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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

GameboyRMH Re:Not a problem... (242 comments)

Unless you're an American, yes :-P

10 hours ago
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US Military Aware Only Belatedly of Chinese Attacks Against Transport Contractors

GameboyRMH Re: real computer systems? (13 comments)

The latter is closer, but I think they were so busy setting up their giant McCarthytron and trying to catch the first signs of the coming Western Spring that they forgot to look for *actual terrorists.* Dzokhar Tsarnaev did the digital equivalent of setting up giant neon signs saying "TERRORIST HERE!" and the NSA didn't notice.

The FBI was probably too busy grooming pissed off young Muslims into "terrorists" they could arrest and parade in front of the media.

11 hours ago
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On Independence for Scotland:

GameboyRMH Re:A miracle of modern diplomacy (143 comments)

Many former British colonies attained independence peacefully around the mid-20th century.

yesterday
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Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

GameboyRMH Re:Lots of problems with it (189 comments)

I'll have mine with two big hands painted on the sides XD

yesterday
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A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

GameboyRMH Re:Hmmm .... (108 comments)

Sorry, first *widebody* plane with outward-opening cargo doors...and also the first widebody plane.

yesterday
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A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

GameboyRMH Re:Hmmm .... (108 comments)

Outward-opening cargo doors are standard on airliners nowadays, the 747 was the first to have them.

yesterday
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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

GameboyRMH And just like that... (196 comments)

Demand for privately-built spacecraft drops by what, 33%? Ouch.

2 days ago
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Browser To Facilitate Text Browsing In Emergencies

GameboyRMH Maemo did it first again (40 comments)

I've had Lynx on my phone for a long time now...I would like a text-only browser that's more user-friendly (as in, more "normal") and maybe tries to make the layout match the rendered HTML more closely than Lynx though. For example Lynx shows a lot of menus as trees with different levels of indentation. There's no reason a pop-up menu system couldn't work in a CLI.

2 days ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

GameboyRMH Re:You mean... (236 comments)

This. Basically the same thing with different wording and the blame shifted to the consumer. Sadly some may fall for this.

2 days ago
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The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

GameboyRMH Re:and of course, the home server operators get nu (131 comments)

Well look at it this way, with net neutrality your upstream home connection may be slow but the traffic would be as "important" as anything else - with a tiered Internet, upstream home traffic would be put in the Internet infrastructure's leper colony. Unless it's streaming video over Skype or something "important" (run by people who make deals with ISPs).

3 days ago
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The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

GameboyRMH Spoilers (131 comments)

And now that all our objections have been duly noted, they'll go ahead and end net neutrality anyway.

3 days ago
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Canon Printer Hacked To Run Doom Video Game

GameboyRMH Re:If I type in "IDKFA" (87 comments)

I guess IDCLIP toggles the wireless capability...

3 days ago
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New Data Center Protects Against Solar Storm and Nuclear EMPs

GameboyRMH Totally works but we can't tell you how (59 comments)

My data center is completely safe against tigers. It's due to the construction materials used but I can't go into any detail.

3 days ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

GameboyRMH Re:Freak outbreak of common sense (418 comments)

Preinstalled Windows is only cheaper than separate copies of Windows because MS decides to price it lower - precisely to perpetuate its use as a lock-in mechanism. So your price argument is a circular one.

Tires and cars is partly a decent analogy because there are similar bundling deals used with new cars, but there are a couple of big differences - there isn't a convicted monopolist behemoth tire manufacturer dominating the market with a more expensive and arguably inferior product that's bundled with virtually all cars, and not only do most people not drive their car on the factory-fitted tires for the vehicle's entire life, but they'll be forced to change them early in the car's life.

In fact if I was buying a car, I'd love to have the option to choose some Kumho SPTs or maybe even Dunlop Z2s over the bargain-bin all-seasons or slippery eco-tires that most cars come with.

about a week ago
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To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

GameboyRMH Usually not much to do (151 comments)

Unless you're managing a power plant, somewhere that uses long-distance radio links or a place with long non-fiber network cable runs, you can ignore it.

about a week ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

GameboyRMH Re:How about (208 comments)

You all need to learn to enjoy the sweet delicious lulz, and show your appreciation by laughing while they curse!

about a week ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

GameboyRMH Re:Love reading about it (208 comments)

International police? No, this is a job for the CYBER POLICE!

You should point them to the proper authorities and tell them you'll be waiting with your wrists out :-D

about a week ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

GameboyRMH Freak outbreak of common sense (418 comments)

It's like this news is from some weird alternate universe where we don't throw all logic and reason under the profit bus.

about a week ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

GameboyRMH Re:Expense (444 comments)

I think virtually any muppet could run a multi-billion dollar company. I'd say literally more than half of the Average Joes out their could replace a CEO in their field of expertise and the company would do just as well. CEOs aren't special, some of them are hilariously incompetent - they belong in the other half of the Average Joes.

about a week ago

Submissions

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First Gear Mechanism Discovered in Nature

GameboyRMH GameboyRMH writes  |  1 year,6 days

GameboyRMH (1153867) writes "A gear mechanism has been discovered for the first time in nature in the nymph of the Issus, a small plant-hopping insect common in Europe. It uses the gears to synchronize the movement and power of its hind legs, forcing the legs to propel it in a straight line when jumping, which would otherwise be impossible for the insect if it had to control the timing and force of its leg muscles independently. The journal paper is paywalled but you can read a summary at phys.org."
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FSF petitions against closed implementation of UEF

GameboyRMH GameboyRMH writes  |  more than 2 years ago

GameboyRMH (1153867) writes "The Free Software Foundation is currently holding a petition urging hardware manufacturers to implement UEFI Secure Boot in a way that allows alternative operating systems to be installed by users. Currently it has about 13,000 signatures — Slashdot polls regularly rack up more votes. If you run a non-Windows operating system or wish to support the right to do so, sign the petition here."
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COICA is now PROTECT IP, requires SERP censorship

GameboyRMH GameboyRMH writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GameboyRMH writes "Wired magazine updates us on the latest revision of COICA, now with the opposition-discouraging name PROTECT IP, which includes a less vague definition of "infringing sites" but would require search engines to remove links to infringing sites from their result pages. It also offers ad delivery networks and credit card processors that "voluntarily cease doing business with infringing websites, outside of any court ordered action" protection from liability. The article contains a good summary of the latest changes."
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People break their word, shock others for money

