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A Measured Response

Categories: Dear God, Make It Stop! and Health.

While there have been various slapdash measures put in place to mitigate the spiraling US Influenza A(H1N1) death count — one person and counting — it’s good to see that Fort Worth ISD has been able to keep their wits about them. Their measured response to the situation? “Fort Worth ISD To Close All Schools Immediately Because of Swine Flu Threat.”

Yes, they do use the phrase “until further notice,” and then go on to say that it will probably be at least a week and a half before they re-open any schools.

Star Trek: The Experience Closing in Vegas

Categories: Dear God, Make It Stop! and Entertainment.

Star Trek: The Experience Closing in Vegas

Several of us visited this during the SIP interim meetings in Vegas several years ago. I was fairly impressed, particularly with the “ride” that simulated a transporter in a way that almost made me suspend disbelief. As the article mentioned, it was a nice “geek-friendy” break in a town that is not particularly friendly to non-gamblers.

J.J. Abrams, we’re counting on you to make things right again.

New User Interface Metaphor: The Wiggle

Categories: Dear God, Make It Stop! and iPhone.

I just updated my iPhone to 1.1.3. On restart, it popped a window telling me how to use the new feature allowing me to rearrange icons on the home screen. You simply touch and hold an icon until it, get this, starts to “wiggle”. Yes, it actually used the word “wiggle.”

Sounds disturbing? You have no idea. (Unless of course you have one.) All the icons start wiggling. But it’s a subtle wiggle. Just enough to wonder if you’ve had a bit too much rum or something.

Not that I ever have that problem.

Anyhow, finally getting the “find yourself” function in Google Maps is way cool. Even though all the Nokia E6x users have had it for months. Heck, the freakin’ MDA users have had it for a while. But I bet my user interface for it is better.

(btw, FIRST post for 2008!)

The Gestalt of the Internet

Categories: Dear God, Make It Stop!, Entertainment, and neither-camelids-nor-goats.

The current big deal in Japan appears to be a musical animation of Oshiri Kajiri Mushi, or “Butt-Biting Bug”. It’s on youtube; I’ll let you find it yourself. Because that’s not the point of this post.

I googled “butt biting bug” to see if I could find some background info. One site I found had no real info at all. But the Google ads on the page, in combination, were a work of accidental art that will probably not occur again:

Official Bug Doctor Site (bug doctor for the PC.)
Large, Round Booties (figure it out yourself.)
Bug Beetles (huge selection of Beetles items.)

…and finally…

Kill mosquitos with the leaf blower you already have…

I think that pretty much sums up the Internet–or at least the WWW.

iPhone: Who needs security?

Categories: Dear God, Make It Stop!, iPhone, Tech, and Toys.

There are an increasing number of jailbroken applications that can be loaded onto the iPhone — so many, in fact, that someone has thrown together a nifty package manager for installing and managing all of them.

One of the more interesting things to do, of course, is run an SSH client so you can perform remote administration of other machines. Apparently, the installation of SSH from the package manager is a full-fledged OpenSSL install — including the server side of things.

And yes, it does start up the SSH service.

Combine this with the well-known passwords for both “root” and “mobile” accounts and what do you get?

orthrus:~/ adam$ ssh root@172.17.1.44
The authenticity of host '172.17.1.44 (172.17.1.44)' can't be established.
RSA key fingerprint is 7f:c4:18:1d:08:63:6c:04:0c:14:30:b2:09:f4:ee:17.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes
Warning: Permanently added '172.17.1.44' (RSA) to the list of known hosts.
root@172.17.1.44's password: 
Warning: No xauth data; using fake authentication data for X11 forwarding.
Last login: Mon Aug 27 17:34:23 2007 from 127.0.0.1
# ls
Library  Media
# uname -a
Darwin Q40 9.0.0d1 Darwin Kernel Version 9.0.0d1: Fri Jun 22 00:38:56 PDT 2007;
root:xnu-933.0.1.178.obj~1/RELEASE_ARM_S5L8900XRB iPhone1,1 Darwin
# df
Filesystem           1K-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/disk0s1            307200    193116    111012  64% /
devfs                       18        18         0 100% /dev
/dev/disk0s2           7622368   6624600    997768  87% /private/var
# 

Hmm… methinks the potential for havoc may be high here.