…who came up with the phrase “The customer is always right!” deserved to be Ceausescu’d,
Archive for April, 2013
What have I been reading lately
The Atlantic – What if we never run out of oil?
Basically a look at the history of “peak oil” and how it has driven new methods of energy production / extraction wrapped up in climate alarmism. Come for the tasty hydrocarbons stay for the preaching, but it does make the point that the constant drum beat about diminishing oil supplies is overdone.
Gizmodo – Anonymous takes down NAMBLA’s homepage to protest “Pedophilia Pride Day”
Two points in that headline make my teeth hurt:
1. NAMBLA has a homepage
2. There is a “Pedophilia Pride Day” (God please don’t let there be Pedophilia Pride Parades it’s only 6am and I already feel like my head might explode)
today is Alice Day, a day inspired by Lewis Carroll’s debated sexual attraction to Alice In Wonderland’s very underage and very real counterpart, when proud pedophiles come together in celebration of their disorder. So it’s a beautiful day for a NAMBLA takedown, and Anonymous was happy to answer the call.
I have another potential name for it – Target Practice, but then that would send us all to jail and who would be left to write inane blogposts like this one.
The New Yorker – What if the Tsarnaevs had been the “Boston Shooters”
Well then among other things John Cassidy wouldn’t have been able to write such a douchebag article. More handwringing over guns, don’t read it.
The Verge – Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer join FWD.us
I’m telling you guys this group means bad, bad things. Not because I am anti-immigrant, but because, frankly, I don’t trust Zuckerberg. Immigration reform is step one on a long liberal slope.
Gizmodo – Kim Komando explains what a computer is to the unwashed masses of the 90’s.
"What happens when you press the wrong button? Does it blow up?"
Oh if only; my life would be so much simpler.
Kim Komando still hosts a weekly radio show that is pretty entertaining and last I saw she was still pretty cute, plus she is a huge supporter of our troops.
Hacker News – From Bank Fraud to Hacking Iceland Has It All
All right I admit to a little poetic license with the title, but the point is basically the same – Iceland is suddenly becoming some sort of data haven. Yesterday the Icelandic Supreme Court ruled that the local Visa subsidiary had to process payments to Wikileaks and then today the Icelandic domain registrar announced it will protect The Pirate Bay. How they square that with outlawing internet porn I don’t quite know.
Krebs on Security – SWATting related to exposure of ID Theft sites used by XBox gamers to harass Microsoft employees that enforce XBox Live rules.
Specifically, two different sources placed blame for the attacks on a young hacker named “Phobia,” who they said was part of a group of Xbox gaming enthusiasts who used ssndob.ru to look up Social Security numbers belonging to high-value Xbox account holders — particularly those belonging to Microsoft Xbox Live employees. Armed with that information, and some social engineering skills, the hackers could apparently trick Microsoft’s tech support folks into transferring control over the accounts to the hackers. “I heard he got pissed that you released the site he uses,” one of the sources told me, explaining why he thought Phobia was involved.
There is just something wrong with the world when the police are being used to dish out vigilante justice to settle video game disputes. (I should note this is all speculation. While it may be true that what Mr. Krebs has written here is 100% accurate it hasn’t actually been proved yet. Things can change)
Slashdot – Fifth Amendment Applies to Encryption Keys
As I understand it – There were multiple encrypted drives in the house. The FBI knew that there was child porn on one of the drives but not which one. The FBI wanted the defendant to be compelled to decrypt all the drives. The Judge said no because to do so would be to admit that he (the defendant) had control of the drive and therefore of the child porn and that would amount to a compelled confession and would violate the fifth amendment.
This differs from other cases in that the government couldn’t actually demonstrate that the drive and data in question belonged to the defendant. In those cases the fifth amendment didn’t apply because the decryption didn’t tell the government anything it wasn’t already able to prove.
The Hacker News – Chinese Hackers Targetting American Drones
Prelude to drone hijacking?
Stores are actually pulling pressure cookers from their shelves because of the bombing in Boston. Seriously? Have we really gotten this fucking stupid? I know, rhetorical question, but this is even dumber than Dick’s Sporting Goods and Cheaper Than Dirt pulling AR15s from their shelves after Newtown. Oh, and fuck Dick’s for fucking over Troy by backing out of their contract. Even with the ammo situation as desperate as it is, I won’t buy anything at Dick’s, if I knew they had a big stack of .22 bricks, I *still* wouldn’t go. Yeah, that bad, and y’all know how bad the .22 situation is out there.
This is EXACTLY the kind of derpy spastic shit that I was bagging on the Brits for doing from the earliest days of our crapblog. And now here we fucking are.
Oh well, at least Taco Bell wins the Franchise War from what I understand, Doritos Locos Tacos and Mountain Dew Baja errday!
Bombing Suspects Chechnyans in US legally
The suspects were identified to The Associated Press as coming from the Russian region near Chechnya, which has been plagued by an Islamic insurgency stemming from separatist wars. A law enforcement intelligence bulletin obtained by the AP identified the surviving bomb suspect as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, a 19-year-old who had been living in Cambridge, just outside Boston, and said he “may be armed and dangerous.”
PJ Media –
Tamerlan Tzarnaev, the suspect killed, was reportedly 26 and born in Russia and has been a legal permanent resident since 2007. The younger brother was born in Kyrgyzstan, according to NBC, or Chechnya, according to Russian media. A Russian journalist reported both attended school in Dagestan, which neighbors Chechnya and also has an Islamist extremist insurgency, before coming to the U.S. CNN reported that the brothers stopped in Kazakhstan, not Turkey, before coming to the U.S.
Gizmodo – Condom Company Makes Vibrating Underwear Controlled By Your iPhone
The undergarments are loaded with touch technology, and are controlled by a smartphone app—an iPhone in the demo videos—that knows what gender your partner is. The app has diagrams of your partner’s crotch, which you drag your finger across to stimulate their actual crotch from wherever you are in the world. Or the bra, since that apparently vibrates too.
So we all know how these will be used and I expect that for the next few years we will be seeing news stories about car crashes, disrupted meeting , and miscellaneous hilarity resulting from orgasms at inappropriate times. Good times
Thus once again leading to the age old question – Just because we can does that mean we should?
The Hacker News – Many of the attacks involved in OpIsrael originated from criminal botnets
I’ve discussed this with a few peeps here, but I’m so glad the Democrats burned up all this time and political capital trying and failing to pass a gun control bill. Not only did these fucktards lose the time and political capital, they handed the NRA yet another big win. On top of that, this was capital and time they could have used to pass amnesty, and I think had they done it this winter and early spring, they’d have it. Now? I think it’s still likely they’ll pass some form of amnesty, given Congress really, reeeeeeeeeally fucking wants it, but the odds have dropped considerably.
One thing we have going for us is that it’s now spring, which means when the amnesty push heats up, there will be demonstrations in the streets, and if they taste victory, the demonstrators will be even more obnoxious then last time (socialists can’t help themselves), which will end up damaging the effort. Don’t underestimate how fucking bad the amnesty demonstrations pissed people off the last time they tried this.
Of course, Toomey and Rubio show that we can’t fucking trust anyone in the GOP, even people that were supposed to be on our side.