1. China treating Internet addiction with ECT?

    23 February 2007

    China is notorious the Net over for its anti-Internet political stance. Bloggers have to register, talking about democracy is a dangerous thing to do at best, and the Great Firewall of China makes a valiant attempt to filter net.traffic to keep the masses uninformed and unable to speak out. They've even managed to have Internet addiction considered a real social problem treatable with hospitalisation and electroconvulsive therapy What gets me is this: The kids that are hospitalised for this 'treatment' (and I use the term in the loosest possible sense) aren't sleeping well, aren't motivated, don't like to listen …

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  2. The RIAA is at it again - they want you responsible for your network link, regardless of who uses it.

    23 February 2007

    Not too long ago, a woman named Debbie Foster was sued by Capitol Records (RIAA) for copyright infringement because someone was using her network access account to exchange music on $peer_to_peer_network. As it turned out during the investigation phase, someone had cracked the passphrase on her account and was using it without her knowledge. Thus, the lawsuit had to be dropped because the RIAA was suing the wrong person (which has never stopped them in the past). The RIAA was commanded by the court to pay her legal fees, which topped $50kus in total. The RIAA in turn filed a …

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  3. It still clicks...

    22 February 2007

    Remember those old IBM keyboards with the clicky keys that sounded like gunshots when you really got going on the console? It's a shame that they're so rare these days... what was done to this one is definitely not a shame, though: It's been turned into a steampunk typewriter keyboard, complete with working indicator lights and function keys numbered with roman numerals. All of the brass parts were hand fabricated, no less.. this is a true work of art.

    Please note that some of the images are broken - I suspect that's because this site is being slashdotted since it hit …

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  4. Changing offices.

    22 February 2007

    It is the perogative of the system administrator to loot everything that could possibly be useful from his or her old office in the event of a forced move due to how easily important things get lost in the shuffle.

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  5. More advances in quantum cryptographic keying methods.

    22 February 2007

    In slightly less technical terms, researchers at the Toshiba Research Europe facility in Cambridge, England have figured out how to make it harder for eavesdroppers to steal keying information from a quantum cryptosystem (registration required, Bugmenot has login credentials for this site). For an attacker to have a chance at breaking a quantum cryptosystem, he or she would have to splice a tap into the optical fibre which connects the two crypto units and record the pulses of light that encode the key used to encrypt the data. There are ways to use the principles of quantum mechanics to detect …

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  6. Systems cracker stalks pedophiles.

    22 February 2007

    Brad Willman, known to the underground as Omni-Potent, has stepped forward after three years of secretly stalking online pedophiles and tipping off law enforcement. His primary tool was a trojan horse that appeared to be an image file but was actually a remote access tool that he posted to child porn-related newsgroups on Usenet. People would download and double-click them, which silently installed the utility. He would monitor feeds from multiple installations of this utility for up to 16 hours every day, gathering evidence that he indexed, filed, and passed along to police, even against their orders. Time and again …

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  7. Not a mythril shirt, but something just as nifty.

    22 February 2007

    Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have figured out how to use microphotolithography techniques to make the world's smallest chainmail. The links are made of vapor deposited copper, and each link is 500 microns in diameter. Testing shows that the micro-chainmail has the tensile strength of nylon, can stretch 1/3 of its resting length, and is extremely flexible. As flexible as 'real' fabric, in fact.

    Oh, and did I mention that it conducts electricity normally?

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  8. Hyperreal cinema.

    21 February 2007

    By now we've all seen what Photoshop is capable of - just look at Worth 1000 for examples of things that just can't exist, and yet do have a strange sort of life on the screen. People can be added and deleted, colours can be changed, and still scenes can be fabricated from stock images after a couple of hours of skilled effort. Editing moving footage is more difficult, though, because you've got thirty-two frames in each second to edit, times however many seconds long a particular piece of footage is. Impossible? Hardly - video editing technology is an amazing thing. I …

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  9. The world of campaign donations has just gotten a lot smaller, and a little more scary.

    21 February 2007

    One Abdul Tawala ibn Alishtari, also known as Michael Mixon, is a noted donor to the National Republican Congressional Committee, and has given in excess of $15kus in donations to the Committee since the year 2002. In fact, he was named a member of "the Inner Circle" of the committee because he's been so monetarily helpful, and was named Businessman of the Year by the state of New York two years in a row. The thing is, he's now up on charges of terrorism and giving financial aid to terrorists because it's come out that he also donated around $152kus …

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  10. From my alma mater, a monkey with a prosthetic arm.

    21 February 2007

    If you've been watching the Net for a while, you've probably heard about the monkey in a research lab at the University of Pittsburgh that has a prosthetic arm wired directly to its brain with an implanted interface. The monkey seems to have gotten pretty good with it, too - while restrained it can use the prosthetic arm to feed itself. If you follow the link to the neuro-bio lab you can even watch it in realtime.

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