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Beyond the wall / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: Today at 09:07:41 pm »
My sleep schedule has gone to shit over the past few months.

For example, I finished work Sunday morning.  Slept 4 hours until 1230, then stayed awake until 1500 the next day, slept for 4 hours that night, then slept another 5 hours from around 0600 in the morning, then yesterday I slept from 0400 until 1230 again.

That's actually pretty good for me.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Manning/Assange thread
« on: Today at 05:43:36 pm »
As you say Faust, America has not officially charged him with any crimes.  Only Sweden wants him extradited, which he continues to refuse to do.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Picking Cain's Brains
« on: Today at 05:35:43 pm »
Pretty much.  The only noteworthy contributions by Russia to international stability is the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Collective Security Treaty Organisation and the Eurasian Economic Community, which are basically warmed over, watered down variations on the EU, with little attempt to further integrate and all involving former Soviet territory.

All of those were also organizations founded in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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Beyond the wall / Re: PICS VIII: 10% LARGER THAN PICS VII
« on: January 16, 2017, 07:17:23 am »
Imgur has been good shit since launch.  It's designed for redditors, so there's a lot of dumb "le atheist/advice animals" memes on there, but since it's designed for redditors, it's also simple as fuck to use, and super convenient.

Imgur was also instrumental in getting notorious hate reddit, FatPeopleHate shut down.  So there is that.

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Beyond the wall / Re: PICS VIII: 10% LARGER THAN PICS VII
« on: January 16, 2017, 04:46:38 am »
It worked.

I recommend imgur over photobucket.

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Crowdstrike report on the DNC hack, as well as articles by Thomas Rid are what I recommend to start out.

The evidence isnt 100% conclusive, attribution is of course very hard with cyberespionage.  But the circumstansial evidence is very compelling, and when considered alongside other factors, very hard to ignore.  The only other state that could carry out operations of this level of sophistication is China, and while Chinese cyberespionage is concerning, Chinese attitudes towards international norms are far closer to America and Europe than they are to Russia and thus it doesn't fit their pattern of behaviour.

Assange himself, for what it is worth, has admitted the DNC and Podesta files may have come from Russia, only that he did not recieve them from Russia (and of course, he would not.  Russia would employ half a dozen cut-outs to obscure the origin of the data).

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Beyond the wall / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: January 15, 2017, 04:24:16 pm »
Dare I ask what a zoot stick is?

It's actually an American term.  We probably have another charming term for it, but basically it's a 2x4 with razor blades planted in it.  It's name comes from its use in the Zoot Suit Riots, where it was used primarly by anti-Mexican gangs and off duty riot police officers. 

I've actually been reading The Big Nowhere lately, the prequel to LA Confidential, and the serial killer in the book uses a zoot stick.  The whole plot is bound up in the Sleepy Lagoon murder (linked to the Zoot Suit Riots), corruption in the LAPD, racism and anti-Communist hysteria.  So typical Ellroy.

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Beyond the wall / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: January 14, 2017, 10:56:18 pm »
So it seemed, yeah.

Weaponry in London is weird.  With the gun ban, you have the usual knives, bottles and occasionally baseball bats (though since baseball isn't popular here, police tend to pick up on it).  But then you have the guys with replica katanas and rapiers, lighters and aerosol, lathi and zoot sticks...

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Beyond the wall / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: January 14, 2017, 10:19:56 pm »
Nah, the guy didn't have a gun or anything.  The weapon in question did look like an improvised flail though...wooden handle and what looks like leather strips on the CCTV.  Not 100% on that, but I suspect with 4 other guys pummeling him, it didn't make much difference.

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I actually wouldn't be half surprised if it was your own guys.  If I wanted to create the perception Russia was fucking with the US, to build political and public support for more aggressive cyber-operations against them, this is what I'd do.

But it could also be the Russians fucking with you, a non-state actor or even dumb technical/human error, though very coincidental if so.

I don't know how much weight this carries, but a friend of mine seems to be about one step removed from Assange. He's pretty adamant that the hacks came from the CIA. Obviously I don't know, but this guy doesn't seem to have a reason to lie about what he's been told. Of course, whether he's been lied to is another matter.

I guess I'm just throwing more speculation into the pot of Who Fucking Knows.

You mean DNC/Podesta hacks?  Forensic evidence links them to APT28 which, if it isn't a GRU cyberwarfare outfit, is certainly willing to act like one.  I don't see why the CIA would be hacking NATO emails and Ukrainian artillery.

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Beyond the wall / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: January 14, 2017, 06:18:10 pm »
So, last night, a guy (not one of our students) got jumped by a gang of five, including one with a weapon, right outside the building.

In addition to being terrible, this meant having about 12 police officers and 3 forensic scientists lurking outside the building, looking at our CCTV, trying to distinguish vomit from blood and other fun activities.

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Beyond the wall / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: January 14, 2017, 04:50:49 am »
Apparently some weird shit may be going down outside the J. Edgar Hoover building?  I'm seeing some suspiciously vague tweets about it.

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Beyond the wall / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: January 13, 2017, 11:29:02 pm »
It was hilarious - in a terrible way - when Clock Truthers overran Reddit for like a month straight.  They were so blatantly envious of him it was ridiculous.

All those poor, unrecognised child geniuses of Reddit.  I cri evrytiem

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RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« on: January 13, 2017, 09:56:16 pm »
Speaking of Bioware games, I finally got around to doing what I've wanted to do since I saw the skillset, and created a 2 handed weapon Champion in Dragon Age Inquisition. 

It just makes sense....sword and shield is survivable enough, except perhaps on Nightmare with all the Trials running, so using the Champion skillset, which basically makes you unkillable, doesn't make sense.  With two handed though, you offset the weakness of that playstyle (building up enough guard) and play off the Champion's strength (To The Death with a Champion built for critical damage can easily net you 5k damage, and that's without using fade-touched gear with Hidden Blades or Walking Bomb). 

It also allows you to do crazy shit like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5X2bOz64Q8

Next experiment: trying Sword and Shield Reaver, to see if it can add to S+S DPS.

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I actually wouldn't be half surprised if it was your own guys.  If I wanted to create the perception Russia was fucking with the US, to build political and public support for more aggressive cyber-operations against them, this is what I'd do.

But it could also be the Russians fucking with you, a non-state actor or even dumb technical/human error, though very coincidental if so.

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