May 26th, 2015
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Happy Birthday [ profile] aedifica & [ profile] jim_landis
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Posted by Rob Beschizza


A man arrested after masturbating in a public park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, told the court that he had gotten the idea after smoking marijuana.

Vojtech Kralik, 23, of the Czech Republic, was in court facing magistrates on a charge of indecent behavior. According to the police who collared him, he admitted what he had done during interviews, the Belfast Telegraph reports: "He stated that he had smoked cannabis earlier and simply acted on the idea when it came into his head," said one officer.

After his lawyer confirmed that he was not contesting the allegation, Kralik was released on bail pending a pre-sentencing report.

Posted by Rob Beschizza


Entirely happy to use the word "chickenosaurus," NBC News reports that scientists are getting closer to creating a throwback creature by messing with avian DNA: "From a quantitative point of view, we're 50 percent there," a professor of paleontology told them.

The illustration is by Karl Tate of

Posted by Rob Beschizza


A squirrel, crossing the road in Nanaimo, British Columbia, was blamed after a driver braked hard to avoid it and was rear-ended by other vehicles. Three trucks ended up in the multi-vehicle snarlup, according to the RCMP, with one damaged so badly it had to be towed.

Posted by Caroline Siede

The Croods

A new study from University College London argues that gender equality may have been the norm in the earliest days of human society. “There is still this wider perception that hunter-gatherers are more macho or male-dominated,” says Mark Dyble, the anthropologist who led the study. “We’d argue it was only with the emergence of agriculture, when people could start to accumulate resources, that inequality emerged.”

Scientists tracked genealogical data from contemporary hunter-gatherer societies in the Congo and the Philippines and then created a computer model to extrapolate back to the early days of humanity. They published their findings in the journal Science and The Guardian has a nice summary:

Dyble says the latest findings suggest that equality between the sexes may have been a survival advantage and played an important role in shaping human society and evolution. “Sexual equality is one of a important suite of changes to social organisation, including things like pair-bonding, our big, social brains, and language, that distinguishes humans,” he said. “It’s an important one that hasn’t really been highlighted before.”

The authors argue that sexual equality may have proved an evolutionary advantage for early human societies, as it would have fostered wider-ranging social networks and closer cooperation between unrelated individuals. “It gives you a far more expansive social network with a wider choice of mates, so inbreeding would be less of an issue,” said Dyble. “And you come into contact with more people and you can share innovations, which is something that humans do par excellence.”

Read more over at The Guardian.

Posted by Caroline Siede


The Tumblr Feminist Mad Max combines the feminist charms of the Ryan Gosling “Hey Girl” meme with the feminist charms of Mad Max: Fury Road. Men's Rights Activists should avert their eyes.

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See more at Feminist Mad Max.

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posted by [personal profile] supergee at 05:59am on 2015-05-26 under
The real story of the Scalzi contract

Thanx to File 770
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The list as of today, both todo and tada )

I'm sure I'll think of other things as I go and add them...

Posted by Cory Doctorow

In my latest Guardian Column If one thing gives me hope for the future, it’s the cause of ​internet freedom, I talk about the myth that technology activists are "techno-determinists" -- we fight not because we know we'll win, but because we believe there's a possibility that we might not lose.

The only reason to be a technology activist is if you don’t believe in determinism. An activist is someone who thinks that the future is up for grabs, and that what we do today can make tomorrow better. An activist is someone who thinks that without action, things will be worse. Activism is a synonym of indeterminacy, a belief that the future changes because people change it.

It’s true: technology activists view the world through the lens of technology. If the “sharing economy” has become a front for exploitative labour practices, tech activists might propose a collective bargaining app, a crowdsourced lobbying campaign, a networked co-op for workers whose cream is being skimmed by venture-backed corporations. These activities are technological, but they attack the problem as a market problem, a legal problem and a normative problem.

