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Danny Cipriani’s future will be announced soon, but the Melbourne Rebels playmaker hasn’t signed a contract for next season with any rival clubs.

The Englishman has told the Herald Sun his management was in talks with other clubs but he wasn’t being distracted by reports out of Britain suggesting a deal with the Sale Sharks had been done.

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“Things have to be cleared up pretty soon. I obviously have a few things in the pipeline, clubs I have been talking to, Melbourne being one. I’ll just see what happens,” he said.

“I’m not concerned (by the reports). They are all wanting to be the first to say what’s happening. But you’ve just got to deal with it. They have their job to do, so do I. It is what it is.”

It’s believed Cipriani has told club officials how excited he is about this year and the Rebels’ future, but Melbourne remains an outsider to hold on to him.

After a disappointing debut season with the Rebels, Cipriani is ready to repay the club and its fans.

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“My effort, attitude and work ethic, that’s all I can show now,” Cipriani told the Herald Sun.

“I could sit down and say I am going to do X, Y and Z, but if you don’t do it, don’t follow through, it’s nothing.

“From day one this pre-season, I made an effort to do everything I could. I worked hard, went on an army camp and worked hard on that, even though I hated every minute of it. It’s something some people enjoy. I didn’t.

“But I did everything to the best of my ability, knuckled down and got on with it and hopefully earned a bit of respect from that.

“That’s what happens during the season, too. There are things you don’t want to do but you’ve just got to do them, and that’s what I am going to be doing.”

Contrary to some suggestions, Cipriani said he was anything but loathing a return to Melbourne for another season with the Rebels.

Off-season time spent at home in England was welcome, and time with his mates was golden.

But the 24-year former England international said he did not have to be pushed to board the plane back to Australia.

“I was looking forward to it,” he said.

“I was going to attack this pre-season as best I can and get as fit as I can and in the best shape I can and get ready for the season because I know, potentially, we have a really strong side.”

In a clear signal that Cipriani wants to move beyond his off-field deeds, he conceded that while much was often made of not much at all, he certainly wasn’t a completely innocent victim of the media obsession with sporting bad boys.

“Sport has that funny way of trying to have those dramas and finding them,” he said.

“Sometimes the sportsmen create that themselves and I have been guilty of that, making small mistakes, but sometimes it gets blown up out of all proportion.

“I was larking about and messing about, but it wasn’t anything beyond that.

“You are always surprised that happens because it’s such a weird situation to be in. You don’t walk down the street thinking ‘this person knows who I am’, you are just being yourself.

“We all make mistakes, we’ve all been there. Some people just get scrutinised more. You have to learn from that … hopefully I have, because I’d like to keep my head out of the papers as much as possible.”

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Tornado watch lifted; heavy rain continues to fall – The Virginian

Mother Nature sure couldn’t make up her mind Friday.

Around noon, the temperature soared to 82 degrees at Norfolk International Airport. That broke the record of 80 set for the date in 1985, according to the National Weather Service.

By 1:20 p.m., the service issued a tornado watch for the area. Rains began pounding around 6 p.m. and continued throughout the night. Up to half an inch fell. There was no confirmation but a tornado was said to have touched down in Mathews County north of South Hampton Roads. But none appeared here.

By 9 p.m., the temperature had dropped about 20 degrees and wind gusts of up to 50 mph were recorded. Expect gusts between 30 and 35 mph today.

High temperatures today and Sunday will be around 50.



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Furniture Manufacturer Xybix Systems, Inc. Selects Denver Digital Agency for …

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Xybix Systems, Inc. selected Elevated Third, a Denver digital agency, to design and develop their new website. Xybix specializes in ergonomic desks for dispatch centers and PACS reading room workstations for Radiologists. The new website will launch in early summer 2012.

