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"New Statesman" Pirates Its Own Magazine

Johnny Fusion Re:Torrents != pirating (117 comments)

If you read the article, the New Statesmen themselves refer to it as "pirated" (in quotes). While one could pay money for the Magazine, those who can read Mandarin can get it for free using pirating methods where the print version will most likely not see the light of day due to state censorship. They are using this technique as its well known "the internet routes around censorship"

more than 2 years ago

Google Brings Design-By-Contract To Java

Johnny Fusion Re:BOf in Java? (134 comments)

If you took time to read TFA you may have come across this little tidbit.

"One of the oldest techniques in the attacker's virtual arsenal, buffer overflows remain a problem. In December, Microsoft identified 2.6 million possible attacks that could be waged using a stack-based buffer overflow in the JRE (Java Runtime Engine)".

more than 3 years ago

New York Times Reports US and Israel Behind Stuxnet

Johnny Fusion Re:How long? It was several years ago. (406 comments)

Well a gentleman's agreement between corporations are lubricated with money. Between a government and a company? I assure you Uncle Sam would appeal to patriotism and expect one to lay back and take it while thinking of their country with nothing more to ease the experience. Probably even given threats as to what would happen if one did not cooperate.

about 4 years ago

New York Times Reports US and Israel Behind Stuxnet

Johnny Fusion How long will it be? (406 comments)

Now albeit through anonymous sources that government powers are developing malware, how will it be either through legislation, treaty or "gentleman's agreement" that anti-virus software manufacturers will have to look the other way for certain payloads? Is this already happening? Certainly the Third Amendment tells us we don't have to use our homes to quarter soldiers, but will the government use its citizenry's hard drives and bandwidth to host a weapon?

about 4 years ago

New Cars Vulnerable To Wireless Theft

Johnny Fusion Is it just me or? (280 comments)

Does the line: "car security systems will begin have a real impact to every day use if a thief can simply walk up to your car and drive it away." seem to imply car thievery is a new thing? Thieves have been stealing cars since you had to hand crank the engine. Sure the techniques in 1911 were different from the techniques in 2011 but this is a a bit hysterical isn't it? Criminals are always getting better than security which leads to better security which leads to more cunning thieves, like any living system, it will continue to evolve.

about 4 years ago

Fighting Ad Blockers With Captcha Ads

Johnny Fusion If we are reading... (450 comments)

If we are reading scrolling text, would we then be paying attention to the ad's content? This seems less like a way for users to see advertising content and more an exercise in dickery. I am finding more and more content behind 30 second video ads. My current behavior is just go read something in another tab and come back to it after the ad is done. My prediction? Captcha ads will tank site readership. Seriously there is nothing I can think of on a chewing gum site that would require me to answer a pop quiz to view.

more than 4 years ago

First Non-Latin TLDs Go Online Today

Johnny Fusion Re:Thats all good (302 comments)

Yes but you still need to type it when making a hyperlink in your mark up language of choice.

more than 4 years ago

First Non-Latin TLDs Go Online Today

Johnny Fusion Thats all good (302 comments)

But they will still need Latin characters to type "http://"

more than 4 years ago

Android Copy of Young Woman Unveiled In Japan

Johnny Fusion Finally (264 comments)

My dreams of a robot girlfriend are one step closer to being actualized

more than 4 years ago

Sergey Brin On Google and China

Johnny Fusion What I want to know is... (368 comments)

Why did Google initially agree to censor search results in the first place if this was their philosophy? I am certain they have made money in China, they would not have gone there for altruistic purposes of giving China good search results and web based email if there was not profit in it. Sure they have the philosophy "Don't Be Evil" but they got in bed with China to do business there. Only after the Aurora Exploit did they finally say enough is enough. Taking an anti-censorship stance only AFTER the Aurora attacks makes it seem retaliatory to me. They got a bruised eye from the neighborhood bully and then after playing along fine for quite some time decided they wanted to pick up their ball and go home. I would have been more impressed if Google uncensored their search results from the beginning instead of reacting to overt actions from China to their bottom line.

more than 4 years ago

Science and the Shortcomings of Statistics

Johnny Fusion Its common knowledge (429 comments)

That 77.28% of all statistics are made up.

more than 4 years ago

Solar-Powered Augmented Reality Contact Lenses

Johnny Fusion Fascinating (213 comments)