This isn’t “solutionism” – it’s activism. Technology makes it cheaper to try stuff than ever before. Activists can coordinate with one another and test a lot of tactics out to see how they work. When networked computers become a problem, we need to fix the problem – and it’s natural to start with the networked computers that are causing the problem. Not because everything looks like a nail to a person with a hammer – because you can’t solve a problem by ignoring its source.

Geeks can be wrong. Very wrong. I am often wrong. But technology will change the world in profound ways. It’s urgent that we get that change right, or things will go very wrong indeed. Those are two things that geeks have been right about all along.

If one thing gives me hope for the future, it’s the cause of ​internet freedom [The Guardian]

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posted by [personal profile] marina at 09:08am on 2015-05-26 under
I look forward to the day when I resign myself to never ever having my living situation figured out long term.

Meanwhile, I'm having a dilemma about an apartment. Don't think there's any advice anyone can really offer, but writing it out might help me sort through it I guess.

6 month lease )
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posted by [personal profile] justice_turtle at 10:02pm on 2015-05-25 under
*ssss* I am not allowed to put "I am not and never have been a member of the US military" on my OB/GYN paperwork where it asks for "martial status". ;S

(In other news: appointment in THIRTEEN HOURS, I'm filling out the prep paperwork now, also writing up the final bullet-pointed draft of my little screed about why I need a hysterectomy. If any of you have any experience with the best tone to take to get a dude doctor to prescribe somebody under thirty a hysterectomy, please advise. My aunt thinks I should be very professional and dispassionate. I'm so used to dealing with mental health professionals who need to see the internal breakdowns that that feels weird now. *headshake* Socialing medicals, people.)

...I am going to get so many funny looks about my name. ^_^ Long as the inevitable misfiling under "Lastname Mangledfirstname" doesn't actually keep me from getting a hysterectomy, I don't mind. :D
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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk," "kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," "Up the Water Spout," "The Life of the Dead," and "Anahata."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes, Natasha Romanova, Clint Barton, Bruce Banner, JARVIS, Tony Stark.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Public surveillance (consensual on the part of the main characters). Mention of past trauma with lingering symptoms of PTSD. Current environment is safe. Shyness. Nausea. Imposter syndrome.
Summary: Steve coaxes Bruce and Bucky to go out running with him. Later on, there is Game Night.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Coping skills. Exercise. Healthy touch. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Tony takes things apart. Dietary concerns and solutions. Nonsexual ageplay. Nonsexual intimacy. Caregiving. Competence. Toys and games. Gentleness. Trust. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1, Part 2.

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posted by [personal profile] seekingferret at 01:08am on 2015-05-26 under ,
As I mentioned a while back, [personal profile] freeradical42 and I, with help from a few other friends, planned to run a science fiction and fantasy themed Tikkun Leil Shavuot at Balticon. The tradition is to stay up all night studying Torah on the first night of the holiday of Shavuot to commemorate the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.

I prepared a variety of textual sources to work with, but had no idea how to gauge what kind of turnout to expect. I printed ten copies of my source sheets, thinking that if we got ten people it would be amazing.

We got 20 people!

Not all of them stayed all night, but they stayed later than I expected, and people kept getting up to go to bed and then delaying because they wanted to keep participating in the conversation. It was not perfect, and there are things I wish I had done differently to make the conversation work better, but I am so thrilled with how it turned out. It was such a cool experience to be a part of.

I promised [ profile] vvalkyri that I would post my source sheets, so here they are. Bear in mind that these are not source sheets for a carefully structured shiur, just texts we used to start what ended up being a wide ranging six hour long pluralistic conversation about Judaism and its relationship to the past and future. With cheesecake!

Source Sheet 1- Sources on the kosher status of fantasy animals

Source sheet 2- Sources on the future of Shabbat observance

Right clink and save link as.
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posted by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer at 09:41pm on 2015-05-25
At the beginning of March, the Internet had quite a storm of anger, frustration and disappointment. Was the subject of this storm a political upset? Terrorist attack? The death of a major cultural icon?

