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Study Finds Password Misuse In Hospitals Is 'Endemic'

/. - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 5:00am
chicksdaddy writes from a report via The Security Ledger: Hospitals are pretty hygienic places -- except when it comes to passwords, it seems. That's the conclusion of a recent study by researchers at Dartmouth College, the University of Pennsylvania and USC, which found that efforts to circumvent password protections are "endemic" in healthcare environments and mostly go unnoticed by hospital IT staff. The report describes what can only be described as wholesale abandonment of security best practices at hospitals and other clinical environments -- with the bad behavior being driven by necessity rather than malice. "In hospital after hospital and clinic after clinic, we find users write down passwords everywhere," the report reads. "Sticky notes form sticky stalagmites on medical devices and in medication preparation rooms. We've observed entire hospital units share a password to a medical device, where the password is taped onto the device. We found emergency room supply rooms with locked doors where the lock code was written on the door -- no one wanted to prevent a clinician from obtaining emergency supplies because they didn't remember the code." Competing priorities of clinical staff and information technology staff bear much of the blame. Specifically: IT staff and management are often focused on regulatory compliance and securing healthcare environments. They are excoriated for lapses in security that result in the theft or loss of data. Clinical staff, on the other hand, are focused on patient care and ensuring good health outcomes, said Ross Koppel, one of the authors of the report, who told The Security Ledger. Those two competing goals often clash. "IT want to be good guys. They're not out to make life miserable for the clinical staff, but they often do," he said.

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StarPicker - movement skills

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 4:54am

As a true hero, Janus owns special abilities from his long American football career. Let's see what he can do!

Breaking Fast on Steam Greenlight

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 3:49am

We have submitted Breaking Fast on Steam Greenlight!

Italian Wars - Ultimate | Signoria of Bologna

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 2:56am

Check out our latest faction! The reckless Bentivoglio of Bologna!

BlackBerry Remains Committed To Smartphone Business, Despite $670M Net Loss In Last Three Months

/. - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 2:00am
AchilleTalon writes: BlackBerry CEO John Chen refuses to give up on the company's hardware business despite lackluster sales of its first Android-powered smartphone, the Priv. The Canadian smartphone maker reported a $670 million net loss in the first quarter of its 2017 financial year, but said its recovery plan for the year remains on track. Chen, who has stated the company's No. 1 goal is to make its smartphone device business profitable this fiscal year, said he expects the company's new mobility solutions segment to break even or record a slight profit during the third quarter, which ends Nov. 30, 2016. During BlackBerry's first quarter -- second full quarter to include Priv sales -- the company sold roughly 500,000 devices at an average price of $290 each, he said, which is about 100,000 smartphones fewer than the previous quarter and about 200,000 fewer than two quarters earlier. Previously, the company said it needs to sell about three million phones at an average of $300 each to break even, though Chen indicated that may change as the software licensing business starts to contribute to revenue.

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V Major Update+Steam Summer Picnic Sale!

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 1:11am

Discouraged Workers V has been updated on the many distribution platforms! And the Steam Summer Picnic Sale has luanched!

BBC: UK Votes To Leave The European Union

/. - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 10:00pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: The UK has voted by 52% to 48% to leave the European Union after 43 years in a historic referendum, a BBC forecast suggests. London and Scotland voted strongly to stay in the EU but the remain vote has been undermined by poor results in the north of England. Voters in Wales and the English shires have backed Brexit in large numbers. The referendum turnout was 71.8% -- with more than 30 million people voting -- the highest turnout since 1992. London has voted to stay in the EU by around 60% to 40%. However, no other region of England has voted in favor of remaining. Britain would be the first country to leave the EU since its formation -- but a leave vote will not immediately mean Britain ceases to be a member of the 28-nation bloc. That process could take a minimum of two years, with Leave campaigners suggesting during the referendum campaign that it should not be completed until 2020 -- the date of the next scheduled general election. The prime minister will have to decide when to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which would give the UK two years to negotiate its withdrawal. Once Article 50 has been triggered a country can not rejoin without the consent of all member states. British Prime Minister David Cameron is under pressure to resign as a result of the decision. UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage called on him to quit "immediately." One labor source said, "If we vote to leave, Cameron should seriously consider his position." Several pro-Leave Conservatives including Boris Johnson and Michael Gove have signed a letter to Mr. Cameron urging him to stay no matter the decision. Mr. Cameron did say he would trigger Article 50 as soon as possible after a leave vote. Update 6/24 09:33 GMT: David Cameron has resigned.

