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Movies Seen 2016, May and June [Feb. 18th, 2017|12:32 am]
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5/05 Captain America: Civil War
5/06 Jungle Book
5/08 Keanu
5/13 Money Monster
5/19 The Huntsman: Winter's War
5/22 Angry Birds

6/04 X-Men Apocalypse
6/20 The Nice Guys
6/24 Central Intelligence
6/26 Now You See Me 2
6/28 The Lobster

Again, not going to talk about all of them, or at least in any exhaustive detail. If I don't talk about a movie, my opinion is probably *meh*.

Captain America: it was interesting to see how they broke up the Avengers and what sides various people took. Again, loved seeing Berlin, though we did see the American Embassy and it was not the building seen in the film. Though I’m not a Spiderman fan, I really liked his intro and am looking forward to seeing how they treat him in this version of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) as I didn’t care for the other MCU. The other’s treatment of the Fantastic Four absolutely sucked. I don’t know how much involvement Whedon had in this, but I suspect he wrote the broad strokes for the future arc and I’m really looking forward to things like the Black Panther movie.

Jungle Book. Interesting, excellent CGI, and who can complain about voice acting by the likes of ScarJo and Edris Elba?

Keanu: as much as I loved the Key & Peele show on Comedy Central, this movie was more a novelty for me rather than a good movie. It had its highs, but it really had no repeat value for me, which was disappointing. I’d much rather watch a couple of hours of curated Best of K&P.

Money Monster. This was an interesting film. Take a TV personality like CNBC’s Jim Cramer and sneak in a guy who lost $40,000, all his money, on a “sure bet”. And the guy who lost everything has an explosives vest and a gun. And it’s during a live broadcast. The Cramer-like character starts looking in to “the sure bet” that he shilled and finds “goings on” behind the scenes, resulting in lots of people getting screwed. My wife and I really liked this movie, I thought they managed the tension well, and the acting by the likes of George Clooney, Julie Roberts, and it was directed by Jodi Foster! Pretty cool movie.

X-Men Apocalypse: Personally, in my ever so humble opinion, it could have benefited by not having been made. The Apocalypse character just didn’t do it for me, I’m really tired of Egyptian deities or aliens masked as Egyptian deities, just make them flat-out aliens, PLEASE. I don’t think it contributed anything to the Young X-Men franchise, but I could be wrong.

The Nice Guys. Testosterone-fueled romp. Some amusing stuff, some interesting plot devices, OK movie. Very limited repeat viewing value for me, as in I won’t bother buying a copy or looking for showings on satellite.

Central Intelligence: I really liked this movie! I would class it as one of the more fun movies of ‘16. Take today’s Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, put him back in his high school days as a very obese nerd. The only person who was ever kind to him was the high school track hero/homecoming king. And now The Rock is a CIA agent who needs The Hero’s help. I thought this was a tremendously fun film, and it was kind of aspirational. I should look for a used copy while I’m here in Phoenix.

Now You See Me 2. My wife had an objection: they recast the female lead. I found out that she was pregnant, which makes the recast a bit understandable. But the norm if a male lead from the first movie was unavailable would be they’d probably delay the project, so it’s probably a valid point. Anyway, the first movie was better, but the second movie still had a lot of good stuff in it and held to the basic concepts that we learned in the first. Interesting stuff. The second movie doesn’t really stand on its own, if you liked the first one I think there’s a decent chance you’ll like the second.

The Lobster. This is one weird-ass film. In this world, which seems a parallel to ours, if you’re not married by the time you’re a certain age, you’re taken to The Hotel with all the other single men and women in the area. You now have 45 days or you’re turned in to an animal. Your choice of animal. If you try to escape, well, one of the activities for the residents is hunting parties! If you’re caught, the penalty (if I recall correctly) is you’re transformed in to your animal. If you find someone at The Hotel with whom you hit it off, fine and dandy – you’re both safe, you get married, and you’re set up with a nice flat in the city and can continue your life. If not: animal-time for you! I thought it was going to be a strange comedy, and it was surprisingly rather dark and didn’t have nearly as much humor as I would have liked. We had a group of six and we all left asking “What did we just see?” I don’t think anyone had a particularly good answer to that. I have no plans of buying a copy of this, though I might watch it again in a few years if I’m given the opportunity to see if the passage of time has changed my opinion of it. VERY low on the scale if I were to rate all of the movies from best to worst. It wasn’t a bad movie, per se, it was just very strange, and not in a good way.