No. The entire furor was caused by the pervasive REPLACEMENT of Black Widow's character with Captain America in various licensed toy sets for the movie “Age of Ultron.”

The parent company's response was basically a shrug and an eye roll. Business went on as “usual”--for a company in 1970, where gendered toys were just beginning to face outcry from “those angry feminists.”
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posted by [personal profile] lovelyangel at 09:33pm on 2015-05-25 under
Skip Beat! Volume 34

Only happens twice a year – a new volume of Skip Beat! is released in Japan and in the U.S. (although the U.S. is one year behind Japan, who is at volume 36). Today UPS delivered volume 34 to my door. I have no idea when I’ll get a chance to read it – hopefully sometime next month.
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posted by [personal profile] kate_nepveu at 12:00am on 2015-05-26 under
And now for a completely different entertainment review: a musical adaptation of a bunch of Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie books, titled We Are in a Play!

Elephant and Piggie, if you're not familiar, are early reader books (i.e., extremely limited vocabulary and low-density text) about the two best friends of the title. They are to be treasured, because they are adorably fun for adults as well as children—SteelyKid can rattle through them with ease, now, but the Pip also loves them to pieces, and they're wonderful for dramatic readings. (I went to our local used bookstore, hoping to get a stack of them, and couldn't find a single one of any of Willems' books. The library has an entire shelf of Elephant & Piggie that sometimes goes down as low as a couple of books.)

This was about an hour long and transitioned between, uh, at least seven of the books. [*] The Pip got a bit restless by the end, especially as the adaptation of We Are in a Book! to ...Play! involved audience participation, which he was not having any of (that's my kid), but on the whole it went down well with them. I liked it too, except the song they made of I Am Going!, because having Gerald (the elephant) not only sing at Piggie about how he doesn't want her to go but physically stop her is weird and creepy and yuck.

[*] I Am Invited to a Party!; Elephants Cannot Dance!; Listen to My Trumpet!; I Love My New Toy!; I Am Going!; Should I Share My Ice Cream?; We Are in a Book!. I am not entirely sure of the order of these.

With that caveat, recommended. And seriously, Willems is a treasure, you can't go wrong with E&P, or the Pigeon, or the Knuffle Bunny trilogy.
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Here's an interesting piece on albinism and discrimination. I have no idea why people pick on albinos, other than the generic hatred of anything different; it makes even less sense than the large-scale ethnic discriminations where at least one might conceive of seeing another large group as competition. Vision problems are a key aspect of albinism. There is a trend toward albino villains in entertainment, although it has a matching heroic version. This association with evil can cause problems for people with albinism. It also spills over to characters with similar appearance, even if they are not specifically identified as albino: pale skin, white-blond or white hair, light (blue, green, hazel) or pink/red eyes. Actually it turns out that in humans, albinos more often have lavender or blue eyes rather than pink/red, although the ruddy tones do occur.

Well, once you count "albino-like" features, my characters cover the whole spectrum because I happen to think it's a picturesque color range. (I am also into dark characters, and dark with light hair. What can I say, I like diversity.) Also albinos and other very light-colored people are just like anyone else, so they can be good or evil or most often a mix of both. So let's see...

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posted by [personal profile] death_gone_mad at 09:44pm on 2015-05-25
A sign goes up on the bulletin board.

Make money making chocolate

Needed: Cocoa pod collectors, shellers, etc.
or just general laborers
Leave a note with Bar for Sarah Black

Amascut Sarah is at a table, just incase she catches someone staring too long at the board. But, in the meanwhile she has got a seafood, tomato, jalapeño, and cactus stew to entertain her hands and stomach.

Sheesh, the things people do with cactus on other worlds. The cooks and liquor makers of her world have some serious catching up to do.

