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State of the Gato Address for 2017
It has been 18 years since Raph created Advogato; ten years since I took over hosting and last posted a State of the Gato Address; and six years since there was any development work on the mod_virgule codebase. The server Advogato is running on is around 15 years old and will be decommissioned in a few days. Active users have dwindled into the single digits. Most have moved on to more modern social networking sites. It's been a good run but it's time to say goodbye. The trust metrics updater and blog aggregator have been turned off and the site will go into read-only mode today. Don't worry though, the content will be preserved. I've spoken with Mark Graham at the Internet Archive and the entire content of Advogato is being copied into their archive where it will be permanently accessible.
Mentifex Urges Chinese UW Students to Overthrow Xi Jinping
Today on June 4th we pause to remember the hundreds of young Chinese victims of the bloody Tiananmen Massacre and to plot the overthrow of the evil and incompetent Chinese government by converting Chinese students at the University of Washington into a network of technically sophisticated spies working together to bring freedom and democracy to China and America.
Keyboard logging on Hewlett-Packard laptops
The Conexant audio driver on Windows HP laptops secretly logs every keystroke to disk. This is a large security hole.
PROCLAMATION: June 14th is National Sexual Predator Day
WHEREAS: Donald J. Trump has a birthday on June 14th.
WHEREAS: Donald J. Trump has sexually assaulted many women.
NOW THEREFORE, WE THE SHEEPLE OF THE UNITED STATES DO HEREBY PROCLAIM JUNE 14th OF EVERY YEAR AS NATIONAL SEXUAL PREDATOR DAY IN HONOR OF THAT GREAT AMERICAN SEXUAL PREDATOR DONALD J. TRUMP.
New Book on Methodological Naturalism in Science
I just published a book titled Naturalism and Its Alternatives in Scientific Methodologies which deals with whether Methodological Naturalism is helpful or hurtful to science, what alternatives could be used, and what the benefits and problems of those approaches might be. The book also ended with a chapter on some fields which are already benefitting from alternatives to methodological naturalism.
This book is based on a conference, the videos of which you can view here.
Mentifex on Trump Ponzi Madoff Vesco Bilko
The greatest scam artists of all time are listed below in their latest new rankings based on the sheer grandiosity and jaw-dropping audacity of their larger-than-life swindles, defraudings, embezzlements, and downright scams.
How I first heard the News that Theranos bottomed-up?
It was from This post on Chinese site sciencenet.cn
Then I read two reports by Nick Bilton of Vanity Fair: " HOW I GOT TO THE BOTTOM OF THE THERANOS MESS: - What I learned while reporting on Elizabeth Holmes and her company."
BY NICK BILTON SEPTEMBER 20, 2016. and this other exclusive report.
Guess who this GNU is?
" Can your friends guess who this GNU is? One of the possible designer T-shirt for the EOMA68 libre hardware Crowd Supply campaign going on. It is inspired by a real-life person who now lives in Russia. I would like for people to guess who it is. And don’t give out any more hints! "
Building Scalable Web Applications Using the Cloud
Excited that my new book is #1 on some of Amazon's "Hot New Release" lists. Check it out here - Building Scalable Web Applications Using the Cloud. If you ever wanted to get into cloud programming but didn't know where to start or how to use it effectively this is your book.
Some people think that cloud programming comes automatically by buying a cloud server. Not so much. This books gives you a bare-bones walkthrough of the things that you need to not only build your app in the cloud but make it scalable as well.
The Wreck of the Edmund Kuro5hin
The legend lives on from trolltalk on down
Of the big net they call Intar Webby
The net, it is said, never gives up her dead
When the posts of October turn gloomy.
With a load of whiny diaries - 26,000 tons more
Than the Edmund Kuro5hin weighed empty
That good site and true was a bone to be chewed
When the trolls of October came early
The ship was the pride of the USian side
Coming back from some server in Wisconson
As the big Scoop sites go it was bigger than most
With a crew and the Captain well seasoned.
Corporation can't have both ways
Corporations and their BIG brother Uncle Sam can't have it both ways. Trumpeting Open Source Innovation on one hand and heavy handed prosecution with 'trade secret' without IBM's comment on the the other hand.
A New Book Introducing Programming
My new programming book, New Programmers Start Here, just came out today! I'm very excited to get this in the hands of new programmers.
If you have friends who are designers who want to start transitioning to programming, they should pick up this book. If you have young friends who want to get into programming, they should pick up this book.
The Nine Billion Names of God
In 1953, Arthur C Clarke wrote a short story in which monks were proposing to automate the listing of the names of God, believed by them to be around nine billion. How would we get on doing this?
so I heard GNU turns 30 !
Subject: new Unix implementation
Date: Tue, 27-Sep-83 12:35:59 EST
Organization: MIT AI Lab, Cambridge, MA
Starting this Thanksgiving I am going to write a complete
Unix-compatible software system called GNU (for Gnu's Not Unix), and
give it away free(1) to everyone who can use it.
Contributions of time, money, programs and equipment are greatly
Progress on Internet Child Pornography
I aim to Solve what I at first called, then referred to but now denote as The Software Problem:
Software failure is fundamentally a human problem, not a technical one.A common - but commonly ineffective non-technical Solution to the Deadly Sin of Greed is the arrest, prosecution and imprisonment of the greedy. The progress I report herein aims not to imprison anyone rather to spare the many victims of Child Sexual Predators. While I do expect vast quantities of prosecutions to result from my FBI/IC3 report, I hope to "Break The Cycle", in that many child sexual predators are themselves the adult survivors of incest and child molestation.
Purely technical solutions fail to effect truly meaningful and lasting change.
I am one such adult survivor, my abuser - in the common parlance - hoped to "train" me to accept my fate by leaving kiddieporn lying around in my plain sight. While my widely-known Madness resulted, that I was so-trained leads to my present focus on the development of Technical Measures, not to so elminate Child Sexual Exploitation rather to take the money out of it.
Adults - even teenagers - have sexually-abused children since the Dawn of Humanity; my own work is unlikely to eliminate it.
But at least I can lead the Venture Capital community to make wiser choices as to which web startups they fund.