Posts in November, 2012

Austrian Tor operator arrested for child pornography transmitted through his Tor exit node

// November 30th, 2012 // 2 Comments » // Hacking and Security

Even though we’ve warned about the dangers of running a TOR exit node, this is a bit alarming. William Weber, a 20-year-old IT administrator in Graz, Austria, has been charged with distribution of child pornography for kiddie porn that was transmitted through a TOR exit node he was running. During the raid, police confiscated around […]

NASA announces new evidence for water ice at Mercury’s poles

// November 30th, 2012 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

Scientist have long speculated that ice existed on the planet Mercury. Radio waves bounced off the planet decades ago indicated many bright spots on the planet’s surface. Scientist were reluctant to conclude that the white areas were ice though. The white reflection could have been silicate, sulfur, or other highly-reflective substances. Today, a new analysis […]

Real or Enhanced? Moustafa “Popeye” Ismail defends source of his record breaking arms

// November 30th, 2012 // No Comments » // Entertainment News

First Guinness decided to recognize Moustafa “Popeye” Ismail as the holder of the world’s largest arms. But at 31 inches in girth, detractors said “no way”. They insist the freaky set of guns are enhanced in some manner, either by steroids, silicone injections, or injections of synthol, a synthetic oil that expands and enhances muscle […]

Microsoft announces pricing for the x86 version (Windows 8 Pro) of their Surface tablet

// November 29th, 2012 // No Comments » // Hardware

One month after the Surface RT hit the market, Microsoft today announced pricing for the x86 version of their Surface tablet. In January, Surface with Windows 8 Pro will be available in two versions: a 64GB version for $899 and a 128GB version for $999 and of course, both will run all current Windows 7 […]

Christmas lighting ideas: Cool bedroom/desk light sets for Geeks

// November 29th, 2012 // No Comments » // Products for Sale

If the warm glow of your computer monitor is not quite enough, here are some cool light fixtures (all officially licensed where applicable) that would make excellent Christmas gifts for your geeky loved one.

Monster storm rages on Saturn inside strange hexagon-shaped cloud system [PICTURES]

// November 29th, 2012 // No Comments » // Meteorology and Weather News

On November 27, 2012, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured this amazing image of a monster storm raging at Saturn’s north pole. Viewed from 361,000 kilometers away, the storm’s sinister eye looks quite similar to Earth-based hurricanes leading scientists to surmise that the ringed planet’s storms form in much the same way, with warm, moist air rising […]

Wired South Korea plan to stem digital addiction – start training kids at 3-years-old

// November 29th, 2012 // No Comments » // Internet

South Korea is one of the most wired countries in the world with an estimated 98% of the population connected with broadband Internet and 2/3 of the population owning smartphone devices. But being ultra-wired does have its drawbacks. Officials estimate that 160,000 children between the ages of 5 and 9 are addicted to the Internet. […]

North Face can’t take a joke – becomes whipping boy of Internet jokesters everywhere

// November 29th, 2012 // No Comments » // Geek Humor

If you can’t take a joke, chances are you’re going to become the butt of many jokes in the future. That’s what The North Face, the popular American outdoor product company known for their high-priced outdoor products, found after multiple frivolous legal actions against persons that The North Face felt “violated” their self-described “iconic” logo. […]

“Six Strikes” copyright enforcement plan has been postponed until 2013

// November 29th, 2012 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Now what are these guys up to now? The executive director of the Center for Copyright Information, which is in charge of the copyright warning system, announced today that because of damage from Hurricane Sandy the organization’s “Six Strikes” alert system will not begin until next year. CCI announced on their blog: “Due to unexpected […]

Mind-blowing anamorphic illusion will make your brains leak out of your ears [VIDEO]

// November 29th, 2012 // No Comments » // Entertainment

Prepare to have your mind blown. YouTube illusion and science channel Brussup photographed a few random objects (a Rubik’s Cube, role of tape, and a tennis shoe), skewed them using graphics software, and then printed the result on a high-res printer. He then shot a video of the incredible 3D anamorphic illusions (an optical illusion […]

Software developer sues China – is reprimended with an unrelenting string of cyberattacks against his company

// November 28th, 2012 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

We have breaking news for you – a China vs. United States war is already taking place. And it’s occurring in the commercial workspaces of U.S. based companies as we speak. A remarkable story has developed regarding Solid Oak Software Inc.’s battle against the People’s Republic of China over Solid Oak Software’s controversial CyberSitter software […]

Researchers discover clue as to why a black hole’s mass is lighter than expected

// November 28th, 2012 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

If you have ever wondered why, against conventional logic, black holes are so “light”, researchers at Virginia Tech may be about to quench your thirst for an answer. Computer models of the early universe fall fairly close to home except for one thing – the ratio of the mass of black holes in the center […]

U.N. plans to seize bigger role in Internet governance – seeks to pass control to oppressive governments

// November 28th, 2012 // No Comments » // Internet

This weekend, the U.N. plans to seize a bigger role in Internet governance, one that would pass control of citizen’s Internet access to the nations’ governments, including oppressive governments such as Russia, China, and North Korea. Strongly backed by China and Russia, the meeting and its proposals are being withheld from public view while the […]

NYU students discover open listserver for 40,000 students and faculty. Let the fun begin…

// November 28th, 2012 // No Comments » // Geek Humor

As NYU explained: “NYU uses something called E-Mail Direct for most mass emails. That system is meant for one-way emailing. E-Mail Direct does not allow for reply-alls, therefore you cannot respond to most mass emails. Several NYU departments still rely on the older, discussion-based ListManager program, however. ListManager also sends mass emails, but allows discussions […]

Anonymous breaks into International Atomic Energy Agency servers – publishes server login info and email contacts

// November 28th, 2012 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Anonymous hackers broke into a International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) server and released server login information and email contact information of experts working for IAEA on Sunday. The list of 167 email addresses was posted on Pastebin. IAEA spokeswoman Gill Tudor downplayed the incident claiming the server was “old”.

New AMC drama, Halt and Catch Fire, will follow 1980’s personal computer boom

// November 28th, 2012 // No Comments » // Moves, TV, and Music News

AMC has announced that they ordered up a pilot for a new drama, “Halt & Catch Fire”, that will follow the personal computing boom in its early days. Set in the early 1980’s, Halt & Catch Fire dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations […]