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  • Intel finds critical holes in secret Management Engine hidden in tons of desktop, server chipsets

    11/22/2017 1:44:20 PM PST · by dayglored · 37 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 20, 2017 | Thomas Claburn
    Bugs can be exploited to extract info, potentially insert rootkits Intel today admitted its Management Engine (ME), Server Platform Services (SPS), and Trusted Execution Engine (TXE) are vulnerable to multiple worrying security flaws, based on the findings of external security experts.The firmware-level bugs allow logged-in administrators, and malicious or hijacked high-privilege processes, to run code beneath the operating system to spy on or meddle with the computer completely out of sight of other users and admins. The holes can also be exploited by network administrators, or people masquerading as admins, to remotely infect machines with spyware and invisible rootkits, potentially.Meanwhile,...
  • How to drink Scotch without looking like a novice

    11/21/2017 8:27:19 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 174 replies
    epicurious ^ | 10/21/2017 | By Becky Hughes |
    Why is Scotch whisky so intimidating? There's something about this spirit — which is really nothing more than malt or grain-based whisky made in Scotland — that's got an intimidating rep. Well, once you know how to drink Scotch — and learn that it's not so scary after all — you'll be that cool, breezy bar-goer sipping Scotch like it's no biggie. First, the basics: all Scotch whisky has to meet certain legal standards to be granted it's name. Chiefly, it must be aged in oak barrels for at least three years. Scotch comes in two forms, single malts (all...
  • Can YOU pass this maths quiz without cheating? (tr)

    11/21/2017 12:58:35 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Nov 21, 2017 | MARTHA CLIFF
    For most of us numeracy tests are a distant memory, so you may need to swot up before taking on this tricky quiz. The new test shared by Playbuzz challenges your knowledge of maths, and only a select few will make it to the end unaided. The quiz's creator, Michael Rodgers, claims just three per cent of the population will be able to ace his test without the help of a calculator. The 15 sums include multiplication, subtraction, percentages and division - taking you straight back to childhood maths lessons. Think you're smart enough to pass? Scroll down to take...
  • Arie L. Kopelman Gets His First Tattoo at 79

    11/20/2017 11:05:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 20, 201 | Ian Mohr
    Former Chanel president Arie L. Kopelman became an unlikely Instagram star when his famous family — wife Coco, son Will and daughter Jill Kargman — posted pics of the mogul getting a tattoo in a dad-ish sweater vest on Sunday.
  • Microsoft Appears to Have Lost the Source Code of an Office Component (Patched a Binary)

    11/20/2017 9:43:38 PM PST · by dayglored · 30 replies
    Bleeping Computer ^ | Nov 18, 2017 | Catalin Cimpanu
    The way Microsoft patched a recent security bug has made several security and software experts believe the company might have lost the source code to one of its Office components.Experts reached this conclusion this week after Microsoft patched a security vulnerability tracked as CVE-2017-11882 that affected EQNEDT32.EXE — the equation editor that was included with the Microsoft Office suite until 2007.While Microsoft has replaced the old EQNEDT32.EXE component with a new one in 2007, the older file is still included with all Office installations to allow users to load and edit equations created with the old component.The way Microsoft patched...
  • FEATURED Nancy Zieman, founder of Nancy's Notions in Beaver Dam, dies

    11/18/2017 9:36:19 PM PST · by Califreak · 17 replies
    Daily Citizen ^ | 11/14/17 | Daily Citizen Staff
    Nancy Zieman, who founded Nancy’s Notions in Beaver Dam and became a nationally known figure in the sewing community, has died from cancer. Zieman, 64, was an educator, author, pattern maker, television producer, entrepreneur and innovator who is probably best known for her public television show “Sewing With Nancy.” She hosted the program since 1982 and announced earlier this year that she would no longer be producing the show due to her ongoing illness. Tacony Corp. purchased Nancy’s Notions in 2003, but Zieman remained involved as a spokeswoman and educator.
  • Vanity Fair Fashion Staff Nonplussed by New Editor’s Personal Style

