obligatory. Bone...
If I may, what are some of the ideas on this "to do" list? #1 and #2 are "Don't talk about the 'to do' list"
I had a feeling you'd make movie references. We can't have any conversations in the office without some quote from something.
Editor in Chief of an influential website like this.. should be at least..150k right? I'm sending this recommendation to my boss.
How does the FlixsteTWX ownership structure work? Do you get Time Warner stock? How much editorial freedom do you have, and are there any guarantees? Theoretically you could get a call from your boss's boss's boss's boss telling you to find a way to give the latest Warner Bros. film a push over that line from rotten to fresh or else he'll fire you and find someone who will--right? No stock, but total freedom to write and cover what we want.
If I'd had any doubts about that, they were erased the week Dark Knight Rises opened. No one at WB gave me any direction on how to handle the commenter issues, or what to do when the incident in Aurora happened. After that week, we got some feedback from corporate PR that they thought we handled everything well, but at no point did they ask us to do anything differently.
We never heard anything like that while we were part of News Corp, either.
Texting in theaters - what should we do here? I could go on a huge rant here (I just did on last week's Rotten Tomatoes Radio show), but I'll just say that I don't think there's any justification for texting in theater full of people. You're either too dumb to realize you're distracting others that paid to see the movie, or you just don't care. Take your pick.
What actor do you dislike the most, out of everyone you can think of? There are some people I'd like to see do better movies, like Adam Sandler, but Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison still make me laugh. But there's no one I really hate; I save my hate for people I know personally.
What is the highest rated movie on Rotten Tomatoes? Lowest? Best reviewed movie of all time is Toy Story 2 - 100% with 161 reviews.
Worst ever is Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever - 0% with 108 reviews.
Worst ever is Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever - 0% with 108 reviews. Already added to my downloads list. There's more where that came from here
Personally, what did you think of The Dark Knight Rises? I liked it a lot. I don't know that it stands alone very well, but as a trilogy, Nolan's Batman movies are damn good.
Do you receive fan mails? what's the weirdest one? I don't get fan mail.
Has any of the film promoters ever tried to bribe you to review their movies? what's the weirdest one? No one's tried to bribe me, but we do get filmmakers challenging our interpretation of a review. When that happens, we'll check with the reviewer to make sure it's right.
What about hate mails? I don't get hate mail, but I do get nasty comments on YouTube.
Hello. What is your favourite movie that has a 'rotten' rating? Probably the first thing to come to mind would the The Fast and the Furious franchise.
I feel that the neutral comments really get me. For example, one of the reviews will be bad and i read it, and sometimes I feel like its a good review and shouldn't be a rotten tomato. Is there a system to determine if some of the neutral comments are rotten or not? It throws me off sometimes. The neutral ones can be really hard to interpret sometimes. Sometimes three or four of us will read the same review to try and find a line that really defines where the critic stands. If we really can't figure it out, we'll ask the critic directly. That comes up a lot with Hollywood Reporter and Variety, where some of the reviews are as much about the box office potential as they are about the quality.
Have you ever eaten rotten tomatoes? Not knowingly. I have been known to drink milk the day after it expires though.
Thank you for doing this AMA. Welcome! Do you consider yourself to be movie-savvy? What was your occupation before this? Do you know of some amazing movies that have gotten little to no attention? If so, can you name a few? (Sorry to ask so many.. pick and choose if you wish!) :D. I like to think I'm relatively movie-savvy, but there are plenty of people who know more about the art and the business of movies than I do.
Before I was at RT, I had an online music business that failed (which is why I got back into web-based entertainment journalism) and before that I was at Yahoo Movies. I've been covering entertainment on the web off and on for about 15 years. I started out as a Universal Studios Tour Guide and I think I've taken that training to it's ridiculous extreme.
One movie I really tried to talk up last year was Warrior, and I was really happy to see Nolte get an Oscar nomination. He had a scene in that movie that had me in tears.
Hey Matt, what would you say is your favorite ultra-cheesy movie to watch for laughs (Something along the lines of The Day After Tomorrow or The Core). My favorite genre of movie is probably sci-fi or action/adventure. And I love a good martial arts movie.
