Monday, September 1, 275760

Random Disclaimer: This is a blog.



9/23/14 EDIT: For in-depth video game information for various obscure RPGs, check out my gaming blog at http://not-another-gaming-blog.blogspot.com

5/29/12 EDIT: I've just created a new blog exclusively for ponies and pony-related news, WITHOUT the stressful news articles on this blog.  It's no Equestria Daily, nor will it ever be, but it's still a pony blog. Feel free to check it out if you please... http://brony-montana.blogspot.com


This blog contains some controversial posts concerning certain political issues and depressing news stories. If you find some of the content on my blog too controversial for your liking, or you're simply interested in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, go to http://www.dailymotion.com/MLPFiMVideos... That is my DailyMotion channel, which is filled with (almost) every episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic so far. If a new episode of MLP:FiM comes on, expect to see it on there within a few hours, unless I lose Internet access or my computer dies out on me, which tends to happen on occasion. It might help to take the edge off from hearing or seeing too much stressful stuff (i.e. some of the posts on my blog), and you may walk away with the realization that not ALL things pertaining to My Little Pony suck. In fact, in the case of FiM, it's AWESOME.

BTW, since DailyMotion absolutely ADORES putting ads all over the place, often ruining perfectly good videos by placing ads at the beginning, end, and occasionally, even the MIDDLE of many videos, please consider installing Adblock Plus for maximum pony enjoyment. DailyMotion can be a great deal better and more enjoyable than YouTube, but only if you use Adblock to get around the horribly annoying ads.

If you're interested in MLP:FiM, but you don't want to go to DailyMotion, either because of the annoying random ads or because the videos play slower there than on other sites, there are dozens, if not hundreds of channels on YouTube that have the entire first and second seasons uploaded to their channels, and they're all ad-free, too. I was planning on creating another YouTube channel to upload pony videos to, but it wouldn't allow me to upload videos past 15 minutes unless I gave a mobile phone number, and I don't have a mobile phone, and I'm NOT breaking these videos into parts.

If you're into ponies, but don't particularly feel like watching a pony episode at this point in time for some reason, or don't have the time to, there are still plenty of adorable pony pictures you can look at... I'll post a few links to pony image dumps immediately below.

Pony image dumps:
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2015/03/033015-sweetie-belle-image-dump.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2015/03/033015-scootaloo-image-dump-contains.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2015/03/033015-apple-bloom-image-dump-contains.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2015/03/032915-applejack-image-dump-contains-35.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2015/03/032915-rarity-image-dump-about-26-pics.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2015/03/032915-pinkie-pie-image-dump-31.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2015/03/032315-twilight-sparkle-image-dump-30.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2015/03/032315-fluttershy-image-dump-25-pics-of.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2015/03/032313-rainbow-dash-image-dump-30-pics.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2015/03/032315-pony-image-dump-3-contains-18.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2015/03/032315-pony-image-dump-2-13-pictures-of.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2015/03/032315-pony-image-dump-contains-about.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2015/01/010515-pic-dump-of-day-about-30-random.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2014/01/011514-fluttershy-image-dump-about-23.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2014/01/011514-pony-image-dump-4-contains-about.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2014/01/011514-random-pony-image-dump-3.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2014/01/011514-rainbow-dash-image-dump-2.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2014/01/011514-rainbow-dash-image-dump-contains.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2014/01/011514-applejack-image-dump-contains-20.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2014/01/011514-pony-image-dump-2-18-pics-mostly.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2014/01/011514-random-pony-image-dump-20-images.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2013/10/100213-random-pony-image-dump-mostly.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2013/09/092713-random-pony-image-dump-contains.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2013/09/092513-random-pony-image-dump-2-mostly.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2013/09/91913-random-pony-image-dump-2-about.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2013/09/091913-random-ponies-image-dump-over.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2013/09/091613-random-pony-image-dump-3-about.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2013/09/091613-spike-image-dump-about-80.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2013/09/091613-fluttershy-image-dump-about-30.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2013/09/091613-sunset-shimmer-image-dump-46.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2013/09/091613-random-pony-image-dump-2-about.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2013/09/091613-ponies-eating-meat-image-dump.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2013/09/091613-random-pony-image-dump-95-pics.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2012/08/pony-image-dump-of-day-8281256k-warning.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2015/05/052515-adorable-pony-image-dump-69-pics.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2015/05/052515-random-adorable-pony-image-dump.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2015/05/052515-random-adorable-pony-image-dump_25.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2015/05/052515-random-adorable-pony-image-dump_69.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2015/05/052515-random-adorable-pony-image-dump_0.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2015/05/052515-random-adorable-pony-image-dump_62.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2015/05/052515-random-adorable-pony-image-dump_86.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2015/05/052515-random-pony-image-dump-8-about.html
http://brony-montana.blogspot.com/2015/05/053115-huge-random-adorable-pony-image.html
If ponies aren't your thing, I understand. At any rate, I cannot stress enough that there are PLENTY of depressing pieces of news and controversial opinions about certain subjects on here. But if you can get past this disclaimer, you might find that this blog is fairly interesting and informative. I do my best to post interesting articles from various news sources, many of which provide a glimpse into the harsh realities of the world. Some of them may be easily accessed by searching your favorite news site or clicking on CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, etc, whereas some other news stories are less known for various reasons.


