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Obama Lied About Benghazi

Daniel_Stuckey What still hangs me up to this day (8 comments)

You'd think, if something like a YouTube video had caused such an event, and that there was actual certainty there, that everyday people wouldn't have been able to keep their eyes off of it.

I think it says something about the general messaging—on Hilary's part (& her stroke), and on Obama's part—that lacks any confidence in the first place.

That most people I've ever asked, "Have you ever watched Innocence of Muslims?," have all said no still really weirds me out. We know that the administration latched onto the video, despite it having the supposed effect it did. They moreso acknowledged that they had lied. I just find it compelling almost, that no one has really studied the evidence that they'd tried to pass off.

I mean, what could be more off-the-wall than the idea that a YouTube video was to blame for an attack? Nevertheless, it's the narrative we were presented with right off the bat. In my case, I actually saw the video before I knew the details of the raids.

http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/the-film-that-caused-the-egyptian-embassy-raid

http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/interview-terry-jones-takes-death-threats-with-cups-of-decaf

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The Greatest Keyboard Shortcut Ever

Daniel_Stuckey Re:... Keyboard shortcuts are news? (506 comments)

Yeah, this is just disappointing. It's cute, and yes, I'll admit to posting things here that I sometimes feel are more suited for /r/todayilearned, but what angered me the most about this was that the OP would might think this is something /. didn't or needed to know.

about a year ago
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Twitter-Based Study Figures Out Saddest Spots In New York City

Daniel_Stuckey Whoa whoa whoa whoa, wait a second. (57 comments)

2 things,

1) I posted this yesterday afternoon, which I fully understand. I shouldn't have expected to be selected. No big deal.

But really?
2) I've tweeted about enjoying Guy Fieri's food, on two occasions. It's actually not the worst thing ever: Fuck Pete Wells.

about a year ago
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Soda Makes Five-Year-Olds Break Your Stuff, Science Finds

Daniel_Stuckey Re: Correlation does not imply causation (287 comments)

Which I felt I pointed out here, that we have this survey, sampling thousands of mothers (no fathers), about the behavior and consumption habits of their 5-year-olds (not 1 or 7-year-olds) and asks questions with the word "baby's father" in them about abusive partners. It is supposedly a survey about soda consumption in young children that satisfies hardly anything about the type of soda, which when we consider aspartame let's say, has elsewhere been related to irritability and making people feel shitty. Read the study!, where they cite other studies that wanted to learn about the contents more than the broad category "soft drinks," which in my opinion, includes a seltzer water, does it not? When I first saw the briefings for the study, I found it hilarious how little it looked at which sodas they were having, and that it intended to find so much more about other variables we'd assume to affect the child's behavior. It is why I felt like highlighting the absurdity of the conclusion, which was satisfied by finding that everything else collected had less to do with these behaviors than the soda factor that it little to no extra data about. Nothing more than a mother's reporting of her child's approximate consumption habits.

about a year ago
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What is Cloud?

Daniel_Stuckey A sweatshop for data (2 comments)

Dense, bulky, cost-efficient, energy-sucker with copyright termination and easy access written all over it.

about a year ago
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US Mining Data Directly From 9 Silicon Valley Companies

Daniel_Stuckey So much for CISPA (404 comments)

With PRISM / BLARNEY, this battle is pointless, amirite?

about a year and a half ago
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The World's First Bitcoin ATM Dispenses Cyprus Bills

Daniel_Stuckey Re:Race to the bottom (2 comments)

If I had substantial money to put on it, it'd all be on Bitcoin.

about a year and a half ago
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Riot Breaks Out At Foxconn

Daniel_Stuckey Video of the 'iPhone Riot' (456 comments)

http://motherboard.vice.com/2012/9/24/the-foxconn-iphone-riot-was-just-one-of-hundreds-in-china-today While it might have been an intramural fight between the Foxconn employees in this case, this is the mere tip of a giant Chinese iceberg. Sure, Foxconn builds electronics as cheaply as it can for whomever wants to cut a deal with them... That's been part of the company's mission statement since it was founded, but should this stop people like Anthony Kosner at Forbes from approaching or musing on the idea that the heightened demand for a product like iPhone has just gotta be killing people in China for the sake of consumer contempt over issues like the phone being too lightweight. Ugh, the absurdity. I wonder if we can find out how many iPhone units have been returned because the customer 'didn't like it enough.'

more than 2 years ago

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Gawker reporter offered FBI informant money for stolen emails

Daniel_Stuckey Daniel_Stuckey writes  |  about two weeks ago

Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "In August of 2011, Adrian Chen, then a reporter at Gawker, offered money to hacktivists who claimed to have acquired a bevy of top-secret NATO emails and documents after hacking Britain's News of the World, according to chat logs obtained by the Daily Dot. The chat logs show how the bureau was privy to a media misinformation campaign involving its own informant and a journalist’s efforts to expose a NewsCorp-affiliated publication."
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A Hacker Built a Dark Net Version of the FBI Tip Form

Daniel_Stuckey Daniel_Stuckey writes  |  about two weeks ago

Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "A London-based programmer has set up a new hidden service for anyone using Tor to submit anonymous tips to the FBI.

