Thursday, May 31, 2012

'Bitter Seeds' film exposes epidemic of Indian farmer suicides

'Bitter Seeds' film exposes epidemic of Indian farmer suicides

May 30, 2012

Steve Bynum

Big agribusiness companies like U.S.-based Monsanto claim their genetically modified (GM) seeds offer effective solutions to feeding the globe’s exploding population. But there’s growing concern over such technological trade-offs. Even those of us who own iPhones have only to read the stories coming from the Apple/Foxconn plant in China to see that an easier life for us can come at great cost to the impoverished in the developing world.

These GM seeds are sterile and therefor don’t regenerate. Farmers can no longer depend on nature for their survival and are forced to buy from multinational agribusiness entities like Monsanto or ADM in order to plant anew. On the ground, small-scale farmers are losing their land. The situation is especially desperate in India, where an epidemic of farmer suicides has claimed over a quarter-million lives in the last 17 years. Every 30 minutes, one farmer in India, deep in debt, commits suicide.

Wednesday, Worldview talks with director Micha X. Peled, who had documented this epidemic in the film Bitter Seeds. It begins in 2004, when an American company introduced genetically modified seeds to the Indian market, with catastrophic results for local farmers. Bitter Seeds follows one farmer through a disappointing season of drought and parasite infestation. Required by a money-lender to put up his land as collateral, he gambles on everything he has. Bitter Seeds is the final film in Peled’s “Globalization Trilogy,” following Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town and China Blue.

Bitter Seeds screens Wednesday May 30) at the Gene Siskel Film Center as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Panel discussion with filmmaker, Arvind Ganeson of Human Rights Watch and Rebekah Silverman, associate director for Growing Home.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

KJ Choi on 18 at the Memorial

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Official Google Enterprise Blog: Google Apps receives ISO 27001 certification

Thinking about moving to Google apps, for better security, or to synchronize documents in the cloud that your business uses? Then think no more and act today. 

Google Apps receives ISO 27001 certification

Posted by Eran Feigenbaum, Director of Security, Google Enterprise

In the early days of the cloud, security concerns were often at the top of business minds as they considered moving to Google Apps. More recently, though, security has become a major reason businesses are moving to the cloud. The reason for this shift is that businesses are beginning to realize that companies like Google can invest in security at a scale that's difficult for many businesses to achieve on their own. This investment has produced an infrastructure and a set of services with robust data protections for our customers.

Today we are proud to announce that Google Apps for Business has earned ISO 27001 certification. ISO 27001 is one of the most widely recognized, internationally accepted independent security standards and we have earned it for the systems, technology, processes and data centers serving Google Apps for Business. Our compliance with the ISO standard was certified by Ernst & Young CertifyPoint, an ISO certification body accredited by the Dutch Accreditation Council, a member of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). Certificates issued by Ernst & Young CertifyPoint are recognized as valid certificates in all countries with an IAF member.

“As a multi-billion dollar, global provider of packaging and packaging solutions, MWV understands the value of international standards. Many of our own processes are ISO certified. So, I am thrilled that Google Apps, our core communications platform, is also now ISO certified with its recent ISO 27001 certification. This certification validates what I already knew, through due diligence, about Google Apps - that the technology, process and infrastructure offers good security and protection for the data that I store in Google Apps. I think it's important, find it assuring and am very pleased that Google Apps will be audited and certified to this Information Security Management System ISO standard on an ongoing basis”

- Chet Loveland, CISO and Global Compliance Officer, MWV

This new certification, along with our existing SSAE 16 / ISAE 3402 audits and FISMA certification for Google Apps for Government, help assure our customers that Google is committed to ongoing development and maintenance of a robust Information Security Management System (ISMS) that an independent, third-party auditor will regularly audit and certify. For more information on the security audits and certifications for Google Apps, please review our certification 1-pager.

