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Inside Israel’s Secret Program to Get Rid of African Refugees

ForeignPolicy blog - 7 hours 15 min ago
They were promised asylum somewhere closer to home. Then they were discarded — often in a war zone.
Categories: GlobalWire

New Stars Wars trailer remade on a 1984 Apple computer

BoingBoing - 7 hours 15 min ago

Here's the official Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer gone retro. Recreated on a 1984 Apple IIc computer, New York-based illustrator Wahyu Ichwandari used a KoalaPad from the 1980s and Dazzle Draw, a bitmap paint program from 1984, to illustrate this video.

According to Mashable:

In the '80s, the setup was deemed the "most complete computer graphics system," but it's clear from his process how far we've come.

For instance, in order to draw in layers for the animation, the illustrator had to draw each layer by hand, using plastic sheets held over the monitor, to trace each frame from the trailer, for reference.

Over the course of three weeks, he used 48 floppy disks (remember those?), each with 140KB of memory, and produced 288 image files which totalled a whopping 6MB in size.

Here is the official modern trailer for comparison. https://youtu.be/zB4I68XVPzQ

Categories: Crunknet

Sunset Landscape

Minnesota Flickr - 7 hours 40 min ago

BP Gross Photography posted a photo:

#sunset #sunsetlandcape #captureminnesota #bpgrossphotogarphy

Categories: Minnesnota

New massive ransomware attack paralyzing European banks, airports, government departments

BoingBoing - 7 hours 41 min ago

Hot on the heels of the WannaCry attack, a massive, new, ransomware attack has struck Europe, shutting down systems in Ukraine, Britain, and Spain.

From The Telegraph:

The virus is believed to be ransomware - a piece of malicious software that shuts down a computer system and then demands an extortionate sum of money to fix the problem.

It comes just a few weeks after the WannaCry hack which affected more than 150 countries and crippled parts of the NHS.

American and British analysts believe that attack, which unfolded in May, was carried out by North Korea. It remains unclear who is responsible for Tuesday's attack.

Posted by the Deputy Prime Minister of #Ukraine, Pavlo Rozenko,
This is what's happening to government computers right now. pic.twitter.com/SxCudRt0AD

— Christian Borys (@ItsBorys) June 27, 2017

"Unexpected ransomware in bagging area" pic.twitter.com/7IUODTe4mp

— Graham Cluley (@gcluley) June 27, 2017

From Wired:

It's not yet clear where the wave of attacks originated or who is behind it. "Everyone talked about Ukraine first, but I don't know. It's worldwide," says MalwareHunterteam, a researcher with the MalwareHunterTeam analysis group.

Most troubling, perhaps, is that Petya doesn't appear suffer the same errors that stunted WannaCry's spread. The amateurish mistakes that marked that outbreak limited both the scope and the eventual payouts collected; it even included a "kill switch" that shut it off entirely after just a couple of days.

Image: Christiaan Colen

Categories: Crunknet

Cuties Bein' Cuties

Minnesota Flickr - 7 hours 45 min ago

Captain Nots posted a photo:

I've been hired to do a lot of couples/engagement shoots lately. It's definitely a different beast, but I find it very fun. Shooting people in love is such a wonderful thing. It reminds me of my own love and being able to capture these moments for these lovely people is so nice. It's nerve-wracking being the one these people trust to do these, but so rewarding.

Doing a couple of weddings coming up as well. We'll see how I do with that.

Just wanted to do a little upload of some of the other stuff I've been up to. I'll post some unicorn stuff, some more engagement stuff, and my mermaid tails came in today so that's exciting.

Back to editing, coffee, and The Office. :)

Categories: Minnesnota

Vladimir Putin Is Trying to Get Down With the Cool Kids

ForeignPolicy blog - 7 hours 51 min ago
After years of wooing the middle-aged and elderly, the Kremlin is attempting to court young voters. And it's extremely awkward.
Categories: GlobalWire

Camber Sands deaths: Request for lifeguards turned down

BBC UK Ed. - 7 hours 51 min ago
The RNLI charity said it had no resources to provide lifeguards on the day five men drowned.
Categories: MediaTorrent

Minnesota DOT

Minnesota Flickr - 7 hours 52 min ago

Martijn Groen posted a photo:

Ford Super Duty

Categories: Minnesnota

Minnesota DOT

Minnesota Flickr - 7 hours 52 min ago

Martijn Groen posted a photo:

Ford Super Duty

Categories: Minnesnota

Singhsbury's renamed Morrisinghs after row

BBC UK Ed. - 7 hours 54 min ago
Morrisons says it "does not mind" about the new name of Jel Singh Nagra's shop.
Categories: MediaTorrent

Google Hit With EU Record $2.7 Billion Fine

ForeignPolicy blog - 7 hours 54 min ago
The company says European regulators underestimate the benefits Google brings small merchants.
Categories: GlobalWire

Should parents pay to bin used nappies?

BBC UK Ed. - 7 hours 55 min ago
As some councils sell "nappy bins" to families struggling with smelly waste, what can parents do to avoid a bin pile-up?
Categories: MediaTorrent

Legal experts not impressed by the bogus threats Zillow used to silence real estate blogger

BoingBoing - 7 hours 57 min ago

McMansion Hell (previously at BB) was a hilarious, incisive and explosively popular blog detailing and mocking America's dreadful suburban architecture. Zillow is a real estate site that exists to profit from it. Zillow used a grossly bogus legal threat to get McMansion Hell shut down, and everyone within sniffing distance of the law or media freedom is mad.

