TV Rabbit Ears Making A Comeback

TV access using an antenna is on the way back, as a result of more people "cutting the cord" and moving away from the cable and satellite model of TV content delivery. Streaming services and good old fashioned "rabbit ears" are the way to go these days.
Parks Associates shows the percentage of U.S. broadband households that use only antennas to receive TV has steadily increased since 2013 to reach 15%. 360 View: Entertainment Services in U.S. Broadband Households reveals this increase coincides with a drop in pay-TV subscriptions and an increase in Internet-only video subscriptions.
We actually became part of that statistic last Summer, using primarily Sling TV on Roku and an indoor antenna to get local news and a few other programs (although to be honest, we find ourselves watching very little network TV these days).



Don't Poke The Wookiee

In the original Star Wars movie (Episode IV, if you are keeping count) there is a short scene where one of the droids (R2, I think) makes a devastating "holographic chess" move against Chewbacca, and the big fella is pretty miffed. 

C3PO then chirps that it was a fair move, and that no-one cares if a droid gets upset about something like that. Han Solo then smirks that droids don't generally tear people's arms off when they lose, which Wookiees are known to do.

Well, in an early cut of Force Awakens (Episode VII) Chewbacca actually does tear someone's arm off, quite deliberately. He steps on the character's foot to give him some leverage, gives a Wookiee-powered yank and flings the arm onto a poker table (or the the intergalactic equivalent thereof).

It's not clear if the scene was cut for time, good taste, or if it was just one too many bits of fan-service in a move that was already pretty well stuffed. You can view the (bloodless) scene here, with incompletely-rendered CGI (in case you wondered why it looks a bit odd).

Weekly Round-Up - Jan 20

It's Weekly Round-Up time once again. This is where I pull together an eclectic sampling of items (hopefully) of interest from the past several days for your enjoyment and enlightenment.

Indiana Cancer Agency hacked - how low can you go? 

The USDA updated it's definition of "Organic"

What is the best cheap replacement for a desktop running Windows Vista?

Windows 10 can now free up space automatically

This Gmail phishing attack is fooling tech-savvy users


SANS Ouch! January 2017 - Social Engineering

The SANS Institute provides a monthly "Ouch!" newsletter covering security-related topics in a user-friendly manner.

The January 2017 edition covers the topic of - Social Engineering

And remember - SANS Ouch! newsletters are made to be shared.

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PC Sales Falling, Falling...

For five straight years, global shipments of new PCs have fallen - around 5% over 2015 according to Gartner. While different bodies give different percentage declines, the trend is still down over time.
Innovative form factors like 2-in-1s as well as technology improvements such as better battery life have led to fast growth courtesy of engaged PC users, [Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner] said, but PC enthusiasts alone aren’t enough to drive overall market growth.