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Dad Hires In-Game 'Assassins' To Get His Son To Stop Gaming

capoccia Re:Just kick him out. (338 comments)

probably mom wouldn't let dad kick him out.

about a year and a half ago
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Newspaper Articles Not Copyrightable In Slovakia

capoccia 2 things (86 comments)

articles that are simplistic reporting of daily news are what has been ruled on. completely original investigative reporting is not affected. there is really very little creativity in slovak journalism. a lot of it is only one-sided rehashing of press releases.

slovakia does not have diversity in the journalism market. that is why piano media was able to get a foothold. hopefully, this will begin to eat away at the paywall and collusion piano media has created.

more than 2 years ago
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Infertile Daughter To Receive Uterus From Mother

capoccia hillbilly redux (358 comments)

i am my own grandma?

more than 3 years ago
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Explaining The Business of Spam

capoccia stopping the money by targetting the banks (74 comments)

since there are nearly 40 comments already and no one is talking about the banks, i'll assume no one is reading the article.

the main conclusion is that spam could grind to a halt if credit card companies blocked all transactions to the dozen suspicious banks. it takes the spammers long enough to set up a new bank account that the new accounts could be blocked faster than they could be set up.

more than 3 years ago
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The Men Who Stare At Airline Passengers, Coming To the UK

capoccia Re:Effective... (468 comments)

except it's not. the correct word is specious.

more than 4 years ago
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How To Grow a Head

capoccia for *planaria* not humans (355 comments)

unless you belong to Planariidae, you don't have much hope of this benefiting you.

more than 4 years ago
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Developing a Vandalism Detector For Wikipedia

capoccia it's good at detecting OBVIOUS vandalism (116 comments)

there is a subset of vandalism that a bot can be very good at detecting. this bot can never handle every kind of vandalism. for example, adding some subtly false statement to a biographical article, but spelling everything correctly, using correct grammar and adding something that looks like it could be a legitimate source is difficult for even human editors to recognize as vandalism.

adding 1s everywhere or deleting the entire article is very easy to detect.

more than 4 years ago
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Lithium In Water "Curbs Suicide"

capoccia i'm already set. (458 comments)

the bottled water i usually buy already has 0.07mg/L of lithium.

more than 5 years ago
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How Do You Deal With Pirated Programs At Work?

capoccia steps (958 comments)

first step should be cataloging what you have: properly documented license, cracked/definitely illegal and uncertain legality (owner claims it's legal but can't find the license or the purchase receipt). everything without a properly documented license should be elevated along the proper management chain, but you should probably treat the uncertain legality cases different than the definitely illegal. maybe for the uncertain cases, you should give a deadline to produce proper documentation or some signed letter from the appropriate level of management that the software is legal even though they can't document it.

more than 5 years ago
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Presidential Age

capoccia wait (2 comments)

wait... so reagan was hearing jefferson's voice?? he must have been a bit loopy or something.

more than 6 years ago

Submissions

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capoccia capoccia writes  |  more than 7 years ago

capoccia writes "I recieved this odd spam email today. I had no idea that Mozilla mail was this popular!

Hello,

I think we had correspondence a long time ago if it was not you I am sorry.
If it was I could not answer you because my Mozilla mail manager was down for a
long time and I could not fix it only with my friend's help I got the emails
address out for me ..:)
I hope it was whom we were corresponded with you are still interested, as I am,
though I realize much time has passed since then...
I really don't know where to start ....
Maybe you could tell me a little about yourself since I lost our early letters,
your appearance,age , hobbies, and are you still in the search?
If it was you I wrote to and you are interested to get to know me better, I have
a profile at :
http://www.findsomelove.com/myhoney

Don't really know what else to say for now I hope this is the right address

Let me know if you are interested, And I hope
you won't run when you see my picture :-)

goodbye,

Yanochka K.
"

Journals

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With love, from Debian

capoccia capoccia writes  |  about 5 years ago

I received this amusing spam today:

Greetings From Victoria,

how are you today? and how about your health? hope fine and you are doing
well, My Name Is Victoria I am looking for a very nice man of love,
caring, honest, matured, understanding, and of good character, then
after going to your profile on this site (bugs.debian.org) pick
interest in you, so i will like you to write me with my E-mail address
which is as follow, for me to tell you more about me, and as well give
you my pictures because am really looking for a seriously relationship
with you. My address is(victorriaja@yahoo.co.uk)

thanks Yours New Friend Miss Victoria.

