Thursday, March 3, 2016

Link roundup

1. "in 1917, seven years after [Mark] Twain’s demise, reports emerged that he had dictated a new novel, via Ouija board, to a receptive medium."

Just after Hutchings and her publisher got the book to market, Twain’s estate and his publisher sued to stop it, kicking off one of the more unusual intellectual property cases of the 20th century.
In other words, the more firmly they insisted Twain himself was behind the work, the more they strengthened the Twain estate’s copyright argument that it, as the owner of all things written by Twain, owned this book, too. And Twain had a deal with Harper & Brothers that gave it the sole rights to publish books by Twain, so Hutchings and her publisher would have to produce credible evidence that he wanted to break that deal in his afterlife.
2. "The Top 9 Ways I Found Your ‘Secret’ Dating Profile"

3. "Verizon's RISK security response team was called in by a global shipping company that had been the victim of high-seas piracy aided by a network intrusion."
The shipping company experienced a series of hit-and-run attacks by pirates who, instead of seeking a ransom for the crew and cargo, went after specific shipping containers and made off with high-value cargo.

"It became apparent to the shipping company that the pirates had specific knowledge of the contents of each of the shipping crates being moved," the RISK team recounted in the report. "They’d board a vessel, locate by bar code specific sought-after crates containing valuables, steal the contents of that crate—and that crate only—and then depart the vessel without further incident."
4. New Raiders of the Lost Ark-inspired tee at Last Exit to Nowhere.