Are You Reading This? That Is So Cool.

WHAT’S up, Times readers?

Normally right now you’d be nodding off over a very thoughtful prescription for offering Qaddafi an honorable exile at a plastic surgery teaching hospital. But not today, people! Because I deleted that snoozer when I hacked my way in here.

That’s right. I hacked the Op-Ed page.

If an organization experiences a security breach, or any sort of business liability “event”, it is best to acknowledge it, and deal with the problem immediately.

What’s done is done, a sunk cost. And that is what LastPass did a few weeks ago, when it experienced a liability event.

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discopotential:

Euge posted this on Twitter, noting that the dude on the left looked like he was having a blast. So I slapped together some cheap photoshoppery to make it so.

This is another tribute entry. To @paperghost
Is there ANYONE who isn’t on Tumblr?
@paperghost has a tendency toward posting items with > 2000 notes or re-blogs. But at a high-frequency pace, with a surprisingly upbeat tone when viewed in archive mode. Much preferred over the tumblr of @felixsalmon, who foolishly refuses to accept my suggestions to install Disqus comments, in order that I may better torture him with my pithy after hours comments about his daily Reuters news analysis.

discopotential:

Euge posted this on Twitter, noting that the dude on the left looked like he was having a blast. So I slapped together some cheap photoshoppery to make it so.

This is another tribute entry. To @paperghost

Is there ANYONE who isn’t on Tumblr?

@paperghost has a tendency toward posting items with > 2000 notes or re-blogs. But at a high-frequency pace, with a surprisingly upbeat tone when viewed in archive mode. Much preferred over the tumblr of @felixsalmon, who foolishly refuses to accept my suggestions to install Disqus comments, in order that I may better torture him with my pithy after hours comments about his daily Reuters news analysis.

via i.imgur.com
Actually, this is via the Westboro Baptist Church, another chapter in their campaign against Anonymous. It is getting far too complicated for me to keep track of, but I felt compelled to share this particular gem. Those LOUSY “HACKERS!”
You KNOW there is a perfect storm of DDoS somewhere in WBC’s future.

via i.imgur.com

Actually, this is via the Westboro Baptist Church, another chapter in their campaign against Anonymous. It is getting far too complicated for me to keep track of, but I felt compelled to share this particular gem. Those LOUSY “HACKERS!”

You KNOW there is a perfect storm of DDoS somewhere in WBC’s future.

hackety

hackety:

Hello everyone! I figured I’d write up a small little how-to about IRC, so that if you’ve never been on it before, you can show up to the summit tomorrow!

IRC stands for “Internet Relay Chat.” It a chatting protocol like AIM, Jabber, or any of the other ones you may have used. IRC is still really…

This is a very friendly blog by what appears to be a very good-faith effort to help people learn how to code using the Ruby programming language. And in the most pleasant was possible.

Really, really bad pun alert, but I couldn’t resist.

How to IRC by Hackety Hack: Now You CAN Yack Back!

Disclaimer: The pun is all mine, Hackety had nothing to do with this. Nor does anyone I decide to sing the praises of, here at the home of all-things-Data Anxiety. I’m a 100% unpaid endorser.

http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2010/12/15/15RARE1.html via Charles Hooper:

Two winters ago I left a position as a system administrator that was paying pretty well and moved cross-country to a region with less jobs than where I moved from. Three months later, I was still unemployed, broke, and bored. I was talking to my good friend Japhy on IRC one day and he was explaining to me how the tf-idf algorithm works. For reasons involving boredom more than any other reason, I dreamed up an idea: I would write software that would take a given document and generate book suggestions based on its content.

My imagination dreamed up this fairly straightforward process:

  1. Take a given document and calculate tf-idf scores on all terms
  2. Select X number of the highest scoring terms
  3. Pass these high-scoring terms to an Amazon ItemSearch query
  4. Receive a list of recommended books (with URLs) from Amazon….
This has a happy honest ending, for those with ethical concerns.