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TSA agents, unpaid for 30 days, are blasting explicit hip-hop in airport terminals

Say you work at the government agency with the lowest morale of any Fed job and then Cheeto Hitler decides to treat you like a casino contractor and not pay you, for thirty days, and recommends that you do chores for your landlord to stop from getting evicted — what do you do? Get musical: playing Sicko Mode or No Sleep Til Brookly or Misery Business or perhaps the theme from Halloween? (via Reddit)

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Stop & Shop is testing self-driving mini grocery stores

Grocery store chain Stop & Shop announced today that it will begin testing driverless grocery vehicles in Boston starting this spring, combining the hype of autonomous delivery cars, cashier-less stores, and meal kits into one experimental pilot. The launch is part of a partnership with San Francisco-based startup Robomart, whose vehicles will cart around Stop & Shop items like produce, convenience items, and meal kits to customers’ doorsteps.

The electric vehicles will be temperature-controlled to keep produce fresh, and controlled remotely from a Robomart facility. Customers can hail the mini grocery stores via an app, on an interface which feels a lot like calling an Uber. Once the vehicle arrives, customers can unlock the doors, and…

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TSA agents, unpaid for 30 days, are blasting explicit hip-hop in airport terminals

Say you work at the government agency with the lowest morale of any Fed job and then Cheeto Hitler decides to treat you like a casino contractor and not pay you, for thirty days, and recommends that you do chores for your landlord to stop from getting evicted — what do you do? Get musical: playing Sicko Mode or No Sleep Til Brookly or Misery Business or perhaps the theme from Halloween? (via Reddit)

from Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2019/01/16/sicko-mode.html

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Apple’s iPhone XS battery case actually works with the iPhone X

It looks like the new $129 Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XS will support last year’s flagship iPhone X after all.

Yesterday, it seemed like Apple was leaving its most dedicated customers out in the cold when the company announced the new battery case for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR but not for the iPhone X that early adopters snapped up in late 2017.

Worse, even though the iPhone X and the iPhone XS are practically the exact same size and shape, Apple told us point blank that the XS case wouldn’t be compatible. It even says so on Apple’s support page.

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2019/1/16/18185502/apple-smart-battery-case-iphone-xs-support-iphone-x

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Bug in reservation system used by 140+ international airlines exposes passenger data and allows for manipulation

Noah Rotem got an intriguing error message from El Al’s reservation system (“PNR: https://fly.elal.co.il/LOTS-OF-NUMBERS-HERE*) and by tugging at the loose thread it revealed, he was able to view any “Passenger Name Record” in El Al’s system, allowing him to “make changes, claim frequent flyer miles to a personal account, assign seats and meals, and update the customer’s email and phone number, which could then be used to cancel/change flight reservation via customer service.”


The bug was not with El Al’s system, but rather is a vulnerability in the Amadeus online booking service, which is used by nearly half of all carriers in the world — including more than 140 major international carriers.

PNR codes can be recovered in a variety of ways, including trawling social media for boarding-pass photos, but they are also easily guessable using a small, simple program.


What’s more, Rotem found no anti-guessing/brute-force measures in place that prevents this attack.

Amadeus says it has now implemented countermeasures to prevent the attack, but it’s not clear how well this will work.


“At Amadeus, we give security the highest priority and are constantly monitoring and updating our systems. Our technical teams took immediate action and we can now confirm that the issue is solved. To further strengthen security, we have added a Recovery PTR to prevent a malicious user from accessing travelers’ personal information. We regret any inconvenience this situation might have caused.”


Major Security Breach Discovered Affecting Nearly Half of All Airline Travelers Worldwide
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(via Bleeping Computer)

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Gates tells Mueller of Trump campaign deal with Israel’s Psy-Group for 2016 “social media manipulation”

[PHOTO: Psy Group’s headquarters in Israel, via]

Former Donald Trump presidential campaign aide Rick Gates is cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, and has provided info on a firm in the Middle East that is reported to have worked with the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 U.S. election.

This isn’t the first time the Trump campaign’s connections to Psy-Group, a ‘troll factory’ tied to Israeli military intelligence, has come up in the news. The New York Times ran a story in October, and Salon in November.

But it’s the first time anyone has reported the SCO looking into it.

The Daily Beast’s Erin Banco leads the story with her reporting, and I’d imagine there is more to come:

Gates has answered questions specifically about Psy Group, an Israeli firm that ex-employees say drew up social media manipulation plans to help the Trump campaign, according to sources familiar with the questions. Mueller’s team also asked Gates about interactions with Psy Group’s owner, Joel Zamel, and Lebanese-American businessman George Nader, who worked as an emissary for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the sources said.

On Tuesday, Mueller’s team said that Gates was cooperating with “several ongoing investigations” in asking a federal judge to delay his sentencing for financial crimes he pleaded guilty to committing with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. One of the ongoing investigations is into possible Middle Eastern election influence, three people with knowledge of the probe told The Daily Beast.

