Email Someone A Lot, You Maybe A Computer Hacker

Here is another court ruling that demonstrates that many in the legal profession do not understand simple everyday technology. There is a case recently ruled by the Sixth Circuit appeals court where a labor union asked all its member to email a company. The company in question in turn sued the labor union and the court has ruled that the labor union can be sued under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) for hacking. So emailing someone multiple times can be considered hacking! I am just dumbfounded!

This is the most absurd complaint ever. Emails are especially easy to filter based on email address, subject, body, ip addresses, keywords, and other criteria. You can block email addresses out right as spam, or filter emails to different folders, and going through a few hundred emails about the same topic is fairly easy to do. The offline equivalent to emails is postal mail. This is just the same as receiving coupons and circulars in the mail. I usually never read the ads, circulars, and other unsolicited mail that I receive in a typical day. So I quickly scan and put them in the recycling bin. I’m not going to sue Little Caesar’s because the keep sending me coupons in the mail.

Behind the Story of Getting Osama Bin Laden

A detailed account of the raid that lead to the death of Osama Bin Laden has been published by the New Yorker. The article written by Nicholas Schmidle gives reads as if it written with the aid of first hand information. Many people have questions the source of the information. In the article Mr Schmidle describes the team of Navy SEALS, their age, their gear, and their events that took place as if he himself was in the situation room with President Obama and Secretary Clinton watching the events unfold on an LCD screen. Clearly he is either fabricating the accounts of the death of Osama Bin Laden or he was leaked information by an insider at the State Department, the White House, or the Department of Defense.

To help determine the possible source of his information it would help to learn a little more of the background of Mr Schmidle. There is an article written by a C. Christine Fair, The Schmidle Muddle of the Osama Bin Laden Take Down, that states that Mr. Schmidle spent some time in Pakistan for a fellowship. Using search for Nicholas Schmidle on Google News between July 2010 and July 2011 results in two articles written by Mr. Schmidle for the New York Times and several articles about his possible deportation from Pakistan. One of the articles is about Bosnia and the other about counterfeit shoes.

But the question still remains, how did Mr. Schmidle come to obtain such detailed information about a classified mission in a foreign country? Mr. Schmidle answers this question himself in an interview on PBS Newshour. In the interview, Mr. Schmidle said that “in the course of the past two months I’ve been able to find a number of people with intimate knowledge of the the raid.” He went on to state that he built a sequence of events piece by piece was confirmed from multiple sources but he has asserted that he had not spoken with any of the SEALs themselves.

So a freelancer with questionable journalistic background who previously wrote a few travel related articles was able to get access to multiple sources on a top secret covert mission. Know, I believe in the moon landing, I believe that we dumped Osama’s body in the ocean, but no sensible person will believe that this story was not leaked to him with the approval of a high ranking official in the government. In fact, I don’t just believe he was leaked this information, I believe a great many parts were feed to him already written. There are many elements in the article that read as it if it was written by the Department of Defense Press Office.

The Ghetto Guru

Twitter has brought the nuttiness out of the woodwork from celebrities. Part of the problem is that celebrities are not authentic when using Twitter, or they are just crazy. People know when a celebrity is not one hundred or real, even in a 140 character tweet. For example, if you rap about drug dealing but tweet about vitamin water it is clear that you ain’t a thug but a corporate shill. Case in point is Russell Simmons, the Ghetto Guru. Russell Simmons, or @UncleRUSH on Twitter, co-founded DefJam Records, is said to be the riches man in Hip-Hop, was peripheral to epic rap battles and all he tweets about is a mix of quotes from the Bhagavad Gita and self help mumbo jumbo. Without a doubt what he has done in the with Def Jam and Phat Farm is inspirational, but his tweets are not inspirational if they make him sound like a fake ass Ghetto Guru. To be honest, most of his audience and followers (except his eleet friends) don’t know what the hell the Bhagavad Gita is.

When people from the hood say to you “don’t ever change” this is what they mean, don’t be a Rusell Simmons.

