The City of London police has started placing banner advertisements on websites believed to be offering pirated content illegally.
The messages, which will appear instead of paid-for ads, will ask users to close their web browsers.
The move comes as part of a continuing effort to stop piracy sites from earning money through advertising.
Police said the ads would make it harder for piracy site owners to make their pages look authentic.
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Ridley Scott has signed on to make Philip K Dick's Nazis-in-America story The Man in the High Castle for Amazon Studios, according to industry mag Deadline.
Scott's production firm Scott Free and X-Files writer Frank Spotnitz will make the alternate reality tale in which the Nazis won an extended World War II and are occupying the US in the '60s. The project was originally supposed to be made by Syfy into a four-hour miniseries.
The sci-fi author is clearly a favourite for Scott, who previously directed Blade Runner, and for Hollywood fodder in general. Two versions of Total Recall movies have been made, along with Minority Report and The Adjustment Bureau.
The Man in the High Castle, a Hugo-Award-winning novel, is set in 1962 and tells the story of American life under Fascist rule while the Axis Powers Japan, Italy and Germany plot against each other.
The story is one of a number of new projects to be greenlit by Amazon Studios as video-on-demand firms ramp up original in-house productions. Netflix has enjoyed huge success with series House of Cards and Orange is the New Black which have racked up Emmy Award nominations and wins and Amazon has been racing to catch up with projects like Alpha House and Betas.
Why are techno-futurists so freaked out by Roko's Basilisk?
Slender Man. Smile Dog. Goatse. These are some of the urban legends spawned by the Internet. Yet none is as all-powerful and threatening as Roko's Basilisk. For Roko's Basilisk is an evil, godlike form of artificial intelligence, so dangerous that if you see it, or even think about it too hard, you will spend the rest of eternity screaming in its torture chamber. It's like the videotape in The Ring. Even death is no escape, for if you die, Roko's Basilisk will resurrect you and begin the torture again.
Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is warning that two iconic Australian astronomy facilities the Parkes radio-telescope and the Australia Telescope Compact Array at Narrabri, are at risk of closure after the federal government pulled $AU114 million from the agency's funding.
The cuts, announced in the government's May budget, have already stung part of the compact array, with its nearby Mopra telescope to run out of funds in 2015. According to CSIRO astronomy and space science head Lewis Ball, reported by The Guardian in Australia, the cuts mean "we have to make significant changes right now," adding that the cuts to the current year's budget happened with only "six weeks' notice." Ball was speaking to the Australian Astronomical Society's meeting, which took place last week.
According to Paul Girdler of the staff association, speaking to the ABC's AM current affairs program, part of the problem is that CSIRO also has to maintain Australia's commitment to the international Square Kilometre Array project. "CSIRO is going to have to cannibalise Parkes and Narrabri in order to keep funding the Western Australia operation," Girdler said.
A little diversion from The Center for American Progress for those of us who got old but still refuse to grow up
Melissa Hunter is an LA-based comedian who noticed a little something about boys. Namely, how they seemed to stay... boys. Bros living with a dozen roommates. Guys eating Pop-Tarts for dinner. Dudes never buying toilet paper. Even when, perhaps, they should be men. Because they are 33 years old. Hypothetically speaking. Channeling her frustration into hilarity, Hunter, along with writer-actress Megan Rosati, wrote and filmed "1-800-Adopt-A-Dude," which asks us, "Will you be an angel for a fully grown, yet utterly helpless man?"
I called [up Hunter] to talk 1-800-Adopt-A-Dude, which went up [on YouTube] Wednesday.
What's the Adopt-a-Dude origin story?
It came about based on our single dating experiences in Los Angeles, and trying to find grown men who act like grown men. I would often date a guy and then find out he shared a bedroom, or didn't have a car, or a job. It just didn't make sense to me that there was this epidemic of men acting like they were still in college. So we started joking about that out of frustration, and how funny it would be to place them in one of those "adopt a child" or "adopt an animal" videos. I love those, like the Sarah McLachlan ones. They're so ripe for parody.
Aside from the cultural pressures and male expectations you've talked about, do you think some of this is a pressure women put on ourselves? That there are girls who go into relationships kind of excited about the prospect of, for lack of a better phrase, a fixer-upper?
