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Entry: 2020-05-18 23:25:00.424398+00 Suing All Gays by Dan Lyke comments 0

This 66-Year-Old Woman Is Suing All Gay People—Yes, All of Them

Sylvia Driskell, 66, describes herself as an ambassador of “God, And His, Son Jesus Christ [sic]” and will serve as her own lawyer in Driskell v. Homosexuals, NBC News reports. In her seven-page petition, written entirely in cursive, Driskell doesn’t reference any case laws for U.S. District Judge John M. Gerrard to consider, but she does quote the Bible and Webster’s Dictionary.

[ related topics: Religion Humor Sexual Culture Law Current Events Government ]

Entry: 2020-05-01 21:24:57.44689+00 Day 7: KoL by Dan Lyke comments 0

Influential video games, day 7: Kingdom of Loathing

In the history of games, you've got to have a cow-clicker of some sort. And I also like to celebrate the triumph of small teams or individual authors; there's something about the rawer stories that connects with me better.

So you'd probably expect that I'd go for Stardew Valley. It has all of the traits that I like: very open world, resource management, exploration, a story that gradually unfolds, and, sure, that kinda made my list, but...

I didn't play Kingdom of Loathing very long. I think I did send them money for the upgrade, and I even forget what the particular beneficence upon other players that that upgrade allowed you to bestow, although I do remember that I was stuck somewhere and someone else gifted me.

But KoL is the multi-user exploration reduced to its raw simple self in the same way that Cow Clicker managed to reduce the whole Tamagotchi/Farmville/etc experience to one simple action. And with stick figure drawings and a surrealist sense of humor that had me referring to the wiki and then going "duh", or "huh, I don't get it". It's a small team operation that managed to capture the hearts of many former Glitch players.

And in the era of multi-million dollar AAA titles, and MMORPGs with tens of millions of players, it's carved out a neat little niche for itself.


[ related topics: Humor Games Currency Video ]

Entry: 2020-04-30 19:58:48.516941+00 Influential video games, day 6: Hard Drivin' by Dan Lyke comments 0

Influential video games, day 6: Hard Drivin'

Of course there was Battle Zone, back in the day, for 3d using vector graphics. And Microsoft Flight Simulator (the successor to the SubLOGIC Flight Simulator) started to fill in the ground and sky colors. And there were driving games, from Night Driving on the Apple ][ to Pole Position on, but 1989's Hard Drivin' occupies a large space in my mind for a couple of reasons:

  1. It marked a certain point in the evolution of arcade game controls. For a long time, one of the things that made arcade games special was that they could have special purpose controls you couldn't get on home machines. Trackballs, free-spinning knobs, massive throttle controls, all things that you didn't have on your 2600 or your home PC. A full-on driving platform? I mean, sure, these things have evolved, but force-feedback steering wheel...
  2. Hardware accelerated graphics! This thing wasn't playing games with 2d or incremental fills of portions of the screen, that thing was refreshing the whole damned screen, and the camera and car could go anywhere. Drive off the top of the loop, and flying! And it used TI TMS34010 processors; I remember learning about rendering techniques by reading TMS34xxx assembly code in a couple of issues of Micro Cornucopia. This was not a game that translated well to home computers.

I was never a huge arcade game player, but I think I dropped a few dollars in the machine over at Hamilton Place Mall to play this thing on my way to and from buying computer books at Software Etc.

Of course by the time I was doing 3d video games, basic polygon filling had become a known science, and the tricks were about how we could light, shade and texture faster...


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Entry: 2020-04-27 22:16:51.27081+00 Influential Video Games Day 4: SubLOGIC Flight Simulator by Dan Lyke comments 0

Influential video games, Day 4: Bruce Artwick's SubLOGIC Flight Simulator

I know that by the time I saw Flight Simulator I'd already seen wireframe 3d graphics (I'd seen a CALMA CAD system, for one thing). I had likely done some sort of "plot wireframes of trig functions with orthographic projections" before this (one of my high school math teachers hated that I used the computer to do my homework, another of my math teachers (Shout out to Kevin O'Sullivan) harnessed that and had me write educational software for him; I may still have a printout of the code for a tutorial and quiz program to help understand parabolic equations), but this had the perspective divide in it and everything.

