Fascinating race, the Weeping Angels. The only psychopaths in the universe to kill you nicely. No mess, no fuss, they just zap you into the past and let you live to death. — The Doctor, Doctor Who (Blink)

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Mar 11

Neil Stevens is wrong.

Posted by ArmedGeek on Thursday, March 11, 2010 in Rants

From Redstate.com:

It doesn’t even cross their minds that we might ask Google not to build the database to begin with, because it’s a basic law of databases that they can always be put to another purpose.

I can’t argue with the sentiment. Google creeps me out more every day. The problem is that Redstate.com uses Google Analytics. They effectively tell Google every time you visit their site.

When this is pointed out by commenters, the response is .. well,

You are spreading outright falsehoods through your repeated assertion that the data we’re talking about is from httpd logs.

And combined with your radical pacifist ranting before, I’ve had it with you.

Hit the contact form if you feel you’ve been wronged.

and …

You can’t be this stupid

I’d rather everyone get along, but I’ll settle for everyone united in hating me for being a jerky moderator.

Sorry, Neil, you are the moron here. Here’s the thing: Webserver logs tell me an awful lot about what goes on here. Once you leave my site I’ve no idea where you go or what you do. Now, if everyone hands this data over to a single entity (Google in this case), then they can plot your course across the internet. Enough logs and they can tell, when and where you work, where you live, given enough data they could tell you what time you take lunch.

The reason server logs are not dangerous is NOT because there’s not enough information in them, it is because the information is split up amongst thousands of different places.

In the interest of full disclosure, I used Google Analytics here for a few days. It made me feel dirty so I removed it. I use Awstats.

Mar 11

Tron 2

Posted by ArmedGeek on Thursday, March 11, 2010 in Entertainment, Movies

I couldn’t bear to leave the anti-gun craziness at the top of the page, so…

Mar 11

Where are we going ?

Posted by ArmedGeek on Thursday, March 11, 2010 in News, Rants

… and why are we in this handbasket ?

Drop the Weapon! Drop the Weapon! *BANG*

From Gothamist:

Just how little tolerance is zero tolerance? A Staten Island fourth-grader was reprimanded and almost suspended yesterday when the principal spotted him playing with a LEGO policeman and a two-inch-long toy gun during lunch, the Advance reports.

Under the city’s no-tolerance policy regarding guns in schools, PS 52 Principal Evelyn Matroianni brought 9-year-old Patrick Timoney to her office and called his mother to say the boy might be suspended for carrying the miniature toy gun to school, pending the approval of the Department of Education’s security administrator. When contacted, the administrator reportedly said the toy should be confiscated and returned to the boy’s parents, however no other punishment would be necessary.

How much would you pay for this kinda crazy ? Wait, don’t answer yet, there’s more …

From the NYDailyNews:

A Michigan kindergartener’s make-believe gun -- which he created with just his fingers -- got him suspended, the Grand Rapids Press reported.

Mason Jammer, 6, who attends Ionia’s Jefferson Elementary School, pointed his finger-gun at a fellow student Wednesday and got kicked out of school till Friday.

School officials said they had given Mason numerous warnings over several months, and his gun play created discomfort for other kids.

Now how much would you pay ? If you order this insanity in the next 5 minutes we’ll throw in this beautiful piece of shit:

New York to Ban SALT!

a bill introduced in the New York Legislature that, if passed, would ban the use of salt in restaurant cooking.

“No owner or operator of a restaurant in this state shall use salt in any form in the preparation of any food for consumption by customers of such restaurant, including food prepared to be consumed on the premises of such restaurant or off of such premises,” the bill, A. 10129 , states in part.

Sometimes its hard to even joke about this shit.