** August Challenge – Reduce that TBR!!! **

goodreads The Aussie Readers group on Goodreads has the August Challenge – Reduce that TBR!!!;

Something different for August – but something everyone wants and needs:) We need to clean up our exploding TBRs!! So here we have a list of suggestions for the month, and let’s see how many we can complete before month’s end:)

Only one from each category required:)

1) The book that’s been on your list the longest
2) A book recommended by a GR friend
3) A book from your favourite genre
4) A book with over 400 pages
5) A book by an author new to you
6) The book you want to read the most
7) A book by a male author
8) A book by one of your favourite authors
9) A book by a female author
10) A book with a cover you love

Make sure everything you choose is solely from your TBR lists!

☃ Make sure you check out the new challenge guidelines here

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This weeks links (2015-07-27)

Hong Kong 2015

In brief:

* A Renegade Trawler, Hunted for 10,000 Miles by Vigilantes (2015-Jul28) [NYT]
For 110 days and across two seas and three oceans, crews stalked a fugitive fishing ship considered the world’s most notorious poacher. (Sea Shepherd)

* https://badssl.com/
Cool website that shows you how your browser responds to different HTTPS configurations, specifically bad ones. via @SwiftOnSecurity

Cycling:

* How The Race Was Won – Tour de France 2015

* OGE: Tour de France 2015 Wrap up

Some reading/listening:

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Something from Bandcamp:
Hong Kong by DJLuchaLibre

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This weeks links (2015-07-20)

In brief:

* Truly Free-to-Play Games: A Call to Action (2015-Jul-19) [Geek & Sundry]

* Mick Fanning v shark. Mick wins! #JBayOpen

* Salomon Running TV S4 E06 : Kroger’s Canteen

Cycling:

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Some reading/listening:

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Something from Bandcamp:
The Maker's Eden, Act 1 by Abstraction

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Adobe Patches (Jul-2015)

Adobe has three security bulletin for this month’s Patch Tuesday.

❝ Security Bulletins for Adobe Acrobat and Reader (APSB15-15), Adobe Shockwave Player (APSB15-17) and Adobe Flash Player (APSB15-18) have been published. These updates address critical vulnerabilities, and Adobe recommends users update their product installations to the latest versions using the instructions referenced in the relevant security bulletin. ❞ [1]

Bulletin Description Impact / Severity Software
APSB15-15 Security updates available for Adobe Acrobat and Reader Critical :
Remote Code Execution
Adobe Acrobat and Reader
APSB15-17 Security update available for Adobe Shockwave Critical :
Remote Code Execution
Adobe Shockwave
APSB15-18 Security updates available for Adobe Flash Player Critical :
Remote Code Execution
Adobe Flash Player

❝ The reality is, there really is no reason for Flash to still exist or be supported by modern browsers. Steve Jobs made this point in 2010. Unfortunately, the reason that it still persists is because Adobe still makes money from it, a large number of people can’t be bothered changing how they produce their ads and websites and an even larger number of people are still running versions of software that is too old to run the modern replacement for Flash, HTML 5. The latter group probably also can be split into those who can’t be bothered to upgrade and those who can’t afford to.
One has to believe that Flash has become a huge liability for Adobe. Being known as a company enabling a large part of the Internet’s security problems is not good reputationally. However, Flash is still a part of its Creative Cloud product suite and so it seems that any moves to abandon it won’t come from Adobe voluntarily. ❞
Using Flash is like leaving your home doors open and sending invites to criminals (2015-Jul-16) [The Conversation]

LINKS:
[1.] Security Bulletins Posted (2015-Jul-14) [Adobe PSIRT Blog]
[2.] Adobe Updates Flash Player, Shockwave and PDF Reader (2015-Jul-14) [SANS]
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Patch Tuesday Wednesday (Jul-2015)

patch-tuesday This month Microsoft have released fourteen (14) security bulletins of which four (4) have a maximum rating of Critical and ten (10) have a maximum rating of Important.