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Psy-Group shut down shortly after the Mueller probe began looking into their activities in 2018, after that NYT report. The operation is reportedly known by other names, including Invop.

A company by the name of Invop Ltd. is listed on the Israeli state registrar’s database.

IMAGE, below: From 2018 in the New York Times, an excerpt of documents from Psy-Group laying out its proposals for the Trump campaign.


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    Gates tells Mueller of Trump campaign deal with Israel’s Psy-Group for 2016 “social media manipulation”

    [PHOTO: Psy Group’s headquarters in Israel, via]

    Former Donald Trump presidential campaign aide Rick Gates is cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, and has provided info on a firm in the Middle East that is reported to have worked with the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 U.S. election.

    This isn’t the first time the Trump campaign’s connections to Psy-Group, a ‘troll factory’ tied to Israeli military intelligence, has come up in the news. The New York Times ran a story in October, and Salon in November.

    But it’s the first time anyone has reported the SCO looking into it.

    The Daily Beast’s Erin Banco leads the story with her reporting, and I’d imagine there is more to come:

    Gates has answered questions specifically about Psy Group, an Israeli firm that ex-employees say drew up social media manipulation plans to help the Trump campaign, according to sources familiar with the questions. Mueller’s team also asked Gates about interactions with Psy Group’s owner, Joel Zamel, and Lebanese-American businessman George Nader, who worked as an emissary for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the sources said.

    On Tuesday, Mueller’s team said that Gates was cooperating with “several ongoing investigations” in asking a federal judge to delay his sentencing for financial crimes he pleaded guilty to committing with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. One of the ongoing investigations is into possible Middle Eastern election influence, three people with knowledge of the probe told The Daily Beast.

    Read the rest. And consider subscribing to the Daily Beast.

    Psy-Group shut down shortly after the Mueller probe began looking into their activities in 2018, after that NYT report. The operation is reportedly known by other names, including Invop.

    A company by the name of Invop Ltd. is listed on the Israeli state registrar’s database.

    IMAGE, below: From 2018 in the New York Times, an excerpt of documents from Psy-Group laying out its proposals for the Trump campaign.

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    Reigning in brutality – how one man’s outrage led to the Red Cross and the Geneva Conventions

    Reigning in brutality – how one man’s outrage led to the Red Cross and the Geneva Conventions

    • Henry Dunant’s work led to the Red Cross and conventions on treating prisoners humanely.
    • Four Geneva Conventions defined the rules for prisoners of war, torture, naval and medical personnel and more.
    • Amendments to the agreements reflect the modern world but have not been ratified by all countries.

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    Is history just a collection of barely-connected events that recur because humans can’t really learn to do better or does it have an arc that bends towards progress and a better fate for humanity? One action people have taken that makes it seem like we are moving away from barbaric practices are the four Geneva Conventions – a set of international agreements on rules of conduct during wars, including how to treat prisoners of war and medical personnel humanely. The Conventions are also linked to the creation and work of the International Red Cross.

    The first Convention was held in Geneva, Switzerland in 1864. Businessman and activist Henry Dunant, who won the first Nobel Peace Prize, is credited with the movement that led to the event. He was largely inspired by witnessing the horror following the Battle of Solferino in 1859, which involved 300,000 soldiers of French and Austrian armies fighting each other in in Northern Italy. Dunant was incredibly moved by the suffering of 40,000 wounded soldiers resulting from the French army’s victory, who were just left on the field because of the absence of adequate facilities, personnel, and agreements that would allow them medical help.

    In 1862, he published an account of his impressions called “A Memory of Solferino” (“Un Suouvenir de Solferino”), which called for nations to create trained volunteer relief groups that would treat the wounded on battlefields and provide other humanitarian assistance in war situations. Dunant’s advocacy and influence resulted in the founding of the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1863.

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    A year later, upon invitation of the Swiss government, sixteen countries sent delegates to Geneva for a conference that resulted in the adoption of the first Geneva Convention which called for “the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded in Armies in the Field.”

    The agreement, signed by 12 European nations, was relatively basic and asked for the following, as per Britannica:

    1. the immunity from capture and destruction of all establishments for the treatment of wounded and sick soldiers
    2. the impartial reception and treatment of all combatants
    3. the protection of civilians providing aid to the wounded
    4. the recognition of the Red Cross symbol as a means of identifying persons and equipment covered by the agreement

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    A second Geneva Convention in 1906 amended and expanded the original, especially with regards to the principle that the sick and wounded have a neutral status on the battlefield. The so-called Hague conventions of 1899 and 1907 carried over the same principle to maritime warfare and the Navy.

    The third convention in 1929 related specifically to POWs. It made it a requirement for the warring parties to treat prisoners of war with humanity, provide information about them, and allow representatives from neutral states to officially visit prison camps.

    After that, two of the worst wars ever to happen on this planet took place, rife with horrendous abuses of all written and unspoken agreements. In reaction, the fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 restated the principles of the agreements, protecting medical personnel, fighting civilians, banning torture, as well as laying out new rules for the safety of the wounded or shipwrecked in the naval forces. It also safeguarded hospital ships.

