SF School District Robo Dials Parents To Address 'Clown Rumors'

Leveraging the power of The Clown.

An automated call to parents and guardians from the San Francisco Unified School District implies that the concern is real, if misplaced, and heightened by schoolyard stories and social media posts among impressionable students.

"What we know is that no actual assaults have been reported in the Bay Area," says a school social worker on the below voicemail recording. "We encourage you to speak with your child about what they are really feeling." [...]

As evidenced by the SFUSD robocall, the unflappable adult world is leading its progeny by example. You know, by somewhat prematurely banning clown costumes this upcoming Halloween in a South Bay school district according to ABC7, for instance. TV news is busy launching investigations into clown costume sales (up 300 percent) and asking the tough questions: What effect is this having on everyday working clown performers and businesses, hmmm?)

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A good round-up of the ongoing Yahoo tire-fire

(This illustration is epic.)
"Over 500 million pwned, you'll never know Y!"

Just when things were looking really bad for Yahoo... it got worse. On Tuesday, Reuters dropped a bombshell from yet another unnamed source with an axe to grind against the purple menace. According to "three former employees and a fourth person apprised of the events," Yahoo "last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers' incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials." [...]

At this point, it was clear that every reporter sucking the teat of a source had forgotten to ask what Stamos and his team were doing, exactly, during the biggest hack in history. And why no one said a damn thing while millions (possibly billions) of innocent people had their sensitive info sold and re-sold on various black markets for years.

BTW, if you were foolish enough to store photos in the Clown on Flickr that you don't have local copies of and are now scrambling to download them all, you might find my galdown script helpful.

And this is your perennial reminder to install 1Password.

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DNA Lounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein there's a new happy hour, and some photos.

HDMI audio prevents screen saver, still

MacOS 10.12 still has the ridiculous bug that if your system audio output is set to HDMI, and iTunes is playing, then the screen saver will never activate and your screen will never lock.

In 10.8 through 10.10, the fix for this was to hack the coreaudiod binary.

In 10.11, the system wouldn't run the new coreaudiod unless it was signed. Solution: sign it with your own key, because they accepted any signature.

Well, in 10.12, that doesn't work any more. Copy the executable and it works; re-sign it and it doesn't. Presumably they are checking for an Apple signature now.

Any ideas of another workaround?

I happen to like having my machine be secure even if it happens to be playing music. How weird.

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Judge Morty: State of Georgia Vs. Rick Allen

You've read the transcript. You've seen the animatic. Now watch the fan video.


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Steel Wool Macro Burn

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