Friday August 28th, 2015

If you bet your ass

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If you bet your ass, are your winnings in more of your ass, or someone else's? Because it's not like ass is a fungible commodity...

As You Sow Files Notice Of Legal Action Against Soylent Super Food: High Levels of Lead and Cadmium Found by As You Sow in Two Samples of the Trendy Meal Replacement Powering Silicon Valley Coders.

"Nobody expects heavy metals in their meals," said Andrew Behar, CEO of As You Sow. "These heavy metals accumulate in the body over time and, since Soylent is marketed as a meal replacement, users may be chronically exposed to lead and cadmium concentrations that exceed California's safe harbor level (for reproductive harm). With stories about Silicon Valley coders sometimes eating three servings a day, this is of very high concern to the health of these tech workers."

Rain is sizzling bacon

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Because somehow I ended up as the Foley guy for a local troupe of people playing around with doing radio play dramatic readings: Rain is sizzling bacon, cars are lions roaring: the art of sound in movies

Costa Concordia time lapse

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Raising the Costa Concordia: A Time Lapse. Hat tip to Mark Dalrymple.

That huge squashed area of staterooms where the boat hit the bottom is particularly sobering.

Governments creating bogus phishing sites

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Associated Press sues FBI for impersonating its site to install spyware:

According to the AP lawsuit (PDF), the incident occurred when the FBI was investigating bomb threats made against a high school in Washington State. Hoping to lure out the person behind a MySpace account connected to the threats, FBI agents came up with an elaborate ruse: they constructed a legit-looking webpage with a fake news story under the AP masthead and the headline "Bomb threat at high school downplayed by local police department." Also buried within the site was a script to covertly install a piece of spyware. A link to the story was then sent to the MySpace account in a private message.

And, the EFF reports that a bogus domain purporting to be them is being used in another malware phishing campaign: was not the only domain involved in this attack. It seems to be part of a larger campaign, known as “Pawn Storm”. The current phase of the Pawn Storm attack campaign started a little over a month ago, and the overall campaign was first identified in an October 2014 report from Trend Micro (PDF). The group behind the attacks is possibly associated with the Russian government and has been active since at least 2007.

Sunday events

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Ideas for hanging out with Charlene on Sunday...

Or we could have a leisurely morning, walk down to the Petaluma River Heritage Center, borrow a boat, paddle around for a bit, go walk down to the hot rod show at 4th and Sea...

Dear every search engine

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Dear every search engine: I *always* want the venue web site above the Yelp page. *Always*.

Thursday August 27th, 2015

OMG Google and Facebook can sway

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"OMG! Google and Facebook can sway elections!" <-- Yeah, because the New York Times has historically been *so* responsible on that front.

Netflix and chill

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I love etymology: ‘Netflix and chill’: the complete history of a viral sex catchphrase. Although I'd probably have used something other than "viral sex" in that headline...

And in 20 years I'm sure we'll be looking back at "Wanna Netflix?" in the same way that we now look back at "Wanna cyber?"

Ohio is scary!

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Fuck Fashion

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License plate data

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If 1984 doesn't come to pass, it'll be because Big Brother gets caught up in procurement regulations: Oakland Californian Cops decide to collect less license plate data after 80GB drive got full: Police department unilaterally decides to impose six-month retention policy.. And Windows XP.

Why I'm Leaving

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Leaving Everywhere. Using real U.S. Census data, generates one of those "why I'm leaving X for Y" letters.

Wednesday August 26th, 2015

Infosec Reactions

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Infosec Reactions. Animated gifs for your information security situations.

AT&T in the Middle attacks

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AT&T Wifi hotspots are injecting ads. Which you probably suspected.

weekly fruit box has arrived at work

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The weekly fruit box has arrived at work. Have decided that "Hardass Peaches" is my new drag name.

Rentboy Raid

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What The Rentboy Raid Tells Us About The Gendered Rhetoric Of Trafficking:

Reading the press release, I was immediately struck by its use of rhetoric. Unlike official statements around the crackdowns on Backpage and similar services that are known primarily for advertising cis women sex workers, no mention is made of Rentboy aiding the nefarious work of sex traffickers. As well, unlike in most sex work raids, no mention is made of anti-trafficking organizations reaching out to supposed “victims.” It is a loud and curious omission given that police find it impossible to talk about sex work at all these days without discussing trafficking.

