Googling Pwned

Many security-folk will be amused by what happens when you search for the term “pwned” using Google’s code-search tool…

Wanna the source of several dozen worms, trojans and rootkits?

Come to that, Muffett is a pretty interesting search string – from my perspective, anyhow – there’s tons of stuff out there I’d forgotten.

Link c/o: Rob Diamond

Gilles watching me watching him watching me watching him…

So Gilles took this screen capture of me:-

Me, from Gilles' Skype

…so that we could examine how much of my screen – on a 21″ iMac G5 – was reflected in the window behind me, and visible in the Skype video window; the answer is not much, but it provides a hint:

Enlargement of Skype capture

Mirror / enlargement of Gilles' own window.

If you squint at both images you can see a smaller version of the latter image as part of the reflected screen in the former one, notably the “notch” at the bottom-right of the cupboard space behind Gilles. I like to place my picture-in-picture window top and centre, which explains the dark “blob” on my screen, atop the row of cupboards behind Gilles.

You can also see the layout of windows on my iMac’s screen.

It’s far from perfect, but it’s amazing what you can find when you look…

Top ten geek business myths

I can’t speak for all of it, but this rings of a lot of truth:

Rondam Ramblings

Myth #1: A brilliant idea will make you rich.
Myth #2: If you build it they will come.
Myth #3: Someone will steal your idea if you don’t protect it.

Myth #7: A Ph.D. means something.

Myth #9: The idea is the most important part of my business plan.
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(Via), whoever that is…

North Korea Nuclear Test: 100% Natural, Local Ingredients

The agency said the test had been carried out using 100% local technology.

Wow. The “organic” and “emissions” lobbies would be pleased.

It’s funny. I wake up at 0500h, lie in bed thinking about one of my cats, walk over to the iMac to see who it was who tried Skyping me in the wee hours, and load the BBC news page thinking “I wonder if those nutty North Koreans have set off a bomb, yet.”

One presumes that there is a small chance it’ll have been staged with conventionals; I wonder what my Geology mate at Oxford will report?

One also presumes that the Chinese will be pissed.

BBC News

N Korea claims nuclear test

North Korea says it has carried out its first ever test of a nuclear weapon, the state news agency has reported. It said the underground test, done in defiance of international warnings, was a success and had not resulted in any leak of radiation.

A South Korean official said an explosion had been detected in the north-east of North Korea, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale.

North Korea said last week that it planned to test a nuclear weapon.

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun has called an emergency meeting of his government’s National Security Council.

A South Korean official said that there had been a grave change in the security situation on the peninsula.


The North Korean state news agency, KCNA, said: “The nuclear test is a historic event that brought happiness to our military and people.

The agency said the test had been carried out using 100% local technology.

“The nuclear test will contribute to maintaining peace and stability in the Korean peninsula and surrounding region,” KCNA said.