· Mar 14, 2014 at 12:30 pm
What hardware do you use?
My tools for national security consulting are primarily a semi-auto .22 rifle with a silencer. They are virtually completely silent and can pierce car doors and other light armor. They are perfect for urban environments.
My accessory tools are mostly extremely strong espresso and research chemicals from China that are classed as “Smart Drugs”. They allow me to solve 2nd order partial differential equations in my head and to spontaneously create 4 dimensional images of software structures that I can mentally manipulate.
I also do my most productive security designs while having extended sex. I apologize if you think I am pulling your legs but, God’s truth, these are the facts.
I used McAfee products for a couple of years in the mid/late 90s but never learned that much about the company, never paid that much attention other than the Intel acquisition in 2010. Good to see there’s a little flair in this otherwise nerd story.
In related news: McAfee Identity Crisis Contest.
· Mar 13, 2014 at 8:23 pm
When Jason Barnes was electrocuted two years ago, he lost the lower half of his right arm, seemingly ending his dreams of being a drummer — but thanks to a new prosthetic he’s able to finally achieve that goal. Barnes initially built his own makeshift device so that he could still drum, but eventually partnered with Georgia Institute of Technology professor Gil Weinberg to build a robotic version. He tried it out for the first time last week, telling New Scientist that “it was pretty awesome.”
Reminds me a little of Fucking Robots Playing the Ace of Spades.
· Mar 13, 2014 at 8:22 pm
If the “post article” link has vanished, sign out and back in again. That’s a quirk from today’s site maintenance :’(
· Mar 13, 2014 at 2:20 pm
Similar to articles, there’s now an “edit” link to right of the timestamp for comments. Clicking that link will give you the option to change the comment or delete it entirely. That only applies if you’re the author. Or you’re me.
In other news…
· Mar 11, 2014 at 2:45 pm
But we — the majority of us — apparently do not need help remembering to text our significant other. (Or — cough — think we don’t.)
And that’s the difference, isn’t it? What we can imagine ourselves doing, or needing, or wanting. Those people who don’t need the help feel free to judge those who do.
They judge us by our failures and not our desire to improve. They judge us by our tools and not what we can accomplish with them. They judge us by their own standards, without a breath given to the possibility that a different perspective might exist.
Which is pretty much the Internet in a nutshell, isn’t it? Exposed to the entire spectrum of human enthusiasms, it’s basically impossible not to judge. Our empathy overloads and gives up and we sit, staring at the screen aghast, that somebody, somewhere might actually believe that what they’re doing is OK, is acceptable, is even appropriate.
Everybody is somebody else’s monster.
At one time it was easy for me to not think that there’ll be another person on the other side of what I’m writing — be that a text message, an email, a Facebook status update, or a post here…be it a single human reading or a group.
But…I’ve witnessed (and been a party to) careless words smashing through lives though and those kind of hurts can last forever. Some are simply impossible to forget.
· Mar 10, 2014 at 12:09 pm
Here’s why you should never get drunk and start placing ridiculous poker bets.
One unfortunate New Zealander found out the hard way after losing a bet which involved his friends choosing him a new name if he lost.
The 22-year-old did lose and is now called Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova.
I would never make such a bet and even if I did, I wouldn’t honor it if I lost. But.. his new name isn’t half bad.
· Mar 9, 2014 at 10:38 am
The reboot of Carl Sagan’s classic show Cosmos is coming tomorrow night in a huge international launch, and Fox has announced that the series will kick off with a message from President Obama. The new Cosmos, headlined by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, is a blend of CGI fiction and science that explores the universe and humanity’s role in it. Fox says that Obama’s opening video message “invites a new generation to embrace the spirit of discovery and inspires viewers to explore new frontiers and imagine limitless possibilities for the future.”
I listen to most every podcast episode of StarTalk by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Tune in tonight folks!
In related news.. the Bill Nye, Obama and Neil selfie.
· Mar 9, 2014 at 10:32 am
If you’re into that kinda thing, here’s the link: /comments/rss/
If you don’t know what that means, it’s for nerdy people like me.
If you’re mildly curious, have a look at what Wikipedia says about RSS.
In other news, there’s a new Quick Tip at the bottom when adding a new post: 2. Posting Links. Following that is how I get the uniform look when linking to other sites.
· Mar 8, 2014 at 1:14 pm
The world’s most famous dinosaur is a lot more interesting than many people realize. Some 65 million years after its extinction, Tyrannosaurus rex is still captivating scientists, movie makers, and the general public alike. Here’s some neat stuff you might not know about the “tyrant lizard king.”