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  • XFinity Constant Guard Spam (Comcast)

    03/22/2013 12:22:56 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 40 replies
    self | 03/22/13 | self
    Not a new problem but I'm looking for a solution, other than the obvious one. Comcast puts a pop up ad for their soft ware on every web page I open, "XFinity Constant Guard". It covers about 75% of the page. There is no way to simply exit out of it, all I can do is grab it in the upper left corner and drag it out of sight to the far right side of the page. I went to Comcast in person yesterday and the woman there said, "I should go into my programs and remove it". The rub...
  • Justin Bieber cancer hoax: Did fans shave their heads for nothing?

    10/28/2012 6:01:48 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    zap2it ^ | October 26, 2012
    Oops. The internet pranksters at the 4chan message boards schemed up an elaborate hoax to fool Justin Bieber fans into thinking that their idol has cancer - which he certainly doesn't. Not cool, 4chan. The tricksters faked a tweet from Entertainment Tonight's official account, reading "Pop star Justin Bieber was diagnosed with cancer earlier this morning. Bieber fans are shaving their heads to show their support." They doctored a few photos of young girls with shaved heads to make it appear that they were holding signs reading "Bald for Bieber." They then created false images of more tweets -- one...
  • Mann Freed of FOIA

    09/19/2012 1:22:42 PM PDT · by eagleye85 · 8 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | September 19, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    Professor Michael Mann is perhaps best known among climate change skeptics for his appropriately dubbed “nature trick,” as described by Phil Jones in the ClimateGate emails. An advocacy group, the American Tradition Institute (ATI), lost a court battle this Monday to look into Professor Mann’s conduct at the University of Virginia. Michael Mann will have his emails exempted from a Freedom Of Information Act request made by the American Tradition Institute, reports Lizzy Turner for the University of Virginia’s Cavalier Daily today. ATI had submitted a FOIA request asking for access to Mann’s emails following the Climategate scandal. “Should the...
  • Troll Hunting: a Look at the Dark Side of the Internet

    09/17/2011 11:23:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | September 16th, 2011 | Tom Chivers
    The word “troll” no longer conjures up a dumpy little plastic figure with brightly coloured hair: nor a monster from The Lord of the Rings. If you live even a part of your life online, you’ll know that trolls today are better known as the angry and usually anonymous commenters on web forums, whose aim is to shock, offend, annoy or upset fellow users. Trolling made headlines this week when Sean Duffy, a young man from Reading, was given 18 weeks’ imprisonment for defacing Facebook tributes to four dead teenagers whom he had never met. The abuse was vile: on...
  • Someone's getting cute up in Wisconsin. . .

    02/24/2011 8:37:50 PM PST · by Salgak · 51 replies
    PunditKitchen ^ | 2/24/2011 | Unknown
    Looks like someone, probably a 4chan member, is having some fun at the Union's expense. Note who is "supporting" the Union Protestors. . .
  • Police issue paedophile warning over 'Pedobear' internet joke

    09/14/2010 5:56:56 PM PDT · by GrootheWanderer · 9 replies
    The Dailyu Mail ^ | Septe,ber 13, 2010 | Niall Firth
    Police in the US have issued a bizarre warning to parents about a ‘paedophile’ cartoon bear that was created by a website as in internet joke. Pedobear was created on 4chan, a chaotic, largely unregulated network of messageboards which has spawned some of the internet’s most famous virals and jokes. It is used by some users to mock people in internet chat rooms by suggesting that they are paedophiles or have said something slightly inappropriate about children. Now police in San Luis Obispo in California appear to have misunderstood the internet trend – or meme - and have warned parents...
  • The Rules of 4chan, the Machine That Feeds the Web

    08/09/2010 11:40:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | August 9, 2010 | Niraj Chokshi
    Love it or hate it, you can thank 4chan for countless online phenomena like lolcats, the ubiquitous photos of cats combined with humorous text, often in "kitty speak." The image-based Internet forum has been the breeding ground for some of the Web's most well-known inside jokes, but it's still unknown or mysterious to many. But thanks to the Smoking Gun, a site dedicated to unearthing court and government documents, we now know a little more about how the site works directly from the mouth of its founder, Christoper Poole. Poole delivered testimony, just posted by The Smoking Gun, in the...
  • Anonymous: Message to muslim extremists (Youtube)

