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The 5 Most Embarrassing Failures in the History of Terrorism

Posted on August 22nd, 2009 at 18:22 by John Sinteur in category: News


Ahmed finally gets the timer working, somehow not igniting the thing with his Zippo, and settles back with pride. He’s got 5:00 minutes to get out of there.

Wait, now it’s… h:00 minutes? H isn’t a measure of time, is it? Now it’s E:00 minutes. Did he… did he somehow set the timer to the alphabet? How is that even possible? Suddenly, it starts to dawn on him. Ahmed, whose last name is presumably “E. Coyote,” has set the timer… upside down.

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  1. I rolled on the floor with laughter! Man hilarious! By far the best link in months!!!

CSI Fraud: researchers craft fake DNA evidence

Posted on August 22nd, 2009 at 18:15 by John Sinteur in category: News


Researchers have demonstrated it’s possible to remove all the DNA from samples like blood and saliva, and replace it with genetic material from a different individual—even when the only source of this material is a used cigarette butt. Their methodology was good enough to fool a lab that does crime-scene DNA testing.


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Apple Answers the FCC’s Questions

Posted on August 22nd, 2009 at 17:32 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


There are more than 40 full-time trained reviewers, and at least two different reviewers study each application so that the review process is applied uniformly.


We receive about 8,500 new applications and updates every week,

That works out to about 80 apps per day, per reviewer. My guess is the review process looks a bit like this:

I’m sure all the reviewers are working as diligent and as hard as they can, but I can’t help think they need more personnel and support from their employer.

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A deeper look at the birthers

Posted on August 22nd, 2009 at 16:09 by John Sinteur in category: News


The answer is that 62% of Americans think Obama was born here, while 24% think he was not and 14% are unsure.

10% of the country thinks that he was born in Indonesia, 7% think he was born in Kenya, and 1% think he was born in the Philippines.

That leaves 20%, which includes at least some people who correctly believe that Obama was born in Hawaii, but who don’t consider Hawaii to be part of the United States. You read that right- 6% of poll respondents think that Hawaii is not part of the country and 4% are unsure.

It’s hard to say what the rest of that 20% thinks. We did ask them if they thought Obama was born in France and while less than half a percent of respondents did, two thirds of that remaining 20% said they ‘weren’t sure’ whether Obama was a Frenchman.

So who are the birthers?

-62% are Republicans, 20% are Democrats, and 18% are independents
-57% are conservatives, 33% are moderates, and 9% are liberals
-56% are men, 44% are women
-86% are white, 7% are Hispanic, 4% are black, and 3% are other races

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Jesus & the Dinosaurs (Eddie Izzard ILLUSTRATED)

Posted on August 22nd, 2009 at 16:09 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

If you want the non-animated version, go here

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Software Developers Should Never Have Dress Codes

Posted on August 22nd, 2009 at 10:48 by John Sinteur in category: Software


If you ever interview with a firm that has a dress code for techies, don’t take the job.

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  1. That (the post behind the source link) sure is a long post about something fairly simple.

  2. What if they offer you £20,000 a year more than you are currently making, with amazing benefits and flexible working hours (as happened with me) It would have been pretty stupid not to take the job. I don’t mind putting on a shirt and slacks that much.

  3. if they offer you £20,000 a year more than you are currently making

    Not good enough. Usually the shirts-and-slacks policy is a red-flag indication that there’s a fundamental mismatch between me and the company.

With whom it starts

Posted on August 22nd, 2009 at 10:18 by John Sinteur in category: News


After scrutiny following a critical two-part interview (full, extended version part 1 and part 2) (Flash req’d) with Jon Stewart this past Thursday, McCaughey resigned today from a vaguely described position with Cantel Medical, a private heathcare product corporation.

It’s a weird country that gets their best investigative journalism from a comedy show…

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Posted on August 22nd, 2009 at 10:15 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon






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Fear, racism at town hall meetings

Posted on August 22nd, 2009 at 8:40 by John Sinteur in category: News


Of course, these people can realise their dream of living in a no-taxes, no-government, guns-for-all society simply by moving to Somalia.

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Obama site smackdown spam only offers malware

Posted on August 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 by John Sinteur in category: Security


Junk mail ostensibly punting software that allows anti-Obama-ists to become cyberactivists says: “If You don’t like Obama come here, you can help to ddos his site with your installs.” Disappointingly, no deeper political reason why a DDoS attack might be justified is offered.


Visitors to the ropey site punted by the spam are told to come back regularly for updates and warned that security scanner software may come to identify the software on offer as malign, and consign it to quarantine.

That’s certainly true, though not for the reasons suggested.


As Proofpoint helpfully explains, users would be foolhardy to take the description offered by hackers at face value.

Although Proofpoint has a point, we’re talking about the same people who think Obama still lacks a birth certificate, so they’re not well known for taking good advice…

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