What is your favorite genre of movie? I just re-watched The Rock on cable the other day - does that count as cheesy? Loved it.
What was it like in the beginning of your business? Rotten Tomatoes began as a side project for a few employees at a company called Design Reactor in Emeryville, CA. This allowed them to fully develop and take risks with the RT concept. Once it became clear this was going to be huge, the site branched off onto its own.
Was it hard, did people have doubts? You can see some of the stories about the early days of the site here
Have you ever spoke to an ActoActress who have had a joke or discussion with their film's ratings with you? A lot. One of the coolest things about working at Rotten Tomatoes is that almost everyone in the film industry seems to know who we are and they use the site. I interviewed James Remar a couple of weeks back and he joked about how many bad movies he had on our site.
My favorite was probably interviewing the Broken Lizard guys. I love Super Troopers, and they all said to us "we love you guys, but you HATE us."
Is there any movie with a 0% critic and 100% user or the other way around? I don't think there is that large of a difference, but there are some with a difference of 40-50%. But I think comparing critics scores to user scores is an apples/oranges comparison. Users mostly choose movies they think they'll like, and they're usually right, so most users scores come from a self-selecting pool of people biased towards liking the film. I'm painting in broad strokes here, but the I think the numbers are kind of a false comparison.
can you bring him back? Please, oh, please, will you let him on the site again? Armond has the ability to post on the site if he wants to.
How do you feel about critics who slam overwhelmingly acclaimed movies, such as Toy Story 3 and E.T.? If someone can legitimately back up their criticism, that's their right. We don't expect everyone to agree.
What is your opinion on critics writing a negative review to gain traffic to their personal website? Regarding writing reviews to get traffic, if someone's flagrantly doing that, we try and address it. But it's slippery slope - we're not trying to enforce some kind of group think, and if someone can legitimately argue against the popular opinion, that's their right.
Did you ever want to be a filmmaker growing up (or still want to)? I wanted to be in movies, not really direct them or produce them. And then I realized I'd rather watch movies than make them.
What is your opinion on the future of movie distribution as a whole? Will the days of $15 movie tickets and $8 popcorn go the way of Betamax tapes? Or do you feel that there is something stronger in a community experience (actually sharing the moment with a crowd of strangers, much like a concert) that a home theatre can't convey? I'm not sure what the future holds for movie distribution, but I think we're going to see fewer story concepts get distributed in a theatrical experience as the years go by. But I don't know that it's going to be a sudden tipping point, so much as it will be a slow erosion. I think we're going to end up in a place where most movies are released "day-and-date" - all countries across all media (theaters, TV, internet) at the same time, and movie theaters will be a specialized event experience, like going to a ball game, instead of staying home and watching it on TV.
Would you be willing to become a regular contributor on the Adam Carolla podcast, like David Wild from Rolling Stone has? I would love a weekly segment discussing the crap coming out at the theaters. We're working on that, but Adam's schedule gets really full really quickly (or so they tell me).
How did you come up with the idea for the site's rating system? That was created by the founders of the site (not me), but my understanding is that 60% works as a pretty clear supermajority.
Thanks for doing this. I love RT! What's the process of deciding which reviewers should be listed/counted towards the Tomatometer like? Additionally, what are the qualifications needed for one of them to be a "top critic" on there? I just posted about this, but we have our criteria here
One of the things that really stand out to me on the website is the user comments on the professional reviews. I think there is a very clear hivemind mentality among the user comments that is really disturbing - there are SO many hostile comments towards negative reviews for those "good" films and then so many patronizing comments towards positive reviews for "bad" films. How would you go about regulating these comments and improving discussion of these professional reviews? Yeah, we're planning to move away from having individual comment threads linked to specific reviews, because I think that helps focus the dogpile that happens when someone goes against the majority. We'll have one thread for each movie that will be easier to police.
