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Archive for March, 2012

ISPs Say Secret Anti-Piracy Talks Failing

In Australia, there’s been an uproar about ISPs meeting with anti-piracy advocates behind closed doors to negotiate a way to cut down on piracy. First leaks indicate the talks are not going so well. There’s a massive gap between the goals of the ISPs and the goals of the entertainment companies.

“I understand that it is not very exciting if a bunch of boring businessmen continue to meet and get nowhere – compared to the idea that some super secret cabal is conspiring to turn the goodies to the Dark Side, so that Australian consumers are sold into economic slavery controlled by the faceless henchmen of Hollywood,” said iiNet chief regulatory officer Steve Dalby.


“[…]the gap between the parties is considerable and unlikely to close[…]”

Full Article at TorrentFreak

NSA Building Biggest Spy Center Yet

Get on your tin foil hats, folks, the NSA is building the biggest spy center in the country in the middle of mormon territory.

Just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, the government is constructing a massive facility that will house and protect the servers, routers, etc., that allow the NSA to monitor cell phone calls, emails, texts, online transactions, Google searches, Facebook and Twitter accounts, and pretty much any other form of communication aside from carrier pigeons.

Several smaller versions of this compound exist in various places around the US and internationally, but this facility would act as a hub and upgrade their speed, efficiency, and ability to monitor significantly.

Is this a violation of the fourth amendment? That is yet to be determined – it’s too volatile a topic for most politicians to touch with a ten foot pole.

So what can you do, legally, to secure your internet access and minimize the amount of monitoring? One way is to use a VPN, which adds an extra layer of security between you and your ISP, who is almost certainly reporting to the government, or worse. Many ISPs bow to private organizations that seemingly try to maximize profits by threatening their customers with costly lawsuits. IPVanish VPN is only $10 a month and that seems like a worthwhile investment in the privacy and security of my business.

Full Article at Wired

Invisible Mercedes Uses DARPA Tech

Mercedes has created a hydrogen fuel cell car, which is impressive enough by itself, but to promote the car they decided upon an innovative approach. Instead of showing the car off, they’re making it invisible. By utilizing a technique first made famous by DARPA, the US Defense Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency, Mercedes has created an “invisible” car. While not perfect, yet, the technique shows promise to improve exponentially in the near future. Mimicking the natural camouflage of a chameleon, the technique is rather simple in concept. A camera on one side of the vehicle projects an image of whatever’s behind the car onto a “blanket” of LEDs on the front. As LEDs become smaller, the image will be projected at a higher definition and the illusion will be more solid close-up. Right now, DARPA is developing this for tanks to be used in the battlefield, to disorient the enemy and make it a difficult target. Sounds like a great idea that will save lives, that is of course until someone figures out how to hack into it and use the LED blanket to paint a giant target on the side of a tank. Just sayin…