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I just listened to part of today's press conference with the Cheeto Benito [Feb. 16th, 2017|12:54 pm]
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(I heard the line reading a comment in a news post yesterday and I just loved it!)

Anyway, he held a live press conference that was carried on NPR, and out of curiosity I listened to it while driving to the car wash today. He was completely incapable of directly answering a question. And it was interesting.

The one thing that struck me was that he is still campaigning! Every answer referenced the same shit that he spewed during the campaign! Every answer mentioned Hillary, when asked about his response to the Russian planes buzzing American warships or the Russian spy ship near the Massachusetts submarine yards, it was straight out of the campaign. 'I'm not going to tell you what I'm going to do. I'm going to be Mister Unpredictable!'

He even said, and this is almost a direct quote, "I guess I'm a politician now! I can't believe I'm saying that!"

Does he understand he won and that he's now perhaps the most powerful man in the world and that he holds the fate of our country and many others in his tiny little hands?

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Books Read 2016, March - June [Feb. 16th, 2017|12:52 pm]
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2016 was also a good year for books with 47 read! With few exceptions, they were mostly ebooks on my iPad Mini and few were short and few were re-reads.

3/08 Vietnam and Other Alien Worlds, Joe Haldeman
3/13 A Call To Duty, Manticore Ascendant 1, Weber/Zahn
3/20 Three Slices, Kevin Hearne, Delilah Dawson, Chuck Wendig
3/23 Shattered, Hearne

4/02 Expanded Universe vol 1, Heinlein
4/03 Staked, Kevin Hearne
4/15 A Call To Arms, Manticore Ascendant 2, Weber/Zahn
4/19 Standing Next To History, Joseph Petro

5/? Seveneves, Neal Stephenson
5/14 Those Who Hunt The Night, Barbara Hambly
5/22 The Forever War, Joe Haldeman (rr)
5/25 Dial M for Merde, Stephen Clarke

6/02 Bulldog Drummond, HC McNeile
6/16 The End of All Things, John Scalzi
6/19 Lock In, John Scalzi
6/19 Orbital Decay, Allen Steele
6/27 The Elskar Saga, S.T. Bende

I’m not going to talk about them all, because honestly, I really don’t remember a lot of details. Too much time has passed: I REALLY need to do these lists with greater frequency!

So jumping through the lists a bit, we’ll started with Kevin Hearne’s Shattered, the not quite most recent Iron Druid book. This actually came out in ‘15 – I found out that Staked came out: I picked it up, started it, and realized that I was missing a substantial part of the narrative – i.e. I was missing a book. I looked around and found my copy of Staked, apparently I’d started it, something happened and I put it down and forgot about it. I finished it, and that put me in a position to read Staked and get me caught up in the series.

Three Slices is a set of three short stories, including a Hearne Iron Druid story, and they all include cheese as a main plot point. All three stories were quite fun.

Standing Next To History by Joseph Petro is, I guess, an autobiography. Petro is now a retired Secret Service agent who served on the Presidential Protection Detail during the Reagan administration. It was an interesting book. I learned of it many moons ago and acquired a used paperback of it, it sat around for ages and I finally dedicated myself to reading it. I learned a lot about the PPD and the way they work is quite interesting. If you have an interest and an opportunity to acquire this book, I’d recommend it. It’s a fairly quick read.

Seveneves is Neal Stephenson’s latest mega-work. I personally think he is incapable of writing a story that is under 400 pages. The story starts in contemporary times and is fairly straightforward: something causes the moon to explode. No one knows what, it just happens. Initially it just cracks up in to a few large pieces, then an astronomer realizes that this spells the end of the Earth. He starts working the math and proves that in just a few years that the end result will be the larger pieces will smash in to each other, producing smaller pieces, rinse and repeat, ad infinitum, and those pieces orbits are going to decay and eventually superheat the atmosphere and incinerate the surface of the planet. The book then becomes a race against the clock to get as many people in to orbit to produce a viable population to eventually repopulate the planet. Chaos ensues. I found it to be quite a read. While I’ll chide Stephenson for producing mega-tomes, but he really does superb long plots.

