Saturday, November 28, 2015
The Reprringer, a tiny, 3D-printable revolver that fires .22 calibre ammunition. Image: FOSSCAD
A BURGEONING SUBCULTURE of 3-D printed gun enthusiasts dreams of the day when a lethal firearm can be downloaded or copied by anyone, anywhere, as easily as a pirated episode of Game of Thrones. But the 27-year-old Japanese man arrested last week for allegedly owning illegal 3-D printed firearms did more than simply download and print other enthusiasts’ designs. He appears to have created some of his own.
Among the half-dozen plastic guns seized from Yoshitomo Imura’s home in Kawasaki was a revolver designed to fire six .38-caliber bullets–five more than the Liberator printed pistol that inspired Imura’s experiments. He called it the ZigZag, after its ratcheted barrel modeled on the German Mauser Zig-Zag. In a video he posted online six months ago, Imura assembles the handgun from plastic 3-D printed pieces, a few metal pins, screws and rubber bands, then test fires it with blanks.
Read more > http://www.wired.com/2014/05/3d-printed-guns/
To think that "everyone" is being tracked borders on paranoid delusional yet you can be.
May 6, 2015
Privacy advocates and civil-liberties groups say the police shouldn’t be able to track cell phones without a search warrant “” but they’re losing that fight in the courts.
Two federal appeals courts have now ruled explicitly that police don’t need a search warrant to track the location of a suspect’s cell phone, and a third court gave law enforcement a partial win on the issue.
It’s a disturbing trend for privacy advocates, who say the law isn’t keeping up with advances in technology. Retroactively tracking people’s cell phones can provide an open window into almost every detail of their lives, potentially giving law enforcement far more personal information than they’ve ever been able to obtain before””without a warrant.
“When the government has a record of everywhere we’ve gone on a continuous basis over a period of time, they know our religious beliefs, our health information, our associations, our political views, our most private activities,” said Susan Freiwald, a law professor at the University of San Francisco.
Read more > http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/2015/05/06/Police-Can-Track-Your-Cell-Phone-Without-Warrant-Now
The government can't really turn your phone back on. But it can keep the phone from actually turning off.
Even if you power off your cell phone, the U.S. government can turn it back on.
That's what ex-spy Edward Snowden revealed in last week's interview with NBC's Brian Williams. It sounds like sorcery. Can someone truly bring your phone back to life without touching it?
More people are beginning to buy smart devices – like smart TVs, smart appliances, smart thermostats, smart baby monitors, and so on. And homes are getting smarter as more people adopt these devices to enjoy smarter lifestyles.
But are these “smart” technologies intelligent enough, or sensitive enough, to understand that you may not want to entrust them with information about everything that happens in your home? There’s probably nobody manufacturing a smart TV that will think to itself “perhaps my owners don’t want me to record this intimate moment, or this fight. Maybe I should just mind my own business until they’re ready to watch the next episode of The Walking Dead.”
This kind of scenario might seem outlandish, but it’s really not. Mikko Hypponen tweeted about this topic last year, warning that smart TVs may be recording and sharing conversations – something confirmed by Samsung. And as Internet of Things (IoT) devices, many of which are not being built to be sensitive to people’s need for privacy within their own homes, become more prevalent, the number of sensors and transmitters that collect and share data will increase.
“I think smart cameras and other home monitoring devices are the potential ‘killer apps’ that will sell the idea of smart homes to many people,” says Mika Stahlberg, F-Secure Director of Strategic Threat Research. “The idea of being able to keep an eye on your dog while you’re at work, or seeing when your kids get home from school, is going to be really appealing for people. Every square inch of a smart home can potentially be monitored using IoT devices that are quickly becoming more accessible and marketed to consumers.”
Essentially, the little cameras that come built-in to laptops, video game consoles, and smart TVs will only become more widespread. But how people can control how these devices function, or how companies use the information collected by these devices, is still unclear. Baby monitors provide an excellent example of how these devices can compromise people’s privacy, as one American family discovered the hard way that these devices can potentially be used to let anyone wiretap your home.
So as people graduate to using smart devices, they’ll need to keep these privacy considerations in mind. One quick fix they can use, as recommended by Karmina Aquino, Service Lead for F-Secure Labs’ Threat Intelligence team, is to change the settings on these devices. In the case of Samsung’s smart TVs, the settings can be adjusted to prevent the TV from recording absolutely everything.
But doing this for absolutely every device is impractical, and maybe even impossible. So F-Secure has developed a more comprehensive solution – F-Secure SENSE. SENSE is a unique combination of hardware and software that can be used to protect all of the devices people use in their home. This includes things like PCs, smartphones and tablets, but also modern smart devices like Internet-connected baby monitors and smart TVs.