Elevated Third’s lead designer, Judd Mercer will design the new website and it will be built using Drupal, an open-source content management system. The new site will carry over the best features and content from Xybix’s current site, but will have a more user-friendly information architecture. The goal is to make the site easier to navigate for both potential customers and search engines. Other new features will include a comprehensive photo gallery and improved video content.

Xybix chose Elevated Third because of their detailed customer research approach and process. Xybix is confident that Elevated Third will build a fully customized and functional web solution. Elevated Third is enthusiastic about working with another local company who is an innovator in their field.

“They are really invested in a high quality product,” said Elevated Third Account Manager Amanda Gaube. “They set the standard for ergonomic desks even before there was an ergonomic standard way.”

About Xybix: Founded in 1991, Xybix grew to become an industry leader in ergonomic furniture for mission critical environments, including 911 operations and health care settings. The company is headquartered in Littleton, Colorado and many members of the executive team are also members of the Winter Park volunteer ski patrol.

About Elevated Third: Since 2005, Elevated Third is a top digital agency in Denver. Web design, web development, and search engine marketing are their specialties, but brand development, email marketing and social media marketing services are offered. Elevated Third is a platinum sponsor for Drupalcon Denver, March 19-22, 2012.



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Friends of Shrewsbury Public Library offer 2012 scholarship

Shrewsbury – The Friends of the Shrewsbury Public Library is pleased to announce the sponsorship of its annual scholarship. The scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, will be awarded to a student residing in Shrewsbury, graduating from a local public or private high school this school year, and continuing his/her education the following academic year as a full-time student working toward a bachelor’s or associate’s degree.

The application deadline is Saturday, March 24.

Scholarship applications may be picked up at the following high schools’ guidance departments: Shrewsbury High School, Assabet Valley Regional Technical, St John’s, Holy Name, St. Peter-Marian, Worcester Academy, Bancroft School, Worcester Vocational and Notre Dame Academy, along with at the Shrewsbury Public Library and the library’s website.

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Syria unrest: Red Cross begins Homs evacuation

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Saleh Dabbakeh, ICRC: “We are hoping that this is only the beginning”

The Red Cross has begun moving women, children and the wounded from part of the besieged Syrian city of Homs.

Syrian Arab Red Crescent ambulances drove into the suburb of Baba Amr, which has been under heavy attack, after negotiations earlier in the day.

Injured journalists were among those awaiting rescue, but the International Committee of the Red Cross has not made clear if they are among the evacuees.

The news came as a major conference was held in Tunisia pushing for aid access.

Delegates from 70 countries gathered at the “Friends of Syria” conference to increase the pressure on President Bashar al-Assad.

The conference ended with a declaration calling on the Syrian government to end violence immediately, allow humanitarian access, and permit the delivery of relief supplies.

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Hillary Clinton: “The regime is doing everything it can to prevent aid from reaching those who are suffering the most”

The declaration also vowed to step up sanctions on Syria, including travel bans, asset freezes, ending oil trade, reducing diplomatic links and preventing arms shipments.

“Participants committed to take steps to apply and enforce restrictions and sanctions on the regime and its supporters as a clear message to the Syrian regime that it cannot attack civilians with impunity,” the statement said.

The conference has already endorsed the main opposition umbrella group, the Syrian National Council, as a “credible” voice of opposition, while making clear it did not exclude other groups – thereby stopping short of declaring it a plausible government-in-waiting.

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a news conference: “The people who bear responsibility for this humanitarian catastrophe are Assad and his security forces. The regime is doing everything it can to prevent aid from reaching those who are suffering the most.”

She said the escalating violence in Syria was an “affront to the international community, a threat to regional security, and a grave violation of universal human rights”.

Mrs Clinton also attacked Russia and China, which both refused to attend the conference and previously vetoed UN Security Council resolutions targeting Syria.

“The entire world other than Russia and China were willing to accept that we need to take action against the Assad regime,” she said. “They must understand that they are setting themselves not only against the wishes of the Syrian people but against the whole Arab Spring.”

