The Daily Populous

Wednesday May 22nd, 2019 day edition

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Baltimore, like several other cities that have been hit by such attacks over the past two years, is refusing to pay up.

This is Baltimore’s second ransomware attack in about 15 months: Last year, a separate attack shut down the city’s 911 system for about a day.

It also exemplifies the conundrum that ransomware victims face: pay up and get your access back, or refuse — potentially costing much more in the long run.

The city government is refusing to pay, meaning that the government email systems and payment platforms the attack took down remain offline.

In 2018, hackers demanded that Atlanta pay about $50,000 in bitcoins as part of a ransomware attack.

Since then, a number of sectors and organizations have made improvements to their security practices to protect against ransomware.

But the latest Baltimore attack exemplifies what a whack-a-mole game this is: One area improves its practices and hackers just go looking for another. »

More intelligent individuals are more likely to enjoy instrumental music, study finds

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New research published in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences provides additional evidence that more intelligent individuals are more likely to prefer instrumental music.

The study of 467 Croatian high school students found that higher scores on the intelligence test were associated with a preference for instrumental music, including ambient/chill out electronica, big band jazz, and classical music.

The study, “Intelligence, Music Preferences, and Uses of Music From the Perspective of Evolutionary Psychology“, was authored by Elena Račevska and Meri Tadinac. »

‘Breaking Bad’: ‘Ozymandias’ review, take two

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Those seven seconds are what “Breaking Bad” has been building to for the previous 59 hours.

They are Walter White finally, after so much time and so much sin, coming to terms with everything he has lost.

It's staggering how many horrible things happen in this hour, presented to us by writer Moira Walley-Beckett, director Rian Johnson and company. »

Washington becomes first state to legalize human composting

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On Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee signed SB 5001, “concerning human remains,” making Washington the first state in the U.S. to legalize human composting.

This paves the way for Recompose, a project to build the first urban “organic reduction” funeral home in the country.

Washington already has several “green cemeteries,” such as White Eagle Memorial Preserve in Klickitat County, where people can be buried without embalming, caskets or headstones. »

Trump suddenly reverses course on Iran, says there is ‘no indication’ of threats

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On Monday, he suddenly reversed course, claiming that there was “no indication” of threats from the country that would require such a response.

Experts say the mixed messages have to do with the administration’s lack of a coordinated Iran strategy in general.

Trump withdrew from the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), last year. »