Weev Talks About Life In Prison And His Plans To Open A Hedge Fund, TRO LLC

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Weev , aka Andrew Auernheimer, is free. The 29-year-old hacker, released from the Allenwood Federal Correctional Center in Pennsylvania last weekend, has spent the past few days celebrating a federal appeals court decision to reverse and vacate his conviction but took a bit of time to discuss his incarceration and plans with me.

To get the big question out of the way: Yes, he’s still a troll and doesn’t seem to have mellowed. But, to be fair, he’s dedicated himself to an interesting new kind of trolling that involves financial markets and is founding a new hedge fund, TRO LLC. That’s right: the Troll Company.

TC: How are you feeling?

Weev: I am pretty stoic about this moment of freedom. I think I have to channel the spirit of Seneca the Younger, who whilst the wealthiest in Rome wrapped himself in a blanket in case he lost everything in a shipwreck…

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Fussy infants and toddlers watch more TV

Originally posted on The Chart:

Does your baby have difficulty calm him or herself? Falling and staying asleep? It can be stressful, especially for new parents. But once again, researchers are recommending that parents avoid plopping them down in front of the television.

According to a new study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, fussy babies and toddlers tend to watch more TV and videos than infants with no issues or mild issues. And that can lead to problems down the road.

“We found that babies and toddlers whose mothers rated them as having self-regulation problems – meaning, problems with calming down, soothing themselves, settling down to sleep, or waiting for food or toys – watched more TV and videos when they were age 2,” said study author Dr. Jenny Radskey, who works in the division of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Boston Medical Center.

“Infants with self-regulation problems watched, on average, about 9 minutes more…

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Return Of An Early Inhabitant of Jaunpils Castle (Circa 1301) Or Just A Glitch In The Matrix?

Originally posted on The Accidental Immigrant:

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In the autumn of 2004, more than just the leaves were changing in Latvia. We were in the midst of immense cultural, financial and political shifts: We had been members of the EU (European Union) for precisely one year; within which time, change had consumed every level of Latvian life. Politicians now had the EU overlooking their shenanigans and had become somewhat less overt with their corruption.  The economy was—by Eastern European standards—robust and showing remarkable improvements. After some bouncing around, we’d reduced inflation from 958.6% in 1992 to 2.5% by 2004. People were renovating old properties and tourists were flooding the capital city of Riga. Life was finally stable and, as an American, I felt hopeful.

There was, however, a shadow side to all of this good news: With the tremendous  social and economic changes came a collective identity crisis shared by many local people. My dictionary defines Identity…

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The Web is like Beer

Silver Fang:

The Net is like booze.

Originally posted on Decentralyze:

Lots of people can’t seem to understand the relationship of the Web to the Internet. So I’ve come up with a simple analogy:

The Web is to the Internet as Beer is to Alcohol.

For some people, sometimes, they are essentially synonymous, because they are often encountered together. But of course they are fundamentally different things

In this analogy, Email is like Wine: it’s the other universally popular use of the Internet/Alcohol.

But there are lots of other uses, too, somewhat more obscure. We could say the various chat protocols are the various Whiskeys. IRC is Scotch; XMPP is Bourbon.

gopher is obscure and obsolete, …. maybe melomel.

ssh is potato vodka.

I leave the rest to your imagination.

Note that the non-technician never encounters raw Internet, just like they never encounter pure alcohol. They wouldn’t know what it was if it stepped on their foot. Of course, chemists are…

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Nearly one in three American households have no choice when it comes to their internet

Silver Fang:

One more reason to move to Japan.

Originally posted on Quartz:

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The above chart comes from a presentation(video) by Softbank CEO Mayoshi Son to the US Chamber of Commerce yesterday.

Softbank, which already controls America’s third biggest wireless operator, Sprint, has begun a not-too-subtle campaign to convince America’s regulators to allow it to consolidate the country’s wireless industry further. There is no direct mention of T-Mobile US in the presentation, and a spokesman declined to comment, but rumors about Softbank’s desire(paywall) to acquire the fourth placed operator have been swirling for months. Son, who is in a full media blitz, told Bloomberg’s Charlie Rose, “We would like to make the deal happen.”