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is mozilla mail really that popular?

capoccia capoccia writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I recieved this odd spam email today. I had no idea that Mozilla mail was this popular!

Hello,

I think we had correspondence a long time ago if it was not you I am sorry.
If it was I could not answer you because my Mozilla mail manager was down for a
long time and I could not fix it only with my friend's help I got the emails
address out for me ..:)
I hope it was whom we were corresponded with you are still interested, as I am,
though I realize much time has passed since then...
I really don't know where to start ....
Maybe you could tell me a little about yourself since I lost our early letters,
your appearance,age , hobbies, and are you still in the search?
If it was you I wrote to and you are interested to get to know me better, I have
a profile at :
http://www.findsomelove.com/myhoney

Don't really know what else to say for now I hope this is the right address

Let me know if you are interested, And I hope
you won't run when you see my picture :-)

goodbye,

Yanochka K.

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Fully Buzzword-Compliant

capoccia capoccia writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Libby Copeland has unsheathed her vorpal sword to dispense with all sorts of fantastic phrases in her recent special report for the Washington Post:

If we strain, we can recall a time before the leak probe , when yellowcake was for birthdays, and we knew not how to properly pronounce Niger . (That's Nee-jehr, darlings.) After Friday's five-count indictment of vice presidential chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, we consider how far we have come, with this look at the lexicon of the Plame Game .

"Ordinary people without licence will carry on inventing words and idioms. The language belongs to them too." --Philip Howard

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Tueller Drill

capoccia capoccia writes  |  more than 9 years ago

One would think that a gun beats a knife every time. With superior weaponry, the fight should be easily won. But Dennis Tueller showed that it was not that simple.

Dennis Tueller was a sergeant in the police department of Salt Lake City, Utah. A common test of handgun skill was to start with one's hands at shoulder level with a holstered gun and place two shots on a target 7 yards away within 1.5 seconds. Typically, those trained with handguns can complete the drill in 1.3-1.4 seconds, although some have managed the task in less than one second.

Sgt. Tueller wondered how quickly an attacker with a knife could cover those same 21 feet. So he measured as volunteers raced to stab the target. He determined that it could be done in 1.5 seconds. These results were first published as an article in S.W.A.T. Magazine in 1983 and in a police training video by the same title, How Close is Too Close?

A "good guy" with a gun has a dilemma. If he shoots too early, he risks being charged with murder. If he waits until the attacker is definitely within striking range so there is no question about motives, he risks injury and even death. The Tueller experiments quantified a "danger zone" where an attacker presented a clear threat.

The Tueller Drill combines both parts of the original experiments by Sgt. Tueller. There are several ways it can be conducted (See also Dan Young's Handgun Drills, Standards, and Training Page).

  1. The "attacker" and shooter are positioned back-to-back. At the signal, the "attacker" sprints away from the shooter, and the shooter unholsters his gun and shoots at the target 21 feet in front of him. The "attacker" stops as soon as the shot is fired. The shooter is successful only if his shot is good and if the runner did not cover 21 feet.
  2. A more stressful arrangement is to have the "attacker" begin 21 feet behind the shooter and run towards the shooter. The shooter is successful only if he was able take a good shot before he is tapped on the back by the "attacker".
  3. If the "shooter" is armed with only an ASP Red Gun, a full-contact drill may be done with the "attacker" running towards the "shooter". In this variation, the "shooter" should practice side-stepping the attacker while he is drawing the gun.

This article is taken from Tueller Drill, my first entry at Wikipedia, the free-content encyclopedia that anyone can edit.

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King Gyanendra the Devious Elf?

capoccia capoccia writes  |  more than 9 years ago

In the same journalistic tradition that juxtaposed John Ashcroft with the Majesty of Justice , King Gyanendra of Nepal has been transformed into a devious elf.

This is after the king disbanded the current of the government, declared a national state of emergency and cut phone, television, radio and internet service. King Gyanendra claimed he "fired the government for failing to hold elections or to bring peace to a country racked by an increasingly deadly communist revolt," but others saw it as a power-grab.

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My Six-Hundredth SpamCop Report

capoccia capoccia writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Call out Gouranga be happy!!!
Gouranga Gouranga Gouranga ....
That which brings the highest happiness!!

The Full Email and SpamCop's Reporting Log

I can't decide whether this is just a Russian spammer's idea of a joke while he verifies his list, or if some bumbling Russky hit the "send" button before he finished his Viagra spam.

