Bruce Schneier on Our Newfound Fear of Risk

Bruce Schneier on Our Newfound Fear of Risk

When you implement measures to mitigate the effects of the random risks of the world, you’re safer as a result. When you implement measures to reduce the risks from your fellow human beings, the human beings adapt and you get less risk reduction than you’d expect — and you also get more side effects, because we all adapt.

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Nine Inch Nails uses Kinect on Tour

Recently the Next at Microsoft blog posted an article featuring a VEVO Tour Exposed behind the scenes video which shows how Nine Inch Nails is using cutting edge tech on tour.


In the video you can see how NIN used the Kinect for Windows system along with some custom software to display some really cool video affects on their special moveable screens.

Source: Microsoft Next @ Technet

Posted in Entertainment, Kinect, Microsoft, Music, Tech

Colorado Recalls a Win for 2nd Amendment Rights

On September 10th voters in two parts of Colorado chose to recall two state senators.

National organizations on both sides of the issue had poured resources into the recall vote, including the National Rifle Association (NRA) and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who founded Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Most of the outside money came from Mayor Bloomberg and others on the pro-gun-control, anti-recall side. But that may have backfired to some extent.

“The people of Colorado Springs sent a clear message to the Senate leader that his primary job was to defend their rights and freedoms and that he is ultimately accountable to them – his constituents, and not to the dollars or social engineering agendas of anti-gun billionaires,” the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action said in a statement.

A huge win for the 2nd Amendment and law abiding gun owners. On the other hand a swift kick in the pants for the anti-gun lobby and apparently Democrats in Colorado.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, head of the Democratic National Committee, claimed “voter suppression” and place blame on favorite targets the NRA and somehow the Koch Brothers.

A follow up to: Colorado Recall Battles for 2nd Amendment Rights

Source: Christian Science Monitor

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FortPlay: Come Inside and Play!

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‘Artificial egg’ made from PLANTS backed by Bill Gates

‘Artificial egg’ made from PLANTS backed by Bill Gates set to revolutionize cooking goes on sale at Whole Foods | Mail Online.

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[UPDATED] MS Office KB2817630 Breaks Outlook 2013 Nav Pane

This issue has been popping up on many sources starting with Twitter last evening. As we all know Microsoft pushes software updates on “Patch Tuesday.” Well today is Wednesday and here we all are dealing with another set of bad patch updates.

The patch associated with KB2817630, which is a general update for Office 2013, contains a bug that results in a broken navigation pane inside Microsoft Outlook 2013. The resolution to the issue is fairly straight forward in that you simply uninstall the aforementioned hotfix and reboot your machine. Imagine doing that across an enterprise. In the middle of hump day.

Additional issues have been identified with the hotfixes released on Sept 10 and associated with the following KB’s:

  • KB 2810009 – Access 2013
  • KB 2760411 – Office 2007
  • KB 2760588 – Excel 2007
  • KB 2760583 – Excel 2007

You can hang this in your office:



Microsoft has released a post on their Microsoft Office Updates blog on TechNet detailing the specifics around the issue with the Outlook Nav Pane issue. The issue is described by Microsoft with the following:

Due to a version incompatibility between outlook.exe and mso.dll, a mismatched reference to a data structure causes the “Minimize” button in the navigation pane to render incorrectly, typically extremely large to the point that the navigation pane is “invisible” to the user. The issue only manifests when incompatible versions of outlook.exe and mso.dll exist on the system.

Some quick notes from the post:

  • The issue only affects MSI-based installations of Office or Outlook 2013. These are the installations typically found in business environments and usually licensed under volume license agreements.
  • The issue seems to only appear if you have either the September Public Update -OR- the August Cumulative Update installed. Not both. If you have both installed the versioning issue causing the problem should not occur.
  • There are reports that the updates may need to be removed multiple times in order to resolve the issue. This is a little odd but when you uninstall make sure to go back and check for the hotfix again as it may still be present.

Versions affected:

  • Office 2013 Standard
  • Office 2013 Professional Plus

Versions NOT affected:

  • Office 2013 Home & Student
  • Office 2013 Home & Business
  • Office 2013 Professional
  • Office 365 Home Premium
  • Office 365 Professional Plus
  • Office 365 University
  • Office 365 Small Business Premium
  • Office 365 ProPlus
  • Office 365 Enterprise

Full Microsoft posts is located here.

Source: InfoWorld; Roland Schorr; Microsoft

graphic: Rod Trent

Posted in Microsoft, Microsoft Office, Tech

Burning Man 2013: Drones Eye View

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Clarifications on KB 2853952, Server 2012 and Active Directory error c00002e2 or c00002e3

Excellent article from the Ask Premier Field Engineering (PFE) Platforms blog on TechNet.

Clarifications on KB 2853952, Server 2012 and Active Directory error c00002e2 or c00002e3

One key config takeaway is that while in Server 2012 RTM Hyper-V you still cannot boot/host an OS from anything other than an IDE based virtual device you should always be adding a virtual SCSI adapter and disk to host any Jet based databases and logs. This would include the placement of Active Directory databases.

Good to note that Hyper-V in Server 2012 R2 along with Gen 2 VM’s will allow boot from SCSI VHD as well as SCSI based virtual DVD.

Some additional reading from the above article: Update Rollups For Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 Explained

Posted in Active Directory, Hyper-V, Microsoft, Tech, Virtualization, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 RTM

Colorado Recall Battles for 2nd Amendment Rights

Colorado recall a referendum on guns

“We all know things usually start small when rights are being attacked. They are chipped away at incrementally. Absolutely the nation is watching to see if Coloradans will tolerate that.”

As is typical of any gun control measure the recent bans on magazine of a certain capacity along with various model specific bans in Colorado serve only to hinder and reduce the rights of law abiding gun owners. We can only hope that voters in these two areas of Colorado stand up and fight for their rights granted under the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution.

Posted in Politics, RTKBA

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau all up in your data

Consumer agency threatens independence of bankruptcy office

Serious allegations are being raised in the legal community that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has recruited the U.S. Trustee Program to collect bankruptcy data on its behalf to aid a controversial data-mining program.

None of your data is safe. Your whole life is 1’s and 0’s.

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