Space Station Infected With W32.Gammima.AG Worm

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With a US$30 Billion dollars invested in the International Space Station, don’t you think NASA and the Russian Gov’t could pony up a couple of bucks to install antivirus software on the laptops and other computers?

Apparently they don’t, but are doing so now. Seems the ISS found itself infected with the W32.Gammima.AG worm.

W32.Gammima is a worm that spreads through removable media and steals information related to the MapleStory online game. This particular infection was in fact found on a compact flash card brought aboard by one of the astronauts.

The worm monitors Internet Explorer and steals the following information:

  • Accounts and passwords to the MapleStory online game
  • Role and item information in the game

The stolen information is sent to the author via email and HTTP

Systems Affected by this worm: Windows 98, Windows 95, Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000

HTC Keeps Hopes Alive for us Non-Touchscreen Faithful


Though well-known for its “TouchFLO” enhancements to Windows Mobile, HTC has not abandoned non-touchscreen phones. Windows for Devices has details on the newly announced, candybar-style “S740” runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard, has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, sports a 3.2 megapixel camera, and includes GPS, WiFi, plus an FM radio.

I for one welcome more candybar mobiles like my Pantech Duo I bought this Spring.

Top 50 Hottest SciFi Girls

This is a well rounded list of at as they attempt the near impossible which is to identify the hottest women of scifi. They have everyone from T’Pol of Enterprise to Colonel Wilma Deering from Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century to Yori of Tron.

After you’ve gone through that list, check out my own work in progress this year called “The Women Of Sci-Fi And Their Provocative Poses“, so far we have:

Hottest scifi women

The Unicorn Man – A Collection of Verses, Short Stories, Images

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Vox Anon contacted me the other day promoting his new book The Unicorn Man. From the description it sounds dark and interesting. The kind of work that causes me to reflect on my own life and future and makes me wonder if I should be scared.

Vox Anon promised to send a copy for review, I can hardly wait! If you can’t wait, good news for you because it’s available on Lulu.


An epic poem, an ecstatic prayer, & a beatific psalm authored by an anonymous master. The Unicorn Man is not for children, the faint of heart, &/or faithless. It is a grotesque self portrait of physical love & spiritual longing unraveled in an apocalyptic vision. These are verses of eternal hope written by a man with an acute suicidal condition. A man with an undiagnosable tumor growing in the shape of a horn from the center of his forehead. He hides from the world. This symbolic disfigurement transforms him from human into a fantastical beast. Until the love of a girl changes him back. The Unicorn Man is a highly personal collection of hidden text. Intimacy on a universal scale. A few poems about Love, G-d, & Death. Enjoy!

Here’s the full Press Release:

The Unicorn Man is: selected unpublished verse from earlier poetic works “The Voluptua” & “The Epitome” collections (1999 – 2007) inspired by artwork from “Anatomia Ecclesia: The Anatomical Brides” . “My life’s work adds up to this: Beauty, Love & G-d & Death.” Vox Anon WWW.THEUNICORNMAN.COM

The Unicorn Man 08/08/08 version contains: 3 short stories, 216 verse poems & +55 unique images that were too unfinished, too profound &/or too sacred to be disclosed to anyone other than the initiated. The 3 short stories “I Awoke”, “Once Upon A Time”, and “Non Plus Ultra” have been added to help introduce and contextualize the 7 chapters of poetic verses that follow.

The White, Black, Red, Pale, Gold, Lost, and Last Verses are meant to pique, Not satisfy the curiosity as to the truth and wonder of The Unicorn Man’s existence. Images/text on the origin of beauty and the price one pays for dying for it/killing for it will be revealed.

Although his disease remains undiagnosable, it is not unlike Cutaneous horn (cornu cutaneum), a rare projectile, conical, dense, hyperkeratotic disease that resembles the horn of an animal. State of the art technologies along with X-rays, fMRI, and CT scan imagings show that the base of this horn is rooted at the very seat of his soul; the pineal gland. Surgical removal of this tumor from his forehead may prove fatal.

These verses are collected from diaries and journals he has kept over many lifetimes. The text starts out in the tradition of an epic poem then translates into experimental stream of consciousness. Methinks Cain killed Abel because he wanted to marry his Twin sister, & in a jealous rage murdered him. Now he walks the earth until the end of time as a punishment for the 1st murder. For Love. For Beauty. For Self.

