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This is the most demonically clever computer security attack I've seen in years. It's a fabrication-time attack: that is, it's an attack which can be performed by someone who has access to the microchip fabrication facility, and it lets them insert a nearly undetectable backdoor into the chips themselves. (If you're wondering who might want to do such a thing, think "state-level actors")

The attack starts with a chip design which has already been routed -- i.e., it's gone from a high-level design in terms of registers and data, to a low-level design in terms of gates and transistors, all the way to a physical layout of how the wires and silicon will be laid out. But instead of adding a chunk of new circuitry (which would take up space), or modifying existing circuitry significantly (which could be detected), it adds nothing more than a single logic gate in a piece of empty space.

When a wire next to this booby-trap gate flips from off to on, the electromagnetic fields it emits add a little bit of charge to a capacitor inside the gate. If it just happens once, that charge bleeds off, and nothing happens. But if that wire is flipped on and off rapidly, it accumulates in the capacitor until it passes a threshold -- at which point it triggers that gate, which flips a target flip-flop (switch) inside the chip from off to on.

If you pick a wire which normally doesn't flip on and off rapidly, and you target a vulnerable switch -- say, the switch between user and supervisor mode -- then you have a modification to the chip which is too tiny to notice, which is invisible to all known forms of detection, and if you know the correct magic incantation (in software) to flip that wire rapidly, will suddenly give you supervisor-mode access to the chip. (Supervisor mode is the mode the heart of the operating system runs in; in this mode, you have access to all the computer's memory, rather than just to your own application's)

The authors of this paper came up with the idea and built an actual microchip with such a backdoor in it, using the open-source OR1200 chip as their target. I don't know if I want to guess how many three-letter agencies have already had the same idea, or what fraction of chips in the wild already have such a backdoor in them.

As +Andreas Schou said in his share, "Okay. That's it. I give up. Security is impossible."
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Guess I can visit Pitman now, hard to visit Jersey without drinking to take off the edge.

(Joking, just joking)
 
A Dry Town Goes Wet After More Than a Century
Pitman, New Jersey, got a taste of booze this month.
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That is just one of possibly two brewery's opening in my town.

It's amazing how fast this town is changing!

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I guess Thomas was just answering for Scalia, eh?
 
In a 7-1 opinion, the court grants a new trial to a black death row inmate convicted by an all-white jury.
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Looking at some of the kits I'm sold, this should be fun with Hunter
 
Google's new app lets users conduct scientific research on their phones.

The app, called Science Journal, measures and records data in real time, and then converts that data into easily readable graphs and charts. Users can store several projects in the app, and use tools like an accelerometer, plus light and sound meters, in order to gather information for their projects. While the number of sensors available to use is still small, Google says it will work with people in the science community to continually improve the app.

http://bit.ly/27Np0NW
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Looks like a trip to Lehigh Valley is on the books for tomorrow.... +SOLAR IMPULSE​ is there a rough ETA? We would love to see you land
 
BREAKING: Bertrand Piccard will takeoff tomorrow, May 24th, at 10:00 UTC to attempt to reach Lehigh Valley #futureisclean
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Kiedis was also surprised that so much media attention was paid to his illness and brief hospitalization. "I think it was a slow news day," he said. "When I opened my phone and saw I was in the news, I was like 'Everything must be okay in the world today if that's what's making the news."

I like that
"I'd rather play deathly ill than not at all but in this particular instance I was starting to go down to the ground," singer "on the mend" says
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All that banning opened up lots of server resources, eh?
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Looking forwards to going to this THIS year
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So I went down a rabbit hole tonight....I started looking at the posts of Trump supporters who are trolling on posts.

Wow, they're way more neo-nazi than they are white supremacist. Oh and boy do they hate feminism (and gays)
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Mind you this was just trolls who started off with "Jew this" and "socialist that". Not people who have a genuine belief that Trump is going to be good for America in some aspect other than their hatred towards whomever.
I ASSUME there are good people who believe in Trump for whatever reasons not based in anger, fear, hatred, ignorance, etc. I don't think the majority of his supporters are deeply disturbed. Sadly some of the loudest supporters seem to be.

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Super, super, super Good read!

The shortest distance from Cuba to the United States is about 90 miles across the Florida Strait. By the standards of human-powered sea travel, it’s extremely doable, and it has been done for decades by refugees aboard the most makeshift of watercraft, driven by desperation. In the peak years, tens of thousand of Cuban balseros staked their lives on the journey, in hopes of finding something better at the end.
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A company has just developed a new 3D printer that uses revolutionary new technology to print at incredible speeds.
A company has just developed a new 3D printer that uses revolutionary new technology to print at incredible speeds.
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Kerr Park is the proverbial heart of Downingtown. There are a number of pavilions, a gazebo, and athletic fields, a Basketball court, a great playground, skatepark It also has a Trout Hatchery, a creek (fishing is allowed in the creek with permit).
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This park is an extraordinary area for birding. The trails are very easy for any fitness level.
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I really enjoyed the Burger I had here. Bottomless fries is nice if you're dining in.
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It's a normal Target nothing special though they do have a better Lego selection than many other local Targets.
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This Wawa is starting to show its age. Definitely due for a refresh. Service is decent. Food is standard Wawa fare good but not great. Can't beat the chain for convenience though.
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Franklin Commons is an amazing building. It is sort of what I imagine a community center should actually be. It has an art installation which changes throughout the year. They have made some beautiful changes since I was there last year.
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The burgers were tasty and the smash fries were delicious. Fast and courteous service. Reasonably priced.
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