kmoser (1469707) writes "Everybody's favorite astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson makes an appearance in upcoming Superman #14, in which Superman visits the Hayden Planetarium to view his original planet. Meanwhile, back in reality, DC Comics explains that NdGT has used his "astronomical" powers to select the red dwarf LHS 2520 as the most likely real-life red star to fit with Superman's back story." Link to Original Source top
Hacker Holds Romney Tax Returns Ransom for $1M in Bitcoins
kmoser (1469707) writes "After supposedly downloading copies of Mitt and Ann Romney's tax returns from PricewaterhouseCoopers servers, a hacker sent a USB drive and a letter to Republican and Democratic party offices in Williamson County, TN as proof. The letter lists two Bitcoin addresses: one for donations to guarantee the documents will remain locked, another for donations to expose them; the fate of the documents will be determined by which account first reaches USD $1,000,000.
This could be anything from a practical joke to a scheme to get free Bitcoins to a completely "legit" shakedown. Me, I'm grabbing a bucket of popcorn and waiting to see what happens next." Link to Original Source top
Best Option for Heavy-Duty, Full-Home Surge Protection?
kmoser (1469707) writes "Like most people, I have a couple of surge protectors for sensitive/important electronics, and even a UPS for a couple of items like computers. But I don't have surge protector on all outlets, and these consumer-grade devices don't cover things like 220 volt appliances. Add to that the fact that I live in a lightning-prone area and it's only a matter of time before one of my expensive devices has a major meltdown. I've looked into full-home surge protectors that install next to the fuse box but the prices vary widely and I have no idea how reliable they are or what brands are good. An electrician friend tells me they can still blow out, and when they do they're difficult to replace if they were installed behind a wall.
Can anybody shed some light on the best options for protecting all the electronics in my house with a single surge protector?" top
kmoser writes "Customers who own an original SunPass Type III transponder (for paying Florida highway tolls) found that a recent "upgrade" caused their device to no longer display the amount of the toll paid or their remaining account balance. The official explanation implies that this is a permanent change because account balances are no longer being stored in the transponder and are now stored on a central server. One has to wonder whether this is really an upgrade, or just a way to force obsolescence and encourage consumers to buy a new model? The lesson to learn here is that when the vendor retains remote control over the operation of your device, they will use it to their advantage." Link to Original Source