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Siemens Provides Stuxnet Update | News | Automation World
Topic: Technology 1:28 am EDT, Sep 25, 2010

Siemens has isolated the virus on a test system to carry out more extensive investigations. Based on previously analyzed properties and the behavior of the virus in the software environment of a test system, this does not appear to be the random development of one hacker, but the product of a team of experts. The company suspects that this team is comprised of IT experts with corresponding engineering knowledge of industrial controls based on the virus deployment in industrial production processes.

The extent of the threat to industrial systems still posed by Stuxnet following the implementation of the security updates will, however, remain uncertain until further investigations into the Trojan and its mode of operation are complete. Siemens does not yet have any leads as to the source and origin of this malicious software, but analyses are ongoing.

This whole Stuxnet business is highly intriguing. For those not following it, I highly suggest Googling around about it. Bullets in the cyberwar are certainly whizzing by in all directions these days...

Siemens Provides Stuxnet Update | News | Automation World

Tinkering to the future
Topic: Technology 8:43 am EDT, Jun  1, 2009

Alex Pang:

Tinkering is about seizing the moment: it is about ad-hoc learning, getting things done, innovation and novelty, all in a highly social, networked environment. Tinkering is a bit like jazz.

Today we tinker with things; tomorrow, we will tinker with the world.

The counterculture is one important influence on tinkering; so is computer hacking, with its casual contempt for established authority, deep respect for arcane technical skills, and refined love of imaginative jokes.

Consumption encourages you to just react; the more thoughtlessly the better. Tinkering forces you to reflect, to learn from your experience, to think about why something has worked or failed, and to consider the possibilities before you.

Tinkering to the future

In new procedure, artificial arm listens to brain - International Herald Tribune
Topic: Technology 7:01 am EST, Feb 11, 2009

Amanda Kitts lost her left arm in a car accident three years ago, but these days she plays football with her 12-year-old son, and changes diapers and bearhugs children at the three Kiddie Cottage day care centers she owns in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Kitts, 40, does this all with a new kind of artificial arm that moves more easily than other devices and that she can control by using only her thoughts.

"I'm able to move my hand, wrist and elbow all at the same time," she said. "You think, and then your muscles move."

Her turnaround is the result of a new procedure that is attracting increasing attention because it allows people to move prosthetic arms more automatically than ever before, simply by using rewired nerves and their brains.

The technique, called targeted muscle reinnervation, involves taking the nerves that remain after an arm is amputated and connecting them to another muscle in the body, often in the chest. Electrodes are placed over the chest muscles, acting as antennae. When the person wants to move the arm, the brain sends signals that first contract the chest muscles, which send an electrical signal to the prosthetic arm, instructing it to move. The process requires no more conscious effort than it would for a person who has a natural arm.

In new procedure, artificial arm listens to brain - International Herald Tribune

OpenDNS - Small/Medium Business - Use OpenDNS
Topic: Technology 10:33 am EST, Feb 10, 2009

The straight dope

Our nameservers are and

OpenDNS - Small/Medium Business - Use OpenDNS

NETGEAR ReadyNAS Community » Blog Archive » Making Time Machine work with the ReadyNAS
Topic: Technology 6:13 am EST, Feb  7, 2009

Ok I’ve just converted a second machine to use the NAS for networked Time Machine backups, and this time things went straight through without any mistakes. Here’s the run-down:

How to use any shared drive on your machine as a time capsule.

NETGEAR ReadyNAS Community » Blog Archive » Making Time Machine work with the ReadyNAS

Epoch 1234567890 = 2009-02-13 18:31:30
Topic: Technology 6:59 am EST, Feb  4, 2009

For those of you keeping track, the Unix Epoch will be 1234567890 on Feb 13th. (Exact time depending on your Time Zone... unless you want to be UTC about it.)

Epoch 1234567890 = 2009-02-13 18:31:30

Things I wish Microsoft and Apple would do differently #7432
Topic: Technology 8:19 pm EST, Dec 15, 2008

When pasting text default to plain text.

When I am pasting text from one window into another window, I almost never want to preserve the font and formatting from the previous window. I'm moving information into a different context. The first context has a particular look and feel. The new context invariably has a different look and feel. I want the information that I'm adding into the new context to fit the overall look and feel for the new context, not the old one. Therefore, text should default to pasting as plain text (or "paste and match style" as Apple calls it). I should not have to click on "Paste Special..." and then choose "unformatted text" from a menu and then click OK, every time I want to paste something. That's too much clicking. The extra clicking should be preserved for the rare case where I do want the formatting preserved. If most users feel differently about this, at least make the default behavior configurable!

Things I wish Microsoft and Apple would do differently #7432

Choose the Red Pill and the Blue Pill
Topic: Technology 8:53 am EST, Dec 10, 2008

Ben Laurie:

One simply cannot properly secure a general-purpose operating system.

We suggest a solution that involves taking both the Blue Pill and the Red Pill: providing the trusted path by means of a separate device with a secure operating system, used in tandem with the existing general purpose operating system.

Choose the Red Pill and the Blue Pill

Lessons From the Science of Nothing At All
Topic: Technology 5:25 pm EDT, Oct 13, 2008

What we've learned in software so far is that you can build things out of junk, but that finding out what to build and how to best design it takes creativity - that is, lots of tries, working with the folks who will use the stuff in the end, and perfecting the best attempt. It's too bad building software isn't like building bridges. It's more like writing novels - maybe like writing science fiction.

Lessons From the Science of Nothing At All

The Technology Liberation Front » A Major Milestone for Space-Based Solar Power (SBSP)
Topic: Technology 6:54 am EDT, Sep 16, 2008

At a press conference this morning at the National Press club in Washington, the Space Solar Alliance for Future Energy (SSAFE) announced a milestone demonstration of the critical technology enabling SBSP:  long-distance, solar-powered wireless power transmission.

The Technology Liberation Front » A Major Milestone for Space-Based Solar Power (SBSP)

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