[ooc:Another job you can handwave your pup having, but I would appreciate a thread. Open till ... July?]
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #23 has two back-up stories by Mark Bagley. The first one is a re-do of AMAZING FANTASY #15, with story by Gerry Conway and art by Mark Bagley. The story is called "My Science Project" which has a lot -but not all- the dialog from the original story.

The second back up story is a six page "Saga of the Serpent Crown" story where the Celestials almost but not quite end the world.

Three pages after the cut )
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posted by [personal profile] oursin at 09:41pm on 2015-05-25 under , , , ,

Today has been quite a pleasant day and I don't know why I am so exhausted, except, well, cumulative effect.

The whole thing went pretty well as far as I could see: apart from a few few minor irks, my main plaint was nothing to do with the con as a con but the absences of so many I hoped to see on account of life-stuff, assorted.

I was having thoughts about institutions and organisations and causes and change and old guards and new guards and the situation where a one-time innovator and mover and shaker becomes ossified and a source of stasis, and this resonated with looking back over my work-life, and various conversations about different things, and that something's lost and something's gained with change and sometimes mourning is needed, but I am too tired for this to become coherent.

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posted by [personal profile] lovelyangel at 07:31pm on 2015-05-25 under
I had the podcast section of iTunes deactivated because I simply don’t have time to listen to podcasts. As it is, I barely manage the time to listen to The Moth Radio Hour each week – and I generally do that while I’m doing something else – like house cleaning or physical therapy exercises.

But there is one podcast episode that I’d really like to listen to – so I activated the podcast section of iTunes and downloaded the WTF’s Marc Maron Interview of Terry Gross. A Shorter Version of the Interview was broadcast on Fresh Air this weekend. I’ve listened to a mere 10 minutes, and I’m sure this will be enlightening and entertaining.

Don’t know when I’ll get a chance to listen to the podcast, though. I’ll probably have to do it in dribs and drabs.
posted by [syndicated profile] boingboing_newfeed_feed at 01:00am on 2015-05-26

Posted by Cory Doctorow

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has released an al Qaeda job application form which they say they recovered from a thumb-drive captured during the raid on Osama Bin Laden's home in Pakistan.

The application warns applicants to keep their answers secret from one another and reassures them that only "concerned individuals" will be able to see the completed form. Many of the questions relate to family life, education, and religious piety ("How much of the holy Qur’an have you memorized? Did you study Shari'a? Who was your instructor?"). It also asks applicants to choose between science and literature as a "favorite material" and specifically asks about technical expertise in chemistry or communications. Finally, it asks who should be contacted in the event that the applicant "becomes a martyr."

Instructions to Applicants [DNI] [PDF]

Al Qaeda’s Job Application Form: Do You Want to Be a Suicide Bomber? [Lee Ferran, James Gordon Meek and Ely Brown/ABC]

(via /.)

May 25th, 2015
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posted by [personal profile] takingthechance at 06:21pm on 2015-05-25
Sam Stewart starts her brand new (and hopefully very temporary) job tomorrow - tonight, her plan was to go out with a few of the gals she knows from the corps. But it turns out, that's not what she gets tonight. Tonight, when she checks at the Bar for any messages, she receives a note on a napkin instead.
"Oh, I... are there any rules for this? I've never..." Another napkin shows up, and doesn't go away despite her giving the polished bartop a deeply dubious look.
"Well, I suppose if you insist." Soon, there's a new hand-written sign on the chalkboard, done in a studiously neat hand.

Happy Hour!
Nothing too difficult please
You don't even need a ration card!