Edit: Will the bust be the Stonewall of sex work?.

Finding a decade old "

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Finding a decade old ".working.panic.php" file in a directory may be an indication of a broken release process...

Oh. Great. Firefox 39 and Firefox 40.0.2 apparently have different cookie behavior. #FML

Your target audience doesn't exist

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Your target audience doesn't exist, some notes on computer games and gamer demographics, but I think these are useful for marketing in general.

Singing call

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Tuesday August 25th, 2015

OH: Uber, but with "cars that travel on fixed railways" or "cars that can contain a lot of people, but fly to other cities"... Snerk.

Jobs treated like sex work

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RT Somhairle Kelly ‏@Eithin:

You're an artist? You realise by charging for it you're devaluing the beautiful things other people make, right? #jobstreatedlikesexwork

Cthulhu uses a 9 iron

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Ya know, special effects have gotten way too cheap. On the other hand, this might be enough to get me to watch golf:

Dangerous Heels

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SexyCyborg goes Pentesting:

So I devised the Wu Ying Shoes (无影鞋)! - Penetration Testing Platform Heels! "Wu Ying" means “shadowless", the name is from the folk hero Wong Fei Hung’s (黄飞鸿) famous "shadowless kick" (无影脚). Wong Fei Hung is from Foshan, which is my ancestral home as well as the ancestral home of Bruce Lee. As legend has it, to execute the "shadowless kick" Wong would distract his opponent with a punch or upper body move while striking with his foot.

With my shadowless shoes I distract the target with my…upper body and they don’t see the real danger on my feet:-) Also I get tired of English names for everything. If we are ever going to stop copying Western things we should stop copying Western names as well right? So "Wu Ying Shoes".

You can 3d print your own 6" pumps with hidden compartment for router, keylogger and lockpick set...

Monday August 24th, 2015

RT Ash Warner ‏@AlsBoy:

Slightly disturbing design flaw in this Minion body wash

[Minion body wash container, eyes appear to be bleeding.]

Sesame Street

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Sunday August 23rd, 2015

Trying for Puerto Rican flavors

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Trying for Puerto Rican flavors

Sunday morning traffic

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Sunday morning traffic

When Android gives you the volume

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When Android gives you the volume warning, and you're trying to hear over the downtown auto traffic...

We'll crap. Too much pain. No way I'm running this morning. Damn it.

Saturday August 22nd, 2015

Alarm set for 4

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Alarm set for 4:30. Hope this back hurts less by 6AM, else it's gonna be a painful 26.2. Catch ya on the flip side.

Wow. Taste Of Petaluma brought some congestion and traffic to town

Crap. Santa Rosa Marathon tomorrow, and I ducked up my back helping someone out today. Trying to walk it off.

Friday August 21st, 2015

Thinking about a Cthulhu for

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Thinking about a "Cthulhu for President" bumper sticker, but with Trump in the race I'm no longer sure who's the lesser evil.

Big boats in the turning basin and huge

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Big boats in the turning basin and huge amount of traffic downtown, what's happening in Petaluma this weekend?

Printer reliability is the universe's

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Printer reliability is the universe's dump stat. Every other technology improves, printers have gotten worse.

RT Nick Kay ‏@TheRealNickKay:

Daddy Bear -"Someones been sleeping in my bed."

Mummy Bear -"Wouldn't be the first time."

Daddy Bear -"It's been 3 years Sue, let it go."

Thursday August 20th, 2015

OH: "That brings back memories of Catholic school."

...when the drugs began to take hold.

