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How Many Bits Does It Take To Kill You? 300

Posted by timothy
from the two-bits-buys-a-razor-blade dept.
pegr writes "Andrew 'bunnie' Huang, Reverse Engineer, XBox hacker, and generally smart guy, muses over the H1N1/swine flu virus as only a reverse engineer can: 'I now know how to modify the virus sequence to probably make it more deadly.' Not that he would, of course. bunnie has consistently made the esoteric available to us mere mortals, and his overview of the H1N1 virus is a fascinating read from a unique perspective." (Seen today also at the top of Schneier on Security.)

Comment: Grace period (Score 5, Insightful) 379

by illm (#29089589) Attached to: Fatty Foods Affect Memory and Exercise Performance

Switching your intake to a low-carb-high-fat diet involves a grace period a week or so. This is to allow the body to "reshape" itself to use the fat as an energy source instead of the previous intake of carbonhydrates.

Symptoms of switching away from carbs to fat include; fatigue, dizzyness, high irritability and headache.

"After only a few days on the high-fat diet, the rats performed 30 percent worse on the treadmill. After five days of testing, the treadmill performance of the rats eating fatty foods had declined by half."

Any bells? So, nothing previously unknown to the lowcarbers here.

Personally, I tried the lowcarb-highfat diet about half a year ago, and actually did lose a few kilos, but the most interesting change for me was that I felt more awake, my stomach stopped producing funny amounts of gas, and never ever felt hungry. I got tired of it after a while though - I kinda missed the occasional potato and pasta - so I've taken back the lost kilos again. These days I just don't shun fat and avoid sugary stuff. Both me and my previously upset stomach feels great now.

Comment: Re:libraries (Score 2, Insightful) 255

by illm (#28759669) Attached to: Hacking Hi-Def Graphics and Camerawork Into 4Kb
Actually, it's using it's own soft synth to generate the sounds along with the textures at startup. This is commonplace in 4K and 64K intros today. After the sounds have been generated, it's just about triggering the notes. If you listen again, you'll notice that the soundtrack doesn't contain that many instrument "hits", or notes if you say. The drums and bass are probably short repeated sequences, triggered by start and stop flags. This is me guessing though. And also, when you have the note sequences, it's no biggie to sync the flashes in the sky to one particular instrument hit.

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