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Energy and climate change minister accepts £18,000 from climate sceptic

Posted on April 10th, 2015 at 19:16 by John Sinteur in category: News


Conservative energy and climate change minister Matthew Hancock has taken £18,000 from a key backer of the UK’s leading climate sceptic lobby group, the Guardian can disclose.

According to official records, Hancock has accepted five donations over the years from City currency manager Neil Record, who has given money to the Global Warming Policy Foundation, and is on the board of its campaigning arm.


Asked whether Hancock had ever discussed energy policy with Record and declared the link to the Department for Energy and Climate Change, a spokeswoman for the minister said: “All donations are declared publicly and proper process followed.”

So there are proper procedures when you want to buy a UK politician…

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  1. And they’re cheap, too! Until it was revealed, the return on that tiny investment could be huge.

Hacked French network exposed its own passwords during TV interview

Posted on April 10th, 2015 at 10:19 by John Sinteur in category: Security



While French authorities continued investigating how the TV5Monde network had 11 of its stations’ signals interrupted the night before, one of its staffers proved just how likely a basic password theft might have led to the incident.

In an interview with French news program 13 Heures, TV5Monde reporter David Delos unwittingly revealed at least one password for the station’s social media presence. That’s because he was filmed in front of a staffer’s desk—which was smothered in sticky notes and taped index cards that were covered in account usernames and passwords.

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  1. Well, those hackers have baffling powers, grandma!

Facebook says it tracked people who didn’t use Facebook because of ‘a bug’

Posted on April 10th, 2015 at 9:59 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy


The researchers point out that Facebook’s “social plug-ins” — which other sites frequently use — tracked users who didn’t use the plug-ins, were not logged in to Facebook, and who did not even have a Facebook account. In its response post, Facebook conceded that “a bug” affected “a few” users and would be fixed.

The “bug” is that they got caught.

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  1. Yeah, as in “We are flaming assholes and a bug caused our condition!”.

  2. Is it a bug that your browser got bugged? It sure bugs me.

Texas Bill Would Make Recording Police Illegal

Posted on April 10th, 2015 at 8:23 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


A bill introduced in the Texas House of Representatives would make it illegal for private citizens to record police within 25 feet.

House Bill 2918, introduced by state Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) on Tuesday, would make the offense a misdemeanor. Citizens who are armed would not be permitted to record police activity within 100 feet of an officer, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Only representatives of radio or TV organizations that hold an FCC license, newspapers and magazines would have the right to record police.

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  1. He’s just trying to keep people out of their effective shooting range.

  2. Weren’t these sort of restrictions already found to be unconstitutional?

  3. Reminds me of the “bug” when Google Street View cars were grabbing all wifi traffic instead of just SSIDs.

  4. [Quote]:

    Days after footage of a South Carolina police shooting refueled a national conversation, a Texas bill that would limit filming of police activity met its demise.

    State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, confirmed Friday that he will not seek a public hearing for his bill, which would have made it illegal for a resident to film within 25 feet of police activity.


Posted on April 10th, 2015 at 8:04 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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Everything The Police Said About Walter Scott’s Death Before A Video Showed What Really Happened

Posted on April 9th, 2015 at 18:22 by John Sinteur in category: News


Between the time when he shot and killed Scott early Saturday morning and when charges were filed, Slager — using the both the police department and his attorney — was able to provide his “version” of the events. He appeared well on his way to avoiding charges and pinning the blame on Scott.

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  1. Every police officer who shoots and kills another person should be tried for manslaughter at the least. Let the jury decide, and make sure the prosecution is not just another FOTP (friend of the police).

U.S. Legalization of Marijuana Has Hit Mexican Cartels’ Cross-Border Trade

Posted on April 9th, 2015 at 14:12 by John Sinteur in category: bleeding obvious, No shit, sherlock


Agents on the 2,000 mile-U.S. border have wrestled with these smuggling techniques for decades, seemingly unable to stop the northward flow of drugs and southward flow of dollars and guns. But the amount of one drug — marijuana — seems to have finally fallen. U.S. Border Patrol has been seizing steadily smaller quantities of the drug, from 2.5 million pounds in 2011 to 1.9 million pounds in 2014. Mexico’s army has noted an even steeper decline, confiscating 664 tons of cannabis in 2014, a drop of 32% compared to year before.