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Wacky Religious Spam

capoccia capoccia writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I received some wacky religious spam today (entire text of spam).

THE PAPACY IS THE ANTICHRIST THAT IS TRYING TO DESTROY THE LAW OF GOD. DANIEL 7.25
SUNDAY IS THE DAY OF THE ROMAN BEAST(PAPACY),
SABATH 7TH DAY IS GOD´S TRUE REST DAY. EX. 20:8-11
SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST DOCTRINE

Of course, it comes with some very reliable numerology

THE PAPACY IS THE ANTICHRIST.
 
VICARIOUS FILII DEI = V(5)I(1)C(100)ARI(1)OV(5)S FI(1)L(50)I(1)I(1)
D(500)EI(1)
5+1+100+1+5+1+50+1+1+500+1=666
 
DVX CLERI = 500 + 5 + 100 + 50 +1 (LORD OF CLERGY)
 
LATINVS REX SACERDOS = 50 + 1 + 5 + 10 + 100 + 500 (LATIN PRIEST KING)

This is straight out of the Evil Finder.

The proof that THE POPE IS EVIL (the results from the link will vary):

**** THE PROOF THAT POPE IS EVIL ****
 
.. P . O . P . E
..16 .15. 16 . 5 - as numbers
.. 7 . 6 . 7 . 5 - digits added
. \_/ \_/ \_/ \_/
.. 7 . 6 . 7 . 5 - digits added
 
Thus, "POPE" is 7675.
 
Add 1977, the year Elvis left the planet - the result is 9652.
 
Turn the number backwards, multiply by 7 - the sacred number of Illuminati. The number is now 17983.
 
Turn the number backwards, and add 1983 - the year Microsoft introduced Windows 1.0. The number is now 40954.
 
Add 1776, the year masonry founded Phi Beta Kappa - the result is 42730.
 
Turn the number backwards, subtract 1934 - the year Shirley Temple starred in her first movie. The number is now 1790.
 
The number 1790 is the year US patent system was established (eevil).
 
This clearly proves how evil the subject is. QED.

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Can’t post from work

capoccia capoccia writes  |  about 10 years ago

I can no longer post from work. The comment system says:

"Sorry, but according to our tests, you are trying to post from an open HTTP proxy. Please close the proxy or ask your sysadmin or ISP to do so, because open proxies are used to spam web boards like this one.

"If you have questions, mention that your proxy is at 65.209.187.99 on port 80."

Right. Like I am going to tell the administrators at work that I am having problems trying to post on slashdot. I didn't even know slashdot had a problem with automated spamming. I've never seen any evidence of such a problem.

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Congressional Response to “Support the Freedom to Read!”

capoccia capoccia writes  |  about 10 years ago

I have recieved an interesting response in regards to the fax I sent to Representative Patrick Tiberi from the ACLU's Action Center item, "Support the Freedom to Read!"

Dear Chris:

Thank you so much for your recent communication. I certainly appreciate this opportunity to correspond with you.

In your letter, you refer to an amendment offered by Representative Bernard Sanders (D-VT) to H.R. 4754, the Commerce, Justice, State Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2005. As you know, this amendment would prohibit funds used to make an application under section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 for an order requiring the release of library circulation records, library patron lists, library Internet records, book sales records, or book customer lists. On July 8, 2004, this amendment failed in the U.S. House of Representatives.

This amendment was offered in response to the USA PATRIOT Act, the primary law intended to protect Americans from terrorism, approved with overwhelming support in Congress in October of 2001 following the attacks of September 11, 2001. It is unfortunate that the PATRIOT Act has become something of a political football. Misinformation has lead to false commentary, especially regarding section 215 of the Act that ammends section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Interestingly, section 215 does not specifically apply to library records, but could include them, in addition to such documents as airline records, international banking records, and receipts of all sorts. Of note, these records have long been authorized for criminal activity investigations, for example, in the 1997 Gianni Versace murder case, and the 1990 hunt for the Unabomber. Since section 215 merely authorizes the court to issue orders in national security investigations, this amendment could have made libraries a safe haven for terrorist communications, including giving them unfettered access to the Internet. Furthermore, current law appropriately provides that each application be made to a judge of the court, shall specify that the records concerned are sought for an authorized investigation, and shall only be approved if the judge finds that the application meets all requirements.

Government's obligation is a dual one: to protect civil safety and security against violence and to preserve civil liberties. We can achieve both goals if we empower government to do sensible things while exercising oversight to prevent any real abuses of authority. Congress has exercised its oversight authority and, to date, has not uncovered the widespread abuses that some would have us believe are commonplace. Please be assured I take this oversight responsibility very seriously and will continue to monitor these issues closely.

