Google has removed an app that was designed to help keep your information private from the Google Play store. The app, called "Disconnect Mobile" was built to stop other apps from collecting data on its users.
Google was not happy about this and said that it broke rules that the company had in place when the app was published; the app has now been pulled from...
Google removes another privacy related app from the Play store
Most days Claude supposes it could be worse. He could have a weird fetish. He could be gay. He could be completely obsessed with sex. But some of the time, not being interested in sex seems like the biggest problem of all.
Words: 9541, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English
I still don't really understand why the fuck the cartel would kidnap Ann, though. She's Harris's ex-wife and they've been divorced for... eighteen, nineteen years. I mean, how did they figure out he still has feelings for her and wouldn't be like, fine, what do I care, kill her? Because it's not a "she's in the wrong place at the wrong time, so they take her, too" thing -- they threatened to do it from the start.
But anyway! Now that I know this is happening and I am looking at a dude standing over Ann and Emma with a gun, I am deeply concerned they're going to kill Ann. And when I say "deeply concerned," I mean "petrified."
My level of concern will go up or down depending on what kind of relationship Bobby and Sue Ellen have at the end of Monday's episode. If we're looking at a major rift, well, what was that about Bobby and Sue Ellen forming a new alliance to protect the family? Dead Ann would certainly bring them back together. If it doesn't look too bad, then the alliance they're forming is probably with a third party rather than them making up.
I am very excited and very worried.
YOU MADE ME ENJOY A DALEK EPISODE. WHAT IS THIS SORCERY.
( doctor who! wait, is it really called 'into the dalek'? whatever )
graphic by mastiffgirl
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Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Mako Mori
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: on DA
Why this piece is awesome: Urk! - it's almost the end of August and I realized I haven't posted any pics of Mako yet. So here's a lovely and original painting. I really like the criss-cross effect with the lines, looking like light or reflections from water.
Link: Mako painting
- which lubricants are least harmful to sperm
- that "aplomb", "plummet" and "plunge" all derive from the Latin word for lead, plumbum, which is why the chemical symbol for lead is Pb and also is why "plumbing"
- there is honest-to-gods a species of fish called the sarcastic fringehead (I'm so sorry, I've closed the tab, but I am absolutely certain I learned this from one of you, so please do take credit)
- ... it is possible to make the history of the user agent string funny
- how to install Linux on a dead badger
Buttercup (my beloved bicycle) will probably be no more as they don't make that bicycle in butter yellow anymore. It does come in screaming orange, though. Don't know what to name if I get screaming orange - Brent's vote is for Scootaloo. They're replacing the frame for free as it's got a lifetime warranty.
My iPod also died - logic chip failed - and they're replacing that. I have to come get it as they can't ship it to the house.
Hopefully I can get both of these this week by Thursday because that's when they'll likely have my iPod ready and I'd hate to make two trips up there.
Keeping the same tag "riding buttercup" and the same icon, though. Memory, yo.
These scans are from a one-shot propaganda comic. Created in 1947 by an uncredited writer and artist, and issued by the Catechetical Guild Education Society, a Roman Catholic publisher, Is This Tomorrow envisions, step by step, how a communist takeover of America might take place. While the scenario isn't entirely implausible (we're not talking anywhere near Chick Tract-level distortion of reality, here), it does call for more than a little suspension of disbelief in places. And snark. Let's not forget the snark.
This 48-page comic is now in the public domain (scans courtesy of ComicBookPlus.com).
( It Can Happen Here(?) Also, trigger warning for racism and violence/gore )
1. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-vid.
2. Is there a genre or style you've yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
3. Is there a genre or style you wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole?
4. How many vid ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?
5. Share one of your strengths.
6. Share one of your weaknesses.
7. Point to a section from one of your favorite vids you've made and explain why you're proud of it.
8. Which vid was the hardest to make?
9. Which vid was the easiest to make?
10. Is vidding your passion or just a fun hobby?
11. Is there a section of canon above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?
12. What's the best vidding advice you've ever come across?
13. What's the worst vidding advice you've ever come across?
14. If you only could vid one show/movie for the rest of your life, which show/movie would it be?
15. Do you work mostly from start to finish, or do you vid sections out of order?
16. Do you use any tools, like clip notes or storyboards?
17. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?
18. Describe your perfect vidding conditions.
19. How many times do you usually revise your vid before posting?
20. Choose a section from one of your earlier vids and talk about whether and how you'd do it differently now. (Person sending the ask is free to make suggestions).
21. If you were to revise one of your older vids from start to finish, which would it be and why?
22. Have you ever deleted one of your published vids?
23. What do you look for in a beta?
24. Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?
