Fixed the post-to-twitter integration!

Finally fixed the post-to-twitter integration!

All I had to do was modify my .htaccess file to include…

Options All -Indexes
AddType x-mapp-php5 .php
AddHandler x-mapp-php5 .php

Delete every twitter based plugin from wordpress

Then delete from my SQL database everything in the wp_options where option_name like ‘aktt%’

Then install the TwitMe plugin and Voila!

Actually it was Colonel Mustard in the Hall with a Revolver. I just made all that other stuff up.

Right! Back to it!

EA shutting down some online games

According to a news article on NEOWIN, EA games is planning on shutting down several online game servers in favor of focusing on newer games and services.

The list from Neowin has it as…

March 16, 2010 Online Service Shutdown
Def Jam for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Godfather for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Lord of the Rings: Conquest for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames for PC
Need for Speed: Carbon for PlayStation Portable
Need for Speed: ProStreet for PlayStation Portable
Simpsons for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

April 15, 2010 Online Service Shutdown

Burnout 3: Takedown for PlayStation 2
Army of Two for PlayStation 3 (Asia only)
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat for Xbox
Burnout 3: Takedown for Xbox
Madden NFL 09 for Xbox

Here’s the link to the NEOWIN article.

Bypass a website with a reading quota

Have you ever been looking at a website and suddenly run into something like this?

Reading Quota 1

Reading Quota 1

Some websites like to set up a quota so you can only view their webpages a certain number of times before you have to sign up for an account or have to pay them a fee.

Most of the time, there’s a real easy way around this.

Just look at the URL of the blocked page in the top of your web browser. In the example above it was….

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/9b8e66a6-1a3c-11df-b4ee-00144feab49a,Authorised=false.html?_i_location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fcms%2Fs%2F0%2F9b8e66a6-1a3c-11df-b4ee-00144feab49a.html%3Fftcamp%3Drss%26nclick_check%3D1&_i_referer

Yuck. Looks pretty complex, right? Don’t worry. All we need to do it look for the word FALSE in the first part of that mess.

Once you find it, just change the word false to true.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/9b8e66a6-1a3c-11df-b4ee-00144feab49a,Authorised=true.html?_i_location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fcms%2Fs%2F0%2F9b8e66a6-1a3c-11df-b4ee-00144feab49a.html%3Fftcamp%3Drss%26nclick_check%3D1&_i_referer

Now press ENTER in your web browser!

Reading Quota 2

Reading Quota 2

You can also just type the headline of the blocked article into GOOGLE and most of the time they’ll give you a direct link to the same article.

I wonder how much these companies spent on some cyber consulting group for this high tech security setup?

Monday Morning Music : 02/15/10

Every Monday I like to post some music to start the week off on the right foot.

A triple feature this week!

First: Rodrigo y Gabriela – Diablo Rojo

Second: The John Coltrane Quartet – Afro Blue

And finally, Wayne Shorter – Night Dreamer

News stories the mainstream media missed 02/13/10

Here are some news stories from this week that I think the mainstream media completely missed out on. All links are from legitimate news sources and not the fringe / wacko sites.

Jumbo Sized Edition Today!

* Kids are getting shorter attention spans thanks to the internet.
TL;DR: The internets gave us ADD. [DAILYMAIL.UK]

* A giant bit of space debris from a Russian Space Station hit 100 miles northeast of Mexico City, crating a 30 meter wide crater, and nobody noticed! Are giant KAWHOOOOOOMMMM kind of explosions really nothing to worry about in that area? Now that’s a rough neighborhood! [DISCOVER MAGAZINE]

* There’s a new mosquito killing system that actively tracks and shoots down mosquitoes with frickin’ laser beams! This was shown at the TED 2010 conference and actually works! Awesome video of mosquitoes getting zapped while still flying in mid-air in the link. [GIZMODO]

* Dude… we apparently live in a giant cosmic hologram. “The holograms you find on credit cards and banknotes are etched on two-dimensional plastic films. When light bounces off them, it recreates the appearance of a 3D image… Our everyday experience might itself be a holographic projection of physical processes that take place on a distant, 2D surface.” So by this theory, it’s entirely possible we’re all really data being loaded from a ginormous DVD and are nothing but a cosmic version of THE SIMS. Red pill anyone? [NEW SCIENTIST]

* And while we’re out there tripping in the galaxy, it seems “the cosmos we live in was actually created by the cyclical trillion-year collision of two universes that were attracted toward each other by the leaking of gravity out of one of the universes… the Big Bang was not the beginning of time but the bridge to a past filled with endlessly repeating cycles of evolution, each accompanied by the creation of new matter and the formation of new galaxies, stars, and planets.” My… brain… hurts…. now. I’m actually surprised we don’t see scientist’s heads exploding on TV more often. [DAILY GALAXY]

