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

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..

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### Researchers Crack Major HIV Mystery

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.

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### US Nuclear Weapons Lab Discovers How To Suppress the Casimir Force

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

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### Bomb Defuse Simulator 2013: a Head-Tracking Tech Demo

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.

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### Changing a Single Gene Allows Mice To Live 20 Percent Longer

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?

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### Has Anyone Seen My Rabbit?

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

And they give voluntary consent really easily...

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### Has Anyone Seen My Rabbit?

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.

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### Has Anyone Seen My Rabbit?

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

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### Has Anyone Seen My Rabbit?

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

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

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### Has Anyone Seen My Rabbit?

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)

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### Has Anyone Seen My Rabbit?

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.

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### Talking On the Phone While Driving Not So Dangerous After All

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.

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### Former NSA Chief Warns Hackers Will Attack US If Snowden Is Captured

Well, Julian was doing pretty well last year..

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### English High Court Bans Publication of 0-Day Threat To Auto Immobilizers

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

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### English High Court Bans Publication of 0-Day Threat To Auto Immobilizers

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.

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### Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

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

1 year,9 days
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### Ask Slashdot: Explaining Cloud Privacy Risks To K-12 Teachers?

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

1 year,25 days
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### Ask Slashdot: What Should a Non-Profit Look For In a Web Host?

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.

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### UnGrounded: British Airways Attempts to Bottle Some Startup Spirit

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.

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### Wi-Fi Light Bulbs Shipping Soon

The LED should be an AP (401 comments)

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

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