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Porn Companies Are Going After GitHub

Posted on January 10th, 2015 at 17:51 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Intellectual Property


Porn production companies are currently engaged in a scorched earth copyright infringement campaign against torrenting sites with URLs containing specific keywords—say, “thrust” or “glob-watcher.” GitHu​b, a popular site for coders that allows professionals and hobbyists to create open source software together, is getting caught in the crossfire.

Several Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) complaints filed to G​oogle by companies representing various porn companies in the last month alone have resulted in dozens of legitimate GitHub URLs being removed from the search engine’s results, Tor​rentFreak first reported.

Among the offending URLs were GitHub support pages, entire code repositories, and user profile pages. Tomasz Janczuk, a former Microsoft employee, had part of his GitHub repository​ removed from Google’s search results after a December 20th, 2014 DMCA compla​int by Takedown P​iracy LLC, a company representing Adam & Eve, a porn production company.

According to Janczuk, removing GitHub pages from Google’s search results could harm the open source software community by reducing its visibility online.

“Removal of GitHub content or reduction of its visibility would have a substantial impact on companies or individuals participating in the open source model,” Janczuk sad in an email, “since high visibility of [open source software] content is frequently part of a marketing strategy.”

Janczuk’s URL, “https://github.com/tja​nczuk/edge,” was apparently too close to The E​dge, a 2001 movie made by Adam & Eve, for the company’s liking.

Porn companies aren’t alone in this practice, though a perusal of Google’s tra​nsparency report reveals that the vast majority of DMCA complaints against GitHub in the last six months were filed by Takedown Piracy on behalf of a range of porn companies.

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  1. Must be interesting work. Looks great on a resume, you bet.

    “I developed an application to eliminate internet search results for the word ‘tit’. Birdwatchers were outraged.”

Claims that boys were murdered by VIP sex ring are credible and true

Posted on December 19th, 2014 at 12:48 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ


Scotland Yard has said claims by a witness that a “VIP” sex abuse ring murdered three boys are “credible and true”.

The allegations made by the witness, known by the pseudonym Nick, have triggered a murder investigation.

Police said the alleged abuse by a Westminster-based paedophile ring lasted a decade at locations across London and the Home Counties, including military premises.

Det Supt Kenny McDonald, who is leading the homicide inquiry, told a press conference on Thursday that detectives believed the witness’s claims.

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Alabama man gets $1,000 in police settlement, his lawyers get $459,000

Posted on October 24th, 2014 at 17:17 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ


Warren’s attorneys, Wendy Brooks Crew, Alyson Hood Rains and Cameron Hogan, did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

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Shasta County atheist to get $2 million for first-amendment violation

Posted on October 15th, 2014 at 10:54 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, batshitinsane


The California government and a nonprofit will pay a Shasta County atheist nearly $2 million for violating his civil rights when he was sent back to prison for taking issue with a religious drug-treatment program while on parole.

Barry Hazle Jr. and his attorney, John G. Heller, announced the settlement this morning at a press conference in San Francisco.

Hazle was imprisoned for just over 100 days after taking issue with the drug-treatment program that centered on submitting one’s fate to a “higher power.” Heller said the program also included prayer and references to God.

But when Hazle asked for another treatment program, he was told Westcare’s 12-step program was the only one available.

Probation officials eventually sent him back to prison at California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, where he had already spent a year on drug possession charges that were overturned by an appeals court, according to court documents. Their decision was based on Hazle allegedly being “disruptive, though in a congenial way, to the staff as well as other students…sort of passive-aggressive,” and needing further treatment, according to court documents.

So his conviction was overturned, basically declaring him innocent, but they sent him back because he didn’t go “Yes Sir!” loudly enough on every thing they said to him?

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1 billion people fired!

Posted on October 8th, 2014 at 11:45 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

Well, that’s if you believe this headline.


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  1. Nothing like destroying your credibility than with a headline like that. How could you believe anything else that is comes after it?

