Italian protests EU, Euro, banksters

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From zerohedge, ABC and the South African Times:

While some may think that having an unelected technocrat is all fun and games, in Rome at least one person begs to differ. The person is Marcello Di Finizo, an Italian restaurateur, who has “staged a spectacular protest by spending the night between Tuesday and Wednesday on top of Saint Peter’s Church in Rome.” He is still there now and his expliot can be seen live on the webcast below.

As of 03 Oct 2012 15:52 UTC, Di Finizo is still up there if the live webcast is to be believed:


700 TB stored on a gram of DNA

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Alexander Higgins brings us the latest in data storage: fitting 700T onto a gram of DNA.

When we sequenced our own DNA back in high school biology class, I had no clue it could be a storage medium for data. Of course, that’s what it already is.

Reminds me of the galaxy-in-a-bauble around the cat’s neck in the movie “The Fifth Element”.

On a related note, I just started reading about epigenetics. Intuitively, I’ve long suspected this to be possible, if only out of wishful thinking. Read-write filesystem for our corporeal vehicles.

For a while I was trying to double-major in CS and genetics. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened had I stuck with it.

FBI has a list of 12 million people and their iPhones.

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Woke up this morning to an interesting dox drop: Anonymous apparently got a hold of a list of iPhone users including their names and device IDs.

During the second week of March 2012, a Dell Vostro notebook, used by Supervisor Special Agent Christopher K. Stangl from FBI Regional Cyber Action Team and New York FBI Office Evidence Response Team was breached using the AtomicReferenceArray vulnerability on Java, during the shell session some files were downloaded from his Desktop folder one of them with the name of “NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv” turned to be a list of 12,367,232 Apple iOS devices including Unique Device Identifiers (UDID), user names, name of device, type of device, Apple Push Notification Service tokens, zipcodes, cellphone numbers, addresses, etc. the personal details fields referring to people appears many times empty leaving the whole list incompleted on many parts. no other file on the same folder makes mention about this list or its purpose.

Update: posted information and links on how to possibly identify whether your iPhone is on this list.

Finally broke 4 digits of reddit karma!

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I love reddit. I got so turned off by Digg, their retarded, fascist policies and the horde of Bury Brigade morons and at the same time ran into reddit. I’ve never looked back. I don’t even check Digg any more, much less login to it. I hope it dies the death by crushing weight of crass commercialism it deserves. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the free market, but that also includes me taking the choice of not consuming their product if it’s not going to allow free expression. Curbing abuse and spam is one thing, deliberate censorship due to being a tool is something else entirely.

One thing I really enjoy about reddit is the ease of posting comments and engaging in discussions with all sorts of folks. It’s also rather easy to engage in the equivalent of Usenet cascades, which still have a distinctly reddit feel to them as they become progressively sillier and usually wittier. Meme propagation is rife there as well, which can be fun or annoying, depending.

Hell, they even bought free drinks for everyone who would come and when I bought when of their totally cool American Apparel t-shirts, I got a personally signed letter from one of the founders himself thanking me for my purchase! How cool is that!?

reddit gets it!

I just hope they don’t get too upset with my often brash poison-pen…