Saturday, February 28, 2015

MC2 Post 1996 3 of the 4 LA Teams playing Won Last Nite






What happened to the  Fourth One ???


It was Kings, who lost to the Anaheim Ducks, that scored 4 times 

in the 3rd period.


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Needless to say. most of the Marqee LA Teams have come on hard times.  Even the Hot out of the box Clippers have stumbled with the loss of  superstar power forward Blake Griffin.  Who will be out a week or two more.  

The Lakers have found 2015 a tough row to hoe, havibng matched the teams record for consequtive losses.  And finally. at the end of February have finally won a couple of games in 2015. 

And were going for 3 Wins in a Row with friday's game against the tougher than expected Milwaukee Bucks.

The Lakers Fans found a sweet taste of  "old Days", with a patchwork team that has been faltering in the last quarter, ending very strong with Six Lakers scoring in double figures en route to defeating the Bucks 101-93.








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Ducks take late flight, beat Kings with four goals in third period



Ryan Kesler bit down on his lip, delivering an unmistakable look of determination Friday as his slumping Ducks fell two goals behind the surging Kings.









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Paul makes amends as Clippers avenge loss to 

Grizzlies on Monday.


The Los Angeles Clippers avenged a loss to Memphis earlier in the week with a 97-79 victory Friday behind a stellar 19-point performance from Chris Paul.

Paul, who botched the closing seconds of Memphis' win on Monday, carried the Clippers Friday by scoring 11 of his points in the fourth quarter.


Paul got all his final quarter points in a three-minute span and his three-pointer pushed the Clippers' lead to 86-70 with just over four minutes left.


The all-star point guard also dished out 13 assists.








Link:   http://sports.yahoo.com/news/paul-makes-amends-clippers-avenge-loss-grizzlies-062419124--nba.html

 




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Thursday, February 26, 2015

MC2 Post 1995 What the Future Will be Like according to Microsoft






Microsoft obsesses over giant displays and 

super thin tablets in future vision video




From:  http://www.theverge.com














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MC2 Post 1994 Here a leak, There a leak Pretty Soon It's A Flood


Lots and Lots of  MWC pre-event LEAKS...






With  Mobile World Congress in Barcelona,  

Just around the Corner (AKA: Monday )



All the significant Smart Phones are giving Peeks behind the Curtains as to What Is Coming.


Samsung:   Huge leak: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge picture



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HTC One M9:  The HTC One M9 Looks And 
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Samsung:   How Samsung might leave rivals in the dust



Samsung will soon unveil two Galaxy S6 versions, hardly secrets for anyone who’s been closely following the numerous Galaxy S6 leaks that hit the web in the past few months, and there are plenty of reasons to get excited about the handsets. The phones will have a great new design, a better camera than any other Galaxy models, and significantly less bloatware — at least according to Samsung’s own recent teasers coupled with some of the most recent reports.

Samsung on Wednesday announced on its blog that it’s mass-producing UFS 2.0 smartphone memory — specifically, the industry’s first 128GB embedded solution based on Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0




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Apple holding March 9th special event for upcoming products



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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

MC2 Post 1993 NSA Chief Mute on Spyware and Critical on Snowden







Snowden film wins Oscar, but the NSA chief 

claims his leaks damaged spying.



National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers on Monday defended his agency's online spying tactics to an audience of technologists in the nation's capital, but faced criticism about whether surveillance methods threaten cybersecurity and consumer privacy rights.



The NSA’s online data collection is not “a silver bullet in itself” to prevent terrorism, but “it generates value for the nation,” Rogers said during a conference on cybersecurity hosted by the New America Foundation. Former agency contractor Edward Snowden fueled criticism of government surveillance by exposing the broad scope of the NSA’s phone and Internet spying.

 

While the film “Citizenfour,” which is about Snowden, won an Oscar for Best Documentary on Sunday, Rodgers said that Snowden’s disclosures have created “blind spots” in the NSA's surveillance by revealing at U.S. strategies to monitor terrorism, Rogers said.