Thanks again for taking a moment to share your thoughts with me. If I may be of assistance to you in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

[signature]

Patrick J. Tiberi
Representative to Congress

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On the Meaning of Tamp

capoccia capoccia writes  |  about 10 years ago

Democrats are scrambling to tamp down former Vice President Al Gore and firebrand Howard Dean before they step to the convention podium, worried they may embarrass John Kerry with red-meat anger and excessive Bush bashing.
        --The Boston Herald, DNC: Don't bash Bush: Kerry wants Dems to tone down criticism by David R. Guarino and Andrew Miga

That's an odd use of the word tamp. One of the definitions is, "To pack clay, sand, or dirt into (a drill hole) above an explosive." So they're hurriedly preparing Dean for his explosion? It might backfire like Phineas Gage discovered.

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Is Bush the Christian’s Best Choice?

capoccia capoccia writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Dr. Patrick Johnson, in his essay, "Why Christians Should Not Vote for Bush," challenges the general assumption of conservative Christians--that Bush is a good choice for President because he represents traditional Christian values. Johnson shows how Bush does not hold to traditional Christian values on the issues of abortion, sodomy and others. He also rebuts the "lesser of two evils" voting mentality.

Of course, being that he is the current Vice-Chairman of the Constitution Party, Johnson is not afraid to tout the 2000 candidate, Howard Phillips, or imply that Michael Peroutka is the best candidate for this year's race.

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Update to “Slashdot Needs Unicode Support”

capoccia capoccia writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Update to "Slashdot needs Unicode support"

Now it is possible to use some limited set of special characters by entering that character (it won't work to use its HTML entity).

  • opening single quote: '
  • closing single quote: '
  • opening double quote: "
  • closing double quote: "
  • en dash: -
  • em dash: --
  • ellipsis: ...

Also, to avoid further embarassment, Slashdot has blocked validation of its site. This is especially important since the wrong HTML entities are substituted for the characters you enter.

There are many online articles that detail the correct HTML entities to use for Unicode characters. One is on my website: "Basic HTML Typography."

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March Spam Report

capoccia capoccia writes  |  more than 10 years ago

In March, spam levels remained about the same as February. Due to a combination of factors, this is the final report.

I have created a SpamCop email account and will be migrating away from my NetZero account. NetZero decided to stop allowing POP access for their free email accounts. These users will only be allowed access to email through their website as of June 2004.

The changes at NetZero created the catalyst, but I was getting a little bored of all the spam reporting and tracking. I'll still be filing some reports, but only to agencies that allow filing by email. SpamCop's email system makes it a simple box to check.

I continued my practice of reporting spam to SpamCop, the FTC and the Internet Fraud Complaint Center. The IFCC has been dropped from my reporting, since they require a special form, and not simply an email.

I recieved a total of 152 spams in March. This compares to 148 in February, 259 in January, 270 in December and 356 in November. Overall, spam continued to decline at the rate of 2.8 spams per week.

English spam decreased much faster than foreign spam. English spam decreased at 35 spams per week while Russian spam only decreased 7.2 spams per month. March brought in 35 English, 93 Cyrillic and 19 Asian spams.

Spam Quantity by Day of Week
Language of Spam
Daily Spam Quantity
Historical Weekly Spam Quantity
Historical Monthly Spam Quantity by Language

There is a version with better formatting available on my website.

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February Spam Report

capoccia capoccia writes  |  more than 10 years ago

In Fegruary, my spam levels dropped to the lowest levels since I began keeping records. I am greatly relieved that the sharp rise in January did not continue into February. Maybe there is some hope that the generally weak CAN-SPAM Act will have some effect.

I have continued to file reports for every spam recieved with SpamCop, the FTC and the Internet Fraud Complaint Center.

I recieved a total of 148 spams in February. This compares to 259 in January, 270 in December and 356 in November. Overall, spam continues to decline at the rate of 4.7 spams per week.

Over the last four months, English-language spams have decreased almost four times faster than Cyrillic messages (40.8 vs. 11.2 spams per month). In February, 47 of my spam emails were in English and 84 in Cyrillic.

Spam Quantity by Day of Week
Language of Spam
Daily Spam Quantity
Historical Weekly Spam Quantity
Historical Monthly Spam Quantity by Language

There is a version with better formatting available on my website.

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