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Good Journalism

Posted on May 3rd, 2006 at 18:24 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Security

There has been a few stories about Macs and the threat of malware, and I’ve largely ignored them.

Here’s why.


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Prints & Photographs Online Catalog – Bain Collection

Posted on May 3rd, 2006 at 11:48 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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This is a shining example of why we need a healthy public domain.


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New Logo?

Posted on May 3rd, 2006 at 10:31 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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  1. Tasty!

  2. Hell No !!! Bring Back the Spunkey Monkey !!!

  3. like this?

  4. Yes !!! Yes !!! My dream fulfilled !!!

May 1st Protests

Posted on May 3rd, 2006 at 10:27 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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fracaso de tirón

Posted on May 3rd, 2006 at 10:05 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, News

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When the president was asked at a Rose Garden question-and-answer session whether the anthem should be sung in Spanish, he replied: “I think the national anthem ought to be sung in English, and I think people who want to be a citizen of this country ought to learn English and they ought to learn to sing the national anthem in English.”

But Bush’s highly-scripted 2001 inaugural ceremony actually featured a rendition of the national anthem sung in Spanish by Jon Secada. From Cox News Service, 1/18/01:

The opening ceremony reflected that sentiment. A racially diverse string of famous and once famous performers entertained Bush, soon-to-be First Lady Laura Bush, Vice President-elect Richard B. Cheney and his wife, Lynne, who watched on stage from a special viewing area.

Pop star Jon Secada sang the national anthem in English and Spanish.

Apparently, Secada singing the anthem in Spanish was a regular feature of the Bush campaign. From the 8/3/00 Miami Herald:

The nominee, his wife Laura, erstwhile rival John McCain and his wife Cindy joined Bush on a platform where children sang the national anthem – in “Spanglish,? Secada explained.

And in his book American Dynasty, Kevin Phillips notes that during Bush’s first presidential campaign, he would often sing the national anthem in Spanish. From pg. 142:

When visiting cities like Chicago, Milwaukee, or Philadelphia, in pivotal states, he would drop in at Hispanic festivals and parties, sometimes joining in singing “The Star-Spangled Banner? in Spanish, sometimes partying with a “Viva Bush? mariachi band flown in from Texas.

How do you say “FLIP FLOP? in spanish?

By the way, this is the 1919 version:

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Fokke & Sukke

Posted on May 3rd, 2006 at 9:34 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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1/3 of Youths Can’t Find La. on Map

Posted on May 3rd, 2006 at 7:57 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, News, What were they thinking?

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Despite the wall-to-wall coverage of the damage from Hurricane Katrina, nearly one-third of young Americans recently polled couldn’t locate Louisiana on a map and nearly half were unable to identify Mississippi.

Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 fared even worse with foreign locations: six in 10 couldn’t find Iraq, according to a Roper poll conducted for National Geographic.

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Six in 10 did not know the border between North and South Korea is the most heavily fortified in the world. Thirty percent thought the most heavily fortified border was between the United States and Mexico.


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  1. There is an interesting article defending American youth and their lack of map reading skills at http://www.irishstrangler.com/wordpress/?p=148

Outed US spy was researching Iran nuclear program

Posted on May 3rd, 2006 at 7:55 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Former undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame, whose outing sparked a major scandal rocking the White House, was working to track Iran’s nuclear program before her name was revealed in 2003, according to US media.

MSNBC television reporter David Shuster said Monday that leaking of her identity as a CIA spy to reporters damaged the US effort to follow what Washington believes are Iranian efforts to develop nuclear weapons.

“Intelligence sources say Valerie Wilson was part of an operation three years ago tracking the proliferation of nuclear weapons material into Iran.

“And the sources allege that when Mrs. Wilson’s cover was blown, the administration’s ability to track Iran’s nuclear ambitions was damaged as well,” Shuster said on the “Hardball” program.

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“If this report is true, the disclosure of her identity has caused harm to our national security,” Lautenberg wrote in a letter to Goss.

I wonder. Is “treason” a valid reason for impeachment, or is a blowjob still a more pressing requirement?


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Santa Maria degli Angeli Basilica

Posted on May 3rd, 2006 at 7:53 by John Sinteur in category: Mess O'Potamia

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In this photo provided by the Lower Chamber presidency press service, Italy’s President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, front row left, flanked by newly elected Senate President Franco Marini, newly elected Lower Chamber President Fausto Bertinotti and outgoing Premier Silvio Berlusconi, attend the state funeral of the three Italian soldiers killed last week in Iraq, at the Santa Maria degli Angeli Basilica in Rome, Tuesday, May 2, 2006. (AP Photo/Italian Lower Chamber press service)

anybody got a similar picture of W.?


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X.Org Security Advisory: privilege escalation and DoS in X11R6.9, X11R7.0

Posted on May 3rd, 2006 at 7:34 by John Sinteur in category: Security, Software

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During the analysis of results from the Coverity code review of X.Org, we discovered a flaw in the server that allows local users to execute arbitrary code with root privileges, or cause a denial of service by overwriting files on the system, again with root privileges.

To show you how simple such a mistake can be, here’s one of the two instances of the mistake:

if (!strcmp(argv[i], "-configure"))
{
  if (getuid() != 0 && geteuid == 0) {
   ErrorF("The '-configure' option can only be used by root.\n");
   exit(1);
  }
}

did you spot the mistake?

If not, here’s the corrected code:

if (!strcmp(argv[i], "-configure"))
{
  if (getuid() != 0 && geteuid() == 0) {
   ErrorF("The '-configure' option can only be used by root.\n");
   exit(1);
  }
}


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