Monthly Archives: February 2015

Las Vegas ‘Institution’ Peppermill, Throws Salt On LVCVA Expansion/Demolish plans

The Las Vegas institution says it is not going anywhere.

It’s “hell no, we wont go” for The Peppermill, as the beloved 42-year old dining institution puts the rumors to rest and blocks the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s expansion plans onto its restaurant footprint.

Rumors of the Peppermill takeover surfaced after word leaked of the LVCVA’s purchase of close neighbor, the Riviera. The venerable casino is now confirmed to have been purchased for $182.5 million and a 60-year-old slice of Vegas history will be demolished.

Reportedly, the Riviera will have six months to phase in a shut down and hand over the keys. The Convention Center is also said to be looking at adjacent lots to further enhance the Las Vegas Global Business District, adding new space and a necessary “transportation hub.”

Peppermill Throws Salt On LVCVA Expansion Plans – Eater Vegas.

Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program, embedding Spyware in factory Hard Drives

NSA Spying Center in Utah

NSA Spying Center in Utah

(Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world’s computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives.

That long-sought and closely guarded ability was part of a cluster of spying programs discovered by Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based security software maker that has exposed a series of Western cyberespionage operations.

Kaspersky said it found personal computers in 30 countries infected with one or more of the spying programs, with the most infections seen in Iran, followed by Russia, Pakistan,Afghanistan, China, Mali, Syria, Yemen and Algeria. The targets included government and military institutions, telecommunication companies, banks, energy companies, nuclear researchers, media, and Islamic activists, Kaspersky said. (reut.rs/1L5knm0)

Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program | Reuters.

Cell Phone Carriers Must Unlock Phones

The days of carriers locking down devices to keep customers in place are officially dead.

Starting Wednesday, all US carriers must comply with requests from postpaid and prepaid customers to unlock their devices, as long as certain parameters are met. The rules officially came down in 2013 and the industry group CTIA committed last year to have all wireless carriers adhering to the regulation by February 11, 2015.

The debate over phone unlocking has come a long way in just a few short years. Unlocking a phone allows owners to put the device on whatever carrier network they choose. For years, carriers have locked down devices, allowing them only to connect to their own networks. The move was designed to keep customers close and not see them stray to other carriers.

“We are pleased the FCC acknowledged the participating wireless carriers met the deadlines to unlock their customers’ devices per the Consumer Code for Wireless Service,” said Scott Bergmann, the CTIA’s vice president for regulatory affairs, in a statement. “We also remind consumers than an unlocked device does not necessarily mean an interoperable one since different carriers use different technologies and spectrum bands.”

US carriers, you’ll have to unlock those phones – CNET.

Chicago Little League Team Stripped of Championship for CHEATING and Coach Suspended – Las Vegas Team awarded Title (Chicago Should Be Banned From Future Competition)

Little League Baseball has stripped the U.S. championship from Chicago-based Jackie Robinson West and suspended its coach for violating a rule prohibiting the use of players who live outside the geographic area that the team represents, it was announced Wednesday.

Jackie Robinson West must vacate wins from the 2014 Little League Baseball International Tournament — including its Great Lakes Regional and United States championships.

Little League strips Chicago team of U.S. championship, suspends coach – ESPN Chicago.

Largest Bike Park on the Planet, opens in Louisville Caverns

Forget horse racing and bourbon distilleries. Next time you go to Louisville, bring your bicycle and head underground to the world’s largest indoor bike park, which officially opened Monday.

The Mega Underground Bike Park is located in an old limestone mine 100 feet below ground. It’s the latest addition to Louisville’s Mega Cavern, a massive entertainment complex where you can ride zip lines, swing from aerial ropes, and take historic tram rides, in addition to partaking in other activities.

There’s over 320,000 square feet of space, 45 trails, jump lines, pump tracks, dual slalom, BMC, cross country, and singletrack, and it’s 60 degrees year-round. Eventually there will be a bike rental. A four-hour pass is $24 and helmets are required.

Mega Underground Bike Park in Louisville Cavern opens – Business Insider.

Chicago Little League Championship Team Allegedly Cheated – Strip Them Of Title!

 - Jackie Robinson West last year made headlines when it won the national championship. - Shane Collins

(AP) — Citing “new information,” Little League International officials met Tuesday to discuss whether Jackie Robinson West, the Little League World Series national championship team from Chicago’s South Side, added top suburban players in violation of residency rules.

Spokesman Brian McClintock said the organization’s charter committee was meeting to discuss “possible resolutions” regarding the team and that a final decision would likely be made this week. He declined to discuss if the team was in danger of being stripped of its title.

Late last year, the organization said it was confident that there were no violations of residency regulations after investigating allegations made by an official from a suburban Chicago league that some of Jackie Robinson West’s players live in suburbs with already-established Little League teams. It said it would reopen the investigation if necessary.

Did Jackie Robinson West cheat? Little League is checking – Consumer News – Crain’s Chicago Business.

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