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The Police Tool That Pervs Use to Steal Nude Pics From Apple’s iCloud | Threat Level | WIRED -
The Police Tool That Pervs Use to Steal Nude Pics From Apple’s iCloud | Threat Level | WIRED
"On the web forum Anon-IB, one of the most popular anonymous image boards for posting stolen nude selfies, hackers openly discuss using a piece of software called EPPB or Elcomsoft Phone Password Breaker to download their victims’ data from iCloud backups. That software is sold by Moscow-based forensics firm Elcomsoft and intended for government agency customers. In combination with iCloud credentials obtained with iBrute, the password-cracking software for iCloud released on Github over the weekend, EPPB lets anyone impersonate a victim’s iPhone and download its full backup rather than the more limited data accessible on And as of Tuesday, it was still being used to steal revealing photos and post them on Anon-IB’s forum. “Use the script to hack her passwd…use eppb to download the backup,” wrote one anonymous user on Anon-IB explaining the process to a less-experienced hacker. “Post your wins here ;-)”" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Apple is usually pretty good on security. For a login API to not be protected against a brute force attack is hard to imagine. - Todd Hoff
Why Doctors Are Sick of Their Profession - WSJ -
Why Doctors Are Sick of Their Profession - WSJ
"All too often these days, I find myself fidgeting by the doorway to my exam room, trying to conclude an office visit with one of my patients. When I look at my career at midlife, I realize that in many ways I have become the kind of doctor I never thought I'd be: impatient, occasionally indifferent, at times dismissive or paternalistic. Many of my colleagues are similarly struggling with the loss of their professional ideals." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
"only 6% described their morale as positive." It's no wonder so many self-medicate. - Ken Morley
I wonder how much the internet has contributed to this... Is it harder to feel heroic when your better-informed patients cause you to second-guess yourself? - Ken Morley
The surgery I attend is classified as a training surgery, which essentially means that doctors who have finished their education and done their mandatory time at a hospital work there for a year before they go to their chosen practice. It is a joy to see them so eager before the system has crushed the care out of them. - Slippy
Crush the Care Out should be the name of an all burnt out doctors band. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Ken, if as a doctor you have a hero complex rather than a get the person well complex then perhaps you should be doing something else? - Todd Hoff
Well I don't mean to bring the room down but I consider this merely one of the symptoms of middle age. You get tired of doing the same thing you've always done? Shit, Get in line. - MoTO: Team Marina from Android
It is also frustrating when the treatment plans for better health are continually ignored by the patient. - Janet from FFHound!
Isn't the interesting question then is how could treatment plans be structured to be better followed? Typically plans are in the form of orders, which isn't all that helpful. - Todd Hoff
Todd, if you are a diabetic and you are asked to follow a simple diet plan and walk 10 minutes post meal and you don't. If you have asthma and on oxygen and you are asked AND assisted to cease smoking and you do not. How much more structure is needed? I believe in personal accountability but similar to give me something for my headache and then I won't take the medicine. Then I complain about my headache. - Janet
A simple diet plan? It's not a diet change. It's a total change of your life. Everything you've done your whole life is not only wrong, it's killing you. Every meal out, every meal at home, every time you want a snack, every time you are thirsty, every birthday, every holiday, every social situation, everything has changed. How do you make the transition? There's nothing simple about it. - Todd Hoff
Enabler or caretaker. You are preaching to someone who lost loved ones because they would not or could not break their health disorder. Psychological counseling with dietician supplementing better choices? My point is the vicious circle of 'help me doctor' - 'I will not take responsibility for my actions' - 'help me doctor'. I am a burned out healthcare worker, sorry. - Janet from FFHound!
I'm not preaching, I'm saying what my experience has been. I definitely hear you about taking responsibility for your actions. But just giving an edict and tossing up your hands when it's not followed is also avoiding responsibility. How could that ever work? I don't see how psychological counseling with dietician will be effective. People need to learn how they can live their lives completely differently. I don't think that can be done with a visit to get a lecture. - Todd Hoff
People under going weight reduction surgery DO get psychological therapy pre-surgical. It is approaching the mental and physical. Stigma exists for people to openly admit and accept help. - Janet from FFHound!
