Monthly Archives: September 2014

Breaking News>>> FCC dumps NFL No-Sellout/Blackout Rules

FCC Dumps NFL Blackout Rules

FCC Dumps NFL Blackout Rules

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to eliminate a decades-old rule that has prohibited pay-TV providers from airing some home sports games, such as NFL football, if tickets to those games did not sell out.

In a bipartisan 5-0 vote, the FCC did away with a 1975 sports blackout rule that has been backed by the broadcasters and the National Football League but in recent years has faced mounting criticism that it was outdated.

Originally meant to ensure that television broadcasts of sports games did not hurt local ticket sales, the policy has banned cable and satellite providers from carrying sports games in their home markets if a league or a team requires that all or most of the tickets be sold before the game can be shown on TV.

Sports leagues such as the NFL, broadcasters and cable and satellite companies can still privately negotiate blackout agreements. The FCC has said it is often such private agreements, and not the commission’s rules, that prompt home game blackouts.

U.S. FCC votes to do away with sports TV blackout rule | Reuters.

Obama Spends More Time Golfing Than In Intel Briefs

President Barack Obama has spent more time golfing than he has spent listening to daily intelligence briefings.

The Daily Caller has calculated that he’s spent almost 700 hours in 875 “Presidential Daily Briefings” since 2009.

But he’s also spent roughly 800 hours on almost 200 golf trips since his first inauguration.

Obama’s golf trips typically last four and half hours, including one hour on the road. The longest trip took about six hours, according to regular reports from the media pool that follows the president on trips outside the White House.

Obama Spends More Time Golfing Than In Intel Briefs | The Daily Caller.

Breaking News>>>> Supervalu, Albertsons Hacked – Data Breach

Albertsons Data Breach

Albertsons Data Breach

Card data of Supervalu and Albertsons shoppers may be at risk in another hack, the two supermarket companies said Monday.

The companies said that in late August or early September, malicious software was installed on networks that process credit and debit card transactions at some of their stores.

Albertsons said the malware may have captured data including account numbers, card expiration dates and the names of cardholders at stores in more than a dozen states. Supervalu said the malware was installed on a network that processes card transactions at several chains, but it believes data was only taken from certain checkout lanes at four Cub Foods stores in Minnesota.

The breach could affect Albertsons stores in California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming; Acme Markets stores in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania; Jewel-Osco stores in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa; and Shaw’s and Star Markets stores in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. The Boise, Idaho-based company has a total of 1,081 stores.

Supervalu Inc. said it believes the malware was only able to capture card data from some checkout lanes at four Cub Foods locations in Minnesota because it had not finished making security improvements at those stores. The company, which is based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, said it thinks it has gotten rid of the malware.

The malware was also installed on a network that processes card transactions at Shop ‘n Save and Shoppers Food & Pharmacy stores as well as some stand-alone liquor stores, but the company thinks the malware did not capture payment card data from any stores except possibly for the four in Minnesota. Supervalu distributes food to about 1,800 independent stores, runs 1,325 stores under the Save-A-Lot name, and has 190 retail grocery stores under five different brand names, including Cub Foods.

Another Card System Hack at Supervalu, Albertsons – ABC News.

Harley-Davidson recalls ALL 2014 Touring motorcycles

Harley Sign

Harley-Davidson is recalling about 126,000 motorcycles over a problem with the clutch that could cause crashes.

The recall applies to all model year 2014 Touring bikes, including the three-wheeled trikes and custom designed bikes.

Last October, Harley-Davidson (HOG) recalled a smaller number of 2014 Touring motorcycles for an issue with the same part.

The hydraulic clutch may not disengage and the bike could crash, likely by tipping over, spokeswoman Maripat Blankenheim said.

Harley-Davidson has connected 19 accidents and no serious injuries to the issue. Several of the accidents occurred during the company’s safety testing, she said.

The fix involves rebuilding the master clutch cylinder and takes less than an hour.

Owners were sent a letter about the recall in the last week.

Separately, the company is recalling about 1,400 Street bikes for a possible fuel tank leak. No injuries or accidents were reported.

The models are the 2015 XG500 and XG750.

The company said dealers would inspect the tank, determine if it is faulty, and, if necessary, order a replacement tank.

Harley-Davidson recalls all 2014 Touring motorcycles – Sep. 28, 2014.

Sharon Osbourne needs cash so Black Sabbath Planning Final Album and World Tour

The band members publicly wondered whether they were finished for good after 2013′s ‘13‘ album, but Black Sabbath will reconvene one last time for a final studio album and world tour.

The news comes courtesy of singer Ozzy Osbourne, who confirmed recent musings from bassist Geezer Butler about the possibility of another studio LP. Butler stressed that it wouldn’t be about the money, and Osbourne echoed his sentiments, describing the new level of personal and creative harmony that he, Butler and guitarist Tony Iommi achieved while working on ’13.’

“The whole Sabbath experience this time around was great,” Osbourne told Classic Rock Magazine. “We all made friends, we didn’t f— around, we all knew that we had a job to do, and we did it. It was a lot of fun. So we’re going to do one more album, and a final tour. Once the dust settled after the last tour, we started discussing the idea, because we were getting asked about it all the time. I said to Sharon, ‘What’s going on? Because if there’s no more Sabbath I want to get on with my own thing again,’ and she came back and said ‘Let me look into it.’ Three weeks later I asked her about it again, and she said, ‘Oh, I still have to talk to so and so … ‘ and I said, ‘Sharon, I ain’t f—ing 21 anymore; if we’re going to do it, I want to do it before I’m 70! Time isn’t on our side!’ So she made the call and came back and said, ‘Yeah, the record company wants another album.’ I believe [producer] Rick Rubin is going to do it with us again.”

