SNL brought out the big guns for tonight’s season finale.
If you’re going to throw back a few beers either pre or post-rapture, you may as well throw back a few while kicking a few bucks to a good cause.
Paige Haley and Kimberly Rogers of Pepperell, who grew up in military families, created 50 Back American Lager for that very purpose. Every time they sell a beer, they give half of the profits to groups supporting veterans, active service members, and their families.
So far the women say they have donated more than $6,000 in cash to charity, plus $4,000 in beer donations for fund-raising events. The nonprofits they’ve supported include the USO, Homes for Our Troops, the Ahern Family Charitable Foundation, the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund, and America’s VetDogs.
“Our priority is really just to say ‘thank you’ to our troops and veterans for their service,” Rogers said. “When my father passed away, I wanted to do something in his honor to say ‘thank you’ for his life of service. [Haley] said, ‘Well, why don’t we do a beer.’ I said, ‘Hmm, beer, all right. That’s an interesting thought.'”
Currently it’s only available in parts of Massachusetts and certain grocery store chains in North Carolina but you can check out their site at 50Back.com and buy a shirt or check out one of the links they have up to donate to organizations dedicated to helping veterans as well.
Well, one less thing to worry about I guess:
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Friday pledged relief from the often-criticized rules, saying it was “official policy” in a doomsday situation. “Alternate-side parking will take on a whole different meaning, actually,” he joked in an interview with John Gambling on WOR-AM (710).
If the end of the world comes to pass, Mr. Bloomberg said, city residents will also not have to worry about returning library books or paying parking tickets. He noted that it would help ease the city’s traffic problems.
This is New York City though, I’m not sure how much the rapture will actually effect traffic congestion.
Sharp-eyed doctoral candidate Christopher Soghoian caught Dropbox in a bit of, uh, let’s call it an inconsistency. Here’s what he found.
Even though Dropbox claimed, “All files stored on Dropbox servers are encrypted (AES-256) and are inaccessible without your account password.” Yet the company also claimed, “If we detect that a file you’re trying to upload has already been uploaded to Dropbox, we don’t make you upload it again. Similarly, if you make a change to a file that’s already on Dropbox, you’ll only have to upload the pieces of the file that changed.”
How, Soghoian asked, could Dropbox find duplicate files — or detect which pieces of a file had changed — if it didn’t have access to the contents of those files? Dropbox responded with a resounding thud.
I’ve been praising Dropbox to anyone who would listen since I signed up over a year ago. I even paid for a year’s worth of service not too long ago. I’m starting to have some serious second thoughts about that.
So Dropbox’s site went from claiming:
Dropbox employees aren’t able to access user files, and when troubleshooting an account, they only have access to file metadata (filenames, file sizes, etc. not the file contents)… All files stored on Dropbox servers are encrypted (AES-256) and are inaccessible without your account password.
Wait, it gets worse. They also added a new “provision” to their TOS:
We may disclose to parties outside Dropbox files stored in your Dropbox and information about you that we collect when we have a good faith belief that disclosure is reasonably necessary to (a) comply with a law, regulation or compulsory legal request; (b) protect the safety of any person from death or serious bodily injury; (c) prevent fraud or abuse of Dropbox or its users; or (d) to protect Dropbox’s property rights.
It went from they absolutely can’t access users files to ok, they can to well we’d only access them if the nice authorities at the DHS or the County Sheriff’s office asked them to.
Honestly my mind is still reeling about this. The guy who discovered this monumental gaffe filed a 16-page complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
As a result, Soghoian has filed a 16-page complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which asks the FTC to have Dropbox admit that it can get at Dropbox data, making your data vulnerable to an attack on Dropbox’s servers; require Dropbox to email its 25 million customers to warn them of the potential problem and suggest that customers encrypt their data independently; force Dropbox to refund money to people who paid for “Pro” service, if they felt they were deceived; and enjoin Dropbox from making future deceptive statements.
So, anyone have any SECURE alternatives to Dropbox?
I couldn’t have said it better. This is the most absurd topic of our times.
Not only is Serena Williams one of the best tennis players of our generation she’s also one of the sexiest and not afraid to show off her natural curves. In a world where skin and bones is revered, I for one am happy to see a woman show off something besides her rib cage. In Serena’s case, it’s her booty.
Either earlier today or late yesterday Serena posted a new profile pic of a gorgeous, well done and elegant photo taken of her as her profile pic on Twitter. (It’s that ->>>> picture if you haven’t guessed.)
If I took a picture that hot not only would it be my Twitter profile pic, it would be on the cover of my family Christmas card. Still, you’re always going to have the stalker/rapist apologists out there who are going to blame the victim for what they see.
Last week, a man was arrested for allegedly stalking Williams, having gotten too close to her, too many times all over the country, even in her dressing room at Home Shopping Network. On Thursday, she has posted a new avatar on her Twitter page, a photo suggestive of us peeping at her through a lace curtain while she unknowingly looks the other way in white bra and panties.
It’s a sexy photo, she looks great and it’s not pornographic. To be honest, I would actually find it to be somewhat artistic if it weren’t for the serious business of stalking women. What was her message anyway? What was she trying to say? Just this: Look at me.
Instead, what she was saying was this: Peep at me, but don’t stalk me.
Seriously? A woman can’t share completely non-explicit, beautiful photos of herself online without inviting stalkers? Thanks for proving all the asshole-isms about guys right.
The fact that Serena has gone through what she has gone through, through no fault of her own, and still has the courage to be herself and not hide and be afraid is a testament of courage and should be applauded not questioned in a half-ass attempt to create derision of some sort.
Whether through the idiotic comments of the above mentioned blogger or not, Serena has since changed her profile pic back to an equally sexy pic of her in a tennis outfit. I blame the blogger. Regardless, to even pose this question as something that might have any substance whatsoever is irresponsible and egregious.
At best I would say it was a lapse in judgement on the writer’s behalf, at worst I would say it was an obvious cry for attention. Either way, it’s disturbing and uncalled for and I would hope you would consider publishing an apology to Ms. Williams.
Damn, you know if you’re dressed up like the original Batman on the Las Vegas Strip, whatever the reason is, your life isn’t going exactly the way you planned. That being said, if you’re dressed up like the original Batman on the Las Vegas Strip you may not want to encourage the drunken rabble to “play” fight with you. Remember, it’s all fun and games until Batman gets knocked out.