With the new .onion hidden service link (http://tksgyw4u4t6peema.onion/), which accesses the FBI’s tips page through a reverse proxy, Mustafa Al-Bassam told me in an IRC chat that he’s engineered a “proof-of-concept,” demonstrating how the bureau might go about setting up a more secure system for receiving crime tips."

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Celebs Turn Out In Support of Edward Snowden and Jeremy Hammond

Daniel_Stuckey Daniel_Stuckey writes  |  about two weeks ago

Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "The final chapter in Poitras’s trilogy of post-9/11 films, CitizenFour is the stranger-than-fiction narrative of her and other journalists’ first encounters with the NSA whistleblower. Chronicling investigative journalism’s biggest scoop since Watergate as it unfolds before Poitras’s lens, the real-life adventure has so far only reached a few major cities, but it’s struck a nerve.

Perhaps Poitras’s closer peek into Snowden’s soul may be the sentimental treatment the whistleblower movement needs. The film’s up-close, personal examination of Snowden—done in pursuit of revealing intrusions into citizen privacy—is in itself, a production of celebrity and spectacle. Who better to empathize with him now than celebrities?"

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The Plane of the Future Has No Windows

Daniel_Stuckey Daniel_Stuckey writes  |  about a month ago

Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "Hope you're not too attached to looking out the windows when you fly—the designers of tomorrow's airplanes seem intent on getting rid of them. A Paris design firm recently made waves when it released its concept for a sleek, solar paneled, windowless passenger jet. Before that, Airbus proposed eschewing windows and building its cabins out of transparent polymers. Now, the Center for Process Innovation has floated its own windowless plane concept, and it's attracting plenty of attention, too."
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WikiLeaks finally following other twitter users

Daniel_Stuckey Daniel_Stuckey writes  |  about a month ago

Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "But yesterday, the account of 2.3 million followers started following Twitterers outside of its own family of accounts for what it told Motherboard was a “strategic reason.” WikiLeaks declined to elaborate further. I was alerted of the account’s sudden following spree by my roommate who’d excitedly told me he’d just been followed by and had sent it a thanks-for-following direct message, but alas, he hath yielded no response. The account is now following a large handful of international politicians and presidents, journalists, publishers, lawyers, whistleblower support and activist groups, including what appear to be all the Swedish embassies and ambassadors the account could manage to follow. Among its new followees is Googler-in-Chief, Eric Schmidt, the adversarial focus of Assange’s recently-published book, When Google Met WikiLeaks . At the time of this writing, WikiLeaks was following 1,491 people and counting fast."
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How an FBI Informant Led the Hack of British Tabloid 'The Sun'

Daniel_Stuckey Daniel_Stuckey writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "Hector Xavier Monsegur, also known online as "Sabu," was caught by the FBI in June of 2011 for a litany of hacking-related offenses and, within hours, began cooperating with authorities in hopes of receiving a lenient sentence.

Now, never-before-published FBI records and exclusive interviews detail how the informant rallied other hackers to attack various News Corp. interests, including The Sun, at a time that the FBI has said it was tracking all of Monsegur's online activity.

And for a week shortly after his arrest, he was privy to the anti-Murdoch campaign waged by Anonymous, according to the documents obtained by Motherboard."

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Peru's Erection Vendors Are Driving the Scrotum Frog to Extinction

Daniel_Stuckey Daniel_Stuckey writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "In parts of Peru, there's an old culinary delicacy that consists of liquefying a rare frog. Drinking the concoction is said to cure a wide range of ailments, include bronchitis, tuberculosis, asthma, arthritis, and yes, even impotence. The amphibian garnish in question is not just any frog, but the critically endangered Telmatobius culeus , or more commonly known as the scrotum water frog, which is endemic to the Lake Titicaca region. As unflattering as it sounds, the nickname is rather apt considering the croaker's many blanket-like skin folds that cover its body; think of it as amphibious version of a blubbery bulldog, with skin that helps it breathe."
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How to Grow an Artificial Penis

Daniel_Stuckey Daniel_Stuckey writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "Lab-grown penises will be made available to men with genital injuries and abnormalities within five years, according to scientists at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

In their trials, researchers make "scaffolds" of rabbit penises by washing donor organs in detergent to kill all the living cells. This process leaves a collagen frame that can be seeded with penile cells from the recipient rabbit. The lab-grown penis is specifically rich with cultivated muscle and endothelial cells, which are essential for erectile function."