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The Love of God, Part 1

Love is the best known and least understood of God’s attributes. Few doubt that God is love. Yet, many believe that God’s love, as demonstrated in His patience, mercy, and forgiveness, nullifies His righteousness, justice, and holiness. This popular notion of God, as if He were a benign, aging grandfather, sitting passively in heaven—affable, lenient, permissive, and devoid of any real displeasure over sin because He loves us—cheapens God’s love. It doesn’t uphold the value of His love. In truth, looking into God’s heart to discover His love is to discover His other attributes as well.

Apple Discontinues Thunderbolt Display

/. - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 7:30pm
An anonymous reader writes: Apple has officially told several news sites that it plans to discontinue the Thunderbolt Display, which has been available online and in Apple retail stores since it was first introduced in 2011. "We're discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display. It will be available through, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users," said an Apple spokesperson. Rumors suggest that Apple will launch a new version of its Thunderbolt monitor later this year, featuring an upgraded 5K resolution and discrete GPU. The new Thunderbolt Display may even launch alongside next-generation Skylake Retina MacBook Pros, which too are rumored to be released later this year. fyngyrz writes: So, bought into the whole Thunderbolt monitor thing from Apple? Might want to collect a few right now, while you still can. It appears that the Thunderbolt monitor is going the way of the analog [headphone] jack over at Apple. Isn't it fun to be part of an unsuccessful experiment?

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Comcast Admits It Incorrectly Debited $1,775 From Account, Tells Customer To Sort It Out With Bank

/. - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 5:25pm
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Consumerist: Consumerist reader Robert is fighting with Comcast over a $1,775 early termination fee that should not have been assessed after he tried to cancel his business-tier service with the company. Comcast itself has even admitted that the money should not have been debited from Robert's bank account, but now says it's his responsibility to sort the mess out with his bank. The Consumerist reports: "In an effort to save money in 2014, Robert called to have their service level downgraded to a more affordable rate. Shortly thereafter, correctly believing that he was out of contract, he cancelled his Comcast service. That should have been the end of the story, but only weeks after closing the Comcast account, the boys from Kabletown decided that Robert was not out of contract, debiting $1,775.44 from the checking account tied to the Comcast service. Skip forward to Jan. 2015 -- two months after being told he'd get made whole; still no check. Robert says that when he called Comcast, 'the rep actually laughed when I told her I didn't get a check yet. She said it would take three months.'" Two calls later, one in June 2015 and one in Jan. 2016, Robert still didn't receive the check even after being reassured it was coming. More recently, he received an email from someone at Comcast "Executive Customer Relations," saying: "I understand you're claiming that someone advised you Comcast would send a refund check for the last payment that was debited but this is generally not the way we handle these situations. [...] For your situation, you would have to dispute the payment with your bank." Good news: The Consumerist reached out to Comcast HQ and a Comcast rep wrote back. "More information just came in," reads the email, which explains that an ETF credit was applied to his account in Dec. 2014, but "through some error the refund check never generated." Comcast is reportedly sending the check for real this time.

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Clinton's Private Email Was Blocked By Spam Filters, So State IT Turned Them Off

/. - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 4:45pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Documents recently obtained by the conservative advocacy group Judicial Watch show that in December 2010, then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her staff were having difficulty communicating with State Department officials by e-mail because spam filters were blocking their messages. To fix the problem, State Department IT turned the filters off -- potentially exposing State's employees to phishing attacks and other malicious e-mails. The mail problems prompted Clinton Chief of Staff Huma Abedin to suggest to Clinton (PDF), "We should talk about putting you on State e-mail or releasing your e-mail address to the department so you are not going to spam." Clinton replied, "Let's get [a] separate address or device but I don't want any risk of the personal [e-mail] being accessible." The mail filter system -- Trend Micro's ScanMail for Exchange 8 -- was apparently causing some messages from Clinton's private server ( to not be delivered (PDF). Some were "bounced;" others were accepted by the server but were quarantined and never delivered to the recipient. According to the e-mail thread published yesterday by Judicial Watch, State's IT team turned off both spam and antivirus filters on two "bridgehead" mail relay servers while waiting for a fix from Trend Micro. There was some doubt about whether Trend Micro would address the issue before State performed an upgrade to the latest version of the mail filtering software. A State Department contractor support tech confirmed that two filters needed to be shut off in order to temporarily fix the problem -- a measure that State's IT team took with some trepidation, because the filters had "blocked malicious content in the recent past." It's not clear from the thread that the issue was ever satisfactorily resolved, either with SMEX 8 or SMEX 10.

