Dog fight game bitten with pro-PETA virus • reghardware

http://www.reghardware.com/2011/08/17/peta_infects_phones_with_anti_dogfight_virus/

is this the pattern of the future? Groups who disagree with other groups will find a script kiddie to sculpt them a custom built virus just to irritate the “enemy” group? Grow up dorks…

COMET WILL DEFINITELY NOT HIT EARTH – NASA • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/08/17/comet_elenin/

given the ludicrous manner in which the tabloids hype even minor threats (like the recent revelation that each hour you spend watching TV reduces life expectancy by 22 minutes, or the fact that drinking any amount of alcohol reduces or extends life – depending on the day of the week and whose research they’re hyping at the time. And so on…) I’m almost keen to see what happens to the tabloid headlines the day that NASA announce – with deep regret – that the asteroid headed for us in 2034 (or whenever) has a 60% chance of hitting the planet…

Australian bank to run trial with human teller in ATM • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/08/18/teller_in_the_machine/

missing an obvious trick here. Photograph everyone who makes a withdrawal – instant solution to repudiation and/or catch the crims who’ve just stolen the card and try to use it to get dosh out…

The Brain Joins The Dots When Drawing A Cartoon Face From Memory

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090319102319.htm

clues emerging on how we memorise faces…

Seeing eye to eye is key to copying, say scientists

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110816171428.htm

I’m fascinated by eye contact. As a natural eye contactee myself I find I just can’t trust people who avoid it. Yet some of the best liars I know are also natural contactees.

New definition of addiction | Heroin and Cornflakes

http://arch1design.com/blog/2011/08/definition-addiction/

the danger here is that the authoritarians will see this as endorsement for their various illegitimate prohibition arguments. The policy is necessary – they will argue – to prevent self-harm. It’s a childish and naive argument, unfortunately well aimed at a childish and naive audience.

The only rational conclusion which follows from this research, should it be accepted, is that we should advise anyone whose brain is still developing (i.e. anyone under the age of 25) that they should moderate their indulgence in any potentially addictive behaviour if they don’t wish the rest of their lives to be controlled by the addiction. That applies as much to gambling and bunjee jumping as it does to alcohol, opiates, religion and orgies.

A Good Catch

note the quaint post-apocalyptic architecture…

http://blogs.reuters.com/fullfocus/files/2010/11/1111201050_BOY.jpg

In an Ocean of LSD

evocative…

http://lsdocean.blogspot.com/

Police and Terrorism: One and the Same by Bill Buppert | Cop Block

Damn! This guy makes me look moderate. I just want to monitor their every movement. He wants to lose them altogether. His argument is ethically sound but somewhat less than pragmatic. The citizen militia isn’t yet up to the task and significant numbers of economically deprived and long repressed citizens will, understandably, take the first opportunity to seek retribution. The forces of internal repression need to be gently whittled away, while we simultaneously build and phase in the replacements. Simply sacking the lot, emotionally rewarding as that might be, would be as disastrous for the citizens as will be the eventual withdrawal of US led foreign forces from Iraq and Afghanistan…
http://www.copblock.org/6912/police-and-terrorism-one-and-the-same-by-bill-ruppert/

Cop killers and killer cops: murderers all – National Libertarian news | Examiner.com

this, I have to say, is the most disappointing aspect of Obama’s presidency. I really hoped (though didn’t really expect) that he would stomp on the police state. Clearly if things like this:

know these cop murders [meaning murders by cops, not of cops] are not merely “isolated incidents”; they’ve become so commonplace that many almost go unnoticed.

can still be said 3 years into his reign, he aint decided to be part of the solution; which renders him part of the problem…

http://www.examiner.com/libertarian-news-in-national/cop-killers-and-killer-cops-murderers-all

14,000 People Wrongly Declared Dead Yearly – Orlando News Story – WESH Orlando

good illustration of the huge risks of holding massive centralised databases filled with sensitive personal details. Let’s face it, recording someone’s death is about as sensitive as you can get. We can reasonably assume that it’s the kind of detail they try to check pretty thoroughly. And they still fuck up 14,000 times a year…
http://www.wesh.com/r/28889435/detail.html

Scotland Yard Four cleared – on phone-hacking • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/08/17/ipcc_clears_met_cops_over_phone_hacking_misconduct_claims/

I have no idea whether Stephenson is a corrupt cop, but I doubt it. Trusted Surveillance in his situation could have made it possible for him to have kept his job. (For example by revealing his disclosure of the “gift” at the time). Yates, however, would almost certainly have no leg to stand on. But had he known that he was operating under Trusted Surveillance, it’s a fair bet he would have performed his duty somewhat more diligently…

I was walking down the street one day…

Man reveals secret recipe behind undeletable cookies • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/08/16/cookie_respawning_secrets_revealed/

and where “harmless” commercial sites lead, government snoops will no doubt follow…

A New Line of Defense Against Sexual Assault | Heroin and Cornflakes

http://arch1design.com/blog/2011/08/line-defense-sexual-assault/

like it but it’s less than perfect. Perfect would be that technology built into the glasses…