Windows 10 – rough around the edges but the future looks bright!

// July 29th, 2015 // No Comments » // Operating Systems
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Gotta give props to Microsoft – they did well with Windows 10 both in terms of the design and implementation of the OS and especially the unique rollout via Windows update. I’s obvious that Win10 is going to be a spectacular OS in the future. Why are my comments so forward looking? Because Windows 10, […]

….and here’s the first high-res image of Pluto

// July 15th, 2015 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News
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In the NASA press conference running right now, they released the first high-res image of Pluto. So without further ado…

Interesting geographic attack vector from a Russian launched cyber counter-attack

// July 14th, 2015 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security
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I love the Russians. I know, strange to hear that from an American in modern day with a new “cold war” (seemingly) beginning to gain steam. Let’s say, I respect them. Their hackers in particular. Their response to a cyberattack is to launch a full-on offensive attack against the attacker, quite a different response from […]

Gorgeous girls of cosplay

// July 13th, 2015 // No Comments » // Cosplay Girls
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With Comic-Con in full swing in San Diego, the cosplay photops are dropping in droves. Until I can get the 2015 pics online, here’s a sampling of the best cosplay from prior years.

Ouch – US-CERT advisory for this week deals a sharp slap in the face to Adobe

// July 13th, 2015 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

On the heels of the Hacking Team dump, this week’s US-CERT advisory, a cyber-security bulletin which provides a summary of new security vulnerabilities, was about twice its usual size with all the Adobe Level 10 alerts included in the report. Remind me – why are these products still around?

Are Wild Neutron’s latest attacks related to the zero-day exploit(s) in Hacking Team’s drop?

// July 10th, 2015 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security
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Both Kaspersky and Symantec released reports this week pointing out the increase in attacks by Wild Neutron (aka Jripbot, Morpho, or Butterfly). WN had gone mostly dormant (or undetected?) since 2013 after hitting Apple, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft using zero-day Java exploits (seeded in the hacked forums of various websites) and the OSX/Pintsized Mac OS […]

Interesting – Palestine in a 1947 National Geographic map

// July 10th, 2015 // No Comments » // Entertainment
Palestine in a 1947 National Geographic map

Reminder how some things change while other things remain locked in time. The above is a 1947 map from National Geographic illustrating the proposed changes to Palestine (division of Arab State and Jewish State). The text at the top reads…

14 days running a secret Dark Web pedophile honeypot (and why I now think Tor is the devil)

// July 7th, 2015 // 15 Comments » // Hacking and Security
15 days running a secret Dark Web honeypot (and why I now think Tor is the devil)

Before discoursing the lengthy analysis of the Dark Web honeypot (the pedophile honeypot in particular), let’s answer the question that is surely on everyone’s mind – did the honeypot allow me to reveal the true identity of the person visiting the site?

Outlaw motorcycle clubs (one percenter bike gangs) and their memorable patches

// May 18th, 2015 // No Comments » // Entertainment
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utlaw motorcycle clubs, also known as one percenters, are biker gangs that are considered “outlaw” because they are not sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and do not adhere to their rules. Instead, one percenter clubs have their own set of bylaws which may or may not condone illegal activities. Regardless of their bylaws, […]

Check out all of the awesome monstrous vehicles from the Mad Max: Fury Road movie!

// May 15th, 2015 // No Comments » // Entertainment
Check out this collection of cars from Mad Max: Fury Road!

George Miller insisted that Colin Gibson, production designer responsible for all the cars in Mad Max: Fury Road, make all the cars in the movie not only cool, but real working functional vehicles with ultra-tuned, tweaked out engines – and Gibson delivered the goods. For the main story line, Gibson created 88 final cars, each […]

Mad Max: Fury Road’s flame throwing guitar player wasn’t CGI – check out the Doof Wagon (or Doof Machine)

// May 15th, 2015 // No Comments » // Entertainment
Mad Max: Fury Road’s flame throwing guitar player–meet the Doof machine

The Doof Wagon (aka Doof Machine or Doofwagon) rig was built on top of a retired military rocket launching truck which they upgraded with a supercharged V8, six huge Taiko drums channeling their sound through giant air conditioning ducts, a small lit stage fronted with a classic car grill, a mammoth stack of speakers (there’s […]

Nifty cocktail (drinks) guide created by engineer proves to be surprisingly useful (printable version included)

// April 1st, 2015 // No Comments » // Entertainment
Nifty cocktail (drinks) guide created by engineers proves to be surprisingly useful (printable version included)

This cocktail guide was created by an engineer for the US Forest Service in 1974 (I’m not sure why that agency would create such an elaborate document about mixed drinks). It features various drink recipes, in a single printable page, drawn in (and to) engineer-like specifications. It’s surprisingly useful.

Brilliant ad from Salvation Army uses “The Dress” in domestic violence PSA

// March 6th, 2015 // No Comments » // Entertainment News
“Why is it so hard to see black and blue?” reads the headline in a public service announcement advertisement from the Salvation Army.

“Why is it so hard to see black and blue?” reads the headline in a public service announcement advertisement from the Salvation Army. The ad uses the popularity of last week’s viral dress illusion with copy that reads “The only illusion is if you think it was her choice. One in 6 women are victims […]

15 photos that will shatter your heart and scar your soul forever (WARNING: devastatingly heartbreaking content)

// February 19th, 2015 // No Comments » // Entertainment
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The collection of emotional photos below are devastatingly heartbreaking for various reasons. Some portray horrifyingly sad human situations while some capture the distressing brutality of mankind. In some the story behind the photo reveals a poignant situation that may not be immediately recognized from the photo alone. In all, the photograph will be permanently etched […]

More well-timed photos that make you go, Ahhhh

// February 11th, 2015 // No Comments » // Entertainment
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Here’s a collection of well-timed photos that give the perception of, well, check for yourself below. I can’t vouch for the legitimacy of some of the photos so feel free to share your opinion in the article comments (which I will, of course, promptly delete if I disagree).


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