dimanche 15 février 2015

Sisi warns of response after Islamic State kills 21 Egyptians in Libya

(Reuters) - Islamic State released a video on Sunday that appeared to show the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi warned that his country would respond to the deaths as it saw fit.
Speaking on national television hours after the release of the video, Sisi said Cairo would choose the "necessary means and timing to avenge the criminal killings".
Egypt's state news agency MENA quoted the spokesman for the Coptic Church as confirming that 21 Egyptian Christians believed to be held by Islamic State were dead.
The beheadings could stiffen Sisi's resolve in dealing with security threats from militants thriving in neighboring Libya's chaos who want to topple his U.S.-backed government.
Egypt has denied reports in the past that it had taken part, along with its close ally the United Arab Emirates, in air strikes against militants based in Libya.
The footage showing the deaths of the Egyptians appeared on the Twitter feed of a website that supports Islamic State, which has seized parts of Iraq and Syria and has also beheaded Western hostages.
In the video, militants in black marched the captives, dressed in orange jump suits, to a beach the group said was near Tripoli. They were forced down onto their knees, then beheaded.
A caption on the five-minute video read: "The people of the cross, followers of the hostile Egyptian church." Before the killings, one of the militants stood with a knife in his hand and said: "Safety for you crusaders is something you can only wish for."
Thousands of Egyptians desperate for work have traveled to Libya since an uprising at home in 2011, despite advice from their government not to go to a country sliding into lawlessness.
Sisi, who met with the country's top military commanders to discuss the killings, called for a seven-day mourning period, state television reported.
The Coptic Church said it was confident the government would seek justice. Al Azhar, the center of Islamic learning in Egypt, said no religion would accept such "barbaric" acts.
The families of the kidnapped workers had urged Cairo to help secure their release. In the mostly impoverished southerly Minya Governorate, relatives screamed and fainted upon hearing news of the deaths.
Egypt, the most populous Arab state, has not taken part directly in the U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria, focusing instead on the increasingly complex insurgency within its own borders.
Militants based in Libya have made contact with Sinai Province, a group operating from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula that has changed its name from Ansar Beyt al-Maqdis and pledged allegiance to Islamic State.
The group has killed hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and police since the army toppled Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in 2013 after mass protests against his rule.
With Libya caught in a chaotic power struggle between two rival factions operating their own governments, Western officials worry that Islamist militants are taking advantage of the turmoil to strengthen their presence.
A number of Islamist militant groups have been active since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 left Libya without a strong central government. A few have declared ties to the radical Islamic State and claimed high-profile attacks over recent weeks in what appears to be an intensifying campaign.

Fears that the crisis in neighboring Libya could spill across the border have prompted Egypt to upgrade its military hardware. French President Francois Hollande has said Egypt will order 24 Rafale fighter jets, a naval frigate and related military equipment in a deal to be signed in Cairo on Monday worth more than 5 billion euros ($5.7 billion).

samedi 14 février 2015

µBlock ,an efficient blocker. Easy on CPU and memory.


by Deathamns

Finally, an efficient blocker. Easy on CPU and memory.

About this Add-on

An efficient blocker: easy on memory and CPU footprint, and yet can load and enforce thousands more filters than other popular blockers out there.

Illustrated overview of its efficiency: https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/wiki/%C2%B5Block-vs.-ABP:-efficiency-compared

Usage: The big power button in the popup is to permanently disable/enable µBlock for the current web site. It applies to the current web site only, it is not a global power button.


Flexible, it's more than an "ad blocker": it can also read and create filters from hosts files.

Out of the box, these lists of filters are loaded and enforced:

- EasyList
- Peter Lowe’s Ad server list
- EasyPrivacy
- Malware domains
- Long-lived malware domains
- Malware Domains List

More lists are available for you to select if you wish:

- Fanboy’s Enhanced Tracking List
- Dan Pollock’s hosts file
- hpHosts’s Ad and tracking servers
- Spam404
- And many others

Of course, the more filters enabled, the higher the memory footprint. Yet, even after adding Fanboy's two extra lists, hpHosts’s Ad and tracking servers, µBlock still has a lower memory footprint than other very popular blockers out there.

Also, be aware that selecting some of these extra lists may lead to higher likelihood of web site breakage -- especially those lists which are normally used as hosts file.


Without the preset lists of filters, this extension is nothing. So if ever you really do want to contribute something, think about the people working hard to maintain the filter lists you are using, which were made available to use by all for free.


