In retaliation forAnonymous' hack of the Syrian defense ministry webpage, a Syrian hacking force alleged to be called the "Syrian Electronic Army" struck back at Anonymous. How, you ask? They defaced Anonymous' pet project, the social network Anon Plus, by replacing the homepage with the message above, including gruesome pictures of burned and mutilated bodies. Anonymous' original hack was said to be in support of protesters in Syria and left a message encouraging the Syrian military to revolt against PresidentBashar al-Assad instead of supporting his suppression of the protests. The counter-hack attributed the current Syrian violence, depicted in the gruesome photos, to Syrian demonstrators instead.
The origin of the hackers was not mentioned on the defaced website. The attribution of this hack to the Syrian Electronic Army comes froma tweetby Citizen Lab, and the SEA are a recognized, public hacking organization, strikingly similar to Anonymous in their press and methods. They even have a bit of that Anonymous flavor to their message, stating that:
In response to your hacking to the website of the Syrian Ministry of Defence, the Syrian people have decided to purify the internet of [y]our pathetic website
This isn't the first time there has been hacker in-fighting. Anonymous affiliate LulzSec attracted the ire of many smaller groups determined to uncover and leak information about members. The difference there is that they were generally smaller(generally in regard to members, definitely in regard to media presence) and they were usually operating behind the scenes to leak information. This is the first time we've really seen any potential for two relatively high-profile groups to start slinging mud at each other in public space. To boot, it shows that, for all their aggression, Anonymous hasn't been playing defense very well.
Both of these groups clearly have large egos about them, neither are above cyber vandalism and their ideals are pretty fundamentally contradictory. It seems that we could have an interesting conflict on our hands. Whether Anonymous and the SEA will do anything but simply annoy each other and call each other names remains to be seen, but this emergence of an apparently apt hacking group thatis not based around the lulz and does not seem to share the otherwise comemon ideal of "complete and utter freedom of information for everyone" could totally change the hacking landscape.
Much respect to Anon, but seriously, you guys got counter-hacked? I thought we were liberating the human race here, not playing rock-paper-scissors. Effing lol, man. I'm sorry but effing lol. Get your snot together.
And yeah, whatever did happen to LulzSec working behind the scenes? Where's the integrity in this revolution thing?
VATICAN CITY—In a stunning and unexpected reversal of long-standing doctrine, Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed the Roman Catholic Church's unequivocal support for gay marriage Tuesday, just hours after meeting Stonington, CT couple Tony Ruggiero and Craig Housinger.
Tony and Craig, whom Vatican officials called "a truly great match."
The papal decree—which authorizes priests to administer the sacrament of holy matrimony to same-sex partners and explicitly states that "homosexual relations between two consenting adults is not, and never has been, a sin"—was reportedly a direct result of the pope sharing an afternoon of engaging conversation and hearty laughter with the gay couple.
"Not only are Tony and Craig complete sweethearts, but anyone who spends more than two minutes with them can see they're clearly perfect for each other," said Benedict, who in the past has described homosexual behavior as a grave disease that threatens all of humanity. "They're fun, gracious, and simply wonderful company. And you can tell they have something special just by the way they look at each other."
"They're soulmates, really," added the pope, smiling. "Allowing them to formalize their union in the Church is the least we could do for them."
I've never read the Onion before, but that right there, that is just wrong. Benedict does NOT talk like that. Where's journalist integrity these days?
Someone said "progressive religion" is an oxymoron, which I found funnier than this whole article.
Here's a script I found floating around the Internet, written by someone in the Zeitgeist Movement:http://losthobbit.net/temp/InterviewWithAnAlien.html
Interview with an Alien
Hi, I'm Zorg from planet Triton. We've been travelling for the last hundred years to find other intelligent life forms, and we're very excited to have spotted your little blue planet. We're doing a documentary on your species to see what we can learn from each other. Would you care to answer some of our questions?
Zorg: How advanced would you say you are? Have you reached the technological singularity yet?
Human: What's the technological singularity?
Zorg: That's when you've built a machine that can design and build a better machine than itself, causing an automatic infinite exponential advancement in technology?
