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Bozeman Montana doesn't really think much of keeping passwords SECRET
Topic: Miscellaneous 2:41 pm EDT, Jun 18, 2009

Horrifyingly, Bozeman MT has taken an unfortunate step further in the decay of the privacy of individuals by adding a few new lines to their job applications.

These lines are to be filled in with the names of whatever social networking sites you might be on, including your username and password there.

It's one thing to pull explicitly public (but restricted) information like credit records and background checks to screen potential employees, but inquiring about private affiliations is rather questionable. Asking for explicitly private login information which the users of said sites are by contract bound to not reveal has got to be legally actionable by someone--especially since it amounts to an outright invasion of privacy and violation of law.

For those who haven't had it sink in yet, should Bozeman, MT actually use anyone's username and password to invade their prospective new employee's facebook account, it would be a violation of law.

Bozeman Montana doesn't really think much of keeping passwords SECRET

Kymco Agility scooter licence plate mount
Topic: Miscellaneous 3:14 pm EDT, Oct  6, 2008

For those of you who are thinking about getting a scooter or who found your way here through a certain search engine because you have the same problem I do, the link should help.

Basically, some of the Taiwanese manufacturers have gotten on board with EPA regulations, but not quite caught onto the fact that motorcycle licence plates are horizontally mounted in some states of the US, Tennessee being one of those. This means that the holes on the rear fender where you'd normally mount your licence plate simply don't work, and you can't drill holes in the plate (apparently it's some sort of crime).

The item linked to by this post gets you a bracket which attaches to those holes, and lets you mount the licence plate more or less normally on the rear of the bike. Yay!

Kymco Agility scooter licence plate mount

PETA Urges Ben & Jerry's To Use Human Milk - News Story - WPTZ Plattsburgh
Topic: Miscellaneous 5:32 am EDT, Sep 24, 2008

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, cofounders of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., urging them to replace cow's milk they use in their ice cream products with human breast milk, according to a statement recently released by a PETA spokeswoman.

Um... Either PETA just blew all their reputation capital like a drunk screaming "MONEY PLAYS!" at a blackjack table, or I don't think I'll be eating any more Ben & Jerry's.

...and I may just have to kick the sh*t out of the next PETA person I meet if they actually change the ice cream.

PETA Urges Ben & Jerry's To Use Human Milk - News Story - WPTZ Plattsburgh

Money for me, databases for you.
Topic: Miscellaneous 3:30 am EDT, Aug 13, 2008

This is a perfect example of why we force Decius to drink and rant at conventions. He's been the regular closing speaker at PhreakNIC several times.

That's way more relevant than Jello at HOPE.

Money for me, databases for you.

You want what now?
Topic: Miscellaneous 6:12 pm EDT, Jul 28, 2008

This is something it takes a special kind of person to really appreciate.

You must know a bit about MySQL.
You must know a bit about TCP.
You must be able to recognize what causes flaming computers to fall from the sky when the year rolls over.

This bug report, and the people adding to it, are truly special individuals.

You want what now?

Report: Kicking the no-good president out of office
Topic: Miscellaneous 2:06 pm EDT, Jun 30, 2008

Well, it does appear that even though there was ample complaining being done after 911 about people bungling intelligence reports that certain posts in our government are being filled by people who still haven't learned a less.

Regardless of whether or not all intelligence reports confirm that Iran has actually not been working on any nuclear weapons programs since 2003, Bush and Cheney appear determined to proactively attack Iran before they leave office.

We don't need any more fucking wars.

I say, kick the bums out. Bring on the impeachments before the ever-escalating conflicts driven by our megalomaniac from Texas ruin everything.

Report: Kicking the no-good president out of office

Time Warner Smokes The Rock
Topic: Miscellaneous 5:04 pm EDT, Jun  3, 2008

Really, seriously. The people at Time Warner have lost their minds. They're rolling out a new metered Internet service in Beaumont Texas that gives customers a 768K/s for $30/month with a 5Gb/month limit (and a $55/month service that about in proportion to that, with a 40Gb/month limit). Costs for going over these limits will be $1/Gb.

They have truly lost their minds. I can find semi-professional co-location services better prices than that.

Time Warner Smokes The Rock

MediaDefender commits more felonies
Topic: Miscellaneous 5:30 pm EDT, May 31, 2008

Hey, here's a nice story that really makes you wonder if the FBI are actually serious about prosecuting criminal behaviour, or do they just like to go after teenage kids. I mean, we know they're going to bring the hammer down on the two kids who social-engineered Comcast's domain for giggles, regardless of how little the actual cost was, but 700Mb of email which was mostly dirty laundry getting leaked never did result in anything that I could see happening to MediaDefender.

Now we've got a news story about how MediaDefender apparently just launched a large denial of service attack against a company for having been kicked off their torrent servers for filling them with bogus torrents, when said torrent servers were only for the companies own content in the first place (like, this apparently wasn't a place you could push up bootlegs, or even home movies to).

The article does mention that the FBI is "looking into the matter" but if 700Mb of admissions of guilt didn't do it, I don't see how this is going to affect much.

MediaDefender commits more felonies

New User-Hostile Linux Distribution: Exherbo
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:34 pm EDT, May 19, 2008

From the FAQ on their top level page:

OK, I Want to Try Exherbo

No you don't.

Yes I Do

OK, maybe you do, but we don't particularly want you to try it because we don't want to deal with you whining when you find that absolutely nothing works. Exherbo isn't in a fit state for users. We might get there one day, but it's not a priority. Right now, all we care about is getting it into a fit state for a small number of developers.

I love it.

New User-Hostile Linux Distribution: Exherbo

On The Rain Slick Precipice Of Darkness
Topic: Miscellaneous 1:00 am EDT, May 16, 2008

Just six days until this game is released, and it looks like it's going to be Mac, Windows, and Linux all at once.

...and $19.95. I'm thinking they'll probably move a million of these the first day. It is the Penny Arcade guys, after all.

On The Rain Slick Precipice Of Darkness

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