11 Harsh Realities About The World Of Harry Potter

Glad I’m not the only person who’s thought this:

11 Harsh Realities About The World Of Harry PotterWe’re blowing the lid off this totalitarian regime! Once you peel back the layers of child-like wonder, it kind of sucks to be a wizard.

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APT Defender : “The APT causes many tears. We are their Kleenex.” #cyber #this #somuchthis

Via Spaf:

APT Defender.


Our CISSPs have been dealing with APTs before they were even ‘a thing’. They have the knowledge and expertise to dig into your situation, assess how advanced the threat is, and to stop the persistence in its tracks. From there, they will work with you to eradicate whatever elements of The APT that could come back to haunt you.

Since we only hire CISSPs, and since it is a worldwide-known certification, we have access to thousands and thousands of qualified experts around the world. Since there are so many CISSPs, we essentially have an unbelievably elastic workforce that is at the ready to tackle whatever The APT might have up its nasty sleeve.

We have developed what we call The Toolset, which is specifically designed to combat The APT. It is based on The Method, which is has been organically created via the communal atmosphere fostered by, and for, our CISSPs. This organic growth has allowed both The Method, and The Toolset simply to be better at combating The APT than any other organization. For more details, please contact us.

Mark Zuckerberg “Likes” Something That’s Awesome: Baby Foxes # FB Foxes make Gawker headlines

Somebody assign me a task for the ‘Love’ button…

These outrageously adorable baby foxes were born on the grounds of Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park. They like to hang out in the Zen Garden. And they’re the stars of a Facebook page called “FB Foxes.” Do you like them?

Of course you like them. They are baby foxes. Facebook needs a “Love” button. Mark Zuckerberg was an early fan of the page, which now has more than 8,000 followers.

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Hackers prepare for first “national holiday” in their honor – Boing Boing

Hackers often encounter public uncertainty at their craft’s virtue. With the forthcoming National Day of Civic Hacking, however, their celebration of creativity, collaboration and technical innovation sees its first “national holiday.”Groups leading the June 1-2 event include Random Hacks of Kindness, Code for America and the investment firm Innovation Endeavors. They’re working with government agencies such as the U.S. Census Bureau, NASA and the U.S. Dept. of Labor to host activities which invite everyone to join the “civic hacker” community.The weekend’s events will include block parties, meetups and hackathons, where participants will gather to prototype solutions to community-specific problems. “Challenges” will be identified, and made available to the public shortly before the event in each town, with invitations issued to so-called citizen hackers.

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Stoya Interview

Village Voice – as ever it’s impossible to extract a mere paragraph to quote…

Aquarium, Cage Duplex by Constance Guisset « CubeMe

Aquarium, Cage Duplex by Constance Guisset « CubeMe.

Bump your phones together before shagging to prevent incest or inbreeding. #noreally #iceland #theresanapp

Three engineers made an app for the ‘Íslendingabók’ database. People can now easily, and on the go, look up how they are related to other Icelanders. And a precious feature, using the bump technology, allows people that meet to just bump their phones together, to instantly see if they are too related to take things any further. The engineers’ slogan for this feature was: "Bump the app before you bump in bed".

via New App Prevents Icelanders from Sleeping With their Relatives.

What the Web used to look like: Santa Cruz Operation: SCO

Before they became a byword for evil; note “SUPER HIGHWAY DESIGN”:

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What the Web used to look like: Digital Equipment Corporation: DEC

A boring website. We demanded that Sun do something better than this.

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What the Web used to look like: Silicon Graphics “SILICON SURF”

It was this webpage – SGI’s entry to the Web – which caused the Sun-internal Web-evangelists (including myself, to some extent) to go berserk and demand the creation of a Sun.COM website. I seem to remember Vasanthan being the eventual prime mover… ?