Those Who Hunt The Night by Barbara Hambley was an interesting read. I don’t normally go for vampire fiction, I’m not by and large a horror fan but the premise was interesting. Set in Edwardian London, an Oxford professor who used to be an agent for the Crown, is forced to help the vampires of London figure out who is murdering them. I liked the concept of a person so utterly out-classed by the supernatural being the only one who can save them. All in all, a good read.

Joe Haldeman’s Forever War is one of the earliest science fiction books that I can remember reading, and it is always on my occasional re-read lists. He gets Newtonian physics in zero-G correct, he gets Einsteinian relativity right: it’s just a great read. It was written as sort of a rebuttal to Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, and I think it’s every bit as good, if not better. One of these days I really need to re-read the rest of the series.

Dial M For Merde. I’d never heard of Stephen Clarke before, and I don’t normally read mysteries. But the blurb for this one caught my attention, and I have to admit that the title definitely was one of the reasons that I spent any time reading the blurb. The protagonist is a Brit running a catering business in France (!) and gets caught up in a Green Peace/smuggling ring revolving around a very upper class wedding? You would almost expect Inspector Clouseau to drop in. It was a lot of fun, and the food descriptions were fantastic, as were the descriptions of the French countryside. I really should look for some more of his books.

Bulldog Drummond. In all my years of reading things like Doc Savage and The Shadow, I’ve never read things like Drummond. So I finally did. It was interesting and fun, I may continue the series, but it’s not a priority.

Lock In. This is a new series by John Scalzi, best known for his Old Man’s War series. Lock In is an actual syndrome (which has had some recent developments!) where people are in what looks like a coma state, but they’re actually fully aware of what’s going on around them. They’re incapable of responding to stimuli. The recent development is that doctors and scientists have been able to map subtle changes in blood pressure and pulse and gotten locked-in patients to answer yes/no questions! Pretty amazing stuff. ANYWAY, in this book, a disease has swept the world and resulted in a lot of deaths. It initially appeared as the flu, and people thought little of it as lots of people get the flu. But there was a second component – if you survived, a year or two later there was a chance that you might develop this locked-in syndrome! It became quite a catastrophe requiring a major change in the work force with all of these victims requiring more medical care. The world responded when the extremely popular First Lady of the United States became a locked-in patient. Eventually roboticists and cyberneticists developed remote units that again allowed patients freedom. This book revolves around on such patient who becomes an FBI agent involved in an investigation of the murder of locked-in patients. I found the story quite interesting: it’s been optioned for a television pilot and has two audiobooks: one read by Wil Wheaton, one by Amber Benson! Recommended.

Orbital Decay is an Orwellian book set in a not too distant future. A space station is being constructed by ‘beamjacks’, zero-G welders, and a module currently attached is being run by three men who are unacknowledged to be part of the NSA. Eventually it becomes known that when everything becomes fully operational, the module will be able to suck up EVERY electronic conversation in the United States to allow continuous eavesdropping. A small group of the beamjacks cannot let this stand and begin making plans to get around management and expose the government plans….

The Elskar Saga. I apparently have the occasional need to read some YA trash, and this was my itch being scratched. A young American college girl finds herself attracted to the hunkiest hunk at her college in Wales, turns out he’s a Viking, as in part of Odin’s army, an assassin destined to fight in the battle of Ragnarok. And Loki’s taken an interest in her, apparently she has a role to play in said battle that no one has foreseen. It was pulpy YA teen romance fantasy pulp (yes, I said pulp twice), mindless popcorn-chewing silliness. Still, I read it. Lots of silliness, interesting take on the Odinverse.

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I FINALLY got (some of) my computer backups going again! [Feb. 14th, 2017|07:27 pm]
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We leave tomorrow for Phoenix, and I wanted to get my camera memory cards cleared (I have three or four shoots planned), so it was time to get my backups restarted. It had been a month since I'd backed up my 27" iMac, mainly because my computer desk suffered a near-collapse. I wanted to move my iMac to a lower shelf, which required removing a board from the top. When I did, there was a *POP* and suddenly there was a half inch gap on the left and right side of the desk. I off-loaded everything heavy from the top, rushed to the village hardware store and bought a bag of 2" screws, and promptly reinforced it. But I've been sick, and not to get in to the complications thereof, haven't finished the job. So my iMac has been sitting on the dining table for a bit over a month.

