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Correlation does not imply causation [Oct. 25th, 2014|10:13 am]
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"Before Obamacare, there had never been a confirmed case of Ebola in the U.S."
—Nick Muzin, Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor for Sen. Ted Cruz

And the USA had not had a mass-casualty terrorist attack until George Dubya Bush was in office. And coincidentally, the USA never had a confirmed case of Ebola until Ted Cruz was in office. Your point?
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Fraud writer Brian Krebs? His book publisher got hacked. [Oct. 25th, 2014|01:47 am]
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Does this qualify as irony? Apparently someone exploited a weakness in their internet shopping cart code and compromised some 5,000 cards from mid-April to mid-June this year.

http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/10/spam-nation-publisher-discloses-card-breach/
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Latest credit breaches: Staples Office Supply [Oct. 23rd, 2014|09:26 am]
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This is very limited, the theft specifically struck three states (NY, NJ, PA) and only about eleven stores. Very little information is available, though it appears to be a cash register malware attack. I'm thinking that maybe it was detected early before the fraudsters could roll out a larger scale breech. Still, I'm sure this will force a chain-wide audit, which consists of some 1,800 stores across the USA.

No mention as to how many cards were compromised or how long the breech lasted.

http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/10/banks-credit-card-breach-at-staples-stores/
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'The Poor Suck' [Oct. 22nd, 2014|10:51 am]
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"I have to tell you the truth. I'm tired of hearing about the minimum wage. I really am."
—NJ Gov. Chris Christie

After running the statement through the Truth Behind The Lies (TM pending) filter, it comes out as "I have to tell you the truth. I'm tired of hearing about people so poor that they can't make meaningful donations to my campaign funds and those of my friends. I really am."

On rare occasion you find a politician who will honestly live on food stamps for a week, I believe Cory Booker did and found it extremely hard to work well while on it. I'd love to see Christie try it on minimum wage, obviously he couldn't survive the food stamps diet, he'd be roasting his kids.
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From A Demon's Nest of Sentiments [Oct. 20th, 2014|09:28 am]
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Unenlightenment forms the granitic foundation of all decision-making on Earth.

A half-baked, easily manipulated citizenry flourishes only where the air is rich with political gobbledygook, eyewash and tergiversating bushwah; which is why the news media and the ruling bestiary are so stingy and selective in meting out fact. Reporters and politicians are pimps for ignorance.

http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2014/10/19

I read Walter Cronkite's autobiography probably 15-20 years ago, and he related what was a very sad incident that bodes ill for all. In it, while he was reporting the news at CBS, an edict came down from upon high that the news wing of CBS would be monitored by the Nielson Ratings people. Just monitored, they didn't need to worry about it. Then after the monitoring some bright C-level moron decided that the news should earn ratings, just like every other division of CBS in order to sell more advertising.

This was the beginning of the end for quality news.

I actually met Uncle Walter at a book signing, I opted out of shaking his hand as he looked absolutely miserable. A couple of weeks after the even he had major bypass surgery.

This is why I read a half-dozen, sometimes more, online news sources. One does its best to be as objective as possible, and I think it does a good job. The others lean towards liberal, but still present good reporting. I'm constantly impressed by MSNBC's Rachel Maddow: whenever she explains something complex, then brings on a subject matter expert, she always asks them if what she just explained was accurate. Most of the time she's spot-on, on occasion they correct or amplify a point or two.
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Thank you, Florida! [Oct. 19th, 2014|02:42 pm]
A Florida court ruled that police need a warrant to acquire cell tower data, with a stingray or searching telcom records. They threw out Third Party Doctrine, which basically says that since your records are with a third party, that you don't have a reasonable expectation of privacy, an argument that I've always thought was bull.

Obviously this only directly affects Florida, but it does become legal opinion that can be referenced for other courts, it also pretty much guarantees an appeal and that the matter will eventually end up at the Supreme Court.

A comment on the story was quite interesting: "Stingray devices violate the rights of telecoms companies who pay for exclusive spectrum usage rights. The FCC is required by law to make the manufacture and use of these devices illegal - just like cell phone jamming devices." Very true.

http://www.wired.com/2014/10/florida-court-requires-warrant-cell-tower-data/
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(no subject) [Oct. 19th, 2014|09:57 am]
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"Is apparently the new commander of the Democrats' war on women nurses. Because, goodnight, they set them up, and then they throw them under the bus."
—Rep. Louie Gohmert on CDC head Thomas Frieden

Problems couldn't POSSIBLY be related to the sequester and cutting funds to NIH and CDC. Nope. No way. Can't possibly be due to Congress not doing their jobs properly.

Speaking of throwing people under buses, I wonder if we could organize a Million Buss March on DC, and coincide it with a dwarf tossing convention, after all, Congress is full of mighty mental midgets.
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Great interview with Ursula K. LeGuin [Oct. 17th, 2014|09:32 am]
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Thanks for posting this, Alex! I love her comments on Amazon, of course, she has an advantage with living in Portland of having direct access to Powells. Still, I haven't bought a book from Amazon since their various attempts at bullying began.

She has to be one of the few remaining second generation Grandmasters of Science Fiction.

http://news.streetroots.org/2014/08/14/otherworldly-and-utterly-portland-ursula-k-le-guin
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'A managable inconvenience' [Oct. 17th, 2014|09:25 am]
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"Abortion can be accessed by driving approximately 230-250 miles -- an inconvenience, but still a manageable one."
—Texas AG and GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, on the law shutting down 80% of his state's abortion clinics

Ignoring people too poor to own reliable cars or afford long-distance transport or have the papers to get them past Border Patrol checkpoints. I have two doctors who are 100 miles or more from our house, and I don't have much of a choice if I want good medical care. If I had to go to Albuquerque or Lubbock, it would probably give me pause, especially since I don't have a Texas passport. ;-)

What I really hate about a lot of these politicians is the hypocrisy. I'm not talking about Abbott specifically here as I haven't heard anything specific, but for example, the pro-life doctor who encouraged his wife to have two abortions, one or two of his mistresses to have abortions, and slept with several other patients. And he has an excellent chance of being re-elected.

There's an old joke: If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a holy sacrament.
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Computer users beware the POODLE attack! [Oct. 15th, 2014|07:24 pm]
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This is more of a problem for Internet Explorer 6 users and sadly there are still some of them out there. This is a client attack, not a server attack. This exploits an SSL v3 connection and can happen if you're on a public WiFi network. Recent versions of Windows, i.e. 7 and 8 and probably Vista should be fine.

http://www.wired.com/2014/10/poodle-explained/
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