Hi Matt! I'm an accredited film critic (not listed on RT yet, though). I love your site, but there are limits in the RT system because of review nuance. Would you ever consider putting the option on RT where a user could see a page based on ratings (ie 3 stars our of 4), not the fresh/rotten binary? We've thought about doing something like that, but we suffer from a severe lack of development resources, and it's hard make the case for that level of expense (developer time=money) when other parts of the larger corporate organization have other priorities.
P.S. - I was the longest intern the Rotten Tomatoes show had. I enjoyed my time thoroughly and look fondly back on the company as a whole. If there are any ever positions open, you can be your bottom dollar I'll be applying! Anyway, that was a decision by the producers, and we didn't have much input on it. But my take is that since Rotten Tomatoes is about critics' reviews, I feel like having professionals was closer to the spirit of the site.
I love you on the Adam Carolla podcast when you come on. Do you think anyone has the balls to tell him that movie was not that good? I love me some Ace, but that movie was not that good. Have you seen it? I actually think it's a decent little movie. It's not high art, but it's better than I would have expected out of him.
What RT score do you think this AMA would get? Up votes are only at 56%, so I guess that means my own AMA is rotten. (insert sad trombone sound here)
If this AMA results in the removal of this popup then I will go to sleep tonight knowing we did something good for the world. The product team is telling me this is going to be addressed. It probably won't go away completely, but it should show up less.
Is there any chance of the search/sort feature becoming more specific. For example it would be neat if I could search for something like "Highest rated comedies in the last 5 years with more than 50 reviews" or something to that effect. That's a long shot. Our development team is handling a lot of different priorities right now, and although those sorts of improvements are on a "to do" list, it's a really, really long list.
Describe your typical day. The days vary over the course of the week, because we see most of the reviews come in on Thursdays and Fridays. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be a lot of time planning coverage for the coming weeks, and then going to screenings in the evenings. On Thursdays I do a bunch of radio press appearances, my team is amassing reviews, shoot What the Flick, and then we have Rotten Tomatoes Radio. Fridays have more reviews, more press, and then eventually I go home.
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[Table] IAmA: I'm a 29 year old male to female transsexual. I started hormones at 14. Today is the day when I have been hormonally female longer than I have been male. AMA

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off, as a straight man, I'll say that the HRT was very effective. I hope I don't come off as creepy, but you are an attractive woman (though, I have a soft spot for redheads with glasses, so I might be biased). How is your relationship with your parents? Have they been supportive of your therapy and surgeries? Nope not creepy at all. My relationship with my parents is good right now, it wasn't as much when I was starting out. Case in point I didn't tell them I was on hormones until I had turned 22 and I didn't tell them I had an orchi until about five years after the fact.
How did you start hormones at 14 but parents did not know until 22? I was getting them over the internet or stealing them from my grandmother.
I didn't know what an orchi was, so I googled it. Good thing you dodn't tell your parents about it. Link to www.google.ca. Yeah. That was my feeling on the matter.
Where were you that you got treated at 14? In the UK it's 18. I didn't start hormones until I was 24 - which was the worst late decision of my life. I wish I'd have done it.... 10 years earlier. I'm glad you were brave enough to do it at that age. There wasn't anywhere that allowed it. I did it myself.
I thought keeping being a smoker and having a tattoo from my parents when I was in high school was tough. :D. Yeah try telling them you want dress in pleated skirts and have hair bows....didn't go over as well as I had hoped...
Wasn't it hard to hide the um... boobs? You would be surprised at how blissfully unaware one can be when you don't want to think about something. Also Protip: TIght wife beaters are awesome.
Your grandmother had hormones? Menopause ftw.
Why just the nuts? I am assume the rest is coming off sometime? Doesn't this effectively make you are eunuch? I see you answered this below. Cheers. No problem.
What is your sexual orientation? I'm bi/pan poly. Basically I love everyone.
We need more people like you in this world. Thank you very much. I smiled a lot at that comment.
Yay pan! Me too. Also you are adorable! Do you find you have to explain what pan/poly is every time someone asks your pref? I've NEVER had someone who knew what it was when I said it. :P. I've had a lot of people ask and I will sometimes say "It means I love everyone for everyone equally." Granted I hang out with a lot of Poly/Pan peeps, so it's been happening less.
