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I’ve recently decided to host an account on my name domain http://www.romeviharo.com - Vanity urls have always been somewhat of a turn off for me. However recently I was engaged in a case study regarding Wikipedia and now feel honored to have actual detractors - many of which love doing ‘dirty tricks’ on those they disagree with so now I have decided to own my name account before anyone else does!
By Chris Bell
11:00AM GMT 25 Nov 2013
One evening in January last year, Joel Eriksson, a 34-year-old computer analyst from Uppsala in Sweden, was trawling the web, looking for distraction, when he came across a message on an internet forum. The message was in stark white type, against a black background.
“Hello,” it said. “We are looking for highly intelligent individuals. To find them, we have devised a test. There is a message hidden in this image. Find it, and it will lead you on the road to finding us. We look forward to meeting the few that will make it all the way through. Good luck.”
The message was signed: “3301”.
A self-confessed IT security “freak” and a skilled cryptographer, Eriksson’s interest was immediately piqued. This was – he knew – an example of digital steganography: the concealment of secret information within a digital file. Most often seen in conjunction with image files, a recipient who can work out the code – for example, to alter the colour of every 100th pixel – can retrieve an entirely different image from the randomised background “noise”.
By Gaius Reynolds for Gaius Hears Voices
The Earth: this magical place that we are simultaneously apart of yet feel so disconnected from. It’s easy to feel like the world we live in is too large to have an attachment to actions and events thousands of miles away on the other side of the globe. Yet when compared to the size of the Solar System, Galaxy, and of course Universe, it is even easier to see how close we all really are. In the entirety of the massive and seemingly endless Universe that we all inhabit, all of us are confined (so far) to the same pale blue dot.
This creates a variety of problems for us as human being trapped on the same speck of dust floating in space. Resource exhaustion, over-population, and natural disasters (terrestrial or cosmological) all threaten to end the human race as we know it. There have been estimations, predictions, and warnings alike concerning humanities end for a very long time now; and while some are far-fetched and baseless, others that are more serious and dire are not given the attention they deserve. It is again this perspective of how large yet how small our planet and species are that deceives people when it comes to the true nature of our own fragility.
Does this mean that we are doomed to failure and extinction? No, I do not believe so. There is one growing aspect of society that perhaps might save us from the brink of destruction; and that is the growing popularity of the nerd. Read more…