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Comment I might be as excited about all this as you! (Score 1) 8

Having started and gotten a lot of work done on a book, I know it can be difficult. Its been years and I have not been able to finish it time, research and other hurdles. But it is so exciting to see that you have a copy of your book in your hands - how awesome does that feel? Maybe you can email us before you post it on /. so we can make sure to login and upvote your submission.

Comment A few ideas (Score 1) 9

I'm not entirely sure what you mean by bar code generator, but is this what you're looking for?

For a title name, how about "Star Drops"?

For adding the copywrite, you don't have to change the page numbers if you added as Roman Numerals (I.E. i,ii,iii,iv etc.). I've seen than in quite a few books. That way you can keep your page numbers the same and still be able to add more before the table of contents.

Do you want to merge, add to, create PDFs? I have Adobe software that allows me to make one mega file out of many smaller PDFs. If this is what you need, let me know as I may be able to do it for you. You can always reach me by email.

Submission + - Magma reservoir under Yellowstone is much bigger than previously thought (

schwit1 writes: The reservoir of molten rock underneath Yellowstone National Park in the United States is at least two and a half times larger than previously thought. Despite this, the scientists who came up with this latest estimate say that the highest risk in the iconic park is not a volcanic eruption but a huge earthquake.

Jamie Farrell, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Utah, mapped the underlying magma reservoir by analyzing data from more than 4,500 earthquakes. Seismic waves travel more slowly through molten rock than through solid rock, and seismometers can detect those changes.

The images show that the reservoir resembles a 4,000-cubic-kilometre underground sponge, with 6–8% of it filled with molten rock. It underlies most of the Yellowstone caldera and extends a little beyond it to the northeast.

Submission + - Toyota's Killer Firmware ( 1

Smerta writes: On Thursday, a jury verdict found Toyota's ECU firmware defective, holding it responsible for a crash in which a passenger was killed and the driver injured. What's significant about this is that this is the first time a jury heard about software defects uncovered by plaintiff's expert witnesses. An interesting summary of the defects discussed at trial is interesting reading, as well the transcript of court testimony. Wonder what the impact will be on self-driving cars?

Comment Re:Drug Culture. (Score 1) 7

Yep thanks, I read them in reverse order :P

The part that really has me laughing is the 'I didn't go to college' bit in explaining how he somehow doesn't get it (but he does). But his experience as 'Captain' I'm sure has more than prepared him for this trip. I'm also curious about the incident that drew the CEO's attention - how it happened. We know that the robots pretty much do the work now, maybe going into why robots instead of people (besides the economics of it) running the ship can be explored?

Submission + - Big Box? Nissan Note The First-Ever Car You Can 'Buy' On Amazon (

cartechboy writes: You knew the day was coming when they started selling diapers. Amazon is now dipping its toe into car sales by selling a single car: the 2014 Nissan Versa Note. Amazon users hit a real live Versa Note product page, but instead of "Add to cart" you provide your ZIP code so Amazon can connect you with a nearby Nissan dealer. The first 100 Versa Note customers whose car purchases are initiated through Amazon receive $1,000 Amazon gift cards. Best part: Customers who end up actually buying the Note *will* receive them via boxed home delivery. Now, that's a big box.

Comment Re:Drug Culture. (Score 1) 7

I just read and caught up with all the posts, very interested to see what happens once the boat reaches Mars. Will everyone have made it? Keeping going, can't wait to see it finished!

Comment Root devices (Score 1) 121

Have them root their devices. It's not necessarily an easy thing to do, and in some cases requires CLI. It will show them a high level view of the different thing a person needs to even be able to root a device (vulnerability, code, communicating with the device etc). Talk about the ethics involved in rooting the device (yours vs theirs mentality). Flash a custom "ROM."

Success can be measured by those who successfully flash a ROM without bricking the device. This will give valuable real world experience that can at the least, teach them the perils of bricking a device. Better yet, could help them save big bucks by not bricking one of their own devices. Might even get some of them interested in computer security, vulnerability discovery/patching, and some may even start a business to root devices for customers!

But don't underestimate the ability to assemble and understand a PC down to its memory and CPU. Maybe you can have different teams cooperate to be part of a work place environment. PC building, network building, and "support" getting devices imaged and/or up and running on said network.

Submission + - BREACH Compression Attack Steals SSL Secrets (

msm1267 writes: A serious attack against ciphertext secrets buried inside HTTPS responses has prompted an advisory from Homeland Security. The BREACH attack is an offshoot of CRIME, which was thought dead and buried after it was disclosed in September. Released at last week’s Black Hat USA 2013, BREACH enables an attacker to read encrypted messages over the Web by injecting plaintext into an HTTPS request and measuring compression changes.
Researchers Angelo Prado, Neal Harris and Yoel Gluck demonstrated the attack against Outlook Web Access (OWA) at Black Hat. Once the Web application was opened and the Breach attack was launched, within 30 seconds the attackers had extracted the secret.
“We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem,” said the CERT advisory, released one day after the Black Hat presentation.

Submission + - Is Wikipedia a super organism? (

leonbenjamin writes: A single ant or bee isn't smart, but their colonies are; so called super organisms. The Sante Fe Institute has published research about the cooperative nature of Wikipedia and how critical it is for its high level of accuracy and usefulness. The study found that Wikipedia is the product of an extremely cooperative human social system, which has proven as accurate as traditional encyclopaedias. So what's possible when human beings collaborate to create societies rather than a single publishing ecosystem with extremely high levels of cooperation?

Submission + - Manifold Clock: Telling time in 3D 1

An anonymous reader writes: A wall mounted clock, that tells time in 3D. The hour and minute hands are connected with a flexible sheet, creating an ever-changing form that moves in space. This unique time-piece is a combination of simple mechanics and modern design. It's based on mathematical notion of Riemann surfaces, derived from the log(z) function.
Currently on the verge of mass-production, needs to raise initial funding on kickstarter

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