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Anne Frank books

For those who are bibliophiles and hurt when books are vandalized, this post's for you.

Recently, over 100 Anne Frank books were vandalized in public libraries in Tokyo, Japan. About 300 books about Anne Frank were donated back to those libraries by the Israeli embassy and the Jewish community in Japan. Anne's published diary was translated into Japanese and released in Japan in December 1952. It has been one of the most popular books there since 1953. Israeli embassy staff publicly stated they do not believe that the Japanese are against the book and that they (the Japanese) will find whoever committed the vandalism. Sadly, because Anne was a Jew it is pretty obvious that the targeted destruction of her books is a hate crime.To read more about it click here http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-26349136

millions of images of Yahoo users gathered and kept by UK and US spy networks

Big news today, Yahoo says it didn't know millions of images world-wide were collected from its users. Yahoo say it is a violation of users' privacy. Meanwhile, the UK's spy network, GCHQ, says its process was legal and it was aided by the NSA. The operation, Optic Nerve, collected and stored images between 2008 and 2010. These Yahoo users were around the world, not just in the UK. It is unclear if everyone the UK collected info on was a UK citizen, living there part-time, or an associate of someone in the UK, or just anyone they wanted to collect info on.  A total number of images or the total number of Yahoo users about whom info was collected is not known, but it is known that in one half of 2008 images were gathered and stored from 1.8 million Yahoo users. That must be billions of images. Where are they storing them, for how long, and who is granted access to them and for what purpose? This info comes from an Edward Snowden report. Is the info still stored? Is it still…

energy companies security poor against cyber attacks

This is an interesting article about UK energy companies who have been warned by the government about cyber attacks. They have applied for extra insurance in case of cyber attacks which shut them down partially or totally. Of course, why would they want to pay off unhappy customers? The kicker is the insurance companies insist on checking their anti-hacking protective measures before granting them more insurance. Most of the energy companies fail the test, so no additional insurance. This means they are probably fair game to hackers. They need to beef up their security systems, update regularly, hire people to do this. Part of the issue now is that everything is linked to computers and the internet and to other systems. If this is happening in the UK, it is surely happening elsewhere, as in here in the US, yet it hasn't been in the news. Hmmmmm. Too bad the government isn't checking as well and forcing companies to increase their security measures by a certain deadline. If the…

It really is Richard III

On Mon Feb. 10th scientists announced that DNA tests prove that the bones found below a parking lot are really those of Richard III. How cool is that? Tests with his closest living relative match mitochondrial DNA, but scientists are searching to see if there are any other matches as well. They hope to discover what Richard III's real hair and eye color were and anything else they can find out. It is clear his skeleton sustained several wounds, the wounds to the back of his skull killed him. And, he did suffer from curvature of the spine, although not what is commonly called a hump back. All images of the king date from after his death. Will those images prove accurate? Apparently, a cast made from his skull filled over by specialists regarding the thickness of muscle in specific areas resulted in a face that looks amazing like the paintings of him. Now that it really is the king, the fight over where to bury him should only intensify. His remains are in a secret location at Leice…

LinkedIn launches Chinese language version

Already 4 million Chinese are using the English language version of LinkedIn, but now the hope of LinkedIn is that the Chinese language beta version the company just released will add 140 million more users. LinkedIn is allowed to function in China, unlike Twitter or Facebook because LinkedIn agreed to function within approved Chinese limitations of certain censorship even though the company does not agree with censorship in general and try to be very transparent to its users about the censorship. Social media is a popular option in China for people to more freely express themselves. This must just be killing the people at Twitter and Facebook. Clearly, LinkedIn has access to great market potential by caving to the Chinese about censorship. Just to give you an idea of how many members are on LinkedIn already here are some stats supplied by LinkedIn: As of 2013 they have over 200 Million members: 174 Million US users, 17 M Canadian, 11 M each in UK and Brazil, 18 M in India, 3 M in Aus…

You can fix your broken IPad

I thought this took some moxie from the woman who dropped her IPad, broke the screen, and decided to fix it herself, instead of paying for it, or buying a new one. Read on http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26197229

why aren't retailers rising to protect consumers' credit info?

With all the recent stories about consumers' credit cards being hacked and personal info being accessed by hackers you had to wonder what retailers like Target were going to do about it. Apparently the answer is, not much. If they increase security measures it will slow lines down, like the lines at Target aren't slow enough already, and it will (this is the really important part) prevent them from accessing your info to target you for sales promotions. Therefore, they lose more opportunities to sell you and other consumers stuff by increasing the protection and security they could provide for you to protect your account and info from hackers than by ignoring your situation. That answer makes so much sense to me. I may have to go back to cash. To read more about it click here http://money.cnn.com/2014/02/18/technology/security/retail-hack/index.html

Tor (dark net) crackdown

German and Dutch police arrested several men who conducted an illegal marketplace on the dark net Tor. Dark net space is used so you can't be traced and is a logical place for criminals and terrorists to conduct business. There are many more marketplaces still functioning on Tor.  However, it is interesting the authorities were able to get into Tor and trace some of these people in one marketplace. It must have had quite the merchandise and network.  Surely this means they can trace others, if not everyone. When will the overall crackdown begin? To read more about it click here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26158012

FBI's stolen art page

Here's a link to the FBI's stolen art page. It includes their links to report stolen art, ideas on how to protect your art, a list of their top 10 art crimes with link to images. Most of the art is individual or groups of paintings. The first is looted and stolen artifacts from Iraq. Art was stolen between 1969 and 2012. The names of the painters are a roll call from Art History 101. To read more about it click here  http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/vc_majorthefts/arttheft.

new European internet proposed

Chancellor Merkel of Germany is proposing a new European network, like the internet, so the US won't have easy access to it. This will keep certain communications, she hopes, private. The internet was begun by the US government with help from major research universities and a few others, to have a means of communication that could not be disrupted by nuclear war. The US has found front and back entry ways for most communications online. I don't think having a separate internet or place for communications to be stored, as Brazil, has suggested, is really going to limit US spying. All the nations spy on each other in many ways. Merkel is going to discuss her ideas with other European leaders on Weds of this week. If there is more than one internet, that should liven things up in the digital/online world. To read more about it click here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26210053

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