Aaron Gibson aegibson@identi.ca

Hayward, United States

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  • Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez allegedly handcuffed at ICE office - ABC News

    2017-03-16T08:28:35Z via aegibson.me To: Public


    Congressman allegedly handcuffed at ICE office
    A U.S. congressman said he was briefly handcuffed after refusing to leave a meeting at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Chicago.
    Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said he participated in a sit-in at the Chicago ICE headquarters after attending a meeting there.
    "Federal police giving us...
  • Anyone got $4 million burning a hole in their pocket

    2017-03-15T14:30:39Z via aegibson.me To: Public


    An entire southern Oregon town could be yours for $3.85 million
    For $3.85 million, you could own all of Tiller, a 257-acre southern Oregon mecca of outdoor recreation that includes a mile of waterfront along the Umpqua River.

    Sure, let me just sell a couple of things... xD

    JanKusanagi @ DM at 2017-03-15T14:39:05Z

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  • Not Florida!

    2017-03-15T04:30:02Z via aegibson.me To: Public


    Man steals street sweeper in Hillsboro, leads police on 10-mile chase that reaches 65 mph
    HILLSBORO, Ore. -- A man was arrested early Sunday morning after leading police on a 10-mile chase in a stolen street sweeper that reached speeds of 65 miles per hour.
  • 2017-03-11T03:19:05Z via aegibson.me To: Public

    Watching Nature on PBS today and I learned about this animal.
    Coywolf - Wikipedia
    Coywolf Captive-bred F1 gray wolf-coyote hybrids, Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minnesota Conservation status Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1) Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Canidae Genus: Canis Species: C. latrans × C. lupus Coywolf (sometimes called woyote) is an informal...
  • 2017-03-07T20:50:34Z via aegibson.me To: Public


    BBC Tells Facebook About Child Porn on the Network, Facebook Reports BBC to Police
    Facebook has come under fire for not doing enough to police secret groups that trade child porn on the network. And in a disturbing twist, Facebook seems to be making the problem worse. When BBC journalists discovered child porn on the network and sent those images to Facebook last week, the company reported the BBC to police in the UK for the distribution of illegal images.

    OY! Talk about missing the point.

    Freemor at 2017-03-07T21:59:40Z

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  • 2017-03-07T17:38:45Z via aegibson.me To: Public

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  • 2017-03-07T17:32:59Z via aegibson.me To: Public


    WikiLeaks Vault 7: Encrypted Apps Like Signal, Telegram, WhatsApp Not So Secure
    WikiLeaks' Vault 7 revealed that the CIA found a way around the encryption of popular apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, and…

    This is nothing new. It has always been understood that if an endpoint is infected with spying malware that encryption is useless.


    Lesson here. Always flash your phone back to a known clean factory image. when you get in and then only install apps from F-droid, and don't include the baseband part of the flash cause that is a security nightmare.. which means no cellphonee funtion.. and in many cases. a non-booting phone (which makes it secure BTW :) )


    Basically.. expecting you're cell-phone to be Secure is CRAZY unless you control the baseband firmware.


    Apps like Signal, etal are ment to stop PASSIVE data collection.. If they are targetting you directly forget about using a smartphone.

    Freemor at 2017-03-07T19:22:38Z

    But thanks for the heads up.. I'll take a look at the actual release.. News outlets are terrible bad at getting this stuff right, and they are always way to hair-on-fire about stuff.


    But I guess that a headline saying.. "Meh, Interesting but nothing new really.." wouldn't get much play.

    Freemor at 2017-03-07T19:40:30Z

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  • 2017-03-07T15:26:17Z via aegibson.me To: Public

    Robby Soave 2017-03-07 13:31:00:
    Berkeley Deletes 200,000 Free Online Videos to Comply with Insane Department of Justice Ruling

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    I blame the policy here, and NOT UC Berkeley

    George Standish at 2017-03-07T16:09:20Z

    >> George Standish:

    “I blame the policy here, and NOT UC Berkeley”

    The policy of requiring thing to be accessible if not the problem here.. This is a clear example of why such laws exist. Without them we end up living in a non-inclusive distopia.


