Sony PlayStation Network: Epic Fail! 

It's bad enough that the PlayStation Network (PSN) went down in flames a week ago and hasn't been back up since, but they've been awfully quiet about providing much in the way of updates on what exactly is going on.

Until today that is.

Today, they're telling us that the hackers that took down their network now know everything there is to know about us including credit card info and passwords and security questions and answers and probably what we ate for breakfast.

So after a week of near silence, we now get this:

Although we are still investigating the details of this incident, we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip), and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may have been obtained. If you have authorized a sub-account for your dependent, the same data with respect to your dependent may have been obtained. While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility. If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained.

And to top it all off, they say it's still going to be another week or so before things are back up and running.

Seriously. Biggest network fail ever!

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There's something about 4G... 
This morning there was some ad on the radio about some new 4G network.

4G sounded like Orgy.

That was my morning amusement. :)

Carry on...

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Japan's Nuclear Disaster 
There's been a lot of talk on the news about Japan's nuclear reactors melting down, or maybe melting down, or maybe nearly melting down, or some such thing.

Now, I happen to know a thing or two about nuclear reactors, so I had a lot of questions about what was actually happening and why the things I've been told are supposed to prevent this sort of thing weren't working.

I live near a nuclear power plant. I have good reason to wonder about such things.

The most basic question I had was why they couldn't just shove the control rods into the core to shut the whole thing down and call it a day. That's what I'd been told was the standard practice to keep everything safe when things are going all wrong.

Well... I did some searching and found an excellent explanation of what's going on that jive's with everything I knew about nuclear power, and seems to fill in most of the blanks about what I didn't know. If you're interested in such things, it's worth a read.

The information is written by Dr Josef Oehmen, a research scientist at MIT, in Boston. Very well done, Dr Oehmen!

Note that this link is to the re-post where I originally found this. The related link, below, is to the original posting. I include the re-post because it is presented in a more readable format, while the original post may contain updates as the situation develops. ... ef-oehmen/

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I was just in a meeting with some business folks. They liked to throw around the term "whiteboarding".

It means brainstorming.

Why don't they just say brainstorming? Is there something wrong with a term that's been around since the beginning of time or do they just like sounding trendy?

Whiteboarding sounds a lot like waterboarding. Just sayin'.

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Aussie Nad's 
I was shopping with my wife today. On the discount shelf at Shoppers Drug Mart was a product called Aussie Nad's. It's a hair removal product, and really, from there, the jokes just write themselves!

I just checked their website and it looks like they've already renamed the product to just "Nad's for Men".

It mentions removing hair from the chest, back, arms, and legs but really... don't ya think it's just SCREAMING to be meant for the bits "down under"?

I couldn't help but laugh at this one. I mean... the marketing people HAVE to have seen how comical this would be!!

I guess the Aussies are to men as the Brazilians are to women!

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