Ferguson rally marks 3 weeks since Brown’s death

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds converged on Ferguson on Saturday to march for Michael Brown, the unarmed black 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a white police officer three weeks ago to the day. His death stoked national discourse about police tactics and race, which the rally’s organizers pledged to continue.

Led by Brown’s parents and other relatives, Saturday’s throng peacefully made their way down Canfield Drive in the St. Louis suburb to a makeshift memorial that marked the spot where Brown was shot Aug. 9 by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.

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Record rainfall Thursday

Posted: Saturday, August 30, 2014 2:00 am

Record rainfall Thursday

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Thursday, a record 1.25 inches of rain fell in Aberdeen. That topped the old record of 1.1 inches for Aug. 28 set in 1993.

Today, a sunny afternoon with a high of 78 should replace what could be a foggy morning, at least until 9 or so. There’s a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms tonight.

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      Saturday, August 30, 2014 2:00 am.

      Article source: http://www.aberdeennews.com/news/local/record-rainfall-thursday/article_1d3c4e01-55d6-5d57-8a2c-ae2780e94a63.html

      Chrome update lets you share your browser, not your history

      If you typically share your computer and your browser with a sibling, a roomie or a friend who has no respect for your privacy, this latest Google Chrome beta update might make things easier for you. It comes with a pull-down menu that lets you easily switch users, put the browser to guest mode or launch an incognito tab on Windows, Mac or Linux. According to some comments in the update’s Google+ announcement, though, you still have to log off from your accounts to be sure your activities remain for your eyes only, just in case someone decides to peek. The guest mode automatically deletes the other user’s browsing information, on the other hand, so they won’t have to worry about you seeing their secrets.

      Aside from this update, Google has also unleashed a 64-bit Chrome beta for Mac, a few days after the company released a 64-bit stable version for Windows computers. This will make the browser launch more quickly and will generally make it faster than its predecessor. Finally, the new beta update also comes with a bunch of APIs for web app devs to play with. You can get Google Chrome beta (or any other channel you want, whether stable, Canary or Dev) through The Chromium Projects website.

      http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/29/google-chrome-beta-user-switch-64-bit-mac/

      Does It Help to Know History?

      About a year ago, I wrote about some attempts to explain why anyone would, or ought to, study English in college. The point, I thought, was not that studying English gives anyone some practical advantage on non-English majors, but that it enables us to enter, as equals, into a long existing, ongoing conversation. It isn’t productive in a tangible sense; it’s productive in a human sense. The action, whether rewarded or not, really is its own reward. The activity is the answer.

      It might be worth asking similar questions about the value of studying, or at least, reading, history these days, since it is a subject that comes to mind many mornings on the op-ed page. Every writer, of every political flavor, has some neat historical analogy, or mini-lesson, with which to preface an argument for why we ought to bomb these guys or side with those guys against the guys we were bombing before. But the best argument for reading history is not that it will show us the right thing to do in one case or the other, but rather that it will show us why even doing the right thing rarely works out. The advantage of having a historical sense is not that it will lead you to some quarry of instructions, the way that Superman can regularly return to the Fortress of Solitude to get instructions from his dad, but that it will teach you that no such crystal cave exists. What history generally “teaches” is how hard it is for anyone to control it, including the people who think they’re making it.

      Roger Cohen, for instance, wrote on Wednesday about all the mistakes that the United States is supposed to have made in the Middle East over the past decade, with the implicit notion that there are two histories: one recent, in which everything that the United States has done has been ill-timed and disastrous; and then some other, superior, alternate history, in which imperial Western powers sagaciously, indeed, surgically, intervened in the region, wisely picking the right sides and thoughtful leaders, promoting militants without aiding fanaticism, and generally aiding the cause of peace and prosperity. This never happened. As the Libyan intervention demonstrates, the best will in the world—and, seemingly, the best candidates for our support—can’t cure broken polities quickly. What “history” shows is that the same forces that led to the Mahdi’s rebellion in Sudan more than a century ago—rage at the presence of a colonial master; a mad turn towards an imaginary past as a means to equal the score—keep coming back and remain just as resistant to management, close up or at a distance, as they did before. ISIS is a horrible group doing horrible things, and there are many factors behind its rise. But they came to be a threat and a power less because of all we didn’t do than because of certain things we did do—foremost among them that massive, forward intervention, the Iraq War. (The historical question to which ISIS is the answer is: What could possibly be worse than Saddam Hussein?)

