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December 18, 2014

Welcome to WordPRess 4.1

WordPress 4.1, named “Dinah” is now available. New theme, Twenty-Fifteen is included in this release.

Sony Pictures Cancels “The Interview” Theatrical Release Due To Terror Threats.

December 17, 2014

The Interview No Theatrical Release

Ars Technica, echoing Variety:

… in light of major US theater chains’ decision to stay away from The Interview, Sony will not do a theatrical release for the film at all.

Sony Pictures definitely errs on the side of caution in the interest of public safety.

This reminds me of the plot of South Park “200” and “201“.

Life sometimes imitates art.

Ars Technica Asks Readers to Change Password Following Security Breach

December 17, 2014

Ars Technica

Due to the recent hack on the website, Ars Technica “strongly encourages all Ars readers — especially any who have reused their Ars passwords on other, more sensitive sites — to change their passwords today.”

Full Email:

Ars Technica was hacked: Please change your password

You are receiving this email because you may have – at some point – registered as a user on ArsTechnica.com. Our site was recently hacked.

Log files suggest that this intruder had the opportunity to copy the user database. This database contains no payment information on Ars subscribers, but it does contain user e-mail addresses cryptographically-protected passwords.

Out of an excess of caution, we strongly encourage all Ars readers — especially any who have reused their Ars passwords on other, more sensitive sites — to change their passwords today.

Read more about the incident here: http://arstechnica.com/staff/2014/12/ars-was-briefly-hacked-yesterday-heres-what-we-know/

Please login to Ars and update your password or use the “Forgot your password” form to change your password.

Settings page: https://arstechnica.com/civis/ucp.php?i=profile&mode=reg_details

Forgot your password? https://arstechnica.com/civis/ucp.php?mode=sendpassword

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

- Ars

To paraphrase Al Bundy: “Hey! Come to think of it, I remember creating an account at Ars Technica.”

Downtown Los Angeles is Burning

December 8, 2014

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One huge fire in Downtown Los Angeles, resulting in closure of I-100 and Highway 101 due to damages.

The fire could be seen from miles away.

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Note: The title of this post is inspired by Bad Religion‘s song “Los Angeles is Burning” from album New Maps of Hell.

Thanksgiving, 2014

November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Dinner

Thursday, November 27, 2014 is Thanksgiving Day; the beginning of Thanksgiving Weekend.

We’re all spending times with our family and friends and will be back on Monday, December 1, 2014.

What The Hell, Twitter?

November 26, 2014

Twitter App Graph

Jack Marshall, writing for WSJ.com:

Twitter is now collecting information about the apps installed on users’ devices in order to better target and tailor advertising and other content to them.

WHAT?!

From Twitter:

To help build a more personal Twitter experience for you, we are collecting and occasionally updating the list of apps installed on your mobile device so we can deliver tailored content that you might be interested in.

DFQ?!

If you’re not interested in a tailored experience you can adjust your preferences at any time (read below). Additionally, if you have previously opted out of interest-based ads by turning on “Limit Ad Tracking” on your iOS device or by adjusting your Android device settings to “Opt out of interest-based ads,” we will not collect your apps unless you adjust your device settings.

I have always enabled the “Limit Ad Tracking” option on all of my iOS devices.

iOS Privacy Settings: Limit Ad Tracking

Megapixel per se

November 25, 2014

iPhone 6 Protruding Camera Lens

Joanna Stern, writing for WSJ.com:

A quick camera reminder: Looking at the megapixel numbers when comparing phones won’t help you at all. An 8-megapixel camera with a superior sensor can take far better photos, even more detailed ones, than a 21-megapixel camera with an inferior one.

I’m really glad to see Joanna Stern mentions this. For years, a lot of so-called Tech Journalists still measuring the quality of a camera by the pixel-count alone.

Some few years ago, a clerk/salesperson at a store that shall remain nameless adamantly told me that a 13-Megapixel point-and-shoot camera captured better image than an 8-Megapixel DSLR Camera.

On a personal note, Joanna Stern lost one point for using the term “phablet” for a product category. Just call it a big-ass phones and it would’ve sound much better.