How effective is it? - Todd Hoff
Very, it is a life changing step they take. We have a very busy bariatric surgeon at our hospital and psychotherapy as well as dietary as well as physical rehab are part of the program. I can count six of my co-workers having success with the full revision surgery. More complications and less success with the lap band. Patients can overeat with those. - Janet
Odd that we don't do that for other interventions? - Todd Hoff
Watching how much fun kids have playing in water gives the Aquatic ape hypothesis some gills.
Let's Build Maker Cities for Maker People Around New Resources Like Bandwidth, Compute, and Atomically-Precise Manufacturing -
Any thoughts? - Todd Hoff
Pocket watches -> Wrist Watches -> Pocket Phones -> Wrist Phones -> ???
Next step is embedded in the body. - Todd Hoff
Contact watches. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Quark Soup by David Appell: Arctic Sea Ice Death Spiral Reversed (Yet Again) -
Quark Soup by David Appell: Arctic Sea Ice Death Spiral Reversed (Yet Again)
"In the Daily Mail, David Rose quotes the always reliable Judith Curry saying "the Arctic sea ice spiral of death seems to have reversed." By my count, there's been 7 reversals of the death spiral since 1979, including the famous reversal of the mid-90s and the huge reversal in 2008. So many reversals that Arctic sea ice extent has spiraled up by average of -44,000 square kilometers a year since 1979. That's some fancy spiraling. Any more spiraling like this and we're going to have an great abundance of negative ice in a few more decades. Where will we put it all?" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
ISIS Displaying a Deft Command of Varied Media - -
ISIS Displaying a Deft Command of Varied Media -
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"ISIS carefully tailors its recruiting pitch, sending starkly different messages to Muslims in the West and to those closer to home. But the image of unstoppable, implacable power animates all of its messaging. The pitch is effective. The militant rebellion in Syria and Iraq has drawn as many as 2,000 Westerners, including perhaps 100 Americans, and many thousands more from the Middle East and elsewhere, though some have returned home. Experts believe most of those remaining today are fighting with ISIS. Continue reading the main story “The overriding point is that success breeds success,” said Emile Nakhleh, a former C.I.A. analyst. “The perception of quick victories and territory and weapons and bases means they don’t need to try hard to recruit.”" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Corporate settlements in the United States: The criminalisation of American business | The Economist -
"WHO runs the world’s most lucrative shakedown operation? The Sicilian mafia? The People’s Liberation Army in China? The kleptocracy in the Kremlin? If you are a big business, all these are less grasping than America’s regulatory system. The formula is simple: find a large company that may (or may not) have done something wrong; threaten its managers with commercial ruin, preferably with criminal charges; force them to use their shareholders’ money to pay an enormous fine to drop the charges in a secret settlement (so nobody can check the details). Then repeat with another large company." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For August 29th, 2014 -
The executive order that led to mass spying, as told by NSA alumni | Ars Technica -
"President Ronald Reagan signed EO 12333 within his first year in office, 1981, largely as a response to the perceived weakening of the American intelligence apparatus by his two immediate predecessors, Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. Later, EO 12333 was amended three times by President George W. Bush between 2003 and 2008. “Reagan did this at every opportunity: with military exercises, challenging the Soviets in their own airspace and waters, across the board. The gloves were coming off,” Melvin Goodman told Ars. Goodman was the CIA's division chief and senior analyst at the Office of Soviet Affairs from 1976 to 1986. He’s now the director of the National Security Project at the Center for International Policy in Washington, DC. Bush's reasons for strengthening EO 12333 were similar. After the United States faced another existential threat in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks, Bush—and later President Barack Obama—used EO 12333 to expand American surveillance power. But if EO 12333 is essentially a reaction, how was mass surveillance handled beforehand?" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