Yeah, it was way slow (after Microsoft acquired it, they did some tweaks to draw solid horizons), but suddenly there was 3d. On a home computer. A virtual world. And physical simulation.

With mountains in the background, and sometimes some disorientation while trying to find the runway...

Amazingly, it was probably another decade and a half before I got really comfortable using matrices for 3d graphics; my first ray-tracer (published in Dr. Dobb's Journal in the late '80s) did all of its transforms with high school algebra and trigonometry.

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Entry: 2020-04-26 16:14:53.634333+00 Video Games, Day 3 by Dan Lyke comments 0

Influential video games, day 3: Taipan! (yes, the exclamation point is part of the title)

I think you can draw a line through the old BASIC game Hammurabi through Lemonade Stand, Taipan, and on through Drugwars, even into modern resource management games (including cow-clickers). Probably making a stop in Chris Crawford's "Balance of Power" nuclear detente simulation along the way.

In essence, there's some sort of basic iterated function system, and a random number generator, and the game is about the player trying to optimize for the combination of the two of them.

Taipan, though, had a cool bug: There was a loan shark, Elder Brother Wu: You needed capital to expand your shipping operation, Elder Brother Wu might offer you a loan. You had to be pretty hard-up to take the loan, or you had to have discovered the bug: If you paid back Elder Brother Wu exactly the amount owed, the loan was wiped.

If you paid him back *more* than the amount owed, Elder Brother Wu paid you interest.

"Winning" the game involved making a million of whatever the currency was. It started printing gobbeldygook after a trillion (which, of course, also makes me think about how they were doing number bases).

A note about "Balance of Power": I remember installing this, complete with Microsoft Windows 1.whatever it was necessary to run it. I never really found it an interesting game, I think because the game kind-of assumed that as the player you understood the limits of Presidential and foreign policy power, and I didn't, at that time.

But the book about the design of Balance of Power was really cool, and had a prominent place on my bookshelf. In the 2000 era I had a chance to go to the first Phrontisterion conference on interactive drama, hosted at Chris Crawford's ranch outside of Jackson, Oregon, and I think that's where my fascination with games really either started to wane, or sank hard.

There were a bunch of really interesting game people there, and a bunch of novelists and fiction folks, and though it started as a round-table, after not terribly long the conference bifurcated into two groups: The traditional gamers, who were talking about more of the kind-of "on rails" notions that were making their way into gaming at the time (witness things like Half-Life 2, which doesn't really have a whole lot of user choice, and jumps through hoops to maintain a certain level of engagement such that if you want to do a fast play-through you let your health go down to 10% or so and the enemies suddenly can't hit anything), where the novelists were talking about player choice and complex psychological and sociological models for trying to build interactions, which is fun for simulation, but is it still story if your flawed hero can see his flaws and work out an actual solution to the story conflict?

Which, I think, was what Taipan! showed me earlier: There's only so much entertainment in optimizing non-linear systems, it's cool to find the bugs and the flaws in those systems, and at some point the map is not the territory: There's only so much the games can teach us about our larger influence on our communities and the cultures around us.

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Entry: 2020-03-18 15:44:54.444418+00 Canceling Easter by Dan Lyke comments 0

RT Jesse Case @jessecase:

The Vatican canceled Easter. You know how much stuff has to suck for the Pope to be like "you know what, this year Jesus stays dead".

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Entry: 2020-01-17 17:32:19.164269+00 Fear & Loathing & Muppets by Dan Lyke comments 0

The Muppets Take Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas by Rebecca Saltzman

We were somewhere east of Fraggle Rock when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like, “I feel a bit light-headed, Miss Piggy. Maybe you should drive.” And suddenly there was a terrible sound around us, and the sky was full of what looked like alien squids going, “Yip yip yip! Uh-huh. Uh-huh,” swooping all around the car, which was going 100 miles per hour with the top down to Las Vegas. And a voice was screaming, “Holy Jesus! What are these fucking puppets?”

