EFF calls out governments for trafficking in these vulnerabilities, rather than demanding their disclosure and repair. Any unpatched vulnerability puts every user of the affected software at risk. For a government to appropriate a vulnerability to itself and keep it secret in the name of “national security,” rather than fixing it for the nation’s citizens, is “security for the 1%.”
"So now I know everything to know about Zoe. I know where she is. I know what she looks like, both clothed and mostly disrobed. I know her full name, her parents’ full names, her brother’s full name. I know what she likes to drink. I know where she went to school. I know what she likes and dislikes. All I need to do now is go down to the Independent, ask her if she remembers me from Stoneham High, ask her how her brother Mike is doing, buy her a frosty margarita, and start waxing eloquently about that beautiful summer I spent in Roma.
"Throughout this demonstration, my group of friends had been split pretty evenly along gender lines in their reactions… The women, on the other hand, looked sick and horrified."
A strangely lopsided collection this: the shortest story, Yuko, is a very nicely constructed twist-in-the-tale yarn, that’s all the better for its unpredictability, and the titular story meanders its way to a fairly understated though more predictable end, but it’s all compulsive reading. The set piece for this book, though, is Black Fairy Tale, which takes up about two thirds of the book (why this collection isn’t named for this story instead of the clunky title it’s been saddled with is beyond me). Black Fairy Tale concerns a girl getting visions from her newly-transplanted eye - from this hoary beginning unfolds a veritable mashup of plots and ideas that build to quite a crescendo. It’s unpredictable and daft in places, but its Grand Guignol climax is wonderful.
"For his latest project, TableTop, Wheaton… is also wearing the executive producer’s hat, as well as appearing on camera as the show’s host. TableTop aims to combine the aesthetic of celebrity poker with Wheaton’s passion for tabletop games – something he hopes to instill in even the most reluctant of gamers via the show.
"We caught up with Wheaton by phone to talk TableTop…"
"Hugh Howey is the indie author behind the Woolseries which recently held six out of the top ten spots on the Amazon.com Science Fiction best sellers list. I had a chance to sit down with Hugh and discuss the experience of being an indie writer and the Wool Series. In this interview we talk about Hugh’s path to success as a writer…”
At a campaign event at a bowling alley in Wisconsin today, GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum told a boy who reached for a pink bowling ball: “You’re not gonna use the pink ball. We’re not gonna let you do that. Not on camera.” Santorum went on to say “Friends don’t let friends use pink balls.”
“This is one of the worst marketing campaigns in the history of movies,” a former studio marketing chief told Vulture before the film opened. “It’s almost as if they went out of their way to not make us care.” If that was the goal, it worked.
Right now I’m reading a book from mega-selling fantasy author George R. R. Martin. The following is a passage where he is writing from the point of view of a woman — always a tough thing for men to do. The girl is on her way to a key confrontation, and the narrator describes it thusly:
"When she went to the stables, she wore faded sandsilk pants and woven grass sandals. Her small breasts moved freely beneath a painted Dothraki vest …"
That’s written from the woman’s point of view. Yes, when a male writes a female, he assumes that she spends every moment thinking about the size of her breasts and what they are doing.
"In order to prepare you for the next songs of ice and fire that will be coming your way shortly, today’s Daily List takes a look back at what we think are the 10 most awesome moments from the show’s first season. Since awesomeness is subjective, please feel free to discuss your favorites in the comments. Because if there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that GoT had a lot of awesomeness in it…”
"On the one hand, you’ve got The Hunger Games, which racked up $150+ million in its opening weekend, becoming the biggest non-sequel film opening ever — it’s on track to earn its studio, Lionsgate, $300 million in profit when all is said and done. On the other hand you’ve got John Carter, which cost $250 million to make and has performed poorly enough that its studio, Disney, has already declared that it expects it will take a $200 million writedown on the film. That makes it officially one of the biggest flops in movie history.
"Is there anything we can learn from the divergent paths of these two films? Here are a few things that occurred to me…"
The Texas vacation theme in this episode kept mutating into a “vacation from health and life” theme for some reason. That’s just how the material sorted itself out. Sometimes that happens. We offer two songs by The Deathbillies, one from The Psycho Skeletons, an excerpt from Fever in the Funkhouse live, and clips from Radio Synaesthesia, The Ask Dr. Hal podcast, The Puzzling Evidence Show, and, well, Deadwood. There are also a large Large collarge, two rare Firesign bits (both by Rev. David Ossman), Dr. Philo Drummond, and a whole bunch of goats. A rather candid recording of the Rev. and Princess Stang-Doe chatting as they stroll through the grounds of Stang Ranch in Texas provides some hidden surprises to those who listen closely.
"The blockbuster movie appears to have "missing" futuristic technologies — but these probably aren’t plot holes.
"Such "gaps" in technology don’t necessarily represent plot holes, according to historians of science and technology. Real societies have adopted or rejected technologies based on whether they suited their particular economic, political or cultural circumstances."
"A committee of UK MPs investigating the Internet’s role in compromising Britain’s privacy laws have concluded that the best way to ensure that court orders demanding suppression of tittle-tattle about the love-lives of celebrities and oligarchs (as well as the criminal misdeeds of giant corporations) is to order Google to censor its search results for British people, to make sure that we don’t discover these activities."
"At last weekend’s Dulverton Carnival, a councillor entered a float called "Liz Jones’s Coffee Morning". He sat alone and paraded through the town in a long black wig, jars of Illy coffee, rats and organic muesli on the table, a big "For Sale" sign at the back. It won first prize."
"Among the bigger changes will probably see the 3D-upcharge disappear. 3D charges will help increase the overall ticket-price but, as an industry, I think we’ll see a blend begin to emerge in 2012, where patrons will have a single price for both 2D and 3D films. 2D prices will increase and 3D prices will decrease."