It’s party time, ladies and gentlemen. Exactly one month after announcing the move, 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.
Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which are there.
-Richard Feynman, The Character of Physical Law
Smart-dust: Hitachi Develops World’s Smallest RFID Chip
"Nicknamed "Powder" or "Dust", the surface area of the new chips is a quarter of the original 0.3 x 0.3 mm, 60µm-thick chip developed by Hitachi in 2003. This RFID chip is only one-eighth the width of the previous model. Hitachi expects this tiny size will open the way to new applications for wireless RFID chips. The RFID "powder" can be incorporated into thin paper, such as currency, creating so-called "bugged" money. The RFID Locator can identify special RFID tags from a distance of up to 183 meters (600 feet), and the RFID chips have GPS capabilities. "By taking advantage of the merits of compactness, high authenticity and wireless communication, and combining it with Internet technology, the µ-Chip may be utilized in a broad range of applications such as security, transportation, amusement, traceability and logistics."
When will this corrupt government start requiring every person to have one of these implanted?
Has the gov already been spraying these on us…?
They are always at least thirty years ahead of what they will admit.
Just how far have we come since film? Where would a modern smartphone camera fit into the evolution of digital SLRs? Would it be like DSLRs of five years ago? Ten? Or not on the same page at all?
Speaking of connected cameras — DP Review pits the iPhone 5s and the Nokia Lumia 1020 against an old film camera, various older DSLRs and a current top of the line full frame digital DSLR. Very interesting. The quality and handling of your gear definitely set some boundaries on what you can accomplish, but more often it’s about the photographer, not the camera.
Nikon FM2 photo: flickr user Chandler Chou
The National Security Agency hopes to build a “cryptologically useful quantum computer” with the capability to break nearly every kind of encryption used to protect sensitive information around the globe, according to documents provided to the Washington Post by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. The encryption-cracking super…
As with most good stories, revelations of the NSA spy program will almost certainly keep getting worse before anything gets better.
Yesterday we reported on claims—based on leaked NSA documents—that the spy agency was rerouting laptops ordered online to install spyware and malicious hardware on the machines.
Laptops are just one device the agency is targeting, however.
The U.S. National Security Agency has the ability to snoop on nearly every communication sent from an Apple iPhone, according to leaked documents shared by security researcher Jacob Appelbaum and German news magazine Der Spiegel.
An NSA program called DROPOUTJEEP allows the agency to intercept SMS messages, access contact lists, locate a phone using cell tower data, and even activate the device’s microphone and camera.
From the NSA document in question:
“DROPOUT JEEP is a software implant for the Apple iPhone that utilizes modular mission applications to provide specific SIGINT functionality. This functionality includes the ability to remotely push/pull files from the device. SMS retrieval, contact list retrieval, voicemail, geolocation, hot mic, camera capture, cell tower location, etc. Command, control and data exfiltration can occur over SMS messaging or a GPRS data connection. All communications with the implant will be covert and encrypted.”
According to leaked documents, the NSA claims a 100 percent success rate when it comes to implanting iOS devices with spyware. The documents suggest that the NSA needs physical access to a device to install the spyware—something the agency has achieved by rerouting shipments of devices purchased online—but a remote version of the exploit is also in the works.
Taken as a whole, each of these revelations and reports paint a grim portrait of government overreach.
This is really starting to scare me and piss me off…
Most of us think we can easily tell the difference between a photo taken with a digital camera and one with film, right?
via Laughing Squid
SABOTAGE THE SYSTEM~~~TRADE FREELY~~BUY FROM SMALL BUSINESSES
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Google’s SCHAFT Takes Home Gold in DARPA Robot Olympics
The DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials 2013 completed this weekend in Florida with 16 teams all vying for the top prize of $2 million dollars.
According to DARPA, “The DRC is a competition of robot systems and software teams vying to develop robots capable of assisting humans in responding to natural and man-made disasters. Technologies resulting from the DRC will transform the field of robotics and catapult forward development of robots featuring task-level autonomy that can operate in the hazardous, degraded conditions common in disaster zones”.
All 16 robots were required to complete eight tasks as part of the challenge:
- Task 1: Drive a Vehicle
- Task 2: Walk on a mixed Terrain
- Task 3: Climb a ladder
- Task 4: Remove Debris
- Task 5: Open and walk through doors
- Task 6: Cut through a Wall
- Task 7: Open a series of Valves
- Task 8: Connect a Hose
Gizmodo reports that “with 27 out of a possible 32 points in eight challenges, SCHAFT pulled out a decisive victory”.
SCHAFT is a 4ft 11 two-legged robot that was developed by a spin-off from the University of Tokyo’s Jouhou System Kougaku lab, which Google recently revealed it had acquired.