28 Aug 05:19

1000: Hel Polls for Thee

27 Aug 05:00

Comic for 2015.08.27

New Cyanide and Happiness Comic
28 Aug 04:00

Engineer Syllogism

The less common, even worse outcome: "3: [everyone in the financial system] WOW, where did all my money just go?"
28 Aug 05:00

Comic for 2015.08.28

New Cyanide and Happiness Comic
27 Aug 05:03

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27 Aug 15:34

crispy peach cobbler

by deb

crispy peach cobbler

I cannot resist a recipe that promises an odd outcome. To wit, prior to stumbling upon this curiosity in the wonderful A Boat, A Whale and a Walrus, an assembly of recipes and stories from restaurants on the other side of the country that I am now extra-sad I haven’t been to (yet! Like maybe in 5 or 18 years or so?), I understood cobblers to be more or less baked fruit topped with a soft cake batter or plush biscuit, while crisps had clusters of oaty and sometimes nutty cookie-like crumbs giving them their namesake texture. [Let us save comparisons with crumbles, grunts, fools, pandowdys, sonkers, bettys, buckles and slabs for another delicious day.] Crisps were not soft; cobblers were not crisp.

it was hard not to eat these all
into thick wedges

But not this one. Here, in technique that Renee Erickson, the author and chef, says she was handed down from the original owner of one of her restaurants, The Boat Street Café, a rather simple flour/butter/sugar/milk batter is beaten for longer than any proper cake recipe would usually advocate, spread thinly over unpeeled peaches that have been dressed only with lemon zest and juice — no thickeners, spices or sugar — coated with more sugar and then drizzled with hot water. In the oven, the batter develops a crisp lid that is as fun to impatiently tap your way through as the best crème brûlée.

batter, prepped peaches

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28 Aug 05:12

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27 Aug 17:00

30 Movies to Be Excited for Before the End of 2015: Blockbuster and Studio Edition

by Ethan Anderton

Fall 2015 Movie Preview

We’re well past the midpoint of the year, and we’ve already delivered our list of the Top 10 Films of 2015 So Far. And as we reach the end of the summer, the movie business starts slowing down, giving a little calm before the storm that is awards season. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still tons of movies to look forward to before the end of the year.

That’s why we’ve collected a list of 30 Movies to Be Excited for Before the End of 2015. And since there are so many great movies coming up before the end of the year, this is the Blockbuster and Studio Edition of the list, and next week we’ll deliver a completely different list for independent movies. But until then, here’s a list of movies we think you won’t want to miss over the next four months.

Note: While this is the Blockbuster and Studio Edition of fall/winter 2015 movies we’re excited to see, you’ll still find some lower key releases that may have once been indies, but have since been picked up for distribution by major studios. But otherwise, we really tried to keep this list to the major releases with well-known actors, actresses and filmmakers in front of and behind the camera. So without further adieu, here we go!

Sleeping with Other People

Sleeping With Other People trailer

Release Date: September 11th (limited)

Why You Should Be Excited: I’ve seen what this romantic comedy from Leslye Headland has to offer, and it’s a When Harry Met Sally for a new generation. It’s raunchy, hilarious, authentic and boasts some truly great comedic talent. Not only do Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie prove their talents as a leading gentleman and lady, but Amanda Peet, Adam Scott, Natasha Lyonne, and Jason Mantzoukas round out the cast in a great way. Watch the trailer right here.

Black Mass

Black Mass

Release Date: September 18th

Why You Should Be Excited: It’s been awhile since we’ve seen Johnny Depp deliver a performance that can truly be called great. He’s been treading water for far too long as Captain Jack Sparrow, and his work with frequent collaborator Tim Burton over the past decade (with the exception of The Corpse Bride) has been fairly lackluster. But his turn as real life Boston crime kingpin Whitey Bulger looks like a stirring, stellar performance that just might get Depp back on track. Plus, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Johnson and plenty more also star in the film. Watch the trailer right here.