It seems the goggles and glove VR dreams of 15 years ago are being replaced with AR devices that are smaller and smaller. Makes me wonder however if it would be self-contained (unlikely) or have to communicate with some hardware either broadcasting near your location or probably worn on your person somewhere.
The only added feature that I would want for something like this is for it to work also as a corrective lens. Or else those of us without perfect sight are well... left in the dark.

more than 4 years ago

Japanese Turning To "Therapeutic Ringtones"

Johnny Fusion Theraputic? (75 comments)

Well so are placebos to a certain extent, which this seems to be nothing more than.

more than 4 years ago

Humans Continue To Be "Weak Link" In Data Security

Johnny Fusion Maybe they should tie them to thier wrists (117 comments)

Nine out of Ten lost or stolen in the UK? I have to wonder if seeing abandoned laptops laying around is commonplace there. I don't think I have ever seen a "lost" computer just waiting for me to pick it up. There must be something about the culture that only 10% of the population can keep track of their gadgets. I am reminded of people you see on the beach with metal detectors trying to find lost and dropped jewelery and coins. I may have to make a trip to the UK and ride trains looking for discarded hardware.

more than 4 years ago

Google Reduces Its Nexus One Termination Fee

Johnny Fusion Dont be... (56 comments)

Evil? Well with these fees maybe just a little bit evil. But seriously this is google, how much more money do they need?
Personally, I am waiting for the phone that is subsidized by non-obtrusive, relevant advertising.

more than 4 years ago

UK Government Crowd-Sourcing Censorship

Johnny Fusion Did you read the footnote? (262 comments)

Apparently, owning a copy of The Anarchist's Cookbook is a jailable offense. I therefore should report amazon.co.uk who sells it. And since its not limited to british sites, I am pretty sure I read on wikipedia the mechanics on how thermonuclear weapons work. At least 1940s/1950s era weapons. In a world where information is criminal, only criminals will have information.

more than 4 years ago

Programmer Buys Original Ada Lovelace Painting On eBay

Johnny Fusion Prayer to Lady Ada (86 comments)

Lady Ada,
Look down upon this humble coder,
Guide me with your unerring logic.

Lady Ada,
Inspire me with your genius,
may I code a thing of beauty.

Lady Ada,
You set the path before me,
may I follow it for the rest of my days.

more than 6 years ago



Virtual Animal Creators in Second Life file Suit

Johnny Fusion Johnny Fusion writes  |  about 4 years ago

Johnny Fusion writes "Breedable pets in Second Life is serious business, Recently the maker of virtual rabbits, Ozimals Inc, issued a Cease and Desist Letter, followed by a DMCA take down notice against virtual Horse makers Amaretto Breedable Ranch asking Linden Labs to remove Amaretto's content from the Second Life Grid. Amaretto replied by filing suit in Federal Court claiming misuse of copyright, tortious interference, unfair competition and misrepresentation.

The complaint can be viewed online here..

For those that think this is not serious business, limited edition Amaretto Horses were recently auctioned raising over $64,000 USD, given to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer awareness and research."

Link to Original Source

GoDaddy wants your root password

Johnny Fusion Johnny Fusion writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Johnny Fusion writes "The writer of the Securi Security Blog had a an alarming awakening when a honeypot on port 22 on a GoDaddy hosted VPS recorded login attempts using his GoDaddy username and password and even an attempt to login as root. It turns out the attempt was actually from within GoDaddy's network. Before he could "alert" GoDaddy about the security breach, he got an email from GoDaddy Demanding his root login credentials.

There is an update where GoDaddy explains itself and says they will change policy."

Link to Original Source



Wow that was fast

Johnny Fusion Johnny Fusion writes  |  about 10 years ago Within a half hour, I got a story rejected. My original Jolt Finder story must be lost or something. Pending for almost FOUR MONTHS now.

Here is the rejected story:


It appears that Jolt Cola has changed their product line. Instead of old fashioned 20th Century era plastic bottles, Jolt will now be found in a high-tech 21st Century "battery can". The new can has interesting features such as a "power meter" made of thermosensitive ink that let you know how much Jolt is left in your battery. With the new cans come a new logo. I will miss the old one.

The flavor line up has changed as well. The five flavors are Jolt Cola, Blue, Cherry Bomb, Ultra, and Red. I have not been able to find a press release from Wet Planet, so I do not know if the well loved flavors of Citrus Climax, Orange Blast, and White Lightning have been discontinued.