BTW, I've noticed a few people have been searching for "Rainbow Dash Attack", basically a ponified version of the popular Adult Swim Flash game "Robot Unicorn Attack". If you want to play "Rainbow Dash Attack", follow the link below.
http://www.comdotgame.com/play/rainbow-dash-attack

If you just want to play the original version, Robot Unicorn Attack, feel free to follow this link...
http://games.adultswim.com/robot-unicorn-attack-twitchy-online-game.html

Saturday, December 31, 275555

A veritable encyclopedia of important links, including search engines, Pastebins, proxies, alternative news sources, etc.

Alternative Search Engines
 
001 http://www.mamma.com
002 https://blekko.com/
003 https://startpage.com/
004 https://ixquick.com
005 https://duckduckgo.com/
006 http://www.alltheweb.com
007 http://www.gigablast.com/
008 http://www.proxysearchengine.tk
009 http://74.125.47.132  (google)
010 http://gibiru.com/
011 http://filetram.com/  (file search)
012 http://www.worldcat.org/  (library search engine)
013 http://www.monstercrawler.com
014 http://searchalot.com
015 http://www.searchcanvas.com/
016 http://web.search.ch
017 http://mamma75.mamma.com
018 http://search.freecause.com/
019 http://www.general-files.com/  (file search)
020 http://www.ebook3000.com/ (free books)
021 http://www.sqfile.com  (file search)
022 http://www.zoozle.org/ (file search)
023 http://translate.google.com/
024 http://www.robtex.com/
025 http://95.154.230.253 (hide my ass)

Friday, January 3, 275000

A Comprehensive List of Suicide Crisis Hotlines across America

If you are feeling suicidal for any reason, please don't throw your life away. Instead, talk with someone you're close to or contact your local suicide hotline. Here is a comprehensive list of all the suicide hotlines across all 50 states.

 Information taken from  http://www.suicide.org/suicide-hotlines.html . If you need more detailed information on the subject of suicide and how to deal with it, please go to the URL and check out any of the links on the left side of it. If you or a loved one or friend is expressing suicidal ideations or behavior, contact the hotline on the list that is nearest to you immediately. 

To find a particular suicide hotline or hotlines in your area, press Ctrl+F, and either type in your state of residence or the name of said hotline.

Thursday, March 6, 2025

CISA 2.0 (Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act) Frequently Asked Questions

 https://www.accessnow.org/blog/2015/03/04/the-cisa-2.0-frequently-asked-questions-faq

What is CISA?

Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. love their acronyms. “CISA” is the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA).

CISA is a bad bill. It would risk user privacy by encouraging companies to transfer private information. It also creates new risks by enabling the use of countermeasures or “hack backs,” which endanger the integrity of the internet and further risk exposure of private information. Yet, the bill seems to be a high priority for some members of Congress and we may see a floor vote within the next few months.


What does CISA do?

CISA’s primary mechanism is to facilitate the transfer of “cyber threat indicators,” which are defined broadly enough to include private information such as email content or personal identities.1 CISA even protects companies that transfer “cyber threat indicators” that other privacy laws would have protected.2 It also ensures that companies that pass on information will be protected against court action — liability limits that disincentivize companies from adequately protecting user privacy.
In addition, the bill does little to allow users to enforce their rights even when companies violate the few privacy protections found in the bill. Knowing when rights have been violated would pose its own challenge. CISA’s transparency provisions wouldn’t allow us to know the full impact on users (in fact, it exempts this information from disclosure under federal open government laws).

How can we stop CISA?

First off, you sign our petition.

Then, you can call or write your senators, particularly Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr and Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein, to express your concerns. You can also reach out to your local representative to let them know cybersecurity legislation should protect your rights.

Do they really need my personal information?

No, they don’t. Security experts have made clear that personal information need not be shared in order for us to maintain our cybersecurity. Alex Stamos, the Chief Information Security Officer at Yahoo! recently said that while information sharing is easy to discuss, it doesn’t fall into the top ten most effective things the government can do to protect users. Even if companies attempt to go beyond CISA’s requirements and remove private information, advanced analytics might still be used on the “cyber threat indicators” to gain access to identities.

What would companies be able to do with personal information after it is collected?

The bill does little to ensure companies would strip private information before passing “cyber threat indicators" to other companies and the government. CISA requires companies to review “cyber threat indicators” and remove what is known to be private at the time of transfer, however a company would not have to remove information it suspects to be private — or which may be used in conjunction with other information that can identify a user.3


But won’t CISA make the internet more secure?

CISA may actually make the internet less secure.

The bill contains a provision enabling the deployment of countermeasures, also referred to as “hack backs,” which enable a company to take action in response to threats to their network.4 While the bill enables countermeasures to protect the rights of a network owner, owners are only prohibited from intentionally destroying other systems. If they perceive that they are acting based on their rights, and they end up causing damage to other systems, they may not be liable. For instance, a malicious hacker may use a botnet, causing companies to use countermeasures that affect innocent users with no knowledge or intent to participate.

Will the National Security Agency (NSA) be involved?
CISA requires the direct transfer of “cyber threat indicators” to every appropriate agency, including the NSA. That would give the NSA immediate access to massive new datasets, even as Congress has so far failed to pass reforms in the wake of revelations about NSA surveillance.5

Is CISA already a law? Who’s behind it?

No. A draft of the bill was recently circulated to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence by Chairman Burr. As of March 4, 2015, the bill has not yet been formally introduced. Vice Chairman Feinstein introduced a version of the bill last year, though it never made it to a vote by the full Senate. While this is the second iteration of CISA, there have been a number of information sharing bills floated around Congress, in this and previous sessions.

How does President Obama feel about the bill?

While President Obama twice threatened to veto the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), a similar bill from the House of Representatives, he never made the same threat against CISA, probably because it never made it to a Senate vote. The president did recently introduce his own legislative proposal, which, while not good, is not as bad as CISA.

But now that Sony and Anthem have been victims of high-profile hacks, and President Obama has hosted his own cybersecurity summit, there’s a lot of pressure on him to sign effective cybersecurity legislation. That legislation should not be CISA. President Obama should stand by his past opposition to CISPA and reject the similarly awful CISA.

Here is a letter from Access and a number of other privacy groups urging President Obama to pledge to veto the previous version of CISA.

How do other experts feel about the bill?

Access recently co-signed a joint letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee urging a rejection of the bill. It was signed by dozens of leading digital rights groups, academics, and technologists. You can read the letter here.


What are the alternatives to information sharing legislation?

The government should pass legislation that promotes proper digital hygiene, such as the use two-factor authentication and indicators of phishing attacks, and encourages companies to do the same. It could encourage the integration of digital security into education curriculums, so that students know how to protect themselves and learn about career opportunities. The government could also implement a federal bug bounty program to encourage individuals to find and report bugs.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Maryland cop buys food & housing for mother, daughter fleeing domestic violence

http://www.rt.com/usa/313948-maryland-cop-homeless-mother-daughter/

A Maryland police officer's kindness towards a woman fleeing domestic violence with her one-year-old daughter was noticed by his sergeant, captured in pictures and posted on the department’s Facebook page. The post quickly went viral.

As of Monday, the Prince George County Police Department’s Facebook page had received 14,000 likes and more than 1,300 comments regarding Corporal Che Atkinson’s assistance to the mother and child.

"I'm a little overwhelmed and shocked. And the reason why is it didn't seem like a big deal to me because I see other officers do stuff like this all the time,” Atkinson told WUSA 9. "It's not a big deal."

It all began last Wednesday morning, when Atkinson noticed a woman sitting in the lobby of the police precinct with a small child and several bags. Atkinson talked to the woman and discovered she had fled domestic violence abuse. She was also homeless.

The officer sought help from local agencies and tracked down a family friend who was willing to pick up the mother and child. He then went out on patrol.

On Thursday morning, Atkinson went to work and found the mother and daughter in lobby. After making inquiries, police officers told him the family had spent the night there. It turned out the family friend couldn’t pick them up until Friday morning.

Atkinson spoke to the mother and then found out that the pair hadn’t eaten for two days. That’s when he decided to use his own money to rent a hotel room and buy them food and drink.

"It was here's somebody here with a child – one-years-old - had nowhere to go,” Atkinson told WUSA9. “I had the extra money. What would it hurt just to put them up for a night to make sure they're safe?"

He also tracked down a car seat for the child. As Atkinson packed their luggage in a patrol car, his sergeant was taking photos without Atkinson’s knowledge.

Those photos went up on the department's Facebook page with a description of what happened. It said that Atkinson had “reinforced the department’s pledge to not only protect citizens but serve them as well.

Within hours the post had over 9,000 likes.

Out of a slew of comments, Elisa Carballo-Castillo from Virginia wrote:

It's great to hear stories like this. I work with victims of domestic and sexual violence and unfortunately resources and shelters are very limited. Great job officer, i wish there were more officers like him.”

READ MORE: Maryland first state in US to issue guidelines on police profiling

Atkinson’s work was also appreciated by Maryellen McNamara Madeja from Pennsylvania:

People are always putting the police officers down and complaining. This is what our law enforcement officers do and never get the credit. I hope the woman and her child are safe and have a wonderful life all because of one act of kindness from a police officer."

The act of kindness came the same week that Maryland became the first state to adopt rules against police profiling. Under guidelines issued by the state’s attorney general, police officers are forbidden from using race, religion, or sexual orientation as factors in making routine stops and are banned from stopping everyone in a neighborhood when a crime is reported.

Video suggests Texas man had hands raised when officers shot him dead

http://www.rt.com/usa/313992-texas-police-shooting-video/

A man who was killed by sheriff's deputies in San Antonio last week appeared to have his hands raised when officers delivered the fatal shots, according to newly released video footage.

