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We'd never change the definition of 'bad guy', honest!

A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” -- even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.
posted to MetaFilter by Malor at 9:36 PM on February 4, 2013 (148 comments)

Please phrase your interview in the form of a text adventure.


Two men sit in this room, spinning non-linear yarns about the creation of interactive fiction. One sits at a small table. Another stands by a shelf along the wall, which is filled with many grey, rectangular objects that you can't quite make out from here.

You can see a small door, a small table, a shelf, Dave and Steve here.
posted to MetaFilter by Malor at 12:36 AM on December 22, 2012 (15 comments)

Java 7 Vulnerability

A working, cross-platform Java 7 exploit is now in the wild. It's apparently a pair of bugs, working in tandem; neither, alone, would be enough to escape the Java sandbox, but together, any machine, be it Windows, Mac, or Linux, can be instantly and silently compromised, simply by viewing a malicious web page. Only Java 7 is vulnerable, but because of the way Oracle schedules patches, it may be unfixed until October. You can test your machine for the flaw; if vulnerable, you'll want to at least disable Java in your Web browser, if not remove it altogether. On Firefox, NoScript will provide a little protection, by not running Java code unless you click it, but the vulnerability remains.
posted to MetaFilter by Malor at 1:31 PM on August 29, 2012 (104 comments)

Your Passwords Are Much Weaker Than You Think

Why passwords have never been weaker—and crackers have never been stronger. Ars weighs in on the amazing advances the bad guys have made in password cracking over the last few years. Think you know how to choose something that's safe? The probability is quite high that you don't, even if you're technically ept.
posted to MetaFilter by Malor at 5:30 AM on August 21, 2012 (184 comments)

How about quality over speed?

C'mon guys, enough with "first post wins".
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 11:24 AM on May 4, 2012 (78 comments)

It's like epoxy clay, but easier.

Please help me remember a crafty-type material I saw in a web article a month or two ago. It's some kind of plastic that comes in pouches, in various fairly deep colors, and apparently permanently hardens some time after being exposed to air.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Malor at 12:00 AM on February 22, 2012 (14 comments)

Salesman Pete and the Amazing Stone From Outer Space

Salesman Pete and the Amazing Stone From Outer Space. You've never seen animation quite like this before. Bizarre, but supremely impressive. Looks great at low-res if you're on limited bandwidth.
posted to MetaFilter by Malor at 12:07 AM on October 29, 2010 (27 comments)

Please hope me

Boy, I'd sure like to edit my comments, and I'd be willing to chip into a development fund to make it happen.
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 5:08 AM on January 29, 2010 (247 comments)

Ali's Missing Opponent

Shadow Boxing: Muhammad Ali fought fifty men. Only one disappeared. [via]
posted to MetaFilter by Malor at 6:52 AM on December 18, 2009 (33 comments)

Proton-Powered Life

While evolution is one of the best-supported theories in science, one lay criticism is that it doesn't explain the creation of life from non-life, or abiogenesis. This is a different problem domain, of course, as survival of the fittest hardly applies if there's nothing alive yet. There have been many guesses over the years: the most commonly accepted is "the primordial soup". That's probably what you learned in school, the Frankenstein's Monster approach to cell creation. Start with a random chemical bath, throw enough lightning at it, and mysterious magic happens, somehow resulting in life.

Dr. William Martin of the University of Düsseldorf, working with geochemist Mike Russell, has presented an actual theory of abiogenesis. It neatly explains both bacteria and archaea, describes fairly closely why they function the way they do, and shows why we don't see new life being created now. Their suggestion: our original ancestor wasn't lightning-zapped soup, but rather a proton-powered rock.
posted to MetaFilter by Malor at 10:48 PM on October 19, 2009 (75 comments)

Try not to go blind.

Chronotron is a Flash game in the same vein as the earlier Cursor*10, which was deliberately triple-posted. (Sadly, the mods didn't see the humor value....) This is a very clever game mechanic, in which you cooperate with yourself to try to solve puzzles. Lots of fun. (I also found it slightly depressing to realize just how predictable I am.) [via]
posted to MetaFilter by Malor at 4:04 PM on May 13, 2008 (14 comments)

Little Gray Riding Hood?

Ok, here's a slightly odd one. Prompted by the recent FPP in the blue about the ancient photography lab, I got to thinking about the lighting in the basement "wet lab". This led to the question: if film doesn't react to red light, why are we able to take pictures of red things?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Malor at 8:14 PM on February 8, 2008 (17 comments)

The email code doesn't update the image.

The new graphic email code is broken.
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 7:43 AM on October 16, 2007 (215 comments)

Uh oh.

I didn't make this comment, but it claims I did. Database corruption?
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 6:04 AM on August 6, 2007 (50 comments)

Jennifer Lin Plays Piano

At fourteen years old, Jennifer Lin is a shade better on the piano than most eighth-graders. (video) [via]
posted to MetaFilter by Malor at 10:20 AM on July 29, 2007 (54 comments)

Yes, documentaries count. :)

Trivia hounds: how many Hollywood movies have ever been made?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Malor at 1:45 PM on June 9, 2007 (10 comments)

Marketing plant?