My web application Jolt Finder might be able to help you locate this hard to find cola, but its not likely.

Jolt Finder is an experiment in community-built databases, much like the The International Book List. The idea is to get many, many people to register as "Jolt Finders" and enter into the database the location(s) where they buy Jolt Cola. Then anyone can come along later and search for locations that sell Jolt where they live (or perhaps where they are visiting, or passing through on a road trip). Since I started collecting data on September 23rd, a mere 21 locations have been registered. I suspect the users of slashdot can help Jolt Finder uncover many more.

If you cannot find Jolt in your area you can always Buy it online, and These guys sell it online too.

Jolt Finder is powered by php and MySQL.


Jolt Finder Promo

Johnny Fusion Johnny Fusion writes  |  about 10 years ago Here is the article I submitted on Monday October 18, @03:39PM and is still pending. I am submitting a Jolt related story today, and hope that people may click on my journal and see it.


Lets face it, Jolt Cola is not the easiest product to find. Sure the Jolt Cola web site does have a Product Locator, but it is unable to give actual store locations, just the contact information for the distributors in your state. It is up to you to then contact the distributor yourself, and figure out with them where Jolt is sold closest to your house (or job, or social club, or whatever). This can have mixed results.

Because of this, I wrote a web application called Jolt Finder. Jolt Finder is an experiment in community-built databases, much like the The International Book List. The idea is to get many, many people to register as "Jolt Finders" and enter into the database the location(s) where they buy Jolt Cola. Then anyone can come along later and search for locations that sell Jolt where they live (or perhaps where they are visiting, or passing through on a road trip). Since I started collecting data on September 23rd, a mere 9 locations have been registered. I suspect the users of slashdot can help Jolt Finder uncover many more.

If you cannot find Jolt in your area you can always Buy it online, and These guys sell it online too.

Jolt Finder is powered by php and MySQL.



Johnny Fusion Johnny Fusion writes  |  more than 10 years ago

One of my favorite thing to do on slashdot is to find unfair mods of "troll" in meta-moderating. I have one -1 Troll post, and I think it unfair, so I take glee, when I see an unfair rating of troll, I really do.

Jolt Finder story is still pending.


Agony of waiting revisited

Johnny Fusion Johnny Fusion writes  |  more than 10 years ago

OK, 10 days and still pending. This is a GOOD sign, right? RIGHT? I mean if they hated it, it would have been rejected by now....




The agony of waiting

Johnny Fusion Johnny Fusion writes  |  more than 10 years ago

So I was lead to believe that story submissions would be accepted or rejected in hours. Its been two days. I'm hoping this is a good sign, that maybe they are "saving it" for a slow day (is there such a thing?) or as a "quickie" whatever that is.

Its agony to see it "pending" for two days though, agony.


Story Submitted

Johnny Fusion Johnny Fusion writes  |  more than 10 years ago So I submitted a story about Jolt Finder to slashdot today. Now I am waiting to see if its approved or rejected.

If it is rejected, I will be disapointed, but a little relieved, and probably think Jolt Finder was a waste of time. If its accepted ... well... I'll be very very happy.


Jolt Finder Launch

Johnny Fusion Johnny Fusion writes  |  more than 10 years ago Well, I reset the database and took Jolt Finder out of beta, and am now hoping that it will take off and work. I will be working on a "press release" / story to submit for the front page.

(crossing fingers)


Musing on Bits and Bytes and relation to coinage

Johnny Fusion Johnny Fusion writes  |  more than 10 years ago

So I see something totally clueless in a slashdot user's .sig the other day:

10 Bits= $.25 100 Bits= $.50 110 Bits= $.75 1000 Bits= 1 byte

Man this guy is wrong on so many fronts. If it is suppossed to be a joke, the humor has escaped me. The math is bad. The conversions incorrect. But it did trip my mind into thinking of the relationship between the shave and hair cut, 2 bits, and 8 bits in a Byte.

So the quick conversion:

Money: 2 bits = $0.25 Data: 8 bits = 1 byte

I was told early in my education that the term BIT was a contraction of "Binary DigIT". Made sense to me, but thinking about it, I realized that when related to coins, a "bit" was 1/8th. Just as a single bit is 1/8th of a Byte. So I am now wondering if the person who coined the term bit meant 1/8th, and the Binary digIT was an added-on kludge later on.

