10/5/12

Full circle – cell phone built into magazine!

It’s crazy, cool and a little scary.  Check out this video from Mashable of a teardown of Entertainment Weekly.  There was a neat ad featuring a screen displaying live tweets.  Turns out there was an entire Andriod phone embedded into the page, and it was capable of making calls!

08/20/12

who ya gonna call?

Finally, a practical 21st century use for floppy drives…nerd-tainment!

08/3/12

college student texts “I need to quit texting” before plunging into ravine

textingI can’t make this stuff up…

I college student from Texas was lucky to escape with his life after plowing his truck over the side of a bridge.  What led to this horrific single vehicle collision?  He was texting while driving, his last message?  “I need to quit texting, because I could die in a car accident.”

After a lengthy 6 month recovery, Chance Bothe warned fellow drivers, “They just need to understand, don’t do it. Don’t do it. It’s not worth losing your life.  I went to my grandmother’s funeral not long ago, and I kept thinking, it kept jumping into my head, I’m surprised that’s not me up in that casket. I came very close to that, to being gone forever.”

After the crash, Chance had a broken neck, a crushed face, a fractured skull, and traumatic brain injuries. Doctors had to bring him back to life three times.  He was nearly in the running for this year’s Darwin Awards.

Original story here

08/1/12

found: ninja turtles secret lair!

New York City Hall Subway Station

The don’t make them like this anymore.  The abandoned New York City Hall subway station featured skylights and wrought-iron chandeliers.  Originally opening the night of October 27, 1904, and what a party night it turned into:

“The night took on a carnival atmosphere, like New Year’s Eve. Many couples celebrated in style by putting on their best clothes, going out to dinner, and then taking their first subway ride together. Some people spent the entire evening on the trains, going back and forth from 145th Street to City Hall for hours. Reveling in the sheer novelty of the underground, these riders wanted to soak up its unfamiliar sights and sensations for as long as possible. In a few instances high-spirited boys and girls took over part of a car and began singing songs, flirting, and fooling around. The sheer exuberance of opening night proved to be too much for others; although they bought their green IRT tickets and entered the stations like everyone else, these timid passengers were so overwhelmed by their new surroundings that they did not even attempt to board a train. All they could do was stand on the platform and gawk.” -(Clifton Hood, 722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York, 1993)

More here & and here

07/25/12

Iran’s nuclear program has achieved AC/DC

acdcSo, picture this…  you’re working for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI),  Iran’s controversial atomic energy program.  You’re probably not sleeping too well after the alleged assassination of some of your colleagues.

Then there’s the constant saber rattling surrounding your work.  What the hell?  Ahmadinejad and Netanyahu won’t be the ones with bombs falling on their workplace if hotter heads prevail.
At least nighttime is peaceful.  Until; one of the most epic rock rifts starts inexplicably blaring out the computer speakers of  AEOI’s facility.  That’s right, AC/DC’s THUNDERSTRUCK!

Apparently some hackers installed malware on the facility’s computers that randomly play’s Thunderstruck at max volume.

It’s a pretty unorthodox attack, but gets two thumbs up from me for creativity and general rock awesomeness.

Here’s the original e-mail from an AEOI scientist reaching out to American cyber security experts:

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Over the weekend, I received a series of emails from Iran. They were sent by a scientist working at the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI).

The scientist reached out to publish information about Iranian nuclear systems getting struck by yet another cyber attack.

He wrote:

I am writing you to inform you that our nuclear program has once again been compromised and attacked by a new worm with exploits which have shut down our automation network at Natanz and another facility Fordo near Qom.

According to the email our cyber experts sent to our teams, they believe a hacker tool Metasploit was used. The hackers had access to our VPN. The automation network and Siemens hardware were attacked and shut down. I only know very little about these cyber issues as I am scientist not a computer expert.

There was also some music playing randomly on several of the workstations during the middle of the night with the volume maxed out. I believe it was playing ‘Thunderstruck’ by AC/DC.

I’m not sure what to think about this. We can’t confirm any of the details. However, we can confirm that the researcher was sending and receiving emails from within the AEOI.

Mikko
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source

07/24/12

Hail in Brampton

brampton-hail

Pretty cool.  It was coming almost sideways from the NW.  I hope that everyone’s cars and windows are ok!