1. This is right out of Unknown Armies.

    05 April 2007

    Ron Huebner, a sewer maintenance worker in Minneapolis, Minnesota was treated to a much more rude surprise than usual while cleaning out a sewer pipe last month: Blood. Gallons and gallons of animal and human blood dumped into the sewer by a nearby medical research facility.

    The company that owns the facility, as it turns out, has a permit to dump blood in just this way. Still, Huebner is pretty shaken up, because he was doused with the stuff, and wound up with it in in most of the orifices of his body. That's not something that you just shake …

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  2. Apple releases the workstation from hell.

    05 April 2007

    Yesterday Apple Computers announced the release of its latest Mac Pro workstation - an eight-CPU beast running Intel cores at 3.0 GHz. That's right.. two quad-core Xeon processors with 2 MB of level-2 cache each supporting up to 16 GB of RAM.

    There are servers that have less horsepower in them.

    You can find these monsters in their online catalogue at this time; prices start at $4kus.

    There has been no word yet if Apple will be re-incorporating under the name Ono-Sendai.

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  3. Windows Vista bootloader compromised!

    04 April 2007

    A presentation at Black Hat Europe 2007 by security researchers from India has blown the security of the Windows Vista bootloader wide open, and compromised the security model of Microsoft's latest operating system at the lowest levels. Vipin and Nitin Kumar of NV Labs figured out how to write what the popular press is calling a 'bootkit' that runs off of a bootable CD or DVD. The bootkit searches the primary drive for a copy of Windows Vista and executes it while making modifications to the code running in memory transparently - because the OS trusts the 'trusted' bootloader implicitly, it …

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  4. Quota of H1-B visas for 2007 exhausted!

    04 April 2007

    On the second of April the United States government opened the Immigration and Naturalization Service's offices for applicants of H1-B visas to apply to enter the United States to work in the tech industry. They can only accept about 150,000 applications for this particular visa every year, which allows skilled tech workers to live in the United States for up to six years while working in their fields of expertise.

    Every single application slot was filled within twenty-four hours.

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  5. Denis Leary: Prophet of the 20th century?

    04 April 2007

    In his standup show No Cure For Cancer, Denis Leary used to joke about all of the drugs that Keith Richards has done, and about how people would have to smoke his ashes because he'd all but used up the entire supply of illicit drugs on the planet. In a recent interview, Keith Richards of the band the Rolling Stones admitted to snorting his father's ashes mixed with cocaine. A spokesman for the music magazine NME was reportedly able to confirm that the story was not, in fact, an April Fool's joke.

    You know.. there isn't much else that I …

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  6. An excerpt from Lupa's first book.

    03 April 2007

    In response to a post on a certain forum, Lupa has granted me permission to post an excerpt from her first book, Fang and Fur, Blood and Bone on my website.

    Excerpted from FFBB by Lupa - PDF format.

    Beneath the cut is the text of the excerpt, for the .pdf challenged. Excerpted from Fang and Fur, Blood and Bone: A Primal Guide to Animal Magic, copyright Lupa 2006, Immanion Press/Megalithica Books. Please do not reproduce without my written permission; if you like what you see, please consider buying a copy of the book. Thanks, and enjoy  --Lupa

    Appendix A …

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  7. Favourite author not coming to your city on a book-signing tour?

    03 April 2007

    Check out SignedPage.com.

    This website sells first editions of books signed by the authors for fans who can't make it to book signings or whose cities will not be visited by authors on their book-signing and publicity tours.

    Notables on the site at this time are Jim Butcher, author of the Dresden Files, who will be offering signed copies of his latest book, White Knight, and Jacqueline Carey, whose latest novel, Kushiel's Justice, will be released on 20 June 2007.

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  8. Source code to Javascript botnet agent leaked!

    03 April 2007

    Remember the software that Billy Hoffman demo'd at Shmoocon 2007 - the Javascript that turns any capable web browser into a zombie?

    One Mike Schroll snagged a copy while in the audience and posted it to his website. From there, about 100 somebodies downloaded copies, which no doubt have spread farther.

    You can bet that this is going to find illicit use soon. For Firefox users, I strongly suggest that you look into installing a plug-in called NoScript, which lets you decide whether or not to execute the Javascript embedded in a particular web page.

    As always, read the documentation.

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  9. Gary, Gary, Gary, you got some 'splainin' to do...

    03 April 2007

    Gary McKinnon, who cracked US government and military networks under the alias 'Solo' in search of information on unidentified flying objects and unusual power sources will be extradited to the United States to stand trial, possibly under the USA PATRIOT Act because he infiltrated a number of sensitive data systems and networks. They're calling it the largest compromise of military systems in history (92 boxen known compromised) but somehow I doubt this because McKinnon certainly wasn't the first person to go wandering around inside their systems after breaking in - Hans "Pengo" Hubner beat him to it by fifteen years, give …

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