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Tasting a Sample: Learning Where We Fit in the Story, Part 3

We have been learning how to study the Bible for ourselves, through observation, interpretation, correlation, and then application. We observe what a passage says, interpret what it means, correlate what it says elsewhere about the same subject, and then ultimately we apply it. 


Now, let’s put the process to work through observing the “Parable of the Soils” recorded in Mark 4:1–20. This parable is particularly helpful to practice Bible study methods because Jesus Himself interprets it for us. 

Nuclear Plants Leak Critical Alerts In Unencrypted Pager Messages

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mdsolar quotes a report from Ars Technica: A surprisingly large number of critical infrastructure participants -- including chemical manufacturers, nuclear and electric plants, defense contractors, building operators and chip makers -- rely on unsecured wireless pagers to automate their industrial control systems. According to a new report, this practice opens them to malicious hacks and espionage. Earlier this year, researchers from security firm Trend Micro collected more than 54 million pages over a four-month span using low-cost hardware. In some cases, the messages alerted recipients to unsafe conditions affecting mission-critical infrastructure as they were detected. A heating, venting, and air-conditioning system, for instance, used an e-mail-to-pager gateway to alert a hospital to a potentially dangerous level of sewage water. Meanwhile, a supervisory and control data acquisition system belonging to one of the world's biggest chemical companies sent a page containing a complete "stack dump" of one of its devices. Other unencrypted alerts sent by or to "several nuclear plants scattered among different states" included: -Reduced pumping flow rate -Water leak, steam leak, radiant coolant service leak, electrohydraulic control oil leak -Fire accidents in an unrestricted area and in an administration building -Loss of redundancy -People requiring off-site medical attention -A control rod losing its position indication due to a data fault -Nuclear contamination without personal damage Trend Micro researchers wrote in their report titled "Leaking Beeps: Unencrypted Pager Messages in Industrial Environments": "We were surprised to see unencrypted pages coming from industrial sectors like nuclear power plants, substations, power generation plants, chemical plants, defense contractors, semiconductor and commercial manufacturers, and HVAC. These unencrypted pager messages are a valuable source of passive intelligence, the gathering of information that is unintentionally leaked by networked or connected organizations. Taken together, threat actors can do heavy reconnaissance on targets by making sense of the acquired information through paging messages. Though we are not well-versed with the terms and information used in some of the sectors in our research, we were able to determine what the pages mean, including how attackers would make use of them in an elaborate targeted attack or how industry competitors would take advantage of such information. The power generation sector is overseen by regulating bodies like the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). The NERC can impose significant fines on companies that violate critical infrastructure protection requirements, such as ensuring that communications are encrypted. Other similar regulations also exist for the chemical manufacturing sector."

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Turtle Rock Evolves Past Evolve

Blue's News - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 8:32pm
Turtle Rock Studios has a new update on their forums announcing that today is the last day they can work on Evolve (thanks nin). This is apparently contractual, as they note: "This is the life of AAA...

Skyrim Special Edition Preloads

Blue's News - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 8:32pm
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is set to launch in a couple of days. Thanks to Kris for word that those who have preordered the updated version of Bethesda's RPG can now begin preloading,...

Bethesda Holding Back Review Copies

Blue's News - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 8:32pm
A post on explains that the company values media reviews, before going on to explain their new policy that will make it more difficult for the media to review games in a timely manner....

Elite Dangerous Horizons: The Guardians Released

Blue's News - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 8:32pm
Frontier Developments now offers The Guardians, a new expansion for Elite Dangerous Horizons introducing ship-launched fighters and passenger gameplay to their space combat game. This comes with a...

King's Quest Chapter 5: Good Night

Blue's News - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 8:32pm
Good Night, Chapter 5 of the new episodic King's Quest series for Windows and consoles. Word is: "Drawing together the characters, conflicts and choices from five acts of adventure, King?s Quest ?...

Hide and Shriek Released

Blue's News - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 8:32pm
Steam News announces the release of Hide and Shriek, Funcom's promised multiplayer fright-fest for Windows. Here's word on the game, which carries a 20% launch discount: ?Hide and Shriek? is a one vs....

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Trailer

Blue's News - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 8:32pm
With Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare set to launch on November 4th, Activision offers a new trailer to promote the upcoming shooter sequel. This is a live-action clip titled "Screw It, Let's Go to...

Clockwork Empires Trailer

Blue's News - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 8:32pm
With Clockwork Empires set to leave Steam early access tomorrow, Gaslamp Games offers a launch trailer for the strategy simulation. Besides relevant links, all the description offers is this: "Join...

Evening Patches

Blue's News - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 8:32pm
Dota 2 Update - October 24th, 2016. Heroes of the Storm Balance Update ? October 25, 2016. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void 3.7.1 Patch Notes. Team Fortress 2 update released. TERA Spellbound update...

On Sale

Blue's News - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 8:32pm
Out of the Park Baseball 17 on Steam. Save 75% during the World Series. SUPERHOT on Steam. Save 40%.

