Wednesday, May 22, 2019

"Steelers CB Cameron Sutton brings fear to [practice] with horror-themed visor"




P-G:
Obviously, you have to have some swag out there on the field,” Sutton said. “You look good, feel good, play good.”

The “Friday the 13th” series isn’t Sutton’s favorite fright-filled entertainment, but it happened to be the visor he came across online and purchased in the offseason.

Sutton also has seen each movie in the “Halloween” film series and grew up enjoying film adaptations of Stephen King’s books and said he can watch a grisly movie “any day, any night.”

But regarding the visor as a kind of fashion statement, Sutton said he isn’t the type of person to just buy it “for the looks or anything,” something disputed by his new secondary teammate, cornerback Steven Nelson.

Amazon has a new storefront dedicated to The Expanse

Clothing, accessories, art book.

*Previously: 3D-printed Rocinante and Razorback.

"Hong Kong at centre of banned China gender test"; inflatable tank commemorating the Tiananmen Square massacre

AFP:

Shady middle-men are openly advertising on Chinese social media to smuggle blood samples of pregnant women to Hong Kong to skirt the mainland's ban on gender testing, an AFP investigation has found.

The business thrives on a well-organised underground network that serves the huge demand for illicit sex-selective abortion in mainland China –- driven by limits on family size and an entrenched cultural preference for sons.

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In February, a 12-year-old girl headed to Hong Kong was caught at the Shenzhen border carrying 142 vials of blood samples from pregnant women in her backpack.
And speaking of China:

"Inside The Lost Jehovah's Witnesses Tunnels Under Brooklyn Heights"

Gothamist:

When the Jehovah's Witnesses moved out of Brooklyn Heights over the past few years, cashing in on their now-valuable properties and moving upstate, they left behind a collection of buildings that had been their headquarters for over a century.

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Out of sight of most New Yorkers, though, was the development underground: a series of tunnels that ran beneath the streets to connect a number of the JW properties.

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housed offices, a grocery store, laundromats, and other services.
And more New York underground:
Someone—no one really knows who—has been disrupting the train system, sneaking into cabs, pulling the emergency brakes, and grinding not just one train, but entire lines in the system to a halt during the busiest hours of the day.

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"How a 7-Foot-3 Serbian Basketball Player Got Cast in John Wick 3"

Vulture:

Stahelski stumbled into the public library to avoid the weather and suddenly had an epiphany. “The way I shoot [action] choreography is to subvert the normal,” the director says. “I thought, Let’s make it so difficult that it’s hard to [fight]. How do you do that? Supertight space. And let’s get the biggest guy we can find.” That supertight space became the library.

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“He’s got the biggest hands in the NBA, so that’s why you see all these face grabs.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

"Let’s focus on the Cisco Router bug, a.k.a. Thrangrycat a.k.a. 😾😾😾 . (Yep, the bug’s name is three angry cat emojis.)"

Charlie Warzel and Sarah Jeong:

Cisco makes a ton of the hardware that connects the world. If you access the internet, chances are that you pass through a Cisco router in some way, shape or form. And most of those devices, 150 or so different varieties of routers, have been compromised. And it’s not just something that a software update or patch can fix in a jiffy. This is structural.

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Thrangrycat is very, very, very bad. I’d rate it as Less Bad than the Intel disaster (which is very catchily named ZombieLoad) and More Bad than the WhatsApp hack.

Thrangrycat is awful for two reasons. First, if a hacker exploits this weakness, they can do whatever they want to your routers. Second, the attack can happen remotely — it’s a software vulnerability. But the fix can only be applied at the hardware level. Like, physical router by physical router. In person.

"It's been nearly two weeks since the City of Baltimore's networks were shut down in response to a ransomware attack, and there's still no end in sight"

Ars:

the city's water billing and other payment systems remain offline, as well as most of the city's email and much of the government's phone systems.

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To top it off, unlike the City of Atlanta—which suffered from a Samsam ransomware attack in March of 2018—Baltimore has no insurance to cover the cost of a cyber attack. So the cost of cleaning up the RobbinHood ransomware, which will far exceed the approximately $70,000 the ransomware operators demanded, will be borne entirely by Baltimore's citizens.

"Airbnb teams up with 23andMe to recommend heritage travel destinations"

Venturebeat:

global hospitality marketplace and service company Airbnb today announced that it is teaming up with 23andMe, the biotech firm perhaps best known for its personalized genomics reports about family history and health, to incorporate heritage travel recommendations into their respective user experiences. Specifically, 23andMe customers will soon be able to click through to their ancestral populations to find Airbnb Homes and Experiences located in their ancestral countries, and Airbnb now has dedicated pages that correspond with 23andMe’s genetic populations in Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and West Asia, Central America and Mexico, South America, East and South Asia, and the Caribbean and Europe.

"Savannah judge holds tour-guide license unconstitutional"

Institute for Justice:

For years, Savannah had made it illegal to tell stories to tour groups without first obtaining a special license from the government. Tour guides who wanted this storytelling license had to pass a hundred-question multiple choice exam on Savannah history—even if they had no interest in discussing history on their tours. For instance, some tour guides focus on art and architecture or tell ghost stories. In 2015, in an effort to end the guides’ lawsuit, the city repealed the licensing requirement, but the plaintiffs pressed forward in search of a constitutional ruling. Today, they got it.

Hotel lobby pillar cosplay

The explanation for why He-Man rides a giant tiger is very funny



*Previously: Masters of the Universe figures based on each major league baseball team.