Here are a few select tweets from the @UncleRUSH twitter account as of May 19.

  • “There is no joy in small thinking.” Maharishi
  • Don’t be small be expansive, Give for the sake of giving..
  • “Operate from abundance”Neediness pushes away your blessings and is the cause of all suffering
  • You get what u give .. But u don’t have to reap where u sew.
  • “You have contoll over the action alone, but never the fruit”. Krishna Bhagavad-Gita
  • Consistent Good karmic work, daily yoga and daily meditation are some good suggestions given from the Masters
  • Inner peace does not come as a whim.. Just as one push will not create muscles.
  • Today practice loving everyone and everything (enemies&struggle included) but hang w/people and in places that uplift u
  • Another day… Another chance to make things right
  • Things turn out the best for those who do the best with how things turn out..

Pronpaganda

For over two days, the top news item from network news to algorithm powered Google News has been, wait for it, Osama’s porn stash. I can’t believe that elite secret US commandos kill the world’s most wanted criminal, reportedly kill him unarmed and possibly by shooting him from behind the head, dump his body in the ocean probably with a set of cement shoes, captured a ‘treasure trove’ of material such as notebooks and hard drives, and all that is released by the government is that Osama had some secret porn stash. Osama is was a grown man who took credit for the deaths of thousands, I honestly don’t care about the guys sexual fantasies.

Here is a list of disinformation and psyops from the CIA I don’t care to see in my morning news about Osama bin Laden.

  • That Osama eat kittens for breakfast.
  • That Osama didn’t pay taxes.
  • That Osama didn’t have Wifi.
  • That Osama didn’t live It’s a Wonderful Life.
  • That Osama put out a fatwa on Lady Gaga.
  • That Osama wants people to “leave Britney alone.”
  • That Osama hates the Teletubies.
  • That Osama is a Lakers fan.

Everything You Wish You Knew Before You Knew It

I like reflective articles about people wishing they knew back when what they just learned now. There is a lot to learn from these articles no matter when you read them. Here is a collection of articles that follow that pattern of providing advice to a younger version of the author.

How Will the Last Gallon of Oil Be Used?

In his book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed Jared Diamond wrote about the collapse of Easter Island amongst other failed civilizations. Easter Island is one of the most remote places in the world. Located in the South Pacific, it’s nearest habitable neighbor is over 1000 miles away. It’s over 2000 miles west of Chile. The island is thought to have been first inhabited by Polynesians between 700-1100 AD. Here is a description based on European eyewitnesses.

Easter Island has been cited as an example of a human population crash. When fewer than 100 humans first arrived, the island was covered with trees with a large variety of food types. In 1722, the island was visited by Jacob Roggeveen, who estimated a population of 2000 to 3000 inhabitants with very few trees, “a rich soil, good climate” and “all the county was under cultivation”. Half a century later, it was described as “a poor land” and “largely uncultivated”.
Source: Wikipedia

From archaeological evidence, early in its history Easter Island was a lush and fruitful Island. The island supported a unique culture until the population exhausted all of the available resources. In his book, Jared Diamond posed a question that stuck with me, he asked, what were the thoughts of the person that cut down that last tree on Easter Island as they were cutting it down? What was the branches, limbs, and wood of the last tree of Easter Island used for? Were the remains of that last tree used for shelter, for weapons, or for fire wood?

By some estimates, we have consumed about half of the world’s oil reserves in a little over a century and oil demand is only increasing. Whether or not these estimates are correct, one can imagine a time in the future when all the reaming oil will be down to one barrel. What will that last barrel of oil be used for?

Top 20 Free eBooks for the Amazon Kindle

I’ve always been a book lover. I have a large collections of books, everything from programming books to eastern philosophy. As a book lover and a technologist, I was one an early adopter of the Amazon Kindle. I still use my first generation Kindle, but also enjoy reading on the Apple iPad. Since I started reading books on the Kindle I have not purchased a single physical book. I’ve started to accumulate a virtual library of books that I enjoy and can carry with me.

