Daily Archives: September 17, 2015

Terry Fox, a cancer patient, ran the equivalent of a full marathon every day. The annual Terry Fox run is this Sunday.

Terry Fox, a 21 year old one-legged cancer patient, ran 3,339miles across Canada in 143 days before dying. He ran the equivalent of a full marathon every day and was the youngest person ever named a Companion of the Order of Canada. The annual Terry Fox run is this Sunday.

and here is a movie about his story

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Former Afghan PM Hamid Karzai says Al-Qaeda is a Myth

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Monsters defeated in quest to free .onion from clutches of DNS-snooping demons

Big steps were taken this week to get The Onion Router (Tor) project’s .onion names out of DNS – and away from prying eyes.

Tor helps cloak people’s identities online by routing their connections through multiple nodes to internal hidden services, or out to the wider internet via exit relays. Tor is used by all sorts of people: whistleblowers, journalists, activists, crooks, lowlifes, you name it.

These hidden services are reached using a .onion name that is used by the Tor software to locate a server within the Tor network: for example, facebookcorewwwi.onion looks like a normal URL, but is actually an onion name for a Facebook web server in the Tor network. Similarly, frxleqtzgvwkv7oz.onion was the onion name for the Freenode IRC service within the Tor network.

Trouble is, if you give an application an onion name, it may well try to contact a DNS server on the public internet to resolve this name into an IP address to connect to, rather than pass it to a Tor client to handle securely. Anyone eavesdropping on these external lookups can easily work out you’re trying to access a hidden service – you’ll end up leaving footprints that lead back to you, destroying your privacy.

continue http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/09/10/tors_onion_domain_gets_privacyconscious_users_off_the_dns/

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Website that will log you out of all your accounts. (You’ve been warned)

this link will logyou out of alot of your accounts.


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First Drone-Owning Brit Convicted Of Illegal Flying

The rules around drone use are being reviewed in many regions as the technology accelerates and commercial companies apply pressure to exploit the tech.

Just yesterday, for instance, the European Parliament backed a report calling for an EU-wide framework to be developed to address concerns about safety and privacy while also seeking to support commercial uses for drones. But while politicians work on their balancing act, drone owners are left flying in something of a grey area.

The current U.K. rules around flying drones relate to the 2009 Air Navigation Order — articles 166 and 167 of which state that anyone flying a “small unmanned aircraft” or “small unmanned surveillance aircraft”, must:

  • Keep the drone within ‘line of sight’ at all times, that is no more than 400ft vertically and 500m horizontally
  • Take responsibility for avoiding collisions with other people or objects – including aircraft
  • Not fly the drone over a congested area (streets, towns and cities)
  • Not fly the drone within 50m of a person, vehicle, building or structure, or overhead large assemblies of people, such as spectators at sporting events or concerts
  • Obtain permission from the Civil Aviation Authority to use a drone for any kind of paid work or commercial activity

Which does rather suggest that anyone flying a drone in a U.K. city currently risks breaking the law — unless they’re doing so in a very large, empty park. Those same rules would also make it almost impossible for a company such as Amazon, which has been working on drone delivery at its R&D lab in Cambridge, to get its Prime Air service off the ground here.

continue http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/16/first-drone-owning-brit-convicted-of-illegal-flying/

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Driver uses balloons to ditch drugs

There’s not much to go on in this video, but to make a long story short: A driver was pulled over in some godforsaken wasteland and questioned about drugs. When the cop then returns to his vehicle to get a drug-sniffing dog (for some reason announcing his intentions in the process) the van driver acts quickly to send his contraband sailing away on a pair of balloons like that sickeningly adorable house in the movie Up.
continue http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/262687/driver-uses-balloons-to-ditch-drugs/

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Al Qaeda Leader: ISIS Leader is a Pretender

ISIS propaganda photo obtained by CNN (file photo)

(CNN) —  In a blistering new message, the leader of al Qaeda denounces the leader of ISIS as the illegitimate leader of a phony caliphate.

Exposing a glaring hostility between the two jihadi groups, Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al Qaeda, openly attacks ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi for usurping the jihadi movement.

“We do not acknowledge this Caliphate,” he says, according to a translation from SITE Intelligence posted Wednesday (September 9). “We do not see Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as one worthy of the Caliphate.”

He dismisses al-Baghdadi as a pretender who declared himself caliph with the support of only “a few unknown people,” and established ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic State, “by force and with explosions and car bombs,” instead of by “the choice of the people” through “approval and consultation.”

He also faults al-Baghdadi for failing to support Muslims who are not in the Islamic State’s territory.

