chronovore: (furious)
At work we have fingerprint reader locks at the entrances leading to the building's common spaces such as the elevators and hallways leading to the building's restrooms. Unfortunately they are kind of a pain in the ass, because the registration of the fingerprint alignment is quite finicky, and the bond between the glass and finger does not work well if the proffered digit is overly dry, there is no user feedback from the lock while it scans (Is it reading now? Did that go through? Is it active, or is it warming up to read? Do I need to try again?), etc. I've joked that, if these locks were used in a horror movie where the main character is fleeing from the monster or alien, in movies they always open at the last minute but with these locks the character would just get eaten. They are really uncooperative locks.

So it's quite a stroke of when I'm returning from the restroom and someone else is leaving the dev floor. All they have to do is push a button and the door unlocks, but from the opposite side you have to go through Fort Knox procedures to get back on the floor to work.

Sometimes, however, there will be someone standing on the dev floor side, waiting... they can hear the beep-beep-beep of my employee number being entered, they can then hear the long delay after those beeps, while I fumble my finger around on the glass, trying to find a position that the lock accepts my fingerprint. They're planning to open the door, but they're waiting for me to do it. WHY? WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU? PUSH THE FUCKING BUTTON AND OPEN THE DOOR. DO YOU THINK HANS GRUBER IS OUT HERE WITH A BAND OF TERRORISTS, ABOUT TO KICK IN THE DOOR? DO YOU THINK HANS FUCKING GRUBER IS GOING TO BE WAYLAID BY A FINICKY FINGERPRINT LOCK? OPEN THE GODDAMNED DOOR FOR ME, JOHN McCLANE.
chronovore: (mouthy)
I've just re-re-read the full Morrison run on NEW X MEN, and was enjoying its big finale. Man, the whole thing with Xorn is just such an amazing piece of Machiavellian work on Morrison's part. I thought, Wow, it's so good. I wonder if Marvel is really willing to let Morrison have a say in the Marvel Universe like that, or at least final control over characters he created just for the series like Quinton Quire and the Stepford Cuckoos?

Nope:
Marvel retconned the Xorn/Magneto revelation and brought back Xorn and Magneto after Morrison's departure. In Uncanny X-Men #442 and 443, Xavier takes the body of Magneto to Genosha where they hold a funeral for the deceased mutant leader. However, in the last page of Excalibur #1, Xavier meets Magneto alive and well on Genosha. In subsequent issues of Excalibur, Xavier and Magneto debate the true identity and motives of Xorn, the individual whose bandage-wrapped body they brought to Genosha. In the same month Magneto returned in Chris Claremont's new Excalibur book, Austen's X-Men #157 introduced a new Xorn named Shen Xorn.
Good grief.
chronovore: (magnum)
With Jobs Scarce in Japan, Women Become Professional Flirts - NYTimes.com:

Even before the economic downturn, almost 70 percent of women ages 20 to 24 worked jobs with few benefits and little job security, according to a government labor survey. The situation has worsened in the recession.

For that reason, a growing number of Japanese women seem to believe that work as a hostess, which can easily pay $100,000 a year, and as much as $300,000 for the biggest stars, makes economic sense.

Even part-time hostesses and those at the low end of the pay scale earn at least $20 an hour, almost twice the rate of most temp positions. (emphasis mine)
Yes, except in the temp positions the job description is not "tolerate encourage sexual advances from the boss or client."
chronovore: (mouthy)
The Pirate Bay acquired for $7.8 million // News:
Global Gaming Factory X has acquired file-sharing site The Pirate Bay for SEK 60 million (USD 7.8 million).

Along with the purchase of file-sharing tech firm Peerialism, GGF intends to turn the website legitimate, offering compensation for copyright owners whose content is featured on the site.

"We would like to introduce models which entail that content providers and copyright owners get paid for content that is downloaded via the site," said Hans Pandeya, CEO of GGF

"The Pirate Bay is a site that is among the top 100 most visited internet sites in the world. However, in order to live on, The Pirate Bay requires a new business model, which satisfies the requirements and needs of all parties, content providers, broadband operators, end users, and the judiciary.