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Monday, May 28, 2012

RT @LeeJanzen Thank you to all who serve the USA. I live in freedom because others laid down their lives for our country. There is no greater love. #USA

LeeJanzen
Thank you to all who serve the USA. I live in freedom because others laid down their lives for our country. There is no greater love. #USA
5/28/12 9:05 AM


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#Adorable Tweet today by @nickbilton: Dear tooth fairy…

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"Dear tooth fairy, uncle nicky knoct my tooth out in the pool. my tooth myt not be under my pilowe." http://t.co/pxlFkfCH
5/28/12 7:27 PM

Click here for the adorable note -> http://t.co/pxlFkfCH

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Corpse flower beginning to bloom

This is really cool, for all those gardening and Greenthumb types :-)

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Dozens of professional botanists, gardeners and the simply curious filled a small section of Ohio State University's Biological Science Greenhouse Facility tonight to welcome the rare bloom of Titan Arum, also known as Corpse Flower.
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New Orleans, newspapers and the beginning of the end

This is a great article on the inevitability of the demise of the paper print industry… With more and more people caring around electronic/mobile devices every day

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Newspapers like the New York Times may be piling up revenue from their paywalls, and Warren Buffett may be asserting his undying commitment to the small-town publications he has just acquired, but there continue to be signs that the printing of news on dead trees does not have a great and glorious future — and the latest is the news from Advance Publications that its New Orleans newspaper, the Times-Picayune, will no longer be printed daily. As painful as that decision likely is for the paper and many of its staff, not to mention its print readers, the Times-Picayune is grappling with a reality that almost every newspaper will have to face sooner or later, whether they want to or not.

David Carr of the New York Times broke the news that the paper was considering such a move on Wednesday, and his report was later confirmed by Advance, which said that it was forming a new company to manage both the newspaper and the New Orleans news website NOLA.com and would be letting go an unspecified number of staff, including several senior editors at the Times-Picayune. Instead of being printed daily, the newspaper will now only be available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Who will be the next one to stop publishing daily?

The Times-Picayune isn’t the only newspaper that is making these moves: Advance announced that three of its papers in Alabama will also be moving to a three-day printing schedule instead of being daily, and another paper owned by the company — the Ann Arbor News in Michigan — stopped printing daily in 2009, dropping to just Thursdays and Sundays. But as Carr notes, the change in New Orleans makes that city one of the largest and most significant American centers to be without a daily printed newspaper, and it raises a question that is probably in the back of every newspaper publisher’s mind: who is going to be next? As journalism professor Jay Rosen put it recently:

Printing itself remains important, and a revenue generator. But the newspaper company that is still organized around that act of production is the company whose stock you should short.

Billionaire Warren Buffett has gotten a lot of attention for buying Media General and its 63 publications in a $143-million deal, as though that somehow ensures a bright future for newspapers. But while Buffett says he is committed to the kind of community journalism that the small papers he is purchasing are theoretically known for, he is a businessman first and a newspaper-lover second — and he didn’t say anything about loving print. I don’t think the Berkshire Hathaway billionaire would hesitate for a second to make exactly the kind of moves that the Newhouse family and Advance Publications are making, or even to shut down the printing presses altogether if necessary.

As Hamilton Nolan notes at Gawker, printing news on dead trees doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense when you look at it rationally — at least, not as a way of delivering breaking news or real-time journalism or anything that would benefit from links, video, etc. Will people still read printed newspapers? Of course they will, in the same way that people still go to the theater or listen to the radio. But those industries are no longer the media powerhouses that they used to be, because the majority of their audience has moved elsewhere — and so have advertisers. And that is the printed newspaper conundrum in a nutshell.

A painful transformation that more will face

These financial pressures have led to what Ken Doctor calls a “forced march” towards printing fewer papers, and it is one that has created a hue and cry in the case of the Times-Picayune, in part because of that city’s history: the disastrous floods of 2005, and the havoc they wreaked on New Orleans, is something the region still hasn’t recovered from. The newspaper heroically continued to publish during the disaster — online at least — and became a lifeline for many, although its subscription levels have declined dramatically since. And this is why some are criticizing Advance and its decision so heavily, including one impassioned open letter that says:

Journalists risked their lives for the city they loved and justly received international recognition for their hard work. It was one the finest moments for your media empire. But you are about to turn that victory into a sad defeat. All of that hard work and recognition is going to be flushed away if the daily paper ceases operations.

