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Laser-powered 'needle' promises pain-free injections

Laser-powered 'needle' promises pain-free injections | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
From annual flu shots to childhood immunizations, needle injections are among the least popular staples of medical care. Though various techniques have been developed in hopes of taking the "ouch" out of injections, hypodermic needles are still the first choice for ease-of-use, precision, and control.

 

A new laser-based system, however, that blasts microscopic jets of drugs into the skin could soon make getting a shot as painless as being hit with a puff of air. The system uses an erbium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet, or Er:YAG, laser to propel a tiny, precise stream of medicine with just the right amount of force.


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How to make a bow drill in the wild (for starting fires and drilling holes)

How to make a bow drill in the wild (for starting fires and drilling holes) | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
A bow drill is most often used for starting a fire – it’s the most efficient fire starting method – but a bow drill can be used for drilling holes too. A bow drill consists of five basic components – spindle (or drill), board, socket (aka handhold or bearing block), string, and the bow.. http://wildernessarena.com/supplies/tools/how-to-make-a-bow-drill
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How to escape a car that has been submerged under water

How to escape a car that has been submerged under water | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
About 400 people die each year from drowning inside their own submerged vehicles. Here’s how to escape a car submerged under water. http://wildernessarena.com/environment/weather/how-to-escape-submerged-car-under-water
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Ever wonder if those hitman sites on the Dark Web are real?

Ever wonder if those hitman sites on the Dark Web are real? | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
Here’s the answer to at least one “hitman” service provider on the Dark Web. BesaMafia offer contract kills and other forms of intimidation for a price. Today they have announced they are closed for business and explained. http://geekslop.com/2017/ever-wonder-hitman-sites-dark-web-real
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Rule 41 changes pass - long live legalized electronic eavesdropping of all Americans!

Rule 41 changes pass - long live legalized electronic eavesdropping of all Americans! | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
The new Rule 41 dictate is going to be law and it’s a doozy, both mind-boggling (for its stupidity) and stomach-churning (for its stupidity) at the same time. Effectively, what the law does is allow any judge, anywhere (including Podunk, Texas), to grant a warrant for electronic surveillance of any US citizen. If you thought the NSA spying fiasco was bad – you ain’t seen nothing yet. http://geekslop.com/2016/rule-41-changes-pass-legalized-electronic-surveillance-of-all-americans
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Here's all you need to know about the dangerous Alt-Right movement - straight from the Breitbart (Stephen Bannon's) published manifesto

Here's all you need to know about the dangerous Alt-Right movement - straight from the Breitbart (Stephen Bannon's) published manifesto | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
In early 2016, Brietbart News published an explanation of their Alt-Right movement. It attempted to defend and justify the Alt-Rights rhetoric. Let’s take a trip through the manifesto, with quotes directly taken from Breitbart’s published philosophy, and untangle the purple prose to reveal what the Breitbart’s “brainy” Alt-Right really believe. http://geekslop.com/2016/alt-right-movement-breitbart-bannon-manifesto
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My collection of Donald Trump (Nazi) logos (with a few good Hitler quotes as a bonus)

My collection of Donald Trump (Nazi) logos (with a few good Hitler quotes as a bonus) | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
For the Trump haters, keep your chin up. I’m sure he’ll provide plenty of fodder for our entertainment over the next four years. I’ll begin with these Donald Trump Nazi logos that have begun appearing all over the Internet. http://geekslop.com/2016/collection-donald-trump-nazi-logos-good-hitler-quotes-bonus
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Here are the recommended data-length limits for common database and programming fields

Here are the recommended data-length limits for common database and programming fields | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
Although there are no definitive standards for common field length validations, we can come close using governmental standards, ISO recommendations, and database best practices based on maximum known values. Below are common database fields along with their maximum recommended allowable length and data type. http://geekslop.com/2016/recommended-data-length-limits-common-database-programming-fields
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Why we should fear Mirai and IoT botnets (and how stupidly simple it is to quash those fears)

Why we should fear Mirai and IoT botnets (and how stupidly simple it is to quash those fears) | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
The first thought for anyone who has examined the Mirai codebase is how well the application was coded. The second thought is how easy it would be to disable. Being a C&C server inherently means you can control the Mirai botnet with it – even to the point of shutting it down – permanently. http://geekslop.com/2016/fear-mirai-iot-botnet-how-to-fix
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If you own a D-Link router, stomp it, burn it, and never buy D-Link again