I'm sorry. I still don't really understand what Poly/Pan is in a sexual sense. I'm just not getting it. Trying to, but not. More clarification? For me being poly is that I can love not just one person, but 4,5,6, or even 7 or more people just as much as one. Pansexuality means that I'm not really attracted to a superficial outside appearance. I'm attracted to what's inside. I am more attracted to a persons mind than what's between their legs or on their chest.
Okay, that makes a bit more sense. So, are people born being those things, such as heterosexual or homosexual, or is it more of a choice thing? I apologize if these are stupid question, but I've never heard of this before. I never really made a concious choice however I can't say it was a choice or I was born with it. To me it seems secondary. I suppose it's important to take into consideration the journey itself when moving towards a destination. However in this instance I feel it's more ingrained into me rather than a 'I really want to be attracted to EVERYONE'
What is it called when you're attracted just to cis and trans women? Does it really matter? Um I'd say open minded hetero?
What's the weirdest reaction you've gotten about it? I, for one, think it's awesome that you can finally feel right in your own body. The weirdest....would probably be "Wait....how can you have a penis and me be so attracted to you?!" That was at a party a few years ago. I tend to be very open about it. I feel like since it's an integral part of me I want to embrace it rather than hide it. Usually people don't believe me until I prove them otherwise. I trained as a singer and I learned how to drop my voice into masculine ranges (helps when my voice sits naturally at a higher contralto) I usually pull the Van Wilder approach of dropping the I'm trans bomb. See link for explanation. Link to youtu.be
Carmen? Sorry, I couldn't resist. Really though, this is all great and I'm happy for you. WHOA...that...is....AWESOME!!!
Do your boobs look any different to someone who was born a girl? Umm I think mine are a bit smaller than others, however I think smaller breast size runs in the family.
I've had a bilateral orchiectomy, (this is where they remove both testicles) Thanks for the AMA and being an awesome, loving person. This is complete ignorance on my part, but I thought removing the testicles makes the penis more or less useless as a sex organ. In a different post you say you like your penis and have a good sex life, so I'm assuming what I thought isn't correct. Do you still experience male-type ejaculatory (without the emission) orgasms? No they are considerably different. I no longer release fluid during climax, however clear liquid leaks during intercourse. Usually climax feels like something in my abdomen which then spreads around my body and then usually I white out.
Would it be rude to ask for pics? It is for science of course. No it would not be rude to ask for pictures.
Usually climax feels like something in my abdomen which then spreads around my body and then usually I white out. Well, uh. That sounds pretty awesome. Yes very much so.
Very direct question here, but what is your sex life like? Awesome.
Are you mostly with men, women, transgendered? all three? I'm an equal opportunity person. All three.
What I am wondering, what made you decide not to undergo full SRS? You've talked about how it is an integral part of you. If let's say, other physical things did not develop, would you have not minded that as well, as long as you're socially treated as a female person? I'm unsure of what you mean by this: "If let's say, other physical things did not develop, would you have not minded that as well, as long as you're socially treated as a female person?" Would you please explain further.
Im amazed by your courage, Im happy for you :) Also, you look quite girly to me probably more girly than me, haha, so don't worry about it. Also, How was your family/close friends reactions to all this? My parents are okay with it now. In the beginning they were very not happy with it. My friends were basically like...okay? we though you were a girl when we first met you. My grandfather, who is my role model, has been really supportive. So I've been really lucky in this regard.
No regrets? Its not always greener on the other side or anything? I think my biggest regret was some of the things I did in the early days when I was starting off. I stole my grandmothers menopause medication several times and I still feel guilty to this day about that. Mostly it would be actions towards the whole.
I think another regret would be not having enough believing in myself as much as I should have.