Is that really true though? Perhaps the audience for the Times-Picayune‘s news will have to adjust, but if anything the example that it provided when it couldn’t publish in print — when the web was the only medium available — suggests that the newspaper could be just as effective, if not more so, although some seem to doubt this. Is it a painful transition to make? Of course it is, and all the more painful for the unknown number of print journalists who will lose their jobs. But the disruption caused by the web and digital media isn’t something that can be held at bay forever, not even by the sandbag strategy of a paywall.

The harsh reality is that printed newspapers are no longer one of the dominant methods of delivering news and information to people, and arguably haven’t been for some time. That doesn’t mean the skills and expertise of journalists who work for those institutions aren’t valuable any more — if anything, they are even more valuable (although they are also facing a lot more competition from things that don’t even look like journalism). But they need to be done in different ways, and a kind of reactionary, fetishistic attachment to printing things on paper is not going to help. As Betaworks CEO John Borthwick put it at paidContent 2012, media companies need to stop fixating on specific containers for information.

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Zanesville's Main Street joins National Road Yard Sale | Zanesville Times Recorder | zanesvilletimesrecorder.com

Zanesville's Main Street joins National Road Yard Sale | Zanesville Times Recorder | zanesvilletimesrecorder.com

ZANESVILLE --Although Zanesville's Main Street is part of the Ohio Historic National Road, until this year it has yet to be a part of the National Road Yard Sale, stretching 824 miles from Baltimore, Md., to St. Louis, Mo.

All that will change during Super Saturday, June 2, when Main Street will be lined with tables offering roadside treasures as part of the 7th annual yard sale that spans six states. Spaces are available for $10 per 8-foot space by calling Jeff Snyder at the Old Town Antique Mall at (740) 453-8694.

"I think that the more people we get involved in this, the bigger it is going to get," Snyder said, "Being a part of the biggest yard sale in the country is good for Zanesville."

The National Road was the only road to be funded entirely by the federal government and was commissioned by Thomas Jefferson in 1806. Also known as the "Road That Built the Nation," "The Old Trails Road," "The Cumberland Road," "The National Pike" and "The Old Pike," the National Road opened a trail to new settlement and eventually stretched 800 miles as the foundation for U.S. 40, which would link the country from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. Although U.S. 40 no longer reaches from ocean to ocean, ending outside of Park City, Utah, it remains a part of the National Scenic Byways program with Zanesville's Y Bridge listed as one of its many historic sites.

Fueled by the District Downtown group of downtown residents, artists, churches and businesses, the yard sale welcomes nonprofit groups and booster organizations to participate, according to Main Street business owner Pam Uddin of Two Peas Antiques and Art.

"Spaces are selling fast. It's going to be a terrific opportunity for people and groups to bring their own table and be a part of the National Road Yard Sale," Uddin said. "It keeps growing and growing. In our two-block area, we have it mapped out for 102 tables. At only $10 per space, people will make their money back in no time."

Becoming a part of the National Road Yard Sale this year is a first because the annual Gus Macker basketball tournament had presented a conflict in previous years.

"Others on Route 40 on either side of town had been able to participate, but not the downtown that the National Road runs right through," Uddin said. "Our downtown is on its way up."

Proceeds from table reservations will benefit the District Downtown's efforts to promote downtown Zanesville. Links to area Ohio Historic National Road Yard Sale Days participants can be found at www.facebook.com/ nationalroadyardsale.

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I saw this and thought all of my friends and family who are big sports trivia fans would like this new site called "who won the"

http://www.whowonthe.com/

All you do is type in the name of the event, I. E. – World Series, Indianapolis 500, American Idol, Grammy, etc. And then select the year, and you get all kinds of related videos links and information pertaining to said event. Very creative and unique site!

