Leprechaun Laughs # 234 for Wednesday Feb 26th 2014


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Ut oh! There’s a weird bus in the Opening Banner! That can only mean one thing, that insane Dragon running over mysterious bus driver dude must be back and with a vengeance. Poor Impish gonna be sore in the morning I’m betting! At least the phantom maniac behind that wheel is a sportsman and gave Impish a chance to heal up form his surgery before declaring open season again. He even fired a warning shot last week to get Impish’s attention.

 

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And now for an opposing view point…

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And now the cute view point

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Why my issues take so long to compose

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Good thing Impish doesn’t have one of these keyboards- we’d never get any work out of him at all!

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These are the movie quotes everyone gets wrong

You might be surprised by how many popular movie quotes you’re remembering just a bit wrong.

‘The Wizard of Oz’
Though most people say ‘Looks like we’re not in Kansas anymore,’ or ‘Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore,’ those quotes aren’t quite right.
Dorothy actually says ‘Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.’

‘The Silence of the Lambs’
If you’ve always thought Hannibal Lecter greets Clarice by saying ‘Hello, Clarice,’ we’ve got news for you. It’s actually ‘Good evening, Clarice.’ How polite!

‘Field of Dreams’
That whispering voice? It’s not quietly murmuring ‘If you build it, they will come.’ The correct quote is ‘If you build it, he will come.’

‘Wall Street’
Though Gordon Gekko definitely thinks greed is good, his quote is actually ‘Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.’

‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’
The Queen says ‘Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?’ Most people think it’s ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall’ … and most people are incorrect.

‘The Empire Strikes Back’
This might blow your mind, but when Vader reveals his true identity to Luke, he does not say ‘Luke, I am your father.’ He actually says ‘No, I am your father.’

How many of these quotes have you been saying wrong? Don’t worry, we won’t judge.

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Anyone else notice how much alike they look?
You don’t think Miley Cyrus is Justin Beiber in reverse drag do you?

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I’m just sayin…Really makes you think don’t it?

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Viral Videos: What these brothers did for their dad will restore your faith in humanity

If you’re a parent, you’ll definitely experience times when you feel like your kids don’t recognize all the things you do for them. I know I didn’t when I was a teenager! But don’t give up hope. These sons spent five years working on a way to let their dad know they love him. What it is will floor you.

 

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Finally, a Wedding RSVP That Really ‘Gets’ Me

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But where’s the “Will Skip the Ceremony but Show Up to Get Drunk at the Reception” option?

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Just one of the many concerns when traveling with a Dragon.

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A Muslim immigrant goes to the doctor and says “I feel terrible.”

The doctor examines him and then says,
“You need to poop in a bucket for a week, throw in a dead fish and a rotting cabbage. Put a towel over your head and inhale the vapors for three days.”

The Muslim does this and goes back to the doctor and says,
“I feel wonderful! What was wrong with me?”
The doctor replied, “You were homesick.”

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NASA is building a robotic spacecraft refueling system, to prevent a Gravity-like orbital debris cascade

By Sebastian Anthony on February 13, 2014 at 9:30 am | Extreme Tech

 

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NASA is preparing to take the next logical step after in-flight refueling between two aircraft — robotic refueling of orbiting satellites. This could extend the lifetime of many satellites indefinitely, and could play a very important role in preventing a Gravity-like scenario, where fragments of a single satellite cause a cascade of debris that destroys almost every satellite in Earth orbit.

The program, which has the delightful acronym of RROxiTT (Remote Robotic Oxidizer Transfer Test), essentially consists of a special robotic arm and a canister of nitrogen tetroxide. Nitrogen tetroxide (NTO) is a very strong oxidizer, and it combusts automatically when combined with fuel. Because no ignition source is required, NTO is often used in spacecraft rocket engines (Space Shuttle, most geostationary satellites), and in their launch vehicles (Russia’s Proton, China’s Long March). Basically, spacecraft can only carry a limited amount of NTO — and when they run out, they lose the ability to maneuver. In the case of satellites, which have to constantly jiggle around and boost themselves back into a higher orbit, running out of fuel is usually the end of its mission. These dead satellites then become part of the growing problem of orbital debris.