Do you have plans to have further surgery? How did your parents react when you told them? You're very pretty :) At this time No I don't have further plans for surgery. They reacted.....not very well. They didn't kick me out, however they told me I was not allowed to transition in the house..so I 'presented' as male during middle and high school. Funny story though about how they found out. It was the middle of the night and I have chronic insomnia. I had purchased some turquoise nail polish and was painting my toe nails in a bathroom with no external ventilation. My mother knocks on the door smells the polish and barges in. She sees my nails and then the awkward talk began.
Eh I bet that was not a fun conversation. Glad to hear they at least didn't kick you out :/ Are they better about it now? Yes much, my birthday was last Tuesday and their card made me cry a little...okay a lot. Link to imgur.com <-- card.
"We miss you all across the..." what? :) Country..they live on the east coast, I live on the west.
Ah ok. Is she a doctor? Haha. Just kidding. Worse...accountant.
Congratulations! :) I had an orchiectomy, which is where they remove the testes. At first the process was getting them over the internet. Then I did a little social engineering at the doctors office. I would tell them I had been taking hormones purchased on the black market and get them to write me prescriptions for legit meds (this was when I turned 18).
Now for the barrage of questions: What was the process you had to go through to get the hormones? Have you had any surgeries? What are some (if any) side effects of hormonal treatment? The main effects I've seen are hip and breast development, skin softening, my voice not dropping, and my body hair is very thin and fine.
Were you still pre-puberty when you started on the hormone treatments? Was it difficult to find a doctor to start treatment that young? (I would assume most would tell you it was a "phase", especially in rural Virginia.) Did you stay in rural Virginia throughout the process? Did you even change schools? How did it affect the bullying? I was just starting puberty. My voice had dropped a little bit and my shoulders had started getting a little wider. Yes doctors would have told me that, which is why I didn't go to them to get hormones in the beginning. I don't recommend nor do I condone what I did to get them, however at the time it was the only way I could see getting them.
Yes I stayed in VA during the process since my parents refused to allow to me transition at home. Bullying became a lot worse as I started to change more in a way in which is not normal for a boy. I would get chased after school and if I couldn't outrun them, I was usually 15 minutes late for my ride because they were busy beating the crap out of me.
Can you still get erections with having your testicles removed? I'm also wondering why you just got the berries removed but not the twig Yes I can. In the beginning it was a purely financial reason. I could spend 25k that I don't have to get full sex reassignment surgery (srs) or I could pay 2k that I did have and get an orchi. However I realized I don't hate my penis. I actually like it. I'm not angry or ashamed of it, and to be honest it feels good. I'm able to hide it while wearing bathing suits so it's not really bothersome.
Once the testicles are removed, what happens to the scrotum? Is that also removed, or reduced, or left as-is? It's left as is, however after several years it has shrunk to the point where the skin is fairly taut. Try to imagine diving into really really cold water and then imagining what the reaction of your scrotal sack is. That is mine all the time.
Do you call this the Finkle and Ainhorn technique? I am really sorry but I don't understand. Would you please elaborate?
Can you still have orgasms too? How does that work without testicles? It's very different. It feels like this rush going through my entire body and usually my vision whites out. Granted though nothing comes out during climax.
Ace Ventura, Finkle and Einhorn. Before / after transition names. Not worth looking at unless you like to see Jim Carrey figure out a person is trans and then start puking in disgust... Ohhhhhhhh umm usually it's a it kind of folds into itself and flattens out rather than a pull between the legs and hope for the best.
It's an Ace Ventura Pet Detective joke. Now I feel like an idiot. I need to watch that movie again. I used to pride myself on getting movie references....must be getting rusty in my old age.
Unfortunately I'm not that far along yet, still got the little bastards I have to tuck up. I need a job and a city to get lost in... San fran is fun but bloody expensive. Honestly any decent sized city will have an LGBT community.
I live in Ireland. Only 2 places to go and no jobs in either. I'm sorry. I really don't know much about overseas. I wish I did what kind of skill set do you have, I'll try to see if I can find any potentials.
