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But hmm! I wonder if the guy in the picture is the creator of this prank, and he just gets off on you watching him get whapped in the balls. Like, Eventually, you staring at this gif, that's turning him on.

Now you're the pervert.

In this age, I'd struggle to argue that this is not a distinct possibility. People have been staging "You've been framed" videos for decades so the odds of a kid going out of his way to injure himself to attempt to make a viral video have to be at least 50%.

In cases like "One man one jar" the odds rise significantly to damn near certain.

No matter what you are doing, and where, somebody is getting off on the idea of you doing whatever you're doing. Maybe not you, specifically -- hopefully they don't know you, and so can't fill in the details -- but someone like you doing what you're doing.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: February 17, 2014, 04:28:41 am »
Ghost in the Wires --  My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker by Kevin Mitnick

It's fun--it's kinda of a How-to-Social-Engineer-the-phone-company-in-autobiography form...but it's fun.

I made the mistake of following Mitnick on Twitter, reading GitW, The Art of Deception and The Art of Intrusion all around the same time, the effect of which was that every time I read his words it sounded like "*nudge nudge* hey, remember how I was awesome haxor? Do you remember the whistling down phone lines things? Remember that?".

The moral of the story is not to follow Mitnick on Twitter, or in fact use Twitter at all.

Mitnick has, like, five stories that he tells over and over again. And, when he's not telling them, Emmanuel Goldstein is telling them for him (every wednesday since 1988).

They're entertaining stories, but no story is that entertaining.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: February 16, 2014, 03:48:37 pm »
Reading Karmeron Hurley's God's War: The Bel Dame Apocrypha, with my usual approach of allowing Charles Stross's guest bloggers to determine what to put on my Kindle.

I usually put anything that's mentioned favorably in Stross's blog entries or comment threads into my cart. It's worked pretty well thus far, but I've run out of reading time.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: February 16, 2014, 12:41:12 am »
Finished The Clockwork Man. My only complaint with it is that the ending didn't really feel like an ending; there wasn't much of a pattern in terms of dramatic tension in the book. Of course, I write things that are similarly flat.

Currently about halfway through Exploding the Phone, a history of phone phreaking by Phil Lapsley. It's interesting (and more readable than Mitnick's Ghost in the Wires), although the early chapters spend a great deal of time talking about the early history of Bell Telephone (which may be better covered by The Idea Factory). The one thing that's mentioned in this book that I haven't heard about from other histories of Bell is the Strowger switch -- a primarily mechanical piece of equipment for handling pulse dialing (and thus an entertaining anachronism... what is now done in solid state with a simple multiplexer was at one time done with a device resembling a spring-loaded combination lock). I'm not entirely sure that somebody uninterested in the history of phone phreaking and its culture in the abstract would find this book entertaining, but in many places it's highly introductory (so someone with only a casual interest in the subject would find it accessible), and it's quite readable compared to more formal histories. The style is at least as easy-breezy as Kevin Kelly's, but (unlike Kelly) the author knows what he's talking about, checks his sources, and doesn't spout page after page of bullshit.

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