Stanislav Petrov Day

Stanislav Petrov Day:

I was going to get you an alarm clock that occasionally goes off randomly in the middle of the night, but you can ignore it and go back to sleep and it's fine.

(Via xkcd)

Here’s the link you’re looking for: Stanislav Petrov.

Tl;dr: He’s the guy who didn’t launch the Soviet missiles in September 1983.

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TIL: orotund

orotund:

The Latin roots of orotund are related to two more common English words—oral and rotund. Latin or- means “mouth,” and rotundus means “round” or “circular.” The Roman poet Horace joined forms of those Latin terms to create the phrase ore rotundo, literally meaning “with round mouth,” and figuratively meaning “with well-turned speech.” Ore rotundo was modified to orotund and adopted into English in the late 18th century. It can indicate either strength of delivery or inflated wording.

(Via Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day)

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Listening: Pretty Prizes by Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts feat. Karen O

Leave it to the Too Beautiful To Live (TBTL) team to get me on to Milano by Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts.

“Pretty Prizes (feat. Karen O)” is Andrew’s Music for your Weekend pick (around the 60 minute mark). It is a bit like Talking Heads (as Andrew and Luke agreed), but I argue it’s more Roxy Music (or just Bryan Ferry) meets Siouxie and the Banshees (or just Siouxie Sioux).

The album as it is has other moments that speak to me. The opener, “Soul and Cigarette”, lyrically is reminiscent of Syd Barrett though the actual singing lacks Syd’s etherial quality. “Talisa (feat. Karen O)” has a sixties feel as well, but more as if in the The Italian Job.

Many reviewers think this should have been an EP, and I tend to agree. I would take this from nine to five tracks, losing “Mount Napoleon”, “Memphis Blues Again” (although there is something about the song I quite like but cannot pinpoint), and the last two songs. I would not mind them letting Karen O lose on “Soul and Cigarette”.

Then again, maybe just let her sing lead on all the songs?

I read somewhere that this album is supposed to be a page out of 80’s Italy. Maybe they were in a 60’s renaissance?

(Image: By Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=55666477)

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ICYMI: Facebook Is Allowing Ad Targeting Based on Contact Information You Have No Control Over

Facebook Is Allowing Ad Targeting Based on Contact Information You Have No Control Over:

Even for Facebook’s low standards, this is exceptionally unethical: you haven’t given them permission to use this information; someone you know or someone you purchased products from has done that for you, probably with consent buried in an opaque privacy policy. There’s no way to opt out. And there are few-to-no regulations governing this.

(Via Pixel Envy)

This is a disaster from the security perspective. Users should enable 2FA to protect themselves with an expectation that this data is restricted for only this use.

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New Iot Botnet Torii Uses Six Methods for Persistence, Has No Clear Purpose

New Iot Botnet Torii Uses Six Methods for Persistence, Has No Clear Purpose:

Security researchers discovered a new IoT botnet that is in a league superior to the Mirai variants that rise and fall on a daily basis.

The developers of the botnet seek wide coverage and for this purpose they created binaries for multiple CPU architectures, tailoring the malware for stealth and persistence. Communication with the command and control (C2) servers is  encrypted and capabilities include exfiltration and, command execution.

According to research from Avast, the malware has been active since at least December 2017 and it targets devices on several CPU architectures: like MIPS, ARM, x86, x64, PowerPC, and SuperH.

Although multi-platform support is common among Mirai-based threats, the researchers say Torii supports one of the largest sets of architectures they’ve seen so far.

(Via BleepingComputer)

Not unlike a twenty-something child living in your basement, really.

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Architects redesign Japanese tunnels into artworks

Architects redesign Japanese tunnels into artworks:

The Kiyotsu Gorge lookout tunnel is a huge engineering marvel amidst spectacular beauty. Artists and architects recently repurposed it as an art installation replete with reflective surfaces, colored lights and sculptures.

MAD Architects, led by Ma Yansong, has completed the restoration of the Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel in Japan’s Niigata prefecture. The revitalization project sees the installation of several permanent artistic spaces along the historic lookout tunnel, with the intention of bringing back the cultural energy that once empowered the region. The “Tunnel of Light” opened on the occasion of the 2018 Echigo-Tsumari Triennale.

“Tunnel of Light” by MAD Architects at the 2018 Echigo-Tsumari Triennale (YouTube / MAD architects)

(Via Boing Boing)

Add another travel site to the list. I gotta get to Niigata!

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Apple Pay Suica performance improvements coming with iOS 12.1 update

Apple Pay Suica performance improvements coming with iOS 12.1 update:

Good news for Apple Pay Suica users: word coming down Apple developer channels is that iOS 12.1 contains Apple Pay Suica fixes and performance improvements.

