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/We/ are Anonymous. /We/ do not forgive. /We/ do not forget. /We/ are legion.

10 Sep
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Today I found the following:

Anonymous goes back to the terrorists that filled the Boston harbor with tea; the negroes that refused to be seated in the back of the bus. We are the worthless that stormed the Bastille, and then decapitated an empress; and the separatists that brought down the iron curtain. But this time, our revolution will not be betrayed. We will bow to no leader, we bow only to ourselves.

The anonymous masses have always been vilified by those that have everything to lose. Anonymous has everything to gain. Will we be the generation of apathy? No. We must take our world back.

We are forged from the secret rage and tempered with the will of a people oppressed. A work in progress like our brothers and sisters behind the great wall, and those at home who fight those who wish to demolish our rights.

We are the Anonymous accomplices. Acting for justice and having no leader, we are a social structure capable of absorbing all attacks upon us. You cannot hide from us, because we are among you, we are the majority and the minority. We are continually expanding and improving. We cannot be defeated, because to defeat us would be to defeat yourself.

“Knowledge is free.

We are Anonymous.

We are Legion.

We do not forgive.

We do not forget.

Expect us.”

join us

The wrong thing to do about any given circumstance or situation is to do nothing.
—L. Ron Hubbard,

Oh good now lets chuck them all over the place!

28 Apr

We’ve all heard the plastic bag horror stories—the billions of bags discarded every year that wind up polluting oceans, killing wildlife and getting dumped in landfills where they take up to 1,000 years to decompose. Researchers have been wracking their brains for years to figure out a solution. But leave it to a Canadian high school student to leave them all in the dust. Daniel Burd, an 11th grader at Waterloo Collegiate Institute, has discovered a way to make plastic bags degrade in as little as three months—a finding that won him first prize at the Canada-Wide Science Fair, a $20,000 scholarship, and a chance to revolutionize a major environmental issue.

Burd’s strategy was simple: Since plastic does eventually degrade, it must be eaten by microorganisms. If those microorganisms, as well as the optimal conditions for their growth, could be identified, we could put them to work eating the plastic much faster than under normal conditions.

With this goal in mind, he ground plastic bags into a powder and concocted a solution of household chemicals, yeast and tap water to encourage microbe growth. Then he added the plastic powder and let the microbes work their magic for three months. Finally, he tested the resulting bacterial culture on plastic bags, exposing one plastic sample to dead bacteria as a control.

Sure enough, the plastic exposed to the live bacteria was 17 percent lighter than the control after six weeks. Once Burd examined the most effective strains of bacteria, he was able to isolate two types—Sphingomonas and Pseudomonas—as the plastic munchers. At 37 degrees and optimal bacterial concentration, the microbes had consumed 43 percent of a plastic sample within six weeks.

Next up, maybe it’s time to put him to work on this whole carbon emissions thing.

How to Fool Face Recognition Systems With Make Up!

24 Apr

How to Fool Face Recognition Systems With  Make UpThe next time you see someone with a make up style that puts David Bowie to shame, don’t laugh too much. He or she may be cleverly fooling face recognition and detection systems with a crazy or asymmetrical design.

It’s generally not easy to avoid being spotted by face recognition and detection systems because they use a rather solid algorithm to identify faces:

Based on the so-called Viola-Jones method, the algorithm examines the spatial relationships of an object captured in an image and looks for features commonly found in faces. Most faces have a dark region just above the eyes, while the cheek bones and nose bridge will appear lighter. When the algorithm detects enough such attributes, it guesses the object is a face. The method is generally regarded as effective. Errors are in favor of false positives, making it hard for unobstructed faces to escape notice when they aren’t captured at an angle.

While the algorithm is effective, it can be fooled with make up applied to “alter the contrasts the technology looks for.” Adam Harvey, a student at New York University, has discovered that “dark patterns applied around eyes and cheek bones” do this trick quite well by “throwing of the symmetry” and making you look silly.

While Harvey’s approach isn’t foolproof, it shows that face recognition and detection systems aren’t perfect either. That and the fact that Mr. Bowie might’ve been on to something.

What if?

19 Apr

Dry life defies death

10 Apr

God? (click to enlarge)

9 Apr

WaggishFRIDAYS #1

8 Apr

One day — said Mr. Lincoln — when I first came here, I got into a fit of musing in my room and stood resting my elbows on the bureau. Looking into the glass it struck me what an awfully ugly man I was. The fact grew on me and I made up my mind that I must be the ugliest man in the world. It so maddened me that I resolved, should I ever see an uglier, I would shoot him on sight. Not long after this, Andy — naming a lawyer present — came to town and the first time I saw him I said to myself, ‘There’s the man.’ I went home, took down my gun and prowled around the streets waiting for him. He soon came along. ‘Halt, Andy,’ said I, pointing the gun at him; ’say your prayers, for I am going to shoot you.’ ‘Why, Mr. Lincoln, what’s the matter? What have I done?’ ‘Well, I made an oath that if I ever saw an uglier man than I am I’d shoot him on the spot. You are uglier; sure; so make ready to die.’ ‘Mr. Lincoln, do you really think that I am uglier than you?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Well, Mr. Lincoln,’ said Andy deliberately and looking me squarely in the face, ‘if I am any uglier, fire away.’

Harper’s Magazine, October 1877, quoted in Charles Anthony Shriner, Wit, Wisdom and Foibles of the Great, 1918