Software Development Haven GitHub Slammed with Brutal DDoS Attack

GitHub is currently being slammed with the largest DDoS attack in the history of the site. DDoS stands for distributed denial of service and basically amounts to a flood of bogus network traffic that’s meant to slow down the servers.

GitHub is a software development repository used by countless companies and home users. Jamie Garcia Dias has learned that it’s used to help distribute source code for a huge number of projects, some of which are none too popular in China.

The main targets of the attack appear to be aimed at Greatfire.org and the New York Times, both of which are banned in China. Greatfire.org provides tools that Chinese people can use to circumnavigate the national internet restrictions imposed upon them.

The Chinese Government restricts access to a large amount of web content that’s freely available in other countries. It appears as though the attack is originating from users on Baidu, China’s equivalent to Google. Baidu JavaScript is being hijacked outside of Baidu’s own networks and forcing users to reload the GitHub website every few seconds, causing an insane onslaught of web traffic.

Efforts to mitigate the attack appear to be working at this point in time. GitHub services are almost fully functional as of writing this, although intermittent problems still exist.

The Dorchester Collection Strives For Quality

While the Dorchester Collection is only made up of 10 hotels throughout Europe and the United States, it is known as one of the finer luxury boutique hotel chains in the world. Being a luxury boutique chain, the hotels also often come with restaurants and spas. So, knowing what hotels have spas and restaurants can prove helpful when someone wants to book a stay at one of the locations. Now, not all of the hotels have a restaurant or spa, and there is even a restaurant or two that is not accompanied with a hotel at all. Either way though, whenever staying at one of the hotels or eating at one of the restaurants, it is always destined to be a high quality affair.

The Alain Ducasse is the most common restaurant found throughout the hotel chain. In fact, there are three. There is the Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, which is the original hotel in the collection and located in London, England (this hotel also has China Tang as another restaurant on the premises). Another Alain Ducasse is located at the Plaza Athenee in France, and then a third Restaurant le Meurica Alain Ducasse is located at the other Paris hotel owned by the collection. It uses a slightly different restaurant name in order to stand apart from the hotel the restaurant located at The Plaza Athenee.

Wolfgang Puck is known to have finer restaurants in hotels throughout the United States, and this is no different than the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. Beyond this, there is the La Terrazzo, located at Hotel Eden, which is the hotel located in Rome (and one of the newest additions to the hotel collection as well). The Polo Lounge is situated inside the Beverly Hills Hotel and Restaurant Coworth Park is, naturally, part of the Coworth Park hotel, situated in Ascot, Berkshire in the United Kingdom.

The final three restaurants available in the hotel collection is Le Jardin, found at Le Richemond, found in Geneva, Cut at 45 Park Lane, which is another London hotel, and Acanto at Hotel Principe di Savoia, which is the hotel chain’s Milan offering.

Seven of the hotels do have a spa on site. The Dorchester and Coworth Park have spas in Spain, while both the Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air in LA have spas. Le Meurice and Le Richmond have spas, as does the Hotel Principe di Savoia.

Google Glass Getting an Overhaul

 

Despite what’s been reported, Google is still developing the Google Glass.

Accroding to Deadline.com, Google suspended the sale of the initial version of the Glass and halted their Explorer program.

The project was moved from the research laboratory of Google to a separate division, and Google put Tony Fadell , the unit supervisor of Smart Home Nest, in charge of the strategy of Google Glasses, and Ivy Ross to manage the the day day operations.

These changes led to rumors that Google was going to abandon the project, which never got the full support of consumers.

The company has maintained that Google Glass found success in business and hinted that future versions of the device may be more suitable for enterprise environments.

“We finished the Explorer program and the press confused this with the cancellation of the entire project, which is not true. Google takes risk and there is nothing about adjusting the Glass program that suggest we are ending the project,”said Schmidt.

Fadell’s involvement with Glass is “to make sure that its ready for users,” Schmidt said.