Open source with public license (GPLv3)
For users by users.

Contributors @ Github: https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/graphs/contributors
Contributors @ Crowdin: https://crowdin.net/project/ublock


It's quite an early version, keep this in mind when you review.

Project change log:


new international banner poster for Wild Card, the upcoming action thriller movie Jason Statham, Michael Angarano, Milo Ventimiglia, Sofía Vergara, Hope Davis, Stanley Tucci, Anne Heche, Dominik García-Lorido, and Jason Alexander:
Never bet against a man with a killer hand!
“Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When a friend is beaten by a sadistic thug, Nick strikes back, only to find out the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss. Suddenly Nick is plunged into the criminal underworld, chased by enforcers and wanted by the mob. Having raised the stakes, Nick has one last play to change his fortunes… and this time, it’s all or nothing.”

Jason Statham is the ultimate action hero of our era! Kneel before Jason or die!


14 December 2014
Actor Jason Statham looks rather angry on this new bluish poster of Wild Card, the upcoming action thriller movie directed by Simon West:
(Click on the poster to enlarge.)

Never bet against a man with a killer hand!
“Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When a friend is beaten by a sadistic thug, Nick strikes back, only to find out the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss. Suddenly Nick is plunged into the criminal underworld, chased by enforcers and wanted by the mob. Having raised the stakes, Nick has one last play to change his fortunes…and this time, it’s all or nothing.”

There’s also a new trailer, watch it below:

And here’s an earlier promo poster:

Dunk Contest Drinking Game

Colorado’s legal weed market: $700 million in sales last year, $1 billion by 2016

Legal marijuana was a $700 million dollar industry in Colorado last year, according to a Washington Post analysis of recently-released tax data from the state's Department of Revenue. In 2014, Colorado retailers sold $386 million of medical marijuana and $313 million for purely recreational purposes. The two segments of the market generated $63 million in tax revenue, with an additional $13 million collected in licenses and fees.
The total economic impact of the state's marijuana industry is likely greater, as these figures don't include retail sales of products related to marijuana, like pipes and bongs, and they don't account for increased tourist spending in other segments of Colorado's economy, like hotels and restaurants.
With a full year of data to work with, the state has a clearer picture of what to expect from its marijuana market going forward. Total marijuana tax revenues are now expected to climb to $94 million annually by 2016, according to the latest projections. This would equate to a $1 billion dollar retail market.

The revenue figures are high enough that Colorado now finds itself in the enviable situation of having to figure out what to do with all that money. And it's catching the attention of other states, like Vermont, now considering legalization.
But Colorado's pot businesses aren't necessarily rolling in dough. Marijuana growers and retailers aren't eligible for the wide variety of tax deductions available to other businesses, which could take a huge bite out of their profits. Banks are also hesitant to do business with the marijuana industry for fear of a federal crackdown, which makes legal weed a de-facto cash-only proposition, with all of the risks and dangers that entails.
The federal government has been taking steps -- albeit small ones -- to help integrate the marijuana industry with the rest of the market. Late last year the IRS issued a memorandum assuring accountants who file taxes for marijuana businesses that they won't face increased risk of an audit or penalties.  And tucked within December's last-minute spending compromise was a measure forbidding the Drug Enforcement Agency from raiding medical marijuana outlets, provided those outlets are in compliance with state law.

The most encouraging news out of Colorado is that the state has successfully implemented a $700 million marijuana market without any of the dire consequences that legalization opponents warned about. Fatal car accidents in the state are flat, and well below the past-decade average (not terribly surprising, considering stoned drivers are considerably safer than drunk ones). Crime is down in Denver and the surrounding area. While some societal effects of marijuana legalization may not make themselves fully known until several years down the line, the first year of legal weed in Colorado went about as well as anyone could hope.

‘Anonymous’ hacking group shuts down over 800 Islamic State Twitter accounts

The hacking group “Anonymous” on Tuesday took credit for shutting down hundreds of social media accounts linked to Islamic State sympathizers.
Last month, the group of “hacktivists” declared a cyberwar against the digital jihadists after the deadly terrorist attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo last month. The hacking campaign is called “Operation ISIS” or #OpISIS, Fox News reported.
Hackers say they exposed or destroyed nearly 800 Twitter accounts, 12 Facebook pages and over 50 email addresses linked with Islamic State supporters, CNN reported.
“We will hunt you, take down your sites, accounts, emails and expose you,” the hackers said on YouTube. “From now on, there [will be] no safe place for you online — you will be treated like a virus, and we are the cure. We own the Internet.”

