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+ - 12 Day Simpsons Marathon Has Started

Submitted by doctorfaustus
doctorfaustus (103662) writes "Only two hours in and the world has now come to a standstill.... must stop watching .... must stop watching...

This is more addicting than hypnotoad. ...It's also streaming on the FXNow app: http://www.fxx.com/thesimpsons

Help me!

doctorfaustus
Daily Rotation (Headlines from Thousands of Tech Sites Updated Hourly) http://www.dailyrotation.com/"

+ - Data Breach with my mortgage application?

Submitted by onlylarry
onlylarry (3677757) writes "First I am a newbie so please be gentle if my terminology is not correct.

I performed a Google search utilizing my name and hometown. I discovered that a word document with scans of my pay stubs was available on an ftp server. I contacted the owner of the ftp server who secured the data and now the link from the Google search now shows a 404 error. There was at least one other document pertaining to my mortgage application that I found doing a Google search. I also contacted my mortgage company and they are investigating.

I am still concerned because a remnant of the search still appears if you repeat the search on Google, namely my name, address and pay amount. (This data was supposed to properly secured and it was in the wide open for an unknown period of time. I don't know if any other documents relating to my application were exposed but I assume some with my social security and banking information were exposed. I am not including my name, the ftp host company nor my mortgage company to avoid smearing the innocent.

I know that I am not the only person to have this happen. I have documentation of what I did, who I spoke with and screenshots as well.

I have tried to reach out to bloggers who deal with security breaches and the mortgage industry like Brian Krebs and Tracy Kitten. Hopefully they respond to my emails but they may receive hundreds of such tips a week.

I have taken steps to protect my identity as much as I can. I just don't know how many more people are in the same boat but I am positive that I am not the only person.

Any advice / suggestions to get this into the hands of someone capable of investigating this from a media perspective would be helpful. Suggestions how you would proceed if you had found this information is appreciated."

+ - Third Law of Thermodynamics discovered in spin ice films

Submitted by doctorfaustus
doctorfaustus (103662) writes "Interesting science news.... A crazy material that breaks the probabilities of the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, at least temporarily, as it cools down. But once it gets cold enough, it validates the 3rd Law. Wild stuff.... I'm hoping someone here can explain the stuff better than the article does. The article's at http://why.knovel.com/all-engi... found by way of http://www.dailyrotation.com/"

Comment: Re:The U.S. government is EXTREMELY corrupt. (Score 2) 264

by doctorfaustus (#45506967) Attached to: NSA Infected 50,000 Computer Networks With Malicious Software

>>>> the media can be expected to be loyal.
 
The patriotic bias is one of the most widespread, and unrecognized, journalistic slants. Frankly, as a stakeholder (voter) I'd rather the media just tell us the truth instead of what they think should be he truth. That way I can make reasonable decisions and use my power wisely

Comment: Re:But that's not the real problem. (Score 3, Insightful) 1651

by doctorfaustus (#41525371) Attached to: To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets

I'm glad someone said this. The real problem is the failure to apply traffic regulations to bicyclists. Our legislators should take care to make sure all traffic rules apply to bicyclists, to make sure the police enforce the rules against bicyclists, and to make sure the fines and penalties are the same for violators on bikes as for others. We'd have far fewer bicyclists going through stop signs if they had to pay a $400 fine when they're caught.

Comment: Re:Cue the crying (Score 1) 482

by doctorfaustus (#33724890) Attached to: ATMs That Dispense Gold Bars Coming To America

Heh! What a great investment gold is for Beck's suckers... uh, I mean audience. For example, the hearing brought out the following:

"Salesmen suggesting the only "safe" gold investments are coins and commemoratives. A doctor telling of buying $160,000 in gold coins and six months later learning they were worth $80,000 less than he paid because of a high markup."

WalletPop: http://srph.it/9Dhga4

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