After updating to iOS 12 Apple Pay Suica users started complaining that Express Transit cards were sometimes unresponsive with Apple Pay demanding a Passcode/Face ID unlock at transit gates, or causing error flicker. It seems to be a performance issue across all Apple Pay Suica compatible devices: iPhone 7 (JP), iPhone 8, Revision B iPhone X, Apple Watch 2 (JP), Apple Watch 3 and the just released Apple Watch 4.

iPhone XS is free of the problem thanks to A12 Bionic bulletproofed Apple Pay Suica.

iPhone X Suica problem units will not see any improvement because it is a hardware issue for iPhone X units manufactured before April 2018. The only way to fix NFC problem iPhone X units is to get them exchanged. See the iPhone X Exchange Guide for details.

(Via Ata Distance)

Now I know when to upgrade unless work forces my hand sooner.

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Secret Service Warns of Surge in ATM ‘Wiretapping’ Attacks

Secret Service Warns of Surge in ATM ‘Wiretapping’ Attacks:

The U.S. Secret Service is warning financial institutions about a recent uptick in a form of ATM skimming that involves cutting cupcake-sized holes in a cash machine and then using a combination of magnets and medical devices to siphon customer account data directly from the card reader inside the ATM.

According to a non-public alert distributed to banks this week and shared with KrebsOnSecurity by a financial industry source, the Secret Service has received multiple reports about a complex form of skimming that often takes thieves days to implement.

This type of attack, sometimes called ATM “wiretapping” or “eavesdropping,” starts when thieves use a drill to make a relatively large hole in the front of a cash machine. The hole is then concealed by a metal faceplate, or perhaps a decal featuring the bank’s logo or boilerplate instructions on how to use the ATM.

(Via Brian Krebs on Security)

Read on for the details what (little) you can do to protect yourself.

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Typhoon Trami (#24)

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo September 27, 2018
Location: Okinawa Prefecture (September 28 – 29, 2018), continuing through Kyushu, Honshu, and Hokkaido (September 29 – October 1).
Event: Typhoon Trami (Typhoon No. 24) is expected to affect areas of Okinawa Prefecture and Amami Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture beginning early Friday, September 28 through late Saturday, September 29. The storm is then expected to track northeast, affecting large portions of Kyushu, Honshu, and Hokkaido from September 29 through October 1. According to current tracking, Typhoon Trami will impact major population centers, including Naha, Fukuoka, Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo. The typhoon will bring extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding.
Any closures of Mission Japan facilities will be communicated via Twitter and the Embassy website.
Actions to Take:

• Avoid travel to affected areas until the storm has dissipated.

• All U.S. citizens living in or traveling to the area should monitor local weather reports, follow directions from local officials, and take other appropriate actions as needed.

•  Seek secure shelter as appropriate.

•  The Japan Meteorological Service’s typhoon tracking information may be found in English at this webpage:  http://www.jma.go.jp/en/typh/.  Information is also available from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center at http://www.metoc.navy.mil/jtwc/jtwc.html.

Assistance:
For further information about security in Japan:

• See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Advisories and Alerts, and Japan Country Specific Information.
• Enroll in the Smart Traveler-Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
• For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit of either the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo or one of the U.S. Consulates in Japan.

U.S. Embassy Tokyo
American Citizen Services
1-10-5 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8420
Tel: 03-3224-5000
After Hours: 03-3224-5000
Fax: 03-3224-5856
https://jp.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/
The U.S. Embassy serves Americans in Tokyo, Chiba, Fukushima, Gunma, Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Nagano, Niigata, Saitama, Shizuoka, Tochigi, Yamagata and Yamanashi.
Consulates:
Osaka-Kobe
11-5, Nishitenma 2-chome, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-8543; Tel: 06-6315-5912, Fax: 06-6315-5914; serving Americans in Osaka, Aichi, Ehime, Fukui, Gifu, Hiroshima, Hyogo, Ishikawa, Kagawa, Kochi, Kyoto, Mie, Nara, Okayama, Shimane, Shiga, Tokushima, Tottori, Toyama, and Wakayama prefectures.
https://jp.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/osaka/
Nagoya
Nagoya International Center Bldg. 6th floor, 1-47-1 Nagono, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya 450-0001; Tel 052-581-4501, Fax: 052-581-3190; providing emergency consular services only (including death and arrest cases) for Americans living in Aichi, Gifu, and Mie prefectures.
https://jp.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/nagoya/
Fukuoka
5-26, Ohori 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka 810-0052; Tel: 092-751-9331, Fax: 092-725-3772; serving Americans in Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Oita, Saga and Yamaguchi prefectures.
https://jp.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/fukuoka/
Sapporo
Kita 1-jo, Nishi 28-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo 064-0821; Tel: 011-641-1115, Fax: 011-643-1283; serving Americans in Akita, Aomori, Hokkaido, Iwate and Miyagi prefectures.
https://jp.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/sapporo/
Naha
2-1-1 Toyama, Urasoe City, Okinawa 901-2104; Phone: 098-876-4211, Fax: 098-876-4243; serving Americans in Okinawa and the Amami Oshima Island group
https://jp.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/naha/

• Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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Super typhoon

Super Typhoon Trami is seen from the International Space Station as it moves in the direction of Japan in this image obtained from social media on Wednesday.

© Reuters

It’s gonna get crazy wet here again.

Oh, wait. We never dried out.

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