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The department for agriculture, forestry and fisheries is currently considering options such as relocation, bringing in a companion duck, as well as wooden decoys to keep him company. Concrete replica birds were used in the case of Nigel the lonely gannet, who lived alone on the uninhabited Mana Island off the north of New Zealand until his death in February.

Now I want to write a science fiction novel about someone stranded on a desolate world, getting slowly more and more confused as aliens beyond their comprehension slowly litter the landscape with horrifying blank-faced mannequins.
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GnuPG can now be used to perform notarial acts in the State of Washington

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Washington State Electronic Notary Public endorsements

C.J. Collier cjac at colliertech.org
Mon Sep 17 20:53:02 CEST 2018


Hello folks!

I thought I'd write you to let you know about my recent conversation with
the Washington State Department of Licensing (DoL).  In July, I submitted
my application for renewal of my Notary commission.  This year, the WA
Notary laws changed to allow notaries to request an endorsement with
renewal or initial application <https://www.dol.wa.gov/forms/659007.pdf>.
Since I have a bit of experience
<http://www.colliertech.org/state/19.34_RCW/> with non-repudiation online,
I checked the box indicating a request for Electronic Notary Public
endorsement, listed "Collier Technologies LLC / GnuPG" as my software of
choice, and sent in the extra $15.  My application was processed and my
third commission as notary was approved on August 17th.

I received in the mail a letter dated September 6th 2018, however, which
informed me that the software I indicated "does not meet the requirements
<http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=308-30-130> of the enclosed
laws and rules."

The requirements indicated were:

Requirements for technologies and technology providers.
A tamper-evident technology shall comply with these rules:
(1) A technology provider shall enroll only notaries public who have been
issued an electronic records notary public endorsement pursuant to WAC
308-30-030 <http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=308-30-030>.
(2) A technology provider shall take reasonable steps to ensure that a
notary public who has enrolled to use the technology has the knowledge to
use it to perform electronic notarial acts in compliance with these rules.
(3) A tamper-evident technology shall require access to the system by a
password or other secure means of authentication.
(4) A tamper-evident technology shall enable a notary public to affix the
notary's electronic signature and seal or stamp in a manner that attributes
such signature and seal or stamp to the notary.
(5) A technology provider shall provide prorated fees to align the usage
and cost of the tamper-evident technology with the term limit of the notary
public electronic records notary public endorsement.
(6) A technology provider shall suspend the use of any tamper-evident
technology for any notary public whose endorsement has been revoked,
suspended, or canceled by the state of Washington or the notary public.

This all seemed to me to be something that GnuPG is designed to do and does
quite well.  So I sent an email on Friday night to the sender of the letter
requesting specific issues that my provider did not comply with.  This
morning I received a call from the DoL, and was able to successfully argue
for GnuPG's qualification as an electronic records notary public technology
provider for the State of Washington.

In short, GnuPG can now be used to perform notarial acts
<http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=42.45.140> in the State of
Washington!

Cheers,

C.J.
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Times Newer Roman: cheat your teachers with this slightly wider font clone

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Obviously it won't do if you hand in work digitally, but old-school teachers will surely be fooled by Times Newer Roman, a clone of the default font that fills about 10% more space. A clever mix of wider letterforms and kerning is at hand, and you can be sure of getting away with it because if teacher knew enough about type to notice they wouldn't be insisting on Times New Roman and page counts in the first place. [via Lifehacker]
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I'm totally going to buy these for the employees who absolutely can't function without a mobile computer, them leave it in the docking station at work 24/7.
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Can you rate sextortionists on Yelp?

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Violet's asking the important questions:

So, anyone else been following the low-key coverage on a wave of "sextortion" emails that hit the public a couple months back? I've been following these with a bit more interest than usual ... because I received one when they first went out.

And I loved it! I rate the extortionist 10/10, would be extorted by them again. The first thing I enjoyed about the extortion email was that they opened with "my" password ... which really was my password! Man, the memories it brought back. You know how passwords are like personal ice-core samples, going back through time? I mean before we all got password managers and made passwords we can't remember. Admit it: You look at old passwords and remember where you lived and what music you listened to and all those things that make you feel old now. Our old passwords carbon-date us.

Anyway, the sextortionist opened with a password that must've come from the 2001 Second Life hack and dump of Ye Olde Internet Days. I was hooked by their style! Then the sextortionist tried to shame me for masturbating to pornography on a computer and I was absolutely delighted. I mean, it's been so long since anyone tried to shame me for porn. I immediately wanted to email them back and ask which videos I watched! It never hurts to go retro, mix it up a little. I hoped it was something cool with my friends in it. What a bonus to introduce my sextortionist to some quality ethical feminist porn.

So, my extortionist said they'd taken dirty videos of me through my camera -- they weren't precise about which camera. I assumed it was the one on my laptop, which I always keep covered with a sticker. The extortionist said that if I didn't pay them in the coin of the realm, they would upload videos of me they recorded to some websites. That was when I knew I had to email them back. Which sites were they thinking of using? I have a few opinions on this. Also, I was going to have to let the sextortionists know that this might be a problem for them, considering the trademark on my name and all.

I got distracted by internet porn and never emailed them back.

Previously, previously, previously, previously, previously.

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