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September 1, 2014

(Source: weeaboo-palace, via shrodingersboobs)

September 1, 2014
The Damning “Tell” of GamerGate

Go ahead: do a search for GamerGate if you need a foul taste of what I’m talking about…

 I’m not a gamer in any sense, so I was slow to notice GamerGate. One quirk that initially puzzled me was the abbreviation “SJW” used as a pejorative by the whiny manbabies of Gamerworld who see a vast misandrist conspiracy in the fact that the game trade “press” has uniformly come out against violent threats as a response to feminist critiques of the pervasive sexism & misogyny in video games. I quickly found that the expansion is “Social Justice Warrior” and that gave me an important insight into the class of cultural pathology this comes from.

Social Justice is a phrase originating in the Christian Left, mainly the Catholic Left. It has been abused and misappropriated occasionally, notably Fr. Coughlin and later Stalinists & Maoists, but it has a real meaning. Social Justice is the idea that justice is not only a product of the legal system, it is also a feature of a society, a product of action taken by people (and their governments) to create and sustain just societies. The reactionary Right, starting with the virulently anti-Catholic KKK, has attacked the concept of Social Justice and the phrase as a symbol for a long time, but in recent decades the attacks had been marginalized along with much of the Anti-Catholicism of the old US Right. Then along came Glenn Beck. In his crusade to expunge all careful & nuanced thought from the American Right, he has smeared Social Justice as a synonym for totalitarian Communism. In an extension of the long theological battle over Justification by Faith, he has been telling his disciples for years that Social Justice is a label used by evil people to hide evil covert schemes of enslavement, and his bullshit has caught on in the media echo chamber of the American Right. But in the real world, Social Justice is a phrase & idea that has become entirely mainstream over the past 50 years. 

So when “Social Justice Warrior” is used like a slur, it is a strong hint that the message comes from inside the delusional bubble of the Right. Arguing with someone who thinks “SJW” is  an insult is like arguing with a birther or someone who thinks most rape accusations are bogus or that Ayn Rand was a profound, consistent thinker and skilled writer. Or that there is such a thing as a trade “press” in any niche that isn’t broadly corrupt & biased. 

August 26, 2014
geekarchaeology:

Only one update for tonight… I’ve mostly been sorting cables. This is a “Mac cracker” - a screwdriver bit extender for opening the cases on “classic” 68k Macs, which I was minorly obsessed with in 2002-2004. My friend Simon is the current custodian of my Mac SE30, tricked out with 8mb of RAM and… an Ethernet card. Not bad for a machine from 1989. I used this bit to open it up and install the Ethernet card in my dorm room in 2002.

An SE30 in 2002 was already archaeology. Here’s a couple of more specific tools for opening one-piece Macs:

The top one is the proper tool: a barely-long-enough T15 driver. The bottom  one is actually a hex key of proper size to fit the T15 screws, included free with a 2-SIMM order by a RAM vendor back when maxxing out a Mac was a $500 investment. It was a risky tool to use with the force that its handle enabled, since Torx != Hex. 

geekarchaeology:

Only one update for tonight… I’ve mostly been sorting cables. This is a “Mac cracker” - a screwdriver bit extender for opening the cases on “classic” 68k Macs, which I was minorly obsessed with in 2002-2004. My friend Simon is the current custodian of my Mac SE30, tricked out with 8mb of RAM and… an Ethernet card. Not bad for a machine from 1989. I used this bit to open it up and install the Ethernet card in my dorm room in 2002.

An SE30 in 2002 was already archaeology. Here’s a couple of more specific tools for opening one-piece Macs:

Mac-specific tools

The top one is the proper tool: a barely-long-enough T15 driver. The bottom  one is actually a hex key of proper size to fit the T15 screws, included free with a 2-SIMM order by a RAM vendor back when maxxing out a Mac was a $500 investment. It was a risky tool to use with the force that its handle enabled, since Torx != Hex. 

