Daily Archives: July 27, 2015

MPAA Sues MovieTube Sites Over Mass Piracy

The MPAA has revived its legal campaign against piracy sites with a new lawsuit against movie streaming platform MovieTube. The people behind MovieTube allegedly operate a group of infringing sites and the studios are demanding millions of dollars in damages. The first success may have already been booked, as all mentioned sites are currently offline.

movietubeUnauthorized movie streaming sites have been a thorn in the side of Hollywood for many years, and yesterday the MPAA decided to take one of the most prominent players to court.

MPAA members 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, Disney, Paramount, Universal and Warner Bros filed a lawsuit against a group of MovieTube affiliated websites, which operate from more than two dozen domain names.

CONTINUE https://torrentfreak.com/mpaa-sues-movietube-sites-over-mass-piracy-150725/

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Giant Squid Attacks The Side Of Ship


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Q&;A With An Animal Prosthetist

OrthoPets Patient

Courtesy of OrthoPets

Dog with a fore limb prosthetic

When his cousin’s schnauzer, Walt, had a stroke and faced leg amputation in 2002, prosthetics expert Martin Kaufmann put together an improvised brace—even though he had never worked with nonhumans before. Walt kept his leg, and the following year, Kaufmann and his wife founded the world’s first veterinary clinic for orthotics (limb supports) and prosthetics in Denver. At OrthoPets, Kaufmann keeps dogs—as well as cats, horses, and even llamas—on their feet.

Why did you switch from treating humans to helping animals?

continue http://www.popsci.com/qa-animal-prosthetist

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Snotbot, the whale snot-collecting drone, builds on Ig Nobel Prize-winning research

The new project, Snotbot, describes itself:

About this project.  We’ve invented a way to learn about whales while removing the need to harass them in the process. It’s called Snotbot.

What is a Snotbot? Snotbots are custom-built drones created in partnership between Ocean Alliance and Olin College of Engineering. They hover in the air above a surfacing whale and collect the blow (or snot) exhaled from its lungs. Snotbot then returns that sample back to researchers a significant distance away….

Why drones? 

By using Snotbots, the whale never knows the data is being collected. The custom-built drones fly well above the surface of the water and into the blow, the subjects are never touched or approached closely. Ideally, whale researchers should be positioned about half a mile away from their subjects, giving the whales plenty of room to go about their business. Dozens of technological hurdles had to be overcome in order to make the drones capable of collecting a physical sample at this distance in an uncontrolled marine environment.

Nidhi Subbaraman, writes about it, for BetaBoston: “Whale conservationists seek backers on Kickstarter for snot-harvesting drone“.

Patrick Steward, he of Star Trek, the Next Generation, stars in a video about Snotbot:

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Flash is dying. Here’s how to kill it

(Image: stock photo)

They say you should never compromise your security for the sake of simplicity.

And yet most of us have installed Flash, the popular web browser plugin at some point in the last year, because a popup said so, or for a time you needed it for that Facebook game you played once, but never used again. All the meanwhile, you’re open season to hackers and malware — even if you didn’t know it. Just this month alone, three previously undisclosed vulnerabilities were found in the trove of data stolen from the surveillance company Hacking Team.

Flash is buggy, riddled with security vulnerabilities, requires updating every few days (at least it seems), and hogs your computer’s memory. Flash is a burden on your online life, and yet you put up with it because the impression is that — you would think — that the internet would be a duller, pixelated place where rich video and animated content no longer existed.

Flash may have been for a while the be-all and end-all for the web experience. You’d be wrong. Almost anyone using a phone or a tablet nowadays is already on the Flash-less experience, and you probably didn’t realize it. Flash was never allowed on the iPhone or iPad, and Android ditched the plugin in 2012.

continue http://www.zdnet.com/article/flash-is-dying-here-is-how-to-kill-it

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The 3-D Printer That Can Print Circuits Right Into Other Objects

Despite all the fanfare, 3D printing has yet to hit its stride. Up until now, its best uses have been in designing, prototyping, and making creepy copies of yourself. This tends to stem from the fact that you can generally only print with one material at a time, and in most cases, it’s faster to use traditional manufacturing methods than 3D printing. But Voxel8 wants to change that: Its printer can print circuits right into other objects. “3D printing fails when it’s asked to do the same thing that a traditional manufacturing process already does,” co-founder Dan Oliver told Quartz. He said the company was born out of Harvard’s material science lab and the research of Professor Jennifer Lewis. Oliver said the name Voxel8 is a combination of “voxel”—which is a pixel with volume—and a play on the word “pixelate,” meaning to digitize an image. And that’s basically what its printer will let you do: make physical objects with digital elements. continue http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2015/07/3-d-printer-can-print-circuits-right-other-objects/118552/

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