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Posted on May 17th, 2008 at 18:37 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture, Indecision 2008


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Police say Texas minister caught in Internet sex sting

Posted on May 17th, 2008 at 18:34 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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A minister at a Dallas-area megachurch was charged with online solicitation of a minor after police said Friday he was caught in an Internet sex sting.

Undercover officers posing as a 13-year-old girl communicated with 52-year-old Joe Barron of Plano for about two weeks. The online conversations were sexual in nature, police said.

On May 6, Barron suggested meeting the girl in person. He eventually made the nearly 200-mile drive to Bryan on Thursday, where he was arrested. The Bryan-College Station Eagle reported for its Saturday editions that police surrounded the site of the suggested meeting place for two hours before Barron arrived.

Police said they found a web-cam and condoms in Barron’s car.


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Cartoons

Posted on May 17th, 2008 at 18:32 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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The Pirate Bay File Police Bribery Complaints

Posted on May 17th, 2008 at 11:18 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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The chief investigating officer in the Pirate Bay case who was revealed as recently working for Warner Bros, has been reported to the police. Yesterday the Pirate Bay crew filed “at least” three complaints, and further people have been reported for bribing the police.

The Pirate Bay case hasn’t even got to trial yet and already the controversy surrounding it is building up like some Hollywood plot.

Not only was the police star witness against the Pirate Bay previously employed by one of the plaintiffs, Warner Bros., but it was revealed that after this work he would return to his job as a police officer. Highly suspect to say the least, but not unusual in this case – the IFPI’s expert witness used to work for them too.


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Obama Memo: 17 Pledged Delegates Away From Winning Primaries

Posted on May 17th, 2008 at 11:07 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2008

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In a sign that they are likely to declare victory in the presidential primary very soon, the Obama campaign is now boasting in a memo to reporters that they are on the cusp of winning the pledged-delegate majority, thanks to the endorsement from John Edwards and a group of his delegates.

By the Obama campaign’s math, they are only 17 elected delegates away from the pledged-del majority, a number that they are guaranteed to pull off next week in Oregon and Kentucky. Expect them to court super-delegates to break their way en masse after that happens, on the basis that Obama has the popular mandate to be the nominee.


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  1. Even more important for Democratic chances in November, Obama has defeated Clinton in 28 states with a total of 217 electoral votes. Clinton has won a mere 17 states with only 256 electoral votes. This excludes Michigan & Florida, since the Democratic Party rules require they get only half their delegates; hence they are irrelevant.

    Actually, the goal is to get more than half the total delegates at the convention. The electoral vote thing is as irrelevant as the lead in pledged delegates. Since unpledged delegates can change their mind until the convention vote is held, we won’t know the answer until the convention actually votes. People earning a living as news commentators don’t want us to know that we can turn off the TV until then, so they speak as though we might have the answer sooner. But we won’t, that’s how the process works this year.

    I’ve been wondering whether Obama supporters will ask that the Belmont Stakes be called off. Since Big Brown won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, the racing triple crown is essentially over, and the other horses should withdraw for everyone’s benefit.

The most dangerous species in the mediterranean

Posted on May 17th, 2008 at 10:26 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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Jon Stewart: The Change You Deserve

Posted on May 17th, 2008 at 10:23 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Is the U.S. the World’s Largest State Sponsor of Terrorism?

Posted on May 17th, 2008 at 10:11 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Four headlines this week make it clear that America may be the world’s largest sponsor of terrorism:

This is on top of previous stories showing that Cheney is directly funding terrorist groups out of his office, and that the U.S. is funding terrorists all over the world to promote its agenda. See also this, this and this.

And Americans dressed as Arabs have apparently been setting off car bombs in Iraq (when it was discovered that some of the cars used in Iraqi bombings recently came from the U.S., the cover story seemed to become that American cars were involved in car bombings only because they had recently been stolen from the U.S. and then shipped to Iraq — but does it make sense that Iraqi insurgents would steal cars in the U.S. and ship them all the way to Iraq?)


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  1. What was it Pogo said – “We have seen the enemy and he is us”…?

Windows Doesn’t Know When to Shut Up

Posted on May 17th, 2008 at 9:57 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

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Stemmen met potlood en papier

Posted on May 17th, 2008 at 9:51 by John Sinteur in category: News

The Dutch government has decided voting machines are out:

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Zolang er geen goed alternatief is, stemt Nederland met potlood en papier. Dit heeft de ministerraad besloten op voorstel van staatssecretaris Bijleveld van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties (BZK). Uit onderzoek blijkt dat van een nieuw te ontwikkelen apparaat waarop de kiezer zijn keuze kan bepalen niet kan worden gegarandeerd dat de gemaakte keuze op geen enkel moment is ‘af te luisteren’. Ook vergt het ontwikkelen van nieuwe apparatuur een grote investering, zowel in geld als in organisatie. Het kabinet oordeelt dat dit te weinig meerwaarde heeft ten opzichte van stemmen met potlood en stembiljet.

[Babelfish translation:]

As long as there none is well alternative, the Netherlands with pencil and paper votes. This has decided the council of ministers on proposal of State Secretary Bijleveld of internal matter and kingdom relations (BZK). _ from research appear that of a new develop apparatus on which the voter its choice can stipulate not can guarantee that the make choice on absolutely no moment be `at luisteren’. also demand the develop of new equipment a large investment, both in money and in organisation. The cabinet judges that this has too little appreciation with respect to votes with pencil and voice note.


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A winning definition

Posted on May 17th, 2008 at 9:31 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

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The following is the 2007 winning entry from an annual contest at Texas A&M University calling for the most appropriate definition of a contemporary term. This year’s term was ‘ Political Correctness ‘.

The winner wrote:

‘Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.’


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Debian OpenSSL Predictable PRNG Toys

Posted on May 17th, 2008 at 8:42 by John Sinteur in category: Software

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On May 13th, 2008 the Debian project announced that Luciano Bello found an interesting vulnerability in the OpenSSL package they were distributing. The bug in question was caused by the removal of the following line of code from md_rand.c

	MD_Update(&m,buf,j);
	[ .. ]
	MD_Update(&m,buf,j); /* purify complains */

These lines were removed because they caused the Valgrind and Purify tools to produce warnings about the use of uninitialized data in any code that was linked to OpenSSL. You can see one such report to the OpenSSL team here. Removing this code has the side effect of crippling the seeding process for the OpenSSL PRNG. Instead of mixing in random data for the initial seed, the only “random” value that was used was the current process ID. On the Linux platform, the default maximum process ID is 32,768, resulting in a very small number of seed values being used for all PRNG operations.

This is what seperates a decent developer from a great one. A decent developer looks at the warnings his tools produce and fixes the code to remove the warnings, a great develeoper looks at the warnings his tools produce and deeply understands when not to fix them.


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  1. see also here.