Here is a collection of free ebooks for the Kindle available through the Amazon Kindle site. These books are classics of physical books that I have purchased, read, and enjoyed. I remember each of the following books fondly. For example, I remember reading The Republic in college for a philosophy class. I read highlighting most of my copy of Common Sense. Great Expectations has always been a favorite book of mine since reading it in high school. The Sayings of Confucius lead me to eastern philosophy books such as The Art of War and Tao Te Ching. I’ve already download all of these free books to my Kindle so as to enjoy them a second time.

Favorite Free Kindle eBooks

The Drug Industry Larger than Recording Industry

Here is an eye-opening comparison of financial numbers between the United States recording industry and the sale of Lipitor. Lipitor is a drug used to fight high cholesterol. The sale of this one drug made Pfizer, its maker, $5.7 billion in 2009. For that same period, the whole of the United States sales of recorded music made the industry a total of $4.6 billion. One drug for one company, made $1 billion more than the recording industry. Not only does the record industry take in less money that the maker of Lipitor, but that is sliced up into far more slices.

Instead of wanting to grow up to be a pop star or break into American Idol I want to take chemistry! By the way, the estimated market for marijuana for the United States has been estimated to be somewhere between $30 to $50 billion.

Retweet September 2010

Here I am reblogging some retweets for the past month that broken down by subject matter. Some of these tweets also cover events that occurred in September 2010. If you like to follow along, befriend xwoop and lolprez and I’ll be sure to follow back.

Got Gov?

  • Fees are the new taxes.
  • No new wars. No new taxes.
  • Laws are made to make everyone out to be criminals.
  • Just how the US government has a Department of the Interior it should have a Department of the Pursuit of Happiness.
  • Stupidity is not illegal, in fact it’s usually written right into the law.
  • We are a nation of laws and loopholes. We are a nation of citizens and cheats.
  • The US is a one party system, Republicans and Democrat are two side of the same coin, two pockets in the same special interest.
  • The Situation for Senate.
  • Tax subsidy is an oxymoron.

Econemy

  • Life, liberty and the pursuit of capital!
  • Capitalism teaches people that a persons value in society is based on his or her financial net worth.
  • Investment bankers are high with your own supply.

Question

  • Is time a wave or a particle?
  • Ice cream or cake?
  • Do two majors (major major) add up to one problem?
  • Which is best fish sticks or meatballs?
  • Is there a Jehovah Witness do not call list?
  • Do you feel better when you save or splurge?
  • Why do you need drugs to kick the habit of taking drugs?
  • Why am I carrying all these cards, credit cards, reward cards, gift cards, hotel key cards?
  • What’s the Finnish word for finish?
  • Are you working or working it?
  • Is TV reality celebrity a new career choice?
  • Is there anything higher than cloud 9?
  • Can you have OCD but be to lazy to be compulsive?
  • What cartoon character you relate with the most?
  • Happy Friday the 13th! Does Hallmark have a card for the occasion?
  • The Great Traffic Jam of China: China does everything in epic proportions, from walls to traffic congestion?
  • If you could take one pill for either happiness, beauty, or intelligence which pill would you take?
  • If everything is said to taste like chicken, why don’t McChicken nuggets taste like chicken?

Randumb

  • There is a thin line between love and hate, and between alimony and all-da-money.
  • If I was to write a book I think it would be called Love in the Time of Porn.
  • I thought I’ve seen it all, backseat driver, arm chair quarterback, and now behind the spotlight reality celebrity.
  • Simplified Chinese Characters is an oxymoron.
  • New national security threat: extremist bed bugs!
  • Does <3 = less than three?
  • In a social drinker, I drink while on social networking sites.
  • I’m too lazy to be obsessive!
  • All words are made up words!
  • Secret of Life: Don’t Give Up
  • You are not your network.
  • If you can’t make it anywhere you can’t make it nowhere.
  • WILL DANCE FOR BEATS!
  • Things that happen to us are not like quick sand. Don’t get stuck in something that happened a long time back.
  • The best book you can give to any one is a blank sketch book.
  • At HomeTown Buffet with my home town homies.
  • If only dreams can go viral.
  • Feelings have meaning.
  • Nerdy is the new sexy.
  • All the advice you ever need: Live well, love much, laugh often, drink plenty of water, go regularly, hate the game not the player, …
  • Some women, instead of breast implants, should get a brain transplant.
  • Don’t waste too much time explaining your life to people that are not part of it.
  • What’s the grosses item on the McD’s menu? The mushroom angus wrap was pretty bad.
  • I never understood why the show Doctor Who was named that, since the Doctor is a time traveler wouldn’t s better name be Doctor When?

