** May Challenge – Science Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal **

goodreads The Aussie Readers group on Goodreads has the May Challenge – Science Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal;

MAY is our SciFi/Fantasy/Paranormal month BUT with a difference!
This month you are challenged to read one of each of the above genres by using at least three of the following challenge suggestions:
a) One by an Aussie author
b) One that was released over ten (10) years ago (by any author)
c) One which was released in the last five (5) years (by any author)
d) One from your Goodreads owned TBR

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www.theguardian.com is using X-Clacks-Overhead: GNU Terry Pratchett

curl -ILs http://www.theguardian.com

...
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8
Expires: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:53:24 GMT
Server: nginx
X-Clacks-Overhead: GNU Terry Pratchett
X-Gu-Backend-App: facia
X-Gu-NG-Cached: MISS
X-Page-Speed: 1.9.32.3-4448
Via: 1.1 varnish
...

Well played http://www.theguardian.com :)

LINKS:
[1] Web servers enrolled in Pratchett tribute (2015-Mar-16) [www.bbc.com]

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This weeks links (2015-04-20)

In brief:

* Getting Started with Zoom – Video and Web Conferencing (2015-Mar-19) [Learning Environments blog | UniMelb]
Learning Environments supports the use of the AARNet hosted web conference software ‘Zoom’, making it possible to connect up to 25 people together from desktop computers, IP-based room systems, mobile devices (Windows, iOS, Android) or telephones.
Features include high quality video and audio, screen sharing, text chat, annotation, remote desktop control and recording, and is ideal for online classes, meetings, special events, webinars and job interviews.

* Revenge Of The Record Labels: How The Majors Renewed Their Grip On Music (2015-Apr-14) [Forbes]
… And what have the labels been giving the startups, aside from legitimacy, to secure these sweetheart deals? All-encompassing access to the artists and their songs–a neat little trick. Sure, the artists derive some minimal amount of royalties from these new channels, but they aren’t getting any of the ownership.
“That’s the story of the music business,” says John Oates, one-half of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo Hall & Oates, who went independent almost 20 years ago amid frustration over their financial arrangements with labels. “It goes back to the earliest days–take it back to, ‘Give him a bottle of wine and take all his publishing for the rest of his life.’ “ …

* Cotton woolling …

Cycling:

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Some reading/listening:

* If only the sci-fi writers who hijacked the Hugo awards had the wit to imagine a world beyond the Good Old Days (2015-Apr-18) [The Guardian]

Something from Bandcamp:

Record Store Day 2015 by The Ataris

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2015 Liège – Bastogne – Liège

LBL Apr 26, 2015
Liège–Bastogne–Liège, often called La Doyenne (“the oldest”), is one of the five ‘Monuments’ of the European professional road cycling calendar. It is run in the Ardennes region of Belgium, from Liège to Bastogne and back.
Liège–Bastogne–Liège was part of the UCI Road World Cup and is part of the Belgian Ardennes Classics series, which includes La Flèche Wallonne. Both are organised by Amaury Sport Organisation. At one time, Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège were run on successive days as Le Weekend Ardennais.
wikipedia [UCI WorldTour 1.UWT | BEL] #LBL

* Liege-Bastogne-Liege : Sunday 26 April: 2230-0200 SBS ONE (Live Eastern States/SA/NT)

LBL2015-map

LINKS:
[1] Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2015 [www.letour.fr]
[2] Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2015 Live Dashboard [SteepHill]
[3] Liège – Bastogne – Liège 2015 [CyclingNews]

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2015 La Flèche Wallonne

La-Fleche-Wallonne Apr 22, 2015
La Flèche Wallonne (French for “The Walloon Arrow”) is a major men’s professional cycle road race held in April each year in Wallonia, Belgium. The first of two Belgian Ardennes classics, La Flèche Wallonne is today normally held mid-week between the Amstel Gold Race and Liège–Bastogne–Liège. At one time, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège were run on successive days as “Le Weekend Ardennais” (both races are organised by Amaury Sport Organisation).wikipedia [UCI WorldTour 1.UWT | BEL] #FlecheWallonne

* La Fleche Wallonne is live on SBS ONE on Wednesday 22 April from 11pm AEST (live Eastern States) with streaming online

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LINKS:
[1] La Flèche Wallonne 2015 [www.letour.fr]
[2] La Flèche Wallonne 2015 Live Dashboard [SteepHill]
[3] La Flèche Wallonne 2015 [CyclingNews]

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Patch Tuesday Wednesday (Apr-2015)

patch-tuesday This month Microsoft have released eleven (11) security bulletins of which four (4) have a maximum rating of Critical and seven (7) have a maximum rating of Important.

❝ Today, as part of Update Tuesday, we released 11 security bulletins. ❞ [1]

Bulletin KB number Description Impact / Severity Software
MS15-032 3038314 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer Critical:
Remote Code Execution
Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer
MS15-033 3048019 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Could Allow Remote Code Execution Critical:
Remote Code Execution
Microsoft Office
MS15-034 3042553 Vulnerability in HTTP.sys Could Allow Remote Code Execution Critical:
Remote Code Execution
Microsoft Windows
MS15-035 3046306 Vulnerability in Microsoft Graphics Component Could Allow Remote Code Execution Critical:
Remote Code Execution
Microsoft Windows
MS15-036 3052044 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft SharePoint Server Could Allow Elevation of Privilege Important:
Elevation of Privilege
Microsoft Server Software, Productivity Software
MS15-037 3046269 Vulnerability in Windows Task Scheduler Could Allow Elevation of Privilege Important:
Elevation of Privilege
Microsoft Windows
MS15-038 3049576 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows Could Allow Elevation of Privilege Important:
Elevation of Privilege
Microsoft Windows
MS15-039 3046482 Vulnerability in XML Core Services Could Allow Security Feature Bypass Important:
Security Feature Bypass
Microsoft Windows
MS15-040 3045711 Vulnerability in Active Directory Federation Services Could Allow Information Disclosure Important:
Information Disclosure
Microsoft Windows
MS15-041 3048010 Vulnerability in .NET Framework Could Allow Information Disclosure Important:
Information Disclosure
Microsoft Windows, Microsoft .NET Framework
MS15-042 3047234 Vulnerability in Windows Hyper-V Could Allow Denial of Service Important:
Denial of Service
Microsoft Windows

PATCH NOW:
* MS15-032, MS15-032 (public vuln), MS15-034 (public vuln), MS15-035

LINKS:
[1.] April 2015 Updates (2015-Apr-14) [MS: MSRC]
[2.] Microsoft Patch Tuesday – April 2015 (2015-Apr-14) [SANS]
[3.] Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for April 2015 (2015-Apr-14) [MS]
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Tuesday Tunes‬ #196 – The Beatles

The_Beatles This week in rock;
1966 – April 14 – The Beatles record “Paperback Writer” and the vocals for “Eleanor Rigby”.
1969 – April 14 – At Abbey Road Studios, John Lennon and Paul McCartney record “The Ballad of John and Yoko”, The Beatles’ single that didn’t include George and Ringo. Paul played bass, drums and piano with John on guitars.

The Beatles were an English rock band that formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the greatest and most influential act of the rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several genres, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements in innovative ways. In the early 1960s, their enormous popularity first emerged as “Beatlemania”, but as the group’s music grew in sophistication, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, they came to be perceived as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the era’s sociocultural revolutions. …wikipedia

And now for some music …
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