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Comment Re:Clearly, this will fix the problem. (Score 1) 1591

Since Australia enacted stricter gun control laws after a horrible mass shooting in 1996 there hasn't been one since:

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2012/1224/Could-the-US-learn-from-Australia-s-gun-control-laws

So you tell us again this won't fix the problem. Go ahead.

Okay then, this won't fix the problem. Australia != America.

Comment Re:Apt-get install clue (Score 1) 303

Reminds me of my last job. I'm the only admin who understands Linux (problem #1) and I had some Ubuntu servers up and humming along nicely. While I was on vacation, apparently somebody decided that something needed to be done on the server. The other admin looks up the apt-get string to install a graphical environment, and voila! Full blown GUI on my nice streamlined servers wasting resources and broadening our attack surface. It was brilliant. /vent

Submission + - Boeing Creates Electronics-disabling Missile (securityweek.com)

sizzop writes: Boeing has successfully tested a missile capable of knocking out electronic systems without blowing anything up or injuring anyone.

CHAMP, which stands for Counter-electronics High-powered Advanced Missile Project, is a non-lethal missile capable of disabling enemy electronic systems without little to no collateral damage, Boeing said in a statement on Monday. The defense contractor confirmed that it conducted a successful test on Oct. 16 of the CHAMP missile on the Utah Test and Training range along with members from the United States Air Force Research Laboratory's Directed Energy Directorate.

Comment Game camera (Score 1) 340

You're obviously not a hunter. A game camera is what you're describing. They're camo motion activated cameras you mount to a tree. You can have it snap pictures to an SD card, some of them have night vision, etc. Cabelas has some examples: http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/search.cmd?form_state=searchForm&N=0&fsch=true&Ntk=AllProducts&Ntt=game+camera&x=0&y=0&WTz_l=Header%3BSearch-All+Products

Comment Re:Mass 125 times that of a proton? How? (Score 1) 170

prior to a proton-proton collision that creates this Higgs-like particle, where was the particle?

To over-simplify, it didn't exist. It was created by the release of energy (which, as we all know, can be converted to matter). Things get slightly goofy at the quantum level and particles can just appear and disappear all the time.

Comment Re:Mass 125 times that of a proton? How? (Score 1) 170

I think it has to do with the equivalence between mass and energy, at the fundamental, quantum level.

Correct. To answer the original question, think about mass-energy equivalence (E=mc2). What the LHC did was smash protons together with enough energy to cause a Higgs boson to be created. The mass of the protons aren't really as important as the energy involved in the smashing. Think about it - what has a bigger impact, a semi-truck rear ending another semi-truck at 5mph or a Mazda Miata rear ending another Mazda Miata at 100mph? The point is that they needed to create enough energy to cause a Higgs to be created, which it turns out just so happens to take 125GeV.

See, they increased the energy on two protons beyond 125 GeV (where 125 GeV is the energy-equivalent of 125 protons, give or take).

I'm a bit confused by this part. A proton is made of two up quarks and a down quark. Using Wikipedia's top-end estimates of the mass of those three, that means a proton should have a mass of at most 11.9MeV which would make 125 protons weigh 1.4875GeV... nowhere near 125GeV. I'm not a physicist so I trust Mr. Organtini, but I can't figure out where this figure is coming from.

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Submission + - Fascinating Vulnerability and Glimpse Into 33 Year Old Pen-Testing (osvdb.org)

sizzop writes: The Open Source Vulnerability Database blog in a recent post draws attention to OSVDB 82447, Multics Unspecified Third-party Backdoor. It reports on a security penetration test in the 70's in which the attackers managed to insert a backdoor into Honeywell's Multics OS code. Even though Honeywell was told about the backdoor, it was never found or removed.

"During a US Air Force sanctioned penetration test of mainframe computers, sometime before 1979, the tiger team ended up penetrating a Multics installation at Honeywell. In an account of what happened later, a paper said that the tiger team "modified the manufacturer's master copy of the Multics operating system itself" and injected a backdoor. The backdoor code was described as being small, "fewer than 10 instructions out of 100,000" and required a password for use. The report continues, saying that even though Honeywell was told it was there and how it worked, their technicians could not find it. Subsequently, the backdoor was distributed in future installations of Multics."

Comment Acid2 test failed (Score 1) 1

I'm using Chrome right now - one of the first things I tried was the Acid2 test, and sadly it fails. It's close, but not quite. It doesn't render the eyes properly. By the way... first post with chrome?

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