This fall appears to have little to do with law enforcement, however, and all to do with the wave of U.S. marijuana legalization. The votes by Colorado and Washington State to legalize marijuana in 2012, followed by Alaska, Oregon and D.C. last year have created a budding industry. U.S. growers produce gourmet products with exotic names such as White Widow, Golden Goat and Oaktown Crippler as opposed to the bog-standard Mexican “mota.” American dispensaries even label their drugs, showing how strong they are, measured in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive ingredient), and grade their mix of sativa, which gets people stoned in a psychedelic way and indica, which has a more knock-out effect.

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  1. Eat your heart out, Dutch Justice Department.

  2. A 25% drop in illegal import due to legalization in a few minor states? I’m skeptical.

  3. Desiato, Colorado is exporting. Kansas and Oklahoma border crossings are on high alert.

US Police Kill More Civilians In March Than UK Police Killed In 100 Years

Posted on April 9th, 2015 at 13:51 by John Sinteur in category: News


A new report by ThinkProgress.com unearthed disturbing figures when it came to the number of police-related deaths that occurred in America in the month of March alone.

Just last month, in the 31 days of March, police in the United States killed more people than the UK did in the entire 20th century. In fact, it was twice as many; police in the UK only killed 52 people during that 100 year period.

According to the report by ThinkProgess, in March alone, 111 people died during police encounters — 36 more than the previous month.

This high number in March increased the average for police killings from every 8.5 hours, to nearly 1 police killing every 6.5 hours in the US.

China, whose population is 4 and 1/2 times the size of the United States, recorded 12 killings by law enforcement officers in 2014.

On average, US police kill people at a rate 70 times higher than any of the other first world countries as they “protect and serve” the American citizens.

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  1. Ok, but you have to ask yorself: What would you do if you were a police officer in a country where literally anybody can have a weapon? I would also be very nervous and keep my finger on the trigger.
    Another downside to the liberal weapon laws in the US.

  2. “Protect and serve” … on a platter with a side of potatoes and a nice sorbet after…

South Carolina Officer Is Charged With Murder in Black Man’s Death

Posted on April 8th, 2015 at 14:36 by John Sinteur in category: News


A white police officer in North Charleston, S.C., was charged with murder on Tuesday after a video surfaced showing him shooting in the back and killing an apparently unarmed black man while the man ran away.

The officer, Michael T. Slager, 33, said he had feared for his life because the man had taken his stun gun in a scuffle after a traffic stop on Saturday. A video, however, shows the officer firing eight times as the man, Walter L. Scott, 50, fled. The North Charleston mayor announced the state charges at a news conference Tuesday evening.

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  1. Oh no, the U.S. is not police state. The rule of law governs. Innocent till proven guilty…Bullshit. Witness here a trial by a militarized official of the police state. Witness here a summary execution. And one wonders why they are called PIGS. And one wonders why they are so disrespected? And one wonders why the U.S. is so laughed at on the world stage when it preaches democracy and the rule of law? Shame! Shame!

  2. It looks to me like this ‘police officer’ is totally disconnected from reality. He shoots the guy 8 times in the back, and then shouts to him to put his hands on his back?? What did het think the bullets would do? And then he plants a weapon besides the dead guy. In the Netherlands most police are sissy’s, but these US cops think they are in the movies or something…..

  3. U.S. Cops: Shoot first, ask questions later

We are on to you.

Posted on April 8th, 2015 at 0:21 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!


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  1. If I was going to make a list of all the things I do not have, I would have chosen a larger piece of paper and much smaller writing.

Kansas wants to ban welfare recipients from seeing movies, going swimming on government’s dime

Posted on April 7th, 2015 at 22:31 by John Sinteur in category: News


If House Bill 2258 is signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback (R) this week, Kansas families receiving government assistance will no longer be able to use those funds to visit swimming pools, see movies, go gambling or get tattoos on the state’s dime.

