Wild Prairie Rose – Winner Black Hills Film Festival – Best Feature Film 2017

We are so thrilled to announce that Wild Prairie Rose was named the BEST FEATURE FILM at the Black Hills Film Festival in South Dakota! As an independent film that was shot almost entirely in Beresford, SD this recognition means so much to us!  Thank you to the festival organizers and the jury for this honor!  If you are in the Black Hills area, WPR will screen on SUNDAY, APRIL 30th at the festival, and our director, DEBORAH LAVINE will lead a panel discussion on film making as well! We hope to see you there!

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Russian Vodka Hack

Russian Embassy buys its vodka like a suburban dad — at Costco

Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak is Washington’s most dangerous diplomat

Politico

…..  At Russia’s fortress-like Embassy on Wisconsin Avenue, north of Washington’s Georgetown neighborhood, Kislyak also hosts parties for fellow diplomats, Russia specialists and other Washingtonians with personal or business ties to Russia. (Though elegant, those functions may also reveal hints of Russia’s economic malaise: At one recent event, bartenders served Kirkland vodka—the brand sold by the bulk-discount retailer Costco.)

The Russian Embassy did not respond to a request for comment.
 

 

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FBI Enlists Geek Squad

By Tom Jackman January 9 
 
At a giant Best Buy repair shop in Brooks, Ky., Geek Squad technicians work on computers owned by people across the country, delving into them to retrieve lost data. Over several years, a handful of those workers have notified the FBI when they see signs of child pornography, earning payments from the agency.  Read full article at Washington Post
 
NOTE – In this case, the alleged files weree in “unallocated space” – they had been deleted.  The tech had to intentionlly scan for dleted files and would not have been able to see or recover them without special tools.

How To Rack Mount a Behringer X32 Producer

The Behringer X32 Producer can be easily mounted into a 19 inch console rackmount or road case, however it isn’t obvious and there is nothing in the Behringer manual.  

The X32 Producer ships for desktop use with rounded molded plastic sides.  In the box are two steel brackets with hole patterns that do not line up with the screw spacing om the sides.

 

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The plastic sides are held on by 5 screws – remove the screws and the sides to access the metal frame.

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There are 4 mounting holes near the bottom of the console for mounting the rackmount brackets.  Use 4 of the 5 screws that held the side piece to the console.

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Behringer X32 Producer rack mounted in an SKB Mighty Gig Rig from B&H.

 

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HP “Time Bomb” Locks Out 3rd Party Ink Cartridges

The Guardian Alex Hern
Hewlett-Packard printers have suddenly started rejecting ink cartridges produced or refilled by third parties, apparently due to a “ticking timebomb” left by the manufacturer in an update released in March 2016.
The printers, in the company’s OfficeJet, OfficeJet Pro and OfficeJet Pro X ranges, accepted refills made by third-parties and sold at a significantly lower price than the official ink made and sold by HP itself. But on 13 September, the printers began to reject those refills, with error messages including “cartridge problem”, “one or more cartridges are missing or damaged” and “older generation cartridge”.
Adding insult to injury, the printers themselves have not received a software update recently, suggesting that the last update, six months ago, had a delayed-action effect. In doing so, it prevented affected users from getting the word out about the lockdown and discouraging others in a similar situation from updating their own printers.  read more…
UPDATE  HP issued a non-apology and made it possible for users to back out the change by applying patched firmware to their printers.  See the HP Blog Post. “As a remedy for the small number of affected customers, we will issue an optional firmware update that will remove the dynamic security feature. We expect the update to be ready within two weeks and will post additional information here as it becomes available”.  Emphasis is mine.
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FLIR ONE Thermal Imaging Camera & Nexus 5X Phone- Camera Not Recognized

The FLIR ONE is a thermal imaging camera attachment for iOS and Android devices.  The FLIR model for Android uses a micro USB connector while several newer devices including the Nexus 5X employ the newer USB Type-C connector.  Many micro USB to USB Type-C adaptors do not support the 5X being the host and the FLIR being the device (using a USB C to C cable to a Mac, for example, the Mac is the host and the 5X is the device).   Using a non-compliant connector the FLIR ONE Android app does not see the camera.

The VicTsing USB 3.1 Type-C to Micro USB Convert Connector  does work with the Nexus 5X and FLIR ONE.  The FLIR app connects to the camera and appears to work well.

Web searches return warnings about using un-tested micro USB to USB C adaptors or USB Type-C to female micro USB cables for charging.  A good discussion by Geoff Hoff can be found here.  Using the app Current Monitor by Eric Johnson, the VicTsing USB 3.1 Type-C to Micro USB Convert Connector appears to be safe to use for charging.  The charge current started in FAST mode, then when the phone reached 95% charge it switched to TAPER mode and reduced current through 100%.  Nonetheless, I plan on using the adaptor only for the FLIR and sticking with the USB C charger that came with the Nexus 5X.

 

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