The challenge for Softbank is that regulators, buoyed by T-Mobile’s recent resurgence,  have signaled that they want to keep America a four-player wireless industry.

But Son is beginning to lay out what might prove a compelling argument for consolidation. He claims that a stronger third player…

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Happy birthday world wide web. I love you. And want to keep you free.

Silver Fang:

Happy birthday, Webby. We love you and we want to keep you free.

Originally posted on commonspace:

As my business card says, I have an affection for the world wide the web. And, as the web turns 25 this week, I thought it only proper to say to the web ‘I love you’ and ‘I want to keep you free’.

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From its beginning, the web has been a force for innovation and education, reshaping the way we interact with the world around us. Interestingly, the original logo and tag line for the web was ‘let’s share what we know! — which is what billions of us have now done.

As we have gone online to connect and share, the web has revolutionized how we work, live and love: it has brought friends and families closer even when they are far away; it has decentralized once closed and top-down industries; it has empowered citizens to pursue democracy and freedom. It has become a central building block for…

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Wildlife Rehabbers Furious Over New State Guidelines Forbidding Rescue/Rehab of 7 Species

Originally posted on WHNT.com:

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala.  (WHNT) – Local wildlife rehabilitaters and animal advocates are furious over new guidelines handed down by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.  They forbid anyone from saving or rehabilitating seven species of animals in Alabama.

Wildlife rehabbers have been expecting conservation officials to release a new set of guidelines consistent across the entire state, but these changes are not what they had in mind.  (Click HERE for background information from “Survival of the Fittest”, a story done by WHNT NEWS 19 in May, 2013.)

In short, conservation officials are forbidding the rescue and rehabilitation of fur-bearing animals, including raccoons, foxes, skunks, opossums, coyotes, bats, and feral pigs.

Jud Easterwood, a wildlife supervisor based in Tanner, said his phone has been ringing constantly from people all across the country who are upset about the new orders.  Click HERE to see the letter from…

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A Personal Argument Against Stop and Frisk

Silver Fang:

Stop and frisk is BS.

Originally posted on wordsonthewing:

TSA-patdown-ladyDespite the fact that my name is Wing, I am not a frequent flyer. I travel by plane maybe three or four times a year for vacation or to visit my son and his family in Chicago. Maybe I’d take planes more often if I, like so many others, didn’t hate the experience of flying (coach). You pay hundreds of dollars to be herded like cattle, sit cramped in a seat for hours, fight for space for your carry-on, and be fed nothing, or nothing you’d want to eat. And I’m certainly not alone in hating the security check. (Oh that I had invested in a company that makes three-ounce plastic bottles). But I especially dread going through security because I have a prosthetic leg with titanium and aluminum components that always set off the metal detector. The cry for “female assist” rings out, and then I am told to…

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How Big is the Internet?

Silver Fang:

Internet is fun.

Originally posted on :

I still remember the first time I went online. It was about fifteen years ago in the late ’90s, and I was awestruck. My boss and I would sit down at lunch and say, “Where should we go today?” The first day we went to the Louvre to view the art.

Big libraries leave me awestruck in the same way because I love to read and love to learn. I get excited and want to grab everything in sight. Kid in a candy store. Well, fifteen years ago, there was the Internet, where, at the touch of a button, I could have all the red hots, licorice, and fudge I wanted!

Today the Internet has become a very big candy store, indeed. Sources gathered from around the world (online, of course) present the following statistics.

Between 2005 and 2010, the number of Web users doubled, and was expected to surpass…

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TSA Searching Bags in Penn Station

Silver Fang:

Creeping police state

Originally posted on TSA Out of Our Pants!:

I have a friend who lives near Penn Station in midtown Manhattan who tells me that she sees the TSA there all the time, but never remembers to take a picture for me. Today, I had the “luck” of seeing it myself…

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So, the next time someone says, “I don’t mind surrendering my rights in an airport; anything to keep us safer,” please remind them that the TSA has been plotting for years to invade every mode of transportation. They practice at Penn all the time because the NYPD is happy to join in their totalitarian distopia manufacture. They hit Amtrak stations, Greyhound terminals, music festivals, and political events. For now it’s a bag search. How long until the scanners and pat-downs are a “normal” part of walking down the street?

The time to demand change is now.

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