August 16, 2014
"Years ago I learned a very cool thing about Robin Williams, and I couldn’t watch a movie of his afterward without thinking of it. I never actually booked Robin Williams for an event, but I came close enough that his office sent over his rider. For those outside of the entertainment industry, a rider lists out an artist’s specific personal and technical needs for hosting them for an event, anything from bottled water and their green room to sound and lighting requirements. You can learn a lot about a person from their rider. This is where rocks bands list their requirement for green M&Ms (which is actually a surprisingly smart thing to do). This is also where a famous environmentalist requires a large gas-guzzling private jet to fly to the event city, but then requires an electric or hybrid car to take said environmentalist to the event venue when in view of the public.
When I got Robin Williams’ rider, I was very surprised by what I found. He actually had a requirement that for every single event or film he did, the company hiring him also had to hire a certain number of homeless people and put them to work. I never watched a Robin Williams movie the same way after that. I’m sure that on his own time and with his own money, he was working with these people in need, but he’d also decided to use his clout as an entertainer to make sure that production companies and event planners also learned the value of giving people a chance to work their way back. I wonder how many production companies continued the practice into their next non-Robin Williams project, as well as how many people got a chance at a job and the pride of earning an income, even temporarily, from his actions. He was a great multiplier of his impact. Let’s hope that impact lives on without him. Thanks, Robin Williams- not just for laughs, but also for a cool example."

— Brian Lord.org  (via boysncroptops)

(Source: gypsy-hip, via crankypants16)

August 16, 2014
Click here for hawt lesbian on grand jury action

rawstory:

Texas grand juries are notorious for succumbing to the legalistic wiles of a saucy lesbian prosecutor with a strong case…

(via crankypants16)

August 14, 2014
It Ain’t So Bad

shrodingersboobs:

Detroit is flooding, St Louis is neighboring a police state, my friends from high school in California lost their sorority sisters to a misogynist, and Las Vegas is full of militant gun owners who wouldn’t think twice about gunning down anyone who doesn’t agree with them.

My hometowns are dying right now and it terrifies me that the next time I look at a news report it’ll be my friend or family that’s been killed.

We’re drying out, slowly, but the rolling battles between local “Men’s Rights” gangs and paramilitary police convince me I need GUNNZZ!

I’ll need them for the wolf-hunting season anyway. Is there a special gun for the rabid? 

August 13, 2014
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My family has always been private about our time spent together. It was our way of keeping one thing that was ours, with a man we shared with an entire world. But now that’s gone, and I feel stripped bare. My last day with him was his birthday, and I will be forever grateful that my brothers and I got to spend that time alone with him, sharing gifts and laughter. He was always warm, even in his darkest moments. While I’ll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there’s minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions. It doesn’t help the pain, but at least it’s a burden countless others now know we carry, and so many have offered to help lighten the load. Thank you for that.

To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh. As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too…

Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I’ve ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence. We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again.

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— My only statement. My brothers’ are also online. Thank you for all your kindness, and goodbye for awhile guys. xo (via zeldawilliams)

August 11, 2014
ivoryy-coast:

I’ll just leave this here 😒

ivoryy-coast:

I’ll just leave this here 😒

(via shrodingersboobs)

August 5, 2014

femifeisty:

DESTROY THE MYTH THAT TEENAGE GIRLS WHO IDENTIFY AS BISEXUAL ARE DOING IT FOR ATTENTION

(via ironrose)

July 25, 2014

Anonymous said: Shut the fuck up about vaccinations. Not everyone has to have them, not everyone believes in them. Uneducated fuck.

aspiringdoctors:

restless-wafarer:

aspiringdoctors:

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You know, my homie and secret best friend Neil deGrasse Tyson said it best….

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This isn’t an issue of belief or should even be up for discussion. It’s not a debate- like gravity or that the Earth revolves around the Sun isn’t up for debate. It’s a fact, whether or not you like it. Sorry bro.

And any ‘educated fuck’ knows that vaccines are necessary and everyone who can have them should have them.

Have a lovely day, sugar. 

Actually there’s a lot of research and knowledge supporting the fact that vaccines are NOT necessary. It is simply another thing that today’s health system is super big on, just like hospital births and c-sections. And a lot of people actually have long term and short term complications from getting vaccines. Ahem.

Dang guys, you thought I didn’t check my activity log every now and then? Because I knew shit like this would pop up. And, I just finished my block exam and am feeling fiesty.

Actually you’re wrong. That ‘research’ is either completely fabricated OR grossly misinterprets the data OR uses shitty research techniques to get the data they want- all which are grossly unethical, in case you’re curious. I’ve got slides from a recent lecture on vaccines (aka why I am so fired up about this nonsense). You can check out the citations on each slide if you don’t believe me… something unsurprisingly missing from literally every anti-vaccine comment I’ve gotten and website that I have visited. Show me your sources, honey, and if you do, I will blow them out of the water because not a single one stands up to current scientific research standards.

There are however tomes and tomes of research for the safety end efficacy of vaccines. Don’t believe me? Look at a simple google scholar search.

