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In an Age of Cyber War, Where Are the Cyber Weapons?

Maj Variola To kill a centrifuge (94 comments)

You just need to understand critical speeds, resonances, and that you shouldn't suddenly change the speed of the rotors. But in _To kill a centrifuge_ Langner describes some games with pressures as well. Adding random valve openings and closings in a refinery, gas plant, sewage plant, etc. will look like intermittent failures and just as hard to 'debug'. Eventually you'll hit a particularly nasty set. Errant monkeys playing with your PLCs. But it must be a slow day at Tech Review..

about 10 months ago
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Researchers Crack Major HIV Mystery

Maj Variola To attract goats, torture a goat (84 comments)

The predator does something that attracts its prey. Does this surprise you? Morons. Spock, help me. The only times the quality of life (GDP/capita) has improved is during plagues and industrial revolutions.

about a year ago
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US Nuclear Weapons Lab Discovers How To Suppress the Casimir Force

Maj Variola PAL (112 comments)

Look up PAL. I think Bellovin is the CS expert.

about a year ago
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Bomb Defuse Simulator 2013: a Head-Tracking Tech Demo

Maj Variola Moron (35 comments)

You're a moron. Any freshman can design a detonation system and perform the chemistry to null your system. Folks in glass empires ought not fly drones. Do the math.

about a year ago
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Changing a Single Gene Allows Mice To Live 20 Percent Longer

Maj Variola Speaking as a cat.. (79 comments)

As a cat I can confidently state that all of Domestic Felineness would welcome these new, slow mice, with open paws. When will these be introduced into the wild?

about a year ago
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Has Anyone Seen My Rabbit?

Maj Variola Re:Really, rabbits for milk? (92 comments)

Well you also get meat for the grad students and you can sell the fur. When I was in grad school I tried to interest the PI in lobster research.

about a year ago
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Has Anyone Seen My Rabbit?

Maj Variola Re:Have you ever tried to milk a rabbit? (92 comments)

You could build something that consumed carrots and autodetected when a rabbit entered, then fired up the juicer. You'd need some kind of refridgeration source for the rabjuice, either ice or dry ice replaced daily or some power supply. Then you would not need to press a button only refill carrots weekly and harvest rabjuice at same time, if refridgerated. (Or visit the station more frequently for fresher rabjuice.) .... cf Simpson's rat-milk episode

about a year ago
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Has Anyone Seen My Rabbit?

Maj Variola Re:Really, rabbits for milk? (92 comments)

Eeeeewww :-) Plus, rabbits don't bite, only scratch And, they multiply like, um, rabbits

about a year ago
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Has Anyone Seen My Rabbit?

Maj Variola Re:Oblig ... (92 comments)

I'm not clear: is there glow in the dark cheese? That would be an awesome hack, either fluorescent (GFP) mould or some other chemiluminescent pathway. Some fungi are phosphorescent, right? Is someone working on that gene-cluster? To be served in uranium-glass bowls, of course. (U-glass fluoresceses intense green under UV)

about a year ago
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Has Anyone Seen My Rabbit?

Maj Variola Re:NOT GLOW IN THE DARK! FLUORESCENT!!! (92 comments)

So the rabbits and cats should be wearing UV shades. BTW, this will mess with their vision (by introducing visible light into their retinae) during fluorescence. We look forward to the rabbits escaping and their progeny's distribution monitored via fluorescent owl-pellets. Good science.

about a year ago
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Talking On the Phone While Driving Not So Dangerous After All

Maj Variola cognitive science (418 comments)

You have limited infoprocessing resources. You spend some on a conversation, its less for driving. Conversations can be more distracting than ethanol. Its pretty simple. I've told my wife and kid to shut up when I'm concentrating on a new route. Know your limits.

about a year ago
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Former NSA Chief Warns Hackers Will Attack US If Snowden Is Captured

Maj Variola Re:Odd stereotype .... (413 comments)

Well, Julian was doing pretty well last year..

about a year ago
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English High Court Bans Publication of 0-Day Threat To Auto Immobilizers

Maj Variola Re:Streisand Keys (168 comments)

PS When can I get a T-shirt with the key and algorithm on it? My DeCSS shirt is getting worn.

about a year ago
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English High Court Bans Publication of 0-Day Threat To Auto Immobilizers

Maj Variola Streisand Keys (168 comments)

VW doesn't get the Streisand effect, eh? When engineering fails use the (violence implied by the) law? Reverse engineering is not only protected, but essential to survival. Security by obscurity is a comedy plot not an assurance policy.

about a year ago
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Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

Maj Variola He's not the first (719 comments)

He's not the first Look up, "Obama, Sweden called, they want their Nobel back, they're transferring it to Snowden" or similar. Been out there for months. See something, say something. Folks in glass empires shouldn't fly drones

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Explaining Cloud Privacy Risks To K-12 Teachers?

Maj Variola Use ephemeral pseudonyms (168 comments)

Each student should have a pseudonym eg myelemschool_grade2_31415@gmail.com which should be burned after use. Simple.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Should a Non-Profit Look For In a Web Host?

Maj Variola Re:Check your logs & tune your content. (100 comments)

LOL "unless it was made 10 years ago" in which case it would likely be a hell of a lot leaner. WTF is wrong with a simple static page? The profusion of modern crap is just bling, and worse -unsearchable, highbandwith, often difficult to use and unaesthetic, and hard to work with if you have modified your fonts or display params or you're using a suck touchpad. \end{ vent } Elegant design is when there's nothing left to remove.

about a year and a half ago
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UnGrounded: British Airways Attempts to Bottle Some Startup Spirit

Maj Variola polio? (128 comments)

Polio was almost extinct before the US decided to use polioworkers as a ruse to catch UBL. Now, polioworkers are killed in pakistan and polio is back. Enjoy. And I thought B&MG were malaria-afficionadoes, not polio.

about a year and a half ago
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Wi-Fi Light Bulbs Shipping Soon

Maj Variola The LED should be an AP (401 comments)

The LED light could be modulated to carry data, completely separate from its dimmability.

about a year and a half ago

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