    04/21/2010 7:47:09 PM PDT · by SubGeniusX · 44 replies · 1,285+ views
    Youtube ^ | 04/21/2010 | Anonymous
    Anonislamichan — April 21, 2010 — With your constant threats directed at popular public figures the extent of your anger has been made clear to us, the evilness of your intent breaks through your guise as a religion of peace. Anonymous has therefore decided that your religion should be attacked in the same way that you feel compelled to attack others, for the safety of the accused individuals, for the good of mankind, for the lulz. We shall expel your presence from the Internet and systematically dismantle what remains. We acknowledge you as a serious opponent, and we are prepared...
  • The Dark Heart of the Internet ( and

    02/21/2009 9:31:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies · 1,864+ views
    The New York post ^ | February 21, 2009 | Stefanie Cohen
    On the Internet, he's a god. In real life, he's an out-of-work 21-year-old, $20,000 in debt, living in his mom's Westchester apartment. Meet Christopher Poole, known to his online fans as "moot," the mind behind, one of the busiest - and strangest - discussion boards on the Web. Poster child, perhaps, of the Internet economy, where you can influence the lives of millions and still not cover the rent.'s users, and there are, on average, 5 million a month, engage in mindless, usually vile, nonstop banter that often percolates beyond the service itself with books, political kerfuffles and...
  • 4chan's moot talks anonymity at TED 2010

    02/12/2010 7:09:21 PM PST · by SubGeniusX · 23 replies · 978+ views
    The Inquisitr ^ | February 11, 2010 | Kim LaCapria
    Christopher Poole, better known to the internet as 4chan’s moot, spoke at TED 2010’s “Provocation” session. moot, 21, was revealed as 4chan’s creator by the Wall Street Journal in 2008. He said in an interview with TIME on the same day his identity was disclosed that his “personal private life is very separate from (his) Internet life … There’s a firewall in between.” Which is fitting for a young man backed by an army known to the internet at large as “anonymous,” based in a community known primarily for it’s nameless, anything goes menu of pornography, schadenfraude and extraordinarily crass...
  • Mom says Patriot Act stripped son of due process

    05/05/2009 12:32:40 PM PDT · by hiredhand · 103 replies · 2,704+ views
    WRAL News, Raleigh NC ^ | Apr 29 2009 | WRAL News, Raleigh NC
    Oxford, N.C. — Sixteen-year-old Ashton Lundeby's bedroom in his mother's Granville County home is nothing, if not patriotic. Images of American flags are everywhere – on the bed, on the floor, on the wall. But according to the United States government, the tenth-grade home-schooler is being held on a criminal complaint that he made a bomb threat from his home on the night of Feb. 15.

    02/17/2009 4:33:28 PM PST · by skimbell · 24 replies · 1,392+ views
    Red Tape Chronicles ^ | February 17 2009 | Bob Sullivan
    Web surfers who used to search for information on President Barack Obama on Tuesday afternoon were presented with a racial slur. The slur originated from Obama's Wikipedia entry, after a user had removed all content in Obama's entry and replaced it with three repeated words: a derogatory term for African-Americans.'s revision history records show that slur was only live for two minutes...
  • The Trolls Among Us

    08/01/2008 12:50:41 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 46 replies · 512+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 3, 2008 | Mattathias Schwartz
    ... In the late 1980s, Internet users adopted the word “troll” to denote someone who intentionally disrupts online communities. Early trolling was relatively innocuous, taking place inside of small, single-topic Usenet groups. The trolls employed what the M.I.T. professor Judith Donath calls a “pseudo-naďve” tactic, asking stupid questions and seeing who would rise to the bait. The game was to find out who would see through this stereotypical newbie behavior, and who would fall for it. As one guide to trolldom puts it, “If you don’t fall for the joke, you get to be in on it.” Today the Internet...