...Woz credits Draper as a true technical pioneer. "He perhaps didn't have the skills of social engineering of someone like Kevin Mitnick, but he did discover a huge amount of technical information himself, the codes and switches," all of which undoubtedly helps secure the new CrunchBox.Link Discuss
The other day, for example, I was at the Boston University school of journalism to have lunch with a friend, but he wasn't there. Realizing that I was half an hour early, I took out my laptop and discovered that I was getting an excellent signal from the school's wireless network. But I didn't just get a signal—the university's network helpfully gave my laptop an address on the Internet. Within moments I was downloading my e-mail and surfing the Web. When I shut down my computer 30 minutes later, the address was automatically returned to the university. And since the J-school's network wasn't running at full capacity at the time, even my minor use of bandwidth had no impact on other users. Total cost to Boston University: zero. (The same thing happened a few weeks later when I was at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.)...Link Discuss (via 802.11b Networking News)
[T]he increase in risk associated with having an open network is minuscule and, ultimately, irrelevant. Telephones in lobbies are so useful that most companies are willing to live with the risk that someone could use them to commission drug deals or call in threats to the White House. With the Internet as large as it is today, trying to increase security by restricting physical access is a losing proposition. Besides, if bad guys are actually in your building, keeping them off your wireless network is probably the least of your worries.
Buried in the hundreds of thousands of Iranians living in Los Angeles there was a neglected trove of aging Persian entertainers unwelcome in their home country. The Dan Rather of Iran now lived in Encino. The Frank Sinatra of Iran lived in Sherman Oaks. Atabay found the real star power he was looking for in a journalist named Ali Reza Meybodi, who also lived in Sherman Oaks. The Persians who live in Los Angeles describe Meybodi as the Larry King of Iran, but he's more dignified than that, a throwback to an earlier age of TV talk shows. He's more like the David Frost of Iran. Or was, until he, too, was forced to flee Iran for his life.Link Discuss (via Amygdala)
One of these days, someone is going to change the online news pages of the Wall Street Journal or New York Time or CNN or other major news organization, in a way that does severe damage. Maybe the false story will set off a financial panic. Or maybe it'll simply cause one company's stock to tank, enriching whoever was behind the hack.Link Discuss
The project starts in September, and there is no room in the plans for Musee Mecanique, which is tucked away in the basement on the seaward side of the building. The Musee will have to close by Sept. 10.Link Discuss (Thanks, r3r!)
If it closes, the Musee may never reopen. And if that happens it is the end of an era.
Some simply can't resist the allure of a great-looking object. One diner at Town, a 50-year-old man who calls himself an obsessive collector, entered the men's room and was struck by the display of plastic Statue of Liberty replicas arranged grid-like on the wall. "I thought it was incredible, innovative, really cool," he said. And as his eyes scanned the wall, he noticed five had been removed. He wiggled one of the statues. It popped off — and went right into his pocket.Link Discuss (Thanks, Stefan!)
After 200 statues were taken, the restaurant sealed them all behind plexiglass.
O'REILLY: But Enron wanted deregulation. They wanted competition, you know, so they could maneuver the market and do all kinds of things that they were...Link Discuss (via Fark)
MOORE: Yes, they were the people from Bulgaria.
O'REILLY: Look, I am not sticking up for corporate America...
O'REILLY: ...in the sense that I know there are abuses. And those abuses should be dealt with by the Justice Department. But I differ from you in the sense that I feel that you want to take from people who earn money and give it to people who don't earn as much money. And that's not capitalism, see? That's not the country that we -- that's not the republic that we support. I'd be in favor of having a plebiscite to vote on it, if you want to change to France. If we want to be France, let's vote and see, you know.
MOORE: Have you ever been to France?
O'REILLY: I have.
MOORE: Yes, nice place.
The analysis of suspicious canisters, computer discs and documents conducted by the government suggests, in fact, that Mr. bin Laden and Al Qaeda may have been duped by black-market weapons swindlers selling crude containers hand-painted with skulls and crossbones and dipped, perhaps, in medical waste to fool a Geiger counter, officials said.Link Discuss (Thanks, mthomas!)
