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Snowden’s Secure Email Provider Shuts Down

Posted: August 10th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Author, Hack!, Verity Penfold | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Snowden’s Secure Email Provider Shuts Down

Secure Email Shut-downsThe encrypted email service used by US fugitive, Edward Snowden has abruptly shut down, amid a legal fight involving US government attempts to win access to user information.

“I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people, or walk away from nearly 10 years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit,” Lavabit owner Ladar Levison wrote in a letter posted on the Texas-based company’s website.

Lavabit was founded in 2004 by Texas-based programmers, allegedly prompted by privacy concerns about Gmail, Google’s free, widely-used web-based email service, and their use of the content of users’ email to generate advertisements and marketing data.

Lavabit offered significant privacy protection for their users’ email, including asymmetric encryption. The strength of the cryptographic methods used was of a level that is difficult for even intelligence agencies to crack.

Notorious hacker and founder of Ghacks called the secure email service “probably the most secure, private email service right now”. In July 2013, Lavabit had about 350,000 users, it offered free and paid accounts with levels of storage ranging from 128 megabytes to 8 gigabytes.

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Posted: January 2nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Buddhas Brother, REBLOG | Tags: | Comments Off on REBLOG! 2012 SUMMED UP

REBLOG! GIZMAG 2012 SUMMED UP GIZMAGHas the review you’ve just read actually been based on the product it sprukes? Has the REVIEWER actually seen the product? …or has the review simply been gathered from multiple internet articles? Cut n Paste Journalism is simply sad…

Our MOST favourite technology publication GIZMAG has an uberneat summation of the year that just was – Gizmag – unlike some dogdey, lower-end, pseudo-tech sites, does hands on, real life, yes they touch stuff reviews! Going back over the year that’s just gone, Gizmags lineup of touched stuff is pretty awesomely impressive.

2012: A year in technology Keeping tabs on the furious rate of technological development happening all around us is no easy task and the passing of another year provides a good excuse to reflect and take stock of the major milestones we’ve seen. So sit back in your power-generating rocking chair, crack yourself a self-chilling beverage and enjoy our take on the significant trends, technological victories and scientific bombshells of 2012 :: Read the full article »»»»

SMS Etiquette

Posted: May 3rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Diana Detox, News From the web | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on SMS Etiquette

Sodahead-Text-MessagingIt’s hard to believe how recently texting was introduced into our lives. The formative years were 1989 to 1992, when people were flipping their pagers upside-down to receive vital messsages like “hello” (07734) and “boobies” (5318008). In 2009, a reported 152.7 billion text messages were being sent per month in America, averaging 534 per user.

You could say it’s gotten popular. We wanted to know how long it takes the public to respond to one of those billions of texts.

Recombu has done a pretty neat little survey, with some surprising results.

The big pull was between a speedy response and an apathetic laze. Most respondents said they typically respond within minutes, but there was a large group who are either too busy to ensure a quick reply, or just don’t care enough to jump on it immediately.

More often than not, it was the former, but there were some who expressed a sort of anti-texting sentiment. One commenter wrote, “I hate the phone with a passion therefore normally it takes me forever to get around to replying to any messages on it”  :: Read the full SodaHead article »»»»


READ A BOOK: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Posted: March 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Michael Courtenay, Read A Book, Standout | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on READ A BOOK: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder - Marissa Meyer - Jan 2012

It’s almost impossible to miss,  spend 15 minutes on the internet and your sure to bump into some mention or other of Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, a new dystopian novel placing a pot of cyborgs, magical powers and evil stepmothers on the boil.

Cinder is the debut novel of New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer . The story is loosely based on the classic fairytale “Cinderella”. Though Cinder is aimed squarley at a young adult/scifi audience, it’s a surprising good read for those of us who have managed to grow facial hair.  Cinder was selected as one of IndieBound’s Kids’ Next List for winter 2012. Read the full article »»»»

Star Wars The Empire Strips Back: The Burlesque Show ~ The Greatest Show On Earth?!