SENSE’s software can be installed on devices like laptops and smartphones, allowing these devices to stay protected, even while they leave the home. But many IoT devices are unable to run user-installed apps, and that’s where SENSE’s hardware comes in. SENSE’s hardware is able to connect to any Internet-connected device people use in their home, which allows SENSE to create a private, secure network for those devices. It uses artificial intelligence capabilities in F-Secure’s Security Cloud to proactively “sense” threats hidden within Internet traffic, allowing it to find and neutralize threats to people’s security and online privacy before it has the opportunity to reach devices.
These capabilities allow SENSE to block potentially harmful traffic, such as data exchanged by spyware or unwanted tracking technologies. It can also prevent Internet traffic from being directed to potentially harmful websites without people’s knowledge. SENSE’s software also gives people a complete overview of their home network and the security status of their different devices, so they can always see what’s going on.
Mika says it’s time for people to recognize how important it is to keep private information inside their homes, as losing control over such personal information can quickly grow from a minor inconvenience or source of embarrassment into a security issue.
“A lot of these newer Internet-connected devices aren’t really common enough to make hacking worthwhile for criminals, but this will change as more people buy them,” Mika says. “Manufacturers will eventually phase out non-smart products, and that’s when the security implications will really start to hit home. These devices will let criminals learn a lot about their potential victims, so securing privacy within a smart home is going to be something people need to do to keep their homes and families safe.”
F-Secure SENSE will start shipping in spring 2016, and is priced at 199 EUR/USD, which includes the hardware, software, and a 12-month subscription. It is currently available for preordering for customers in Europe, and the first 5000 customers will receive a 50% discount.https://privacy.f-secure.com/2015/11/16/are-you-watching-your-smart-tv-or-is-it-watching-you/
A small company in Texas has produced the TraqCloud, a new, significantly cheaper way to track anyone or anything using GPS. TraqCloud, in its promotional materials, is marketed for luggage or kid tracking, but using such a tracker against a suspected cheating love interest, a sneaky business partner, or local law enforcement is now simple and inexpensive.
Read more > http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/02/spy-tech-goes-cheap-track-your-car-kid-or-enemy-for-10-a-month/
If you are being tracked, you brought your tracker into your life 99% of the time.
Go off the grid.
Friday, November 27, 2015
I do my best not to draw conclusions, I look, question and then do the math. I'd really have to be narcissistic to think the Bilderbergs would come after a nobody like me, enjoy.
The Denver Airport
The Denver Airport
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The trail of clouds that billow from anairplane streaking across the sky can be mesmerizing for children and adults alike. Jet engine traffic has become so common that it's not unusual to see several lingering streaks in the afternoon. And though many consider the streaks beautiful against a bright blue sky, others are alarmed about them. Concerns range from the idea that these streaks could exacerbate global warming to more elaborate theories that the government has secretly been dumping harmful substances on the land.
Before we get into the various theories about the possible harmful effects, let's discuss the scientific explanation for these streaks. Jet engines spew out very hot air. And, because water vapor is one of the byproducts of the exhaust, the air is also very humid. However, high in the atmosphere where these jets fly, the air is typically very cold -- often lower than -40 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally, the atmosphere up there is often of low vapor pressure, or the force exerted by a gas on the surrounding environment.
Extreme Technology Nano Robotics
Part of the Nanotechnology glossary:
A nanorobot is a tiny machine designed to perform a specific task or tasks repeatedly and with precision at nanoscale dimensions, that is, dimensions of a few nanometers (nm) or less, where 1 nm = 10-9 meter. Nanorobots have potential applications in the assembly and maintenance of sophisticated systems. Nanorobots might function at the atomic or molecular level to build devices, machines, or circuits, a process known as molecular manufacturing. Nanorobots might also produce copies of themselves to replace worn-out units, a process called self-replication.
Nanorobots are of special interest to researchers in the medical industry. This has given rise to the field of nanomedicine. It has been suggested that a fleet of nanorobots might serve as antibodies or antiviral agents in patients with compromised immune systems, or in diseases that do not respond to more conventional measures. There are numerous other potential medical applications, including repair of damaged tissue, unblocking of arteries affected by plaques, and perhaps the construction of complete replacement body organs.
A major advantage of nanorobots is thought to be their durability. In theory, they can remain operational for years, decades, or centuries. Nanoscale systems can also operate much faster than their larger counterparts because displacements are smaller; this allows mechanical and electrical events to occur in less time at a given speed.
