Magnetic Typography

Apparently the pixels are car antennae, rising just under the surface.

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Twitter prevents screen locking

If a hidden Twitter window decides to load and invisibly auto-play a video, your screen will never auto-lock. Proof:

% pmset -g assertions | grep PreventUserIdleDisplaySleep
  PreventUserIdleDisplaySleep 1
  pid 492(Twitter): [0x0002b542000525f7] 02:09:55 PreventUserIdleDisplaySleep named: "com.apple.avkit.disableUserIdleDisplaySleep"

But at least this idiotic slow-clap is in good company, since playing HDMI audio in iTunes does the same fucking thing.

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Bike theft fail

Hey look, someone tried to steal my ancient, worthless bike! I just noticed, but I guess it happened at Pride. They cut about halfway through the lock before giving up.

So what do you think, do I buy a new lock, or just put some duct tape on that and hope nobody notices?

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Strandbike

Hipsters and their fixies.

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The Illuminati Ball

A Recreation of a 1972 Rothschild Party:

The Illuminati Ball was inspired by leaked photos from the infamous Surrealist Party hosted by the Baron and Baroness de Rothschild in 1972. A night of immersive theater, von Buhler describes the play as "a surreal, bourgeois dinner party filled with power struggles, morality tests, and anthropomorphic escapades."

Staying true to its secretive nature, attendees are not allowed to drive themselves to the event. Instead, a limousine bus picks you up on the Upper East Side in New York City and brings you to a massive, waterfront estate outside of the city (the location and owner are to remain secret). For the festivities, attendees dress to the nines (long capes are always welcome). To complete the look, unique masks and hats will be provided.

Attendees are also assigned characters belonging to either the pig, monkey, cow, chicken or mouse family. Each group has a certain mission, certain things they will experience throughout the night, making them part of the story, both as a spectator and actor. Upon arrival, attendees are briefed, masked, and rehearsed, ready for a night of fire performance, opera, aerial silk acts, and esoteric ritual ceremonies.


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Cyberpunk Bartender Action VA-11 HALL-A

A booze em' up about waifus, technology, and post-dystopia life.

In this world, corporations reign supreme, all human life is infected with nanomachines designed to oppress them, and the terrifying White Knights ensure that everyone obeys the laws.

But, this is not about those people.

You are a bartender at VA-11 HALL-A. Although it is just a small bar downtown, it attracts the most fascinating people this side of dystopia. Keep your clients lubricated and you will be made privy to the most interesting stories.

Learn about daily life in a cyberpunk dystopia.

A branching storyline where your decisions do not depend on traditional choices, but through the drinks you prepare.


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Fansmitter

Acoustic Data Exfiltration from (Speakerless) Air-Gapped Computers

In this paper, we present Fansmitter, a malware that can acoustically exfiltrate data from air- gapped computers, even when audio hardware and speakers are not present. Our method utilizes the noise emitted from the CPU and chassis fans which are present in virtually every computer today. We show that a software can regulate the internal fans' speed in order to control the acoustic waveform emitted from a computer. [...] We demonstrated the effective transmission of encryption keys and passwords from a distance of zero to eight meters, with bit rate of up to 900 bits/hour.

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Cops Use Stingray To Almost Track Down Suspected Fast Food Thief

"When a cell site simulator is deployed, it gathers cell phone info from everyone in the surrounding area, including those whose chicken wings have been lawfully purchased."

Annapolis' log shows police located their target in seven of the 17 cases in which the [Stingray] equipment was used since late 2011.

Annapolis Police couldn't find their target in the case of a Pizza Boli's employee who reported being robbed of 15 chicken wings and three subs while out on delivery in March. In that case, police got a court order, according to the police log.

The value of the wings and subs totaled $56.77.

Law enforcement spokespeople will often point to the handful of homicide or kidnapping investigations successfully closed with the assistance of cell site simulators, but they'll gloss over the hundreds of mundane deployments performed by officers who will use anything that makes their job easier -- even if it's a tool that's Constitutionally dubious.

Don't forget, when a cell site simulator is deployed, it gathers cell phone info from everyone in the surrounding area, including those whose chicken wings have been lawfully purchased. And all of this data goes... somewhere and is held onto for as long as the agency feels like it, because most agencies don't seem to have Stingray data retention policies in place until after they've been FOIA'ed/questioned by curious legislators.

Regular policework -- which seemed to function just fine without cell tracking devices -- now apparently can't be done without thousands of dollars of military equipment. And it's not just about the chicken wing thieves law enforcement can't locate. It's about the murder suspects who are caught but who walk away when the surveillance device wipes its feet on the Fourth Amendment as it serves up questionable, post-facto search warrants and pen register orders.

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Typographic Maps

This map accurately depicts the streets and highways, parks, neighborhoods, coastlines, and physical features of San Francisco using nothing but type.

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jwz mixtape 168

Please enjoy jwz mixtape 168.

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Current Music: as noted