 

With RROxiTT, however, NASA wants to give those old spacecraft a new lease of life — saving money, and reducing the amount of debris (i.e. dead satellites) stuck in orbit. There are two key problems that RROxiTT needs to be overcome: Safely transporting and transferring highly volatile oxidizer, and then unscrewing the spacecraft’s fuel cap (which was never designed to be removed). NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, which has experience in robotics, is handling the second problem, and the Kennedy Space Center was drafted in to help with the first bit.

A further layer of complexity is that the refueling craft will be unmanned and controlled from Earth. Remotely controlling a spacecraft and complex robot arm is an innately complex task — but once you add in some latency, it becomes even harder. Presumably the spacecraft and refueling nozzle will have some level of autonomy — but the final task of actually unscrewing the satellite’s fuel cap and inserting the nozzle will most likely be done by hand. As you can see in the video embedded above, extensive testing will be carried out here on Earth before NASA actually goes ahead with a launch. It’s worth noting that this same tech might also be used to fill up spacecraft here on Earth — a hazardous task that is currently performed by humans.

If NASA can successfully perform in-space refueling of spacecraft, it would be a pretty huge boost for commercial satellites, which currently have a fairly short lifetime — but also potentially for space exploration. We still don’t quite know how we’re going to power long-distance space journeys. There are pretty strict limitations on just how much fuel we can easily lift off the surface of the Earth. It’s not too crazy to suggest that, in the future, manned trips to Mars or Europa might involve a few refueling stops along the way.

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A rich Texan walked into the offices of the president of a small Texas college and said.
“I’d like to donate a million dollars tax free to this institution. But there’s a condition – I would like to have an honorary degree.”

The president nodded agreeably, “That’s not a problem. We can certainly arrange that!”

The rich man then added, “An honorary degree for my horse.”

“For your horse???”

“Yep, you betcha. She carried me for many years and I owe her a lot.  I’d like to receive a Tr.D., a Doctor of Transportation.”

“But, we can’t give a degree to a horse!”

“Then I’m afraid I’ll have to take my million dollars to another institution.”

“Well, wait a minute,” said the president, seeing the million slip through his fingers,
“let me consult with the school’s trustees.”

A hurried trustee meeting was brought to order and the president related the deal and the condition. All of the board reacted with shock and disbelief, except the oldest trustee. He appeared to be almost asleep.

One trustee snorted, “We can’t give a horse an honorary degree, no matter HOW much money is involved.”

The oldest trustee opened his eyes and said, “Take the money and give the horse the degree.”

The president asked, “Don’t you think that would be a disgrace to us?”

“Of course not,” the wise old trustee said. “It would be an honor.
It’d be the first time we ever gave a degree to an ENTIRE horse.”

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‘Ghostbusters’ star Harold Ramis dies

Ramis was 69

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“Ghostbusters” star Harold Ramis has died, according to the Chicago Tribune and ABC News.

Ramis, 69, was surrounded by his family when he died from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, his wife Erica Mann Ramis told the Chicago Tribune. Autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis is a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels.

Ramis was best known for his roles in the comedies “Ghostbusters” and “Stripes.” According to IMDB.com, he also directed “Caddyshack,” “Groundhog Day,” and “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” and had writing on a number of classic comedies, including “Animal House” and “Meatballs.”

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We’ll miss you Egon and when that final ghost trap opens don’t look into the light!

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and generally that enemy turns out to be your government!

mo·nop·o·ly (mə-nŏp′ə-lē)

n. pl. mo·nop·o·lies

1. Exclusive control by one group of the means of producing or selling a commodity or service: “Monopoly frequently … arises from government support or from collusive agreements among individuals” (Milton Friedman).

2. a. Exclusive possession or control: arrogantly claims to have a monopoly on the truth.

2.b. Something that is exclusively possessed or controlled: showed that scientific achievement is not a male monopoly.

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[toh-tal-i-tair-ee-uh-niz-uhm] noun

1. absolute control by the state or a governing branch of a highly centralized institution.

2. the character or quality of an autocratic or authoritarian individual, group, or government: the totalitarianism of the father.

It’s time to break up the NSA

By Bruce Schneier | February 20, 2014 — Updated 1228 GMT (2028 HKT)

Editor’s note: Bruce Schneier is a security technologist and author of “Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust Society Needs to Thrive.”

(CNN) — The NSA has become too big and too powerful. What was supposed to be a single agency with a dual mission — protecting the security of U.S. communications and eavesdropping on the communications of our enemies — has become unbalanced in the post-Cold War, all-terrorism-all-the-time era.

