Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Manhattan attack

Eight people were killed and almost a dozen others were injured when a man in a rented flatbed pickup drove down a busy bicycle path Tuesday near the World Trade Center, police said at a news conference.

"This was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said, "aimed at innocent civilians, aimed at people going about their lives who had no idea what was about to hit them."

The 29-year-old suspect was identified by two law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov. He is from the central Asian nation of Uzbekistan and came to the United States in 2010, sources told CNN.

Happy Halloween!

Monday, 30 October 2017

Extra fat protects Florida dog during bear attack

A layer of fat saved a Florida dog during a bear attack.

Frika is an overweight miniature pinscher, but her 15-pound frame may be the reason she survived a terrifying encounter.

She was attacked by a bear while out in her yard in Altamonte Springs on Tuesday.

Virginia Woman Killed After 12-Year-Old Jumps From Interstate Overpass and Lands on Her Car

A 22-year-old woman has been killed after a 12-year-old boy jumped from an overpass above a Virginia highway and landed on her vehicle.

Marisa Harris, of Olney, Maryland, was a graduate student at Marymount University who was studying counseling and wanted to work with children with psychological needs, WUSA-TV reported.

The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon, when the boy apparently jumped from the Cedar Lane overpass above Interstate 66 in Fairfax County, landing on the 2005 Ford Escape that Harris was driving.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Fractal Orb

Malta Car Bumb

Daphne Caruana Galizia, a blogger, who led the Panama Papers investigation into corruption in Malta was killed on Monday in a car bomb near her home.

She died on Monday afternoon when her car, a Peugeot 108, was destroyed by a powerful explosive device which blew the vehicle into several pieces and threw the debris into a nearby field.

A blogger whose posts often attracted more readers than the combined circulation of the country’s newspapers, Caruana Galizia was recently described by the Politico website as a “one-woman WikiLeaks”. Her blogs were a thorn in the side of both the establishment and underworld figures that hold sway in Europe’s smallest member state.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Friday the 13th

Triskaidekaphobia is the irrational fear or avoidance of the number 13.

It is also a reason for the fear of Friday the 13th, called paraskevidekatriaphobia (from Παρασκευή Paraskevi, Greek for Friday) or friggatriskaidekaphobia (after Frigg, the Norse goddess after whom Friday is named in English).

The term was used as early as in 1910 by Isador Coriat in Abnormal Psychology.


Thursday, 12 October 2017

Windows 10

In its Patch Tuesday releases yesterday, Microsoft sent fixes to over 62 security vulnerabilities, including several that were rated critical or were zero-days. An extremely important update, we had suggested our readers install the patches right away as some flaws were already spotted in targeted attacks. Turns out the update is creating problems for some machines that are running the latest Windows 10 Creators Update.

After last night’s security updates that brought those on the Windows 10 Creators Update up to cumulative build 15063.674, some users woke up to face the infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). After automatic installation of last night’s security updates, the security patch, KB4041676, appears to be failing for quite a few people. The affected machines reportedly turn into useless junk temporarily since the update puts them into an endless reboot loop.

One reason that has come up so far is that the mandatory update often fails on systems with support for USB Type-C Connector System Software Interface (USCI). it is suggested to go into the system BIOS and disable UCSI before to applying the updates. However, some have reported this issue on systems without USB Type-C.

We have reached out to Microsoft for a comment, but until an official explanation and/or a workaround is offered, a user on Reddit has suggested a fix – head over here for complete instructions to fix the Windows 10 BSOD issue.

In an emailed statement to Wccftech, a Microsoft spokesperson said that the issue has now been resolved and never impacted customers who receive updates via Windows Update. The company suggests that it only affected enterprise consumers.

As reported earlier, this is a very critical security update and should be installed on all Windows 10 versions being supported by the company.

Hole in Antarctica

A hole as large as Lake Superior or the state of Maine has opened up in Antarctica, and scientists aren't sure why it's there.

The gigantic, mysterious hole is quite remarkable, atmospheric physicist Kent Moore, a professor at the University of Toronto's Mississauga campus, told me over the phone. "It looks like you just punched a hole in the ice."

Areas of open water surrounded by sea ice, such as this one, are known as polynias. They form in coastal regions of Antarctica, Moore told me. What's strange here, though, is that this polynia is deep in the ice pack, he said, and must have formed through other processes that aren't understood.

"This is hundreds of kilometres from the ice edge. If we didn't have a satellite, we wouldn't know it was there." (It measured 80,000 k㎡ at its peak.)