When the video begins, 41-year-old Gilbert Flores is seen running shirtless in the front yard of a house. Moments after he appears to put his hands up, two shots can be heard. Flores doubles over and falls to the ground. He died later in hospital.

However, it is not entirely clear whether Flores put one or both hands up, as his left arm is hidden by a pole.

“Certainly what’s in the video is a cause for concern,” Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said at a press conference. “But it’s important to let the investigation go through its course so that we can assure a thorough and complete review of all that occurred.”

Bexar County District Attorney Nicholas LaHood called the video “disturbing” and said investigators are also reviewing 911 calls and statements from people inside the house, according to local news outlet KSAT 12 News.

“This is a very unique situation where we actually have the shooting on video,” he said. “That gives us a whole different perspective that we’ve never had before.”

The FBI has begun monitoring the department's investigation, according to Special Agent Michelle Lee, a spokeswoman for the FBI in San Antonio.

“Experienced civil rights investigators from the FBI will thoroughly review the facts and circumstances surrounding the shooting,” Lee said in a statement. “Our focus is to determine whether a civil rights violation took place as a result of a deputy willfully engaging in the use of excessive or unjustified force.”

The cellphone video was recorded by university student Michael Thomas and provided to local news outlet KSAT 12.

“I was watching, I was kind of wondering what was going on, but I couldn’t figure it out,” Thomas told KSAT 12. “Just the things that’s been going on in the world, like different types of shootings, cops and different things like that. So I was like, well maybe I can catch something on my camera.”

Judge Nelson Wolff, the county's highest elected official, told the New York Times that the video is “very shocking and looks very bad,” adding that he has “been in this position for 14 years, and I've never seen anything like it.”

Authorities say the video is one of two that are being reviewed by investigators.

The Bexar County Sherriff's Office said that deputies were responding to a domestic disturbance call on Friday morning, and that Flores had allegedly injured a woman and an 18-month-old child. The woman was found inside the house with a cut on her head.

The sheriff said the deputies had attempted to arrest the man, but he resisted. They reportedly tried to subdue him using Tasers and shields, but eventually shot him after a “lengthy confrontation.”

The deputies involved, identified as Greg Vasquez and Robert Sanchez, have been placed on administrative leave while the county sheriff and district attorney's offices conduct investigations and decide whether to file charges. The two deputies, both of whom had been with the department for more than 10 years, were not injured in the shooting.

Wolff said he expects the video to be discussed on Tuesday at a meeting of the Commissioners Court, when he and the panel's four commissioners will vote on a budget that includes funding for police body cameras, the New York Times reported.

Death of man at Texas jail ruled homicide

http://www.rt.com/usa/313951-texas-jail-man-homicide/

The Dallas County Medical Examiner ruled that the death of a man who was pinned down by three deputies in a Texas jail lobby was a homicide. Other contributing factors to his death were drugs, heart problems and stress to the body. 
 
The cause and manner of death of Joseph Hutcheson, 48, was homicide with “combined effects of cocaine and methamphetamine, compounded by hypertensive cardiovascular disease and physiologic stress associated with struggle and restraint,” according to the medical examiner’s office.
A full autopsy report is pending but it will include toxicology results.

Scott Palmer, an attorney for Hutcheson’s family, said the medical examiner’s findings corroborate what the video shows: that deputies were responsible on some level for the man’s death.

It is apparent from the ruling that Mr. Hutcheson died at the hands of another,” Palmer said in a statement, according to The Dallas Morning News. “We believe without the assault by the Sheriff’s deputies, Mr. Hutcheson would still be alive today.”

Palmer told the paper that the family hired a private pathologist to conduct a second autopsy. The doctor couldn’t determine what had killed Hutcheson, but told the family that the organs in his throat were missing.
Hutcheson died on August 1 after a struggle with three deputies on the lobby floor. Authorities said the man walked into the building that morning, yelled for help, was placed in handcuffs, lost consciousness and died.

In an excerpt from a 4.37-minute surveillance video released Friday, viewers see Hutcheson first enter the lobby. While there is no sound, it appears he is yelling or coughing. People sitting in the lobby scatter as he paces up and down before a deputy approaches to talk to him. Another deputy joins them as Hutcheson sits down, before they move to the back of the lobby.

Hutcheson then peels off and is seen pacing erratically in the lobby, though he does not leave. He is seen either coughing or yelling as an officer tackles him to the ground. Two others join, and it seems they are trying to arrest him by putting him in handcuffs. A struggle ensues and Hutcheson’s legs can be seen flailing.

In the middle of the struggle, at the 2:30 mark, a deputy appears to put a knee on Hutcheson’s neck or throat, and he keeps it there for a least a minute. The knee is released then re-applied, and Hutcheson is finally handcuffed. The video ends as other deputies arrive.

Dallas police said there is an ongoing investigation and the deputies involved in the incident were reassigned to other duties several weeks ago.

Police said that Hutcheson went into the building yelling for help, behaving erratically, and claimed his wife was trying to kill him.