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    Two additional “protocols” were added to the Conventions in 1977. Protocol I gave more protection to civilians, journalists and military workers during armed conflicts.

    Protocol II concerned civil war situations and forbade the taking of hostages, terrorism, “outrages upon personal dignity,” collective punishment, executions without due process, and racial, religious and political discrimination.

    In the years since, have the Geneva Conventions been successful? Certainly, the world has seen no shortage of regional armed conflicts and terrible abuses. But more than 190 states have become signatories to the 1949 conventions. 174 are on board with Protocol I, and 168 signed on to Protocol II (with the United States being a notable absentee in both cases).

    Addition international organizations have arisen as a result of the influence of the Geneva Conventions – war crime tribunals and the International Criminal Court. The Conventions helped create boundaries for acceptable behavior in the international community, ultimately containing brutality.

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    GKids Acquires “Funan” for Spring 2019 Theatrical Release

    GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced it has acquired the US distribution rights for the animated feature Funan, the inspiring and emotionally-searing debut from filmmaker Denis Do, based on his own family story, which won the top prizes at the Annecy Int’l Animated Film Festival and the Animation is Film Festival. GKIDS will release the film theatrically this spring.

    Funan follows Chou, a young woman living in the chaos of 1975 Cambodia, amid the arrival of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. When she and her husband are separated from their 4-year-old son during a forced exile from their home, Chou remains determined to reunite her family – even if it means risking everything.

    “Denis Do has created a truly remarkable and personal film,” said David Jesteadt, GKIDS’ President. “Funan is the perfect example of animation’s ability to tell all kinds of stories, for all kinds of audiences. I can’t wait to share this special film with as many people as possible.”

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    Cambodia, April 1975. Chou is a young woman whose everyday world is suddenly upended by the arrival of the Khmer Rouge regime. During the chaos of the forced exile from their home, Chou and her husband are separated from their 4-year-old son, who has been sent to an unknown location. As she navigates her new reality, working in the fields day and night under the careful watch of soldiers, and surviving the small indignities and harrowing realities of the increasingly grim work camps, Chou remains steadfast in her determination to reunite her family – even if it means risking everything. Winner of the top prizes at the Annecy Animation Festival and the Animation is Film Festival, Funan is a searing and remarkable debut from filmmaker Denis Do, who uses his own family history as inspiration for a thrilling story of love, loss and enduring hope in the most trying of times. Featuring the voices of Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) and Louis Garrel (The Dreamers).

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    Disney’s Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’ May Have Lost ‘Paddington’ Director Paul King

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    Over the past ten years, many filmmakers have tried and failed to direct a new version of Pinocchio. Guillermo del Toro is finally getting his stop-motion Pinocchio passion project made at Netflix, and Disney is primed to bring the character back in live-action like the other remakes of their animated catalogue. But a new update from the Disney movie’s would-be cinematographer suggests that version, which might have starred Tom Hanks as Geppetto, may have now lost Paddington director Paul King, who was hired last year.

    In an interview with DiscussingFilm (via Collider), cinematographer Seamus McGarvey broke the news that King is no longer involved:

    “I don’t think it’s a secret anymore, but the film has been cancelled over the holidays, over Christmas. The director basically pulled out of the film for family reasons. Disney are trying to find a new director…they’re trying to get it going, but I’m unlikely to be involved now, because Paul King, who directed Paddington 1 and 2, wanted me to be his DP on the film. Who knows the director that they eventually bring on? It probably will be delayed for some time now, it probably won’t shoot until July or August, if it does at all. Who knows if a new director – they’ll probably have their own DP that they’ll want to use. So currently I’m looking for another film.”

    Disney has been developing this live-action remake since 2015, and if it’s true that King has left the project (which it sounds like it is), he’ll be the second director to walk away from it. Sam Mendes (Skyfall) was initially attached, but left in late 2017. Here’s hoping this frees King up to return to the director’s chair for Paddington 3.

    A new Pinocchio movie has been one of Hollywood’s collective obsessions over the past decade. Guillermo del Toro spent years developing a version before Netflix finally gave him the funding after his Oscar win for The Shape of Water. In 2012, Tim Burton was brought on to direct a live-action version of the story for Warner Bros. with Robert Downey Jr. attached to star. But it couldn’t get moving: Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, HBO’s upcoming Game of Thrones spin-off) rewrote the script, Burton left, Downey suggested his Tropic Thunder helmer Ben Stiller as a replacement director, and around this time there was talk that Downey might play both Geppetto and Pinocchio (yes, really). By 2015, Downey’s pal Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread) was hired to write a draft and maybe even direct, but that version never happened, either.

    Will Disney end up reworking this project into a lower-budget feature for the Disney+ streaming service, or will they find another major director to bring it to theatrical audiences? It seems unlikely they’d abandon it altogether, so I expect we’ll hear more about this soon.

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