Thursday, January 31, 2008

Real Programmers (courtesy: Xkcd)

For those poor souls who dont follow xkcd, check this out....

MS08-001 Proof-Of-Concept Exploit

Check out this cool proof-of-concept exploit developed by immunitysec for the IGMPv3 vulnerability (MS08-001).

The tool being used is their flagship Canvas product.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Mona Lisa's identity solved

This is something for DaVinci fans. From this NYT article

"Experts at the Heidelberg University library say dated notes scribbled in the margins of a book by its owner in October 1503 confirm once and for all that Lisa del Giocondo was indeed the model for one of the most famous portraits in the world".

You can see the painting at the Louvre Museum in Paris or here.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


Check out this impressive piece of (controversial) technology, called TASER, that is used by US cops to stun criminals. The TASER gun basically fires two dart like things towards a victim, connected to the gun by thin wires. The gun then generates electronic pulses which contract the victims muscles and sends him into a shock. But, these pulses are controlled so as to not disturb the electrical activity happening within the body. For an indepth on how-tasers-work, read the following article

TASER usage has been controversial because of incidences such as the one in University of Florida, where cops hit a student with a TASER after the student asked a series of uncomfortable questions to Senator John Kerry and did not comply when asked to leave the auditorium. The incident can be watched on Youtube at

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A neat HOWTO for cheating !

Checkout this neat trick for cheating in a exam using just Coke.

Disclaimer: Use it at your own peril :)).

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Saturday, January 5, 2008

A brief history of computing, networking and the internet

I stumbled upon this awesome documentary called Nerds 2.0.1 produced almost 10 years back. Its about how geeks working off their garages, living rooms and school dorms built some of the most brilliant technology serving mankind today. The video traces history of 4 of the most successful companies: 3COM, Novell, Cisco and Sun. A constant emphasis in the whole documentary, is on the role of the Venture Capitalists in silicon valley. The bright and dark sides of venture capitalism and venture capitalists is highlighted aptly. Its a must watch for all technology geeks, nerds and budding enterpreneurs.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Interesting Army Slangs !

I recently came across these US army slang and could not resist posting them. I liked these ones the most. (Credits: Wikipedia)

  • FUBAR - Fucked Up beyond all repair
  • BOHICA - Bend Over, Here It Comes Again
  • JANFU - Joint Army/Navy Fuck-Up
  • SNAFU - Situation Normal: All Fucked Up
  • TARFU - Things Are Really Fucked Up
  • AWR - (Alpha Whiskey Romeo) Allah's Waiting Room. When engaged, insurgents have a tendency to flee to the same building (the AWR), at which point the troops radio in an air strike.
  • BTDT — Been There, Done That
  • DAN — Dick, ass, and nuts. Used when referring to a smell,
    particularly that of a soldier who hasn't showered in a while. When
    used in a sentence, "Joe smells like DAN."
  • DICK — Dedicated Infantry Combat Killer (used in Infantry Training)
  • FIDO — "Fuck It. Drive On" Equivalent of "Shit Happens" Pronounced like a dog's name: Fy-dough
  • FM — Fucking Magic. Used to explain something complicated,
    generally to someone new who has asked a question that would take too
    long to explain. "How does that work?" "Oh, it uses FM."
  • FOAD — Fuck Off And Die
  • FODA — Fuck Off and Die Asshole. Note: Foda is also
    Portuguese for fuck. When said by itself, it can have the same
    connotation as "Fuck off and die, asshole." This would make it a
    recursive slang in two languages.
  • FUBB — Fucked Up Beyond Belief
  • NDG — No Damn Good
  • NFG — No Fucking Good, a.k.a. busted, non functional, broken. also "New Fucking Guy"
  • NPGs — No Pussy Getters; see BCD
  • SOS — Same Old Shit; Shit On a Shingle. Creamed chipped beef on toast/biscuit, a breakfast staple.
  • SRDH — Shit Rolls Down Hill. Used to denote unwanted or unpleasing duties assigned to lower ranks.
  • US ARMY — Uncle Sam Ain't Released Me Yet
  • YMRASU — Yes, My Retarded Ass Signed Up (US Army backwards)

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