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Assange Secret Swedish Police Report Leaked

Thinboy00 Re:Yo dawg, I heard (840 comments)

It is the word of two against the word of one. What makes his word worth more than theirs?

Innocent until proven guilty.

more than 3 years ago

Database of Private SSL Keys Published

Thinboy00 Re:what? (200 comments)

The companies that make these things are interested in interoperability, price, and security theater. Note that real security isn't on that list.

more than 3 years ago

Dropbox 1.0 Finally Released

Thinboy00 Re:Dropbox folder (307 comments)

If you're working with folders then symlinks are probably okay; if you're working with files a hard link may be the best of both worlds.

more than 3 years ago

Should Wikipedia Just Accept Ads Already?

Thinboy00 Re:Here's Your Cocktail Napkin Business Plan (608 comments)

2. Hire real experts, real writers, professional editors. Toss the agenda-driven wankers and college kids.

Sanger tried that. It didn't work. Doesn't mean he hasn't given up yet. (NB: RationalWiki is NOT affiliated with Wikipedia; it was started as a response to Conservapedia (a large group of nutjobs with a wiki, also unaffiliated with Wikipedia)).

more than 3 years ago

BSD Coder Denies Adding FBI Backdoor

Thinboy00 Re:Oh come on (239 comments)

Wait.. we can block kdawson??

/me checks


more than 3 years ago

String Theory Tested, Fails Black Hole Predictions

Thinboy00 Re:fail (307 comments)

Signed, Arthur XXII, King of Britain and Jupiter.

Well, I didn't vote for you!

Exactly, that's how democracy works. Oh, wait a minute, he's a king! Arthur! Get off that throne!

more than 3 years ago

PS3 Jailbreak Now Legal In Spain

Thinboy00 Re:Its a shame (113 comments)

Sony has lots of lawyers and you don't. If you asked to suspend sales of the PS3 until "the legality is decided", Sony would sue you for damages.

more than 3 years ago

Righthaven Sues For Control of Drudge Report Domain

Thinboy00 Re:I don't understand (161 comments)

I believe they do, but I don't have a link to back that up.

more than 3 years ago

Righthaven Sues For Control of Drudge Report Domain

Thinboy00 Re:I don't understand (161 comments)

IIRC the DMCA only applies to user-produced content. Drudge posts everything himself, so he's not subject to the safe-harbor at all.

IANAL, TINLA, I might be wrong.

more than 3 years ago

Righthaven Sues For Control of Drudge Report Domain

Thinboy00 Re:I don't understand (161 comments)

Second, there are penalties for bringing a lawsuit with not basis. See rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Frivolous litigation is unrelated to what everyone else it talking about (listing frivolous damages in an otherwise non-frivolous lawsuit).

more than 3 years ago

Graduate Students Being Warned Away From Leaked Cables

Thinboy00 Re:Issue is Privacy from Other Countries (685 comments)

They are simply posting details about past things that the mainstream press conveniently "forgot" to tell us.

Interestingly enough, The NY Times has decided it doesn't like WikiLeaks. I would post a link, but they want a login (it's currently in the opinion section, where it belongs, but it may be archived eventually).

more than 3 years ago

Graduate Students Being Warned Away From Leaked Cables

Thinboy00 Re:Guilty much? (685 comments)

POTUS is hardly a "low level bureaucrat".

more than 3 years ago

Google Loses Street View Suit, Forced To Pay $1

Thinboy00 Re:Precedent (225 comments)

Actually, I'm curious: why did you use bing?

Microsoft isn't an advertising company. They don't make 98% of their profit from selling access to your time and information like Google does.

No, they make 98% of their profit wasting your time (and information? I guess that's what BSODs are for!), unlike Google

more than 3 years ago

Apple Patents Glasses-Free 3D Projector

Thinboy00 Re:Dude that would be soo cool... (171 comments)

"Dude, you know what would be really awesome?"
"If there was a display system that would allow multiple viewers to see a high-quality 3D image projected on a screen without the need for special glasses, regardless of where they are sitting."
"Dude... that would be totally awesome."
"We should totally invent that someday"
"Lets patent it just in case someone really does it!"

If you read the patent you'll notice that it has lots of math and such... Apple didn't just pull this out of Steve's ass.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Patents Glasses-Free 3D Projector

Thinboy00 Re:Suspicious patent? (171 comments)

The whole point of patenting things (aside from trolling, which is actually contrary to the point, but anyway) is to get to market first because the PTO gives you a temporary monopoly (you're expected to exploit said monopoly, as a subsidy for the effort of invention).

Ergo, Apple filing a patent and then not getting to market promptly is kind of silly.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Patents Glasses-Free 3D Projector

Thinboy00 Re:innovative? (171 comments)

It apparently is smart enough to know where the individuals are sitting and makes accommodations for that. Rather than requiring an individual to sit in a particular place like all the other systems like this do.

