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July 26, 2008

The exploit that (nearly) ate the Internet

arstechnica.com | New DNS exploit now in the wild and having a blast
About two weeks ago, we covered the release of a DNS security fix meant to patch a vulnerability in the system that matches domain names with IP addresses. The flaw had been discovered by security researcher Dan Kaminsky some months earlier but, at the time, details on the exploit were being kept secret. That information has since leaked thanks to an accidental blog post by someone at Matasano Security. Fast forward four days, and hackers, enterprising little children that they are, have released an exploit aimed squarely at the vulnerability. This would be less of an issue if the widely released patch from two weeks ago had been fully deployed, but a number of companies or ISPs don't seem to have gotten the memo. Accordingly to Kaminsky, some 52 percent of DNS servers are still vulnerable to the attack.
TIDbits | Apple Fails to Patch Critical Exploited DNS Flaw

July 24, 2008

How to: Make Japanese strawberry balls

Ichigo Daifuku - Japanese Sweet bean and Strawberry ball - Instructables - DIY, How To, food, home

Update: Watchmen games download only

WAS titled: What does it mean that there won't be a Watchmen console game? -- See comments, thanks to Julia for the correction. Variety | 'Watchmen' games a go | Warner to produce pair of downloads
With the clock ticking on the film’s release, Warner Bros. has decided to eschew the traditional console videogame tie-in and is producing a pair of downloadable games based on "Watchmen." The studio’s Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment unit plans to publish at least two "Watchmen" game episodes, with the first coming upon the theatrical release next March and the second around the DVD launch. WBIE execs said that by producing shorter downloadable games, rather than a full-priced disc version, they’ll have more flexibility to produce high-quality titles on a tight production schedule of just more than a year.

July 23, 2008

How to: Make a projection screen that is also a painting

How to make a projection screen that's also a painting - Instructables - DIY, How To, home, art - The Instructables Book Contest Entry

I had this idea that I would make a projection screen that doubled as a painting when you flip it over. I liked the thought that it would look like I didn't have a TV at all while at the same time getting a cool piece of art that I actually made myself. It turned out to be a lot of work but I'm very satisfied with the result even though a lot of things didn't turn out as I thought (some better, some worse).

Anyways, I thought I'd collect what I learned and publish it so that people can go ahead and make even cooler screen painting combos.

July 22, 2008

Esquire Becomes First Magazine to Merge Digital Technology with Printed Pages

marketwatch.com | Esquire Becomes First Magazine to Merge Digital Technology with Printed Pages | Cover of 75th Anniversary Issue Will Use Electronic Paper Revolutionary October Issue Provides Glimpse into the Future of Media | Ford Flex Partners with Esquire to Feature Ground-Breaking Technology
NEW YORK, Jul 22, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Esquire, one of America's iconic magazines, is turning 75 this year. As part of the celebration of this milestone, the October issue will be the first magazine ever to embed a revolutionary digital technology - electronic paper - into a mass-produced print product. In partnership with the all-new Ford Flex Crossover and in collaboration with E Ink Corporation, the world's leading supplier of electronic paper display (EPD) technologies, Esquire's groundbreaking cover will make a profound statement about how the print medium can expand its capabilities while continuing to exploit its own unique strengths. Ford will prominently feature its highly anticipated Ford Flex on the inside cover, utilizing the same E Ink Vizplex(TM) flexible display technology, in a double-page advertisement. ... When the cover appears on newsstands in September, words and images will scroll across the flexible electronic paper display.
Oooh, exploitable... hackers, get to work!

Video: How not to do an American accent

BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | How not to do an American accent

With video.

Everyone can do an American accent... at least everyone thinks they can. But how many would pass muster with a Hollywood studio? The BBC's Stephen Robb took a lesson from one of the movie industry's top accent coaches.

Any actor or actress hoping to convince in a foreign accent must have three words in the back of their mind at all times.

They won't be phrases like "shape of mouth", "position of tongue" or "placement of voice" - although all of these will be fundamental to learning and adopting an accent.

The three words haunting the performer, driving hour after hour of dialect practice, are "Dick", "Van" and "Dyke".