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NextGenHacker101 owes me a new monitor

NextGenHacker101 owes me a new monitor

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Because I just got soda all over my current one…

One of the funniest things I’ve seen in a while. 


And yes, I know that I’m being cruel here and I shouldn’t make fun of the kids ignorance, but he is SO proud of his new discovery and is so wrong in his interpretation of what actually is going on…




For my non net-savvy readers: The “tracert” command lists the route that packets take from the local computer to a remote computer.  So if I want to find out what path a packet takes from my computer to, I would issue “tracert”.  This can be extremely helpful when troubleshooting networking problems.  Unfortunately the young man in the video had a rather different opinion of what the command did.

  • Not laughed so hard for ages.

    Poor sod, not only is he on RR, he's got AOL installed and he's using an HP!

    Love it when he says the higher ping response is a "better" connection and the lower ones suck!

    As others have said, I guess he's not noticed that the results stay largely the same whatever he looks up!

    And besides, what moron types http:// into a trace or ping request?

  • Superb Larry! Thanks for sharing, made my morning!

  • You know this video is going to come back and haunt him when he tries to get a job in the IT industry. Maybe he has a potential career in Tech Journalism?


  • Jeez. You are such a sad bunch of people.

  • l33t typing skillz there.

  • Alright, it's been 20 minutes since the video came to an end and I think the laughter has finally come to an end. Now that that is settled, perhaps I'll tracer-t Larry's blog to see how many people are reading it and how fast their connections are.

  • A lot of people have left extremely cruel comments on his channel. He looks/sounds like he's about 13. Instead of verbally abusing a middle schooler, I sent him a private message with some suggestions for books to read so that he can learn what the rest of us "grown-ups" know. I'm sure that after the typical "mad hax" high school phase, he'll grow up into a perfectly normal computer nerd ;)

  • 10 people are looking at google !!

    I think his desktop background is a Montreal skyline ... I'm so ashamed, ever since mafiaboy we've had our share of "hackers"

  • Why do I want to kick this kid after listening to this.  I'd like to order someone sitting next to him like Tom Cruise did in Tropic Thunder.  You! Punch that kid in the face REALLY HARD!

  • "Friday, January 29, 2010 4:30 PM by Leo Davidson

    This reminds me of last week when I was hacking the gibson and discovered this server with all sorts of dodgy files on. I reported it to the police straight away! Whoever runs that is gonna be sorry!!"

    Fuckin lol'd

    I am also very glad i never posted any videos demonstrating my complete lack of hacking knowledge a few years back lol

  • Montreal?  Nah.  The first couple hops are in El Paso, TX and then on to Dallas, so he's somewhere in Texas.

  • Funny yes, but give the kid some slack. Unless this is a viral marketing video (..?), the person behind it sounds like a child. Kids should be allowed to have a bit of fantasy... JMHO

  • Wow..  That kid had it so wrong.

  • Ah Youtube.  We were all schmucks at his age...he was just dumb enough to make a video about it...

  • >Would it be possible to add some additional parser to this kind of commands in Windows so programs like tracert filter them out?

    But why?  Almost everyone else who uses tracer-t knows that you type a hostname or an IP address.  

    The implementation of tracert is already correct, by the looks of things: it takes the name string and does a name lookup on it.  If the name-looker-upperer says it has no idea what that name is, you get a perfectly decent error:


    Unable to resolve target system name

    X:\>tracert http://flibber.gibbber

    Unable to resolve target system name http://flibber.gibbber.

    And in the youtube video, it is alleged that the name-looker-upperer was indeed able to look up the name and get a result.  This is perhaps a surprising result to us, but nevertheless, it's not anyone else's job but the name-looker-upperer to know what lookupable names look like.

    Having other pieces of the system get involved with names makes for a system that's more confusing, not less.

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