Miss, you are a courageous soul to truly follow who you believe you are, both inside and out. Has the subject of your gender and related medical history ever gotten in the way of other things in your life, such as career, romantic relationships, or other things that aren't simply sexual? I was once blackmailed at work during college because my drivers license still said male on it. He was a supervisor and he kept hitting on me until one day he called me into the front office and told me that if I didn't pay him my salary he would out me. I refused and he outed me. He got fired and I spent another two months there having to use the mens room...awkward.
Wow, you'd really have to be a special kind of stupid to think that would work out well for for him. He worked as a supervisor at an office supply store and bought a 45k truck two houses and a boat...I'm not sure this man would qualify as the sharpest tack.
That's horrible and I would have socked him in the jaw if I were you. I took it in stride and quit when school started back (summer job).
What is/was taking hormones like? Was it hard to get accustomed to the hormone drugs? To be honest the hardest part about taking the hormones past...and currently is actually remembering to take them. On occasion I get mild mood swings but really the worst is when I forget to take them for a few days and I get wicked hot flashes.
question: How did you go about starting the transition (i.e. finding a doctor, etc.)? I started off buying them online and sometimes taking them from my grandmother (I'm ashamed of the latter). However as I got older I would go to doctors and explain that I've been taking drugs I purchased from the internet and they were usually happy to write legit prescriptions.
Also, what's your favorite book? Finally..it's a toss up between snow crash and cryptonomicon.
One small question for me, one giant upvote for Cryptonomicon. How much deliberation did you do with your preferred pronoun? You seem to be quite comfortable outside of the gender binary by your comments and I was wondering if you ever considered or used zie/hixie etc. Also poly fistbump. I prefer she and her, mostly cause it's easier. I am gender fluid and I'm comfortable with the concept of gender fluidity, however I still will slip with pronouns...I've begged my gender fluid friends to allow to just call them 'yes' and to their glorious credit...most have said it's alright.
How come you kept the penis? Seriously because I like it, it's not bothering me, and it costs too much to get it removed.
Yes, how much? 5 pubis.
Did you notice any changes in your mood or behavior on e you started the hormonal therapy? My parents said I became a much nicer person, and all my friends said I stopped being a jerk. Personally I just started feeling happier about being me.
Fair enough. Was considering looking into those, but wanted to see what all the options were. Thanks for the advice. :) Not a problem. If you need any advise on what kind. I'll ask around and get back to you with the ups and downs of each.
You're so beautiful :O. Where do you live? I currently live in San Diego.
Fellow San Diegan here. Props to you! Woohoo.
We have our own subreddit. I think I've posted there...you guys are awesome.
Were you at the reddit bonfire last night by chance? There was a bonfire....NOOOO I would have totally gone. DO they happen often?
Link to www.reddit.com. I am so there.
Do you have any pictures of you at different ages to compare? Any regrets at all? Sorry that you got bullied, a rural area of Virginia sounds like a tough place to realise something was wrong, hope all is good now! I'm looking for some now actually, I hope you don't mind if I reply again to this comment once I get them?
The bullying was because I was different and smaller than everyone else. Also because I tended to keep to myself (private school scholarship kid) Things got a bit better in High School, mostly because I was in a public school and everyone was poor..So if felt like we were all on equal footing.
I got a hold of my parents and they offered to scan some images, so I'll put them up when I get them.
Pic of me from today. This was taken about 4 months before I started hormones.
Link to imgur.com. Link to i.imgur.com
Nice mustache, who's the kid? The kid is me.
I'm a bit confused, you said your parents weren't 100% supportive and didn't want you to transition or present as a female while you were living with them, but that picture is 4 months before starting hormones and you do not look old enough to be moving out or doing all the medical stuff on our own. They weren't which is why I was doing it behind their back. I worked at my parents store as well as saving lunch money and I was able to obtain them through..less than legitimate avenues (black market hormones)
Haha, I know. It was my first attempt at the old reddit switch-a-roo. Ahhh very nice indeed. I still don't have any bloody clue who that is though.
How did you do that? I am jealous and would like to figure out how to do a range shift that dramatic, because my voice is low already and to add that extra punch on demand would be seriously useful because reasons. What does it feel like to pull that off, in your throat and ab muscles? Quite literally it feels like I'm pulling the rug out from under my vocal chords, it's really uncomfortable and if I do it a lot really quickly without warmup I tend to lose my voice.