    Let me illustrate.


    UC Berkeley COULD fix this by stripping the audio off of all the videos as that would put everyone on an equal footing.. But people would scream and rail against the fact that the videos are now useless..


    Why then should the videos be useless to a sizable chunk of the population. Remember hearing impaired isn't just the mainly invisible deaf minority. It's the elderly, those that have suffered trauma to their hearing apparatus.


    All of us are one bad day away from being in that group. Or a couple of decades if you count age related hearing loss.


    To say that requiring stuff to be accessible by all those people is, what, wrong? bad? unfair? Really. Pull the sound card out of your computer and see just how "fair" media content is. Don't even get me started on how the interwebs treat the visually impaired.


    IMHO the only villian here is Berkeley's administration.


    Ok I'll get off my soap box now...

    Freemor at 2017-03-07T16:27:27Z

    Thus the solution to the problem... no one gets to benefit from a gift of knowledge. I'm not sure how we "as a member of the human species" has benefited from this policy?

    Inclusion is IMPORTANT, but it can't be the ONLY criteria.

    George Standish at 2017-03-07T16:52:31Z

    >> George Standish:

    “Inclusion is IMPORTANT, but it can't be the ONLY criteria.”

    True.. But from what I've seen of this UC Berkeley a resource rich, connection heavy, institution didn't even try. Instead of putting in the smallest iota of effort they instead decide to pull it all down and create a controversy.

    Freemor at 2017-03-07T17:10:56Z

  • 2017-03-06T22:04:59Z via aegibson.me To: Public


    A Call To Let’s Encrypt: Stop Issuing “PayPal” Certificates
    The issue of Let's Encrypt PayPal certificates being used for phishing can be easily addressed without impacting the CA or its mission.
  • 2017-03-05T20:15:16Z via aegibson.me To: Public

    I was at a Radio Shack on Friday, I can see why they are going bankrupt.
    RadioShack's Successor Preparing to File for Bankruptcy, Sources Say
    General Wireless Operations, the RadioShack successor created by a partnership between Sprint Corp. and the defunct retailer’s owners, is preparing to file for bankruptcy, according to people familiar with the matter.

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    Is that your photo or Bloomberg's? If that's an actual location, they've got some drastic merchandising problems. Besides, Cingular has been a dead brand name for almost a decade.


    The wireless phone game killed the successor just like it killed the first one. Getting out of wireless would've been the smartest play even if it meant losing some of the market out there.

    Stephen Michael Kellat at 2017-03-05T21:44:55Z

    And since Aaron noted that that is Bloomberg's, I'll say that the picture dates to 2007 at the latest. That's that old of a RadioShack picture. Current stores, if you can find them, don't look like that.


    Profit-wise mobile wireless initially drove the balance sheet hard. Through contraction in the market of of margins as well as simple saturation, it killed the company that depended upon it. The parts and batteries were reliable profit makers but not nearly as large as mobile wireless.


    Hopefully the next people to get the name partner with DigiKey and/or Mouser along the Raspberry Pi Foundation to do something electronics-based again.

    Stephen Michael Kellat at 2017-03-05T22:43:40Z

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  • 2017-03-02T17:25:54Z via aegibson.me To: Public


    Oroville Dam: A story of a catastrophe told through photos
    A gaping hole was discovered in the Oroville Dam main spillway on Feb. 7, 2017, marking the start of a nightmare situation that unfolded over the course of several days.

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  • 2017-03-02T16:39:21Z via aegibson.me To: Public

    Jury Duty today...

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  • 2017-03-01T17:49:37Z via aegibson.me To: Public


    Florida man with suspended license drives lawnmower instead
    A Florida man got creative with transportation after his license was suspended.
  • Looks interesting.

