iPhone Fingerprint Security Hacked

by Linden Peterson

It has only been a few days since the launch of Apple’s new product, the iPhone 5s.  This generation of the iPhone comes with a security feature, “Touch ID” fingerprint scanner.  This is supposed to be more secure than the passcode security.  However, the Chaos Computer Club, Europe’s largest association of hackers, has already hacked the fingerprint scanner.

The hacker, by the nickname Starbug, who performed the hack said: “In reality, Apple’s sensor has just a higher resolution compared to the sensors so far. So we only needed to ramp up the resolution of our fake. As we have said now for more than years, fingerprints should not be used to secure anything. You leave them everywhere, and it is far too easy to make fake fingers out of lifted prints.”

Frank Rieger, CCC’s spokesperson, gave the following statement: “We hope that this finally puts to rest the illusions people have about fingerprint biometrics. It is plain stupid to use something that you can´t change and that you leave everywhere every day as a security token.  The public should no longer be fooled by the biometrics industry with false security claims. Biometrics is fundamentally a technology designed for oppression and control, not for securing everyday device access.”

Students at Bellbrook High School are not thrilled with this.  Dean Capozzi was uneasy about this development. He felt that the fingerprint scanner was less secure than the passcode because “finding a password is much more difficult…the other one [the fingerprint scanner] you just need a single fingerprint.”

Rediscovered Van Gogh Painting Authenticated

by Abbey Knupp

For the first time in 85 years, the world laid eyes on a full, previously undiscovered painting by the acclaimed French Impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh. The painting, Sunset at Montmajour, was revealed at the Vincent Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam on Monday, September 9, 2013. The painting will join the Van Gogh at Work exhibition at the museum on  September 24, where it will hang with many other famous paintings, such as Sunflowers and The Bedroom.

The painting surfaced in whirlpool of doubt and suspicion. Eighty years ago, the painting was deemed a fake and returned to the attic of a disappointed collector. When the painting recently switched hands, it was brought to the museum for further testing. After two years of intense studying, Louis van Tilborgh and Teio Meedendorp, senior researchers at the Van Gogh Museum, declared that the painting was real.

“The attribution to Van Gogh is based on extensive research into style, technique, paint, canvas, the depiction, Van Gogh’s letters and the provenance,” stated the museum’s director, Axel Ruger, in the museum’s information release.

The team of researchers was able to trace the painting back to its origins. They believe the piece was painted in the summer of 1888 due to the parallels between the rediscovered masterpiece and other known paintings from that period. The scene depicted in Sunset at Montmajour is an area near Montmajour hill where the Montmajour Abbey, found in the upper left hand corner of the piece, can be seen from a distance.

Van Gogh also referenced the panting in two letters that he wrote to his brother, Theo, where he expresses his own distaste for the finished piece. It is thought that the painting was part of Theo Van Gogh’s collection until it was sold in 1901.

“Van Gogh writes that he had not succeeded, which can be explained, because the painting shows very strong and typical characteristics of Van Gogh, next to weaker and less convincing elements,” stated the researchers who validated the painting’s authenticity.

Though a price tag has not been affixed to the piece, it is suggested that the painting will be able to sell with the same whopping price tag attributed to other Van Gogh piece. Two pieces that have sold in recent years were the Portrait of Dr. Gachet, which earned $82.5 million, and Sunflowers, which sold for $39.9 million. Despite the lack of revere for Sunset at Montmajour, the painting will likely be paired with a similar price tag due to its novelty and connection to the famous painter.

The painting’s discovery is the greatest find that has happened in the history of the Vincent Van Gogh museum and stands as a reminder that the world is full of hidden treasures waiting to be unearthed. So the next time you are deep in the darkest recesses of your home, scrounging through the dust for a bit of heavy cleaning, make sure to keep your eyes open because you might just have the next great discovery right under your nose.

Partnership For Success Gets Students Involved in the Community

by Shelby Powers

Partnership for Success is one of Bellbrook High School’s most popular community service clubs. Advised by media specialist Mrs. Sumner, PFS sponsors various community projects throughout the year.

The name Partnership for Success defines what the club actually does; they “partner” with local businesses, the Parks District, and the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Chamber of Commerce to achieve success within the community. There are around fifty members in the club, and they work together to serve the community. The president of the club is senior Rebecca Elting, the vice president is junior Monica Hennen, the treasurer is junior Kristen Johnson, and the treasurer is sophomore Tori Weslow.