You don't use your abs to truck air through your throat? As a brass player, I may need a moment to consider this new twist in the plot. I can't relax my throat enought to do anything with it. As soon as that column of air comes through, the back of the tongue kicks up and I get a Tom Waits tone, which for once is undesirable. Do you know anyone else who can do this? Chainedkitty to a lesser degree, she was sitting next to me and made the groaning noise when I did the octave drop.
I want to see more from chainedkitty. Is there somewhere I can do that? I'll let her be the judge of that one and I'll defer the question to her.
Have you noticed the attitude changing noticeably over time? If you went to school now, do you think it'd be different? How do people react now? Do you run into problems very often? Thank you very much. My attitude or people's attitude? I've found people as a whole are becoming more indifferent. They care less about it in general. Granted there are still plenty of people who are very polarized and not approving. I have to say that I respect their convictions and appreciate what they have to say. However, I don't tell them to accept me. I merely ask that if I mind my business about what they do with their lives, they extend me the same courtesy.
Can you describe your pansexuality? What exactly is pansexuality? Basically it is a label for someone who doesn't really believe in labels. It means that who I feel attraction towards could be...anyone. male female trans anyone. I am NOT always in love with everyone, but I am capable of loving everyone, I am attracted to a person...not men or women.
So how does getting hormone treatment at fourteen work? How did you get your parents to agree to that? They didn't, I bought them online.
How did they react when they found out? Were they okay with it? That I was trans...they weer....not pleased...when I told them I had been taking HRT I was in college and not really dependent on them. They said they assumed as much but couldn't find proof. A few times we not on speaking terms.
They didn't, I bought them online. How would you purchase anything like that, especially over the internet at 14 years old? Were talking about controlled medical grade HR pharmaceuticals or even know how to properly use them? Seriously, at 14 years old it would have been 1998 when the internet was in its relative infancy. Amazon was just selling books for Christ's sake. Yet at 14 you somehow managed to buy and successfully use hormones you bought online all without your parents knowledge...? Cool story bro. In the early days I was sending cash in envelope (yeah secure) to other mtf's who would then ship me hormones. I had used computer systems since I was 8 years old and learned about BBS along with my father. As I got older I found more effective ways in obtaining hormones. I was able to order them overseas or sometimes from Mexico and have them shipped to me. Things still worked off of money orders and whatnot. I wish I could say I never got burned but then that would be a lie. I didn't really know what I was doing, I would follow the advice of those on the boards and take the meds as prescribed by them. I don't know if my parents found out about it. We don't really talk about it that much.
I like how people are actually downvoting the OP... for telling the truth... I've seen this a couple of times now around the site, and I don't understand it, so I'm going to take the approach of fixing it each time I see it. People may or may not have an interest in reading my story or are skeptical. I don't dislike or hate people who down vote me, I wish I could see why though. I enjoy debate and understanding other people, so to me reddit lets me see the lives of other people through their eyes.
I'm m->f myself and the biggest issue I have is my voice. Being that I waited until 20 to get on hormones I have a horribly deep voice. Would you say as a singer that it helped you? I'm slightly considering getting a vocal coach just to see if I can salvage my voice instead of going mute. I say go for it. If you have issues with your voice training can only help.
Any video/audio of you singing you care to share? Voices? Favorite sex act? I'll post them up when I make them...totally doing some now. Any requests for songs?
Favorite sex act would probably be anything on a st andrews cross or saw horse.
Anything you feel comfortable singing. I will as soon as I stop having morning voice (cotton mouth)
How have you paid for all that goes with transitioning? I understand that it's quite an expense of time and money to pay for procedures, hormones, therapy, etc, while transitioning. I worked at a lot of jobs, some at my parents store. Others just summer odd jobs where I could get cash. Right now I have a pretty decent job so I'm happy.
