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Monthly Archives: September 2010

Bill Willis, the webhost of, provided information on how a nuclear bomb works. Mr. Willis explains that there are two types of nuclear bombs, an atomic bomb and a hydrogen bomb. Nuclear bombs work of either splitting or combining atoms, because there is energy that is used in both those processes that if not used, will be released as an explosion. Hydrogen bombs release much more energy compared to atomic bombs because fusion produces much more stable elements, requiring less energy to bind, therefore releasing more energy.

Mr. Willis descirbes in much more detail on how these two bombs work just for educational purposes and is for anyone interested in physics or how these weapons are used. The last paragraph being about using these concepts for more beneficial resources shows the bias that Mr. Willis is not for the use to be warfare, also Mr. Willis describes the bombs, “weapons of mass destruction” which has a negative connotation.

The reason I read this article was because my teacher, Mr. Gurgen, brought up the though of how these bombs function. Not knowing the answer made me curious, so I searched the web for it.


What did you learn today as you read that you did not know before? What surprised you? Explain why it surprised you?

Prior to reading, I did not know that atomic bombs and hydrogen bombs were two different concepts. I never knew that humans have been capable of fusion which surprised me the most, because I thought the only existence of fusion was in the sun.


“Teraflop Troubles: The Power of Graphics Processing Units May Threaten the World’s Password Security System ”  is an article that will change your passwords, for it describes the threat graphic cards can have towards common passwords. Researches at Georgia Tech Research Institute, GTRI, are testing the performance of GPU’s (graphic processing units) to brute force passwords, even the complex long passwords.

GPUs are fast right now, and  they will continue to increase exponentially in speed. The article informs readers the dangers of these new advantages that GPUs have and not only being good to play video games. The capability of cracking passwords got my attention extremely quick because I have experience in using GPUs for password cracking, also this article will grab the attention of not only common people, but also catch the attention of computer programmers and hackers.

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How can I use this information in your life?

By understanding the new risks in security, I could increase my password lengths because I have had issues with hackers finding out my password and just spamming me.

Saito Yutaka made a very interesting computer processor; a functional paper processor. A simple 2-bit processor wont execute Photoshop, YouTube, or even Microsoft Word, but it will teach you how processors work.

These instructions will teach you how to use the paper processor, although may require a little bit of background knowledge to understand completely (I will have to do more research to understand more). Many electrical engineers will be interested in this article and probably take it as a funny tutorial for beginners considering the informal instructions.


Did you come across a problem in your reading that you had no considered before? what was the problem? Could you solve it? How?

I came across the problem of not completely understanding the article. Even though it was extremely interesting to me and encourages me to try out this demo of how a processor works, I will need to do a little bit more of research to comprehend what exactly is going on.

At least that’s what Intel claims.

Jeremy A. Kaplan, a foxnews writer, writes about the recent exploit towards HD content in “HDTV Code Crack Is Real, Intel Confirms”. Kaplan interviews Intel about this new exploit and the possible effects on retail of HD content. Intel confirmed that the master key for decrypting HD content has been released, but hackers still wont be able to pirate HD shows or movies.

As being highly interested in hacking, the article brought my hopes up of being able to watch blue-ray movies without the $50 price tag, although the content of the story destroyed that idea. Many other hackers shall be interested in this article and most likely find this informative story as a milestone in hacking HDCP protected materials.

Intel explains how ever though hackers have the master key, they will not be able to pirate HD content because they would need to design a silicone chip to incorporate the exploit. The serious tone that Intel has is enough proof to believe they know what they are talking about, although few hackers will still be determined to exploit HDCP further.


As you read today, were any questions that you had answered by what you read? List the questions that you had and the answers that you came up with from the reading. Are you satisfied with what you learned, with these answers? Why or why not?

I wanted to know if it was possible to copy blue-ray disks that my friends had so I can watch them at home, but the article proved that it is not possible to do so. I’m not very satisfied to learn this, but I know in time that it will be possible to do so.

Anand Lal Shimpi, posted his article “Gigabyte’s i-RAM: Affordable Solid State Storage” on Shimpi discusses the new invention by Gigabyte, a computer motherboard manufacture, that innovated RAM chips to be used for extremely fast (and cheap) harddrives. Shimpi is extremely excited for this product because nothing else like it has been invented before. Computer savoy people, enthusiasts, and geeks, would all alike be interested in this article that demonstrates the performance and reliability of this new product.

This article caught my attention because I, being a computer geek, enjoy learning all the different hardware out there that you can use to speed up your computer. Shimpi made it extremely descriptive by including actual benchmarks of the product, also by clocking the speed difference in real life situations. He also mentioned the more in depth look on how it ran by mentioning the processor that made everything possible which leaves me to assume Shimpi is highly educated about computers.

What techniques does the author use to make this information easy to understand?

Shimpi used real life examples on how fast this product really was instead of just stating the speed being DDR200, which made information extremely easy to grasp.

Jasmyn Caredio, a senior at our high school, wrote “Teenage Unemployment on the Rise” on the schools online news site. Caredio was informing us on the current unemployment rate in California, and partly Los Banos. Her objective tone makes it formal, although I personally believe that it would be taken a little more seriously if an urgent tone was used more frequently like in her lead.

Teenagers would be likely to read this article. I personally read it because I have been passively looking for a job with no luck, and now I understand why I haven’t had any luck so far. Just a little over 30% of unemployment for us teenagers seems a little ridiculous. I would imagine teens want their first job and show that they want it by making the effort to find one. Teens have to be legally supported by their parents but a teen wanting to find a job shows he really wants to be “grown up.”

Are any of the real life situations or people that you read about in your material for today similar to situations that you have experienced before in life? How were they similar? How were they different? What information surprised you?

Teens not getting employed is directly related to my situation of not being able to get a job. The odds are only one and three teens, which was very surprising, but in real life odds seem lower.

Caeenage Unemployment on the Rise

Roni Caryn Rabin, a writer for the New York Times, informs readers about a bad experience with a laser pointer in his story “Hazards: Watch Where You Point That Laser.”

As being a DIY person, and wanting to build my own high power laser, I decided to read this article anticipating that I will better understand how dangerous lasers can be. Rabin wrote about a 15 year old boy who burn his eye, severely altering his vision. The boy was only a few feet away from the laser which makes me a little more cautious on how a strong lasers can be, also how a stupid mistake can be life changing.

This article was intended for anyone interested in technology and also for owners of these high powered lasers, and I highly recommend reading this article if you are not currently familiar with the safety hazards of lasers. The boy could not count fingers more than a three feet away after accidentally shinning the laser in his eyes causing him to be considered legally blind.

What did you learn today as you read that you did not know before? What surprised you? Explain why it surprised you?

Today I learned from the experience of a 15 year old boy the effects of shinning a high powered laser in your eyes. What surprised me is the effects of simple laser to the human eye because, I don’t believe a 150mw laser to be very powerful considering I was looking on making a 1000mw laser. I should reevaluate if my project of building a powerful laser is really worth the risks.