Friday, April 17, 2009

No nukes, dudes.

Have a look.

PRAGUE (AFP) — US President Barack Obama pledged Sunday to lead a quest for a world purged of nuclear weapons, denouncing "fatalism" over proliferation and calling for North Korea to be punished for its rocket launch.
Warning the prospect of a nuclear-armed terrorist was the "most immediate and extreme threat to global security," Obama unveiled a plan to cut stockpiles, curtail testing, choke fissile production and secure loose nuclear material.
"As the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon, the United States has a moral responsibility to act," Obama said in a keynote speech in Prague before moving on to Turkey Sunday night. "We cannot succeed in this endeavour alone, but we can lead it.

Full article is here. This would actually be a good start to nuclear disarmament. If, you know... it actually works.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Not An April Fools Joke, Guys.

Check it out:

The Conficker worm is scheduled to activate on April 1, and the unanswered question is: Will it prove to be the world’s biggest April Fool’s joke or is it the information age equivalent of Herman Kahn’s legendary 1962 treatise about nuclear war, “Thinking About the Unthinkable”?

Conficker is a program that is spread by exploiting several weaknesses in Microsoft’s Windows operating system. Various versions of the software have spread widely around the globe since October, mostly outside the United States because there are more computers overseas running unpatched, pirated Windows. (The program does not infect Macintosh or Linux-based computers.)

An estimated 12 million or more machines have been infected. However, many have also been disinfected, so a precise census is difficult to obtain.

 The full article is here if you want to check it out. Anyway, it's about the Conficker worm, which is supposed to activate... today. Here's hoping it doesn't do much damage.