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FBI Insists Apple Cooperate Despite Resetting iCloud Password on Shooter’s iPhone

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Published;Sunday February 21, 2016 9:52 pm PST

THANKS;Joe Rossignol

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The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that it worked with San Bernardino County government officials to reset the iCloud account password on an iPhone belonging to suspected terrorist Syed Farook, according to a press statemencot obtained by Re/code.

Apple told reporters on Friday that the Apple ID password associated with Farook’s iPhone was changed “less than 24 hours” after being in government hands. Had the password not been altered, Apple believes the backup information the government is asking for could have been accessible to Apple engineers.

Nevertheless, the FBI insists that the iCloud password reset does not impact Apple’s ability to comply with a court order demanding it create a modified iOS version that allows authorities to unlock the shooter’s iPhone 5c by way of a brute-force attack.

The FBI further stated that “direct data…

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FBI Insists Apple Cooperate Despite Resetting iCloud Password on Shooter’s iPhone

Published;Sunday February 21, 2016 9:52 pm PST

THANKS;Joe Rossignol

iPhone-Passcode

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that it worked with San Bernardino County government officials to reset the iCloud account password on an iPhone belonging to suspected terrorist Syed Farook, according to a press statemencot obtained by Re/code.

Apple told reporters on Friday that the Apple ID password associated with Farook’s iPhone was changed “less than 24 hours” after being in government hands. Had the password not been altered, Apple believes the backup information the government is asking for could have been accessible to Apple engineers.

Nevertheless, the FBI insists that the iCloud password reset does not impact Apple’s ability to comply with a court order demanding it create a modified iOS version that allows authorities to unlock the shooter’s iPhone 5c by way of a brute-force attack.

The FBI further stated that “direct data extraction from an iOS device often provides more data than an iCloud backup contains,” and said investigators may be able to extract more evidence from the shooter’s iPhone with Apple’s assistance. Tim Cook and company, however, have thus far refused to cooperate.Even if the password had not been changed and Apple could have turned on the auto-backup and loaded it to the cloud, there might be information on the phone that would not be accessible without Apple’s assistance as required by the All Writs Act order, since the iCloud backup does not contain everything on an iPhone. As the government’s pleadings state, the government’s objective was, and still is, to extract as much evidence as possible from the phone.Cook shared an open letter on Wednesday stating that while Apple is “shocked and outraged” by the San Bernardino attacks last December, and presumes “the FBI’s intentions are good,” the company strongly believes that building a “backdoor” for U.S. government officials would be “too dangerous to create.”

The White House later denied that the FBI is asking Apple to “create a new backdoor to its products,” but rather seeking access to a single iPhone. On Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice called Apple’s opposition a “marketing strategy” in a motion filed to compel Apple to comply with the original court order.

The dispute between Apple and the FBI has ignited a widespread debate over the past six days. Google, Facebook, and Twitter have publicly backed Apple, and some campaigners have rallied to support the company, while U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and some San Bernardino victims have sided with the FBI.

Apple now has until February 26 to file its first legal arguments against the court order.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.

 

World Bank Group Headquarters Attains EDGE Assess Certification for Gender Equality

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Published;February 11, 2016

WASHINGTON/GENEVA, February 11, 2016 – The World Bank Group headquarters in Washington, DC, has earned the first level of EDGE certification, EDGE Assess, taking an important step in achieving gender equality. The World Bank Group headquarters is the first location of an international financial institution to attain this certification.

Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE) is the leading global standard for gender equality in the workplace. Certification requires a rigorous external assessment of five key areas: equal pay for equivalent work; recruitment and promotion; leadership development training and mentoring; flexible working arrangements; and company culture. EDGE Assess recognizes that the World Bank Group headquarters has made a public commitment to strong gender balance and has identified the parameters of a concrete action plan to further its progress.

“Equal opportunity for women and men is a fundamental principle of human dignity and development. Promoting gender equality is both the right thing to do and critical to ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity,” said Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group. “EDGE certification is a key part of our strategy to make gender equality a core value of our operations and our work with developing countries. It provides a vital external benchmark for measuring our progress and is one more way we’re working to be the employer of choice in the development community.”

The World Bank Group headquarters began the process of achieving EDGE certification in March 2015. The organization expects to achieve certification of its country offices in the near future.