Today I cleared the memory cards, and it's a good thing I did. I'm not sure what happened, I'm guessing that when I did the initial restore of my new iMac from the most recent backup of my previous iMac that I might not have used the most recent backup. Like I said, I don't quite know what happened. I do know that my 2016 photo folder did not contain the photos from the October Scott Kelby Photo Walk, fortunately they were still on my memory cards, so those were not lost. I know I had copied them off my cards as I had done some Photoshop on those images, perhaps I filed them under the wrong year. I'll look in to it later.

The main plan for today was to clear the memory cards, refresh the backup, take the backup to the observatory, then go down to Alamogordo and pick up prescription refills. I copied three cards to appropriate folders then plugged in the backup drive. It said it'd take two hours to back up the system -- 180 gig of changed stuff! Oh, well. So I could go to Alamo and get the meds, THEN go to the observatory. No big. Get in the shower, and the backup was almost done. Hurray for USB 3!

By that time the spousal unit was awake. She offered to do the observatory run for me as she'd left a pair of shoes there from her weekend work shift and she needed them for the trip. I made a counter-offer that we do both errands together, culminating in a late lunch/early dinner in Alamo. She agreed, so off we ran. But before we departed, I plugged in the other 3 TB USB 3 drive in to my iMac to start the second backup.

We got home about half an hour ago, and the backup failed. Not enough space on the drive. Considering the iMac has a 3 TB drive, and it had over 800 gig free, it shouldn't have been a problem, but never mind. So I reformatted the external drive and restarted the backup. Ten minutes ago it reported an estimate of 16 hours to complete the backup, now it's down to 8 hours. Again, huzzah for USB 3!

So I now have a complete backup off-site, a second backup in-process, and a bare-bones and dated backup of the old (stolen) iMac in a fire-proof lockbox. I'll put the in-process backup in the lockbox when it finishes later tonight or in the morning. We'll have our laptops with us, they were backed up about a month ago and they don't change very much: I'll refresh their backups when we get back late next week.

I don't think there is such a thing as overkill when it comes to backing up computers. I once accidentally overwrote an important file, and when you do that, the only recourse is restoring from a backup. Turned out the backup had a problem and was unreadable. Fortunately I had a second backup copy at work, and that got me my file back, albeit a day later. Maintaining two sets of backups is extra work, and it's extra expense because you need two sets of external drives, but it is also extra peace of mind.

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RIP: Richard Hatch, Captain Apollo of the original Battlestar Galactica [Feb. 13th, 2017|08:11 pm]
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Last week Tuesday he was felled by pancreatic cancer at the age of 71. In addition to the original BSG, he also appeared in the remake and penned five BSG novels. He appeared in many TV shows of the era, including CHiPs, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, and MacGyver.


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Movies Seen 2016, January – April [Feb. 13th, 2017|01:43 am]
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I don’t know how I did it, but I almost saw a movie a week! It looks like my film total for the year, which is to say ‘seen in theater’, not counting seen on TV or DVD, regardless of whether it was new to me or not, was 51!

So here’s the beginning of the list. Since I only saw one film in April, I’m including it in this initial post.

1/17 Carol
1/20 Hateful Eight
1/30 Spotlight

2/05 Hail, Caesar!
2/07 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
2/12 Deadpool
2/13 The Danish Girl
2/19 Race
2/26 Zoolander 2
2/28 Kung Fu Panda 3

3/04 Zootopia
3/06 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
3/18 London Has Fallen

4/28 Where To Invade Next

Carol was an interesting movie, it was a lesbian love story set in the 1950s in New York City. My only complaint is technical. The filmmaker shot it on Super 16mm film, it’s the same overall width as standard 16mm, but it only has sprockets on one side instead of both, giving a slightly larger image. The problem is that when transferred to digital projection and shown on super hi-res systems, it just doesn’t look good. Had it been shown on an actual film projector on a smaller screen, I think it would have looked much better. Be that as it may, it was an excellent and touching film.

Hateful Eight. Tarantino's latest film, and I wasn’t terribly impressed, personally I think the two Kill Bill movies are his best work. I really wish they’d left the intermission in, the break would have been appreciated.

