Parents must pay their 43-year-old son $30,000 for throwing out his extensive porn collection

(nationalpost.com)

It 'took quite a while' to destroy the 12 moving boxes of pornography, and two boxes of sex toys. David Werking's father said

This will make future family dinners awkward 😆

Two die in Japan after shots from suspended Moderna doses; cause of deaths under investigation

(www.japantimes.co.jp)

Two people died after receiving Moderna COVID-19 vaccine shots that were among the lots later suspended following the discovery of contaminants, the health ministry said Saturday.

The men in their 30s died this month within days of receiving their second Moderna doses, the ministry said in a release.

A mother of one of the boy’s friends had one of these shots. Suffice it to say, she’s worried sick … 😕

30 years later, the baby on Nirvana's Nevermind cover is suing for damages

(arstechnica.com)

Nirvana's 1991 album Nevermind is widely credited with bringing alternative and grunge rock into the mainstream, but now it's in the news for another reason. Spencer Elden, the adult who was the baby depicted swimming naked on the album's cover, has filed a lawsuit on the grounds that the photo violated various federal child pornography laws.

Child pr0n? The Nevermind album cover? I've seen it thousands of times and never thought of it as porn. It's no different than seeing a picture of a dolphin in the water.

[…] The suit is seeking "the actual damages [Spencer] has [sustained], or liquidated damages in the amount of $150,000, and the cost of the action."

Only $150K? That's … minuscule.

Perhaps more relevant for this lawsuit, Elden has also expressed a longstanding frustration with being excluded from the album's success. The Time interview mentions that he had pursued but didn't follow through with earlier legal action against Geffen Records, saying that "it's hard not to get upset when you hear how much money was involved."

I guarantee the album cover had little to do with the success. People didn't say "Oh, snap! Baby penis! I want to listen to this band from Seattle!" The success of the album came from the artists who put it together and the marketers who got it on the radios across much of North America and Europe …

Alas.

'Rust Valley Restorers' is holding a massive auction of tonnes of cars

(driving.ca)

Former highway rock scaling contractor Mike Hall got himself his own Rust Valley Restorers TV program – now broadcast around the world – because he was trying to sell more than 400 cars. He had been buying old cars since he was a teenager, and they were scattered over his five-acre property in the tiny hamlet of Tappen, on the Trans-Canada Highway in the centre of British Columbia. […] Now, his cars will be sold at a live auction on Saturday, October 2 as part of season four of Rust Valley Restorers.

Although most of the sale will be for project or parts vehicles, bidders will have the opportunity to buy three restorations completed by Mike Hall and his Rust Valley crew on episodes of the show: a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro; a 1955 Chevy two-door station wagon; and a 1970 Chevy K5 Blazer.

I’ve been watching Rust Valley Restorers for a couple of years and enjoy the show quite a bit. Mike does have a terrible habit of acquiring cars that he can’t do anything with. This auction must be eating him up inside … 😕

Russian man from disputed island in taken into custody in Japan

(www.japantimes.co.jp)

A Russian man who claims to have come from one of the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between Tokyo and Moscow has been placed under protective custody in Hokkaido, the Japanese government said Monday.

The man has told immigration officials that he swam to Hokkaido, the sources said. He was reportedly wearing a wet suit at the time he was found. There have also been suggestions that he is seeking asylum in a third country.

How unusual this must be for the immigration officials …

B.C. photographer must pay couple $22,000 for failing to deliver wedding photos for six years

(nationalpost.com)

“The court must denunciate such behaviour and deter Mr. Bal for further victimizing others from his unsavoury business practices,” ruled Surrey provincial court Judge Valliammai Chettiar in a written decision after trial, using the terms “deterrence” and “denunciation” usually reserved for sentencing in criminal trials.

She chastised Bal for “numerous inconsistencies,” “evasive” answers on the stand, and “most troubling,” his “readiness to come up some narrative without any foundation or documentary support.”

“There is not a shred of evidence to support this assertion,” said Chettiar. “He appeared to be making up answers on the spur of the moment,” she said. He was a “completely unreliable witness. I reject his evidence.”

Hehehehe. I laugh at the silliness, but it must have been stressful …

How to disable battery charging?

(apple.stackexchange.com)

If you use a small piece of tape to block the middle (signal) pin on your MagSafe charger, your Mac will not charge because it can't identify the charger.

Tape over the MagSafe

Oh, this is a nice solution. I'll give this a try. My older MacBook Pro battery is expanding like an ageing sun, which has me worried that I'll wake up to a mess one morning. It's always plugged in, so this may resolve the issue …

Manitoba medical student expelled over 'pro-gun and pro-life' Facebook posts wins court ruling

(nationalpost.com)

A Manitoba medical student who was expelled after failing to satisfactorily apologize for his controversial views on guns and abortion has been granted a new adjudication of his expulsion. […] Rafael Zaki, a Coptic Orthodox student at the University of Manitoba who was supposed to graduate in 2022, posted three items on his Facebook page in February 2019. He was expelled in August 2019.