The World Bank Group is one of the world’s most diverse institutions, with staff drawn from more than 170 nationalities and a global footprint of 120-plus offices. Inclusion of people from different demographics, backgrounds and affinities, is a strategic priority, and the Bank Group has set ambitious targets for bolstering the recruitment and development of diverse talent. EDGE certification is a critical part of this effort and follows the release in December of the new World Bank Group Gender Equality Strategy, 2016-2023.

Launched at the World Economic Forum in 2011, EDGE has established itself as the global standard for gender equality in the workplace, ensuring certified organizations have a structured, systematic approach to measure, track, and close workplace gender gaps. The EDGE certification methodology has been extensively tested in more than 100 companies across more than 30 countries and five continents.

Reflecting on the Bank Group’s certification, Aniela Unguresan, Co-Founder of the EDGE Certified Foundation said, “Leading organizations around the world are investing in gender equality because it is good for business. The certification of the World Bank Group sends a powerful signal that gender equality is one of the key drivers to achieve sustainable economic growth and prosperity across countries and industries.”

About the World Bank Group

The World Bank Group plays a key role in the global effort to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. It consists of five institutions: the World Bank, including the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA); the International Finance Corp. (IFC); the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA); and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Working together in more than 100 countries, these institutions provide financing, advice, and other solutions that enable countries to address the most urgent challenges of development. For more information, please visit http://www.worldbank.org, http://www.miga.org, and http://www.ifc.org.

About EDGE Certification

EDGE is the leading global assessment methodology and business certification standard for gender equality. The EDGE assessment methodology was developed by the EDGE Certified Foundation and launched at the World Economic Forum in 2011. EDGE Certification has been designed to help companies not only create an optimal workplace for women and men, but also benefit from it. EDGE stands for Economic Dividends for Gender Equality and is distinguished by its rigor and focus on business impact. The methodology uses a business rather than theoretical approach that incorporates benchmarking, metrics, and accountability into the process. It assesses policies, practices, and numbers across five different areas of analysis: equal pay for equivalent work, recruitment and promotion, leadership development training and mentoring, flexible working, and company culture. EDGE Certification has received the endorsement of business, government, and academic leaders from around the world. For more information, visit http://www.edge-cert.org

What Bangkok’s public transport network will look like in 2020

Thanks;BK;The insider’s guide to Bangkok

With the new MRT purple line between Khlong Bang Phai-Tao Poon set to open this year, we look at what developments we can realistically expect from public transport by 2020 (fingers crossed).
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See also: As Bangkok gears up for a single ticket transport system, here’s everything we know so far


1. The MRT purple line

Set to officially launch on Mother’s Day, Aug 12, the first section of the much-delayed MRT purple line will run between Khlong Bang Phai-Tao Poon. A trial period will commence in May, when you can ride for free, before the full fare kicks in (B14-42). This line is a much-welcomed development for residents of Nonthaburi. Of note for those living in central Bangkok, the line will take you straight to the massive Central Westgate Bangyai (see below), one of the city’s more significant recent mega-mall openings. The purple line will connect with the existing Bang Sue station and eventually also run from Tao Pun-Rat Burana.

Moving out

New lines mean more affordable accommodation for commuters. Here are the top upcoming developments along the Purple Line.

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SAMMAKORN

MRT Bang Rak Yai Sammakorn S9. Starts from B1.49 million.
Soi Yothathikarn, Rattanathibet Rd., 002-142-9922. www.s9condominium.com

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ANANDA DEVELOPMENT

MRT Tao Pun IDEO Mobi Bangsue Grand Interchange. Starts from B2.61 million.
Pracharat Sai 2 Rd., 02-316-2222. www.ananda.co.th
MRT Bang Son IDEO Mobi Wongsawang Interchange. Starts from B2.29 million.
Bangkok-Nonthaburi Rd., 02-316-2222. www.ananda.co.th

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PRUKSA

MRT Ministry of Public Health The Tree Elegance Tiwanon. Starts from B1.49 million
Pracharat Sai 1 Rd., 1739. www.pruksa.com 

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APTHAI

MRT Wong-sawang AspireRatchada Wongsawang. Starts from B1.59 million
Bangkok-Nonthaburi Rd., 1623. www.apthai.com
MRT Sriponsawan Aspire Rattanathibet 2. Starts from B1.69 million.
Rattanathibet Rd., 1623. www.apthai.com

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LPN

MRT Sriponsawan LPNLumpiniPark Rattanathibet-Ngamwongwan. Starts from B1.35 million
Rattanathibet Rd., 02-527-6777. www.lpn.co.th