    2017-03-01T01:50:19Z via aegibson.me To: Public

    Since my mom is my sole SMS contact, I have no need for the service.
    JMP - JIDs for Messaging with Phones
    JMP gives you a real phone number for sending picture and text messages right from a Jabber account. Text with friends cross-border without paying international texting fees, chat with friends over SMS even if you don't have a cell phone, or add an extra number for business or protecting your privacy! We are busy squirreling code away on new featur...
  • 2017-02-27T19:39:02Z via aegibson.me To: Public


    The 'hole' of Lake Berryessa is a life-saver
    No, that's not a terrifying hole into the underworld; the 'hole' of Lake Berryessa is a life-saving spillway for the Monticello Dam.
  • 2017-02-27T18:32:26Z via aegibson.me To: Public


    'People's Court' Judge Joseph Wapner dead at 97
    Joseph Wapner, the judge who rose to fame on TV's "The People's Court," has died. He was 97.
    "The People's Court," which debuted in 1981, was TV's first reality courtroom series. Wapner presided over the court for 12 seasons during the show's first run in syndication, which ended in 1993. The...
  • 2017-02-26T20:51:19Z via aegibson.me To: Public

    Torrent Legend Mininova Will Shut Down For Good
    Image/photoIn December 2004, the demise of the mighty Suprnova left a meteor crater in the fledgling BitTorrent landscape.

    This gaping hole was soon filled by the dozens of new sites that emerged to fulfill the public’s increasing demands for torrents. Mininova soon became the most successful of them all.

    Mininova was founded by five Dutch students just a month after Suprnova closed its doors. The site initially began as a hobby project, but in the years that followed the site’s founders managed to turn it into a successful business that generated millions of dollars in revenue.

    With this success also came legal pressure. Even though the site complied with takedown requests, copyright holders were not amused. In 2009 this eventually resulted in a lawsuit filed by local anti-piracy outfit BREIN, which Mininova lost.

    As a result, the site had to remove all infringing torrents, a move which ended its reign. The site remained online but instead of allowing everyone to upload content, Mininova permitted only pre-approved publishers to submit files.

    Now, more than seven years after “going legal” the site will shut down for good. A notice published on the website urges uploaders to back up their files before April 4th, when the plug will be pulled.

    Mininova’s shutting down
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    The decision doesn’t mean that the legal contribution platform was a total failure. In fact, over 950 million ‘legal’ torrents were downloaded from Mininova in recent years. However, the site’s income couldn’t make up for the costs.

    “All goods things come to an end, and after more than 12 years we think it’s a good time to shut down the site which has been running at a loss for some years,” Mininova co-founder Niek tells TorrentFreak.

    Looking back, Mininova has many great memories. The site’s users have always been very grateful, for example, and there were also several artists who thanked the site’s operators for offering them a great promotional tool.

    “The support from our users was especially amazing to experience, millions of people used the site on a daily basis and we got many emails each day – ranging from a simple ‘thank you’ to some extensive story how a specific upload made their day,” Niek says.

    “The feedback from artists was great to see as well, many thanked us for promoting their content, as some of them broke through and signed with labels as a result,” he adds.

    The file-sharing and piracy ecosystem has changed quite a bit since Mininova’s dominance. File-hosting services became more popular first, and nowadays streaming sites and tools with slick user interfaces are the new standard.

    Torrent sites, on the other hand, show little progress according to Mininova’s founder, who believes that the growth of legal services could make them less relevant in the future.

    “We haven’t seen many changes in the last decade – the current torrent sites look very similar to what Mininova did twelve years ago,” Niek says.

    “With content-specific distribution platforms such as Spotify and Netflix becoming more and more widespread and bandwidth becoming cheaper, there might be less of a need for torrent sites in the future.”

    The original founders of Mininova have moved on as well. They’re no longer students and have parted ways, moving on to different projects and ventures. Now and then, however, they look back at how their lives looked ten years ago, with a smile.

