Game of Thrones: 10 things you didn’t know

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I really love Game of Thrones. You love Game of Thrones. That is very evident as last weeks episode was the most pirated content ever. The show has crashed HBO GO several times. It is one of those rare show that care more about the writing than about anything else. The way characters get killed is astonishing. If you think you know everything there is to know about the show because you read the books, think again.

Here are some things that you may have not known about the great show. 10 things that will blow your mind. The countdown has everything from invented words to porn to turtles. You will never watch Game of Thrones same again. Bonus click the link so can hear the Catch the Throne: The Mixtape.  Note: it’s not commercial hip hop or pop. The music is all rap, R&B and dancehall. NSFW. That said, the talent on the mixtape is very high. The artist lineup is a good range from veterans like Common and Daddy Yankee to new upstarts like Snow the Product.

 

Which Super Mario Bros. Character Are You?

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Below is a definition of the Super Mario Brothers for anyone out there does not know who the Super Mario characters are. You that person living under a rock, literally. These characters have been in everything from TV shows to movies. Although they are foreign born they are a part of the fabric of what made America great. That might be heavy handed but the all the sam, the game surely shaped my childhood and I’m sure it did so to yours too. Take the quiz and find out how much you relate to the characters.

Super Mario Bros. is a 1985 platform video game internally developed by Nintendo EAD and published by Nintendo as a pseudo-sequel to the 1983 game Mario Bros. It was originally released in Japan for the Family Computer on September 13, 1985, and later for the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America in 1985, Europe on May 15, 1987 and Australia in 1987. It is the first of the Super Mario series of games. In Super Mario Bros., the player controls Mario and in a two-player game, a second player controls Mario’s brother Luigi as he travels through the Mushroom Kingdom in order to rescue Princess Toadstool from the antagonist Bowser.

Now that is out of the way, which character do you think you are? A you in constant need of being rescued like the Princess Peach or a bad boy like Bowser? Find out which Mario character you are most like by taking the short quiz below. If you are on the main page and don’t see the quiz. Click here >>> Which Super Mario Character Are You?

Wheel of Fortune: Contestant can’t read

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I find it very interesting the way our society looks at things. We can look at the very same picture or video and come up with a completely different set of point of views. This kid Julian like most of us under pressure simply choose the wrong answer. Ok, I really can’t defend how he articulated this the answer to this puzzle.  However, I do not think race is a reason for his misstep as some media outlets are implying. Jokes about “No Child Left Behind” implying his horrible pronunciation had anything to do with his race is as stupid as his answer to the puzzle.

Julian is obviously educated enough to make it into University of Indiana. For the record consideration for applicants into IU must have a grade point average of B or better. In fall 2013, the middle 50 percent range of SAT scores for admitted freshmen was 1110–1320 (critical reading and math only), and the middle 50 percent range of ACT scores was 24–30.

​Staples now offering 3D printing in-stores

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If you thought that 3D printing was a fad much like 3D movies; you might be wrong. Staples betting that it is not a fad and is bubbling down on the segment. It was one of the first national retailers to sell 3D printers in stores. Now the company is taking it a step further by offering US customers a chance to print 3D objects right in the store. The hope is that small businesses start using the service. However, before it can win over the business it has to win over the I visual. To that end, they are handing out action figures and personalized Starfleet officers to customers. 

Customers will be able to use 6 types of 3D printers and six types of materials right in store. Staples will outsource if a customer wants to print something a little larger than what Staples can do in the store. Staples will also have trained graphic design consultants on hand to help customers turn their vision in a 3D model that can be printed out. This is not Staples first try into 3D printing services. Staples has had 3D printing services for about a year in Europe. This time around in the states Staples is hoping to win over individual customers as a well as small businesses.

Staples is trying to distinguish itself by helping those customers through the entire process. ~ Damien Leigh, Staples Sr. VP of business Services

Staples started 3D printing services in New York and Los Angeles. If the pilot in those two stores do well it will expand 3D printing services to more stores and eventually nationwide. Staples did not share any prices as of this writing. It may be an exercise in futility trying to get a price scale. The price will depend on how complex the project you want to print is. The more complex the more material needs to be used thus will cost more. The future looks bright for 3D printing. I’m going to ask that no one else will ask. What items are customers not allowed to print? 

How to protect yourself from the Heartbleed SSL Critical Vulnerability

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1st DO NOT CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD just yet. Keep reading to find out what to do. Heartbleed of very bad and critical vulnerability in OpenSSL. SSL is widely used by a lot of websites. Most banks do not use OpenSSL. However, you go to more than banks online don’t you? The coding error was in OpenSSL 1.0.1 that was released way back in 2012. The vulnerability lets a hacker trick the website into handing out some of memory its memory over and over again. The memory has the website’s sensitive information in it and indirectly your information too. The server private keys for encryption of the website is part of the information the Heartbleed hands out. So if someone gets a hold of the encryption keys of the website they can clone your site and trick people to think they are legit. Yo would see the little lock as if it is a safe site.  So how can you protect yourself or see if you were comprised? Click the SSL Sever Test link to test the website of  your choice. If it is fixed go ahead and change your password. If it is not fixed yet. DO NOT CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD just yet.

SSL Server Test

The above link is ssllabs.com/ssltest and is a free online service performs a deep analysis of the configuration of any SSL web server on the public Internet. Please note that the information you submit here is used only to provide you the service. We don’t use the domain names or the test results, and we never will.

Heartbeat test

If the site is venerable, WAIT for it to get fix before changing your password. Keep checking in daily, hourly if you wish. Also this would be a great time to use a Password manager such as Roboform or Last Pass. You should assume that your password has been compromised. It will continue to be compromised until the site issues a  patch, replaces their old encryption key as well as certificates, and revokes the old certificates they don’t used by hackers. This is a very big deal. Estimates are 2/3 of the internet has been  compromised.

Until the problem is fixed it’s not a good idea to change every password everywhere because it allows people who are acting in a criminal manner to see the passwords. So you could have exposure again and again and again until the problem is fixed.

Update: Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks have admitted that their routers are at risk. Check to see if your Juniper Networks device is affected by clicking > here and here. If you have a  Cisco Systems router you can check by clicking here. Although both companies are working on patches for the affected hardware no update is out just yet.

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