GameboyRMH GameboyRMH writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GameboyRMH (1153867) writes "A Milgram-esque experiment done at the University of Cambridge showed that most people who said they would never shock others for money did so when given the opportunity (64% said they would never shock others for money, while 96% actually delivered shocks). How much does it cost to sway a person's moral compass? If you're imagining a thick wad of cash, instead imagine your wallet's change pocket — test subjects anonymously administered what they thought were painful shocks to a victim in another room for a reward of no more than £1 per jolt, with more powerful shocks yielding a greater reward. Victims were either shown a video of a simulated victim's hand, or hand and face, twitching in pain from the shocks. Those who were only shown the victim's hand made an average of £15.77 of a possible £20, while those who were shown both the hand and face made and average of £11.55."
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The CIA's amazing RC "animals" - from the '70s

GameboyRMH GameboyRMH writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GameboyRMH (1153867) writes "If you were impressed at the remote-controlled ornithopters released in recent years, then this will really knock your socks off: In the 1970s, the CIA developed and tested a remote-controlled ornithopter that was disguised as a dragonfly — and at roughly the size of a dragonfly, as seen in the video. It was intended to be used as a platform for listening devices. This "insectothopter" was laser-guided and powered by a tiny gasoline engine built by a watchmaker. While its performance was impressive, difficulty controlling the tiny craft in crosswinds made it impractical, and the idea was scrapped.

The article also mentions a robo-squid, and has information on a remote-controlled fish (video) that is also very impressive. View the original source for some other interesting spy gadgets on the CIA's Flickr page."

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Trapster hacked, 10 million passwords at risk

GameboyRMH GameboyRMH writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GameboyRMH writes "Speed trap tracking site Trapster has been emailing their users, notifying them that the Trapster database may have been compromised and up to 10 million email address & password combinations might be at risk. Most interestingly, when asked on their twitter page whether the passwords were stored in plaintext or as a hash, Trapster refused to answer."
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BMW temporarily burns logo into viewers' retinas

GameboyRMH GameboyRMH writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GameboyRMH writes "BMW, in a video advertisement for their S1000R sportbike playing in German movie theaters, temporarily burned their logo into viewer's retinas as part of the ad, by projecting a bright flash of light through a cutout onto the back of the theater screen. The article includes a video showcasing the use of the effect, the ad itself, and viewers' reactions.

How long will it be before you'll have to wear sunglasses inside the mall to keep special offers from being burned into your retinas?"

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Julian Assange Answers Questions from the Public

GameboyRMH GameboyRMH writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GameboyRMH writes "Julian Assange has responded to some questions posted by Guardian readers. The article contains many interesting bits of information, such as why Assange decided to make himself the public face of Wikileaks rather than remain anonymous, his comments on some of the older content that's recently become unavailable on the site, and his claim that Wikileaks' use of Amazon's services was actually a test of the US as a hosting jurisdiction."
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Major MMO Publishers Sued for Patent Infringement

GameboyRMH GameboyRMH writes  |  about 5 years ago

GameboyRMH (1153867) writes "Maximum PC reports that major MMO publishers (Blizzard, Turbine, SOE, NCSoft, and Jagex) are being sued by Paltalk, which holds a patent on "sharing data among many connected computers so that all users see the same digital environment" — a patent that would seem to apply to any multiplayer game played between multiple systems, at the very least. Paltalk has already received an out-of-court settlement from Microsoft earlier this year in relation to a lawsuit over the Halo games.

If Microsoft can't fend off Paltalk's legal attacks, the odds don't look good for their latest group of targets."

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Blood iPhone

GameboyRMH GameboyRMH writes  |  more than 5 years ago

GameboyRMH (1153867) writes "CNN reports that a Foxconn factory worker in China, 25 year old Sun Danyong, took his own life by jumping from the 12th floor of a Foxconn office building after he was questioned by company officials over a single missing iPhone prototype. Coworkers allege Sun was detained, searched and beaten in addition to the questioning. Apple China is awaiting the results of an investigation into the incident and has stated that "We require that our suppliers treat all workers with dignity and respect." Foxconn executive Li Jing Ming said "I can honestly say Foxconn has not given anyone permission to do anything unlawful." Foxconn is providing counselling for employees following the suicide and will support Sun's family "With funeral arrangements and other matters." Employees connected to the incident were fired or suspended without pay."
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E85-Sipping Muscle Car to enter Automotive X-prize

GameboyRMH GameboyRMH writes  |  more than 6 years ago

GameboyRMH (1153867) writes "48 year old electronics engineer and master mechanic Doug Pelmear claims his modified '87 Mustang gets 80MPG running on E85 and can produce up to 400HP and 500ft-lbs of torque, with an engine running about 38% efficiency. He says the modifications to the car are mostly electrical, and that he could increase efficiency further by sacrificing power or running on regular gasoline. He plans to enter it in the Mainstream category of the Automotive X-prize, but these numbers seem to push the laws of physics. Could this be a tire-smoking fuel sipper or just smoke and mirrors?"
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Journals

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The biggest stories that didn't make it to Slashdot

GameboyRMH GameboyRMH writes  |  about 2 years ago

I'm going to start another running-updated journal entry where I list the most important stories that didn't make it to Slashdot - all of these so far were actually submitted but died in the firehose, probably to make room for some article spergin' over the minutiae of Apple's latest shiny or a digital PHB poop from InfoWorld. After two went by in just the last week I was really fed up. I'm going to list them in chronological order, newest at the top. You'll find that I link to a lot of my own submissions here, it's not simple vanity and butthurt, it just happens that if I see an important story and don't find it in the firehose, the submitter ends up being me.

Official USPTO crowdsourced patent-busting system goes online: To geeks the awesomeness of this news is somewhere between the invention of a working light saber and Natalie Portman ringing your doorbell and holding a bucket of hot grits over her head. Finally we can call prior art on new patents and challenge old ones. Any of us. Story died in the firehose. UPDATE: Just as I post this journal the story makes it to the front page

Assange's DNA not found on condom presented as evidence: Earth-shatteringly big news in the Assange sexual assault case, and perhaps the extradition case as well. Died in the firehose.

FSF petitions against closed implementation of UEFI secure boot: Maybe things would be different today if this had been posted to Slashdot, right when the argument over UEFI secure boot hit fever pitch. When submitting this story I ran into the title headline limit without any kind of warning, that surely didn't help.