      Another, domestic example of historical blindness is the current cult of the political hypersagacity of Lyndon B. Johnson. L.B.J. was indeed a ruthless political operator and, when he had big majorities, got big bills passed—the Civil Rights Act, for one. He also engineered, and masterfully bullied through Congress, the Vietnam War, a moral and strategic catastrophe that ripped the United States apart and, more important, visited a kind of hell on the Vietnamese. It also led American soldiers to commit war crimes, almost all left unpunished, of a kind that it still shrivels the heart to read about. Johnson did many good things, but to use him as a positive counterexample of leadership to Barack Obama or anyone else is marginally insane.

      Johnson’s tragedy was critically tied to the cult of action, of being tough and not just sitting there and watching. But not doing things too disastrously is not some minimal achievement; it is a maximal achievement, rarely managed. Studying history doesn’t argue for nothing-ism, but it makes a very good case for minimalism: for doing the least violent thing possible that might help prevent more violence from happening.

      The real sin that the absence of a historical sense encourages is presentism, in the sense of exaggerating our present problems out of all proportion to those that have previously existed. It lies in believing that things are much worse than they have ever been—and, thus, than they really are—or are uniquely threatening rather than familiarly difficult. Every episode becomes an epidemic, every image is turned into a permanent injury, and each crisis is a historical crisis in need of urgent aggressive handling—even if all experience shows that aggressive handling of such situations has in the past, quite often made things worse. (The history of medicine is that no matter how many interventions are badly made, the experts who intervene make more: the sixteenth-century doctors who bled and cupped their patients and watched them die just bled and cupped others more.) What history actually shows is that nothing works out as planned, and that everything has unintentional consequences. History doesn’t show that we should never go to war—sometimes there’s no better alternative. But it does show that the results are entirely uncontrollable, and that we are far more likely to be made by history than to make it. History is past, and singular, and the same year never comes round twice.

      Those of us who obsess, for instance, particularly in this centennial year, on the tragedy of August, 1914—on how an optimistic and largely prosperous civilization could commit suicide—don’t believe that the trouble then was that nobody read history. The trouble was that they were reading the wrong history, a make-believe history of grand designs and chess-master-like wisdom. History, well read, is simply humility well told, in many manners. And a few sessions of humility can often prevent a series of humiliations. What should, say, the advisers to Lord Grey, the British foreign secretary, have told him a century ago? Surely something like: Let’s not lose our heads; the Germans are a growing power who can be accommodated without losing anything essential to our well-being and, perhaps, shaping their direction; Serbian nationalism is an incident, not a cause de guerre; the French are understandably determined to take back Alsace-Lorraine, but this is not terribly important to us—nor to them either, really, if they could be made to see that. And the Ottoman Empire is far from the worst arrangement of things that can be imagined in that part of the world.  We will not lose our credibility by failing to sacrifice a generation of our young men. Our credibility lies, exactly, in their continued happy existence.

      Many measly compromises would have had to be made by the British; many challenges postponed; many opportunities for aggressive, forward action shirked—and the catastrophe, which set the stage and shaped the characters for the next war, would have been avoided. That is historical wisdom, the only wisdom history supplies. The most tempting lesson that history gives is to not tempt it. Those who simply repeat history are condemned to leave the rest of us to read all about that repetition in the news every morning.

      Article source: http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/help-know-history

      Bafétimbi Gomis: I researched Swansea on Football Manager computer game

      Bafétimbi Gomis has admitted using the Football Manager game to learn about Swansea City and their players before he signed for the club.

      The 29-year-old was aware of Garry Monk’s interest in him while he was playing for Lyon last season, and used his time travelling across Europe to research the club and it’s players with the aid of the computer game.

      Gomis, who scored his first Swansea goal in the 1-0 Capital One Cup win over Rotherham on Tuesday having impressed from the substitute’s bench in the 2-1 win at Manchester United on the Premier League’s opening weekend, told his new club’s website: “I play a lot of Football Manager. During my time with my previous club, we travelled quite a bit for European matches. Therefore, I used my spare time on the plane to play. I’ve been playing the game ever since my development stages, but I have found it very helpful in helping me find out more about Swansea.

      “Before I signed here, I spent a month playing as Swansea to help me get to know my team-mates – to find out a bit more about them. Of course, I also watched video footage to see how the team played, but it is true that the game helped me learn a lot about each of my team-mates’ characteristics – their age, where they used to play and their attributes.”

      Gomis says the best-selling game even helped him learn about the history of the south Wales club – and their manager. “I believe that, when signing for a club, it’s vital that you learn about its history,” he explained. “It was important to know what kind of club Swansea are, their rivalry with Cardiff City, as well as other such things.