* China is backing away from all US investments that are not “US Treasuries or agency mortgage debt such as Freddie Mac that enjoys Washington’s implicit backing.” I say when the gambler with chips to spare pulls back from the table, you really need to re-evaluate the deal. [TELEGRAPH.UK]

* Hardcore medicaid cuts are beginning. In Nevada, they’re going to… “ration adult diapers, eliminate denture and hearing-aid programs, and force personal care assistants to buy their own disposable gloves.” But that’s not the worst part. “With proposed cuts so far totaling only half the state deficit, deeper cuts may be necessary.” Oh come on! You can’t ration memaw and peepaws friggin’ diapers! Heartless bastiches! [MSNBC]

* The pentagon / DARPA is spending $6 million to create “immortal synthetic organisms”. These organisms will live forever, but have a molecular “kill switch” in case something goes wrong. So lemme ask you something… if you knew you could be immortal by hacking a simple line of code in your DNA, would you? And what would you think of someone putting that strand in your genetic code just for the sake of controlling you? Ohhhh yeah. Highly pissed off Immortal Robot Skeleton Armies. This is going to end well. [WIRED]

* Speaking of military tech, according to this video from the Air Force Research Laboratory, they’re designing robotic birds and bugs with spy and attack capabilities and a rudimentary “blending in” ability. Seriously, I think hacking is going to be an insanely valuable (and probably highly illegal) skill in just a few years. [YOUTUBE VIDEO]

Yippie Ki Yay Dubai

* The world’s tallest building in Dubai has indefinitely shut down just one month after opening. Apparently there’s some small electrical problems in the sucker. Like elevators getting stuck 150 stories up after a explosion or two rocks the building. John McClane, please pickup the nearest courtesy phone. [CHRON]



—- WARNING : HIGHLY UPSET VOTER RANT SECTION BEGINS HERE ————–

* “President Barack Obama said he is “agnostic” about raising taxes on households making less than $250,000 as part of a broad effort to rein in the budget deficit.” So, by taxing those households making under $200k, he is rapidly closing in on taxing the middle class, if not expressly planning on doing so. And didn’t he expressly promise not to raise taxes on individuals making less than $200,000 or households earning less than $250,000 a year in his presidential campaign? So much for that. So what is the acceptable household income threshold of “you make enough money to be taxed much higher” now? $200k? $100k? $98k? Did I mention in a debate with Hilary Clinton during the presidential campaign, Obama said “Understand that only 6 percent of Americans make more than $97,000 a year. So, 6 percent is not the middle class; it’s the upper class.” To quote the ever quotable Samuel Jackson, “…hold on to your butts.” [BLOOMBERG]

* The Obama administration is also about to make a big push to ban Pepsi, french fries and snickers from the nation’s schools because they’re baaaaad for kids! Um… my generation had the sodas and candy bar thing going on at lunch, and with your typical teenager’s metabolism and just a little bit of exercise, it wasn’t a friggin’ problem! Why is there a need to mess with the few sources of happiness for kids still in High School? [NY TIMES]

* And speaking of big issues the administration is tackling, the Obama administration just shut down the LORAN navigation system. GPS has long overtaken LORAN in popularity, but LORAN was a fantastic plan B. Kind of like keeping a landline phone around even though cell phones are the norm. Here’s the real twist – shutting down LORAN is MORE EXPENSIVE than upgrading it! According to the Wikipedia article on LORAN, “The Independent Assessment Team (IAT)… concluded that the cost to decommission the LORAN system would exceed the cost of deploying eLORAN, thus negating any stated savings as offered by the Obama administration and revealing the vulnerability of the U.S. to GPS disruption…. it would cost just as much to shut down as to upgrade to eLORAN.” Don’t worry. I’m sure more brilliant decisions are already in progress. [CNN]

* And while I’m still on the topic of stupid government activity, the Administrator of the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs suggested the feds should “cognitively infiltrate” political groups that believe in conspiracy theories. Wonderful! Brilliant! Like the old saying goes, you’re only paranoid if they’re actually not out to get you! [HUFFINGTON POST]

Seriously, this is nuts. If I wanted a Republican in office to implement all this BS, I would’ve voted for one.

—- END OF HIGHLY UPSET VOTER RANT SECTION ————–

* John Edwards proposed to his mistress, Rielle Hunter and bought her a $3.5 million beach house. Meanwhile, his wife, who he is still married to, is completely alone dying of cancer. Imagine if this chucklehead actually got to be president and what kind of political turmoil this arrogant fool would have caused right now! His prize of choice is flying high right there with him! Rielle Hunter “would get extremely upset and threaten to go public whenever he discussed his love for his wife Elizabeth in the media” and even made fun of Edward’s dying wife! Oh yeah, they deserve to be in the same playpen together. And I give them 3 years tops before they’re done. [NY DAILY NEWS]

* So how bad is the jobless thing mushrooming into? Fugly Bad. FUBAR bad. Three bagger bad. As in “nation changing” bad. [THE ATLANTIC]