She's found a book detailing types of drinks under the bar, so she has it out and is studying it nervously.
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posted by [personal profile] watersword at 08:46pm on 2015-05-25 under
  1. ibuprofen
  2. suggested donation for admission to the Cloisters
  3. the benches in niches off Stan Michels Promenade
  4. the M4 bus
  5. the jar of grapefruit marmalade I found the cupboard which I will devour
posted by [personal profile] familyvalues at 05:08pm on 2015-05-25
It's been awhile. I should catch up.
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posted by [personal profile] beatrice_otter at 07:52pm on 2015-05-25 under ,

So I was reading a Harry Potter fic, and something occurred to me which never had before.  And it’s a question about mail.  Because the wizarding world is the opposite of the muggle world, in that they have instantaneous physical transportation (floo, apparition, portkey) but not instantaneous text-based communication (letters carried by owl).

What happens if an owl is bringing you a letter from London and you are, say, in Scotland, at Hogwarts, and the owl is almost there, and then you floo/apparate/portkey somewhere else.  Say, London.

Does the owl know and turn around mid-flight?  Would the owl then become very bad-tempered from the extra distance you made them fly?
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posted by [personal profile] thnidu at 06:57pm on 2015-05-25 under ,

Towel Day or Wear the Lilac?

Towel Day first began in 2001, two weeks following the death of beloved author Douglas Adams, who had this to say about towels in his book The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy:

A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

This is the annual post in recognition of the Glorious 25th of May. Please rise as we sing the Ankh-Morpork City Anthem:

When dragons belch and hippos flee
My thoughts, Ankh-Morpork, are of thee
Let others boast of martial dash
For we have boldly fought with cash
We own all your helmets, we own all your shoes
We own all your generals - touch us and you'll lose.
Morporkia! Morporkia!
Morporkia owns the day!
We can rule you wholesale
Touch us and you'll pay.
We bankrupt all invaders, we sell them souvenirs
We ner ner ner ner ner, hner ner hner by the ears
Er hner we ner ner ner ner ner
Ner ner her ner ner ner hner the ner
Er ner ner hner ner, nher hner ner ner (etc.)
Ner hner ner, your gleaming swords
We mortgaged to the hilt
Morporkia! Morporkia!
Hner ner ner ner ner ner
We can rule you wholesale
Credit where it's due.
For Truth! Justice! Freedom! Reasonably-Priced Love! and a Hard Boiled Egg!

And in memory of:
Horace Nancyball
Billy Wiglet
Reginald Shoe
Cecil "Snouty" Clapman
Dai Dickins
Ned Coates
Sergeant-at-Arms John Keel

location: falling toward the Disc with a whale and a pot of petunias
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posted by [personal profile] andrewducker at 11:46pm on 2015-05-25
I liked it. It was not the most amazing thing I'd ever seen, and I do think I'd have liked it a little more if I hadn't seen the trailer about six times, but I still thought it was solidly good.

The thing it reminded me of the most was an old-school series from the comic compendium 2000AD. It had that kind of simple storytelling, with decent-but-simple dialogue, violent-but-not-upsetting action, and plots that hint at a deeper world without stopping to infodump, along with gorgeous visual shots that frame both the action and the characters and tie the narrative together. The overall plot of really minor spoilers ) could have come from something like Slaine really easily.

I was completely unsurprised to discover that Brendan McCarthy was heavily involved.

I was intrigued by the discussions ahead of time about the purported feminism of the movie, and by various people's reactions to it. Minor spoilers, more for the shape of the plot than anything else. ) So I can understand why some people failed to spot that the film is feminist* purely in that it puts a bunch of women into a plot, working with men in order to improve their situation, but given the state of representation of women in movies just doing that is clearly enough to piss off a lot of deeply unpleasant people.

In any case - gorgeous, well written, fun, and basically two hours of car chases and explosions. Recommended.