Human: No, we're not quite there yet. We have machines that build machines, but I think they still mostly have a little bit of human assistance, and they cannot improve on their own design yet.
Zorg: Okay, so I guess you only have to work a couple of hours a day. A good time to be alive, right?
Human: Most people work about eight hours a day.
Zorg: Eight hours? I thought you said you have machines. That's weird. At least no-one does any more manual labour, right?
Human: Well, in poorer countries they still do a lot of manual labour, because they can't afford the machines.
Zorg: What's a country?
Human: Umm... you don't know what a country is? It's a large piece of land that's separated from other large pieces of land.
Zorg: Separated by the sea?
Human: Sometimes it's the sea, or a river, but mostly they're just boundaries that have come about through war, that people are not allowed to cross over.
Zorg: And what purpose do these country boundaries serve humanity?
Human: They don't really serve humanity; they just keep poor people out of rich countries, so that the rich countries can remain wealthy.
Zorg: That's quite selfish, isn't it?
Human: I suppose so.
Zorg: So, why are there poor and rich countries? Do the poor countries not have enough resources?
Human: Yes, that's correct. Some countries do not have as much as others, but that doesn't necessarily determine whether the country is poor or not.
Zorg: I don't get it. How can a country have more resources than another country and be poorer?
Human: A country can have less money.
Zorg: Oh right, you still use money? That would explain why you have to work eight hours a day instead of two. You need to work to keep your money system afloat. Our planet hasn't used money in a thousand years. You're far less advanced than we thought.
Human: So what do you use instead of money?
Zorg: We don't have the concept of ownership, so there's no need for any kind of money. Anyway, getting back to the country thing, assuming you were to get rid of all these country boundaries, and share everything, would the world have enough resources?
Human: I don't know. I'll check the internet?
Zorg: You have internet already? That's odd. So you have internet on mobile phones, but you still don't have enough labour replacing machines in every country. That seems a bit backward.
Human: Okay, got it. There is enough farm land to produce food for everyone, but we would need to eat less meat than the average American.
Zorg: Well this really is a strange system, separating your poor from your rich. Lets move on to something else. You mentioned that you have machines. What are you using to power them?
Human: Mostly oil, coal and nuclear power. We burn gas for heating.
Zorg: Nuclear? **** These backward humans have nuclear power! That's crazy! Do they know how dangerous that is? And burning coal and oil... do humans know that can cause global warming, which can damage the entire planet.
Human: We're well aware of that.
Zorg: So why don't you use solar, wind, wave and geothermal energy instead?
Human: Because the oil companies are earning lots of money.
Zorg: You're willing to destroy your planet so that oil companies can make money? What happens when you run out of oil?
Human: We'll use bio-fuel.
Zorg: So, instead of growing food to feed starving people, you'll grow plants to run your machines? This planet is more messed up than I ever imagined, and it's so pretty. I'm going. There's no intelligent life down here.
Human: Wait, can't you help us?
Zorg: The answers are right in front of you. You don't need our help. Eliminate your country boundaries, share your resources, stop burning oil and coal, stop using nuclear energy and make sure you use your resources in a sustainable way. We'll be watching you. When you've done all that, then we'll talk about sharing technology, but right now, I just want to go back home.
I'm nostalgic today. I was thinking about Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2008 (the greatest effin' YGO game ever), and about some of those great battles I had against the AI. Since I have myself a DS now I was thinking about getting the new World Championship, but then I remembered why I stopped playing. After many grueling ours on WC 2008, I'd created what many might consider the cheapest deck in exisence, hence, the Ultimate YGO deck. No reason to play through all that just to build said deck all over again.
On that note, I'd like to pass down my teachings to all those YGO fans out there.
So what exactly is the ultimate deck? It's not a deck that contains Egyptian God cards. It's not a deck with some outlandish strategy or clever combination of magic cards. These decks all have one thing in common, which is that they are not versatile. You can beat this person and that person, sure, but then someone comes along with a strategy specifically superior to yours, and there goes your winning streak. The Ultimate deck has to be serviceable on all fronts, for use against Egyptian Gods and Black Magicians alike.
