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US Federal Judge Rules Suspicionless Border Searches of Laptops Constitutional

philovivero Re:Thank fucking Christ... (462 comments)

I watched the video. I don't know why this is rated "informative" instead of "funny."

I laughed a lot and was very cheered up. So thanks for improving my mood. But it does seem somewhat... offtopic.

1 year,29 days

India's Billion User Biometric Odyssey

philovivero Re:Biometrics are usernames, not passwords (81 comments)

Wow. This needs to be modded up for the subject line, if nothing else. That's the best short analogy I've ever seen.

about a year ago

India's Billion User Biometric Odyssey

philovivero Voluntary on Every One. (81 comments)

Yeah, that's going to happen. 1.2 billion people. Every one of them will voluntarily hand over their fingerprints and eyeprints.

Methinks either "voluntary" or "every one" is being grossly misrepresented here.

Time for me to go to my voluntary re-education classes sponsored by the Ministry of Love.

about a year ago

Why iOS 7 Is Making Some Users Feel 'Sick'

philovivero Re:Just (261 comments)

Birds, when ill, will feign being perfectly healthy right up until they drop dead. Many humans, when ill, will feign being healthy until they can no longer hold up the façade and fall over unconscious.

Most animals, when witnessing another similar animal that is very ill, will react with revulsion and fear.

It's prossibly* a result of a few millions years of natural selection. Those who stay away from their brethren when ill tend to live, whereas those that stick around and contract the disease tend to die and/or limit their reproductive potential.

I think a lot of the scary shit humans do comes down to these sort of innate psychological traits. They're left over from an era that no longer exists and is largely irrelevant (not entirely irrelevant, see Norovirus and Influenza etc etc).

*prossibly: it was a typo that I decided, as a sexual descendant of possibly and probably, was a good word and deserved to live.

about a year ago

Official: Microsoft To Acquire Nokia Devices and Services Business

philovivero Struggling What to Say... (535 comments)

...I keep trying but no matter how hard I work at it, no useful syllables are formed.

This probably encompasses the user experience of an MSNokia phone, so maybe that's apropos.

about a year ago

Magellan II's Adaptive Optics Top Hubble's Resolution

philovivero Oh, wow. What you learn when you RTFA... (136 comments)

As to the above drama about mixing measuring units, the article says:

These images are also at least twice as sharp as what the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) can make because the 6.5m Magellan telescope is much larger than the 2.4m HST.

So there you go. Both measurements in Imperial European Units.

But then I read on, and was pretty stoked to see them discovering things like this.

MagAO was then used to map out all the positions of the brightest nearby Orion Trapezium cluster stars and was able to detect very small motions compared to older LBT data, a result of the stars slowly revolving around each other. Indeed, a small group of stars called Theta 1 Ori B1-B4 was proved to be likely a bound “mini-cluster” of stars that will likely eject the lowest mass star in the near future (see figure 4). This result has just been published in the Astrophysical Journal.

Nice! I'd love to see a time-lapse video over the course of the next million years watching this black sheep star get flung out of its little flock.

about a year and a half ago

The Pirate Bay Is 10 Years Old: 'We Really Didn't Think We'd Make It This Far'

philovivero Re:Yeah, it's those politicians who are corrupt (177 comments)

I know, I shouldn't feed the troll. But since trolls are tireless, we must be also tireless in trying to talk sense.

It isn't stealing. When I steal, you don't have what I took from you.

The copyright contract has been broken. It is specifically mandated to be for a LIMITED TIME. Since copyrights are now unlimited, there is no longer an obligation to follow copyright.

The justifications aren't tortured. At this point, the justifications of the copyright cartel are pretty tortured, though.

The people actually producing the art work don't get much compensation for their work. The copyright cartel makes sure of that. Musicians don't get their royalties, and film crews are constantly the victims of bizarro accounting rules where no matter what happens, the film always "lost money."

And your flippant dismissal of calling politicians corrupt flies in the face of extremely extensive and well-documented history.

What do you call the opposite of a tinfoil hatter? Someone who in the face of overwhelming evidence still believes the lies of the slave driver? A Stockholmer? This is you. Welcome to your new label.

about a year and a half ago

SF Airport Officials Make Citizen Arrests of Internet Rideshare Drivers

philovivero Re:Yes, citizens arrest...for trespassing (510 comments)

Clearly what they are doing (the airport officials) isn't right. But so far as I can tell, airport officials have made a career of doing wrong things and saying it's in our favour. From little things like taking away our water, to major things like irradiating us. It's a little disconcerting.

about a year and a half ago

Anonymous Source Claims Feds Demand Private SSL Keys From Web Services

philovivero Re:How is this "confirmation"? (276 comments)

Mod this up. These people aren't "conspiracy theorists" anymore. When in doubt, you should assume a theory about the US gov't spying on you is true. The burden of proof is on the person suggesting the UNLIKELY event: aka the government acting above-board.

about a year and a half ago

My NSA-induced paranoia level:

philovivero Re:They have a file, and are out to get me (290 comments)

For real. I helped set up a boycott of Koch industries a couple of years ago. They busted down my door once already, stole all of my things, and persistently attack me, threaten me, and have US attorney's after me. I live in constant fear that my communications are not private and that they are waiting for me to fuck up in order to fuck me up. It wears on my nerves.