Activists said 103 people were killed by Syrian government forces across the country on Friday.

The Local Co-ordination Committees, a network of anti-government groups, said the victims included at least 36 people in Homs and 32 in the province in Hama.

It said security forces HAD also shot dead 10 people in the eastern city of Hasaka as a crowd tried to topple a statue of President Assad’s late brother, Bassel.

Syria restricts access to foreign media and casualty figures cannot be verified.

Opposition groups say more than 7,000 people have died in the 11-month uprising.

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Much of the conference’s attention has been focused on Homs, which has been under rocket and shell attack for two weeks.

The Red Cross confirmed earlier its staff had reached Baba Amr and were talking to both the Syrian authorities and the opposition about bringing the injured to safety.

Spokesman Hicham Hassan told the BBC the situation there was getting worse by the hour.

About 20 women and children, along with seven wounded people, were moved to safety, reports said.

Two journalists injured earlier this week in Homs made video appeals for help.

Frenchwoman Edith Bouvier needs surgery for a broken leg and and is said to be in a potentially life-threatening condition. Briton Paul Conroy, who has less severe leg injuries, also asked for outside help to bring him to safety.

Both were hurt in the attack which killed two other journalists – American Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik.

The Syrian National Council urged the Tunis conference to allow outside countries to be allowed to supply arms to the rebel Free Syrian Army.

“If the regime fails to accept the terms of the political initiative outlined by the Arab League and end violence against citizens, the Friends of Syria should not constrain individual countries from aiding the Syrian opposition by means of military advisers, training and provision of arms to defend themselves,” the group said.

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    High of 81 beats record; tornado watches issued – The Virginian


    As the mercury reached a record 81 degrees this afternoon, the National Weather Service extended tornado watches to all of Hampton Roads and northeastern North Carolina. A cold front heading east could bring severe weather. 

    Shortly before 8 a.m. today, the weather service reported 69 degrees at Norfolk Naval Station. By 10 a.m., the reading had increased to 75. By noon, Norfolk International Airport was reporting 80, a tie with the record set in 1985.

    Thursday’s high reached 75, just 4 degrees short of a record 79 set in 1975, according to the National Weather Service.

    The tornado watch, issued at 1:20 p.m., is set to expire at 8 p.m.

    In a hazardous weather notice this morning, the National Weather Service warned that isolated tornadoes are possible as the strong cold front moves across the area this afternoon into the evening. Winds out of the southwest will gust up to 30 to 40 mph and possibly increase to 60 mph or more.

    The notice, for all of Hampton Roads and northeastern North Carolina, warned of the moderate risk of severe weather from any shower or storm that develops.

    Officials in several northeastern North Carolina school divisions decided to dimiss students early becasue of the severe weather threat.  

    A tornado watch was issued at 9:20 a.m. for parts of southwest and central Virginia, including Pittsylvania and Halifax counties. The watches extend along a large swath of the southeast, stretching from Virginia to Alabama, as the front continued to move south.

    The weather service already had issued tornado warnings for portions of Alabama. Radar had indicated that at least one tornado possibly had formed in Wilcox.  

    The Virginia Department of Emergency Management urged residents, through its Twitter feed, to pay attention to weather reports.

    If a tornado warning is issued for your area, get away from a window and into an interior room on the lowest level of a building, the emergency agency warned. Basements and crawl spaces are safe places to take shelter.

    For more tips and information, visit the agency’s website.



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    Visual Studio 11 Beta – Are We Ready

    As well as the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Visual Studio 11 and .NET 4.5 will be released on February 29th.


    Perhaps the biggest change is that of emphasis:

    We want developers to be productive in building such applications, whether they’re using C++, JavaScript, Visual Basic or C#.”

    Only a short time ago JavaScript wouldn’t have been mentioned and C++ would have been last in the list.



    The list of new features, as highlighted in the press release is:

    Reduced toolbar commands

    There are now fewer commands on the toolbar. You can still get at the removed commands via the drop down menu and you can add them back using the customization. For example, the copy and paste icons have gone because studies show that most programmers use the keyboard shortcuts.

    Simplified graphics

    The use of  color within tools, except in cases where color is used for notification or status change purposes, has been removed. 

    (Top row is the VS 2010 icon and the bottom row is the simplified VS 11 icons)

    Comprehensive search

    This is a new search option which will find commands and configuration options, tool windows, and open files.

    Workflow hubs

     These combine common tasks into one simplified window

    Preview Tabs

     You can view the contents of documents using new Preview Tabs, which get reused. The idea is that you reduce the number of tabs that accumulate while you work.

    All of these seem nice extras, but nothing to merit a version number increment. Of course, the bit of the iceberg that isn’t in sight are the extras required to support Windows 8 and WinRT.

    Overall the look of the new Visual Studio is “grey”  and flat. It may be an attempt to look less cluttered and confusing, but it succeeds in looking bland and boring.

    Are programmers and programming really colorless?



    One of things that isn’t clear at this point is whether or not the controversial WPF graphics have been removed as part of the change. Visual Studio 2010 was the only Microsoft application to actually use WPF to implement its UI. Many programmers complained how slow and unresponsive it was compared to earlier versions.  It seems unlikely that anything major has happened.

    Perhaps the biggest surprise is the announcement of the cut-down version of Team Foundation Server, TFS Express. This will be free and will support up to five users.

    On the .NET 4.5 front, most of the new features have been well publicised as community technology previews and the like. Now we have asynchronous commands built in as standard to C# and VB. Less obvious is the upgrade to the CLR, with features such as multicore background JIT compilation. It is claimed that this speeds up startup and execution.


    Personally I’m not impressed by the look of Visual Studio 11 – but it’s the feel that matters so I have to reserve judgment until I’ve tried it.

    What is clear however is that there are big changes afoot and may .NET developers are in for a big, and possibly brutal shock.

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    Hottest Chef Round 1, Day 4: SF’s Mark Dommen vs Dallas’ Jill Bates

    Left: Mark Dommen (One Market, SF) [Photo: Molly DeCoudreaux]; Right: Jill Bates (Fearing’s, Dallas) [Photo: Rose Baca]

    2012_1_hotlogo.jpgHere’s the final Round 1 competition in Eater’s Hottest Chef in America contest. In a very close contest, yesterday’s Western Division contest was won by Las Vegas’ Olivier Dubreuil, knocking out Vanessa O’Donnell (Houston) and Mary Nguyen (Denver).

    Right now, some serious hotness: chef Mark Dommen of One Market in San Francisco and Jill Bates of Fearing’s in Dallas. Vote here:

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    Proposed Encrypted Media Support in HTML5 Sparks DRM Debate on W3C Mailing List

    A proposal drafted by Microsoft, Google and Netflix to add support for encrypted media playback in HTML5, has sparked a debate on the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) HTML public mailing list.

    The document is entitled “Encrypted Media Extensions v0.1″ and was submitted to W3C’s HTML Working Group for review on Tuesday. Its authors propose an extension to the HTMLMediaElement interface that would facilitate the decryption of protected content.

    “Many content providers and application developers have said they can’t use audio and video because HTML lacks robust content protection,” said Adrian Bateman, one of the people who drafted the new proposal, on the mailing list. “Without this functionality, they cannot move their apps to the web platform.”

    Companies like Netflix need to protect the content they are licensed to distribute. Because of this, their current platforms are built around plugin-based technologies like Flash or Silverlight, which support DRM (digital rights management).

    The Encrypted Media Extensions proposal doesn’t aim to implement a comprehensive DRM system in HTML5, but to provide a simple mechanism for exchanging content decryption keys, its authors said.

