In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of September 22, 2017

first_imgFollowing Hurricane Irma’s wrath, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort reopened this week.Also, due to Irma, the Magical Dining Month has been expanded! As a reminder, it’s a great offer and a fun way to try new restaurants in the Orlando area, including some Disney restaurants. I don’t know if this is genius or sickening….Disneyland is selling corn dog nugget nachos for a limited time. Which way do you lean on this idea?Speaking of actually great Disneyland food and fall flavors…this is one that I would want to try! Who else is with me on trying the pumpkin spice churro?Looks like the Disney Chase Visa will be continuing. Disney and Chase just renewed their partnership this week.This week, The Walt Disney Company has announced a $1.5 million commitment to continue its scholarship program with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.It’s true. International tourism is down this year.Here are 12 facts you may not have known about some of Disney films’ famous animals. I have to say, even a few surprised me! What about you?In Case We Missed ItWhat did we miss? Attach your ideas to the Catch My Breath (Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase) Book and send it to [email protected] with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line. Share This!Do you have the feeling of autumn yet? (I mean it is officially fall as of today.) I won’t get that cool feeling for at least another couple of months here, but I am enjoying the concept of experiencing fall right now. For example, I’m thinking of cuddling up on the couch with a nice flannel blanket, a cup of hot tea, and a slice of pumpkin pie. That sounds amazing right now. What about you? What’s your favorite part of fall?This week, see what new treats Disneyland has for Guests, learn what Disney partnership will be continuing and so much more! Let’s get to the fun!In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumorslast_img read more

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Another Year, Another (New) Tax Form

first_imgQ:  I overheard someone at work talking about a new form we’re supposed to receive before we do our taxes this year.  It sounds like in addition to the usual W-2  from my employer and a 1099 for my freelance jobs, I’m  supposed to also be getting  one additional form that shows I had health insurance during 2015?  What is that, who sends it and what do I do with it?A:  Your co-worker was referring to Form 1095 which was created by the IRS to meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).First, let’s review.ACA (aka Obamacare), requires all Americans to have a basic level of health insurance. Those who don’t have such insurance may be required to pay a fine.  The easiest way to think of Form 1095 is as your “proof of insurance.  This form clears you when you file your taxes, so you are spared that pesky fine.As mentioned, the IRS created Form 1095 but -because nothing is ever simple if the IRS is involved- they also created an additional three versions of the form: versions A, B and C.  Which form you receive depends on who insured you and who’s sending you the form.1095-A forms originate from the “marketplace” (i.e. healthcare.gov).  You’ll get one of these if you’re self-employed or decided to buy insurance on your own in the marketplace, with or without a subsidy.1095-B forms originate from the insurance company that provided you coverage (they could also originate from a self-insured small employer, but that’s rare).1095-C forms originate from your large employer (50 or more employees).Keep in mind that 1095 forms are filed by whomever provided you coverage, so as an individual you won’t have to fill these out yourself (relief!), they will be pre-populated. You should receive a 1095 from one of these three sources (unless you had zero insurance in 2015) and they’ll send a copy to the IRS as well. It’s possible but unlikely, that you might get more than one form.Lastly, don’t stress about doing something wrong.  This year there seems to be a high tolerance for fudging it.  In fact the IRS just extended the due date by which the 1095 form must be sent to employees from February 1 to March 31.Source: www.obamacarefacts.comThe best, clearest, unbiased information I’ve found about ACA here.Note: this column is not intended as tax or legal advice.last_img read more

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5 Hottest Trends in Advanced Analytics

first_img Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Posted on 7th April 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Marketing data is everywhere. With so many new consumer touchpoints – from chatbots, to in-store beacons and virtual assistants – the sheer variety and volume of data is exploding.Beyond your out-of-the box product dashboards, custom Excel spreadsheets, and basic data visualizations – are you really leveraging your data in meaningful ways? Isn’t it time to connect the dots of all your data sources and create business intelligence that drives action?Join our data analytics and business intelligence experts as they explore five of the biggest trends in advanced analytics, including:unifying disparate data sources.natural language query.sentiment analysis.machine learning and predictive analytics.analytics anywhere.Register today for “The BI Wish List: 5 Hottest Trends in Advanced Analytics,” produced by Digital Marketing Depot and sponsored by Tallan.From our sponsors: 5 Hottest Trends in Advanced Analytics HomeDigital Marketing5 Hottest Trends in Advanced Analytics 5 Hottest Trends in Advanced AnalyticsYou are here:last_img read more