Everest featurette

Release Date: September 18th (limited)

Why You Should Be Excited: It’s been a while since we’ve had a really good mountain climbing thriller, and this one takes an incredible cast, including Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes and Jake Gyllenhaal, to the most dangerous mountain on the planet. Man has always tried to dominate nature, and there’s a chance nature might win this battle against a majority of these climbers, and it should be quite a sight to see on an IMAX screen this fall. Watch the latest trailer right here.


Sicario International Trailer

Release Date: September 18th (limited)

Why You Should Be Excited: You already know that Emily Blunt can be quite the badass thanks to Edge of Tomorrow. But this time she doesn’t need Tom Cruise to hog the spotlight as she takes the lead in this intense crime thriller from Denis Villeneuve, the director of Prisoners and Enemy. The trailer shows a drug war that looks to escalate quickly, putting Blunt and her team at great risk. Benicio del Toro, Jon Bernthal and Josh Brolin also star in the film to sweeten the deal. Watch the trailer here.

The Walk

The Walk

Release Date: September 30th on IMAX, October 9th everywhere

Why You Should Be Excited: Despite the fact that Joseph Gordon-Levitt puts on quite a heavy French accent to play Phillipe Petit, the story of the only man to walk on a high wire strung between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center should be enough to pique your interest. It’s like a heist movie where no one is getting stolen from, and this might be one of the times when the 3D filmmaking will actually be worth seeing on the big screen. Watch the trailer right here.

The Martian

Matt Damon in The Martian

Release Date: October 2nd

Why You Should Be Excited: I haven’t heard a bad word about Andy Weir‘s book, upon which Ridley Scott‘s latest sci-fi drama is based, so seeing it brought to life on the big screen should make for an entertaining ride. Matt Damon stars in the movie that feels like Cast Away meets Apollo 13 as he plays an astronaut stranded on Mars. There, he’s forced to figure out how to survive on the planet for several years before his crew can come back to get him. This one could be great. Watch the trailer right here.

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27 Aug 14:45

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Astronomy

by admin@smbc-comics.com

Hovertext: I'm going to the Kuiper Belt, where they know how to treat a lady!

New comic!
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In case you missed it, tickets are now an sale for all three of this years' BAHFestses! 

28 Aug 00:00

Engineer Syllogism

The less common, even worse outcome: "3: [everyone in the financial system] WOW, where did all my money just go?"
27 Aug 15:45

Microscopic zoom-in on a bacterium on a diatom on an amphipod

by Mark Frauenfelder


From the entrancing Micro Universe Tumblr: a bacterium on a diatom on an amphipod.

28 Aug 07:01

Comic: Coddus Interruptus

by tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho)
New Comic: Coddus Interruptus
26 Aug 12:10

Large-Area, Free-Standing, Two-Dimensional Supramolecular Polymer Single-Layer Sheet for Highly Efficient Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution

by Renhao Dong, Martin Pfeffermann, Haiwei Liang, Zhikun Zheng, Xiang Zhu, Jian Zhang, Xinliang Feng


The rational construction of covalent or noncovalent organic two-dimensional nanosheets is a fascinating target because of their promising applications in electronics, membrane technology, catalysis, sensing, and energy technologies. Herein, a large-area (square millimeters) and free-standing 2D supramolecular polymer (2DSP) single-layer sheet (0.7–0.9 nm in thickness), comprising triphenylene-fused nickel bis(dithiolene) complexes has been readily prepared by using the Langmuir–Blodgett method. Such 2DSPs exhibit excellent electrocatalytic activities for hydrogen generation from water with a Tafel slope of 80.5 mV decade−1 and an overpotential of 333 mV at 10 mA cm−2, which are superior to that of recently reported carbon nanotube supported molecular catalysts and heteroatom-doped graphene catalysts. This work is promising for the development of novel free-standing organic 2D materials for energy technologies.

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Standing up: The Langmuir–Blodgett method can be used to prepare two-dimensional supramolecular polymer (2DSP) sheets from nickel bis(dithiolene) complexes at the air–water interface (see figure). These free-standing single-layer sheets, which are 0.7–0.9 nm thick and square millimeters in area, showed excellent electrocatalytic activities in the hydrogen evolution reaction from water.