Now the money bits comes from the day when you could "make change" by actually cutting your coins. The simplist way was to halve it, then halve the halves, then halve those, which gave you 8 pieces and was about all that was practical. This is where "Pieces of Eight" that we hear about in all those songs about pirates come from. So two bits is 2/8ths, or 1/4th hence $0.25 when we are bitting-up a dollar.

Many of the terms used in computing were and are puns. When Computer Science was young, and run by acedemics instead of money-makers this was much more wide-spread than it is today. I'm thinking "BIT" is another one of these puns, it just never occured to me that it was anything other than Binary digIT.

Current Mood: contemplative

EDIT: Its been pointed out to me that the 10, 100, 110, 1000 is the sig is BINARY. Duh me.


LAN Party Platform version 1.0 Beta

Johnny Fusion Johnny Fusion writes  |  more than 10 years ago Hear ye, Hear ye, the founder of the Liberty and Networking Party (LAN Party) will now shoot off the cuff and craft the Platform version 1.0 Beta! Know ye that comments are welcome!

1 : Social Issues
Social Issues are based upon the assertion that the United States of America is the Richest Nation on Earth, and that a LAN Party government would use these resources for the benefit of all citizens, residents, and temporary visitors.

  • Don't Be Evil
  • If you are hungry, you will eat, no matter your income or lack thereof.
  • If you are sick or injured, you will become well again no matter your income or lack thereof.
  • If you are being rained upon, you will have a roof over your head, no matter your income or lack thereof.
  • Food, Health Care, and Shelter will be the best that can be provided.
  • If you wish to work, you will have a job utilizing your abilities, and fairly compensated for said work.
  • If you want want to learn, you will be taught, no matter your income or lack thereof.
  • Private Enterprise is encouraged to compete with the government to provide these things to the citizenry, but if found to be evil will be disenfranchised, their clients receiving equal or better services from the government until such time they decide to leave the government program(s) and seek services from the private sector again.

10 : Civil Rights

  • Don't Be Evil
  • If it does not harm others, yourself, property, or society, it should be legal or decriminalized.
  • Religious principles will never be the sole basis of any law.
  • The Government will see marriage as a binding contract between people that have decided to hold property in common, share financial burdens, and assignment of a spouse as next of kin, and holder of all the rights entitled to next of kin.
    • The Gender of those in the marriage contract has no bearing on the contracts validity.
    • The number of participants in a marriage contract must be any number greater than one.
    • One can only belong to a single marriage contract at a time.
    • When joining an existing marriage, one is married to all the participants of the marriage equally, as they are all married to one another equally.
    • One may leave a marriage contract (divorce or annulment) without dissolving the marriage itself, as long as two or more people remain in the marriage.
  • The LAN Party will strive to re-strengthen the First and Fourth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States. Any laws that can weaken these amendments or any other civil right(s) will be voted nay in the legislature and not signed by the executive.
  • There will be established a body whose function is to enforce the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), with the power to conduct inspections (with warrant, do not forget the 4th!) fine non-compliant businesses and close businesses until they become compliant. If a business cannot afford to become compliant, they will be given a government grant to do so.
  • There will be an oversight committee in the legislature with the responsibility of guarding the established and implied civil rights of the American Public.

11 : Environmental Policy

  • Don't be Evil.
  • We don't give a shit about how entrenched oil companies are, or how much money they have, or how much money they will lose if we move to an economy based on cleaner, renewable energy sources for our power needs. They are welcome to remain in business as long as their product is in demand or petroleum remains in the ground.
  • Burning stuff for energy is not sustainable in the long run, nor is it particularly efficient. We will encourage the development of many energy sources that does not require burning stuff, or if we are gonna burn something, let it be a resource that is renewable, or in such great quantities will last the population of the Planet Earth until the sun goes nova.
  • Technology that will clean, inexpensive energy will be strongly encouraged, and funded well.
  • Trees are nice to look at, and they make oxygen. Let's leave the old ones where they stand. If you must use lumber for your products, grow your own. In the meantime, any trees you take, must be replaced by the current or following spring, whichever is sooner
  • Our waterways are nice to look at, swim in, they give us something to drink, and help grow our food. Let's keep them as clean as technologically possible, by cleaning current pollutants and keeping them from becoming further polluted.
  • Our atmosphere does many things for us, and we need it. Let's keep it as clean as technologically possible. No more allowances for pollutants. Any process that emits particles into the air will be the cleanest technological possible. If you can afford it, you will upgrade at your own expense (feasibility to be determined by the government (loss of expected profit is not a valid justification) ) otherwise a grant will be awarded for needed upgrades.

