A gun-toting investigator from the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reportedly stopped by campus and quizzed MIT network administrators about the intent of the site. Under state law, MSPCA investigators are deputized as “special state police officers” with investigation and arrest abilities.
“We do recognize the power and value of this data,” Andrew Coward, the chief marketing officer, said. “We’re very aware that this information is sensitive. It’s a treasure trove.”
This was precisely the goal of the Blaster worm, which was designed to attack the Microsoft Windows Update website where computer users were to obtain the patch for Blaster. Fortunately, Microsoft averted the problem by moving the patch to a different address.
The Lego Group and Warner Bros are working on a new Lego movie which should hit the theaters early 2014. To fuel their creativity and make the Lego fans contribute, the movie Directors came up with a little contest spanning over the next 4 months.
The final specification for 802.11n, the blazing-fast new Wi-Fi standard that’s been in the draft stage since 2006, almost made our list last year due to a staggering number of reader votes. However, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE, held firm that nothing would be finalized until January 2007, so 802.11n got a pass. No broken promise, no award.
On Sunday, the site made collections from the Vatican Museums, as well as virtual tours of the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Room, available online. Next year, the site’s Secret Archives section will display rare documents such as treaties between the church and different governments.
Most of the projects will need some tweaking to get the most out of them. This is the best engineering lesson: how to optimize the destructive power of your creation.
The team is trying rat muscle cells next. “We want to show many cells are compatible with this approach,” Gammaitoni says. Besides, harvesting electricity from muscle cells would expand the types of sensors that could be designed, since muscles exist all over the body. It’ll give new purpose to getting swole.
Hurley: Our world is changing, our awareness is changing, and so, too, are the stories we’re telling. The problem is, sometimes it’s unclear where the change is going. Part of this project is showing that there is a market for this content and it lets us experiment with how to serve that market in a way that many companies might not be able to do.
McAfee is working on a system that will identify threats as they enter into a computing environment, and will recognize malicious code by looking for specific behaviors and patterns, not particular chunks of code. This technology, now under development, is called Outbreak Manager.
Earlier this week, Vice’s technology and science news site Motherboard dropped its comments section, opting to replace it with an old school “letters to the editor” feature. Then Reddit launched a news site called Upvoted that didn’t include a comments section. (You can still comment on the stories on Reddit itself.)
Blocking access to websites doesn’t interfere with free speech because Internet addresses aren’t real, according to the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office.
I need to take the audio CD of my church’s weekly sermon, add a quick musical intro, tweak the bitrate to get it to a manageable size (in MB), and save as an MP3 so it can go on the church website. Simple enough? Tying it back to being a GeekDad, I want to be also be able to help my kids add a bit of audio to school projects (now that the school-year is here for my kids) when appropriate – you know…voice-overs and sound-effects for video projects and things like that….