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Incredible ‘Hypatia’ Stone Contains Compounds Not Found in the Solar System

Incredible ‘Hypatia’ Stone Contains Compounds Not Found in the Solar System

MARIO DI MARTINO/INAF OSSERVATORIO ASTROFYSICO DI TORINO Advertisement - Continue Reading Below The Hypatia stone is only a few centimeters across, broken into pebble fragments, but it may very well be the most interesting rock in the world. Named for Hypatia of Alexandria, the first prominent Western woman astronomer and mathematician, the colorful rock was…
Ninth Circuit Doubles Down: Violating a Website’s Terms of Service Is Not a Crime

Ninth Circuit Doubles Down: Violating a Website’s Terms of Service Is Not a Crime

Good news out of the Ninth Circuit: the federal court of appeals heeded EFF’s advice and rejected an attempt by Oracle to hold a company criminally liable for accessing Oracle’s website in a manner it didn’t like. The court ruled back in 2012 that merely violating a website’s terms of use is not a crime under…
Attack of the Week: Group Messaging in WhatsApp and Signal

Attack of the Week: Group Messaging in WhatsApp and Signal

If you’ve read this blog before, you know that secure messaging is one of my favorite topics. However, recently I’ve been a bit disappointed. My sadness comes from the fact that lately these systems have been getting too damned good. That is, I was starting to believe that most of the interesting problems had finally been solved.…
What’s The Difference Between Children’s Books In China And The U.S.?

What’s The Difference Between Children’s Books In China And The U.S.?

from left: Shandong Education Press; Shanghai people's Fine Arts Publishing House; Child's Play International. What are the hidden messages in the storybooks we read to our kids? That's a question that may occur to parents as their children dive into the new books that arrived over the holidays. And it's a question that inspired a…
IAIK/meltdown

IAIK/meltdown

This repository contains several applications, demonstrating the Meltdown bug. For technical information about the bug, refer to the paper: Meltdown by Lipp, Schwarz, Gruss, Prescher, Haas, Mangard, Kocher, Genkin, Yarom, and Hamburg The applications in this repository are built with libkdump, a library we developed for the paper. This library simplifies exploitation of the bug…
How Scripto, the App That Stephen Colbert Helped Build, Became a Fixture of Late-Night Comedy News

How Scripto, the App That Stephen Colbert Helped Build, Became a Fixture of Late-Night...

Two months ago, a group of reporters and comedy writers crowded into a conference room in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, to begin work on a new HBO show hosted by the comedian and former “Daily Show” correspondent Wyatt Cenac. I had just joined the team and, like everyone else, was still adjusting to the show’s distinctive…
Classic Tools Retrospective: Tim Sweeney on the first version of the Unreal Editor

Classic Tools Retrospective: Tim Sweeney on the first version of the Unreal Editor

Tim Sweeney talks to David Lightbown about UnrealEd, one of the most popular level editors in the games industry, which was used to build levels for Unreal, Deus Ex, Gears of War, BioShock, Rainbow Six, Splinter Cell, and Mass Effect, and many, many more.
Xerox Alto’s 3 Mb/s Ethernet: Building a gateway with a BeagleBone

Xerox Alto’s 3 Mb/s Ethernet: Building a gateway with a BeagleBone

The Alto was a revolutionary computer designed at Xerox PARC in 1973. It introduced the GUI, high-resolution bitmapped displays, the optical mouse and laser printers to the world. But one of its most important contributions was Ethernet, the local area network that is still heavily used today. While modern Ethernets handle up to 100 gigabits…
Bringing it all together with Google Pay

Bringing it all together with Google Pay

If you've ever paid for groceries with Android Pay, used Chrome to automatically fill in your payment info, or purchased an app on Google Play, then you’ve already experienced some of the ways Google helps you pay for things online and in stores. Over the past year, we’ve been working to make these experiences simpler,…
Losing Faith in the State, Some Mexican Towns Quietly Break Away

Losing Faith in the State, Some Mexican Towns Quietly Break Away

Monterrey: ‘They Destroyed the Whole Thing’ If Tancítaro seceded with a gun, then the city of Monterrey, home to many top Mexican corporations, did it with a Rolodex and a handshake. Rather than ejecting institutions, Monterrey’s business elite quietly took them over — all with the blessing of their friends and golf partners in public…
Finding a CPU Design Bug in the Xbox 360

Finding a CPU Design Bug in the Xbox 360

The recent reveal of Meltdown and Spectre reminded me of the time I found a related design bug in the Xbox 360 CPU – a newly added instruction whose mere existence was dangerous. Back in 2005 I was the Xbox 360 CPU guy. I lived and breathed that chip. I still have a 30-cm CPU…
Your smartphone is making you stupid, antisocial and unhealthy. So why can’t you put it down?

Your smartphone is making you stupid, antisocial and unhealthy. So why can’t you put...

In the winter of 1906, the year San Francisco was destroyed by an earthquake and SOS became the international distress signal, Britain's Punch magazine published a dark joke about the future of technology. Under the headline, "Forecasts for 1907," a black and white cartoon showed a well-dressed Edwardian couple sitting in a London park. The man…