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There is a wiki entry for the "metal umlaut" -- and it has useful information in it.
Metal umlaut - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
The English word diaeresis, coming from a Greek word meaning "to divide or distinguish", refers to a diacritic graphically similar to the umlaut. This diacritic is used in languages such as Greek, French, Spanish (where it indicates a non-diphthong and thus, a real diaereisis), Dutch, and Brazilian Portuguese with varying purposes; in English and some other languages the diaeresis may be employed to indicate that two vowels are to be pronounced separately, as in the names "Chloë", "Zoë", or the word "naïve". Although spellings such as reënact and coöperate have largely fallen into disuse, this use of the diaeresis mark, or trema, is still used in some English-language publications.
This could also be used for Japanese people's names where they have paired vowels. Pretty neat.


Oct. 6th, 2009 03:30 pm
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Decided to download Google Earth to my iPod, then proceeded to enter my sister's home address in its search function.

The globe spun, slowed, then twisted lazily inward, zooming in on the address nestled in the low California hills, showing the street leading up to it which has been the last leg of so many visits, the driveway I've parked in, and the house where my sister and Lee provide safe harbor against the jetlag and fatigue, plying me effortlessly with coffee, baked treats in the coziest breakfast nook in the world, and endless love and acceptance. I am so overwhelmed with sudden homesickness, it has brought me to the edge of tears. I wonder what exactly is technology enabling, in my case.
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Luckless Predator Only Attracted to Undercover Cops | Threat Level |
By Kevin Poulsen Email Author |  August 14, 2009 | 2:51 pm |

It’s official. There’s nobody in the chat rooms but pedophiles and undercover police.

On Thursday, a federal appeals court upheld the conviction of an Indiana man whose online efforts to proposition underage girls led him to not one, not two, but three undercover cops, none of whom apparently knew about the others.

The case began in August 2006, when aspiring sexual predator James Daniel started an online conversation with Amanda_13, a fake 13-year-old girl voiced by Sergeant Richard Howard of the Porter County Sheriff’s Department.

After several highly explicit chats, Daniel asked Amanda_13 to meet him at a park in Valparaiso, Indiana, to have sex. When he showed up, he was arrested for inducing an individual under 18 to engage in criminal sexual activity.

When Secret Service agents searched Daniel’s computer, they found logs of chats with two other apparent minors, who described themselves as 13 and 15 years old, respectively. Federal prosecutors introduced the chats at Daniel’s trial as evidence of his perverted motives.

Supposedly, it was only after Daniel was convicted that the feds realized that one of those girls, daisy13_Indiana, was also a cop working the very same Secret Service operation. They informed Daniel’s attorney, who appealed on the grounds that the government improperly withheld information that would have proven entrapment.

The case became even more bizarre when the three-judge appellate panel reviewing the conviction saw the screen name of the third supposed teenager, blonddt, and recognized it from an earlier case.

“To our surprise, the government was unaware until this panel told it at oral argument that the other screen name, blonddt, was also an officer from the Indiana operation,” wrote Judge Diane Wood (.pdf) on Thursday.

Despite the prosecutorial missteps, the panel upheld Daniel’s conviction, ruling that the additional chat logs still showed his intent to commit a crime. Daniel is serving a sentence of 17-and-a-half years in prison, followed by supervised release for life.

There’s no evidence in the record that he ever succeeded in talking with a real underage girl.
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So the judge in the cyber-bullying case has overturned the jury's "guilty" judgment, acquitting the defendant of the criminal charges. I didn't even know judges could /do/ that. What's the point of the jury trial, then?

The lawyer had this to say:

Steward wouldn’t say how much the case had cost his client, only noting that her parents had taken care of his fee, which was “significantly lower” than what he normally charged.

He said that Drew and her family have since moved out of Missouri, due to the harassment they received, noting that she’s been “an internet punching bag for almost three years” having been “tried, convicted and lynched by bloggers” and others who didn’t know all the facts of the case.

Not the most considerate choice of words, (a) because unlike the target of her abuse Drew is actually still alive, and (b) lynching refers to hanging, which is how her victim killed herself.

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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.

Apr. 30th, 2009 03:20 pm
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Huh. So's business model went from being "free, everywhere" to having "free, but not available everywhere" to "Enjoy 30 songs which aren't the songs you wanted to hear, but are related to the ones you like, because they're by the same artist, or similar artists... now that you've had 30 songs' worth, how do you feel about US$3/month to keep kind of hearing what you wanted?"

I'll poke around and see what I'm still able to listen to there. If they've shut off Friends' "radio" stations, promotional channels and all that, I'm going to be impressed with the level of stupidity.
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The upgrade from iPod 5G (classic style) to iPod Touch is not like moving from 1.n to 2.0. This is not even a 3.0 experience; this is some whole other new thing, like waking up and finding out your dog can talk.

Oct. 31st, 2008 05:28 pm
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OMG - Webmonkey: google adds SMS chat; I'll be nickel-and-diming you all to death soon.

.txt plz?

Sep. 2nd, 2008 05:52 pm
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Dear lazyweb,
Does anyone know of a modification, Add-On, or view setting within Firefox which allows for viewing webpages as plain text? I want to ditch all formatting, pictures, and blah-blah and just read the text. I'm able to achieve some of this by using View>Page Style>No Style, and then using the Web Developer Add-On (pretty robust) to disable all images. This ditches pics across ALL pages and any pages I need to reload, so it's scorched earth policy until I reactivate the piccies. Also no-style CSS still retains some basic formatting, and would prefer that it just squirts the entire text content into a single linear column.

Virgos. Yeah, I know. Sorry.

ANYway~ if you've got a clue, drop a note.
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I seriously want my browser to tell me which window or tab is playing a noise. A little speaker icon next to the title, that's all. Auto-playing sounds and flash and crap are making me unhappy.
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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!
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Several people have been posting that the series is over, and can be viewed in its musically awesome entirety. I watched the whole thing today on my iPod; I will probably end up memorizing it. Epic. Fucking. Win.
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I'm all stoked about how much free stuff Google provides online, but this seems like something which is ripe for abuse:
Google Health now available for public use
Wouldn't it be great if you could get access to and manage all of your personal health information online? This would help you keep your doctors and family members up-to-date on important medical conditions and current medications. Well, after a successful pilot with the Cleveland Clinic, we've opened up Google Health to everyone in the U.S. It's easy to sign up, and free to use. All you need is a Google username and password. You can import your medical records and prescription history from our partners — well-known brands such as Walgreens, Longs Drugs and Quest Diagnostics.
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Whenever I leave MSN IM on, I get pinged by unknown users for dating sites, webcams, all that. Is there some giant list of Live Messenger users somewhere that they're spamming? How do they know who's logged in? This is a new and annoying form of spam for me.
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Experts Say MySpace Suicide Indictment Sets 'Scary' Legal Precedent:
In their eagerness to visit justice on a 49-year-old woman involved in the Megan Meier MySpace suicide tragedy, federal prosecutors in Los Angeles are resorting to a novel and dangerous interpretation of a decades-old computer crime law -- potentially making a felon out of anybody who violates the terms of service of any website, experts say.
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A little bit ago there was some concern about LoudTwitter's privacy policy so I deleted my account from their servers; [ profile] nattotastic followed up on it with the developer, and received a reasonable response and action on it from them.

I'm not reinstating LoudTwitter, but I think this is news worthy of a follow-up post.


Apr. 14th, 2008 06:17 pm
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Due to some interesting concerns about LoudTwitter brought to my attention by [ profile] nattotastic , I've deleted my LoudTwitter account. Rejoice, [ profile] andrewv !


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