The club’s past products include funding the local frisbee golf course behind Bellbrook Middle School, selling rings for the DNT TXT and DRIVE campaign, and packing shoeboxes of gifts for soldiers. Several students last year even built and slept in a cardboard city to raise awareness for homelessness.

Upcoming projects include volunteering to work at the Parks District’s event Halloween in the Park by painting faces and running the costume contest.

Winter projects include Christmas in the Park and Christmas Kindness, in which students “adopt” a family in need to buy and wrap presents for. In the Spring, the club members volunteer at the annual Sugar Maple Festival and also host an Easter egg hunt in Bellbrook neighborhood Bayberry Cove. A few times every year, the club also goes to the Xenia Red Cross Shelter or St. Vincent DePaul Shelter for Feed the Homeless.

Partnership for Success meets in the library during mentor period every first and third Tuesday of the month. Their next meeting is October 1. Junior Jailene Corporan loves being a part of PFS, saying that her favorite part of it is, “Actually going out and doing stuff in the community and making a difference.” If making a difference in the community sounds like your idea of a good time, then go to the next meeting! New members are always welcome, and there is no fee.

Super-Bacteria – A Threat to Us All

by Kate Barton

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now released a list organizing super-bacteria by threat level with the hopes to raise awareness and knowledge of this growing issue. A ‘superbug’ is a strain of bacteria that has become resistant to antibiotic drugs. People infected with these superbugs are becoming harder if not impossible to treat with current antibiotics. AP Bio teacher Mr. Reinhart says, “It’s definitely something to be concerned about.”

Some of the “urgent threats” on the CDC’s list are Clostridium difficile (C-Diff), Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, and Neisseria gonorrhoeae. The whole list is posted on the Center for Disease Prevention and Control’s website.

There have already been outbreaks of super-bacteria. In the past year, about two million people have been infected with and over twenty-three thousand people have died from drug-resistant bacteria. Although most infections are contracted is healthcare settings, drug-resistant bacteria can be found almost anywhere. Some preventative measures that everyone can partake in to keep from contracting or breeding superbugs are to wash your hands regularly, to not abuse drugs, and to take appropriate drugs until an illness in gone.  Bellbrook High School junior Jake Steuver says, “I’m worried for the future.”

“Threat Report 2013.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 Sept. 2013. Web. 13 Sept. 2013. http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/threat-report-2013/index.html

Falco, Miriam. “CDC sets threat levels for drug-resistant ‘superbugs.’” CNN. CNN, 17 Sept. 2013. Web. 18 Sept. 2013. http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/16/health/antibiotic-resistant-infections-cdc/index.html

Unprecedented Performing Arts Kick-Off

by Bridget Richard

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance began its 2013-2014 season this past weekend, on September 21 and 22, with an unprecedented “Season Opening Spectacular.” For the first time ever, the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and The Dayton Philharmonic collaborated to present a unique show to the public.

The season debut had nine separate artistic performances, beginning with the whimsical “Carnival Overture,” written by Czech composer Antonín Leopold Dvořák in 1891. Not to be misled, this kick-off was far from being your regular boring classical performance. The Alliance performed six selections written by American legend Leonard Bernstein, including the operatic performance “Glitter and Be Gay,” featured in the film “Trouble in Tahiti.” Also, the Dayton Ballet did a high-caliber performance to the famous concert suite from “West Side Story,” also written by Bernstein.

The new form of debut featuring all three forms of performance was exciting to many people. In an interview with Stacey Ritz, the CEO and President of the DPAA, Paul Helfrich said, “We’ve all learned a great deal in this past year about the three art forms and about how we work together. Each art form has a very different timeline for preparing performances. The Ballet usually rehearses four to six weeks on each show. For the opera, it’s normally three weeks. For the Philharmonic it’s typically just one week. That alone shows how delicate the planning has to be to get all of us onstage and ready to perform at the same time! But even more important is the deeper understanding we all have for what each of us does and what it takes to make our art come alive.”

This kickoff performance was a great way to present art to the public in a new and unified way, and is a great way to express stories and emotions through a wide variety of mediums all in one sitting. And, here are some fun facts: The official coffee of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is Boston Stoker, and the official candy for the Dayton Opera is Esther Price.