The Google Glasswear, computer equipment mounted on eyeglass frames, faced criticism from people because of their price tag of $ 1,500, and the awkward design and ability to record video in secret.

Many companies, however, welcomed the device willingly and should be happy to know Google hasn’t given up on Glass.

Mars Rover Making Discoveries

The unmanned NASA Mars rover Curiosity has made an important discovery. The rover analyzed some martian rock samples and found that they contain nitrates similar to those found on Earth. Scientists have long suspected that there was life on Mars at one time, and this makes it more likely.

Bruce Karatz has learned that, generally, scientists look for carbon when they are trying to find evidence of an environment that can support life similar to life on earth. However, nitrogen is important to life as well. There is nitrogen in both human RNA and DNA.

The area of Mars where Curiosity found the nitrates is now a barren desert. However, it may at one time been a much more hospitable place.

Mars has always been a big planet in the human imagination. Alien invaders in books and movies often come from Mars. Ray Bradbury, in particular, was fascinated with the planet and used it as a setting for some of his best work. In my opinion, it would be neat if at one time there really was life on Mars.

I also like that we sent Curiosity to Mars instead of trying to send humans. This is cheaper and Curiosity can stay up there on the red planet making discoveries indefinitely.

Virgin America Might Make Electric Cars

Could Virgin America be making its own electric cars? Virgin’s CEO Richard Branson says that they are. the eccentric CEO recently made a statement indicating that the company had teams of people currently working on creating electric cars. Brandon says that in the future you might see Virgin competing with Tesla in the electric car market.

Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk have long help the top spot when it comes to electric vehicles. Musk himself is a huge titan when it comes to the transportation space and has made a lot of strides when it comes to taking new offerings in the space, up to and including a new Hyperloop that he plans on building. The Hyperloop would be a high speed train that would be able to transport passengers across the United States at a speed faster than any plane could.

Since Musk is so interested in transportation, and comping up with alternatives to plane travel, it’s not surprising that Branson would put the CEO and his company in its crosshairs and suggest that they are working on a product to compete with it. A Virgin electric car? People at Anastasia Date would love to see it if and when Virgin decides to show it off to the public.

Governor of Maine Implies Stephen King is a Tax Dodger- King Demands Apology

Author Stephen King is a proud resident of Maine. He was born and raised there. He and his wife Tabby own homes in both Center Lovell and Bangor. The love and pride that King has for his home state comes through in his novels, the majority of which take place in Maine. He is a loyal resident of Maine, which is why he is upset with the Governor of his beloved state, Gov. Paul LePage.

According to the story on Buzzfeed.com, and Wikipedia according to Ray Lane, Governor LePage is currently pushing for a tax overhaul plan for Maine. Governor LePage has spoken out publicly to say that he feels many famous people who live in Maine are leaving to dodge the state’s income tax. In his speech he mentioned that residents such as Roxanne Quimby who founded Burt’s Bees, former Governor Ken Curtis, and Stephen King are among those who left to avoid the tax.

Those remarks have left King upset and demanding an apology from Governor LePage. King and his wife have made it clear that they often spend their winter months in Florida but consider themselves to be Maine residents. King said that he and his wife gladly pay their home state’s income taxes so that state services can continue to run as they do.

Governor LePage has amended his speech to remove King’s name from it, however he has yet to apologize for his remarks.

YouTube May Launch Subscription Service

It looks like YouTube may be launching a subscription service. One employee posted on Variety this weekend, noting that google might be considering the merits of launching its own video on demand service. You might argue that YouTube already offers on-demand video. The difference with this version would be ads. For a monthly fee, users could potentially sign up to watch videos on the service without the pain of watching ads before each one begins.

If it sees the light of day, the service is expected to be similar to YouTube’s current YouTube Music Key service. That service charges customers $7.99 per month, and gives them ad-free access to music videos on YouTube, regardless of whether or not their original creators opted o ad a pre-roll ad.

