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Submission + - How to crash the Internet

rudy_wayne writes: We know you can take down Web sites with Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. We know that a country, like Egypt, can shut down a country’s entire Internet access. And, we thought we knew that you can't take down the entire Internet.

It turns out we could be wrong.

In a report from New Scientist, Max Schuchard a computer science graduate student and his buddies claim they've found a way to launch DDoS attacks on Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) network routers that could crash the Internet.

Comment Re:Instinctively? (Score 1) 4

The instinct is there, just in a broader sense. We (and other animals) instinctively do what we can to conserve our life and survive. In his case, he needed to stop/slow the bleeding and he happened to use fast food in place of a bunch of gauze. Personally, I think I would have opted for my shirt or something before food, but it apparently worked out fine for him. Although, using something more obvious probably wouldn't have made the news.

Submission + - NASA Invents New Technique For Finding Alien Life (

RedEaredSlider writes: Researchers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., have come up with an idea to improve on an old standby of space exploration instruments and improve the odds of finding life, if any, on Mars.

By adding a laser and an ion funnel to a mass spectrometer, it is possible to analyze the elements from the Martian surface directly, without the complex handling samples usually need. ...
The new version uses a two-step technique. First it shoots a laser at the sample's surface. This creates a plume of molecules and ions. To get the ions into the mass spectrometer, the new system uses an ion funnel. The ion funnel uses conductive, progressively smaller electrodes in the shape of a ring that attract the ions, effectively vacuuming them into the mass spectrometer.

Comment "Replacing?" (Score 1) 1

While interesting, I don't think I would deduce that smart phones are, in any way, "replacing" computers.

Smart phones are probably replaced much more often than a PC simply because of the additional abuse they take. They're tossed around, carried everywhere, every day, dropped, etc. Even the average laptop has it much easier. On top of that, more and more smart phone choices are available now than when that market was younger (not only physical devices, but different OS' too). I don't know the last time I saw someone with a new non-smart phone.

I also have to wonder what their numbers for "Personal Computers" consist of. Meaning, are they only counting pre-built machines? I'm sure there's many like myself (especially here on /. ) who buy separate hardware and build their own computers, which is much harder to account for in terms of computer sales.

Submission + - Smart Phones Outsell Computers ( 1

Archangel Michael writes: Smart phones have, for the first time, out sold computers.

For me, this is a milestone really worth mentioning, as it clearly indicates that smart communication devices are replacing computers. I know my phone can do some 65-80% of what I used to do on my computer.

In related news, Apple is slated to become the most valuable company in the world, partially based on its iPhone sales.

Disclaimer: I own a Droid X.

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Submission + - How a small tweak can cripple your web sales ( 1

Barence writes: PC Pro has a blog revealing how a minor tweak to a website's design can have a crippling affect on sales conversion rates. BigCommerce, a hosted ecommerce service, recently pushed out a minor update to all its shops. Gone was the simple, tree-type list of categories and subcategories to be replaced by a swanky new “fly-out” menu. That small tweak led to a 75% drop in conversation rates on one site, as the many sub-categories of products on offer were hidden and the small tweak made the website navigation much more complicated for the average user.

Comment Re:"Presumption of innocence"? (Score 1) 567

Interesting points. I knew they are non-moving, but didn't ever really stop and think of why that's the case.

In my recent case ( ), I remember there being some fine print that included an explanation of what steps to take if you weren't the one driving, car had been sold, you were yielding to an emergency vehicle, etc. I wish I still had it handy to read in greater detail what it said. I suspect there would be an affidavit involved plus lots of supporting documentation. Proving you weren't the driver would surely be he hardest (if not impossible) to support. I'm sure it's not a fun or easy process, if you're ever realistically going to have it reversed, but that's the limited knowledge I was basing my reply on.

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