      “I realised that the manager Garry Monk was a key player for Swansea, who helped the club rise to the top division of English football. Since Swansea have followed me for some time, I have followed them too and I was very surprised with the quality and mind-set within this team. But, now, it is not a surprise to me, given that Garry Monk is the manager.”

      This season Premier League clubs started using Football Manager’s database of players to help identify and recruit new signings.

      Article source: http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/aug/28/bafetimbi-gomis-football-manager-computer-game-swansea-city-lyon

      Computer security threats: A brief history

      Print and online media have given extensive coverage to the recent security breach where Russian hackers stole more than a billion passwords, usernames and email addresses.

      In light of this and similar threats, IT security and protecting sensitive data are more important than ever. Over time, computer security threats have become much more sophisticated and more damaging. But this evolution has happened over decades. Tracking these changes reveals some fascinating insights into how criminals have worked to change their tactics and how businesses have responded.

      Early security problems: moths and Cap’n Crunch

      One of the first recorded computer security threats actually didn’t come from a human. In 1945, Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper found a moth among the relays of a Navy computer and called it a “bug.” From this, the term “debugging” was born. It wasn’t until the 1960s that humans started exploiting networks. From 1964 to 1970, ATT caught hundreds of people obtaining free phone calls through the use of tone-producing “blue boxes.” Later in the 1970s, John Draper found another way to make free phone calls by using a blue box and plastic toy whistle that came in Cap’n Crunch cereal boxes. The two items combined to replicate a tone unlocking ATT’s phone network.

      The rise of worms and viruses

      By 1979, computer threats took on another form. In that year, the researchers created the first computer worm. Originally intended to help computers, the bug was modified by hackers so it would destroy and alter data. Just a few years later, computer viruses were created. By 1988, damage became widespread as a worm disabled around 6,000 computers connected to the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network. And by 1990, the first self-modifying viruses were created.

      Going global: worldwide attacks

      When the mid-1990s hit, viruses went international as the first Microsoft Word-based virus using macro commands spread all over the world. In 1998, hackers took control of more than 500 government, military, and private computer systems with the “Solar Sunrise” attacks. Two years later, other hackers were able to crash Amazon, Yahoo and eBay’s websites. In 2001, the Code Red worm ended up causing $2 billion in damage by infecting Microsoft Windows NT and Windows 2000 server software. The large-scale attacks continued into 2006, when anywhere from 469,000 to one million computers were infected with the Nyxem virus.

      Explosive connection, rapid infection

      In the mid-2000s, as people connected to the Internet like never before, widespread infection rates exploded as well. The Storm Worm virus in 2007 and the Koobface virus in 2008 used emails and social media to spread rapidly, infecting millions of computers. Hackers also stole data with the Conficker worm in 2009. In 2012, the Heartbleed bug was discovered, which took advantage of a flaw in the OpenSSL security software library to access sensitive data like passwords. And in 2013 one of the most infamous attacks occurred, when hackers gained access to retail giant Target’s servers, leading to the theft of 70 million customer records.

      As you can see, computer security threats are nothing new. But as they get bigger and bolder, companies have to protect their data in new ways. Clearly, the “patch and pray” approach can’t keep the bad guys at bay any more. But what can? The race is on for bigger, better connected and more proactive solutions that stay one step ahead. A few years from now, it sure would be great to read a History of Computer Threats article calling this Russian data heist the last big caper of its kind. Meanwhile, change your passwords!

      Tags: IT Security,Tech Culture

      Article source: http://techpageone.dell.com/technology/security-it/computer-security-threats-a-brief-history/

      Federal prosecutions not easy in police shootings

      Federal prosecutions not easy in police shootings

      FILE – This Aug. 12, 2014 file photo shows protesters standing on a street in Ferguson, Mo. Racial tensions have run high in in the predominantly black city of Ferguson, following the shooting death by police of Michael Brown, 18, an unarmed black man. As the Justice Department probes the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, history suggests there’s no guarantee of a criminal prosecution, let alone a conviction. Federal authorities investigating possible civil rights violations in the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown must meet a difficult standard of proof, a challenge that has complicated the path to prosecution in past police shootings. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

      Federal prosecutions not easy in police shootings

      FILE – This Aug. 20, 2014 file-pool photo shows Attorney General Eric Holder talking with Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Drake’s Place Restaurant in Florrissant, Mo. As the Justice Department probes the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, history suggests there’s no guarantee of a criminal prosecution, let alone a conviction. Federal authorities investigating possible civil rights violations in the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown must meet a difficult standard of proof, a challenge that has complicated the path to prosecution in past police shootings. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File-Pool)



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      Updated: 8:04 pm, Tue Aug 26, 2014.

