Message To Pirates Of The Caribbean Hackers – Piracy No Longer Pays
May 18, 2017
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, due out on 26 May, was only 10 days from release when hackers stole a copy from a post-production company in LA. They demanded a ransom, believed to be $80,000 (£61,700) – peanuts for a franchise that has pulled in $3bn globally. They threatened that, if the ransom wasn’t paid, they would release the film to torrent sites in chunks, carved up like shark bait.
So far, the film world has reacted with a shrug that suggests the digital pirates have scuppered the wrong vessel. It’s a sign that times have moved on. In 2011, BitTorrent accounted for 23% of US broadband traffic. Now, it is 5%. The equilibrium has shifted.
So far, Disney is ignoring the demands, and it seems that a tacit agreement by big media houses never to pay ransoms may hinder this sort of crime anyway.
One Guy Stopped
The Wannacry Global Attack In Its Tracks
May 17, 2017
A piece of malware began doing the rounds in the UK, locking PC users out of their data unless they paid up a ransom in Bitcoin. It then spread to Spain and eventually more than 150 countries, affecting not just individuals, but also over 10,000 organizations including the UK’s National Health Service.
Twitter user MalwareTech, who wishes to remain anonymous, told The Guardian that when he looked into a sample of the malware, found it connected to a specific domain that wasn’t registered at the time. So he bought it, and that effectively activated a kill switch and ended the spread of WannaCry.
You can read more about how MalwareTech was able to stop this global attack on his blog. He describe after a long day of hard work, "Now you probably can’t picture a grown man jumping around with the excitement of having just been ransomwared, but this was me. The failure of the ransomware to run the first time and then the subsequent success on the second mean that we had in fact prevented the spread of the ransomware and prevented it ransoming any new computer since the registration of the domain..."
Microsoft believes that it’s up to countries, not just companies, to fight such attacks – especially when they affect people at a global scale. The company’s president and Chief Legal Officer, Brad Smith, noted that Microsoft issued a patch for the exploit WannaCry used more than two months ago – and still, systems across the globe remained vulnerable.
Simpsons Episode Banned From
May 15, 2017
A Simpsons episode in which Homer plays Pokemon Go during a service has been banned by a Russian TV channel after church leaders complained it was offensive.
During the episode, Looking for Mr Goodbart, Homer walks into a church on Sunday playing 'Peekimon Get' with Jeffrey 'Comic Book Guy' Albertson.
When the pair are told to stop, Albertson replies, 'Look, this game is - or at least was - bigger than Jesus'. Lovejoy then says: 'Hmm. It's a pretty low bar these days'.
Their decision is thought to have been influenced by the case of Ruslan Sokolovsky, who faces imprisonment after playing Pokemon Go in a cathedral.
The latest new movies coming soon to theaters.
May 5 / Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' continues the team's
adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter
Quill's true parentage.
May 12 / King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword
Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back
alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is
forced to acknowledge his true legacy - whether he likes it or not.
May 19 / Alien: Covenant
The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on
the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted
paradise. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination,
they must attempt a harrowing escape.
May 12 / The Wall
Two American Soldiers are trapped by a lethal sniper, with only an
unsteady wall between them.
May 12 / Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack
feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when
deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar
(Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle bent on
killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack.
June 2 / Wonder Woman
Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the
Amazons, trained warrior. When a discovering her full powers
and true destiny.
How to Find the Right Contractor for Home Renovations
Home renovations always look easier sketched out on an architect’s paper, but the execution rarely stays on schedule with unexpected issues like shipment delays, weather and structural problems detouring the original plan and possibly sending the project over budget.
Before work on the home even starts, choosing the right contractor to work with is a critical decision and could turn your dream home into a living nightmare. You can eliminate some stress by choosing the right contractor.
Plan Your Project
Before talking to contractors, experts suggest making a detailed plan of the desired project to provide potential contractors with a work scope. Include what the contractor is expected to do and anything you plan to do yourself. “That way, every contractor’s bidding on the same work,” says home improvement expert Danny Lipford.
Is The Contractor Insured? Verify that the contractor has liability insurance and workers compensation to cover their on-site workers. “If a contractor floods your house by accident, their liability insurance will cover it,” says Hamtil.
Make sure the contractor has expertise in the type of work you want done, advises Lipford. “The guys who build new homes aren’t always great remodelers and vice versa.”
Do Proper Research Try to see the contractor’s work. You want to feel comfortable with the quality, says Lipford. “People have different standards and that doesn’t mean they can live up to your standards.”
Get Your Home Improvement Contract In WritingYour contract should include: detailed time frames, the total cost, payment arrangements, your contractor’s license number, project description, names of parties involved and how to handle additional costs if necessary. Keep track of all-important information as well by keeping job-related documents such as contracts, payments and receipts in one place.
Top Easter Brunch Restaurants in New York Area
April 13, 2017
Make your reservations now for an Easter Sunday meal at these local spots and take advantage of the festive feasts happening around town on April 16.
Choose from a lamb tapas tasting, featuring grilled chops, smoked tongue and anticuchos, and a four-course brunch menu, which includes dishes like rabbit tortelli and spring lamb. (88 Ninth Ave., Manhattan, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., menus range from $25 to $59.