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New "Rogue One" Photos & Vader Details

Dark Horizons - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 2:37pm

Following the confirmation that Darth Vader will appear in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," EW returns with some spectacular new photos from the film and confirmation that James Earl Jones will return to voice Vader.

There's also some new details about the characters return, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy saying: "He will be in the movie sparingly, but at a key, strategic moment he's going to loom large."

Of Vader's presence, director Gareth Edwards says: "Within the Rebellion, it's not commonly spoken about. Within the Empire, there is the culture of knowing of the existence of Darth Vader. There's definitely an underlying feeling that there is a power – a dark power – available to the Empire and that if you overstep your mark, you will suffer the consequences."

A "variety of large-framed performers" will be putting on the costume on screen. Edwards describes his excitement at coming face to mask with Vader for the first time on set: "We had the breathing sound just to inspire everyone. I just got massive goosebumps. I was so nervous to turn the corner and see him. You have to pinch yourself. Everyone became children again, so easy. You just go straight back to being a 4-year-old, like, in a heartbeat."

"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is set for release on December 16th.

Fuller On When We May See More "Hannibal"

Dark Horizons - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 2:37pm

Attending the 42nd Saturn Awards in Burbank, "Hannibal" creator and showrunner Bryan Fuller was asked about whether fans of the cancelled drama should hold out hope for a fourth season somewhere down the line.

Those involved have all indicated a willingness to return even if it doesn't come together for a few years, and Fuller kept up that message this week, telling Collider:

"The cast is game, I'm game, it's just a matter of finding the right time where everybody's schedules sync up, but I would love to continue to tell the story with Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen. They're such a fantastic collaborators, and one of the most satisfying actor-showrunner relationships I've ever had in this industry. So I would love to continue this story."

Fuller even went into describing something of a timeline as to when it might come around again due to current streaming rights deals and such expiring:

"Two years after the last airing of the show, we can investigate our options […] August 2017 is when we can actually start talking about it. That's when we would have to see what the rights are for the character and for the story, and see who's interested and how we get it done. I have the story, and the cast is excited for the story, so we're ready to go if somebody wants to go."

As "The X-Files," "Prison Break," "Arrested Development" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" have shown fans are happy to put up with several years delays if it means they get their show back.

McConaughey May Return To "True Detective"

Dark Horizons - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 2:37pm

After a stellar run capping off with "True Detective" and "Interstellar," actor Matthew McConaughey's project choices haven't fared as well in the past year or two. "Sea of Trees" was widely derided at Cannes and has struggled to get to release, anticipation for this week's civil war drama "Free State Of Jones" is low, and he's got two voice roles on the way in some smaller animated features.

We'll get to really see him back in action with "The Dark Tower" which is currently shooting, but what comes after that? Turns out the actor is mulling a return to one of his best known roles - detective Rust Cohle in another season of "True Detectie".

Appearing on The Rich Elsen Show (via EW), McConaughey was asked about the series and revealed that he's talked to creator Nic Pizzolatto about potentially returning to the role at some point:

"It would have to be the right context, the right way. I miss Rust Cohle, man. I miss watching him on Sunday nights. I miss watching 'True Detective' on Sunday nights. I was a happy man when we made that for six months... You're actually getting better quality dramas on the small screen today than you ever have been. A lot better than the big screen sometimes."

At last report Pizzolatto was intending to write a new show for HBO rather than another season of "True Detective," but with the changing of the executive guard at HBO recently and the high-profile cancellation of the likes of "Vinyl," where things stand is anybody's guess at this point.

Full Trailer: Tom Hanks In "Inferno"

Dark Horizons - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 2:37pm

Sony Pictures has released brand new domestic and international trailers for "Inferno," the third film adaptation of a Dan Brown novel with Tom Hanks reprising his role of Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon. The film opens in cinemas October 28th.

In this outing he's on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself after waking up in an Italian hospital with amnesia. He teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories, and races across Europe to foil a deadly global plot. Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy, Ben Foster, and Sidse Babett Knudsen also star.

New Trailer: "Mechanic: Resurrection"

Dark Horizons - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 2:37pm

Summit Entertainment has just posted the first trailer for the upcoming action-thriller "Mechanic: Resurrection" starring Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, and Tommy Lee Jones. Dennis Gansel helms the project which was shot on location in Thailand.

The sequel to the 2011 remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson feature, this new film sees Statham return to the role of Arthur Bishop who, due to the deceitful actions of a cunning but beautiful woman, is forced to complete an impossible list of assassinations of the most dangerous men in the world. The film opens August 26th.

Taylor Lautner Joins "Scream Queens"

Dark Horizons - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 2:37pm

"Twilight" hunk Taylor Lautner has scored a series regular role on the second season of FOX's horror comedy series "Scream Queens".

In the second season, the action shifts from a college campus to a hospital where some of the most fascinating and bizarre medical cases are under observation. Lautner will play Dr. Cassidy Cascade, one of the series' new male leads and a doctor at the hospital who suffers from a strange medical condition.

He soon becomes a suspect when a series of tragic events plagues the institution. John Stamos also joins the cast for the second season, while Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Glen Powell and Niecy Nash are set to reprise their characters from the first season.

"Scream Queens" returns in the Fall.

Source: Variety

"Star Trek" Fan Film Guidelines Published

Dark Horizons - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 2:37pm

In the wake of all the bad publicity surrounding the lawsuit against fan film "Star Trek: Axanar," Paramount and CBS have come up with a way to ensure a fan film won't get sued - a set of guidelines advising what fans can and can't do in a fan film.

Last month producer J.J. Abrams and director Justin Lin said a lawsuit against 'Axanar' would be going away and that guidelines are being drawn up to let fans make films but also keep their copyright safe. 'Axanar' isn't mentioned in today's announcement, but the guidelines are strong enough in their wording that it makes sure "Star Trek" fan films will have to look cheap in order to not be hit with a cease-and-desist letter for copyright infringement.

There are ten guidelines and some of them are very strict. First there are the most basic - limiting the length of films to under 15 minutes (or a two-parter under 30 minutes), to only using officially licensed merchandise for gear and costumes.

Then there's a big one which effectively says no-one who has ever worked on "Star Trek" in any way can ever make a fan film - not even for free. There's big stipulations on how much money can be raised, how the film can be presented and distributed, and how it can't make profit of any kind.

The fan production must also be family friendly and contain no profanity, nudity, obscenity, pornography, depictions of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or any harmful or illegal activity, or any material that is offensive, fraudulent, defamatory, libelous, disparaging, sexually explicit, threatening, hateful, or any other inappropriate content.

The full list of guidelines are up on the official site

Yelchin Was About To Make His Directing Debut

Dark Horizons - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 2:37pm

The passing of Anton Yelchin in a tragic accident earlier this week still has people in understandable shock.

Yelchin leaves behind an impressive body of work, including a major role in one of the year's best films with the thriller "Green Room". Now, in an interview with producers Ketih Kjarval and Gary Schultz by Indiewire, it has been revealed that Yelchin was just three weeks away from shooting his directorial debut when he passed.

Entitled "Travis," Yelchin co-wrote the film which Kjarval describes as a: "voyeuristic crime thriller… neo-noir, very urgent in morality, like a Dardennes Brothers film." The story follows an actor and photographer who witness a murder after he follows a girl to her apartment.

Kjarval says: "The patient exploration of the moments where we are the most human is what Anton was interested in with this film. It was a deeply personal film and I'm convinced it would have been one of many films he directed."

Former collaborators with Yelchin such as Milla Jovovich and "Green Room" alum like Callum Turner and Alia Shawkat were onboard while Marilyn Manson was to do the score.

"Jason Bourne" Gets A New Poster, TV Spot

Dark Horizons - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 2:37pm

Universal Pictures has releases both a new TV spot and a new international poster for "Jason Bourne," the upcoming fifth film in the series and the return of both Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass to the series.

The new clip focuses on the confrontation between the assassin and Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones), who is looking to be the key villain of this one. Bourne is on a mission to expose the atrocities of the CIA's black ops program, Dewey aims to use Bourne's past against him. The film opens July 29th.

"I know what you did. I know everything." On July 29, Matt Damon is #JasonBourne.

— #JasonBourne (@jasonbourne) June 22, 2016

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