*) #sportsmanship #IOC //The two Olympic runners who helped each other cross the finish line after falling together in the middle of their race have been awarded a prize for embodying the Olympic spirit.
New Zealander Nikki Hamblin and American Abbey D’Agostino were awarded the Pierre de Coubertin award on Saturday night by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for epitomising the Olympic values of fair play and sportsmanship.//
*) (with video) This is Canada. And this is wrong and unacceptable. #fail “CBC INVESTIGATES Prison guards in N.B. used ‘inappropriate’ force on inmate, report says”
*) (with video) Ricky is insightful and funny (most of the time). “Ricky Gervais on Trump, Brent and fame”
*) (GREAT photos) Some of the most memorable moments of #Rio2016! #GoCanadaGo
*) “爸花錢買了兩次Pokémon GO誘餌” Very well written article by a son (non-gamer) about his Pokemon Go playing father. How they started communicating more. // 爸從來不打遊戲，自從手機裡裝了遊戲軟體，他每天都要藉口出去散步，一去就是一兩個小時。後來我才知道他是跑到家裡附近的公園，跟一樣在玩 Pokémon GO 的年輕人學習遊戲攻略。爸說年輕人都很熱情，樂於指導老人家，他常常找他們聊天 … //
*) “ANALYSIS Chaos could be the reward of victory over ISIS in Iraq: Brian Stewart” //”The moment there is what you might call victory against ISIS, then you are up against all the problems that caused this crisis in the first place,” Yezid Sayid, senior analyst with the Carnegie Middle East Centre, told the Washington Post recently.
The core problem is Iraq has never had a true democratic consensus behind a central government. Its severe fault lines between religious, tribal and cultural groups, dangerous even before the traumatic U.S. invasion, have only grown more toxic in the 13 years of warfare since.
Rolling back ISIS doesn’t guarantee the government in Baghdad can forge a fragile unity. Competing armed forces will likely move in quickly to claim turf in their own interests.
Who’s to stop them? […]
If ISIS continues to degrade at its current pace, a conflict over Kurdish succession could find Ottawa scrambling to withdraw military trainers and medical staff. It would be an embarrassing pullout at best and one likely bitterly resented by Kurds.
Canada was always clear it doesn’t want Kurds to secede, but the government can hardly claim surprise if the force it helped mobilize decides to go all out for independence.
“There is an irony in that we and others are investing in the Peshmerga and are actually aiding a separatist army,” Martin Bell, Middle East expert and formerly one of Canada’s most experienced ambassadors to the region, said earlier this year. “But at this point, there’s no alternative to that.”//
*) “Inside ‘Stranger Things:’ The Duffer Brothers’ long climb to success” //The adults — Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Cara Buono and Matthew Modine — may merit top billing or the fancy “and” credit, but as wonderful as they are, Stranger Things soars because of the kids at the heart of the story. Millie Bobby Brown is a tremendous find as Eleven, the telekinetic pre-teen driving the plot, and Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin are all naturals as well. The foursome had wonderful chemistry, and credit is also due to Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton and Joe Keery, who comprised a surprisingly touching love triangle.
The Duffer brothers may seem like overnight sensations — but having chronicled their ups and downs over the past 10 years, I assure you they’re not. They are living proof that Hollywood is a rough town and not everyone will make it … but if you work hard and have talent, you just might.
Stranger things have happened.//
*) (with great video) #Love #Lognon //To create the complex pleating patterns required by clients including Chanel and Christian Dior, Lognon utilises just steam and cardboard moulds. “We have a treasure here, and the treasure is the moulds,” Nadine Dufat, managing director of Lognon, told BoF. The majority of Lognon’s three thousand cardboard moulds, which are exceptionally intricate, were drawn and folded by hand; only recently has technology begun to be incorporated into the process.
Vertically stacked, on shelves enveloping the warren-like working space, the regimented forms of the moulds are a constant reminder to those now working at Lognon of their predecessors’ craftsmanship. As one of the last plisseurs in Paris, and, indeed the world, the maison is a vital link to a hand-crafted skill that has been largely eradicated by mechanised production. Once, the maison employed 60 people. Now, it employs just eleven.//
*) #TestDrive #Amazon //The program was conceived by Hyundai agencies Innocean Worldwide, Canvas Worldwide and Amazon Prime Now and Drive Shop, an engagement marketing agency. Hyundai will support the program with digital ads, including search ads. Ads will appear on Amazon.com and “other premium U.S. websites,” Hyundai said in a statement.//
*) Pokemon-Go Max CP Chart Per Level
*) #Microsoft #Windows10 #annoying #malicious [HT Bruce Schneier] //The tactics Microsoft employed to get users of earlier versions of Windows to upgrade to Windows 10 went from annoying to downright malicious. Some highlights: Microsoft installed an app in users’ system trays advertising the free upgrade to Windows 10. The app couldn’t be easily hidden or removed, but some enterprising users figured out a way. Then, the company kept changing the app and bundling it into various security patches, creating a cat-and-mouse game to uninstall it.
Eventually, Microsoft started pushing Windows 10 via its Windows Update system. It started off by pre-selecting the download for users and downloading it on their machines. Not satisfied, the company eventually made Windows 10 a recommended update so users receiving critical security updates were now also downloading an entirely new operating system onto their machines without their knowledge. Microsoft even rolled in the Windows 10 ad as part of an Internet Explorer security patch. Suffice to say, this is not the standard when it comes to security updates, and isn’t how most users expect them to work. When installing security updates, users expect to patch their existing operating system, and not see an advertisement or find out that they have downloaded an entirely new operating system in the process.
In May 2016, in an action designed in a way we think was highly deceptive, Microsoft actually changed the expected behavior of a dialog window, a user interface element that’s been around and acted the same way since the birth of the modern desktop. Specifically, when prompted with a Windows 10 update, if the user chose to decline it by hitting the ‘X’ in the upper right hand corner, Microsoft interpreted that as consent to download Windows 10.//