So obviously, the first principle of the ultimate deck is versatility. Do not stick to one type of card. Mix and match your normal monsters with effect monsters with four star monsters with eight star monsters. Field cards, equip cards, and trap cards alike must have interchangeable uses, so at any given time you will always have the advantage. Versatility! Remember this!
You may find yourself in something of a fix trying to figure out which cards are most versatile. The fact is, most cards can be versatile in combination with other cards. I'm not in the mood for giving examples, but let's just say that I once beat a Blue-Eyes White Dragon with a Morphing Jar and one magic card (forget the name, but it did something like: reduce opponent's ATK and increase your own by that amount). This here is the key to versatility: Combinations. When looking at a versatile card, always consider how it can help your other versatile cards. This builds up the versatility to the max.
At this point you're really hyperventilating. There are dozens upon dozens of these types of cards, but where are all the versatile cards specifically designed to work with other versatile cards? In other words, how do you pull off these combinations versatilely!? Does that make sense!?
This brings me to the heart of the matter. The skin of the teeth. The cheap of the ware. The placeholder cards.
A placeholder card is any card that exists entirely to help you get another card. Pot of Greed is one of the greatest placeholders for good reason. When you draw Pot of Greed, you've just drawn two cards. That's placeholding.
Placeholder cards come in a wide variety, from cards that let you revive monsters to cards that let you take control of cards in the opponent's hand. The thing they all have in common is that their sole purpose is to be replaced by a card you actually need. So, when your opponent forces you to discard your hand and builds his own hand up to seven cards, you draw Morphing Jar on your next turn and get even.
Here, there really is no question what are the best placeholders. Monster Reborn, Pot of Greed, Morphing Jar, Cyber Jar, Change of Heart, Call of the Grave, Giant Rat, Ultimate Offering, etc. This also applies to cards that exist strictly to REMOVE the opponent's cards, like Mirror Force and Raigeki.
There's nothing else left to be said. A deck with 1/4 placeholders and 3/4 versatile cards has a 93.3% chance of countering ANY strategyithink--which in the YGO world means sure victory. Expirement with your favorite placeholders and combinations until you find your ultimate deck!
Check it: http://vimeo.com/24821365
If you don't feel like watching the whole thing, basically: Cancer got cured, which means millions of people's jobs are now on the line. The FDA (government) is harassing the doctor who invented the cure so as not to lose their precious cancer research industry. My two cents: cancer patients are going to be all over this **** tomorrow morning.
It's a true story.
Lord Vader announced the killing of Obi-Wan Kenobi at the Imperial Palace on Coruscant.
CORUSCANT —Obi-Wan Kenobi, the mastermind of some of the most devastating attacks on the Galactic Empire and the most hunted man in the galaxy, was killed in a firefight with Imperial forces near Alderaan,Darth Vaderannounced on Sunday.
In a late-night appearance in the East Room of the Imperial Palace, Lord Vader declared that "justice has been done" as he disclosed that agents of the Imperial Army and stormtroopers of the 501st Legion had finally cornered Kenobi, one of the leaders of the Jedi rebellion, who had eluded the Empire for nearly two decades. Imperial officials said Kenobi resisted and was cut down by Lord Vader's own lightsaber. He was later dumped out of an airlock.
The news touched off an extraordinary outpouring of emotion as crowds gathered in the Senate District and outside the Imperial Palace, waving imperial flags, cheering, shouting, laughing and chanting, "Hail to the Emperor! Hail Lord Vader!" In the alien protection zone, crowds sang "The Ten Thousand Year Empire." Throughout the Sah'c district, airspeeder drivers honked horns deep into the night.
"For over two decades, Kenobi has been the Jedi rebellion's leader and symbol," the Lord of the Sith said in a statement broadcast across the galaxy via HoloNet. "The death of Kenobi marks the most significant achievement to date in our empire's effort to defeat the rebel alliance. But his death does not mark the end of our effort. There's no doubt that the rebellion will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must and we will remain vigilant at home and abroad."
Obi-Wan Kenobi 's demise is a defining moment in the stormtrooper-led fight against terrorism, a symbolic stroke affirming the relentlessness of the pursuit of those who turned against the Empire at the end of the Clone Wars. What remains to be seen, however, is whether it galvanizes Kenobi's followers by turning him into a martyr or serves as a turning of the page in the war against the Rebel Alliance and gives further impetus to Emperor Palpatine to step up Stormtrooper recruitment.