Sergio Cortes has learned that YouTube is currently working on ways to position itself better amongst other video on demand services such as Hulu, Vessel and Vimeo. The paid service would help the company earn more money, but it also might potentially give it more money to put back into content creation, both its own and the work of its content creators. If YouTube pays better than the competition, then it will be able to retain and attract more and better content creators.

California Judge Says Cops Need Warrant To Track Your Phone’s Location

Phones Reveal More About People Than Just The Location

It’s not a new ruling. But it is a new ruling in California. Now, several states have laws that say the police can’t invade your privacy by tracking your phone’s location without a warrant.

There’s no guarantee police will get a warrant if they suspect criminal activity, but, for the most part, this law will keep the number of personal information invasions down for law-abiding citizens. Phone tracking is a common police tool, but if they don’t have court approval to snoop, then they could face legal action. But there are ways around the law, and the police can find them if they look hard enough. Most police departments in the state follow the law, but there are some that don’t as AnastasiaDate users have noticed.

Policing the police has always been an issue. This law works if the police abide by the rules, but we all know that doesn’t happen all the time. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t committed a crime the cops should not track your phone, period. But if you are suspected of a crime, and the crime is more than a misdemeanor offense, they will get a warrant in order to protect the case and their job.

Woman Charged With Theft After Charging Her Cell Phone

An Oregon woman was charged with theft after plugging her cell phone charger into a box planter outlet. The homeless woman, identified only as Jackie, was arrested by ununiformed police officers and brought up on multiple charges for the action stated Google Plus. Jackie was shocked when she learned what she had done was against the law. The outlet was part of a box planter located in the Old Town section of Portland. The woman explained that the majority of resources that are available to the homeless are located in Old Town, but that she is often harassed. “I wanted to charge my cell phone,” Jackie went on to explain. “Sometimes things happen. I want to feel safe.” She has attained legal counsel in the matter. Jackie missed her initial arraignment and was arrested on a bench warrant for failure to appear. She has since had to make other appearances in court in regards to the matter. Her attorney says that cases such as Jackie’s are uncommon, but they have happened. “I had a client that was arrested for plugging in their cell phone near the Greyhound bus station,” Public Defender Jane Fox explained. Jackie said that she believed it was okay for her to charge her cell phone at the location because she had seen others do it. A Sarasota, Florida man was arrested in 2012 on theft of public utility charges after a police officer spotted the man charging his phone at a public park shelter.

Wine Tasting Expert

Wine Tasting Experts are familiar with discovering the smooth taste and smell of an excellent new wine. Fine wines are products that are cherished by those in the wine tasting business. Certainly, wine specialist are very familiar with the Antique Wine Company. The company was founded by Stephen Williams in 1982. They specialize in fine wines, wine classes, wine planning, and wine tasting events. The Antique Wine Company is located in London, England. The company has certainly grown since its introduction to the wine world. Currently, it is estimated that the global company has over 20,000 clients, located in 70 countries.

Wine Tasting
Many think that wine tasting is an art. Others find that it is more like a science. Certainly, it is important to understand something about wine tasting. This should help to select a perfect wine to go with meals at fine restaurants that offer customers an opportunity to taste or sample a wine before selecting one to go with their meal.

Learn Wine Tasting Basics
Learn wine tasting basics. Soon, you will discover that you are on the road to becoming a wine tasting expert. In order to learn wine tasting, you must really appreciate wine. Of course, those with very sensitive taste are the best candidates for wine tasting. It takes time and practice to join the ranks of the wine tasting experts. Certainly, this is a very enjoyable journey for most participants.

How to Taste Wine Like Experts
First, you require a discriminating nose. The ability to identify distinct aroma’s is a must. Hold the glass close to your nose and breathe in the aroma. Swallow a bit of the wine. Notice all the subtle aroma’s. Let them embrace your senses. Certainly, it takes practice to really develop a good ability to discern wine flavors. Soon, you’ll easily select the best wines on the menu to enhance your dinning experience.