I think we're all kind of complicit in it, and that's part of the commentary that we wanted to put forward: it's not anyone's fault, necessarily, it's just the way our society works right now. Maybe it's something that we want men to change, to be the guy that we want them to be, so being able to change the way they dress or eat is almost an easy way to think that they're going to be better people, better boyfriends, better partners. There's a satisfaction to teaching someone about something. I think that's true in any relationship. I've been in a relationship where someone knew everything about music, and he was so excited to teach me about classic rock. It was something he could bring to the table. And also maybe it's like, we can't control or change the way men think in a macro level, so maybe on a micro level, we can do that.
Which of these jokes in the video feel the most true to you?
I think there were two the roll of toilet paper, that's probably my favorite joke. Because it seems SO simple, and so basic, that of course, you can have toilet paper too! All it costs is the cost of a roll of toilet paper. It seems silly that it's so hard. And the other joke is the one where Megan is reading the book and it says "Donate in the next five minutes, and you'll get a text every day from your dude, asking, like, you know, how your day was. Really basic shit." Because I feel like that's something, when I'm dating someone, or my friend is dating someone, everything that we have to ask of them seems SO basic. If you're in a relationship, just checking in every day.
There are many embedded boards but this one will be more feature complete while costing as much as Raspberry Pi:
Software: OpenWRT. Hardware specs: 400MHz MIPS processor, 64MiB DDR2 RAM, USB 2.0, UART, 16MiB flash memory, WiFi g/n 150Mbps with on board antenna, 20 GPIO ports, 2x 100Mbps ethernet, 7 high-power (500mA) outputs, 3 ultra-protected inputs (0 — 50V resistant), 5 normal 2.5 volt IO ports with software I2C, SPI capability, power consumption: 0.36 Watt
Forbes is reporting that Verizon plans to limit download speeds for some of its 4G LTE users:
Verizon Wireless launched a "network optimization" policy three years ago to limit the data speeds of its heaviest 3G data users subscribers with unlimited data plans whose data usage is in the top 5% of all users. A majority of Verizon's users have switched over to a data plan that is capped at a tiered amount, but there is still a large number of subscribers that were grandfathered into unlimited data plans after it was no longer an option. On October 1st, Verizon will apply the network optimization policy to the top 5% of data users on its 4G network also.
The data speed of the top 5% of users will be slowed down when they are connected to cell sites that are experiencing heavy demand "so that all data users will enjoy a quality wireless data experience." If those users move to a different cell site or eases down on usage, then the speed returns to normal. These users may experience video buffering, a lag while gaming online and slower Internet browsing. The network optimization policy will apply to the top 5% users that have passed their minimum contract term and consume around 4.7GB of data per month or more.[...]
Verizon said that its network optimization policy is not considered "throttling" because it uses network intelligence. Throttling means that your wireless data speed is reduced for the entire lifecycle, 100% of the time no matter where you are. Verizon's Network Optimization suggests that your connection should be as good as possible as long as it doesn't cause congestion. Once you are no longer connected to the site that experiences high demand, the speed could return to normal in seconds or hours based on the location and time of day.
So, what do you think? Is this throttling by a different name or a reasonable way to manage the current limited network capacity or, indeed, both?
EFF brings us Deeper Dive into EFF's Motion on Backbone Surveillance.
[EFF] filed a motion for partial summary judgment in our long running Jewel v. NSA case, focusing on the government's admitted seizure and search of communications from the Internet backbone, also called "upstream." We've asked the judge to rule that there are two ways in which this is unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment.
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Patches are ready for I2P, the vulnerable component in Tails, but it's not clear when Tails will update.
Tails, a portable operating system that employs a host of privacy-focused components, plans to patch flaws contained in I2P, a networking tool developed by the Invisible Internet Project that provides greater anonymity when browsing. It's similar in concept to Tor.
On Saturday, I2P developers released several fixes for XSS (cross-site scripting) and remote execution flaws found by Exodus Intelligence, a vulnerability broker that irked some by announcing first on Twitter it knew of flaws but didn't immediately inform Tails.
On Friday, Tails advised that users can take steps to protect themselves in the meantime. It recommended that I2P not be intentionally launched in Tails version 1.1 and earlier. Luckily, I2P is not launched by default when Tails is started. But Tails warned that an attacker could use some other undisclosed security holes to launch Tails and then try to de-anonymize a user. To be sure that doesn't happen, the I2P software package should be removed when Tails is launched.