Trapster hacked, 10 million passwords at risk: At the time at least, it was the biggest successful exploit in history in terms of accounts compromised, and the passwords may have been in plaintext with Trapster management dodging the question at every turn. Pretty good story huh? Was declined.

Assange Q&A session: This story came out not long after Assange emerged from anonymity as the Wikileaks founder and answered a lot of questions that were coming up at the time (and that many people probably still don't know the answer to). It doesn't help that Gunkerty Jeb submitted the story first from the original source with a flamebaiting shitpost, thus blacklisting the URL and tainting editors' opinions of the story. Later I submitted the same story from a different source but it was declined.

Know any more that belong on this list? Nominate them in the comments.

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Where's Wall-E - awesome picture

GameboyRMH GameboyRMH writes  |  about 2 years ago

A friend of mine linked me this awesome pic, a "Where's Waldo" with fictional robots.

There are robots from all genres and media in here. I've spotted one from an obscure short indie film and got a little hit of the joy that hipsters crave, and found an easter egg for the Asimov readers.

Still I can't identify all of the robots. To do that will take knowledge of everything from classic sci-fi to current kids' cartoons. Fun for the whole geek family!

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I've been featured on The Onion!

GameboyRMH GameboyRMH writes  |  more than 2 years ago

OK not really, but the similarities are absolutely startling, they even know which floor I work on!

Onion article

And I made Firefox's Session Restore fail from too many open tabs a few weeks ago!

The big difference being that I obviously don't work that hard all the time :-P

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MS and Canonical Bet Big on the Death of the PC

GameboyRMH GameboyRMH writes  |  more than 2 years ago

A desktop OS' popularity is soaring after a good release - the OS is stable, easy to use and the interface is good. Then suddenly, the next version foists a reduced-functionality touchscreen-friendly interface on desktop users, and they hate it, but the developers are completely unswayed by the avalanche of user outrage. This OS is both Windows and Ubuntu. The only logical explanation for these puzzling actions from both companies is that they're betting it all on the death of the desktop and the rise of the tablet, viewing desktop usability as nothing but a legacy feature soon to be phased out. Are Microsoft and Canonical making a big mistake? Apple has continued to keep their desktop OS' interface desktop-friendly. The big tablet pusher isn't so sure of a tablet-filled future devoid of PCs, why is the competition?

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My BTRFS dedupe script

GameboyRMH GameboyRMH writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Here's a BTRFS dedupe script I made earlier this year. I started with this and modded from there. Right now it runs in sort of a paranoid mode, even if two files have identical sizes and hashes it will still do a byte-for-byte comparison before considering them identical. This will run faster on a system that uses tmpfs for /tmp.

WARNING: When I tried this script earlier this year on an Oneiric box it would hang on one of the first few reflink operations and freeze the whole PC. It damaged the BTRFS partition it was operating on beyond repair. In theory this should certainly work but in practice it might ruin your shit. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED


#!/bin/bash
# Usage: dedup.sh PATH_TO_HIER_WITH_MANY_EXPECTED_DUPES
DTEMPPATH="/tmp/btrfs-dedup-sums-`echo $$`"
# use trap to clean temp dir on break
trap 'rm -rf $DTEMPPATH; exit' 2 3
mkdir "$DTEMPPATH" ;
find $@ -type f | while read F
do
        FHASH=$(md5sum "$F" | cut -d" " -f1);
        FSIZE=$(stat --printf %s "$F");
        # If hashed, it's probably a dupe, compare bytewise
        # and create a CoW reflink
        if [ -f "$DTEMPPATH/$FSIZE/$FHASH" ];
        then
                if cmp -s "`readlink -f $DTEMPPATH/$FSIZE/$FHASH`" "$F";
                then
                        echo "$F is a duplicate of `readlink -f $DTEMPPATH/$FSIZE/$FHASH`" ;
                        #get permissions of file to be deduped
                        FOWNERSHIP=$(stat --printf "%u:%g" "$F");
                        FPERMS=$(stat --printf %a "$F");
                        #make delete, link & permission set unbreakable
                        trap '' 2 3
                        echo -n "starting dedupe op..." ;
                        #---action part, comment this out for dry run---
                        echo -n "deleting..." ;
                        rm "$F" ;
                        echo -n "reflinking..." ;
                        cp --reflink "`readlink -f $DTEMPPATH/$FSIZE/$FHASH`" "$F" ;
                        echo -n "chowning..." ;
                        chown "$FOWNERSHIP" "$F" ;
                        echo -n "chmodding..." ;
                        chmod "$FPERMS" "$F" ;
                        #---action part's over---
                        echo "complete." ;
                        #re-set exit trap to clean temp dir
                        trap 'rm -rf $DTEMPPATH; exit' 2 3
                else
                        echo "HASH COLLISION BETWEEN $F -AND- `readlink -f $DTEMPPATH/$FSIZE/$FHASH` - skipping." ;
                fi
        # It's a new file, create a hash entry.
        else
                #echo "$F is new" ;
                if [ ! -d "$DTEMPPATH/$FSIZE/" ];
                then
                        mkdir "$DTEMPPATH"/"$FSIZE" ;
                fi
                ln -s "$F" "$DTEMPPATH/$FSIZE/$FHASH" ;
        fi
done
rm -rf "$DTEMPPATH" ;

This also doesn't handle SELinux contexts or xattrs, but if I could get this to work I'd try changing "cp --reflink" to "cp --preserve=mode,ownership,timestamps,context,xattr --reflink", which should also replace the chown & chmod operations if it works properly.

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Wired's Summer 2012 Sci-Fi & Fantasy books

GameboyRMH GameboyRMH writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Wired's book recommendations have been harshly criticized by many Slashdotters in Mcgrew's journal before as "not really geeky." The opening paragraphs of today's list contain the words "buzz-worthy" and "latest trends," but read on - there are very geek-relevant books in there this time:

Summer School for Geeks: 11 New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books

Especially geek-relevant is the Newsflesh trilogy, possibly the first hard sci-fi zombie apocalypse story. Finally you don't have to settle for "viruses did it with virus magic" and "the ragtag team of survivors made it to the quarantine camp and lived happily ever after in a world infested with zombies. The End. ^_^ " I have to add that to my reading list, I've been craving a hard sci-fi zombie apocalypse for sooo long.

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Cool tip - VLC global hotkeys

GameboyRMH GameboyRMH writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I'm on a journal roll this morning.

