"850 Mob"

S.F. jail inmates forced to fight, public defender says

At least four deputies at County Jail No. 4 at 850 Bryant St. threatened inmates with violence or withheld food if they did not fight each other, gladiator-style, for the entertainment of the deputies, Adachi said.

Adachi said the ringleader in these fights was Deputy Scott Neu, who was accused in 2006 of forcing inmates to perform sexual acts on him. [...]

The public defender's office hired a private investigator to look into the claims, and the attorneys were going to wait until their clients were safe and out of the jail before they came forward with the allegations. But they received word that another fight was planned for next week, Adachi said.

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Spider Silk Harvesting

Incidentally, this is also Facebook's business model:

A Golden Orb Weaver (Nephila edulis) is sedated with carbon dioxide gas, and pinned around her limbs and abdomen, keeping her in place without causing any harm. Silk is pulled by tweezer from the spinnerets and attached to the spool with a dab of glue after which the motor is started to begin harvesting. The silk produced here consists mainly of major ampullate silk which forms the main structure of the web (like scaffolding) and minor ampullate silk, which is used to form the main spiral of the spider's web. Nephila edulis females can produce up to six different types of silk.

It's possible to harvest between 30-80 metres of silk in one go, after which the spider can be released back to its web to feed ready for reeling another day.

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DNA Lounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein the Facebook Morality Police have decided that we are porn.
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DNA Lounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein we're famous at Pizzacon.
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Invisible Sky Fairy Won't Subsidize Day Drinking

Churchgoers Pissed That Dolores Park Partiers Are Illegally Taking Their Illegal Parking Spots

As most of the churches in the city don't have adequate parking, the congregants have landed on the neat "solution" of illegally double parking wherever they please. But now, it seems, another group has gotten wise to the double-parking game: parkgoers.

This pattern of illegal double parking is particularly bad in the Mission, and has been driving neighbors crazy for years. This is perhaps best exemplified on Dolores Street, where every Sunday morning parked cars line both sides of the street creating a narrow chute for cyclists and drivers to share. And while the neighbors complain about this illegal practice constantly, the city looks the other way to the benefit of the churchgoers.

Things have recently begun to take a turn for the interesting, as what few illegal spots there are appear to be getting snatched up by people heading to Dolores Park. And the church crowd is not having it.

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Today in ubiquitous surveillance news:

Ars acquires 4.6M license plate scans from the cops

In response to a public records request, we obtained the entire LPR dataset of the Oakland Police Department (OPD), including more than 4.6 million reads of over 1.1 million unique plates between December 23, 2010 and May 31, 2014. The dataset is likely the largest ever publicly released in the United States -- perhaps in the world.

After analyzing this data with a custom-built visualization tool, Ars can definitively demonstrate the data's revelatory potential. Anyone in possession of enough data can often -- but not always -- make educated guesses about a target's home or workplace, particularly when someone's movements are consistent (as with a regular commute).

For instance, during a meeting with an Oakland city council member, Ars was able to accurately guess the block where the council member lives after less than a minute of research using his license plate data. Similarly, while "working" at an Oakland bar mere blocks from Oakland police headquarters, we ran a plate from a car parked in the bar's driveway through our tool. The plate had been read 48 times over two years in two small clusters: one near the bar and a much larger cluster 24 blocks north in a residential area -- likely the driver's home.

All Muni Buses Now Have Transit Lane Enforcement Cameras

Muni has installed front-facing cameras on every Muni bus to ticket drivers who double-park in transit-only lanes.

Muni is the first major American transit agency to have enforcement cameras on every bus.

Muni didn't publicize the milestone, but we checked up on the effort with SFMTA spokesperson Paul Rose, who said it was completed last fall (a few months off the target date of spring 2014). Equipping the whole fleet marks a major milestone in the effort to make Muni service more effective, and it nicely complements the city's growing number of red-painted transit lanes.

So be warned, drivers: If a Muni bus weaves around your parked car in a transit lane, you will get a ticket in the mail. The base fine is $110.

Unfortunately, state law prohibits the cameras from being used to cite moving violations, so drivers cruising down a Muni lane can still only be penalized by the SFPD.

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Rina Dragunova

Goes great with previously.

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The Flashularity

Is there a graph anywhere of how quickly Flash security updates are coming now? Is it accelerating exponentially? Has is gotten to multiple times a week yet?

I'm pretty sure we've already reached the point where the security updates are coming faster than my desire to run Flash -- that is, every time I want to play Flash, I have to update it first. Kind of like how every time I turn on my Playstation, I can't actually play any games until it spends two hours downloading updates first.

I guess that's a good sign, coffin-nail-wise?

If you use Safari, ClickToPlugin is decent. It translates many Flash players to HTML5 players, including Youtube.

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Sundays

Sundays

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MindWarp

Peter Watts visits the effects shop that makes Hannibal corpses:

I have a whole subdirectory of such wondrous fans, ripe for exploitation. A few of them have turned out to be economists; I'll be exploiting them a fair bit over the next few months. But only one of these economists has a partner who makes disembodied bodies for a living.


Lesser FX houses would just build a solid mannequin, slice it up, and paint the slices. Not these guys. These guys built the body from the inside out -- viscera, skeleton, body fat, connective fascia, musculature -- and then carved it up. I don't know if mere pictures can convey the icky verisimilitude of the result.

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