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Posts in October, 2013

Syrian Electronic Army declares war on U.S. – hijacks President Obama’s Twitter and Facebook feeds

// October 28th, 2013 //
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No Comments » // Hacking and Security

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) is back in the news today, this time after tweets from the @BarrackObama Twitter account and posts to the President’s Facebook fan page contained links to SEA YouTube content. At this time it is not believed that the President’s Twitter nor Facebook page was hacked but rather SEA has gained […]

Amazing model train mini-town – intricate detail of this life-like little suburbia will blow you away

// October 28th, 2013 //
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No Comments » // Entertainment

Model train aficionados can create some pretty amazing works of art but “Grandpa Bill” tops them all. Working for 15 years on his “pet project”, he has created an entire mini-town complete with cars, people, and buildings in detail so intricate, you’ll sometimes forget you’re not looking at the real thing.

Does a picture really say a thousand words? Check out these one-word essays.

// October 21st, 2013 //
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No Comments » // Entertainment

Does a picture really “say a thousand words”? In these cases, we think they do. Featured below are a few of our favorite interesting (and touching) one word essays.

Paranormal thrills on tap when The Conjuring arrives onto Blu-Ray, DVD, and digital download on October 22

// October 16th, 2013 //
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No Comments » // Entertainment

Things will go bump in the night when “The Conjuring” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download on October 22 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. From acclaimed director James Wan, “The Conjuring” follows a pair of paranormal investigators who help a family haunted by a demonic force, only to find themselves trapped in […]

The “new American center” (not as split as we thought) – new NBC survey hints that new political party is desired

// October 15th, 2013 //
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No Comments » // Politics and legal

Today, NBC News and Esquire magazine released the results of a survey that they conducted to measure the “national sentiment” of Americans. The results of the survey show that the United States may not be as divided as we think. Typically characterized as a nation with beliefs that fall strictly in line with Republican and […]

Hollywood movie special effects – amazing collection of green screen (chroma key) before and after shots

// October 14th, 2013 //
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No Comments » // Entertainment

Hollywood green screen (chroma key compositing or chroma keying) special effects were introduced in the 1930’s as a “blue screen” or “travelling matte” special effect created by Larry Butler (who won an Academy Award for the blue screen special effects in The Thief of Bagdad). Rudimentary, crude, and time consuming, blue screen special effects were […]

Gravity movie is even more fun when we spot, and explain, the scientific inaccuracies portrayed in the movie

// October 9th, 2013 //
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No Comments » // Moves, TV, and Music News

I loved the movie Gravity! The photography was beautiful and the 3D imagery phenomenal to experience. George Clooney was great (while he lasted) and Sandra bullock a pleasant wonder to watch (as always). Still, I couldn’t help but wonder how accurate the portrayal of the space environment really was. As it turns out, the physics […]

Authorities in Britain, Spain, and the U.S. arrest 8 more following closure of Tor’s Silk Road

// October 9th, 2013 //
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No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Authorities in Britain, Sweden, and the United States have arrested eight more people following last week’s closure of Silk Road, a notorious black market website which helped dealers to sell drugs under the cloak of anonymity, officials and media said Tuesday. In the U.K., the country’s newly-established National Crime Agency warned that more arrests were […]

First TOR sites are raided, now Blackhole malware creator has been arrested in Russia

// October 9th, 2013 //
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No Comments » // Hacking and Security

It appears as if the creator of the popular Blackhole malware toolkit was been arrested in Russia yesterday. Word of the arrest began to leak yesterday morning but details were sketchy. First a mysterious tweet from a Dutch security investigator broke the news. Then a former Russian police detective in contact with Russia’s federal government […]

Forget Occupy Wall Street, protesters are swarming cities across the country in response to government shutdown

// October 8th, 2013 //
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No Comments » // Politics and legal

The United States government shutdown, now in its second week, has sparked swarms of angry protesters to descend upon the U.S. Capitol – and that’s not the only place to see protest action. Nearly 100 government employees rallied in downtown Chicago at Federal Plaza to protest the shutdown. Meanwhile, in Lafayette, dozens gathered outside Rep. […]

Future war horror – WildCat four-legged robot turned loose to run untethered at 16 MPH

// October 8th, 2013 //
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No Comments » // Robotics

We got news for you – this is what will be chasing us during the apocalypse. WildCat is a four-legged robot being developed to run fast on all types of terrain. So far WildCat has run at about 16 mph on flat terrain using bounding and galloping gaits. The video shows WildCat’s best performance so […]

Breaking Bad – Walter White obituary appears in Albuquerque Journal after series finale

// October 8th, 2013 //
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No Comments » // Moves, TV, and Music News

The Albuquerque Journal ran a “real-life” obituary this week for Breaking Bad’s lead character, Walter White, following the series finale that closed out a saga filmed almost entirely in Albuquerque during its 8 year run.

NYT reveals Republican plan to undo Affordable Care Act by shutting down the government has been in play since February 2013

// October 6th, 2013 //
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No Comments » // Politics and legal

To many Americans, the shutdown of the United States government came out of the blue. Today, the New York Times has revealed that the Republican plan to tie defunding of the federal government to the Affordable Care Act (e.g. Obamacare) has been planned since February 2013 and has been waged by a well-funded “galaxy of […]

Pirate Party offers birthday gift for NASA – you can use our servers while U.S. funding gets worked out

// October 6th, 2013 //
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No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News, Hacking and Security

The Pirate Party of Russia (Russian: Пиратская Партия России, ППР), a grassroots effort to promote e-democracy, freedom of information, and protection of personal privacy, has offered NASA a birthday gift as the space institution marks its 55th birthday this week. While the space agency’s website has been shut down “due to the lapse in federal […]

New photo of giant star, Eta Carinae, one of the most massive stars in our galaxy

// October 6th, 2013 //
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No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

The bright star at the center of this nebula, the object responsible for the nebula’s distorted form, is Eta Carinae, one of the most massive stars in the galaxy. Eta Carinae is around 100 times the mass of our sun and 1 million times brighter. Scientists think it could explode as a supernova at any […]

Through their eyes – how the rest of the world views the United States government shutdown

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No Comments » // Politics and legal

So how does the rest of the world see the United States government shutdown? From the outside, do we appear to be a bunch of buffoons too intent on losing face at the expense of productive legislative discussion? Is the shutdown feared as a threat to the world economy or as a precursor to the […]