VLC is often pointed out as a piece of software that's too geeky because it has a million and one options. It allows a level of customization that would more than satisfy even the most assburgerish nerd. But here's a handy one you might not have known about: global hotkeys. VLC allows you to set hotkeys that work even when the app doesn't have focus, in both Windows and Linux.

And it's so simple and useful you'll feel stupid if you haven't been using it already. You go to Hotkeys in the Simple interface, and click the table cell under Global for the command you want and hit the key you want to assign. When you're done, hit Save at the bottom (important!) and restart VLC.

My desktop and laptop both have Next/Prev/Play&Pause/Stop keys so I assigned those. I also assigned the Volume Up and Down (VLC's own volume control with preamp that can be cranked super high, a godsend for videos of unusual volume) to Ctrl-Next and Ctrl-Prev. Very handy, now when I'm playing music I never have to bring up the VLC window!

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Got my Gmail hacked despite ultra-tight security

GameboyRMH GameboyRMH writes  |  more than 2 years ago

So this morning I logged into my Gmail and got a "login from unusual location" warning that happened sometime yesterday. Yesterday, I only logged into Gmail from two usual places, no unknown wifi APs or proxies, and here is a login from some US address (ubiquityservers.com:108.62.174.66).

I advertise my email on Slashdot, making it easy for potentially pissed-off hackers to have a crack at it, and it's secured to stand up to this. It has a very strong password and a recovery question that requires you to hash the original password with some extra characters. IMAP and POP3 access are disabled. 95% of the time I browse with anti-MITM and cert-checking plugins. Needless to say I don't have malware on any of my computers. So understandably I was stunned and incredulous that this account had been brute-forced, but to be safe I had to reset it so I mashed the keyboard for a long random password, saved it to a couple computers on the network (important! :-P but I had never saved the old password anywhere, now I have to come up with a new memorable strong password, D'oh!!!), set the Gmail password to it and updated the recovery password (because changing the recovery password without changing the recovery question would be a very clever way to keep a second shot at access).

All of my personal web accounts are registered to this email so I'll have to keep an eye on them. Still I think this must be due to some vulnerability in Gmail, there's just no freaking way that password was brute-forced, especially considering that Gmail has a brute force limiter.

UPDATE: Found a possible explanation

Someone who knows only my Gmail address (which I advertise freely) could have broken into my account under "scenario A" in the study, and presumably changed the password and recovery challenge if they wished to. Pretty scary.

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Making Google keep to itself with Multifox

GameboyRMH GameboyRMH writes  |  more than 2 years ago

For quite some time I've wanted to isolate my Google web services from my other usage - when you're logged into Google, they track your searches, what results you click on, what videos you watch on Youtube, and the new single privacy policy only allows more of this inter-service sharing I don't want. I was thinking that if Firefox could have a concurrent private browsing window, as Chrome can, I could sign into my Google accounts in there, thus keeping my Google cookies confined to the window with only Google services in it.

Firefox can't do that. What it can do, with the Multifox plugin, is open a new window with a separate identity. And they survive session restores too, handy! So it's like having a separate browser installed, just minus all the hassle that makes that a PITA solution.

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My Sci-Fi reading list

GameboyRMH GameboyRMH writes  |  more than 2 years ago

So the list of sci-fi books I plan to read has been building up, because recently I just haven't had the time. I usually just blow through books when I'm on vacation but otherwise can't get much reading done, that's why I still haven't finished proofreading mcgrew's latest Paxil Diaries compilation (sorry!). I figured I better write them down before I forget them (which is something I can do very easily) and why not share the list while I'm at it?

So here they are in no particular order:

REAMDE by Neal Stephenson (EDIT: Heard too many bad reviews calling it a "more drawn out Anathem" rather than the "return of Snow Crash" we were led to expect)

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Daemon & Freedom by Daniel Suarez (better finish them before the movie comes out)

Lacuna: Demons of the Void by David Adams (Slashdotter-written & available DRM-free)

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein (I know, not having read this is terrible for my geek cred)

The Ship who Sang by Anne McCaffrey (only heard of this one in the thread on her death...my dad is a big McCaffrey fan but it's hard for me to get into fantasy/soft sci-fi mixes)

Second Cousins by Douglas Roberts (also Slashdotter-written & available DRM-free)

Fallen Dragon by Peter Hamilton

Rx by Robert Brockway (available DRM-free)

Year Zero by Rob Reid

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How to launch a successful Web 2.0 startup

GameboyRMH GameboyRMH writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Today I was reading this article and suddenly the steps to running a successful Web 2.0 startup became clear:

1. Come up with the most dystopian perversion of social networking your imagination is capable of.
2. Make it real.
3. Profit!

Many of these services are created with the intention of making themselves "gatekeepers of reputation": most prominently Reppify and Klout (mentioned above) and Angie's List. Others have become de-facto "gatekeepers" over time (LinkedIn and to a lesser extent Facebook), but these have been created with the nearly explicit intention from day one. Quite a worrying trend, we already have credit scores to worry about, the last thing we need is more privately-controlled worthiness metrics that we have to build up by appeasing our corporate overlords.

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List of Shill Accounts on Slashdot

GameboyRMH GameboyRMH writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Since journals are now apparently editable with no time limit, I figured I'd provide the public service of listing the active shill accounts I come across on Slashdot. Keep in mind that many employ negative marketing, where they sling mud at competing products and companies rather than promoting their own, and of course posting some balance of personal non-shilling posts is a good way to reduce suspicion.

Here the shills will be listed by the company they are shilling for along with some comments. I'll link to their user pages to make it convenient for you to see their comments and submissions and judge for yourself.

Microsoft

Microsoft shilling has really flared up over the last couple of years and MS is currently running the overwhelming majority of astroturf campaigns on Slashdot. It is suspected that the company running the campaign for MS is
Waggener Edstrom (thanks anon!). Recently there's been a shift towards negative marketing, where the shills say bad things about Google products while subtly plugging MS products. They often call anyone who says anything bad about Microsoft an anti-MS zealot who's stuck in the past.

GPLJonas: A brand new user comes on and his very first post (which is a first-post itself) gushes about the wonders of Windows Server while making factually inaccurate negative statements about Linux. Uh huh. Funny enough, part of the post was plagiarized from an entry in PedXing's blog. These shills can't even do an honest day's work for an honest day's pay. Seems like the shills took a break for the 2011 holiday season and now they're back at work.

