Last week, we wrote about how a UK blogger named DoctorBeet became suspicious that his LG Smart TV was phoning home with more information about his use of the TV than he might have liked.
Some investigation with Wireshark followed – that’s a free, powerful and highly recommended network packet sniffer – and his suspicions were confirmed.
Even after he expressly turned off the clumsily but unambiguously named “Collection of watching info” option, his TV continued to send back information (or to steal it, if you want to call a specialised earth lifting leverage tool a spade) that any reasonable person would consider none of the TV maker’s business.
LG’s initial response, reports DoctorBeet, was pretty much to disown all resposibility for the firmware in its device:
Egypt’s interior minister on Sunday accused the Muslim Brotherhood of financing radical Islamists linked to Al Qaeda to carry out terror attacks in Egypt following Mohamed Morsi’s ouster in July.
Mohamed Ibrahim made the claims to reporters as he announced the arrest of dozens of “extremists” – the minister said that state security forces had arrested more than 50 members of radical groups who had links to Al Qaeda, Agence France Presse reported.
Ibrahim added that the suspects were arrested in connection with the violent attacks on police and soldiers that have increased rapidly since Morsi was ousted by the Egyptian army in early July.
According to the minister, the Brotherhood – Egypt’s largest Islamist party – “supports and massively finances from abroad numerous radical terrorists in several groups” that have since the summer “launched a series of terrorist acts seeking to sow terror,” AFP reported.
Seven of the 16 participants still are living, with length of survival ranging from 60.7 to 82.7 months after diagnosis. Six of the patients also were “progression free” for more than five years, meaning the tumors did not return or require more treatment during that time. Four participants still remain free of disease with good quality of life at lengths ranging from 65.1 to 82.7 months following diagnosis. One patient who remained free of brain cancer for five years died of leukemia.
“We expect this problem to peak on Friday afternoons,” said David Ullard, the CYO of Boulder-based productivity and workplace security action group Boulder Online Regulators of Interactive Network Games. “This is a true cross-platform threat, with modules for Windows, Mac and Linux users, each accessible with just a single click from any major browser.”
Ullard, whose research has revealed that the site uses a command-and-control protocol called HTTP over network port 80, warns that some firewalls already permit this sort of traffic by default.
Fall 1944 saw the sustained strategic bombing of Japan. It began with a reconnaissance flight over Tokyo by Tokyo Rose, a Superfortress B-29 bomber piloted by Capt. Ralph D. Steakley, who grabbed over 700 photographs of the bomb sites in 35 minutes. Next, starting the first week of November, came a string of B-29 raids, dropping hundreds of tons of high explosives on Iwo Jima, in order to keep the Japanese fighters stationed there on the ground and useless for a counteroffensive. Then came Tokyo.
Many historians think that this was more important than the atomic bomb.
… When you count those who are subtracted from the tallies of the unemployed because they have been unemployed too long to continue receiving unemployment benefits, the rate that we come up with is closer to 14 percent. Add to that those who are underemployed — working part time and seeking full time work — and it is higher still.
Just as disturbing is the decline in American earnings. Low wage employment outpaces social mobility, and median household earnings in America fell 4.8 percent between 2009 and 2012. According to all indicators, earnings have still not recovered. The poverty rate persists at around 15 percent, a high from which it has not come down since 2010, and a rate we have not seen consistently since the 1960’s.
These numbers illustrate the destruction of our children’s futures, the erosion of the quality of life of our people, and the erosion of opportunity in our country. Politicians and members of the media should be consistently focusing their attention on the economy. …
(How about them Broncos? …. That didn’t really help.)
Along with the autumn snow flurries, there is a certain touchiness in the Wyoming air among the state’s Republican establishment.
“It’s bruising people,” former senator Alan K. Simpson says of the topic of pretty much everyone’s conversations these days. “When you get a call from Dick or Lynne, and you love them, you don’t want to say no. It’s got Wyoming in a turmoil.” …
… The scant polling thus far indicates that Cheney is running far behind Enzi. But the primary is still nearly nine months away; in the meantime, even social situations in Wyoming are starting to get tricky.
