The daily irrelevant si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes 2016-07-28T17:31:18Z https://sinteur.com/index.php/feed/atom/ WordPress John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[Photographer sues Getty Images for selling photos she donated to public]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70995 2016-07-28T17:31:18Z 2016-07-28T17:31:18Z [Quote:]

A well-known American photographer has now sued Getty Images and other related companies—she claims they have been wrongly been selling copyright license for over 18,000 of her photos that she had already donated to the public for free, via the Library of Congress.

The photographer, Carol Highsmith, is widely considered to be a modern-day successor to her photographic idols, Frances Benjamin Johnston and Dorothea Lange, who were famous for capturing images of American life in the 19th and 20th centuries, respectively.

Inspired by the fact that Johnston donated her life’s work to the Library of Congress for public use in the 1930s, Highsmith wanted to follow suit and began donating her work “to the public, including copyrights throughout the world,” as early as 1988.

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John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[Using a VPN in the UAE is now prohibited and you could face fines of up to $545,000]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70993 2016-07-28T17:13:04Z 2016-07-28T17:13:04Z [Quote:]

The President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has issued a series of new federal laws relating to IT crimes, including a regulation that forbids anyone in the UAE from making use of virtual private networks (VPN) to secure their web traffic from prying eyes.

The new law states that anyone who uses a VPN or proxy server can be imprisoned and fined between Dh500,000-Dh2,000,000 ($136,000-$545,000, £415,000, €495,000) if they are found to use VPNs fraudently.

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John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[“CRUZ TALKS TRUMP” — A Bad Lip Reading of Ted Cruz]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70991 2016-07-27T15:41:43Z 2016-07-27T15:41:43Z

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John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[DNC Day One: Hillary’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70989 2016-07-27T15:25:56Z 2016-07-27T15:25:56Z

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John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[New York State Makes It Legal to Cry in Your Funeral Pie]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70987 2016-07-27T15:16:16Z 2016-07-27T15:16:16Z [Quote:]

In the West, a homey casserole of slivered potatoes, sour cream and canned mushroom soup is so often served at wakes and memorials that it is commonly known as “funeral potatoes.” In Pennsylvania Dutch country, the go-to dish is a custard and raisin pastry called “funeral pie.”

Yet in New York State’s funeral homes, arcane rules had long forbidden food and drinks. But last week, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, signed a law permitting funeral parlors to serve light refreshments and nonalcoholic drinks, joining 46 other states where the bereaved have the option of crying into their potatoes and pie.

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In states with bans, the rules mostly came about in the 1950s, put in place ostensibly to prevent competition with restaurants or to streamline services offered by funeral homes, according to interviews with 10 funeral directors.

I like the concept that funeral homes were going to drive restaurants out of business with their finger foods and light refreshments and lack of tables or chairs or waitstaff or chefs. This was such a danger that only legislation could prevent disaster.

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John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[‘I am your horse!’: 50 shades of Trump on the stump]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70985 2016-07-26T18:31:53Z 2016-07-26T18:31:53Z [Quote:]

When people are afraid, they cling to authority, and Trump is only too happy to provide. We will be great again, Tangerine Mussolini promises, once the scary brown outsiders are deported, and the minorities – uppity women and liberal fifth columnists – are beaten down. Trump takes Washington’s coded racism and writes it in neon. To his followers, this looks like strength.

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John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[Apple and Facebook helped bust the world’s biggest torrent site]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70983 2016-07-26T18:13:17Z 2016-07-26T18:13:17Z [Quote:]

When you’re the owner of the world’s biggest torrent-sharing site, the last thing you’d expect to land you in trouble would be a totally legitimate (and legal) purchase via iTunes. But that’s what happened to 30-year-old Ukrainian Artem Vaulin a.k.a “tirm,” owner and operator of KickassTorrents (KAT), who was yesterday arrested and charged in Poland for criminal copyright infringement and money laundering.

No, actually that’s the first thing you’d expect to land you in trouble. If you start doing something that will piss off those with power, it is not enough to be “fully paranoid” – you must be fully paranoid from the moment you first connect to the internet in any capacity. Operational security is not something one can accomplish by going back and covering one’s tracks.

Using similar tools, Homeland Security investigators also performed something called a WHOIS lookup on a domain that redirected people to the main KAT site.

Why are “homeland security” investigators involved in enforcing copyrights? Is there really any way that national security is implicated by torrent site operators?