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Entry: 2019-12-24 13:00:13.290403+00 Jesus Christ! by Dan Lyke comments 0

Report Reveals Jesus Christ May Have Benefited From Father’s Influential Position To Gain High-Powered Role As Lord And Savior

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Entry: 2019-12-14 17:15:48.374658+00 Legislating from Stupidity by Dan Lyke comments 0

Lawmaker Says He Didn't Research Ectopic Pregnancy Procedure Before Adding To Bill

State Rep. John Becker, a southwestern Ohio Republican, got help from Barry Sheets, a lobbyist for the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio, as he crafted a measure that's since drawn international scrutiny for its questionable medical grounding, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Wednesday.

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Entry: 2019-12-02 19:05:11.835203+00 TrueDialog leak by Dan Lyke comments 0

Reminder: If it's not end-to-end encrypted, it's public: Report: Millions of Americans at Risk After Huge Data and SMS Leak:

The TrueDialog database is hosted by Microsoft Azure and runs on the Oracle Marketing Cloud in the USA. When we last looked at the database it included 604 GB of data. This included nearly 1 billion entries of highly sensitive data, which we’ll detail below.

Millions of SMS messages exposed in database security lapse.


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Entry: 2019-11-04 21:32:56.432261+00 4 day work week by Dan Lyke comments 0

In overworked Japan, Microsoft tested a four-day workweek. Productivity soared 40 percent.

The test run, which took place in August and gave employees five consecutive Fridays off, boosted sales per employee by 40 percent, compared with the same month a year earlier, according to the post. The number of pages printed in the office fell by 59 percent, electricity consumption dropped 23 percent, and 94 percent of employees were satisfied with the program.

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Entry: 2019-10-14 23:22:29.674932+00 Millennihilism by Dan Lyke comments 0


copperbadge: I’ve coined a new term for the gallows humor that my generation indulges in because we have an overheating planet, a dim political future, a crushing economy, and a real avocado toast problem: Millennihilism. pidgeling: It appeals to a nietzche audience. vmlohere: Delete this post copperbadge: It’s too popular, I Kant.

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Entry: 2019-09-11 16:23:10.090604+00 Looking at his phone by Dan Lyke comments 0

Today in victim blaming: Out-of-control car jumps Brooklyn sidewalk, kills 10-year-old boy. I mean, let's start with giving agency of the car, but then:

The 59-year-old driver of a Lexus SUV lost control, jumped the sidewalk at Avenue L and struck 10-year-old Enzo Farachio, who was walking on the sidewalk.

Police believe Farachio was looking at his phone and did not see the vehicle coming.

Because, of course, we expect that people on the sidewalk should be alert for any drivers that might lose control of their cars, jump the curb, and run them down. This is completely normal, right?

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Entry: 2019-08-18 05:31:42.106432+00 Barn Dance by Dan Lyke comments 0

Barn Dance with Evie Ladin out at Tara Firma Farms this evening. One of these in 2012 was what got me into square dancing.

So there's alcohol, and lots of people who are out there for the first night, but it's high energy, family environment. Lot of fun. Charlene wasn't dancing, later in the evening I was looking for a partner, a woman started squaring up with her young daughter, who got distracted by something and took off running somewhere, so I said "wanna dance?", and she did.

So we're doing the walkthrough, and there's an Allemande Left your Corner, Swing your Partner. We do the hooked right arm swing, but in the process I say something about a Ballroom Swing, and she says "what's that?", so I show her, and the fancy twirl into promenade position, and then the unwinding to end the promenade back at home...

And she says "Oh, apparently it's something adults know."

Jesus, when did I get old?

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Entry: 2019-08-07 17:27:04.432234+00 Microsoft Contractors listening to Skype by Dan Lyke comments 0

When "your calls are translated by AI" isn't: Revealed: Microsoft Contractors Are Listening to Some Skype Calls

Documents, screenshots, and audio obtained by Motherboard show that humans listen to Skype calls made using the app's translation function.

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Entry: 2019-07-18 20:10:21.811369+00 How does language define thought? by Dan Lyke comments 0

As I watched various kids grow up, I saw some of them go through their shock humor phase, and wondered how much of the language was culture gone horribly wrong, how much of it was teens looking for a reaction, how much of it was...

