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Is nowhere safe?!
Michaels says 3 million cards impacted by security breach
+NBC News: Arts and crafts retailer Michaels confirmed Thursday that about 3 million credit and debit cards were affected by a security breach at its stores. 

The retailer said the breach affected approximately 2.6 million cards at its namesake stores between May 8 and Jan. 27 and another 400,000 at its subsidiary Aaron Brothers between June 26 and Feb. 27. The company says it has received “limited” reports of fraud.

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"Is nowhere safe?"

Any retailer that values and prioritizes the whistle-blowing of the IT department employees is just fine.  Anyone who is smart enough to say "oh, wait, that IS a good point Mr. IT person--we shouldn't do that.  I was about to hand you my laptop and ask you to make it print on the network, but instead I will listen to your concerns."

So, of course, nowhere is safe.

#itprobs   #id10tproblem  
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Key takeaway:

"Making fun of people who view their firearms as emblems of liberty and traditional values (however they define those values) will neither change minds nor repeal legislation."
The Newtown shooting led gun-control advocates to try the same failed strategies again. And once again, they didn't work.
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This strikes me as probably Facebook's most audacious acquisition to date.

Not coincidentally, it's also the first one that has been of the slightest interest to me personally. Let's hope this means Oculus VR's products will just be available for a broader range of applications rather than totally sidelining PC gaming.
Huge breaking news: Facebook is buying one of the most interesting technologies we've seen in the past several years
Facebook plans to purchase Oculus VR, maker of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, for $2 billion. The company just announced its surprise purchase via a blog post. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has...
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Between my renewed Minecraft obsession, next week's Crusader Kings II expansion, and this game's alpha, I think my leisure time for the next month is pretty well spoken-for.
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Check out this playthrough of the Galactic Civilizations III alpha, available on Steam this Thursday, March 27.
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"Political suicide" in Russia can be a very literal affair. Good luck to you, Mr. Ponomarev.
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Actually, the results didn't surprise me at all.

Also, this study is ripe for inclusion in one of those "see how much money we waste on dumb science stuff?!" lists the anti-government conservatives like to trot out from time to time.
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"And that's why I lost my pension!!!!!" Which inevitably digresses to "dey tuk ar jawbs!"
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Ran into an old friend in the parking lot at the doctor's office.

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Update: apparently I was mistaken. Some dude in a robe walked up right after I got this pic and told me this wasn't the droid I was looking for. My bad.
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Sounds like a good start; here's hoping it passes as the first of many intelligence-gathering reforms.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress to end the bulk collection and storage of phone records by the National Security Agency but allow the government to access the "metadata" when needed, a senior administration official said on Monday.
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Pardon my cynicism, but Microsoft has a long history of claiming they're placing a "focus" on PC gaming and then failing to deliver.

Perhaps the quite credible threat of Valve transforming "PC gaming" into "Steam gaming" will motivate them to real action?

#dontholdyourbreath #hearditallbefore
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Viral marketing experts should take note of this post. The "jingoist, hate-mongering fabrication" strategy used here appears to be quite effective.

#jingoism   #viralmarketing   #itsontheinternetsoitmustbetrue  
This is one time our elected leaders should pay attention to the advice of Vladimir Putin.

How scary is that?

On August 04, 2013, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, addressed the Duma (Russian Parliament), and gave a speech about the tensions with minorities in Russia :

"In Russia live like Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia , to work and eat in Russia , should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws. If they prefer Sharia Law, and live the life of Muslim's then we advise them to go to those places where that's the state law.

Russia does not need Muslim minorities. Minorities need Russia , and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell 'discrimination'.

We will not tolerate disrespect of our Russian culture .

We had better learn from the suicides of America , England , Holland and France , if we are to survive as a nation.

The Muslims are taking over those countries and they will not take over Russia ..

The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways.

Sharia Law and Muslims, when this honourable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the Russian national interest first, observing that the Muslims Minorities are not Russians.
The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a five minute standing ovation.
It is a sad day when our own leaders refuse to heed this advice regardless of who said it. This makes more sense than what our our so called honorable leaders drivel out!!!!
If you keep this to yourself, you are part of the problem!
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Matt Ellsworth is a supervisor with Frontier Communications. He leads a team responsible for removing cost from Frontier's Central Region field operations by preventing unnecessary technician dispatches.

During much of the 75% of his life not spent in the office, Matt is a tabletop-RPG-playing, MMO-raiding, science-news-reading, book-devouring, tech-enthusing whirlwind of geekery. Travel, criticizing popular media, and drinking craft beers are among his less nerdy pursuits.

Matt lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana with his brilliant and beautiful fiancee and their two cats.

Matt was featured in the 2008 independent documentary Second Skin.
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Matt won a GameBoy in his elementary school's raffle in the 4th grade. He was wearing a "Nintento Power" sweatshirt when he walked onto the auditeria stage to retrieve it.
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