Richard Dawkins on Post Modernism

Posted on August 30th, 2014 at 22:44 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

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  1. Blimey! It just goes to show what happens when you don’t pay attention: I thought post modernism was making fences with metal stakes instead of wooden ones.

They didn’t think this one through, did they?

Posted on August 6th, 2014 at 23:08 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ


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Posted on July 25th, 2014 at 14:58 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ


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  1. …to talk to the stove. Don’t you know a thing about the internet of things?

Verizon made an enemy tonight

Posted on July 18th, 2014 at 18:00 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ


On a flight back to New York I read Level 3’s assessment of the latest round of the Netflix vs Internet Provider debacle.

The summarized version is that basically Netflix is slow because Verizon refuses to add capacity to peer with Level 3. Fixing the situation would cost Verizon on the order of a few thousand (that’s right thousand) dollars. Level 3 is even willing to foot the bill. But Verizon refuses.

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Massachusetts SWAT teams claim they’re private corporations, immune from open records laws

Posted on June 28th, 2014 at 22:57 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ


As part of the American Civil Liberties Union’s recent report on police militarization, the Massachusetts chapter of the organization sent open records requests to SWAT teams across that state. It received an interesting response.

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Wipe clean with a relaxed hamster

Posted on June 14th, 2014 at 16:50 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

Beurer Digital Body Analysis Scale with Glass Platform

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  1. Does the hamster come with the scale or do we have to provide our own, in which case can I use a dead hamster, as they are much easier to come by.

Trigger warning: Child Abuse

Posted on June 11th, 2014 at 21:06 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ


Marion Zimmer Bradley, award-winning author (The Mists of Avalon, Darkover, amongst others) not only aided and abetted her husband in child abuse (Walter Breen, a man who was first convicted in 1954), she also took part in it, according to an email from her daughter published yesterday.

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Secret terror trial is threat to open justice, human rights campaigners warn

Posted on June 5th, 2014 at 23:55 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ


A major criminal trial involving two men charged with serious terrorism offences could be held entirely in secret for the first time in modern British legal history.

Lawyers contesting the decision at the court of appeal on Wednesday said the plan amounted to “an unprecedented departure from the principles of open justice” and was “inconsistent with democracy and the rule of law”.

Until now it has not even been possible to report the existence of the forthcoming trial against the two men, known only as AB and CD. But three appeal court judges lifted a gagging order allowing reporting of a hearing challenging the plans.

The trial would be the first criminal case to be held behind closed doors for hundreds of years. It involves two defendants who are charged with terrorism but whose names are being withheld from the public. Unless the appeal succeeds, journalists will be banned from being present in court to report the proceedings on 16 June or the outcome of the trial.

The men will be tried by a jury but no report of the case will be made public and no members of the media or public will be given access to the court.

Today’s “exceptional circumstances” will be tomorrow standard procedures.

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  1. WTF, indeed!

    I mean, apart from the insult to the fundamental principles of justice and liberty that the Greatest Generation fought for on the beaches three score and ten years ago etc. etc…I am unsuccessful in trying to come up with motivations that the Authorities have to do this in such secrecy.

  2. Evil always fear the light of day.

Matthew 27:24

Posted on June 3rd, 2014 at 20:30 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, batshitinsane, Pastafarian News


“How do we determine when a priest is and is not on duty?” one of the justices asked, according to a video of the session on the court’s website.

“Well,” replied the diocese lawyer, “you can determine a priest is not on duty when he is molesting a child, for example. …

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husk at stemme den 25. maj

Posted on May 12th, 2014 at 20:27 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

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Instructions unclear, I am now deaf in one eye

Posted on April 18th, 2014 at 17:19 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ


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  1. Nothing wrong, it is just the packaging. It is worn by turning the the muffs in alignment with each other. These are the same ones that are in use on the Roberts Court when they decide election law (one example). The bag is different, however. In the Supreme Court it says: “See No Evil Eyewear”.

