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Wednesday, June 01, 2021

Of all the American foods to cross the Pacific, who figures the MoonPie would turn Chinese?

The notion was a great source of humorous inspiration for me:

The real question is: Is there a Chinese version of the moonpie chant:

M-O-O-N, P-I-E
Moonpie, moonpie, fly to me!

(learned at Mobile, Alabama’s Mardi Gras celebration)

Moonpies in Korea — would those be Sun Myung Moon Pies?

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 06/01/2021 09:24pm
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Just when you figured you were being a good little computer user by running your anti-spyware program regularly, it turns out you may be doing only a half-assed job. Thanks to lawsuit threats and other pressures, many companies have altered their anti-spyware tools to exclude detection of junk from Claria and WhenU, a process known as “delisting”.

When a spyware program gets delisted, users won’t be aware of its presence,” says Harvard law student and spyware researcher Ben Edelman. The practice, he says, “offers spyware makers a new lease on life, letting them keep users who otherwise would have removed their software.”…

Claria and WhenU are making the case that their adware programs don’t resort to illegal tactics, such as exploiting security holes, to install themselves. And though this software can be annoying, adware developers argue that merely being listed in an anti-spyware scanner’s database tarnishes a company’s reputation by linking its relatively benign adware application with far more harmful and intrusive spyware programs.

This is so much bullshit. When this sneakware burrows itself into your Windows Registry, it’s obvious the intent is to make itself practically impossible to detect and remove. The purveyors of this junk know full well that nobody wants it hogging system resources, so they do their best to hide it. And when a solution to that problem presents itself, they resort to legal threats to save their skins.

In my mind, this only reinforces the use of alternative tools for fighting this stuff. If the major products choose to delist, you can choose to enlist freeware. There are plenty of options there. Freeware authors and companies are probably less susceptible to pressure tactics, and so can be relied upon to provide indiscriminate protection from all unwanted junkware.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 06/01/2021 09:06pm
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Earlier today, a number of visitors to this site were landing on this post dealing with speculation about the Nazis having developed a crude nuclear bomb in the final stages of World War II.

I figured there was some new development in the story that was prompting people to search for further info. And sure enough, historians have dug up a report about the Germans’ nuclear bomb program, and it includes a diagram of the nuclear device they might have been building.

There’s nothing definitive in the report that suggest Hitler actually ever got a functional bomb. And the report itself, including the diagram, is undated — which sends up a warning flag to me right away. This all may very well turn out to be the real deal, but it could just as easily turn into another Hitler diaries.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 06/01/2021 08:34pm
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While they put together a nice, multimedia-laden site to present the results of their four years of research, I have a feeling that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Department of Journalism is going to “misplace” the next domain-name registration renewal notice for DeepThroatUncovered.com.

And Fred Fielding, for one, will be glad.

(Via Yes But No But Yes)

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 06/01/2021 08:21pm
Category: History, Political
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Three years ago, in an effort to Australianize the American shopping experience, mall manager Westfield Group renamed its three Tampa Bay area malls “shoppingtowns”.

Why the change?

“We’ve called our properties in Australia ‘shoppingtowns’ since the 1960s,” said Stephen Fluhr, general manager of newly renamed Westfield Shoppingtown Brandon. “In Australia, a mall is a shoppingtown.”

But in America, a mall is a “mall”. And so, Westfield is abandoning the absurd moniker.

Not that it’s actually admitting that the whole idea was an abject failure:

“We won’t be taking down signs to change the name, you just won’t see us putting it on replacements as time goes by,” said Catherine Dickey, spokeswoman for the chain. “The name served its purpose.”

And that purpose was: To find out that no one outside of Australia knows what the hell a “shoppingtown” is supposed to be, nor cares.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 06/01/2021 12:18pm
Category: Business
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