Monthly Archives: November 2011

ted the porcupine is not very generous. oh and he talks….

Who the fuck knew porcupines sounded like that. What the hell?

Your android phone is tracking everything you do. Everything.

If you have any model of an Android phone, whether its jailbroken or not, whether you’re on wi-fi or the cell network, no matter what make or model, no matter which carrier you have, your every move, everything you type, even your passwords are being tracked and stored inside your phone.

The software that spies on you was created by Carrier IQ. If you go to their website you’ll see it says, “the only embedded analytics company to support millions of devices simultaneously, we give Wireless Carriers and Handset Manufacturers unprecedented insight into their customers’ mobile experience.”

Take a look at the video to help you understand more

What can you do to avoid it?

Unfortunately, not much. The hidden spyware is always running, and there’s no option in any of the menus to deactivate it. Unless you’re a grade-A blackbelt hacker, you’re out of luck. Even Eckhart, who is a developer, finds it difficult to remove:

Why is this not opt-in and why is it so hard to fully remove?

It’s an excellent question. One that urgently needs an answer, from Carrier IQ but especially from every handset manufacturer and carrier involved in this situation.

The solution to this problem is not installing a custom ROM. That’s something that shouldn’t be required from consumers, something that normal people will not be willing to do. Products must respect privacy rights out of the box. Consumers must be informed about this the moment they turn on their phones in a clear way. They should have the possibility to opt-in and opt-out whenever they want, with a single click. This matter should be solved now by Carrier IQ, the handset manufacturer and the carriers.

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The American Families Association’s list of companies that are for or against christmas

If you’re not familiar with the AFA, they’re the worst people who raise issues where issues should not be raised. They are ridiculous and exactly what is wrong with the world. Here is their latest masterpiece, its basically based on whether or not the companies say merry christmas or happy holidays. I just want to fucking slap the AFA in the fucking face. Saying happy holidays isn’t fucking anti christmas, its inclusive to everyone and meant to be a friendly and kind gesture. Go cry about some other ridiculous thing AFA, oh wait, you do cry about every thing you fucking can. DO SOMETHING PRODUCTIVE INSTEAD!

 

amazing picture from space: dragon fight

The picture above has been masked to make it more obvious, the original photo is below. It was taken in 2006 and is from the heart of the Orion nebula.

See a much bigger version here

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First picture of Daniel Day Lewis as Abe Lincoln

So Spielberg has been filming his film “Lincoln” for a few months now but nobody has really seen anything from the set. Daniel Day Lewis, who fucking rocks by the way, is playing honest Abe and this is the first shot of him in makeup. Even without the top hat and costume he still looks like he will play the part pretty damn well.

the ban on horse slaughtering in the US that has been in effect for 5 years is about to end

So for the past 5 years there has been a ban on slaughtering horses in the US. The ban is about to come to an end though and as you can imagine there are a bunch of people who are not too excited about that. While not many eat horse in the US, the meat used to be exported to foreign countries for consumption. I tried some when I was in Italy and it wasn’t too bad, just kind of like shitty really tough steak.

Animal welfare advocates pushed for the ban when it passed five years ago, but horse industry advocates and the Government Accountability Office say the ban had a slew of unintended consequences: More horses were left abandoned when owners could no longer afford to keep them or use them for work; owners who wanted to sell their horses for slaughter were forced to have them shipped to Canada or Mexico, where slaughtering is legal; and horse prices became depressed in the United States, according to a report released by the GOA in June.

The last horse slaughterhouse in America closed in 2007 in Illinois, just months before the economic recession hit the country, according to the Associated Press. In the years since, horse abandonment and export has grown significantly, according to the GAO report.

In Colorado, for example, data showed that investigations for horse neglect and abuse increased more than 60 percent, from 975 in 2005 to almost 1,600 in 2009, the report said. According to one advocate, the ban also forced the bottom to drop out of the horse industry entirely.

“It’s basic economics,” said David Duquette, president of United Horsemen, which advocated for lifting the ban. “Horses used to be a $102 billion a year industry, with at least 500,000 direct jobs in horse industry. That’s been cut in half.”

The ban was lifted quietly in this year’s agriculture spending bill. The Senate, breaking with the past five years of agriculture bills, did not include language on continuing the ban in their version of the bill. They attributed their decision to the GAO report, according to a Senate Appropriations Committee spokesman.

Horse rescues have skyrocketed since the ban was put into place and although I do like riding horses on beaches pretty frequently, I don’t think the slaughter house is a worse option than being left to starve to death after their owners abandon them.

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website of the week

This week’s website of the week is The Same Picture of Dave Coulier Every Day. It’s pretty self explanatory.

a comic i enjoyed

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