Archive | November, 2013

Marvel’s giving Daredevil another shot, this time with more Netflix and (hopefully) less Affleck

7 Nov

Between The Avengers, X-Men and the 900th Spider-man reboot, Marvel’s feeling the movie love. The company’s also doing all right on the TV front, thanks to the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The next step? Netflix, obviously. You can already find a number of the publisher’s superheroes over on the streaming …

Source: http://feeds.engadget.com/~r/weblogsinc/engadget/~3/NfcGbs9LFoM/
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How Does This Robot Beat Humans at Rock-Paper-Scissors Every Time?

7 Nov

TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010, AT 6:19 PM
Tornado Kills at Least Five in Oklahoma

FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011, AT 3:07 PM
Obama Gets Firsthand Look at a Tornado Damage

TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010, AT 6:19 PM
Tornado Kills at Least Five in Oklahoma. Very long title. Long long long. Tornado Kills at Least Five in Oklahoma. Very long title. Long long long.

TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010, AT 6:19 PM
Tornado Kills at Least Five in Oklahoma. Very long title. Long long long. Tornado Kills at Least Five in Oklahoma. Very long title. Long long long.

Source: http://www.slate.com/articles/video/video/2013/11/rock_paper_scissors_robot_how_does_this_bot_beat_humans_every_time_video.html
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Tweaking Perry, Obama pitches health care in Texas

7 Nov

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beset by hard-to-keep promises and a massive website failure, President Barack Obama is promoting his embattled health care law in the state with the highest rate of uninsured Americans, which has also been politically hostile to the signature initiative of his presidency.

Obama was traveling to Dallas on Wednesday to encourage participation in the federal insurance marketplace set up by the law. The trip to Texas comes a day after his administration tried to soothe anxious Democratic senators by reporting improvements in the troubled online enrollment system.

Meant to highlight the law’s benefits, Obama’s visit will also underscore the obstacles the law faces in Republican states where governors such as Texas’ Rick Perry have refused to take advantage of a provision in the law that expands Medicaid to assist more of the working poor. More than 23 percent of Texas residents are uninsured.

David Simas, a White House adviser working on the law’s implementation, said Obama intends to draw attention to those Republican governors who, unlike Perry, have agreed to expand Medicaid for their residents.

He said Obama will urge Texas’ Republican leaders “to join conservative governors in other states, like Ohio and in Michigan and in Arizona, to put politics aside and not deny people health care out of ideology or politics.”

Texas also is among the 36 states not providing their own insurance marketplaces, which means residents there must sign up through the federal website that stumbled badly upon its launch Oct. 1.

On Tuesday, Marilyn Tavenner, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services which is helping implement the law, told senators that repairs to the system were now permitting nearly 17,000 people to register each hour “with almost no errors.”

Obama planned to visit Dallas’ Temple Emanu-El, where volunteers and guides have been working with Dallas Area Interfaith to assist insurance consumers. He also plans to attend two fundraisers for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

The president has been aggressively promoting the law in the face of numerous setbacks. In addition to the problem-plagued enrollment launch, insurers have been sending some of their customers termination notices because their policies don’t meet federal requirements. The notices have put Obama and White House officials on the defensive as they attempt to explain Obama’s early vow that under the new law, people who like their existing coverage would be allowed to keep it.

The Obama administration on Tuesday repeatedly refused to state a position on a mostly Republican push to write legislation that would permit insurers to reinstate canceled plans.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is likely to confront similar questions and more on Wednesday when she testifies before the Senate Finance Committee.

A study released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that the market for insurance — including the uninsured and consumers who purchase insurance individually — is 28.6 million people. The study concluded that 3 out of 5, or more than 17 million people, will be eligible for the tax credits. Texas, California and Florida have the highest numbers of residents eligible for the credits.

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Source: http://news.yahoo.com/tweaking-perry-obama-pitches-health-care-texas-084535049.html
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Sarah Jessica Parker: Ballet Beauty

7 Nov

Stepping out for a night on the town, Sarah Jessica Parker was on hand at the premiere of “city.ballet” on Monday (November 4) in New York City.

Pretty in pink, the “Sex and the City” star charmed on the red carpet before heading inside the Tribeca Cinemas for the show.

In the AOL web series, Parker takes viewers behind the scenes at the New York City Ballet to show what it takes to be a dancer.

The series was produced and conceived by the 48-year-old actress, who also serves on the City Ballet board.

Source: http://celebrity-gossip.net/sarah-jessica-parker/sarah-jessica-parker-ballet-beauty-955243
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11 sure signs you’ve been hacked

7 Nov
11 sure signs you've been hacked

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In today’s threatscape, antivirus software provides little piece of mind. In fact, antimalware scanners on the whole are horrifically inaccurate, especially with exploits less than 24 hours old. After all, malicious hackers and malware can change their tactics at will. Swap a few bytes around, and a previously recognized malware program becomes unrecognizable.

