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Steganography in the Longfin Inshore Squid

Posted on October 23rd, 2010 at 20:45 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy, Security


In the animal world, squid are masters of disguise. Pigmented skin cells enable them to camouflage themselves—almost instantaneously—from predators. Squid also produce polarized skin patterns by regulating the iridescence of their skin, possibly creating a “hidden communication channel” visible only to animals that are sensitive to polarized light.

In research published today in the journal Biology Letters, MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory) researchers Lydia Mäthger and Roger Hanlon present evidence that the polarized aspect of the skin of the longfin inshore squid, Loligo pealeii, is maintained after passing through the pigment cells responsible for camouflage.

While the notion that a few animals produce polarization signals and use them in communication is not new, Mäthger and Hanlon’s findings present the first anatomical evidence for a “hidden communication channel” that can remain masked by typical camouflage patterns. Their results suggest that it might be possible for squid to send concealed polarized signals to one another while staying camouflaged to fish or mammalian predators, most of which do not have polarization vision.

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Boy Believed To Be Next Reincarnation Of Regional KFC Manager Discovered In Chatfield, MN

Posted on October 23rd, 2010 at 18:34 by John Sinteur in category: News


LOUISVILLE, KY—According to sources at the corporate headquarters of fast food giant KFC, a young boy believed to be the third reincarnation of the chain’s regional manager for eastern Georgia was discovered in Chatfield, MN Tuesday following an exhaustive five-year search.

The Chosen One, kindergartner Brian Thorson, was located by a special council of seven High Branch Managers selected from the most profitable KFC restaurants nationwide. In accordance with tradition, the boy will henceforth be known as Roger Purcell, the ceremonial title given to all who have previously overseen operations in eastern Georgia.

His Eminence Dan Orman, who supervises the Wilshire Boulevard franchise in downtown Los Angeles, told reporters the search for the reborn manager began Jan. 23, 2005, when the previous Roger Purcell died of a massive heart attack.

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A former Catholic Priest has been jailed for 21 years

Posted on October 23rd, 2010 at 18:32 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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Posted on October 23rd, 2010 at 18:12 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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Happy Creation Day!

Posted on October 23rd, 2010 at 17:19 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


Daniel Phelps just reminded me that today is 23 October, the date that James Ussher, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, determined to be the very first day of creation in 4004 BCE. That makes the world 6013 years old today, in his chronology (if you’re adding it up at home, remember that there is no year 0).

Keep in mind that you now have excuses to party almost all week. Tomorrow, you should celebrate the creation of heaven and Space Water. You knew the earth was a floaty in a watery universe, right? I think the appropriate celebration is to drink.

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  1. Is it a coincidence that today is also “Weird Al” Yankovic’s birthday, too? I think not…

Google Admits Scooping Passwords, Emails In Street View Privacy Breach

Posted on October 23rd, 2010 at 16:25 by Paul Jay in category: News


It’s clear from those inspections that while most of the data is fragmentary, in some instances entire emails and URLs were captured, as well as passwords. We want to delete this data as soon as possible, and I would like to apologize again for the fact that we collected it in the first place. We are mortified by what happened, but confident that these changes to our processes and structure will significantly improve our internal privacy and security practices for the benefit of all our users.

Don’t be evil.

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  1. The one thing I don’t understand is the how.
    A car moves along the street, taking pictures and GPS locations, and the transmitting it to a central server.
    How does a GPS enabled camera pick up emails, wifi passwords, urls by accident?

Church Sends Message to Thief Who Stole Air Conditioners

Posted on October 23rd, 2010 at 16:23 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


The members of the Normandy Park Baptist Church want everyone to know how they feel about the person who stole three of their air conditioning units. All you have to do is read their sign.

The sign in front of their church now says, "To whoever stole my air conditioners, you are going to need them, – God."

"Really just disappointed, disappointed somebody would do that and take the time to come and steal from a church," said pastor Troy Dixon.

I can understand your disappointment, I would be pretty angry as well. But my response would not be “I’m going to torture you for all eternity.”

But then again, I’m not Christian.

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  1. I think the christian thing to say would be: “My son, I forgive you.” I think using the name of god on a sign like that according to christian belief, is an abomination. The third commandment goes: “Thou shalt not use the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who uses His name in vain.” Clearly, suggesting to speak in his name, passing judgment in his name, sins against the third. How dare this Dixon guy speak in gods name? May be burn in hell without air conditioners. (Note the “may”.)

  2. Is it a theft, if you stole from thieves?

Dolphins learn to ‘walk on water’

Posted on October 23rd, 2010 at 16:21 by Paul Jay in category: News


Wild dolphins in Australia are naturally learning to “walk” on water.

Six dolphins have now been seen mastering the technique – furiously paddling their tail fluke, forcing their body out and across the water.

The dolphins seem to walk on water for fun, as it has no other obvious benefit, say scientists working for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.

That makes the behaviour a rare example of animals “culturally transmitting” a playful rather than foraging behaviour.

Only a few species are known to create their own culture – defined as the sharing or transmitting of specific novel behaviours or traditions between a community of animals.

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  1. “Only a few species are known to create their own culture” Americans are not among them.

  2. Right, if you decide that anything created by Americans cannot be Culture then you will not know Americans as having created culture. You’re so sophisticated.

