Ponderance

(May 2003 - March 2007.) Tama's thoughts on the blogosphere, podcasting, popular culture, digital media and citizen journalism posted from a laptop computer somewhere in Perth's isolated, miniature, urban jungle ...

Sunday, August 24, 2003
Guess Who's Almost Coming To Dinner?

And the entirely unexpected answer is ... the planet Mars. While many people have noticed Mars getting brighter, it's actually just that we're getting closer. The orbits of Mars and Earth are as close as they're ever going to get, with Mars four times closer than usual. It's going to look very pretty until early October, but The Times Argus reports that the optimum time to cast your eyeballs skyward and see the big red inspiration for everything from the Ancient Greek and Roman war gods to H.G. Welles' War of the Worlds is actually this Wednesday morning just before sunrise. So, are you going to brave the cold with a telescope? If not, you're going to have a long wait until Mars is this close again, sometime in 2287.

Evil Mastermind, Dr So Big

Will the author of the sobig.F virus become the first virus-maker to have their story dramatised for the big screen? The Reuters report on the spread of this monstrosity certainly seems to have all the stock-standard Hollywood plot items:
The culprit behind the fast-spreading Sobig.F virus is expected to try again in coming weeks to create a vast network of zombie computers to carry out Internet attacks, security experts warned on Saturday. "He wants to build up a (robot) net by creating zombie machines he can control," said Vincent Weafer, senior director of Symantec Corp.'s Security Response center. An automated attack that had been set for Friday at noon California time was thwarted by government and security industry experts before it could take control of some 100,000 infected computers and possibly cripple the Internet. Sobig.F was released last Monday on a sex-oriented Internet discussion group, infecting computers when users clicked on what appeared to be nude pictures, experts from several security companies who had seen the site said.
So, we've got sex, an evil genius trying to take over the world with robotic zombies ... what more could a B-Grade Hollywood script need? ;)

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