Month: April 2014

What a terrible way to finally realize how old you are!


Speculation is growing over the future of rock legends AC/DC amid a swirl of rumors suggesting the band is on the verge of retirement.




IGZO, LTPS and a dark horse called Quantum Dots

Mini Tablet Display Technology Shoot-Out

Dr. Raymond M. Soneira, President, DisplayMate Technologies Corporation

For the last two years one of the most talked about developments in display technology has been the introduction of IGZO (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide). For both LCD and OLED displays, IGZO can be used to make the electronic circuitry in their Backplanes, which controls all of the pixels and sub-pixels.

While IGZO has been getting most of the attention, a dark horse called Quantum Dots has emerged as a new and truly revolutionary super high-tech advancement for LCD displays – and it is showing up for the first time in the Kindle Fire HDX 7, which we test here.


Well shoot, I didn’t want to get an advanced degree, I just thought they were just going to tell me which made the prettiest pictures so I could buy it!


Well, we didn’t really think we had any secrets from the Government now did we?

NSA Said to Exploit Heartbleed Bug for Intelligence for Years


This Hot (Sauce) off the press! “there’s no “srirachapocalypse” just yet”

Sriracha Hot Sauce Officially Declared a Public Nuisance in California

Lucy Westcott

In the latest installment of the hot sauce apocalypse saga, officials in California have declared the production of Sriracha hot chili sauce a public nuisance and are threatening to shut it down forever.


Who knew getting to second base could be so dangerous!

The Gun Industry’s Deadly Addiction


(The same retailer also offers a wide array of conceal-carry couture, from purses with hidden gun compartments to the Flashbang “bra holster.”)

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More responsible corporate action in a security breach: “Subsidiary of Experian Plc exposes some 200 million social security numbers”

Exclusive: Iowa, North Carolina join states studying Experian breach

BOSTON/NEW YORK Tue Apr 8, 2014 8:09pm EDT

Experian spokeswoman Susan Henson said her company was cooperating with authorities, but that notification was up to U.S. Info Search because it owned the database that Ngo had queried through Court Ventures.


“U.S. Info Search is the company that owns the database, and only it has the ability to know what data was returned in response to Ngo’s inquiries,” she said. “Experian has attempted to engage U.S. Info Search to assist in identifying affected consumers.”


U.S. Info Search Chief Executive Marc Martin told Reuters that it was up to Experian to notify consumers.


“The suspect didn’t have access to our system and it was Experian that sold the data and collected the funds,” Martin said.


Read about it here and see if you can sort out all the double-speak generated by the PR departments.

File your Fraud Notice with Experian here.

Read about what the laws on the books requires them to do here and be your own judge of their handling of the matter.

My Favorite April Fool’s Day Story :-)

Seahawks win Super Bowl 48 against Denver Broncos

The Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl. Not only that, but it was one of the most dominating Super Bowl wins in NFL history, going up 36-0 at one point and ultimately winning 43-8. Oh, and also it came against PEYTON MANNING and the Denver Broncos.  (lol)

So get this, uh, the Seahawks scored on the first play of the game. Yeah, that’s it. Oh and it wasn’t even their ball, the Broncos had it. Umm, like, it was a horrible shotgun snap that went into the end zone for a safety and Seattle was up 2-0 for the quickest score in Super Bowl history. Uh huh.

And like, Denver had maybe the greatest offense in pro football history, scoring the most points ever, and favored to win the game but ended up losing by 35 points. It was like, the biggest point differential in a Super Bowl since 1992.

Really, how can you not grin when you read it here!

H/T to for the fun read!

Come on, we did the minimum we were forced to do.

Missed Alarms and 40 Million Stolen Credit Card Numbers: How Target Blew It

March 13, 2014

When asked to respond to a list of specific questions about the incident and the company’s lack of an immediate response to it, Target Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer Gregg Steinhafel issued an e-mailed statement: “Target was certified as meeting the standard for the payment card industry (PCI) in September 2013. Nonetheless, we suffered a data breach. As a result, we are conducting an end-to-end review of our people, processes and technology to understand our opportunities to improve data security and are committed to learning from this experience. While we are still in the midst of an ongoing investigation, we have already taken significant steps, including beginning the overhaul of our information security structure and the acceleration of our transition to chip-enabled cards. However, as the investigation is not complete, we don’t believe it’s constructive to engage in speculation without the benefit of the final analysis.”


Next time, assuming you get another shot at us, be responsible and DO SOMETHING!  

If we all decide to only pay with cash, preferably small bills and lots of change, maybe they will learn to treat our cards and other personal data with some respect.

Read about it here.

Wait, what? Teach the kids to spy on their parents?

CIA Kids’ Zone Page

Welcome. We’re glad you’re here to learn more about the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The CIA is an independent US government agency that provides national security “intelligence” to key US leaders so they can make important, informed decisions. CIA employees gather intelligence (or information) in a variety of ways, not just by “spying” like you see in the movies or on TV (though we do some of that, too). On the following pages, you can read more about us, play some games, and help us solve some puzzles.


Throughout this section, you’ll also see some top secret things you won’t find anywhere else.

So if you’re ready to learn more about the CIA, our employees, and what we do every day, click the appropriate link above and we’ll start you on your way.


So does putting “quotation marks” around “intelligence” change its meaning in some way or are they just “suggesting” what they do has “value”? Or, is it the “Leaders” who get the “intelligence” they are really “intending” to make a comment “about”?

And to help them recruit, teachers can start here:


Teacher Resources

Suggested Lesson Plans Using the CIA Web Site

The CIA Kids’ Page has a wide range of information that you can incorporate into your classroom. We have compiled several ideas for lesson plans to get you started. These plans – which emphasize history, communication and problem solving – are adaptable for students of any age.


No, seriously, read Lesson Plan C and try not to laugh out loud!