Those are just a few of the restrictions contained within the measure that promises to tighten regulations on how poor families spend their government aid.

State Sen. Michael O’Donnell, a Wichita Republican who has advocated for the bill, said the legislation is designed to pressure those receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to spend “more responsibly.”

If only movie tickets where the biggest problem poor people have… time and time again research shows that if you give poor people more responsibility, the vast majority of them will rise to the occasion. Perhaps we should look again at negative income tax…

and that was in 1968

Unfortunately, that’s politically impossible today..

“If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.” -Lyndon B. Johnson

The salient fact of American politics is that there are fifty to seventy million voters each of who will volunteer to live, with his family, in a cardboard box under an overpass, and cook sparrows on an old curtain rod, if someone would only guarantee that the black, gay, Hispanic, liberal, whatever, in the next box over doesn’t even have a curtain rod, or a sparrow to put on it.

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A Murder of Crows

Posted on April 7th, 2015 at 20:40 by John Sinteur in category: Joke








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  1. John, this is just a bad joke! Funny, but bad… :-)

  2. Typical case of black humor

  3. Raven mad.

The “Food Babe” Blogger Is Full of Shit

Posted on April 7th, 2015 at 18:23 by John Sinteur in category: News


Vani Hari, AKA the Food Babe, has amassed a loyal following in her Food Babe Army. The recent subject of profiles and interviews in the New York Times, the New York Post and New York Magazine, Hari implores her soldiers to petition food companies to change their formulas. She’s also written a bestselling book telling you that you can change your life in 21 days by “breaking free of the hidden toxins in your life.” She and her army are out to change the world.

She’s also utterly full of shit.

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  1. The scaring of consumers with food-based terrors has been going on, well, forever. You can blame Oprah Winfrey for Dr. Oz and all that shit. Don’t get me started about “Wheat Belly”. We’re surrounded by idiots, there are billions to be made in the unregulated market for worry and “supplements”…and these TV watching fools have the vote….aargh! :-)

    The most ridiculous manifestation that I found recently was buying a bottle of a dish detergent (colourless, with no perfume in it) – it had a label saying “gluten-free”. I’d hope so, but you see the marketing for “hypoallergenic” is the same as for “worried about chemicals”. Sigh.

Landing at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Cessna 172

Posted on April 7th, 2015 at 1:04 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

Q&A with the pilot

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  1. Landing a small prop plane like that at O’Hare, or even Midway is just plain nuts! It was a good approach and landing though – good pilot. That said, the DuPage County airport is a MUCH better alternative, and not all that far from Chicago and O’Hare. They can deal with corporate jets and props without difficulty. No need to deal with 747 turbulence on landing! That in itself can be a “killer”…

  2. @Spaceman: Or rather, plane nuts!

  3. A 172 not having the best of luck flying into a South San Diego airport at night. Featuring a real “Airplane!” moment at around 5.30


  4. I just came in here to say good luck, we’re all counting on you.

Youtube can’t even code a decent version check or feedback

Posted on April 6th, 2015 at 21:40 by John Sinteur in category: Google, Software

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I don’t know how these morons are checking this, but when I try their feedback link at the bottom of the page to tell them I get into an endless loop: “please sign in, ok thanks verify that this information on you is still correct, oh you think it is correct, fine, now please sign in….”

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Government Surveillance

Posted on April 6th, 2015 at 21:35 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

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  1. Everyone just has to send a naked selfie and then we’re all safe? I’m gonna have to do some ironing :-)

You can’t make this stuff up

Posted on April 6th, 2015 at 11:07 by John Sinteur in category: News


This could be an April Fools’ joke. But it isn’t.

In what can only be described as an ironic twist, the Indian Journal of Dermatology is retracting a paper that presents guidelines on plagiarism for…wait for it…


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  1. Hilarious.

