Kill Zombies

Slashdot links to two amazingly interesting posts, “Owning Kraken Zombies, a Detailed Discussion” and “Kraken Botnet Infiltration.” Kraken is a botnet, or network of infested computers, that is used for bad beeds such as password cracking and distributed denial of service attacks.

The researchers discovered a way to kill Kraken, limiting the zombie infestation. As the researchers note, “What if that target system is responsible for someones life support?”

The law should allow for zombies to be lobotomized at will, and should protect those who do so. Any bad effects should be the responsibility of those who care and give support for the zombies — their system administrators — and note anti-zombie “concerned local citizens.”

That’s the 2nd Amendment applied to cyberspace. That’s the American Way.

Communist Countermeasures

Soob links to an article on electronic swarming by pro-Communist agitators. I ran into my own countermeasures today: Oasis China Visa (see my earlier review) asked me for more info ASAP, because between when my mother’s and sister’s visas were approved and when mine was received, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China is now requesting plane ticket receipts and hotel reservation info (I’m not staying at a hotel, so…). Aggravating.

The Thomas Crown Affair, a 5GW Primer

My friends at Dreaming 5GW should definitely check out The Thomas Crown Affair, staring Pierce Brosnan. Not only a description of 5GW (Observation Warfare) on many layers, also props potential 5GW v. 3GW (Manuever Warfare) and 5GW v. 1GW (Massed Formation) styles.

Really clever all around. Much cleverer than any of the awful James Bond movies that Brosnan starred in.

I won’t say that The Thomas Crown Affair is to 5GW what Lawrence of Arabia is to 3GW… but it’s close.

What’s the deal with the dishonest and absurd rhetoric coming out of Hidden Unities?

Really, this is laughable stuff. I nearly left a comment, but then I remembered the adage about wrestling with a pig.

Bush Admits He Betrayed The Country, Especially The Military « Hidden Unities
This week, President Bush admitted to a journalist that Tony, and those like him who died in this war, died for his stubborn incompetence and patent dishonesty. This may not be news to most, but the way this bastard casually admitted he’d been deliberately lying to the military, the military families and the American people for so long should gall at least some of us.

What’s sad about this is that Edide’s writing when it comes to comments (both on his blog and elsewhere) is generally top-notch.

Science + Karaoke

I missed the blog post for yesterday (or earlier today, depending on how you view the preceding day’s activity a little after 12 AM Sunday morning / Saturday night) because of a packed schedule: most of the day was spent on a distant part of campus, helping introduce in-service teachers to a form of constructivism that pays attention to the limits of working memory. Then, after walking home (the day’s just beautiful) and falling asleep (wonderful breeze + long walk + lengthy if fun day at work), off to a friends birthday / graduation / going-away party, featuring Karaoke, pick-up ping-pong, Monopoly, barbecue, and general fun.

What a day!

Update: Just realized that because I never set my timezone on this blog to what it is in my slice of the real world, from an archive standpoint my at-least-one-post-per-day pattern goes on. Woohoo!

Pseudo-Psychological Pseudo-Science

Mixing Memory links and quotes an article finding (unsurprisingly) little evidence for “repression,” part of the pseudoscience of psychoanalysis.

Mixing Memory : There’s No Such Thing as Repression
The current dispute regarding the existence of repression has mainly focused on whether people remember or forget trauma. Repression, however, is a multidimensional construct, which, in addition to the memory aspect, consists of pathogenic effects on adjustment and the unconscious. Accordingly, in order to arrive at a more accurate decision regarding the existence of repression, studies relevant to all three areas are reviewed. Moreover, since psychoanalysis regards repression as a key factor in accounting for the development and treatment of neurotic disorders, relevant research from these two domains are also taken into account. This comprehensive evaluation reveals little empirical justification for maintaining the psychoanalytic concept of repression.

I’m presently writing on paper on the debate around Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences (another piece of pseudoscientific nonsense), so this empirical takedown of Sigmund Freud struck me.

Religious Intolerance

Congratulations to Adam for putting into words something I have been thinking (but unable to say well) for a bit now. The Texan Raid against the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is an example of religious persecution. Combining the unsubstantiated allegations of the Crystal Gale Magnum hoax with mass persecution of a religious minority, the attack on the FLDS Church will probably be seen as the disaster it is for decades to come.

The Metropolis Times: El Dorado Raid
At the end of last march, someone claiming to be a 16-year old girl named “Sarah” called a local crisis center, claiming she had been sexually and physically abused by her husband named “Dale” at the YFZ Ranch, a religious center for members of the FLDS Church. County officials concluded that because FLDS members have been associated with child abuse in the past, any allegations must be true, and that if some FLDS leaders have been marrying minors, then every follower of the religion must be involved in it.

So, instead of finding out where the girl lived and investigating in her home, they took the children away from everyone in the entire town. This is religious bigotry. Whether you think polygamy is sanctioned Biblically or not, it is not equatable with child abuse.

Of course, now we learn that her supposed husband hasn’t been in Texas for three decades according to his probation officer and that the call doesn’t seem genuine:

“There is no verbage or terminology used that leads me to believe the statements were made by someone inside,” said Ezra Draper of Hildale, Utah, who left the FLDS sect six years ago. “I think it’s bunk.”
“The term FLDS use to describe other people is “gentiles,” not outsiders, and they don’t observe such holidays as Easter Sunday, when the alleged victim claimed she was last beaten.”

To me, the questions are

a) When does the government’s case collapse?
b) When are people fired over this?
c) Which government employee is the first to serve jail time?

Protect the country against Zombies

Another day gone back. Another day without a comprehensive zombie-defense plan from any of the major candidates.

Man warns City Council of possible zombie attack – Salt Lake Tribune
Wyndham-Price even paused to joke that Georgia’s saltwater taffy is better than Utah’s. “I hope that is not an ad hominem,” he shrugged.
Then he got specific and all reason helicoptered into the ether.
City Creek needs an emergency-preparedness plan, he demanded, against zombies.
Zombies are fierce,” he said as a crammed council chamber laughed nervously. “They are going to catch us in there.”
Wyndham-Price admitted he never has seen a zombie attack but is sure one is coming. And shoppers could be sitting ducks in a sky bridge.

The Zombie threat is widely recognized. An oral history of the zombie war was recently a best seller. But still our elected politicians do nothing.