"Content creators and providers need to control their content and get paid for it. File-sharers need faster downloads and better quality," he added.

Peerialism creates file-sharing technology, which GGF intends to incorporate into The Pirate Bay when the acquisition is completed in August.

"Peerialism has developed a new data distribution technology which now can be introduced on the best known file-sharing site, The Pirate Bay," offered Johan Ljungberg, CEO of Peerialism.

"Since the technology is compatible with the existing it will quickly allow for new values to be created for all key stakeholders and facilitate new business opportunities."

The four founders of The Pirate Bay - Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm and Carl Lundström - were found guilty of violating intellectual property rights earlier this year, each receiving a one year jail sentence and fines totalling USD 3,620,000.
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Lost ½ an hour to searching google for how to get Google Desktop to allow me to search my desktop by default, rather than search web by default. Apparently the feature was deprecated between the last upgrade I had (which probably kept the registry keys) and a recent series of application crashes which necessitated an uninstall/reinstall of GD, wherein my legacied option edits and the feature itself were actively disappeared by the Google sekrit police.

Solution found! Ostensibly from here, though I had to google google's cached data to find out how to google my desktop. I'm a-goggle:

I swore that Google Desktop used to provide a means for setting it to search the desktop by default, instead of the web. Jess confirmed this for me. He's running version 5.1.0707 and I'm running version 5.7.0712. I guess they decided to take this feature away for some reason. Jess found the option on the 'Display' tab of the desktop preferences. But the option isn't there for me.

I decided to jump into the registry to see if anything jumped out at me. Sure enough, something did. The key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Google Desktop\Deskbar has REG_SZ setting for "search_type." The value was "Search Web" and I changed it to "Search Desktop." This immediately went into effect and I am now searching my desktop by default from the deskbar.

On a side note, as un-fun and queasy-making as directly editing your Windows Registry is, it is even less fun to navigate in Japanese.
chronovore: (furious)
Obama vows to reform monstrous tax code | Reuters:
As a counterpoint to Obama's defense of his policies, protests were held in Washington, Chicago, Boston and other cities. Organizers said the protests were inspired by the 1773 Boston Tea Party rebellion against British colonial taxes, which helped spark the American revolution.

The "tea party" protesters demonstrated against taxes, government bailouts and Obama's budget proposal.

Rallies were planned at state legislatures across the South, the most conservative region of the United States. In Mississippi, around 2,000 people gathered on the steps of the state capitol in Jackson.

"Our biggest thing is to protest the overspending of our government. They are not looking at the people. They are just automatically dipping into our pockets," said Julia Hodges, an organizer of the Tax Day Tea Party in Mississippi.
chronovore: (mouthy)
Popgadget Personal Technology for Women: Privacy protestors block Google Street View "spy" car:
Street View, Google's attempt to index the entire world in 360 degree photographs, hit a snag this week in the small village of Broughton in Buckinghamshire, England.

Residents formed a human wall, stopping Google's vehicle from entering the village or capturing any useful pictures of its outskirts.

Paul Jacobs, who spotted the Street View car and called an impromptu demonstration, says he was motivated by a fear of burglary, as the area has seen three burglaries in the last six weeks: "If our houses are plastered all over Google, it's an invitation for more criminals to strike."

What do you think of Street View? I know I've had fun using it, but perhaps I'd feel differently if my house were clearly visible. Or if I had anything worth stealing.

Via The Guardian.
chronovore: (mouthy)
Damilola Taylor's father calls for violent game tax // News:
Richard Taylor, father of murdered ten-year-old Damilola Taylor, has said he will advise Gordon Brown to institute a videogames sales tax as part of a wider move against knife crime.

Describing violent videogames as "too cheap", Taylor blames them for negatively influencing children's behaviours and told MPs that taxes on them should be "very high".

"I have young people who I mentor and I see them go up and buy the games and it saddens me that they are being able to have such a negative impact," he the told Home Affairs Committee, according to the Telegraph.

Taylor, whose son was a victim of knife crime and has since been an advisor to the Prime Minister on the topic, also levied criticism at rap music, especially that which comes out of the US.