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MIT Thinks It Has Discovered the 'Perfect' Solar Cell

Daniel_Stuckey Daniel_Stuckey writes  |  about 2 months ago

Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "A new MIT study offers a way out of one of solar power's most vexing problems: the matter of efficiency, and the bare fact that much of the available sunlight in solar power schemes is wasted. The researchers appear to have found the key to perfect solar energy conversion efficiency—or at least something approaching it. It's a new material that can accept light from an very large number of angles and can withstand the very high temperatures needed for a maximally efficient scheme.

Conventional solar cells, the silicon-based sheets used in most consumer-level applications, are far from perfect. Light from the sun arrives here on Earth's surface in a wide variety of forms. These forms—wavelengths, properly—include the visible light that makes up our everyday reality, but also significant chunks of invisible (to us) ultraviolet and infrared light. The current standard for solar cells targets mostly just a set range of visible light."

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When WikiLeaks cold-called Hillary Clinton

Daniel_Stuckey Daniel_Stuckey writes  |  about 2 months ago

Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "Today, newly released footage shows this harrowing moment as it happened.

In a trailer advertising WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s new book, When Google Met WikiLeaks , the never-before-seen clip (below) shows WikiLeaks editor Sarah Harrison phoning the State Department’s front desk and asking to speak with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “It’s an emergency,” Assange prompts Harrison to say, passing a notecard across the table."

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How the US Quietly Field Tests 'Blinding' Laser Weapons

Daniel_Stuckey Daniel_Stuckey writes  |  about 2 months ago

Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "Laser warfare is pretty much here. We've got lasers on Navy ships and Army trucks, on guided missiles, and one just got test-mounted on an airplane. And obviously, someday there will be lasers on drones. But as any military contractor should remember: no eye stuff.

In 1995 the United Nations banned "Blinding Laser Weapons," which the adopted protocol defined as "laser weapons specifically designed, as their sole combat function or as one of their combat functions, to cause permanent blindness to unenhanced vision" and, in the same protocol, stipulated that, in the employment of laser systems, "the High Contracting Parties shall take all feasible precautions to avoid the incidence of permanent blindness to unenhanced vision."

Straight-forward enough, it seems. But apparently this stipulation bears repeating. Former laser journalist Dan Drollette Jr. explained in an analysis piece in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists that, even after giving up plans to build blinding laser weapons, the US military continued researching them..."

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A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect at Fighting Wildfires

Daniel_Stuckey Daniel_Stuckey writes  |  about 2 months ago

Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "Friday night in Southern California's Silverado Valley, relief flew in on an old airliner. In this summer of drought and fire the DC-10, an airplane phased out of passenger service in February, has been spotted from Idaho to Arizona delivering up to 12,000 gallons of fire retardant in a single acrobatic swoop.

The three-engine DC-10 entered service in 1970 as a passenger jet, and the last airplane working in that capacity, operated by Biman Bangladesh Airlines, made its final flight on February 24. But some designs defy obsolescence. The DC-10 had already been converted to function as a mid-air refueling airplane for the Air Force, and in 2006, the first fire-fighting DC-10 was unleashed on the Sawtooth fire in San Bernardino County, California."

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New Zealand Spied On Its Citizens Before Making It Legal, Says Snowden

Daniel_Stuckey Daniel_Stuckey writes  |  about 2 months ago

Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "A little over a year ago, the New Zealand government passed legislation that legally authorized its version of the NSA, the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), to spy on its own citizens. Narrowly, the law passed after a heated debate between lawmakers, rights groups, and local internet tycoon Kim Dotcom. At the time, Prime Minister John Key commented the new law “is not, and never will be, about wholesale spying on New Zealanders.”

But a set of secret documents provided by Edward Snowden indicates that New Zealand officials had already begun to design mass surveillance programs before such a law had ever gone to parliament. According to the new documents, published by Glenn Greenwald Monday, the GCSB had already begun cooperating with the US National Security Agency as early as 2012. Even as it sought legal authorization before full implementation, as part of a spying program code-named “Speargun,” the bureau was planning to grant NSA access to its major undersea cable network that connects New Zealand to the rest of the world sometime in "mid-2013.""

