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Guggenheim Museum new exhibit is a Solid Gold Toilet, which the visiting Public can use.

The Guggenheim Museum, in New York City, last week opened their latest Art Exhibit. The Art will be displayed in a Public Washroom.

Photo of Art by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan courtesy of the Guggenheim Museum

There will be a Security Guard posted outside of the Bathroom. The Public will be allowed to enter and use the fully functioning Solid Gold Toilet, made by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. It’s a piece of art????

Video is courtesy of the AFP news agency YouTube channel

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Sunday – Friday: 10 am–5:45 pm
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Beauty and Terror. Photos of the April 2015 Volcano eruption in Chile.

This is an amazing photo of the April 2015 Volcano eruption in Chile, taken by David Mata. He had posted it on his Facebook page.

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An Easter posting: Pocatello area couple (Beth and Mark Stenberg) saves pregnant dog that was shot and left for dead, and now has nine puppies

Just in time for Easter, the Ohio State Journal ran a heart warming story on April 04 which was titled “Pocatello area couple saves pregnant dog that was shot and left for dead, and now has nine puppies”.

Thank You Beth and Mark Stenberg for the lesson in kindness and love shown by your actions.

Proof positive that there are still “Human Beings” alive on planet Earth. They may be rare and an endangered species, but they still do exist.

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True Love does last to the very end. Floyd Hartwig was married to Violet Hartwig for 67 years. He passed away while holding Violet’s hand. Violet passed away soon after.


My condolences go out to the Hartwig family, who recently lost both their Mom and their Dad.

Violet married Floyd, the love of her life, in 1947. 67 years later both Violet and Floyd were terminally ill and in Hospice care. Their kids pushed the two beds together. Floyd reached over and held Violet’s hand and then passed away. Violet passed on soon after.

True Love does  last to the very end….

 

 

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If you’re feeling Powerful and rather Confident, then you will be more likely to Cheat on your spouse


Powerful Men Cheat on their spouses. Powerful Women Cheat on their spouses. Researchers have found that there is a  correlation between the feeling of high confidence and the incidence of infidelity. People holding positions of power have high levels of confidence.

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Kaspersky Lab publishes details about the Equation Hacker group’s arsenal, including “nls_933w.dll” which can reprogram the hard drive firmware of over a dozen different hard drive brands


Kaspersky Lab presented at their Security Analysts Summit something even more scary than the details about the Carbanak Bank Cyber Heist. Per Karspersky the Carbanak group ripped off about 100 banks around the globe of about $1 Billion Dollars (and in my opinion very likely still counting).

Kaspersky Lab Experts referred to the Equation group as the “God” or the “Death Star” of Malware. Part of the huge arsenal of code which the Equation group has been developing over what looks like decades is nls_933w.dll“. “It allows them to reprogram the hard drive firmware of over a dozen different hard drive brands“.

Oncenls_933w.dll installs the Malware into the Hard Disk’s firmware, there is no way to remove it. Repartitioning will not affect it. Reformatting has no effect. The only way to get rid of this Malware from the targeted computer, is to physically destroy the Hard Disk.

Kaspersky Lab goes on to report that the Equation group seems to have existed long before the Stuxnet group.

The word “Elite” is part of the lexicon of Hackers. The Equation group therefore can be called the Elite of the Elite of the Elite of the Elite of the Elite and so on of Uber Hackers. To be able to hack and modify a Hard Drive’s firmware is unheard of. To be able to do so for Hard Drives of over a dozen different brands is insanely impossible. Yet the Equation group did it and very likely much more, that has yet to come to light. In comparison, this makes things like the REGIN Malware group’s incredible capabilities seem like no big deal.

Ok, enough of my rambling.

Click on this line to view the Kaspersky Lab report about the Equation group and their arsenal of jaw dropping Malware. On that page you will find a link to a downloadable PDF of the Question and Answer session from their presentation at the Security Analysts Summit.

Wow, this has turned into a CyberSecurity long weekend. Very impressive and rather scary stuff has been revealed by Kaspersky Lab.

Click on this link to view other CyberSecurity related posts found on Uniquely Toronto.

 

Posted by: Vincent Banial

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Blast from the past. Photos taken at New York’s Studio 54 published 35 years after Studio 54 closed


At one time life was more care free. Studio 54 during it’s height, was the best known Club in the world.


The beautiful people all flocked to party the night away, at Studio 54. The antics inside the club became legendary.

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Kaspersky Lab report: The Great Bank Robbery: Carbanak cybergang steals $1 Billion Dollars from 100 financial institutions worldwide

Video is courtesy of the Kaspersky Lab YouTube channel


The Kasperskpy Lab report which was presented at the Security Analyst Summit (on Feb 16 2015) is now available online.


