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Comment: Re:I do something similar (Score 1) 325

by Jason W (#33855356) Attached to: What Tech Should Be In a Fifth-Grade Classroom?
I do the exact same thing, WWBFT (What Would Ben Franklin Think?). I imagine him working on a project and I figure he would be glad to be able to get information so quickly so he could continue the thought process immediately. But I also figure he'd get distracted by all the same things we do; it's hard to stay in thinking mode when the whole world's at your fingertips.

Still, I always think WWBFT whenever someone complains about their slow phone or can't find something on Google. Most people take technology for granted today.
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+ - The binary code in Canada's Gov-Gen coat of arms?-> 2

Submitted by Lev13than
Lev13than (581686) writes "Dr. David Johnston, formerly the president of the University of Waterloo, was installed as Canada's new Governor-General on Friday. As de facto head of state and the Queen's representative in Canada he is required to design a personal coat of arms. One modern detail has attracted particular attention — a 33-digit palindromic binary stream at the base. Efforts to decode the meaning of the number using ASCII, Morse, grouping by 3/11 and other theories has so far come up empty (right now it's a toss up between random, the phone number 683-077-0643 and Morse code for "send help — trapped in a coat of arms factory"). Is 110010111001001010100100111010011 the combination to his luggage, or just a random stream of digits?"
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Comment: The May 9, 1979 reference (Score 3, Informative) 307

by Jason W (#33766678) Attached to: Stuxnet Analysis Backs Iran-Israel Connection
For those too lazy to read the dossier:

Export 16 first checks that the configuration data is valid, after that it checks the value “NTVDM TRACE” in the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\MS-DOS Emulation

If this value is equal to 19790509 the threat will exit. This is thought to be an infection marker or a “do not in- fect” marker. If this is set correctly infection will not occur. The value appears to be a date of May 9, 1979. While on May 9, 1979 a variety of historical events occured, according to Wikipedia “Habib Elghanian was executed by a firing squad in Tehran sending shock waves through the closely knit Iranian Jewish community. He was the first Jew and one of the first civilians to be executed by the new Islamic government. This prompted the mass exodus of the once 100,000 member strong Jewish community of Iran which continues to this day.” Symantec cautions readers on drawing any attribution conclusions. Attackers would have the natural desire to implicate another party.

Next, Stuxnet reads a date from the configuration data (offset 0x8c in the configuration data). If the current date is later than the date in the configuration file then infection will also not occur and the threat will exit. The date found in the current configuration file is June 24, 2012.

But really, May 9, 1979 being Rosario Dawson's birthday puts this back on the teenager in his basement path to me.

+ - Inside Facebook's Infrastructure->

Submitted by miller60
miller60 (554835) writes "Facebook served up 690 billion page views to its 540 million users in August, according to data from Google's DoubleClick. How does it manage that massive amount of traffic? Data Center Knowledge has put together a guide to the infrastructure powering Facebook, with details on the size and location of its data centers, its use of open source software, and its dispute with Greenpeace over energy sourcing for its newest server farm. There are also links to technical presentations by Facebook staff, including a 2009 technical presentation on memcached by CEO Mark Zuckerberg."
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