Remember 9/11

Posted on September 11th, 2013 at 22:13 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ


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Deputy files civil lawsuit against 9-1-1 caller after he was injured during assault at her home

Posted on August 16th, 2013 at 21:07 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, batshitinsane


It’s something you would probably least expect after calling 9-1-1 during an emergency — a lawsuit. If a deputy was hurt, would you be financially responsible?

A deputy is now suing a woman who called for help during an emergency. It all stems from a deputy-involved shooting that happened in Katy last year.

The deputy says he was injured when she made that call from her subdivision. In this lawsuit, he claims the homeowner failed to adequately warn 9-1-1 of the dangerous situation he was walking into.

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Lavabit founder, under gag order, speaks out about shut-down decision

Posted on August 14th, 2013 at 16:18 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ


“There’s information that I can’t even share with my lawyer, let alone with the American public.”

Dear USA. Kafka would like a word.

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  1. More like Lord of the Flies.

  2. Well, there goes free speech. Can the judge put a gag order on the whole country?


Posted on August 13th, 2013 at 12:56 by Jan in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

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NSA Says It Can’t Search Its Own Emails

Posted on July 24th, 2013 at 14:28 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ


The NSA is a “supercomputing powerhouse” with machines so powerful their speed is measured in thousands of trillions of operations per second. The agency turns its giant machine brains to the task of sifting through unimaginably large troves of data its surveillance programs capture.

But ask the NSA, as part of a freedom of information request, to do a seemingly simple search of its own employees’ email? The agency says it doesn’t have the technology.

“There’s no central method to search an email at this time with the way our records are set up, unfortunately,” NSA Freedom of Information Act officer Cindy Blacker told me last week.

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Vatican offers ‘time off purgatory’ to followers of Pope Francis tweets

Posted on July 16th, 2013 at 23:26 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Pastafarian News


In its latest attempt to keep up with the times the Vatican has married one of its oldest traditions to the world of social media by offering “indulgences” to followers of Pope Francis’ tweets.

The church’s granted indulgences reduce the time Catholics believe they will have to spend in purgatory after they have confessed and been absolved of their sins.

The remissions got a bad name in the Middle Ages because unscrupulous churchmen sold them for large sums of money. But now indulgences are being applied to the 21st century.


“That includes following Twitter,” said a source at the penitentiary, referring to Pope Francis’ Twitter account, which has gathered seven million followers. “But you must be following the events live. It is not as if you can get an indulgence by chatting on the internet.”

In its decree, the penitentiary said that getting an indulgence would hinge on the beneficiary having previously confessed and being “truly penitent and contrite”.

Praying while following events in Rio online would need to be carried out with “requisite devotion”, it suggested.

Apart from the papal Twitter account, the Vatican has launched an online news portal supported by an app, a Facebook page, and it plans to use the online social networking site Pinterest.

“What really counts is that the tweets the Pope sends from Brazil or the photos of the Catholic World Youth Day that go up on Pinterest produce authentic spiritual fruit in the hearts of everyone,” said Celli.

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  1. And the sooner we get through purgatory the sooner we can have a crack at the angels.

  2. Pah! Sister St. Joseph once told me that you got 5 mins off purgatory for every Hail Mary and 10 mins off for every Our Father. You can see why buddists came up with prayer wheels.

We’re going to need a bigger boat!

Posted on July 12th, 2013 at 16:22 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

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  1. Just proof that “B” movies are still alive and living in Hollywood!

  2. This film falls under the heading of “Wish I’d thought of it”. It was an internet sensation. It was almost like the original radio broadcast of War of the Worlds.

US mother wins lawsuit over bagel

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 at 2:35 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, News


A US woman whose newborn was taken from her because she failed a hospital drug test after eating a poppy seed bagel has won a settlement, says her lawyer.