This news is so shocking. I feel such a sense of closure.
Chill, man. It's cool. I'm not luring you in her to insult you. I said kittens precisely so you wouldn't think I was making an insult. You can't be mad at me once I said kittens. If I left out the word kittens, it would've just been an insult. A very volatile one, like the 'n' word, except it insults everything and everyone everywhere doing anything at any time, all the time, for all-time, forever, always. Think about it. Would I really insult you for no reason by calling you a **** 11.04? Kitten? All right, then. Calm down, read slowly.
I'd had the misfortune of being suckered into another Ubuntu download earlier this year when my precious Windows 7 took on some viruses. I had AVG, but, well. McAffee Anti-Virus had expired, you understand. I'd busted out my old 8.whatever CD but it in the process I think I busted something, so I had to make a new CD and I thought, "Hey, the **** 10.watever, it's up, and it still ain't named after a hat." Hat 14 had just--wait, I mean... Fedora, sorry. Fedora 14 had just been released, but I have no interest in sub-par quality software. I mean come on, I'd gotten Windows 7, 64-****-bit. On viruses and drugs, it's still better than Hat 15. I think. I'm confident about that.
ANYWAY, to make a long story short, I was sitting here the other night (24 hours ago) and this message pops up saying "Hey, this linux thing wants to bother you for a moment, can you look at this window for a number of seconds?" I minimized it, planning to get back to it once I'd finished putting together this song in LMMS, and I ended up forgetting about it until the other night (20 hours ago), when I was shutting the comp down. I stared and stared, then decided to look down, and found this upgrade button. You know, the same button you might find in Windows? Windows XP to be precise. You know where this is getting at but you're clinging to hope, I feel you bro, but I'm gonna spell out the harsh truth for you.
THIS UPGRADE FULLED THE SUCK METER>
It was this morning (8 hours ago? Wait what time is it.) that I jumped on the comp and found **** 11.04, kitten reference, in place of a proper operating system. At the time I didn't know what was so different about it, but like the good Windows XP--I MEEEAN... Jeez, I've been doing that alot lately. Calling myself a Windows fan, I mean. As I was saying, after about an hour on this bich, I realized that kittens **** 11.04 is very nearly the most broken version of Ubuntu I've ever tried. That's a comparison to Ubuntu 7.something LT for you to stick on the fridge.
They have this side panel that's supposed to mimic the Mac/Windows 7 toolbar. It sucks. The panel takes a million years to come up, but once your mouse is a-hovering, forget all typing or mouse controls for that duration. They've upgraded to Firefox 4. It sucks. I've been using Chromium ever since GDocs started going haywire in Firefox 3.6, and that just raised my standard for open-source software qualty, right there. They've moved and organized my "apps", as if my "apps" weren't in fine and dandy places before. That sucks. Both ways. Full pun intended. It starts up slower. It uses less battery life. It runs slower. My ATI 5760 dedicated graphics card with 1GB memory runs Battle for Wesnoth at 12-18 frames per second. OpenOffice is now LibreOffice, and it still sucks. What else...?LMMS now has to be opened at the terminal, and if I close the terminal, the program disappears; if I double click an lmms file, the program "can't be found"; and when I search all my apps, it's not there. Did I mention it runs slower? I've got 8 **** gigs of ram and it takes FULL SECONDS for ANY program to start up. WTF DID I SPEND ALL MY MONEY ON.
So **** **** 11.04. **** it. And don't get angry, that was the equivalent of a compliment right there. I just called you the King Liberator of Liberated Britain, and I meant it. Hard. I threw in another compliment too, somewhere in that last paragraph. I don't feel like reading right now. This is so so frustrating.
I'm still using Kitubuntu 11.*4tens though. McAffee. you understand. Maybe my tablet might work now? Maybe? You think? No? No? No, I don't think so, either. I'm not holding my breath.
PS. I was looking for funny kitten/computer related pictures, but when I googled "kitten computer", I just couldn't decide what to choose. It's a gold mine.