Category: society

A cyber-attack on an American city

Just after midnight on Thursday, April 9, unidentified attackers climbed down four manholes serving the Northern California city of Morgan Hill and cut eight fiber cables in what appears to have been an organized attack on the electronic infrastructure of an American city. via Bruce Perens – A Cyber-Attack on an American City.

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Is sunshine a miracle cure?

…children born to women in late summer or in early autumn are, on average, about 5mm taller, and have thicker bones, than those born in late winter and early spring. via The great health debate: is sunshine a miracle cure? | Science | The Observer.

The inauguration from space

This half-meter resolution image of the United States Capitol, Washington D.C. was collected by the GeoEye-1 satellite on Jan. 20, 2009 to commemorate the Inauguration of President Barack Obama. The image, taken through high, wispy white clouds, shows the masses of people attending the Inaugural Celebration. via GeoEye › Gallery.

Amazing Chinese performance artist

Yikes. This scares me.

Dr James Hansen, 20 years later

As some of you know, I worked at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies back in the ’70s when I was a student at Columbia, and Jim Hansen was an staff planetary climatologist who would sometimes give talks to us at lunch breaks on, for example, atmospheric effects of Venusian vulcanism. Who knew he would …

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Designer of Pringles container dies, buried in (gag) Pringles can…

OK. Just no.

Death by wired bras

More health reasons why women should abandon brassieres and go topless.

Ants swarm over Houston area, fouling electronics

Invasion of the transformer snatchers.  

This explains everything

Next time you can’t understand what the hell tech support is trying to tell you, remember this.

Unix beach babes

My kind of girl. Ping!

How to survive in a sinking car

Another reason to wear that damn seat belt. Also, carry this on your keyring.

Safest seats in a plane crash

Obviously, it’s all a plot to kill off the 1% in first class.

Armada of 29,000 plastic yellow ducks

Beware the new Chinese navy.

Why the DMCA is so bad

According to the IEEE, “Copyright is being turned from a limited-term incentive designed to encourage creative artists to a broadly scoped transfer of wealth from the public to the private realm. ” IEEE Spectrum- Death by DMCA