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May. 31st, 2016 12:50 am
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Animated Movies/Shorts

Balto (7/10)
Balto II: Wolf Quest (5/10)
Balto III: Wings of Change (5/10)


Was hit with nostalgia and a sudden want to watch dog movies so I did. First one was alright but the second and third ... I actually didn't even know they existed until [twitter.com profile] dinclaus told me about them. I know I should be thinking too much about direct-to-video animated movies aimed at kids but damn, spoilers, if you care. ) Also, it was weird seeing/hearing Kim Possible's mom voice a sexy goose in the third movie. Really weird.

Cartoons

Steven Universe S03
Super Watermelon Island (10/10)
Gem Drill (9/10)
Same Old World (8/10)


Spoilers. )

Movies

John Wick (8/10) → I celebrated finding out about John Wick sequel by rewatching the first movie. I have never hated stereotypical Russian movie gangsters this intensely before. )

Kick-Ass 2 (8/10) → Enjoyed it more than the first movie, though I think that's just mostly because Nicolas Cage isn't here. Spoilers. )

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May. 29th, 2016 02:39 pm
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Spoilers for X-Men and Night Manager

May. 28th, 2016 01:43 pm
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1) I saw X-Men: Apocalypse yesterday. Spoilers )

2) Speaking of cliche scenes with an unexpected ending, the finale of Gotham. Read more... )

3) We're finally watching "The Expanse" and are about halfway through it. It was a slow start for me but I found myself getting into it around episode 3. We also finished off "The Night Manager." I can see why it was such a hit. Although there were some things about the finale that I found completely improbable, overall it was a good production with fine actors and good suspense. Spoilers )

4) HT to Petzi for this discussion about who will be the icon for rock music history in the next century. The article touches on a lot of points regarding longevity, how something gets remembered, and the ur-figure for an artistic movement. It makes me wonder about similar things regarding media fandom.

5) I'd been wondering about this, so it was interesting to see that 28% of people have never used an on-demand, online service. What's more hardly anyone knew what was meant by the term "sharing economy." Read more... )

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I've been reading about News Genius with increasing alarm. It's a web annotation service* you don't need to join, download or install anything to use: you simply add "genius.it" without quotes to the front of any website URL and begin annotating. Annotated text shows up as highlighted fields. Clicking on a highlight shows discussions by others about your page in the right hand column, in an overlay that's added using a combination of JavaScript and CSS.

Anything can be highlighted and annotated: a website's name, the name of a post, the sentence I'm typing up right now, the next paragraph, all the paragraphs, All The Words, any tags attached to the post - in short, any words or links seen on any page.

I started off reading what's bad about it (in short: the code overrides built-in browser protection against cross-site scripting attacks; longer story: it overrides fucking everything via proxy and turns any webpage into an endless series of rewritten URLs prefaced with https://genius.it/; the makers claim they block form entry but that can be overridden quite trivially, and it works exactly as expected on private and friends-locked pages such as we have here on Dreamwidth, LiveJournal, Facebook, et al).

Then I read how one blogger was attacked - right on her page, where she can't see it - by employees of News Genius (the article about that, of course, has also been attacked by injecting her page to egg it on, which has got to be both irony and cruelty at its height) and finally what might be done to block News Genius from running on your webpage. Here's some more on that.

The answer to the last question - how to block News Genius if you're on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Dreamwidth, LiveJournal, InsaneJournal, Wordpress.com, or any website where you can make posts or run your own journal or blogspace but can't run scripts or add backend code - is not too much.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Wordpress.com users currently have no way to block News Genius.

LiveJournal, Dreamwidth, InsaneJournal and other LJ clone sites can use a custom theme layer to add CSS to the head portion of their webpages (which I'll explain below).

Caveats

Using CSS as a script hider is far from ideal, perhaps the worst hack there is. Genius's scripts will run even if you can't see them (if you want to test this, add the CSS below, compile your code, then hover any link on your pages after appending genius.it/ to the front of your page URL. Genius will still rewrite your pages to allow annotation and rewrite every link to use their proxy. You just can't see the annotations nor find the ability on the page to make the annotations with anymore).

If your page has *not* yet been annotated to your knowledge, then you might want to use CSS as a simple preventative.

The one thing hiding Genius via local CSS *will* do - until some yahoo finds a workaround or Genius devs rewrite to defeat it...and believe me, I spent a year or two fighting Google over similar turf but for different reasons so I know what I might be up against - is to deny others the ability to use Genius on your page, without your knowledge. While there might be some cursory workaround for those determined enough, until I hear of it I'll run with using CSS, as it's better than doing nothing.

I *do* plan on filing a Dreamwidth support request when I finish this pre-publishing edit: soon, because it's getting way too late asking if they'll look into blocking Genius, as it works on private and friends-only posts, which denies authors of the latter any idea what people are saying on what should be pages they have complete control over, and gives all authors of any private material a serious security vulnerability (that News Genius can possibly read, transmit and store non-public works, images, and so on, back to their own servers or where ever else).

To be clear, this annotation service is a serious security vulnerability and presents a privacy violation for every writer who uses the Internet. Annotations can be made without your knowledge; News Genius is proxying and transmitting data from every URL; non-public posts on any website, be it Wordpress.com, Dreamwidth, or LJ are at risk of being read, stored and annotated without your knowledge by anyone who has access to them. If this doesn't worry you, perhaps it should.

How

On websites that support editing the head section of your webpages, add the following CSS to block News Genius from visibly showing up:

The CSS is not minified, prettified nor compact. It can be modified however you like, but I'm not responsible for any weirdness or breakage if you edit it, nor will I troubleshoot if it stops working as it should. You can see how I'm using it in my theme layer, with apologies for ranting a little and for DW stripping the ability to use comments, which forces me to do so via CSS.

If you know CSS, you can get away with a lot less than I what I used, which is a future-proofed, admittedly paranoid idea of what it should block. It's my first pass with no edits to streamline or smooth it out, so change whatever you like. It actually works fine using just the CSS that sets display:none or just the CSS that MIAs URLs and edits backgrounds back into blessed transparency. It shouldn't affect web page display negatively (unless you have background colors set in areas touched by Genius's code, in which case, you should edit the CSS accordingly) no matter how much or little of it you use. Edit, post-publishing: But I'll be updating it soon with a better cursor replacement than uh, "none".

Also, News Genius has truly awful CSS. Check it out for yourself. Please. It repeats needlessly, and endlessly, so parsing what to hide was super-painful, and don't even get me started on the HTML[there's way too much of <---THIS---> going on, among other things that make me flail. Like "100%" used as an actual psuedo-class. Seriously.].

I am - as always - taking questions, comments and criticisms in the comments section below - where I feel such things, you know, generally belong.

*Bonus points if you've been here before and can remember me complaining about - and blocking, via similar use of CSS - at least one (comparatively primitive) web annotating service that appeared in the mid-aughts. We sure did have them back then and yes, I sure did. I'm singling News Genius out because it's currently the most talked about, popular and flat-out dangerous, but yes, I'll pre-empt any objections by saying I'm aware there are other services like it, but in their favor - at the very least - they don't seem to present the same cross-site scripting vulnerabilities that News Genius does.

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