Do you ever feel as if you have a deeper understanding of the stereotype roles of men and women since you are who you are? do you find your self able to empath or sympathize with all people because of your personal journey, regardless of their physical make up? since you have traveled this, not so unique but still somewhat rare path, are you inclined to do something with others similar to you, or are you basically interested in pursuing your own curiosities about life. in other words, what are your interests and do you feel your journey has influence on your desires? I feel like I have some level of empathy towards both men and women, the problem is that it's a combination of; I haven't really considered myself 'male' in the sense of social gender in over a decade and the culture of men has changed so drastically it's practically alien to me at this point. I have found it increasingly difficult to empathize with a lot of men, however generally if I can get them to open up it becomes a lot easier. Just in the hard shell, no way.
My interests are the pursuit of truth in all forms. I'm a math and science affectionado. I am also big into logical concepts and understanding the thought process. Due to privacy concerns I'll simply state my job is in a science specific field but I don't wish to really go into much detail other than that.
I feel like my journey has taught me that what the world needs to be a better place is two things: The ability for the whole of the world to shut up and listen to a person instead of just waiting for their turn to speak and finally the ability to empathize and compromise. We need to be able to say I disagree with what you are saying, however I respect your feelings and opinions and wish to continue a dialogue, not to try and change you, but simply so we can understand each other better.
Erp should have been better prepared, if I find pics I'll post them rather than in a montage is that alright? I'll also make note of when this is in my life. Pic of me from today.
Link to imgur.com
Anyway, have there been any longterm negative side effects? I know FTM testosterone users can have issues if they use it for too long (losing hair, skin problems, etc.). Another highly personal question, sorry, but... if you're happy with your penis and can orgasm with it, do you mostly have "typical" cis-het type sex (receiving blowjobs, vaginal intercourse if your partner has one, etc. where you are often the "top")? Do you have any regrets about not being able to have a partner penetrate you vaginally? Thoughts on anal? Oh...dear....God....Martinsville... in terms of side effects I have psoriasis, and we (doctors and I) think it's from the estrogen. In regards to the sex question, I have whatever sex strikes my fancy. I'm a switch so I am cool with top, bottom, whatever. Anal is great....so long as there is lube.
If you didn't tell you're a transsexual, i wouldn't have known! You look good. Thank you. No one really knows....and it's confusing sometimes...cause I honestly don't feel like I look female at all go figure
This was taken about 4 months before I started hormones. Link to i.imgur.com. Also...wow..I looked unfortunate as a child haha.
Like I said, Schwing!. Noooo...You are making me want to watch it now.
I guess it's the same with growing older, you don't think you look any different from a couple years ago but other people can tell. Perhaps. I liken it to the disconnect. People don't see the whole me 24 hours a day. I still have a male parts. So for me I still see myself as inherently male regardless of my outward appearance. While this is counter to many trans persons, this is strictly my opinion of myself.
Also I really wish I could upvote this comment more than just once...truer words have never been spoken.
Honestly, you looked like a female before the treatments. :) You were pretty feminine. Yeah. Everytime I go to a new doctor and tell them I'm trans, they usually do a DNA test..which sucks and is pointless. They keep thinking that maybe I'm intersex....nope.
How did you hide your hormone usage from your parents? Also, I will second everyone who is saying you are very cute! A couple of ways. I would hide them in the A/C vents at first, and sometimes I would hide them in plain site. I'm ADHD and had to take meds every day. So I would sometimes put the hormones in the bottle with the ADD meds. When I was finally able to drive I was responsible for getting the mail for my parents work. I had my cousin get me a PO box, and I would generally keep them in the PO box. The way I saw it if they ever found them and tried to take them, they would get arrested for mail tampering. I didn't realize as a minor those rights are basically moot.
Did you ever disclose them to your doctors? If so, why didn't they tell your parents? How'd you get them? Sorry for all the questions, genuinely curious. I was getting through...less than legal channels (internet pharmacy) After I turned 18 I turned to legit doctors, since they were no longer allowed to tell my parents anything. They knew something was up they kept testing me for prolactin levels (because of the breast development)
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