Anyway, I'm still pondering what I think some of the language propagation issues mean, and this delves into that a bit: Unspoken Politics: A Unitarian Universalist Pipeline to the Right?

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Entry: 2019-04-18 17:54:49.288627+00 Mueller Report by Dan Lyke comments 0

Washington Post has posted the Mueller report for download, and has running commentary as their reporters read it and as reactions come in

Also seen floating around the Barr version of the Gospels, including Matthew 22:36-39:

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “‘████ ███ ██ █████ ██ ██ ████ ██ ██ yourself.’

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Entry: 2018-12-17 18:59:19.51669+00 Sex Addiction is a commie plot by Dan Lyke comments 0

RT Violet Blue® @violetblue

"In one instance, through its page "Army of Jesus," which was targeting Christians, the group offered "free counseling to people with sexual addiction," New Knowledge found."

Russians sought to recruit 'assets' through social media, Senate told

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Entry: 2018-12-07 00:26:23.378341+00 Microsoft on facial recognition & law by Dan Lyke comments 0

Interesting: Microsoft On The Issues (The Official Microsoft Blog): Facial recognition: It’s time for action

In particular, we don’t believe that the world will be best served by a commercial race to the bottom, with tech companies forced to choose between social responsibility and market success. We believe that the only way to protect against this race to the bottom is to build a floor of responsibility that supports healthy market competition. And a solid floor requires that we ensure that this technology, and the organizations that develop and use it, are governed by the rule of law.

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Entry: 2018-12-06 20:53:18.31658+00 The rise of VS Code by Dan Lyke comments 1

The Rise of Microsoft Visual Studio Code.

Although, as Jeff Trull observes:

The buried lede here is that Emacs users, only 2.5% of the total, vastly outperformed in interviews.

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Entry: 2018-10-15 16:47:43.715399+00 There’s no crying in tittie bars by Dan Lyke comments 0

The Cut: Stormy Daniels Didn’t Want to Be Anybody’s Hero “It was funnier when he wasn’t the president.”

And now if you go to one of my shows, it’s large groups of women, oftentimes in homemade matching Stormy shirts. They are loud, and they’re angry. They’re like, “Fuck Trump.” Or they’re crying. I’m like, “Jesus Christ. There’s no crying in tittie bars. What’s happening?” People are grabbing me and giving me money, and then later they’re sharing their personal stories — women are saying, “I was molested or I was raped, and you’ve given me the inspiration to file charges against my boss.” Just heavy, heavy shit every night.

Lot of good stuff in here. So many awesome pull quotes that could get used.

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Entry: 2018-07-19 21:33:52.580082+00 GPS spoofing OTD by Dan Lyke comments 0

Ars Technica: A $225 GPS spoofer can send sat-nav-guided vehicles into oncoming traffic * is a bit of an overstatement, but the general point that if you get someone in an unfamiliar place who's overly reliant on GPS you can seriously mess with them, and that this has implications for automated vehicles, is a good one:

“Our study demonstrated the initial feasibility of manipulating the road navigation system through targeted GPS spoofing,” the researchers, from Virginia Tech, China’s University of Electronic Sciences and Technology, and Microsoft Research, wrote in an 18-page paper. “The threat becomes more realistic as car makers are adding autopilot features so that human drivers can be less involved (or completely disengaged).”

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Entry: 2018-06-07 22:48:12.104012+00 Hit & Run driver and social attitudes about vehicular homicide by Dan Lyke comments 1

Alleged hit-and-run driver gave voice to attitude many adopt behind the wheel: Get out of my way

“As I’m driving, I’m driving too quick . . . to the point where it’s like, I couldn’t really stop,” Fitts told Boston 25 News reporter Drew Karedes, who should get a medal for not punching this guy in the face on the spot. Fitts also said the light was green and that he beeped at the man repeatedly but struck him with his SUV because swerving would have led him into a pole.

But those fucking cyclists, amiright?

