Introducing – Tools for Cinema Quality Assurance

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Cinema Test Tools for the non-Technical Manager – Post Installation Quality Assurance Has Begun

Cinema Test Tools is a free resource for the cinema industry, tuned most particularly for the non-technical manager. The tools include several DCPs, all with interesting means of testing the sound and picture quality for the interested by lightly trained staff. The lessons on sound and light are written to provide a foundation to communicate with the technician who must respond quickly and well to the information that they discover.

The key is a free Managers Walk Through Checklist that correlates with the many DCPs. It helps bring an understanding of the many nuances of the auditorium's situation in a straightforward way. 

Security issues should always be taken seriously. Then again, so should consistent exercise and taking regular breaks from madness. Notwithstanding, here's the recent news in the field of security.

Cook, Time, Long Term Security

Eventually this story will be in the Exhibition Section, but for now it is in Security. Of course, the FBI says it is just this one time on this out of date phone used by those bad guys and owned by a 'state' agency. 

Here’s the Full Transcript of TIME’s Interview With Apple CEO Tim Cook

To USB, or Not To USB...

This Wired article describes an innovative method to take over a computer: Why the Security of USB Is Fundamentally Broken | Threat Level | WIRED. The techniques have been shown to work, but the technique is not in the wild.

 

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Don't Be A Target – Do The TightenUp™

They came in through the bathroom window… [YouTube]

Life lessons come in all flavors and it seems that today's is: Don't be a Target.

Everyone knows by now that there was a data intrusion into Target's customer data, but it is only clear today how it happened…and how it can relate to you. See: Target Hackers Broke in Via HVAC Company — Krebs on Security

It seems that a service company – in this case an HVAC service company – had access to a sliver of the corporate giant's elaborate back-end, probably for the purposes of monitoring store temperatures. Many companies have this capability in their equipment where the fans and compressors and their delivery are monitored via SNMP messages.

Alas.

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[Update] iPhones and Flash – Urgent Updates

25 Feb–OSX Security Update Available…do it now.  [End Update]

Did you update your Flash at the last emergency? when was that…ah~! less than 3 weeks ago.

The emergencies never cease for this decaying corpse. It is possible to live without Flash. Standards exist and are being implemented. It does not belong on your work systems, period. Adobe, Microsoft Push Fixes For 0-Day Threats — Krebs on Security

Meanwhile, on the Apple front.

DCinema is full of encrypted data, and it was in this arena that the iPhone had a flaw. It is suspected that the Mac OS has a similar flaw. Some wonder whether this has been an intentionally placed back-door, but there is no evidence of that. There is a lesson though: Code must be tested publicly. SSL flaws have been written about for the last few years, even on an amateur site like this one.

iOS Update Quashes Dangerous SSL Bug — Krebs on Security

Basic Bubble Burst – Security Lessons

This week had several news features on the security pages, mostly to do with Windows (everything) and Adobe (Flash/Reader/Acrobat) and Oracle (Java) patching by emergency fiat instead of by well planned Patch Tuesdays. Good that they are catching up with the malware that plagued their software and clients with successful in-the-field attack vectors.

The point is always that the attackers just have to find oue hole in your system, while you have to protect not just on a linear basis – modem, firewall, VPN for example, or even a flat view of walling off everything on the field of play. You must protect a sphere, and actually a series of spheres.

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