I had the misfortune of tuning into some right wing radio stations that complain heavily when a black democrat dares to issues executive orders, but were strangely silent before. - Todd Hoff
Scientists agree: Coffee naps are better than coffee or naps alone - Vox -
Scientists agree: Coffee naps are better than coffee or naps alone - Vox
"If you're feeling sleepy and want to wake yourself up — and have 20 minutes or so to spare before you need to be fully alert — there's something you should try. It's more effective than drinking a cup of coffee or taking a quick nap. It's drinking a cup of coffee and then taking a quick nap. This is called a coffee nap. It might sound crazy: conventional wisdom is that caffeine interferes with sleep. But if you caffeinate immediately before napping and sleep for 20 minutes or less, you can exploit a quirk in the way your both sleep and caffeine affect your brain to maximize alertness. Here's the science behind the idea." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
It's science! - Todd Hoff
Light-Activated Memory Switch | The Scientist Magazine® -
Light-Activated Memory Switch | The Scientist Magazine®
"Researchers have made mice enjoy spending time in a place they once feared using light-dependent manipulations of the animals’ neurons, according to a study published today (August 27) in Nature. This optogentically controlled  memory reversal appears to be driven by altered connections between hippocampal neurons—which encode “where” memories—and amygdala neurons—which code for either positive or negative emotions, but not both—MIT researchers have found." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
its look like bush. - yedi askı
Photo of Oxen Plowing in the 19th Century in Persia | Big Picture Agriculture -
Photo of Oxen Plowing in the 19th Century in Persia | Big Picture Agriculture
"Photo shows the plowing of a Persian field with a team of oxen, taken between 1865 and 1872. This photo is from the Library of Congress archives." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Why bad news dominates the headlines « Mind Hacks -
"There’s another interpretation that Trussler and Soroka put on their evidence: we pay attention to bad news, because on the whole, we think the world is rosier than it actually is. When it comes to our own lives, most of us believe we’re better than average, and that, like the clichés, we expect things to be all right in the end. This pleasant view of the world makes bad news all the more surprising and salient. It is only against a light background that the dark spots are highlighted. So our attraction to bad news may be more complex than just journalistic cynicism or a hunger springing from the darkness within." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Bits or pieces?: Keynes vs Hayek -
Bits or pieces?: Keynes vs Hayek
"There is a fundamentally important role of Government in maintaining competition and interference where necessary. The libertarian ideal of a rampant free market is as much of a fantasy as the centrally planned system, ignoring the importance of inertia and competition combined with the gravitational effect of wealth (it tends to accumulate) and human nature. Both systems will tend to inhibit competition through the establishment of an oligarchy. However, I don't believe we've seen yet seen the most effective forms of Government organisation. Certainly China seems to exhibit signs of high situational awareness and gameplay. Others tend towards more dogmatic and singular methods. At some point in the future, I suspect we will all learn that multiple methods are needed to manage an inherently complex and evolving environment. But managed it must be, both in terms of industry and society." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Ben Krasnow: Hydrogenation: transform liquid oil into solid fat -
"Learn the science behind the buzzwords surrounding saturated, unsaturated, omega-3 and trans fats, and see a demonstration of hydrogenation." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Is Google Earth prone to hallucinations? Here's a plane in a forest. It can't be real. Can it?
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YOU FOUND IT! I've been looking for that plane that I misplaced. - Joe
It's my observation that people like to drink and gamble.
The 1.2M Ops/Sec Redis Cloud Cluster Single Server Unbenchmark -
Knee defenders: what are they and are they really necessary? - Mirror Online -
Knee defenders: what are they and are they really necessary? - Mirror Online
Yah, they are. - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
"Sabotaging a competitor's services distorts the free-market" - Got a kick out of this relative to Uber. That's what a free market means.
