This was the best laugh I had on the plane last night. Conan O’Brien taking a Lyft with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. What great placement for Lyft.
UBER was how I was introduced to ride-share mobile services, but just because of this segment on Conan O’Brien’s CONAN show, I’m going to try Lyft. Heck, I’ve got 20 bucks in credits from even another car service app, but I’ll try Lyft next. I guess UBER X pricing and Lyft pricing should be comparable.
So what do on the Walking Dead when your friend is infected with a zombie bite but not yet turned? You separate that person from the group and try to figure out how to cure him/her. That’s what useful about the fact that our heroes are currently in a prison (or at least it should be). #plotholes
For an infected computer you take it off the network, pull out the Ethernet cable, remove it from the wireless network and then try to fix it or wipe it. You create a gap between the computer and the rest of your network so that it can’t cause malice. The’s the airgap.
“badBIOS,” as Ruiu dubbed the malware, has the ability to use high-frequency transmissions passed between computer speakers and microphones to bridge airgaps.”
At first this seems darn near impossible, like ghosts, like a hoax, but considering the increasing complexity of BIOS’es as they control hardware at the lowest levels, and the ease by which they are updated “live” nowadays, this threat is credible. So at least from a research perspective, high frequency audio could be used to trigger a countdown on infected computers. A BIOS-virus designed for a single ecosystem might be able to stop a company’s entire workforce in a single day by just telling the virus to 1) reset drive data 2) block bios access effectively killing not just the data but the system accessing it.
More BIOS miscellany as I was wondering what manufacturers could use to prevent this:
As more hardware vendors seek to implement the new NIST 800-155 specification that was designed to make the start-up BIOS firmware on our PCs and laptops more secure, they may need to rethink the security assumptions upon which the standard depends. A trio of researchers from The MITRE Corp. say that the current approach relies too heavily on access control mechanisms that can easily be bypassed.
But the MITRE researchers say that at Black Hat they will reveal how they are able to use the inherent mutability of the BIOS flash — that’s what makes it so easy to make BIOS firmware updates — against this attestation process. They will show two different ways they’re able to override it and forge the PCR values to trick the TPM into thinking the BIOS remains pristine.
I didn’t see Comic Book Girl 19 at San Diego Comic Con, but what an impressive costume made of cardboard and colored with blood,sweat and inkjet cartridges.
She’s really against the remake of RoboCop (yes it’s a classic), but I however don’t support her political platform. I still have faith in the new RoboCop remake because the director José Padilha has shown that he has exactly the right mindset for Old Detroit with his fantastic Elite Squad films.
Jimmy Fallon has been magic as a television host and entertainer, and he deserves prime time as soon as possible. Leno needs to transition faster to a show about his love of cars sooner than later.
Watch two videos of Fallon with the Roots performing separately with both Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus. While Thicke and Miley combined for some big negative publicity on MTV, these videos show everyone in their best light, stripped of bad costumes and hype, the singers can be appreciated for their singing.
Jimmy Fallon, Miley Cyrus & The Roots Sing “We Can’t Stop” (A Cappella)
Jimmy Fallon, Robin Thicke & The Roots Sing “Blurred Lines” (w/ Classroom Instruments)