From:    http://www.usnews.com








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Saturday, February 21, 2015

MC2 Post 1992 Upgrade Your Movie Mojo before the Oscars








10 Netflix Instant Picks About Filmmaking





Side By Side

Video + Photo Mojo: TED Talks


Great Directors


America in Primetime


Tales from the Script


Light Keeps Me Company


The Story of Film: An Odyssey


Woody Allen: A Documentary


These Amazing Shadows


No Subtitles Necessary






From:  http://nofilmschool.com












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Tales from the HPA Tech Retreat



February 19, 2015



Host: Scott Wilkinson

 


Chris Armbrust, a consultant with Marin Digital, and Geoffrey Tully join Scott to talk about the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat ranging from topics about display technologies, use of new frame rates in cinema, and even breakfast!

 
Guests: Chris Armbrust and Geoffrey Tully.








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A Fistful of  Films worth a Second Look

by  Wingman.


Casablanca   (1942)

Dr. No  (1962)

The Graduate  (1967)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid   (1969)

Rocky  (1976)

Star Wars   (1977)

Alien  (1979)

Raiders of the Lost Ark   (1981)

The Terminator  (1984)

Runaway Train  (1985)

Thelma and Louise  (1991)




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Friday, February 20, 2015

MC2 Post 1991 the old song -- I Wonder Who's Hacking US Now -- still beating





Chip Maker to Investigate Claims of Hacking 

by N.S.A. and British Spy Agencies




LONDON — Gemalto, a French-Dutch digital security company, said on Friday that it was investigating a possible hacking by United States and British intelligence agencies that may have given them access to worldwide mobile phone communications.



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The investigation follows news reports on Thursday that the National Security Agency in the United States and the Government Communications Headquarters in Britain had hacked Gemalto’s networks 
to steal SIM card encryption codes.

The claims — reported on a website called The Intercept — were based on documents from 2010 provided by Edward J. Snowden, 
the former N.S.A. contractor.


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Apple considering dedicated Apple Watch stores 

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BlackBerry updates software, offers access to 

Android apps




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Thursday, February 19, 2015

MC2 Post 1990 A 14 year old Hack-a-Shack Wonder stuns Detroit





A 14-year-old hacker caught the auto industry by surprise.


 

With $15.00 worth of parts bought at Radio Shack...





From:  http://www.autoblog.com











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Ex-GM CEO Has Unsolicited Advice for Apple and the Auto Industry

 


In the bid to produce the hottest take on Apple's rumored automotive project, former CEO of General Motors Dan Akerson has submitted himself for the "telling people why Apple can't do it" award.









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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

MC2 Post 1989 Another Raspberry Pi in the Face of Tech


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When Even the Wall Street Journal takes notice of  a $35 dollar computer,  
that's a good thing...  

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Personal Technology 
 




Raspberry Pi 2 Review: A $35 Computer Can Do a Heck of a Lot


An open-source computer that encourages you to look inside




From:    http://www.wsj.com



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As the Tech World Turns...




With Apple's return to the position of Masters of the Universe.  
Samsung and Android/Google bumping into walls 
and pretty much just spinning their wheels.

 
Has Window's suddenly become relevant and 

maybe even cool again.  

Could be.




Does Windows 10 Make Microsoft Cool Again?






In addition to a bunch of expected features (such as a single operating system that unifies Windows on tablets and PCs with its phone and the expected addition of the virtual voice-activated assistant Cortana), Microsoft showed off one especially cool thing:

 
Its HoloLens, an augmented-reality headset that superimposes virtual “holographs” over the real world.

Another sign of coolness and integration: Microsoft said yesterday that people who had

bought Xbox games would be able to play them on their Windows 10 PCs and tablets, too. If you’re a gamer, that’s pretty cool — and it helps to better integrate Xbox into Microsoft’s overall ecosystem.

 
The HoloLens has multiple sensors and a custom Microsoft chip called a Holographic Processing Unit to help it understand what you’re looking at and where you are in space.

It’s connected to a new Microsoft product called Windows Holographic, which extends that augmented-reality capability to all Windows users. Holographic application programming interfaces (APIs) will be embedded within Windows 10.

