San Francisco - It may be the quickest $10,000 Charlie Miller ever earned. He took the first of three laptop computers -- and a $10,000 cash prize -- Thursday after breaking into a MacBook Air at the CanSecWest security conference's PWN 2 OWN hacking contest. Show organizers offered a Sony Vaio, Fujitsu U810, and the MacBook as prizes, [...]
Google's terms of service, while ignored by the vast majority of users, contain a pretty shocking clause: Under 18's are not permitted to use any of Google's Web properties. That's right, kids--no search, YouTube, Gmail, news, or images. Under 18s wishing to watch YouTube videos of skateboarding dogs, or perform research for a school project [...]
Microsoft introduced System Restore in Windows Me back in 2000. I'm not sure if it even worked. I just know it loaded an EXE on every boot, eating up precious Win9x 16/32-bit resources that helped reduce stability and require the user to reboot more than needed. I usually kept it disabled. System Restore never really became widely used by [...]
Security Sticker Defeats Product Key In Showdown Of Annoying Security Devices See, I try to be a good guy and purchase a retail copy of Windows XP to use on my Macbook. But the stupid security sticker is covering up the last five digits of the product key, and trying to remove the security sticker tears the label. I give up. Source
Legendary rock star is still buying houses long after his tragic death, according to widow Courtney Love MARCH 14, 2008 | Con men bought a $3.2 million mansion in New Jersey last year using the Social Security number of iconic Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, according to the late rocker's wife, Courtney Love. Love told a London newspaper [...]
To the long list of objects vulnerable to attack by computer hackers, add the human heart. The threat seems largely theoretical. But a team of computer security researchers plans to report Wednesday that it had been able to gain wireless access to a combination heart defibrillator and pacemaker. They were able to reprogram it to shut down [...]
This site is a hoot. Check it out for a lighthearted laugh. HAI! This site provides community documentation of the emergent LOLCODE language. It was the creator's original hope that the examples could grow in a way that is both internally consistent and suggest a real, feasible computing language. HAI WORLD: HAI CAN HAS STDIO? VISIBLE "HAI [...]
AT&T, Your world delivered. To the NSA. Snipped from a BLF missive: The Billboard Liberation Front today announced a major new advertising improvement campaign executed on behalf of clients AT&T and the National Security Agency. Focusing on billboards in the San Francisco area, this improvement action is designed to promote and [...]
At first i was like "Oh shit, a bunch of crap is about to fall out" then i got close enough to realize that it was just a badass painting... that's a dog in the bottom left.
Here's a FAQ on how to name your computer from 1990. Follow the link at the bottom to read all the "tips." Avoid alternate spellings. Once we called a machine "czek". In discussion, people continually thought we were talking about a machine called "check". Indeed, "czek" isn't even a word (although "Czech" [...]
I was scribbling a note onto a piece of paper yesterday when I paused to think about the spelling of a word I was about to write. I haphazardly wrote the word incorrectly, expecting - for just a moment - that I could use spellcheck to fix it.
"I was at Wal*Mart recently with a few friends, and before we left one of my friends wanted to pick up some cigarettes. We went to the one lane where you could make such a purchase and the lady asked to see ALL of our IDs. Annoying and pointless, sure, but I didnâ€™t mind showing her my ID. She claimed she was just following the rules, so it [...]
Sorry for the typical and tredy "myspace pic" above. This is an article from Wired Magazine. It might be the largest "security breach" in awhile but what on earth would anyone do with 17gb of random Myspace teenagers? A 17-gigabyte file purporting to contain more than half a million images lifted from private MySpace profiles has shown up on [...]
For the newbs who don't know about "anonymous": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxWgRY1I_SI (more…)
Dominos With 1500 Hard Drives
This is extremely off topic, but hilarious. "Women always say they want someone who listens and is kind and won't punch them on the shoulder and call them gay. New York City comedy troop Don't Touch Me There shows you what women are really looking for."
THE DARWIN AWARDS - January 2008 Announcing the new, the beloved, the 2007 DARWIN AWARD WINNERS! " Named in honor of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, the Darwin Awards commemorate those who improve our gene pool by accidentally removing themselves from it. " This was the year of the Squashed Darwin Award Winner. [...]