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Entry: 2018-05-17 03:21:13.884697+00 Keras by Dan Lyke comments 0

Keras: The Python Deep Learning library

Keras is a high-level neural networks API, written in Python and capable of running on top of TensorFlow, CNTK, or Theano. It was developed with a focus on enabling fast experimentation. Being able to go from idea to result with the least possible delay is key to doing good research.

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Entry: 2018-05-09 19:07:13.004334+00 Microsoft & DJI partner on drones by Dan Lyke comments 0

Homeland Security claims DJI drones are spying for China

Drone deal: Microsoft partners with DJI to develop new aerial Internet of Things technologies

Your cyberpunk libertarian future where nation states are obsolete and replaced by multinational corporate conglomerates is here.

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Entry: 2018-04-29 00:57:49.007262+00 Microsoft, counterfeiting, and Eric Lundgren by Dan Lyke comments 0

Microsoft: The facts about a recent counterfeiting case brought by the U.S. government:

Mr. Lundgren’s scheme was simple. He was counterfeiting Windows software in China and importing it to the United States. Mr. Lundgren intended the software to be sold to the refurbisher community as if it was a legitimate, licensed copy of Windows. It was not. The evidence in the case shows Mr. Lundgren used his knowledge of the PC recycling community to scam the very community he claimed to champion and to evade the law. Had he simply wanted to help this community, why did he set up an entire counterfeit production operation in China to make the CDs appear legitimate? And why did he charge for his counterfeit product and try to make a profit at the expense of the community he was ostensibly trying to help?

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Entry: 2018-03-02 19:45:24.705622+00 NYPD officers try to frame victim, are still employed by Dan Lyke comments 0

Brooklyn man wins nearly $1M lawsuit after NYPD cop tried to frame him on DWI charge. NYPD cop blows through stop sign in marked SUV, hits this guy, tries to frame him for DUI. EMTs reported no signs of intoxication, hospital took blood found nothing.

Officers involved are still employed by the NYPD.

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Entry: 2018-03-02 17:20:12.976376+00 Easter falls on April 1st this by Dan Lyke comments 0

Easter falls on April 1st this year, which means: Jesus Fools Day! http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp03022018.shtml

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Entry: 2018-02-22 23:54:49.105383+00 CS grad students and automatic weapons by Dan Lyke comments 0

In the context of "arm all the teachers", I was reminded of Olin Shivers on CS grad students and automatic weapons:

I am very fond of Berkeley. I think that while LA represents the dark, twisted climb-the-water-tower-and-start-shooting-until-the-Marines-settle-it side of California weirdness, Berkeley represents the very best of the pure, innocent-killer side of it all. The first weekend I ever spent in Berkeley was in the summer of 1983. I was sitting down at one of those really delightful cafes you have out there. To my left some old man was drinking cappucino and practicing Chinese calligraphy; down the street some undergraduates were engaged in a running firefight. I was taking it all in, thinking that Berkeleians have remembered something about living well that the rest of America seems to have forgotten, when this kid's stray .223 slug shattered my glass of pomegranate soda. "Crazy undergraduates" I remember chuckling to myself as I put the safety back on my Hi-Power and returned it to its holster.

Another link: http://www.ccs.neu.edu/home/shivers/autoweapons.html

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Entry: 2018-02-08 04:48:08.467505+00 Limit fire time by Dan Lyke comments 0

Limiting your child's fire time: A guide for concerned paleolithic parents

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Entry: 2018-02-01 19:51:11.990508+00 2 decades of Flutterby by Dan Lyke comments 5

Some time in February of 1998 (for some reason I didn't log the day or time of the update then), I sent an email to a server that got piped into a script and made very first entry to the Flutterby weblog.

In mid 1997 I was working at Pixar, a Steve Jobs funded company, and Gil Amelio was ousted by the Apple board and Steve stepped in as the interim CEO. You could hear phones ring sequentially down the halls as journalists tried to find Pixar people would would comment, the soap opera potential was high, and this little web site run by Dave Winer called Scripting News had the best coverage of all the latest on this transition.

Dave's company, Frontier, sold this scripting package and some software written in the scripting package, and Scripting News was a site maintained by his software. There were a few other people using that software similarly, but I'd been looking for an excuse to sling Perl so wrote something called Newwwsboy to manage my own site.

