top Android Piracy Sites Seized By US Government
I have been interested in the differences in the various banners that are put up on these seized sites. I have a Python script I run now and then to gather all of the banners. Right now I have 16 banners from 757 seized domains hosted at 4 IPs. If you'd like to see them, you can check out the
Picasa Web Album.
about a year and a half ago
top Implant Gives Grayscale Vision To the Blind Using Lasers
Here is a representative image to compare:
Pixelated Kid - Imgur
top Will ISPs Be Driven To Spy On Their Customers?
"An agreement is yet to be signed." is in the OP's link and that gives us an idea that in the future there MAY be an agreement.
That article is from June 23, 2011. A final agreement called the
Momorandum of Understanding (PDF) was written on July 6, 2011. It's an agreement between MPAA, RIAA, AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Cablevision, and Time Warner Cable. I don't know if it was actually signed on the lines, and I haven't heard of anyone leaving or entering the agreement.
top Microsoft Engineer Discovers Android Spam Botnet, Google Denies Claim
Possibly. To add to your anecdote, a couple months ago my old Yahoo! account got cracked, and I figured it was because I had left a weak password on there (fairly susceptible to a dictionary attack with some variance). So I changed to a stronger password and enabled two factor authentication. Then last week my coworker also got cracked, and she reported that she had a weak password.
Maybe someone got a copy of a Yahoo! hashed password and user name table that they can work against with a computer cluster, or maybe Yahoo! is allowing tons of fast authentication attempts against single user names on their servers.
top San Diego's Fireworks Show Over In 15 Seconds
National Weather Service says it was 66 to 64 F.
top More Uptime Problems For Amazon Cloud
My company uses Amazon Web Services to host some of our product, and I got a call at 7 am to help bring our stuff back up. A bunch of our instances were stopped, and a bunch of Elastic Block Store volumes were marked Impaired. We're working on making our environment more "cloudy" to make better use of multiple availability zones, regions, and automation to better survive an outage like this, but we're not there yet.
top Bev Harris of Black Box Voting Releases Accenture's Voting Software
I ran a quick strings and grep on all the files, hoping to get some juicy comments from source code, but I didn't get much:
ESM 2.0 8-23-04/VoterDTSSetup/CMISDTS.mdb: I HATE ACCESS 2000!!!! (Works in Access 97) ESM 2.0 8-23-04/SampleData/DatasetSmall/Voter.mdb: !!!! Does not check if a Vote Has Been recorded. Only checks status information !!!! (Should this change?) ESM 2.0 8-23-04/SampleData/DatasetComplete/Voter.mdb: RJD080299 Fixed stupid bug that counted down to 0...
top Netflix and Google Make Land Grab On Edge of Internet
..., and it could possibly bring down subscription rates for high speed internet,
Yeah, I don't see that statement as being true. Large web companies will only provide their on-site servers to large ISPs. The large ISPs have no reason to or history of reducing their subscription rates. If the servers were provided to smaller ISPs (such as GWI), then they could lower their rates and become more competitive. Maybe if the servers were provided to tier 2 peering networks, they could pass on the savings to small ISPs? I don't know enough about tiers or peering to know if that's a possibility.
top Astronauts Open Dragon Capsule Hatch
You mean 31 slugs.
top Online Loneliness At Google+
The statement "basically most posts in the study did not garner any response," made by TFA's author, is based on these metrics:
An average of 0.77 "+1s" per post An average of 0.54 replies per post An average of 0.17 re-shares per post
Her conclusion does not necessarily follow from the data. If all +1s, replies, and re-shares were under 0.5, then it would. But they aren't, so it doesn't.
top Kevin Bacon Meets Wikipedia With New Pathfinding Program
This reminds me of a 2008 Slashdot article covering a web application made by a Trinity College Dublin student:
Six Degrees of Wikipedia - Slashdot
top US Grabs More Domain Names, $1.4M From Online Counterfeit Operations
If you want to see all of the banners used by the Operation In Our Sites initiative, I have collected them here:
DOJ Seized Domain Notices - Paul Nickerson - Picasa Web Albums
top Universities Hold Transcripts Hostage Over Loans
How do the universities know which individual graduates are behind or defaulted on their loans? Is it only certain loan types? Are the loan agencies breaking any laws by sharing the graduates' personal financial information with universities? I RTFAs, and I got no answers.
top 1Gbps Wireless Network Made With Red and Green Laser Pointers
I went to the paper, expecting to find a fairly high powered laser that is not a pointer, and expecting to call someone out on calling them pointers. However, they're only 5 mW, which is indeed a pointer. Cool that they can use such low powered lasers for this.
The FDA has
regulations in the U.S. saying that no laser products over 5 mW may be marketed as "pointers":
Class IIIb lasers cannot legally be promoted as laser pointers or demonstration laser products.
top Demoscene: 64k Intros At Revision Demoparty
The summary says 64kb (kilobits), or 64,000 bits. That's 7.8125 KiB (kibibytes), or 8,000 bytes. The competition is actually for 65,536 bytes, or 64 KiB.
top BOSS: The Universe's Most Precise Measurement
It says the universe is precisely 13.75 billion years old, not 13.5 billion years old.
Actually, you're both wrong. What you read is a link to a different, unrelated article that's
2 years and 2 months old. I looked at the articles and papers, and I don't think any claim about the age of the universe is ever made.
I think this is instead the most accurate measurement of the distance between here and very far away galaxies, and of the distances between those galaxies. But I may be wrong on that. RTFA
top Anonymous Hacks UK Government Sites Over 'Draconian Surveillance'
The defacing of Chinese government's websites were hacks. This is just a DDoS.
top Teacher Suspended For Reading
Ender's Game To Students
I'm about 75% of the way through my first read of this book. So far I've seen nothing that under any insanely loose definition could be considered pornographic. Now I'm wondering if something happens in the last quarter. I'm going to not RTFA or the comments, and finish the book.
top Did Benjamin Franklin Invent Daylight Saving Time?
If you want a visual explanation of the purpose and result of daylight saving time, check out this graph:
Picasa Web Albums - Paul Nickerson
The purpose, as I understand it, is to make the sun not rise super early against the clock during the summer. The effect is that it reduces the range of sunrise times, while increasing the range of sunset times. In a way, it normalizes sunrises while amplifying sunsets.
Oh, and while we're at it, during a non-DST period, if the time zones were evenly split and straight with no regard to human geographic borders, then at the middle of the time zone, 12:00 (noon) would be the time that astronomical noon is (when the sun is highest in the sky), varying by about 20 minutes before and after noon. If you average all the astronomical noons over the course of a year in the middle of a time zone, then astronomical noon is at precisely 12:00. During DST, astronomical noon is moved to 1:00 pm (13:00)
top HDD Price Update: How the Thai Floods Have Affected Prices, 3 Months Later
Sounds to me like they're saying that Thailand normally provides 1/4, but with the factories closed, it temporarily supplied less. If that's the case, then the "but" makes sense in that context, with some implications sprinkled in.
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