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Just trying to bring attention to this story. I know there's a lot of people here involved in service dog education and protection.

An Army Veteran with disabilities is asking for the public's help in saving his service dog, Dutch, from court-ordered euthanasia. After being punched, kicked, and hit with a metal pole for several minutes, Dutch bit his attacker and has now been accused of being a "vicious" dog.
Read the rest of the story at DogHeirs

More details about the allegations and both sides of the story are at the link. I just wanted to make sure it reached a wider audience. I've learned a lot from the DKos community about the shocking widespread abuse of service dogs. Hopefully something can be done for this one.

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Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 09:55 PM PDT

How to AVOID writing passwords

by Element 61

There's a diary on the rec list now, providing advice on how to construct good passwords. While well intentioned and theoretically sound, I have to disagree with the most basic foundation of the approach taken here. Similarly, I think the ever popular XKCD comic about passwords is horrifically misleading.

Allow me to tell you why, quickly and succinctly.
Yahoo hack steals 400,000 passwords. Is yours on the list?
6.5 Million Encrypted LinkedIn Passwords Leaked Online [REPORT]
EHarmony Passwords Stolen By LinkedIn Hackers

The aforementioned diary contains one key piece of advice, though.

Never use the same password twice, always have different passwords for different websites/computers.
And it's that line I'm going to talk about beyond the squiggly, because in my opinion it's the ONLY advice relevant to computer security for the every-man. And it turns out that once you solve this problem properly, the issue of choosing good passwords becomes largely irrelevant.
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Thu Jun 16, 2011 at 12:50 PM PDT

Back that crap up!

by Element 61

Last time, we talked about some basic measures in fixing a computer and keeping it reasonably happy. In the course of that discussion, an incredibly important topic came up: data backups. It's okay if you don't know what that means; just stick with me past the jump.

I would say that the vast majority of computer users -- even highly technical ones, software engineers and the like -- simply do not bother with this. Our modern lives revolve around computers, and more importantly around the things we store on those computers. Documents, photos, music, work, memories. Everything is digital now, and you know what? Digital is simultaneously incredibly robust and incredibly fragile.

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Wed Jun 08, 2011 at 02:09 PM PDT

How to fix that crap

by Element 61

There's an extremely frustrated diary on the rec list today about computers acting like broken pieces of junk. I understand that; I'm a professional software developer and IT admin, and I have to deal with these disasters on a near constant basis.

However, that also means I've gotten awfully good at dealing with it and I thought that maybe some information about prevention and cures would be more useful than a blanket complaint that computers suck. No advice about switching OS, computer, manufacturer, or brand below the fold.

I'd like to make this an interactive diary -- if you're encountering computer problems, post a comment. Perhaps I or any of the other technical adepts here can help out.

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Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 09:26 AM PDT

The apologists bare their teeth

by Element 61

I was hoping to move past this to more productive pursuits, but once again a rec list diary has thrown a powder keg into the arena. I'm here to light it.

The ten percent crowd is infuriated that those of us who actually have ideals object when they're smashed on the pavement. We're not happy with the pathetic blue-moon handouts this administration gives the us, so we must be the 'Professional Left'. We must be out to destroy Obama, and it's all done only out of a media whoring need for attention.

It couldn't possibly be because this president's administration has thrown us out on the street and adopted a policy of "of course we agree with our lunatic friends on the Right, just maybe not quite as much".

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As the rec list once again divides down between people arguing about the merits of the Obama presidency, I'm not content to remain quiet. So let me say it upfront -- Cenk is doing what all of us should be doing.

If you have a problem with that, then I hope you're thrilled with all of the one sided concessions made to Republicans, from defunding of women's health to union busting. It's on your heads.

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Absolutely unbelievable.

Martin Joel Erzinger is a financial manager responsible for over $1 billion in client accounts. He hit a surgeon riding a bicycle on the side of the road, causing permanent injuries, and left the scene of the accident. Now the Colorado 5th district attorney Mark Hurlbert is refusing to press felony charges. Why?

Felony convictions have some pretty serious job implications for someone in Mr. Erzinger's profession [...]

Financial regulations require to Erzinger to notify his clients of felony charges within thirty days, and that would endanger his job. Action info past the jump.

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Even though nobody saw this coming, it's true. BP's oil dispersants are toxic, and they're making people sick. The poly-aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) released by the toxic chemical combinations sprayed all over the gulf are carcinogenic, mutagenic, and teratogenic.

And people are getting very, very sick.

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I quote the article's title verbatim because, frankly, I'm at a loss of words for this one.
Female Genital Mutilation at Cornell
Please tell me somebody around DKos can help stop this.

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Yeah, I'm a troll. It's true I almost never post, but I've THOUGHT bad things about Obama so many times that I must be a troll also. Thanks to the diary on the rec list now for finally outing my horrible ways.

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Via Ars Technica, Glenn Beck has sent his lawyers against the owners of the satirical site, http://glennbeckrapedandmurderedayounggirlin1990.com/.

Apparently he doesn't like it when his own tactics are used against him.

UPDATE: The above URL is no longer live, but the site is still up. I'm sure you guys can find it if you really want to.

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Meteor Blades posted a story on Cash for Clunkers, suggesting that we make it long term. There's a big plea for environmental friendliness there, and I truly appreciate that sentiment.

The problem is a plan to use CARS to help the environment doesn't seem that compelling. I don't mean to call him out, but the numbers don't suggest to me that what he says will really help. I'd like to run you through some statistics and show why I'm not convinced.

(Just to clarify, I support CARS as an economic measure; I just don't believe it's worth much environmentally.)

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