What about Wii head tracking (Google is your friend)?

more than 3 years ago

Supreme Court Refuses P2P 'Innocent Sharing' Case

Thinboy00 Re:Stupid (351 comments)

SCOTUS justices serve "during good behavior," not for life, so if the bribes are egregious enough, well...

more than 3 years ago



UK gov't pressured Facebook to remove page

Thinboy00 Thinboy00 writes  |  about 4 years ago

Thinboy00 writes "The UK government pressured Facebook to remove a page; Facebook said no. The page contained what Prime Minister David Cameron described as "a whole host of anti-police statements", and as we all know, the UK government can't stand any opposition to the police. The page was a tribute to British killer Raoul Moat. Facebook responded "Facebook is a place where people can express their views and discuss things in an open way as they can and do in many other places, and as such we sometimes find people discussing topics others may find distasteful, however that is not a reason in itself to stop a debate from happening.""
Link to Original Source

Nexus One dead on arrival

Thinboy00 Thinboy00 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Thinboy00 writes "Looks like Google finally gave up on the Nexus One (i.e. the Google phone). NYT says they'll "now focus on selling the Nexus One through existing retail channels", i.e. with a contract etc., and also suggests they'll drop the direct sale option altogether eventually."
Link to Original Source

Microsoft "engaging with" FOSS projects one sided

Thinboy00 Thinboy00 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Thinboy00 writes "Microsoft considers "engaging with Open Source communities and organizations" as part of its strategy to "win share against Linux and". Still think Codeplex is a Good Thing?"
Link to Original Source



Examining previous case law w.r.t. In re Bilski

Thinboy00 Thinboy00 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I was bouncing around on Wikipedia and I found this judgement from 1980. I'm a little concerned that the article says the decision meant that proper patentability guidelines "include anything under the sun that is made by man." I hope I'm misinterpreting this, but if not, that language is very worrying for the Bilski decision. Note that the language appears to come from TFA itself rather than the judgement, so please RTFA. If possible it would be nice to get a response from NYCL, but I understand if he's busy (and I'm probably wasting everyone's time with this anyway since the case is old, but it would be nice to know in advance what sort of argument Bilski will put up and how that argument will fare).


ACTA and Friday the 13th

Thinboy00 Thinboy00 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

1984 and 2009 have this interesting property in common: they both have three occurrences of Friday the 13th. <superstition amount="absurd">That commonality must be why they're pushing ACTA through right now. Clearly, that our year and 1984 have anything in common is cause for alarm, especially when ACTA is on the table.</superstition>



Thinboy00 Thinboy00 writes  |  more than 6 years ago I just found something with AB+ on Slashdot. For those that can't tell, its a 1×1 white GIF image with a domain of It also took parameters, so it's obviously an advanced web beacon (well, a simple one sitting on an advanced server). The full URL with parameters is very long. I have saved it in a text file. I will not post it because it may contain personal information or session tokens (it's too long and obscure for me to tell what's what). The file was found on the FAQ, specifically the section on advertising. Apparently the full URL matched the "/adverti" filter on AB+ (to get a proper regex out of that, pad it on both sides with ".*" and backslash escape special characters other than the ".*"). So not only is Google tracking when pages are visited, it's tracking which pages people are visiting. When I pasted the URL into a maximized gedit window, it wrapped three times (about 3¼ "pseudolines" total, exactly three pseudolines and five tabs and half a capital B, 19 tabs to a pseudoline), so Google probably has cookies and session data as well. This is scary. I had no idea Google was doing this kind of thing.

Update: I just sent Google a "Why do you use web beacons?" on their help/feedback page. Of course, I have yet to receive an answer


Crazy fool calls Adblock+ users "Thieves"

Thinboy00 Thinboy00 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

[edit] I really should have made this a story, not a journal entry[/edit]

Danny Carlton writes on Adsense chat:

Here's my solution which you can see if you visit with FireFox with Adblock Plus. Create a 1x1 transparent gif named "fake.adbrite.gif" and place it on your site in the topmost directory. Install the following code on every page of your site... Code:

<img src="/fake.adbrite.gif" id="fakeAd" /><!-- 1x1 pixel image -->
<script language="javascript">
function checkAdBlock() {
var img = document.getElementById('fakeAd');
if (img && ( == 'none' || == 'hidden')) {
window.location = '';

setTimeout('checkAdBlock()', 2000);

(Change "" to your URL) Create the following html page, name it thief.htm and also place it in the top most directory... Code:

<title>Stop Thief!!</title>
<p align="center"><font face="Century Gothic" size="4"><b>This site is monetized
by advertising.</b></font></p>
<p align="center"><font face="Century Gothic" size="4"><b>You are using Adblock
Plus, which takes resources and blocks ads.</b></font></p>
<p align="center"><font face="Century Gothic" size="4"><b>The ads are how this
site is paid for.</b></font></p>
<p align="center"><font face="Century Gothic" size="4"><b>Taking things without
paying for them is called stealing.</b></font></p>
<p align="center"><b><font face="Century Gothic" size="5">Thieves are not
welcome at this site.</font></b></p>
<p align="center"><font face="Century Gothic" size="4"><b>Don't like being
called a thief, stop using Adblock Plus.</b></font></p>

If enough people do this Adblock Plus will die a well deserved death.

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