This post might be a self-link with one level of indirection. It's certainly just marketing, regardless.
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 2:50 AM on April 20, 2007 (25 comments)

Infectious fun

Destroy the world, one sneeze at a time. Friday flash fun.
posted to MetaFilter by Malor at 7:46 AM on April 13, 2007 (27 comments)

The Phantom Compass Syndrome

Hacking the Senses: The brain is far more plastic than we commonly realize. Presenting new 'senses' via the old inputs works extremely well, to the point that long-term volunteers are a little lost without their new abilities to feel magnetic north or absolute orientation. Tasting direction; feeling pictures. Fascinating stuff. In a loosely related article, genetically modified mice are able to see the full color range visible to humans, even though the last natural mouse able to see this way died out a hundred million years ago. Add the new sensors, and the brain reconfigures. [via]
posted to MetaFilter by Malor at 2:27 AM on April 5, 2007 (68 comments)

The Constitution goes to the brig.

The Navy's detention facility at Hanrahan has a created a secret prison-within-a-prison and, per the article, developed elaborate plans to dodge public scrutiny of its operations to detain enemy combatants. "In detaining American citizens, full constitutional rights are afforded except where curtailed by higher guidance or accepted prison practice," the report said.
posted to MetaFilter by Malor at 6:02 AM on February 25, 2007 (23 comments)

You can tunafilter, but you can't tune a fish.

Why don't my mother's cats like tuna?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Malor at 12:35 PM on December 24, 2006 (21 comments)

Comment post preview acting weird

Preview and final post modes have diverged. I keep seeing complaints, after munged or garbled messages, about how 'it looked fine in preview!' [bit more inside]
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 10:54 AM on October 30, 2006 (18 comments)

Hasta La Vista, Habeas Corpus

The Beginning of the End of America. (YouTube, Keith Olbermann)
posted to MetaFilter by Malor at 7:48 AM on October 19, 2006 (289 comments)

Likely self-link

Likely self-link. [mi]
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 2:16 AM on August 22, 2006 (122 comments)

Rotation For the Stupid

Best way to rotate an image or text into 3d space?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Malor at 5:25 AM on August 19, 2006 (6 comments)

Those dastardly cowards!

Three of the clever, committed terrorists in Guantanamo Bay committed an act of war against the United States on Saturday morning.
posted to MetaFilter by Malor at 4:13 AM on June 11, 2006 (240 comments)

This post may be astroturfing

This post, following on the heels of this earlier one, may be astroturfing. [more inside]
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 5:00 PM on March 29, 2006 (34 comments)

Callout of self-link by known spammer in FPP

posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 4:52 AM on March 16, 2006 (13 comments)

Your sensible source for apocalyptic predictions. has returned. Back in the go-go days when Internet stocks ruled the world, iTulip was one of a very few voices warning about the Nasdaq bubble and the likely fallout. (Prudent Bear was another.) As bad as things got, the overall financial bubble never really popped, it just shifted into debt and real estate after furious slashing of interest rates and money-printing by the Fed. Financial manias are terrible; their unraveling has been compared with economic nuclear weapons. (cf: The Secret History of the South Sea Bubble [amazon book link] and the Dutch Tulip Mania.) The only good solution to a bubble is not to have one in the first place. [more inside]
posted to MetaFilter by Malor at 6:46 AM on March 15, 2006 (13 comments)

The Bible is perfect in all things. The value of pi is three, dammit.

The Earth is Not Moving. From the foreword: "The second [goal] is to establish a real understanding of how the theory which says that the Earth turns on an axis and orbits the sun has triumphed in spite of having no evidence whatsoever to support it." The explanation of why tides can't possibly be due to the Moon's gravity is particularly enlightening. As Wikipedia's page on modern geocentrism points out, General Relativity says that all frames of reference are equally valid, so at least some of these people aren't completely wrong. Will the return of geocentrism be the next step after creationism? When do we get to burn witches again? First link [via].
posted to MetaFilter by Malor at 8:29 PM on March 13, 2006 (36 comments)

Comments Text-Box Width

Ponyfilter: It'd be really nice if the 'Comments' entry box could be the full width of the browser. MeFi does an excellent job in handling widescreen monitors in all respects but that one. [bit more inside]
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 2:09 PM on March 4, 2006 (17 comments)

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal

Why we have a Martin Luther King Day. What an amazing speech. [Coral cache][via]
posted to MetaFilter by Malor at 6:02 PM on January 15, 2006 (48 comments)

DNS Issues?

It looks like your DNS server is failing. Metafilter is hosted by, and they aren't answering for anything in I'm trying to get this posted quickly before my caches expire... I already can't reach

Eod has only one IP address for their 'two' nameservers, It pings, but doesn't answer name service requests.

You might want to consider hosting your domain with someone with enough money to put two servers on the net. :(
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 11:33 AM on December 16, 2005 (2 comments)


My mother is developing severe arthritis in one finger, and can't take most anti-inflammatories. Options?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Malor at 2:07 AM on November 26, 2005 (15 comments)

You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike.

You see a large shipping crate. It has been wrapped in chains and secured with a stout padlock. Curiously, each link is engraved with the letters "BSA." (more inside)
posted to MetaFilter by Malor at 2:07 PM on October 5, 2005 (24 comments)

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