“When Gaza was burning beneath Israeli bombs, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi did not support it with one word, but his main concern was that all the mujahideen pledge allegiance to him, after he assigned himself to be the Caliph without consulting them.”

continue http://cnnphilippines.com/world/2015/09/12/Al-Qaeda-leader-Ayman-al-Zawahiri-ISIS-Abu-Bakr-al-Baghdadi-jihadi-groups-terrorism.html

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Cryptome founder revokes PGP keys after weird ‘compromise’

The creator of digital library and whistle-blowing site Cryptome.org, John Young, has revoked a host of his PGP key pairs after learning they were compromised.

In a site statement dated yesterday, Young claimed to have learned “that all PGP public keys of John Young and Cryptome have been compromised.”

He added “the keys have been revoked today”.

Asked whether all of the keys were compromised, Young told The Register it was “just the keys announced, many more remain intact for the moment”.

Young told us he found out about the compromise after discovering “encrypted material in plaintext early 15 September 2015. Not ready to reveal how or what the material concerned. Possibility of a ruse, diversion or decoy to conceal other breach(es).”

The site, which precedes WikiLeaks by a decade and was created by John Young and Deborah Natsios, has long been a repository for suppressed information, and a digital watering hole for the internet’s populations of crypto-anarchists, cypherpunks, techie conspiracy theorists, and others.
continue http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/09/16/cryptome_revokes_pgp_keys_after_mysterious_compromise/

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The FBI’s Charm Offensive on Encryption

Play­ing down a nar­rat­ive of an on­go­ing “crypto-war” between the gov­ern­ment and the private sec­tor, FBI Dir­ect­or James Comey said Thursday that shared se­cur­ity val­ues between the two groups mean they should be work­ing to­geth­er.

But Comey said the source of the ten­sion between tech com­pan­ies and fed­er­al law en­force­ment—the pro­lif­er­a­tion of strong en­cryp­tion stand­ards that make it dif­fi­cult or im­possible to read in­ter­cep­ted com­mu­nic­a­tions—could be ad­dressed if only the busi­ness com­munity made a real ef­fort to de­vel­op new en­cryp­tion tech­no­lo­gies.

“I’ve heard from a lot of folks that it’s too hard, and my re­ac­tion to that is: Really? Have we really tried? Have we really tried?” Comey said at an open meet­ing of the House Per­man­ent Se­lect Com­mit­tee on In­tel­li­gence.

continue http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2015/09/fbis-charm-offensive-encryption/120746/

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Operation Mockingbird Style YouTube and FaceBook Infiltrations Exposed!

Source: Operation Mockingbird Style YouTube and FaceBook Infiltrations Exposed!

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More revelations about past sterilization of Canadian indigenous women

Aboriginal activists pray outside the National Roundtable on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Ottawa earlier this year.

Coerced sterilization of indigenous Canadian women did not end until at least 1974, according to a recently published study. Karen Stote, a women’s studies professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, concluded that the problem was far wider than was previously known. She told Thomson Reuters that

“Consent forms (for sterilisations) were not translated into indigenous languages, people weren’t necessarily understanding what was happening in the doctor’s office … In some areas, they (doctors working for the government) were promoting birth control to reduce the size of indigenous communities.”

Canadian officials also sterilized other groups, including the mentally disabled, for eugenic reasons. This was also a reason for sterilizing indigenous women, but Dr Stote claims that “the government also wanted to reduce their population to lessen the state’s responsibilities under treaties it had signed with indigenous groups.”

Her investigation, An Act of Genocide: Colonialism and the Sterilization of Aboriginal Women, Is not the first to document this abuse, but it gives much more detail.

continue http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/more-revelations-about-past-sterilization-of-canadian-indigenous-women/11562#When:07:01:00Z

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Court: Ohio Must Rewrite ‘Misleading’ Pot Ballot

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Backers of a constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana in Ohio failed to convince the Ohio Supreme Court that the title tacked on the top of Issue 3 should not include the word “monopoly.”

But they won a partial victory Wednesday from the court as justices struck four provisions they found to be misleading.

As a result of the ruling, the Ohio Ballot Board will have to reconvene and revise the ballot language for the four provisions. But the name selected by Secretary of State Jon Husted — “Grants a monopoly for the commercial production and sale of marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes.” — will remain.

Husted said he will convene the Ballot Board this week.

Issue 3 would legalize marijuana sales and use for adults age 21 and older and allow medicinal use for children with parental consent. Commercial marijuana could only be grown at 10 sites specified in the amendment that are owned by investors bankrolling the issue campaign.

ResponsibleOhio, the organization pushing Issue 3, and backers who filed the action in the Supreme Court had complained that use of the word monopoly in the title did not accurately describe the commercial marijuana ventures that could become legal with voter approval.

continue http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2015/09/title_on_marijuana_issue_can_s.html

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The ‘Robot Psychiatrist’ – Raising Robot Awareness with Satire and Compassion

Dr. Joanne Pransky calls herself a Robot Psychiatrist. Raising an eyebrow or feeling the beginnings of a smirk?  Good, that’s the point – it’s been her tongue-in-cheek way of calling attention to what she sees as the inevitable reality that humans will eventually need to interact with robots, intellectually and emotionally.