❝ Today we released security updates for Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Microsoft SQL Server, and Internet Explorer.
As a best practice, we encourage customers to apply security updates as soon as they are released. ❞ [1]

Bulletin KB number Description Impact / Severity Software
MS15-058 3065718 Vulnerabilities in SQL Server Could Allow Remote Code Execution Important:
Remote Code Execution
Microsoft SQL Server
MS15-065 3076321 Security Update for Internet Explorer Critical:
Remote Code Execution
Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer
MS15-066 3072604 Vulnerability in VBScript Scripting Engine Could Allow Remote Code Execution Critical:
Remote Code Execution
Microsoft Windows
MS15-067 3073094 Vulnerability in RDP Could Allow Remote Code Execution Critical:
Remote Code Execution
Microsoft Windows
MS15-068 3072000 Vulnerabilities in Windows Hyper-V Could Allow Remote Code Execution Critical:
Remote Code Execution
Microsoft Windows
MS15-069 3072631 Vulnerabilities in Windows Could Allow Remote Code Execution Important:
Remote Code Execution
Microsoft Windows
MS15-070 3072620 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Could Allow Remote Code Execution Important:
Remote Code Execution
Microsoft Office
MS15-071 3068457 Vulnerability in Netlogon Could Allow Elevation of Privilege Important:
Elevation of Privilege
Microsoft Windows
MS15-072 3069392 Vulnerability in Windows Graphics Component Could Allow Elevation of Privilege Important:
Elevation of Privilege
Microsoft Windows
MS15-073 3070102 Vulnerability in Windows Kernel-Mode Driver Could Allow Elevation of Privilege Important:
Elevation of Privilege
Microsoft Windows
MS15-074 3072630 Vulnerability in Windows Installer Service Could Allow Elevation of Privilege Important:
Elevation of Privilege
Microsoft Windows
MS15-075 3072633 Vulnerabilities in OLE Could Allow Elevation of Privilege Important:
Elevation of Privilege
Microsoft Windows
MS15-076 3067505 Vulnerability in Windows Remote Procedure Call Could Allow Elevation of Privilege Important:
Elevation of Privilege
Microsoft Windows
MS15-077 3077657 Vulnerability in ATM Font Driver Could Allow Elevation of Privilege Important:
Elevation of Privilege
Microsoft Windows

PATCH NOW:
* MS15-065 publicly disclosed, MS15-069 an ongoing issue, MS15-070 publicly disclosed

LINKS:
[1.] July 2015 Security Updates (2015-Jul-14) [MS: MSRC]
[2.] July 2015 Microsoft Patch Tuesday (2015-Jul-14) [SANS]
[3.] Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for July 2015 (2015-Jul-14) [MS]
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Tuesday Tunes‬ #202 – There’s no bread, let them eat cake

Bastille Bastille Day is the name given in English-speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on 14 July each year. In France, it is formally called La Fête nationale and commonly Le quatorze juillet.
The French National Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, as well as the Fête de la Fédération which celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790. Celebrations are held throughout France. The oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe is held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées in Paris in front of the President of the Republic, along with other French officials and foreign guests

And now for some music …
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This weeks links (2015-07-13)

In brief:

* Ghost signs and derelict buildings reveal clues about Melbourne’s quirky past (2015-Jul-13) [ABC]

* Unsealed 4×4, Issue 13 (2015-Jul) [Unsealed 4×4]

* Of clowns and treasurers: Joe Hockey and the myth of Coalition economic management (2015-Jul) [The Monthly]

❝ The Commission of Audit report and the Abbott government’s first budget that came two weeks later were so ideological, so full of errors and so inequitable that nobody felt they lacked the language to critique them. Everybody simply said they were unfair.
That simple word destroyed the Abbott government’s first-term agenda. ❞

Cycling:

* TOUR DE FRANCE : WEEK 1 (2015-Jul-11) [Cyclingtips]

* Long-awaited Copenhagen style bike lanes open up in Collingwood (2015-Jul-13) [Herald Sun]

* How to make Marvellous Melbourne a more cyclist-friendly city (2015-Jul-13) [The Age]

Some reading/listening:

* Go Set A Watchman: read the first chapter – interactive (2015-Jul-10) [The Guardian]

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Something from Bandcamp:
Populous – Night Safari Remixed by Bad Panda Records

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