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Fat Leonard scandal - Wikipedia
"Francis disbursed hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, travel expenses, luxury items, and prostitutes among a large number of U.S. uniformed officers of the United States Seventh Fleet. They in turn gave him classified material about the movements of U.S. ships and submarines, confidential contracting information, and information about active law enforcement investigations into Glenn Defense Marine Asia. Francis then "exploited the intelligence for illicit profit, brazenly ordering his moles to redirect aircraft carriers to ports he controlled in Southeast Asia so he could more easily bilk the Navy for fuel, tugboats, barges, food, water and sewage removal." He also directed them to author "Bravo Zulu" memos, commending GDMA for doing supposed work "well done."

Documents obtained by the Washington Post via Freedom of Information Requests (FOIAs) revealed that subsequent to the October, 2000, suicide bombing by al-Qaeda on the Navy destoyer USS Cole in Aden, Yemen, and its 9/11/01 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the Navy's Economic Crimes unit had been reduced from a staff of 140 to only nine persons, most having been redeployed to focus on terrorism. At least 27 separate investigations had been opened, but later closed without action, thanks to the intervention of senior Navy personnel who were in league with Francis"
us  military  hahaonlyserious  corruption  wikipedia 
8 weeks ago by mechazoidal
The mystery of Tucker Carlson - Columbia Journalism Review
"I am trying to listen. I am trying to understand. I want to understand. If I can figure out what happened to Tucker Carlson, how he went from successful magazine writer to contrarian journalist to raving Fox News host, I believe I will understand what happened to my country, my life even. What happened to make a rich white man the vox populi? How did I, a mom in the Midwest who can’t afford health care, become the humorless, censoring, liberal elite? How are the winners still insisting they are losers? What happened to this whole mess of a world? So I listen and listen. But I get no answers. Most of the quotes I get don’t make any sense. And I’m no closer to an answer now than when I started."
journalism  media  2018  interview  article  from:cjr  hahaonlyserious 
10 weeks ago by mechazoidal
3D Printers in The Wild, What Can Go Wrong? - SANS Internet Storm Center
OctoPrint printers have a web-accessible remote access system along with a webcam. Shodan can already index them. Sleep tight!
security  IoT  2018  hahaonlyserious 
11 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Promises, Promises - News - The Stranger
Dec 30, 1999
"Katz described the need for more affordable housing units for people making 50 percent of the median income range or less. (One housing advocate at the rally estimated that 1,000 units of affordable housing per year were being lost in Seattle.) Katz also advocated a no-turn-away policy for people seeking shelter -- she suggested tents, yurts, and self-managed shelters as possible alternatives to traditional shelters. Katz also called for more mental-health and chemical-dependency housing components, and emphasized the need to stop criminalizing homeless people with civil ordinances."
"Meanwhile, approximately $90,000 of next year's budget will be used to hire a consultant who will, among other things, be asked to develop a computer system to help the homeless have better access to services, and to track vital information about homeless people."
seattle  housing  hahaonlyserious  1999  article 
12 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Can not open any external links in incognito mode.
"This was actually a bug and un-intentional error in how Mac Chrome worked before (that it would open links in Incognito mode from external sources), and this was different from how Chrome worked on all other platforms." >>:|
"I'm convinced that the new behavior is the right default. Both from privacy perspective and as a more predictable user experience. The user doesn't need to reason about what window happened to be the last one opened, or what platform they happen to be using (that is, I strongly disagree with #19 - we should behave consistently across platforms)." >>>:|