Spotlight is about the newspaper investigative reporting team who broke the silence about the Boston Catholic Church pedophilia problem. Amazing film, totally deserving every award that it got.

Hail, Caesar! Lots of fun! It is always great when Clooney gets to clown around and play a bit of an idiot. Sometimes movies about movies are pulled off well, and I’d say this one hit the mark. There are so many wonderful slices, such as the sailor dance number, that are tremendous fun. And Clooney trying to understand Communism and Socialism. I really enjoyed this.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. A silly movie, decent enough for mindless entertainment and eating popcorn. I would consider buying it if I stumbled upon a copy for $5 or less, but I wouldn’t go out of my way looking for it. I definitely like women kicking ass, and this movie certainly delivered on that score. Knock Buffy back a couple of hundred years and you’re in business.

Deadpool. Ryan Reynolds redeems himself for the horrible Green Lantern movie. It’s quite a departure from the normal DC and Marvel fare that we’ve had over the last decade, a very foul-mouthed alleged superhero. He definitely has heroic motivations, but he’s also more than a bit of a jerk. He’s Wolverine without a filter. It’ll be interesting to see how they develop him in future movies and in team-up movies.

The Danish Girl. Wow. What a film! While I’ve always liked pre-war pieces in European cities, I appreciate them more now that I’ve gotten to spend a little time in Berlin, Dresden, and Prague. That aside, it’s the story of a painter who realizes that his identity is not that of a man, and he wants to be a woman. Set in the 1920s, it tells the story of one of the first identifiable recipients of gender reassignment surgery. Very touching and sensual movie. Eddie Redmayne plays Lili Elbe, the main character, and does an amazing job.

Race. Another film that makes me happy that I got to go to Berlin! A biopic of Jesse Owens, the Olympic athlete who ran the socks off Hitler’s best at the 1934 Olympic Games in Berlin. And I got to see that actual stadium and get some external photos of it! There’s interesting stories of Owens and the Games, the saddest thing is that Owens said that Hitler was actually very nice to him in private, and that President Roosevelt never publicly received him.

Zoolander 2. This is a guilty pleasure film. I loved the first movie, it’s just pure silly fun. The second one is no better, it’s just mindless entertainment. There’s really not much to say about it except Sting plays a fairly major role.

Kung Fu Panda 3. Not much to say about this one either. It’s yet another KFP film, fine in its own right, and I don’t remember much of anything about it.

Zootopia. Very cool animated film, for me I think it had one of the more complex and well-integrated plots of most anthropomorphic movies that I’ve seen in quite a while. I very much enjoyed it and saw it in the theater perhaps three times.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. A new Tina Fey movie where she goes to Afghanistan to become an actual field news reporter and learns that it’s a lot different than working in a studio and that there’s a moral dimension that she did not previously appreciate. I thought it was a better movie than the reviews gave it credit for, but it’s also possible that I’m an easy sell.

London Has Fallen. This was ‘taking one for the team’. My wife saw the first one, Olympus Has Fallen, which I have not, and she wanted to see this one. Terrorists want revenge on the U.S. President and manage to totally screw over London in an attempt to kidnap and murder him on prime time television. But they didn’t count on the tenacity of one agent! Needless to say good guys win, bad guys snuff it. What a surprise.

Where To Invade Next. This is sort of a travelogue by the rather controversial liberal film maker Michael Moore with an interesting premise. He goes to a country, finds something that they do amazingly well, and explores it. He then asks them where they got the inspiration for this thing, and invariably, the idea came from the United States. For example, in France, elementary school lunches are restaurant-quality. And we’re talking quality restaurants. The food is actually good. The students sit in small groups, they interact, they develop good manners, they’re exposed to lots of different foods and none of it is junk. And the cost per student per meal is less than what they spend in the USA on school lunch programs. In one of the northern European countries, it might be Finland, they have a law that their parliament can consist of no less than 40% and no more than 55% of either gender, so women have very good representation in the law-making process. I would SO LOVE to see that become a requirement in the USA! It’ll never happen, but I can fantasize. He talked to cops in Portugal about their decriminalizing drugs and their increased treatment programs. Etc, etc. I saw Moore on Real Time With Bill Maher after the film was released, and he said that while all these countries had some amazing things about them, none of them were perfect and they all had problems. He also said that he’ll continue living in the USA.

