Apr 11, 2015
Feb 16, 2015
|Dufferin Street south from Dundas StreetPhotographer: Howard MacDonald|
March 23, 1949
City of Toronto Archives
Series 372, Subseries 58, Item 1878
Some interesting tidbits can be found here - just takes time to explore. Personally, I find that the hours melt away when I'm looking at this kind of material.
For comparison to this picture, here is what the present scene looks like via Google Street View
Feb 7, 2015
|English: Russia Today logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Video Timeline for January 2015, [both sides] Uncut.Via Ruptly a division of Russia Today.
Lot of westerners accuse Russia Today, of being a propaganda arm of the Russian government. Maybe so, but certainly no more than the Washington Post, and/or the New York Times, CNN, FoxNews are for the U.S. Administration.
Personally I think they are less so, as this example shows - a video presented in chronological format, showing both sides of the conflict and letting the viewer decide his/her point of view.
Quite frankly, after following this conflict since the beginning, (reading various sources both pro and con) a view has emerged, that any thinking, rational person can't avoid concluding, in my opinion.
That is, that the U.S. and NATO, (which is controlled by the U.S. of course) facilitated a coup in the Ukraine. Regardless of what we think of the corruption etc., of that regime, it still had been elected by the Ukrainian people.
I'm not naive to think that Russia isn't involved, either. Of course they are - but hell, this is on its border, and affects a Russian speaking minority in Eastern Ukraine.
So, yes they have a vested interest in the outcome of all this - The same one would expect Washington to have, if, a foreign power placed nuclear missiles in Cuba and/or Mexico. Wait .... one of those already happened - and what was the United States response?! Hell, we almost had a nuclear war - read some memoirs of the players involved. At the time we didn't know how close President Kennedy had caused all out armageddon.
So, the great "Land of the Free" seems to only follow the letter of international law, when it suits their interests. I cannot see how anyone can blame Russia for acting, (which I think has been somewhat subdued, in relation to what the U.S did in the Cuban Missile Crisis, years ago) the way it has, with NATO encroaching it's borders in a threatening manner?
Come on folks, please, think for yourselves!
Most of our institutionalized western media, isn't serving our interests. Therefore I present this video from RT/Ruptly. Approx 40 minutes in length, with english subtitles - turn them on via YouTube automatic caption preferences.
Feb 6, 2015
Operation Summer 2013 Syria, operation to unblock the highway along the Al-Kabuna. In this battle, BMP 2 was holed by a cumulative mines, tankers, as boxers, dodge RPG. Several militants were in the frame
If you're into modern urban tank warfare, then this series is for you. When this civil war is over, whoever gets the concrete and structual steel contract(s) will be quite wealthy, I think. Long as it isn't Haliburton, or other American firm, I'll be OK.
Update: the reason these are older videos (for those that are wondering) is simply not to show current operations for the enemy to learn tactics from. Unfortunate for us, that's the way it has to be. Perfectly understandable.
Dec 24, 2014
|bw version of the Eye of Horus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Excellent OpEd from this Egyptian media source, and well worth a read, in my opinion.
Information warfare has become a key part of twenty-first century conflicts, whether domestic or international. Run from behind screens, these battles could cause damage as deadly as those inflicted by weapons of mass destruction. This was clearly seen in the Ukrainian crisis, as well as the 2011 uprisings that erupted across the Arab world—social media and new media formed a key tool. Another recent example can be seen in the hacking of Sony Pictures and the exposure of its emails and films. The White House has responded by threatening to take measures against North Korea which is suspected of being behind the attack.
Some say we are entering uncharted waters but it has been established that information warfare has always been part of human warfare and conflicts. Only the tools have differed, evolving in terms of sophistication and speed thanks to modern technology. read more ...
Dec 23, 2014
|English: Street photography - photograph of a child watching children play on the grounds of Arts College at Osmania University, Hyderabad, AP - India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
If a 10-year-old lit a fire at an American playground, someone would call the police and the kid would be taken for counselling. At the Land, spontaneous fires are a frequent occurrence. The park is staffed by professionally trained “play-workers,” who keep a close eye on the kids but don’t intervene all that much. Claire Griffiths, the manager of the Land, describes her job as “loitering with intent.” Although the play-workers almost never stop the kids from what they’re doing, before the playground had even opened they’d filled binders with “risk benefits assessments” for nearly every activity. (In the two years since it opened, no one has been injured outside of the occasional scraped knee.) Here’s the list of benefits for fire: “It can be a social experience to sit around with friends, make friends, to sing songs to dance around, to stare at, it can be a co-operative experience where everyone has jobs. It can be something to experiment with, to take risks, to test its properties, its heat, its power, to re-live our evolutionary past.” The risks? “Burns from fire or fire pit” and “children accidentally burning each other with flaming cardboard or wood.” In this case, the benefits win, because a play-worker is always nearby, watching for impending accidents but otherwise letting the children figure out lessons about fire on their own. more ...