A child welfare agency and hospital in Pennsylvania have paid Elizabeth Mort $143,500 (£94,500) for the mistake.

Her three-day old daughter, Isabella, was removed from her for five days in April 2010.

Words fail me…if it wasn’t the Beeb, I’d think it was the Onion.

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Multiple choice

Posted on May 23rd, 2013 at 0:52 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Funny!

You run out of gas along the interstate. Do you

A: Call a friend for help?

B: Call a tow truck? or


See if you guessed right

straight from Fark, of course

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  1. He might have drummed up attention, but the risk is he could have turned into a crash symbol…

Why do conservatives like to waste energy?

Posted on May 1st, 2013 at 2:53 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, batshitinsane


A study out Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences examined attitudes about energy efficiency in liberals and conservatives, and found that promoting energy-efficient products and services on the basis of their environmental benefits actually turned conservatives off from picking them. The researchers first quizzed participants on how much they value various benefits of energy efficiency, including reducing carbon emissions, reducing foreign oil dependence, and reducing how much consumers pay for energy; cutting emissions appealed to conservatives the least.

The study then presented participants with a real-world choice: With a fixed amount of money in their wallet, respondents had to “buy” either an old-school lightbulb or an efficient compact florescent bulb (CFL), the same kind Bachmann railed against. Both bulbs were labeled with basic hard data on their energy use, but without a translation of that into climate pros and cons. When the bulbs cost the same, and even when the CFL cost more, conservatives and liberals were equally likely to buy the efficient bulb. But slap a message on the CFL’s packaging that says “Protect the Environment,” and “we saw a significant drop-off in more politically moderates and conservatives choosing that option,” said study author Dena Gromet, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Got that? With all other factors being equal, conservatives were less likely to buy the exact same lightbulb if you told them it would help the environment.

Another source:


In the second study, 210 volunteers were interviewed and then given $2 each to purchase a light bulb. The light bulbs offered for sale were either “normal” or an energy efficient variety (with a higher price.) The higher priced bulbs were identical but were advertised in two different ways: one made claims about how the light bulb was good for the planet, the other claimed to save the buyer money by using less electricity. The researchers found those with more conservative views were less inclined to buy the special bulbs when the labeling touted its planet-saving features. When it was labeled as a money-saver however, conservatives were quite willing to buy them. Those with a more liberal view were found willing to buy the special bulb regardless of which advertising was used. In another variant of the study, the researchers found that both conservatives and liberals bought the special bulb over the “normal” bulb if they were priced the same.

The researchers suggest that those people in the study with conservative ideology were not necessarily against buying so-called green products, but have been conditioned to associate such terms with liberalism, and thus, shy away from products labeled as such.

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  1. “Conservative” used to mean to be careful or to save things. “Liberal” used to mean to be generous or to give things away.

    “Stupid” still retains its old meaning, which is reassuring.

Shut Up or Get Out: PA City Punishes Domestic Violence Victims Who Call the Police

Posted on April 27th, 2013 at 1:16 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, batshitinsane


Last year in Norristown, Pa., Lakisha Briggs’ boyfriend physically assaulted her, and the police arrested him. But in a cruel turn of events, a police officer then told Ms. Briggs, “You are on three strikes. We’re gonna have your landlord evict you.”

Yes, that’s right. The police threatened Ms. Briggs with eviction because she had received their assistance for domestic violence. Under Norristown’s “disorderly behavior ordinance,” the city penalizes landlords and tenants when the police respond to three instances of “disorderly behavior” within a four-month period. The ordinance specifically includes “domestic disturbances” as disorderly behavior that triggers enforcement of the law.