chrome  2018  hahaonlyserious 
august 2018 by mechazoidal
Vendors, Disclosure, and a bit of WebUSB Madness
So not only does WebUSB break U2F and any other security device, Yubico and Google basically stole the research away in search of a better press release. Other Twitter comments note that Yubico has been sitting on other issues like this as well.
security  webdev  hahaonlyserious  u2f  usb  chrome  google  yubikey 
june 2018 by mechazoidal
Stealing Data With CSS: Attack and Defense :: Mike Gualtieri
CSS Value Selectors can be used to parse HTML, and oh look I've gone cross-eyed
security  css  webdev  hahaonlyserious 
june 2018 by mechazoidal
Hacker Breaches Securus, the Company That Helps Cops Track Phones Across the US - Motherboard
"Last week, the New York Times reported that Securus obtains phone location data from major telcos, such as AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon, and then makes this available to its customers. The system by which Securus obtains the data is typically used by marketers, but Securus provides a product for law enforcement to track phones in the US nationwide with little legal oversight, the report adds. In one case, a former sheriff of Mississippi County, Mo., used the Securus service to track other law enforcement official’s phones, according to court records."
from:vice  security  hack  2018  privacy  hahaonlyserious 
may 2018 by mechazoidal
Malcolm Harris on Glitch Capitalism and AI Logic
"In one disturbing example, a flight simulator discovered that a very hard landing would overload its memory and register as super smooth, so it bashed planes into an aircraft carrier. In 2018, it’s very easy to feel like the whole country is one of those planes getting crashed into a boat. American society has come to follow the same logic as the glitch-hunting AIs, and in the process, we’ve become vulnerable to these glitches, at an increasingly large scale. "
ai  hahaonlyserious  us  2018  capitalism  from:nymag 
april 2018 by mechazoidal
I built a PWA and published it in 3 app stores. Here's what I learned. - Debugger.Break()
"It’s painful, and costs money, to take an existing PWA and get them functional on mobile platforms and listed in the App Store."
(winner is Google, MS is runner-up, Apple still sucks)
pwa  webdev  hahaonlyserious  ios  android  apple  google  postmortem 
april 2018 by mechazoidal
Fear and Loathing at the San Antonio Border Security Expo
'Immigration officials say they no longer “distinguish between border security and interior enforcement” and aim to “push the borders out.”'
article  hahaonlyserious  us  government  2018 
february 2018 by mechazoidal
its a mediaopoly - YouTube
Once upon a time SNL wasn't afraid to bite hands, and looking back from 2017 it seems almost predictive
video  youtube  humor  hahaonlyserious 
november 2017 by mechazoidal
Life on the Road, and in a Walmart Parking Lot | Literary Hub
this and the elderly Amazon story are from the same book, Jessica Bruder's "Nomadland"
2017  us  hahaonlyserious  nomad 
october 2017 by mechazoidal
" We can understand this phenomenon as a technologically advanced, densely networked, and Instagram-savvy version of the fake watches one sees being hawked on the sidewalks of tourist cities. [...] Maybe this explains what’s so galling to people about the Folsom & Co. not-really-scam: It simply lays bare the categorical deception at the heart of all branding and retail. [...] While “Bradley” of “Bradley’s men’s shop” may not be the most fleshed-out character, he – and the entire existence of Folsom & Co., Soficoastal, etc. – are examples of the now-household term, “brand storytelling.” And the internet makes it possible for anyone to tell any story, about anything, from anywhere."
(see also: "How Madewell Bought and Sold My Family’s History" )
finally: "what time is it? time for capitali$m"
hahaonlyserious  pdf  analysis  capitalism  scam  branding 
september 2017 by mechazoidal
Why the Scariest Nuclear Threat May Be Coming from Inside the White House
Surprise surprise: Perry and the Trump mindset don't want to care about anything, and can't be bothered to figure out what DOE actually does. (willfull ignorance)

