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Tweet from Patrick Claybon

2016 Aug 21, 1:53
Gonna open a restaurant that serves food 4 hrs after cooking to 20% of customers and then blame them for not eating

Tweet from David Risney

2016 Jun 9, 3:26
Trying to avoid regulation? Put a gun on it. You can't regulate that! 

Retweet of codepo8

2015 Nov 3, 8:33
Github's to blame!

Tweet from David_Risney

2015 Jul 21, 12:13
I always thought BSG's Galactica disallowing networks and air gapping everything was lame. Starting to get it now.

Retweet of FioraAeterna

2015 Mar 7, 3:51
"This assert would've saved me hours of debugging. Why was it off?" *git blame* commit: "disable assert that caused test failures" *sobs*

U.S. Marshals Seize Cops’ Spying Records to Keep Them From the ACLU | Threat Level | WIRED

2014 Jun 4, 6:08

"A routine request in Florida for records detailing the use of a surveillance tool known as stingray turned extraordinary Tuesday when the U.S. Marshals Service seized the documents before local police could release them."

Also what about the part where the PD reveals that its been using the stingray a bunch without telling any court and blames that on the manufacturer’s NDA.

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Discovery of new "zero-day" exploit links developers of Stuxnet, Flame

2012 Jun 11, 6:41

As you might have guessed, Flame is also US/Israel produced malware.  From the people who brought you Stuxnet, its… Flame!

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Crypto breakthrough shows Flame was designed by world-class scientists | Ars Technica

2012 Jun 7, 9:12

So this is another Stuxnet by Israel/US?

The analysis reinforces theories that researchers from Kaspersky Lab, CrySyS Lab, and Symantec published almost two weeks ago. Namely, Flame could only have been developed with the backing of a wealthy nation-state. … “It’s not a garden-variety collision attack, or just an implementation of previous MD5 collisions papers—which would be difficult enough,” Matthew Green, a professor specializing in cryptography in the computer science department at Johns Hopkins University, told Ars. “There were mathematicians doing new science to make Flame work.”

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URI Percent-Encoding Ignorance Level 1 - Purpose

2012 Feb 15, 4:00

As a professional URI aficionado I deal with various levels of ignorance on URI percent-encoding (aka URI encoding, or URL escaping).

Worse than the lame blog comments hating on percent-encoding is the shipping code which can do actual damage. In one very large project I won't name, I've fixed code that decodes all percent-encoded octets in a URI in order to get rid of pesky percents before calling ShellExecute. An unnamed developer with similar intent but clearly much craftier did the same thing in a loop until the string's length stopped changing. As it turns out percent-encoding serves a purpose and can't just be removed arbitrarily.

Percent-encoding exists so that one can represent data in a URI that would otherwise not be allowed or would be interpretted as a delimiter instead of data. For example, the space character (U+0020) is not allowed in a URI and so must be percent-encoded in order to appear in a URI:

  2. path/
In the above the first is a valid URI while the second is not valid since a space appears directly in the URI. Depending on the context and the code through which the wannabe URI is run one may get unexpected failure.

For an additional example, the question mark delimits the path from the query. If one wanted the question mark to appear as part of the path rather than delimit the path from the query, it must be percent-encoded:

In the second, the question mark appears plainly and so delimits the path "/foo" from the query "bar". And in the first, the querstion mark is percent-encoded and so the path is "/foo%3Fbar".
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You know the name, but just who were the Luddites? - Ars Technica

2009 Oct 5, 8:44Brief history of the Luddites. "Are we all Luddites now? ... If you are reading this essay on your laptop or iPhone, chances are that you aren't an unemployed weaver staring starvation in the face." Also: "The Luddites didn't oppose technology; they opposed the sudden collapse of their industry, which they blamed in part on new weaving machines." So the TV and newspaper associations and Rupert Murdoch are Luddites.PermalinkCommentshistory technology luddite

YouTube - Hitler finds out his subtitles are wrong

2009 Aug 26, 3:28"Don't they know this is just another passing lame-ass internet fad?" Hitler mocks the subtitled Hitler Internet meme, and those not in on the joke. Note that this is a bit meta: see some of the other videos first for examples of what Hitler is talking about here.PermalinkCommentshumor youtube video hitler meme

HP All-in-Ones-The Scan Button on the All-in-One Does Not Function When the Printer is Connected to Windows Vista

2009 Jun 20, 9:45"When the scan button is pressed on the product, nothing happens. The scan button does not work correctly." The workarounds are all basically, "don't use that button then." They say their Vista driver doesn't support sending the appropriate event. Lame.PermalinkCommentsvista hp scanner driver lame technical

