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i'm really interested in how technology fails people, and how people fail technology.

so infosec, user experience, mangled hardware and software, and the intersection of humans and computers in general.

i also like making dumb jokes.

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holavicente:

Johnny Mnemonic.

This movie.  I can’t even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed watching this movie. 

The ridiculousness of it’s “future-tech” mired in stuff that, by now, is out-dated makes it seem like a modern version of those 50’s movies about the future, where spaceships were controlled by punch-card operated computers or those old magazines showing us how we would all live on distant planets inside state-of-the art colonies filled with computers the size of a truck.

i just sent in a scholarship application to google for something i don’t need and won’t use. it’d be funny if i get it anyway (my sob story should get me lots of brownie points)

sorry for the squashed image (here’s the full resolution), but i found this example of subtle bayesian poisoning in the wild. i always get a kick out of this stuff.
only the very first comment is a human; all the rest are spambots regurgitating scripts (in the english language sense, not scripting language sense). these were at least written by humans (as opposed to markov chain garbage, which is the genesis of most of the really bizarro spam you find), but you can tell they’re utterly generic and make no actual mention of the content of the article or anything.
and as if that weren’t enough of a clue, they’re all linking to spammy shit like ‘home remedies’ and ‘cellulite removal’ in their author tag.
i especially like the little troll-y comment towards the bottom. 

sorry for the squashed image (here’s the full resolution), but i found this example of subtle bayesian poisoning in the wild. i always get a kick out of this stuff.

only the very first comment is a human; all the rest are spambots regurgitating scripts (in the english language sense, not scripting language sense). these were at least written by humans (as opposed to markov chain garbage, which is the genesis of most of the really bizarro spam you find), but you can tell they’re utterly generic and make no actual mention of the content of the article or anything.

and as if that weren’t enough of a clue, they’re all linking to spammy shit like ‘home remedies’ and ‘cellulite removal’ in their author tag.

i especially like the little troll-y comment towards the bottom.