100 : Information & Data Policy

  • Don't Be Evil.
  • You jointly own any information or data about yourself with whoever generates the information or data
    • When information about you is gathered you will be notified that it happened and who by.
    • When information or data about you is accessed you will be notified that it happened and who by.
    • You have the right to see, retain, and correct any information gathered about you.
    • If information or data about you is sold, you get a cut of the sale.
  • Copyrights will not last forever. Steamboat Willy WILL be put in the public domain. No more extensions for Mickey Mouse.
  • Work For Hire will be abolished and replaced with Work for Rent. Corporations may only rent and no longer own creative works. The Creator of a Work may rent it to whomever he or she chooses, but will retain the rights to said work. Only the original creator(s) of a work may hold copyright on it.
  • The patenting of naturally occurring phenomena or constructs (such as genes) will cease, and all existing patents of this kind made invalid. Discovering that something is so is not the same as invention.
  • The patenting of natural, logical, and intended uses and applications of software or programing languages or mark-up languages will be forbidden, and such patents already existing will be busted.

101 : Election Policy & Reform

  • All ballots used in elections must have a human-readable, voter confirmed, hard copy either as a primary ballot or as a back-up copy to be used in the event of a recount, or auditing of electronically recorded votes.
  • Electronic Voting Machines will be open source, and publicly audited.
  • Voter Registration and Voting Procedures will be standardized across the entire United States, all 3,143 Counties, Parishes, and Independent Cities.
  • The right of a citizen of the United States of America to vote for the President of the United States of America will be guaranteed. As it stands, there is no federal law stating so.
  • Reformation of the Electoral College system.
    • The Electoral College will become automated.
    • Electoral Votes will be proportional to the votes of the State's voters. If 40 percent of popular votes went to one candidate, 50 percent to another and 10 percent to a third, the Electoral Votes will divided along the same lines.
    • Electoral Votes will be established to represent Citizens not living in a state.
  • We will move towards Proportional Representation, hopefully ending the two-party strangle-hold on the legislature
  • .

110 : Foreign & Domestic Policy

  • Don't be Evil.
  • The power to wage war will return to the hands of the Legislature, and such powers will be taken from the Executive. If you want to go to war, you will have to justify your vote to your constituents, and cannot pass the buck to the President. We support a constitutional amendment to prevent the President usurping such powers and preventing congress from giving them up.
  • Help those other countries that require it the best we can, but not to the detriment of our own nation.

111 : Technology Policy

  • Don't Be Evil
  • Technology is good. Lets have lots of it. Lets have the best.
  • Access to the Internet should be unlimited and total for all.
  • No one should be kept from computers because of a lack of money.
  • Bureaucrats will not have the power to make rules that will break the net. Technocrats will make the rules, and if the nets break, they will be fired, replaced, and the rules repealed.
  • "Because its never been done" or "its scary" will not be basis to ban research or the introductions of new technology.
  • Technology that will cause an end to the world as we know it will be banned if evil, but encouraged if good. And the evil stuff will be looked at again later.

x-posted: http://www.livejournal.com/users/zenmondo/130168.html


Same thing we do every night....

Johnny Fusion Johnny Fusion writes  |  more than 10 years ago So, I can no longer support the Libertarian party. It was a good ride, but in the ideal Libertarian world, we would have Liberties, yes, but Wal Mart would run the world. No thank you.

I cannot find a third party that describes my political view. So I am thinking of starting my own. It would be some kind of Libertarian-Socialism with a big helping of techno-love, and free information. I was dreaming of a politcal party based on the hacker ethic. I thought it could be called "The Hacker Party" but I don't think its the best name, and I would have to spend too much time explaining my definition of Hacker, that its just not worth it. The Geek Party would be to limited in scope. Then I came up with the name:

The Liberty And Networking Party

Ofcourse most of the time we would just shorten "Liberty And Networking" into an acronym...

Platform details to follow.... X-posted from http://www.livejournal.com/users/zenmondo/129870.html

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