1. Targetted attacks.

    25 April 2007

    It seems that The Bad Guys (for some value of Bad Guys) are now carefully choosing their targets, and are also carefully choosing personnel who work at those targets and are e-mailing trojan horses, in the form of MS Office documents to those people in the hope that they'll open the bad files and run the exploits. The nature of the payload isn't clear in the article - it sounds like the trojans open connections to systems that the attackers control, and the attackers tunnel back through into the target networks. The scary thing is that the targets include various federal …

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  2. There just aren't enough hours in the day.

    25 April 2007

    I haven't been posting much lately because I've been too busy to sit and write anything coherent, save for a quick blurb a few mornings ago. Things are, to be honest, going mad at work, which has been taking up a good twelve to fourteen hours every day. On top of all of this, my offline life is also going crazy for various reasons, and rather than spend nights online I'm taking care of business, so to speak. As one would expect, this combination of things takes a lot out of you. When I do manage to get some sleep …

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  3. SMTP servers and emergencies.

    23 April 2007

    When you need them the most, your local SMTP server will crash and you'll have no way of bringing it back online without a lengthy trip to the facility to flip the power switch.

    Goddammit, I hate my lives.

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  4. Even gamers stationed overseas need dice^wlove.

    22 April 2007

    The troops stationed overseas aren't having a fun time of their hitch in Iraq, let's be honest. They do everything they can to keep their spirits high and burnout rates low, but it's hard having something for everyone. You've got your football games, softball games, even dodgeball games.. but now they have a gaming convention. On 9 June 2007 at Camp Adder, the US military forces in Iraq will have their own con, dubbed ZigguratCon. It looks like they'll be heavy on the D&D, but a few other publishers have stepped up to the plate and are donating books …

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  5. It's no surprise that this didn't hit the evening news.

    22 April 2007

    Last weekend the results of an interesting study were quietly released to the newswires without a press release or advisory notice, which pretty much guarantees that it'll be skipped over for bigger headlines. A study over the past few years to determine whether or not sex education programs that push abstinence over smart sex and birth control shows absolutely no noticable change in teenage sex or birth rates. The results of the study echo those of earlier abstinence-or-intelligence studies from the 1980's and 1990's, but it seems that history is doomed to repeat itself.

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  6. Two famous RPG magazines will cease publication in September of 2007.

    20 April 2007

    Two of the most famous RPG magazines, Dungeon and Dragon (about Dungeons and Dragons, unsurprisingly) will cease publication in September because more and more gamers are turning to the Net for news and articles about gaming.

    Subscribers with issues left in their subscriptions will have a couple of options to get their money's worth. First of all, they can opt for back issues on a one-for-one basis. They can also get refunds, credit at paizo.com's online store, or convert to a subscription to Pathfinder, which is a monthly perfect bound magazine of adventures for OGL-compatible RPGs.

    The final …

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  7. Blackberry network outage causes widespread panic.

    20 April 2007

    As you've probably heard on the Net, or maybe on the major news shows (I don't know, seeing as how I don't watch television unless you put a glass of bourbon in my hand and a gun to my head), the network underlying RIM's Blackberry PDAs was offline for a while, which left many people without mobile instant message and e-mail traffic for about a day. Now, I can see how this can be an inconvenience when you're on the Metro or at the store and you need to be on call for something, but if this article is to …

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  8. The Voynich Manuscript is now on Flickr.

    19 April 2007

    Depending on whom you talk to, the Voynich Manuscript is either one of the strangest books on the face of the planet, the key to the secrets of the universe, an elaborate puzzle by Dr. John Dee/Abdul al-Hazred/the Comte de Saint Germain/$other_mystical_figure, or a brilliant hoax. The text of the book is utterly incomprehensible - if it's a cypher, it's a damned good one. Many cryptographers and puzzle freaks over the years have tried and failed to decode it, though they've discovered a few interesting things. Current thought has it that the script was created from scratch by …

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