Expelled for posts on Facebook? This seems a bit excessive.

One year later, after losing two appeals within the university system, Zaki asked Manitoba’s Court of Queen’s Bench to review the decision made by the University Discipline Committee. Zaki said he was expelled “for holding conscientious and religious beliefs that abortion is harmful.” […] The university, meanwhile, said that it must ensure professional behaviour and attitudes in order for its students to become doctors, and that Zaki was expelled for failing to reach that standard “even after numerous attempts … to assist (him) in remediating his conduct.”

That sounds … awful. "Numerous attempts"? The student wants to become a doctor. A doctor generally wants "to do no harm". Just because people at a university may disagree with the student's position does not mean that the student should be ejected from the school. University is a place to explore and challenge ideas, not run away from them.

Ken Champagne, the provincial judge in the case, found that there was a perception of bias and the university discipline system had failed to consider Zaki’s Charter rights to freedom of expression. […] “The decision is quashed,” Champagne wrote, calling it “incorrect and unreasonable.”

Glad the provincial judge can see through the absurdity.

Zaki’s posts received 18 anonymous complaints to the university and he was brought in for meetings with top faculty members. Zaki agreed he had written the posts and that they were unprofessional. He then made five attempts to write an apology letter regarding the posts, none of which were deemed satisfactory.

Five attempts? Why were these unsatisfactory?

“Your fifth apology lacked sincerity, as no evidence of any personal exploration or self-examination of any of your attitudes was provided,” the 2019 expulsion decision states, according to court documents. “Further, you continued to apologize for the impact your article had on readers, suggesting it was their fault for being offended.”

So … taking this to the next logical step, if nobody is allowed to say something that might offend people, we are all limited to "Hello" and "Yes, thank you". All other language can be deemed offensive depending on the repeatability of the recipient. What an absurd notion.

After Zaki sent his second apology letter, Ripstein sent him a letter saying it was “not clear to us that you have had any change of your opinion on sensitive topics,” and that the belief of the Progress Committee — responsible for student evaluation within the college — was that Zaki should be expelled. Three more times, Zaki sent in apology drafts.

“It is hardly surprising that they were all deemed insufficient, as the Progress Committee had already concluded Mr. Zaki should be dismissed,” the judge wrote.

Yeah … that's the Canadian "education" system for you. Guilty until proven dead.

The judge also found that the university discipline system failed to consider Zaki’s Charter rights to freedom of expression. […] “He would not and could not change his deeply held pro-life religious beliefs,” Champagne wrote in his decision.

I fail to see why this belief is so egregious that a person can be expelled. Regardless of whether we agree or disagree, freedom of religion and expression are — for the moment — still a part of the Canadian charter. Why is it so hard for people to agree to disagree anymore? Why must everything be black and white? Oh, sorry … truth and fake.

The walls that abound around thought will do nobody any good. Canada is moving very quickly into the arms of a very destructive ideology and there doesn't seem to be very many people who are standing up to say "This is absurd. Stop."

I sincerely hope that more people do stand up to the ideologues who have held the education system hostage for 50+ years and move the country back towards accepting people for who they are … regardless of whether they are "right" or "wrong" on various topics.

Taylor Owen: China's dystopian digital future threatens us all

(nationalpost.com)

The recent political and economic history of China’s high-tech industry is important to understand because it is also a story about the direction the world is going — toward a society of increased surveillance, social control and centralized industrial power. China is a canary in the coal mine of where our own technology is headed. The dystopia of the Chinese surveillance state should serve as a wake-up call for democratic reforms.

Indeed …

Advices for MYSQL optimization with heavy tables

(stackoverflow.com)

We have a cryptocurrency platform made with PHP (Laravel) and MYSQL, we had some MYSQL problems on last months because of our big tables (1million+ rows). Seems that MYSQL can't work with so many rows (if I have a "SELECT * LIMIT 10" with 10 users at the same time the MYSQL never respond any request).

Sounds like a table without indexes …

We fixed those problems by splitting those rows in two tables, one that is like a "backup" and one that is constantly used (with just some rows).

Umm … seriously? That’s unnecessary …

But for now we're facing a problem because our main table "Users" is being heavy (300,000 rows) and I don't think we can split this table, also don't think this is the best way to work.

300K is not “heavy”. It’s a tiny table compared to what MySQL can handle …

This is our first project and we do not have much knowledge on database technology, can you please give us some advice on how to solve this kind of problem? Should we migrate to other database like Postgree?

PostgreSQL can be misconfigured and misused just like MySQL. This doesn’t sound like a problem with the engine.

Our server is a aws 96core 185GB ram and it never hit 100% usage.

Oh … my … goodness. That’s … immense.

Why is it that crypto people have scads of cash to blow and little brains to solve problems with?