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Name: Steve
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Hometown: Florida
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Member since: Sat Oct 16, 2004, 01:04 PM
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Invest 94E ambles westward in the Pacific Ocean

Last Updated 6/9/2014, 5:00:00 AM (Pacific Standard Time)
Location 15.9 102.3W Movement NW at 5 mph
Wind 30 MPH

Invest 94E meanders south of Mexico, Invest 90L fizzles out

Last Updated Sunday, June 8, 2014, 5:00:00 AM (Pacific Standard Time)
Location 14.6 101.5W Movement NW at 5 mph
Wind 30 MPH

In which Barack Obama and the Queen of the Netherlands share a few photogenic laughs dial up warning


Invest 94E forms south of Mexico, Invest 90L moves into Mexico

Last Updated 6/6/2014, 8:00:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Location 19.1 96.1W Movement W at 5 mph
Wind 35 MPH

Last Updated 6/7/2014, 8:00:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Location 11.0 98.7W Movement NW at 0 mph
Wind 25 MPH

Photos from D-Day commemorations etc


Yes, it's the Daily Mail but at least the photos are good. I'm so glad to see the old veterans recognized.

Another Heartbleed-Style OpenSSL Vulnerability Discovered


Just a few months after Heartbleed was discovered and (thankfully) resolved, another OpenSSL bug is haunting web encryptions. The new bug SSL/TLS MITM was posted by the OpenSSL group in a formal advisory on Thursday. On the bright side, it's not as bad as Heartbleed, but its not-so-catchy name and lack of publicity means it will be tough for the public to tackle as quickly.

When Heartbleed was discovered, it was branded as a major issue very quickly and became somewhat of an epidemic, complete with its own website, a scary name, and creepy logo. SLS/TLS MITM (which I'm going to call SLS until someone names it something like Skinburn or Tummyache) is on a smaller scale than Heartbleed.

It affects the "handshake" process of encryption: the point when the client and the server make a connection, and determine they both agree to encrypt the data. A smart hacker can use the vulnerability to attack the handshake, making it weak. Think of someone pouring oil on both palms, so the hands can't meet and shake properly. Then, the hacker has access to unencrypted data and can modify traffic to both the client and server. Poof, encryption is gone.

Encryption is pretty important. It's basically what keeps your content safe online. The easiest way to understand the impact of an encryption OpenSSL vulnerability is by looking at unencrypted emails. When you send an email about shopping to a friend, then see an ad for the product you talk about buying in your email, that's the product of an unencrypted email. Promoting encrypted emails is so important that Google was willing to take a hit on the targeted email advertising money to boost digital safety.

Bolding and italics mine.

Invest 90L dawdles in Gulf of Mexico

Last Updated 6/6/2014, 2:00:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 19.3 94.5W Movement NNW at 0 mph
Wind 35 MPH


Giant 3-foot-long rats invade Florida Keys


MIAMI Flamingos, manatees and rats the size of toaster ovens. Yep, the list of animals Florida is best known for is about to grow by one. But unlike the other two, the Gambian pouched rat isnt likely to be featured on any tourism brochures or commemorative keychains.

The giant non-native rodent has invaded the Florida Keys and it will. Not. Go. Away.

Despite ongoing efforts to eradicate (e-rat-icate? Eh???) it from Grassy Key since 2007, new sightings confirm the rat once thought to be on its last freakishly large legs is harder to kill than Chris Browns career.

Not that its too hard to catch sight of one of these guys. Adult Gambian pouched rats weigh about 3 or 4 pounds and average 2 to 3 feet long, not counting their tails.

AP was there: Hitler's Atlantic Wall under assault


In his second paragraph, Greene uses the derisive term "boche" to refer to the Germans. The word had come to mean "blockhead," as it was a shortened form of "caboche" or "head."

Seventy years after its original publication, the AP is making Greene's original report available.


ON A BEACHHEAD IN FRANCE Hitler's Atlantic wall cracked in the first hour under tempestuous allied assault.

As I write, deeply dug into a beachhead of northwestern France, German prisoners, mostly wounded, are streaming back. But the Boche still is putting up a terrific fight.

much more at link

IE 11 really sucks for HTML5

Big surprise, huh ? It scores 376 out of 555 at html5test.com. Latest Chrome canary scores 507. I guess M$ is not real worried about being relevant.
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