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FYI: apparently millions of google username/passwd combinations floating around hacker forums. Consider changing your passwd.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cyber-passwords-idUSKCN0XV1I6
(other email providers also affected, but this being Google, you all might be affected)
Hundreds of millions of hacked user names and passwords for email accounts and other websites are being traded in Russia's criminal underworld, a security expert told Reuters.
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In a recent meta.physics.se discussion on the use of permanent links form physics.stackexchange, I proposed as policy that when linking to the arXiv, link to the abstract page (arxiv.org/abs/.....
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From the comments:
"My favorite aspect of this wonderful 'zine is that in addition to showing amazing stuff (like a PDF that is also a bootable operating system(!)),..."

Okay, I'm sold.
 
Winner, best name of an actual publication. (I'm not sure, is the Antarctica Journal of Mathematics an actual publication or just an elaborate joke?)

Too bad they chose an asymptotically-bad content distribution algorithm: the pdf file for each issue includes an encoded copy of all previous issues, among other things, so issue 0x10 (still a ways to go, they're only up to 0x07) "may be 3.5 GB to 56 TB in size"
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The most sexist peer review of a scientific paper ever: http://news.sciencemag.org/scientific-community/2015/04/sexist-peer-review-elicits-furious-twitter-response

(and here's hoping it actually is the most sexist one by a huge margin)
#sexism #standardsinscience  
Manuscript investigated gender differences in Ph.D.-to-postdoc transition
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Addendum: with this jewel of a misogynistic statement in the review as well, one cannot help but wonder if this reviewer was really sexist or just trolling...
https://twitter.com/FionaIngleby/status/593408350001471489
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I love the concept of monthly donations to support online creators (webcomics, videos, etc). With a low amount (e.g. $1/month),  you get to actually support people who create stuff you care about in an ongoing fashion without costing an arm and a leg . More dependable income than collecting the creations once a year into a book and selling that. Patreon is doing just this.

Why bring this up?
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David Morgan-Mar, creator of Irregular Webcomic (amongst others), set up a Patreon. Since I've been reading his stuff with great pleasure, I figured to introduce you to his stuff. He makes various webcomics, with a scientific bent. And sometimes (as in the link) he expounds upon a topic that caught his attention. Enjoy!
http://irregularwebcomic.net/3380.html
</plug> #IWC #allosaurusforpresident #patreon
One aspect of physics which I've been a little reluctant to discuss here has been the physics of music. This is because music itself is a complex subject and one which I know comparatively little about, having never formally studied music theory or achieved even halting competence with any ...
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#easter #flogabanker   This is a funny meme :)
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Amen ur so much right Happy Easter too everyone
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British Home Secretary Theresa May calls for the European Convention of Human Rights to be discarded in the UK.
Brilliant Pythonesque response in this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptfmAY6M6aA
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Dutch polarising politician #GeertWilders is calling for "intolerance against intolerance". #ironyalert  

PS: just for clarification: Wilders is #notmyNetherlands  
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+David Morgan-Mar is doing cool things. If you haven't checked out his webcomics or read any of his in-depth scientific annotations (on said webcomic), you're missing out.

If you have, why not consider becoming a modern-day Patron? No big bucks are needed, every dime helps.
 
I am actively starting a Patreon drive to reach a level of funding where I can reduce my day job from 10 to 9 days a fortnight and so spend a whole extra day every two weeks making more comics and other creations to share with the world. This will include, among other things, doubling the production of new Irregular Webcomic! strips to 4/week.

I have agreement in principle from my employer to reduce my working hours. Now I just need the support to let me keep paying the bills, and I can start making more stuff! Please spread the word. And thanks to everyone who enjoys my comics and other things!
Patreon is empowering a new generation of creators. Support and engage with artists and creators as they live out their passions!
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Web security question:
For playing around with iframes, I set up a tiny test script, more or less:
"<iframe src='$url'>"
where $URL gets set by the rest of the script to one of 7 different sites.

I checked them in Firefox. For all sites, this results in source code (ctrl-u) of the form: <iframe src='http://.....'>
However, for one site, inspecting the iframe element (right-click, q) gives:
<iframe class="iuwqryetkajsdhfowqe" src='http://...'>

How is this even possible? Everything outside the iframe is written by me (about 5 lines), and I'm not doing that.
Can an embedded site change its iframe??

#firefox #iframe #security  
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http://sandcat.nl/~hugo/christof/embed/all.php?load=test
for the standard frame,
?load=bc-opt for the option that shows the weird behaviour
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Statitician "analyzed election returns over several elections that indicate 'a statistically significant' pattern where the percentage of Republican votes increase the larger the size of the precinct." She now wants to go to the paper record to look into details. Hopefully there is one. #voting  

http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article17139890.html#tabs-b0710947-1-tabPane-2
Beth Clarkson has analyzed election returns showing an unexplained pattern where the percentage of Republican votes increases the larger the size of the precinct.
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very bored, not much difference in the 2, why nothing really changes, same crap, different parties.
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In Virginia, some voting machines were de-certified due to security issues. In a nutshell: cough once on the wrong continent and they would be hacked.

More precisely: voting machines that had no security updates since 2004, that used WEP to encrypt wifi, and that default passwords (5 characters, lowercase) for admin privileges and wifi access. Did I mention the lack of firewall? The running-on-embedded-Windows-XP? Did I mention the passwords were "admin", "abcde", and "shoup"? Did I mention that "shoup" is the name of the predecessor company who made these machines?


http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/04/meet-the-e-voting-machine-so-easy-to-hack-it-will-take-your-breath-away/
#evoting #securityfail  
Virginia decertifies device that used weak passwords and wasn't updated in 10 years.
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See also Jeremy Eppstein's article - it's more technical and goes into some details. https://freedom-to-tinker.com/blog/jeremyepstein/decertifying-the-worst-voting-machine-in-the-us/
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