Daily Archives: August 9, 2015

Anti-Piracy Firm Sends Out Wave of Takedown Notices For Using the Word ‘Pixels’

An anti-piracy firm working for Columbia Pictures has hit Vimeo with a wave of bogus copyright takedowns just because people used the word ‘Pixels’ in their video titles. Several indie productions are affected, including an art-focused NGO, an award-winning short movie and a royalty free stock footage company.

abortretryfailTens of millions of DMCA-style notices are sent to online services every week complaining about copyright infringement. While most are accurate, some contain errors.

Some take screwing up to a whole new level.

This week anti-piracy group Entura International sent a notice to Vimeo in what first appeared to be an effort to stop piracy of the Columbia movie ‘Pixels’. Not only did it fail to do that in every way possible, it hit a number of indie creators and filmmakers instead.

Founded in November 2004, NeMe describes itself as a non-profit NGO and an ‘Independent Museum of Contemporary Art’.

“Our NGO has just received a DMCA notice for a video we produced in 2006 entitled ‘Pixels’,” the group told Vimeo this week.

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Wind Tree uses micro turbine leaves to generate electricity

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Did The Nazis Build A Nuclear Bomb?

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A Fermilab First: Detecting Oscillating Neutrinos

The Fermilab accelerator complex is seen in an undated handout photo. Fermilab accelerator complex accelerates protons and antiprotons close to the speed of light.The Tevatron collider, four miles in circumference, produces millions of proton-antiproton collisions per second, maximizing the chance for discovery. Two experiments, CDF and DZero, record the collisions to look for signs of new particles and subatomic processes.

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 8 (UPI) — The NOvA experiment at Fermilab is already proving a success. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory have reported observing neutrino oscillation.

Neutrinos are neutral subatomic particles unaffected by most atomic forces and with only a smidgen of mass. They’re produced by a variety of high-energy reactions, including the Big Bang, solar fusion, supernovas and nuclear reactions.

What makes them so fascinating is that they can travel directly through matter as if it wasn’t there. They also oscillate, changing from one type to another — from muon neutrinos to electron neutrinos.

The NOvA experiment was designed to produce and study neutrinos’ unique behavior. So far, so good. Researchers announced their early successes at the American Physical Society’s Division of Particles and Fields conference in Ann Arbor, Mich., this week.

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How Can We Fight Against Disgusting Sick Baby Scams?

Unfortunately, sick baby scams are still very common on Facebook. Typically, these scams use an image of a sick, scarred, or injured child and claim that you can help the pictured child just by liking, sharing, and commenting on the picture. The posts claim that Facebook or another high profile company will donate money to assist the child for each like, share, or comment.

But, any claim that Facebook or another company will donate money each time a picture of a sick or injured child is shared, liked, or commented on is sure to be a disgusting lie. The people who create these disgraceful scam posts do so only to gather likes for their Facebook Pages or drive traffic to their websites. The scammers steal images of children from other sources such as news reports or blog posts and reuse them without the permission or knowledge of the children’s parents.

Other versions of the scam claim that liking, sharing, or commenting equates to prayers for the sick youngster. But, again, the images are stolen and used without permission, and the goal of those who create the posts is nothing more than greedy self promotion.

These scams can cause great distress to the families of the targeted children. In some cases, the pictured child has died. The people who perpetrate these scams are beneath contempt and have no place in our online communities.

But, what can we do to fight against these scams?

Unfortunately, Facebook’s response to dealing with these scammers has been hopelessly inadequate. Inexplicably, Facebook often does not remove such scam posts even after users report them. I have reported such scam posts and then later received a message claiming that the post has not been removed because it does not violate the company’s community standards. It’s hard to understand how stealing a picture of a sick baby and adding it to a message that tells outright lies about the child just to garner attention for yourself is NOT a violation of any reasonable set of ‘community standards’. But, that’s Facebook for you.