If you own a D-Link router, stomp it, burn it, and never buy D-Link again | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
Maybe other router manufacturers are as magnificently dumb as D-Link but regardless, get rid of all D-Link routers and vow to never buy another D-Link product for a long as your lungs suck in air. The security vulnerabilities present in their devices, especially the DWR-932B router, are so far beyond stupid, well, you’d swear the Chinese company purposely allowed them as a joke on Americans… http://geekslop.com/2016/d-link-router-stomp-burnt-never-buy-d-link
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Dark Web hackers offer up confidential customer data from Global Risk Profile hack

Dark Web hackers offer up confidential customer data from Global Risk Profile hack | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
Global Risk Profile provides a spooky array of services including “gathering every legally available information on either a company or an individual” and protection against “hazardous situations such as fraud, corruption, or money laundering”. Today they may have to turn their investigative eyes on themselves as notable hacking group on the Dark Web is offering to sell Global Risk Profile data including confidential email between Global Risk Profile and customers. http://geekslop.com/2016/global-risk-profile-hacked-customer-data-dump
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The way of the modern world - a picture is worth a thousand posts...

The way of the modern world - a picture is worth a thousand posts... | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
It’s certain to become a classic – hundreds of onlookers turning their back on an important political figure so they can attach themselves to the moment and measure their self-worth in number of likes. http://geekslop.com/2016/way-modern-world-picture-worth-thousand-posts
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How to tell if you're on a government watchlist (and how to get on and off the wild ride)

How to tell if you're on a government watchlist (and how to get on and off the wild ride) | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
People often wonder if their names have somehow made it to the “the list”, that watchlist of US citizens whom the government suspects may be up to something. I would venture to say, the best way to know if you’re on the watchlist would be to recognize how often you find yourself forced into unique situations that fall far beyond the norm. http://geekslop.com/2016/how-to-tell-you-are-on-government-watchlist-how-to-get-on-and-off
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Check out the questions on this original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) application (1921)

Check out the questions on this original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) application (1921) | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
The first Knights of the Ku Klux Klan was founded in Pulaski, Tennessee sometime between December 1865 and August 1866 by six former members of the Confederate army. Its original purpose was to be a fraternal social club with plenty of parody thrown into the initiation ceremonies. However, members began to take the organization seriously and found purpose as a vigilante group targeting black people and white Republicans. http://geekslop.com/2016/original-knights-of-the-ku-klux-klan-kkk-application-1921
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Flax plant - the many uses of the flax plant in the wild

Flax plant - the many uses of the flax plant in the wild | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
The flax plant is an excellent source of food, natural fibers, and oils. Flax grows to about 4-feet tall and 2-feet wide. Leaves are wider in the middle and shaped like a lance tip. Flax grows natively in cooler regions. Often found just above the waterline in bogs, the plant grows in organic dirt or well-drained sandy loam. http://wildernessarena.com/food-water-shelter/food-food-water-shelter/food-procurement/edible-wild-plants/flax-plant-uses-in-wilderness
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How to break your fall in combat situations to minimize injury and quickly maintain fighting advantage

How to break your fall in combat situations to minimize injury and quickly maintain fighting advantage | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
It is quite common to fall or be thrown during a combat situation. To minimize the chance of injury, and ensure you can bounce back to your feet quickly, you must use falling techniques to absorb the impact of the fall and allow use of your body’s momentum to quickly return to your feet. http://wildernessarena.com/skills/combat-and-self-defense/how-to-break-your-fall-in-combat-situations
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How we know Russia hacked the US election - analysis of the DNC hack (and why Assange and Guccifer 2.0 are best buds)

How we know Russia hacked the US election - analysis of the DNC hack (and why Assange and Guccifer 2.0 are best buds) | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
Assange served as the gateway for stolen US government documents that appeared to be an attempt to influence the US election process. The documents were rumored to come from the Russian government and an enigmatic lone-wolf hacker known as Guccifer 2.0. http://geekslop.com/2016/how-we-know-russia-hacked-us-election-dnc
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Trump minions fight back with combo Sieg-Heil-Trump parade and George Soros protest in locations across the US

Trump minions fight back with combo Sieg-Heil-Trump parade and George Soros protest in locations across the US | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
They’re calling themselves a part of Anonymous and to prove they’re a lot smarter than the Alt-Righters, threw up a Dox of George Soros (who they say funds Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, etc.). Turns out the “Dox” was nothing more than a nifty little bio (see below). Today they announced a “nationwide Trump Parade and protest calling for the arrest of George Soros”. Combine the events – more bang for the buck, I guess. http://geekslop.com/2016/pro-trump-parade-george-soros-protest-locations-across-us
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Anonymous posts message denouncing Julan Assange, Vladimir Putin, and Donald Trump as fascists