    However, some people don’t think the standard should include such a feature. “I believe this proposal is unethical and that we should not pursue it,” said Ian Hickson, the maintainer of the WHATWG (Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group) HTML5 specification, in response to Bateman’s argument. The WHATWG HTML 5 specification serves as basis for W3C’s HTML5 standardization efforts.

    Hickson didn’t elaborate on why he considers the proposal unethical but said that it wouldn’t provide robust content protection, so it wouldn’t solve the problem content distributors have anyway.

    Even though the proposal doesn’t provide a complete DRM solution, some people feel that it is designed to allow such systems to be built into browsers at a later time. However, implementing something like this would be very problematic for open source vendors like Mozilla.

    “A browser like Mozilla is *legally prevented* from actually implementing DRM, because they have to reveal all their code, including the decryption code that contains the secrets you use to decrypt,” said Google Chrome team member Tab Atkins Jr., in a reply to the mailing list discussion. “We should not be attempting to put anything in HTML which won’t be implemented by one of the major browsers.”

    At the moment, the proposal has an unofficial draft status which means that it is a work in progress and is open for comments from the public.

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    VIDEO: Toronto surgeons give ‘incurable’ cancer patients a chance

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    Dr.Ian McGilvray, surgeon in the multi-organ transplant program at Toronto General Hospital, leads the push to operation those otherwise deemed inoperable. Video by Bernard Weil

    A group of surgeons at Toronto General Hospital believe too many patients with liver cancer are being told to go home and die without being given a chance.

    They also believe their experience doing liver transplants gives them an edge in carving out complex tumours enmeshed in the arteries and veins that weave in and out of the liver.

    Dr. Ian McGilvray is one of the surgeons who has led the push to operate on those otherwise deemed inoperable.

    Read the full story in Saturday’s Star.

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    Pinterest Reinvents Web Design

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    Not only has Pinterest caught fire, but so too has its unique layout design. Sites across the Web are reinventing themselves by using Pinterest’s signature grid design featuring minimal text and lots of pictures. Easy Living is one such example. The British magazine, published by Condé Nast, relaunched its website earlier this month with a new design that bears an uncanny resemblance to that of Pinterest.

    Condé Nast is certainly trying to ride the Internet wave as it tries to reinvent itself online as print publications slowly become a thing of the past. The publisher announced today that it currently sells more than 200,000 digital subscriptions of its U.K. publications and that its magazines have combined total of over 965,000 Facebook fans. The company also has 13 smartphone apps and is starting to create tablet content as well.

    Unlike many publications trying to live in the past, Condé Nast has been vigilant in trying to keep up with the times. Noting the buzz surrounding Pinterest, the company chose to abandon their old ways of thinking in favor of a layout that has proven successful in this new era. As the company continues to progress into the digital age, it seems to be leading the way for the magazine industry.

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    PR REACTS: Schiano Wants Barber Back; Talib Gets A Fresh Start

    New Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano spoke to the media in Indianapolis while preparing for the upcoming NFL Combine for the first time since being introduced as head coach last month.

    Schiano talked on several subjects including the potential return of cornerback Ronde Barber and the legal woes of cornerback Aqib Talib.

    Source: The Tampa Tribune’s Bucs beat writer Roy Cummings
    Schiano suggested he could use a player of Barber’s stature on his team.

    “We’re going to talk and see, but I think he can help me know that more than I can help him,” Schiano said Thursday during a break at the NFL scouting combine.

    Barber, who turns 37 in April, has played his entire career with the Bucs, setting the team record for games played last season with 225. He had surgery to repair a broken arm sustained in the final game of the season.

    “Here’s a guy who’s a Buc,” Schiano said. “No doubt about it. It’s in his blood, and I know he wants to do the best for (him) and his family, but I know he puts the Bucs right there with them.

    “So, I just need to tell him what my vision is for the football team and hear from him how he sees how he fits in that. I think it’s going to be a great exchange.

