Reader's Corner for January 2012

January 31, 2012

F-Secure Security Labs brings you the latest online security news from around the world. Ensure that you are up-to-date with the latest online threats to guarantee your online wellbeing.

"In it, a computer virus crashes a computer. And sets it on fire. The virus got in via a fractal. Embedded on a bone of a shooting victim."

Seriously? One of the lamest hacking scenarios I've seen on TV -_-

January 29, 2012

In response to the challenge posted in: - Construct MD5 Collisions Using Just A Single Block Of Message, Tao Xie and Dengguo Feng, Cryptology ePrint Archive, Report 2010/643, (PDF).


January 28, 2012

The Pirate Bay starts today a new and interesting system to promote arts Do you have a band? Are you an aspiring movie producer? A comedian? A cartoon artist? They will replace the front page logo with a link to

Interesting. Authors promoting their work on TPB!

January 26, 2012

Proof that pacman is NP-Hard!

The Ookaboo RDF dump contains metadata for nearly 1,000,000 public domain and Creative Commons images of more than 500,000 precise topics such as places, people and organism classifications linked to DBpedia and Freebase.

For the vision/ML guys, 1 million classified images.

January 25, 2012

Link to Piled Higher and Deeper

*this* is what's on my mind, Facebook.

This is interesting.

January 24, 2012

HTML5 is quickly turning into a great game development platform. Rob Hawkes, creator of multiplayer space shooter Rawkets, highlights some of the best online games built with HTML5 (and JavaScript) out there and the technologies that they’re using

Awesome stuff.

January 23, 2012

The Dutch publisher Elsevier publishes many of the world's best known mathematics journals, including Advances in Mathematics, Comptes Rendus, Discrete Mathematics, The European Journal of Combinat...

Tim Gowers driving a revolt against Elsevier. It's pretty interesting how academics are going against publishers.

January 21, 2012

That's one reason we want to fund startups that will compete with movies and TV, but not the main reason. The main reason we want to fund such startups is not to protect the world from more SOPAs, but because SOPA brought it to our attention that Hollywood is dying. They must be dying if they're r...

"Hollywood appears to have peaked. If it were an ordinary industry (film cameras, say, or typewriters), it could look forward to a couple decades of peaceful decline. But this is not an ordinary industry. The people who run it are so mean and so politically connected that they could do a lot of damage to civil liberties and the world economy on the way down. It would therefore be a good thing if competitors hastened their demise."

January 20, 2012

Microsoft has unleashed a new PC-only game that harks back to yesteryear. Fusing the best of the text adventure and dungeon exploring roguelike, Visual Studio 2010 is a fun but rewarding challenge—for a hefty fee.


"A series of tubes" is how then-Sen.

Jon Stewart being awesome as usual

January 14, 2012

On Saturday evening a group of men attacked a mosque in Manghopir, they slapped the children, ransacked the mosque, kicked the shelves holding the Quran, smashed and broke the loud speakers and threatened and accused the children of disrupting a carol.

January 13, 2012

LAHORE - A fraud scheme to collect funds using conventional media and social networks ostensibly for ‘ransom money’ came to an end on Wednesday when Rawalpindi Police, responding to news reports, investigated the matter and registered a case against Shamsul Anwar, the father of a so-called unfortuna...

To all those who were moved by the "waiting to receive his daughter in pieces" story..

Turns out it was a scam to get money.