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

Blue's News - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 8:32pm
Apex Racing League by Eagle Nest Interactive ? Kickstarter. "Apex Racing League is an online competitive game for PC in which you experience the world of motor racing from a top-down perspective!"...

Gatherings & Competitions

Blue's News - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 8:32pm
Dying Light The Following Zombiefest community bounty #4. GTA Online Halloween Specials, Anniversary Bonuses, New Vehicles & More.

Evening Previews

Blue's News - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 8:32pm
Maniaplanet 4 on ManiaPlanet Blog. Preview #2 ? Nadeo Live Part#1. Thanks Frans.

Evening Consolidation

Blue's News - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 8:32pm
Just Dance 2017 Now Available. A New Dragon Ball Adventure Awaits as BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. Launches DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2. DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 Is Now Available For Xbox One....

Evening Mobilization

Blue's News - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 8:32pm
macOS 10.12.1 spills the beans on the new MacBook Pro. Xiaomi blows minds with the Mi Mix, a nearly bezel-less smartphone.

Renewables Overtake Coal As World's Largest Source of Power Capacity

/. - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 7:30pm
The world's largest source of power capacity is now renewables, as roughly half a million solar panels were installed every single day last year. In addition, two wind turbines were erected every hour in countries such as China, according to the International Energy Agency. Financial Times reports (Editor's note: may be paywalled; alternate source): Although coal and other fossil fuels remain the largest source of electricity generation, many conventional power utilities and energy groups have been confounded by the speed at which renewables have grown and the rapid drop in costs for the technologies. Average global generation costs for new onshore wind farms fell by an estimated 30 percent between 2010 and 2015 while those for big solar panel plants fell by an even steeper two-thirds, an IEA report published on Tuesday showed. The Paris-based agency thinks costs are likely to fall even further over the next five years, by 15 percent on average for wind and by a quarter for solar power. It said an unprecedented 153 gigawatts of green electricity was installed last year, mostly wind and solar projects, which has more than the total power capacity in Canada. It was also more than the amount of conventional fossil fuel or nuclear power added in 2015, leading renewables to surpass coal's cumulative share of global power capacity -- though not electricity generation. A power plant's capacity is the maximum amount of electricity it can potentially produce. The amount of energy a plant actually generates varies according to how long it produces power over a period of time. Coal power plants supplied close to 39 percent of the world's power in 2015, while renewables, including old hydropower dams, accounted for 23 percent, IEA data show. But the agency expects renewables' share of power generation to rise to 28 percent by 2021, when it predicts they will supply the equivalent of all the electricity generated today in the U.S. and E.U. combined.

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Cumberbatch Has Two Roles In “Strange”

Dark Horizons - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 7:06pm

While Benedict Cumberbatch has the title role in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” film, it appears it is not the only role he has in the film.


IGN UK recently spoke with the film’s director Scott Derrickson who revealed Cumberbatch plays a secret second character – the iconic comics bad guy Dormammu who appears in the final act of the film.

The villain is a CG creation, one with separate voice and mo-cap performances. Derrickson says: “The voice was a British actor whose name I don’t know, and Benedict – Benedict did the facial capture for it.” Was this done to leave the door open for a bigger name star to take on the role later:

“No, no, it wasn’t that at all. We knew it was an all CG character, but as we were in production Benedict brought it up as an idea. He said, ‘What would you think about me doing it?’ I said, ‘Let me think about it, you know. It’s an interesting idea, because I did fancy the idea that as this other-dimensional being he’s not moving through the Dark Dimension, with a countenance, with eyes and a face, eyes and a mouth, and a human visage – why would he? He takes that form on to communicate with Strange.

The more I thought about it the more I liked the idea, because no one understood Dormammu better than Benedict did. I also wrote that role to be a kind of ultra-inflated version of Strange. He is an ego run amok; he is this cosmic conqueror where everything, where literally everything in the multi-verse is about him. There’s something interesting about this confrontation of this little, tiny guy who has this power of time and this monstrous conqueror who is trapped by a clever gambit. There’s something about that worked well, and I didn’t think anybody to interact with Benedict than he, himself.”

In the film, Dormammu bears little resemblance to his comic counterpart – instead appearing as a giant head made of energy from the Dark Dimension. The way it’s designed though, a more faithful version could appear should he make his presence felt on Earth.

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New Trailer For FOX’s “24: Legacy”

Dark Horizons - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 7:02pm

FOX has premiered a new 45-second trailer for the upcoming event series “24: Legacy” which premieres February 5th following the Super Bowl. Premiering on Tuesday night during the first game of the World Series on Fox, the trailer shows more of the series.

The story follows a military hero’s (Corey Hawkins) return to the U.S. and the trouble that follows him back, compelling him to ask CTU for help in saving his life and stopping what potentially could be one of the largest-scale American terror attacks. Miranda Otto and Jimmy Smits also star.

Source: Variety

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