Click on this line to visit the Kaspersky Lab SecureList page which discusses the report : The Great Bank Robbery: Carbanak cybergang steals $1bn from 100 financial institutions worldwide.
You can also download a PDF of the “Full” Report via a link on that webpage.

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Posted by: Vincent Banial

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Hackers supposedly were able to steal up to $1 Billion Dollars from Banks around the globe


This is a further update to our prior post about the breaking news of a major Cyber Bank Heist.

The amount supposedly stolen from assorted banks around the globe is now being published to be around $1 Billion Dollars.

Photo of racks filled with Cisco Networking gear. Photo Credit Vincent Banial

Racks filled with Cisco Networking gear. Photo Credit Vincent Banial

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Meditation might slow the age-related loss of gray matter in the brain per a new study by UCLA Researchers


A new study by UCLA researchers found that meditation appeared to help reduce the potential loss of the brain’s gray matter as people age.


The new UCLA Study was published in the recent issue of the online Swiss Journal titled “Frontiers in Psychology” in the “Cognition” section and part of the Research Topic Neuroimaging and Neuropsychology of Meditation states.

Areas of the brain affected by aging (in red) are fewer and less widespread in people who meditate, bottom row, than in people who don’t meditate.

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Hair Loss Treatment using Stem Cells, a BioMedical Breakthrough. Human Embryonic Stem Cells were directed to first generate Neural Crest cells and then hair-inducing Dermal Papillea like cells, which when transplanted under the skin induced “Robust Hair Growth”. Newly Published BioMedical Study lays the foundation for future Stem Cell based Hair Replacement Therapies.


Those suffering from Hair Loss have something potentially life changing to look forward to, thanks to a newly published BioMedical Study. titled: “Derivation of Hair-Inducing Cell from Human Pluripotent Stem Cells.

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Monkey brings another Monkey back to life, after it was electrocuted along electric train tracks

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Video is courtesy of The Guardian newspaper website

 

 

 

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WireLurker Malware targeting Apple IOS and OSX products


If you use an Apple IOS or OSX device (phone, tablet, notebook and desktop) you might want to check out my post about WireLurker.

Apple users sometimes are smug about not needing any security software. Yes, Apple products have been highly secure.

As the number of Apple products being purchased keeps growing, Apple products are also becoming targets for those who create Viruses and Malware and other interesting code.

Back in 2012 “Flashback” victimized about 700,000 Macs. WireLurker and future variants of it could have the potential to do the same.

Staying informed can help keep you and your Apple IOS and OSX gear from falling victim to such attacks.

 

Posted by: Vincent Banial

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Is the American Dream an Illusion?

Gregory Clark, a UC Davis Economics Prof., recently put together an article on the Foreign Affairs site where he posits that your parents and grandparents social status in society determines your eventual social status level and also that of your kids.

Video is courtesy of The RSA YouTube Channel

Numbers do not lie, but their interpretation can vary. There can often be outliers to any data set. For example, Steve Jobs of Apple fame rise to Billionaire status, readily comes to mind.

I also believe that access to higher levels of education can dramatically change the level to which one can rise on the Social Status ladder. Higher levels of education also allow one to network with other students who come from far wealthier families.

But I believe that Gregory Clark may have an important point and that his data set could very well be proof that the so called American Dream is in fact just an illusion for the vast majority of citizenry. I also think that this applies to most other western countries, including Canada…

 

Posted by: Vincent Banial

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Installed Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9841 today. Super quick and easy install. Very stable. No issues found


Windows 9 magically became the Windows 10 Technical Preview

I installed Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9841 today and was blown away. The install was super quick (including the NTFS format of a new Hard Drive) with very little prompting. Almost automatic and on an old AMD Phenom cpu based computer. Continue reading

Microsoft Surface Mini is a real Microsoft designed Tablet.

The Microsoft Surface Mini (8″ ?) would probably be available in your local Best Buy, had sales of the Surface RT met targets. Microsoft stated more or less that much in  it’s fourth quarter 2014 financial results.Click on this line to view Microsoft’s official Fourth Quarter Financial Results page.

The Computer and Gaming Hardware section is about 3/4 of the way down that report. Under the heading titled “Computer and Gaming Hardware” one will find the following info:  “Gross margin increased $665 million compared to the prior year, which included the Surface RT inventory adjustment charge. Current year cost of revenue included Surface inventory adjustments resulting from our transition to newer generation devices and a decision to not  ship a new form factor.“.

Note the use of the words “to not ship a new form factor”. You cannot ship a new product (or not ship it), if said product had not already been produced and packaged ready for shipping. Hmmm. Still don’t believe that the Microsoft Surface Mini is a real Microsoft designed tablet?