26 Aug 18:00

Toned Ear Trains Your Ear for Better Musical Ability

by Melanie Pinola

I always thought I had “a good ear” for music. I guess I was wrong. The Toned Ear site’s ear training practices can test your musical hearing and also help you improve that skill.


28 Aug 07:01

Comic: Coddus Interruptus

by tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho)
New Comic: Coddus Interruptus
28 Aug 14:26

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Jonah-Moses-Noah

by admin@smbc-comics.com

Hovertext: More like... rock, paper, SINNERS.

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26 Aug 19:52

Everybody's Gone To The Rapture

by Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw

This week, Zero Punctuation reviews Everybody's Gone To The Rapture.

26 Aug 09:00

Losing focus in a meeting

by sharhalakis

by @uaiHebert

28 Aug 07:00

Chapter 53: Page 26

Someone who hides the fact they are flipping out? Seems unreasonable to me.
26 Aug 19:12

Ultrathin Black Phosphorus Nanosheets for Efficient Singlet Oxygen Generation

by Hui Wang, Xianzhu Yang, Wei Shao, Shichuan Chen, Junfeng Xie, Xiaodong Zhang, Jun Wang and Yi Xie

TOC Graphic

Journal of the American Chemical Society
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b06025
26 Aug 20:45

electricsed: aliceismywonderland: haleybaley901: justkody: pi...






Jacob’s Well - Wimberley, Texas

hey kids let’s all go jump into the pits of hell

This is the scariest thing I’ve ever seen.

People have actually died in Jacob’s Well, but not just from jumping, you’re too buoyant to really go down far.

But Jacob’s Well draws a lot of scuba divers, and some of them have gotten lost and run out of air. Some of the bodies have never even been found, because the underground river that feeds Jacob’s Well is so complex. I find that terrifying.

I’ve been there. You have to be careful because coming back up from too far and you get stuck under rocks trying to find the surface.

Wow look at that giant hole of NOPE.

26 Aug 14:25

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Talking Dirty

by admin@smbc-comics.com

Hovertext: The fact that you read comics is both costly and puerile, you slut!

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26 Aug 18:01

Top 10 Superior Tech Products You'll Never Go Back From

by Whitson Gordon on Lifehacker 10, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker

Life hacking is all about doing the best with what you have. But when you try something truly superior, it’s hard to go back to the budget, hacked-together solutions. Today, as part of our 10th anniversary look back, we’re remembering the gadgets and products that completely spoiled us.


26 Aug 16:04

Who Hacked Ashley Madison?

by BrianKrebs

AshleyMadison.com, a site that helps married people cheat and whose slogan is “Life is Short, have an Affair,” recently put up a half million (Canadian) dollar bounty for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the Impact Team — the name chosen by the hacker(s) who recently leaked data on more than 30 million Ashley Madison users. Here is the first of likely several posts examining individuals who appear to be closely connected to this attack.

zu-launchpad-july-20It was just past midnight on July 20, a few hours after I’d published an exclusive story about hackers breaking into AshleyMadison.com. I was getting ready to turn in for the evening when I spotted a re-tweet from a Twitter user named Thadeus Zu (@deuszu) who’d just posted a link to the same cache of data that had been confidentially shared with me by the Impact Team via the contact form on my site just hours earlier: It was a link to the proprietary source code for Ashley Madison’s service.

Initially, that tweet startled me because I couldn’t find any other sites online that were actually linking to that source code cache. I began looking through his past tweets and noticed some interesting messages, but soon enough other news events took precedence and I forgot about the tweet.

I revisited Zu’s tweet stream again this week after watching a press conference held by the Toronto Police (where Avid Life Media, the parent company of Ashley Madison, is based). The Toronto cops mostly recapped the timeline of known events in the hack, but they did add one new wrinkle: They said Avid Life employees first learned about the breach on July 12 (seven days before my initial story) when they came into work, turned on their computers and saw a threatening message from the Impact Team accompanied by the anthem “Thunderstruck” by Australian rock band AC/DC playing in the background.