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Cop Draws Gun on Man for Filming: “You Some Kind of Constitutionalist Crazy Guy?”

The APB has been put out. So-called constitutionalists, sovereign citizens, patriots and anyone else lumped into the ‘dissident’ category are under watch and preemptive suspicion. Even speaking back or mouthing off shows the kind of anti-authoritarian spirit that is being targeted.

Such was the case in a tense stand off in an a neighborhood that was deceivingly quiet and tranquil.

What seemingly began with an officer driving to the end of a cul-de-sac ended up in an incident with a resident there by chance, in what the public safety officer from Rohnert Parkin, in California’s Bay Area, said started with the man filming him with an iPhone:
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Yahoo’s famous billboard is back from the dead

As part of our 20th anniversary, I’m excited to share that Yahoo has reclaimed the iconic billboard along San Francisco’s stretch of Interstate 80. The Yahoo billboard is back to surprise and delight Bay Area commuters with fun messages from the company and its employees. To celebrate Yahoo’s return to the space, for the first weekend the billboard’s inaugural message will read, “It’s good to be back.“ After that, the billboard will continue to reach commuters with different topical messages tied to Yahoo products, properties and local events that touch their lives. Now that construction is complete, we hope everyone finds a little extra brightness from Yahoo while on their journey each day.

Have a look at some photos of the construction!

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EPA accidentally triggers wastewater spill into Colorado river

The accidental release of mine wastewater turned Colorado’s Animas River bright yellow Wednesday. Photo by Office of Emergency Management in La Plata County Colorado

DURANGO, Colo., Aug. 7 (UPI) — An Environmental Protection Agency inspection unintentionally released 1 million gallons of wastewater from an abandoned mine into southwest Colorado’s Animas River, prompting warnings for farmers and recreational users to steer clear of the waterway.

The breach happened Wednesday morning as the EPA the the State Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety team investigated potential contamination of the river at the Gold King Mine in San Juan County. The acidic water, contaminated with zinc, iron, copper and other heavy metals, broke free of a barrier of unconsolidated debris, the San Juan Basin Health Department said.

No members of the team were injured in the incident.

Mustard yellow water flowed down the Animas River, changing its color and leaving a thick sediment that stretched south to Durango, Colo. The EPA said it would be collecting samples of the river water and conducting visual observations to determine what, if any, affect the spill will have on the environment.

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Man High on Synthetic Marijuana Decapitated Wife, Killed Dogs, Cut Off His Own Eye and Hand

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix man who authorities say decapitated his wife and two dogs and gouged his own eye out let out a moaning howl in court after a prosecutor told a judge what the man had allegedly done, according to video released Monday.

Kenneth Wakefield appeared in court Saturday after being released from a hospital and booked into jail on suspicion of murder and animal cruelty. He had a large bandage in place of a missing hand, which police said he had cut off.

A judge set bond for Wakefield at $2 million after a prosecutor called the 43-year-old, who has a history of mental illness, a danger to the community.

In the video, Wakefield raises his right hand to his face, lowers his head and emits a two-second howl after the prosecutor said Wakefield repeatedly stabbed and decapitated Trina Heisch.

In a court document released Monday, police say 49-year-old Heisch was stabbed multiple times in her torso and had “defensive wounds to her hands and arms.” Investigators also found several bloody knives and a large amount of blood throughout the couple’s central Phoenix apartment.

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Man tries to press charges against cat who ate his bacon

In News by Jordan Freiman / August 2, 2015

I do not pretend to understand the whims and fancies of the internet. From what I can gather though, everyone on it seems to love cats and bacon, so I present to you this story in an effort to get all your sweet sweet clicks.

A West Yorkshire resident called the cops after realizing his girlfriend had allowed her cat to eat his bacon. The operator asked if he wished to press charges and he said yes, against both of them. The operator then had to hit him with the bad news. “It’s not a criminal offense to let your cat eat your bacon. We don’t arrest cats. I’m very sorry,” she said, crushing the man’s dreams of getting that wonderful judicial revenge against the feline culprit.

