Dubbed WordHound, the freely available tool scours press releases, white papers, and Twitter accounts belonging to companies or sites that have recently suffered security breaches. The software then generates a list of commonly found words or phrases that attackers can use when trying to convert cryptographic hashes from compromised password databases into the corresponding plaintext passcodes. The tool, devised by security consultant Matthew Marx, was unveiled Wednesday at Passwords 14 conference in Las Vegas.
”People are influenced greatly by their environment when choosing a password,” Marx, who works for consultancy
, told Ars. “It could be a work environment, their personal life, or the sport teams they like. I wanted to create a tool that leveraged this human vulnerability.”
What we perceive as the big bang, physicists at the Perimeter Institure argue, could be the three-dimensional “mirage” of a collapsing star in a universe profoundly different than our own. Conventional understanding holds that the big bang began with a singularity – an unfathomably hot and dense phenomenon of spacetime where the standard laws of physics break down. Singularities are bizarre, and our understanding of them is limited.
Our universe may have emerged from a black hole in a higher-dimensional universe, proposed a trio of Perimeter Institute&t=h) researchers in the cover story of the latest Scientific American. “Cosmology’s greatest challenge is understanding the big bang itself,” write Perimeter Institute faculty member, Niayesh Afshordi.
The big bang poses a big question: if it was indeed the cataclysm that blasted our universe into existence 13.7 billion years ago, what sparked it?
Three Perimeter Institute researchers have a new idea about what might have come before the big bang. It’s a bit perplexing, but it is grounded in sound mathematics, testable, and enticing enough to earn the cover story in Scientific American, called “The Black Hole at the Beginning of Time.”
Many of today’s technological innovations from the iPhone to electric motors for hybrid cars require the use of materials—elements—that are scarce or difficult to obtain. As demand for these devices grows, the problem of dwindling critical element supplies must be addressed. That’s the conclusion of a white paper written by eminent scientists. The product of the 5th Chemical Sciences and Society Summit (CS3), the white paper recommends focusing research on finding alternative materials and new approaches to technology development in order to prevent these elements from disappearing.
The white paper, “The Efficient Use of Elements,” is a topic of discussion at this year’s the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society. The meeting features nearly 12,000 reports on new advances in science and other topics. It is being held here through Thursday.
Lebanese NGOs Wednesday called for the immediate release of 27 men who were detained on charges of being gay after police received a tipoff that a group of men were at a Turkish-style hammam in a Beirut neighborhood.
On Aug. 9, a unit with the judicial police’s Moral Protection Bureau raided the Agha hammam after a detainee told police at the Hbeish police station in Hamra that gay men sought “sexual encounters with other men” there, the NGOs said in a joint statement.
Police arrested the owner of the hammam, the employees and several clients. All clients remain in custody at the detention center, the statement said, quoting a colonel at the police station.
Social media and the many wonderful interviews you've given over the years allow your readers to feel like we know you, which is brought home in times like this, when we are made aware of your grief. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
Gratefully accepted, and sincerely. The support from all of you has been heartening and moving, and it has helped. Thank you so much.
I lost my father on Christmas Eve last year, so I know a bit about what you're going through. If I had some helpful advice to give, I'd give it, but in all honestly I got nothing, so I'll just say keep doing what you're doing and keep being one of the best writers in comics. We all appreciate it.
You have my deepest sympathies, and my empathy in a way I could never have imagined this past Christmas Eve. Thank you, both for the commiseration and the very kind words.
We endure. We move forward. We live, and try to honor their memories.
Your pre-release press for Cyclops mentioned one reason you were doing the book was Scott was the same age (or so) as your son. Reading the last issue, i wondered if the book was also about you and your dad. (Condolances, of course)
In many ways it had to be, though never overtly. I’ve said it elsewhere, but my father was my hero. I believe, strongly, in Young Scott’s heroism (I shall not speak to the matter of Older Scott) — and I certainly wanted to convey that. But, yeah… hard to write about a father/son relationship when I’ve just lost my own father. Some writers would find it grist for the mill, and I imagine I shall, too, at some point in the future.
Today, I am too raw. This weekend is the celebration of his life, and I’ll be in California with my family. After that, I’m spending a few days with my mother, and after that, I have to figure out how to return to some semblance of life in this new status quo.