Anonymous posts message denouncing Julan Assange, Vladimir Putin, and Donald Trump as fascists | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
The following appeared on Pastebin yesterday: Anonymous message on Wikileaks & the rise of Trump and global fascism. http://geekslop.com/2016/anonymous-posts-message-denouncing-julan-assange-vladimir-putin-donald-trump-fascists
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Students at Texas State University are dying to have a good time (meanwhile, let's ignore the elephant in San Marcos)

Students at Texas State University are dying to have a good time (meanwhile, let's ignore the elephant in San Marcos) | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
Conveniently situated off I-35, splitting the authority of Hays County and Guadalupe County, the campus sits near San Marcos River and Guadalupe River – both popular party destinations for students of an age when rational adult-like decision-making is just beginning to take root. Being a “party school” may be a good draw for the local economy – but also presents its own set of problems for the community. http://geekslop.com/2016/texas-state-university-deadly-party-school-culture
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The Shadow Brokers dropped another server list today–is it relevant?

The Shadow Brokers dropped another server list today–is it relevant? | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
The Shadow Brokers published another encrypted drop today on Medium which they say reveals NSA IP addresses linked to the Equation Group (some believe Equation Group is a NSA hacking cooperative). TSB’s drop uses the same PGP as previous drops so it appears to be legit. http://geekslop.com/2016/shadow-brokers-dropped-another-server-list-today-relevant
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Amazing park benches turn mundane seats into stunning works of art.

Amazing park benches turn mundane seats into stunning works of art. | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
There are literally millions of park benches across the world and all of them are fairly standard structures – plain, blocked supports with a horizontal surface to sit on. But some cities have thought out of the box and turned their park benches into beautiful, sometimes stunning, works of art. Check out the collection of unusual park benches from around the world. http://geekslop.com/2016/amazing-park-benches-turn-mundane-seats-stunning-works-art
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Well, that didn't last long - DDoS record broken again with 990Gbps flood

Well, that didn't last long - DDoS record broken again with 990Gbps flood | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
Just a week after Brian Krebs was hit with a 620Gbps IoT attack, reports are hitting the wires that OVH has been hit with an even larger attack – two simultaneous barrages of 799Gbps and 191Gbps for a whopping 990Gbps total. And this may only be the beginning… http://geekslop.com/2016/ddos-record-broken-again-with-990gbps-flood
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Akamai's decision to drop Krebs' DDoS protection wasn't an infrastructure thing - yeah, right

Akamai's decision to drop Krebs' DDoS protection wasn't an infrastructure thing - yeah, right | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
I wasn’t too happy to hear that Akamai dropped security researcher/writer Brian Krebs last week after Kreb’s website sustained the largest-ever DDoS attack. In short, they basically offered Krebs protection from DDoS attacks until, well, they said they couldn’t. Then they dropped him leaving Krebs to fend for himself. http://geekslop.com/2016/akamais-drops-brian-krebs-security-protection
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Security researcher Brian Krebs' website hit with largest ever DDoS attack - 665 Gbps!

Security researcher Brian Krebs' website hit with largest ever DDoS attack - 665 Gbps! | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
Security researcher Brian Krebs of KrebsOnSecurity reported today that his site was hit with a walloping 665 Gbps DDoS attack. The attack included SYN and HTTP floods and peaked at 153 Mpps (million packets per second). Krebs’ site remained online, the attack mitigated by Akami’s DDoS protection service. http://geekslop.com/2016/security-researcher-brian-krebs-krebsonsecurity-website-hit-with-largest-ever-ddos-attack-665-gbps
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WTF, I just found this racist Halloween mask depicting a black man on Amazon

WTF, I just found this racist Halloween mask depicting a black man on Amazon | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
I was searching for lifelike mice on Amazon today (long story) and found this unbelievably racist Halloween mask of a black man. Tiny ears, white eyes, big lips – just like the racist cartoons of the 50’s. My gut reaction was shock and I began to wonder how the seller would justify placing an item like this for sale. My guess is, they would argue it’s nothing more than a caricature, which begs the question – are caricatures racist by nature? http://geekslop.com/2016/racist-halloween-mask-depicting-african-american-black-man-amazon
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