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Aurora reference

For reference, the only two links I could find on Aurora shooter (and Westview '06 grad) James Holmes, prior to his attendance at Westview being confirmed to the press:

A set of results from a cross country meet, the small schools/frosh-soph division of a race held at Kit Carson Park in Escondido, where he came in 21st.

A community college newsletter where he appears in an article about a biotech program for high school seniors, held at Miramar College.

That's *everything* I could find searching Google for "James Holmes Westview". Anything else was other people named James Holmes, or large listings of people that were named James XOR Holmes and mentioned something else named Westview. If this guy had any presence online, it was not indexed, or it was not under his real name.
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Your friend, FunnyJunk.com

If you've never heard of funnyjunk.com, it's run by a content thief. It's a haven for incompetence, stupidity, and douchebaggery. Site owner Charles Carreon continues to sink lower and lower, embarassing a legal profession which already has little public respect.

He's stolen a metric shitload of content. He only removes it when it becomes publically embarassing--you know, after he's sent a bullshit lawsuit threat (and demand of a five-figure payment from one of his victims) and then had his continued copyright infringement thrown publically in his face.

Charles Carreon is another point of support for development of the proposed audio-cock technology.
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X-header crap

It is ridiculous how big this section of my .muttrc has gotten. Every goddamned special snowflake mailer has to have its own collection of X-headers...

ignore received content- mime-version status x-status message-id sender
ignore bounces-to                   
ignore references return-path lines x-mailer resent- x-authentication-warning
ignore old- in-reply-to precedence x-mailing-list x-loop x-geek x-phone
ignore x-address x-mime x-msmail list- mailing-list delivered-to x-egroups
ignore x-sender x-apparently-to x-habeas x-antiabuse x-ms- x-pstn-
ignore x-qotd x-spam x-uid x-keywords x-list-url x-note mail-followup-to
ignore x-original-to x-mail-format-warning
ignore domainkey-signature comment user-agent x-yahoo-newman-property
ignore x-originating-ip x-yahoo-post-ip
ignore x-intouch-note x-declude-sender x-rbl-warning
ignore x-well-auth x-accept-language x-virus-scanned x-virus-status x-mailman-version >From
ignore x-pgp-universal x-priority x-listbox-uuid errors-to x-auth-received x-uwash-spam
ignore x-antivirus-scanner x-source x-esafe X-OriginalArrivalTime
ignore x-barracuda x-smtp-vilter x-scanned x-dns-warn x-acl-warn x-mailman-approved x-scan-sign
ignore x-yahoo x-notice x-message-flag x-copyright
ignore x-md x-envelope-from x-authenticated-sender DKIM-Signature
ignore x-canit x-newjob x-destination-id x-mailingid x-smfbl
ignore x-virtualservergroup x-smheadermap x-received x-authority
ignore x-ymail-osg x-dkim x-twitter x-campaign x-domainkeys
ignore thread- accept x-listbox
ignore x-lj x-esn_ x-facebook x-google x-ironport x-beenthere
ignore x-mail-from x-analysisout x-goodmail x-apple x-uniform x-proofpoint
ignore x-forwarded authentication-results x-original x-policy
ignore x-sendgrid x-ct
ignore x-broadcast x-binding x-contact x-msfbl
ignore x-info x-iadb x-tm-id x-rpcampaign
ignore x-return-path x-roving x-lumos
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XScreensaver vs. Fedora Core 16 and Gnome 3

I just started a new job where my desktop system runs Linux. It's been pretty common for me to use a lot of Linux systems in the past--I had windows open to them at Momentum and Teradata, and I had a secondary system under my desk at Qualcomm running it--but this is the first time the monitors on the desk in front of me are directly driven by a Finnish kernel. (At home, I do a lot of work on my home server, but I'm rarely on its console, I'm almost always just ssh'ed in from one of the Macs.) So for the first time, I have to worry about day-to-day desktop configuration. It's a lot better than it used to be, but there's some oddities that took some time to address.

First: The crew maintaining the Gnome window manager are a real arrogant bunch. Through version 2 and hardcore into version 3, they have taken away options from users, deviating from the flexibility that popularized Linux towards forcing a single vision of how to operate on the desktop upon their users. I think they're dicks for this.

One way this manifests is they now no longer ship a real screensaver. gnome-screensaver just presents a blank screen with the time and logged-in user name at the top of each screen. They expect that when you aren't using the system, the display should simply be shut off. Well fuck you guys. Early on, it was kind of a pain to enable XScreensaver, but it's been worked out.

First: There are Fedora RPMs available so yum install xscreensaver xscreensaver-extras

2) Change what Gnome runs at startup: gnome-session-properties
Disable the "Screensaver" entry, and create one called "XScreensaver". The command to use is /usr/bin/xscreensaver -nosplash

3) Open the System Settings panel. In the "Screen" pane, turn off the option to lock the screen. (Gnome won't be doing that itself anymore.)