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Inside a “Compliance and Interoperability” Workshop

first_imgDuring the three-day workshop, much was accomplished. Engineers from across the US, Israel and China, representing several blade components, were able to connect their devices together. There were two basic blade systems, one developed by Intel and one by a system OEM. They were developed independently and in parallel, but both were based on specifications provided by SSI. Privacy is also essential for the tests themselves. Early results may not be positive, but those early results could be damaging to a company’s reputation, so they are correctly kept confidential. Jim Ryan, Chairman, SSI Participating company’s most talented engineers work to get their components proven compliant and interoperable. That’s where secrecy comes in: engineers have to be able to work without being concerned about prying eyes. Do you read the comic strip “Dilbert”? If so, you know what a work environment based on cubicles looks like. Many of us involved with the Server System Infrastructure (SSI) Forum just finished our first “compliance and interoperability” (C&I) workshop and, interestingly, cubicles played a key role. The C&I Workshop is an important first step on a long journey. Workshops will be held at independent test organizations, purpose-built for such activities. Workshops will expand in scope and participation, as we deliver on the promise of interoperability; really the central tenet of SSI. SSI develops and promotes open specifications for blades and for chassis and power supplies for servers. It currently has almost 40 member companies around the world. SSI has produced 6 blade specs, currently in draft form, to be finalized by the time of the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), September 22-24. SSI has also made 3 switch specs from IBM BladeCenter available to SSI members. There are two focus areas for specification in the “traditional” server area of SSI, one for electronics bays (chassis) and one for power supplies – with over 40 specs released since the inception of SSI. Current specs are always available on the SSI web site, and specs now in development for the next CPU generation will be available for prerelease access. How is this privacy achieved? The first C&I workshop was held at an Intel facility. At the lab there are cubicles, per the Intel norm. However, the larger than usual cubicles featured translucent fiberglass panels bolted to the cubicle walls. Also, a sliding lockable door was added to each cubicle. “Compliance” refers to the conformance of a physical device, say a computer or plug-in card, to a written specification. “Interoperability” refers to the ability of the physical device to connect with other devices and perform according to predetermined tests. A C&I workshop has elements of testing for specifications and for tests of devices connected together. Depending on the devices under test, testing can be extremely complex process, often involving entirely new-to-the-world components. In fact, multiple entirely new components can be connected together, based on untested specs and using the latest generation of test equipment. See you at IDF! Please come to my session, EMTS006, “SSI Interoperability Delivered: How Server System Infrastructure (SSI) Specifications Provides Interoperable Components”, September 24, at 2:40. I suggest you attend my colleague, Steve Krig’s, lab ECTL001, “Lab: SSI Server System Infrastructure – Industry Open Blades Standards Compliance and Interoperability”, September 23, at 2:05 and 4:15, for a more technical description of C&I tools and methodologies. I also suggest you visit our booth to see our interoperability demo at booth number 520. Cubicles are a useful compromise between noise, openness, ease of access and other factors. However, one thing a cubicle is not, is private. Why is that relevant to a C&I event? Let me explain.last_img read more

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Ransomware is a Favorite of Cybercriminals

