1. oneiromania:

    booping snakes: endless fun

    What an adorable snake

    (via gaymoonbabies)

     
     
  2. ohmyvancouver:

    BC Place Stadium in Vancouver (by winson.tang)

     
  3. parislemon:

    nerdology:

    Interstellar - Trailer

    The first trailer for Christopher Nolan’s next movie, Interstellar. Yes, please.

    The trailer could not be anymore vague. And yet, I could not be more excited.

     
     

  4. mostlysignssomeportents:


    In my latest Guardian column, I suggest that we have reached “peak indifference to spying,” the turning point at which the number of people alarmed by surveillance will only grow. It’s not the end of surveillance, it’s not even the beginning of the end of surveillance, but it’s the beginning of the beginning of the end of surveillance.

    We have reached the moment after which the number of people who give a damn about their privacy will only increase. The number of people who are so unaware of their privilege or blind to their risk that they think “nothing to hide/nothing to fear” is a viable way to run a civilisation will only decline from here on in.

    And that is the beginning of a significant change.

    Like all security, privacy is hard. It requires subtle thinking, and the conjunction of law, markets, technology and norms to get right. All four of those factors have been sorely lacking.

    The default posture of our devices and software has been to haemorrhage our most sensitive data for anyone who cared to eavesdrop upon them. The default posture of law – fuelled by an unholy confluence of Big Data business models and Greater Manure Pile surveillance – has been to allow for nearly unfettered collection by spies, companies, and companies that provide data to spies. The privacy norm has been all over the place, but mostly dominated by nothing-to-hide. And thanks to the norm, the market for privacy technology has been nearly nonexistent – people with “nothing to fear” won’t pay a penny extra for privacy technology.

    We cannot afford to be indifferent to internet spying

    (Image: Anonymity, Privacy, and Security Online/Pew Center)

     
  5. There really is an XKCD for everything

    This guy’s last name is Null and it’s messing up their search system

    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4456438/how-can-i-pass-the-string-null-through-wsdl-soap-from-actionscript-3-to-a-co

     
  6. descentintotyranny:

    'A serious breach of trust': Angela Merkel demands explanation from Barack Obama after secret service reports appear to show that US had tapped her mobile phone for years

    That a German chancellor should even make such an inquiry of an American president is remarkable and serves to illustrate how far trust has broken down between the two nations

    Oct. 23 2013

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called US President Barack Obama to demand an explanation after secret service reports appeared to show that US intelligence agencies had tapped her mobile phone for years.

    “The Chancellor made it clear that should the indications prove true, she unequivocally disapproves and considers them totally unacceptable,” Ms Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters. “This would be a serious breach of trust. Such practices must be halted immediately,” he added.

    Confirming that the highly unusual call had taken place, the White House spokesman, Jay Carney, said that Mr Obama had reassured Ms Merkel she is under no such surveillance.

    “The United States is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of the chancellor”, he said. Mr Carney did not say whether monitoring of Ms Merkel’s phone might have occurred in the past.

    That a German chancellor should even make such an inquiry of an American president is remarkable and serves to illustrate how far trust has broken down between the US and even its allies on how far Washington has gone in breaking the norms of privacy to keep tabs not just on its foes but its friends too.

    The European Parliament today voted to suspend a data sharing agreement with the United States aimed at detecting terrorist fund-raising, the latest salvo as the EU scrambles to find an appropriate response to the hacking allegations against America’s National Security Agency (NSA).

    The resolution would need the backing of member states to take effect, but it highlights grave concerns in Brussels over claims that the US security agency tapped communications both of European Union institutions and member states including France and Belgium.

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  7. Welcome to Canada

     

    1. Me: *sees book store* *looks to friend* *shuffles towards bookstore*
    2. Friend: no.
     

  8. whatweshouldcallubc:

    1) Chapman Learning Commons looks like the Great Hall

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    2) Chan Centre’s women’s washroom resembles a modernized version of Moaning Myrtle’s bathroom (aka. the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets)

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    3) Ministry of Magic is like Main Mall and…

    Gasp. UBC really is hogwarts

     

  9. snapchatme:

    Technology has a way of making time simultaneously important and baffling. Communication technologies from speaking to writing to recording sound and sight disrupt temporality, mixing the past, present, and future in unpredictable new ways. This chaotic atemporality is part social media’s…