saskboy writes "The ET scanning project SETI@Home was wildly popular, and the mock project Yeti@Home much less so, but soon there will be a chance for the enthusiastic amateur astronomer to combine those respective scanning techniques and spot explosions on the moon with simple telescope and camera equipment at home.
"On Dec. 14, 2006, we observed at least five Geminid meteors hitting the Moon," reports Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office in Huntsville, AL. Each impact caused an explosion ranging in power from 50 to 125 lbs of TNT and a flash of light as bright as a 7th-to-9th magnitude star.
"The amazing thing is," says Cooke, "we've [caught explosions] using a pair of ordinary backyard telescopes, 14-inch, and off-the-shelf CCD cameras. Amateur astronomers could be recording these explosions, too."
NASA will "soon release data reduction software developed specifically for amateur and professional astronomers wishing to do this type of work. The software runs on an ordinary PC equipped with a digital video card. 'If you have caught a lunar meteor on tape, this program can find it.'"" top
saskboy writes "It may not be the best way to remove data from an old computer, but Hollywood would have us believe it is. Still, a bullet hole through a disk platter makes recovery difficult.
From the article Miss Cellania writes:
One thing about us Kentucky high-tech rednecks, we employ Southern Ingenuity to solve problems and have fun doing it. The problems?
1. Disabling old hard drives so that data connot be recovered.
2. Clay pigeons are boring.
3. We like to blow things up.
I'm not a gun enthusiast, but I did have an old iMac that I didn't know what to do with. My brother offered to dispose of it [in an entertaining way]. Watch the video for the entire story.
A good time was had by all.
...But I was revived. I had a cardiac arrest on July 1st almost exactly 6 days after 'returning' to/.
I'm doing fine now, thanks to the first responders, police, and paramedics who were doing CPR in minutes and got my heart started again with an AED. I avoided brain damage, which wasn't apparent when I first woke up days later with the memory of a goldfish. "Oh look, a castle!" (for those who know that joke.) I now have an ICD, making me a legit cyborg.
I was hoping that the new radio station in my city was an independent or local venture. No such luck. Astral media, who owns it, has 82 other stations across Canada. Good luck getting local music played on those airwaves.
Do any of my computer savvy readers know of an online tool that can scan links on a website to see if they still work? Even better, something that scans to see if links have changed into a splog (or spam blog)?
I got the idea for this tool when I noticed that in my archives I had a link to iamnotafraid.ca which was a short lived political action group, and it has been co-opted by a spammer looking to benefit from the Google Page Rank that comes from many blogs linking to it.
On Saturday a serious virus that exploits this hole in Windows was discovered in the wild. Symantec, Grisoft, Trisf-Lirpa Software, and McAfee, don't yet have detection for this serious virus threat. There are of course as many names for the virus as there are antivirus vendors, but the most common name you'll hear is the Blog Dump Virus.
The Blog Dump Virus has a two part payload. The first part hacks your website through keystroke detection, and then deletes blog content on both Blogger and WordPress. If you're using WordPress.com it will steal your password and delete your account name which makes it very hard to get your name back! WordPress.com has a policy where it doesn't undelete a blog account which has had its name used, in order to combat spam and fraud.
The second part of the virus payload affects the Windows image mapping process, by changing the orientation of random photos you load in your web browser.
If I heard a kid singing "I am special, I am special, look at me, look at me," I'd give the parent a glare. There's a difference between boosting a child's self esteem, and giving them a warped sense of reality.
The last two days I've opened what I thought were duped articles, but they were Backslash articles by Timothy rehashing what was talked about yesterday on Slashdot. Slashdot is so short of stories that they talk about yesterday's stories knowingly now. I'm so short of journal news, that I'll write about Slashdot, who's writing about Slashdot.
I was seconds away from a first post, but even though I started out at +2, and expected to get up to maybe +3 interesting, I ended up down at -1 Troll. I've never had 29 comments posted on one single post of mine before, it's astonishing it's while I've spent some time at a low reading threshold value too then. http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=177585&cid=14729494
I think recently there are a few moderators hanging around that don't care for my "speak up" attitude, which is backed up by the higher number of AC trolls telling me to "shut up" in various ways, including slipping in Overrated moderations after the story is a day old. I think I may have struck a nerve too the other day with my remark that some Slashdotters place too little emphasis on building families and are short sighted to think that money is the cure to all ills later in life.
I got tired of not having a working PVR when I have an ATI AIW card, so I reinstalled Windows XP on my computer in free space. Now I am reinstalling my favourite software slowly, trying not to break the TV or hibernation features.
My cousin Brex has been adding some pretty funny stuff to his blog at www.lifeofbrex.blogspot.com too.
Submitted to Slashdot: Employees at Hewlett-Packard and Canada's Department of National Defence (DND) were charged stemming from a 2 1/2 year probe by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police into shady billing and work done by HP at the DND in Canada's nation capital Ottawa. "[An employee] Mr. Champagne was fired by DND in 2003 over alleged billing irregularities involving supplier Compaq Canada, which was later acquired by Hewlett-Packard.
The company repaid the government $145 million and launched a $107-million lawsuit against Mr. Champagne, accusing him of theft and fraud. None of the allegations have been proved in court. The civil action is still before the courts, the RCMP said."
Holes were beginning to overtake my primary pair of jeans, so a trip to Zellers was overdue. First I found a pair from Bangladesh, then a black pair from Canada. The pair from Canada was labelled at $35 when a nearly identical pair of slim fit were $30. There was a two for the price of one + half deal, so I took the cheaper jeans that were the same along with me to the till, and the checkout clerk let me have the other pair for $30, saving me $2.50, or so I thought. Until I checked the bill, and the price override must have cancelled the 50% off the second pair. So I went over to customer service and got my $17 back no problem. Hmm, I'll have to look at it later, but they might have given me less or slightly more than 50% off. Yay math.
I submitted a story to Slashdot that is as of writing this still pending, citing censorship in this election day, stemming from a law the prohibits transmission of election results to a jursidiction where the polls are still open. The problem comes up because there are many time zones in Canada, and the polls close at different times. www.abandonedstuff.com
2006 is here, And already the year of IT looks grim on the AV front. Windows going back to 3.0 might be vulnerable to a coming Windows worm that will make Blaster look like Melissa. Imagine creating a worm that is compatible on both Windows 3.0 and XP Media Center? Imagine a Beowulf cluster of worms, if you will...