Daily Archives: 04/11/2012

Lollapalooza 2012 lineup announced with Black Sabbath, The Black Keys and The Red Hot Chili Peppers headlining

Perry Farrell announced the lineup for this year’s Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, with a whole lot of artists with colors in their names for some reason. The festival will be headlined by Black Sabbath and Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as The Black Keys, Jack White, Yellow Ostrich and Santigold.

Other non-color themed artists include Avicii, Florence + the Machine, Bassnectar, the Shins, Passion Pit, At the Drive-In, Afghan Whigs, Kaskade, Miike Snow, Bloc Party, The Temper Trap, Delta Spirit, Sigur Ros, The Weeknd, M83, Franz Ferdinand, Metric, Amadou & Mariam, Alabama Shakes, LP, Oberhofer, Dry the River, Fun, Of Monsters and Men, Doomtree and Die Antwoord.

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The quietest room in the world is in Minneapolis

At Orfield Laboratories in Minneapolis, this is the world’s quietest room. Using 3 foot thick fiberglass insulation and deep foam sound-absorbing wedges, this room absorbs 99% of outside noise, leaving only the sounds of the people or objects that are brought in here.

While the room is used sometimes for technical analysis— for example, companies testing out the sound of a switch or a dial or some other mechanical component, it’s also a test of psychological will. The longest anyone has ever stayed in this room in complete sound deprivation before they had to leave was 45 minutes. Forty-five minutes of absolute dead silence.

Put a human being in there, however, and they become disoriented or even experience hallucinations. After a few minutes, founder Steven Orfield told the Daily Mail, your body begins to adapt to the soundlessness, picking up smaller and smaller sounds. “You’ll hear your heart beating, sometimes you can hear your lungs, hear your stomach gurgling loudly. In the anechoic chamber, you become the sound.” Because there are no external sounds, it’s difficult to move around: “If you’re in there for half an hour, you have to be in a chair.”

In extreme cases, the sensory deprivation is debilitating. NASA astronauts train by being placed in a water tank in the room, an experience that apparently causes hallucinations as the body tries to create sensations out of thin air. When the lights are turned out, the Mail says that the longest time anyone has been able to stay inside is 45 minutes.

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Hey all you pretentious Mac owners; check to see if you have the Mac Flashback trojan that is infecting 600,000 Macs

There’s a new Mac trojan that’s been floating around, and it’s terrifying everyone. It’s written in an unknown language, doesn’t even need your password to compromise you, and now it’s apparently infected 600,000 users. Here’s how to find out if you’re one of the unlucky ones.

From the Terminal (Applications>Utilities>Terminal):

1. Run the following command in Terminal:
defaults read /Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Info LSEnvironment

2. Take note of the value, DYLD_INSERT_LIBRARIES

3. Proceed to step 8 if you got the following error message:
“The domain/default pair of (/Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Info, LSEnvironment) does not exist”
If you don’t get that error message, well, time to head to F-Secure for your fix. If you’re clean so far, you can move on to step eight:

8. Run the following command in Terminal:
defaults read ~/.MacOSX/environment DYLD_INSERT_LIBRARIES

9. Take note of the result. Your system is already clean of this variant if you got an error message similar to the following:
“The domain/default pair of (/Users/joe/.MacOSX/environment, DYLD_INSERT_LIBRARIES) does not exist”
In other words: “does not exist” means you’ve got a healthy rig. Anything else, just keep following F-Secure’s instructions to vanquish the intruder. And even if you get the all clear for now, don’t wait on downloading the security update that patches the Java vulnerability that started this whole mess.

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Omelets are pretty dark

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