So! Here we go! 

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Holy shit, it’s almost like vaccines SAVE SOCIETY MONEY. In fact, they give money back to society, along with the other programs indicated by red arrows. Which would be really weird for something that is just a healthcare fad like c-sections and hospital births.

And most people have no complications for getting vaccines, and if they do, most of them are short term. In fact, it is devilishly hard to prove an adverse effect was because of a vaccine. Why? Because it’s how we’re wired. We falsely see connections and causes where there are none (called a type 1 error; you are rejecting a true null hypothesis). People are more likely to attribute an adverse health event to a shot- even if that shot is the placebo and the numbers are just the background rate for whatever health event in the population.

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And here is a graph showing the sample sizes necessary to prove that an adverse event is caused or related to a vaccine.

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You know what, it was a really good lecture and I’m going to share more more relevant slides in case any one else feels like contradicting me.

These slides show the public health impact of vaccines. Note the differences between the historical peak and post-vaccine era deaths columns. Because saving literally thousands of lives is totally a conspiracy you should beware of.

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And this is why herd immunity is so important! See how high it has to be for measles? Guess what we’re seeing outbreaks of thanks to anti-vaxxers? Don’t forget that one of the deadly complications of measles is SSPE.

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Look how Hepatitis A infections in older adults when down after kids started getting immunized. Shocking! Could vaccines be… good for …. everyone????

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Ahem.

July 15, 2014

Admit it: you LOVED the catchy tune.
Now it’s got better lyrics and a better video…

(Source: youtube.com)

July 9, 2014
1 in 5 teenagers have thought about suicide, about 1 in 6 teenagers have made plans for suicide, and more than 1 in 12 teenagers have attempted suicide in the last year. As many as 8 out of 10 teenagers who have commited suicide tried to ask for help in some way before committing suicide. Reblog this if you’re always here to listen.

(via shrodingersboobs)

May 30, 2014

strange-radio:

queenklu:

I wonder if Steve’s ever been in the middle of sex and got mixed up shouting “fuck” and “Bucky” and instead yelled “FUCKY.”

(Oh, fucky, I slipped and made a fic)

Not only is Tony Stark an A+ human being and benevolent kazillionaire who built all his best superhero friends an entire luxury apartment building/playground/arsenal in downtown Manhattan, but he is also an engineer. Do people forget about that? He never does. So not only did he design the building, he designed it with a lot of soundproofing and, as a final gesture of benevolence and hospitality, he made goddamned sure that none of the fucking beds squeaked. Especially not the bed in the suite above the theater, which now belongs to Cap. Tony personally tested it. Ok, not personally, but in person? Better? Yeah, he was there, that’s what he’s getting at. And there wasn’t any squeaking. Nor did Jarvis report any sound leakage of any kind, and while Jarvis is programmed to be incredibly tactful, he is not programmed to be a complete lying bastard, and Tony is going to have to look into that. Probably soon.

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May 30, 2014

exit the womb they said

life will be great they said

It was an aspirational claim…

(via shrodingersboobs)

May 29, 2014
Even Crypto Coders Burn Out

(Posted as a comment on Brian Krebs’ piece on the TrueCrypt shutdown)

The iSec initial audit report was very critical of the TC code quality, and implied that it looks like the work of a single coder. There was no update for 2 years. The build process requires a 20 year old MS compiler, manually extracted from an exe installer.

Imagine yourself as the lead/solo developer working on TC. No one pays you for this, governments hate you, much of the crypto community is throwing rocks at you while your user community spends half of its time joining in with clueless paranoia and the other half whining about feature gaps (e.g. GPT boot disks.) You have to eat, so you have a real paying job. You’re not so young any more (doing the TC crap for a decade) and maybe the real job now includes responsibilities that crowd out side work. Or maybe you’ve got a family you love more than the whiny paranoids you encounter via TC. And now iSec is telling you your code is sloppy and unreadable, and that you should take on a buttload of mind-numbing work to pretty it up so they will have an easier time figuring out where some scotch-fueled coding session in 2005 ( or maybe something you inherited from a past developer) resulted in a gaping exploitable hole that everyone will end up calling a NSA backdoor.

Maybe you just toss it in. Why not? Anyone with a maintained OS has an integrated alternative and as imperfect as they may be, they are better than TC for most users. Maintaining TC isn’t really doing much good for many people and the audit just pushed a giant steaming pile of the least interesting sort of maintenance into top priority. Seems like a fine time to drop it and be your kids’ soccer coach.

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