No word on the girlfriend yet. It seems like a relationship that’s built to last, though.

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A new record Pause length: no warming for 18 years 7 months

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley

For 223 months, since January 1997, there has been no global warming at all (Fig. 1). This month’s RSS temperature shows the Pause setting a new record at 18 years 7 months.

It is becoming ever more likely that the temperature increase that usually accompanies an El Niño will begin to shorten the Pause somewhat, just in time for the Paris climate summit, though a subsequent La Niña would be likely to bring about a resumption and perhaps even a lengthening of the Pause.


Figure 1. The least-squares linear-regression trend on the RSS satellite monthly global mean surface temperature anomaly dataset shows no global warming for 18 years 7 months since January 1997.

The hiatus period of 18 years 7 months is the farthest back one can go in the RSS satellite temperature record and still show a sub-zero trend. The start date is not cherry-picked: it is calculated. And the graph does not mean there is no such thing as global warming. Going back further shows a small warming rate.

The Pause has now drawn blood. In the run-up to the climate conference in Paris this December, the failure of the world to warm at all for well over half the satellite record has provoked the climate extremists to resort to desperate measures to try to do away with the Pause.

First there was Tom Karl with his paper attempting to wipe out the Pause by arbitrarily adding a hefty increase to all the ocean temperature measurements made by the 3600 automated ARGO bathythermograph buoys circulating in the oceans. Hey presto! All three of the longest-standing terrestrial temperature datasets – GISS, HadCRUT4 and NCDC – were duly adjusted, yet again, to show more global warming than has really occurred.

However, the measured and recorded facts are these. In the 11 full years April 2004 to March 2015, for which the ARGO system has been providing reasonably-calibrated though inevitably ill-resolved data (each buoy has to represent 200,000 km3 of ocean temperature with only three readings a month), there has been no warming at all in the upper 750 m, and only a little below that, so that the trend over the period of operation shows a warming equivalent to just 1 C° every 430 years.

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Ag-gag law struck down in Idaho…14 more states to go

Agricultural gag laws, also known as ag-gag, are designed to prevent, among other things, the publishing of video taken within slaughterhauses and factory farms. The laws work primarily to silence and intimidate whistleblowers, and have spread out over the United States into 14 states (Iowa, Utah, South Carolina, Missouri, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, Montana, Nebraska, Wyoming, California, Vermont, and North Carolina.).

In a positive turn of events, Idaho federal district judge B. Lynn Winmill declared the agricultural gag laws in Idaho unconstitutional.

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Scotland to ban growing of genetically modified crops

Scotland’s devolved government said on Sunday it intended to ban the growing of genetically modified (GM) crops on its territory to protect its “clean and green brand” and because there was little evidence that Scottish consumers wanted GM products.

Widely grown in the Americas and Asia, GM crops have divided opinion in Europe, with some green groups saying they are worried about their environmental impact. They have also questioned whether they are healthy for humans. Producers say research shows the crops are safe.

Richard Lochhead, the Scottish government’s minister for the environment, food and rural affairs, said on Sunday he planned to take advantage of new European Union rules allowing countries to opt out of growing EU-authorized GM crops.

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Chris Christie Says We Must Sacrifice Liberty For Security

New Jersey Governor and likely 2016 Presidential candidate Chris Christie (R-NJ) is a vocal fan of the surveillance state, and on Monday, he expressed a need to invest even more in American “intelligence capabilities.” Christie’s comments are in response to the ongoing debate occurring in the Congress, as provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act are set to expire at the end of this month.

In a common refrain, Christie harkened back to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, stating that, “Everyone will remember 9/11, but have forgotten what 9/11 felt like.” He also stated that “We acted differently, we conducted our lives differently. We were reticent. We were scared to do things as a people. That’s a stealing of our liberty too.”

Christie went on to critique the arguments of opponents of the domestic spying programs, saying that while Rand Paul and Ted Cruz claim that the founders would be opposed to NSA surveillance capabilities, “The founders made sure that the first obligation of the American government was to protect the lives of the American people.”

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Amid Agony, Scientists Discover World’s First Venomous Frog

n the wilds of Brazil, researchers have discovered frogs with venomous spikes on their heads.

Although scientists have long known of poisonous frogs, these are the first venomous frogs — that is, they not only secrete poison, but are armed with weapons that can deliver this poison into victims.

Image: Corythomantis greeningi, a venomous frog
The frog Corythomantis greeningi has venomous spikes on its head that deliver toxin to would-be predators. Carlos Jared / Butantan Institute

Most amphibians, such as frogs, newts and salamanders, concentrate or secrete poisons in skin glands to ward off predators. Frogs include some of the most toxic animals on Earth — for instance, the 2-inch-long (5-centimeter) golden poison dart frog has enough toxin to kill 10 grown men, and the indigenous Emberá people of Colombia have used its poison for centuries in blowgun darts.

Now scientists have discovered — the hard way — two species of Brazilian frog that are venomous. One researcher, study lead author Carlos Jared at the Butantan Institute in São Paulo, injured his hand on bony spines on the head of the frog Corythomantis greeningi, which lives in savannas in eastern Brazil. [Freaky Frog Photos: A Kaleidoscope of Colors (Gallery)]

The result? “Intense pain, radiating up the arm, lasting for five hours,” said study co-author Edmund Brodie, Jr., a herpetologist at Utah State University in Logan.

This accident might seem lucky in hindsight, since the species that injured Jared proved to be the less toxic of the two the researchers investigated. “We have not experienced the effect of the venom of the most toxic species, and hope we do not,” Brodie told Live Science.

Windows 10 Is Possibly the Worst Spyware Ever Made

The usual bumps of an OS launch are understandable and forgivable, but some of the terms of the end user service agreement for Windows 10 put the NSA to shame.

Microsoft is already getting heat after it was found that Windows 10 was being auto-downloaded to user PCs without warning, and more seriously, that it was using the Internet connections of Windows 10 users to deliver Windows 10 and updates to others.

But there are worse offenders. Microsoft’s service agreement is a monstrous 12,000 words in length, about the size of a novella. And who reads those, right? Well, here’s one excerpt from Microsoft’s terms of use that you might want to read:

We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to.

EFF, where are you?

The good news is you can opt out of that feature, but the bad news is it defaults to on. You have to go to the Settings and then open the Privacy applet, where you are greeted with 13 different screens to weed through. Most of the offenders are on the General tab, but you really should go through all tabs, such as what types of data each app on your system can access.

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DefCon ProxyHam Talk Disappears but Technology is No Secret

LAS VEGAS—Part of the drama at any Black Hat or DefCon security conference in any given year usually revolves around a talk that is cancelled for some mysterious reason, typically over fears that it could reveal something truly disruptive. Such is the case in 2015 at DefCon with a talk called ProxyHam, which was supposed to reveal technology that could enable an attacker to wireless proxy traffic over long distances, hiding their true location.

The original ProxyHam talk was also set to be accompanied by the sale of ProxyHam devices that could have enabled purchasers to conduct the wireless proxy attack at their leisure. Speculation around why the ProxyHam talk was cancelled involved theories that the Federal Communications Commission got the talk cancelled, though that has never officially been confirmed or denied.

While the ProxyHam talk was cancelled, it has been replaced, by a talk set to be delivered at 4 p.m. PT at DefCon and titled “HamSammich—long-distance proxying over radio” in which security researchers Robert Graham, CEO of Errata Security, and David Maynor, chief scientist at Bastille Networks, will reveal how ProxyHam works and how it can be built using off-the-shelf technology today.
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Black Lives Matter shuts down Bernie Sanders rally


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Protesters who claimed affiliation with the Black Lives Matter movement stormed the stage during a rally for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in Seattle on Saturday, taking over the microphone and forcing Sanders to leave without ever speaking.

