Wednesday WIN (2014-Jul-30)

Wild Women is a documentary following the lives and passions of eight incredible female athletes: Hannah Barnes, Ellen Brennan, Shauna Coxsey, Martina Cufar, Karen Darke, Faith Dickey, Caroline George, and Sarah Ridgway. From Paralympans to wingsuit pilots, mountain guides to future bouldering world champions, these eight ladies are pushing the boundaries of what’s humanly possible.

* Wild Women, Ep.3

* Wild Women, Ep.2

* Wild Women, Ep.1

* Wild Women, Teaser

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Tuesday Tunes‬ #173 – #TrollDJ (Stages 16 to 21)

TrollDJ #TrollDJ is the Twitter hash tag being used to comment on the music being played as the the SBS Tour de France coverage returns after an add break. There is a fair discussion regarding what the song is (thanks to Shazam this is not too difficult to confirm) and the relevance to the montage footage that the music has played over.
As we recover from our celebrations on the Champs Élysées we will look at some of the Troll’s work from STAGE 16 to 21. You can also check out the inconclusive list for the rest of the tunes used by the Troll.

And now for some music …
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

❝ So began a battle that none had expected; and it was called the Battle of Five Armies, and it was very terrible. Upon one side were the Goblins and the Wild Wolves, and upon the other were Elves and Men and Dwarves. This is how it fell out. Ever since the fall of the Great Goblin of the Misty Mountains the hatred of their race for the dwarves had been rekindled to fury. Messengers had passed to and fro between all their cities, colonies and strongholds; for they resolved now to win the dominion of the North. Tidings they had gathered in secret ways; and in all the mountains there was a forging and an arming. Then they marched and gathered by hill and valley, going ever by tunnel or under dark, until around and beneath the great mountain Gundabad of the North, where was their capital, a vast host was assembled ready to sweep down in time of storm unawares upon the South. Then they learned of the death of Smaug, and joy was in their hearts; and they hastened night after night through the mountains, and came thus at last on a sudden from the North hard[…] ❞
— Chapter XVII: The Clouds Burst
J. R. R. Tolkien. “The Hobbit.”

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An interesting new DNS domain option that popped into this morning’s email;


What is .melbourne?
Melbourne is the world’s most liveable city. It is a city of energy, sophistication and innovation with a cultural diversity acknowledged around the world. When you think of Melbourne, you think of laneways, coffee, trams and sport. At every turn it is vibrant, friendly and an incredibly easy place to savour day-in and day-out. A .melbourne domain name gives everyone in Victoria the chance to own a little bit of that vibrancy.
The appeal of .melbourne is that it allows individuals, business owners and brands operating in the State of Victoria to acquire a locally relevant web address and be a part of Melbourne and all that it represents. ❞

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This weeks links (2014-07-28)

In brief:

* Piracy crackdown misses the real crime (2014-Jul-28) [The Age]
… Most people are prepared to do the right thing given the chance, unless they feel like they’re being ripped off. Content providers have been screwing Australians for years. Now that consumers have finally found a way to fight back, the industry is demanding government help so it can continue to screw us.
Rather than put up laughably ineffective roadblocks to appease its powerful friends, the government would better serve the people by addressing the reasons why we break the law. Until it does, people won’t respect rules which are designed to ensure that Australians are treated as second-class citizens.

* Why Do E-Books Cost What They Do? (2014-Jul-25) [io9]
E-book pricing can seem mysterious. With some of the costs of paper publishing gone, does that mean that producing them is really cheaper? Or are there other hidden costs that get figured into the production of digital books?

* Comixology adds DRM-free option! Excelsior! (2014-Jul-27) [BoingBoing]
… I can only hope that other Amazon divisions, like Audible, follow suit. Unlike Comixology, Audible will only distribute its audiobooks with its proprietary DRM, even if the publisher and author object (this is why none of my audiobooks are on Audible). — Cory Doctorow


* The Champs-Élysées

* Marianne Vos wins the inaugural La Course

* On bike camera Marianne Vos – La Course

Wow! It will be awesome when they have sorted out the tech and we get this footage in the broadcasts.

* As Technology Makes Bicycles Lighter and Faster, It’s the Cyclists Falling Harder (2014-Jul-26) [NYT]

Some reading/listening:

* Emma Bull – De La Tierra (2014-Jul) [LightSpeed Magazine]
The piano player drums away with her left hand, dropping all five fingers onto the keys as if they weigh too much to hold up. The rhythms bounce off the rhythms of what her right hand does, what she sings. It’s like there’s three different people in that little skinny body, one running each hand, the third one singing. But they all know what they’re doing. …

* The Low-Tech Appeal of Little Free Libraries (2014-Jul-29) [CityLab]

* Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Disappearing Copyright (2014-Jul-31) [The Conversation]

Something from Bandcamp:
Strike the Earth! Shovel Knight Arranged by Jake Kaufman

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Firefox 31.0

Firefox v.31.0 was offered to release channel users on July 22, 2014.


Fixed in Firefox 31.0 [3]
MFSA 2014-66 IFRAME sandbox same-origin access through redirect
MFSA 2014-65 Certificate parsing broken by non-standard character encoding
MFSA 2014-64 Crash in Skia library when scaling high quality images
MFSA 2014-63 Use-after-free while when manipulating certificates in the trusted cache
MFSA 2014-62 Exploitable WebGL crash with Cesium JavaScript library
MFSA 2014-61 Use-after-free with FireOnStateChange event
MFSA 2014-60 Toolbar dialog customization event spoofing
MFSA 2014-59 Use-after-free in DirectWrite font handling
MFSA 2014-58 Use-after-free in Web Audio due to incorrect control message ordering
MFSA 2014-57 Buffer overflow during Web Audio buffering for playback
MFSA 2014-56 Miscellaneous memory safety hazards (rv:31.0 / rv:24.7)

Vulnerability ratings: 3 Critical, 4 High, 2 Moderate, 1 Low
Evaluation: test and update when possible

[1] Firefox features [Mozilla]
[2] Mozilla Firefox 31.0 Release Notes (2014-Jul-22) [Mozilla]
[3] Security Advisories for Firefox [Mozilla]
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Adobe Reader Install error 1327 “Invalid Drive”

When you install or update Adobe Reader on Windows, you receive the following error: Error 1327.Invalid Drive: [drive letter].


1.) Remap the “Invalid Drive” (it appears to be an issue with mapped home drives)
Subst – Associates a path with a drive letter

> subst H: "C:\Users\%username%\Documents"

2.) Via Registry Editor, remap “invalid Drive” keys to “C:\Users\%username%\Documents” in the Value data box the following registry keys:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

[1] Install error 1327 | “Invalid Drive” | CS4, CS5, Acrobat, Reader | Windows KB404946 [Adobe]
[2] You receive an “Error 1327. Invalid Drive” error message when you try to install Office 2000 KB327763 [MS]

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