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  1. Weird oedipal stuff going on ITT. The killer awoke before dawn...
  2. xor_

    A few words from your sponsor

    Downgraded from very very very soon to soon? Anyone want to start a PBEM of CMAK with someone who hasn't played in 6 or so years and has never been very good to begin with?
  3. It's actually a t-shirt with a face on it. The head is further up. You can still see the chin and mouth.
  4. The keywords seem to be okay, but if you try the cached version of the Google results, you get this: xor@babylon ~ $ nslookup Server: Address: Non-authoritative answer: name = crawl-66-249-72-242.googlebot.com. Their "Anti-Hacker" seems to be blocking the Google bot.
  5. xor_

    The food for your ears?

    Yeah man, why are those buggers wasting their time on facebook, when they should be doing coke, knocking up teenagers, and throwing TV sets out of hotel rooms.
  6. xor_

    Being sexually attractive

    By now the clubs in California must be full of girls who have heard all kinds of variations of the different "scripts". That must create some interesting metagame dynamics. Ever run into that?
  7. xor_

    The food for your ears?

    Nothing. Mr. Emrys has probably seen them all live, but for us younger ones: Thanks to one of Greil Marcus' books, I came across the famous Anthology of American Folk Music a couple of years ago. A collection of local folk songs from the early recording era. There's some great weird stuff in there, and some of it never connected to the mainstream. Similarly, check out Lenny Kaye's Nuggets collection for some cool 60s prepunk garage rock. When it comes to rock music, I'm of the four-chords-is-one-too-many school of thought, and that's where this is at. Anything by Brian Eno. I've always liked his approach to Music for Airports: When you went into an airport, they always played this very happy music, which was sort of saying, you're not going to die, there is not going to be an accident, don't worry. And I thought, this was really the wrong way around. I thought it would be much better to have music that said, well, if you die, it doesn't really matter. Song-writers, if they're any good, I love them all. Dylan, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen. His Hallelujah is such a sublime song, and it turns my stomach whenever I hear some soulless wannabe from a casting show butchering this tune. It poses the eternal question of pop music: does it get tainted when the wrong kinds of people people listen to it? The postpunk band I grew up with is Sonic Youth. I just adore their guitar sound. Rock has been dead for a long time, but that's a worthy afterglow. Adorno says that concretist enjoyment of music, which leads to expressions like the thread title, is barbaric. But if I'm going to sin, I might as well indulge in the full sensual pleasure. To me, Puccini's sugary melody lines provide that. It's like the guilty joy of eating way too much candy as a child.
  8. By "reflective" I wasn't mainly referring to lyrics. But pop music has become more aware of its own historicity. You can hear it in all sorts of sampling, allusions, quotations, borrowings of style. What triggered my -- admittedly somewhat smartassy -- response was a certain rockistic old fart yearning for the good old days implicit in some of the posts in this thread. FWIW, I sort of agree with your assessment of the rock era, and I think you know that I share your valuation of old Dylan. But rock isn't synonymous with pop music, it just happened to occupy a hegemonic position for a few years. And considering some of the atrocities of mid-70s through 80s rock, it's a good thing that it has lost it. Today's pop music is a chaotic and diverse collage of subgenres, and for those who seek (and have a lot of time), there's good music to be found in most of them. There's no central place "where it's at" anymore (if there ever was one), and there are arguably more hot spots in genres like house, electro, or ambient than in the aftermath of rock these days. But even in the post-punk alternative genre there's music that I wouldn't rank behind some of the heroes of classical rock. There's good song-writing as well, albeit possibly not on the same level as Dylan. Maybe you could say that for a brief moment, mainstream rock managed to combine aspects of pop music like danceability, sexiness, liturgy, rebellion, that have subsequently become "functionally differentiated" to some extent. You can certainly do better in terms of sexiness and danceability than rockers' beer bellies and guitar solo wanking... Maybe some people miss the unity. I suspect it also has something to do with the years of your formative experience. Seems safe to assume that those years were during the rock era for a good part of the population of a forum like this.
  9. Pop music is actually more reflective than ever. You know something's happening here but you don't know what it is. Do you, General Discussion Forum?
  10. xor_

    Tab napping -eek!

    Well, obviously we're talking shades of grey. But from the POV of an attacker, if you can widen your pool of potential victims from "the mouth drooling end of the IQ scale" to "pretty much anyone on a bad day", that's good news. Those aren't far-fetched assumptions about usage patterns, they're pretty standard, I would think. The + actually had a specific meaning a long time ago in the reverse engineering community. The choice of _ over - is merely aesthetic. And we all agree the underscore kicks the dash's ass, right?
  11. xor_

    Tab napping -eek!

    I wouldn't dismiss it so easily. Here's a link to the blog post of the Firefox developer who discussed this first. It's a bit more informative than the article posted, and it has proof of concept code. You can try it out yourself. Sure you can detect the napping, but how sure are you will on a busy day? Even better if you combine it with history stealing. http://www.azarask.in/blog/post/a-new-type-of-phishing-attack/ (BTW, yes, it's me, had to create a new account because of BFC resetting passwords.)