    “Overall we’re happy that we have been a part of the history of the Internet,” Niek concludes.

    “We want to thank everybody who has been around and supported us through the times! Without our users, there would have been no Mininova. So THANK YOU!”

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  • 2017-02-25T15:20:34Z via aegibson.me To: Public


    Bridge failure severs Big Sur’s ties to outside world
    BIG SUR, Monterey County — Storms have wreaked hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damage to California’s roads and bridges, but nowhere is the problem more obvious than on a stretch of Highway 1 just south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, where the last link to the rest of civilization is about to slide down a hillside. The Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge spans a valley that has exploded with the cracking of falling redwood trees and the crash of rocks as the condemned bridge slides slowly toward the sea. Winter storms have ravaged the Central Coast, dumping more than 60 inches of rain and eroding areas people have tried to tame. To the south, a landslide has covered parts of Highway 1 with boulders the size of suburban houses. By Thursday evening, PG&E had strung power back through to the village, and residents worked together to arrange food and medicine delivery by air. “There are people who panic and want to leave right away,” said resident Adam House, eating donated chili with his young daughter, Abigail, at the Fernwood Resort north of town, where people who can’t get home are hanging out. [...] the storms returned with fury this season, assaulting highways and causing $493 million in road damage — so far — that state officials weren’t prepared to address. Like elsewhere in the state, storms have caused tons of soupy mud and boulders to roll atop highways, ripping out their underpinnings, submerging them and turning small cracks into gaping potholes. Major damage affecting Bay Area residents includes Highway 37 near Novato, which has flooded so frequently that Caltrans undertook $11.5 million in emergency work in recent weeks to elevate the highway. Highway 50 in El Dorado County, a popular route to Lake Tahoe, was also closed for several days after rain washed away a hillside beneath. Caltrans has identified serious storm damage at 336 sites around the state and has issued 220 emergency contracts to repair it. “Winter is only halfway over,” said Kirk Gafill by phone, owner of Nepenthe, the famous cliffside restaurant, and president of the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce. “This closure has a very significant impact to the Big Sur business community and the more than 400 people living within the enclave,” he said, adding that some of those stuck have already applied for state unemployment assistance. At Deetjens Big Sur Inn, a historic hotel run by a local nonprofit, fallen redwood trees had crushed several buildings. Drooping branches, broken glass, Sheetrock, mud and bubblegum-pink insulation littered the rooms where pillows were still neatly stacked on the queen-sized beds. Early in the afternoon, some vans navigated the treacherous 11-foot-wide dirt road near Paul’s Slide to help evacuate residents from the south, including nearly 120 students and staff from the Esalen Institute, where food and gasoline for the generator had run out. Three huge waterfalls pounded onto the highway near the bridge, and work crews scraped mud and tree trunks off the pavement. Children biked on the eerily empty Highway 1 — normally swollen with out-of-state license plates and tourists toting selfie sticks. Lance Gorman, Caltrans’ senior maintenance and damage restoration engineer, said the agency was considering creating a temporary pedestrian bridge, but he couldn’t say when or how it would be built. By Friday, the bridge had cracked completely, and a line of orange construction cones previously visible in the same sight line had disappeared into the dip. “We don’t know the geometry of the new bridge yet,” Gorman said Thursday at an online meeting of the Coast Property Owners Association.
  • 2017-02-22T15:23:15Z via aegibson.me To: Public

    It's either raining or it's cold. Where is spring!?!

    Ironically, Spring is in Wisconsin (or, at least, it was a week ago). :-)


    Probably already on its way to Greenland by now, never to be seen again by the West Coast...

    Stephen Sekula at 2017-02-23T07:14:54Z

  • 2017-02-21T19:03:52Z via aegibson.me To: Public


    At least 30 homes flooded in San Jose -- WATCH LIVE
    San Jose firefighters are rescuing dozens of residents by boat in flood waters in the Nordale neighborhood at Senter and Phelan.