Thursday, January 01, 2015

Do you get a sense of “We have this under control” or “Our current worst case scenario is...” These hackers are building up a large amount of FBI embarrassment. That can only end badly.
FBI: The Sony Hackers Also Targeted CNN (Probably)
According to an official FBI bulletin obtained by The Intercept, the same hackers who broke into Sony Pictures and stole a devastating amount of data made threats against an American “news media organisation” as well. (It’s probably CNN.) The bulletin also warns that the attacks “may extend to other such organisations in the near future.”
That’s not a comforting way to start the new year if you’re a sysadmin at CNN or any other news outlet. It’s hard to tell how serious the threat is, but the fact that it’s included in a a Joint Intelligence Bulletin of the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security doesn’t bode well. The bulletin points to a December 20 Pastebin post where a group identifying themselves as GOP — or Guardians of Peace — taunt the FBI and a link to a YouTube video called “you are an idiot!” Screenshots exist of a similar taunt directed towards CNN, and apparently federal authorities consider this a threat.

A guide for terrorists wishing to avoid detection? (Ethical Hackers: Always look for the bad guys in the “Thou shalt not” zones.)
Foreign Intelligence Gathering Laws
Library of Congress – “This report contains information on laws regulating the collection of intelligence in the European Union, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, and Sweden. The report details how EU Members States control activities of their intelligence agencies and what restrictions are imposed on information collection. All EU Member States follow EU legislation on personal data protection, which is a part of the common European Union responsibility. A comparative summary is included.”

Will this be available to your insurer?
The Quantified Self: How To Track Your Life With Your iPhone
The first step to change is knowing what you are dealing with. If you track your actions, you will be able to do them better. There is plenty of science to support this. However, tracking can be tiresome if you don’t have the right tools. That is not an excuse iPhone users can dole out any more, now that Loggr is here.
Why Should You Quantify Yourself?
The quantified self movement is gaining more followers as tools get easier. In our article What Is Lifelogging And Why Should You Do It?, Nancy says it gives you actual data to make your life better. It tells you whether you are actually benefitting from your exercise regimen or diet, and how it’s helping, or what needs to change.
… Loggr is completely free. No payments to unlock a pro version, no ads

Good news for my Data Analysis students.
SEC to Simplify Analysis of Corporate Financial Data
“The Securities and Exchange Commission has launched a program aimed at making it easier for investors to dig through and compare company financial filings. Under the program being tested, financial data the companies report will be organized into structured sets that the public can then download in bulk. The program will be expanded next year to include data in footnotes of the financial statements. The structured data are currently available as eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) exhibits. The SEC will now make the information available in other formats. Data sets will be updated quarterly.”

If you haven't learned how to run Apps on your PC, get an emulator (BlueStacks) and be sure to grab MathHero (and/or the iPhone equivalent, PhotoMath)
Amazon Gives Away $110 Worth Of Apps To Close Out 2014
Earlier this month, there were over $100 worth of apps up for grabs, and then just last week, it put another $200 worth on the table. As if that wasn't enough, it's just gone ahead and given us another list of free apps to peruse.
As usual, there's a great variety of apps to choose from here, with nearly half of the list dedicated to games
… If you want to take advantage of these free apps but don't own an Amazon tablet or smartphone, you're not out of luck. But because Google doesn't like having competing app stores in its own Play Store, you'll need to jump through a couple of simple hoops. Head here to download the APK, and follow the steps at the bottom. You can then choose which apps you'd like for free from within the app itself, or add them to your Amazon account from the website.

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