Menu items for the holiday include fried baby artichoke, spinach and ricotta ravioli in a walnut sauce, and breaded lamb chops. (519 Columbus Ave., Manhattan, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m
The Double Eagle Steak House is offering an Easter brunch complete with hand-cut steaks and its signature lemon cake. (50 Rockefeller Plaza and 1221 Ave. of the Americas, Manhattan, brunch begins at 11 a.m.
Choose between three- and four-course options, with roast ham, spring pastas and traditional Easter bread. (142 W. 65th St., Manhattan, 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., $75 to $85.
Tips To Become A Millionaire This Year
March 23, 2017
Believe it or not, becoming a millionaire is a goal that can be achieved this year.
1. Develop a written financial plan.
It also guides you in making the right decisions in order to achieve all of your dreams and goals. Financial planner Scott D. Hedgcock says that “when planning for a more secure future there are two inputs that are indispensable:” how much money you have and how much money you spend.
When creating a financial plan, consider the following:
Focus on what matters most and don’t obsess over the past.
Focus on what you control by listing your known expenses first in your budget, and then with the income leftover you should list the discretionary categories.
Focus on your future by anticipating how much your future self will need to survive.
2. Focus on increasing your income.
"In today's economic environment you cannot save your way to millionaire status," writes Grant Cardone, who went from being broke and in debt at the age of 21 to becoming a self-made millionaire by 30. "The first step is to focus on increasing your income in increments and repeating that. There are several options to boost your revenue, like investing in high ROI businesses.
3. Take advantage of Uncle Sam’s generosity.
“The best way I know to become a millionaire is to put the power of compound interest on your side. By giving your money more time to compound and keeping your rate of return as high as possible, you greatly increase your chances of reaching a seven-figure net worth,” writes Brian Feroldi on The Motley Fool.
However, all investors do have control over two huge factors that can put a serious drag on long-term returns: investment costs and taxes. Feroldi goes on to write that if you have “a 401(k) or 403(b) through work, then any money you contribute to the account can grow tax-deferred, allowing your money to compound more quickly.” He also suggests opening up a traditional or Roth IRA, because they “keep Uncle Sam away from your money, either now or later.”
You should use a broker or brokerage firm “that charges very little per trade -- and not to trade too frequently.”
4. Increase your streams of income.
After studying millionaires for five years, author Thomas Corley discovered that 65 percent of self-made millionaires had three streams, 45 percent had four streams, and 29 percent had five or more streams. This could include starting a side-business, working part-time, investments, and renting everything from your home to your car to household items.
5. Automate your savings.
If you want to become a millionaire, then you absolutely need to get into the habit of saving by contributing to your 401(k), Roth or traditional IRA, and an emergency fund that’s been placed in a money market. It’s suggested that you should put 10 percent towards investments and 5 percent towards savings.
6. Upgrade your skills and knowledge.
"Read at least 30 minutes a day, listen to relevant podcasts while driving and seek out mentors vigorously,” writes Tucker Hughes, who became a millionaire at just the age of 22.
7. Live below your means and lay-off the credit.
It’s widely known that the wealthiest people in the world are frugal. They don’t spend excessively on designer and luxury items. They use coupons. And, they’re known for living below their means by purchasing modest homes and vehicles.
8. Associate with millionaires.
“In most cases, your net worth mirrors the level of your closest friends,” writes Steve Siebold for Business Insider. This isn’t exactly a new philosophy.
“Exposure to people who are more successful than you are has the potential to expand your thinking and catapult your income,” says Siebold. “We become like the people we associate with, and that's why winners are attracted to winners.”
International Women's Day:
Strikes And Protests Around The World
March 09, 2017
Protests of various kind took place around the world. In Ireland, women across the country went on strike and wore black to protest against the country's restrictive abortion laws.
Solidarity protests were held in London, Amsterdam and elsewhere to call for Irish laws to be changed.
Women in Poland staged rallies and marches to demand protection against violence, equal rights and respect. They were joined by actress Jessica Chastain, who was in the city for a screening of her latest film.
In Germany, airline Lufthansa said six all-female crews would be flying in support of the day. Just 6% of pilots in the airline's parent company Lufthansa are women.
Flirting Tips For Guys
March 03, 2017
Offer an original compliment
The trick here is to not to make any obvious observations (the old, "that sweater looks great on you" line is getting predictable). If she's really attractive, chances are she's heard all the old clichés. So instead, catch her off guard and say something nice about her shoulders (yes, her shoulders). You can also try to speak her language and talk about her whole outfit without sounding too effeminate, or try guessing what perfume she's wearing. But be sure you know your perfumes, or this tactic may backfire.
Remember every detail
Take a mental note of everything she's wearing, from her earrings to her shoes, and everything in between. This will prove to be especially rewarding in the future.
Have a few original jokes on hand that are both harmless and can be universally appreciated, like making fun of the in-laws.
Make her feel happy
Get her to open up about things that would make anyone happy like vacations, shopping or her favorite books and authors. The logic is quite simple: By putting her in a blissful state, emotionally and mentally, her reception toward you will be much warmer and friendlier.
Make her feel original
Don't get distracted and start checking out the newest arrivals at whatever bar or restaurant you two are in. Making her feel special involves ignoring everyone else in the room.
Compare her to art
Tell her that her flowing hair is like the lines of a famous painting. But don't get too technical.
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