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SUPALAI

MRT Phra Nang Klao Bridge Supalai City Resort . Starts from B1.65 million.
Rattanathibet Rd., 1720 Ext. 83. www. supalai.com
MRT Nonthaburi City Hall Supalai Park Khaerai-Ngamwongwan. Starts from B1.5million.
Rattanathibet Rd., 1720 Ext. 83. www. supalai.com
MRT Bang Son Supalai Veranda. Starts from B1.85 million.
Prachacheun Rd., 1720 Ext. 87. www.supalai.com

2. BTS Sukhumvit line

Since its conception in 1999, Bangkok’s BTS skytrain has been operating on two lines—Sukhumvit and Silom—which presently service a total of 34 stations.

The Sukhumvit line is set to extend from Bearing through Samutprakarn and all the way to Bang Pu. Said to be operational by early 2020, the extension will cover seven stations and is supposedly 57.06-percent complete already. That will easily get you to the picturesque Ancient City (Muang Boran, below), the seaside Samutprakarn City Hall and Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm.

From Mo Chit, meanwhile, there is also a plan to extend to Saphan Mai through to Khu Khot, which is also expected to be completed in 2020, too. Highlights on this line include Kasetsart University, 11th Infantry Regiment (where the last Maya Music Festival was held) and the Royal Air Force Museum.

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3. The MRT blue line

The MRT has been operating since 2004, with just the one line covering 18 stations. Construction to expand the current blue line from Hua Lamphong-Bang Kae (14km) will commence next year, and has been scheduled for completion within four years. That means your trips to explore the Old Town will be much more convenient as the line passes through Charoenkrung, Chinatown, Sanam Chai Road (Museum Siam and Wat Pho) and Pak Khlong Talad over to the Thonburi side of the city. The first 4km of the line from Hua Lamphong to Tha Phra will be underground, before it converts into an overground train for the rest of the journey to Bang Kae (9km).

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4. The SRT dark red line

Finally, the Bangsue-Rangsit dark red line, covering some 24.6km of Bangkok (and planned to connect to the North/Northeastern region of the country in the future) as part of the planned SRT Red Line suburban railway system, is scheduled to be complete by 2019 after some delays in the bidding process. Why we’re excited? No more ungodly traffic time on the way to Don Muang Airport, improved access to MOCA (see below).

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Further down the tracks

Upcoming lines for the more distant future

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Looking at the complete map of all the future lines, here’s a brief summary of transport coverage you can expect…eventually:

Dark red line — Hua Mak-Bang Sue-Thammasat Rangsit Campus

Light red line — Taling Chan-Bang Sue-Hua Mak

Pink line — Khae Rai-Minburi

Orange line–Taling Chan-Thailand Cultural Center- Minburi

Yellow line — Lad Phrao-Pattanakarn-Samrong

Sukhumvit line — Mochit-Saphan Mai-Khu Khot, and Bearing-Samut Prakarn-Bang Pu

Silom line — Yotse-National Stadium-Saphan Taksin-Bang Wa

Purple line — Bang Yai-Bang Sue-Ratburana

Blue line — Hua Lamphong-Bangkhae and Bangsue-Tha Phra-Phutthamonthon Sai 4

Extended Airport Rail Link– Phayathai-Bang Sue-Don Muang

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The other side of the MRT purple line 

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Phase two of the MRT purple line is intended to serve the southern part of the city. The underground train will cover areas in the Phra Nakhon and Dusit district—that means Samsen Road, the national library, Thewet Market, Banglamphu (one of the world’s fastest growing Airbnb areas), the Golden Mount—before crossing to the other side of the river into Thonburi through Wongwian Yai and terminating at Rat Burana. Phra Pradaeng (home to the trending cycling destination Bang Krachao) will also be easier to access. So far, this phase has not yet received cabinet approval.
The new orange line

Taling Chan-Thailand Cultural Center-Minburi 

After much rerouting due to resident protests, the Thai cabinet has finally approved the construction of the orange line. This will also pass a lot of the city’s major sights serving people who live around Minburi. Other highlights include: Siriraj Hospital, Sanam Luang (Grand Palace and Tha Maharaj), Democracy Monument (RCAC and Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall), Lan Luang (Seven Spoons, Mad Moa, Talad Nang Loeng), Pratunam (Platinum Shopping Mall), Thailand Cultural Center and Hua Mak Stadium. Estimated completion in 2023.