Journals had been happening on the web for a while. I was an avid reader of "The Semi- Existence of Bryon". Even in the history of what eventually became known as "weblogs" we generally go back to like a month or two after the founding of the web itself, but somehow that late 1997 early 1998 group of people who started putting reverse chronologically ordered semi-personal links and commentary on the web became a bit of a movement.

It also became a really cool community. Brad Graham and others organized get-togethers. I remember getting together for drinks with the Pyra gang (who created Blogger). Dinners were a fantastic cross-section of people, it wasn't just computer people, it was librarians, theater people, people who's primary identity was "Mom", all pulled together by the feeling that we had this really cool medium to explore.

I think we generally credit Jorn Barger, proprietor of a weblog called "Robot Wisdom", for the term. I remember Cam Barrett (of CamWorld) and I tossing around names like "microportal" and such.

Sometime around 2000 blogging started to become a thing. Blogger went big. LiveJournal got a boost. Comment systems on blogs happened. The marketing folks realized that we were hogging all the cool Google search results and started exploiting the medium for sales, the New York dilettantes played in it and we got dreck like Julie & Julia (The Julia parts of the movie were okay).

And then, of course, the web became its current dross: Search results gamed by machines to remove any sense of personality, and often value. A huge morass of people trying to thrust advertising brochures at you.

My sister once asked me "does it ever bother you that you built all of the things Facebook did, years earlier, but didn't become Facebook"? And, yeah, it kind of does, but I wasn't trying to build Facebook. I had a higher vision for humanity, one that was more about the awesome people connections that we used to build with the network.

I miss those days, and am looking forward to the next place I can chase that dream.

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Entry: 2017-12-06 22:20:50.579591+00 Time Capsule in Jesus' Butt by Dan Lyke comments 0

Just here for the headline: Secret Time Capsule Found Inside Jesus' Butt

Descubrimiento de “cápsula del tiempo” en Cristo de Sotillo de la Ribera

Agencia EFE take on the story

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Entry: 2017-10-25 16:11:32.567881+00 Piracy and Secrecy by Dan Lyke comments 0

Kaspersky Lab: Preliminary results of the internal investigation into the alleged incident reported by U.S. media, in which Kaspersky is claiming that the leak of the NSA documents came because the user turned off the virus checker, downloaded and installed a pirated copy of Microsoft Office, turned back on the virus checker, at which point the virus checker identified a .zip file (containing the NSA documents) as infected, and uploaded it to Kaspersky Labs for further inspection.

Same press release hosted at The Intercept.

The Intercept: NSA worker's software piracy may have exposed him to Russian spies. Apparently it exposed him to Israeli spies...

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Entry: 2017-05-17 23:14:06.210284+00 Ryan: Putin pays Trump by Dan Lyke comments 9

House majority leader to colleagues in 2016: ‘I think Putin pays’ Trump:

When initially asked to comment on the exchange, Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Ryan, said: “That never happened,” and Matt Sparks, a spokesman for McCarthy, said: “The idea that McCarthy would assert this is absurd and false.”

After being told that The Post would cite a recording of the exchange, Buck, speaking for the GOP House leadership, said: “This entire year-old exchange was clearly an attempt at humor. No one believed the majority leader was seriously asserting that Donald Trump or any of our members were being paid by the Russians. What’s more, the speaker and leadership team have repeatedly spoken out against Russia’s interference in our election, and the House continues to investigate that activity.”

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Entry: 2017-04-20 18:25:20.843056+00 Power corrupts by Dan Lyke comments 0

On The Turing Completeness of PowerPoint (SIGBOVIK) (YouTube video)

... It requires asymptotically fewer autoshapes than when implemented in alternative slideshow editors...


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Entry: 2017-03-27 14:02:54.317496+00 Jesus or Pharisees? by Dan Lyke comments 0

Christians: More Like Jesus or Pharisees?

