Via- USA Today

WASHINGTON — Hours after an announcement that U.S. authorities determined North Korea was behind the recent cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, the entertainment company announced it was pulling the film The Interview.

The comedy about journalists who score an interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was scheduled for a Dec. 25 release.

"Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film," according to a statement from the company.

Sony also removed any mention of the movie from its website by Wednesday afternoon.

Earlier Wednesday, a federal law enforcement official offered the news about North Korea.

The official, who is not authorized to comment publicly, said a formal announcement of attribution by the U.S. government could come as soon as Thursday.

U.S. investigators believe the attacks originated outside North Korea, but they have determined that the actions were sanctioned by North Korean leaders, a second U.S. official said Wednesday.

The U.S. government is not prepared to issue formal charges against North Korea or its leadership, but the official, who is not authorized to comment publicly, said a lesser statement of attribution is expected..

U.S. investigators had moved quickly toward a determination in recent days, indicating this week that attribution was imminent.

Addressing the matter last week, FBI Director James Comey said the attack was very "complicated” and the government wanted to be sure "before we make an attribution that we have high confidence in it.”

Sony was hit by hackers Nov. 24. A glowing red skeleton appeared on screens throughout the Culver City, Calif.-based Sony subsidiary.

The hack apparently was in response to the planned release of The Interview, which featured James Franco and Seth Rogen as tabloid TV journalists. As they prepare to travel to the secretive North Korea, they’re recruited by the CIA to assassinate Kim.

Tuesday, the hackers, who call themselves the Guardians of Peace, posted a message threatening a 9/11 type attack on theaters that showed the movie.

While making the film, Sony representatives met with Assistant Secretary Daniel Russell of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and other State Department officials to discuss U.S. policy in Asia, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. She did not detail their conversations.

Psaki would not confirm reports that Robert King, the U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights, relayed messages to Sony about the movie. King "did not view the movie and did not have any contact directly with Sony," she said.

Psaki said the department had no "credible information to support these threats" against theaters showing the film.

The hacking has had other, massive repercussions for the media giant. Almost 38 million files were stolen and doled out on file-sharing websites.

Files included the screening versions of five Sony films, the script to the most recent James Bond movie, embarrassing e-mails between studio executives, salary data and personal information about Sony staff.

During the three weeks since the attack, an ongoing question has been "Why?"

Historically, hackers have either stolen intellectual property as part of an industrial espionage campaign or grabbed personal data to sell.

An attack that merely posted material, much of which could have been sold for large amounts of money on the black market, is unprecedented.

After entering and copying much of the Sony network, the hackers released malicious software, or malware, that infected Sony’s computers and was extremely destructive.

"Its job was not just to erase files but to destroy them," said Tom Kellermann, a computer security expert with Trend Micro.

This sort of behavior hadn’t been seen much since the 1990s, when "script kiddies" copied computer programs they didn’t actually understand and used them merely to wreak havoc.

"Back then, we saw this a lot, people jumping in, messing up a network and jumping out, but there was no financial gain. It was just ‘Ha ha, look what I did!’ " Kellermann said.

North Korea has been suspected of employing hacking attacks against groups it disagreed with, including South Korean media outlets and banks.

via Official: North Korea behind Sony hack.

Just started watching this new show well it’s one season then called the affair it’s got a really cute gallon it named Ruth Wilson who plays one half of the affair. It’s almost a shame because I can tell they’re going to self-destruct in the end. She is a very distraught person since she have a son for grounding I’m assuming in the lake.
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Also this week started the miniseries on sci-fi called Ascension which is about a spaceship that left her sometime in the 60s and is supposedly now on their 51st year of space travel. The big twist is that you find out at the end of the first episode that is just a hoax and the people are just on the ship inside a big huge bunker and they never left earth. They’ve only just experiment to see how people react if they were totally isolated.
Ascension - Season 1

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via New Holland Plans Four Different Dragon's Milk Offerings in 2015.

Another one we can’t get in GA because of antiquated laws.

D’Extra takes this concept to the next level. What 120 Minute IPA is to 60 Minute IPA, D’Extra is the D’Etre. We’re pushing the limits of what a Belgian yeast can do (and we’ve discovered that’s somewhere in the ballpark of 15% to 18% ABV!)

Dogfish Head Raison D’Extra will be available again in 12oz bottles. Due to ABV, there will be state limitations.

Style: Belgian Strong Dark (w/ Raisins, Brown Sugar)

Availability: 12oz Bottles.

Return: December, 2014

18% ABV

via Dogfish Head Raison D' Extra Returns.

cloudymostly sunnyMostly sunny today, some clouds here and here but then in the evening the clouds rolled in. Mostly cold to cool.

Got up and messed around the house, then Nicki got up after I started vacumning the floors upstairs, we ended up getting out to the movie @ about 12:01, arrived there after the showtime but since they always play LOTS of previews we went ahead and got tixs for that show. The grill at the Movie Taverne was down and they were not serving any burgers and things like that. I ended up with the new Prosciutto pizza and Nicki got a salad. Both of loved what we got, the pizza was nothing like the stuff I had gotten there before.

Got home about 2-3pm and I had recieved my package from Think Geek, the Firefly ship, Serenity looks pretty good, also the BeER glass was nice as well. The two USB cables with magnets attached to allow them to loop over something are kind of cheapy looking and feeling, not a good purchase although to be fair I haven’t tried to use them yet.

Went with Brian over to the mellow mushroom for dinner had the meatball sub. Erin was working as a manager and Joanna was working the floor. It was a nice dinner and then we ended up running over to get the movie, Maze Runner we came home and ended up watched it right after.