* MTV officially dropped the “music television” from their name, so MTV is Music Television no more. It’s not really a surprise this happened. Video may have killed the radio star, but reality shows killed the video star. [LA TIMES]

* Finally some good news! Beer is good for you! It fights osteoporosis, slows bone thinning, and boosts the formation of new bones! Booyah! And that’s just “pale ales”! I bet something like Guinness would cure cancer and help you see better! Or is that help you look better? It’s something like that. I forget. Anyway, have a cold one for your health! [TELEGRAPH.UK]

* A family cat starts a fire which proceeds to burn the home to the ground. The family dog, however, smelled the smoke, woke up the family, and saved everyone from the fire. I think that sums up dogs and cats pretty well, don’t you? [WPTV.COM]

* And now its time for the “awwwwww” movie of the week… “A New Zealand teenager faced legal action for stealing his own injured puppy from a clinic to save it from euthanasia when the family couldn’t afford expensive surgery after it was hit by a car.” The story has a happy ending though! The local community rallied to the plight of the boy and his 5-month-old puppy by raising money to pay the vet’s bill and save the dog! More happy endings, please! [MSNBC]

Meanwhile, down in the valley… [PHOTOS]

While everyone else is getting blanketed in snow, down here in the Texas valley, we are hovering around 56 degrees (13.3 c)!

Februrary 2010 clouds

Februrary 2010 clouds

I saw this next fellow drifting overhead and could swear it looks like a dragon. I took this photo before he drifted away.

Cloud Dragon

Cloud Dragon

And for the record, even though it’s nice weather for February, I really miss snow.

The FBI is now actively pushing for the tracking of all cell phones

The FBI is now actively pushing for the tracking of all cell phones. “On Friday, the first federal appeals court to consider the topic will hear oral arguments in a case that could establish new standards for locating wireless devices.”

The article on CNET also says… “In that case, the Obama administration has argued that warrantless tracking is permitted because Americans enjoy no “reasonable expectation of privacy” in their–or at least their cell phones’–whereabouts. U.S. Department of Justice lawyers say that “a customer’s Fourth Amendment rights are not violated when the phone company reveals to the government its own records” that show where a mobile device placed and received calls.”

No kidding!

Obama taught constitutional law for awhile. I think he knows about the fourth amendment.

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

This is very straightforward. Cell phones are personal effects. Just like a car. Just like a home. Just like a boat. According to NOLO’s PLAIN-ENGLISH LAW DICTIONARY, it says Personal Effects are… “An expression often found in wills to refer to the personal property that the will maker owns at death. For example, ‘I leave my personal effects to my daughter Jane.'”

Cell phones definitely fall into the “personal effects” category. You own them. You use them. You customize them. And you put even more of your other personal effects on them in the form of photos, music, movies and ringtones. To say “a customer’s Fourth Amendment rights are not violated when the phone company reveals to the government its own records” is akin to saying a captain’s right to anything on his boat is null and void because he doesn’t own the water he is sailing on.

Law enforcement needs a warrant to secure any and all “personal effects” from an individual. A warrant issued from a judge with specific definitions and criteria for law enforcement to follow so they do not abuse their own power or the power of the state. If a criminal matter involves an individual’s personal effects, the information to be gathered to be used as evidence in a court of law must be obtained by a warrant-approved search.

The abandonment of warrants for gathering evidence is very wrong. That the Obama administration is actively pursuing this is nauseating.

The Obama administration is doing the exact same things that the Republican administration was doing before. He is wanting to actively infringe on individual rights.

I did not vote for Obama in order for him to implement more of the same.

Congratulations, Mr President. Your actions are successfully pushing me back to the “dark” side. And it hasn’t even been your full term yet.

If this policy is passed, and you sign it into law or endorse it through a signing statement or even approve of it by inaction to stop it from becoming implemented, I will strive toward rectifying what is now seeming more and more like a terrible mistake when I voted for you the first time.

Have you ever wondered why the Tea-Bag party, loony and disorganized as they seem, are gaining momentum? Why people are paying attention to them?

Hope < Trust

I don’t want the Tea-Bag party to come to power as they are. But I definitely don’t want this tracking plan implemented.

Here’s the cell phone story on CNET…

…and here’s the legalese.

Betty White on SNL? Yes, please!

If you’ve ever seen Betty White in her recent commercials or on the Craig Ferguson show, you know she’s just awesome. Covered in sweetness and sporting a stone cold poker face, you’ll never see those razor sharp knives coming until it’s too late.

Someone set up a facebook petition page to show SNL (and Betty White) there’s enough interest for her to host. I think she would give SNL a ratings boost like they’ve never seen before!

Here’s the link to the facebook fan page, which is around 183,698 fans as of this writing!

And for fun, here’s Betty White calling Sarah Palin a “crazy bitch” on Craig Ferguson’s show…

…and that awesome Snickers commercial at the superbowl…