月別アーカイブ: 2月 2015

Revenge bento show us it’s a dish best served cold (and boxed) with insults and hidden chilies



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There are two advantages to the large variety of foodstuffs that go into a typical bento, or Japanese boxed lunch. Not only do they provide a diverse collection of flavors and vital nutrients, they also give aesthetically minded chefs plenty of options for arranging them in an expressive manner.

Of course, “expressive” can end up meaning very different things depending on what the bento-maker wants to express. In happy times, the result might be fun and playful chara-ben, boxed lunches that resemble popular fictionalcharacters. But on the other end of the spectrum lie shikaeshi bento, “boxed lunches of revenge” that are as spiteful as they are creative.

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Two years’ worth of free pencils swiped from Korea’s first ever IKEA in just two months



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The flat-pack furniture superstore IKEA means so many things to so many people. To students, it’s a great place to buy budget tableware, furniture, and bedding when they are setting out on their own for the first time. To families, it means affordable but nice looking furniture. To the unlucky assembler, it’s infuriating builds when pieces just don’t fit together. And to the rest of us, it means Swedish meatballs and ice cream!

Strangely, at the first IKEA store in Korea, which only opened about two months ago, it means something no one has thought about before: free pencils, and they’re apparently being swiped from the store in their thousands every single day.

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Superfish security flaw also exists in other apps, non-Lenovo systems

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ChinaSecurity researchers warned that an adware program called Superfish, which was preloaded on some Lenovo consumer laptops, opened computers to attack. However, it seems that the same poorly designed and flawed traffic interception mechanism used by Superfish is also used in other software programs. Superfish uses a man-in-the-middle proxy component to interfere with encrypted HTTPS connections, undermining the trust between users and websites. It does this by installing its own root certificate in Windows and uses that certificate to re-sign SSL certificates presented by legitimate websites.



Apple To Spend $2B On Green Data Centers In Ireland And Denmark


Amid deeper investigations into how Apple may be using its operations in Ireland as a means for tax avoidance on tens of billions of dollars, the iPhone maker has announced that it will spend nearly $2 billion (€1.7 billion) to develop two new 100% renewable energy data centers in Europe.

The centers — which will use wind power and other green fuel sources — will be located in Athenry, Ireland, and Viborg, Denmark. Apple said that they will power services such as apps in the App Store, Siri and iMessage. Both locations will run on 100 percent renewable energy and Apple said they will have the “lowest environmental impact” of its data centers thus far. It will also be following in the footsteps of companies like Facebook, which has also built sustainable data center operations out in Europe.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said the new developments, which are expected to come online in 2017 and…

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Japan’s most popular kitty names, featuring inspiration from anime and sweet treats!



What are some popular cat names in your country? Back in the UK, where I’m from, you can hardly step outside without a Tigger, Smudge, Felix, or Sooty crossing your path. It stands to reason that Japan also has a dedicated pool of much-loved kitty names to choose from, and pet insurance company Anikomu recently conducted a poll to find out which ones are the most popular.

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Lenovo PCs Shipping With Adware That Poses Serious Security Threat


Lenovo is in hot water today after a significant security hole was unearthed, potentially affect its entire consumer PC range.

Superfish, an adware program that ships with all consumer PCs from Lenovo, uses a man-in-the-middle certificate to inject ads into internet browsers. If compromised, the service could grant third-parties access to a user’s browser data.

We contacted Lenovo for comment but did not hear back from the company at the time of writing.

Writing on a customer forum in January, company representative Mark Hopkins confirmed customers’ suspicions that Lenovo pre-loads software from the ‘visual search’ company, as The Next Web reported. He further explained that the software had been “temporarily removed” due to “some issues,” which apparently included unexplained pop-ops. Superfish had been told to push an update to existing devices in the market, he added.

Pre-installs are unpopular with consumers, who understandably want their devices to be clean running out of the box, but in reality some…

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