Pentagon hacker says he was hunting UFOs.
…he discovered that many US top-security systems were using an insecure Microsoft Windows program and had no password protection at all.
Sure it’s illegal, but is the guy really a candidate for Guantanamo?
Whilst we’re being geeky, this is just fantastic.
Once again I find myself at the limits of my PHP/js knowledge with Mambo/Joomla and FacileForms.
It’s not every day that computational biology research makes it to the mainstream media. Salvage prospect for ‘junk’ DNA says BBC Science News and tells us something about conserved motifs and gene silencing.
I guess one day the term “junk DNA” will fall into disuse.
Manatee is a genome annotation tool developed at TIGR. It has an ultra-low volume mailing list, from which I received about the third post ever today.
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 12:00:23 -0400
Subject: [Manatee-users] manatee questions
i am doing a school report and i need to ask some questions about manatees
please. How can we help save these wonderful mammals. how do you like manatees.
do they react good with people. how many times a day do they need to eat.
how long can the survive above the water.
I admire the enthusiasm, but there won’t be many replies.
I took a stroll around town this morning as today is a national holiday – Anzac Day.
Potentially the most powerful cyclone ever seen in Australia bears down on Darwin. Spare a thought for the turtles.
update: yeah, I fell for the media hype – the panic is over. Keep thinking about the turtles though.
I’ve started banning IPs due to persistent spam bots. I assume the current WordPress has better anti-spam facilities than this “WP in Joomla” hack that the site uses, but no time to switch over at the moment.
NSW government still calling for tenders for the Kurnell desalination plant. Although they hope that it will never be built, it costs $120 million to keep it as an option.
We can only hope that this confusion will dissuade any prospective companies from coming forward.
April 26 is the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident. This post at the ever-entertaining and informative BoingBoing points you to Chernobyl.info, which looks like a great resource.
I remember this very vividly, coming on the heels of the Challenger accident in January. I always thought there was a certain poignancy in that both the USA and the then-Soviet Union were united by national grief at the height of Reagan’s personal cold war idiocy.
It’s a lovely sunny Saturday Queensland afternoon and I’m reading the source code for Perl module AI::DecisionTree. And enjoying it. Really should try to get out tomorrow…