Monday, 9 October 2017

50 years ago...

On this day in Bolivia...

Socialist revolutionary and guerilla leader Che Guevara, age 39, is killed by the Bolivian army. The U.S.-military-backed Bolivian forces captured Guevara on October 8 while battling his band of guerillas in Bolivia and assassinated him the following day...

..Félix Rodríguez, a Cuban exile turned CIA Special Activities Division operative, advised Bolivian troops during the hunt for Guevara in Bolivia. In addition, the 2007 documentary My Enemy's Enemy alleges that Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie advised and possibly helped the CIA orchestrate Guevara's eventual capture.

On October 7, 1967, an informant apprised the Bolivian Special Forces of the location of Guevara's guerrilla encampment in the Yuro ravine. On the morning of October 8, they encircled the area with two battalions numbering 1,800 soldiers and advanced into the ravine triggering a battle where Guevara was wounded and taken prisoner while leading a detachment with Simeón Cuba Sarabia. Che biographer Jon Lee Anderson reports Bolivian Sergeant Bernardino Huanca's account: that as the Bolivian Rangers approached, a twice-wounded Guevara, his gun rendered useless, threw up his arms in surrender and shouted to the soldiers: "Do not shoot! I am Che Guevara and I am worth more to you alive than dead."

Guevara was tied up and taken to a dilapidated mud schoolhouse in the nearby village of La Higuera on the evening of October 8. For the next half day, Guevara refused to be interrogated by Bolivian officers and would only speak quietly to Bolivian soldiers. One of those Bolivian soldiers, a helicopter pilot named Jaime Nino de Guzman, describes Che as looking "dreadful". According to Guzman, Guevara was shot through the right calf, his hair was matted with dirt, his clothes were shredded, and his feet were covered in rough leather sheaths. Despite his haggard appearance, he recounts that "Che held his head high, looked everyone straight in the eyes and asked only for something to smoke." De Guzman states that he "took pity" and gave him a small bag of tobacco for his pipe, and that Guevara then smiled and thanked him.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

About Black Tea

UCLA researchers have demonstrated for the first time that black tea may promote weight loss and other health benefits by changing bacteria in the gut. In a study of mice, the scientists showed that black tea alters energy metabolism in the liver by changing gut metabolites.

The research is published in the European Journal of Nutrition.

The study found that both black and green tea changed the ratio of intestinal bacteria in the animals: The percentage of bacteria associated with obesity decreased, while bacteria associated with lean body mass increased.

Previous studies indicated that chemicals in green tea called polyphenols are absorbed and alter the energy metabolism in the liver. The new findings show that black tea polyphenols, which are too large to be absorbed in the small intestine, stimulate the growth of gut bacterium and the formation of short-chain fatty acids, a type of bacterial metabolites that has been shown to alter the energy metabolism in the liver.

60 years ago...

The Sputnik rocket was launched on 4 October 1957 at 19:28:34 UTC. It was the first artificial Earth satellite.

Sputnik 1 (PS-1, literally the Simpliest Satellite) was launched during the International Geophysical Year from Site No.1/5, now the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

The satellite travelled at about 29,000 kilometres per hour (18,000 mph; 8,100 m/s), taking 96.2 minutes to complete each orbit. It transmitted on 20.005 and 40.002 MHz, which were monitored by amateur radio operators throughout the world.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Catalan Independence?

Catalonia will declare independence from Spain in a matter of days, the leader of the autonomous region has told the BBC.

In his first interview since Sunday's referendum, Carles Puigdemont said his government would "act at the end of this week or the beginning of next".

Meanwhile, Spain's King Felipe VI said organisers of the vote put themselves "outside the law".

He said the situation in Spain was "extremely serious", calling for unity.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Loathing and Fear in Las Vegas

Las Vegas officially the City of Las Vegas and often known simply as Vegas, is the 28th-most populated city in the United States, the most populated city in Nevada...

On October 1, 2017, a mass shooting occurred at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada.

A gunman opened fire on the outdoor festival crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino across Las Vegas Boulevard during the closing performance by singer Jason Aldean.

The shooter was identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada. He was found dead in his hotel room with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. With at least 60 fatalities (including the perpetrator) and 527 injuries, this incident surpassed the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting as the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history.


The victims: At least 63 people were killed and more than 500 hurt.

The suspect: Stephen Paddock, 64, lived in a retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada. His motive is unknown.

The location: It happened during a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. The shooter fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel.