Dr. Evil (Mike Myers) interrupts Sam Smith’s (Taran Killam) Christmas special to address North Korea and Sony Pictures directly about the hack.
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President Barack Obama will reportedly name Sally Yates, Georgia’s U.S. Attorney in the state’s Northern District, to be deputy attorney general early this week, a federal official told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Yates will join Loretta Lynch, the president’s pick for attorney general, to lead the federal law enforcement agency—the first time since the mid-1990 two women will potentially run the agency and the first time in history that two U.S. Attorneys have both been promoted to the job.
The gender shift may make headlines, but it shouldn’t surprise—the president has been deliberately bringing gender and racial equality to the judiciary for years. A full 42% of the president’s judgeships have gone to women, nearly doubling the 22% of judgeships his predecessor George W. Bush gave to women, according to The New Yorker. He’s also appointed more minorities than any of his predecessors: Thirty-six percent of his judgeships have gone to minorities, doubling Bush’s minority appointments. Obama says this new makeup “speaks to the larger shifts in our society.”
The unjust mandate forced upon the nuns, which threatens their works of justice, is a prime example of how the hierarchy in the Roman Catholic Church misuses its power to diminish the voice of women.
Catholics deeply value the prophetic witness of women religious and appreciate their commitment to social justice. The behavior that Cardinal Gerhard Müller recently exhibited toward the leaders of the LCWR and Dr. Elizabeth Johnson CSJ is deeply concerning. It is time to stop bullying Catholic women leaders.
“Sorry, folks. This is not a controversial document,” Mother M. Clare Millea, an American nun who directed the investigation, said at the news conference. Instead, she said, it was “a challenge for all of us.”
If anything, the report may help spur the process of including women in more decision-making roles in church life, some church observers said. According to the report, some nuns felt that bishops and priests did not welcome their opinions on “pastoral decisions which affect them or about which they have considerable experience and expertise.”
The report concluded by citing Pope Francis’ call “to create still broader opportunities for a more incisive female presence in the church.” But it did not make any concrete suggestions.
The industry group backing the Internet of Things (IoT) networking protocol Thread has enlisted product certification outfit UL to perform interoperability and security testing for products integrating the Thread protocol.
The alliance with UL marks the latest milestone for Thread Group , which was formed in July and counts heavy hitters such as Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC), Freescale Semiconductor Inc. and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)-owned Nest Labs among its founders. The group’s membership now numbers more than 50 entities, spanning service providers, silicon developers and product companies. (See Thread Protocol for IoT Proceeds to First Beta and Thread Group Spins New IoT Networking Protocol.)
Thread is an open protocol derived from characteristics of IEEE 802.15.4, IETF IPv6, and 6LoWPAN (an acronym of IPv6 over low-power wireless personal area networks). Thread’s developers see their creation as distinct from the other IoT protocol efforts that are attracting the attention of many IoT industry hopefuls because it’s based on existing protocols and focuses solely on developing a home networking standard for IoT devices, leaving the application layer for later.
The internet of things includes toys.
Balls. Dolls. Race cars. So dull.
How can good old-fashioned toys like these compete for children’s attention when the kids seem umbilically connected to their iPads?
How about software-upgradable balls, dolls and race cars?
Established toy makers and entrepreneurs from outside the toy industry are creating a new generation of connected toys. Just as software updates pulse new life into years-old smartphones and tablets, so too for kids’ playthings. Equipped with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, the toys can be customized, personalized and improved through the Internet to make them just as dynamic as tablets.
“The world of imagination coupled with your phone is the new reality for toys,” said Adam Wilson, chief software architect at connected-toy maker Sphero. “Playing with plastic is just not enough today.”
For more than a decade, photographers using traditional cameras have been able to get higher image quality by “shooting raw.” The new Android 5.0 brings that ability to mobile-phone photographers, with software support now arriving.
Raw photos come from a camera’s image sensor before the camera processes them into the JPEG format, a format that’s convenient when sharing photos with friends. Although raw photos involve a lot more work because the processing must be done by hand, photo enthusiasts like the flexibility raw provides.
Digital SLRs, mirrorless cameras and high-end compact cameras all come with raw capabilities, as the camera industry caters to photo enthusiasts willing to pay for image quality. But raw photo support is almost nonexistent in the mobile phone world. The exceptions so far have been some designs from Nokia — now Microsoft’s phone division — including the Lumia 1520 and 1020.
North Korean officials said Sunday that they appreciated the work of those who hacked the computer systems at Sony Pictures but don’t know who the culprits are, and accused the U.S. government of being “deeply involved” in the making of the film, “The Interview.”
Through its state-run news agency, the Korean Central News Agency or KCNA, the officials said they wouldn’t stop with Sony but that their target was “all the citadels” of the U.S.
They didn’t specify what they meant by citadels, but added: “The army and people of the DPRK are fully ready to stand in confrontation with the U.S. in all war spaces including cyber warfare space to blow up those citadels.”
Lashing rains, high winds and thunderstorms look set to mess up holiday travel plans for millions of Americans this week as the country heads for a mostly wet — not white — Christmas. A large developing north-south cold front threatens to deliver rain and gusty winds along the Gulf Coast and snow in the Upper Midwest on Tuesday. The storm is then expected to move northeastward, battering the East Coast with wet and windy weather on Wednesday — right at the prime pre-holiday travel time.
“It’s going to be a rainmaker, for sure. There’s the threat of locally heavy rain and this system could be windy enough to disrupt travel at airports in the east,” said Roy Lucksinger, lead meteorologist at the Weather Channel.”
The developing storm already was causing disruption in Southern California, with locally gusting winds bringing down trees and power lines overnight. A high-wind warning was in effect through Monday morning with gusts of up to 75 mph, NBC Los Angeles reported. “The Gulf states are going to see the worst of that severe weather on Tuesday,” Lucksinger said.
Went back through some images taken over the year for a fresh look. I also suggest this music just for the full multimedia experience.