Archive for December, 2012 | Monthly archive page

U.S. Terrorism Agency Granted Unprecedented Access to Citizens’ Files

Counterterrorism officials wanted to create a government dragnet, sweeping up millions of records about U.S. citizens—even people suspected of no crime. Not everyone was on board. “This is a sea change in the way that the government interacts with the general public,” Mary Ellen Callahan, chief privacy officer of the Department of Homeland Security, argued […]

Internet Explorer tracks cursor even when minimised

Especially for entering passwords using your mouse this is a problem. 2 advertisers are known to use the expoit. Internet Explorer tracks cursor even when minimised • The Register.

Google Gets A Second Brain, Changing Everything About Search | Xconomy

Today, when you enter a search term into Google, the company kicks off two separate but parallel searches. One runs against the traditional keyword-based Web index, bringing back matches that are ranked by statistical relevance—the familiar “ten blue links.” The other search runs against a much newer database of named entities and relationships. This second […]

Polymorphous Perversity

Very worth reading are the a few reviews bottom right column under: “They have spoken” from big name game blogs. They all treat it very intellectually. The history of what the game is and how it was built are very interesting also. Very bizarre. You can download it for free The other games the author […]

Ubuntu inserts spyware

Ubuntu, a widely used and influential GNU/Linux distribution, has installed surveillance code. When the user searches her own local files for a string using the Ubuntu desktop, Ubuntu sends that string to one of Canonical’s servers. (Canonical is the company that develops Ubuntu.) To make matters worse, they also install adware, inserting Amazon promotions in […]

Contact Lens LCD Display

Ghent University’s centre of microsystems technology has developed a spherical curved LCD display which can be embedded in contact lenses and handle projected images using wireless technology. “Now that we have established the basic technology, we can start working towards real applications, possibly available in only a few years,” said Professor Herbert De Smet. Unlike […]

An internet of airborne things

The plan is to use autonomous airborne drones to fly around carrying physical payloads up to 2kg with a network of base stations upon which drones can land and replace their batteries. It’ll be run on the same principles as TCP/IP and allow for intelligent routing of ‘packets’ (aircraft). Monitor: An internet of airborne things […]

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