Read the original Surface Pro 3 User Manual and read the sections discussing the included Pen and it’s use with OneNote. For example on Page 25,  you will find tidbits like “Click the top button to open OneNote, even if your Surface is locked. Bluetooth technology links your Surface Pen to your Surface Mini or Surface Pro 3,“.

Click on this line to read the “original” Surface Pro 3 Manual online on the Scribd website. Scroll down to page 25 to confirm the above and then see how many other references you can find to the “Surface Mini” in the rest of that Official Microsoft Surface Pro 3 User Guide.

Out of curiosity I also did a Google search on “Surface-Pro-3-User-Guide-English.pdf”. There is a link to a Microsoft D/L. That D/L link description has the words “no mini” in it. Neat eh? So I downloaded it and sure enough the apparently “revised” version no longer mentions the Surface Mini.

There is also a sales page on Amazon, for a MS Surface Mini case.

I could post the image of the Surface Mini mounted inside the case, but have to respect the photograph owner’s copyright and so I have added a link below, to that sales page on Amazon.

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That item listed is a case for the Microsoft Surface Mini, but it includes a supposed Surface Mini in the photo.

I wonder what the Tablet Market would be like if Microsoft had released the Surface Mini, instead of the Surface RT?

I Wish Ferrari. If you own an Exotic Sports Car and live in the Greater Toronto Area you should consider helping out this great Charity Event for Special Needs Children

I WISH FERRARI

I WISH FERRARI


I Wish Ferrari will be held when it finally warms up. Plans are under way. Those who are lucky enough to drive an Exotic Sport Car should contact Daytona Auto Center in Woodbridge. Bring your Super Care and put an amazing smile on a child with special needs. You can help to create life long memories.

This is an amazing charity event.


All are welcome to come down to the event, not just Exotic Car owners.


When the cars return from their drive, the smiles and joy on the faces of the kids really tugs at one’s heart strings.


I was lucky to shoot this event in 2012. Would love to shoot the 2014 I Wish Ferrari. Keeping my fingers crossed that I can arrange the time to do it.


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Noah’s Ark could have been round like a modern Fishing Bobber-Float, as per a newly translated Mesopotamian clay tablet in the British Museum

The ancient Mesopotamian tablet has instructions from God on how to create a floating vessel to save animals and people from a catastrophic world flood which would soon happen (in the ancient past). The animals are to enter the craft two by two. Similar to the story about Noah and his Ark, but this craft is round like a ball or like a modern Fishing Bobber.

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Do you believe that Global Warming is a “real” problem? Read what a leading Climate Scientist from MIT has to say

A Climate Scientist. A Professor at MIT. Previously held positions at Harvard. Clearly someone with some sense. Continue reading

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Tablet CPU has been changed to an Intel I5 4300U

When the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Tablet came out around October 2013, it shipped with an Intel I5 4200U. Now the Surface Pro 2 Tablets have an Intel I5 4300U Processor.
I have posted more details on our sister site. Click here to read the full post about the new Processor found inside the Microsoft Surface Pro 2, on our Zenfolio site. I’m not allowed to post duplicate posts on two site, if there are links to external sites and that post has multiple links including to the Microsoft Surface Support Forum.

China achieves a soft landing on Earth’s Moon. Congrats

The USA did it. Russia did it. Now China has achieved a soft landing on Earth’s Moon.

This week China landed their own Moon Rover vehicle on the Moon.

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Slow down and drive carefully. Massive Highway Pileup during a snowfall

The following is a link to a video of a massive automobile pileup on Highway 41/45 in Germantown, Wisconsin.

Watch the whole video, as the first set of crashes is only the beginning.

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OS X Mavericks is Apple’s newest version of the Mac Operating System. Apple Mac owners running OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8) or newer, can upgrade to OS X Mavericks for “Free”

This new version of Apple OS X is called Mavericks.
If an Apple Mac owner is already running OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8), Lion (10.7) or Mountain Lion (10.8), then they can upgrade to OS X Mavericks for “Free”.Click on the following for system requirements to be able to upgrade to OS X Mavericks.

Click on the following to learn about Apple’s OS X Mavericks Operating System.

Nurse reveals the top 5 regrets people have when on their deathbed

This was shared by Michael Staertow. It is one the most valuable things that one can find on the Internet.Click on the following link to read Nurse reveals the Top 5 regrets people have when they are dying.

We waste so much of our lives trying to accumulate more and more stuff. When death drops in for a visit, you realize that stuff has no value. Loving others and having them love you is what is important in life, not much else matters…