After writing up a piece on the bounty offer, I went back and downloaded all five years’ worth of tweets from Thadeus Zu, a massively prolific Twitter user who typically tweets hundreds if not thousands of messages per month. Zu’s early years on Twitter are a catalog of simple hacks — commandeering unsecured routers, wireless cameras and printers — as well as many, many Web site defacements.

On the defacement front, Zu focused heavily on government Web sites in Asia, Europe and the United States, and in several cases even taunted his targets. On Aug. 4, 2012, he tweeted to KPN-CERT, a computer security incident response team in the Netherlands, to alert the group that he’d hacked their site. “Next time, it will be Thunderstruck. #ACDC” Zu wrote.

The day before, he’d compromised the Web site for the Australian Parliament, taunting lawmakers there with the tweet: “Parliament of Australia bit.ly/NPQdsP Oi! Oi! Oi!….T.N.T. Dynamite! Listen to ACDC here.”

I began to get very curious about whether there were any signs on or before July 19, 2015 that Zu was tweeting about ACDC in relation to the Ashley Madison hack. Sure enough: At 9:40 a.m., July 19, 2015 — nearly 12 hours before I would first be contacted by the Impact Team — we can see Zu is feverishly tweeting to several people about setting up “replication servers” to “get the show started.” Can you spot what’s interesting in the tabs on his browser in the screenshot he tweeted that morning?

Twitter user ThadeusZu tweets about setting up replication servers. Note which Youtube video is playing on his screen.

Twitter user ThadeusZu tweets about setting up replication servers. Did you spot the Youtube video he’s playing when he took this screenshot?

Ten points if you noticed the Youtube.com tab showing that he’s listening to AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck.”

A week ago, the news media pounced on the Ashley Madison story once again, roughly 24 hours after the hackers made good on their threat to release the Ashley Madison user database. I went back and examined Zu’s tweet stream around that time and found he beat Wired.com, ArsTechnica.com and every other news media outlet by more than 24 hours with the Aug. 17 tweet, “Times up,” which linked to the Impact Team’s now infamous post listing the sites where anyone could download the stolen Ashley Madison user database.

ThadeusZu tweeted about the downloadable AshleyMadison data more than 24 hours before news outlets picked up on the cache.

ThadeusZu tweeted about the downloadable Ashley Madison data more than 24 hours before news outlets picked up on the cache.


As with the social networking profiles of others who’ve been tied to high-profile cybercrimes, Zu’s online utterings appear to be filled with kernels of truth surrounded by complete malarkey– thus making it challenging to separate fact from fiction. Hence, all of this could be just one big joke by Zu and his buddies. In any case, here are a few key observations about the who, what and where of Thadeus Zu based on information he’s provided (again, take that for what it’s worth).

Zu’s Facebook profile wants visitors to think he lives in Hawaii; indeed, the time zone set on several of his social media accounts is the same as Hawaii. There are a few third-party Facebook accounts of people demonstrably living in Hawaii who tag him in their personal photos of events on Hawaii (see this cached photo, for example), but for the most part Zu’s Facebook account consists of pictures taken from stock image collections and do not appear to be personal photos of any kind.

A few tweets from Zu — if truthful and not simply premeditated misdirection — indicate that he lived in Canada for at least a year, although it’s unclear when this visit occurred.

thad-canada Zu’s various Twitter and Facebook pictures all feature hulking, athletic, and apparently black male models (e.g. he’s appropriated two profile photos of male model Rob Evans). But Zu’s real-life identity remains murky at best. The lone exception I found was an image that appears to be a genuine group photo taken of a Facebook user tagged as Thadeus Zu, along with an unnamed man posing in front of a tattoo store with popular Australian (and very inked) model/nightclub DJ Ruby Rose.

