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XPath is XAwesome
Topic: Miscellaneous 4:56 pm EDT, Jul  6, 2009

XPath is like the mustard to Regex's sexy ketchup.

Using 'Reply to All' To tell people to Stop replying to all
Topic: Miscellaneous 4:27 pm EDT, Jul  6, 2009

Someone (incorrectly) sent an email to a huge distribution list inside of HP software asking a question (where huge is defined as > 600 employees). Now *everyone* is using "reply to all" to tell everyone to either:

1) Take them off the mailing list
2) Stop using "reply to all"

Outlooks has been hanging for 20 minutes trying to download all the messages...

This is Bretarded!

Update: The pain has ended after 163 "Reply to All"'s

Update 2: Crap. Just got 13 emails from people in EMEA who are just getting into the office, seeing this, and... REPLYING TO ALL!. You'd think 170 messages in their mailboxes would be a hint... I think whats happening is they are opening Outlook, and only a few messages download before they decide to reply.

I am so not opening Outlook in the morning...

Mantra #4
Topic: Miscellaneous 3:41 pm EDT, Jul  6, 2009

(continuing past mantras...)

Opinions are bullshit unless they are customer opinions.

Sarah Palin resignation splits Republicans - Jonathan Martin -
Topic: Miscellaneous 2:25 pm EDT, Jul  6, 2009

“I think Sarah Palin is on the verge of becoming the Miami Vice of American politics: Something a lot of people once thought was cool and then 20 years later look back, shake their heads and just kind of laugh,” quipped Republican media consultant Todd Harris.nullnull

HA! Miami Vice...

Sarah Palin resignation splits Republicans - Jonathan Martin -

Fuck you, Rob Enderle
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:29 am EDT, Jul  6, 2009

A very credible "End of the U.S." doomsday scenario tied to the public cloud was outlined that I believe warrants further thought.
Be aware: In the following discussion, I'm talking about something that is in the future -- not a risk that currently exists -- but one we still need to plan for.

In other words: Hello, my name is Rob Enderle, and I'd like to use 10 poorly researched and factually erroneous paragraphs to engage in wanton fearing mongering. Did I mention I also offer consulting and advising services for large corporations to cope with exactly the fear I've mongered? No? Well I do! I guess that makes me a whore too.

Shame on you Dark Reading. Shame on you for letting such a piece run. This is nothing but speculation and sensationalism.

Bruce Schneier is no more tolerant of this fluff than I:

No less ridiculous is the main point of the article, which seems to imply that terrorists will someday decide that disrupting people's Lands' End purchases will be more attractive than killing them.

Fuck you, Rob Enderle

Judge Acquits Lori Drew
Topic: Miscellaneous 1:45 pm EDT, Jul  5, 2009

federal judge on Thursday overturned guilty verdicts against Lori Drew, issuing a directed acquittal on three misdemeanor charges.

Drew, 50, was accused of participating in a cyberbullying scheme against 13-year-old Megan Meier who later committed suicide. The case against Drew hinged on the government’s novel argument that violating MySpace’s terms of service was the legal equivalent of computer hacking. But U.S. District Judge George Wu found the premise troubling.

“It basically leaves it up to a website owner to determine what is a crime,” said Wu on Thursday, echoing what critics of the case have been saying for months. “And therefore it criminalizes what would be a breach of contract.”

There was a lot of discussion on Memestreams about this case. I'm pleased that Drew was acquitted. This criminal trial was pure theater and political posturing by the US Attorney's office. It should have never been prosecuted.

That being said, I hope Drew and her family are destroyed in a wrongful death suit. Civil court is the only place this entire sad affair should play out.

Judge Acquits Lori Drew

Obey Giant
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:22 pm EDT, Jul  2, 2009

I wish more of these prints were available for sale, or at least in a large format image for printing. I love this style of art.

The final image especially reminds me of Todd McFarlane's artwork in Pearl Jam's Do The Evolution Video (which contains one of my favorite guitar riffs of all time).

When I was in London last year I snapper this photo of Andre/Obey graffiti coming in from Heathrow.

Obey Giant

Schneier on Security: Security, Group Size, and the Human Brain
Topic: Miscellaneous 1:18 pm EDT, Jul  1, 2009

The smallest, three to five, is a "clique": the number of people from whom you would seek help in times of severe emotional distress. The twelve to 20 group is the "sympathy group": people with which you have special ties. After that, 30 to 50 is the typical size of hunter-gatherer overnight camps, generally drawn from the same pool of 150 people. No matter what size company you work for, there are only about 150 people you consider to be "co-workers." (In small companies, Alice and Bob handle accounting. In larger companies, it's the accounting department -- and maybe you know someone there personally.) The 500-person group is the "megaband," and the 1,500-person group is the "tribe." Fifteen hundred is roughly the number of faces we can put names to, and the typical size of a hunter-gatherer society.

Interesting look at group dynamics. Explains why I feel most of "the company" are soulless whores whose job is to tell me "no." ;-)

Schneier on Security: Security, Group Size, and the Human Brain

When can I use...
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:44 pm EDT, Jun 29, 2009

A depressing look at "future" browser features.

When can I use...

Content Security Policy Details
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:01 pm EDT, Jun 29, 2009

The main goal of Content Security Policy is to prevent malicious code from being injected into a website and executed within the context of that site.

This could be huge. At the fullest implementation the only JavaScript that will be allowed to execute is external JavaScript files that are specifically white listed by the server. Good bye attribute injection, javascript URIs, and plain SCRIPT tags. No dynamic code execution either! no eval(), no setTimeout() or setInterval() with a string of code. Goodbye obfuscated JavaScript problem. Thanks to native JSON parsing functions, we don't need you anymore.

Some excellent innovation coming out of these Browser wars...

Content Security Policy Details

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