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I have a site running on AWS in experimental mode. It has an alphabet-soup domain name. I've only told two, perhaps three, people what that domain name is.

It's getting hit with attacks searching for some PHP vulnerabilities. It's been added to someone's list of sites to try to take over. I expected this to happen when I went live with a published domain name, but not at this stage.

So...packet-sniffing by black hats is alive and well.

ADDED: Although I suppose someone might simply search for all letter combinations as subdomains of the AWS domain, and see what answers. I guess the server handling subdomain names can't really avoid spilling its guts.
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Hmm, I'm looking at my logs now, and they don't tell me anything about how the IP address was obtained.

I just did a GET of "/" and looked at the raw response. I don't see it saying what the domain name is anywhere.

I think the "scan all the IP addresses" idea is the most likely. There's only 2 billion or so of them, after all.
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Just last night I had dinner downtown at a restaurant we go to frequently - like about once a week. It's run by a middle eastern family. Mom wears hijab. Last night the register was run by Daughter, I think. She wasn't wearing hijab. She seemed a pretty normal American teenager, with some slight cosmetic differences.

That's the thing. There's maybe what, a hundred Skittles in that bowl? Those odds are way off. How many food poisoning cases are there in a year due to restaurants? Well, probably a lot more than there are terrorists getting in the country. The odds of any person getting hurt by a refugee are really, really small. Much smaller than the odds of getting food poisoning. And yet we still eat out. Because we like the food, right?

In the meantime, my life has been enriched by all the Middle Easterners and Muslims that have been part of it. I wouldn't trade that for anything. I've worked with them, taught them martial arts, had potlucks with them, done business with them, and played board games with them. This is how we build civilization. This is what has made America successful on the global stage.

Not stealing someone's photograph and grossly distorting statistics to feed hyped-up fears. That just small and cowardly. It's the mark of a loser.
Update on 'Campaign 2016 updates: Clinton uses her massive funds to leave no vote to chance'
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Actually it was that one that inspired me, +Brian Green. My thought is that the sentiment there still endorses the idea that the Syrian refugees are dangerous. They aren't. They are less dangerous than eating at a restaurant.
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Numerous previous approaches towards the digital augmentation of non-digital games have considered dice rolling a menial or tedious computational task to be designed away. We disagree. In this article we argue that the physicality of dice has a positive effect on players’ experience and enjoyment of the game. This occurs through their tangibility, their role as a representational object (situationally, imaginatively and audibly), and through enabling shared experiences.

That shared experience over a tabletop is meaningful, and the physical artifacts that help create that experience are also meaningful.

If you're interested, like I am, in creating more digital tools for some of these games, you probably need to find ways to create a sensory experience with representational meaning and shared experiences.
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I find that manipulating physical items definitely aids short term memory as well. Face-to-face games also often include verbal cues to help remember state.
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This seems relevant.

Election campaigns should focus on issues such as the location of universities, access to broadband, and ease of transport. An inclusive economy is one that expands the community of thinkers beyond cities, thus reducing geographic disadvantages.

I'm not sure I buy this, but I think it would have some impact. What do you think?
Median income in the US rose at its fastest rate last year while inequality shrank. Yet incomes outside metro areas fell. Rural Americans must be included in the ‘communities of thinkers’ that are the nation’s cities
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+Jay Gischer It's probably gotten a little smaller over the time I've lived there. They're only as big as they are because of the universities, though. You can very clearly see how well the different states treat their citizens when you go from one town to the other.
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I’m not sure why not, but certainly journalists who broadcast their opinions to the nation should have to evince something more than a superficial curiosity. It is easy enough to look into Clinton’s claim and verify it or falsify it. The numbers are all around us. And the story need not end there. A curious journalist might ask what those numbers mean, or even push further, and ask what it means that the ranks of the Democratic Party are not totally free of their own deplorables.
Political reporters were taken aback by Hillary Clinton’s charge that half of Trump’s supporters are prejudiced. Few bothered to investigate the claim itself.
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Supporters of "intersectionality" cheer terrorists when they murder Jews. To them, that is just "social justice" at work.

I just read this sentence in a post that was labelled "recommended for you". Sigh. I'm still waiting for the post "Black is White", "Ignorance is Strength" and "Freedom is Slavery".

I have to wonder if there aren't people out there who set out to deliberately leverage the robots that recommend posts for me for maximum chaos.

I'm not turning off recommendations, though. I don't want to live in that much of a bubble.
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We all know that the whole concept of terrorism is to provoke fear in the public. So why are we not holding news media accountable for opportunistically aiding and abetting terroristic acts?

The very best way we could hold the media accountable is to change the channel. We need to develop some antibodies of our own.
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Ignorance is often not merely the absence of knowledge but an outcome of cultural and political struggle.

Let's stop talking about how articles destroy DT, or about how much he lies. He and the Alt-Right seek to destroy the very means by which we communicate with each other and discover the truth.

This is done by spamming the airwaves by saying whatever will get you airtime. Because time spent on you is necessarily not time spent on other messages.

It is also done by making some channel so unpleasant that people stop using it. This has been done to me and a place and a group of people I hold dear at least once. I've seen it in action (but not directed toward me) This isn't random, this is strategy.

I saw this in EVE Online where the operational directive when we were in a fleet in combat was "take a dump in local". To destroy that communication channel, and intimidate the enemy, I presume.
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I have to laugh at this:

“I’ve heard a lot of conservatives voicing frustration, like, ‘How fucking hard is this, Hillary?’” said Ben Howe, a conservative ad-maker and an outspoken Trump detractor. “That’s the only reason I’m panicked these days … I’m losing faith in Hillary’s ability to win this easy-ass election.”

If you think he would be a disaster for the country, and it was so easy to beat Trump, how did y'all manage to let him get nominated?

Oh, and the big unpopularity thing about Hillary that's making it harder for her now? You created that. You. Did. That.

You know what's good for the country. So get out there and do it. She's gonna win this thing.
"I'm losing faith in Hillary's ability to win this easy-ass election."
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Perhaps the Fed is doing something right, after all.
The incomes of typical Americans rose in 2015 by 5.2 percent, the first significant boost to middle-class pay since the end of the Great Recession, the Census Bureau reported on Tuesday morning.
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Having seen this last weekend, I can now assemble my own, personal, highly subjective Top Five Films About Bards.

1. Guardians of the Galaxy
2. Back To The Future
3. Kubo and the Two Strings
4. Once Upon A Time In Mexico
5. The Book Of Life

It isn't doing well, but if you have to catch it on video, do so. And be sure to have a box of tissues handy.
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That'll be me if the Mariners ever win the Series.
A big ol' serving of neon-blue cotton candy went right to little Beatrix's head.
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