Rather than a virtual-reality headset like the Oculus Rift or Samsung Gear VR, which block out the real world and replace it with a virtual one, the HoloLens add things to the real world that only you can see: Virtual display screens on walls, 3D objects you can model on your desktop with hand gestures, or playful little sprites that dance around your furniture as part of a game you’re playing with them.











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Monday, February 16, 2015

MC2 Post 1988 When even the Banks are Vulnerable who can be safe in a Hackers World?






Bank Hackers Steal Millions via Malware





From:    http://www.nytimes.com




Snapshot:   Sergey Golovanov of Kaspersky








"A Pile of Money Just Appeared at select ATM Machines..."




PALO ALTO, Calif. — In late 2013, an A.T.M. in Kiev started dispensing cash at seemingly random times of day. No one had put in a card or touched a button.

Cameras showed that the piles of money had been swept up by customers who appeared lucky to be there at the right moment.

But when a Russian cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky Lab, was called to Ukraine to investigate, it discovered that the errant machine was the least of the bank’s problems.


“The goal was to mimic their activities,” said Sergey Golovanov of Kaspersky










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Banking hack heist yields up to $1B


An international hacking ring has stolen as much as $1 billion from more than 100 banks in 30 countries including Russia, the U.S. and China in what could be one of the biggest banking breaches ever.

Hackers used phishing schemes and other methods to infiltriate the banks' systems and lie dormant gathering information about bank operations. 

Then, they steal funds by transferring money to fake accounts and dispensing cash from ATMs, according to a report that Russian-based Kaspersky Lab is to present Monday at a security conference in Cancun, Mexico.

"This is likely the most sophisticated attack the world has seen to date in terms of the tactics and methods that cybercriminals have used to remain covert," the lab's Chris Doggett told The New York Times, which first reported on the incident.










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Half an operating system: The triumph and tragedy of OS/2



IBM doesn't make consumer, desktop operating systems anymore for a reason.



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Why OS/2 got SIQ









Unfortunately, OS/2 had a crucial flaw in its design: 


a Synchronous Input Queue (SIQ).


What this meant was that all messages to the GUI window server went through a single tollbooth. If any OS/2 native GUI app ever stopped servicing its window messages, the entire GUI would get stuck and the system froze. OK, technically the operating system was still running. Background tasks continued to execute just fine.

You just couldn’t see them or interact with them or do anything, because the entire GUI was hung. Some enterprising OS/2 fan wrote an application that polled the joystick port and was supposed to unstick things when the user pressed a button. 


It rarely worked.

 
Ironically, if you never ran native OS/2 applications and just ran DOS and Windows apps in a VM, the operating system was much more stable.

Many OS/2 fans petitioned IBM for years to free up the operating system’s code base to an open source license, but IBM has steadily refused. The company is probably unable to, as OS/2 still contains large chunks of proprietary code belonging to other companies—


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Published by Lisa Kentzell on January 19, 2015



We are making some changes to the TWiT schedule. Starting the week of March 1st, a few of our shows will move to a new day and/or time:




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Sunday, February 15, 2015

MC2 Post 1987 Sometimes Looking Back Can Be Kinda SMART


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One of my favorite quotations is:
    
"The Past is Prologue"



Located on the northeast corner of the National Archives Building 
in Washington, D.C.



From the Wikipedia:

Contemporary meaning

The phrase means that history influences and sets the context for the present. The quotation is engraved on the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C.[1]Senator Joe Biden used the quotation in the 2008 vice-presidential debate against Sarah Palin when he was accused of focusing too much on the past.[2] The phrase is also commonly used by the military when discussing the similarities between war throughout history.[3][4]





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WIRED Magazine 2007 snapshot:
 







Gee. they even had a pretty good article about what a big deal Weird Al 

was  In 2008 ???


Guess What?  He just Won Another Grammy in 2015.



And Advice from the Smart Guys in Science, 

Business and Tech For the 

Next President is

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I guess, my re-reading of  my college copy of  Clinton Rossiter's

The American Presidency

Was not a bad Idea either.

Especially the first chapters,  detailing the Powers of the President.


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And Look at All the Watch Ads in the 2008 issue

of Wired magazine.


The Apple Watch is Just Around The Corner Too!


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