Interviews: Ask Robert Ballard About Ocean Exploration
First, thank you for taking time to answer our questions and for the amazing work you have done both as an explorer and an author! My favorite book of yours to date is The Discovery of the Bismarck.
I have two questions:
What is the most interesting underwater engineering problem you've had to solve in your career?
What are the unsolved underwater engineering problems that you think are most important?
Ad Blocking – a Coming Legal Battleground?
If ad blocking really starts to hurt advertisers, I expect they will demand a technical fix rather than a legal one. If sites serve ad content inline with their main site content, ad blockers in their current form will stop working.
This would be a significant change to the current ad distribution model but I think it has a better chance of success than the hypothetical legal approach posited by the article.
Japanese Scientist Creates Meat Substitute From Sewage
A man walks up to a table in the supermarket with a sign that says "FREE HORS D'OEUVRES"
"Can I try one?"
"Sure!" Attendant hands him a cracker covered with brown paste...
"This tastes like shit!"
"It is shit! Want to buy a toothbrush?"
National Opt-Out Day Against Virtual Strip Searches
Anyone want to buy a lead codpiece? It protects you against the scanner *and* the TSA gropings!
NSA and the National Cryptologic Museum
I don't know what the rules are at the museum but the NSA had a booth at the RSA conference this year and they brought an Enigma with them. They allowed me to use it and it seemed to be in full working order. Dials rotated and the keys made the lights come on. You could even open it up and see the internal mechanism. It was an amazing experience to physically touch a piece of history like that--one of the highlights of the conference for me. A colleague of mine who is fluent in German was reading the instructions which mentioned that there was a printer that could be used with the device--something I hadn't heard before.
We owe a great debt to the code breakers at Bletchley Park like Alan Turing and Gordon Welchman and the Poles like Marian Rejewski who paved the way for them. Not only did they help win WWII and save countless lives, but they also planted the seeds for modern computer science in the process.
Cisco Security System Shuts Out Third-Party Tools
Cisco doesn't allow legitimate owners of their hardware to apply security patches without an exorbitantly expensive software subscription. I found this out when I purchased some of their hardware on ebay for self-study purposes. Personally, I think that's a bigger issue. It means that many individuals and small businesses out there are probably running outdated, insecure versions of their software. Not good!
Security patches should be freely available for the good of the whole Internet community.
Microsoft May Be Inflating SharePoint Stats
Why, we have the data right here on our SharePoint site--just a moment while I search for it. That's funny, all the search hits are completely irrelevant. Ah, thank goodness, someone sent me an email with the link or I never would have found it.
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Aw hell, let me see if someone posted it to the wiki...
Air Force One Flyby Causes Brief Panic In NYC
9/11 and trailing fighter jets aside, anyone who has seen Escape from New York would naturally assume that Air Force One had been commandeered by terrorists and was about to crash into Manhattan.
Seriously though, given the all too recent violent history, this was obviously a massive screw-up on the part of the Obama administration. No one even saw fit to inform the mayor of NYC of what was going on much less the terrified populace. How could one not assume the worst?
All the posters making noise about New Yorkers being excessively paranoid are either fools or Obama fanboys laying down a smokescreen to protect their messiah.
New Ice Structure Could Help Seed Clouds, Cause Rain
About 20 years ago when I was a freshman an the State University of New York at Albany, I had the good fortune to meet Bernard Vonnegut, Kurt Vonnegut's brother. After talking to him a bit, the light went on in my head and I realized he must have been the inspiration for Kurt's ideas about ice-9!
Bernard Vonnegut was a brilliant atmospheric scientist who invented the process of cloud seeding with silver iodide crystals. Despite his achievements, he was a kind gentleman who was more than happy to take the time to talk to a curious freshman about his work. We had several fascinating conversations and he even gave me reprints of his original journal articles on cloud seeding. I learned a lot from him and was inspired by his example.
Obama Anti-Trust Chief on Google the Monopoly Threat
No evidence of abuse, eh? I'll bet he did a Google search to look for the evidence...
Resisting the PGP Whole Disk Encryption Craze
The Network Computing article referenced here is ancient history. It says that PGP was "recently acquired by Network Associates" and it talks about support for FAT16 and FAT32. Network Associates sold PGP way back in 2002. See: PGP Corporation History
I recommend the original poster get some current information on the PGP product.
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