Just a link > http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/nanorobot
by James Corbett
May 6, 2015
May 6, 2015
Great news for poppy farmers in Afghanistan: a mysterious, brand new strain of poppy seed has appeared on the scene this year promising a better crop than ever before. According to farmers in poppy-rich Helmand and Kandahar provinces, the seeds appeared out of nowhere, delivered to them by the same drug traffickers who provide them with tools, fertilizer, farming advice and cash advances at the start of each growing season and come back to collect the crop at the end of each season. As Gul Mohammad Shukran, head of Kandahar’s anti-narcotics department, explains, this new strain of seed is expected to produce “better drug plants, which require less water and have a faster growth time.”
It goes without saying that this news is even better for the mysterious seed-suppliers who end up taking the harvested opium and transporting it off to foreign countries to be processed into heroin and sold on the black market. But it works out best of all for the treaty organization that invaded the country 14 years ago and has overseen record bumper poppy harvest after record bumper poppy harvest year after year after year after year after year ever since.
That the NATO forces in Afghanistan are protecting the poppy crop is not even a point of controversy. Five years ago Lt. Colonel Brian Christmas of the U.S. Marines went on Fox News to lament that it “may grind in his gut,” but the NATO troops just have to help the farmers cultivate the poppy crop otherwise the farmers would turn against them.
Read More >https://www.corbettreport.com/exciting-investment-opportunity-in-afghanistan-record-returns-expected/
I have disabled comments on this blog. This not an open forum & I will not turn this into the mindless shit I witness at the larger open social forums.
All sources are recognized, labeled and linked. Go to the source and argue.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
For years I have been aware that a hidden Internet exists underneath the 'surface web', hidden from the view of ordinary web users. It always aroused my curiosity, but I never really followed up on that curiosity to see whether I could access this hidden Internet.
The Darknet is intimidating. I assumed it was full of criminals and would have little to offer a law-abiding citizen such as myself. I also thought it would be difficult to access and that it would require some kind of advanced technical skill, or perhaps a special invitation from a shadowy figure on seedy bulletin boards. I decided to investigate these assumptions. One of the things that really struck me was how easy it actually is to access and start exploring the 'Darknet'—it requires no technical skills, no special invitation, and takes just a few minutes to get started.
In this article I will share information on how to access and navigate the Darknet, as well as my personal experiences and thoughts. But before I get to that, I should explain exactly what the Darknet actually is.
Read more: http://hubpages.com/technology/A-Beginners-Guide-to-Exploring-the-Darknet
5 Shadowy Secret Societies of the Internet & Beyond
Most of us use the internet every day, whether we’re checking emails, catching up on the latest news (and gossip), or looking for something a little more obscure, like the classified tombs of top secret aircraft or the world’s most amazing lost underwater cities. But what happens when you get a cryptic message through Facebook from someone claiming to be from a secret society, or stumble across something from the dark side of the web? It’s not entirely impossible – there are plenty of secret societies out there, existing in the shadows of the internet and on college campuses. You just have to wait for them to find you – or prove that you’re worthy. This article examines a selection of secretive online groups and forums, as well as a bizarre offline secret society comprised of some of the world’s most influential men.
New York University’s Eucleian Society
For Matt King, who wrote of his experiences for The Atlantic, it all started with a Facebook message from someone named Ernest Howard Crosby. Crosby, however, was long-dead and his picture was an old image seemingly from the time of the Civil War. They were interested in him, the message said – all he needed to do was take the initiative.
I always attempt to verify all information by finding 3 independent sources. In this scenario, that may be difficult unless you're inside.
For the fact checkers > Admiral Robert Joseph Natter was the commander and chief of the US Naval Atlantic Fleet during what years?
Who had the NMCI contract at CINCLANTFLT, enter the main doorway, walk straight, take the 2 flight stairway to the second floor, turn right, last office. Drove a blue Nissan with his name on the plate.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos' spaceflight company has landed its rocket back on Earth for the first time after flying to space.
According to a thrilling new video released by Blue Origin, the private spaceflight company launched its New Shepard rocket to the edge of space and then land it back on the planet during the vehicle's first successful uncrewed reusability test Monday.
"Rockets have always been expendable. Not anymore," Bezos wrote in a blog post announcing the rocket test Tuesday.
"Now safely tucked away at our launch site in West Texas is the rarest of beasts, a used rocket."
Other companies like Elon Musk's SpaceX have attempted to land rocket stages coming back from space before, although Musk's rocket company hasn't yet attempted to land the first stage of their Falcon 9 on land after flying a payload to space.
Blue Origin tested the space system earlier this year, but the company wasn't able to land the rocket back on the ground due to hydraulics issues.
"Full reuse is a game changer, and we can’t wait to fuel up and fly again," Bezos added.
You'll be amazed.
Monday, November 23, 2015
I really couldn't see myself being bothered with any of this...LOL But, there are some willing to go the length to find out what they already know.
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