** December Challenge – Christmas/New Year **

goodreads The Aussie Readers group on Goodreads has the December Challenge – Christmas/New Year;

Our December challenge will be pretty easy, as we will all be busy preparing for Christmas and the New Year….so, any books relating to Christmas, and of course, the New Year, is all you have to choose! You can read as many or as few as you wish:) It’s your choice!


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Wednesday WIN (2014-Nov-19)

TableTop S03E01 – Tokaido: Jason Wishnov, J. August Richards, and Chris Kluwe join Wil Wheaton

Divergent [Youtube]
In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it’s too late.
(not sure how long this will be available)

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Microsoft Security – One out-of-band update (Nov-2014)

patch-tuesday On 18 November 2014, Microsoft released an out-of-cycle security update, rated critical. This update fixes a vulnerability that could allow an escalation of privilege if exploited.

❝ On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at approximately 10 a.m. PST, we will release an out-of-band security update to address a vulnerability in Windows. We strongly encourage customers to apply this update as soon as possible, following the directions in the security bulletin. ❞ [1]

Bulletin KB number Description Impact / Severity Software
MS14-068 3011780 Vulnerability in Kerberos Could Allow Elevation of Privilege Critical:
Elevation of Privilege
Microsoft Windows

Note: MS14-066 was also updated today to fix some of the issues previously discussed with the introduction of the additional TLS cipher suites. Folks running Server 2008 R2 and Server 2012 are urged to reinstall [2]

* MS14-068

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This weeks links (2014-11-17)

In brief:


* Porn Stars Explain Net Neutrality


* The Week in Bike #44 – Interview Season [cyclingtips]

* 2014 Superprestige Cyclocross: Cyclocross Superprestige Asper-Gavere (2014-Nov-16) – Elite Men race highlights (Vier), Elite Women race highlights (Vier)

* Cyclocross bikes: a buyer’s guide (2014-Nov-17) [Cycling Weekly]

Some reading/listening:


Something from Bandcamp:

Shawcross by Good Morning

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ForTheRemix – Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow #FTR – For the Remix
This week we’ve heard all about how Photojournalist Marcus Bleasdale’s collaborates in order to re-imagine his work and reach new audiences via new and unexplored channels, well that’s where we’re headed with this task. After you’ve read Cory and read about Cory you’ll use someone else’s images (mine) to hack,remix and transform into something awesome and for this Alan has rustled up a little space all of its own with some house rules and further instruction.
ForTheRemix [Phonar.org]

Remixing Cory sounded like an interesting project; after some initial thought on both the subject and Cory’s books, I liked the idea of having a photo revealing ‘the data’ behind the image. Rather than true data, an ASCII art version of the photograph would be a good representation with Cory’s work already have a history of juxtaposing text and image.

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Firefox 33.1 – now with selectable amnesia

Firefox v.33.1 was offered to release channel users on November 10, 2014.

An interesting new item in the Firefox 33.1 release notes;

Firefox 33.1 - now with selectable amnesia

Firefox gives you even more control over your privacy. The new version of Firefox comes with a Forget button, which wipes out your recent browsing history without affecting the rest of your information.
Forget button – quickly delete your browsing history on Firefox [Mozilla]

[1] Firefox features [Mozilla]
[2] Mozilla Firefox 33.1 Release Notes (2014-Nov-10) [Mozilla]
[3] Security Advisories for Firefox [Mozilla]
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Adobe Patches (Nov-2014)

Adobe has another update for Flash Player to deploy for this month’s Patch Tuesday

Bulletin Description Impact / Severity Software
APSB14-24 Security updates available for Adobe Flash Player Critical :
Remote Code Execution
Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Air
[1.] Security updates available for Adobe Flash Player (APSB14-24) (2014-Nov-11) [Adobe PSIRT Blog]
[1.] Adobe Flash Update (2014-Nov-11) [SANS]
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