Posts in March, 2013

Largest DDoS attack in history clogs Internet and emphasizes the need to correct Open DNS resolvers [UPDATE]

// March 31st, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

A 300 Gigabit per second denial of service attack has been crowned the biggest DDoS operation to date. For over a week, European spam-blocking service Spamhaus has been subjected to a brutal Denial of Service attack that has been so large, it has threatened to slow down the entire Internet infrastructure.

Netflix announces new Sci-Fi series, Sense8, from creators of The Matrix and Babylon 5

// March 31st, 2013 // No Comments » // Moves, TV, and Music News

Following the success of Arrested Development and House of Cards, Netflix has announced a new original series, Sense8. Due in late 2014, it’s being developed by the Wachowskis of The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Cloud Atlas and Speed Racer fame, as well as J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5. Details are thin, but the […]

Bitcoin cryptographic virtual currency puzzles economists – hits record-setting $1 billion valuation

// March 31st, 2013 // No Comments » // Internet

Bitcoin, the world’s first open source cryptographic currency, set a new record yesterday afternoon as the price listed on the largest online exchange rose past US $92. With nearly 11 million Bitcoins in circulation, this sets the total worth of the currency at just over one billion dollars. Bitcoin is a digital currency that runs […]

Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket engines recovered from floor of Atlantic

// March 31st, 2013 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

Two of the five Saturn V rocket engines that powered NASA’s July 19, 1969 Apollo 11 rocket launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, has been recovered from the Atlantic ocean floor in an expedition sponsored by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The rockets, which had a shelf life of only 165 seconds, were jettisoned into the waters […]

De-extinction for the first time – bizarre extinct frog species brought back from the grave

// March 18th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

Rheobatrachus silus, the gastric-brooding frog, is different from most other frogs – it gives birth from its mouth, swallowing eggs to hide in its stomach until they’re ready to hatch then spitting out live baby frogs. Sadly. the frog was last seen in the wild in 1979 and became extinct a few years later. Luckily, […]

Ah, Hello? Has anyone else noticed that the Devil in “The Bible” looks just like President Obama?

// March 18th, 2013 // No Comments » // Entertainment

Twitter lit up on Sunday (3/17/13) after the History Channel’s airing of the popular miniseries, The Bible, showed the devil for the first time in the series. 13.1 million viewers couldn’t help but notice that Satan, played by actor Mehdi Ouzaani, looked oddly like United States 44th president, Barack Obama.

Facebook’s latest blunder – bypasses Google Play store with latest software update causing confusion and problems for many users

// March 15th, 2013 // No Comments » // Uncategorized

We are really scratching our heads over this one. You gotta wonder what the goofballs at Facebook have been thinking lately. Their latest blunder? In their infinite wisdom, Facebook decided to bypass the Google Play store with their latest software update, issuing a software update prompt in the Android notification screen which has confused, frightened, […]

China’s modern Internet architecture – a framework for effective and efficient Internet traffic communication or model for mass censorship

// March 14th, 2013 // No Comments » // Technology

When it comes to Internet architecture, China has a huge advantage over the rest of the world. Given its relatively new economic status (the Internet was not introduced to China until 1994), China is in the unique position to build its Internet, from the ground up, using proven and sound architectural schemas (in contrast to […]

Samsung Galaxy S4 fizzle but device does solidify position as king of the mobile arena – for now…

// March 14th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hardware

The Samsung Galaxy S4 was revealed today and although there were no mind-blowing revelations (and a couple of disappointments), it is indeed a beauty. With a 5 inch Super AMOLED 1920×1080 display (441ppi and protected via Gorilla Glass 3) and 1.6GHz 8-core Exynos Octa 5410 SoC (which is really two quad-cores – four Cortex-A15 cores […]

Creepy Ratters – men who secretly spy on “slaves” via webcams and remote administration toolsets

// March 12th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

They use a set of tools called “remote administration tools” (RAT). They call themselves “ratters” and they taunt, prank, and toy with their prey, typically young females. They use underground forums to share the spoils of their efforts, hundreds of gigabytes worth of photos of their “slaves”. And they may be watching you, through your […]

New study goes back 11,300 years to chart Earth’s global temperature changes – things just got worse

// March 12th, 2013 // No Comments » // Meteorology and Weather News

A new study published by Science reconstructs global temperatures further back than any previous study, going back a whopping 11,300 years to study historic global temperature changes in the Earth’s atmosphere. The most notable study prior to this was Penn State University’s 1999 study which used tree rings to show a massive uptick in temperatures […]

Walgreens pharmacy to build America’s first zero-energy superstore

// March 12th, 2013 // No Comments » // Futuristic Technology

Walgreens pharmacy is building what it calls America’s first “zero-energy” superstore. Located in Evanston, Illinois,, just 20 miles from its corporate headquarters, the store will use more than 800 solar panels, two wind turbines, and geothermal energy to power its superstore. Energy-efficient construction materials and LED lighting will help ensure the store’s energy requirements are […]

New EMBRACE+ provides wireless smartphone notifications using flashing light, color, vibration on wrist-worn bracelet

// March 7th, 2013 // No Comments » // Mobile

EMBRACE+ is anxious to get to market and we’re itching to get our hands on one. EMBRACE+ provides customizable notifications for incoming calls, texts, email, calendar alerts, alarm and timer, social media apps (Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, LinkedIn, Skype) and more via lights in a stylish, space-age looking bracelet. Users can choose different colors, light […]

Long live the X Window display server! Except on Ubuntu Linux where it is being tossed out and replaced…

// March 7th, 2013 // No Comments » // Operating Systems

After three decades of life, Unix’s X Window display server is showing its age and Ubuntu Linux creators have decided enough is enough. In order to power the Unity user interface in Ubuntu on tablets and phones, Canonical says that the 1980’s-era X Windows display server has to go and in its place we will […]

China’s ghost cities – Chinese find out the hard way that “if you build it they will come” does not always apply

// March 6th, 2013 // No Comments » // Entertainment News

Vacant Chinese Ghost City

One of the hottest economies in the world belongs to the Chinese and within their economy, one of the hottest markets is real estate. Or so they thought. Chinese commercial developers have built miles and miles of commercial and residential properties that have gone unused and remain vacant in eerie, empty cities. At a growth […]