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Amazon in the Book Banning Business

Posted on December 30th, 2010 at 20:58 by John Sinteur in category: News


As fellow author, Will Belegon, noted, if Amazon is going to start pulling books with incest in them: "I just re-read Genesis 19: 30-38 and realized that Lot’s daughters got him drunk, had sex with him and bore sons. I demand you follow your clear precedent and remove The Bible from Kindle."

Or perhaps Amazon should create a new television ad after they follow their clear precedent and ban the book the woman is reading in the advertisement on her Kindle ("Sleepwalking" by Amy Bloom) which tells the story of a 19-year-old boy who has a sexual encounter with his stepmother, which, in some states, is legally incest.

You could argue that Amazon is free to sell – or not sell – whatever books they want, and you’d have a point.

The problem I have with this story is that the remove the books from Kindle archives as well.

So any book you buy on the Kindle may be taken away again by Amazon later.

I guess I won’t be buying any Kindle books any time soon.

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  1. Copy to your Mac/PC, convert it into a mobi book, and there you go. can’t remove those as far as I know, only their own format.

France to bring in non-Windows tablet tax

Posted on December 30th, 2010 at 18:21 by John Sinteur in category: News


The French government has come up with a wizard wheeze which seems to be entirely designed to back the software giant Microsoft.

In a Franco-American alliance, the likes of which has not been seen since the French backed a campaign by anti-democratic terrorists against its lawful government, the French are going to tax every tablet which does not come out with Windows software on-board.

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  1. This is so extraordinarily stupid, I almost believe it has to be fake. Surely this infringes on whole host competition laws, remember the IE lawsuit?

  2. I actually threw up in my mouth, just a little bit, when I read this

  3. There is nothing worse than incompetence coupled with enthusiasm.
    But the french seem to be clueless regarding technology.

Playstation 3 Code Signing Cracked For Good

Posted on December 30th, 2010 at 17:12 by John Sinteur in category: Security, Software


“It appears that Sony’s PS3 has been fatally compromised. At the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin, a team named ‘fail0verflow’ revealed that they had calculated the Private Keys, which would let them or anyone else, generate signed software for the PS3. Additionally, they also claim to have a method of jailbreaking the PS3 without the use of a Dongle, which is the current method. If all these statements are true, this opens the door to custom firmware, and homebrew software. Assuming that Sony doesn’t take radical action and invalidate their private keys, this could mean that Jailbreaking is viable on all PS3, regardless of their firmware! From the article: ‘Approximately a half hour in, the team revealed their new PS3 secrets, the moment we all were waiting for. One of the major highlights here was, dongle-less jailbreaking by overflowing the bootup NOR flash, giving complete control over the system. The other major feat, was calculating the public private keys (due to botched security), giving users the ability to sign their own SELFs Following this, the team declared Sony’s security to be EPIC FAIL!'”

Note that, would Sony revoke their private keys, every single game you have would stop working. Also, since the PS3 has now no way to talk to the update servers without knowing for sure it’s Sony, there’s really no way to get new keys on the device securely. From the comments:


The “epic” part really came about due to the completely inexcusable ECDSA signature screwup. We were left speechless by that one. However, as a whole, the entire PS3 architecture is terrible. Especially after breaking it open and properly analyzing it and finding a ton of screwups (many critical), there is absolutely no doubt in our mind that the sole reason why the PS3 lasted this far is because OtherOS kept all the competent people happy enough not to try to break into the system (that, and maybe hype around their hypervisor and isolated SPE security, both of which turned out to be terribly bad). If you watch the talk you’ll actually see that we make this point clear and address the time-to-hack of the PS3. Given our experience and what we’ve learned from people who work on console hacks, almost nobody tried until OtherOS was removed, so the only valid measurement for “time to hack”, as a strength-of-security measure, is the time since OtherOS was removed (9-12 months or so).

OtherOS was Sony’s single best security feature.

Good security is hard. Very hard.

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  1. “Good security is hard. Very hard.” NO, NO, it is much harder than that!

Belgian activist priest admits sexual abuse

Posted on December 30th, 2010 at 10:19 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


A Belgian priest has confessed to a child sex-abuse accusation that came to light during a campaign to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work fighting globalization’s impact on developing countries.

The confession was published in a Belgian newspaper Wednesday and confirmed by the organization the priest founded, deepening a sex-abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church in the country. After a spate of accusations this year, the church in September published the harrowing accounts of more than 100 victims of clerical sex abuse, some as young as 2 when they were assaulted.

In October, after supporters of 85-year-old Francois Houtart began working to nominate him for the Nobel, a woman contacted the nonprofit organization he founded and said the priest had abused her brother 40 years ago, according to its director, Bernard Duterme.

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Terrorist watch list: One tip now enough to put name in database, officials say

Posted on December 30th, 2010 at 10:09 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy, Security


A year after a Nigerian man allegedly tried to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner, officials say they have made it easier to add individuals’ names to a terrorist watch list and improved the government’s ability to thwart an attack in the United States.


Since then, senior counterterrorism officials say they have altered their criteria so that a single-source tip, as long as it is deemed credible, can lead to a name being placed on the watch list.

So, if there’s somebody you don’t like, you know what to do…

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  1. ??? Send them to Catholic school?

On first

Posted on December 30th, 2010 at 8:39 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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  1. And I_Don’t_Give_A_Darn is shortstop? Try fitting that on his jersey! Ah well, they’d probably just shorten it it “I…Darn”. 🙂

  2. Maybe IDGAD?

  3. What? no picture of 2nd? And on 3rd? Well I don’t know. Ah but John, you may really be throwing a louie here.