  2. This is from the Department of Irony Department, right?

Research: Piracy Increases Literacy and Access to Knowledge

Posted on April 6th, 2015 at 11:00 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


Over the years we have seen various illustrations of the educational importance of piracy in developing countries. When the e-book portal Library.nu was shut down, for instance, we were contacted by a United Nations worker in Kenya, who voiced his disappointment.

“I am very concerned about the recent injunction against library.nu. The site was particularly useful for people like me working in Nairobi, a city that has no more than four bookshops with nothing but bestsellers,” the UN worker informed TF at the time.

In an effort to determine how piracy affects literacy and the spread of knowledge, the African Governance and Development Institute conducted an in-depth study comparing piracy and human development data from 11 African countries.

The findings, presented in a paper titled “The Impact of Software Piracy on Inclusive Human Development: Evidence from Africa” show that “software piracy increases literacy”.

“Adoption of tight IPRs regimes may negatively affect human development by diminishing the literacy rate and restricting diffusion of knowledge,” the authors write.

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  1. I’ve always thought developing countries need to ignore all copyrights and patents. They just don’t apply to these countries.

  2. @Will: Sure and it would be to their advantage. Except for the “Don’t drone me, bro!” clauses in all these bi-lateral trade deals…

Quis regexiet ipsos regexes?

Posted on April 6th, 2015 at 10:53 by John Sinteur in category: Software



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  1. I think, therefor I am, I think. When I see stuff like this, the first inclination I have is to find a brick to bash against my head to stop the pain…

The Pentagon’s $10-billion bet gone bad

Posted on April 6th, 2015 at 10:34 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


The four ill-fated programs were all intended to address a key vulnerability in U.S. defenses: If an enemy launched decoys along with real missiles, U.S. radars could be fooled, causing rocket-interceptors to be fired at the wrong objects — and increasing the risk that actual warheads would slip through.

In addition to SBX, the programs were:

• The Airborne Laser, envisioned as a fleet of converted Boeing 747s that would fire laser beams to destroy enemy missiles soon after launch, before they could release decoys.

It turned out that the lasers could not be fired over sufficient distances, so the planes would have to fly within or near an enemy’s borders continuously. That would leave the 747s all but defenseless against antiaircraft missiles. The program was canceled in 2012, after a decade of testing.

The cost: $5.3 billion.

• The Kinetic Energy Interceptor, a rocket designed to be fired from land or sea to destroy enemy missiles during their early stage of flight. The interceptor was too long to fit on Navy ships, and on land, it would have to be positioned so close to its target that it would be vulnerable to attack. The program was killed in 2009, after six years of development.

The cost: $1.7 billion.

• The Multiple Kill Vehicle, a cluster of miniature interceptors that would destroy enemy missiles along with any decoys. In 2007 and 2008, the Missile Defense Agency trumpeted it as a “transformational program” and a cost-effective “force multiplier.” After four years of development, the agency’s contractors had not conducted a single test flight, and the program was shelved.

The cost: nearly $700 million.

These expensive flops stem in part from a climate of anxiety after Sept. 11, 2001, heightened by warnings from defense hawks that North Korea and Iran were close to developing long-range missiles capable of reaching the United States.

President George W. Bush, in 2002, ordered an urgent effort to field a homeland missile defense system within two years. In their rush to make that deadline, Missile Defense Agency officials latched onto exotic, unproven concepts without doing a rigorous analysis of their cost and feasibility.


Henry A. Obering III, a retired director of the Missile Defense Agency, said any unfulfilled expectations for SBX and the other projects were the fault of the Obama administration and Congress — for not doubling down with more spending.

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  1. Don’t you just love how these asshats blame all of their failures on Obama, even though he came to office years after they squandered billion$ of our hard-earned dollars! I’d like to see a profile of their noses – Pinocchio must be proud!

  2. The next major war will be the War of the Drones. Who do you think will win that one?

  3. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.


Posted on April 6th, 2015 at 10:19 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

Okay, I slept late, so I missed it guys… Did Jesus see his shadow this morning?