That photo is no longer listed in Rose’s Facebook profile, but a cached version of it is available here. Rose’s tour schedule indicates that she was in New York City when that photo was taken, or at least posted, on Feb. 6, 2014. Zu is tagged in another Ruby Rose Facebook post five days later on Valentine’s Day. Update, 2:56 p.m.: As several readers have pointed out, the two people beside Rose  in that cached photo appear to be Franz Dremah and Kick Gurry, co-stars in the movie Edge of Tomorrow).

Other clues in his tweet stream and social media accounts put Zu in Australia. Zu has a Twitter account under the Twitter nick @ThadeusZu, which has a whopping 11 tweets, but seems rather to have been used as a news feed. In that account Zu is following some 35 Twitter accounts, and the majority of them are various Australian news organizations. That account also is following several Australian lawmakers that govern states in south Australia.

Then again, Twitter auto-suggests popular accounts for new users to follow, and usually does so in part based on the Internet address of the user. As such, @ThadeusZu may have only been using an Australian Web proxy or a Tor node in Australia when he set up that account (several of his self-published screen shots indicate that he regularly uses Tor to obfuscate his Internet address).

Even so, many of Zu’s tweets going back several years place him in Australia as well, although this may also be intentional misdirection. He continuously references his “Oz girl,” (“Oz” is another word for Australia) uses the greeting “cheers” quite a bit, and even talks about people visiting him in Oz.

Interestingly, for someone apparently so caught up in exposing hypocrisy and so close to the Ashley Madison hack, Zu appears to have himself courted a married woman — at least according to his own tweets. On January 5, 2014, Zu ‏tweeted:

“Everything is cool. Getting married this year. I am just waiting for my girl to divorce her husband. #seachange


A month later, on Feb. 7, 2014, Zu offered this tidbit of info:

“My ex. We were supposed to get married 8 years ago but she was taken away from me. Cancer. Hence, my downward spiral into mayhem.”


To say that Zu tweets to others is a bit of a misstatement. I have never seen anyone tweet the way Zu does; He sends hundreds of tweets each day, and while most of them appear to be directed at nobody, it does seem that they are in response to (if not in “reply” to) tweets that others have sent him or made about his work. Consequently, his tweet stream appears to the casual observer to be nothing more than an endless soliloquy.

But there may something else going on here. It is possible that Zu’s approach to tweeting — that is, responding to or addressing other Twitter users without invoking the intended recipient’s Twitter handle — is something of a security precaution. After all, he had to know and even expect that security researchers would try to reconstruct his conversations after the fact. But this is far more difficult to do when the Twitter user in question never actually participates in threaded conversations. People who engage in this way of tweeting also do not readily reveal the Twitter identities of the people with whom they chat most.

Thadeus Zu — whoever and wherever he is in real life — may not have been directly involved in the Ashley Madison hack; he claims in several tweets that he was not part of the hack, but then in countless tweets he uses the royal “We” when discussing the actions and motivations of the Impact Team. I attempted to engage Zu in private conversations without success; he has yet to respond to my invitations.

It is possible that Zu is instead a white hat security researcher or confidential informant who has infiltrated the Impact Team and is merely riding on their coattails or acting as their mouthpiece. But one thing is clear: If Zu wasn’t involved in the hack, he almost certainly knows who was.

KrebsOnSecurity is grateful to several researchers, including Nick Weaver, for their assistance and time spent indexing, mining and making sense of tweets and social media accounts mentioned in this post. Others who helped have asked to remain anonymous. Weaver has published some additional thoughts on this post over at Medium.

27 Aug 10:28

An Easy Fix For Windows 10 Privacymageddon

by Alec Meer

Windows 10 is Microsoft’s best operating system in a quite a while, and possibly ever, despite a few foibles. Trouble is that it really, really wants to get mixed up in all your business and then tell the highest bidders all about it – which may or may not be why an upgrade to it from Windows 7 or 8 is currently free. Most of the OS’s tracking ‘features’ can be turned off, but it’s a bit of a hassle and Windows 10 is far from transparent about what it all does. There is now a quicker method of raising your blast shields, if you so wish.

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