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No lesson learned

So the reaction to hearing that gorilla glue is too powerful leads to somebody who couldn’t believe it and he glued a cup to the lip.

Never realized how much need there was for a song explaining how to properly use a plastic cup.

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What makes a hero?

Is it the obsession with Hillary Clinton, talking about your golf game for hours when you’re not on the PGA tour, launching the next generation of hate mongers who make you seem quaint by comparison. Yup, National Hero, or at least Florida Hero, Rush Limbaugh is being honored with a flag at half mast. Denying the truth didn’t stop lung cancer from killing a defiant smoker and now this. There is controversy in Florida since there are rules on who gets this honor and being a friend of the Governor is not one of them.

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Because of me now they have a warning

So apparently we need a warning not to use glue on hair. There is a whole section dedicated to hair care products and glue is in a different place in the store.

Gorilla Glue GirlTM may be suing for the glue sticking things together and only warning not to use it on eyes, skin or clothing, but not hair. Scalp is skin, hopefully a judge allows that fact before the price of Gorilla Glue triples to cover the cost of litigation.

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If I can’t have you, no one can.

In the early days of the pandemic, toilet paper became the must have commodity in short supply. Super surprising as none of the apocalypse movies covered this. We still have trees and factories so things got back to normal, but now arsonists are burning whole displays of toilet paper. Need to know if its one ply “rough and ready” or bear fantasy tp before I decide if the the toilet paper arsonists are heroes or villains.

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Bias

So will this gun detection AI only detect white tech guys? And movies being filming on location.

Research indicates self driving car AI may have trouble seeing people of color. Not sure how much is the whiteness of the data set and how much is detection issues with reflection of light and detection of darker skin tones.

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Hacking and Hiking

I had my doubts on the discovery of Forrest Fenn’s treasure since the finder wanted to remain anonymous and didn’t reveal the location where it was found. Pictures of Forrest Fenn with the treasure reinforce the suspicion that it was either never hidden or hidden in a place that was not legal to search.

We have a few details, name of finder and state where found, thanks to a lawsuit that claims the finder got there by hacking a computer and stealing the solve. The lawsuit claims the “stolen treasure” was in New Mexico. The treasure location was revealed to be in Wyoming. Way to narrow it down, just under 100,000 square miles to search. Might as well be a Fargo fence post treasure search. Fortunately the hacking claim was filed in New Mexico, not Florida, so it didn’t come with an armed raid to grab the computers in the house.

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Shall we play a game?

Never considered that a journalist scraping a website to collect data could be considered a hacker. It all comes down to the meaning of “exceeding authorized access.” What a great way to prevent dissent. Write a terms of service for your website that refuses access to journalists and stories you don’t like can no longer appear.

https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/12/08/1013440/web-scraping-van-buren-case-supreme-court-opinion/

Hack of the century in Florida. The state admits that all users on the account, “share the same username and password.”

https://www.npr.org/2020/12/08/944200394/florida-agents-raid-home-of-rebekah-jones-former-state-data-scientist

Hacking without programming. Controlling media is still hacking the message.

https://points.datasociety.net/hacking-the-attention-economy-9fa1daca7a37

Old school hacking from long before Neo and the Matrix.

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Shades of the Everglades

I’m glad they found a new source of drinkable water for Hawaii, but worry that pumping this water will allow the intrusion of seawater.

A freshwater, saltwater tug-of-war is eating away at the Everglades

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We have a new grinch

$3000 signing bonuses to new workers, but a shiny $10 turkey certificate to existing employees, sounds about right for hyper capitalism.

https://nypost.com/2020/11/24/amazon-staffers-not-happy-with-turkey-vouchers-report/

Steve Jobs felt the same way about the employees who built his company. Refused to give stock to some early employees. Stock options were for new hires, to entice them to join, not people he already owned.

https://www.businessinsider.com/steve-wozniak-gave-early-apple-employees-10-million-in-stock-2014-9

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How common is this problem?

Novel idea to use light poles in cities to host all sorts of services for the public. One of the proposed use cases is searching for buried bodies. First thought was how often will killers be burying bodies by the light poles unless they didn’t bring a flashlight.

With a reread after the spit take, I realize the intent was after disasters, but in that case won’t the poles near the incident also be affected and unable to be used to search for bodies.

SLaaP—Street Lamps as a Platform

I wish the research team well and hope they “Don’t Stop Believing”