      Federal prosecutions not easy in police shootings

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      WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Justice Department probes the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in Missouri, history suggests there’s no guarantee of a criminal prosecution, let alone a conviction.

      Federal authorities investigating possible civil rights violations in the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson must meet a difficult standard of proof, a challenge that has complicated the path to prosecution in past police shootings.

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          Tuesday, August 26, 2014 7:27 pm.

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          Article source: http://www.maryvilledailyforum.com/news/state_news/article_38d4203d-d770-5df0-a641-75262b754b9d.html

          Sheena’s Bakery has long history downtown

          Sheena’s bakery deli MW

          Breakfast pastries, such as cinnamon rolls, bagels and turnovers, in the display case at Sheena’s Bakery Deli. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World

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          Sheena Tillman at the counter of Sheena’s Bakery Deli. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World

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          The turkey-and-pepperjack sandwich from Sheena’s Bakery Deli. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World

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          A selection of meats, cheeses and chicken salad on a deli tray from Sheena’s Bakery Deli. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World

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          Ready-made lunches wait for customers to snag them at Sheena’s Bakery Deli. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World

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          The turkey-and-pepperjack sandwich from Sheena’s Bakery Deli. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World



          SHEENA’S BAKERY DELI

          9 E. Fifth St.

          918-584-1772

          Food: 2.5 stars

          Atmosphere: 2 stars

          Service: order at counter

          (on a scale of 0 to 4 stars)

          6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday; accepts all major credit cards.

          Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:30 am

          Review: Sheena’s Bakery Deli has long history downtown

          By SCOTT CHERRY
          World Restaurant Critic

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          Although Sheena Tillman has served thousands of sandwiches, salads and cookies to downtown Tulsa lunch diners, she thinks Sheena’s Bakery Deli still holds “hidden gem” status.

          “I still meet people who have worked downtown for 20 years who didn’t know we were here,” Tillman said. “They usually are happy when they find us, though.”

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          Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:30 am.

          Article source: http://www.tulsaworld.com/weekend/foodreview/sheena-s-bakery-has-long-history-downtown/article_264c16d5-44e2-542e-8b9e-a5b8b9f1339f.html

          Web history of alleged foetus thief questioned

          Johannesburg – A woman accused of faking her own
          pregnancy could not have visited pregnancy-related websites at work because she
          did not have access to the internet, the South Gauteng High Court in
          Johannesburg heard on Tuesday.

          “It is the accused’s version that she did not have
          any access to the internet [on that computer],” said Carla van Veenendaal,
          for Loretta Cook.

          Cook is on trial for allegedly murdering Velencia Behrens
          in January 2011 by cutting her open in a bid to steal her unborn child, after
          faking her own pregnancy.

          Cook is also charged with the attempted murder of the
          child, who survived.

          Computer forensics expert Marius Myburgh testified that
          he examined the hard drive of the computer Cook used at the financial services
          firm, where she worked.

          He said the user profile of the computer was under Cook’s
          name and several sites had been visited in the three months before she took maternity
          leave in December 2011, including one for “pregnancy signs and
          symptoms”.

          “The computer was definitely connected to the
          internet and was on the internet,” Myburgh testified.

          Last week a doctor who examined Cook shortly after the
          alleged murder testified Cook was not pregnant.

          Myburgh said he was “guided” by the
          investigating officer to look for any activity on the computer relating to
          pregnancy.

          Myburgh also said he had found a few deleted word
          documents of relevance but the details of these documents were not revealed in
          court.

          Van Veenendaal argued that her client worked in an
          open-plan office and anyone could have used the computer and that she was not
          required to enter a password to access her computer.

          She asked Myburgh if he could accurately testify who had
          used her computer.

          “I could see the user profile Loretta Cook was
          active and logged in, I cannot place a physical person behind the
          computer,” said Myburgh.

          Article source: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Web-history-of-alleged-foetus-thief-questioned-20140826

          Missouri History Museum hosts Ferguson town hall

          Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2014 10:01 am
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          Missouri History Museum hosts Ferguson town hall

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          ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Missouri History Museum in Forest Park is hosting a town hall meeting Monday night on the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown.

          The event is hosted by New York activist and author Kevin Powell. The St. Louis museum is calling the free event a “safe space for young people to speak their minds and older adults to listen.”

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              Sunday, August 24, 2014 10:01 am.

              Updated: 1:03 pm.

              Article source: http://www.maryvilledailyforum.com/news/state_news/article_1d4f9dc1-d94e-5a71-84b1-94ec9f083614.html