Can you give us any references for any of this? Even the non-scary parts, like just what protest was it? Where? Was it written up in the news? Especially interesting would be if you have references for the scary shit, though I understand how it's probably all tied up in secret courts with secret laws.

about a year and a half ago

My NSA-induced paranoia level:

philovivero Oh ha ha! Silly tinfoil hatters! (290 comments)

Let's make a poll. Those silly guys keep talking about how the government is spying on all of us. Those silly tinfoil hatters!

Oh, my. There is a cabinet in a major data interconnect area siphoning off all data. Probably nothing. Imagine what those silly tinfoil hatters are gonna say about it! Ha ha. Let's make a poll.

Oh my. There are some leaks showing potentially massive surveillance of everyone, but probably nothing. This is gonna suck. Those silly tinfoil hatters are gonna have a heyday with this.

Oh my. The executive branch has been conclusively shown to be wholesale spying on everyone, and lying to the legislative branch about it, and the legislative and judicial branches have been proven to be at the best lax in their duties to reign in the executive branch.

Let's make another poll making fun of the tinfoil hatters.

about a year and a half ago

NSI Registers Every Domain Checked

philovivero Re:Make it cost them ... (668 comments)

RTFA. If the user doesn't buy in a few days, they delete the domain- doesn't cost them anything.

Before you say "RTFA" maybe you should consider perhaps TFA is gone? Both URLs posted in the description give us "page is borked!" error HTMLs. There's no FA to R.

about 7 years ago



RFID Chips in US Passports, 2008

philovivero philovivero writes  |  more than 6 years ago

philovivero writes "Being a bearer of the new US passport with embedded RFID chip, I'm interested in details. So I went to do some basic research. I found out it's already been hacked, but that was two years ago. Terrorists can use it to kill you if you've got a particular passport on you, but that was, as far as I can tell, even before the passports were ever issued. The gov't is rethinking the RFID passport or, well, at least WAS rethinking it back in 2005.

Clearly, no rethinking was done. All these articles are woefully out-of-date, because here I am with an RFID-embedded passport. I can find no article that claims any of the security vulnerabilities were ever fixed. So now I'm interested in knowing more about how to protect myself from the terrorists which are so obviously trying to kill us right now (note the terrorist alert level: YELLOW!).

So I did more basic research. There's a 10-minute talk on how to disable gov't-issued RFID objects. If you can hear a single word being said in that video, you've got better ears than me. There's some guy who, as far as I can tell, is on drugs who almost shows you where the RFID chip is and hints at how you could disable it. No-one talks about how to shield the chip from evesdroppers.

Quite simply, I can find no information post-2006 that says anything about RFID chips in our government-issued identification documents. Did we just roll over and let this happen? Where are the myriad pages of information showing a passport dissected, or showing how you can protect yourself from the terrorists that are literally EVERYHWERE at ALL TIMES?! I'm afraid. My government isn't protecting me. How do I protect myself?"

Microsoft Delivers Digg's Ads

philovivero philovivero writes  |  more than 7 years ago

philovivero writes "You've probably gotten a thousand submissions about this today, but I feel as an insider, I have extra insight. Not that I'll give you any, mind you. I'm kind'f not allowed to talk about it. But I will be able to authoritatively leave off the silly speculation that others might include.

So Microsoft contacted us a while back and offered to provide the advertising infrastructure for Digg. This is good for us, since now we get to focus our internal resources on new features to the site rather than monetising our traffic. I can't tell you what a relief that is. Oops. I just did.

I know Slashdotters aren't the biggest Digg fans, but it is a huge LAMMP (we will never forget memcached!) stack pushing out a bazillion bytes per second, so it's a cool geeky thing behind-the-scenes, even if you can't get into reading the stuff the masses find interesting. You gotta admit it's intriguing when Microsoft comes along and becomes part of it, no?

I hope you find the whole deal newsworthy. I could pepper this submission with links to the 40 or so major news organisations that covered this budding relationship, but we're Slashdotters. We can sort that ourselves, no?"

