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Acidus and The Absurdity of Cookie Storage
Topic: Media 3:15 am EDT, Jun  6, 2007

This is brilliant. Read on:

The follow is an excerpt from the upcoming Ajax Security book. It discusses a downside of using HTTP cookies as a persistent client-side storage system: they get appended to every appropriate HTTP request.

To illustrate this more clearly, think of cookie storage like having to remember an errand to do after work by shouting it at the end of every sentence you say. It would sound something like this:

Bryan: Hello Billy, what’s Shaking?

Billy: Hey Bryan. Just finishing this chapter on offline Ajax. Pick up Red Bull On the Way Home!

Bryan: ... ... Uhhhhh, Ok. Why are you shouting that at me instead of writing it down?

Billy: Because I choose a poor client-side storage methodology. Pick up Red Bull On The Way Home!

Bryan: ... ... Ok, this is just weird. I’m leaving.

Billy: You should be glad I can only store 4K of data this way. Pick Up Red Bull On The Way Home!

Thats right, No silly appendices full of ASCII tables and RFCs. We replaced that crap with comedy. Extremely poor comedy :-)

All writing and no play makes billy a dulllllllllllllllllllll boyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. [sleeps]

I would be shouting something about cigarettes or coffee probably.

Acidus and The Absurdity of Cookie Storage

Book Excerpt: The Assault on Reason by Al Gore
Topic: Media 1:52 pm EDT, May 17, 2007

American democracy is now in danger—not from any one set of ideas, but from unprecedented changes in the environment within which ideas either live and spread, or wither and die. I do not mean the physical environment; I mean what is called the public sphere, or the marketplace of ideas.

Al Gore has a new book on the way. I like the theme.

Book Excerpt: The Assault on Reason by Al Gore

Military puts MySpace, other sites off limits -
Topic: Media 1:34 pm EDT, May 14, 2007

Soldiers serving overseas will lose some of their online links to friends and loved ones back home under a Department of Defense policy that a high-ranking Army official said would take effect Monday.

The Defense Department will begin blocking access "worldwide" to YouTube, MySpace and 11 other popular Web sites on its computers and networks, according to a memo sent Friday by Gen. B.B. Bell, the U.S. Forces Korea commander.

If the restrictions are intended to prevent soldiers from giving or receiving bad news, they could also prevent them from providing positive reports from the field, said Noah Shachtman, who runs a national security blog for Wired magazine.

"This is as much an information war as it is bombs and bullets," he said. "And they are muzzling their best voices."

The sites covered by the ban are the video-sharing sites YouTube, Metacafe, IFilm, StupidVideos, and FileCabi, the social networking sites MySpace, BlackPlanet and Hi5, music sites Pandora, MTV, and, and live365, and the photo-sharing site Photobucket.

Military puts MySpace, other sites off limits -

MySpace makes belated entry into China -
Topic: Media 2:36 pm EDT, Apr 28, 2007

News Corp.'s popular social networking site MySpace launched a test version of its new China service on Friday, making a late entry into the intensely competitive Chinese Internet market.

MySpace China will be a Chinese-owned company with backing from MySpace Inc., the IDG venture capital firm and a Chinese investment fund, the company said. Spokespeople for the company refused to give an ownership breakdown or say which investor would control it.

"Based on the MySpace global brand and technology platform, we will develop products and features that are tailored to today's Chinese citizens," Luo Chuan, a former Microsoft Corp. executive who is to lead the venture, said in a prepared statement.

The strategy of having a Chinese company operate the service follows the approach of Yahoo Inc., eBay Inc. and other Internet competitors that have turned to local partners to run their China operations after struggling to win market share.

News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch said in September the company was looking for a way to enter China without running into political obstacles and "heavy weather" faced by Google and Yahoo.

Murdoch said his Chinese-born wife, Wendi Deng, was playing a key role in helping to launch the China-based service.

News Corp. has tried to expand in China but has been stymied by restrictions on foreign media ownership.

MySpace makes belated entry into China -

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a winner!
Topic: Media 10:28 pm EDT, Apr 25, 2007

I don't think I can do a better media commentary job then this image does. It's one of those picture-worth-a-thousand-words moments.

Just when you thought the posturing about Cho couldn't get any more stupid..
Topic: Media 4:37 pm EDT, Apr 20, 2007

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you a new low in journalism...

Quoted below is the unedited above-the-jump text from a FoxNews story about the VT Tech shootings entitled: "Did the Devil Make Him Do it?"

When unexplained violence takes center stage, we tend to turn to modern psychology to explain it.

But there is an alternative explanation, one that has been played out in film, stage and writings since the beginning of history.

Was Cho Seung-Hui schizophrenic … psychotic … manic-depressive? Or were the shooting deaths of 32 people, including Cho himself, at Virginia Tech University part of the ongoing struggle between God and Satan … good against evil … lightness and darkness?

Could Cho have been possessed by the Devil? Could that explain the massacre at Virginia Tech?

Dr. Richard Roberts, president of Oral Roberts University, shouts an unequivocal “Yes!”

“Based on what I’ve seen in the news," Roberts said in an interview, "there’s no doubt that this act was Satanic in origin."

Just when you thought the posturing about Cho couldn't get any more stupid..

Elgg: the open source social networking platform
Topic: Media 6:55 am EDT, Apr 19, 2007

Elgg is an open source social networking platform based around choice, flexibility and openness: a system that firmly places individuals at the centre of their activities.

Your users have the freedom to incorporate all their favorite tools within one environment and showcase their content with as many or as few people as they choose, all within a social networking site that you control.

This is an open source software solution for building social network sites. It's becoming popular within educational institutions.

Elgg: the open source social networking platform

MediaShift | State of the News Media 2007 : Project for Excellence in Journalism Dissects 38 Sites
Topic: Media 12:32 am EDT, Mar 14, 2007

Each year since 2004 the Project for Excellence in Journalism has dropped the bomb of knowledge on the media world in the form of the State of the News Media report. The report is breathtaking in scope, with quantitative research on newspapers, online, TV, magazines, radio and ethnic media. What are the trends? What's working and what's failing? PEJ looks at the quality of the journalism done along with the business models and the way audiences are becoming fragmented.

I have yet to dive into the report, but I surely will at some point in the near future..

MediaShift | State of the News Media 2007 : Project for Excellence in Journalism Dissects 38 Sites

Livin’ in Cowtown by Corey Spring » NBC Affiliate Gets Goo All Over Their Faces
Topic: Media 5:12 pm EST, Mar  7, 2007

This is what happens when you hire idiots that get their on-air graphics from a Google Search without even looking at the results.

Click the image to see the full graphic that WAGT broadcast to all its viewers. You will clearly see text in the image that says "So good, you'll suck dick."

Livin’ in Cowtown by Corey Spring » NBC Affiliate Gets Goo All Over Their Faces

YouTube - Jack Cafferty- Is Anna Nicole Still dead?
Topic: Media 4:45 pm EST, Feb 11, 2007

Because of this, Jack Cafferty is cool.

After over two and a half hours of talking about nothing but the death of Anna Nicole Smith, when there really wasn't any news other than "she's dead", CNN cuts over to Cafferty, who actually reports on something other than Anna Nicole. When Caffery cuts back to Wolf, he drops this...

I was watching CNN when this happened, and had been commenting on how lame it was that CNN had not broken from this story for over two hours. I laughed _so_ hard.

YouTube - Jack Cafferty- Is Anna Nicole Still dead?

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