Heartburn

Wafia, from Brisbane, Australia, performing her song “Heartburn.” This was just released in the fall of 2015 on an EP.

This is how Hillydilly describes things.

Aafia rose methodically through the music ranks. We first came to know of her a couple years ago through a fabulous feature on Japanese Wallpaper‘s “Breathe In“, and, while she’s featured on a couple other tracks since, we’ve not received yet any original tracks from her….

Ta-ku, one of her several new label partners, provides downtempo, percussion-infused production for her to glide over, and glide she does. “Heartburn” is a special piece from her, and we can’t wait for more to come out.

As I said a couple of weeks ago, I am really starting to appreciate the Australian music scene.

Welcome to the Cold War 2.0

So this is a little disturbing. Russia ‘simulated a nuclear strike’ against Sweden, Nato admits – Telegraph

The 2013 exercise, which saw a contingent of Russian aircraft approach Swedish airspace after crossing the Gulf of Finland, was one of several examples of dummy nuclear attacks against Nato and its allies in recent years, according to a new Nato report.

Too bad there isn’t a superpower to balance Russia’s actions in Europe.

So is it time to start reconsidering the backyard bunker?

Your Webcams and IoT Light Bulbs are NOT Secure. (Did you think they were?)

There are many stories from the Internet of Things (IoT) about how bad security is. Here are few that concentrate on a common thing people have in their homes, webcams.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is not secure. Parts of it probably are, but a lot of stuff for sale is not.

Install a $30 webcam and invite hackers onto your network? Maybe Turning a Webcam Into a Backdoor

The first story is fairly technical. But here is the 30,000 ft view of the problem.

The researchers bought a $30 webcam off of Amazon, and took it apart, and reverse engineered how it sent those images to your smartphone. Then they hacked their way in.

A more advanced camera requires a more advanced effort. Why the Internet of Things is a security nightmare

This camera is actually running Linux. So it could be more robust.

The camera that got cracked was the Motorola Focus 73, and not only did the researchers manage to get inside, but they also managed to obtain the home network’s Wi-Fi password, take full control of the camera’s movement and even redirect the video feed.

That is one reason I probably won’t be installing wireless cameras….

The camera has been updated so that this is not an issue anymore, but these cameras were sold to the general public with stupid, hard-coded passwords. (PW = 123456) No encryption running on the network. But it ups the level of insanity to maximum with this. “The credentials for the developers’ Gmail, Dropbox and FTP accounts were also there.” This tells me that security was not an issue at all. It’s not that security was a second thought. It wasn’t a 15th thought.

So what should you do if you have anything of this nature in your home or business? Set up multi-router system. It takes a minimum of 3. The short version is that all IoT devices need to be on a separate LAN from anything like a PC or smartphone that might contain personal data (banking, etc.) that you don’t want to share with malicious actors.

For the history lesson about why this needs doing, and a view to how to organize things see this week’s Security Now. (You can view online or download in various resolutions.) The relevant section on the ins and outs of TCP/IP and Ethernet starts at 1 hour and 7 minutes in.

Trust no one. Especially not the developers of IoT devices.

Now That is What You Call Ironic

Heterophobia has come to San Francisco. San Francisco’s tech bros told: quit changing the gayborhood | US news | The Guardian

It seems so many tech companies are moving to San Francisco that the straights are crowding the gays out of the bars. And the gays don’t like it.

They complain about losing old-time gay bars. The entertainers have to deal with more straight audiences. (Or perhaps those venues would also go out of business…) But there is a reason for that.

Part of the reason that so many gay bars have closed or turned straight, [local bar manager Joe Mattheisen] said, is that LGBT people have become increasingly comfortable spending time at mainstream bars.

“The gays fought for equal rights – and they got it,” he said. “So the gays no longer needed gay bars. They just go to their neighborhood bar.”

And of course there are just some folks who wish those nasty straight folks would stay in their own neighborhood.

[Amy Sueyoshi, 45, associate dean of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University,] followed up with an email: “I do like to go to places in and around the Castro for Happy Hour or a snack and I’ve noticed more straight people making out at these places where I go deliberately to NOT feel like I am oppressed by heterosexuality. Really, straight people do you HAVE to make out in the Castro as well? Good Lord.”

Can’t those damn straight people just keep to their own places?

As several people have noted, if this level of “Oh, those icky others are invading OUR space” was directed AT gays, and not BY gays, the reaction would be close to nuclear. [hat tip to Gay Patriot.]

“The game is not safe” – Football, The NFL and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

When the NFL loses ESPN, you have to figure that they are around the bend. O’Connor: Stabler’s CTE diagnosis another reason football needs dramatic change

Ken Stabler (The Snake) was quarter back for the Oakland Raiders from 1970 to 1979. He played for other teams before and after that stint in Oakland. He died last year in Gulfport, Mississippi.

He is the latest former NFL player to be posthumously diagnosed as suffering from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).

“The game is not safe,” Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson said by phone, “and there’s no way around it. You only have one brain. If you injure it, you can’t get replacement surgery for your brain like you can for your knee or shoulder.”

Carson already has informed his daughter and son-in-law that his six-year-old grandson is not allowed to play football. …

Carson was speaking before the Stabler news broke, and relaying the story that he practically jumped for joy when his younger son once failed a physical in his attempt to try out for the Auburn football team. There’s something terribly wrong when a Hall of Famer celebrates his son’s failed bid to play at the major college level and forbids his grandson from even trying to find a little joy on a Pop Warner field.

At this point, I have to question why any parent would let a child start playing football. Not everyone who has CTE spent 12 or more years playing professional football. Tyler Sash only played two years in the NFL – 27 games in total, and never as a starter. But he did play in middle school, high school, and college. He died with CTE.

The folks in charge of the NFL have a real problem, and they seem to be hoping that it will just go away, if they hide their heads in the sand. That didn’t work for Tobacco (and they did more than just ignore the issues they had). In the long-run, it won’t work for the NFL either.

When ESPN is running a major story about CTE the week before the Superbowl, when that story details how ex-NFL players are forbidding their family members to play the sport at the junior level, I would say that the NFL’s strategy to contain the CTE story and make it go away is failing miserably.

More on the 92-year-old and the Would-be Bad Guy.

More on a story from earlier today… Armed 92-Year-Old San Jacinto Homeowner Scares Off Burglar « CBS Los Angeles

So the story from earlier is at this link. Now we have reaction from the homeowner.

So a 92-year-old homeowner hears someone breaking into his house using an ax.

Milspa, who is a World War II veteran and lives alone, immediately fired one round at the intruder. “I could have shot him right in the head between the eyes. But I didn’t want to do that. I would have been in trouble,” Milspa said.

The burglar was not hit. But he did take off running, leaving behind his ax and several other items, police said.

The miscreant is lucky Mr Milspa is such a tender soul. A lot of people would have shot him “right in the head” and been done with it.