Moments after Sanders took the stage at Westlake Park, two women and one man climbed the stage and confronted the Democratic presidential candidate, demanding a chance to speak.

After several moments of confusion and confrontation, an event organizer took the microphone and said the protesters would be allowed to speak before Sanders. Some in the crowd booed.

One protester, who identified herself as Marissa Johnson, began by saying, “I was going to tell Bernie how racist this city is — with all of its progressives — but you’ve already done that for me. Thank you.”

Johnson spoke, among other things, about police violence in Seattle, mentioning a federal investigation into the city’s law enforcement that resulted in the appointment of a monitor to make sure Seattle police were complying with the terms set forth by the Justice Department.

“Bernie says that he’s all about the people and about grassroots. The biggest grassroots movement in this country right now is Black Lives Matter,” she added.

She then mentioned the anniversary event that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement — the shooting of an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. last year.

Johnson requested four-and-a-half minutes of silence from the crowd, to honor the four-and-a-half hours Brown allegedly laid dead in the street after being killed.

Some in the crowd jeered the protesters and yelled “get off the stage,” but others replied “let her talk.”

At times, shouts of “arrest her” were audible.

After the four-and-a-half minutes, protesters did not relinquish the stage.

“If you care about Black Lives Matter, as you say you do, you will hold Bernie Sanders specifically accountable for his actions,” Johnson continued.

She mentioned a similar interruption by Black Lives Matter activists during the annual progressive NetRoots Nation gathering. Protestors flooded the stage early on in the event and shouted down Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley as well as Sanders.

“Bernie, you were confronted at NetRoots at by black women,” Johnson said before adding, “you have yet to put out a criminal justice reform package like O’Malley did.”

After the protesters and organizers continued the confrontation on stage, Sanders waved to the crowd and walked off the stage.

He entered the crowd to greet supporters, who chanted his name as he shook hands.
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Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield Recorded A Whole Album In Space

Canada’s Chris Hadfield is a global treasure. During his time on board the International Space Station, he tweeted us pictures of the Earth, taught us how tears work in space and the mechanics behind urinating in a Russian space capsule. Possibly the nicest guy ever sent into orbit, he even generously retired so that other Canadian astronauts could have a shot at going to the space station. He also famously recorded a cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” while actually in space.
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Global Spy System ECHELON Confirmed

GCHQ Benhall doughnut aerial view

Special Report Duncan Campbell has spent decades unmasking Britain’s super-secretive GCHQ, its spying programmes, and its cosy relationship with America’s NSA. Today, he retells his life’s work exposing the government’s over-reaching surveillance, and reveals documents from the leaked Snowden files confirming the history of the fearsome ECHELON intercept project. This story is also published simultaneously today by The Intercept. Duncan’s Register Christmas Lecture from last year is also, at long last, now available for viewing. In it, he tells the same fascinating story.

Update: Since this piece was published the Intercept have been in touch to say that it is “deceptive” of the Register to suggest that this is a “joint publication”. We’re very happy to confirm that there has never been any editorial collaboration between the Register and the Intercept.

I stepped from the warmth of our source’s London flat. That February night in 1977, the air was damp and cool; the buzz of traffic muted in this leafy north London suburb, in the shadow of the iconic Alexandra Palace.

A fellow journalist and I had just spent three hours inside, drinking Chianti and talking about secret surveillance with our source, and now we stood on the doorstep discussing how to get back to the south coast town where I lived.

Events were about to take me on a different journey. Behind me, sharp footfalls broke the stillness. A squad was running, hard, toward the porch of the house we had left. Suited men surrounded us. A burly middle-aged cop held up his police ID. We had broken “Section 2” of Britain’s secrecy law, he claimed.

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