"It is creating more of a problem because of the language that is used. It is language that, as a father, I would not allow my children to hear," he said in front of MPs.

"To me, there is a lot of negativity that comes out of this music, especially that which is coming from America."
chronovore: (mouthy)
Has Japan suffered a diplomatic defeat? : National : DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE (The Daily Yomiuri):
"I was extremely shocked [by the U.S. decision to remove North Korea from the blacklist], as Japan would never agree to such a move," Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa said in Washington on Saturday.

Nakagawa's remark came during talks Saturday with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on the sidelines of a meeting of the Group of Seven finance ministers and central bank heads, who had convened to address the global financial market crisis.

According to Nakagawa's close aides who accompanied him on his U.S. trip, the minister was keen to voice strong unease over the decision on behalf of the Japanese families whose relatives were abducted by North Korea.

Takeo Hiranuma, an independent who previously served as economy, trade and industry minister and currently heads a suprapartisan Diet members league to seek a resolution to the abductions, said to reporters in Honjo, Saitama Prefecture, on Sunday, "[The government] must resolutely pass on its message [to the United States]."
I did NOT GIVE MY PERMISSION to remove North Korea from the list of terrorist nations. I especially did not give permission to take them off that list while they are mobilizing missiles for "testing" because they're pissed off that treaty negotiations aren't going they way they want. Using fear and violence or the fear of violence to make a government acquiesce to demands... ISN'T THAT THE VERY DEFINITION OF TERRORISM?

idiot

Oct. 5th, 2008 10:06 am
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Palin hits Obama for 'terrorist' connection - CNN.com:
ENGLEWOOD, Colorado (CNN) -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Saturday slammed Sen. Barack Obama's political relationship with a former anti-war radical, accusing him of associating "with terrorists who targeted their own country."

Palin made similar comments later at a rally in Carson, California.

Obama's Chicago, Illinois, home is in the same neighborhood as Bill Ayers, a founder of the radical Weather Underground, which was involved in several bombings in the early 1970s, including the Pentagon and the Capitol, and the two have met several times since Obama's 1995 campaign for a state Senate seat.

Palin cited an article in Saturday's New York Times about Obama's relationship with Ayers, now 63. But that article concluded that "the two men do not appear to have been close. Nor has Mr. Obama ever expressed sympathy for the radical views and actions of Mr. Ayers, whom he has called 'somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8.' "
chronovore: (mouthy)
Copyright Czar's Fate in Bush's Hands; Veto Looms | Threat Level from Wired.com:
President Bush is opposing legislation creating a so-called copyright czar and might veto the measure.

The House on Sunday sent the president the "Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act," (.pdf) a measure the Senate approved Friday creating a cabinet-level copyright czar charged with implementing a nationwide plan to combat piracy and "report directly to the president and Congress regarding domestic international intellectual property enforcement programs."

The White House successfully lobbied the Senate to remove language tasking the Department of Justice with suing copyright and trademark infringers on behalf of Hollywood
, (emphasis mine) remainder of article behind cut )
What, seriously, the congress approached the executive branch with a proposal that government money should be spent suing "pirates" instead of the copyright holders? This whole song-and-dance about how piracy is destroying Hollywood and the record companies doesn't stop them from making money, and the losses they report are about as realistic as Fantasy Football; it's all about "what IF all those college students actually BOUGHT the music on those hard drives...?! We'd be more richer!" And apparently they've managed to convince congress that the government needs to pursue their own constituents more fully on behalf of big media. Good christ.
chronovore: (mouthy)
Press Gaggle Via Conference Call with Deputy Press Secretary Tony Fratto on the Economy:
Q: I'm just trying to reconcile two points here. On the one hand, you said that there are a lot of members who rightly have questions and acknowledge that this is obviously a huge package, but on the other hand, you've emphasized several times that it's critical that it be done quickly this week and that it be done clean. You know, for lawmakers who are -- I guess I'm asking, isn't there something to be said for being careful beyond the urgency and the haste? Is there a concern here that maybe the administration is being heavy-handed?