Watched the latest of the Ascension Mini-Series, really odd show with the twist that made it less SciFi and more of a DRAMA in my opinion. Makes for lots of questions on HOW they think the ship is moving and why they don’t leave the ship for extra-vehicular checks or repairs. Also, do the engines run themselves? I don’t think they would have been convinced for the 51 years that they have been in the “ship”.

Skulls,

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Researched a bit about the Skulls that Brian brought back to me weekend before last. I think that at least one of them is a deer, a doe I think, teeth look as if it is a herbivores. The other two are definitely carnivorous, with prominent canine teeth. I think I need to take photos of all my bones, skeletons and skulls again to properly show there their size by placing a ruler or some sort of ability to measure or determine their size.

beer list: week ending 12/14

3 Taverns

mmmmmmm beer

Consumed: Cellared:
Samuel Adams Fat Jack Pumpkin -H
Redbrick 15th Ann. 15 Years of Heady Beers Ale -H
Delirium Red -H
Lefthand Chainsaw IPA -H
Straight to Ale Unobtainium Ale -H
Jekyll Export Stout -TM
Blue Point White IPA -TM
Brooklyn Blast IPA -TM
Highland Oatmeal Porter -TM
Abita Bourbon Street Stout -TM
Highland Thunderstruck Porter -TM
Bell’s Expedition Stout -TM
Founders Porter -TM
Clown Shoes Burnt Carmel Brown -TM
Stone Unapologetic IPA -TM

Looks good, but almost one grand! $974.99, ouch!
12ed_mass_effect_geth_pulse_rifle_replica_alt2THE PEW PEW OF THE SYNTHETICS

The danger with making synthetic beings to do all the hard chores is one day those beings realizing they are, in fact, beings. That is, they become sentient. And then they desire the rights of all the other sentient beings they see (which isn’t unreasonable). If those other sentient beings take up arms against the synthetics, the synthetics might replicate that behavior, as well. This is the story (part of it, anyways) of the Geth from the Mass Effect series. And this, the Mass Effect Geth Pulse Rifle Full Scale Replica, is a replica of one of their standard weapons.

Geth Pulse Rifles are finely balanced with low-recoil and incredibly high accuracy. And this Mass Effect Geth Pulse Rifle Full Scale Replica doesn’t have any recoil (because it doesn’t shoot) and features amazing accuracy to the weapon in the game. It weighs 20 lbs., has LED light effects, and is a very limited edition (only 500 worldwide)! If you’re a true Mass Effectian (Mass Effecter? Mass Effectie?), then you need to add a Mass Effect Geth Pulse Rifle Full Scale Replica to your collection.

Product Specifications:

Hand-finished and hand-painted polystone

Working LED effects

Limited Edition of 500 pieces worldwide

Officially-licensed Mass Effect 3 weapon replica, created by TriForce

Dimensions: 12" x 7" x 33"

Weight: 20 lbs.

via Mass Effect Geth Pulse Rifle Full Scale Replica | ThinkGeek.


Watched a bunch of videos off YouTube, Tested it has the dude from Myth Busters as one of the “Hosts” and it’s mostly about cool stuff like building things and mostly nerdy stuff. Adam Savage is the main dude I think, it’s his stuff and skills they usually highlight. He talks about building stuff @ about 12 or so like swords and armour. Reminds me of when I took a piece of 2×4 and ended up creating a Star Trek Original hand phaser and then the pistol grip as well.

Beer list: week ending 12/07

Bourbon County Stout

mmmmmmm beer

Consumed: Cellared:
Knee Deep Tanilla Porter -H Founders Big Luscious
Founders All Day IPA -TM Goose Island Bourbon County
New Belgium Salted Chocolate Belgian Stout -TM Clown Shoes Crunkle Sam
Sweetwater Hop Hash -TM Three Taverns Feest Noel
Mikkeller Milk Stout -H Three Taverns Heavy Bells
Terrapin Guano Loco -H
Two Brothers Heavy Handed wet Hop -H
Blue Point Winter Ale -TM
Terrapin Moo Hoo Chaito -TM
Green Flash Le Freak -WOB
Three Taverns Feest Noel -WOB

A Delta IV Heavy rocket roars to life at Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch vehicle is carrying NASA's Orion spacecraft on an unpiloted flight test to Earth orbit. Liftoff was at 7:05 a.m. EST. Image Credit: NASA/Sandra Joseph and Kevin O'Connell

A Delta IV Heavy rocket roars to life at Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch vehicle is carrying NASA’s Orion spacecraft on an unpiloted flight test to Earth orbit. Liftoff was at 7:05 a.m. EST.
Image Credit: NASA/Sandra Joseph and Kevin O’Connell

A spacecraft built for humans left the domain of low-Earth orbit Friday for the first time in 42 years when NASA’s first Orion soared 3,604 miles above Earth and returned safely hours later, having accomplished a flawless flight test as part of NASA’s journey to Mars.

"We as a species are meant to press humanity further into the solar system and this is a first step," said Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Directorate. "What a tremendous team effort."

via Orion Performance Showcases Exploration Abilities | NASA.

OrionGot into work and totally forgot about the test launch today. Fernando reminded me and I got NASAtv on the computer at about 7:25am. They were holding @ T-4:00 and had aborted the launch once already for wind. They restarted @ about 7:52am and again aborted due to winds over 21 knots. A third time @ 8:26am that aborted @ -3:09 due to several Fill/Drain Vales on first stage booster rockets not closing. The left and center rockets didn’t show closed when commanded to close. The cycled the valves several times the O2 valves checked out fine, but the H2 valves on the left and center booster didn’t check. They aborted launch attempt for today @ 9:39am and are going to recycle for 24 hours.