Figureitout June 20, 2013 1:36 PM

Lol, the FBI’s watching too. They need that all black benz/bmw to make up for other shortcummings…

ishouldbeworking June 20, 2013 2:11 PM

I once thought of adding several “key words” to my email signature block. But, then I considered that it might lead to an Obstruction of Justice or Interference with a Federal Investigation charge.

Curt June 20, 2013 2:44 PM

Beautiful! Now if a few million Americans (a million Paul Reveres) were sending similar messages, the snoops would be overwhelmed. An open source app could automate it all including randomized destinations. The same technique could be used to defeat marketers

Luke June 20, 2013 3:22 PM

@ishouldbeworking @Curt
I believe this was the thinking behind the “M-x spook” command in Emacs

Also reminds me of the short film “Me and the Big Guy”:
Hilarious and increasingly true.

Deadpan June 20, 2013 3:53 PM


I think if they’re so good at spying (are they?), they probably would have good spam filters.

Dirk Praet June 20, 2013 7:19 PM

Jack and Jill at school are being asked by their teacher what their fathers do for a living.
Says Jill: “My dad is working as an accountant for a big company.”
Says Jack: “Mine is working as a male stripper at a gay nightclub.”
When walking home, Jill expresses surprise to Jack about his dad’s line of work. Says Jack: “Actually he’s working for the NSA, but I was way too ashamed to say so in front of the whole class.”

phred14 June 21, 2013 8:00 AM

I thought that emacs has or used to have some sort of keystroke, “ctl-alt-meta-X” or something like that which would add such “NSA-bait” to the end of whatever file you were editing at the time. Given that many used to use emacs for practically everything, including composing email, it seemed like a fun idea. Recently the topic of NSA-baiting came up again, and I tried to find the magic-keystrokes, and couldn’t. Does anyone know if this little Easter-egg is still in emacs?

Clive Robinson June 21, 2013 6:38 PM

@ Figureitout,

    They need that all black benz/bmw to make up for other shortcummings…

Yup their shortages are such that, short as they may be in that dept, it would appear that they also don’t have lead in their pencils either. Apparently it was the type of person J Edgar felt most comfortable around and the recruitment policy has stuck ever since….

Clive Robinson June 21, 2013 6:50 PM

@Dirk Praet,


I’ve said for quite some time the way to deal with these sort of self important types is via humour, if enough jokes are told about them then they become a joke in most peoples eyes.

And that robs them not only of authority but any kind of respect including self respect. It also gets to the politicos, after all they don’t want to be seen as giving money to a bunch of halfwits that everybody is laughing at Because that makes the politicos look less bright than the bunch of halfwits jokes standing there with their hands out….

Figureitout June 21, 2013 9:47 PM

Clive Robinson
–Yeah, they must be sniffing it. Oddly enough, it appears they value their privacy. I reason assassination attempts on me warrants at the very least some privacy violations. Me and my dad have already made a pact we’re stabbing home intruders in the eyeballs so they better be good.

Clive Robinson June 23, 2013 6:21 AM

@ Jonathan,

I need that on a T-Shirt right now 😉

In fact with the news the way it is at the moment they might sell rather well 🙂

@ Figureitout,

It’s funny you should mention “home intruders” a little while ago I was in my house and heard somebody playing with the back door. I went into the kitchen and saw someone walking around towards the French Windows. In front of me I had two knife blocks including meat cleavers (I enjoy cooking and charcutery) and many pans.

My first instinct was for the 12inch cooks knife, but my brain over rode it so I went for the old 8inch sauce pan. Needless to say the trespasser became agressive and grabed a weapon (broke the trellis off the fence) and a fight followed, in which he discovered just how painfull smashing you fist into a solid base saucepan can be. Any way I evicted him and his companion from the property and I called the police who turned up rather rapidly.

Any way the police arrested and charged the two, but unfortunatly the Criminal 0rosecution Service decided not to follow it up despite the evidence. Any way on explaining to the police why I went for the saucepan and not the meatcleaver or other knives he had a good look at the saucepan and it had a significant dent in it in a place it should not have easily dented. Thinking back it could only have happened when the trespasser swung the trellis at my head. I’ve since worked out by experiment just how much force it hit with… Lets just say if it had hit my head it would probably have gone through the skull.

Further if I had been holding a knife it would not have stopped the trellis, so I got lucky that day my choice of a mainly defensive rather than offensive weapon probably saved my life.

Figureitout June 23, 2013 11:35 AM

Clive Robinson
–Good, and interesting. Nice to see the police making themselves useful. They seem to show up to my places when I’m gone, saw one on the way there as I was going to class…I don’t think I would’ve had the same restraint.

Can’t wait to begin construction on my bunker/lab.

Figureitout June 23, 2013 12:53 PM

Clive Robinson
–I also have reason to believe the murder will happen w/ chemicals, the defenses to that are pretty impractical; so it’s just a matter of time. I have spotted a new possible assassin so I’ve got some more worthless work to do. Looking to get pictures, we’ll see.

Tobi June 24, 2013 3:57 AM

@ ishouldbeworking
I like the „key-word“ idea. If enough people would do so, it will boost the amount of required automated analizing logic, and it might would make all thoose surveillance tools just too expensive.

Well, thats just an security through obscurity solution, but it might be one which would actually work…


Jacob June 25, 2013 10:07 AM

Absolutely. Humor, ridicule, and sarcasm are our greatest weapons. Power hates when the people use those. Combined with an unwilliness to budge? The people win.

Here the politicians absolutely freaked out when the tea party started showing up a meetings. Their boring staged meetings. Not a comment on merits or anything else. But IRS scrutiny, lobbying etc. were ramped up. Kind of fun to watch. A little anarchy is a good thing in a democracy! 🙂

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