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New Jersey Mayor and Son Charged In Hacking Incident | SecurityWeek.Com

New Jersey Mayor and Son Charged In Hacking Incident

Felix Rogue and His Son Were Arrested for Hacking and Disabling a Website That Criticized the West New York Mayor 

The mayor of West New York, New Jersey and his son were arrested on Thursday for allegedly hacking into an e-mail account and website connected to an effort to recall the mayor, and harassing those behind the recall effort.

Mayor Felix Rogue Arrested for Hacking Website

FBI agents in Newark conducted an investigation that led to the arrest of Mayor Felix Roque and his 22-year old son, Joseph Roque, and charged the two with “gaining unauthorized access to computers in furtherance of causing damage to protected computers; causing damage to protected computers; and conspiracy to commit those crimes.”

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the compliant alleges that in early February 2012, a Hudson County resident and public official anonymously established and moderated the website www.recallroque.com, to post commentary and criticism of Mayor Roque and his staff.

Unhappy with the site, the compliant further alleges that in February 2012, the Mayor, 55, and his son attempted to hack into and take down the website and to "identify, intimidate, and harass those who operated and were associated with the site."

Shortly after their decision to attack the website, Joseph Roque had successfully hacked into various online accounts used in connection with the recall website. Joseph Roque then used that access to disable the website. Following the successful breach, Mayor Roque harassed and attempted to intimidate several individuals whom he had learned were associated with the recall website, the U.S. Attorney’s Office says.

According to reports from local news outlet CBS 2, an ambulance was called when Roque's ex-wife passed out in the courtroom during the initial appearance, and then got up saying “that’s my son.”

Gerald Lange, who lost the West New York mayoral election to Felix Roque, reportedly came to court to stare him in the eye, according to CBS 2’s Christine Sloan. “Coming from a man who called me ‘pretty boy commissioner’ and to see him in shackles is pretty sad, and to put his son through it and bring his son down like him that is a sad testament for a father to face,” Lange told CBS 2.

“It’s incredibly disappointing that resources have to be diverted from protecting the U.S. against cyber intrusions targeting critical infrastructure, federally funded research, and military technology to address a public official intruding into computer systems to further a political agenda,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward.

The conspiracy charge and hacking charges are each punishable by a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. The charge of causing damage to protected computers carries a maximum potential penalty of one year in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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@taralynnebarr gave a phenomenal performance in God Bless America by Bobcat Goldthwait

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Security Expert Fools, Records Fake Antivirus Scammers / Dark Reading

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Posted on Thursday May 24th at 10:45am

Fake antivirus scammers recently got more than they bargained for when they unknowingly dialed the home number of a Sourcefire security researcher who then lured them to an impromptu honeypot and recorded their activity on his machine.

Noah Magram, principal software engineer with Sourcefire, says it was about dinner time -- also known as telemarketing time -- last week when he decided to answer what appeared to be a local call according to his caller ID. Magram says he's not sure exactly what compelled him to answer the call during that infamous time of night, but it was his local area code in Oregon and "Borders" showing up on caller ID that tempted him to pick up.

The caller said he was from Microsoft and that Magram's computer had been sending multiple error messages to the software company. "He said they thought I had some viruses and malware," recalls Magram, who immediately knew that it was a scam. "It was surreal."

"I was curious. I wanted to see if they would send me to any websites or get me to download any malware, something that we could analyze. I was really curious about what their script was," Magram says.

Fake antivirus and security software scams are rampant, and typically occur via drive-by Web-borne infections where a user is hit after visiting a compromised site and then sees a pop-up message that his or her machine is infected. The attacker ultimately attempts to basically extort a subscription fee out of the victim to get his or her machine back in working order after locking it down. Most recently, a massive rogue AV scam targeted more than 200,000 Web pages and 30,000 different websites that was detected by Websense.

Others, like the one that Magram stumbled upon, are more direct social engineering scams, either by phone or email.

