Banksy Has Fooled the Internet (Again)

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Looks like the National Report fell for it…

Great line at the end from The Independent:

The story claimed that Banksy’s London art studio had been raided, where “thousands of dollars of counterfeit money along with future projects of vandalism” were found, along with ID thought to belong to the famed anonymous street artist, which allegedly identified him as Liverpool-born Paul Homer. However, a quick Google search shows that the quotes were originally published in 2013 on hoax website on PRLog.

In this golden age of technology, it’s a wonder that googling isn’t a part of [pseudo]journalism.

(Photo credit: AP Photo)

Drinking Soda is as Bad as Smoking

“The extremely high dose of sugar that we can put into our body within seconds by drinking sugared beverages is uniquely toxic to metabolism.”

According to a new study, drinking 20 oz. of soda daily can age you as much as 4 years. That’s on par with smoking. It’s the sugar in soda that is the true culprit.

Gonzalo

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This is the view of Hurricane Gonzalo over Bermuda from the International Space Station on Oct. 17, 2014. Nature is awesome and frightening.

Photo credit: NASA.

Uh Oh

EASYRIDER

From Uneasy riders: Which ‘Captain America’ chopper is the real film relic? published in the Los Angeles Times on Friday, Oct. 17:

Fonda authenticated that bike, and autographed its gas tank, after a cursory examination. But this week, Fonda told The Times that he relied on Haggerty’s word. He had no reason to doubt him — until a few years later, Fonda said, when he learned about the earlier Captain America sale in Texas. Now he wishes he’d never lent his credibility to the other motorcycle. “It’s embarrassing, and infuriating,” he said in an interview. He hopes the weekend sale of that machine — being auctioned with a $1-million minimum set by the auction house — is called off. Fonda said [Michael] Eisenberg offered to give him a 10% cut of the bike’s sale price if he helped promote the auction, which the auction house confirmed. He declined.

“They know damn well they don’t have the real bike. I own the original remaining Captain America bike. The one to be auctioned is a replica.” -- Gordon Granger

“I’m no expert, and I can’t tell you which one is real. I know there are two bikes out there that are both authenticated by (Dan) Haggerty. That’s not right.” — Peter Fonda

Phablet

After using the iPhone 6 Plus for almost two weeks, it might be that the device is actually not big enough. Of course, not all the apps are yet optimized for the screen. The true evaluation will come when you’re not looking at everything in zoomed mode.

Drop(ped)box

Dropbox has been hacked. Hackers are leaking username and passwords. Changed your password now. If you don’t have two factor authentication activated, it’s a good idea to do so.

UPDATE: Dropbox has denied it was hacked. A statement by a Dropbox representative claims:

Dropbox has not been hacked. These usernames and passwords were unfortunately stolen from other services and used in attempts to log in to Dropbox accounts. We’d previously detected these attacks and the vast majority of the passwords posted have been expired for some time now. All other remaining passwords have been expired as well.

Take it for what it’s worth. These password leaks are getting more common and more tiresome.

Two. Factor. Authentication.