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Comment Actual answer (Score 1) 366

Actual answer 1) You should write this yourself 2) How the virus is going to spread depends a lot on the lab you are working in. You best hard code the “infection” by name or ip. 3) You will need some form of admin rights. 4) Create Virus. 5) Give it to your class. 6) Infect PCs 7) Somehow this will go horribly wrong. 8) You will get fired.

Comment There is nothing wrong here move along (Score 1) 961

People by design are taught to question. I’m not even sure how this is news. Of course when I hear a “fact” that contradicts something I know to be true I am going to defend, ask questions, etc. That’s a natural process that protects us from deception. Later I will digest the information and make a judgment call. Depending on the source I may even keep believing in the lie. Change that, and I become naïve.
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Publishing Company Puts Warning Label on Constitution 676

Wilder Publication is under fire for putting warning labels on copies of historical US documents, including the Constitution. The label warns "This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today." From the article: "The disclaimer goes on to tell parents that they 'might wish to discuss with their children how views on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and interpersonal relations have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this classic work.'"
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Homer Simpson Named Greatest TV Character 142

A survey by Entertainment Weekly has named Homer Simpson the greatest character created for television or film in the past 20 years. Everyone's favorite beer-swilling, donut-eating dad beat out Harry Potter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the top spot. From the article: "'People can relate to Homer because we're all secretly propelled by desires we can't admit to,' Groening was quoted as telling Entertainment Weekly. 'Homer is launching himself head-first into every single impulsive thought that occurs to him. His love of whatever ... is a joy to witness.'"
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Websites That Don't Need to Be Made Anymore 161

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but there is a finite number of social networking or selling websites that the world needs. Here is a collection of the eight kinds of websites that absolutely don't need to be made anymore. I'd add dating sites and anybody who uses pop-up ads myself, but I think that would eliminate half the Web.

Comment Re:WTF (Score 1) 1238

This to me reflects the greater truth. Mankind has advanced to the point where only a handful of people can really advance it further. I don’t think will see a societal break through until genetic engineering is the norm and Joe Blow has a 180+ IQ. Till then it’s just mix and match excitement of rehashed easy to digest material.
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Supermassive Black Hole Is Thrown Out of Galaxy 167

DarkKnightRadick writes "An undergrad student at the University of Utrecht, Marianne Heida, has found evidence of a supermassive black hole being tossed out of its galaxy. According to the article, the black hole — which has a mass equivalent to one billion suns — is possibly the culmination of two galaxies merging (or colliding, depending on how you like to look at it) and their black holes merging, creating one supermassive beast. The black hole was found using the Chandra Source Catalog (from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory). The direction of the expulsion is also possibly indicative of the direction of rotation of the two black holes as they circled each other before merging."
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Facebook Master Password Was "Chuck Norris" 319

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "A Facebook employee has given a tell-all interview with some very interesting things about Facebook's internals. Especially interesting are all the things relating to Facebook privacy. Basically, you don't have any. Nearly everything you've ever done on the site is recorded into a database. While they fire employees for snooping, more than a few have done it. There's an internal system to let them log into anyone's profile, though they have to be able to defend their reason for doing so. And they used to have a master password that could log into any Facebook profile: 'Chuck Norris.' Bruce Schneier might be jealous of that one."
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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What happen to my 2006 cat pictures?

dakkon1024 writes: I can’t imagine I’m the only one that has these issues. User A deletes a massive amount of data that people don’t frequently check. User B notices 3 years later. While yearly or even quarterly archiving is implemented for these users it still seems to be a problem. I’m curious how other people deal with this? What solutions if any have people found? Lastly I believe as storage gets cheaper and larger “archive everything (every change, update, deleted file, etc)” solutions will become available, but what to do till then?
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Submission + - Has Google Backed down? (sina.com) 1

hackingbear writes: When I tested search for "June 4" a few hours after Google's China announcement, the results are uncensored showing real information of the event. Today, the exact same query shows censored results with only government approved comments about the events and the same old footnote "some results are hidden in accordance with local laws". According to news reports, Google are negotiating with the government which so far has not taken any real action but just done some lip services on the matter. (I have not been able to find non-Chinese-language news article mentioning the negotiation; the above links are oversea/Hong Kong news sources. The web sites of your favorite news source only mention the investigation of Google China staff. Why?) It could be just Google's negotiation tactic, but it also casts a doubt on their stance and motive.
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Submission + - The $1000 iPhone App is Back (techcrunch.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Remember the $1000 I Am RIch app which Apple banned from the iTunes store? Well, there's a new $1000 app. This time the target customer isn't the ridiculously rich, but would-be lawyers, reports TechCrunch. The BarMax CA app prepares law school graduates for the California bar exam. Is it OK if it's the lawyers being fleeced?

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