To combat this, many antimalware programs monitor program behaviors, often called heuristics, to catch previously unrecognized malware. Other programs use virtualized environments, system monitoring, network traffic detection, and all of the above at once in order to be more accurate. And still they fail us on a regular basis.

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Here are 11 sure signs you’ve been hacked and what to do in the event of compromise. Note that in all cases, the No. 1 recommendation is to completely restore your system to a known good state before proceeding. In the early days, this meant formatting the computer and restoring all programs and data. Today, depending on your operating system, it might simply mean clicking on a Restore button. Either way, a compromised computer can never be fully trusted again. The recovery steps listed in each category below are the recommendations to follow if you don’t want to do a full restore — but again, a full restore is always a better option, risk-wise.

Sure sign of system compromise No. 1: Fake antivirus messages
In slight decline these days, fake antivirus warning messages are among the surest signs that your system has been compromised. What most people don’t realize is that by the time they see the fake antivirus warning, the damage has been done. Clicking No or Cancel to stop the fake virus scan is too little, too late. The malicious software has already made use of unpatched software, often the Java Runtime Environment or an Adobe product, to completely exploit your system.

Why does the malicious program bother with the “antivirus warning”? This is because the fake scan, which always finds tons of “viruses,” is a lure to buy their product. Clicking on the provided link sends you to a professional-looking website, complete with glowing letters of recommendation. There, they ask you for your credit card number and billing information. You’d be surprised how many people get tricked into providing personal financial information. The bad guys gain complete control of your system and get your credit card or banking information. For bad guys, it’s the Holy Grail of hacking.

What to do: As soon as you notice the fake antivirus warning message, power down your computer. (Note: This requires knowing what your legitimate antivirus program’s warning looks like.) If you need to save anything and can do it, do so. But the sooner you power off your computer, the better. Boot up the computer system in Safe Mode, No Networking, and try to uninstall the newly installed software (oftentimes it can be uninstalled like a regular program). Either way, follow up by trying to restore your system to a state previous to the exploitation. If successful, test the computer in regular mode and make sure that the fake antivirus warnings are gone. Then follow up with a complete antivirus scan. Oftentimes, the scanner will find other sneak remnants left behind.

Sure sign of system compromise No. 2: Unwanted browser toolbars
This is probably the second most common sign of exploitation: Your browser has multiple new toolbars with names that seem to indicate the toolbar is supposed to help you. Unless you recognize the toolbar as coming from a very well-known vendor, it’s time to dump the bogus toolbar.

What to do: Most browsers allow you to review installed and active toolbars. Remove any you didn’t absolutely want to install. When in doubt, remove it. If the bogus toolbar isn’t listed there or you can’t easily remove it, see if your browser has an option to reset the browser back to its default settings. If this doesn’t work, follow the instructions listed above for fake antivirus messages. You can usually avoid malicious toolbars by making sure that all your software is fully patched and by being on the lookout for free software that installs these tool bars. Hint: Read the licensing agreement. Toolbar installs are often pointed out in the licensing agreements that most people don’t read.

Source: http://podcasts.infoworld.com/d/security/11-sure-signs-youve-been-hacked-229782?source=rss_infoworld_top_stories_
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Joe Riggs wins Fight Master finale at Bellator 106

7 Nov


(Joe Riggs [right] won Bellator’s Fight Master finale Saturday night | Getty)

UFC veteran Joe Riggs used effective grappling to win a unanimous decision over Mike Bronzoulis and win the Fight Master series finale Saturday. All three judges scored the fight for Riggs.

“It means everything to me. To be able to take care of my family is the only reason I’m in this for…I’m so thankful,” Riggs said in his post fight interview.

The hard-hitting Riggs seemed content to stand and strike until Bronzoulis started to eat up Rigg’s lead leg with kicks. At that point, Riggs appeared to change up his strategy and ended up winning all three rounds with take downs and positional control on the ground.

Several times, Riggs was able to secure the side mount and take the back of his opponent. With the win, Riggs earns $100,000 and a place in the next Bellator welterweight tournament.

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Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/joe-riggs-wins-fight-master-finale-bellator-106-021833731–mma.html
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The Most Epic (Inedible) Cocktail Garnishes Ever

7 Nov

TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010, AT 6:19 PM
Tornado Kills at Least Five in Oklahoma

FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011, AT 3:07 PM
Obama Gets Firsthand Look at a Tornado Damage

TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010, AT 6:19 PM
Tornado Kills at Least Five in Oklahoma. Very long title. Long long long. Tornado Kills at Least Five in Oklahoma. Very long title. Long long long.

TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010, AT 6:19 PM
Tornado Kills at Least Five in Oklahoma. Very long title. Long long long. Tornado Kills at Least Five in Oklahoma. Very long title. Long long long.

Source: http://www.slate.com/articles/video/video/2013/11/unique_cocktail_garnishes_mit_and_celebrity_chef_jos_andr_s_team_up_to_create.html
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