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Journal Journal: The 2016 Hugo convention 1

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I had more fun this weekend than I have in years! Patty and I attended this year’s World Science Fiction Convention in Kansas City.
Patty had said that she would be at my mom’s house in Belleville around one, and I got there a little before.
She got caught in constru

Comment Well... (Score 1) 7

That's fine if you only care about yourself. I have a friend (actually an ex-brother in law) who does have kids who shares your opinion.

Personally, I'd like to have the species continue, even though once the Earth dies a natural death by then (4 billion years from now), humans will be less like us than a bonobo.

Comment Successful? (Score 1) 7

I wouldn't call someone who was born into riches and loaned a million dollars interest-free who later declared bankruptcy four times and is being sued for fraud a "successful businessman." Actually, that may be a good thing, look how Bruce Rauner, a truly successful businessman, is totally screwing up Illinois governance. Christ, he's worse than the incompetent Quinn and the two jailed felons who came before him.

You can no more run a government like a business than you can run a business like a government. Just because you can drive an eighteen wheeler doesn't mean you're fit to race a motorcross, or even a Formula One.

The press is anti-Trump because they're not mindless fools.

Submission + - Malibu Media stay lifted, motion to quash denied

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In the federal court for the Eastern District of New York, where all Malibu Media cases have been stayed for the past year, the Court has lifted the stay and denied the motion to quash in the lead case, thus permitting all 84 cases to move forward. In his 28-page decision (PDF), Magistrate Judge Steven I. Locke accepted the representations of Malibu's expert, one Michael Patzer from a company called Excipio, that in detecting BitTorrent infringement he relies on "direct detection" rather than "indirect detection", and that it is "not possible" for there to be misidentification.

Submission + - Anti-Piracy Outfit Sends Takedown Requests for Non-Existent Torrents

TroII writes: In yet another example of DMCA abuse and false claims, a protection firm named IP-Echelon has been sending numerous takedown requests for torrent files that never existed. IP-Echelon, whose clients include HBO and Paramount Pictures, continues to file claims against a magnet URI index named Zoink.it. The catch? While IP-Echelon's DMCA claims refer to a 2016 HBO series, Zoink.it shut down in 2014, so the allegedly infringing URLs were never valid.

Comment Re:is this really a "scam"? (Score 1) 27

It's both spam and scam, really. These people are spamming on behalf of shady supposed "streaming" sites hosted in Russia and various eastern bloc nations. Whether or not those sites will actually show you the movie you're trying to see is unknown but they'll absolutely infect you with adware, malware, and other garbage.

This shit plagued Reddit for months, they finally got on top of it and it looks like the scam spammers have moved elsewhere.

Comment Awful design (Score 1) 290

Offtopic I know, but am I the only one getting really tired of this trend in web design where I click through to read an article, but first must scroll down past a giant full-page image? This is what I see when I load the article. That image adds precisely zero information, but bulks up the page load by 702,043 bytes and several seconds even on broadband. Fucking stop already.

Comment Re:Security my Ass (Score 2) 112

The annoying thing is, I'm getting a lot of SASL authentication attempts from Microsoft Azure IPs against the email address I used for LinkedIn. Microsoft's LinkedIn service leaked my email address and an ancient password, and lots of Microsoft Azure cloud instances are now busy attempting to login to that email account.

Aug 15 10:51:04 mail postfix/smtpd[12561]: connect from unknown[13.84.216.161]
Aug 15 10:51:07 mail postfix/smtpd[12561]: warning: unknown[13.84.216.161]: SASL LOGIN authentication failed: authentication failure
Aug 15 10:51:07 mail postfix/smtpd[12561]: lost connection after AUTH from unknown[13.84.216.161]
Aug 15 10:51:07 mail postfix/smtpd[12561]: disconnect from unknown[13.84.216.161]
Aug 15 10:51:07 mail postfix/smtpd[12561]: connect from unknown[13.84.216.161]
Aug 15 10:51:09 mail postfix/smtpd[12561]: warning: unknown[13.84.216.161]: SASL LOGIN authentication failed: authentication failure
Aug 15 10:51:09 mail postfix/smtpd[12561]: lost connection after AUTH from unknown[13.84.216.161]
Aug 15 10:51:09 mail postfix/smtpd[12561]: disconnect from unknown[13.84.216.161]
Aug 15 10:51:10 mail postfix/smtpd[12561]: connect from unknown[13.84.216.161]
Aug 15 10:51:12 mail postfix/smtpd[12561]: warning: unknown[13.84.216.161]: SASL LOGIN authentication failed: authentication failure
Aug 15 10:51:12 mail postfix/smtpd[12561]: lost connection after AUTH from unknown[13.84.216.161]
Aug 15 10:51:12 mail postfix/smtpd[12561]: disconnect from unknown[13.84.216.161]
Aug 15 10:51:12 mail postfix/smtpd[12561]: connect from unknown[13.84.216.161]

Yadda yadda. I report them all to Microsoft's CERT but despite the "thank you" emails, I wind up getting attacked from the same IPs day in and day out.

Comment Re:I can't hear you (Score 2) 394

DRM for sound is completely impossible. CD with DRM? Plug the CD player's headphone jack to your computer's sound inputs and sample. Hell, I get albums weekly; every Sunday night KSHE plays six full albums. I just capture the stream on its way to the speakers.

The only way to keep DRM "protected" music from playing on an iPhone is to get rid of wi-fi, bluetooth, the headphone jack, and the USB port. If I can put data on it at all, I can strip the DRM from those data before loading it on a phone.

DRM is a bad joke.

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