Tell you something (I apologize, this is going long), maybe TMI, but there’s not been a day since he passed I haven’t awoken and wanted to call him, to talk to him. Watching #Ferguson last night was made, for me, all the more painful because I couldn’t turn to him, couldn’t seek his wisdom and his comfort and his advice.
I'm the last anon, I apologize. Just to clarify I saw something another Comic writer wrote essentially asking why so many people with a large platform and followers were silent on this issue and I jumped the gun. Respect and sorry for the accusation.
Two things. First, that is a very gracious apology, and it is happily accepted.
Second, we do need to be speaking about this. We need to make noise. We need to be shrieking to our representatives, we need to be calling Missouri’s representatives, we need to make it clear we are watching, we see what is happening, and that the systematic murder of black men in this nation must stop.
So, while I believe my reasons for not filling my tumblr with #Ferguson at the moment (and there are posts queued) are valid, your note is taken very much in the spirit intended.
It's not really my place to call out or demand things from entertainers but as I respect you and am a proud supporter of your work, I find your silence on #Ferguson disappointing as well as deafening. Especially with the issues you explore in Lazarus
Clearly you’re not following me on twitter, @ruckawriter.
I tend to let things queue here, and — you will forgive me — I’ve had a few things I’m dealing with as we’ve had a death in the family.
Trust me, I’m not missing #Ferguson. At all. The amount of rage and sorrow in my life at this moment, I fear, is threatening to split me in two.
Bec Crew shares some of the wonders of the natural world at Scientific American.
The boomslang (Dispholidus typus) is a venomous tree snake native to Sub-Saharan Africa. Blunt-faced and pretty, with relatively enormous eyes and a bright, light green colour in males and brown in females, the boomslang spends its days up in the trees, hunting for lizards, frogs, chameleons, mice and birds. It’s a super shy and non-aggressive species – if it comes across anything it can’t swallow, it’ll be out of there so fast, the thing it couldn’t swallow probably won’t have even noticed it was there. It’s also basically the cat of the snake world, often moving into the enclosed nests of nearby birds so it can curl up and hibernate in peace during the winter months. Quit whinging birds, you got flight, you can’t complain about anything ever.
On top of their non-aggressive tendencies, the way boomslangs are built means you have to be extremely, extremely unlucky to be bitten by one. Known as ‘rear-fanged’ snakes, their fangs are positioned way back in their mouths behind several other teeth, which means to inject someone with venom, they have to open their mouths really wide – up to 170 degrees – so they can wrap them around the flesh and stab. There have so far been less than 10 recorded deaths from boomslang bites around the world.
As reported by Alyssa Newcomb of ABC News, Musk took to Twitter over the weekend to post that people need to be “super careful” with AI, which he described as “potentially more dangerous than nukes.”
He made the comments after reading (and recommending) the book “Superintelligence” by Swedish philosopher and Oxford professor Nick Bostrom, explained VentureBeat’s Tom Cheredar. The book, which explores what will happen if and when machines become more intelligent than humans, will be released in the US on September 1.
According to Rob Wile of Business Insider, in a blurb about the book, Bostrom’s colleague Martin Rees of Cambridge University said that “those disposed to dismiss an ‘AI takeover’ as science fiction may think again after reading this original and well-argued book.”
Since first running into TrackingPoint at CES 2013, we’ve kept tabs on the Austin-based company and its Linux-powered rifles, which it collectively calls “Precision Guided Firearms,” or PGFs. We got to spend a few hours on the range with TrackingPoint’s first round of near-production bolt-action weapons last March, when my photojournalist buddy Steven Michael nailed a target at 1,008 yards—about 0.91 kilometers—on his first try, in spite of never having fired a rifle before.
But big, heavy, bolt-action rifles were only the beginning, with the underlying idea being that the company would scale its weapons both up and also down in size. And, last month, we day tripped back out to the Best of the West range just outside of Austin in Liberty Hill to lay hands on TrackingPoint’s newest set of PGFs, the TP AR 556 and TP AR 762. Unlike the big XS-series long rifles we fired last time, these newest PGFs are semiautomatic carbines—the type of weapon that the media usually (and incorrectly) refers to as “assault rifles.”