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"Internet Addiction Might Become a Diagnosis"

I'm not addicted! I swear! I'm sure the shaking and anxiety I experience when I'm offline is a result of the additional sleep I get! And, I mean, I only check facebook once every 30 minutes! And those 80 webcomics and blogs/feeds/slashdot? Only twice a day. Occasionally three...
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This is slightly disturbing. Apparently, the FBI posted fake links advertising child pornography and recorded all of the IP addresses that access those links. And then when around raiding houses.

slashdot link:

Responses by some security guys:

Original news article:

Why is it disturbing? As the article states: "The implications of the FBI's hyperlink-enticement technique are sweeping. Using the same logic and legal arguments, federal agents could send unsolicited e-mail messages to millions of Americans advertising illegal narcotics or child pornography--and raid people who click on the links embedded in the spam messages. The bureau could register the "unlawfulimages.com" domain name and prosecute intentional visitors. And so on."

And also, there are ways to trick a browser into loading images and links. If I can control content on a page, I can easily use all sorts of ways to force your browser to load another site. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross-site_request_forgery, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross-site_scripting, and basic head/meta-redirects would work. So essentially, if I knew about the FBI site, and I had an enemy, I could make a webpage that would automatically redirect their browser to load from the FBI honeypot link. And then said enemy would get a lovely visit from the FBI. So while said target did not intentionally click the link, they still get into trouble . . . .

In other tech news:

MD wants to make it a crime carrying up to 3 years imprisonment and a $1000 fine for using someone else's wireless connection.

The best slashdot comment is as follows:
I will never, EVER understand how the following counts as "stealing wireless access":

1) I broadcast my SSID. (Here's a wireless connection world! LOOK OVER HERE FOR IT!!!)
2) User asks, "Can I connect?" (IP address requested.)
3) I say, "Sure you can connect." (IP address loaned.)

Ok, I guess I should do it as a car analogy:

1) I put out a sign, "I will let you borrow my car."
2) You ask, "Can I borrow your car?"
3) I say, "Yes, and here are the keys."
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:D So cool.

::prods people:: Anyone get a firsthand experience? Daphu?
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Apparently, due to stupidity on the part of HP*, your machine can get hijacked if you visit a malicious website.

*requires HP Info Center to be installed.

Also, w00t has been named the word of the year. Oh dear.

Lastly, if you're in New York *coughdaphucough*, you should check out no-pants day, 2008. :D
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Maryland's Highest Court Says No to Marriage Equality.

Today the Maryland Court of Appeals issued a ruling against the right to marriage equality for same-sex couples. In a long fought battle, the lower court ruled that Maryland's marriage ban for same-sex couples violated the Maryland Equal Rights Amendment. Today's decision reverses that lower court ruling.

There are apparently rallies going on:

First Unitarian Church
1 West Hamilton Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
(at the corner of Charles and Franklin Streets)

St George's Episcopal Church
7010 Glenn Dale Rd.
Glenn Dale, Maryland 20769

...and now I shall get back to work. Must... do.. homework... T.T
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(via [livejournal.com profile] dduane)

Robert Jordan (James Oliver Rigney) [wikipedia] passed away yesterday. He was the author of the Wheel of Time fantasy series, as well as FAllon and Conan the Barbarian.

...it's kinda sad that his death probably means Memory of Light, the 12th and last book of the Wheel of Time series will probably be left uncompleted? Which means I'm... probably not going to pick up the series...
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By way of a slashdot post, there's an interesting thought-blurb on Comcast's BitTorrent filtering: http://www.cnet.com/8301-13739_1-9769645-46.html

Essentially, Comcast detects that BitTorrent's in use, and sends RST packets (messages that essentially states, "please terminate the connection") impersonating the BitTorrent user.

However, it's illegal to impersonate others... so.... hopefully someone will drag them to court. Preferably in Maryland or in Illinois. If the laws exist here.
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Apparently Microsoft censors MSN Messenger conversations. Yes, the news is old, but it's just hit the Adium blog, and some other news source I was following.