In a related story involving police restraint, a homicide was also confirmed by the medical examiner in the death of 43-year old Eric Garner in New York on July 17, 2014, when he was placed in a chokehold by police. In Garner’s case, contributing factors were asthma and heart disease, and the examiner said he died due to “the compression of his chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police.”

READ MORE: NYC settles Eric Garner chokehold case for $5.9 million

A special grand jury called to investigate the case declined to indict the police officer involved, Daniel Pantaleo.

A year later, New York City settled with the family, who filed a wrongful death lawsuit, for $5.9 million.

The Full Counter-Argument To Game Studios Claiming A Need For DRM: The Witcher 3

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150827/05171032075/full-counter-argument-to-game-studios-claiming-need-drm-witcher-3.shtml

DRM, or digital rights management, can be said to have been effective in practice at accomplishing many different things. It makes products less useful, for instance. It also serves as chaff to distract the technically proficient into disabling it instead of doing any number of actually useful things. DRM is also actually quite good at making our lives just a bit less safe. What's interesting is that none of those things are the stated reason companies use DRM. Instead, DRM is explained by companies as the only way they can protect themselves from damned dirty pirates and, without it, these companies would simply not be able to make enough money to sustain themselves.

The proper counter-argument to this assertion, as it turns out, is: "Shut up, because The Witcher 3."
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has proven to be incredibly successful for CD Projekt RED, having sold a whopping six million copies within its first six weeks on store shelves. According to CD Projekt's latest financial results (via NeoGAF), the company earned 237 million PLN ($63.3 million USD) in net profit for the first half of 2015. The publisher also noted its open-world RPG has performed well both at retail and digitally.
Yes, a game publisher, one which released its game both in retail and in the scary, scary digital realm, has spent six weeks selling an insane amount of copies of its latest game. But how is this possible? After all, CD Projekt RED long ago promised that the game would be shipped completely sans DRM. On top of that, the company also made every last tiny drop of DLC for the game...completely free. In other words, CD Projekt RED decided bucking one modern trend in gaming was too easy so it decided to go for an exacta. Were the theory that lies behind every other instance of DRM in gaming existence to be true, the game should have been a failure everywhere other than on dastardly pirate sites. Instead, the game sold six million copies in six weeks. How is this possible?

It's actually quite simple: CD Projekt RED made a fantastic and well-reviewed game, didn't hamper customers with annoying DRM or pushy microtransactions, and then went about its victory lap with about as classy and gracious an open-letter from its studio head that I can remember seeing.
One could think we have six million reasons to be happy and that’s it. We do, but that number is also a big responsibility and I want everyone to know that we, as a studio, realize that. For us, all your high praise, all the positive reviews, are also an obligation -- we’ve made a really good game but there’s still a long road ahead of us. Everyone here in CD PROJEKT RED is really attached to their work and how you, the gamers, perceive it. RED is full of artists, wild dreamers and people crazy about what they do (and sometimes just plain crazy). We lose sleep over that particular colour the sun has when it sets over Velen, and argue over arranging the furniture in a house the majority of gamers will probably never see. We’re not the kind of people who are easily satisfied and we always strive for more. I’d like you to know that.

Yes, six million copies is a great achievement for a company making RPGs, but this business is not only about that. If our games are a gallery of sound, picture and text - you are the visitors of this gallery. To an artist, there’s no sweeter sight than people enjoying their work. That’s why, in the name of all the devs in the studio, I’d like to say thanks to each and every one of you.  

Thanks!

Adam Badowski,
Head of Studio
CD PROJEKT RED
This is how CwF+RtB is done. In fact, the studio has always had a reputation for being open and awesome to its customers. The release of this game, the lack of DRM, the free DLC, and the gracious attitude is merely a continuation of a culture that fans and gamers are naturally going to gravitate towards. And so they buy. Of course they buy. That they buy isn't the surprise. Instead, the surprise is how difficult to understand this all apparently is for the other gaming studios still traveling a different road.

FBI: Hurricane Katrina Made It Clear We Just Don't Have Enough Stingray Devices

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150831/07182432119/fbi-hurricane-katrina-made-it-clear-we-just-dont-have-enough-stingray-devices.shtml

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the federal government stepped up to assure the nation that as horrifically damaging as the storm was, we would all come out of it OK.*

*Offer does not apply to affected residents of New Orleans.

President Bush let us know that FEMA head "Brownie" (born Michael D. Brown) was doing a "heckuva job" botching the government's response. The New Orleans Police Department worked hard to secure critical infrastructure, going so far as to show up in civilian clothes, armed with unapproved weapons. And the FBI, which sent its people to assist in search and rescue operations and to help curtail post-storm looting, made sure an unprecedented tragedy wouldn't go to waste.

MuckRock's Shawn Musgrave points out that, hidden among the 5,000 heavily redacted pages it received in April in "response" to its FBI-Stingray query, the agency's Katrina experience somehow made Stingray acquisition a priority.
A year later, as part of post-Katrina review, the FBI’s WITT requested funding for additional equipment from Harris Corporation, which manufactures the StingRay line of cell phone trackers. Two drafts of the same memo (draft 1) and (draft 2) from July 2006, each with competing redactions, together weave a partial glimpse of WITT’s justification.