*It's like failing to spot that Lord Of The Rings is pro-royalist. It's so ingrained in people, fantasy plot-wise, that The True King can fix things by accepting his role, that they fail to spot how barkingly odd that kind of thinking is in the real world. Very few people argue that what we _really_ need to do in order to bring happiness to the UK is for Charles to get a grip, grab the reigns of power, and apply his natural kingly instincts to our once bounteous land.
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posted by [personal profile] the_rck at 06:44pm on 2015-05-25 under
I've started reading through my remixee's fics. The task seems overwhelming because there are so many of them in the fandom we matched on. I'm also not sure I have a good grasp of the character they favor most, and I no longer have ready access to canon (It's a big fandom, so I'm sure there has to be a wiki). They also have a bias toward fluff that I will probably end up subverting simply because I'm incapable of fluff. I did look at the three fics they have in another common fandom, and I really liked one of those, but it's been remixed before by someone else, so I would rather find something else to remix.

I actually hope I matched to be remixed in Narnia and not in Weiss Kreuz. I feel like my Weiss stories have been very thoroughly picked over, so that someone might have a hard time finding a story they liked that hadn't been remixed already. I wouldn't mind a second remix of the same story, of course. If there's one thing I know about Remix, it's that no two people write the same story, not even when they start from the same point. But there were only two or three people offering to remix Weiss Kreuz, and they're likely to be people who've remixed my work before. I'd think they'd want a different challenge.
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posted by [personal profile] paraka at 06:40pm on 2015-05-25 under
Welcome to [community profile] pod_together! A challenge where writers and podficcers join together to create awesome projects - the writer writing something specifically to be podficced, and the podficcer recording it.

Please take a moment to check out the Rules/FAQs behind the cuts.

Basic Rules )

Timeline )

Major changes from previous years of this challenge )

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between Individual sign ups and Group sign ups? )

I signed up as an individual, but now I have a group, what do I do? )

Will all groups have just one writer and one podficcer? )

What about filk? )

What about artwork? )

I want to participate, but I've got a busy month ahead and I'm not sure I can commit or, What's a Party Favor? )

What's the modding style like? )

I’ve gotten my assignment, now what? or, What is icebreaker week? )

What if I need to drop out? )

How do groups hand in their finished assignments? )

What is the Early Podfic Submission Deadline? )

When will my group's story be posted? )

What does a work written specifically to be podficced look like? )

I am new to this sort of collaboration. How exactly will it go? )

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If you have any further questions please feel free to ask here or email us at pod.together at gmail dot com.
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posted by [personal profile] case at 06:36pm on 2015-05-25

⌈ Secret Post #3064 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.


More! )


Secrets Left to Post: 02 pages, 044 secrets from Secret Submission Post #438.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.
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posted by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith at 05:07pm on 2015-05-25 under , , , ,
Here's an interesting discussion about how to write good titles. My thoughts ...

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Posted by Cory Doctorow

The game-plan for future Roombas may fit them with cameras that send images of your home to a remote service that identifies obstacles and lets the little robots clean around them -- what could possibly go wrong?

Roombas will be equipped with standard cameras. They will use standardized operating systems -- probably a stripped down GNU/Linux or BSD variant. Their network and USB firmware will come from the same factories that produce the components in your laptop. They will connect to the same home router that your phone and computers and set-top boxes use. The images will encrypted with the same crypto that everyone else uses. The servers that receive those images will be regulated by the same laws that regulate the servers that store instant messages, emails, and social media postings.

Each one of those components is under assault today.

The FBI and David Cameron have vowed to ban strong crypto. GCHQ and the NSA sabotage cryptographic protocols by sneaking saboteurs into standards bodies and using them to argue for the deliberate weakening of random number generators.

The Snooper's Charter will require service operators to retain the images they receive, and grant warrantless acess to law enforcement, government officials, and any crook or tabloid reporter who can bribe, trick or coerce a cop or a babu into leaking the password.

GCHQ and the NSA know about vulnerabilities in USB ports and other standardized components, but they keep these a secret, most likely so that they can weaponize them).

Roombas are pretty useful devices. I own two of them. They do have real trouble with obstacles, though. Putting a camera on them so that they can use the smarts of the network to navigate our homes and offices is a plausible solution to this problem.