    “I’m just going to tell him, ‘This is what we’re going to try to build here, where do you see yourself fitting in?’ He knows it’s near the end whether it’s a year, two or three. But I think no one knows better than Ronde what’s best for all parties involved.”

    Talib, entering the final year of his contract, faces a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Texas. His trial is scheduled for late March, and he faces possible jail time or a league suspension.

    “I had a great meeting with him where we just kind of talked about life for a little bit,” Schiano said of Talib. “I know there’s been some things in the past and, at the end of the day, the legal stuff that’s going on right now, hopefully that will get resolved. He tells me it will.

    “Then, from there, every guy on this football team will know our expectations. There won’t be any, ‘Well, I thoughts.’ You know if you do this everything is cool and if you don’t there’s going to be consequences.”

    PR’s Take On Barber Comments: Since taking over as head coach back on January 27, Greg Schiano has been extremely quiet and rarely seen by the media. On Thursday, Schiano was front and center in front of a media gaggle in Indianapolis and made several interesting points and maybe answered some questions that have been on the minds of Bucs’ fans and the media alike.

    On the return of Ronde Barber, Schiano would be wise to try his best to coax the veteran back for at least one more season. The youth of the Buccaneers locker room had been a major topic of discussion for the last three years, and will continue to be until the team stops fielding the youngest team in the NFL. Take away Barber’s 15 years in the league, and a young team grows even younger.

    That isn’t to say the Buccaneers should keep Barber only because of his age, but the fact is, Barber displayed the ability to play at a high level last season, leading the Buccaneers in interceptions with three, while adding 77 tackles, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

    Barber’s importance to the team isn’t just strictly based on numbers, but the fact that the veteran is one of the few on the roster who can set the example needed for the younger players. While not that fiery, in-your-face leader, several young players last season told that Barber is the ultimate professional, and many try and pattern their study and practice habits by what the former Virginia star does daily.

    And lastly, Barber is the last link to the glory days of Buccaneers football. With the release of fan favorites like Derrick Brooks and John Lynch among others, a bad taste still lingers in the mouths of many Buccaneers fans. There is no doubt there are some who would still love to see Mike Alstott come out of retirement and put on the Pewter again, but realistically those days are gone. But they aren’t for Barber, who is still playing at a high level. And even if he isn’t the same player he was 10 years ago, Barber still brings much to the table in terms of leadership by example, and is that last connection the great Buccaneers teams of the late 1990’s through the Super Bowl year.

    PR’s Take on the Talib comments: There seems to be a divide among fans when the name Aqib Talib is brought up. Half would like to see Schiano immediately cut Talib and make an example out of him to the rest of the team. While the other half seems to want to give Talib one more chance, as he is unquestionably the most talented defensive back on the Buccaneers roster.

    Schiano’s thinking seems to go along with he second group and tends to agree. While the transgressions of Talib are well documented, (fights with teammates, berating officials, alterations with cab drivers and an aggravated assault charge in Texas last March) the fact is, Talib possess the talent to be one of the better cornerbacks in the league. And at a position that is already thin, letting go a former first-round pick before his day in court has taken place, doesn’t seem like the best move.

    We all love our heroes, but you can bet some of the best players in NFL history prior to the world on instant media, portrayed as bad or worse judgment that Talib has shown, but there was no Twitter, TMZ, or cell phone cameras to capture it. That doesn’t mean making an excuse for his actions, but Schiano seems to have the right ideas when he talked about making sure every player, Talib included, understands exactly what the expectations of Buccaneers players are.

    If Talib, who will be entering a contract year, does prove to be innocent of felony charges next month in Texas, he should be welcomed back with open arms but a very short leash – a leash that was probably too long over the last three seasons for the entire roster. Talib will need to prove and regain the trust of Schiano, general manager Mark Dominik and maybe just as importantly – the Buccaneers fans.