Zillow claims that McMansion Hell was 'violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) and state laws prohibiting "interference with Zillow's business expectations and interests"', a claim augmented by a curious theory of copyright whereby Zillow has "particular rights" to images it doesn't own.

...The cease and desist letter was not a response to the type of content or commentary that [Kate] Wagner was offering, she said. Heffter went on to explain that Zillow does not own the photos it posts on its site and is not legally allowed to let others use them.

Zillow's not even the copyright proprietor of the images it claims to "enforce", but even if it was, a "fair use" defense would surely prevail. McMansion Hell literally obscures the images with editorial commentary!

The threat appears to be retaliation following Wagner's featuring in a Washington Post story that turned a sharp eye on the trend back to cheaply-constructed houses slathered in subprime financing, counterposing her criticism against a battery of smarmily self-promotional quotes from Zillow spokespeople.

Legal experts are not impressed.

"Zillow's suggestion that it's a CFAA violation to take pictures from their public website is very weak," Orin Kerr, a law professor at George Washington University, said in an email. "That's probably why they made it only in passing."

Jeff Becker, an entertainment and intellectual property lawyer, said that fair use arguments rely on whether or not a piece of media is transformative or offers commentary on the original work — in this case real estate photos. He said the "satire-parody issue may be present" in the case of McMansion Hell, and that the blog "very well could fall within fair use."

Zillow's argument "would be a very hard case to win in court," Becker added.

Categories: Crunknet

Serena Williams shows off baby bump

BBC UK Ed. - 7 hours 59 min ago
The tennis star, who is six months pregnant, poses naked for photographer Annie Leibovitz.
Categories: MediaTorrent

Google's giant fine: the internet reacts

BBC UK Ed. - 8 hours 19 min ago
A 2.4bn euro fine is celebrated by Google's critics but others view the punishment as misjudged.
Categories: MediaTorrent

Rusada: Russia's anti-doping agency to resume drug testing under supervision

BBC UK Ed. - 8 hours 22 min ago
Russia can resume drug testing of its athletes under supervision, the World Anti-Doping Agency announces.
Categories: MediaTorrent

Sun printing is fun printing

BoingBoing - 8 hours 23 min ago

Sun sensitive paper is always fun to have around!

It is summertime and I'm busy keeping my kid busy.

This paper is the classic turns-blue-in-sunlight photo-sensitive stuff I remember from my youth. Shade any part of the paper you do not want to turn blue, and expose it to sunlight. Exposed bits turn blue. You can control the darkening of the blue by allowing the paper to soak up more or less light. Rinse the paper in water to "fix" it and stop the changing.

Tedco 8" X 10" Sun Art Paper Kit - 15 sheets via Amazon

Categories: Crunknet

Grounded United plane waits 30 minutes to evacuate overheated infant

BoingBoing - 8 hours 24 min ago

[UPDATE 6/27/2017 4:42pm PT: A representative on behalf of United Airlines emailed Boing Boing with a statement:

"This should never have happened. We are profoundly sorry to our customer and her child for the experience they endured. We are actively looking into what happened to prevent this from occurring again. The pilot returned to the gate as our crew called for paramedics to meet the aircraft. Medical care was provided to the child within 16 minutes of the Captain’s call for paramedics."]

It was hot in Denver on Thursday, the day Emily France and her infant son were stuck aboard a United Airlines jet idling on the runway. After two hours inside the sweltering cabin, the baby became overheated and had trouble breathing. France asked for an ambulance and for the captain to let her and the baby off the plane immediately, but United kept her on the plane for another 30 minutes. “They couldn’t evacuate us," France told the Denver Post. "It was chaos. I really thought my son was going to die in my arms.”

Snip:

France planned to fly with Owen to El Paso, Texas, to join her husband, an astrophysicist, for a rocket launch.

...

Owen struggled in the heat, France said.

“His whole body flashed red and his eyes rolled back in his head and he was screaming,” France said. “And then he went limp in my arms. It was the worst moment of my life.”

France and other passengers begged for an ambulance. There appeared to be disagreement between the flight crew and the ground crew over whether stairs should be pushed to the aircraft or the airplane should return to the gate, she said.

France said she sobbed as she sat by the open door and waited as Owen drifted in and out consciousness. She estimates they waited 30 minutes before the airplane returned to the gate.

“They seemed completely unprepared for a medical emergency,” she said.

Jet image used in collage: Wikipedia/Cliff

Categories: Crunknet

Interview with Seymour Hersh: Trump Ignored Intel Before Bombing Syria

Antiwar.com blog - 8 hours 30 min ago

Veteran investigative reporter Seymour Hersh reports that President Trump bombed a Syrian military airfield in April despite warnings that U.S. intelligence had found no evidence that the Assad regime used a chemical weapon. Interview with The Real News:

Coins thrown into plane engine by elderly passenger for 'luck'

BBC UK Ed. - 8 hours 33 min ago
A superstitious elderly woman delayed a flight in Shanghai for hours after "praying for safety".
Categories: MediaTorrent
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