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Have you been pwned? [Aug. 31st, 2015|06:18 pm]
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This web site is interesting for two reasons.

First, it is operated by a security researcher who downloads all of the major web site dumps that he can get his hands on and extracts email addresses and aggregates them here. You can enter your email address and it will tell you if your email appears in any dump that he's been able to get his hands on, including Ashley Madison.

Two of my regular email addresses have been compromised, both thanks to Adobe. I was happy to see that my PayPal email address has not been compromised. And you can register your email address with him and he'll tell you if it appears in a future dump.

Second, it's a Microsoft SQL Server Azure project and he blogs about how well Azure is working as a platform for him. Interesting if you're in to super geeky stuff.


Not to dwell on the Ashley Madison hack, but there are some interesting facets since their entire email server was compromised and published. First, there was email traffic that AM HACKED another online dating site! They pulled all of their subscribers and plugged them in to AM! So even if you didn't register with AM, it's possible that your email address appears there! It'll be interesting to see if the Feds investigate this off-shoot.

There was news that a man, on a spur of the moment thing, looked for his address in the AM dump. And he found it. He immediately went to his wife and said 'I did not do this!' His wife accepted what he said. They dug further and found that someone with a similar name (Smithe instead of Smith, like that) had registered. They had a vaguely similar description but vastly different physical builds. The man who was wronged is going after the other guy to get a certified statement saying that he created the AM account impersonating the first guy. It'll be interesting to see how it plays out.

AM is not the first adult dating site to be compromised, Adult Friend Finder was also hacked a couple of years ago. One thing that was found in both hacks is that an overwhelming majority, like 95%, of the accounts are men. And an overwhelming majority of accounts for women are fronts for people in the company, just to bring the numbers up.

I personally don't know anyone who's used these adult sites for a hook-up, but I did meet my wife on a (now defunct) dating site, so they do have a chance of working.

There are companies preying on people who registered at AM, and as shown above, they might not have registered there in the first place. There are reports of blackmail, people being solicited for class-action lawsuits, etc. So basically the vultures are circling. But the part that I find the most ridiculous is that people registered using GOVERNMENT AND MILITARY EMAIL ADDRESSES! One of the concerns of security clearance background checks is that you have not done things that could make you vulnerable to blackmail by a foreign power. GUESS WHAT. I have a feeling a lot of security clearances are going to be revoked in a few months, and a definite chance of people losing jobs over this. There have already been two reported suicides of people who were uncovered in the dump, but I don't know if they've established a positive link between being exposed and the suicide. It might just be a coincidence.
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I do so love Bill Donohue! [Aug. 31st, 2015|06:18 am]
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"The idea of two men getting married is the most bizarre idea in human history...The whole purpose of marriage is to have a family. It's not about making people happy. It's not about love."
—Catholic League president Bill Donohue

Of my married friends, the ones who are childless vastly outnumber those with children. I'd peg the numbers at four couples with children out of 15-20, and two of those marriages ended in divorce, so they're now broken homes. The reasons for no progeny vary from family history of schizophrenia to a dismal view of where the world is heading. My wife and I tried to have children but it didn't happen. So I guess according to Bill, we're not really married.

I'm also amused by his specific 'two men'. No mention of women. So I guess he's okay with IVF but not adoption?
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'Dark' (pirate) web sites are trying to block Windows 10 users! [Aug. 30th, 2015|08:39 am]
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I came across this on Slashdot a week ago. Quite interesting and it could have MAJOR effects on privacy, more specifically on whistle-blowing. If a whistleblower is secretly releasing negative information about the government, and their computer is leaking information all over the place, this could be quite bad for the whistler.

Windows 10 has the potential for undermining Tor and other proxy services. I know Tor is going through a redevelopment with other Tor-like systems forking off it, I'm sure they'll be factoring this in.

Overall, for my personal use, I think I'm going to stick with Windows 7 until I'm forced off it. But since all I'm doing with it is SQL Server and Access, that's no big deal.

Some smaller pirate sites have become concerned about Windows 10 system phoning home too many hints regarding that the users are accessing their site. Therefore, the pirate administrators have started blocking Windows 10 users from accessing the BitTorrent trackers that the sites host. The first ones to hit the alarm button were iTS, which have posted a statement and started redirecting Windows 10 users to a YouTube video called Windows 10 is a Tool to Spy on Everything You Do. Additionally, according to TorrentFreak, two other similar dark web torrent trackers are also considering following suit. "As we all know, Microsoft recently released Windows 10. You as a member should know, that we as a site are thinking about banning the OS from FSC," said one of the FSC staff. Likewise, in a message to their users, a BB admin said something similar: "We have also found [Windows 10] will be gathering information on users' P2P use to be shared with anti piracy group."

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That Trump is a class act all around [Aug. 29th, 2015|07:17 am]
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"Screaming at the top of his lungs...A maniac."
-- Donald Trump on Univision host Jorge Ramos

"Dividing the country by race...is what...Jorge Ramos was all about in that press conference."
-- Fox analyst Jeffrey Lord

"[Ramos] acted like an illegal alien, and got treated like one. He cut the line, was disruptive and then was deported, and then Trump let him back in."
-- Fox News' Jesse Watters

"Get out of my country. Get out."
-- Trump supporter to Ramos, who is a U.S. citizen

BTW, Jorge Ramos is a naturalized American citizen. To the best of my knowledge there's no provision in the Constitution of the USA that you have to lose your accent if you become a citizen. Hell, that in and of itself would disqualify Trump.

