Signal leaks your phone number to everyone in your contacts

When you install Signal, it asks for access to your contacts, and says very proudly, "we don't upload your contacts, it all stays on your phone."

And then it spams all of your contacts who have Signal installed, without asking your first.

And it shares your phone number with everyone in your contacts who has Signal installed.

And then when you scream ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME and delete your account and purge the app, guess what? All those people running Signal still have your phone number displayed for them right there in plain text. Deleting your account does not delete the information that the app shared without your permission.

So yeah. Real nice "privacy" app you've got there, assholes.

I'm going back to Facebook Messenger, where at least the privacy failings are obvious.

PS: If you suddenly find yourself in possession of my phone number, please don't share it, with anyone, ever. SIGH.

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Bozena Riot

It's like a chicken vacuum, but for democracy!

BOZENA RIOT is a remotely operated, armored vehicle designed to handle riots and mobs in the streets and urbanized areas. The system offers a solution for both protecting the law-enforcement units in action and controlling the situation whenever peace maintenance is required.

High pressure tear gas guns guarantee control of crowds in extreme situations. And the high-tech video system means every moment is captured from all angles.

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Your Friday Nightmare Fuel

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flexget

Dear Lazyweb,

Is there yet anything that sucks less than flexget, for taking an RSS feed with torrents of TV shows in it, parsing the episode numbers, and only downloading the ones that have not already been downloaded?

Because flexget really is a piece of shit.

I hate you, Milkman Python.

File "/Library/Python/2.7/site-packages/SQLAlchemy-0.9.4-py2.7-macosx-10.9-intel.egg/sqlalchemy/sql/compiler.py", line 2185, in _get_colparams
    (", ".join("%s" % c for c in check))
sqlalchemy.exc.CompileError: Unconsumed column names: value

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Band Metadata

Dear Lazyweb,

I would like a service that maps a band name to their web site, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and whatnot. Does such a tool exist?

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DNA Lounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein it's a Tale of Two Flyers.
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Scenes from our dystopian cyberpunk present

How is this headline for real?

Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware

To avoid the draconian locks that John Deere puts on the tractors they buy, farmers throughout America's heartland have started hacking their equipment with firmware that's cracked in Eastern Europe and traded on invite-only, paid online forums. [...]

A license agreement John Deere required farmers to sign in October forbids nearly all repair and modification to farming equipment, and prevents farmers from suing for "crop loss, lost profits, loss of goodwill, loss of use of equipment ... arising from the performance or non-performance of any aspect of the software." The agreement applies to anyone who turns the key or otherwise uses a John Deere tractor with embedded software. It means that only John Deere dealerships and "authorized" repair shops can work on newer tractors. [...]

And a reminder to never trust a man with a pig farm:

Deere sold farmers their tractors, but has used software to maintain control of every aspect of its use after the sale. Kluthe, for example, uses pig manure to power his tractor, which requires engine modifications that would likely violate John Deere's terms of service on newer machines.

"I take the hog waste and run it through an anaerobic digester and I've learned to compress the methane," he said. "I run an 80 percent methane in my Chevy Diesel Pickup and I run 90 percent methane in my tractor. And they both purr. I take a lot of pride in working on my equipment."

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DNA Lounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein it's ancient history time.
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The 5 Filters of the Mass Media Machine

"TH EEIOTHEIO EEI LTIEIOTTH. TEI HOEIIO EEI LTOO!!"

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So, You Want To Test A Nuclear Weapon?

Let's say, for the sake of argument, that you have a brand new nuclear weapon.

Let's not quibble for the moment over how it came to be. Perhaps you decided the Reliable Replacement Warhead program was a good idea after all and grabbed one of the designs that were put forward in the twilight of Bush/dawn of Obama and built it. Perhaps you had a brand new one whipped up and it's gonna be great! All that matters is that you have it.

But does it actually work? The computer models say it's A+, hunky dory, best nuke ever. Except now it's a physical object, not a simulation. Were the engineering tolerances right? Did we get the metallurgy down? WILL IT ACTUALLY WORK?!?! Unless you can convince the brass that it's does, they won't order this new design, much less deploy it. And you won't know unless you set it off, as a representative of a new fleet of nuclear weapons. And so begins the Choose Your Own Nuclear Adventure!

Atmospheric testing does have its benefits, namely that it's comparatively easy to do and, by jingo, people will know that you set off a nuclear device. Very showy and attention getting, great media coverage I bet. Here's a few demonstration videos. There is this one slight drawback in that Kennedy kinda, sorta signed a treaty and Congress ratified it 54 years ago that we said we wouldn't do atmospheric testing anymore. That will make some people very unhappy. But you do you.

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