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Four Weeks Without Soap Or Shampoo

bjb_admin Probiotic and Gluten free (250 comments)

Want it to sell like pancakes? Just advertise it as a "gluten free probiotic cleansing spray"

about 3 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

bjb_admin Blue screen of Death (800 comments)

Makes a new meaning to the Blue screen of Death...

about 4 months ago
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Enormous Tunneling Machine 'Bertha' Blocked By 'The Object'

bjb_admin Re:Possible Objects (339 comments)

6) A stargate

about 8 months ago
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Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

bjb_admin Re:Should be legal, with caveat (961 comments)

Probably better to simply use small cylinders of Nitrogen. Safer for everyone else too.

about 9 months ago
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IQ Test Pegs ConceptNet 4 AI About As Smart As a 4-Year-Old

bjb_admin Re:Misleading crap (121 comments)

Wait a few more years and she may be scripting LUA in Roblox! My 10 year old son has been doing this for the last year with no help from me!

about a year ago
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Upside-Down Sensors Caused Proton-M Rocket Crash

bjb_admin Hemisphere (323 comments)

It wasn't that they were installed upside down, they were installed for a southern hemisphere launch!

about a year ago
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Hacker Releases 1.7TB Treasure Trove of Gaming Info

bjb_admin Re:lol wat (293 comments)

4. Don't drop the soap

about a year ago
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Tracking Whole Colonies Shows Ants Make Career Moves

bjb_admin Logan's run (47 comments)

The old ants know they either have to go to Carousel or leave the colony!

about a year ago
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WW2 Carrier Pigeon and Undecoded Message Found In Chimney

bjb_admin Activation code (287 comments)

Actually this is the second part of a message.

First Message reads:
Sorry to hear of the russian porn infecting your computer old chap.

Will send activation code once we can get through to India so you can reinstall.

about 2 years ago
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Huawei Offers 'Complete and Unrestricted' Source Code Access

bjb_admin Source (255 comments)

Does the Australian Govt have anyone that can actually properly security audit this? I am sure they are not going to want to spend the money to hire someone who can. Also, who is to say the binary blob firmware doesn't have a back door. Its not like the Australians are going to compile it and install it themselves.

about 2 years ago
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FBI To Shut Down DNSChanger Servers Monday -- But Should It Cut Off 300k PCs?

bjb_admin Re:Why not set up interstitial pages? (140 comments)

It would probably be better to redirect them to Rick Roll (No I will not put the URL here).

more than 2 years ago
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MIT's New Camera Can Take 1 Trillion Frames Per Second

bjb_admin Warp core explosion (197 comments)

Would that give me time to draw a happy face on a warp core explosion?

more than 2 years ago
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Can Maintenance Make Data Centers Less Reliable?

bjb_admin Security updates (185 comments)

Sometimes I get the feeling that security updates can in most cases cause more problems than the issues themselves.

I can think of many occasions that a security update has broken a server/router/etc. Obviously the lack of a security update can lead to a bigger headache in the future. But the typical user doesn't understand and has the attitude "IT broke the server again".

If a virus or hacker causes an issue the attitude is "I hope they fix that soon. I hate viruses/hackers" (obviously this is a huge generalization).

more than 2 years ago
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Worldwide Support For Nuclear Power Drops

bjb_admin Re:Doesn't really tell the full story... (324 comments)

During the blackout of 2003 Niagara Falls was one of the few areas that still had power because of the Hydro dams.

more than 2 years ago
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NASA Rover 'Curiosity' Set For Saturday Launch

bjb_admin The Landing (64 comments)

Wow the landing video shows how complicated this one is.

The whole hanging by a crane held up by a thruster module seems quite scary. Especially considering it couldn't be tested at Earth.

Guess there will be lots of nail biting when the landing comes! Hopefully there is live telemetry for the landing.

more than 2 years ago
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Dual-Core Android PC Now Comes On a USB Stick

bjb_admin Developers (178 comments)

I can understand developers would like this, since the android emulator in the SDK is slower than molasses in (northern) December. I suppose ICS would not be an issue to get on this for the future.

But $200 seems a little steep since a real tablet can be purchased for that price range (although with perhaps with less CPU/RAM). $50-$100 would probably be the sweet point.

Actually this reminds me of something I thought of when Siri came out. How long is it going to take for someone to come out with a screenless / keypadless phone that is pure voice recognition (built into a headset like a BT headset??)? Same thing for GPS units (rather than being distracted by a map you just have to listen to the directions, much like having a person reading you directions "like in the old days"). That would extend battery life, reduce costs, although would also reduce it to the basic functionality (sorry no angry birds).

more than 2 years ago
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Potential 0-Day Vulnerability For BIND 9

bjb_admin Re:Open resolvers (187 comments)

That is not the issue I was having. These were remote TXT lookups to a remote domain with a large TXT record. It was always looking up the same host and same TXT payload. No recursion stopped that issue. These were very regular at one or 2 second intervals. Probably would make a good bandwidth DDNS if you had access to enough recursive BIND servers, and could send requests with forged source IPs (which today is harder to do due to better filtering at the ISP's). Thus one small DNS request is multiplied several hundred times in size, like the old Smurf PING attacks.

more than 2 years ago
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Potential 0-Day Vulnerability For BIND 9

bjb_admin Open resolvers (187 comments)

I am glad I took my lumps and disabled public recursive resolving many years ago on my BIND installations. Only do that for local IP ranges! This eliminates all the resolver issues. Also I found that when the DNS server was open I was getting a constant stream of unusual TXT lookups which were for oddball domains. These contained many K of data. I suspect these requests were fake source IP requests being used as some sort of bandwidth DOS attack.

more than 2 years ago

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