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E-Cigs Could Be a Gateway to Cocaine Addiction, Says Study That Misses the Point

Daniel_Stuckey Daniel_Stuckey writes  |  about 3 months ago

Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "If and when the Food and Drug Administration drops some sort of heavy regulations on e-cigarettes, a study released today is the one it, and politicians who hail the decision, will inevitably turn to: A pair of scientists at Columbia University have slapped the dreaded "gateway drug" term on nicotine, and, with it, e-cigarettes. The study, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine , has all of the makings of a bombshell report (for prohibitionists, at least). It's coming out in a major journal, one of the two authors has a Nobel Prize, and it's decidedly anti-e-cigarette. The study's authors, Eric and Denise Kandel, say that they've found the "molecular basis" for nicotine's role as a gateway drug. Adult mice who are given cocaine show more addictive behavior and stronger effects from the cocaine if they've been "primed" with seven days of nicotine use beforehand, according to the study. In other words, cocaine is more addictive to mice if they're already addicted to nicotine."
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Hackers Will Leak Syrian Stock Exchange Database Unless Assad Tackles ISIS

Daniel_Stuckey Daniel_Stuckey writes  |  about 3 months ago

Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "A group of hackers took down the website of Syria's only stock exchange this afternoon and are threatening to leak the exchange's database unless president Bashar al-Assad takes military action against the Islamic State.

The group, called Project Viridium, says that over the last several weeks, they've infected several Islamic State operatives' computers and have provided the Assad government with information about their whereabouts."

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Canada's Hitchhiking Robot Completed Its Trip Without Getting Murdered

Daniel_Stuckey Daniel_Stuckey writes  |  about 3 months ago

Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "On July 27, a brave robot named hitchBOT bid goodbye to its creators on the shoulder of a highway in Halifax, Nova Scotia. With limbs made from pool noodles, a beer-cooler body, and legs clad in Wellington rain boots, this adorable hodgepodge of a robot was ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. It raised its best hitchhiker’s thumb, and waited to be picked up by its first benefactor in its 6,000-kilometer road trip across Canada.

When hitchBot set off, we at Motherboard worried that the trooper might meet a tragic end (and we weren't the only ones). But fortunately, our fears were groundless. Over the weekend, hitchBOT arrived at its final destination in Victoria, BC, intact and thriving after meeting dozens of new friends across the country."

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DARPA Uses Preteen Gamers to Beta Test Tomorrow's Military Software

Daniel_Stuckey Daniel_Stuckey writes  |  about 3 months ago

Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "But it's here, tucked away on the third floor, that you'll find precisely that: the Center for Game Science, a research lab that makes educational video games for children, and that received the bulk of its funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the wing of the US Department of Defense that supports research into experimental military technology. Why is DARPA the original primary funder of the CGS? According to written and recorded statements from current and former DARPA program managers, as well as other government documents, the DARPA-funded educational video games developed at the CGS have a purpose beyond the pretense of teaching elementary school children STEM skills."
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This Phony 'Anonymous' Site Was Set Up to Trap Ferguson Hacktivists

Daniel_Stuckey Daniel_Stuckey writes  |  about 3 months ago

Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "As military police forces gather around Ferguson, trying to quell an angry, frustrated, and betrayed population, some people are taking their fight online. 'OpFerguson', being spear-headed by members of the hacktivism collective Anonymous, launched a couple of days ago. One site popped up that gave those wishing to voice their discontent a helping hand. Opferguson.com allows a user to select a target, including the Ferguson police force and the FBI, and participate in a DDoS attack: a technique that attempts to overwhelm a server by flooding it with traffic. Opferguson.com, however, is not what it seems. Instead of directing a user's traffic to the intended target, it instead collects the IP addresses of whoever logs on. This information, according to the creator, a self-avowed Anonymous opponent, is then open for law enforcement to act upon."
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Techno-Archaeologists Used an Abandoned McDonald's to Hijack a Satellite

Daniel_Stuckey Daniel_Stuckey writes  |  about 3 months ago

Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "From an abandoned McDonald's in the backyard of NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, a dozen or so volunteer scientists and engineers have taken control of a decommissioned, still running, 70s-era space satellite, currently some 20,000 kilometers away, by using discarded vintage space computers and a few sweet eBay finds. The so-named "McMoon's" Control Center is some sort of bizarre testament to human ingenuity and what a bunch of very smart people with virtually no budget or proper authorization can pull off. A bit of context: The International Sun-Earth Explorer (ISEE-3) satellite was launched on August 12, 1978, and was originally meant to study the Earth’s magnetosphere from the L1 Lagrangian point between the Sun and the Earth, where the gravity of both bodies cancel each other out."
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UK Police Won't Admit They're Tracking People's Phone Calls

Daniel_Stuckey Daniel_Stuckey writes  |  about 4 months ago

Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "You've maybe heard a bit about Stingray. Over the past couple of years, it has emerged that police forces in the US have been using the powerful surveillance tool, which tricks phones into connecting to a dragnet, to track mobile devices, and intercept calls and text messages.

Meanwhile, the London Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) continue to remain tight lipped about their use of the technology, leaving citizens in the dark on what privacy protections, if any, are in place for those who may get swept up by the broad surveillance techniques."

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