Friday January 20th, 2017

wax has gotten brittle and is no longer

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The wax has gotten brittle and is no longer holding the reeds in

Tonight's exploration

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Tonight's exploration: understanding an old accordion

political is a necessity

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Ferrett Steinmetz: Dear FetLife and other kinky people: You don't have the luxury of being apolitical anymore

And that may not be just FetLife. It may also apply to those happy local kink clubs you’ve watched grow over the last decade or so. People wanna shut them down, and unfortunately, those people are in power. Read @Zetsu’s discussion on how Trump’s Attorney General’s #1 priority is stamping out porn. Read @NCD’s post on what happened to porn providers during the Reagan years. This isn’t just in America – England’s pondering new laws, Germany is, all around the world the tide is turning.

Remember that studies show that access to porn is linked to a decrease in sexual violence. It's gonna get worse over the next few years.

Thursday January 19th, 2017

Hold your head up

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RT Brian Carnell ‏@brian_carnell:

Eurythmics Four Factor Authentication

Something that wants to use you

Something that wants to be used by you

Something that wants to abuse you

Something that wants to be abused

RT Bertie_Waster ‏@Bertie_Waster:

@brian_carnell Was that by Annie Linux?

Wednesday January 18th, 2017

Shambling corpse of 3D TV finally falls down dead. LG and Sony have dropped 3d from their new lineup, Samsung dropped it last year, Vizio in 2013.

Obama's financial policies

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Washington Post: Democrats can't win until they recognize how bad Obama's financial policies were

Obama didn’t cause the financial panic, and he is only partially responsible for the bailouts, as most of them were passed before he was elected. But financial collapses, while bad for the country, are opportunities for elected leaders to reorganize our culture. Franklin Roosevelt took a frozen banking system and created the New Deal. Ronald Reagan used the sharp recession of the early 1980s to seriously damage unions. In January 2009, Obama had overwhelming Democratic majorities in Congress, $350 billion of no-strings-attached bailout money and enormous legal latitude. What did he do to reshape a country on its back?

Tuesday January 17th, 2017

Armory becoming repurposed

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Kink.com is moving porn production out of The Armory: Historic SF site says goodbye to its porn movies.

Over the last three years, as porn has migrated to free sites, membership groups like Kink.com have struggled to make up revenue, Acworth said. Kink.com’s membership has dropped from 50,000 to 30,000, and its revenues have dropped by 50 percent. The company laid off half its workforce a year ago and is focused on providing an Internet platform for BDSM entertainment, rather than creating content.

“Porn is not nearly as profitable as it was,” he said. “We have had to change our business model.”

Armory becoming repurposed

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Double update, this one deleted.

Donald Trump revokes the Washington

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Donald Trump revokes the Washington Post's Whitehouse press credentials. I became a subscriber. https://www.washingtonpost.com...tory.html?utm_term=.87365c0c9d9a

Monday January 16th, 2017

Things you don't want to see on an ATM

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Things you don't want to see on an ATM display...

Sunday January 15th, 2017

Americans need bulshit the way koala

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"Americans need bulshit the way koala bears need eucalyptus leaves..." Michael Moorcock

For those of us who put PostIt notes

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For those of us who put Post-It notes over our laptop cameras

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/11/25/ speaker_microphone_malware_hack/

Friday January 13th, 2017

Dear Perl module authors

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Dear Perl module authors: When dealing with types that are often "big data", maybe not make "cache everything in RAM" the default?

WhatsApp vulnerability

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Edit: Open Whisper Systems: There is no WhatsApp 'backdoor'.

WhatsApp vulnerability allows snooping on encrypted messages.

WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption relies on the generation of unique security keys, using the acclaimed Signal protocol, developed by Open Whisper Systems, that are traded and verified between users to guarantee communications are secure and cannot be intercepted by a middleman.

However, WhatsApp has the ability to force the generation of new encryption keys for offline users, unbeknown to the sender and recipient of the messages, and to make the sender re-encrypt messages with new keys and send them again for any messages that have not been marked as delivered.

Do not trust Facebook or closed-source with your communications.

C-SPAN replaced by RT

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C-Span Online Broadcast Interrupted by Russian TV Feed:

An online C-Span broadcast from the House floor was interrupted on Thursday by a broadcast from RT, an English-language network controlled by the Russian government.

CSPAN statement as an image embedded in a tweet:

This afternoon the online feed for C-SPAN was briefly interrupted by RT programming. We are currently investigating and troubleshooting this occurrence. As RT is one of the networks we regularly monitor, we are operating under the assumption that it was an internal routing issue. If that changes we will certainly let you know.

Thursday January 12th, 2017

Self-driving GTA V

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You can experiment with self-driving cars by training OpenAI to drive around in GTA V:

This release includes a baseline agent, trained via imitation learning on 21 hours (about 600,000 images) on the game's AI driving. (The built-in game AI is a good initial target: it performs better than a typical human since it can access internal game state, though it still makes mistakes such as making U-turns on the freeway.) The baseline agent can drive in a variety of different weather conditions, react to traffic, and keep to its lane. This agent is a start, which we invite the community to improve upon!

Finally broke down and ordered The

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Finally broke down and ordered "The High Cost of Free Parking". Expect religious level tirades on parking minimums from me shortly.

Current status

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Current status: Amazon EC2 instance keeps crashing and going non-responsive on me. How's your day going?

Wednesday January 11th, 2017

Measles and the immune reset

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NPR: Scientists crack a 50 year old mystery about the measles vaccine: why, when the measles vaccine was introduced, did childhood deaths from all infection plummet dramatically?

This idea of "immune amnesia" is still just a hypothesis and needs more testing, says epidemiologist William Moss, who has studied the measles vaccine for more than a decade at Johns Hopkins University.

But the new study, he says, provides "compelling evidence" that measles affects the immune system for two to three years. That's much longer than previously thought

The study is Long-term measles-induced immunomodulation increases overall childhood infectious disease mortality in the journal Science.

Parallel parking

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I don't want to kink shame

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I don't want to kink shame, but when being blackmailed by the Russians w/golden showers, don't promise inauguration with "soft sensuality"?

Yay Turned in the Jetta Sportwagen TDI

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Yay! Turned in the Jetta Sportwagen TDI back to VW. Gonna miss that car, but not so keen on helping the Germans gas our neighbors...

Tuesday January 10th, 2017

"It's only a little bit live..."

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If you need a good laugh at some folks trying to untangle a bicycle from a live electric fence, may I suggest Fat Bike caught on an Electric Fence! (YouTube).

Via Shadow and via MeFi.