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John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[Mario Go]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70979 2016-07-25T14:21:07Z 2016-07-25T14:21:07Z 15.pic

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John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[The Word: Trumpiness]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70976 2016-07-25T11:31:44Z 2016-07-25T11:31:44Z

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John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[Putin]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70974 2016-07-25T14:22:00Z 2016-07-25T09:50:51Z [Quote:]

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John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[Clinton names Wasserman Schultz honorary chair of campaign team]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70972 2016-07-25T07:34:02Z 2016-07-25T07:34:02Z [Quote:]

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton scooped up outgoing Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz Sunday afternoon as the honorary chair of her campaign’s 50-state program.

In a sort of thank you letter, Clinton said the Miami congresswoman will serve as a surrogate for her national campaign, helping the team in Florida and other key states.

“I look forward to campaigning with Debbie in Florida and helping her in her re-election bid — because as president, I will need fighters like Debbie in Congress who are ready on day one to get to work for the American people,” Clinton wrote.

And in her dictionary “work for the American people” is defined as “stab anybody in the back who is in my way” of course. If the past couple years in American politics were a fictional plot in a movie, critics would pan it for being too unrealistic. If it were a book, it’d probably be called “The Pelican Queef”

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John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[Munich gunman lured victims on Facebook with ‘free McDonald’s food’]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70968 2016-07-24T13:01:47Z 2016-07-24T13:01:47Z [Quote:]

Robert Heimberger, a police investigator, said on Saturday it appeared the gunman had hacked a Facebook account and lured people to the shopping centre with an offer of free food.

The post, sent from a young woman’s account, urged people to come to McDonald’s at 4pm, saying: “I’ll give you something if you want, but not too expensive.”

“It appears it was prepared by the suspect and then sent out,” Heimberger said.

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John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[USA 2016]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70965 2016-07-23T11:46:29Z 2016-07-23T11:46:29Z 13709936_1060299134017818_1781439040374413020_n

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John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[Вести.Ru: Петербургский водитель рассказал, зачем приделал к “Ниве” бревно вместо колеса]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70962 2016-07-23T11:33:19Z 2016-07-23T11:32:30Z

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В последние дни в Сети активно обсуждали фотографию, сделанную в Санкт-Петербурге. Очевидцы запечатлели автомобиль Chevrolet Niva, который на приличной скорости разъезжал по дорогам с бревном на месте заднего левого колеса.

После того, как этот необычный способ передвижения получил общественный резонанс не только в соцсетях, но и в СМИ, водитель “Нивы” — путешественник Эдуард Алимов, удовлетворил любопытство тех, кто задавался вопросом: “Зачем?”

По его словам, во время очередной поездки по бездорожью Ленинградской области он заехал в болото и набрал воды в два цилиндра двигателя. “Заклинивший мотор удалось реанимировать на месте, но вскоре выяснилось, что “Нива” лишилась и левой полуоси заднего моста. По совету товарища из джиперского клуба решил использовать “дедовский” метод, благо пила имелась”, — приводит слова водителя “Российская газета“.

На 120-километровый путь до дома всего у Эдуарда “ушло” три бревна. “Машина ехала 50 километров в час и нормально управлялась. Дорожное покрытие не пострадало”, — заверил путешественник.

Tree-Wheel Drive? If he rotates them enough, it will be a 4×4..

The reason for this fix was that during his travel the driver somehow drove into a swamp and rear axle of his car was broken. He traveled 120 kilometers (75 miles) like this and used 3 logs during this trip.

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John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[I bet they’re not sorry at all]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70958 2016-07-22T17:09:59Z 2016-07-22T17:09:59Z scE1uwV qONHThl ]]> 0 John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[Jon Stewart Takes Over Colbert’s Late Show Desk]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70956 2016-07-22T15:15:22Z 2016-07-22T15:15:22Z

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John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[Enrole hear! Wii can ejucate yew! We’re flexible.]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70951 2016-07-22T11:04:26Z 2016-07-22T11:03:32Z You don’t think it be like it do, but it is:

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John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[Here’s how secret voice commands in YouTube videos could hijack your smartphone]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70949 2016-07-22T08:04:42Z 2016-07-22T08:04:42Z [Quote:]

Kitten videos are harmless, right? Except when they take over your phone.

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John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[Trump’s Boswell Speaks]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70947 2016-07-21T18:46:09Z 2016-07-21T18:46:09Z [Quote:]

Not long after the discussion of the party bills, Trump approached Schwartz about writing a sequel, for which Trump had been offered a seven-figure advance. This time, however, he offered Schwartz only a third of the profits. He pointed out that, because the advance was much bigger, the payout would be, too. But Schwartz said no. Feeling deeply alienated, he instead wrote a book called “What Really Matters,” about the search for meaning in life. After working with Trump, Schwartz writes, he felt a “gnawing emptiness” and became a “seeker,” longing to “be connected to something timeless and essential, more real.”

