Fishing the North Coast: Smith, Chetco only options for steelhead

first_imgFollowing a fabulously wet February – and with a “Miracle March” in the making – options for winter steelhead fishing have been limited to say the least. If it wasn’t for the quick-clearing Smith and Chetco rivers, we’d be you know what. Not only are those two rivers the only game in town, they’re both kicking out some quality, fresh steelhead. The same cannot be said of the rest of the coastal streams as they’ve remained high and muddy after last week’s deluge.We aren’t forecasted for any big …last_img

Giants can’t measure up against Dodgers, Bochy’s farewell all that’s left

first_imgClick here if you have trouble viewing this gallery in your mobile device. SAN FRANCISCO — There go the Los Angeles Dodgers, barreling toward the postseason on the heels of securing their seventh straight National League West crown.There go the San Francisco Giants, reminding Bruce Bochy of why he made his decision to retire in the first place.In their penultimate meeting of the regular season on Saturday, the Dodgers and left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu silenced the Giants and an underachieving …last_img

“Likejacking” Takes Off on Facebook

first_imgsarah perez Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Security researchers are warning of the newest Facebook threat, something they’re calling “likejacking,” a Facebook-enabled clickjacking attack that tricks users into clicking links that mark the clicked site as one of your Facebook “likes.” These likes then show up on your profile and, of course, in your Facebook News Feed where your friends can see the link and click it, allowing the vicious, viral cycle to continue. According to security firm Sophos, hundreds of thousands of users have already fallen for this new “likejacking” trick thanks to the clever and tantalizing linkbait the spammers use to entice people to click their links. For example:“LOL This girl gets OWNED after a POLICE OFFICER reads her STATUS MESSAGE.”“This man takes a picture of himself EVERYDAY for 8 YEARS!!”“The Prom Dress That Got This Girl Suspended From School.”After clicking through on a link, victims don’t get to see the promised content, but rather a blank page reading “click here to continue.” This page contains the clickjacking worm (Troj/Iframe-ET) embedded via an invisible link. Click anywhere on the page and the message is posted to your profile and News Feed, allowing the worm to further its spread. This particular exploit is made possible by way of Facebook’s new like button and its associated developer code. According to the like button documentation, the buttons can be customized with meta data that includes things like the title of the Web page, the name of the website and the URL of a picture for the page. By customizing these fields, spammers and hackers can easily create links that are, in fact, malicious “likes.” Told You SoThe popularity of this particular attack vector is not surprising. Soon after the launch of the Facebook like button, we reported on its potential as a threat, noting how incredibly easy it is to create like buttons that link to anything on the Web – even pages you have never visited. It was only a matter of time before spammers and hackers started exploiting this weakness for their own purposes. (Frankly, we’re surprised it took this long.) The problem has to do with the overly simple way Facebook has implemented the “like button” feature. Non-developers can plug a URL into a wizard that generates code that can be copied and pasted anywhere on the Web. Like buttons created this way or manually, via handwritten code, will function properly even if they point to a webpage that’s on a different domain from the page where the button is being hosted. Kyle Bragger, a Web entrepreneur who just launched Forrst, an online community for developers and designers, warned Facebook users of “like fraud” back in April by way of a personal blog post. To circumvent potential likejacking attempts such as these, he created a Facebook “like” bookmarklet that safely “likes” the page you’re on, allowing you to feel secure that you’re actually liking the real thing and not some shady linkbait. (Or likebait, if you will). If you’ve been hit with this likejacking attack, the best you can do is remove the like from your profile and delete the post from your News Feed. You might want to apologize to your friends with a Facebook status update, too. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Facebook#NYT#security#social networks#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

A Habitat Passivhaus for Upstate New York

first_imgSo far, Sullivan County Habitat for Humanity, based in Harris, New York, has completed two homes for families in the county, which is about 75 miles northwest of New York City and known to many people as a Catskills vacation destination.But this Habitat affiliate’s third project, now in the planning stages, could become one of the region’s affordable-housing landmarks if it meets the expectations of its design-and-construction team and a joins Habitat’s emerging portfolio of homes built to the Passivhaus standard. As noted in a recent edition of The River Reporter, the affiliate’s president, Pat Pomeroy, has been collaborating with architects Michael Chojnicki and Buck Moorhead; project coordinator Stephen Stuart, who owns a construction firm called Sustainable Solutions; and construction manager Bert Echt, whose building company is called Evergreen Design. The River Reporter story portrays this group as devotees of green building — a portrayal confirmed by GBA’s conversation with Stuart.Crafting design and materials strategiesAs currently envisioned, the house would include 1,230 sq. ft. of conditioned space, four bedrooms, and two baths. It will be built on a half-acre lot in South Fallsburg, near the eastern border of Sullivan County.Stuart told GBA that Passivhaus modeling still has to be done to determine what R-values will be needed for the exterior walls and roof, although preliminary plans call for about 9 in. of extruded foam insulation under the slab, for a thermal resistance of about R-45.The development team is leaning toward using 2×4 advanced framing for the exterior walls, with studs spaced 24 in. on center, and dense-packed cellulose insulation. The siding would be fiber-cement or stucco, Stuart said. “We’ll see how [a stucco exterior] fits in in the neighborhood,” he added.A budget target has yet to be set, although Stuart pointed out that, in addition to benefiting from Habitat’s volunteer labor force, this project will save money in part through its use of recycled material (including the foam that will go under the slab) and through the building’s two-story design, which will reduce the size of two cost-intensive components: the slab and the roof. The windows for this house likely will be Pella argon-filled double-pane units with fiberglass frames and sashes.If planning progresses as hoped, Stuart said, the project should break ground in June. By September, it should be far enough along for Stuart to bring students in Sullivan County Community College’s green-building program out to the site for a tour – and maybe a little volunteer labor.last_img read more

In Rajasthan, 10 lakh farmers identified for loans in next crop cycle

first_imgThe Congress government in Rajasthan has identified a whopping 10 lakh farmers for grant of loans through cooperative banks during the next crop cycle, amid allegations by the Opposition BJP that its “populist measure” of farm-loan waiver had failed to extend the benefit to the eligible agriculturists and led to scams in several districts. State Cooperative Minister Udai Lal Anjana said here on Saturday that the cooperative debt structure was being strengthened for the benefit of farmers who would get the loans without mortgaging their land. Farmers getting themselves biometrically registered under the scheme would be given preference in the loan disbursement, he said. The farm loans will be disbursed in two stages during the next crop cycle of kharif season from April 1 to August 31 and rabi season from September 1 to March 31. Mr. Anjana said the loan recipients would also get the benefit of other schemes operated by the Cooperative Department. The BJP has alleged that the loan waiver scheme, announced by the State government without the Cabinet’s approval, was not clear about the eligible farmers and the process of implementation. BJP State president Madal Lal Saini said the “loan scams” had come to light in several districts, where the loans were picked up in the name of farmers who had never received the amount. The Congress government had announced loan waiver for farmers up to Rs.2 lakh each, resulting in the burden of an estimated Rs.18,000 crore on the Exchequer, on December 19, 2018, two days after being sworn in. The Congress had promised to tackle agrarian distress during its campaign for the 2018 State Assembly election. The entire short-term loans taken by small and medium farmers from cooperative and land development banks without any monetary ceiling and the debts up to Rs.2 lakh due on November 30, 2018, for the defaulter farmers who had obtained loans from nationalised, commercial and rural banks was to be waived in the scheme’s first phase. Registrar of Cooperative Societies Niraj K. Pawan said the farmers who had become members of village cooperative societies several years ago would be among the beneficiaries selected for the crop loan disbursement scheme.last_img read more