Putting the U.S. Cyber Command, the military’s cyberwar wing, in the same location and under the same commander, expanded the NSA’s power. The result is an agency that prioritizes intelligence gathering over security, and that’s increasingly putting us all at risk. It’s time we thought about breaking up the National Security Agency.

Broadly speaking, three types of NSA surveillance programs were exposed by the documents released by Edward Snowden. And while the media tends to lump them together, understanding their differences is critical to understanding how to divide up the NSA’s missions.

The first is targeted surveillance.

This is best illustrated by the work of the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations (TAO) group, including its catalog of hardware and software “implants” designed to be surreptitiously installed onto the enemy’s computers. This sort of thing represents the best of the NSA and is exactly what we want it to do. That the United States has these capabilities, as scary as they might be, is cause for gratification.

The second is bulk surveillance, the NSA’s collection of everything it can obtain on every communications channel to which it can get access. This includes things such as the NSA’s bulk collection of call records, location data, e-mail messages and text messages.

This is where the NSA overreaches: collecting data on innocent Americans either incidentally or deliberately, and data on foreign citizens indiscriminately. It doesn’t make us any safer, and it is liable to be abused. Even the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, acknowledged that the collection and storage of data was kept a secret for too long.

The third is the deliberate sabotaging of security. The primary example we have of this is the NSA’s BULLRUN program, which tries to “insert vulnerabilities into commercial encryption systems, IT systems, networks and endpoint communication devices.” This is the worst of the NSA’s excesses, because it destroys our trust in the Internet, weakens the security all of us rely on and makes us more vulnerable to attackers worldwide.

That’s the three: good, bad, very bad. Reorganizing the U.S. intelligence apparatus so it concentrates on our enemies requires breaking up the NSA along those functions.

First, TAO and its targeted surveillance mission should be moved under the control of U.S. Cyber Command, and Cyber Command should be completely separated from the NSA. Actively attacking enemy networks is an offensive military operation, and should be part of an offensive military unit.

Whatever rules of engagement Cyber Command operates under should apply equally to active operations such as sabotaging the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility in Iran and hacking a Belgian telephone company. If we’re going to attack the infrastructure of a foreign nation, let it be a clear military operation.

Second, all bulk surveillance of Americans should be moved to the FBI.

The FBI is charged with counterterrorism in the United States, and it needs to play that role. Any operations focused against U.S. citizens need to be subject to U.S. law, and the FBI is the best place to apply that law. That the NSA can, in the view of many, do an end-run around congressional oversight, legal due process and domestic laws is an affront to our Constitution and a danger to our society. The NSA’s mission should be focused outside the United States — for real, not just for show.

And third, the remainder of the NSA needs to be rebalanced so COMSEC (communications security) has priority over SIGINT (signals intelligence). Instead of working to deliberately weaken security for everyone, the NSA should work to improve security for everyone.

Computer and network security is hard, and we need the NSA’s expertise to secure our social networks, business systems, computers, phones and critical infrastructure. Just recall the recent incidents of hacked accounts — from Target to Kickstarter. What once seemed occasional now seems routine. Any NSA work to secure our networks and infrastructure can be done openly — no secrecy required.

This is a radical solution, but the NSA’s many harms require radical thinking. It’s not far off from what the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, charged with evaluating the NSA’s current programs, recommended. Its 24th recommendation was to put the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command under different generals, and the 29th recommendation was to put encryption ahead of exploitation.

I have no illusions that anything like this will happen anytime soon, but it might be the only way to tame the enormous beast that the NSA has become before it becomes the power behind the throne.

If the government (or some portion thereof) has complete and absolute power over the people, (sans meaningful oversight and/or constraint of laws made by the people) that’s totalitarianism. This is a repressive, unfree type of society a.k.a an Orwellian or Big Brother Society.

We (allegedly) live in a Republic which follows the tenants of democracy, ( hope that statement appeases certain anal technical fault finders) where the people have both a say and elect officials. The opposite is totalitarianism: a society where there is very little or no freedom/privacy. In totalitarianism, the government controls almost every aspect of life. There is no free speech,  freedom of the press or right to privacy from the government: certain religions and ideas (like the right to personal privacy, protection from unreasonable searches & seizures and the right to possess arm which can be used as a threat against an attempt of totalitarianism by the state or a department of it) may be banned.