As with most things Sabbath, the devil is in the details, and Osbourne admitted he doesn’t really know when it’ll all come together, but he reiterated that he’s antsy to get going. “It’ll be sooner rather than later,” he pointed out. “Obviously a lot of it is coming down to Tony’s health, he’s obviously got his cancer treatment. But we’ll get onto it next year. I don’t know if we’ll be writing in England or L.A., but I’ll fly to the f—ing moon for it if I have to!”

Black Sabbath Planning Final Album and World Tour.

Obama Is Getting Shredded For Throwing The Intel Community Under The Bus Over ISIS, “Obama is Bullshitting, or he doesn’t read his own reports”

In a “60 Minutes” interview Sunday night, President Barack Obama placed blame squarely at the foot of the U.S. intelligence community for the rise of the extremist group ISIS.

Citing comments from Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Obama said the intelligence community had “underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” referring to the rise of ISIS militants in the country’s northeast.

But American spies, experts, and journalists who have been watching the progress of ISIS, the extremist offshoot of al-Qaeda, immediately pushed back against the president’s assessment.

“Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s bullshitting,” one former senior Pentagon official who worked closely on the threat posed by Sunni jihadists in Syria and Iraq told Eli Lake of the Daily Beast.

McClatchy correspondent Jonathan Landay reported in July that the Obama administration was “well aware of the group’s declared intention to turn its Syrian sanctuary into a springboard from which it would send men and materiel back into Iraq and unleash waves of suicide bombings there.”

 

Obama Throws Intel Community Under Bus Over ISIS – Business Insider.

The Real Reason Behind Attorney General Eric Holder’s Resignation – Judge Denies Dept of Justice Delay Request

Holder Busted in Coverup

Holder Busted in Coverup

Critics are drawing a connection between a federal judge’s recent decision to deny the Justice Department’s request to delay the release of a list of Fast and Furious documents and Attorney General Eric Holder’s impending resignation.

U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates ruled against the DOJ Thursday, denying a request to delay the release of a list of Fast and Furious documents known as a “Vaughn index.” The information has been withheld from Congress and the public under President Barack Obama’s assertion of executive privilege.

Later on Thursday, it was reported that Holder intends to step down as attorney general after his successor is selected.

Townhall’s Katie Pavlich, who wrote a book about the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal, sarcastically called the two announcements a “coincidence” on Thursday.

Critics Are Claiming This Could Be the Real Reason Behind Attorney General Eric Holder’s Resignation | TheBlaze.com.

Jimmy John’s Reveals Multiple Data Breaches

Jimmy Johns Data Breach

Jimmy Johns Data Breach

Jimmy John’s said it has learned of a data breach involving credit and debit card data at 216 of its locations, including four in Chicago and more than a dozen in the suburbs.

 

The Champaign-based sandwich chain said it learned of the breach July 30 and is investigating. Jimmy John’s said it believes that an intruder stole login credentials to remotely access cash register systems.

 

Breaches occurred at various times from June 16 to Sept. 5. The company said stolen information may include the card number and in some cases the cardholder’s name, verification code and/or the card’s expiration date.

 

If you believe you’ve been a victim of the breach, Jimmy John’s is offering free credit monitoring and other services.

Jimmy John’s reveals data breach – Chicago Tribune.

Beam your Laptop/PC to your TV Wirelessly

Microsoft has announced a new wireless dongle to help PC users see apps, photos, and videos on their television screens, called the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter.

For a task with so many practical applications — mirroring a PC’s screen onto a TV — actually connecting those two devices has always been more complicated than it should be. The most basic version is to tether a laptop or desktop directly to the TV via an HDMI cable, but that often requires the PC to be within a few feet of the TV, depending on how long your HDMI cable is. Other solutions, such as Intel’s Wireless Display technology are built into many Windows PCs by default, but require a hard-to-find proprietary receiver box, and a less-than-intuitive setup process.

The Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter looks and feels a lot like Google’s Chromecast, in that it’s a small stick with an HDMI output plug, connected to a second wire with a USB plug for power (intended for a powered USB port on your TV).

Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter Preview – CNET.

FBI gags state and local police on capabilities of cellphone spy gear, Fake Cell Towers

The FBI requires state and local police to keep quiet about the capabilities of a controversial type of surveillance gear that allows law enforcement to eavesdrop on cellphone calls and track individual people based on the signals emitted by their mobile devices, according to a bureau document released recently under a Freedom of Information Act request.

The December 2012 document is a heavily redacted letter between the FBI and police in Tacoma, Wash., as the local department sought to acquire an IMSI catcher, sometimes described as a “fake cellphone tower” because it tricks individual phones into routing their calls and other data through the surveillance equipment. The Takoma police were buying gear produced by Harris Corp., a Florida-based company that makes the StingRay and other IMSI catchers used by law enforcement agencies across the country.

The FBI letter, which was not classified but was designated as “law enforcement sensitive,” told the Tacoma police chief that the Federal Communications Commission authorizes the sale of such surveillance equipment to state and local police departments on the condition that they first sign an FBI “non-disclosure agreement.”

FBI gags state and local police on capabilities of cellphone spy gear – The Washington Post.

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