Saturday, October 22, 2011

Man, Dolly Parton has really let herself go...

Bear feasts at candy store in Tenn. mountains

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) - A bear has feasted on pecan logs, caramel apples and other treats at a candy store in the Smoky Mountains resort town Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Employees reporting for work found the bear Wednesday morning at the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen, where the animal apparently had knocked a hole in a glass front door to enter, according to The Mountain Press ( ).

Police propped open several back doors and made loud noises, and the bear ran into the woods.

Nice... Typical GOP chauvinism.

NJ candidate's 'whore-in-bedroom' advice panned

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A political candidate in New Jersey is taking heat for tweeting that the way for a woman to keep her man is to be a "whore in the bedroom."

Republican state Senate candidate Phil Mitsch says he didn't mean to offend women. He says the comments were a version of advice given by others, including women.

Democrats attacked Mitsch for the tweet as well as others the candidate claims were doctored.

The state GOP has also withdrawn support, telling The Philadelphia Inquirer his comments made him unfit for office.

Mitsch's tweet read: "Women, you increase your odds of keeping your men by being faithful, a lady in the living room and a whore in the bedroom."

Even without the controversy, Mitsch was a long shot in solidly Democratic Camden County.

Heads Up!

German satellite expected to hit Earth Sunday

BERLIN (AP) - A defunct satellite is hurtling toward the atmosphere and pieces of it are expected crash to the Earth on Sunday, according to the German Aerospace Center.

Pieces of the ROSAT scientific research satellite are expected to hit sometime Sunday morning European time, or between about 0000 and 0500 GMT (8 p.m. EDT Saturday or 1 a.m. EDT Sunday), the agency said late Saturday.

Most parts of the minivan-sized satellite will burn up during re-entry into the atmosphere but up to 30 fragments weighing 1.87 tons (1.7 metric tons) could crash into Earth at speeds up to 280 mph (450 kph).

The satellite orbits every 90 minutes and it could hit almost anywhere along its path - a vast swath between 53-degrees north and 53-degrees south that comprises much of the planet outside the poles, including parts of North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Well, that would be entertaining at least...

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Rupert Boneham won over TV viewers during 2004's "Survivor: All-Stars" - earning a nifty $1 million as the overwhelming choice for fan favorite on the reality show. Now the bushy-bearded Boneham is hoping Indiana voters will find him just as charming.

Boneham, 47, announced Saturday that he's seeking the Libertarian Party nomination for Indiana governor, saying he wants to take on the state's political establishment because he feels voters deserve better.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Black Hat ® Technical Security Events: Webcast Series



Security news doesn't always wait for conference season. That's the guiding principle behind the Black Hat Webcasts – a regular series of live web events focusing on what's hot in Information Security. Each month, we'll bring together Black Hat speakers, independent researchers and leading experts to discuss relevant topics in security and give you a chance to ask questions live.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

I'm calling BS on this. | Federal Times biased?

 According to Federal Times:
"Federal employees are being increasingly concentrated into higher paygrades without taking on greater responsibility, according to a Federal Times analysis of government data."

Is this just sloppy work or a bias?

How, exactly, does Federal Times know that employees aren't taking on greater responsibility, unless they interviewed the employees?
They clearly haven't and state the same at the end of the article.

They talked to senior management? Because they are so aware of what is happening at the ground level?

What I see are GS staff doing more and more, as their co-workers have retired or left for better opportunities.  The climate is so bad now (no pay raises for 2 years, no support, no help, no new staff filling critical roles) that many are fleeing the federal ranks and most would not consider entering the federal workforce.

You can't fix the problem of the federal workforce by blaming the staff.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Interesting article

Tech Insight: Smartphones The New Lost And Stolen Laptops Of Data Breaches

Mobile device management and a new spin on user awareness training are essential to the enterprise mobile explosion

Oct 07, 2011 | 02:52 PM | 2 Comments

By John H. Sawyer
Dark Reading 
Enterprises have enacted full-disk encryption to protect themselves from their data being exposed through careless users. And the same trustworthy users who've left laptops in taxis or had them stolen from the local coffee shop are now forcing companies to deal with mobile devices that are smaller, always-on, unmanaged, and need to be plugged into the corporate network.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Easily the best idea in beer since ever!

Crowd-sourced craft beer


Forager is a new series of draft and (sometimes) 750ml bottled beer, brewed with ingredients harvested by you, the community.

Too many trees go unpicked: persimmons, pears, figs, paw paws. Seeds mature into a resplendent harvest, only to go untouched until frost. We hear it all the time: "We have a persimmon tree…but the fruit just falls to the ground and makes a mess." "Our pear tree produced more than we knew what to do with."

We know what to do with it. Let's make beer. Let's ferment what we forage.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

iClarified - Apple Will Give You $200 For Your iPhone 4

Apple Will Give You $200 For Your iPhone 4 
Apple's Reuse and Recycle program will give you a $200 Gift Card for your old iPhone 4 that can be used to score a new iPhone 4S (under contract) for free.

The $200 value is for a phone in good condition. If there is damage to your device it will be worth less.

Pre-orders for the new iPhone 4S are set to start at 12:01AM PST October 7th.

Hit the link below to see how much Apple will give you for your iPhone 4.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

This is a good move.

Facebook turns to Websense for malicious URL detection 

The goal is to protect users from clicking on links that take them to phishing and malware sites

Faceboo has partnered with security vendor Websense to protect its users from third-party malicious URLs spammed on the social networking website, the companies said on Monday.

Facebook has been plagued by malware distribution campaigns, survey scams and other types of threats for years now and despite the company's best efforts the attacks continue.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

iPhone 5 and iOS 5: What We Know So Far | PCWorld

iPhone 5 and iOS 5: What We Know So Far

iPhone 5 and iOS 5: What We Know So FarApple revs its next generation iPhone and iOS 5 mobile operating system next week. The details of Apple's announcement are unknown, but the veil of Apple silence is lifting - quickly. Earlier this week Apple sent out invitations to an October 4 event, tagged "Let's talk about iPhone." With the announcement date so tantalizingly close, it's time to take a look at what we know so far about the next iPhone and iOS 5.