Thanks to the bravery and patriotism of Eric Snowden there is a growing outrage over the unchecked liberties taken by the NSA, how far it has strayed from its mission by redefining that mission as it alone sees fit and the usurpation of other government agencies/capabilities.

Organizers of The Day We Fight Back, a protest Tuesday (Feb 14th) against U.S. National Security Agency surveillance programs, called the effort a “tremendous success,” with nearly 100,000 phone calls made to U.S. lawmakers and 185,000 people signing up to send email blasts to their congressional representatives.

Participants in the protest made 96,000 calls to Congress, although 7,000 of those calls weren’t delivered because lawmakers turned voice mail services off, organizers said. Organizers will deliver 555,000 email messages protesting the NSA surveillance to lawmakers, with emails going to the two U.S. senators and one representative who represent each of the 185,000 people who signed up for the email blasts.

That highlighted yellow line with red text shows you right there just how much your Congressional representation gives a damn about your opinion and direction for the laws which you live under. Switching from have his/her staff field the calls to voice mail is one thing blocking your ability to contact them and express you opinion/dissatisfaction is another. Were you to receive that sort of treatment from a business or corporation you would not stand for it so why stand for it from your elected officials? UNELECT THEM!

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http://www.pcworld.com/article/2098280/nsa-protest-results-in-tens-of-thousands-of-phone-calls-emails.html#tk.nl_pcwbest

More than 4,000 groups and websites have signed on to support a day of protest against U.S. National Security Agency surveillance programs, scheduled for Tuesday.

In addition, tens of thousands of people have pledged to make calls and post messages on the Web in support of surveillance reform, said organizers of The Day We Fight Back.

Among the groups supporting the day of Web protest are the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, BoingBoing, Demand Progress, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Fight for the Future, Free Press, Mozilla, Reddit and Tumblr.

“Together we will push back against powers that seek to observe, collect, and analyze our every digital action,” organizers wrote on TheDayWeFightBack.org. “Together, we will make it clear that such behavior is not compatible with democratic governance. Together, if we persist, we will win this fight.”

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2095300/more-than-4000-groups-sign-up-to-protest-nsa.html

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About lethalleprechaun

I believe in being the kind of man who, when my feet touch the floor in the morn', causes the Devil to say "BUGGER ME! HIMSELF IS UP!" ======== I'm a White Married Heterosexual who fervently believes in the war(s) we are fighting, the Second Amendment which I plan on defending with my last breath and my last round of ammunition as well as Arizona's stringent law on Immigration and the need for the border wall. I'm a right of center Con-centrist with Tea Party & Republican sympathies who drives an SUV. I am a Life Time Member of the NRA, a Charter Member of the Patriots' Border Alliance and North American Hunters Association. If there is a season for it and I can shoot one I'll eat it and proudly wear its fur. I believe PETA exists solely to be a forum for Gays, Vegetarians, Hollywood snobbery to stupid to get into politics and Soybean Growers. The ACLU stopped protecting our civil liberties sometime after the 1960s and now serves its own bigoted headline grabbing agenda much in the same way as the Southern Poverty Law Center. I am ecstatic that WE the PEOPLE finally got mad enough to rise up and take back the Government from WE the ENTITLED and reverently wish the Liberals would just get over the loss and quit whining/protesting all the time. After all they're just reaping what they've sown. I am Pro-choice both when it comes to the issue of abortion AND school prayer. I believe in a government for the people, by the people which represents and does the people's will. Therefore I an Pro States rights and mandatory term limits but against special interest group campaign contributions and soft money. I think that sports teams who allow their players to sit or take a knee during the National Anthem should be boycotted until the message is received that this is not acceptable behavior for role models for children. I believe Congressional salaries should be voted on bi-annually by the people they represent and not by themselves. I think Congress should be subject to every law they pass on the populace including any regarding Social Security or Healthcare. Speaking of the Healthcare bill (or con job as I see it) I hope Trump will overturn it and set things back to normal. I oppose the building of an Mosque or ANY Islamic center at or within a 10 mile radius of Ground Zero in New York. I will fight those in favor of this until hell freezes over and then I will continue to fight it hand to hand on the ice. Further I think the ban on immigrants from certain nations known to harbor and promote terrorism is a justified measure, at least until we can come up with better methods of vetting and tracking those non citizens we allow in the country. We did not inflict this measure on them those who refuse to point out, denounce or fight radical religious terrorism brought this upon themselves.
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