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Jim'll Paint It wrote:

Hey Jim. Please could you paint Bert and Ernie taking a trip to Vegas ala Fear and Loathing, with Ernie worried about stopping in bat country (ie The Count) and possibly with Elmo as their petrified hitchhiker? Sam Richards

(I took the liberty of making Bert into Raoul instead as I thought he looked more like him, sorry! - Jim)


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Gluten Sensitivity

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This over-states the case a little bit, the sample was 37 subjects who claimed gluten sensitivity in the previous study by the same researchers: Researchers Who Provided Key Evidence For Gluten Sensitivity Have Now Thoroughly Shown That It Doesn't Exist:

The subjects cycled through high-gluten, low-gluten, and no-gluten (placebo) diets, without knowing which diet plan they were on at any given time. In the end, all of the treatment diets — even the placebo diet — caused pain, bloating, nausea, and gas to a similar degree. It didn't matter if the diet contained gluten. (Read more about the study.)

The paper is No effects of gluten in patients with self-reported non-celiac gluten sensitivity after dietary reduction of fermentable, poorly absorbed, short-chain carbohydrates.

Has anyone considered that Putin in

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Has anyone considered that Putin in that submarine is the closest thing we've got IRL to Jar Jar Binks traveling under the Gungan seas?

Wednesday August 19th, 2015

bitcoin forking situation is delicious

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This bitcoin forking situation is delicious... a strong reminder that the value of a currency is decided by consensus belief.

If you don't like the way I drive

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If you don't like the way I drive, get off the sidewalk:

RIP Deborah Anapol

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Well shit: Deborah Taj Anapol, 1951 - 2015. Anopol was a founder of the modern polyamory movement, author of Love Without Limits in 1992, and several other books on polyamory.

Eat every sandwich.

Ashley Madison Muppets

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The big revelation from those Ashley Madison leaks? Various of the Muppets had profiles there.... Giggle.

Edit: More seriously, apparently so did "reality" TV star and conservative "family values" activist Josh Duggar.

Probably the last run before Sunday's 26

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Probably the last run before Sunday's 26.2. Work rushed me, so just 3.5mi at 8:54 min/mi. We'll see what happens...

llama drama ding dong

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Petronious pointed out the awesomest headline this week: Arizona wallaroo hullabaloo recalls llama drama as pet marsupials hop off.

Smartphones & Drivers

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This... this is a brilliant observation. Snerk.: RT Bob Gunderson ‏@Bob_Gunderson:

Why should transit riders get WiFi? They can experience lack of access to a smartphone like 40% of motorists.

Dynamic Typing

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RT Chris Martin ‏@chris__martin:

"Dynamic typing": The belief that you can't explain to a computer why your code works, but you can keep track of it all in your head.

A few months ago, BioMed Central reported on inappropriate manipulation of peer review:

During the course of our investigation, authors have shared with us the names of third-party agencies that offer support to authors but also guarantee favourable peer review outcomes in return for a fee. Other services sell authorship on entire papers written by others. Clearly, there is a need to distinguish the characteristics of reputable third-party agencies from those that are dishonest (in much the same way that bona fide open access publishers can be distinguished from those that are predatory).

BMC is a Springer imprint. Press Release: Retraction of articles from Springer journals.

Springer confirms that 64 articles are being retracted from 10 Springer subscription journals, after editorial checks spotted fake email addresses, and subsequent internal investigations uncovered fabricated peer review reports. ...

Via Washington Post: Major publisher retracts 64 scientific papers in fake peer review outbreak.

NSA evildoers

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Ashley Madison

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RT Iron Spike ‏@Iron_Spike:

For folk tempted to snicker at the Ashley Madison doxxing threat: I was reading a reddit thread where a Saudi user was asking about asylum.


He'd used AM, and his profile/PMs there detailed an interest in men. This is a death penalty offense in Saudi Arabia.


So, in anticipation of being outed, he was asking reddit which country was most likely to take him in.

Yeah. Suddenly not so funny.

Dan Savage on the Ashley Madison leak: Gawker Outs One Cheater and the Internet Condemns Gawker—Hackers Expose 37 Million Cheaters and the Internet Condemns Cheaters.

Flibanserin & desire

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TSA master key

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RT @irongeek_adc:

Behold the (almost) TSA 007 master key. So far it has opened all the 007 locks I've tried, if not smoothy.

Includes a picture of the key, with a ruler, in case you want to take a file and make one yourself...