- Someone’s Been Siphoning Data Through a Huge Security Hole in the Internet (Wired, Dec 5, 2013)
- Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity™ Seat for iPad® device (Fisher-Price):
Soothing, entertaining and technology all in one great grow-with-me seat for baby! Lock your iPad® device inside the case to protect from dribbles and drool. Play and learning are at baby’s fingertips, with free apps you can download for your iPad®. Look for apps with black and white images to enhance visual skills, soothing apps with nature scenes, learning apps and more. With all the fun and excitement of apps, this seat still has all the great features of a baby seat: Overhead toys, motion, adjustable 3-position seat recline, rotating toy bar and a mirror that reflects baby’s image when your iPad® device is removed. Easy adjustments let you extend the use from newborn to toddler. Durable case for all generations of iPad®, excluding iPad® mini. iPad® device not included. Continue reading »
- If this doesn’t terrify you… Google’s computers OUTWIT their humans (The Register, Nov 15, 2013):
‘Deep learning’ clusters crack coding problems their top engineers can’t
Analysis Google no longer understands how its “deep learning” decision-making computer systems have made themselves so good at recognizing things in photos.
This means the internet giant may need fewer experts in future as it can instead rely on its semi-autonomous, semi-smart machines to solve problems all on their own.
- Russia’s 5G stealth jet flies to test center (RT, Nov 21, 2013):
The fifth model of Russia’s 5G generation fighter jet, PAK FA T-50, has arrived at the Zhukovsky test range near Moscow, where four other prototypes are being fly-tested. The journey from the developer’s test range in the Komsomolsk-on-Amur in Russia’s Far East was performed in three intermediate stops. Its first-ever flight took place in January 2010.
- Nuclear Power, National Security And The Dirty Bomb (The Market Oracle, Nov 12, 2013):
Although severely damaged by the world public opinion fallout from the Fukushima disaster, the nuclear industry continues to claim nuclear power is the low carbon, oil saving energy of the future. Taking the lifetime of the civil nuclear power industry as starting in the late 1950s, however, it has already had a long period through the 1980s and 1990s when world reactor orders and completions were often zero per year. Public confidence is weak.
The recent so-called Nuclear Renaissance, based on recentering reactor sales to developing and emerging countries of the South, featured the hard sell of Chernobyl- and Fukushima-sized power reactors to countries that are often unstable and fragile. This was symbolized by Nicolas Sarkozy’s attempt at making French reactor sales to Libya’s colonel Gaddafi in
2007, offloading as many as two 1970s-vintage reactors for reassembly in Libya, and recycling petrodollar billions.
The global security risks of this strategy are hard to exaggerate, but since business is business they are almost totally ignored, except and only in specific cases like Iran. Continue reading »
- Caution: Your GPS Ankle Bracelet Is Listening (The Crime Report, Oct 25, 2013):
When defense lawyer Fermín L. Arraiza-Navas sat down with a prospective client in San Juan, Puerto Rico last April, he casually asked the man about the Global Positioning System (GPS) ankle bracelet that he was wearing as a condition for his bail.
The reply was just as casual.
“They speak to me through that thing,” the man said.
It wasn’t the first time the lawyer encountered GPS bracelets with apparently extraordinary powers. He told the Puerto Rico Center for Investigative Reporting (CPIPR) that a previous defendant’s GPS ankle bracelet started to vibrate during a meeting with him.
- The Rise of the Decentralized Web Continues (LibertyBlitzkrieg, Nov 15, 2013):
I know I must sound like a broken record by now, but decentralization is without question the key to humanity’s future freedom and prosperity on planet earth. The good news is that many of our smartest minds are aware of this and are actively working on solutions at the grassroots level. It goes without saying that the Internet itself is one of the most revolutionary advances our species has ever achieved, and decentralization of this information flow and access must be one of our key objectives, particularly in light of NSA spy revelations.
One of the ways that communities across the world are fighting for ownership of the Internet is through localized meshnets, a topic I covered in my piece back in August: Meet The Meshnet: A New Wave of Decentralized Internet Access.
This has been one of the more interesting themes I have learned about in 2013, and one that is only likely to spread in the years ahead. The New York Times recently wrote an article on it with some great new information. Some key excerpts are below: Continue reading »