That is especially true for those who are trying to maintain their impartiality and their good relations with both sides.
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Madagascar’s experts say political microcosm in Madagascar will be changed by unexpected alliances of candidates after the final results of the first round of presidential election held on Oct. 25 was proclaimed by the Special Electoral Court (CES) on Friday.
CES President Rakotozafy Francois said among 33 candidates participating in the first round, Jean Louis Robinson, who took the lead with 21.16 percent of the votes, and Hery Rajaonarimampianina, who came the second with 15.85 percent of the votes, will enter a run-off set for Dec. 20 as none acquired 50 percent of the tally.
Back in 2009 — right before the 2010 census of the nation was taken — there was an announcement that the Obama administration had decided that the Census Bureau would report to senior White House aides.
Which brings us to two solutions that might work better and make the game more a game of skill than a game of kill — one by improving the crucial equipment, and one by taking a page from football’s cousin, soccer, where players are almost entirely unprotected.
In addition to the cracked helmet, college and professional football needs a Red Card, which is what soccer referees use to punish players for egregious and unprofessional attacks on others. A Red Card on the soccer field has two consequences. First, the offending player is ejected and then barred from the next game. But more important from the team’s point of view, the ejected player cannot be replaced on the field, meaning the team has to play one down. The team and the coaches have great incentive to teach players to use their skills rather than brute force to achieve their ends. And the player’s loyalty to his team will help ensure that he curbs his more violent hits in order to stay in the game. The same would be true in football — when a team has an incentive to play skillfully, thuggery will disappear.
Currently, wealthy nations such as Britain offer donations following a natural disaster.
But last night a group of nations came together to argue extreme events, such as droughts or typhoons, are becoming more frequent because of man-made global warming.
In a heated debate last night, the 191 nations addressed the idea of some members paying ‘compensation’ to poor countries for natural disasters.
A group of 130 nations led by China even called for scientists to examine historical emissions dating back to the time of the industrial revolution in 1850.
The principle has dominated the negotiations at Warsaw, with Britain and other developed nations refusing to countenance the idea of an automatic compensation fund, concerned over the repercussions over legal liability.
Yet a population of roving turkeys on Staten Island has become a mess-making, traffic-stopping scourge to some residents, an impromptu natural attraction to others and a fraught project for government officials.
Since dozens of the turkeys were rounded up and killed this summer, the birds’ future has become a topic as heated as a Thanksgiving meat thermometer.
“We don’t want to kill them. We just want them to leave us alone,” says Barbara Laing, who watched as at least 50 turkeys converged outside her house around sundown one recent evening with a chorus of honks — their own and those of drivers futilely trying to shoo them out of traffic.
The idea behind the plot was simple, but ingenious: the spoon would set off alarms at airport security, whereupon the unwilling bride-to-be could explain her situation to a law enforcement officer who could then intervene to protect her.
The ploy evidently worked, and has been adopted since by other young women in the UK, most of them British-born, who are sent to their parents’ original homes and villages in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and elsewhere to marry first cousins they have never met, conscribed to a life of servitude and worse.
Archaeologists have unearthed what may be the oldest — and largest — ancient wine cellar in the Near East, containing forty jars, each of which would have held fifty liters of strong, sweet wine. The cellar was discovered in the ruined palace of a sprawling Canaanite city in northern Israel, called Tel Kabri. The site dates to about 1,700 B.C. and isn’t far from many of Israel’s modern-day wineries.
Political Correctness Could Affect Holiday Weight Gain
It’s that time of year when Americans start focusing on holiday celebrations, many of which will involve high-caloric food. As the festivities proceed, so do countless tips for keeping off extra weight this season.
Marketing doctoral student Peggy Liu and Fuqua marketing professor Gavan Fitzsimons led a team that conducted multiple experiments into how people choose between healthy and unhealthy food options when they are picking for both themselves and another person.
Some Capitol Hill lawmakers have been clamoring to shutter the companies ever since the government seized them at the height of the 2008 housing crisis. President Obama also has publicly called for an end to the two institutions.