InsightIn140Bytes: Recent shill account, more subtle than the last wave.

nepka: another standard-issue MS shill. I notice a lot of the political comments these guys make are heavily pro-establishment. Just an odd trend.

andresa: Standard-issue negative-marketing shill, the type most commonly employed by Microsoft as of mid/late 2011. With these more recent accounts they seemed to have stopped bothering with posting a balance of personal material.

ge7:Older shill account, seems to be inactive now. This account is from a time when MS was trying hard to keep their shills credible, with nearly half of their posts being non-shilling neutral posts.

Viablos: Old shill account I dug up from my email.

bucceneerwagstrom: Another standard-issue shill, this one's name a play on Waggener-Edstrom. They're mocking us.

Mike Wag & Jennifer Wag: Check out the last name on this lovely couple.

h105: Standard-issue shill.

PieLala: Another day, another MS-related headline, another brand new account first-posting about how great MS products are.

Apple:

noh8hrz/noh8hrz2: Apple shills are damn near impossible to distinguish from their fanboys, but I'm pretty sure this one's a shill.

Anti-Google shilling

Every now and then some anti-google shilling pops up that doesn't promote any other company's products at all, it just spreads FUD about Google products. It's likely part of this Burson-Marsteller astroturfing campaign.

DcDc: Here's an example. There were a few I missed before him doing the same thing.

DebianUbuntu: This one implies that MS made bad decisions in the past, very different from the pro-MS shills. On the other hand this one made the unusual move of promoting Bing search.

PointyToe: 'nother hit n' run anti-Google shill.

O422: Another one. I'm starting to wonder if these could all be the work of mentally ill Apple-lover and Google-hater bonch, he used to do the same kind of thing until he disappeared, just before the anti-Google shilling started...

drinkydoh: A nametroll of active, long-time Slashdot user drinkypoo's name and a tireless and highly successful anti-Google shill. This guy's like a goddamn machine and puts no effort into pretending to be a real user.

Getting rid of shills

The best way to get rid of shills is intense public shaming. They'll at least start new accounts when one is caught and shamed, and that will cost them karma and slow them down. Busting shills will cost you some karma, both from uninvolved and apathetic Slashdotters who don't like your off-topic comments and from other shills who want to keep shill-busting comments modded down (you'll notice most shill accounts have the "spent all my mod points" achievement). But what's karma for if not to spend it, and why not spend it on something positive? ;)

If anyone has any more to add to this list then please comment. I know there are many but I'm just adding the few that I can remember.

Update: SharkLaser turned out to be a troll. Partly I feel better because trolling for lulz isn't as bad as shilling for cash, but on the other hand that means there's a troll submitter with a better approval rate than me.

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Dan Schectman and a true story of controversy in science

GameboyRMH GameboyRMH writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Take a look at this. This is what controversy in science really looks like. And what happened in the end? A cover-up? A genius dying in poverty? No, the guy who was right won a freaking Nobel prize and made his critics look like total morons. This is the reward that rightly awaits any scientist who can disprove the status quo. Later I will have to do a proper write-up and submit it to Slashdot, the AGW denialists must see this.

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Web Technology Solution Form (work in progress)

GameboyRMH GameboyRMH writes  |  more than 2 years ago

The discussion on the recent article on JS' problems inspired me to make this, but I've also made it with solutions to the CA problem, client apps, and multimedia tech like Flash/Silverlight/WebGL in mind.

Your proposed web technology is a:

( ) Client-based
( ) Server-based
( ) Network-based

Solution trying to address a lack of:

( ) Speed
( ) Security
( ) Functionality
( ) Interoperability

And requires all devices to:

( ) Have the same CPU architecture
( ) Run the same operating system
( ) Use a proprietary and/or patent-encumbered piece of software
( ) Be carefully administered by security-conscious uber-geeks
( ) Place all trust in one corporation or government agency
( ) Unnecessarily rely on a fragile, hierarchical infrastructure

And furthermore:

( ) Exposes CPU/GPU microcode vulnerabilities to the web
( ) Makes web developers' lives miserable
( ) Makes users' lives miserable
( ) Destroys developer freedom
( ) Destroys user privacy
( ) Only moves the problem to another area

In summary, your solution fails because:

( ) One True Platform solutions are not acceptable
( ) Average Joes have to use computers too
( ) There are bad guys on the Internet
( ) Proprietary and/or hierarchical web technologies are bad and the last thing we need is more of them

I'll take suggestions on what to add to this form, so make some.

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Facebook's pure HTML tracking system

GameboyRMH GameboyRMH writes  |  about 3 years ago

So, thought you were safe from all the tracking systems out there with your browser locked down like Fort Knox? You've got your scripts, cookies, Flash objects & storage all working on a whitelist system, your browser's geolocation API disabled, and maybe even more. And all the tracking & analytics systems out there rely on Javascript and those other "higher functions," right?

Not really. Facebook's doing it old school. It's a long story you can read here, but a peculiar effect caused by my menagerie of security plugins brought my attention to a new form of tracking that Facebook's been using over (at least) roughly the last week. In a Wired.com page, I found that Facebook is using a small iframe that fetches a page with a URL such as:

http://www.facebook.com/widgets/like.php?href=http://www.wired.com/autopia/2011/08/no-public-transit-no-job/&layout=button_count&show_faces=false

In this case the basic URL of the page this was found on being http://www.wired.com/autopia/2011/08/no-public-transit-no-job/

This iframe actually renders the Like button.

This form of tracking will work with the most basic of browsers with all client-side scripting/application systems and web-facing APIs disabled. Upon doing more research I found that Lynx is actually safe as it doesn't display frame contents, but rather converts them into hyperlinks.

From this tracking iframe Facebook can get, at a bare minimum, the following info:

- The page you've just viewed
- Your IP address
- Your browser agent info (which, by default, contains far more detail than you might think - right down to your machine's CPU architecture).

It should also be possible, on a permissive browser, to use cookies, run Javascript from this iframe (which it does include) to get access to much of the info shown in the Panopticlick project, access HTML5 storage, Flash storage, and the geolocation API.

The only surefire way to block it would be to blacklist all connections to any Facebook domains - and the domains of any other tracking services that deploy similar systems in the future.

I was considering posting this to Slashdot's firehose but some more research has shown that Facebook has been offering at least some sort of iframe method for inserting Like buttons since at least April 2010, so I'll just post to my journal for now rather than potentially making a fool of myself.