Patrik Runald, research director at Websense Security Labs, says Websense doesn't see as many of these social engineering-based attacks that mostly go after home users. "My mom and some of my friends did receive a similar phone AV scams and reported it to me," Runald says. "It's really a continuation of the fake/rogue AV scams that gets delivered to users PCs via drive-by's or social engineering. The people operating those scams already have call centers to receive 'support' calls from their 'customers,' so the step to make outbound calls isn't much of a reach."

[Actors looking to monetize from malware infections are continuing to invest in developing increasingly convincing fake software in order to maintain their cover. See Scareware Is Evolving.]

Magram says the agent on other end of the line did not appear to be technically adept and didn't stray much from his script. Magram played along from the comfort of his living room couch, pretending to be pulling up the event viewer on his Windows machine. "I said I saw a couple of warnings and errors in my event viewer, and he said 'that's malware,'" Magram says. Then without any introduction or warning, a new agent came on the phone and basically picked up where the first agent left off. He urged Magram to install a remote administration tool so the agent could get a closer look at the "problem."

So after 30 minutes of dragging out the call, Magram decided that this rare, firsthand look at a fake AV and security software scam was too good not to study up-close and record. So he started up a VMware virtual machine on his Windows PC. "I realized I could give them an environment to bang around in," Magram says. Upon the urging of the scammers, he installed LogMeIn, a legitimate remote access tool, and "Victor" the technician was then inside the machine. Magram recorded every click the scammers made.

At first, Victor tried to remotely bring up a website with information on the subscription options, but apparently fat-fingered the browser button, and the webpage for another legit RAT product, ShowMyPC.com, appeared instead. He eventually got the "company's" webpage to successfully load, and the agent carefully explained to Magram the various services and subscriptions they offer.

Interestingly and suspiciously, they no longer were pretending to be Microsoft at that point. "The website was not Microsoft's. Their story had changed, because initially, they said they were calling from Microsoft," Magram says.

Taking the bait
Magram finally "agreed" to a one-year subscription for a one-time $50 fee, and they pushed him a webpage using a legitimate card processing service. He typed in a test number, which rejected the transaction.

Then Victor systematically began disabling all Windows Services right there on the screen for all to see, while the agent on the voice call told Magram he would need to renew his subscription, noting that the machine was so compromised that they couldn't be "held responsible for what happens next."

"I asked the agent why they were disabling those things, and he said they are a list of malware. But they were obviously a list of standard Windows services," Magram says.

Victor continued the destruction, ultimately disabling VMWare as well. "I even asked what VM services are ... he insists they are malware," Magram recalls.

The scammers didn't give up easily, either. Even with the "rejected" credit card and no payment on the table yet from their mark, Victor rebooted the machine under Safe Mode while the agent on the line warned that there was so much malware on the machine that they wouldn't be responsible for what happened next. Magram knew that Victor's actions would disable the system altogether after a reboot, but the scammers apparently were trying one last-ditch effort to get him to cough up some cash.

He finally admitted to the scammers that they were on a VM, and he was a security expert who had been stringing them along. They quickly hung up.

Magram says he was surprised how low-tech the scammers actually were. Not only were they blatant about deleting the Windows services, but they also didn't realize they were trapped inside a VM, even when the VMware services appeared on the screen. "I had always wondered what their capabilities are" in these scams, he says. "But I was shocked how clueless and clumsy there were. They are placing thousands of these calls and they are not sophisticated."

And they didn't install any malware. "I thought that would be the first thing they would have done. I assume that when they 'fixed' the machine they would install the malware," he says.

Their approach was "so stone age," he says, using legitimate RAT tools and an unprofessional and shaky script by the caller. Even so, it's a social engineering scam, and those are the hardest to defend against, he says. The only real defense is educating users about these types of scams out there.

And catching the culprits behind it is unlikely. Magram was able to root out that their company's physical address, if legit, was in Utah, and that's about it. "It's doubtful they are set up in the U.S.," he says.

Magram said overall, the experience was interesting and kind of fun. "My wife was cracking up [in the background] and first couldn't figure out why I was talking to a telemarketer," he says.