Platonic Ideals in Anathem and The Atrocity Archives

2009 Apr 7, 11:58
The Atrocity ArchivesThe Jennifer MorgueAnathem

This past week I finished Anathem and despite the intimidating physical size of the book (difficult to take and read on the bus) I became very engrossed and was able to finish it in several orders of magnitude less time than what I spent on the Baroque Cycle. Whereas reading the Baroque Cycle you can imagine Neal Stephenson sifting through giant economic tomes (or at least that's where my mind went whenever the characters began to explain macro-economics to one another), in Anathem you can see Neal Stephenson staying up late pouring over philosophy of mathematics. When not exploring philosophy, Anathem has an appropriate amount of humor, love interests, nuclear bombs, etc. as you might hope from reading Snow Crash or Diamond Age. I thoroughly enjoyed Anathem.

On the topic of made up words: I get made up words for made up things, but there's already a name for cell-phone in English: its "cell-phone". The narrator notes that the book has been translated into English so I guess I'll blame the fictional translator. Anyway, I wasn't bothered by the made up words nearly as much as some folk. Its a good thing I'm long out of college because I can easily imagine confusing the names of actual concepts and people with those from the book, like Hemn space for Hamming distance. Towards the beginning, the description of slines and the post-post-apocalyptic setting reminded me briefly of Idiocracy.

Recently, I've been reading everything of Charles Stross that I can, including about a month ago, The Jennifer Morgue from the surprisingly awesome amalgamation genre of spy thriller and Lovecraft horror. Its the second in a series set in a universe in which magic exists as a form of mathematics and follows Bob Howard programmer/hacker, cube dweller, and begrudging spy who works for a government agency tasked to suppress this knowledge and protect the world from its use. For a taste, try a short story from the series that's freely available on Tor's website, Down on the Farm.

Coincidentally, both Anathem and the Bob Howard series take an interest in the world of Platonic ideals. In the case of Anathem (without spoiling anything) the universe of Platonic ideals, under a different name of course, is debated by the characters to be either just a concept or an actual separate universe and later becomes the underpinning of major events in the book. In the Bob Howard series, magic is applied mathematics that through particular proofs or computations awakens/disturbs/provokes unnamed horrors in the universe of Platonic ideals to produce some desired effect in Bob's universe.

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Royal Pingdom - The world's most super-designed data center - fit for a James Bond villain

2009 Jan 8, 5:45"It is a newly opened high-security data center run by one of Sweden's largest ISPs, located in an old nuclear bunker deep below the bedrock of Stockholm city... The bunker was designed to be able to withstand a near hit by a hydrogen bomb." Wait, you mean it can't take a direct hit? Lame.PermalinkCommentssweden photos design datacenter underground bomb technology

Is there a Gadget API for the new home screen?

2008 Nov 15, 12:45Lame: "Question: Is it possible for us to write custom gadgets for the home screen like the clock or the Google search box? Is there a public API for this purpose? ... No, such an API does not exist and won't exist in 1.0."PermalinkCommentsdevelopment google android g1 howto

MSN Video - IE8's Videos

2008 Aug 28, 10:57Apparently we've got some videos showing off IE8 features. Some are the kind you would expect: informative with music. Others are trying to be funny. Those aren't nearly as lame as I would have expected.PermalinkCommentsvideo microsoft ie ie8


2008 Aug 26, 6:13Anteaters hate art. Its true. I blame the public school system.PermalinkCommentsart humor anteater via:ethan_t_hein

Netflix killing extra queues to "improve" service

2008 Jun 19, 6:08Argh!! "Unfortunately for its users, the mail-rental outlet has decided to kill the profile feature in just a couple of months, a move that is already prompting an outcry around the Internet."PermalinkCommentsnetflix article movie lame customer-service

FontStruct | Build, Share, Download Fonts

2008 May 9, 9:25Create fonts online, download the resulting font as a TrueType font, embed the font in a webpage. Requires created fonts to be released under creative commons. The embedding method is lame - via Flash.PermalinkCommentsfont development web graphic free cc creativecommons text

IMAGINATION -- image-based authentication: Step 1

2008 Apr 24, 9:41This is a CAPTCHA in which you must id the center of subimages in a collage and then choose the correct caption for a second a photo. It took me seven tries to click close enough to the center of a subimage. I'm human I swear! Lame implementation.PermalinkCommentscaptcha image security
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