After her first “strike,” Ms. Briggs was terrified of calling the police. She did not want to do anything to risk losing her home. So even when her now ex-boyfriend attacked her with a brick, she did not call. And later, when he stabbed her in the neck, she was still too afraid to reach out. But both times, someone else did call the police. Based on these “strikes,” the city pressured her landlord to evict. After a housing court refused to order an eviction, the city said it planned to condemn the property and forcibly remove Ms. Briggs from her home. The ACLU intervened, and the city did not carry out its threats, and even agreed to repeal the ordinance. But just two weeks later, Norristown quietly passed a virtually identical ordinance that imposes fines on landlords unless they evict tenants who obtain police assistance, including for domestic violence.

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  1. “Would I be right, Savage, in thinking that Ms. Briggs was a coloured person?”

  2. I agree Sue, but why is he still her boyfriend?

  3. Ok, let’s be honest. It is horrible is people are frightened to call the police and the police should *always* protect the weak. On the other hand sometimes the police is called to a 10-90 twice weekly for months on end to the same address. At some point they want to tell the (usually) woman that she better quit that (usually) man but they can’t and if they would it would have no effect. Basically some people use the police to balance their “relationship.” I am all for a solution to that problem but a three-strikes-and-you’r-out definitely is not it. Protecting the weak comes first.

  4. Cases like these are simply impossible. She can’t or won’t protect herself and can’t or won’t allow the police to protect her. Having the police answer the same dangerous calls repeatedly taxes their manpower and resources and diverts them from other police work not to mention that it is the very definition of insanity. To top it off, when the guy finally kills her or seriously hurts her, the city will be sued and some twit will ask, “Why didn’t they do something?”.

    Three strikes shouldn’t be necessary. She should have gotten the message the first time he hurt her.

  5. I agree, what people “should” do is grow up, become independent and behave sensibly. It sometimes happens. The rest of the time there is a social problem. I don’t think this rule will help that individual or society in general. It might save some money although most of what the police do is social work. (Poorly done, in some cases, but it’s a blunt instrument.)

  6. @Sue – I’m OK with the rule in that sometimes society has to highlight a path to a better life for some people. She doesn’t want to be evicted and she doesn’t want to get hurt any more, either. The police will protect her to the extent they can but not indefinitely. She has to start looking for other options. I’d recommend going to a battered women’s shelter to live and getting counseling about the choices she’s been making but her options are certainly not limited to just those. That this ordinance might save some taxpayer money is OK by me but irrelevant to me. No one should live a life like that.

The Internet finally reaches its apex as man marrying My Little Pony character writes angry email to erotic pony artist

Posted on March 23rd, 2013 at 9:45 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, batshitinsane


The Internet—the global system of interconnected networks that’s become an increasingly central means of commerce and communication capable of bringing far-flung civilizations together—reached its apex this week, after a man claiming to be the fiancé of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic character Twilight Sparkle contacted a user of online community DeviantArt to demand he stop drawing sexual pictures of his imaginary pony-bride. The request was made in a letter that was then published in full on the Internet, which no longer has any reason to exist, having achieved everything it has ever set out to do.

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Unicode obelisk

Posted on February 22nd, 2013 at 15:32 by Desiato in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

Given that ASCII has always had an asterisk character, why hasn’t the Unicode design committee had the sense of humor to add an obelisk character?

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  1. Contrived, but you get the “I snorted coffee through my nasal passages” prize for this morning, Mr. D!

  2. You’re welcome! It’s just something that came up in conversation. 🙂

  3. That’s really an Idée fixe with you, eh?

  4. Bon, je ne vais pas menhir…

Why the world isn’t running out of oil

Posted on February 21st, 2013 at 12:34 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ


The 75-page study, by oil executive Leonardo Maugeri, was based on a field-by-field analysis of most of the major oil exploration and development projects in the world, and it predicted a 20 per cent increase in global oil production by 2020.

Well if you can’t trust an oil executive that says it’s not necessary to switch to alternate fuels, then I guess you just can’t trust anyone.

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  1. A 20-percent increase in oil production in 7 years is not going to cover the projected happy-path world growth in energy demand, is it?

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