"This is not something you'd expect as a software engineering [pro] at a security firm to have somebody call you who wants to won your box and it falls in your lap," he says.

Websense's Runald says he's scammed a few scammers in his day as well. “It's always interesting to turn the table on scammers. I've played along with the bad guys when it comes to job scams and other social engineering tricks and as soon as they figure out you know more than most they just stop communicating, just like what happened to Noah," Runald says.

Meanwhile, Magram has now posted a video of the scam online, which can be viewed here.


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Haddock and a couple bratwurst, with grilled onions #GrillOut!

Thanks to Nicole for telling me (last year) to add onions and peppers to the boiling water for the bratwurst! Flavor town baby!

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Rebel Squadrons - Google+

One of the cooler pages I've seen on G+ related to Star Wars. Thanks p2ii

https://plus.google.com/102794949317498755961/posts

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Another great night for a #GrillOut

Iowa man with zebra, parrot arrested for DUI in bar lot

This is definitely my new favorite headline!

Iowa man with zebra, parrot arrested for DUI in bar lot

So, this man with a zebra and parrot walks out of a bar --

No, it's not the set-up for a joke, but an intoxicatingly true story out of Dubuque, Iowa, according to news reports from the Hawkeye State.

Jerald Reiter, 55, of Cascade, Iowa, was backing his truck out of the Dog House Lounge parking lot Sunday night when police stopped him. His passengers? A small zebra in the back seat and a macaw parrot on his shoulder, the Telegraph Herald reports.

Officers said Reiter's blood-alcohol level was .14 (the limit is .08), so he was charged with driving drunk (officially, operating while intoxicated). He admits he was behind the wheel but was going to let his other passenger -- his human buddy -- do the driving, according to the local Gazette.

Reiter thinks someone in the crowd of gawkers called police to complain about the "welfare" of his novel pets, which often go for rides.

He said his local watering hole often allows pets, but not Sunday night, because the owner told him food was being served. TV station KCRG.com got a different story: no animals are ever allowed inside. (Will the bar owner be in the dog house if the alcohol and health inspectors stop by?)

Reiter's girlfriend, Vicki Teter, told the Gazette that their animals "are a big part of the family," and that she understands people's reactions to their exotic pets.

"It's not every day you see somebody that's got a zebra or a parrot in the house, and who knows tomorrow what might be in our house," she said.

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Better Business Bureau warns of scams targeting troops, veterans - News - Stripes

Better Business Bureau warns of scams targeting troops, veterans

The Better Business Bureau this week released a list of active scams targeting military veterans and their supporters.

Scams include those that target service personnel and their families, but also scams that appear to be charities helping military members.

“The unique lifestyle of our service members make them prime targets for scammers,” Better Business Bureau Military Line Director Brenda Linnington said in prepared remarks.

Recent and active military scams include:

  • Posing as the Department of Veterans Affairs for identity theft purposes by telling veterans they need to update their credit card, bank or financial records with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Charging service members for military records or other documents they could get for free or considerably lower cost.
  • Offering “instant approval” military loans with terms like “no credit check” and “all ranks approved” that can have high interest rates and hidden fees.
  • Selling products such as security systems to spouses of deployed military personnel by saying the service member ordered it to protect his or her family.
  • Selling stolen vehicles at low prices by claiming to be soldiers to need to sell fast because they’ve been deployed.
  • Convincing veterans to transfer their assets into fraudulent irrevocable investment trust schemes.
  • Posing as a lonely service member in a remote part of Iraq or Afghanistan on online dating services, then asking for money to be wired to a third party for a fictitious “emergency.”

The Better Business Bureau advised consumers to be wary of such tactics and any other solicitations that require them to transfer money or purchase something. They can check to see if the charity or firm is reputable free by using the Better Business Bureau website.
 

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Jony Ive: Apple doesn’t like ‘godless’ products

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Ahead of receiving his knighthood from the Queen, Apple’s Jony Ive has given a rare interview to the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph — outlining some of his thoughts and feelings on product design.