Schwartz told me that he has decided to pledge all royalties from sales of “The Art of the Deal” in 2016 to pointedly chosen charities: the National Immigration Law Center, Human Rights Watch, the Center for the Victims of Torture, the National Immigration Forum, and the Tahirih Justice Center. He doesn’t feel that the gesture absolves him. “I’ll carry this until the end of my life,” he said. “There’s no righting it. But I like the idea that, the more copies that “The Art of the Deal” sells, the more money I can donate to the people whose rights Trump seeks to abridge.”

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John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[She went full Strangelove]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70945 2016-07-21T18:26:47Z 2016-07-21T18:26:47Z

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John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[Pregnant Women Asked To Leave Convention Hall During Ted Cruz Speech For Safety Of Developing Fetuses]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70942 2016-07-21T18:10:52Z 2016-07-21T18:10:52Z [Quote:]

CLEVELAND—Warning that remaining in the vicinity could lead to numerous adverse health effects, officials at the Republican National Convention asked all pregnant women to leave Quicken Loans Arena during Ted Cruz’s speech Wednesday night for the safety of their developing fetuses, sources confirmed. “We urge pregnant women in attendance to take precautions to protect their unborn children by exiting the premises for the entirety of Ted Cruz’s speech, as any exposure to the senator could cause significant birth defects,” announced RNC operations manager Caroline Davidson over the arena’s sound system 15 minutes prior to the Texas lawmaker’s scheduled appearance, while volunteers distributed pamphlets outlining further steps pregnant mothers should take to safeguard themselves, including not reentering the building for at least 24 hours after the senator had finished speaking and avoiding direct contact with anyone who was present during Cruz’s speech for the remainder of their pregnancy. “Failure to heed this warning could result in complications for your child’s cranial nerve development, while prolonged exposure has been shown to pose a substantially increased risk of major congenital malformations. We also have reason to believe that any genetic abnormalities stemming from one’s proximity to Cruz could manifest not only in your child, but in their eventual children as well.” Following the announcement, convention officials reportedly distributed lead aprons to those remaining seated in the first 20 rows, instructing attendees to make sure they covered their abdominal organs completely, before welcoming Cruz to the stage.

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John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[Twitter Permanently Suspends Conservative Writer Milo Yiannopoulos]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70940 2016-07-20T15:49:12Z 2016-07-20T15:49:12Z [Quote:]

Twitter has banned one of its most notoriously contentious voices. On Tuesday evening, the microblogging service permanently suspended the account of conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos, a day after he incited his followers to bombard Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones with racist and demeaning tweets.

“People should be able to express diverse opinions and beliefs on Twitter,” a company spokesperson said in a statement provided to BuzzFeed News. “But no one deserves to be subjected to targeted abuse online, and our rules prohibit inciting or engaging in the targeted abuse or harassment of others.”

This essay he wrote in 2012 will explode your irony meter:

So perhaps what’s needed now is a bolder form of censure after all, because the internet is not a universal human right. If people cannot be trusted to treat one another with respect, dignity and consideration, perhaps they deserve to have their online freedoms curtailed. For sure, the best we could ever hope for is a smattering of unpopular show trials. But if the internet, ubiquitous as it now is, proves too dangerous in the hands of the psychologically fragile, perhaps access to it ought to be restricted. We ban drunks from driving because they’re a danger to others. Isn’t it time we did the same to trolls?
-Milo Yiannopoulos

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John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[Hacker ‘Phineas Fisher’ Speaks on Camera for the First Time—Through a Puppet]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70938 2016-07-20T14:30:43Z 2016-07-20T14:30:43Z [Quote:]

“I’ll do a video interview if you get kermit the frog (or a homemade non-trademark violating puppet) and a voice actor to read lines I type in chat,” Phineas Fisher told me.

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John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[Melania Trump Did Not Plagiarize Her RNC Speech]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70935 2016-07-20T09:17:52Z 2016-07-20T09:15:14Z

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John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[Putin gives federal security agents two weeks to produce ‘encryption keys’ for the Internet]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70931 2016-07-20T05:57:06Z 2016-07-20T05:53:44Z [Quote:]

After signing controversial anti-terrorist legislation earlier today, President Putin ordered the Federal Security Service (the FSB, the post-Soviet successor to the KGB) to produce encryption keys to decrypt all data on the Internet. According to the executive order, the FSB has two weeks to do it. Responsibility for carrying out Putin’s instructions falls on Alexander Bortnikov, the head of the FSB.