The censored things include (from the adium wiki article):
profile.php? (including ‘?’)
download.php? (including ‘?’)
.scr (source)
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Apparently scammers are using their the credit cards that they find to donate money to charities. Why? To test to see if the credit card is valid or not. XP

Especially since it's not something that can be profiled, it means it's unlikely that it would raise any red flags...
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Overall, it seems people are agreeing that it's worth the price. Cheapest AT&T monthly bill = $60.


Also news, but completely unrelated: Mrs. Solomon is no longer the IB Coordinator at RM. She's being replaced by a Ms. Jennifer Hoover.

"I am pleased to announce that Ms. Jennifer Hoover, Assistant Principal, has been appointed as the new IB Coordinator, replacing Carol Solomon. Ms. Hoover has been a fantastic addition to our staff since arriving at Richard Montgomery from Magruder HS. She brings with her significant knowledge regarding IB, and a depth and understanding that will serve the IB students very well."
[edit] - via the PTSA e-mail newsletter
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Not as thick as I'd like, but maybe I could be creative and make it larger, using twice the amount of ribbons?

Found the spiffy Origami book as well. Am probably ordering it.


First, the dailyWTF: http://worsethanfailure.com/Comments/Broken-Communication.aspx

Props to Michael for covering for the hardware engineer. I'm just amused that they were able to sneak the server back in. And then say, "Oh, we just rebooted it".


Facebook information could be sniffable: http://www.theregister.com/2007/06/26/sniffing_private_facebook_info/

It only implies that someone could guess and check to see if you have some specific words on your profile. So they would have to know you, and then maybe have something specific they're looking for. Which could or could not be a problem. It's a bit like bruteforcing a password: trying different combinations over and over, but unless bruteforcing the password, a correct guess only tells you that it's correct, and does not grant you access to the account.


CIA has decided to reveal their balls "family jewels": http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070621/pl_afp/usintelligencecia. Link to the documents here: http://www.liquidmatrix.org/blog/2007/06/26/the-cias-family-jewels/
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Two completely unrelated bits of news. First, by way of our local/university newspaper:
...covering the google games.


The second, more sober bit of news is the death of 29-32 (exact number unconfirmed by news articles) students/people at Virginia Tech. The last being the gunman - although it has not been confirmed if it was a suicide, or if he was shot by police.

Apparently, he killed one person at 7 AM, then the rest at one of the engineering buildings on the Virginia Tech campus.


Facebook group: http://uillinois.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2305046635
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By way of slashdot:

An anonymous reader writes "It seems that the most recent DVDs released by Sony — specifically Stranger Than Fiction, Casino Royale, and The Pursuit of Happyness — have some kind of 'feature' that makes them unplayable on many DVD players. This doesn't appear to be covered by the major media yet, but this link to a discussion over at Amazon gives a flavor of the problems people are experiencing. A blogger called Sony and was told the problem is with the new copy protection scheme, and they do not intend to fix it. Sony says it's up to the manufacturers to update their hardware."


Unrelated to the issue, but an amusing quote none-the-less:
Yes, well, in the U.S. at least we'll probably have to wait until we can get in that new President and Congress we ordered. The current ones are malfunctioning and in need of replacement.
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[Note: the tag is actually inaccurate. It's not news, really, but an opinion article...]


The major labels wanted to kill the single. Instead they killed the album. The Recording Industry Association of America wanted to kill Napster. Instead it killed the compact disc.
Archived )
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A rather negative article on Vista. To sum it up: It's pretty. Pretty useless.

And on love. And how girls now-and-days go for "Quick flings, or hookups". ::sighs::
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Yay, there's a newspaper article in the Washington Post suggesting that stupid cellphone companies shouldn't lock down their phones:

There's some (IMO) stupid counterarguements about competition and stuff. Granted, I just skimmed and haven't really read, so I may have skipped over something that I shouldn't have skipped.

Remote-Exploit.org, the people who supply BackTrack, a Linux Live Distro focused on penetration testing, apparently has security courses online. I need to take those.


And via Mark R., pretty wallpapers! http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper/index.php?sort=date

Sunsets are pretty...

5 page paper completed in 6-ish hours. Not... too bad? Proofread. Due in 5 hours. Whee. Time for bed.

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