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    Proposal to add DRM to HTML5 meets resistence

    A proposal at the W3C by Microsoft, Google and Netflix to add encrypted media support to HTML5 has already become controversial. The proposal has been called “unethical” by HTML5 editor and Google employee Ian Hickson who added that the proposal does not provide robust content protection. Hickson has yet to elaborate on his response to Microsoft’s Adrian Bateman who raised the issue in response to a change request to add parameters to pass values to audio and video elements. In follow up comments, Intel’s representative said they “strongly support the effort”.

    The encrypted media proposal details extending the HTMLMediaElement to allow anything from a simple key to a complex web-based licence transaction. It attempts to avoid the issue of adding DRM to HTML5 by pushing the key handling to a Content Decryption Module (CDM) which would be an add-on to HTML5 applications. If a key were needed, the application would ask the CDM, via the media stack, to request a key, and then the CDM would then ask the application, through the media stack again, to request the key through the key server. The key would be returned and set in the CDM and the media stack would then request that the CDM decrypt frames of content.

    Some on the mailing list asked how the proposal could be implemented in an open source browser and retain its robustness. Netflix’s Mark Watson admitted that it would require content protection hardware “baked into their firmware/hardware” which would have an API exposed to the browser. He then added that, to protect the decoded frames, “then obviously these frames cannot participate in open source software compositing in main memory”. It would be unlikely that this is possible in a system where the operating system, graphics drivers and other components were open source.

    The proposal is still a draft and will need broader support to progress through the W3C to become a standard. But there is a desire from a number of companies to see the creation of a streaming video DRM standard. Given that two of the proposers control over sixty per cent of the desktop browser market share, if no W3C standard is created, they could still go their own way.


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    New WordPress Plugin Locks Down Your Website’s Security

    You’ve got virus protection on all of your business computers, passwords in place on mobile devices and laptops, and even virus protection on your company smartphones. But have you looked at how secure your website is? If you rely on your site for any aspect of your business, a new plugin from 6Scan helps you find and manage vulnerabilities quickly and easily.

    While WordPress and other content management systems including Drupal and Joomla are built to be secure, they’re a prime target for hackers because so many websites run on them. I personally know of two CMS-based websites that have been compromised; one blog had to recover quickly from a major attack on its WordPress installation, and a friend who manages a local arts incubator had to have the organization’s website rebuilt from the ground up when a hacker took over its Joomla installation.

    You'll find 6Scan Security in the WordPress Install Plugins section. You’ll find 6Scan Security in the WordPress Install Plugins section. 6Scan finds vulnerabilities on your WordPress website for free, and plugs them automatically for a small monthly charge.

    The free version of 6Scan tells you what’s wrong with your website and sends you an email notification when a problem with the site that could give a hacker access is discovered. The notifications provide you with enough information that you can fix it yourself if you’re technically inclined or have a webmaster on call.6Scan appears in the left-hand WordPress sidebar. 6Scan appears in the left-hand WordPress sidebar.

    For $10 a month, the Fortress plan includes a Bodyguard feature that auto-fixes any found vulnerabilities. You also get premium email support and SMS notifications of site issues, in addition to the email you’ll already have from the free version. More importantly, 6Scan’s research team of ex-military hackers notifies you upon discovering new potential threats. The Enterprise level adds 24/7 site monitoring and phone support for a range of anywhere from $20 to hundreds of dollars per month, depending on the requirements of your business.

    Installation and Setup

    First, navigate to your Plugins menu from your WordPress Dashboard. Click on “Add New”, and do a search for “6Scan”. You’ll be able to install the plugin from there. You can also download the plugin .zip file from this page and install it from your WordPress Plugins dashboard. Once it’s installed, 6Scan will be available from your left-hand sidebar. You can upgrade at any time from within the 6Scan Dashboard.