Movie Review: “Carrie” What should we expect?

by Tori Smith

Many moviegoers are buzzing over the recent trailer release for the movie “Carrie.” The movie is scheduled to open in theatres on October 18. “Carrie” is based off of the New York Times bestselling author Stephen King’s first published novel “Carrie.” Published in 1974, the first printing had 30,000 copies, all of which had sold quickly. The role of Carrie White is played by award-winning actress, Chloe Grace Moretz. Moretz has won many awards for roles in the movies “Kick Ass” and “Dark Shadows.” Her mother is played by Julianne Moore, who herself has also won many awards.Carrie

With the high standards the first “Carrie” movie had set, how is the 2013 adaptation going to compare? What should we expect from the new release? First of all, to those of you under the age of 17, it’s rated “R,” so you will need a parent with you to see the movie! The “R” rating comes from the immense amount of blood used in the film. Director Kimberly Peirce stated that upwards of 400 gallons of fake blood were used, just for the iconic prom scene alone. Along with the “R” rating many people will assume nudity is in the movie; however, Pierce said it will not be a huge thing in this movie, “There’s not as much nudity as the original, and nudity just means something so different now than it did in 1976. I’m finding now that more and more nudity is so rarely important to the story in any film.” They also plan to bring the movie into the 21st century by adding internet and cellphones. They plan to add elements of cyberbullying. “All we really did was try to lay in elements of Facebook and Internet bullying,” explained Assistant Director Misher, “But it didn’t become something that took over the story. We stayed very true to the Stephen King of it all, but in this day and age, somebody’s going to text somebody else.” Other than these few modern elements they plan to stick to the book, even changing the name of the High School Carrie attends back from Bates (De Palma 1976), to Ewen as it was in the book.

There have been two official adaptations from the novel for the silver screen. The first was released in 1976. The film was directed by Brian De Palma. It was a hit from opening day, grossing $33,800,000 in its entire time in theaters, which in today’s money equals out to $139,829,077. The movie takes place in Chamberlain, Maine, a small, sleepy town where Carrie (Sissy Spacek in the De Palma film) and her deeply religious mother live. There is always that one family that lives in the “creepiest” house in town, and for Chamberlain that family is Carrie and her mother. Carrie has been the subject of teasing her entire life, but upon a particularly bad prank in the girls’ locker room, Carrie discovers she has telekinetic powers. She develops these powers over the course of a few weeks. On Prom night, the beginning of the end starts with gore galore, eventually ending in a town massacre.

Netflix Movie Review: Rubber

by Emily Caruso

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Are you “tired” of the same old entertainment that Hollywood tries to force feed us? Well apparently, so was director Quentin Dupieux when he made a not-so-friendly tire named Robert star in his movie Rubber.  Adding charisma and charm to the tire, Dupieux creates a twist, giving the tire telepathic powers that will blow viewers’ minds. Literally, the feisty tire rolls around the desert looking for people so that it can blow their heads off.

​But wait, there’s more. The French movie opens with a cop (Stephen Spinella) giving a lengthy monologue to an audience of moviegoers.  He references JFK’s assassination and things like why people fall in love in movies, claiming that there is no reason that these things happen. However, he’s lying to his audience. The events do happen for a reason, but the cop chooses to lie to his audience because Dupieux is trying to make a statement: that people will buy into anything that the movie industry says.  The statement goes past the tire, though, and can be seen most prevalently through the audience.  The audiences age ranges from young to old, saying that we all fall victim to the film industry, and many have traveled from afar just to sit in a dusty old desert to watch a tire, empathizing how brainwashed society can be when attaining entertainment.  The audience members sit in the dirt for days, stomachs aching and all.  But when the cop brings the starving audience poisoned food, the audience does not think twice about the cop’s motives, scarfing down the food and causing all of the audience to die except for one man.  This symbolizes how easy it is for the film industry to trick its desperate viewers.

​By the end of the movie, the cop has been trying to stop the tire in his tracks as he picks off people one by one.  He tries luring Robert from his hideaway in an abandoned house, but the tire outsmarts the cop.  So the cop finally just decides that he’s had enough and shoots Robert. But after the cop leaves, out rolls a Robert reincarnated as a menacing tricycle.  In the final scene, Robert trolls the desert recruiting new telepathic tires to his army, moving them to Hollywood, California, where it is hinted that he will wreak havoc on the film industry there in a sequel.

​Oddly enough, Dupieux has managed to make substance out of tire named Robert, making him seem like a real person. Kudos to you, Dupieux.