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  1. Named source in “The Big Hack” has doubts about the story

    In this podcast hardware security expert Joe Fitzpatrick, a named source in Bloomberg’s “Big Hack” piece, explains why he felt uncomfortable reading the story when it was published.

    He also provided Risky.Biz with emails he sent to Bloomberg, prior to the story’s publication, that said the hardware back-dooring the article described “didn’t make sense”.

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  2. 299: Haley Lemmon - The Joseph Smith Translation - Revelation or Plagiarism - Mormon Discussions Podcasts - Full LineupMormon Discussions Podcasts – Full Lineup

    Interesting information, but I feel compelled to comment on the astounding mushy thinking from you two in trying to “soften” the data to preserve some wiggle room for faith.

    Joseph Smith called the JST an inspired translation of the Bible. Demonstrating he plagiarized Adam Clark to produce it conclusively refutes that claim. Your effort to equate creative infusions Joseph put into the plagiarized material to divine inspiration is absurd. It’s called creativity, and as a storyteller, I do that all the time, so I know whereof I speak.

    Joseph Smith was adamant throughout his life that he was translating ancient writings by the power of God. This has been the “narrative,” as you call it, of the church for its entire existence until modern scholarship and the Internet blew that approach out of the water.

    To say the church’s lifelong narrative has to be “softened” and updated to a new narrative is nothing but postmodern gobbledygook. It’s an admission that the original narrative was a lie, and if you revise a lie to keep it viable, you end up with a revised lie, not a revitalized faith.

    Added to that is your blatant admission that the whole project was conducted with the intent of interpreting it and reporting it in as faithful a manner as possible. This is an admission that the study is heavily biased.

    And yet your conclusion was still that Joseph Smith plagiarized the JST. To come up with that conclusion even with and in spite of the heavily pro-faith bias of the methodology is damning evidence that there is no wiggle room for faith.

    Prominent church members in the past often admitted that there is no (postmodern) wiggle room between the acceptance or repudiation of Joseph’s claims to divine inspiraiton. “It’s either of God or the devil” was uttered on more than one occasion by more than one prominent member.

    When the claim has been to be an authorized and inspired speaker for God in a manner where the representatives of God cannot lead their followers astray, there is no room for a softened middle ground. Either they speak for God or they don’t. Either they can’t lead us astray or they can.

    In spite of your effort to categorize the two sides of the dichotomy as extremes and we need to find some squishy, feel-good middle ground that allows us to preserve our faith in the face of compelling evidence that the whole thing is a fraud, the fact is there is no middle ground. Either Joseph was an authentic prophet or a fraud, whether deliberately or self-deceived. This is not extremism. This is called logic.

    The increasingly silly apologetics that defenders of the faith have to resort to as more and more facts come out challenging Joseph and his claims is a testament to the fact that his claims are indeed indefensible.

    If you have to revise the claims of generations of those who are ostensibly divinely inspired spokesmen for God to preserve your faith, the game has already been lost. If you have to keep apologizing for your prophets and massaging the messages they preach just to preserve your faith in them as prophets, of what use is such a prophet anyway? We can never trust what he says, because we may have to soften it in the future.

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  3. 149. Marco Arment, Overcast

    Marco Arment, developer of podcast app Overcast, joins Lex on the Wolf Den. Lex and Marco discuss pretty much everything going on in podcasting today. The two debate the technical complications of dynamic ad insertion and how it affects both podcasters and podcast apps. The two also discuss Marco’s history with Midroll in its early days, and theorize what might happen if Apple ever exited the podcast space.

    This episode is brought to you by The MarTech Podcast.

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  4. Game Show | How Is That Starfleet? (Episode 52)

    From hell’s heart, five players take a stab at answering “Star Trek” trivia questions from game master and Star Trek expert Scott McNulty. He tasks us, and we shall have him! Or not.

    Game Night


    4, 2017

    1 hour, 18 minutes

    Scott McNulty

    with Liz Myles, Tony Sindelar, Jason Snell, Justin Michael and David J. Loehr

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  5. Defocused | Super Hashtag Movie Magic (Episode 168)

    Blade Runner 2049


    Super Hashtag Movie Magic

    Peak Deakins. Shutup Jared Leto.

    ‘Blade Runner 2049’

    October 28, 2017

    2 hours, 15 minutes

    Joe Rosensteel and Dan Sturm


    (61 M)

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    Blade Runner 2049 (2017) - IMDb

    Blade Runner 2049 - Wikipedia

    vfxblog – Visual effects and animation journalist Ian Failes

    More Joi: how the giant ‘Blade Runner 2049’ hologram shot was pulled off – vfxblog

    Let’s all move to LA, in 2049 – vfxblog

    Blade Runner 2049: You won't believe what happens to San Diego in the future - The San Diego Union-Tribune

    Paolo Bacigalupi - Wikipedia

    Ship Breaker - Wikipedia

    Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford Interview | This Morning - YouTube

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