Lakes and Oceans

Awesome xkcd cartoon today about the relative depths of lakes and oceans.



Baylor-Hopkins Center for Mendelian Genomics

And the other project I have been working on is a website for the Baylor-Hopkins Center for Mendelian Genomics. This website is designed to capture patient feature and DNA sample information for sequencing single-gene mendelian phenotypes. The site is not really for public consumption though.

OMIM – Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man

For the curious, for the past 18 months I have been working on the OMIM website on-and-off. From the website:

OMIM is a comprehensive, authoritative compendium of human genes and genetic phenotypes that is freely available and updated daily. The full-text, referenced overviews in OMIM contain information on all known mendelian disorders and over 12,000 genes. OMIM focuses on the relationship between phenotype and genotype. It is updated daily, and the entries contain copious links to other genetics resources.

Worth a look if you are interested in genetics.


Flashback botnet

This is probably the most ‘stable’ article I have read on the Mac Flashback malware exploit, ‘stable’ in the sense that there is no hysteria or hyperbole.

The one thing I would add is that you should check all browsers as well as Safari:

defaults read /Applications/ LSEnvironment
defaults read /Applications/Google\ LSEnvironment
defaults read /Applications/ LSEnvironment

In fact I have removed Flash from the ‘/Library/Internet Plug-Ins’ and ‘~/Library/Internet Plug-Ins’ folders, so Safari and Firefox don’t have flash on my machine, Google Chrome and Chromium have their own Sandboxed versions of Flash. Also while I have Java installed, it is disabled on all browsers.