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How to bring the cops to Tor exit node operators' doors using the .exit feature

GameboyRMH GameboyRMH writes  |  more than 3 years ago

So today I ran across an interesting feature of Tor. You probably know about .onion sites, basically a freenet-like feature. Well there's another special Tor domain called .exit. This allows you to directly access a peer over the Tor network (so you could, say, access their FTP server (if they've made the port available over this service) over Tor when it isn't open to the Internet otherwise or is blocked from your country) and it also allows you to specify the exit node that your traffic goes out through, by going to something like http://google.com.peername.exit.

You can see the problem with this, right?

Normally when you connect to Tor your exit node changes randomly every few minutes. With the ability to specify which node your traffic exits through, you could do a large number of illegal things through a single exit node, destroying the exit node operator's plausible deniability that it was some random guy. Or even just one very illegal thing done through a node could ruin the exit node operator's life - uploading child porn to a government web site for instance. This feature is poorly documented and not many people know about it - it's on the Wikipedia article about .onion sites but not mentioned in the Tor documentation as far as I can tell!

Even if its existence were better-known, it increases the risk of running a Tor exit node, and there's apparently no way to disable .exit access through your node entirely. Cycling peer names and disabling the published contact email will make it harder for someone to pin you down but isn't a surefire countermeasure.

After all this gloom and doom about Tor I should mention that I also found a potentially useful little-known feature: the Bridge Relay setting. This allows you to help the Tor network somewhat without putting yourself at any legal risk whatsoever or risk of being banned from sites that ban Tor exit nodes. When set as a bridge relay, your node will act as an intermediary between other Tor nodes only. Not as useful as running an exit node but it could be a good option for many people, businesses could even safely allow bridge nodes to run after hours. So anyone who's been afraid to run an exit node but wants to help the network, at least do this.

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Sweet, sweet bigot payback! Lulz ho!

GameboyRMH GameboyRMH writes  |  more than 3 years ago

In the article on yesterday's terrorist attacks in Norway, bigots were already saying that those dirty brown Muslim terrorists must be to blame and spewing their usual hatred with "wipe out Islam" this and "Religion of Peace LOLZ" that.

Well who's the suspect today, who was identified by survivors and known to have bought 6 tons of (presumably ammonium-nitrate) fertilizer? Blonde-haired, light-eyed, fundie-Christian gun nut Anders Behring Breivik. A perfect match for the US bigot demographic. YESSS. OH YES! HNNNNGGGG. Ahem, sorry, I was just cumming on the inside.

I can't wait for this to hit a Slashdot article so that I can troll the fuck out of all of them.

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Obfuscated physician's humor in the Slashdot fortune system

GameboyRMH GameboyRMH writes  |  more than 3 years ago

So today at the bottom of a Slashdot story, I saw a big wall of nonsense text in the Fortune (which has been broken for the past week or so, hilariously stuck displaying an anti-OSS quote). The garbage text looked like ROT13'd English, and sure enough this is what I found (brace for Great Wall of Text):

