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Name: Steve
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Hometown: Florida
Home country: US
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Member since: Sat Oct 16, 2004, 01:04 PM
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Lovely spring day in Antarctica: -82 F


(Full screen weather reports -82 F, despite no data at link)

Tropical Storm Rachel; Tropical Storm Kammuri, Tropical Storm Phanfone; Invests 90E & 97L

The rest here: http://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/

Worse Than Heartbleed? Meet ShellShock: A New Security Threat For OS X and Linux


Matthew Hughes
On 26th September, 2014
Linux, Mac OS X, Security Matters

A serious security issue with the Bash shell – a major component of both most UNIX-like operating systems – has been discovered, with significant implications for computer security worldwide.

The issue is present in all versions of the Bash scripting language up to version 4.3, which effects a majority of Linux machines, and the entirety of computers running OS X. and can see an attacker exploiting this issue to launch their own code.

Curious about how it works and how to protect yourself? Read on for more information.

What Is Bash?

Bash (standing for Bourne Again Shell) is the default command line interpreter used on most Linux and BSD distributions, in addition to OS X. It is used as a method of launching programs, using system utilities and interacting with the underlying operating system by launching commands.

much more at link above

I'm the same way

A woman has never hit me. Of course, I never have been a horribly sexist ******* and am not one now. That probably has something to do with it (being hit for being a jerk such as touching buttocks, etc), as well as not associating with violent people, period.

Microsoft Indonesia president: Windows 9 will be free to Windows 8 owners


We already know quite a bit about Windows 9 (or whatever Microsoft decides to call it). Thanks to the president of Microsoft Indonesia, we might now know another detail about Microsoft’s upcoming OS—its price.

According to Indonesian news site Detik.com (via BGR), Andreas Diantoro, the president of Microsoft Indonesia, confirms that Windows 9 will be a free upgrade for all Windows 8 users.

Why it matters: Users are becoming more accustomed to free operating system updates, given the fact that even major iOS, Android, and OS X updates are gratis. And after the negative reception Windows 8 received, Microsoft has some added incentive to earn back its users’ trust. With that in mind, Windows 9 is just as much a chance to change the tenor of discussion surrounding Windows as it is a new version of the OS.

Taking cues from Windows 8.1, OS X

According to BGR, Windows 9 will be available as a free download, much like Apple’s updates to OS X–and much like Windows 8.1, which was a free update provided to Windows 8 and Windows RT users through the Windows Store.

Just another brisk fall day in Summit Station, Greenland: -20 F



Hurricane Rachel, Tropical Storm Kammuri

Hurricane Rachel, Tropical Storm Kammuri

Biohacking: The Creepy but Exciting Trend in Body Modification


“Sorry about the mess,” says Steve Haworth, as we walk down the stairs to the surgical theater in his basement. My friend Ted is visibly pale and sweating – for good reason. He’s about to get a sixth sense the hard way: by way of a scalpel, a needle and thread, and a tiny, gold-plated rare-earth magnet. Haworth is a body modification expert with a particular interest in what’s called “biohacking” – the practice of merging consumer technology and the human body to produce uniquely functional body modifications.

Haworth pioneered the procedure that Ted is about to undergo – the implantation of a rare earth magnet into the flesh of his ring finger. Haworth has several already installed in his own body, which he shows us as he moves his hand through the air next to his running can opener. Sure enough, you can feel the magnet twitch and jump in response to the electromagnetic field generated by the motor. It’s startling, and shows off exactly what you’re getting for your three hundred and fifty dollars: the ability to feel the shape and strength of electromagnetic fields in the world around you. Our host describes someone who had the procedure done, and was startled, when walking through New York City, to discover the powerful electromagnetic field produced by an electrical junction under the sidewalk.

It’s not just magnets, either. You can get a compass implant (called “SouthPaw“) that moves to alert you when you’re facing north. You can implant magnets in your ears and use a magnetic necklace to listen to music through your built-in speakers. Less ambitiously, you can get an RFID implant that unlocks your door, your phone, and your computer. Amal Graafstra, an implant enthusiast, uses his to open his safe, among other things:

We’re the first to put near field communication (NFC) compliant implants on the market like this. There are 880 bytes of space, relative to 97 in the previous generation, so before you could keep a name and phone number, but now it has far greater capacity.

much more at link, interesting yet creepy.

Tropical Storm Rachel; Tropical Storm Kammuri; Invest 96L

The rest here: http://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/
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