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A few more screenshots have been released of Project Sansar, Linden Lab's next-generation virtual world platform, and they do indeed look very good. ^_^

[ETA: the breach is largely fake] Whilst it's still statistically unlikely you're affected, you should be aware of a large email account breach affecting 273 million Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, and Mail.ru accounts. As ever, it can't hurt to refresh those passwords regardless.

When I'm next in Bay orbit, I must visit the Hall winemakers in Napa, both for their wine, and especially for their rather splendiferous steel hare, crafted by Lawrence Argent. ^_^

Wow.. finally caught up with all of TwoKinds, which started in 2003. =:D Although, I can easily see the pace being perhaps even more frustrating than Sinfest's. No matter - it's not as if I don't have plenty of other comics to keep up with as well. ^_^ If anyone else wants to do the same, you can also find the complete run over here as a single PDF/CBZ/ZIP, or as separate chapters, for easy offline reading.

Per The Digital Bits, it seems the Zootopia extras are: "6 behind-the-scenes featurettes (Zoology: The Roundtables, The Origin of an Animal Tale, Research: A True-Life Adventure, Z.P.D. Forensic Files, Scoretopia, and Deleted Characters), plus 7 deleted scenes (Alternate Opening, Wild Times! Pitch, Alternate Homesick Hopps, Detective Work, Alternate Jumbo Pop, Hopps’ Apartment, and The Taming Party), and Shakira’s Try Everything music video." Hopefully there'll be a good commentary track as well. (The ones for The Animated Clerks are superb)

For the first time, the Eurovision Song Contest (the final's on Saturday, May 14 2016) will be broadcast in the US, on the Logo network, and via the company's app. It should also be carried on the EBU's own site, on their WebTV page.

If you're willing to read a serious entry rather than my witterings, read rav_bunneh's recounting of abuse, a pernicious seed that all too easily festers within, constantly the victim's worst enemy for life.

Via supergee, news of NASA honoring the mathematician Katherine Johnson, whose manual calculations helped send Alan Shepard into space.

A utility I'll have to keep an eye on: hogwatch, for per-process monitoring of network bandwidth consumption.

Rather an interesting little article on ATM skimmers, wherein the writer finds one and removes it, and then sets about finding out how it works. As you might expect, the state of the art is very convincing - his tip is to try pulling at bits of an ATM that should be completely solidly attached, as skimmers tend to be snapped into place, or use light adhesive, to permit easily swapping them out.

Like raptors (the dino kind)? You might want to check out this Kickstarter to produce fabulously detailed, scientifically accurate action figures that look pretty kick-ass. =:D

Moog just launched their iOS replica of the Moog Model 15 Synthesizer. Looks very tasty, if you're lusting after those classic, rich, bubbly, wholesound sounds. Or, for something much more lightweight, Yo-kai Watch Wibble Wobble is a fun little game that'll appeal to the Match 3 crowd, without being one itself, plus adorable Japanese demons. It's free-to-play, but the monetisation is surprisingly light, essentially optional. (Thus far, it appears not to be a worldwide release - it's in the US iTunes Store, but not the UK's)

Like PJ Harvey and Tom Waits? Give Harri Marstio "Serenade" a try; note that the video is set in a commercial butcher's, so may not be appealing. Or, for something rather more upbeat, Malea - "Give" (Baggi Begovic Remix).

Random fact du jour, on tellurium: "In the gold rush of 1893, diggers in Kalgoorlie discarded a pyritic material which got in their way as they searched for pure gold. The Kalgoorlie waste was thus used to fill in potholes or as part of sidewalks. Three years passed before it was realized that this waste was calaverite, a telluride of gold that had not been recognized. This led to a second gold rush in 1896 which included mining the streets."

A week ago on Friday, the weather actually turned out quite nice, especially as the evening grew on, so I headed out for some rabbiteering. Sooner after I arrived, I noticed a red kite flying nearby - nothing unusual, as they're quite common locally, usually just drifting around in long arcs. This one, though, seemed to be getting quite close - and before I knew it, the buns were zooming back to safety, followed by said interloper making a low pass, hoping to pick one of them up. Thankfully, they departed empty-taloned, but not before I caught the moment. =:D

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Turns out the password dump is a non-event. Google and Mail.RU tested representative samples against their system and they failed. Most likely it was a compilation of web site hacks: a telling clue was the 'hacker' was being offered to press for $1 and 'a good review'.

Ah! Good catch. ^_^ I tweaked the photo a little further in Aperture, and replaced the file with the new one, which evidently gave the Flickr file a new URL.

Mm, I noticed that today - sort of good news. ^_^ Still means there are a fair few genuine ones, but it's thankfully nowhere near as severe as originally thought. At least it nudged me into changing my passwords, which I admit I hadn't done in a while. Slightly frustratingly, it seems GMail passwords don't get synced across OS X/iOS devices, if you've got iCloud syncing turned on - and I'd used random junk passwords of some length. ^_^; I tried entering one manually, and likely forgot the final character, which prompted me to just use Notes instead, pasting the pw into a new note, letting that sync to the iPad, and copy/pasting from there, then deleting the note.
Yeah, I guess there's a significant number of people who use their email passwords everywhere. Mine are quite distinct from my other passwords.

Do you use MSecure? I think it was the first app that I paid for. It does encrypted note storage, and now ties to the fingerprint reader for unlocking it.
I wouldn't be surprised, given the number of really lousy passwords out there - 123456 and the like. ^_^; I used to always make a point of using passwords that were sort of English-y, to be typed more readily, especially on iOS keyboards, but now I use iCloud password syncing, I'm fine with just more or less long random strings.

I'm looking forward to getting a new iPad someday, with TouchID - that's worked really well on my iPhone 5s. (Unfortunately, Apple only added that to iPad in the following generation, possibly as the sensors were apparently a bit supply constrained early on) I'm a bit surprised my bank's app doesn't use it at all, just a five digit PIN, but that's easy enough.
Yeah, my bank doesn't use TouchID either: except my main credit card does! Very curious.

They had a recent court case here (well, in L.A. IIRC) where a woman was compelled by a court to use her finger to unlock a phone. As a rule, they cannot compel something that you know, i.e. a password/code, but they can compel production of something you poses: a key. Thus, my devices are locked with a passcode, but I use TouchID for iBooks, Amazon, App Store, MSecure, etc.