    11/18/2017 7:27:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    WWD ^ | November 17, 2017 | Misty White Sidell
    Radhika Jones joins the magazine next month with extensive literary and editorial experience.Radhika Jones is learning the ways of One World Trade. Having been named the new editor in chief of Vanity Fair only this week, Jones, 44, headed to downtown Manhattan to get acquainted with the magazine’s staff. But while Jones may have been editorial director of the books department at The New York Times, an alum of Time magazine and The Paris Review, a graduate of Harvard and holds a doctorate in English and comparative literature from Columbia — none of this impressed Condé Nast-ers. They, instead, were...
  • LIGO Sees Smallest Black Hole Binary Yet

    11/18/2017 4:40:58 PM PST · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 21 replies
    Sky & Telescope ^ | November 16, 2017 | Camille M. Carlisle
    On November 15th, five months after the spacetime ripples jiggled LIGO’s instruments, astronomers announced the detection of their sixth gravitational-wave discovery, which is the fifth from the merger of two black holes. The event, GW170608, came from the union of the smallest black holes scientists have yet “seen” using this technique. The waves hit LIGO at 02:01:16 Universal Time on June 8th, during the project’s second observing run (November 30th to August 25th). Their passage triggered the alarm at the site in Livingston, Louisiana, but the detector in Hanford, Washington, was under routine maintenance and had its alert system turned...
  • Why hunters are trading in traditional hunting rifles for the AR-15

    11/18/2017 6:57:29 AM PST · by Simon Green · 106 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 11/17/17 | Jack Billings
    AR-15s have long been a symbol of the tactical world, but black rifles are slowly creeping their way past military and law enforcement applications and into the world of hunting. Touting more caliber options, efficiency and modularity, the versatile platform is transforming the way hunters down prey, but what’s causing hunters to ditch traditional rifle set-ups in favor of modern sporting rifles? The biggest benefit to the AR, or modern sporting rifle, platform has always been its modularity. Unlike traditional bolt-action setups, gun owners can easily swap between an almost endless sea of uppers and lowers. This ability to...
  • Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style (Dot Matrix? Who knew?)

    11/17/2017 4:00:31 PM PST · by dayglored · 27 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 17, 2017 | Shaun Nichols
    Updated Microsoft's latest batch of software updates for Windows has been blamed for a mysterious ailment befalling some poor old Epson dot-matrix printers.Reg readers let us know that, after installing this week's Patch Tuesday payload from Redmond, their Windows boxes no longer work with Epson's dot matrix printers (which are still a thing, apparently, especially among those working with accounting software like Sage)."I had two clients today whose Epson dot matrix printers stopped working after applying this month’s cumulative update on Windows 10 and Windows 7," one tipster told us. "It just seems to eat the print job."In a discussion...
  • 3D Printing Gives Hackers Entirely New Ways to Wreak Havoc

    11/16/2017 11:42:02 PM PST · by fireman15 · 26 replies
    Hrvard Business Review ^ | October 25, 2017 | by Alessandro Di Fiore
    For the last decade, the 3D printing sector has been dominated by closed systems, in which 3D printers could only be used with the manufacturer’s resin and software. The trouble with closed systems is that they limit innovation. One printer manufacturer alone cannot offer the variety of materials needed for the thousands of potential 3D printing applications. As a result, the development of new end-user applications and materials has stalled, and growth in 3D printing has plateaued. To break out, the industry must reinvent itself and become open. There has been progress in that direction. Players from adjacent industries have...
  • 'Sewing with Nancy', Nancy Zieman dies following battle with cancer

    11/16/2017 9:03:49 AM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    Fox ^ | Nov. 14, 2017 | wsaw
    BEAVER DAM, Wis. (WSAW) -- Nancy Zieman, the host of 'Sewing with Nancy' had died following a battle with cancer. Wisconsin Public Television states 'Sewing With Nancy' is the longest-running sewing series on television. It debuted in 1982. An educator, author, pattern maker, television producer, entrepreneur and innovator, Zieman inspired millions of sewing and quilting enthusiasts throughout her career.
  • Drunk Michigan man found covered in blood, screaming, waving deer meat in parking lot

