Archive for July, 2013

Why you shouldn’t drive sleepy

Posted: July 30, 2013 by aliceaitch in Random Crap

(Yes, I’m looking at a particular one of my cob loggers as I’m typing this.)

and then this.

Saving Barnes and Noble and other stuff 7/27/13

Posted: July 28, 2013 by chad98036 in Uncategorized

The American Conservative via Hacker News10 Ways to Save Barnes and Noble.

#2. Cultivate your ‘secret sauce’: the serendipitous experience of discovery.
Add opportunity for discovery by using more tables than bookshelves. “Physical discovery is the secret sauce of retailing and publishing.”
– Simon Lipskar, Writers House, Wall Street Journal

#7. Downsize your image.
Create a “community franchise,” like Washington, D.C.’s Ace Hardware stores: “The owner names each of them after its neighborhood, but the small chain benefits from the buying power and branding of a national distribution network.”
– Lydia DePillis, Washington Post

Out of the 10 suggestions the first 4 seem the most useful.  Suggestion 5 just seems stupid to me but maybe it would work.

SlashdotAnnouncement of a new collaborative editing program.

Not normally the kind of thing that you would probably be interested in, but the comments make it all worth while. 

The VergeVirus tricks man into turning himself in for child porn

tl:dr – Guy is surfing the net gets a ransomware message from “the FBI” takes computer to local police station they find child porn. 

The scammers don’t get their $500 but overall a happy ending to that particular story.

I knew you guys were just sitting around thinking, “You know what I sure wish Chad would post some more music, we haven’t had any since ‘Scream and Shout’.” 

Well fret no more fellow blog denizens I have heard your pleas and in response I bring this offering:

and with that I close another day of blogging

Geotagging Gun Owners and other stuff 7/27/13

Posted: July 27, 2013 by chad98036 in Uncategorized

SlashdotUCSD Professor Develops App to Geotag “Dangerous Guns and Owners”

‘ The app description states: ‘The Gun Geo Marker operates very simply, letting parents and community members mark, or geolocate, sites associated with potentially unsafe guns and gun owners. These locations are typically the homes or businesses of suspected unsafe gun owners, but might also be public lands or other locations where guns are not handled safely, or situations where proper rights to own or use any particular type of firearm may not exist.’

Someone needs to develop an app to geolocate where the dangerously stupid exist.  Just sayin’

Ars TechnicaWorld’s First 3D Printed Rifle Made in Canada.  Fires a Single Shot

Maker immediately geotagged

Hacker News How Bad is That Lake at the North Pole?

Short answer, much ado about very little.


Posted: July 26, 2013 by chad98036 in Uncategorized

Ars TechnicaNASDAQ Hacked, 160 Million Credit Card Numbers Stolen

Dates from 2005 to 2012. It was a series of SQL Injection hacks over a period of years.  I wouldn’t be surprised if over the course of this case it also turns out that credit card numbers were stored in plain text.

Read the indictment

Gizmod0What Superheroes would post to Instagram

Personally I bet Superman would be an upskirt creeper with his x-ray vision, but maybe that’s more of a Tumblr thing.


Posted: July 23, 2013 by chad98036 in Uncategorized

Just the stuff that caught my eye this morning –

Ars TechnicaMillions of Smart Phones Susceptible to Hijacking.

(T)he defects allow attackers to obtain the encryption key that safeguards the user credentials. Hackers who possess the credentials—including the unique International Mobile Subscriber Identity and the corresponding encryption authentication key—can then create a duplicate SIM that can be used to send and receive text messages, make phone calls to and from the targeted phone, and possibly retrieve mobile payment credentials. The vulnerabilities can be exploited remotely by sending a text message to the phone number of a targeted phone.

I blame Microsoft and George W. Bush.

Schneier on SecurityProsecuting Snowden

Basically he feels like it isn’t worth it.   In a way I agree, prosecuting him just feeds his need for attention and personally I have come to the conclusion that the information he is providing is either made up or out of date (mainly based on the fact that his claims are always released with no corroboration)

Schneier on SecurityA link to an article on the attempt to sue the NSA.

LA TimesCybercrime may be costing the US economy up to $140 billion and 508,000 jobs per year.

New methodology, actually decreases previous estimates which ranged up to $1 Trillion / yr. 

Apparently they decided to use some economic models and instead of surveying affected companies when they started getting answers in the range of Eleventy Gazilion Trillion Billion and claims of missing Picassos stored in the trunks of the hacked servers. 

More from the Verge

The press is fawning over Obama’s supposedly revealing and honest remarks about race, the most extensive of his Presidency we’re told.

On its face, this is classic Clintonesque triangulation.  But upon closer inspection, it seems Obama has recently invented a novel technique in American politics.  Obama’s twist on this classic triangulation is to simultaneously occupy two angles of that triangle.

For those of us with a memory longer than that of a goldfish, we recall that the administration has been active in the racial instigation surrounding the Zimmerman trial, and has even spent small amounts of public money promoting anti-Zimmerman hate rallies.  The main culprit in the administration’s persecution is Attorney General Eric Holder, who refuses to allow George Zimmerman to even get his gun back following his acquittal. Eric Holder’s continued employment is Exhibit-A that the administration is not being honest about racial politics.

The Left’s actions in the Zimmerman case can only be viewed as self-promotion and perpetuation of the professionally aggrieved, the Al Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons of the world.  Few following the legalities of the case expected a guilty verdict, and serious claims of prosecutorial misconduct have been leveled.  The “black community” was set up for disappointment, sold a bill of goods that was unlikely to be delivered.  One almost feels bad for those who were led to believe Zimmerman’s acquittal was unthinkable in a just society when in fact the acquittal was quite likely.  Many knowledgeable commentators have noted that the case should never have been brought for lack of evidence.

Sadly, it seems the lapdog media will not only allow this blatant hypocrisy to continue, but will laud it.