Introverted teenage girl gets superpowers- it's been done to death, right? Never quite like this. Worm is a web serial
updating twice a week since mid-2011 that follows Taylor, a would-be superhero in a crapsack world
with the ability to control insects and a truly frightening creativity with that power. Things escalate quickly. Morality is gray. Survival seems increasingly unlikely. [more inside]
posted by Wretch729
on Sep 18, 2013 -
"There is no vaccine for guinea worm, and there are no drugs that can cure those who are infected. The pest once afflicted hundreds of millions of people from the Gambia to India. But the worm is now gone from Guinea, and from almost everywhere else. At last count, there were only five hundred and forty-two people infected, down from an estimated 3.5 million in 1986. Of the remaining cases, exactly five hundred and twenty-one are in South Sudan." -- Parasitologist Mark Siddall on the very successfull, Jimmy Carter sponsored campaign to eradicate the guinea worm
and how this campaign proved Malthus wrong.
posted by MartinWisse
on Aug 5, 2013 -
Friday Flash Fun: Worm Food
places you in control of a giant human-devouring worm of legend. Devour villagers, defile monuments and destroy settlements. [more inside]
posted by uri
on Aug 6, 2010 -
Worms in your fresh fish?
We've heard about them in sushi for years, but stories are on the rise of creeping condiments from supermarkets. The FAO says they're actually not uncommon
though "worms are unsightly and consumers naturally object to their presence". One theory
holds that they're on the rise due to cost-driven onshore processing. Icked-out consumers have been posting videos on YouTube 1
, while others have sought solace
in discussion forums
. But the good news? Cook thoroughly
and you'll be safe. Me, I'll be sticking to enchiladas.
posted by crapmatic
on Oct 2, 2008 -
If Bruce Schneier, the expert
voice of security moderation
, is "worried" than so am I. Since the beginning of the year Storm, an advanced, distributed worm network has been growing quietly as its authors tweak its social engineering attack. Now it seems that it is in place and waiting. Schneier's article
. Digital Intelligence and Strategic Operations Group has been monitoring Storm for a year
posted by shothotbot
on Oct 15, 2007 -
And we're off
! Prime Minister John Howard has set the date for the Australian Federal election as November 24th, meaning we're up for a long six-week campaign. With Kevin Rudd leading the PM by between 16 to 18 points
(depending on who you read) in recent opinion polls, this election seems the most likely to provide a change of Government since Howard was first elected 11 years ago. Antony Green's usual excellent election guide is up and running here
, along with an excellent calculator
which shows which seats are up for grabs dependent on a 2 party preferred
swing. You might also want to check out the Vote-O-Matic
, a fun but entirely disposable quiz which aims to help you decide who you'll vote for. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000
on Oct 13, 2007 -
A worm that builds a home inside the human body, lives there happily until breeding time, then begins a journey to emerge from the skin and find a body of water to lay its eggs in. Although this may very well be a pleasant journey for the worm, for the human, it's an excrutiating one. And so we begin The Tale of the Guinea Worm
posted by Space Coyote
on Jun 14, 2004 -
Microsoft = Megatarget.
A new worm is rapidly spreading across the Internet, functioning like a massive DDOS attack and crippling ISPs in South Korea. It's host? Microsoft SQL server. (Get yor fix on
, then reboot!) What impact will it have over here, I wonder...
posted by insomnia_lj
on Jan 25, 2003 -
How to anonymously get root access on a quarter million machines overnight
In the past 24 hours the CodeRed II worm has been infecting IIS web servers with a speed equal to or greater than that of the original CodeRed. The original CodeRed infected what is thought to be all vulnerable machines, approximately 250,000 hosts, in under 24 hours.
While CodeRed I was relatively harmless, CodeRed II installs a full Administrator-access back door shell that can be accessed via HTTP. This creates a very interesting situation, and with the techniques discussed in this paper opens a new potential door for mass system cracking.
posted by lagado
on Aug 5, 2001 -
I send you this file in order to have your advice.
The Sircam worm is spreading at an unbelievable rate, with two interesting bonuses. First, it mass-mails itself to e-mail addresses located in browser cache files (so webloggers with e-mail addresses on their sites are vulnerable). Second, it infects and attaches a random document to the e-mail. If you're careful, this makes it the most entertaining worm yet. (More inside...)
posted by waxpancake
on Jul 21, 2001 -