Dec 22, 2014
|Michael Geist, is a Canadian academic, and the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law at the University of Ottawa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
For Internet providers, the system creates significant costs for processing and forwarding notices. However, assuming they meet their obligations of forwarding the notice, the law grants them a legal “safe harbour” that removes potential liability for actions of their subscribers.
There are important benefits for Internet users as well. First, unlike the content takedown or access cut-off systems, the Canadian notice approach does not feature any legal penalties. The notices do not create any fines or damages, but rather are designed as educational tools to raise awareness of infringement allegations.
It's truly sad to hear of his financial troubles, Mr. Draper may be having - seems he has been suffering hard times recently due to health issues, as reported by ArsTechnica here. His contemporaries of the day, Steve Jobs and TheWoz (Steve Wozniak) sure have been treated better by life it seems.
From his own blog, John writes:
From his own blog, John writes:
"Latest news on my debilitating health issues. I’ve suffered some major health issues, and discovered I have degenerative spine disease which is the root of most of my spine problems which started in or around 2004. My first surgery was in Dec of 2009, a year later, suffered trauma from a sudden pressure on the back of my neck thanx to some dude at Defcon party, you know who you are. Everything was ok until early in 2014, I started feeling that same back pain I was suffering from back in 1009, but it progressed much further, starting early march, About the time I was invited to the home brew computer club reunion, in the Bay Area. A few weeks later, was invited to speak at the hacker hostel, when at that time the pain was getting horribly bad." Read more ....
|The coat of arms of South Korea Español: escudo de Corea del Sur 日本語: 大韓民国の国章 中文: 大韩民国国徽 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Computer systems at South Korea’s nuclear plant operator have been hacked, the company said on Monday, sharply raising concerns about safeguards around nuclear facilities in a country that remains technically at war with North Korea.
The Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co Ltd (KHNP) and the government said only “non-critical” data was stolen by the hackers, and that there was no risk to nuclear installations, including the country’s 23 atomic reactors.
But the hacking was reported as the United States accused North Korea of a devastating cyber-attack on Sony Pictures.
Experts voiced alarm that the controls of the nuclear reactors could be at risk.
“This demonstrated that, if anyone is intent with malice to infiltrate the system, it would be impossible to say with confidence that such an effort would be blocked completely,” said Suh Kune-yull of Seoul National University.
“And a compromise of nuclear reactors’ safety pretty clearly means there is a gaping hole in national security,” said Suh, who specializes in nuclear reactor design.
The government is investigating but has not said who might be responsible. In 2013, South Korea accused the North of a series of cyber-attacks on banks and broadcasters. Anti-nuclear activists in South Korea have also protested against the use of nuclear power. More ...
- S.Korea nuclear plant operator says hacked, raising alarm
- South Korea nuclear plant operator was hacked, but no risk to nuclear reactors
- 40 years of the MARIA research reactor
- Technology › GE, Hitachi reactor design advances toward approval in Britain
- Fire causes shutdown at Belgian nuclear reactor
- Industry increases efforts to develop safer, less expensive reactors
May 6, 2014
Debian "E: The value '...' is invalid for APT::Default-Release as such a release is not available in the sources"
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In the middle of this I had changed from Jessie (testing) to unstable and being "unstable" had some problems logging into Gnome-Shell afterwards. Evidently I had broken packages - hell it was a mess, let's not mince words!
Somehow Synaptic had selected "Debian" as the default repo during this, and as I cleaned up my sources list, didn't notice this - there is no sources list called Debian.
So, next time launching Synaptic it complained about 'Debian' being invalid and hence the error message in this article title!
So, like any reasonable Linux user faced with problems, I Googled for a solution. Well, none of the solutions worked for me - probably because they weren't Debian and/or Synaptic specific.
To cut to the chase here is where Synaptic stores the default release setting: '/root/.synaptic/synaptic.conf'. Hope this helps someone else!
Guess the moral of this story is not to rely on a package manager and use 'apt-get' and/or 'aptitude' from the command line - which I usually do. What can I say, me likes to try new things once in awhile. lol