Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is twice the size of France - why humans stink

There are now 46,000 pieces of plastic per square kilometre of the world's oceans, killing a million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals each year. Worse still, there seems to be nothing we can do to clean it up. So how do we turn the tide?

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Way out in the Pacific Ocean, in an area once known as the doldrums, an enormous, accidental monument to modern society has formed. Invisible to satellites, poorly understood by scientists and perhaps twice the size of France, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is not a solid mass, as is sometimes imagined, but a kind of marine soup whose main ingredient is floating plastic debris

Wikipedia : The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Digital Security, or lack-there-of?

Do I pay too much attention to the digital security, or are there more threats today than ever before; not just statistically speaking - (i.e - accounting for the growth of computers per person/business, etc.), but an actual percentage increase of attacks and breaches per day? To clarify : I am not in the security field in any form, but I have always had a fondness for who/what/when/where/why and how. I don't seek out that news, but rather come across it often in the stories I read and the sites I visit. Some of the main sources being Slashdot the place of "News for Nerds. Stuff that matters." and Wired, but not just there... everywhere - NPR, CNN, FOX, etc. I really don't recall the stories being there 5, 4, heck 2 years ago and now the "cyber-crime" stories are not only making the evening news, but headlining often. The difference being - I don't have to seek it out anymore, it exists in the mainstream media. Unlike the "Free Kevin" days where stories (and people) were swept under the proverbial rug and the media looked the other way - it seems that a week does not go by without a school server hacked, a bank that is breached or a 911 center that is spoofed.

Maybe I am uber-sensitive now or maybe - we exist in a severely over digitized and under-secured operating environment. To me there seems to be a lack of checks and balances in the implementation of OS' department... where U.S. Navy communications satellite FLTSAT-8 can be taken by Brazilian home-brew equipment and used for a soccer game re-broadcast and a generally "open" CB channel to chat on. It exists when the Pentagon's $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project is compromised by Chinese computer spies. Do you have to worry about the FBI's CIPAV spyware being injected to your system on a daily basis, because the tucked it into an affidavit?

Here is a great story on this topic : Researchers have discovered a major botnet operating out of the Ukraine that has infected 1.9 million machines, including large corporate and government PCs mainly in the U.S.

We are now in a world, where-in security professionals suggest not to use Adobe Reader, because of the targeted attacks that all to often actually take place on it.

More on the physical security end of the digital insecurity spectrum... and I quote Bruce Perens "A Cyber-Attack on an American City"
Just after midnight on Thursday, April 9, unidentified attackers climbed down four manholes serving the Northern California city of Morgan Hill and cut eight fiber cables in what appears to have been an organized attack on the electronic infrastructure of an American city. Its implications, though startling, have gone almost un-reported.

That doesn't lend to my main point of "more mainstream" attention... but needed to be thrown in anyways.

Alright, okay... I can't imagine anyone made it this far into my babbling - but if you did, I am finsihed now



Hackers Broke Into FAA Air Traffic Control Systems

World's First X-ray Laser Powers Up

X-ray lasers may be able to push technologies and sciences, currently based on synchrotron x-ray radiation, to new levels.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Apple's New Weapon

To help soldiers make sense of data from drones, satellites and ground sensors, the U.S. military now issues the iPod Touch. Shoots video?

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Pirate Bay Trial: The Official Verdict - Guilty {UPDATE 04.23.2009}

The Pirate Bay Trial: The Official Verdict - Guilty

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Judge In Pirate Bay Trial Biased!!!
The judge who handed down the harsh sentence to the four accused in the The Pirate Bay trial was biased, writes Sveriges Radio (Sweden Public Radio): (swedish). Google translation. The judge is member of two copyright lobby organizations, something he shares with several of the prosecutor attorneys (Monique Wadsted, Henrik Pontén and Peter Danowsky). The organizations in question are Svenska Föreningen för Upphovsrätt (SFU) and Svenska föreningen för industriellt rättsskydd (SFIR)."

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Tweenbots: a little robots journey through the big city

By far, one of the coolest social experiments I have ever came across! I enjoyed the reading of the blog and how the entire experiment was set-up and conducted. Very intuitive and enticing, I really can't wait to see the raw data gathered from this and future endeavors. Keep up the good work Kacie Kinzer, you have a fan in me!

The most endearing story of the week. More for what it tells us about humans than about robots.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Pressing Issue: Beeb Video Shows Us the Truth Behind Vinyl

This video shows the production of a vinyl record from start to finish in the kind of intricate detail that only a non-commercial station can get away with.The clip is almost four minutes long and pretty much all of that is dense explanation. Absolutely fascinating.

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

the Masters Tournament iPhone application

Live, streaming video from the Tournament including Amen Corner Live, holes No. 15 & 16, Masters Extra, the Par 3 Contest and Player Interview from 3 locations.Live Leader board featuring an over/under scoring view, player information and pairings with tee times.Course Information with flyovers, player tracking, and hole details.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Masters 2009

Well, I have once again not posted for a few days - this time, because I was on a trip with my family (Mom, Dad and Monica) down south to go to the Masters Monday practice round, golf one day, shop another day. We had a great time and here are some pictures of our trip and some links for the 2009 Masters.

Set your TiVos now!

Below is a slideshow of 24 pictures, from the time we left Saturday morning, through Sunday.

Here is a video of us on the way into the Mastesr, from the time we got off of I-20, finding our way into the gates. My dad is the camera-man, since I was driving... let the laughter begin!

Here is the slideshow with 274 photos from the practice round Monday, April 6th 2009 at The Masters.

Below is a panoramic photo of the approach shot on 11th Hole at Augusta National, more well known as the begining of Amen Corner.

Panorama of The Masters 2009 - 11th Hole White Dogwood on

Friday, April 3, 2009

Leaning Tower of Pisa in Jenga blocks

leaning tower of Pisa rendered in Jenga blocks - over 12,000 blocks - 2 weekends to build - watch the moron reporter ruin it.Same Youtube video -

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Padraigs 830-metre par three!

Awesome Hole at the Legends Golf and Safari Resort in in South Africa

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Miniature Earth

I came across this a day or two ago and really wanted to share it with everyone. It's called The Miniature Earth and I don't even remember who sent it to me or where I got it... so for now, I'll assume I found it surfing or on a message board. Anyways, I think it's a captivating piece and really has a "boiled-down" aspect to the numbers that are used and the way it's presented. Great concept and idea, whoever created the site/video/etc.

Click here, to view the video.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

BREAKING: Trent Reznor takes a shit

Word has been coming in that Trent Reznor has actually taken a shit. This incredible event will have implications throughout the NIN fan scene, and we're eagerly following this story as it develops.

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Conficker Worm Strike Reports Start Rolling In

A nuclear missile installation near Elmendorf Air force Base outside of Anchorage, Alaska briefly went on a full-scale military alert

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BREAKING: Warner Bros. Acquires The Pirate Bay

After years of hostility, lawsuits, police raids and heated invective between the two groups, the Pirate Bay has today announced they have settled their differences with US media conglomerate Warner Bros. The largest BitTorrent tracker sold out to Hollywood and the two have agreed a deal.

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BTW, great to be back from the Columbia, SC 2009 golf trip!

Here is a slideshow of the pics I took on my mobile, more to be added later!