GeekSpeak for 2009-11-07

Rogue Amoeba Geek

Paul Kafasis from [Rogue Amoeba|http://rogueamoeba.com/] is joining the Geeks to chat about all the awesome that RA makes. Best know for Audio Hijack Pro, Rogue Amoeba makes some yummy audio apps for Apple Macintosh

Check out [the freebie apps|http://www.rogueamoeba.com/freebies/] !

SSL Vulnerability

Researchers say they’ve uncovered a flaw in the secure sockets layer protocol that allows attackers to inject text into encrypted traffic passing between two endpoints. More information can be found at [Extended Sub Set|http://extendedsubset.com/?p=8] .

Placebo Effect Caught In the Act!

“The researchers who made the discovery scanned the spinal cords of volunteers while applying painful heat to one arm. Then they rubbed a cream onto the arm and told the volunteers that it contained a painkiller, but in fact it had no active ingredient. Even so, the cream made spinal-cord neural activity linked to pain vanish. ‘This type of mechanism has been envisioned for over 40 years for placebo analgesia,’ says Donald Price, a neuroscientist at the University of Florida in Gainesville, who was not involved in the new study. ‘This study provides the most direct test of this mechanism to date.’”

Large Hadron Collider scuttled by birdy baguette-bomber

A bird dropping a piece of bread onto outdoor machinery has been blamed for a technical fault at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) this week which saw significant overheating in sections of the mighty particle-punisher’s subterranean 27-km supercooled magnetic doughnut.

Maryland Voters Test New Cryptographic Voting System

“It’s an election system voters and math geeks can embrace.”

Facebook Awarded $711M in Spam Lawsuit

“‘The record demonstrates that Wallace willfully violated the statutes in question with blatant disregard for the rights of Facebook and the thousands of Facebook users whose accounts were compromised by his conduct,’ Fogel wrote in his judgment order, which also permanently prohibits Wallace from accessing the Facebook Web site or creating a Facebook account, among other restrictions.”

Quiksilver Bleeker USB 2.0 SurfDrive

EP MEMORY 2GB Action Sports Quiksilver Bleeker USB 2.0 SurfDrive

You won’t do much carving with it but at least it doesn’t need wax. Also, you probably shouldn’t get it wet. And probably keep sand off of it. Actually don’t bring it to the beach at all. And no stickers unless they are really small. Come to think of it, if you do surf, don’t show this to your surfer buddies or they will just laugh at you. But feel free to show it to non-surfers who will think you are cool.


! Podcast Mention

The [Stuff You Should Know Podcast|http://blogs.howstuffworks.com/category/stuff-you-should-know/] features writers Charles W. Bryant and Josh Clark from the [How Stuff Works|http://howstuffworks.com] website. They cover tones of cool things on their podcast. And their blog is full of good writing. Here are some recent titles of the episodes:

And much more.

! Rouge Amoeba