You're not worth $US10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg actually, just a bit less. That's one of the many factoids revealed in The Social Network's new Form 10-Q [PDF] filed last Friday.
One item of interest is that the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has decided not to investigate Facebook's 2012 float.
The 10-Q states that "In May 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) notified us that it had terminated its inquiry and that no enforcement action had been recommended". The filing also notes that Facebook is "also party to various legal proceedings and claims that arise in the ordinary course of business," including some legal fun with patent trolls / non-practicing entities. Facebook is shrugging off those actions, stating "we believe that the amount or estimable range of reasonably possible loss will not, either individually or in the aggregate, have a material adverse effect on our business".
Another interesting factoid in the filing points out the USA remains the dominant source of cash for the company, with $US1.26bn of the $2.91bn brought in during the 30 days to June 30th coming from the land of the free. There's no other line item for nations as sources of revenue because "No individual country exceeded 10% of our total revenue for any period presented."
The BBC reports on some research that suggests Dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid impact if it hadn't been for a combination of other factors.
The study brought together 11 leading dinosaur experts from the UK, US and Canada to assess the latest research on the extinction of dinosaurs 66 million years ago. There is evidence that some species of dinosaur were dying off shortly before an asteroid hit the Earth. One of the key questions was whether this gradual decline would have led to the extinction of these animals even if the asteroid had not hit.
In Atlanta, an electrical problem in a "Buss Duct" has caused the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center to be closed for at least a week. 5,000 federal employees work at the center.
While many might view this as another example of The Infrastructure Crisis in the USA, it may also be another example of mismanagement at the General Service Administration (GSA), landlord for the complex.
The GSA has had many scandals and has been the subject of several Congressional Hearings, including an August 1, 2012 hearing titled "GSA: A Review of Agency Mismanagement and Wasteful Spending - Part 2". That hearing followed an $823,000 GSA employee conference in Las Vegas and a one-day-long $250,000 GSA employee conference in Crystal City, Virginia.
The closed Atlanta complex is named for Samuel Augustus "Sam" Nunn, Jr., who served for 24 years as a United States Senator from Georgia and whose daughter is the current Democratic Party nominee for a Georgia Senate seat.
A vast crater discovered in a remote region of Siberia known to locals as "the end of the world" is causing a sensation in Russia, with a group of scientists being sent to investigate.
The giant hole in the remote energy-rich Yamalo-Nenetsky region first came to light in a video uploaded to YouTube that has since been viewed more than seven million times. "The crater is enormous in size--you could fly down into it in several Mi-8s (helicopters) without being afraid of hitting anything," the person who posted the video, named only as Bulka, wrote.
Last fall the Tor Project partnered with Transition House, a domestic violence prevention organization. Since then, the two groups have been working to develop a resource that will provide staff and advocates with the base level of technological know-how required to address casework with a digital abuse component.
"Abuses with technology feel like you're carrying the abuser in your pocket. It's hard to turn off," said Kelley Misata, a Tor spokesperson.
More than 50 cameras caught Christopher Magee, a police officer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, brutally shooting a black man named Carlos Harris to death in the parking lot of a night club three years ago. Now, Harris's family is suing the police for negligence and wrongful death, which could cost Baton Rouge taxpayers up to 2 million dollars, according to reports.
The shooting occurred after Magee reportedly responded to a call regarding reckless driving in the parking lot of Club Insomnia. Magee arrested the responsible driver-- Harris' friend Ryan Dominique-- when he arrived on the scene. Then, Magee told Harris to move Dominique's car. According to a witness who spoke with the local news station WBRZ News 2, Harris told the officer he was drunk and would rather not move the vehicle, but the officer forced him to go through with it.
Video footage shows Harris bumping several other vehicles, including police vehicles, in the parking lot in his attempt to move the car. As Harris drives the car forward away from Magee, the officer opens fire from behind, killing him. Harris was unarmed and other officers on the scene can be heard warning Magee not to shoot.
"Don't draw... too many people," one officer can be heard shouting.
Magee was not charged or in any way penalized for shooting Harris. According to WBRZ he was cleared of all wrongdoing, did not have to attend any additional training and is still with the Baton Rouge Police Department. The BRPD police chief would not comment on the story to WBRZ because the case was pending litigation. [ video ]
Is he not aware that it's the 21st Century and EVERYBODY carries a video camera? Furthermore, it's not the best example of justice that they are showing the world.