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  1. Yes he did, and that means six more years of Christians claiming “persecution” for not being allowed to discriminate. B

  2. He must have. It was a lovely, sunny day – today, not so much. I guess a cloud must have crossed over the sun while he was checking it out. :-)

  3. Is it too late to do the “Put me up for the weekend” joke again?

Computer Color is Broken

Posted on April 5th, 2015 at 11:40 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The dystopian lake filled by the world’s tech lust

Posted on April 4th, 2015 at 12:37 by John Sinteur in category: News


You may not have heard of Baotou, but the mines and factories here help to keep our modern lives ticking. It is one of the world’s biggest suppliers of “rare earth” minerals. These elements can be found in everything from magnets in wind turbines and electric car motors, to the electronic guts of smartphones and flatscreen TVs. In 2009 China produced 95% of the world’s supply of these elements, and it’s estimated that the Bayan Obo mines just north of Baotou contain 70% of the world’s reserves. But, as we would discover, at what cost?

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NASA Posts a Huge Library of Space Sounds, And You’re Free To Use Them

Posted on April 4th, 2015 at 12:32 by John Sinteur in category: awesome


Space is the place. Again.

And SoundCloud is now a place you can find sounds from the US government space agency, NASA. In addition to the requisite vocal clips (“Houston, we’ve had a problem” and “The Eagle has landed”), you get a lot more. There are rocket sounds, the chirps of satellites and equipment, lightning on Jupiter, interstellar plasma and radio emissions. And in one nod to humanity, and not just American humanity, there’s the Soviet satellite Sputnik (among many projects that are international in nature).

That’s one small dubstep for…nah, too easy.

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Senator Says Critics Of Indiana Should Get ‘Perspective,’ Be Thankful State Doesn’t Execute Gays

Posted on April 3rd, 2015 at 18:36 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


“I think it’s important we have a sense of perspective,” Cotton said. “In Iran they hang you for the crime of being gay.”

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  1. Where do these creepy clones keep coming from?

  2. Time seems to have stood still for Republicans. I may have to revise my thoughts on evolution. Money seems to interfere with the process.

  3. There is one really important point that I’d like to make specifically as pertains to the bakers. Assuming that this law will eventually be overturned, should we be concerned about any, um, add-ins that the homophobic baker might put into a cake for a same-sex wedding? It would be hard for the florist, tailor, or photographer to sabotage their products, but it would be frighteningly easy for the baker…

  4. Why worry anyway. The Koch brothers orchestrate selective strikes on Democrats ensuring control of the three branches (MIC is the fourth) so they’ll name the replacements for the aging liberals on the Supreme Court. Now, that’s something to worrying about!

April Fools Video Prank in Math Class

Posted on April 3rd, 2015 at 14:57 by Paul Jay in category: News

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  1. That’s really well done. Thanks, Paul, and welcome back.

The Pentagon Can’t Account for $45 Billion It Spent in Afghanistan

Posted on April 3rd, 2015 at 3:55 by John Sinteur in category: News


The Department of Defense has spent $66 billion since 2002 rebuilding Afghanistan. But amazingly, it can’t account for $45 billion of that money. That’s billion with a B.

The auditing office in charge of overseeing the reconstruction of Afghanistan has asked the Pentagon for a full account of where those funds have been spent. Twice. But the Pentagon told the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) that doing so simply wasn’t feasible. They may as well have just returned the request with a ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

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  1. I’m sure the Republicans will want to investigate this along with those missing emails.

  2. What are we betting that this money isn’t actually in Afghanistan?

Is bank web site security really that hard?

Posted on April 1st, 2015 at 21:02 by John Sinteur in category: Security

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  1. (oh wait – translation.. top bar reads “your web browser is too old. A modern browser is safer, more secure and..”)

Apple Watch Teardown – iFixit

Posted on April 1st, 2015 at 19:06 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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  1. lol…put it in a blender…

  2. This is an infomercial for Apple. And @Sue, why waste a good blender? A high power shredder will do the trick :-)

  3. @Mykolas: But it’s pretty spectacular in a blender:

Tom the Dancing Bug

Posted on April 1st, 2015 at 18:45 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

Tom the Dancing Bug

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