[...]

“In the summer of 2005, the U.S. Gulf Coast bore the brunt of several hurricanes, including Hurricane Katrina which severely degraded the capabilities of the [redacted],” the memo reads in part. Subsequent, heavily redacted sentences suggest that the storm crippled the FBI’s capacity to conduct certain types of cell phone tracking operations via equipment on-hand at the time of landfall.




Further details are redacted, but it's clear the diminished capabilities pushed IMSI catchers to the front of the acquisition queue. The accompanying purchase order was designated "priority." Previous purchases had only been declared "routine."

The redactions make it impossible to determine why exactly the agency felt the acquisition of more cellphone-tracking technology was a must post-Katrina. Perhaps the agency needed hardware upgrades to existing equipment that functioned in a less-than-ideal manner when local cell infrastructure suffered damage. Maybe it lent some devices to the New Orleans PD and was having trouble getting them back. Maybe it just wanted more IMSI catchers. No matter the stated reason, it can safely be assumed that post-act of God requisition processes receive less scrutiny than those made during times of relative peace and safety. Terrorism and drug dealing may have been off the table in terms of justifications, but any good government agency knows "national disaster" is spelled "O-P-P-O-R-T-U-N-I-T-Y." The FBI is no exception.

Monday, August 31, 2015

New York mom killed baby girl, lived with body for months, police say

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A woman who prosecutors say lived with her dead baby girl's body for three months was charged Saturday with murder.

Christina Colantonio, 28, was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of her daughter, Genesee County District Attorney Lawrence Friedman said.

Police launched an investigation Thursday when an acquaintance visiting Colantiono at her apartment in Batavia, about 45 miles from Buffalo, found the baby's lifeless body and called 911, Batavia Police Det. Sgt. Todd Crossett said at a news conference Saturday evening.

Investigators believe Colantonio killed the girl "shortly after birth," about three months ago, Crossett said. Authorities would not say how the baby died, but Friedman said investigators "have enough evidence to come to a conclusion it was intentionally caused." A medical examiner will determine the infant's official cause of death. Friedman said the investigation was still ongoing.

Police said Colantonio, who has two other children, lived alone in the apartment. She was arraigned Saturday at Batavia City Court and ordered held without bail.

Colantonio remained jailed Saturday evening and could not be reached for comment. It was unclear whether she had an attorney who could comment on her behalf.

Crossett said the officers who discovered the baby girl's body were being offered counseling.

"It's not something you see on a regular basis," he said. "They are the most vulnerable part of the population."

Arizona mother admits to drowning twin 2-year-old sons, police say

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Authorities in Arizona say they've arrested a woman who confessed to drowning her twin 2-year-old sons in a bathtub Sunday.

Avondale Police Sgt. Brandon Busse told KSAZ that Mireya Alejandra Lopez, 22, admitted to killing the boys and said she attempted to drown another family member, but was stopped by a relative.

Police say Lopez is facing two counts of homicide and one count of attempted homicide. The third child, who was not identified by authorities, was not harmed. The identity of the twin victims was not immediately released.

Emergency personnel were called to the home at approximately 12:30 p.m. local time Sunday. Busse told the Arizona Republic a family member called 911 after the twins were discovered in the bathtub.

The sergeant said that by the time police arrived, the boys were on a bed and unresponsive. They were taken to separate local hospitals, where they were pronounced dead.

Avondale is a suburb of Phoenix, with a population of approximately 78,000 people. Neighbors told the Republic the home where the drownings took place is located in a quiet section of town.

Customer sues ‘Throwed Rolls’ restaurant after being hit, injured by roll

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OZARK, Mo. — A well-known Missouri restaurant, known for being the “Home of Throwed Rolls,” may be in some hot water over a guest who allegedly received a roll-related injury.

Lambert’s Cafe, which features dinner rolls being thrown across the room by servers to guests, is being sued.

The suit was filed on Tuesday by Troy Tucker. The customer claims to have “sustained a lacerated cornea with a vitreous detachment and all head, neck, eyes and vision were severely damaged” after being hit by a dinner roll during a visit in September of 2014.

Tucker is seeking $25,000 to cover medical bills and legal fees. The restaurant’s “carelessness and negligence” as the lawsuit alleges has already caused expenses totaling $10,000.

The lawsuit claims that the restaurant should have known about the dangers involved in their signature practice.

Johnny Fugitt, of the River Front Times, points out that Tucker may not have much of a case considering that back in June, Slugger and the Kansas City Royals were deemed to have not been at fault after a thrown hot dog hit a man in the face and tore his retina.

Fugitt said in that case, the “baseball rule” was referenced, and that by voluntarily entering a baseball stadium the victim assumed some responsibility for personal awareness. She points out that “Home of Throwed Rolls” is posted all over, which could mean Lambert’s diners assume they are putting themselves at risk of being hit by a flying roll, upon entering the establishment.

Lambert’s general manager, Jerry Johnson, told KFVS servers never intend to hurt anyone when they throw rolls.