Million Dollar Ideas

  • Million dollar idea of the day: Motion detector audible buzzer device that acts as a scare crow/pigeon but is not heard by people.
  • Million dollar idea of the day: they have queen and king size beds, standardize on a new empress mattress size.
  • Million dollar idea of the day: Install translucent palm tree shaped solar panels at parking lots. It provides shade and generates energy.
  • Million dollar idea of the day: flavored drink that once frozen in the refrigerator turns into a smoothie/slurpee, no blender required.
  • Million dollar idea of the day: Wasabi Toothpaste
  • Million dollar idea of the day: Bling band-aid
  • It doesn’t really matter of the universe is expanding or shrinking, it matters if your mind is.

In Da Future

  • In the future, a camera will be considered a weapon.
  • In the future all forms marriages will be abolish.
  • In the future, weed will come with the terms of service and user agreement.
  • In the future, there will be behavior detection officers amongst us monitoring your every move.
  • In the future, the constitution will be redacted.
  • In the future, telling someone the time will be considered an insult.
  • In the future, Facebook and Google will have a thought crime division which will report you to the authorities for pre-crime activities.
  • In the future, a new car will come with power windows, dashboard cam, 4G/wifi, twitter account, facebook connect, app store, and a keg.
  • It is said that a man’s home is his castle, in the future a man’s home will be his prison.
  • In the future, politics will be known as the p-word.
  • In the future there will be apps for your TV, your car, your clothes, your passport, and your brain.
  • The future called, said it would call again later.
  • I make up the future as I go.

Stephen Hawking’s Scientific Blasphemy

There is little doubt that Stephen Hawking is a smart guy, I mean he’s made several appearances in The Simpsons and is a cultural figure but recently his editorial pieces and interviews have been nothing more than link bait. Earlier this year Stephen Hawking warned that if we were to make contact with intelligent extra-terrestrial lifeforms that we could possibly be annihilated, much like how Native Americans where decimated by guns, germs, and steel as described by the book by Jared Diamond.

The Times Online has a few choice quotes.

We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach. … If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.

I didn’t know Stephen Hawking changed careers, from world renowned scientist to a two bit science fiction writer, but speculating on the event of first contact is not science. I am confident he said this just after watching Avatar.

Stephen Hawking latest link bait is his claim that God didn’t create the Universe. Again, he moved from science to scientific dogma. He claims that God is not necessary in the creation the Universe, that the Universe could have easily been created out of nothing. This really made me laugh, the idea that the Universe could have sprung out of nothingness is as fanciful as string theory. One of science’s major tenets, the conservation of energy, states that nothing can be created or destroyed out of nothing and now Stephen Hawking is claiming that the perhaps our universe and perhaps multiple universes sprung out of a void. This is scientific blasphemy!!!

The Wall Street Journal quote Stephen Hawking as saying the following.

As recent advances in cosmology suggest, the laws of gravity and quantum theory allow universes to appear spontaneously from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist. … Our universe seems to be one of many, each with different laws.

If the term creationist wasn’t already taken, I would have to apply it to Stephen Hawking for the above statement. Calling a belief a theory does not make it science. I only have one life, I am not going to bet my life on the concept of multiple universes and definitely not counting on an alien armada invading Earth any time soon. Stephen Hawking should stick to what he knows best, black holes, and leave the alien invasion business to science fiction writers and government officials.