Posted: January 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Buddhas Brother | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Star Wars The Empire Strips Back: The Burlesque Show ~ The Greatest Show On Earth?!

Read the full article »»»»It is a dark time for the rebellion. Although the Death Star had been destroyed imperial troops have driven the Rebel forces from their hidden base and perused them across the galaxy.

Star Wars: The Empire Strips Back continues the cabaret tradition of Burlesque Combining the sensual art of the tease with an outrageous parody of one of the earliest science fiction traditions – dressing up in Star Wars regalia – has produced the must see shows of the year. Star Wars: The Empire Strips Back pays homage to one of science fictions greatest cultural contributions in the sexiest kind of way.

Light-sabers are at the ready as the Rebels continue their fight against the Empire. The rebels amongst us lucky enough to be in Melbourne during February should escape the heat and head down to the Athenium theatre. As Barnum and Bailey would say this is ‘The Greatest Show on Earth”,

While not an officially sanctioned Star Wars production this is a most amusing parody of a classic in the great tradition of Burlesque. Without giving too much away many of the most memorable scenes from The Empire Strikes Back are re-enacted for our enjoyment.

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Apple vs Samsung: A Galaxy of Litigation

Posted: November 15th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Apple, Cult of Apple, Michael Courtenay, Samsung, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Gadget News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Apple vs Samsung: A Galaxy of Litigation

Samsung Sumo AppleWe missed out on the Cretaceous Period, got our start in the Devonian Period,  woke up to ourselves in the Pliocene and have been running straight toward the Litigious Period. As megaliths and behemoths battle it out over who owns what patent, and which gadget belongs to who, the consumer is likely to be the victim in what looks to be a long and fierce battle. There seems to be the distinct possibility that more products will be blocked from sale. Samsung says its mammoth tit-for-tat patent battle with Apple could have been avoided if the latter wasn’t so trigger happy, as the Korean giant’s attempt to ban sales of Apple’s iPhone 4S in Australia gets set for a full court hearing in March 2012.

In the Federal Court in Sydney this week, it was decided that the patent infringement case would go to an early full hearing in March and in return Samsung would pause its attempt to temporarily ban the device between now and then. In an amusing turnaround – Apple has consistently argued it wants litigation NOW, and has repeatedly stated it wants this hearing to go ahead immediately – In this latest case, Apple has argued that it could not be ready for such an early final hearing. In what seemed like a replay of arguments in the Samsung vs Apple Galaxy Tab case, Apple, which wanted to ban the Samsung tablet from sale due to patent infringement, was seeking an early final hearing, while Samsung was arguing it could not be ready in time. This time the shoe was on the other foot.  Read the full article »»»»

Toshiba PORTEGE Z830 Ultrabook, Super Hero or Too Damn Dear

Posted: November 13th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Buddhas Brother, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Toshiba PORTEGE Z830 Ultrabook, Super Hero or Too Damn Dear

As the Christmas shopping season quickly approaches manufactures are busily getting there wares out there to tempt us. Toshiba recently announced its latest temptation, the Portege Z830 Ultrabook. Having also updated their line-up of tablets and laptops Toshiba seems to be making a serious push in the portable computing market. Like all great comic book super hero’s an Ultrabook must have at least one super power. In the Z830’s case it can lighten both your wallet and your backup, simultaneously.

The Z830’s specifications on paper certainly indicate no compromise computing, a laptop that won’t keep you waiting. CPU choice is plentiful with the full range of second generation Intel Sandy Bridge CPU’s available, i3, i5 or i7 are up for inclusion. System memory can be expanded up to 6GB along with 128GB of storage with the included SSD. The display is a flat Matt 13.3″LED display with 1368×768 resolution, low on reflection and even viewable outdoors. The bezel around the LCD display is on the larger size but still blends in with the overall industrial look of the Ultrabook. Read the full article »»»»