Montville, Connecticut man drives car into mobile home, starts fire


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Montville — No one was injured after a Montville man mistook his gas pedal for a brake pedal and drove his car into his mobile home around 10 a.m. Sunday, according to the Fire Department.

The car caught on fire on impact, firefighters said, catching the front portion of the home at 401 Old Colchester Road on fire, too.

Firefighters said they had the blaze under control in about 20 minutes, but there is damage to the front portion of the trailer and it was knocked off its foundation. The American Red Cross assisted the resident.

TSA agent arrested for sexually assaulting traveler in bathroom

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A Transportation Security Administration screener based in New York City has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a female foreign exchange student from South Korea after leading her into a bathroom, officials announced on Friday. 
 
Identified as 40-year-old Maxie Oquendo, the TSA employee was arrested Thursday evening at LaGuardia Airport.

“The defendant is accused of an egregious abuse of his position as a government screener at LaGuardia Airport to sexually victimize a young woman,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said, according to WABC News. “Such alleged conduct cannot, under any circumstances, go unpunished.”

The incident itself occurred earlier this week on Tuesday, when a 21-year-old college student from Korea arrived at the airport after a flight from Salt Lake City, Utah. The student, who remains unidentified, had already exited a sterile checkpoint area and entered another area where she no longer needed to be screened, WABC reported, citing the charges against the TSA worker.

At this point, Oquendo allegedly told the student, who cannot speak English well, that he needed to scan her body and luggage and led her to a bathroom. The student protested, telling Oquendo that a woman would need to scan her. She questioned if he did this with other travelers, to which the TSA screener answered that he did, according to the charges.

“Supposedly he took her into another area using his official position, being in uniform, and she thought it was a part of his official duty,” Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Joe Pentangelo said to Reuters.

In the bathroom, Oquendo allegedly touched the student’s breasts and put his hands down her pants, NBC New York reported. Afterwards, Oquendo is said to have cleared her of possessing weapons or knives.

Oquendo was arrested after the student complained and filed a report with Port Authority officials. He has been charged with second-degree unlawful imprisonment, official misconduct, third-degree sexual abuse, and second-degree harassment, according to WABC. He will face up to one year behind bars if he is convicted.

Oquendo has since been fired by the TSA, which said it is coordinating with Port Authority police on the issue.

“TSA holds its employees to the highest standards,” TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger said in a statement. “As such, we expect our employees to conduct themselves with integrity, professionalism, and with respect for the public we serve. When our employees fail to meet these fundamental ethical standards, we will hold our personnel appropriately accountable.”

No privacy left in the world: Drone finds man sunbathing atop wind turbine

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The lengths some people will go to enjoy a moment of peace and solitude can be quite extreme, but thanks to drone technology that peace and solitude can be disturbed in ways that never would have been possible before. 
 
A drone pilot named Kevin Miller from San Diego, California became the unwitting agent of this, while filming some up-close footage of a wind turbine in Rhode Island during his vacation. Instead of simply capturing some great, rarely seen angles of the turbine, he discovered something entirely unexpected when his drone made it to the top: a bearded man stretched out and catching some rays.

“The guy must have been napping because he did not notice the drone for 5-10 seconds,” Miller said to the Daily Mirror.

“At that point I decided to take a closer look by moving closer to say hi. Once I got closer I moved the drone side to side to say hello and he motioned back to the drone. It was a cool interaction between us,” Miller said.

In the video, the man on top of the 200-foot turbine is seen resting peacefully on his back before finally noticing the drone watching him. He waves to the drone as it flies closer and lingers near him before zooming away as the video ends.

Miller said when the drone landed, the man leaned over and the two waved to each other.

READ MORE: FAA testing app to inform drone operators where they can fly

The bearded man’s identity was unknown at first, with some speculating that he might have been an engineer who had decided to take a short break after conducting some maintenance work.

However, the truth is even more interesting. According to WPRO News, the man is actually a monk who works at the nearby Portsmouth Abbey School. In fact, the school even told the station that it’s not rare for the monk to soak in the sun atop the turbine.

NYPD undercover cop fires at suspect armed with fake gun, fatally shoots bystander

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A weapons sting operation went terribly wrong when an undercover NYPD officer, who was threatened with a replica gun by a robber, shot and killed a 61-year-old passerby instead of disabling the ‘gunman.’

READ MORE: Ex-cop with 6 kill notches teaches police how to shoot or be killed

The bystander, identified as Felix Kumi, died of two torso wounds on Saturday, police said. The gunman had attempted to rob the undercover officer just as he was about to buy a gun from a suspected illegal arms dealer in a vehicle as part of the Friday operation. The robber was reportedly hit three times as he was running away.

The number of hits, however, was a far cry from the total number of shots fired by the cop from NYPD’s Firearms Investigations Unit. According to witness reports and police statements cited by the New York Daily News, the officer fired at the fleeing robber anywhere between 11 and 21 shots.

