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Wikileaks publishes secret donor list

Posted on February 20th, 2009 at 17:58 by John Sinteur in category: News


Whistleblower website Wikileaks faced a dilemma this week when a list of email addresses for the site’s donors was submitted as a leaked document.

The issue arose after a fund raising email on Saturday went out with all 58 addresses in the To field (instead of the bcc field). The all too common schoolboy error meant that all the recipients found out the online identities of other donors.

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Bill proposes ISPs, Wi-Fi keep logs for police

Posted on February 20th, 2009 at 17:52 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Security


Republican politicians on Thursday called for a sweeping new federal law that would require all Internet providers and operators of millions of Wi-Fi access points, even hotels, local coffee shops, and home users, to keep records about users for two years to aid police investigations.


Each contains the same language: “A provider of an electronic communication service or remote computing service shall retain for a period of at least two years all records or other information pertaining to the identity of a user of a temporarily assigned network address the service assigns to that user.”

And of course it’s all “for the children”. Really – read the article.

But they really didn’t think this through.

1. technical reasons: all the log is going to show is which IP address was given to which MAC hardware address. They are a) easily forgeable, and b) not registered anywhere. Next up will be a law that makes it illegal to use unregistered MAC addresses, I guess.
2. Most people can’t even find he setting to turn on encryption on their WiFi, let alone keep logs for 2 years
3. I’m going to disable DHCP on my WiFi and call the network “use[0-9][0-9] route192.168.1.1

Perhaps everybody should automatically email their logs to their representatives in Congress – and point to their email retention policy if the police wants old logs…

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  1. Well, we could write some “visit-everything-on-the-web” robot scripts that would visit every site on the web, then send those to the authorities every week. Our real web traffic would be so indistinguishable from the “noise” so generated that making anything of it at all would be next to impossible, I would think… Then there are the botnets that could target the systems belonging to politicians and their families which would install the robot scripts on those systems, but would limit their visits to illegal sites. 🙂 This entire idea of logging everything on the net is so stupid that it defies even my warped mental capabilities to comprehend.

  2. Such a law exists in Italy since 2004. This got some consequences that could be easily foreseen:
    1- no open wifi hotspot in airports, hotels, schools and parks
    2- if there is a public wifi spot, usually in high-end hotels or large IT meetings, you are required to register. Usually to register you are asked to pay a fee (I have seen fees up to 10 euro per hour)
    3- most of the people using wifi could be prosecuted legally, since one of the two biggest ISP in italy providing their own home wifi routers sells a device that, per default settings, has no login protection and keeps no logs of intrusions
    4- dynamic wifi networks such as Fon, who got quite a success in the rest of europe, have been forced to redesign their business and have been cut out of the mainstream market
    5- internet cafes and public internet points sustained very high costs to adapt their systems to keep logs of phonecalls and people using internet. quite a few of them went out of business

Worst pun of all time?

Posted on February 20th, 2009 at 14:38 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Posted on February 20th, 2009 at 14:37 by John Sinteur in category: News


If anyone receives mistreatment at Guantanamo, it is the guard force.

— Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)

And in the real world:


Bradley recently met Mohamed in Camp Delta’s sparse visiting room and was shaken by his account of the state of affairs inside the notorious prison.

She said: “At least 50 people are on hunger strike, with 20 on the critical list, according to Binyam. The JTF [the Joint Task Force running Guantánamo] are not commenting because they do not want the public to know what is going on.

“Binyam has witnessed people being forcibly extracted from their cell. Swat teams in police gear come in and take the person out; if they resist, they are force-fed and then beaten. Binyam has seen this and has not witnessed this before. Guantánamo Bay is in the grip of a mass hunger strike and the numbers are growing; things are worsening.

“It is so bad that there are not enough chairs to strap them down and force-feed them for a two- or three-hour period to digest food through a feeding tube. Because there are not enough chairs the guards are having to force-feed them in shifts. After Binyam saw a nearby inmate being beaten it scared him and he decided he was not going to resist. He thought, ‘I don’t want to be beat, injured or killed.’ Given his health situation, one good blow could be fatal,” said Bradley.

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Posted on February 20th, 2009 at 14:30 by John Sinteur in category: Quote, Robber Barons

“And today, President Obama announced a salary cap of $500,000 for executives at banks and companies that have received taxpayer bailout money. And you know — it is good. But I’ll tell you something, you can tell a lot of these CEOs don’t get it. They said, ‘Well, that’s $500,000 a month, right?'”

