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March 11th, 2006 - Adventures in Engineering — LiveJournal
The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-03-11 03:27
  Subject:   Automated BIOS flashing considered harmful.
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There's a story up on Slashdot about VM based viruses. (Nice work from the MS Research team that discovered this vulnerability, BTW.) Basically, the virus takes over the boot-up up process, and makes sure it loads before the real operating system does. That way, it can cloak itself arbitrarily well by setting up the CPU's "virtual processor" features to intercept all memory and I/O access, and make the system appear totally clean no matter how the OS tries to check. It's like the cops not being allowing to enter your house when they have a search warrant. Instead, they have to ask you to bring them the things they want to look at. There's no way for them to know if you're coming back with the genuine article or not.

Non-nerds can stop reading there...Collapse )
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-03-11 20:34
  Subject:   "Winnie the Pooh needs an intervention. We feel drugs are in order."
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  Mood:comedy gold
We especially worry about baby Roo. It is not his impulsivity or hyperactivity that concerns us, as we feel that those are probably age appropriate. We worry about the environment in which he is developing. Roo is growing up in a single-parent household, which puts him at high risk for Poorer Outcome. We predict we will someday see a delinquent, jaded, adolescent Roo hanging out late at night at the top of the forest, the ground littered with broken bottles of extract of malt and the butts of smoked thistles. We think that this will be Roo's reality, in part because of a second issue. Roo's closest friend is Tigger, who is not a good Role Model. Peer influences strongly affect outcome.

Pathology in the Hundred Acre Wood: a neurodevelopmental perspective on A.A. Milne

Thanks to The_Innocent_Bystander at MrCranky.com for the link!
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