    11/15/2017 9:30:22 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 44 replies
    click on detroit ^ | 11/15/17 | Ken Haddad
    MASON COUNTY, Mich. - A man was arrested Monday afternoon after police found him acting "extremely bizarre" in a parking lot in Northern Michigan. WPBN reports police were called to an BP Gas Station in Scottville (just East of Ludington), Michigan, for a man walking around the parking lot covered in blood and sitting in a car that did not belong to him. Police arrived and found the man in the car. When they approached, the 62-year-old man rushed at them, screaming and began trying to attack the deputies. The man, identified as Roy Purple, was arrested for the attempted...
  • FASTEST RC TURBINE MODEL JET IN ACTION 727KMH 451MPH FLIGHT

    11/15/2017 10:34:46 AM PST · by Rebelbase · 30 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8/30/17 | RC Media World
    Full Title: FASTEST RC TURBINE MODEL JET IN ACTION 727KMH 451MPH FLIGHT TRAINING WORLD RECORD TRAINING PART 2Best thing I've seen all week. Action starts at 2:25.Video Here.
  • Honoring Nancy Zieman

    11/14/2017 6:17:59 PM PST · by madison10 · 11 replies
    Nancy Zieman Blog ^ | 11/14/2017 | Nancy Zieman Productions
    Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC. is saddened by the death of our friend and colleague, Nancy Zieman, longtime host of the Sewing With Nancy TV show on Public Television. Thank you, Nancy, for a life filled with inspiration, education, and grace. We extend our condolences to Nancy’s family, friends, colleagues, viewers and readers. We all miss her so much. After a long battle with cancer, Nancy passed away at home, surrounded by family, on November 14, 2017. A private funeral service is planned with family and close friends.
  • ‘Sex Addicts’ Are Facing Mounting Cries of ‘BS!’

    11/14/2017 2:11:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 14, 2017 | Ben Graham
    Hollywood’s latest scandals have rocked the world and put sex addiction back in the limelight. Celebrities like Tiger Woods and David Duchovny have famously sought treatment for sex addictions. And now, after the recent revelations concerning Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, both stars have checked themselves into rehab. So is sex addiction real? Or is it just an excuse for bad behavior
  • Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020 (Resistance is Futile)

    11/13/2017 6:18:16 AM PST · by dayglored · 43 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 13, 2017 | Andrew Silver
    Never go full Windows Munich city council's administrative and personnel committee has decided to move any remaining Linux systems to Windows 10 in 2020.A coalition of Social Democrats and Conservatives on the committee voted (PDF, in Deutsche, natürlich) for the Windows migration on Wednesday, Social Democrat councillor Anne Hübner told The Register.Munich rose to fame in the open-source world for deciding to use Linux and LibreOffice to make the city independent from the claws of Microsoft. But the plan was never fully realised – mail servers, for instance, eventually wound up migrating to Microsoft Exchange – and in February the...
  • HELP! Where Can I find a PDF list of DWM Cartridge Numbers?

    11/12/2017 8:22:20 AM PST · by txnativegop · 13 replies
    November 12, 2017 | me
    Where can I find a pdf list of DWM cartridge numbers?I had such a pdf on my old computer but it died unexpectedly and to my everlasting shame, I did not have a back up copy of the list.I have tried to find the list on the internet again, but I have been unable to do so.
  • Lamborghini creates world's first 'self-healing' sports car

    11/11/2017 2:49:30 PM PST · by mairdie · 47 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11 November 2017 | Nicola Harley
    Lamborghini has created the world's first self-healing sports car. The Terzo Millennio, which translates as third millennium in Italian, has the ability to detect and repair cracks in its body work. Using sensors the car can conduct its own health check to detect any damages and self-repair itself by filling the crack with nanotubes to prevent it spreading. The super car was created in collaboration with researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston. ... The all-electric car is powered by supercapacitors rather than conventional batteries. ... Each of the car's wheels includes its own integrated electric engine...
  • Microsoft president says the world needs a digital Geneva Convention

    11/10/2017 12:32:34 PM PST · by dayglored · 15 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 10, 2017 | John Leyden
    Microsoft president Brad Smith appeared before the UN in Geneva to talk about the growing problem of nation-state cyber attacks on Thursday.Smith, also Redmond's chief legal officer, last month publicly accused North Korea of the WannaCry ransomware attack.During the UN session on internet governance challenges, Smith made the case for a cyber equivalent of the Geneva Convention. He started off by noting the sorry state of IoT security before arguing that tech firms and government each have a role to play in reining in the problem."If you can hack your way into a thermostats you can hack your way into...