25. How do you feel about collaborations?
26. Share three of your favorite vidders and why you like them so much.
27. Do you accept prompts?
28. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your vids being canon compliant?
29. How do you feel about smut?
30. How do you feel about crack?
31. Which is your favorite site for posting vids?
32. Talk about your current vids in progress.
33. Talk about a comment or review that made your day.
34. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?
I desperately need the story of the chaotic evil male human wizard and the lawful good demonic temptress from the underworld, the former finding himself enamored by a spirit of equally great beauty and thus striving to better himself in the hopes of pulling her out of the Hell in which she was born. I would read like a million pages of that. Double bonus points if the male wizard is a female wizard in disguise. (If you want to scrub serial numbers off and make it an original story, I would in no way object if the male wizard were trans* instead. I would probably celebrate, actually, and might even shower you with crocheted goodies, depending. It wouldn't be the first time.)
Alternately, the sexy fic in which Rose and Kanaya roleplay that in the bedroom would be equally acceptable.
(I have shipped some things hard in my time, but Rose and Kanaya are my ultimate OTP, my ship of ships, the pairing of my heart, and I don't think I will ever stop loving them.)
My big guilty pleasure and addiction is writing Twinkyempath, wherein I RP Will Graham being a huge "cock hungry twink". I can't remember the last time I had this much fun writing a thing. About 90 % of the entries are just filthy, filthy, porn and it's entirely not safe for work. :)
I'm still deciding what to do with said money. I'm tempted by an ultraportable laptop (looking at one that's about $300), but that might just be recklessly spendy and I'm not sure how much it would really improve my life. I do think it would be more my style than a tablet, though. I guess I'm too much of a writer; since I fell off the Puzzle & Dragons wagon, I don't see the point of a computer-wannabe device where I can't just plug in a USB drive and start typing away on something...
I finally finished reading the sporking of the Hunger Games trilogy that I linked to. In some places I think the writer was overly negative and jumped to uncharitable conclusions. Some of the criticisms I had already formed at least partly on my own (like the heteronormativity and all-around f***ed-up take on romance), others are new and maybe I don't agree with them. I would say it gave me a new appreciation of Johanna (probably too late for her in my headcanon, tho). And it pointed up just how exhausting and demoralizing book 3 was.
On the writing front, I'm drafting more Hunger Games fic, albeit more haltingly than I was for a while. With Evening Tide, the one advance reader found a couple of detail errors but mostly said it looked great (thanks, Jo!), and I think it's time to give up on finding more betas and just do the best I can and post it.
What do you have to say on this battle?
Which AV can protect a user better in real world (detection & removal, both known and zero day malware as a result), Eset Nod32 7 or Avast free with moderate hardened mode enabled & pup enabled?
Note: For askerian, who asked for DaveJadeKat meeting on a space station AU.
( For Science! )
So yeah, that happened!
I do not recall the city being this bicycle-friendly, but the last times I was here in the company of friends and family: A larger number of people pedaling in the city are more of an effort. Today, I found a recommended bike repair & rental store on Amsterdam Ave, off the beaten track for tourists:
While not cheap, thirty-five dollars did give me a bike, a basket that comfortably fit my handbag, and two locks from 10am to 6pm, a full day. I biked from the Upper West Side to Central Park, looping down the West Drive there, and from the corner of Columbus Circle I checked out 7th Avenue. Rode over to Chelsea, to the West Village and the I made it back via 8th Avenue to basically Columbia University from Greenwich Village in 45 min, and that is already counting the long Eastern loop around the Jackie Kennedy Reservoir -- by the Met and the Guggenheim.
In any case, for those of you not into running red lights, glaring at tourists, and generally being a little too swift, there are bike lanes everywhere, most people observe them, and car drivers are amazingly non-aggressive (this is NOT true for many cabbies; keep an eye on them). Yes, even the tourists. I'm just being my usual international grumpiness society self.
2. The food & drink varies widely, as it does in presumably ever other place in the world. I'M JUST SAYING THIS BECAUSE READING THE NYT HAD MADE ME THINK DIFFERENTLY.
Before getting the bike, I had already ambled to a gluten-free bakery that is genuinely spectacular in the scones department -- if you're ever in Manhattan Valley, you *must* check it out: Tatz Gourmet Sweets. You know I'm an amateur baker; you know I cry every night over the taste and texture of certain baked goods since May 2013 when I stopped eating wheat, rye, and barley (or, for WTNV fans: wheat and wheat by-products). But these babies were not "good-for-a-gf-pastry", they were better than most scones out there.