A CODE OF ETHICAL BEHAVIOR FOR PATIENTS: 1. DO NOT EXPECT YOUR DOCTOR TO SHARE YOUR DISCOMFORT. Involvement with the patient's suffering might cause him to lose valuable scientific objectivity. 2. BE CHEERFUL AT ALL TIMES. Your doctor leads a busy and trying life and requires all the gentleness and reassurance he can get. 3. TRY TO SUFFER FROM THE DISEASE FOR WHICH YOU ARE BEING TREATED. Remember that your doctor has a professional reputation to uphold. % A CODE OF ETHICAL BEHAVIOR FOR PATIENTS: 4. DO NOT COMPLAIN IF THE TREATMENT FAILS TO BRING RELIEF. You must believe that your doctor has achieved a deep insight into the true nature of your illness, which transcends any mere permanent disability you may have experienced. 5. NEVER ASK YOUR DOCTOR TO EXPLAIN WHAT HE IS DOING OR WHY HE IS DOING IT. It is presumptuous to assume that such profound matters could be explained in terms that you would understand. 6. SUBMIT TO NOVEL EXPERIMANTAL TREATMENT READILY. Though the surgery may not benefit you directly, the resulting research paper will surely be of widespread interest. % A CODE OF ETHICAL BEHAVIOR FOR PATIENTS: 7. PAY YOUR MEDICAL BILLS PROMPTLY AND WILLINGLY. You should consider it a privilege to contribute, however modestly, to the well-being of physicians and other humanitarians. 8. DO NOT SUFFER FROM AILMENTS THAT YOU CANNOT AFFORD. It is sheer arrogance to contract illnesses that are beyond your means. 9. NEVER REVEAL ANY OF THE SHORTCOMINGS THAT HAVE COME TO LIGHT IN THE COURSE OF TREATMENT BY YOUR DOCTOR. The patient-doctor relationship is a privileged one, and you have a sacred duty to protect him from exposure. 10. NEVER DIE WHILE IN YOUR DOCTOR'S PRESENCE OR UNDER HIS DIRECT CARE. This will only cause him needless inconvenience and embarrassment. % A distraught patient phoned her doctor's office. "Was it true," the woman inquired, "that the medication the doctor had prescribed was for the rest of her life?" She was told that it was. There was just a moment of silence before the woman proceeded bravely on. "Well, I'm wondering, then, how serious my condition is. This prescription is marked `NO REFILLS'". % A doctor calls his patient to give him the results of his tests. "I have some bad news," says the doctor, "and some worse news." The bad news is that you only have six weeks to live." "Oh, no," says the patient. "What could possibly be worse than that?" "Well," the doctor replies, "I've been trying to reach you since last Monday." % A woman physician has made the statement that smoking is neither physically defective nor morally degrading, and that nicotine, even when indulged to in excess, is less harmful than excessive petting." -- Purdue Exponent, Jan 16, 1925 % A woman went into a hospital one day to give birth. Afterwards, the doctor came to her and said, "I have some... odd news for you." "Is my baby all right?" the woman anxiously asked. "Yes, he is," the doctor replied, "but we don't know how. Your son (we assume) was born with no body. He only has a head." Well, the doctor was correct. The Head was alive and well, though no one knew how. The Head turned out to be fairly normal, ignoring his lack of a body, and lived for some time as typical a life as could be expected under the circumstances. One day, about twenty years after the fateful birth, the woman got a phone call from another doctor. The doctor said, "I have recently perfected an operation. Your son can live a normal life now: we can graft a body onto his head!" The woman, practically weeping with joy, thanked the doctor and hung up. She ran up the stairs saying, "Johnny, Johnny, I have a *wonderful* surprise for you!" "Oh no," cried The Head, "not another HAT!" % After his legs had been broken in an accident, Mr. Miller sued for damages, claming that he was crippled and would have to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. Although the insurance-company doctor testified that his bones had healed properly and that he was fully capable of walking, the judge decided for the plaintiff and awarded him $500,000. When he was wheeled into the insurance office to collect his check, Miller was confronted by several executives. "You're not getting away with this, Miller," one said. "We're going to watch you day and night. If you take a single step, you'll not only repay the damages but stand trial for perjury. Here's the money. What do you intend to do with it?" "My wife and I are going to travel," Miller replied. "We'll go to Stockholm, Berlin, Rome, Athens and, finally, to a place called Lourdes -- where, gentlemen, you'll see yourselves one hell of a miracle." % After twelve years of therapy my psychiatrist said something that brought tears to my eyes. He said, "No hablo ingles." -- Ronnie Shakes % Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined. -- Samuel Goldwyn % Aquavit is also considered useful for medicinal purposes, an essential ingredient in what I was once told is the Norwegian cure for the common cold. You get a bottle, a poster bed, and the brightest colored stocking cap you can find. You put the cap on the post at the foot of the bed, then get into bed and drink aquavit until you can't see the cap. I've never tried this, but it sounds as though it should work. -- Peter Nelson % As a general rule of thumb, never trust anybody who's been in therapy for more than 15 percent of their life span. The words "I am sorry" and "I am wrong" will have totally disappeared from their vocabulary. They will stab you, shoot you, break things in your apartment, say horrible things to your friends and family, and then justify this abhorrent behavior by saying: "Sure, I put your dog in the microwave. But I feel *better* for doing it." -- Bruce Feirstein, "Nice Guys Sleep Alone" % At the hospital, a doctor is training an intern on how to announce bad news to the patients. The doctor tells the intern "This man in 305 is going to die in six months. Go in and tell him." The intern boldly walks into the room, over to the man's bedisde and tells him "Seems like you're gonna die!" The man has a heart attack and is rushed into surgery on the spot. The doctor grabs the intern and screams at him, "What!?!? are you some kind of moron? You've got to take it easy, work your way up to the subject. Now this man in 213 has about a week to live. Go in and tell him, but, gently, you hear me, gently!" The intern goes softly into the room, humming to himself, cheerily opens the drapes to let the sun in, walks over to the man's bedside, fluffs his pillow and wishes him a "Good morning!" "Wonderful day, no? Say... guess who's going to die soon!" % Be a better psychiatrist and the world will beat a psychopath to your door. % Better to use medicines at the outset than at the last moment. % Certain old men prefer to rise at dawn, taking a cold bath and a long walk with an empty stomach and otherwise mortifying the flesh. They then point with pride to these practices as the cause of their sturdy health and ripe years; the truth being that they are hearty and old, not because of their habits, but in spite of them. The reason we find only robust persons doing this thing is that it has killed all the others who have tried it. -- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary" % Cure the disease and kill the patient. -- Francis Bacon % Death has been proven to be 99% fatal in laboratory rats. % Dental health is next to mental health. % Ever notice that the word "therapist" breaks down into "the rapist"? Simple coincidence? Maybe... % For my son, Robert, this is proving to be the high-point of his entire life to date. He has had his pajamas on for two, maybe three days now. He has the sense of joyful independence a 5-year-old child gets when he suddenly realizes that he could be operating an acetylene torch in the coat closet and neither parent [because of the flu] would have the strength to object. He has been foraging for his own food, which means his diet consists entirely of "food" substances which are advertised only on Saturday-morning cartoon shows; substances that are the color of jukebox lights and that, for legal reasons, have their names spelled wrong, as in New Creemy Chok-'n'-Cheez Lumps o' Froot ("part of this complete breakfast"). -- Dave Barry, "Molecular Homicide" % Fortune's Exercising Truths: 1: Richard Simmons gets paid to exercise like a lunatic. You don't. 2. Aerobic exercises stimulate and speed up the heart. So do heart attacks. 3. Exercising around small children can scar them emotionally for life. 4. Sweating like a pig and gasping for breath is not refreshing. 5. No matter what anyone tells you, isometric exercises cannot be done quietly at your desk at work. People will suspect manic tendencies as you twitter around in your chair. 6. Next to burying bones, the thing a dog enjoys mosts is tripping joggers. 7. Locking four people in a tiny, cement-walled room so they can run around for an hour smashing a little rubber ball -- and each other -- with a hard racket should immediately be recognized for what it is: a form of insanity. 