While the article focuses, perhaps unsurprisingly, on his links to Britain — his design education, how London’s a vibrant city and so on — and runs over the now-familiar details of his career, there are a few choice quotes where he explains a few things about his sensibility.

In particular, he mentions how Apple tries hard to make its customers feel that the products and services have a built-in sense of care. By that he means trying to instill a carefulness and thoughtful philosophy right through the product — and avoid the worry that producing millions of devices would somehow introduce a “godless” quality to the things it makes.

“We try to develop products that seem somehow inevitable. That leave you with the sense that that’s the only possible solution that makes sense.”

“I think subconsciously people are remarkably discerning. I think that they can sense care. I think it’s a wonderful view that care was important – but I think you can make a one-off and not care and you can make a million of something and care. Whether you really care or not is not driven by how many of the products you’re going to make.”

“One of the concerns was that there would somehow be, inherent with mass production and industrialisation, a godlessness and a lack of care.

“We’re keenly aware that when we develop and make something and bring it to market that it really does speak to a set of values. And what preoccupies us is that sense of care, and what our products will not speak to is a schedule, what our products will not speak to is trying to respond to some corporate or competitive agenda. We’re very genuinely designing the best products that we can for people.”

Though the allusion to “godlessness” may seem odd, but I suspect that he hasn’t turned to religion — and is in fact referring to the soullessness of many designed-by-committee, manufactured-by-the-ton products.

Given how rarely Ive steps into the limelight (even now) (he also spoke to London’s Evening Standard a couple of months ago) it’s worth a read: the rest of the interview is here.

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Amazing Tron Dance performed by Wrecking Orchestra

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Summertime…and the viewing is easy at #Hulu

I'm really excited for the new additions at Hulu this summer... so much so, I re-enabled my account, after I suspended it last year. They've come full circle on their offering and I like the way it's going!

 

http://blog.hulu.com/2012/05/20/summertime…and-the-viewing-is-easy/

Summertime…and the viewing is easy

May 20th, 2012 by Andy Forssell SVP of Content

Last summer, we delighted fans craving fresh summer viewing with our premier slate of exclusive series available for the first time in the U.S. only on Hulu and Hulu Plus. Cult U.K. favorite “Misfits” brought us superhuman delinquent teens, “Whites” took us behind-the-scenes of chef de cuisine Roland White’s egomaniacal antics, and “The Booth at the End,” now returning for its second season, introduced us to the darkest corners of the human condition.

This summer, we’re doubling down with a slate of ten new Hulu Original Series and Hulu Exclusivesviewers can’t see anywhere else. We searched the globe for strong stories that appeal to all kinds of entertainment fans, including comedy, sci-fi, travel, reality and even a little magic. Here’s a peek:

 

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Who's Pirating Game of Thrones, and Why? - Slashdot

Who's Pirating Game of Thrones, and Why?

Piracy Australia Television Entertainment Your Rights Online
Posted by timothy on Sunday May 20, @06:50PM
from the stop-abrogating-my-television-rights dept.
TheGift73 writes "In a few hours a new episode of Game of Thrones will appear on BitTorrent, and a few days later between 3 and 4 million people will download this unofficial release. Statistics gathered by TorrentFreak reveal that more people are downloading the show compared to last year, when it came in as the second most downloaded TV-show of 2011. The number of weekly downloads worldwide is about equal to the estimated viewers on HBO in the U.S., but why? One of the prime reasons for the popularity among pirates is the international delay in airing. In Australia, for example, fans of the show have to wait a week before they can see the latest episode. So it's hardly a surprise that some people are turning to BitTorrent instead. And indeed, if we look at the top countries where Game of Thrones is downloaded, Australia comes out on top with 10.1% of all downloads (based on one episode). But delays are just part of the problem. The fact that the show is only available to those who pay for an HBO subscription doesn't help either."

Posted via email from Tony Burkhart

It's that time again! #grillout