Go to Warp #science
Posted: 28 Jul 2008 09:05 PM CDT
links for 2008-07-29
Posted: 28 Jul 2008 08:32 PM CDT
NDE Magazine 4 Out #lockpicking
Posted: 28 Jul 2008 05:22 PM CDT
Why We Can Believe Conspiracies #health
Posted: 28 Jul 2008 04:38 PM CDT
Everybody has some kind of believe in conspiracies, whether they are based on true or false data. The ability to see connections in the world around us is something that led to modern science as we know it. Scientific American reports that Anecdotal Evidence Can Undermine Scientific Results and make us believe there are connections that can’t be substantiated by scientific method.
Our brains have evolved so that they “… pay attention to anecdotes, false positives (believing there is a connection between A and B when there is not) are usually harmless, whereas false negatives (believing there is no connection between A and B when there is) may take you out of the gene pool.“
But I still don’t know who was on the grassy knoll.
technorati tags: science, health, psychology, mind, conspiracy
Environmental Problem? Just Add Chemicals!
Posted: 28 Jul 2008 04:24 PM CDT
In the article A dash of lime — a new twist that may cut CO2 levels back to pre-industrial levels they go into the details of removing CO2 from the air by adding lime to seawater. “Adding lime to seawater increases alkalinity, boosting seawater’s ability to absorb CO2 from air and reducing the tendency to release it back again. … The process of making lime generates CO2, but adding the lime to seawater absorbs almost twice as much CO2. The overall process is therefore ‘carbon negative’. ” There is a nice Open Source project Cquestrate.
So we have a problem of our own creation, a problem from introducing too much of one chemical into the environment. The solution might be to pour a different chemical into the sea to fix the problem. It could also be completely misguided.
technorati tags: chemistry, science
Podcasts I Like - Security for Business Leaders #podcast
Posted: 28 Jul 2008 03:21 PM CDT
Citizen Engineer - True Love #hack
Posted: 28 Jul 2008 02:27 PM CDT
I just finished watching Citizen Engineer, I’m in love. No honest, there is just something about a girl and her soldering iron. There are two things which are discussed in this first episode Phones
- SIM Card Hacking
- Payphone Hacking
The first subject is handled a little too fast for my liking and doesn’t cover all the interesting parts, although it is mostly left up the the viewer to try it themselves. Payphone Hacking is covered in depth, it’s divided into 3 sections:
- Hooking the Payphone up to VoIP
- Fixing the Payphone so it accepts quarters
- Creating a system which can be bypassed with a Redbox
It’s geeky, but it’s fun!
technorati tags: payphone, sim, gsm, voip, hacking
Crunch Time on DNS (CERT #800113) (Update)
Posted: 28 Jul 2008 11:28 AM CDT
I missed updates on the CERT #800113 DNS issue. It seams that we didn’t have the 30 days, as Kaminsky requested, but 13 days. As published by Security Focus on July 22nd and 24th in Kerfuffle erupts as DNS flaw described and Metasploit releases double-whammy for DNS.
I asked my own ISP (XS4all) about this issue, and got the response from the Helpdesk on the 25th:
… although the attack is plausible, it is being over hyped. The chance that this attack will take place is small.
technorati tags: 800113, cert, hacking, kaminsky, risk, security, xs4all
From e-Gold to Payment Systems (Update) #finance
Posted: 28 Jul 2008 11:01 AM CDT
Remember The Milk #lifehacks
Posted: 28 Jul 2008 09:09 AM CDT
Remember the Milk is a task oriented system which you can use for your reminders. Sometimes you want to make sure you are reminded of a task, so you can integrate it with your web applications, such as Gmail, Google Calendar, Twitter or NetVibes. With your regular office suite with rss feeds and ical.
And when you upgrade to the paid service they provide you with iPhone, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile software so you can manage your tasks on the go.
technorati tags: lifehacks, tasks
Selling your book via LinkedIn #networking
Posted: 28 Jul 2008 08:45 AM CDT
New X-Files #movie
Posted: 28 Jul 2008 07:18 AM CDT
Next week, September 7th in the Netherlands, they should be releasing a new X-Files movie The X-Files: I Want to Believe. What’s up with the marketing of this movie, why hadn’t I heard of it? Was word of mouth restricted to the fan sites?
I’m excited, I love Sculder and Mully!
technorati tags: xfiles, movie
Skype Contains Back Door
Posted: 28 Jul 2008 05:40 AM CDT
Granite Contains Uranium #health
Posted: 28 Jul 2008 04:57 AM CDT
Your beautiful kitchen could be poisoning you! I though it was very funny when I started reading it. “Granite, as it turns out, contains levels of uranium, which is not only radioactive but releases radon gas as it decays.1” According to the article it can also contain other nuclear materials such as thorium and potassium, although I can’t exactly remember when potassium became nuclear.
technorati tags: nuclear, granite, science, health, risk
hird Party Cookies
Posted: 28 Jul 2008 03:08 AM CDT
GRC gathers some nice statistics on the use of Third Party Cookies also known as Tracking Cookies. I was amazed by the browsers which have TPC enabled by default, there is nothing immediately dangerous about having TPC enabled. However they have serious implications on the privacy and anonymity, they also make it possible for websites other than the one you are visiting to track you over multiple websites.
I run FireFox 3, but disabled TPC as soon as I installed it.
technorati tags: security, risk, cookies, privacy, tracking, anonymity