8. Fifty push-ups, followed by thirty sit-ups, followed by ten chin-ups, followed by one throw-up. 9. Any activity that can't be done while smoking should be avoided. % [From an announcement of a congress of the International Ontopsychology Association, in Rome]: The Ontopsychological school, availing itself of new research criteria and of a new telematic epistemology, maintains that social modes do not spring from dialectics of territory or of class, or of consumer goods, or of means of power, but rather from dynamic latencies capillarized in millions of individuals in system functions which, once they have reached the event maturation, burst forth in catastrophic phenomenology engaging a suitable stereotype protagonist or duty marionette (general, president, political party, etc.) to consummate the act of social schizophrenia in mass genocide. % God is dead and I don't feel all too well either.... -- Ralph Moonen % "Good health" is merely the slowest rate at which one can die. % Happiness is good health and a bad memory. -- Ingrid Bergman % Health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die. % Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing. -- Redd Foxx % His ideas of first-aid stopped short of squirting soda water. -- P.G. Wodehouse % Human cardiac catheterization was introduced by Werner Forssman in 1929. Ignoring his department chief, and tying his assistant to an operating table to prevent her interference, he placed a ureteral catheter into a vein in his arm, advanced it to the right atrium [of his heart], and walked upstairs to the x-ray department where he took the confirmatory x-ray film. In 1956, Dr. Forssman was awarded the Nobel Prize. % I get my exercise acting as pallbearer to my friends who exercise. -- Chauncey Depew % I got the bill for my surgery. Now I know what those doctors were wearing masks for. -- James Boren % "I keep seeing spots in front of my eyes." "Did you ever see a doctor?" "No, just spots." % If a person (a) is poorly, (b) receives treatment intended to make him better, and (c) gets better, then no power of reasoning known to medical science can convince him that it may not have been the treatment that restored his health. -- Sir Peter Medawar, "The Art of the Soluble" % If I kiss you, that is an psychological interaction. On the other hand, if I hit you over the head with a brick, that is also a psychological interaction. The difference is that one is friendly and the other is not so friendly. The crucial point is if you can tell which is which. -- Dolph Sharp, "I'm O.K., You're Not So Hot" % If you look like your driver's license photo -- see a doctor. If you look like your passport photo -- it's too late for a doctor. % It is very vulgar to talk like a dentist when one isn't a dentist. It produces a false impression. -- Oscar Wilde. % It's no longer a question of staying healthy. It's a question of finding a sickness you like. -- Jackie Mason % It's not reality or how you perceive things that's important -- it's what you're taking for it... % Just because your doctor has a name for your condition doesn't mean he knows what it is. % Laetrile is the pits. % My doctorate's in Literature, but it seems like a pretty good pulse to me. % Neurotics build castles in the sky, Psychotics live in them, And psychiatrists collect the rent. % Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died. -- Erma Bombeck % New England Life, of course. Why do you ask? % page 46 ...a report citing a study by Dr. Thomas C. Chalmers, of the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, which compared two groups that were being used to test the theory that ascorbic acid is a cold preventative. "The group on placebo who thought they were on ascorbic acid," says Dr. Chalmers, "had fewer colds than the group on ascorbic acid who thought they were on placebo." page 56 The placebo is proof that there is no real separation between mind and body. Illness is always an interaction between both. It can begin in the mind and affect the body, or it can begin in the body and affect the mind, both of which are served by the same bloodstream. Attempts to treat most mental diseases as though they were completely free of physical causes and attempts to treat most bodily diseases as though the mind were in no way involved must be considered archaic in the light of new evidence about the way the human body functions. -- Norman Cousins, "Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient" % Paralysis through analysis. % Proper treatment will cure a cold in seven days, but left to itself, a cold will hang on for a week. -- Darrell Huff % Psychiatry enables us to correct our faults by confessing our parents' shortcomings. -- Laurence J. Peter, "Peter's Principles" % Psychoanalysis is that mental illness for which it regards itself a therapy. -- Karl Kraus % Psychiatry is the care of the id by the odd. % Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you. -- C.G. Jung % Psychology. Mind over matter. Mind under matter? It doesn't matter. Never mind. % Pushing 30 is exercise enough. % Pushing 40 is exercise enough. % Quit worrying about your health. It'll go away. -- Robert Orben % Sigmund's wife wore Freudian slips. % Some people need a good imaginary cure for their painful imaginary ailment. % Sometimes the best medicine is to stop taking something. % Straw? No, too stupid a fad. I put soot on warts. % Stress has been pinpointed as a major cause of illness. To avoid overload and burnout, keep stress out of your life. Give it to others instead. Learn the "Gaslight" treatment, the "Are you talking to me?" technique, and the "Do you feel okay? You look pale." approach. Start with negotiation and implication. Advance to manipulation and humiliation. Above all, relax and have a nice day. % The 80's -- when you can't tell hairstyles from chemotherapy. % "... the Mayo Clinic, named after its founder, Dr. Ted Clinic ..." -- Dave Barry % "The molars, I'm sure, will be all right, the molars can take care of themselves," the old man said, no longer to me. "But what will become of the bicuspids?" -- The Old Man and his Bridge % The New England Journal of Medicine reports that 9 out of 10 doctors agree that 1 out of 10 doctors is an idiot. % The real reason psychology is hard is that psychologists are trying to do the impossible. % The reason they're called wisdom teeth is that the experience makes you wise. % The secret of healthy hitchhiking is to eat junk food. % The trouble with heart disease is that the first symptom is often hard to deal with: death. -- Michael Phelps % The Vet Who Surprised A Cow In the course of his duties in August 1977, a Dutch veterinary surgeon was required to treat an ailing cow. To investigate its internal gases he inserted a tube into that end of the animal not capable of facial expression and struck a match. The jet of flame set fire first to some bales of hay and then to the whole farm causing damage estimate at L45,000. The vet was later fined L140 for starting a fire in a manner surprising to the magistrates. The cow escaped with shock. -- Stephen Pile, "The Book of Heroic Failures" % We have the flu. I don't know if this particular strain has an official name, but if it does, it must be something like "Martian Death Flu". You may have had it yourself. The main symptom is that you wish you had another setting on your electric blanket, up past "HIGH", that said "ELECTROCUTION". Another symptom is that you cease brushing your teeth, because (a) your teeth hurt, and (b) you lack the strength. Midway through the brushing process, you'd have to lie down in front of the sink to rest for a couple of hours, and rivulets of toothpaste foam would dribble sideways out of your mouth, eventually hardening into crusty little toothpaste stalagmites that would bond your head permanently to the bathroom floor, which is how the police would find you. You know the kind of flu I'm talking about. -- Dave Barry, "Molecular Homicide" % "Welcome back for you 13th consecutive week, Evelyn. Evelyn, will you go into the auto-suggestion booth and take your regular place on the psycho-prompter couch?" "Thank you, Red." "Now, Evelyn, last week you went up to $40,000 by properly citing your rivalry with your sibling as a compulsive sado-masochistic behavior pattern which developed out of an early post-natal feeding problem." "Yes, Red." "But -- later, when asked about pre-adolescent oedipal phantasy repressions, you rationalized twice and mental blocked three times. Now, at $300 per rationalization and $500 per mental block you lost $2,100 off your $40,000 leaving you with a total of $37,900. Now, any combination of two more mental blocks and either one rationalization or three defensive projections will put you out of the game. Are you willing to go ahead?" "Yes, Red." "I might say here that all of Evelyn's questions and answers have been checked for accuracy with her analyst. Now, Evelyn, for $80,000 explain the failure of your three marriages." "Well, I--" "We'll get back to Evelyn in one minute. First a word about our product." -- Jules Feiffer % When a lot of remedies are suggested for a disease, that means it can't be cured. -- Anton Chekhov, "The Cherry Orchard" % Your digestive system is your body's Fun House, whereby food goes on a long, dark, scary ride, taking all kinds of unexpected twists and turns, being attacked by vicious secretions along the way, and not knowing until the last minute whether it will be turned into a useful body part or ejected into the Dark Hole by Mister Sphincter. We Americans live in a nation where the medical-care system is second to none in the world, unless you count maybe 25 or 30 little scuzzball countries like Scotland that we could vaporize in seconds if we felt like it. -- Dave Barry, "Stay Fit & Healthy Until You're Dead" %

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