Archive for November, 2013 | Monthly archive page

E.C.Snaith and Son Ltd – Supplier Of Military Medals, Ribbons, Badges, Buttons & Insignia

E.C.Snaith and Son Ltd – Supplier Of Military Medals, Ribbons, Badges, Buttons & Insignia.

Google to CyanogenMod: Git yer warranty-voiding ass outta our store

Google has taken a dim view of the CyanogenMod Installer, an app that makes it easier to install alternative firmwares on Android phones, leading its developers to pull it from the Google Play Store.The installer was the first major undertaking by Cyanogen Inc., the Seattle company recently formed to promote CyanogenMod, its open-source alternative Android build for […]

Build a Cheap Home Automation System in 10 Minutes with Ninja Blocks

Home security and automation are rarely mentioned in the same sentence as the word cheap, but it’s totally possible if you’re willing to do a few things yourself. We checked out a $200 DIY kit called Ninja Blocks, and were able to get a home automation and security system up and running in about 10 minutes. […]

Electrode recreates all four tastes on your tongue

Signals that reproduce the four well-known major taste components – salt, sweet, sour, bitter – are transmitted through a silver electrode touching the tip of the tongue. The taste receptors are fooled by a varying alternating current and slight changes in temperature controlled by semiconductor elements that heat and cool very rapidly. http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22029444.500-electrode-recreates-all-four-tastes-on-your-tongue.html?cmpid=RSS%7CNSNS%7C2012-GLOBAL%7Conline-news#.UpRIJX3TXMK

3d sculpting: MIT ‘smart tools’ meld personal technique with computerized controls

You create a 3d model and then use the tool to whittle away the block of material http://m.youtube.com/watch?hd=1&v=krRTZqFFn6c&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DkrRTZqFFn6c%26hd%3D1

Winamp to die!

Winamp.com and associated web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013. Additionally, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download. Please download the latest version before that date via Download Winamp Media Player – Free MP3, Video, and Music Player – Winamp. That is hugely depressing!

mrQuery Searches Your Phone, Calls Friends, and Opens Apps in Two Taps

You tap home and it starts a box in which you type…. http://lifehacker.com/mrquery-searches-your-phone-calls-friends-and-opens-a-1464782586?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+lifehacker%2Ffull+%28Lifehacker%29

Michael Robertson: Introducing The World’s First Radio Search Engine

I just launched a beta version of RadioSearchEngine.com – the world’s first radio search engine. There are other directories of A-Z lists of radio stations, but this is the first search engine where any song or artist can be located on stations playing from anywhere in the world. A universal web player for the first […]

TSA screening works only ‘a little better than chance,’ according to government report

Summarizing 400 studies over the past 60 years, the report concludes that humans perform only “the same as or slightly better than chance.” Given that the TSA has spent almost a billion dollars on the program, that’s a pretty poor record. http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/13/5100702/tsa-screening-works-only-a-little-better-than-chance-according-to This includes extensive studies of the TSA SPOT programme over 2011 & 2012

Hackers steal ‘FULL credit card details’ of 376,000 people from Irish loyalty programme firm

A hack attack against an Irish loyalty programme firm, Loyaltybuild, has led to the theft of the full credit card details of at least 376,000 consumers, says the country’s data protection watchdog.According to the results of a preliminary investigation by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC), credit card and – contrary to all payment storage […]

Microsoft’s Office 365 email, Lync cloud down

Due to a DNS problem with onmicrosoft.com, the glue tying domain names to Microsoft cloud services logins, these services were down. Long live the cloud! http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/14/office_365_cloudy_oopsie/

Bewustwording pakt de belangrijkste schakel in online veiligheid aan: de mens

Bewustwording pakt de belangrijkste schakel in online veiligheid aan: de mens Online gebeurt er veel. Bedrijven stellen steeds vaker web-based systemen ter beschikking aan medewerkers. Zo kunnen ze altijd en overal bij de gegevens en functionaliteiten die ze nodig hebben en vaak zelfs nog méér. Alles SaaS, Cloud en 2.0. Met goede reden; er hoeft […]