52 Powerful Photos Of Women Who Changed History Forever -
52 Powerful Photos Of Women Who Changed History Forever
52 Powerful Photos Of Women Who Changed History Forever
52 Powerful Photos Of Women Who Changed History Forever
"A Muslim woman covers the yellow star of her Jewish neighbour with her veil to protect her from prosecution. Sarajevo, former Yugoslavia. [1941]" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
I had no idea there were women samurai. - Todd Hoff
Wow, these are great - Shevonne
They are. So much awesomeness. - Todd Hoff
I am in shock on the men trying to stop the Boston Marathon runner and the mothers shielding their kids from the German sniper. I'm still going through them - Shevonne
It befuddles me as well. Limiting other people to your own beliefs makes no sense. - Todd Hoff
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Here are 40 maps that explain the Roman Empire | Impact Lab -
Here are 40 maps that explain the Roman Empire | Impact Lab
Here are 40 maps that explain the Roman Empire | Impact Lab
"Caesar Augustus died two thousand years ago, on August 19, 14 AD. He was Rome’s first emperor, having won a civil war more than 40 years earlier that transformed the dysfunctional Roman Republic into an empire. Under Augustus and his successors, the empire experienced 200 years of relative peace and prosperity. Here are 40 maps that explain the Roman Empire — its rise and fall, its culture and economy, and how it laid the foundations of the modern world." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Time Bottled in a Dozen 50-Milliliter Flasks — Blog of the Long Now -
Time Bottled in a Dozen 50-Milliliter Flasks — Blog of the Long Now
"In the November 02013 issue of Science, Lenski and two members of his lab – Michael J. Wiser and Noah Ribeck – published their most recent work looking at fitness over the 50,000 generations. They measured how much the evolved bacteria have improved relative to their ancestors under the same environmental setup. They found that all 12 lines show consistent responses to selective pressures. For example, their descendants now grow faster in their standard sugary broth, and all populations show an increase in cell size. Yet variation lies hidden underneath these parallel changes. The fitness increases were nearly uniform in all 12 lineages, but not exact; the cell size grew in all of the populations, but by different amounts. When Lenski and his colleagues studied the bacteria’s DNA, they found that after thousands of generations, the populations’ genomes were full of alterations. These changes were different in each population and had accumulated at very different rates, suggesting a prominent role of chance in setting evolution’s course." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
'Incredible' rate of polar ice loss alarms scientists | Environment | The Observer -
'Incredible' rate of polar ice loss alarms scientists | Environment | The Observer
"The planet's two largest ice sheets – in Greenland and Antarctica – are now being depleted at an astonishing rate of 120 cubic miles each year. That is the discovery made by scientists using data from CryoSat-2, the European probe that has been measuring the thickness of Earth's ice sheets and glaciers since it was launched by the European Space Agency in 2010. Even more alarming, the rate of loss of ice from the two regions has more than doubled since 2009, revealing the dramatic impact that climate change is beginning to have on our world." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
But I guess since we're still making ice cubes in our freezers it's ok. - Todd Hoff
6.0 earthquake in napa. We felt it, but just a little shaking here, nothing special. Sounds like there was a lot of damage in napa though.
Is there a new bookmarklet needed for Chrome? Since my last chrome update when I select the bookmarklet the network trace shows it returning from /share/bookmarklet ok, but I'll a see is a blank page that never wills up with anything to share. Anyone else seeing this? Firefox works fine.
It's not setting the frame src. I think Micah addressed this with a modified source file over at - NOT THE CRICKET
Cool, thanks. When I copy it in though I get an invalid URL. - Todd Hoff
You have to host it yourself (for security reasons), but github works for the host. - NOT THE CRICKET
Ah, thanks. - Todd Hoff
The Year in Heat: World on Track for Third-Hottest on Record - Bloomberg -
The Year in Heat: World on Track for Third-Hottest on Record - Bloomberg
"If you live in California, Australia or Scandinavia, 2014 may feel like the hottest year on record. Not quite; on a global scale, it’s “only” third-hottest. The global average surface temperature for January through July was 1.2 degrees Fahrenheit (0.66 degrees Celsius) above the 20th century average, tying with 2002 as the third warmest in records going back to 1880, according to National Climatic Data Center data released today." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
" Things flat earthers will tell you: CO2 is not a heat trapping gas There has been no increase in global temp the past 17 years CO2 is harmless because people breathe it and plants use it Climate always changes CO2 is not a heat trapping gas in the atmosphere. That assertion is so stupid I can't refute it since it would mean educating those that believe that on the very basics of 7th... more... - Todd Hoff
A new wireless energy transfer device can charge any device without using cables -- ScienceDaily -
A new wireless energy transfer device can charge any device without using cables -- ScienceDaily
Researchers at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) have designed a new device for wireless energy transfer that will, for example, charge mobile phones or laptops without needing wires. The system, patented by the UPV, is based on the use of resonators designed with radial photonic crystals; one of them would act as an energy transmitter and the other would be set on the device that needed to be charged. Between them a phenomena known as resonant coupling is produced, which is what finally produces the charging or recharging of the equipment. - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Could be used for communication? - Todd Hoff
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