Lunch was spent at an Asian fusion restaurant. Verdict: Lili's 57 is decent quality, absolutely -- some of the freshest tuna-avocado rolls I've had in recent history -- but overpriced. I've had better papaya salad too...but it may be unfair comparing NYC to Sydney for South-East Asian dishes. I'm not being a snob FINE I TOTALLY AM but 'tis a long way.
Coffee was had in the Chelsea Market (Ninth Street Espresso), and it actually made me choke. I'm not a coffee drinker for a reason, and that reason is the sour taste of a lot of roasted coffee beans. Sure, my stomach isn't overly fond of coffee, but it's mostly my tongue that takes offense at acidity. Yelp tells me loads of people consider this place the non-plus-ultra of coffee bars, but like every other Eurosnob, I have a vivid taste memory of Italy, of its hole-in-the-wall espresso bars (caffè! doppio!). So, another no.
Then again, I genuinely enjoyed, down in the Village, the Black Cow milkshake they made for me at Hamilton's Luncheonette. The place has super-mixed reviews, but I thought, OLD-FASHIONED SODA PLACE HOW CAN THIS BE WRONG? And it wasn't: vanilla ice-cream and milk and root beer syrups, mmh (I consume root beer roughly twice a year, but then I love it, a lot).
So far, there's also some wine and appetizers at Bistro Ten 18, and I've already voiced my opinion elsewhere. I know, I know. What a time to be alive, and to have been so lucky in life I can afford this and so much more (I'm not being sarcastic; I wake up every morning thinking that surely, this streak must end soon, and I will be tossed back into misery).
But so far it's good.
3. Summer In The City is maligned.
Most summers in NYC are hot and humid, I understand...but this is extremely lovely, so far: dry and warm, perfect weather for bike-riding, strolling, and sitting until late in neighborhood cafes and bars *cough*. Also, while I expected Labor Weekend to be the, err, fourth circle of hell, I was pleasantly surprised: Lots of New Yorkers have clearly fled the place, and as a result the traffic isn't intense, and nor are the people. Many of whom are tourists, of course. Those can be more easily intimidated, I guess (see above no. 1). All in all this was a fabulous day.
* I miss FRINGE, you guys -- show and fandom!
Z's started his bus job again on the 5th. It's been a really slow set of weeks, money's still tight as we're only now starting to get the full time checks to roll in, and we're combating the credit card bill that built up over the unemployed months. It'll level out (we would hope) but it's just been pretty scary
( pointless financial details )
Still trying to find a way to balance my schedule and other's schedules/needs in conjunction with my commission queue. I'll get it done I'm just very rrrrrr about the fact that I haven't had nice chunks of uninterrupted time. (by nice chunks, I mean like 3 or more hours in which I don't have to get up to clean, cook, assist, or otherwise break concentration on what I'm doing) I really want to work on personal stuff, soon.
ICD 2.3.1 ~ Interrupt Control Driver
A small driver coded by myself that I use to block various API, system calls and other operations at kernel level. With careful configuration, this blocks a lot of attempts by malware to embed on my system. The configuration is complicated and not user friendly and incorrect settings can cause crashes...
Cowpipe Windows Config (Updated)
I'm vaguely entertaining original fiction but I dunno if I A) want to or B) have an idea, though I am tempted to do the revamped Book Of Thursdays. Because it would make me happy.
I also keep coming back to Tony/Bruce/Pepper in which Pepper and Natasha conspire against Tony to gethim and Bruce together. I don't know, we'll see.
And it turns out I have a lot of feelings about this. Because if we're going with the idea that Bucky was born and lived for a time in Shelbyville, Indiana, then it is highly probable his early years in terms of music exposure were more in line with the soundtrack of O Brother Where Art Thou than, say, The Great Gatsby.
I'm imagining long evenings with the dying sunlight glinting off the corn fields, listening to the Carter Family on the tinny radio. County fairs with square-dances in the evening, local pickers imitating Maybelle Carter's sound. It always being a special treat when the Johnson sisters got up to sing the gospel songs in church. Uncle Joe teaching Bucky to play the harmonica, promising next summer his hands'll be big enough to reach all the strings on his banjo.
And then his dad dies, and his ma moves them to New York City, where her family is, because George Barnes' family never did like her that much (though they were just fine with the children). And sure, Bucky misses the maple tree with the swing by the barn and being able to see all the stars at night and all that wide open space, but even more than that, he misses the music.
And then one night, he goes with Steve to a party that some of Steve's socialist art friends are having, and while Bucky doesn't much care for politics, he likes the socializing part of it, and Steve's friends are alright when they're not too worked up. And tonight, they've got live music, and it's Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, and they're playing songs that sound like home.