As it turned out, the gunman, Alvin Smothers, 37, had threatened the cop with an “imitation pistol.” Smothers hopped into the back seat of his car, putting the fake gun to the officer’s head and demanding money as the undercover cop was waiting to make his weapons purchase. Smothers escaped the scene with the whole sum – reportedly $2,400 – intended for the gun dealer, but was later arrested. He is now in hospital with serious injuries.

The innocent victim’s family was in a state of shock following the shooting. Kumi was a deeply spiritual man who “touched everyone he met,” according to family members quoted by NY Daily News. The man, described as a devout Jehovah’s Witness, was walking along Beekman Ave to pick up his car from a repair shop when he was twice struck by police bullets.

“Mr. Kumi was blameless, and this tragedy has tested and tried his family,” NYPD Police
Commissioner Bill Bratton said in a statement on Saturday. “I pray that they may find comfort in their hope of resurrection and awakening.”

READ MORE: Stunning move: NYPD to spend $4.5 million on more Tasers

It was not immediately clear if the NYPD considered the undercover officer to be as blameless.
According to Mount Vernon police commissioner Terrance Raynor and witnesses, the shooting spree also hit several vehicles, with bullets flying through windows of a nearby business and through the front door of a house.

The NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau is said to be reviewing the tactics used by the undercover officer and his supervisors, which includes the cop’s decision to break cover and fire shots.

The officer, who has not been named, is described as a 10-year veteran of the NYPD, and had reportedly bought 25 guns from the same gun dealer, 28-year-old Jeffrey Aristy, in 10 previous encounters. The extensive firearm shopping was explained as necessary to identify Aristy’s supplier, as part of a “long-terms firearms investigation.”

READ MORE: 13 people shot at house party in Brooklyn, NY

The suspected illegal arms dealer, who was reportedly also shot, initially slipped away from the scene, but was caught outside his home in the Bronx. The man has been charged with several counts of criminal sale of a firearm, as well as the sale of a controlled substance.

The shooting incident is now being investigated by the Westchester County district attorney, while the state Attorney General’s office has not yet decided if it will pursue the case in the police-involved killing.

Federal court rules in favor of NSA bulk snooping, White House happy

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Despite the opposition of the US public and lawmakers to NSA surveillance, the courts keep handing the Obama administration the license to snoop. A US appeals court just threw out a 2013 verdict against the NSA, to White House approval. 
 
The decision vindicates the government’s stance that NSA’s bulk surveillance programs are constitutional, the White House said Friday.

Three judges at the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the plaintiffs, Larry Klayman and Charles Strange, had no standing to file the original claim, since they could not prove the NSA actually collected any of their records. While Klayman and Strange objected that the NSA refused to provide the evidence, the judges said that was working as intended.

“Plaintiffs complain that the government should not be allowed to avoid liability simply by keeping the material classified. But the government’s silence regarding the scope of bulk collection is a feature of the program, not a bug,” Judge Stephen F. Williams wrote.

Klayman and Strange initially won their case before US District Court Judge Richard Leon in December 2013, challenging the NSA’s bulk collection program under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. The controversial section expired at the end of May, after a bipartisan group of lawmakers filibustered to prevent its extension.

Under the subsequently passed USA Freedom Act, the collection of metadata will be entrusted to telecom companies, and the NSA will be able to obtain the records through seeking a warrant from the FISA court.

Within hours of the USA Freedom Act being signed into law, the Obama Administration petitioned to the FISA court to authorize the continuation of NSA’s bulk collections under Section 215, citing the new law’s provision allowing for a 180-day transition period. The court ruled in favor of the government, allowing the NSA to restart the program it had to shut down on May 31, and run it through November 2015.

The NSA’s blanket phone record collection program was kept secret from the public until a contractor for the agency, Edward Snowden, disclosed it to the media in June 2013. The program involved capturing the metadata of millions of phone calls, such as call length and the numbers that were dialed.

The program was originally ruled unlawful in the December 2013 case Klayman v. Obama. The US government has maintained that the program was authorized under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows the government to collect business records.

‘Execution-style killing’: Sheriff’s deputy shot dead at Houston gas station, suspect arrested

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A suspect has been arrested in connection with the killing of a sheriff’s deputy in Houston, the local sheriff’s office said. The deputy was ambushed and shot dead at a gas station on Friday. 
 
The Harris County Sheriff’s office reported the arrest on Saturday following a manhunt. It said that the suspect “would be charged,” AP reported.

The suspect has been identified as Shannon J. Miles, 30.

The male suspect killed the uniformed officer, 47-year-old Darren H. Goforth, as he was fueling his patrol car in the northwest of the city Friday.

"It appears to be an unprovoked execution-style killing of a police officer," said Sheriff Ron Hickman.

The suspect was described as driving a red Ford Ranger truck and wearing a white T-shirt. He approached the deputy from behind and fired several shots, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said.

"The deputy then fell to the ground. The suspect then continued over to him and shot the deputy again multiple times as the deputy lay on the ground," Deputy Thomas Gilliland, spokesman for the office, told reporters.

The victim of the shooting was a 10-year veteran of the force. He leaves behind a wife and two children.