She has been championing awareness since the 1980s and has playfully worked to keep the reality of robots in the public eye, from appearing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno to the Discovery Channel and a host of other media outlets.

Distinguishing Fact from Fiction

The media’s perspective on robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) seems to lean on the optimistic at times, then just as suddenly swings to the negative end of the spectrum. In this polarized world, I asked Joanne in a recent interview if there is anything that she likes about the way media portrays AI. “I like an accurate depiction and thought-provoking discussion…I’ve spent a lot of time bashing negative headlines, for example ‘robot kills human’, when actually the human killed itself by not following safety standards”, she remarks.

Dr. Pranksy believes that the main problem with robotics in the United States has to do with a mostly uninformed public facing a surge of new publicity in the industry. “Humans are ignorant at the moment,” she comments. It’s almost a fact that people too often believe everything that they read without considering multiple contexts, and in much of the main media landscape it’s safe to say many walk away with a negative depiction of the future of robotics. The way to lead people down the right path, says Joanne, is for the media to publicize robotics in a way that promotes balanced facts alongside potential future outcomes and promotes thoughtful debate.

For the past 30 years, Dr. Pranksy has tried to show robots to masses. “If a picture is worth a million words, a video is worth a billion,” she remarks. This includes not just a staged robot that is either all good or all bad, but also a robot that is “growing” out of its failures. She mentions Boston Dynamics’ ‘BigDog’ project and notes that when someone is kicking the quadraped robot on film, the media might just as easily lash out at the human “abusing the robot”. Unless well-informed, few people take enough time to consider that this is what the robot is designed to do, to be subjected to the elements, and that scientists want to find its weaknesses in order to make it more successful.

continue http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/faggella20150916#When:07:36:00Z

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Debian Linux versus the CIA

Debian Linux versus the CIA

Hidden backdoors into software have long been a concern for some users as government spying has increased around the world. Now the Debian project has taken aim at the CIA and other government spy agencies with reproducible builds that aim to stop hidden backdoors.

JM Porup reports for Vice:

In response to the Snowden revelation that the CIA compromised Apple developers’ build process, thus enabling the government to insert backdoors at compile time without developers realizing, Debian, the world’s largest free software project, has embarked on a campaign to to prevent just such attacks. Debian’s solution? Reproducible builds.

In a talk at Chaos Communication Camp in Zehdenick, Germany, earlier this month (full text here), Debian developer Jérémy Bobbio, better known as Lunar, told the audience how the Linux-based operating system is working to bring reproducible builds to all of its more than 22,000 software packages.

continue http://www.itworld.com/article/2981508/linux/debian-linux-versus-the-cia.html

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Our Bodies Are Becoming More And More Vulnerable To Computer Hackers

Backlit_keyboardWikimedia Commons

Former Vice President Dick Cheney was afraid terrorists would kill him by hacking into his heart. So back in 2013, his doctors disabled the wireless function of his heart implant to make sure that wouldn’t happen.

Cheney’s fear wasn’t completely unfounded. Hacking something like an implant, pacemaker, or a bionic limb is difficult, but it is possible. And it’s scary to think about.

A hacker could hold your bionic arm hostage, or rig your insulin pump to deliver a fatal dose. And humans are increasingly implanting technology — beyond just medical devices — into their bodies: microchips that can send and receive wireless data are becoming more popular, and brain implants might one day give us a cognitive boost.

The more cyborg-like we become, the greater the threat of hackers finding ways inside our bodies.

For example, in one of the creepiest scientific studies we’ve found in a while, a group of cybersecurity students hacked the pacemaker of a simulated human. And they killed it.

continue http://www.businessinsider.com/human-body-becoming-vulnerable-to-hacking-2015-9

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Invisible Ink Printer



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Metallica Teamed Up With Budweiser To Create Limited Edition Beer

Back in the 80′s Metallica was known for being heavy drinkers. They used to drink so much that their friends actually called them Alcohollica. As the years passed, the band has mellowed down a bit and the lead singer James Hetfield is now mostly identified for being a straight edge, Lars was recently been seen in a fancy Danish beer commercial. With other metal bands putting lines of alcohol out there, the band members decided to give it a go as well, and as we all know, when Metallica does something, they go big!

limited edition metallica beer 1

The band has teamed up with Budweiser to give out free cans of Metallica branded beers. The band is scheduled to play in Qubec city on September 14 and 16 to close the Colisee Pepsi and open the new venue Centre Videotron. Beers are sold in cases of 15 and 24 with over than 91,000 black cans being printed. Here’s what they look like:

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limited edition metallica beer 3

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