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Ship-shape and Bristol fashion! [Feb. 10th, 2017|03:34 pm]
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I had to replace the rear window wiper arm on my wife's Outback. Two weeks ago she was coming back from the observatory and the snow was more icy and the arm broke when she went to clear it. We picked it up Tuesday from the dealership in El Paso (and found an awesome Chinese restaurant afterwards! Over 70 reviews on Yelp and 4.5 stars!), and she's working this weekend, and it's supposed to snow this weekend, so had to get it done.

I think I spent more time searching for the right socket than doing the actual replacement. I've had this particular socket set for probably over 30 years, and I quite like it. I have box wrenches in the top along with a screw driver kit and what used to be a set of pliers and cutters, though those seem to have evaporated over time. I know where a couple are, I'll have to restore them. I'm kind of surprised that over the years, the only casualty seems to be a single 7mm socket. Things were horribly disorganized when I opened it for today's repair: English sockets mixed with Metric, quarter inch drive sockets mixed with 3/8th, etc. I ended up bringing it inside and putting it on the couch so I could comfortably make sure everything was in its proper place.

I have lots of other tool sets, this is my main socket set. A plastic lid, seen partially on the right, snaps in to the top to keep the sockets in place when it's sealed up. It has one serious design flaw -- it really needs a sheet of quarter inch thick foam on top of the sockets to keep them in place when closed. Wouldn't need to be much, but I have no idea where to find such. I wonder if a fabric store would have such. I'll have to check one when I'm in Phoenix next week, assuming that I think of it.

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Poor, poor President. Running a country is harder than running a company! [Feb. 10th, 2017|03:03 pm]
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Apparently "45" is having a tough time because the United States has all sorts of laws and regulations and that the guy at the top can't just do whatever he wants! So sad!

Too bad he ran for President. He should have waited for the election for Dictator or Autocrat. His mistake.


In other amusements, Rex Tillerson, former Exxon CEO and freshly-minted Secretary of State with no previous experience in government, wanted a person by the name of Elloitt Abrams as his second in command. Abrams has "decades of experience" in foreign service under Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. "45" said no. Abrams wrote an editorial during the election that was very critical of "45" and said Republicans should give up on the White House and focus on lower ticket races. So not only does Tillerson not really know what he's doing, he's denied a really skilled person who does know what he's doing. And all of the senior staff who knew exactly how the State Department worked are now all gone.



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I haven't written about credit card fraud in a while [Feb. 10th, 2017|09:17 am]
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Needless to say, it hasn't stopped while I haven't written about it.

The latest victims, and I mean corporations, are Arby's fast food (I hesitate to call them a restaurant) and Holiday Inn hotels. Arby's says the malware that stole credit cards was limited to their corporate stores, over a thousand locations of their 3,300 locations in the United States. Of course it's entirely possible that some of their franchisees have been compromised, especially if there are big corps with many locations that use a third-party credit card processing solution.

And it is a BIG breach. The president and CEO of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions is saying the number of cards is in the "hundreds of thousands". So that malware, since remediated, has been sitting there for a while. Arby's did not previously announce the hack at the request of the FBI while they were still investigating it.

Someone posted a comment/question asking if a specific location was compromised, I posted this reply:
Call them and ask them if they're a corporate store or a franchisee. If the former, then probably yes. I'm going to be doing that Monday with my semi-local store. Regardless, watch your bank account online for probe charges: a charge for $1-4 from cities and businesses that you don't do business in/with.

A friend of mine was hit by the Wendy's hack. He's on the road a lot and I told him about the probe charges. Sure enough, they appeared on his credit card. Fortunately when the serious charge appeared, he was in a town that had an office for his credit card and he was able to get a replacement sent there.


The Holiday Inn hack was very specific, it targeted just a few hotel restaurants and bars in high-profile and high-dollar areas in San Francisco, San Jose, Chicago, etc. The malware was present from August to December 2016. It was not found on the hotel's front desk systems.


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Just because [Feb. 9th, 2017|08:49 pm]
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Yes, I'm weird. This is the second Sudoku on my iPad in the last month that had the center with no clues in it that I solved like this, just because. This one I got a screen shot. I'm currently working on one where the top left and bottom right are empty, but I think I'm stuck on it. I might be able to solve it without filling in any of those and without hints, we shall see.

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