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by cloudier


Is your browser configuration rare or unique? If so, web sites may be able to track you, even if you limit or disable cookies.

Panopticlick tests your browser to see how unique it is based on the information it will share with sites it visits. Click below and you will be given a uniqueness score, letting you see how easily identifiable you might be as you surf the web.

What are some claims by Malcolm Gladwell that are incorrect?

  • Thinks that “Igon Values” exist (he means “eigenvalue”, but he doesn’t know it) [2].
  • More generally, he tends to misuse and misdefine technical terms – e.g., “homology” [3], “sagittal plane” [4], and “power law” [5].
  • He has also famously discussed Paul Ekman and the science of being able to determine whether someone is lying by looking at snapshots of their face – this is a major part of the book Blink. Unfortunately, it all seems to be false [7].
  • That 10,000 hours of practice will turn you into a genius on the order of Mozart or Michael Jordan [8].
  • More generally, Gladwell’s methodology seems to be to oversimplify problems until he can wrap them up with a tidy, attractive-sounding, and pseudo-scientific explanation [9].
  • It’s also not true “that cognitive skills don’t predict a teacher’s effectiveness, that intelligence scores are poorly related to job performance or (the major claim in “Outliers”) that above a minimum I.Q. of 120, higher intelligence does not bring greater intellectual achievements.” [11]

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by cloudier

Ortolan Bunting

For centuries, a rite of passage for French gourmets has been the eating of the Ortolan. These tiny birds—captured alive, force-fed, then drowned in Armagnac—were roasted whole and eaten that way, bones and all, while the diner draped his head with a linen napkin to preserve the precious aromas and, some believe, to hide from God.

64% of all Microsoft vulnerabilities for 2009 mitigated by Least Privilege accounts

  • Cybercrime is not driven by the use of zero day flaws, but by the millions of people using the Internet with outdated software – It’s a simple fact that has so far contributed to the rise and rise of some of the most prolific botnets, and outdated flaws within popular applications remain the main vehicle for Zeus crimeware infections. Naturally, there are campaigns that exclusively rely on recently published flaws, but the window of opportunity offered by those would be closed sooner than the one of all the outdated applications running on the same PC, combined. It’s the cybercriminal’s mentality of traffic optimization for malicious purposes, (See example: Money Mule Recruitment Campaign Serving Adobe/Client-Side Exploits), that offers the highest probability of infection.
  • Microsoft OS/software specific vulnerabilities are only a part of the drive-by exploits cocktail served by web malware exploitation kits – You would be surprised to know how many people are so obsessed with “Patch Tuesday” that they exclude the decent number of outdated browser plugins and third-party software installed on their PCs. The result? A false feeling of security, which combined with an outdated situational awareness on how modern web malware exploitation kits work, leads to a successful drive-by attack. It shouldn’t come to as a surprise that, not only did malicious PDF files comprise 80 percent of all exploits for 2009, but also, the use of Microsoft Office files for targeted attacks is declining. Two years ago, Microsoft in fact confirmed this trend – Microsoft: Third party apps killing our security.

Malicious PDF files comprised 80 percent of all exploits for 2009

Therefore, the increasing use of malicious PDFs can also be interpreted as the direct result of the millions of users using outdated and exploitable Adobe products, with the only preference a malicious attacker could have in this case remaining the incentive based on the 99% penetration of Adobe Flash on Internet-enabled PCs. But how is the possible that with such a high market share, ScanSafe’s report shows that Adobe Acrobat/Reader exploits grew while the use of Flash exploits declined?

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let me interrupt your studying with some rick santorum

by bezzle

Yeah, hating on Rick Santorum is unoriginal, but it still incenses me every single time.  Yeah, the internet is a free place for everybody.  Yeah, there’s stupid people on the internet.

This site.  Makes you want to kick things.  Cuss, strangle, stab, etc.

I actually read the entire first FAQ page wondering if this was some very exaggerated troll RPer…but nope.  Either they plan on taking this RP very seriously…or someone actually shares Santorum’s views.

If anyone reads that site, hopefully you’re at least progressive enough to realise ALL most of this person’s views are considered ultra-conservative/idiotic.

But the insinuation about socialists being racists grates me so much because I’m a left-left winger.  Not only is it hypocritical, it’s just plain wrong.

Also I’m guessing the “most of my gay friends” must mean ‘most of his nonexistent gay friends’.

Some gems I found on the site.

Respect, My Little Pony fandom.

Because that's what we've spent several weeks learning in Modern History...

