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Comment: Re:But is it reaslistic? (Score 1) 338

by AJWM (#47789675) Attached to: Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

Actually, getting hold of bubonic plague is easier than you think. It's endemic amongst e.g. prairie dogs in the Four-Corners area of the US (where Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona connect).

Of course, that ubiquity means it'd make a pretty poor bioweapon, since it also means the medical infrastructure is equipped to handle it. Also, it's a bacterium, so it can be treated with antibiotics. (In the 4-Corners area, hantavirus is a more serious concern.)

To answer your original question, I'd say "wishful thinking" -- but the 9/11 attacks probably started out that way too.

Comment: Re:Telnet-based BBS. (Score 1) 576

by AJWM (#47789605) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Your comment prompted me to try nlzero.com again. My account is still there!

Noise Level Zero (nlzero) is the heir to Byte Magazine's BIX (Byte Information Exchange) system from pre-web days. No official connection, but it uses the same CoSy software and many of the BIX regulars moved over to nlzero when Byte shut down the BIX system.

Still going, with recent messages, though of course nowhere near as active as BIX was in its heyday.

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