Plane wreck in remote, exotic location

wiredYou might noticed a nice picture in my previous article. It is a shot of an airplane wreckage probably from the 2WW, abandoned in the West Sahara desert. I took it from the article in Wired.com under the title “Ghostly Plane Wrecks Found in Remote, Exotic Locations” by Jakob Schiller. The article was published on April 29th, 2013. Few days later there was a real crash of an American military refueling plane KC-135 far-far-away in Kyrgyzstan. Very sad thing to happen in 21st century.

The pictures in this Wired article are taken from portfolio of Dietmar Eckell.

The End of Sharing Files?

Following the shutdown of Megaupload, we can see now Fileserve and Filesonic are closing sharing services I guess to prevent potential charges. Who’s next? Will Rapidshare stay because they are Swiss-based? Or maybe we will only have torrents and usenet left. I believe unless DNS is controlled and filtered, we should be OK. Or maybe not. Electronic piracy is controversial phenomenon, because replication does not make the original disappear physically and increases popularity on one hand (that applies mostly to great stuff), on the other hand replication can dissolve the impression from weak product and make it a trash. One conclusion from that: great stuff is immune to piracy. Like once the Residents said “Do really excellent work and the world will probably ignore you.” When everything is available, the value of things is neglected. In terms of information we have much more than anyone could ever need.

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Letters from China

Chinese signWe don’t write paper letters anymore. Whether we want or not, electronic instant communication is replacing that fragile media, but it is like instant coffee — rarely have the full flavor. I got a book in a shop and between the pages I found that piece of paper, please see the scanned picture. The book was printed in China, so I guess it is where this sign is coming from. Well I understand that it is most probably meant a sort of “QA check by Yung Wu”, but still I’m pleased to keep it. It is like in Salinger’s “Raise High The Roof Beam, Carpenters!”:

My last guest had evedently let himself out of the apartment. Only his empty glass, and his cigar end in the pewter ashtray, indicated that he had ever existed. I still rather think his cigar end should have been forwarded on to Seymour, the usual run of wedding gifts being what it is. Just the cigar, in a small, nice box. Possibly with a blank sheet of paper enclosed, by way of explanation.

US 2012 Diversity Visa Lottery Bug

usagov_logoIf you have never heard about USA 2012 Electronic Diversity Lottery program, then you most probably you already live in the United States of America. This lottery takes place every year and everybody whose country is considered eligible can participate and try his or her luck to win so-called Green card. Now, look what happened. Results of 2012 Green Card lottery became available as of May 2011 thru checking the official website http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ with entrants unique confirmation numbers. Theoretically most of 22’000 people selected in the results could realize how amazingly lucky they were, yet two weeks later disaster hit: the lottery results have been voided due to programming error!

Here’s the official explanation: “A computer programming error resulted in a selection that was not truly random. Since the computer programming error caused an outcome that was not random, the outcome did not meet the requirements of the law, and would have been unfair to many DV entrants.” Yet the 2012 program is not cancelled, which is a great news, and those who already applied will be able to check new lottery results as of July 15 2011.

The US officials refuse the idea that Department of State could be hacked and the entrants personal information is in danger, saying that they have “no evidence that this problem was caused by any intentional act. No unauthorized party accessed data related to the DV program.”

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TANGO DOWN for wikileaks.org

jesterA guy named Jester(th3j35t3r) took down infamous wikileaks.org as he claims in Twitter. I fully support this. I’m looking for a screenshot now, but couldn’t find so far.

TANGO DOWN — what does it mean? It is a slang phrase used by the Special Forces when a terrorist has been eliminated in combat. But what is that TANGO anyway? Early radio communication suffered severely from interference, which often could make messages almost impossible to understand. The help came from the idea of inventing a word to confirm each alphabet letter in a way that no words would sound similar. Even with modern straight and clear electronic communication via Skype or email, phonetic alphabet is often helpful. Besides, sometimes it is cool to use it, as for the Jester Joker.

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JOEJOE.ORG Forums banned

fashists from joejoe.orgI was banned yesterday at joejoe.org forum and my post about antivirus drive-by test was deleted. There was no explanation given. To add to this administrative email of webmaster@joejoe.org does not exist. I wrote to a moderator under name Lee cr1t1cal@joejoe.org, but received no answer. I probably broke some rules, but to me it is a lame and lousy approach to treat users that way in the declining forum like joejoe. And, come on, those people seriously discuss Longhorn 4074 update.

Update [10.2014]: As I predicted some years ago, joejoe.org site was dumped. No regret though.