The Unicorn Man is a collection of love notes and self-portraits in verse that is at times fantastic, horrific, and sublime. Names, places, and events in the texts date back 10,000 years and predict the end of the times on December 21, 2012.

A search for truth, beauty, and identity is recorded in these pages. These verses inquire: Who is the most beautiful creature on earth? Is the anatomy of man G-d’s greatest creation? How will the End of Times end? Who is the Wormwood Star? Is this a tumor growing down my face? or Am I Qayin? The Unicorn Man? A few poems about Beauty, Love, G-d, & Death. Enjoy!

Hopefully, The Unicorn Man will find a home in your imagination with the likes of Dostoevsky’s “Notes from the Underground”, Darren Aronofsky’s “The Fountain” and Guillermo Del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth”. If you love the book of Psalms or works of fiction like The Crow or The Sandman, then you will love The Unicorn Man!

What Words Would You Add to the Microsoft Spell-Checker?

The other day the Seattle Times profiled the Microsoft Natural Language team and their challenges in keeping the up with spell-checking since languages are constantly in flux.

Now the paper’s blog asks us “What words would you add to the Microsoft spell-checker?“. Here’s a few quotes:

A friend who works in the sciences said it’s difficult to trust the spell-checker in her field. “You think Bromodichloromethane or 4-Methyl-2-Pentanone are in there? Or whenever we use borehole the suggested correction is brothel…”

A man who works in Olympia had this question: “I’ve often wondered why a corporation based in Washington has a spell-checker that doesn’t include Walla Walla as an acceptable proper noun instead of insisting that it’s a repetition… Apparently, Microsoft thinks there’s a town called Walla, WA — where they grow Walla onions.” (Only half as delicious, I’m sure.)

Neal Stephenson Once Again Proves He’s the King of the Worlds

Neal Stephenson has a new book to be released Sept 3 2008 (pre-order on Amazon). writes about Stephenson’s motivations and where the ideas came from for this 960 page novel.

Set on a planet called Arbe (pronounced “arb”), Anathem documents a civilization split between two cultures: an indulgent Saecular general population (hooked on casinos, shopping in megastores, trashing the environment—sound familiar?) and the super-educated cohort known as the avaunt, or “auts,” who live a monastic existence defined by intellectual activity and circumscribed rituals. Freed from the pressures of pedestrian life, the avaunt view time differently. Their society—the “mathic” world—is clustered in walled-off areas known as concents built around giant clocks designed to last for centuries. The avaunt are separated into four groups, distinguished by the amount of time they are isolated from the outside world and each other. Unarians stay inside the wall for a year. Decenarians can venture outside only once a decade. Centenarians are locked in for a hundred years, and Millennarians—long-lifespanners who are endowed with Yoda-esque wisdom—emerge only in years ending in triple zeros. Stephenson centers his narrative around a crisis that jars this system—a crisis that allows him to introduce action scenes worthy of Buck Rogers and even a bit of martial arts. It’s a rather complicated setup; fortunately, there’s a detailed timeline and 20-page glossary to help the reader decode things.

Link Dump 8/26/08

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NASA’s Mars Rover Opportunity Climbing Out of Victoria Crater [NASA]

No bull! Cows have a built-in compass [MSNBC]

Caesarean babies more likely to develop diabetes [Science Blog]

DNA Barcodes: Are They Always Accurate? [Physorg]


Like An Egyptian [Savage Chicken]

Pink Beer from Asahi Japan [3yen]

25 Hairstyles of the Last 100 Years [The List Universe]

The 10 Most Shameless Product Placements in Movie History – [Cracked]

Dragonball Trailer Coming in October [Superhero Hype]


Use your treadmill to play WOW [SlashGear]

Reverse Engineering Can Resolve Conflict Between Standardization And Competition [Techdirt]

Introducing Ubiquity – An experiment into connecting the Web with language. [Mozilla Labs]

Red Hat, Fedora Servers Infiltrated By Attackers [OSNews]

Kindle fails to set light to unsold e-book pile [Register]

Star Trek Fans in Costume

Here’s a sampling of folks Patrick and I came across at the Star Trek Convention in Vegas a couple of weeks ago. I’ll get everything posted to Flickr ‘real soon now’.

Among my favorites were Michelle and Francine as the Starfleet Cheerleaders (now that is original!), the blue bunny science office (bottom right), and Holly from (bottom left). Standing next to Holly is Dataest (warning, links to Myspace).

More photos coming…

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