2016 Could Be Clinton's (To Win or Lose)

According to early public opinions polled by the Washington Post, former First Lady, former NY senator, and former secretary of state, Hilliary Clinton, should have more than a decent chance at winning the presidential election in 2016 to become the first female president of the United States.

Of course, we all kinda thought that back in 2008, right before an relatively unknown junior senator threw a wrench in that and got himself elected president.  However, it's unlike the Clinton team will allow anything like that to happen a second time. 

Furthermore, her numbers against potential GOP candidates are quite decent and should pit her well against candidates from other political dynasties. 

While the post remained focused on the numbers, we are still months away from any official announcements by any candidates, including Clinton, and much political, economic, and international events or dramas can cause a shift in the climate around Washington. 

But if things goes smoothly with the economy continuing to pick up and Russia and ISIS continue to be put in check or resolutions come to fruition, it'll definitely put the pressure on her opponents more than Clinton. 

Security: Looks Like the US Government Knew What It Was Talking About In Blaming North Korea For the Sony Hack

Source:  Mashable.

It looks like the US government knew exactly who hacked Sony when it placed the blame squarely on North Korea.  Apparently, the NSA and, perhaps the South Korean intelligence apparatus, had already hacked North Korea's network and had been tracking Sony hackers.

At least, this is what we are being lead to believe.

As a layman, I have a few questions as I am sure you do regarding this matter that are not specific to the Sony hack.  For instance, how did the NSA managed to insert its codes into the hacking tools used by the North Koreans?  And does this speak to the skill levels between those hackers and the NSA?

And lastly, what other tools are available to Western governments to continue to track and hack unfriendly governments?  It's like the North Korea is doing its best to look for and scrub out programs and codes, those that had been used by the NSA as as well ones that have been detected.

The dilemma for me here about these types of news reports is that while it is important that the public be informed, to a certain degree, it could also undermine future intelligence operations as well.

Mobile: Bloatware To Be More Bloated

Source:  Forbes.

Short and simple:  if you get an Android device from AT&T and Verizon (probably others as well), you're in for an unpleasant surprise.  See, an annoying company with just as much as an annoying name called Digital Turbine created a service that will allow carries to send you bloatware after they've sold you the phone. 

So, prepared to be "hacked" by your carriers.  And what's worse is that we cannot tell how dangerous this is since we don't know if the apps that are being pushed to our devices are legitimate or not.

Breaking Bad Spin-Off 'Better Call Saul' Trailer: Saul Goodman Is Back!!!

Source:  Cult of Mac.

If you're not a Breaking Bad (AMC) fan, you need to do yourself a favor and give it a chance.  There's a reason why many people are still talking about Walter White and his turn into darkness as some might call it along with former student, Jesse Pinkman.

Well, here is the spin-off based on the what some might called "sleazy" lawyer, Saul Goodman, who really is no where near being a "good man".

Here is the trailer for "Better Call Saul", a tagline Saul used during his late-night commercials to drum up business.

What do you think?  From the vibe of the trailer, things are going to be even darker than Breaking Bad occasionally sprinkled with Saul's winning personality.

The thing with Breaking Bad is that you have a man in a desperate situation, trying to balance right and wrong with doing right by his family and then taking that fateful turn down the slippery slope into a darkness that most people won't go down.  Nor do most of us have to face with these kinds of decisions.  And once we have had that taste of blood or power, then what?  Walk away from it?  Well, it's not as easy as one might think.

I reckon Saul didn't go to law school with the goal of helping meth kingpins evade the law and launder their misbegotten treasures.  No, I have a feeling that Saul took was faced with an unthinkable situation and did the only thing that was available to him that turned him towards the dark side.  

Social: Folks Go To Our Satirists and Comedians For News

Okay, so we know for years that Jon Stewart has had an impact on American society and politics and has been the source of news and information many young minds go to.  Gone are the days when Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings has us glued to the evening broadcast news for the day's events.  Who has time to sit around the dinner table watching the news when we almost never eat at the same time and have Twitter and other social media to keep up.

But we still find time for The Daily Show, right?  Of course.  And what's amazing is that spin-offs and offshoots of TDS has also skyrocketed to the top as the place where we find out facts about issues should be important to us.

Case in point is the debate over net neutrality.  John Oliver, Steven Colbert, and Jon Stewart dominated over traditional media with Fox News coming in last as the place where people have heard a lot about the future of the Internet and whether the net as we know it will continue or go the way of the dinosaurs and only those who can pay can play.

According to The Mary Sue, satirists have at least a 10 point lead over traditional media with newspapers coming the closest at 12% behind TDS's 22% of a survey of people who have heard quite a bit about the issue.  Fox News came in at 7%.

Interestingly, if you look at the ranking, maybe there is a certain slant of the political views of the news (or comedy) organizations - net neutrality being a more important issue to liberals and democrats than conservatives, libertarians, and Republicans.  Perhaps, this alone says a lot about biases in the media as well.

Here is a video clip on net neutrality from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

Privacy: Russian Website Streaming Webcams From the UK

British authorities are trying to get Russian law enforcement to take down a website that apparently has access to many webcams from homes and gyms among other locations.  It appears the hackers gained access to these webcams through poor choices of passwords as British authorities are trying to educating webcam owners the importance of using difficult to guess ones.

There are a lot of sick people out there.  They're smart and motivated.  And as with anything that is connected to the Internet, you have to assume that nothing is 100% secured and you have to do your own due diligence to make sure you do everything to make it difficult for hackers.

Notice I didn't say lock out hackers.  I said make their lives difficult.  Again, nothing is completely secured and locked down.

If Russian authorities do not act, the British will work with our Federal Trade Commission to shut it down.  It's uncertain how that can be accomplished.  Right now, the West and Russia are at odds over Putin's adventure to annex more of Ukraine.

Source:  The Guardian.