So Ramos has been trying to get an interview with Trump because of the inflammatory things that Trump has been saying about Latinos. Ramos sent him a hand-written note. Trump has consistently ignored him. So when Ramos gets a little loud at a press conference, Trump has him thrown out. And further reinforcing his image as a class act, just like Lindsey Graham, Trump posted a picture of Jorge's private phone number.

Yep, class all around.

Scott Adams of Dilbert fame has been publishing a series of posts about Trump's use of neurolinguistic programming to sway people to back him based on sizzle, not steak. It's quite interesting, and quite frightening, to see what he is doing and seeing how successful he is at it. There's no way he'll get the Republican ticket nomination, the question is how disruptive he'll be for the rest of the election cycle.

And since we have 14 months to go, that's lots of time to see how disruptive he'll be.
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I think your numbers are a little overstated [Aug. 26th, 2015|08:40 pm]
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"I used to be 100% loved. Now I'm probably 55% loved."
—Donald Trump

Just a hunch, mind you.

The biggest problem, in my ever so humble opinion, is that the Republicans have started campaigning so early. Even though they have billionaire backers, thanks to Citizens United, they can't afford to campaign this long. Trump totally screws their numbers because he can pretty much single-handedly outspend the entire field of wannabees. Even if Trump had not announced I think they would have been in trouble.

I have no doubt that this will be the most expensive presidential election to date.
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The poll that I would like to see [Aug. 25th, 2015|12:26 pm]
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There's a problem with polling in the USA. Most of the polls are conducted by calling landlines. More and more people are ditching landlines in favor of cellphones. The majority of landlines are owned by older people who tend towards more conservative politics. So the nature of polling is going to produce results that skew towards conservatism.

Take, for example, my wife and I. We use cell phones exclusively. Technically we have a landline, but we don't have a phone connected to it, so we have no idea if anyone ever calls it (we had to get it to have Internet access). Additionally, I am registered Independent, so political parties wouldn't call me for my opinion. And I left my phone number off my voter registration so I wouldn't be called.

Not much can be done right now. You can't produce meaningful results by having publicly-accessible web sites because people will use bot software to skew the results, either with malice or for the laughs. If you ask people to register, then you're producing a self-selecting group and that also produces skewed results. If you got a large enough group to register on a site, on the order of millions, you could probably produce sufficiently randomized results to neutralize the self-selection bias, but you also have to send out invites to polls with one-shot encrypted URLs so that people can't monkey-wrench the results.

Would I participate in online polling? Definitely yes. Do I expect such a system to be created? Definitely no.
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"This town is full of savages, Silent Bob." [Aug. 25th, 2015|06:32 am]
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"Donald Trump was right. All of these illegals need to be deported."
-- man arrested for beating up and urinating on an Hispanic homeless man in Boston

"A shame. I will say, that the people that are following me are very passionate. They love this country. They want this country to be great again. But they are very passionate."
-- Trump, on being informed of the incident by reporters

Why am I getting visions of the gangs from A Clockwork Orange?
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Great. First Stingrays, now we also have Jugulars and Wolfhounds. [Aug. 23rd, 2015|10:36 am]
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Stingrays are $100,000 devices that simulate cell phone towers and are used by law enforcement to capture a suspect's cell phone traffic. The problem is, it also captures EVERYONE ELSE'S TRAFFIC. There has been tremendous controversy about 4th Amendment rights because it's such a blanket capture of traffic. Many criminal cases have been dropped because the defense attorneys have pressed for details on the Stingrays and the prosecution abandoned the case under direction of the Federal Department of Justice to not reveal details.

Well, apparently they now they have smaller hand-held devices that are 1/20th the price and can filter for just a suspect's traffic. And the 4th Amendment problems remain.

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We have such an angry, unthinking country over here [Aug. 20th, 2015|06:32 am]
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"Put up a sign that says at the end of 60 days, if you are not here with our permission, can't prove your legal status, you become property of the state. And then we start to extort or exploit or indenture your labor."
-- Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson, on illegal immigrants

"It sounds an awful lot like slavery."
-- caller

"Well, what's wrong with slavery?...You show up without an invitation, you get to be an asset... You think I'm just pulling your leg. I am not."
-- Mickelson

Trump wants to end birthright citizenship, which is a Constitutional point. Which perhaps means amending the Constitution, which hasn't been done in a long time. And this guy wants to reinvent slavery? I wonder if it would be strictly for brown people, or if Brits and Canadians who've overstayed their visas would also be included. Somehow I doubt it.
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An Apollo astronaut said this? [Aug. 18th, 2015|06:03 am]
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"My own experience talking to people has made it clear the ETs had been attempting to keep us from going to war and help create peace on Earth...[Air Force] officers told me UFOs were frequently seen overhead and often disabled their missiles. Other officers from bases on the Pacific Coast told me their [test] missiles were frequently shot down by alien spacecraft."
—Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell

Or possibly that making missiles is very hard and they fail a lot and it's nice to blame a failure on something else?

My wife, an astronomer with a PhD, has said "I have seen UFOs. I didn't know what they were, that doesn't mean they're extraterrestrial." The interesting ones are the people who don't think we've been to our Moon because of REASONS, yet they believe aliens have crossed the staggering distances of interstellar space and visited us.

Maybe they have, maybe they haven't. I haven't seen convincing evidence that they have. I'm also not entirely certain that the current iteration of Earth's inhabitants will live long enough to get to other stars.

ETA: Looking over his Wikipedia entry, yep, he believes in UFOs and all sorts of new age stuff. And he actually walked on the moon. At least he isn't claiming that the moon landings were faked.
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