Almost anything is a nuclear reactor if you play with the definition. There are isotopes decaying in my thumb right now. It's a nuclear reactor.
But it's not a fusion reactor. If you want to trivialize what the kid did, at least compare apples to apples.
The electrical current slowly ramped up to about 1 milliamp—a tiny fraction of the voltage of an AA battery.
Looks like somebody doesn't understand the difference between amperage and voltage.
"So was I wrong?" wrote Schneier. "Maybe. Okay, probably."
Check your ego and stop waffling. If you're wrong, say you're wrong. Not maybe. Not probably. Just wrong.
On the heels of a terrorist attack in Boston, and after calmly watching these guys for over a year, the RCMP make arrests just as the Canadian government just happens to be debating a new anti-terrorism law in parliament. For certain political interests, it seems rather convenient to have the al-Queda bogeyman appear in Canada at this precise moment.
FWIW, we have seen precedent for the Prime Minister's Office (illegally) influencing the actions of the RCMP.
Excel actually does flag certain types of unwanted inconsistencies. For example, create a column of cells where each equals double the cell to its left. Then change the formula for one cell so that it triples the cell to its left. Excel will put a little flag on that cell which displays the following clicked:
"The formula in this cell differs from the formulas in this area of the spreadsheet".
Many corporate users use Outlook. When viewing (or previewing) HTML-formatted messages, it uses the same rendering as Internet Explorer, and is thus susceptible to the same vulnerabilities.
I can remember a happy time when I could tell people with confidence "you'll never infect your computer by merely viewing an e-mail". Or a JPG. Or a PDF. Or
...deciding that "a byte" is *the* unit of the smallest addressable memory cell of machines is a oversemplification, because there were in the past, and there might be in the future, machines having a word size which is not even a power of two.
For many years there has already been the nibble, which is 1/2 of a byte.