ACTA 2: TPP

Wikileaks releases the text and positions of a trans Pacific version of ACTA, another way to erode internet rights through patents. http://webwereld.nl/beveiliging/80102-wikileaks-vs-dringt-antipiraterij-op-via-geheim-verdrag?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Webwereld+%28Webwereld%29

NL pushes for closer European defence

The only way for Europe to project the military might it needs to be able to protect its vast economic interests is by unifying the military and foreign policies of its member states. Only this will allow the economies of scale necessary to create an effective, non duplicated, expeditionary tool for politicians to use when […]

Study into consumer hard drive failures

Backblaze’s study finds that both AFR and MTBF are bunk. The document finds that disks follow the predicted “bathtub” curve of failure: lots of early failures due to manufacturing errors, a slow decline in failure rates to a shallow bottom and then a steep increase in failure rates as drives age.Backblaze’s disk longevity study shows something pretty […]

LightZone | Open-source digital darkroom software for Windows/Mac/Linux

Lightzone allows you to select areas of photographs and manipulate the light on each of these areas seperately. LightZone | Open-source digital darkroom software for Windows/Mac/Linux.

Your Face and Name Will Appear in Google Ads Starting Today

Google has updated its terms of service, allowing the company to use your profile information in ads. That means your face, name and personal details will start popping up all over your network. Your Face and Name Will Appear in Google Ads Starting Today. Opt out of this here!

Wireless Device Converts “Lost” Energy such as WiFi signals into Electric Power

Using inexpensive materials configured and tuned to capture microwave signals, researchers at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering have designed a power-harvesting device with efficiency similar to that of modern solar panels. The device wirelessly converts the microwave signal to direct current voltage capable of recharging a cell phone battery or other small electronic device, […]

Feedly gets Greedly: Users suddenly HAVE TO create a Google+ account

Feedly has done an evil thing: it is now demanding anyone who uses the service to log in via a Google+ account – thereby helping the Chocolate Factory to scrape yet more data from netizens. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/08/feedly_insists_on_google_plus_sign_in/ Update: Feedly is rolling this back, 1000s of users quit using Feedly http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/08/feedly_kills_google_plus_login/

Volume of nuclear waste could be reduced by 90 per cent says new research

Engineers from the University of Sheffield have developed a way to significantly reduce the volume of some higher activity wastes, which will reduce the cost of interim storage and final disposal. The researchers, from the University’s Faculty of Engineering, have shown that mixing plutonium-contaminated waste with blast furnace slag and turning it into glass reduces […]

NL DoJ wants to store all travel data

Aside from the fact that these dabases leak all the time and it’s a major breach of privacy, this will only help track a few hundred suspected terrorists. Coming two weeks after launching AlertOnline, an initiative raising awereness of the dangers of online activity, this seems a bit wry. http://webwereld.nl/overheid/80037-opstelten-reisgegevens-miljoenen-nederlanders-opslaan?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Webwereld+%28Webwereld%29

Feedly gets Greedly: Users suddenly HAVE TO create a Google+ account

Feedly has done an evil thing: it is now demanding anyone who uses the service to log in via a Google+ account – thereby helping the Chocolate Factory to scrape yet more data from netizens. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/08/feedly_insists_on_google_plus_sign_in/

Anatomy of a password disaster – Adobe’s giant-sized cryptographic blunder

One of the better, understandable, but still technical, explanations of why the encrypted password list of 38 million users being out in the open is such a disaster. Anatomy of a password disaster – Adobe’s giant-sized cryptographic blunder | Naked Security.

Microbe computers – Biological computers in living cells

This biological microcomputer sprang from the mind of Drew Endy, PhD, an assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford. In three scientific papers released over a 13-month span in 2012 and 2013, Endy and a team of researchers from his lab showed how they used ordinary genetic engineering techniques to turn the bacterium E. coli — […]

Hacker uses bots to top music charts, earn royalties without being able to make music

A Melbourne security professional has sent ear-piercing ‘garbage’ tunes to the top of online music charts by spoofing track plays. Despite that Peter Filimore (@typhoonfilsy) has never played an instrument, in a month he accrued hundreds of thousands of plays for his tunes hosted in online music charts, trumping artists like P!nk, Nicki Minaj, Flume […]

 
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