But a camera-equipped networked robot that free-ranges around your home is a fucking disaster if it isn't secure. It's a gift to everyone who wants to use cameras to attack you, from voyeur sextortionist creeps to burglars to foreign spies and dirty cops.

Irobot is the first major company to propose using roving cameras to solve an appliance problem, but they won't be the last. Your home of the future will be stuffed full of cameras, some of which will be able to see through your clothes and your walls. Those Internet of Things videos where people dressed like extras from Tron use gestures to control their homes? Those are depicting houses where every square inch is under video surveillance.

Cybersecurity starts with defense. We can't make back doors that only good guys can walk through. Our spies and spooks and militaries can't make us secure by eroding our security. If we backdoor these things to help SWAT teams executing no-knock warrants, we'll leave them open to revenge-porn scum, the Syrian military, and corporate espionage contractors, too.

Roombas already can detect and avoid objects, but recognizing exactly what those objects are is a different beast entirely. By streaming video from its cameras to a cloud-based object-classification system, it can tell whether the object in front of it is a bookcase or a TV stand, label it accordingly on a map, and share that detailed plan with next-generation home-infrastructure systems.

The camera system wouldn’t be the only modification necessary for the Roomba to create maps of your home. Because iRobot’s map-making system uses the cloud to analyze, recognize, and label objects, connectivity would need to be built into the robot itself or its charging dock.

“It’s a camera and cloud-based AI engine where we trained it on faucets by going on the Web, downloading pictures of faucets, and using neural network learning on what makes a faucet,” Angle explains. “I think it’s pretty cool that it can actually differentiate dishwashers from ovens because ovens have windows in the door and dishwashers don’t.”

The Next Roomba May Recognize All Your Crap [Tim Moynihan/Wired]

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The Butterfly King (The Lost and Founds 3) by Edmond Manning
Gay Contemporary Romance
Series: The Lost and Founds
Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: Pickwick Ink Press; 1st edition (September 18, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 098909796X
ISBN-13: 978-0989097963
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Terrance Altham doesn’t know why he’s been arrested. He’s committed no crime and the cops aren’t talking. Sadly, the man sharing his holding cell talks too much. Known only as Ghost, he is a young grifter, apparently familiar enough with this police station to convince Terrance a break out is possible, and pushy enough to leave Terrance no choice but to follow Ghost into the underbelly of New York City. Terrified by the unjust imprisonment and the possibility of a life behind bars, Terrance searches for proof of his innocence while Ghost seeks the elusive Butterfly King. But neither man seems in control of the weekend’s direction and the consequences of mistakes are life-changing. As Ghost’s manipulations come to an explosive head, each man must decide amid danger and street violence what kind of man will triumph, lost or found? Narrator Vin Vanbly (a.k.a Ghost) returns in the most revealing King Weekend yet, where he faces the dark side of his dangerous manipulations, and learns missteps can be deadly. Vin must confront sinister dealings from his past—and a future promising disaster—as he waltzes Terrance across Manhattan in spring, searching for the elusive and charismatic, Butterfly King.

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The Hidden Wolf (Sapphire Ranch Wolves 2) by Sue Brown
Publisher: Love Lane Books Ltd; 1 edition (May 20, 2015)
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Blurb: Sheriff Milo Clarke has met his mate, Eli Watkins, and now they're conducting a long distance relationship while Eli runs Cavalry, the security firm protecting Joe and Cal at the Sapphire Ranch from the hunters.

The long distance loving is hard on all three of them, Eli, Clarke and Clarke's wolf, who is becoming more restless as Clarke refuses to shift. When Clarke going to give into the other side of him and how will Clarke and Eli resolve the distance between their lives?

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posted by [personal profile] souffle_girlek at 02:48pm on 2015-05-25 under
(OOM: Oswin meets a doctor in the infirmary. This goes much better than that other time she met a Doctor in an infirmary.

By much better, no one actually gets threatened with death this time. Baby steps.)
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