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  1. Feds harrassing Independent Media

    brian on 2004.09.01
    at 12:18 am

    I try not to buy into the whole jack-booted thugs view of Federal Agents, but sometimes, they make that difficult.

    "The agents attempted to circumvent Indymedia by contacting Calyx [the ISP] by phone, originally without a warrant or subpoena, in order to obtain user connection logs regarding a particular post on an Indymedia site. The post in question is a repost by an anonymous person containing information that is already available all over the Internet, and publicly available in other forms."

    IndyMedia.org has plenty of info, including noting their representation by the ACLU and EFF. This is down right outrageous. Is Hoover running the FBI again?

    Posted in: Politics

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  2. Diebold Voting Can Be Rigged

    brian on 2004.08.31
    at 11:41 pm

    I don't know the veracity of the source, but it's such a stunning accusation, that it should be at least linked here. I can't say I have reason to doubt this. Why else would you not have a paper trail.

    Issue: Manipulation technique found in the Diebold central tabulator -- 1,000 of these systems are in place, and they count up to two million votes at a time.

    By entering a 2-digit code in a hidden location, a second set of votes is created. This set of votes can be changed, so that it no longer matches the correct votes. The voting system will then read the totals from the bogus vote set. It takes only seconds to change the votes, and to date not a single location in the U.S. has implemented security measures to fully mitigate the risks.

    This program is not "stupidity" or sloppiness. It was designed and tested over a series of a dozen version adjustments.

    Via Black Box Voting

    Posted in: Politics

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  3. New Mozilla.org

    brian on 2004.08.31
    at 11:30 pm

    Congrats on the new website, Mozilla. They got awesome talent to build it, and it has come.

    Posted in: Web

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  4. Cross Country Pictures Take One

    brian on 2004.08.31
    at 02:58 am

    The summer lull in posts here at the Recently compound was in large part due to my trip across the continent for two and one half weeks with Amanda. (The other part is sheer Jake-laziness ;-) j/k)

    As for that trip, I've posted the first 150 pictures online for your viewing pleasure.

    B&A's Cross Continent Trip

    If you were expecting an email with this link, and you're a personal friend, you'll get one soon enough, but I'm more surprised you're reading our site. I didn't think I personally (that is, in the flesh) knew any of our readers...

    Posted in: Photography

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  5. Best ad of the Day

    brian on 2004.08.31
    at 01:30 am

    Seen in a Boston bus stop:

    Guiness has only 125 calories. Not on purpose.

    Posted in: Cool Info

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  6. Freak accident, cousin hit by boat

    jake on 2004.08.30
    at 03:12 pm

    I just got a call from my mom with an update to her cousin's condition. (my second cousin? I never remember how that stuff works) Some background, on Saturday evening around 6:30 my cousin was swimming in Rogers Lake in Old Lyme, CT and was struck by a power boat. He was pulled out and Lifestarred to Hartford Hospital. The problem was not being struck by the boat, it was being unconscious under water for over five minutes.

    After family members resisting the doctor's idea to pull the plug yesterday morning he opened his eyes yesterday and responded to simple commands like, "move your hand." So while he's not totally ok, hopefully it'll just be a matter of rehabilitation and he'll pull through.

    Posted in: Recent Events

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  7. Two Down, You Next?

    brian on 2004.08.29
    at 11:30 pm

    So far, two people I've become familiar with via the weblog world have been arrested in NYC, involving their use of the First Amendment.

    One, of Bikes Against Bush fame, Joshua Kinberg. If you'd like to see video of his arrest, here's a link to a torrent of the arrest video QuickTime file (this will likely soon expire, and you'll need to have BitTorrent (free) to get it). He was, at the time, being interviewed by Ron Regan on MSNBC. Additionally, the incident was surrounded by cameras and reporters.

    Two, Mike from Satan's Laundromat has too been taken down. It seems he was arrested while attending the monthly Critical Mass ride... monthly, held in hundreds of cities, and never before disrupted in NYC. He was detained for either a) riding his bike, or b) taking pictures of other people riding their bikes. Neither illegal, last time I checked. As for Critical Mass, "We're not blocking traffic, we are traffic!"

