William Alexander

Space

Sleep-Deprived Astronauts Are Taking Ambien in Space

A 10-year study found most astronauts take medication to sleep.
William Alexander
8.11.14
earth

Mining the Bottom of the Ocean Is as Bad for the Environment as it Sounds

Marine biologists are warning of the threats the next frontier of mining poses to fragile ecosystems.
William Alexander
8.7.14
Tech

Barnaby Jack, the Hacker Who Cracked Pacemakers, Dies

New Zealand hacker Barnaby Jack was found dead in San Francisco on Thursday, July 25, days before he was due to attend a Black Hat Hacking conference in Las Vegas, where he would show how it was possible to exploit a pacemaker and remotely kill someone...
William Alexander
7.28.13
Motherboard Blog

Hacker Barnaby Jack Dies Days Before Revealing His Pacemaker Exploit: One Last Interview

Barnaby Jack, who famously hacked ATMs and claimed to be able to hack pacemakers in order to kill patients remotely, was confirmed dead on Friday.
William Alexander
7.28.13
Question Of The Day

When Is It OK to Kill?

Yesterday, Ian Brady explained his murder of five children in the mid-60s as an "existentialist experience." Which seems like a big leap from reading Sartre's Nausea while staring out of windows, but I suppose that's how you get away with...
William Alexander
6.27.13
Tech

Barnaby Jack Could Hack Your Pacemaker and Make Your Heart Explode

Having your heart wirelessly hacked and set to explode at 830 volts could be viewed as a bit of a setback if you're considering getting a pacemaker fitted. It could also be viewed as the kind of thing that would only happen in a Jason Statham movie...
William Alexander
6.25.13
Tech

A Chat with Some Immoral Hackers Who Don't Care About Your Feelings

Chances are, you don't understand how to use the internet. You think you do, but are you even aware of the scale of it? It's fucking massive. Unless you are the number-one person in the entire world at understanding the internet, there is always...
William Alexander
6.24.13
Tech

Ethical Hackers Talk Internet Terrorism, Anonymous, and DDoS Attacks

In 2012, DDoS attacks increased by a pretty ridiculous 200 percent, and 35 percent of businesses experienced some kind of disruptive DDoS attack. I was maybe a little overworried about the future of internet terrorism, so I caught up with two very...
William Alexander
5.20.13
Motherboard Blog

The Scourge of the Internet: A Chat With Two Hackers on the Stress of DDoS

In 2012, DDoS attacks increased by a pretty ridiculous 200 percent, and 35 percent of businesses experienced some kind of disruptive DDoS attack.
William Alexander
5.17.13
Stuff

Internet Psychonauts Try All the Drugs You Don't Want To

If you're looking for a new hobby and get a kick out of taking newly synthesized designer drugs before anyone else in the world, why not become a psychonaut? Sign up, and you'll be able to get high on drugs that aren't even regulated yet. Which sounds...
William Alexander
4.30.13
Question Of The Day

What Do You Want Done to Your Body When You Die?

When our lives draw to their inexorable close, we like to look back at what we've accomplished over the years. Some of us have amassed over 1,000 Twitter followers, others have been interviewed while drunk on television. Then there are those who've...
William Alexander
4.15.13