–Jay Leno

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Row, row, row the boat…

Posted on February 20th, 2009 at 13:26 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Eric Mead Reveals Link Between Magic and Nature

Posted on February 20th, 2009 at 11:54 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. Brilliant :))

Bring it on!

Posted on February 20th, 2009 at 10:20 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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Jobless hit with bank fees on benefits

Posted on February 20th, 2009 at 10:09 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons


For hundreds of thousands of workers losing their jobs during the recession, there’s a new twist to their financial pain: Even as they’re collecting unemployment benefits, they’re paying bank fees just to get access to their money.

Thirty states have struck such deals with banks that include Citigroup Inc., Bank of America Corp., JP Morgan Chase and US Bancorp, an Associated Press review of the agreements found. All the programs carry fees, and in several states the unemployed have no choice but to use the debit cards. Some banks even charge overdraft fees of up to $20 — even though they could decline charges for more than what’s on the card.

“It’s a racket. It’s a scam,” said Rachel Davis, a 38-year-old dental technician from St. Louis who was laid off in October. Davis was given a MasterCard issued through Central Bank of Jefferson City and recently paid $6 to make two $40 withdrawals.

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  1. It would be a small effort for the banks to wave the fees on benefits to out of work Americans. But, it is an indication that the attitudes of the financial community are not adjusting to the new environment of our country. Profit off of everyone at all costs. This is why we are in this depression, we could use a good social upheaval to show that citizens are serious about changing what makes our lives subject to economic fragility. Not even Mr. Obama has gotten this message yet. Unfortunately he may get it to late. The U.S. is not immune to revolution, that dirty word, that our representatives have forgotten. It is time for a change in attitude, the arrogance of Washington, and Wall Street, needs an adjustment. Start thinking in new ways about what is the attitude of Americans toward there fellow Americans?!?!


Posted on February 20th, 2009 at 10:06 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon, Intellectual Property


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Posted on February 20th, 2009 at 10:06 by John Sinteur in category: News


I don’t know if this a true leak, but we’ll know this weekend

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  1. I vote fake, if for no other reason than that’s the phone number to the Academy Foundation, which sells record and prerecorded tapes.

    Here’s a link to some info on them:


  2. I vote fake as well, because there is no date mentioned.

  3. The first award — Best Supporting Actress — was enough to prove it was a fake.

  4. Fair’s Fair. Best Actor & Best Supporting Actress aside, the list was pretty much right on the money. Make a series of bets on each category at small odds and you’d walk away with more money than you started with.

    Good enough for government work.

Saab board ends emergency meeting

Posted on February 20th, 2009 at 8:49 by John Sinteur in category: News


The board of the Swedish carmaker Saab, which is owned by General Motors, has held an extraordinary board meeting to consider its future.

Local media reports have suggested Saab was considering taking measures to seek protection from creditors.


GM has been looking for a buyer for Saab, and said on Wednesday “given the urgency of stemming sizeable cash demands associated with Saab operations” it would need support from the Swedish government prior to any sale.

But the country’s Enterprise and Energy Minister Maud Olofsson told Swedish public radio that “voters picked me because they wanted nursery schools, police and nurses, and not to buy loss-making car factories”.

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Found in space

Posted on February 20th, 2009 at 8:25 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


A robot intelligence has invaded Flickr. The “blind astrometry server” is a program which monitors the Astrometry group on Flickr, looking for new photos of the night sky. It then analyzes each photo, and from the unique star positions shown it figures out what part of the sky was photographed and what interesting planets, galaxies or nebulae are contained within. Not only does the photographer get a high-quality description of what’s in their photo, but the main Astrometry.net project gets a new image to add to its storehouse of knowledge.

Needless to say this is one of the coolest uses of Flickr groups and the API that we’ve ever seen.

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We Learned Just How Great Of A Partner HTC Is To Microsoft

Posted on February 20th, 2009 at 7:00 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft


At Microsoft’s press conference yesterday at Mobile World Congress, if you tied two threads together, you learned a very interesting fact about HTC, one of the company’s closest handset makers—the Taiwanese company is responsible for 80 percent of Windows Mobile phone sales. The number is astonishingly high when you consider the next fact: Microsoft has 50 handset partners.

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