"Caltech really needed something to get behind," said physics major Erica Nicole Eber, apparently not making a witty pun about her butt because she's like, studying physics or something and is hence entirely devoid of irony or sex. "When you go to basketball games when we're not cheering, it's so quiet you can hear the players spit," which is a charming thing to say. The elite school's original cheer squad disappeared along with their football team in the 1970s, as well it should have. Eber founded the new squad two years ago to bring some enthusiasm back to campus, along with bouncy skirts and annoying perkiness. But in March of last year, dressed in white and orange uniforms decorated with Caltech's beaver mascot, the squad won first place in the Division II Co-Ed/Jr. College category at the Cheerleaders of America West Coast Open competition in Irvine, beating out the CalPoly Sloths in front of a roaring crowd of roughly 27 semi-drunk parents and a handful of senior citizens bussed in from the nearby rest home who were told they were going to see Regis and who became terribly frightened...Link (subscribe to "The Daily Fix") Discuss
Doughy overlord Dick Cheney jokes with Jay Leno about hiding in his undisclosed location like a hairless-cat-stroking, thinly veiled fearmongering puppeteer. Defense Secretary and reputed crocodile Donald H. Rumsfeld chuckles as David Letterman's mom urges him to "put the hammer" on Osama bin Laden because isn't that so funny and cute and never mind the bile and the hate. First Lady and noted hollow mannequin/useless prop Laura Bush, who is about as compelling as a sack of wet lima beans, made light of the president's tussle with a pretzel when she appeared on Leno's "Tonight Show"; he's practicing "safe snacks" now, she cracked, in a weak joke carefully scripted three weeks ago by 16 different Shrub handlers. And Secretary of State Colin Powell fielded questions on MTV, upsetting some conservatives when he endorsed condoms for sexually active young people, as opposed to the usual massive guilt and back-alley abortions and a lifetime of sexual misinformation and angst and dysfunction, which is just about the only mildly independent thought the administration allows him nowadays, given how he's been almost entirely castrated by the Bush/Cheney/Ashcroft Triumvirate O' Sneering Pain.
Freeze a can of shaving cream and then peel the can away from the cream. Put the canless cream into someone's car. Let the oven-like heat from the car's sitting in the sun defrost the shaving cream. 2 cans will fill an entire car. (Coulter C. Henry,Jr.)Link Discuss (via Electrolite)
While much of the letter is devoted to incoherent ranting about some dastardly cabal of "professors" who are trying to rip the guts out of Hollywood, and hysterical claims such as "some 350,000-plus films are being downloaded illegally every day," we do get an interesting wrap-up where the industry Ass. President alludes to the need for the PC to be transformed into a secure content-distrbution device along the lines of a set-top box...Link Discuss
"Only two in ten films ever retrieve their production and marketing investment from domestic theatrical exhibition," Valenti whines.
Well of course; but that's because they're ridiculously expensive cartoons that no one over the age of fifteen really wants to watch. But the obvious solution isn't hijacking people's computers and turning them into set-top boxes, but rather making cheaper movies that adults actually care to attend. And the great thing here is that the two go hand-in-hand. It's not an either/or proposition. Movies that involve such grown-up elements as good writing and dialogue and an imaginative story don't require spending of hundreds of millions on infantile whiz-bang special effects.
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UC Berkeley physics professor Richard A. Muller is teaching an amazing course called Physics for Future Presidents. Have you ever heard of those Physics for Poets classes? This is similar, only far cooler and more relevant. And the book Muller is writing to accompany the course - with chapter titles like Explosions, Nuclear Weapons, and Secrets of UFOs - is available online! Link Discuss
10. We lose the will to survive (depression being the #1 mental illness)
9. Aliens invade Earth (most primitive civilizations do not survive outside contact)
8. Our Ecosystem collapses (e.g. we destroy the marginal tree in the rain forest or run out of fish)
7. Particle accelerator mishap - when we can make devices powerful enough to make black holes we expect them to evaporate, but we can't be sure.
6. Biotech disaster
5. Reversal of Earth's magnetic field
4. Solar flares
3. Global epidemic
2. Rogue black hole
1. Asteroid collision