    So, what does this mean for you? Well, if you're a friend of mine, or I've read about you on the web and you're going to express your opinions in accordance with the law in NYC at the RNC, you'll need to maintain a low profile to avoid a a Zip tie handcuffing in the new America.

    Posted in: Politics

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  8. My Neighbor The Spider

    jake on 2004.08.28
    at 02:28 am

    Jeez, and I thought humans were awkward when it comes to sex. I have a nice big spider living right outside my back door. I just watched for about ten minutes as a smaller, I assume male, and her tried to mate. They spent a lot of time just trying to get into position, though it might have something to do with turning into dinner.

    I really wish I had a macro lens but I might try and take some shots of her anyway and hope for the best. She has a nice web and is a pretty spider. I'm just glad I'm not afraid of arachnids. :)

    On a similar note, my large friend apparently has "relatives" out in the midwest.

    Posted in: Rant · Science

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  9. Where is everybody?

    jake on 2004.08.12
    at 06:41 pm

    It seems that both of us are really darn busy lately. We went from posting a couple times a day to one a week. Well along with Brian being away I have been taking care of my parents house and making sure my brothers don't get into any trouble these past two weeks. Along with work I just haven't had time to read as much as usual.

    And to top it off, after this years ultimate frisbee tournament I will be going with a group of old friends down to visit another old friend in Virginia for a week. It is a much needed vacation. Hopefully I'll get to take a lot of pictures and be a little lazy and get outside a little bit.

    So before I leave let me ask anyone out there reading a quick question. What can Brian and I do when we get back to get more comments and conversations going? I changed over the individual post pages to include comment forms and I'm pretty sure they work. ;) Do we really only have five, shy, people a day visiting? Do we need to be more personable in our posts? Or just not repost things from Boing Boing all the time cause you all already subscribe to their feed too? :) Thanks for any feedback you can provide. :)

    Posted in: Rant

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  10. Greetings from Madison, WI

    brian on 2004.08.07
    at 04:22 pm

    Nothing much to say other than we're having fun. We're paying for a TMoble connection, so we're not going to take a lot of time. Hope to get some more information up some time soon when we have more time to type.

    Tonight: onward to camping in Minnesota!

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  11. The Long Journey Begins

    brian on 2004.08.05
    at 12:57 am

    It's vacation time! Tomorrow, we embark for a two week driving tour across the northern United States. Our goal is a wedding on the Pacific coast of Washington State mid way, and then a different route back. Be on the look out for pictures from the road, if or when we find WiFi!

    Posted in: Cool Info

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  12. White House West

    brian on 2004.08.05
    at 12:52 am

    Enjoy Will Ferrell in White House West.

    Posted in: Humor · Politics

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  13. Singapore Likes Scientists

    jake on 2004.08.04
    at 06:30 pm

    Wired Magazine ran an article in the August issue about how Singapore is attracting a large number of scientists with big piggy banks and more freedom (ironic I know) on what they study. The only drawback is the scientists need to devote time to public and gonvernment issues. Even sometimes that pays off.

    During the 2003 SARS outbreak, Hibberd's boss asked him to sequence the virus. He developed a diagnostic test, now sold by Roche Pharmaceuticals, and will split royalties with Roche and the government. "In the UK, an academic institution would look down on that," Hibberd says. "Here, I'm totally open."

    Guess our government really needs to wake up.

    More reading: Union of Concerned Scientists - includes Scientific Integrity in Policy Making report, a must read.

    Posted in: Science

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  14. Junk Mail attack!!

    brian on 2004.08.03
    at 09:53 am

    Apple's Junk Mail filter is impressiveI awoke this morning to 1084 Junk emails. Usually, after sleeping for 7-8 hours, I would get 40-60. Wow. Luckily, Apple Mail's junk filter caught every single one, without a false positive (I scanned through the folder). Normally, I'd bounce all of that straight back to sender, but I didn't want my ISP to mistakenly tag me as a spammer for trying to return almost 1100 junk mails at once.

    What could of happened to nail me this bad? Well, I tried out Acquisition overnight, first time I've ever done that (and not to steal music, mind you). Is Acquisition spyware? Could it have gotten my email address? My email app has four active addresses, but most if not all the junk was addressed to only one.

    Posted in: Web

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