    Once I set up 6Scan on my professional website, it caught a vulnerability and emailed me with all the information I needed to fix it. All I needed to do with the information it gave me was go into the “Readme” file and remove my WordPress version information. If it were something more complex that I felt I couldn’t fix on my own, I’d probably upgrade to the $10/month Fortress plan.

    Works With Other Security Plugins, Other CMS Versions Coming Soon

    Information on vulnerabilities is clear and easy to act on. Information on vulnerabilities is clear and easy to act on. 6Scan isn’t the only horse in WordPress’s security plugin stable, but it will run with the rest of them. If you’ve got Bulletproof Security or WP Security Scan installed, you can park 6Scan right alongside them to back them up.

    6Scan will be releasing versions for Joomla and Drupal within the next few weeks, and versions for Magento and Amazon EC2 within the next few months, according to owner and CEO Nitzan Miron.

    Angela West wrote this blog post to the dulcet tones of the “Hackers” soundtrack. She’s written for big insurance companies, small wildlife control businesses, gourmet food chains, and more. Follow her on Twitter at @angelawest and Facebook.

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    Friday Podcast 2/24/12

    O Dark 30

    February 24, 2012 10:01 am by: Mike Lee

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      Happy Friday, friends! It’s a bustling time at KUT, what with the spring membership drive going on and all. You’re welcome to give us some money if  you want to; there’s probably a button or link or something on this very page where you can make that happen should you feel compelled. Either way, we’ve got a handy dandy new podcast for you.

      We’ll bring you a new installment of Live Wire!, which, despite the show’s title, was not actually recorded live this week. It’s all in-studio stuff, which really means that it should be called Taped Wire! But then nobody actually uses physical tape anymore, and Taped Wire! kind of sounds like a show about electricians, which this is not, so maybe we should just shut up about the title and tell you about the content. It’s some good stuff, as our Portland pals talk it up with famous people such as comedian Reggie Watts, musician and author Josh Ritter, radio talk show host Peter Sagal and author Sarah Vowell. Great, if inaccurately titled, stuff.

      And that’s not all, even though it could be! We’ve also got a little something something from the folks at SaltCast. It’s Portrait of a Psychic as a Young Man, and we know you’re gonna love it.

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    Virginia Web Design Company Signs Yet Another New Client



    A lot of people look online when they need a service, and if you’re not there, you’re probably losing customers to your competition.

    Gainesville, Va. (PRWEB) February 24, 2012

    In an effort to create a strong online presence and generate more leads, Gainesville Construction has enlisted the help of RevBuilders Marketing, a leading Virginia web design, online marketing and SEO Company, to build their website.

    Gainesville Construction services the Gainesville, Va. area with professional contracting services. Currently, the construction company’s only web presence is through online “business pages” sites, such as MerchantCircle. Bruce Cinibulk, President and CEO of Gainesville Construction, requested the website for this reason. “You need an online presence,” Cinibulk says. “A lot of people look online when they need a service, and if you’re not there, you’re probably losing customers to your competition.”

    “We look forward to the challenge of building a business’s web presence from the ground up,” says Scot Small, President and CEO of RevBuilders Marketing. The firm headquartered in Gainesville, Va. works with a wide variety of online marketing media, including web design, SEO, and social media marketing.

    Gainesville Construction’s website is expected to launch in April of 2012.

    About Gainesville Construction, LLC

    Gainesville Construction is a construction contracting firm, capable of taking on a wide variety of projects from home construction to Commercial contracting. Established in 2001, the construction company is located in Gainesville, Va. Once it launches, their new website will be located at

    About RevBuilders Marketing

    RevBuilders Marketing is a full-service online marketing agency, offering a complete range of integrated online marketing services: SEO or Search Engine Optimization, Paid Search Management, Social Marketing, Email Marketing, and Content Writing. In addition, through effective Web Design and conversion optimization, RevBuilders converts the increased SEO traffic into leads and sales for their clients. RevBuilders Marketing is located in Gainesville, Virginia, serving a client-base across the country. Visit for more information.



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