MR. FRATTO: No, well, look, I think I would reconcile it this way: This is -- this was not a program that was conceived of or put together hastily. There was an enormous amount of analysis and debate and discussion before we came forward with this program. I think we have anticipated a lot of the questions that members of Congress would naturally have about taking this step, but we have had -- some of the policy staff have had months to think about what a program like this would be like and how it would work. Others have had at least weeks to think about it. Members of Congress have had days to think about it. And it's very, very complex and takes time to think through all of the implications of it and why some alternative ideas might not work as well as this one. [emphasis mine]
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] tsanders for this one.

Why the hell is this something that has been in the works for months, and only now being used as a means of generating fear and trying to hustle an inherently flawed bailout through to approval? Or did I just answer my own question?

I need to read up on the bailout. I think we're about to close the deal on something less stupid than was in the works previously.
chronovore: (mouthy)
Your internet access is going to get suspended

The Internet Service Provider Consorcium was made to protect the rights of software authors, artists.
We conduct regular wiretapping on our networks, to monitor criminal acts.

We are aware of your illegal activities on the internet wich were originating from

You can check the report of your activities in the past 6 month that we have attached. We strongly advise you to stop your activities regarding the illegal downloading of copyrighted material of your internet access will be suspended.

Sincerely
ICS Monitoring Team
I should send them back this: )
chronovore: (mouthy)
My family, probably like most of your guys' families, are fond of forwarding chain emails to me. I used to ask them to stop, but they never understood why, and I finally just chose to not care about them. I rarely get pissed off at chain emails anymore, but this really irked me:

chain email text, lame-ass formatting intact )

PRIMEVAL

Aug. 21st, 2008 01:26 pm
chronovore: (mouthy)
This week on iTunes there's a free download for a TV show called "Primeval." It's about dinosaurs invading a generic and ill-defined British countryside through a rip in the spacetime continuum. Let me save you the time I wasted on it: IT IS BAD. Not "laughably bad," or "fun bad," just bad. I've seen better representations of dinosaurs and deeper plotlines in coloring books.
chronovore: (mouthy)
My ISP just sent me a lengthy email detailing in outline form all of the new features they'll be upgrading my service to next month. The entire letter is a giant PNG file, not text. C'mon, Rambo. Are miniscule variations on sans-serif typefaces THAT important to you? Or are you just utterly stupid?

...Can there possibly be a technically reasonable explanation for sending out a mail in graphic form, in this day and age? I mean, I can't even search my files for its text, should a need arise. Jackasses.

Edit: One main point in the mail is that my hosted website will be "frozen" from July 24 to August 5; nearly TWO WEEKS... and they're giving me apparently 8 hours notice about it. Double-Jackasses!

fear!

Jun. 4th, 2008 07:47 pm
chronovore: (mouthy)
US residents in military brigs? Govt says it's war - Yahoo! News:
WASHINGTON - If his cell were at Guantanamo Bay, the prisoner would be just one of hundreds of suspected terrorists detained offshore, where the U.S. says the Constitution does not apply.
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But Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri is a U.S. resident being held in a South Carolina military brig; he is the only enemy combatant held on U.S. soil. That makes his case very different.

Al-Marri's capture six years ago might be the Bush administration's biggest domestic counterterrorism success story. Authorities say he was an al-Qaida sleeper agent living in middle America, researching poisonous gasses and plotting a cyberattack.

To justify holding him, the government claimed a broad interpretation of the president's wartime powers... )

twit

Mar. 18th, 2008 05:28 pm
chronovore: (mouthy)
Global Geek News Blog - Twitter Etiquette.

Dude. Get a life. Whomever you're following, they don't have a contract with you to follow your rules. Don't like the way they're using it? Drop them. If you're feeling giving, let them know they've been dropped, and why.

I'm not the system's biggest fan, but even I know you can input "follow [name]" to get updates pushed to your device, and "stop [name]" to cease that person's twitterrhea at a local level.

Edit: Hee! I'm a dork. It's "leave [name]" to drop them. "Off" will just c&d updates. Have a handy list.
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This is the AlienBrain menu bar. Who told them these icons are intuitive? Seriously, SHERLOCK HOLMES does not have this many magnifying glasses.

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