And this one is a little mean…

edit – ARGH why is there an error in the 2011 3u answers?!  Okay, better get off this tumblr before I flood this post with a lot of ‘gems’; I’d probably end up screenshooting the whole site.

edit edit – I can’t resist.  Here’s the last one.

edit edit edit – I see why I can’t stop reading now.  All this idiocy…it’s sorta amusing.  In a ‘let’s find the most irrelevant and blatantly wrong reasons for social phenomena and try to annoy as many people as possible who aren’t male white-supremacist Christians who hate blacks, non-heterosexuals, sex, women, etc.’ sort of way.  

re: bezzle’s Personality Defect Test

by Squido~

Your result for The Personality Defect Test …


You are 29% Rational, 86% Extroverted, 14% Brutal, and 43% Arrogant.

You are the Hippie! Characterized by a strong sense of extroversion, irrationality, gentleness, humility, and a faint scent of marijuana, you no doubt frolic through fields preaching peace and free love! Immediately following that, you then frolic to the hospital with herpes! You are probably either very spiritual or needlessly paranoid about “the man”, like most hippies, as a result of your focus on intuition and feelings over cold, brutal logic. You probably enjoy poetry, especially beatnik ultra-liberal crap about how horrible fascism is, even though your suburbanized, sheltered idea of “fascism” is having to pay two dollars per gallon at the gas pump. You are also very, very social. And like any hippie who would have no qualms about hitchiking across the country just to meet some interesting people, you also love to interact with others, even complete strangers. Though I highly doubt they love to interact with you! Because we know most any hippie is peace-loving and humble, it stands to reason that you, as well, are terribly gentle and humble, almost to the point of revulsion. Your carefree attitude of peace and harmony is probably very, very sickening to realists or cynics or anyone who isn’t a hippie, to tell the truth. In short, your personality is defective because you are overly emotional, extroverted, gentle, and humble–thus making you an annoying hippie. Now go do your drugs and have sex with filthy bearded men in tye dye shirts.To put it less negatively:1. You are more INTUITIVE than rational.

2. You are more EXTROVERTED than introverted.

3. You are more GENTLE than brutal.

4. You are more HUMBLE than arrogant.


Your exact opposite is the Sociopath.

Other personalities you would probably get along with are the Hand-Raiser, the Televangelist, and the Robot.

vvv that’s me vvv

man that author was right. now i’m asking myself “why did i just waste half an hour of my life on this crap?” but you have to admit, it is pretty hilarious crap. check it out:

looks like i’m allowed to be friends with you after all! hahaha~

ew some dude called beachesguy just offered me his virginity. weirdo.

SOPA & its aftermath

by cloudier

Such ridiculous, destructive bills should never even pass committee review, but we’re not addressing the real problem: the MPAA’s buying power in Congress. This is a campaign finance problem.

We can attack this by aggressively supporting campaign finance reform to reduce the role of big money in U.S. policy. This is the goal of groups such as United Republic andRootstrikers.

It’s also worth reconsidering our support of the MPAA. The MPAA is a hate-sink, a front to protect its members from negative PR. But unlike the similarly purposed Lodsys (and many others), it’s easy to see who the MPAA represents: Disney, Sony Pictures, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Universal, and Warner Brothers. (Essentially, all of the major movie studios.)

The MPAA studios hate us. They hate us with region locks and unskippable screens andencryption and criminalization of fair use. They see us as stupid eyeballs with wallets, and they are entitled to a constant stream of our money. They despise us, and they certainly don’t respect us.

Yet when we watch their movies, we support them.

Even if we don’t watch their movies in a theater or buy their plastic discs of hostility, we’re still supporting them. If we watch their movies on Netflix or other flat-rate streaming or rental services, the service effectively pays them on our behalf next time they negotiate the rights or buy another disc. And if we pirate their movies, we’re contributing to the statistics that help them convince Congress that these destructive laws are necessary.

Marco Arment: The next SOPA

Maddox: I hope SOPA passes

Throwaway here for obvious reasons–I also work in LA for a well-known studio and the other day I shit you not they had me torrenting a bunch of files to update the new office computer. And same with copies of screeners, thumb drives, etc like zohmg said.

I urge you again to boycott Hollywood – they are using our money to curtail our rights. Stop giving it to them.

This Bill Entitled “The Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011” Is a Bill with overly broadened language that greatly threatens all of us.

“under language approved 19 to 10 by a House committee, the firm that sells you Internet access would be required to track all of your Internet activity and save it for 18 months, along with your name, the address where you liveyour bank account numbers, your credit card numbers, and IP addresses you’ve been assigned.

Representative Zoe Lofgren, (D-Calif.) one of the most vocal opponents of the bill, presented an amendment to rename the Bill the “Keep Every American’s Digital Data for Submission to the Federal Government Without a Warrant Act.”

The Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011