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philovivero philovivero writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Sometimes I come to my page because I need to check out replies to my replies, as it were. And I see this journal thing, and it amuses me to see what I was thinking and doing six months ago when I last noticed I had a journal.

So now I'm doing a blog, which is much more often updated than this. I keep it at my friendster blog spot. It really isn't that much better, though, being as it's mostly blogglefodder.

I'm doing MySQL DBAism, which is interesting, since I started my career as a MSSQL DBA, then became a Sybase DBA, then became an Oracle DBA (I thought it'd be a good career move over Sybase). But then, I became a MySQL DBA, which went against everything I thought was Right and Proper about DBAing. PostgreSQL maybe. But... MySQL?!

Well now I'm a few years into MySQL DBAing, and I'm really not sure I want to go back. I would probably try out PostgreSQL, given a chance, but certainly not Oracle, Sybase, or (DREAD!) MSSQL.

I'm still doing Blender renders. I'm better at it now, but not much.

I guess I'll check back in another 6-8 months and read this entry, sit smiling for a moment, then make another. Until then... ta ta!


W00t. Blender!

philovivero philovivero writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Back in August, I finally decided to learn 3D. I decided to learn Blender. What was I going to do? Make some triangles and some squares and render them with radiosity, reflections, shadow maps, and crazy photon lights?

No, I decided modelling was where the challenge was. I modelled a full human woman. With hair. And skin. Then I rigged her. Then I copied her and posed her in an environment.

I put some of the artwork on Faemalia dot Com, the website for Erotic and Nude Fine Art, and I put the .blend's with renders on my personal Blender page.

Hopefully people will enjoy them, and most preferably, IMPROVE them. Given you can download the .blend's, if you've ever been interested in organic modelling, rigging, posing, rendering, and postprocessing, you can probably get a large amount of mileage from using my model as a basis for your new works.

Noncommercial only. :)


Well... goddamn, something's gotta work.

philovivero philovivero writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Trying to use my artistic and/or literate abilities to get donations to the EFF and FSF (and ACLU, but the other two are more important).

First I tried odd vampire fiction but everyone collectively yawned.

So now I'm trying NUDE ART! W00t! Maybe people will find this nude art appealing enough to make contributions to EFF/FSF and ACLU.




w00t! It's all new again.

philovivero philovivero writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Hrm. Expatriation at Plastic. The United States sucks. Do we just leave it before it becomes a complete cesspool, or do we try to save it?

At least, in dreams, we can take certain really weird events in stride, eh?

What happens when you finally learn the truth about the George Bush Mood Ring? I hope, for the love of god, we learn it soon.

I tried to make the world a better place, but no-one cared. Maybe no-one likes this type of fiction? It seems a pretty reasonable request that you donate money to EFF, FSF, or ACLU after reading my story... Maybe it's unreasonable. :( Anyway, here's a passage from the book, which you can download in its entirety.

All these definite signs of youth are genius lies of nature. My body sheds age and scars and tattooes and sickness and disease. It sheds these things and leaves them behind. Every day, a little bit of youth sneaks up from deep inside me and hucks off a layer of aging. I do not look a day older than twenty-five. I certainly do not look like I've been living since America was a colony of England.

I have perpetual youth, but that is almost the extent of what I have. I have no long-term friends. I have no culture to associate with. I have no history. None of us have history. We can't keep books. We're always hiding from the humans among the humans, and books encumber us and give the humans too much information about us.

I know that we did keep books a long time ago, in dusty libraries kept deep inside caves, far from the human's grasp. But humans aren't simply afraid of everything unusual. They're afraid, yes, but they're resourceful, too. I have visions... visions of angry villagers carrying torches and pitchforks, storming into a vampire library through its narrow rocky entrance, stabbing me and leaving me for dead, tearing down shelves, and burning the books. These are real memories, but not mine. They belong to my mother.


my own special journal, oh boy

philovivero philovivero writes  |  more than 12 years ago

So here I am. Bored on a Wednesday afternoon. I've just installed Debian-Woody on an Ultra1, and I guess I'm a bit excited. I've never installed anything on a Sun box before. Nor have I ever installed Debian before. Put the two together, and it was supposed to be an adventure, but it wasn't a big deal.

Now I'm running nmap against my machine and closing down ports, which is what any good database administrator would do to his Debian-Woody Sun box. I can't see how lpd gets started, but this is just the nature of the beast.

Why, oh why does PostgreSQL want to listen on all IP addresses? I have shut it down because I don't believe it's immune to attacks. I guess I should be less paranoid: this is, after all, a Sun box, not an Intel. Most script kiddies will find me all but impenetrable.


My new website is at Faemalia dot Org where I have a nice little wiki up to amuse myself and friends.

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