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Friday
Jan142011

Better safe than sorry

A Kentucky State Trooper was patrolling late at night off the main highway. He sees a couple in a car, with the interior light brightly glowing.

He carefully approaches the car to get a closer look. Then he sees a young man behind the wheel, reading a computer magazine. He immediately notices a young woman in the rear seat, filing her fingernails.

Puzzled by this surprising situation, the trooper walks to the car and gently raps on the driver's window. The young man lowers his window. 'Uh, yes, Officer?'

The trooper asks: 'What are you doing?'

The young man says: 'Well, Officer, I'm reading a magazine.'

Pointing towards the young woman in the back seat the trooper says: 'And her, what is she doing?'

The young man shrugs: 'Sir, I believe she's filing her fingernails.'

Now, the trooper is totally confused. A young couple, alone, in a car, at night in a lover's lane ... And nothing obscene is happening!

The trooper asks: 'What's your age, young man?' The young man says: 'I'm 22, sir.'

The trooper asks: 'And her .... what's her age?'

The young man looks at his watch and replies: 'She'll be 18 in 11 minutes..

Thursday
May272010

Of Google and unencrypted wifi



So, as I'm sure everyone knows, Google recently admitted to mistakenly collecting packets from unencrypted WiFi access points. This heinous act was committed by those cute little camera cars cruising around snapping pictures for streetveiw and mapping W.A.P. for skyhook like geolocation. Uneducated indignants are crying foul and in extreme cases starting to file class action suits.

I cant help it, I need to interject some logic into this bullshit. 


1. Encrypt your damned wireless. Unencrypted WiFi broadcasts EVERY PACKET unencrypted, anyone within radio range can see and save everything. I assure you doing this can have far more dire consequences if someone decides "Don't be evil" isn't for them and sniffs your WiFi for fun and profit.


2. Any data transacted to important sources (Banking, E-commerce, secure email) over HTTPS was encrypted and safe, even if it was sniffed and saved.


3. Roll down the window in your car, stick your head out, listen intently, and take a drive through your local mall's food-court at the leisurely speed of 25 MPH. Now, how much sense does each screaming person make as you drive into and out of earshot? Can you make out anything that isn't just snippets? No, you cant, because you just have a few seconds at most of each individual person. Last I checked 802.11 N had roughly as much range as some one screaming at the top of their lungs.


So, in conclusion, encrypt your WiFi! Don't worry about the guy driving through the food court overhearing your conversation. Stop and take a look around for the guy with the laptop, sitting there smiling, collecting your packets so he can take them home and rifle through them at his convenience. Smile for the streetview car when it rolls past (making sure to pause your drug deal). Last but not least, don't complain about privacy or the neighbors looking at you funny when you scream 011110010110010101110011, 011110010110010101110011, 01111001011001010111001 at the top of your lungs during sex.

Saturday
Apr112009

Sin Tax

So they jacked up the taxes on cigarettes on 4/1/09 and also added sales tax to  liquor and beer. This is the so called SIN TAX that was recently passed. The cost of a carton of smokes is going up almost $10, last I checked a carton of camels was $49.90 with tax.

     Ok so we all get the point, they are trying to use the cost of cigarettes and booze coupled with the bad economy to force people to quit smoking. Of course they claim that it is to pay for schools and health care. Let me pose a hypothetical question what happens if they are successful and most people quit smoking. Doesn't that mean they wont have the money for schools and health care?

     Sadly it seems that their "make them so expensive no one can afford them" gambit is working. I know of at least 10 people, all of whom are long term smokers that are quitting or trying to quit.

     I of course am among these people. I haven't given up on nicotine completely, but i have switched to this handy little device known an as E-Cig. They come in several shapes and sizes, from the size of a cigarette , or a bic pen, all the way up to  a pipe or a cigar. I personally use an NJOY NCIG, it is about the size of a bic pen and so far has been a nice replacement for its analog counterpart.

     Now I did this for three reasons.

     1: Cost, as the cartridge equivalent of a carton of smokes will only run you about 20 bucks (read $30 cheaper than most cigs). That is for a pack of 5 cartridges each one equivalent to ~2 packs of cigarettes.

     2: Health, in lieu of the 4000 or so components of tobacco smoke there is a maximum of 12 chemicals in the nicotine solution. The traditional flavor regular (high) strength cartridges I use lists exactly 4. NicotineFlavoring,Propylene Glycol, and Water (I refuse to wiki link fucking water). Can anyone blame me for wanting to be alive and well longer so I can bitch more?

     3: Convenience, as there is a damn near militant smoking ban here in Louisville. I once again can "smoke" in bars, hotels, restaurants, and such. Not to mention places I have never been able to smoke like the movies, my mother's house, and hospitals. They claim it is legal to use on planes but I have yet to have this confirmed. Personally I think you would have more trouble getting the device on a plane than you would taking it in into the lavatory and getting that fix that will keep you from choking that annoying brat behind you on that 12 hour flight.

 

So in short I encourage everone to write/call/email your congress-critter, and in the meantime the Njoy product line should be a nice replacement.

P.S. I'll harp on this a bit more when i have finished some research, also im going to do a full review of the N-Cig A little later this week

Wednesday
Apr082009

Smoking in movies to affect ratings?

Alright so, I have done some research and have reached a conclusion.

I missed something at some point.

The Following is a excerpt from a USA Today article By Scott Bowles,

USA TODAY LOS ANGELES — Smoking isn't only bad for your health. If you're a filmmaker, it may be bad for your movie.

The Motion Picture Association of America said Thursday that it would scrutinize smoking more closely as part of its ratings criteria.

Underage smoking has always been considered behavior that could warrant a tougher rating, the MPAA said in its release. Now, "all smoking will be considered and depictions that glamorize smoking or ... feature pervasive smoking outside of an historic or other mitigating context" could warrant a more prohibitive rating, the organization said.

The MPAA has been under increasing fire to revamp its ratings criteria, particularly involving smoking. The San Francisco-based center Smoke Free Movies claims that movies are responsible for 5,000 smoking-related deaths a month that might have been prevented by an R rating. The group also says movies are responsible half of the 800,000 children a year who start smoking.

 

Or this little gem from a site for parents to review movies, this one from a review for the classic Disney flick 101 dalmatians

 

Talk about the movie with your family...

When this movie was made in 1961, portrayals of smoking were very common. What has changed to make such depictions politically incorrect? Do you think other kinds of behaviors shown in today's movies may go out of fashion in the future?

 

 

Alright so the whole anti smoking movement has lost its fucking mind.

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