4) In the "Keyboard" pane, go to Shortcuts, and under System, disable the "Lock Screen" shortcut. (Click whatever key sequence is there, and hit backspace to clear it.) Under Custom, create a new shortcut, call it Lock with XScreensaver/usr/bin/xscreensaver-command -lock. The shortcut I use is Windows-L. (It stores as "Mod4-L") (I got really used to that when I had a Windows desktop.)

You will probably find that hitting Windows-L right now doesn't lock your screen. That's another Gnomism I don't understand offhand, but it's a quick fix. In the Keyboard pane of the System Settings app, look for Typing, then Layout Settings, then Layouts, then Options. Under Alt/Win key behavior, select Hyper mapped to Win-keys
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On Joe Paterno...

I've been stewing on this for a while. I've been pretty swamped, so I haven't had the proper time to put it to paper. That Joe Paterno died this weekend is just happenstance... I don't intend to dance on anyone's grave, but if that's what it is, I don't feel too badly about it.

There is no denying Joe Paterno's successful record on the field at Penn State. They win consistently, they're able to recruit the strongest talent in the country, and many of his players have gone on to very successful careers in and out of football. I know a few of them. I don't doubt there's a lot of men out there who are better men than they would have been but for the influence of Paterno and his assistants. There's a lot to admire there. Most of us would be fortunate to achieve just a fraction of that record in our lives.

However, life is not a zero-sum game. I think it's possible for a person to redeem themselves after a long streak of mistakes. But it's also possible to relegate a proud record into negligence through a great failure. This fall, we learned that's what Joe Paterno did.

Jerry Sandusky bears the bulk of blame and responsibility for his actions. Whatever is or is not wrong in that man's mind, he chose not to seek help, he chose not to separate himself from the boys he found somehow irresistably attractive. But the football staff and the university administration at Penn State, as well as elements of Pennsylvania law enforcement bear responsibility as his enabler. When they learned of Sandusky's actions, and declined to see him stopped, they became responsibility for Sandusky's continued abuse of teenage and younger boys.

There is no mistake, and no exaggeration to say that Joe Paterno knew Jerry Sandusky was abusing boys. For this man who preached excellence on the field, to insist to his players that doing what is minimally required is not enough, demanding them to push themselves to the limit of their capabilities, and to extend those capabilities... it is simply unacceptable for him to minimally pass the word on to his administration and leave it at that.

To Paterno's critics, many apologists have insisted, "You weren't there, you can't know what he knew, you didn't see what he saw, you can't judge Joe Paterno." They have cried that his firing was a denial of due process. They have wailed that he still deserves honor and respect because of his accomplishments in football.

To all of them, I quite simply say: Fuck you, you're wrong.

Paterno's own grand jury testimony is enough to hang him by. He admits that Mike McQueary told him he saw something of "a sexual nature" between Sandusky and "the youngster". The bare minimum required is to notify the administration. Excellence calls for following up. Excellence says that if the police haven't come to you in a couple of days, you go to them. Excellence says that if the police blow you off, you go to the district attorney, then the attorney general, then the governor, and if all that has failed, you call a press conference. Because what is more serious than the safety of children?

But Joe Paterno did none of that. He did the minimum, and then he walked away. He didn't even ensure that Sandusky was permanently removed from the football facilities, let alone the campus. Thus, Jerry Sandusky continued to victimize more boys. Joe Paterno could've thrown the brakes on that, but he chose not to.

And that's why Joe Paterno is no longer a great man.

That's why I no longer, and will never again respect him, nor have any patience for honoring or glorifying him. His football accomplishments mean nothing. No one else in Pennsylvania was his measure for authority and respect, and he chose not to use that authority to get justice for an abused boy, nor to protect future victims from harm. So fuck Joe Paterno. He put the feelings of a 22-year old adult witness ahead of a 10-year old victim ("I didn’t push Mike to describe exactly what it was because he was very upset.") And he put other people's weekend comfort ahead of the need to investigate the rape of a child ("I ordinarily would have called people right away, but it was a Saturday morning and I didn’t want to interfere with their weekends.")

So again: Fuck Joe Paterno.

Almost as appalling are the people defending and apologizing for him. The students who rioted when he was fired. The filth that signed their names to that "open letter". Even Dick Vitale, offering nothing but praise on Twitter (and rejecting
entreaties to temper it.)

Every one of them is saying that it's okay not to stand up and fight to take down a rapist, as long as you're a really good football coach. Fuck. That. Shit.
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Apache revealing dotfiles

Just a reminder... if you're using Apache to offer listings of directories, and those directories may be mounted by an OS X host, you probably don't want to publish any dotfiles that OS X creates (like .DS_Store) to the world. afpd will MIME-translate the dots, so they start :2e. It's beneficial to add this to your httpd.conf:

# Prevent OS X-created dotfiles from being presented

<FilesMatch "^:2e">
    Order allow,deny
    Deny from all
    Satisfy All
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20 Pounds of Raw, Unrefined Awesome

A letter to the editor of Stars And Stripes:

Let’s get on the same page here: No one needs your approval for what they do behind closed doors. This change in ["don’t ask, don’t tell"] policy is going to happen and everyone has to accept it. This ignorance that seems to be the social norm needs to be squashed ASAP.