The new “anti-terrorist” laws require all “organizers of information distribution” that add “additional coding” to transmitted electronic messages to provide the FSB with any information necessary to decrypt those messages. It’s still unclear what information exactly online resources are expected to turn over, given that all data on the Internet is encoded, one way or another, and in many instances encryption keys for encrypted information simply don’t exist.

And there’s more

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John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[Déjà vu all over again]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70927 2016-07-20T05:46:53Z 2016-07-20T05:46:53Z tumblr_oajrv2NPZO1toedgso1_500 tumblr_oajrv2NPZO1toedgso2_500

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John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[UK government admits ‘Snooper’s Charter’ would allow it to ban end-to-end encryption]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70925 2016-07-19T16:54:55Z 2016-07-19T16:54:55Z [Quote:]

The UK government has publicly admitted that parts of the Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB), better known as the ‘Snooper’s Charter’, would allow it to force companies to ban end-to-end encryption.

In what may be viewed as a huge assault on the public’s privacy, not to mention digital security, the government would ask internet and communication service providers to “develop and maintain a technical capability to remove encryption that has been applied to communications or data”. As one member of the House of Lords put it, when debating the IPB, this essentially means that companies may not use end-to-end encryption, and could leave the public at risk, not to mention setting a supremely dangerous precedent.

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John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[RNC 2016 Bans Tennis Balls—but Assault Rifles Are OK]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70923 2016-07-19T15:50:08Z 2016-07-19T15:50:08Z [Quote:]

You’ll wanna know, however, about the 72 things that are banned from being carried outside the arena so that everyone there will remain safe. I don’t get paid by the word, but what the hell, I think sharing at least some of this list is necessary. If only to show just how truly inane we’ve allowed our laws to become, because of men and women like Donald Trump’s running mate Mike Pence. And Senators who probably don’t want you to know what they’ve been up to, like Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Rob Portman of Ohio, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Roy Blunt of Missouri and Marco Rubio of Florida.

So without further ado, if you’re planning on heading to the convention to hang outside, you should remember you’re banned from bringing such innately dangerous objects as tennis balls (you could have a serve like Milos Raonic at Wimbledon, after all), sound amplification equipment, umbrellas with metal tips, padlocks, sleeping bags, gas masks, ornaments (you never know when that kid from ‘Home Alone’ might show up), ceramic vessels, bicycle locking devices, tents, coolers, lasers (sharks with lasers?), canned goods, shovels, light bulbs, aerosol cans, ropes longer than six feet, non-plastic containers, ice chests, mattresses and of course bb guns, paintball guns and water guns.

Any of that stuff would be too dangerous. Actual, real bullet-firing guns, like AR-15s and .50 caliber, shoulder fired, semi-automatic sniper rifles? Totes cool.

After all, you have no constitutional right to carry a tennis ball..

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John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[It sure looks like Melania Trump copied her speech from Michelle Obama]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70918 2016-07-19T06:44:41Z 2016-07-19T06:37:17Z [Quote:]

One of the more uplifting sections in Melania Trump’s convention speech tonight was virtually identical to a passage from Michelle Obama’s convention speech in 2008.

Here’s the key moment in Trump’s speech:

My parents impressed on me the values: that you work hard for what you want in life. That your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise. That you treat people with respect. They taught me to show the values and morals in my daily life. That is the lesson that I continue to pass along to our son.

And we need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow. [Cheering] Because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.

And here’s a similar passage from Obama’s speech in 2008:

And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you’re going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them, and even if you don’t agree with them.

And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and pass them on to the next generation. Because we want our children — and all children in this nation — to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.

Give Melania credit, at least, for remembering not to use the phrase “our daughters Malia and Sasha.”

There was a nice rick-roll moment as well:

Someone in the campaign is the next generation of troll.

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John Sinteur http://weblog.sinteur.com <![CDATA[Man Comforts Gorilla Who Just Lost His Mom]]> https://sinteur.com/?p=70915 2016-07-18T19:25:10Z 2016-07-18T19:25:10Z [Quote:]

For this mountain gorilla whose mother was killed by poachers, the pain is all too real. In an emotional display of mourning, the dismayed gorilla holds onto park ranger Patrick Karabaranga for support.

Captured in July 2012 at Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, this photograph documents the gorilla’s capacity to express loss and Karabaranga’s compassion for an individual of another species: a much needed skill in a world where human activity increasingly encroaches upon the lives of wild gorillas.

Mountain gorillas have become a critically endangered species as a result of two distinct human activities. First, mass deforestation has resulted in severe habitat loss for not only gorillas but many animals of the rainforest. Every day, 80,000 acres of rainforest are destroyed in the name of profitable industries such as logging, agriculture and mining.

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