2 July 2015

Tim Hunt backlash

Professor Richard Dawkins is demanding an apology from those who criticised Sir Tim Hunt over a leaked EU report he claims gives vital context to comments the Nobel laureate scientist made about his “trouble with girls” in laboratories. But… Many science journalists were at the lunch and witnessed the whole thing, including Deborah Blum, Ivan Oransky, Charles Seife, and Connie St. Louis. After discussing what they saw and heard, they decided St. ... Read more

1 July 2015

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask was originally released in 2000 for the Nintendo 64. It’s the odd one out of the Zelda games, having a unique premise. Link is ambushed by the Skull Kid, who is wearing a mysterious mask. He ends up in Clock Town in the center of the land of Termina, three days before the Festival of the Moon. Unfortunately, the moon in question — which has a creepy, sinister looking moon face — turns out to be colliding with the world, and hits at dawn on the day of the festival. ... Read more

17 June 2015

Asphyxiating the messenger

Found on a list of terms GM employees were forbidden from using: brakes like an “X” car Challenger Cobain Corvair-like deathtrap decapitating detonate disemboweling eviscerated explode genocide grenadelike Hindenburg horrific impaling inferno Kevorkianesque lacerating maiming malicious mangling maniacal mutilating powder keg rolling sarcophagus (or tomb or coffin) spontaneous combustion suicidal terrifying Titanic widow-maker you’re toast worldojeff via Compfight

17 June 2015

LastPass

Bob: “You were an idiot to use LastPass. Now the hackers have your LastPass password!” Alice: “No, they don’t. They have a hash generated with at least 5000 rounds of SHA-256. They still need to crack that or brute force your password, which isn’t likely unless they’re the NSA. And they have to crack it before I get around to changing my master password.” Bob: “Well, I still don’t like that your passwords are all on someone else’s server where they can be stolen. ... Read more

17 June 2015

The OPM “hack” and related matters

As government officials answered questions about the recent Office of Personnel Management data breach, former and current congressional staffers processed the notices they are receiving from the agency that they, too, were affected by the breach. A consultant who did some work with a company contracted by OPM to manage personnel records for a number of agencies told Ars that he found the Unix systems administrator for the project “was in Argentina and his co-worker was physically located in the [People’s Republic of China]. ... Read more

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