Partially an overview of what DOE does(most stuff that actually works!), and also partly an interview with John MacWilliams: the first "chief risk officer" for DOE. He goes over a bunch of stuff they do that also works, along with problems they face.

Ends with a whistle-stop tour of the problems inherent in the Hanford cleanup, but the ending lesson is the theme of the whole article: "If your ambition is to maximize short-term gains without regard to the long-term cost, you are better off not knowing those costs. If you want to preserve your personal immunity to the hard problems, it’s better never to really understand those problems."
us  government  2017  nuclear  risk  hahaonlyserious  from:vanityfair 
july 2017 by mechazoidal
5 Ways Powerful People Trick You Into Hating Protesters
when even cracked is pointing out easy crowd misdirection tricks..
cracked  hahaonlyserious  activism  propaganda 
february 2017 by mechazoidal
2016: The Year the Internet Became Real
by Leigh Alexander.
"We were going to be _navigators_. Yet somewhere along the way, we just ended up enriching Silicon Valley companies with all of our personal content and our shares and our likes, and now have nothing to show for it but a gaping hole in our privacy big enough for petty bullies and political enemies alike to drive a truck through. We still say “IRL” to distinguish between talking to people digitally and talking in person, but the fact is the internet became the primary site of real life, sometime when we weren’t looking."
hahaonlyserious  internet  article 
december 2016 by mechazoidal
The Government IT Self-Harm Playbook
by a UK government guy, but applies across the whole IT board
government  it  hahaonlyserious  from:medium 
november 2016 by mechazoidal
The Saddest Moment
"Making distributed systems reliable is inherently impossible; we cling to Byzantine fault tolerance like Charlton Heston clings to his guns, hoping that a series of complex software protocols will somehow protect us from the oncoming storm of furious apes who have somehow learned how to wear pants and maliciously tamper with our network packets. [...] Even if we break the will of the machines with formalism and cryptography, we will never be able to put Ted inside of an encrypted, nested log, and while the datacenter burns and we frantically call Ted’s pager, we will realize that Ted has already left for the cafeteria."
article  pdf  hahaonlyserious  distributed  piperesearch  humor  programming 
november 2016 by mechazoidal
GTFO – Medium
a comic tale of eviction under the Ellis Act.
comic  housing  hahaonlyserious  california  from:medium 
october 2016 by mechazoidal
angersock comments on: Developer hiring and the market for lemons | Lobsters
"Simply put, we are all drifting further from the reality and impacts of our lifestyle decisions, and at least for people trained in systems thinking (e.g., developers) there is the undeniable slow creeping sensation on the back of the neck that things aren’t quite right, that the sums and figures don’t quite come out correct, and that sometime soon the music is going to stop and we’re all fucked. Those of us not occupied with academic pursuits and the makework of refurbishing the Javascript ecosystem, that is."
hahaonlyserious  business  comment  lobsters 
october 2016 by mechazoidal
Nanolaw with Daughter
"Why privacy mattered."
"I was of a generation where one group sued and a much larger group was named. But perhaps her generation sees this as part of the traffic of daily life, a territory to explore. Every one a little lawyer."
story  sf  privacy  legal  hahaonlyserious  2011  grim_meathook_future 
august 2016 by mechazoidal
Crypto Tokens and the Coming Age of Protocol Innovation
of _course_ introducing automated pure free-market capitalism into basic construction of communication protocols can only be a benefit. What could possibly go wrong??
hahaonlyserious  blockchain  capitalism  protocol  internet 
august 2016 by mechazoidal
The Fucking Open Web | hueniverse
"Progressive web apps might be the future but if you are a startup trying to build new experiences, front end web development is probably at its lowest point. Mobile Safari is the new IE6. We have more amazing technology than ever before but we also have so much diversity of platforms, browsers, and screen types, that building a consistent experience pretty much means using almost none of it."

@tedu: "What’s very sneaky about web development is all the tight coupling. Your layout code may not look to have tight coupling, but it does. It’s secretly interlaced with conditions. [...] Of course you can’t see that code because it’s actually hidden within each browser. You just see pure, elegant CSS."
web  hahaonlyserious  post  rant  piperesearch  2016 
june 2016 by mechazoidal
Cockroaches, Games Development, and You | Puppyblog
"When all those other roaches are reaching for the edge of the bucket clambering over each other to get to the edge, remember that they’ll be the ones scooped up and put into the protein shake first. [...] And this is the crucial bit: if you lurk there at the bottom doing your thing, for long enough, eventually, you’ll be doing that thing just when everyone is suddenly interested in it. But don’t hold your breath."
gamedev  indie  business  hahaonlyserious  piperesearch  post 
may 2016 by mechazoidal
7 Things I Learned Reading Every Issue Of ISIS's Magazine |
- They like being, and being seen as, brutal.
- It turns out that that doesn't actually promote a stable state, so they're having cash problems and everyone in their regions is pretty desperate to get out. Weapons are easy to find from Iraqi army stockpiles, though.
- Their main target is "apostate" Muslims, not countries.
cracked  article  isis  hahaonlyserious 
november 2015 by mechazoidal
The Tale of Bad Lube Man
"Gather around the fire children, Bloody Honey has to tell an army story about a man, some lube, and bad decisions."
military  storify  hahaonlyserious  tweets 
november 2015 by mechazoidal
Elon Musk: Our Savior Supervillian
Comparing Musk to the world's biggest doomsdsay-prepper: only he's serious, and altruistic about it.
article  tech  hahaonlyserious 
november 2014 by mechazoidal

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