Debt collectors may join antipiracy fight

Posted on October 23rd, 2010 at 14:44 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


First it was the lawyers. Then it was the politicians. Now debt collectors may be coming after people accused of film piracy, even before they have their day in court.

A group calling itself the Copyright Enforcement Group (CEG), which according to its Web site specializes in media rights enforcement, appears to advocate the use of debt collectors even before the courts have rendered a judgment against accused copyright violators. CNET has obtained a copy of CEG’s “service contract,” which specifies the terms the group offers to client copyright owners.

“In the event that the opposing parties fail to pay in full, the client grants power of attorney to and instructs the debt collection agencies and [legal office] to proceed with the further recovery and enforcement of claims for payment by means of debt collection procedures and legal proceedings.”

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In your gasoline’s what?

Posted on October 23rd, 2010 at 12:17 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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  1. Since most engines in USA cars are made to run on gasoline with 10% ethanol, why should someone brag about having no ethanol?

    It messes up the air/fuel ratio of the engine computer…

NPR Defends Decision to Fire Juan Williams

Posted on October 23rd, 2010 at 10:35 by John Sinteur in category: News


Of the thousands of complaints that have saturated NPR in the wake of Juan Williams’s firing earlier this week, some of the most telling have been from callers describing themselves as long-time “viewers” of NPR who warn that they are going to “stop watching.”

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Bush: Social Security Was My Biggest Mistake

Posted on October 23rd, 2010 at 10:34 by John Sinteur in category: News


Well, George W. Bush has finally come up with an answer for John Dickerson. Six years after W. hemmed and hawed when Dickerson asked him if he could think of a mistake he had made in office, he told an audience in Chicago that "his greatest failure in office was not passing Social Security reform."

From his point of view he’s correct. If he would have privatized SS prior to the crash, it would have re-inflated the wall street bubble, thereby delaying the crash until after his term. He would then be revered like Reagan.

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Iraq war logs

Posted on October 23rd, 2010 at 10:10 by John Sinteur in category: Mess O'Potamia


“Hundreds of the leaked war logs reflect the fertile imagination of the torturer faced with the entirely helpless victim – bound, gagged, blindfolded and isolated – who is whipped by men in uniforms using wire cables, metal rods, rubber hoses, wooden stakes, TV antennae, plastic water pipes, engine fan belts or chains.”

Today, WikiLeaks released hundreds of thousands of documents that give insight into what coalition forces experienced from 2004 to 2009.

From the official leak site, WikiLeaks claims the logs account for “109,032 deaths in Iraq, comprised of 66,081 ‘civilians’; 23,984 ‘enemy’ (those labeled as insurgents); 15,196 ‘host nation’ (Iraqi government forces) and 3,771 ‘friendly’ (coalition forces).”

A standing order, known as Frago 242, directed coalition military personnel that no investigations were necessary if an Iraqi citizen was being tortured by an Iraqi official. Though coalition troops in many cases tried to persuade Iraqi officials to reprimand their security forces for torture, often times the Iraqis simply covered it up, and in one log were heard to say, “keep quiet because the Americans might hear his screams”.

Coverage at:

The Guardian
Al Jazeera
New York Times

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Windows 7 Gives Microsoft Hope

Posted on October 23rd, 2010 at 9:14 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Microsoft


In the past month alone, Microsoft noted that users of the OS have opened the Start menu more than 14 billion times, used Aero Snap more than 150 million times, used Aero Shake more than 20 million times, employed jumplists over 339 million times, and pinned 12,643 unique apps to the taskbar and menu.

How the hell do they know this if the OS isn’t a tattle tale about your habits?

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  1. Why any Microsoft operating system should be categorized a “trojan key-logging virus”. It gets installed on your system by deceptive means, tracks your activities and input, and spreads itself to other systems without their informed consent.

  2. Gee, maybe they have a small number of volunteers who have consented to instrumentation and they extrapolated to the total number of Win7 installs? You’re easily smart enough to think of it, John.

  3. Since posting somebody informed me there a setting somewhere in a control panel that has “anonymous usage reporting” that you can turn off – they probably extrapolated from what they got from that setting..

  4. P.S arent’t most iOS apps known to have user behavior tracking and reporting? I imagine you were building Android so you could get away from those? 🙂

  5. arent’t most iOS apps known to have user behavior tracking and reporting

    [citation needed]

  6. [citation needed]

    I know I’ve read that claim, will have to research some time when I’m not browsing on my phone.

  7. What I suspect you read is that free apps all use AdMob as advertiser, and that with the introduction of iAds (by Apple) one of the things Apple wanted to do is prohibit apps from doing this, and this would basically put AdMob out of business. The fact that AdMob is Google-owned may have something to do with it as well..

  8. “prohibit apps from doing this” where “this” is tracking users, of course.

  9. I found this but am not having any luck with the link to the i-phone-home blog at the bottom.


    My impression from previous readings is that this kind of instrumentation is common.

  10. I had not heard about that library. I agree that it’s spy-ware.

  11. They have claimed “much more” than 30 million downloads of apps with their library (but no indication how long ago that was), and having had instrumented apps that were #1 in both free and paid at times.


  12. ALmost every MS product – and Apple product, and Google product, and Adobe product, and … product – asks if they can gather anonymous usage data.
    Most people click OK without thinking.