Monthly Archives: May 2016

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Comment Of The Day: Because It’s Easy Edition

I’ve been reading about automotive clean air regulations for nearly a decade now and I still don’t totally understand whether or not cars are punished too harshly for what they do.

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Court says police don’t need warrants for phone location data

You would think that police would require a warrant to get your phone's location info, right? Not according to the US' Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. It just ruled that asking a company for cellphone location data you've offered to a third-party…

Page Six says Disney wants reshoots on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Ben Mendelsohn as an unnamed Imperial officer on the bridge of the Death Star. (credit: Disney)

Page Six, a gossip and culture spinoff of the New York Post, reported yesterday that Disney executives are unhappy with the current version of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the spinoff that’s supposed to tell the story in between Star Wars episodes III and IV. According to anonymous sources, the movie is now scheduled for an “expensive reshoot” over the summer, ahead of its December release.

A source elaborated that, “the movie isn’t testing well” and “Disney won’t take a back seat.”

Screen testing of a movie is common in Hollywood and tweaking the film according to the screen tester’s comments is routine, but the Page Six sources seem to suggest these alterations go beyond that.

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BMW May Be Reviving The 8-Series: Report

BMW has been busy collecting 8-Series vehicle monikers with trademark applications including the “M8" title, with a “BMW insider” spilling to Auto Express plans for a luxury GT car to take on the new Mercedes S-Class Coupe.

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Intel’s new “Kaby Lake” CPUs are already showing up in PCs at Computex

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Intel’s main Computex announcement was the launch of its high-end (and high-cost) Broadwell-E chips, but the company also made a passing mention of a couple of next-generation architectures for mainstream and low-end systems that will ship in finished systems by the end of the year.

The most significant of these two architectures is Kaby Lake, the replacement for Skylake. Kaby Lake breaks from the “tick-tock” schedule that Intel has followed for most of the last decade; that schedule has been replaced by something Intel calls “Process, Architecture, Optimization,” in which it introduces a new process (formerly a tick), introduces a new architecture on that process (formerly a tock), and then tweaks the architecture without changing the process. Kaby Lake is an “optimization” and will be built on the same 14nm process as Skylake.

Intel has said very little about Kaby Lake, and aside from confirming that the CPUs will be called “seventh-generation Core” processors and that they’ll definitely be shipping later this year, it didn’t reveal much new information at Computex. Previous rumors and leaks point to expanded 4K video playback capabilities, including support for HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 and hardware decode support for 10-bit HEVC and VP9 videos. The processors should also be socket-compatible with Skylake, provided your motherboard OEM provides a BIOS update to add support. Rumors say the Kaby Lake launch will start with low-voltage Core i3/i5/i7 and Core m3/m5/m7 CPUs for laptops and convertibles first and come to desktops later—Asus is already showing off a Surface clone with a Kaby Lake CPU, suggesting that the chip is already sampling to Intel’s partners. This bodes well for its availability.

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The Exercise You Need to Go From “Skinny Fat” to Fit

If you have a slender frame, but still have a gut and flab in certain areas of the body, you might consider yourself “skinny fat.” There’s nothing bad or unhealthy about being shaped that way, but if you feel the desire to change it, here’s how.

A “skinny fat” person is best described as someone who weighs very little, but still has a high amount of body fat. If you identify as “skinny fat,” and want to look more fit, this video from the PictureFit YouTube Channel explains the types of workouts necessary to lower body fat and increase muscle. In short, it’s all about resistance training. Diets and cardio can help, but if you’re only doing those things, you’ll hit a plateau. What you need is to increase your muscle mass to offset the fat to muscle mass percentage and add much-needed definition to your frame. Fat burning from consistent resistance training can also be enhanced with a well thought out diet and by keeping your protein intake high. This is something I’ve been struggling with myself for the past few years, and lifting weights has been a huge help.…

Skinny Fat Explained – How to Go From Skinny Fat to Fit | YouTube

USPS debuts stamps with New Horizons’ view of Pluto

To honor NASA's discoveries, the USPS is debuting new stamps today with images from outer space. The "Views of Our Planets" series will get new images of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and the iconic "blue marble" view of Eart…

Let’s Go To France And Buy The Rad Old Cars

Paris doesn’t want its old cars! They’re sick of the pollution, sick of the traffic. Eliminating those things are noble goals and I support them for many reasons—not the least of which is that I’m hoping France’s loss could be America’s gain.

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Cluster of “megabreaches” compromise a whopping 642 million passwords

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Less than two weeks after more than 177 million LinkedIn user passwords surfaced, security researchers have discovered three more breaches involving MySpace, Tumblr, and dating website Fling that all told bring the total number of compromised accounts to more than 642 million.

“Any one of these 4 I’m going to talk about on their own would be notable, but to see a cluster of them appear together is quite intriguing,” security researcher Troy Hunt observed on Monday. The cluster involves breaches known to have happened to Fling in 2011, to LinkedIn in 2012, and to Tumblr 2013. It’s still not clear when the MySpace hack took place, but Hunt, operator of the Have I been pwned? breach notification service, said it surely happened sometime after 2007 and before 2012. He continued:

There are some really interesting patterns emerging here. One is obviously the age; the newest breach of this recent spate is still more than 3 years old. This data has been lying dormant (or at least out of public sight) for long periods of time.

The other is the size and these 4 breaches are all in the top 5 largest ones HIBP has ever seen. That’s out of 109 breaches to date, too. Not only that, but these 4 incidents account for two thirds of all the data in the system, or least they will once MySpace turns up.

Then there’s the fact that it’s all appearing within a very short period of time – all just this month. There’s been some catalyst that has brought these breaches to light and to see them all fit this mould and appear in such a short period of time, I can’t help but wonder if they’re perhaps related.

All four of the password dumps are being sold on a darkweb forum by peace_of_mind, a user with 24 positive feedback ratings, two neutral ratings, and zero negative ratings. That’s an indication the unknown person isn’t exaggerating the quality of the data. The megabreach trend is troubling for at least a couple of reasons. First, it demonstrates that service providers are either unable to detect breaches or are willing to keep them secret years after they’re discovered. Second, it raises the unsettling question where the trend will end, and if additional breaches are in store before we get there?

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Get Over a Breakup With “Redemptive Narrative” Journaling

Get Over a Breakup With "Redemptive Narrative" Journaling

There are a lot of great reasons to keep a journal, and getting over a breakup might be one of them. The key is using your words to reframe your suffering into a positive, or at least meaningful, experience.…

A recent study, conducted by Erica B. Slotter and Deborah E. Ward at Villanova University, and published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, suggests that writing about your experience in a certain way can lessen the emotional toll that breakups take. Using a method called “redemptive narratives,” you can turn negative life events into a positive turning point in your life. For example, you can write about how you learned something important about yourself, or that you now have a better understanding of a relationship’s dynamics. Additionally, you can use hindsight to your advantage to reshape memories and decide how they positively affected your personal story. It may not work as well in the long-term, but time heals most wounds, and it can help you work through the darkest days of heartbreak early on.

Finding the Silver Lining | Journal of Social and Personal Relationships via Business Insider

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