first_imgCybercriminals are fully embracing ransomware.  Ransomware, a specific form or malware, which encrypts files and extorts money from victims, is quickly becoming a favorite among criminals.  It is easy to develop, simple to execute, and does a very good job at compelling users to pay in order to regain access to their precious files or systems.  Almost anyone and every business is a potential victim.  More importantly, people are paying.  Even law enforcement organizations have fallen victim, only to cede defeat and pay the criminals to restore access to their digital files or computers. Ransomware is on the rise in 2015. The Intel Security Group’s August 2015 McAfee Labs Threat Report shows new ransomware growth at 58% for the second quarter of 2015.  In just the first half of 2015 the number of ransomware samples has exploded with a near ~190% gain.  Compare that to the 127% growth for the whole of 2014.  We predicted a spike in such personal attacks for this year, but I am shocked at how fast code development has been accelerated by the criminals.  Total ransomware has quickly exceeded 4 million unique samples in the wild.  If the trend continues, by the end of the year we will have over 5 million types of this malware to deal with.Cybercriminals have found a spectacular method of fleecing a broad community of potential victims.  Ransomware uses proven technology to undermine security.  Encryption, the long-time friend of cybersecurity professionals, can also be used by nefarious elements to cause harm.  It is just a tool.  How it is wielded determines if it is beneficial or caustic.  In this case, ransomware uses encryption to scramble select data or critical systems files in a way only recoverable by a key they possess.  The locked files never leave the system, but are unusable until decrypted.  Attackers then offer to provide the key or an unlocking service for a fee.  Normally in the hundreds of dollars, the fee is typically requested in the form of a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin.  This makes the payment transaction un-revocable and almost impossibly difficult to track attribution and know who is on the receiving end.  This type of an attack is very personal in nature and specific in what it targets.  It may lock treasured pictures, game accounts, financial records, legal documents, or work files.  These are important to us personally or professionally and is a strong motivator to pay the criminals.  Payment simply reinforces the motivation to use this method again by the attackers and adds resources for continued investment in new tools and techniques.  The technical bar for entry into this criminal activity is lowering as malware writers are making this type of attack easier for anyone to attempt.  In June, the author of the TOX variant offered ransomware as a service.  The criminal made available software for other criminals to distribute.  It would handle all the back-end transactions and provide the author a 20% skim of ransoms being paid.  Fortunately, the author was influenced to a better path after being exposed by Intel Security.  More recently an open source kit, named Hidden Tear, was developed for novices to create their own fully function ransomware code.  Although not too sophisticated, it is a watershed moment showing just how accessible making this type of malware is becoming.  I expect future open source and software-as-a-service efforts to rapidly improve in quality, features, and availability.Ransomware will continue to be a major problem.  More sophisticated cybercriminals will begin integrating with other exploitation techniques such as malvertizing ad-services, malicious websites, bot uploads, fake software updates, waterhole attacks, spoofed emails, personalized phishing, signed Trojan downloads, etc.  Ransomware will grow, more people and business will be affected, and it will become more difficult to recover without paying the ransom.  The growth in new ransomware samples is an indication of things to come.last_img read more

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Delancy Jr cries in court gets guilty again for manslaughter

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#DelancyJrgetsguiltyagainformanslaughter, #magneticmedianews, #SantaSuarezRamirez Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 4, 2017 – Providenciales – Today a jury determined that 33 year old Colin Delancy Jr is still guilty of the 2011 murder of a barmaid at Sailing Paradise in Blue Hills.Loud crying in the Supreme Court Wednesday as the retrial of #Colin Delancy Jr. which started before Justice Joan Joyner and a jury on Monday was on this week.   Delancy Jr was charged with manslaughter for killing Dominican, #Santa Suarez Ramirez in the robbery of Sailing Paradise Restaurant in Blue Hills, where Ramirez worked as a barmaid. On Wednesday, reports are that the accused forced several stops to the trial because Delancy kept interrupting the proceedings with loud crying; he had to be removed from court to regain his composure we are told. The murder and robbery is from July 20th 2011.   In August 2013, Delancy Jr. was sentenced to 12 years in jail.    The re-trial ended today.   The jury in the retrial found Delancy unanimously guilty and he was sentenced to 12 years; the year on remand was counted towards his sentence.You can recall Lavardo Smith was found guilty of murder in February of this year for his involvement and sentenced to life.  Prosecuting was Angela Brooks, Acting DPP and Public Prosecutor, Shetalia Hall.CORRECTIONS MADE#MagneticMediaNews#DelancyJrgetsguiltyagainformanslaughter#SantaSuarezRamirezlast_img read more

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Dames meets with Grand Bahama Police says prevention of crime is better

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 21st 2017: National Security Minister Marvin Dames says prevention is the answer to putting an end to the crime situation in Grand Bahama, and not just enforcement. Minister Dames notes while enforcement is important, it often comes too late and after the crime has taken place, while more prevention tactics are needed, especially when it comes to The Bahamas’ young people. He says the aim is part of a multifaceted approach to steer young men and women away from gun crimes and gang activity. Following a tour and meeting with the top cop in the area, Minister Dames, says the only way to get a “grip on serious and violent crimes” is to increase visibility and modernize the patrolling strategy by taking advantage of existing technology and the new “they are bringing to the forefront”.The minister met with both senior and junior officers to hear their concerns, and get feedback on the best practices that would enable them to effectively carry out their job. Calling it a National strategy that we operate by”, Minister Dames says this “strategy permeates from New Providence, all the way to Grand Bahama and to all of the other islands”. The minister pledged his ministry’s support in bringing all law enforcement agencies at a level they can provide uninterrupted service to the communities of this country”. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img #MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

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