When they change the policy, it needs to be one of the protected [categories] under equal opportunity, and there needs to be a zero-tolerance policy handed down. There need to be classes that basically say: This is the new policy, and whether everyone likes it or not, that’s what was handed down.

What I’ve realized is, these people who are against the repeal don’t see homosexuals as equals. They are the same people who don’t see women as equals. They are, to be blunt, sexist. They cannot stand the thought of a homosexual being able to do the same, exact job as they do, and sometimes even better.

Another big thing is, people are afraid of being an object of sexual desire for someone. Insecurities. But they didn’t think about that when they were looking at a woman at work up and down and talking about her. Now, the roles are reversed, and they don’t like it. You think a woman would like the things you are saying, degrading her to [the level of] a piece of meat?

And let’s get something out the way: If you have never maxed your Physical Training test, do not have abs of steel and are over 30, chances are you are not meeting the standards of most homosexual servicemembers. So don’t flatter yourself: If you couldn’t pick up that woman at the club last week, you think that servicemember wants you?

-- Specialist Vaughn Rush
FOB Warrior, Iraq

It'll take a little while yet, but we're going to be okay.

"You know what? It did disrupt the unit. The unit got over it. The unit changed. I'm an Admiral in the U.S. Navy and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Beat that with a stick."
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Resignations for everybody!

The AP covered Easter mass in Rome:
"Holy Father, on your side are the people of God," Cardinal Angelo Sodano told the pontiff, whom victims of clergy sexual abuse accuse of helping to shape and perpetuate a climate of cover-up. Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, dismissed those claims as "petty gossip."

So the rest of us are not the people of God. The rest of us who would stand up for abused children, who demand justice for their abusers, and accountability from those who covered for the abusers.

"We are deeply grateful to you for the strength of spirit and apostolic courage with which you announce the Gospel," said Sodano, who sought to assure Benedict that the scandals were not costing him credibility among his flock.

There is no courage in protecting sexual predators. There is no courage in defending those that do.

Petty gossip? Fuck you, Cardinal.

Catholic World Report editor George Neumayr rants in the Moonie Times:
The truth is that Pope Benedict has done more to address the abuse scandal in the church than his predecessor, whose tenure never excited anywhere near this level of calls for resignation.

Wrong again, asshole. He's done more to cover it up. As pope, he did little to reform the hierarchy's handling of abuse cases--and he all but condemned demands for accountability from the American bishops. But I've yet to see any documentation that Karol Cardinal Wojtyla covered for clerical abuse when he was out running a diocese. But Josef Cardinal Ratzinger? He was knee-deep in it both as Archbishop of Munich, and while in charge of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith</a>. And in that last case, there's the foundation of an argument that he is guilty of conspiracy in an American jurisdiction. That means an arrest on the ramp at JFK to stand trial in an Arizona state court. (If you believe he'd delegate these things out, and might have been shielded from the full truths, it looks like you'd be wrong.)

This is not idle fucking gossip. This is serious. And it demands an enormous round of resignations, public statements of account, and jail time. It would mean a huge shakeup in the Catholic Church, the likes of which probably hasn't been seen since the Reformation. Yes, the leadership hierarchy would be left in tatters. But the hierarchy is not the Church, its people are. (Even Ted Baxter properly recognizes that!) Cut out this cancer, and the rest of the body will in time heal itself.
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I don't have to read the bill to know it sucks

Yeah, here's the Senate's first draft "cybersecurity" bill.

First, who wrote it? Jay Rockefeller and Olympia Snowe. Two people whose greatest previous digital achievements have probably been finding the "Reply All" button and forwarding e-mail hoaxes without the obstruction of checking Snopes first. You know, if the Democrats had the balls to make the Republicans filibuster health care reform, the Senate wouldn't be able to introduce this shit. So instead, we get a bill which will:
  • Significantly raise the priority of cybersecurity throughout the federal government and streamline cybersecurity-related government functions, authorities and laws.

  • In other words, it will do nothing to kill the apathy and turf wars that currently obstruct computer investigations. Much like the creation of DHS and the national intelligence czar did for antiterror work.
  • Protect civil liberties, intellectual property and business proprietary information.

  • Logging all sorts of information about your identity and activities will now be legally mandated on your service provider. It will be protected from intrusion, except by cops (who won't need warrants--that only helps the terrorists!) and civil discovery (it's just lying there anyways, so why not!) Also black-hat hackers who are good at covering their tracks, who wouldn't be investigated anyways because violations of your privacy are not a federal priority.
  • Promote cybersecurity public awareness, education, and research and development.

  • PSAs and other government propaganda that will make Hackers look like a documentary.
  • Foster market-driven cybersecurity innovation and creativity to develop long-term technology solutions and train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

  • Oh, where do I begin on how corporations will be encouraged to fuck us...