They say that a dog is a man’s best friend, and while we have seen our fair share of gizmos released that make life easier for the humans to manage their pooches, some of us “use” dogs instead – and there are times when such “usage” turns into abuse, and sends these dogs into what Cesar Millan would call the “red zone”. I would like to think that majority of the dog owners out there treat their canine friends as family members, and stick with them for life, but sometimes, circumstances in life do lead us to make some very painful decisions. Kendrick Perkins, a relatively successful NBA player, has decided to take to Twitter as a method of selling his English bulldog on the microblogging network, where he posted a bunch of ads and photos, hoping that one out of his 55,000 followers might want to own his bulldog.
His pooch was going for $1,500 a pop, which is a relatively expensive price for a bulldog (at least in my experience), but when you take into consideration who was its previous owner, the amount pales into insignificance. I mean, no one would want to buy my glittering glove for $10, but see how much they are willing to fork out for that glove that the late Michael Jackson wore?
It is just a matter of one week before Microsoft rolls out the first official public preview version of Windows 8.1, and along with that, you will also find the first preview of the Internet Explorer 11 browser. Microsoft has just announced plans that they will offer a $100,000 bounty to whoever is able to discover and obviously, report exploits in the latest operating system update as well as Internet Explorer 11 browser.
The three new bounty programs will kick off from the moment when the public preview of Windows 8.1 rolls out this coming June 26th. The biggest one would be the Mitigation Bypass Bounty, which obviously carries the $100,000 reward to developers who manage to find, in Microsoft’s words, “truly novel exploitation techniques” in Windows 8.1. It would be interesting to read the fine print to see what “truly novel exploitation techniques” mean. As for the other program, it is known as the BlueHat Bonus for Defense, where it offers up to $50,000 for “defensive ideas that block a qualifying mitigation bypass technique.”
Last but not least, there is the maximum $11,000 bounty for anyone who finds “critical vulnerabilities” in the public preview where Internet Explorer 11 is concerned. [Press Release]