Kinnaman, president of Barna Group, directed the study. He commented on the creation of a “Christ-like” scale: “Our intent is to create some new discussion about the intangible aspects of following and representing Jesus. Obviously, survey research, by itself, cannot fully measure someone’s ‘Christ-likeness’ or ‘Pharisee-likeness.’ But the study is meant to identify baseline qualities of Jesus, like empathy, love, and a desire to share faith with others—or the resistance to such ideals in the form of self-focused hypocrisy. The statements are based on the biblical record given in the Gospels and in the Epistles and our team worked closely with a leading pastor, John Burke, to develop the survey questions.”

Newsweek: The Bible: So Misunderstood It's A Sin:

...The Barna Group, a Christian polling firm, found in 2012 that evangelicals accepted the attitudes and beliefs of the Pharisees—religious leaders depicted throughout the New Testament as opposing Christ and his message—more than they accepted the teachings of Jesus.

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Entry: 2017-02-02 23:30:31.412941+00 I work from home by Dan Lyke comments 1

I work from home:

911 OPERATOR: 911—what’s your emergency?

ROBERT: Hi, I . . . uh . . . I work from home.

OPERATOR: O.K., is anyone else there with you, sir?

ROBERT: No, I’m alone.

OPERATOR: And when’s the last time you saw someone else? Was that today?

ROBERT: Uh, my wife . . . this morning, I guess.


Way way way too close to home.

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Entry: 2017-02-02 15:38:32.978377+00 Unintended consequences by Dan Lyke comments 0

This thread of tweets from Zeeshan Sheikh‏ @zxed:

Tech companies vowed to not help make a national muslim registry.

Trump puts out a Muslim Ban

Tech companies (Apple,Facebook, Google, Uber, Microsoft, Stripe, and more ) pen a draft letter to trump

"mentions concern for how the order will affect employees with visas, and explains that the companies are prepared to lend a hand"

"to help the Trump administration make logical and necessary changes" - Guess what the help will be?

"Build a national registry database for the people from the countries I banned" - Yes, we come full circle to the national muslim registry.

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Entry: 2016-11-01 23:20:27.177061+00 Tab dump by Dan Lyke comments 0

This is a little too perfectly October surprise-y, especially as the "we saw traffic from Donald Trump to the Russian Alfa Bank" story falls apart, but...

Mother Jones: A Veteran Spy Has Given the FBI Information Alleging a Russian Operation to Cultivate Donald Trump

Meanwhile, in other tab dumps:

Flipboard: Google just disclosed a major Windows flaw:

Today, Google’s Threat Analysis group disclosed a critical vulnerability in Windows in a public post on the company’s security blog. The bug itself is very specific — allowing attackers to escape from security sandboxes through a flaw in the win32k system — but it’s serious enough to be categorized as critical, and according to Google, it’s being actively exploited. As a result, Google went public just 10 days after reporting the bug to Microsoft, before a patch could be coded and deployed. The result is that, while Google has already deployed a fix to protect Chrome users, Windows itself is still vulnerable — and now, everybody knows it.


San Francisco finds giving the homeless supportive housing costs less than doing nothing.

In a new report analyzing the effort, it’s clear that the initial cost of housing this population and addressing their medical, mental, and other challenges is high. The service and housing costs for 1,818 homeless people jumped to $61.7 million in the fiscal year spanning 2010 and 2011, when they entered supportive housing, from $19.4 million in the 2007–2008 period, before they had gotten into the program.

But that price tag dropped to $36.4 million by fiscal year 2014–2015. What’s more, that last figure is 9 percent less than what the city spent in 2009–2010 on homeless services alone, the last year before the city spent money on the supportive housing program. That means it ended up paying less on supportive housing and services once the homeless were fully transitioned into the program than it did before they were in housing, with the costs dropping every year they spent housed.

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Entry: 2016-10-12 17:42:39.930113+00 context aware spell check by Dan Lyke comments 0

Giggle: Shadow forwarded along a short tale of Google spell check, transcribed here because it's in image form there:

guys, google docs really is astounding. it just put a red squiggly line under the word 'back' because the next two words were 'of dicks' and it knew i meant 'bag.'

yes, thank you google docs. I did mean BAG of dicks.

what a great program

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