This weeks links (2014-02-24)

In brief:

* Internet piracy talks must include us – the consumers (2014-Feb-25) [ABC: The Drum]
Once again, the Federal Government has decided that something absolutely must be done about the pesky issue of internet piracy of popular TV shows and movies. And once again, it looks like the people most affected by any action on the issue – Australian consumers – are being completely locked out of the conversation. …

* Apple security flaw ‘as bad as you could imagine’ (2014-Feb-24) [AFR]
A major flaw in Apple software for mobile devices could allow hackers to intercept email and other communications that are meant to be encrypted, the company said on Friday, and experts said Mac computers were even more exposed. … The issue is a “fundamental bug in Apple’s SSL implementation,” said Dmitri Alperovich, chief technology officer at security firm CrowdStrike Adam Langley, a senior engineer at Google, agreed with CrowdStrike that OS X was at risk. …

* Adventure Tech: The iPad As Mandatory Mountaineering Gear (2014-Feb-19) [The Adventure Blog]
–> Elevating the expedition [Apple]

Cycling:

* Rocacorba Daily: Monday February 24, 2014 (2014-Feb-24) [Cycling Tips]
Today’s edition of the Rocacorba Daily is now up, including lots of race reports!

Some reading/listening:

* DB Jackson – The Price Of Doing Business (2014-Feb-19) [Tor]
Ethan Kaille is a Thieftaker in Boston in the years leading up to the American Revolution. Having suffered losses and reversals in his life, he is neither naive nor without considerable personal resources. He isn’t just a detective; he’s also a conjurer, which makes him someone who lives on the margins of polite society. Some people fear his powers; others merely find him a distasteful rogue who should simply go away . . . but still, he is useful to the powers-that-be when problems arise requiring his unusual skill-set. In the novels Thieftaker and Thieves’ Quarry, as well as in the story “A Spell of Vengeance,” which was published on Tor.com, Kaille has had to deal with a variety of crimes and their perpetrators. The story that follows is one from Kaille’s early days as a thieftaker in Boston. In it, he must face a formidable foe, one of a most unexpected sort, whose own powers, very different from his own, prove the equal of Ethan’s.

Something from Bandcamp:


TOTALLY UNEXPECTED~the album by LMJ3/Steampunkfunk Bizarre

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