The hack could prove detrimental to the Islamist militants’ online propaganda efforts. The terrorist group has heavily used social media to recruit new fighters, issue threats and post videos of its executions.
A group of Islamic State Sympathizers calling themselves the “Cyber Caliphate” has carried out several high profile Twitter hackings in recent weeks, including breaches of the U.S. Central Command, Newsweek magazine and a Military Spouse’s group Twitter profiles.
Anonymous‘ hacking apparently irked at least one Islamic State sympathizer who threatened to kill members of the group if the hacks continued, The International Business Times reported.

The Anonymous hacking group has typically been on the negative spectrum of media attention and has been credited with strategic cyberattacks on governments and businesses. But the group is now being praised for its efforts to combat the cyber jihadists. News of the hack was featured on the front page of British Newspaper The Sun, with the headline, “The Digilantes.”
Anonymous hackers identify themselves as a multiethnic group consisting of Muslims, Christians and Jews.

Copenhagen shootings: Police kill man 'who opened fire'

Police in Copenhagen say they have shot dead a man who opened fire on them close to the sites of two earlier attacks in the Danish capital.
They are investigating whether the man might be behind deadly shootings hours earlier at a cafe and near a synagogue.
In the first attack, one person was killed and two injured during a free speech debate in a cafe.
In the second, a civilian was killed and two police officers wounded near the city's main synagogue.
It was not immediately clear whether or how the shootings may have been connected.
Early on Sunday, police said they had been keeping an address under observation in the district of Norrebro, waiting for the occupant to return.
When he showed up, he noticed the officers, pulled out a gun and opened fire, police said. They returned fire and shot him dead.
Norrebro is a predominantly immigrant district of Copenhagen, about three miles (5km) away from the synagogue where the shooting took place just hours earlier.
Barrage of gunshots
The BBC's Malcolm Brabant reports from Copenhagen that the city has been abuzz with sirens and helicopters, amid fears that other attacks could be imminent.

Police have warned residents that it is not safe to be in the city centre, although they stress that there is no curfew in force.
A massive manhunt was launched after the first shooting, which took place during a free speech debate attended by a Swedish cartoonist.

An audio recording, obtained exclusively by the BBC, revealed the moments leading up to the attack.
An audio recording captured the moment the gunmen struck in the first attack (listeners may find content distressing)
One of the speakers at the debate, which took place at a cafe and concerned the limits of free speech, is suddenly interrupted by a barrage of gunshots.
Speaking to the BBC, eyewitness Dennis Myhoff-Brink said: "People were trying to get to the doors, trying to get out of the room, hiding between or behind the tables and chairs, and some people were running out into the street."
Officials said the gunman made his getaway by car, and a black Volkswagen Polo was later found abandoned a short distance away from the scene, police said.
Police released photographs showing the alleged attacker apparently wearing a purple balaclava and thick puffer jacket.
Hours later, a gunman opened fire on Krystalgade street, about 5km from the scene of the first attack.
A civilian was shot in the head and was later confirmed to have died, and two police officers suffered injuries to their arms and legs. The attacker is believed to have fled.
Police officers take cover behind their patrol cars in Copenhagen. Photo: 15 February 2015Copenhagen is now on high alert, as the manhunt continues
This handout photo released by Danish police shows a suspected gunman in the attack on the cafe. Photo: 14 February 2015Police released this picture of the alleged gunmen in the first shooting
Police spokesman Allan Wadsworth-Hansen said the first shooting was likely terror-related and "it makes a perfect sense to investigate it [the second shooting] down the same route".
Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt described the first attack as a "politically motivated" act of terrorism.
Blasphemy debate
Cartoonist Lars Vilks, who has faced death threats over his caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, said he believed he was the intended target of the attack. He was unhurt.
The French ambassador, Francois Zimeray, was also present during the attack.
A description of the debate at the cafe asked whether artists could "dare" to be blasphemous in the wake of attacks by Islamist gunmen in Paris last month against satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
In the French attacks, two gunmen opened fire at Charlie Hebdo's office, shooting dead 12 people. Two days later, a suspected accomplice of the militants took hostages at a Jewish shop, killing four of them.
All three attackers were eventually shot dead by police and security services.