Posted: December 19th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: News From the web, Standout | Tags: Drone, Iggy Azalea, Kangaroo Boxing, Outback Australia, Paparazzi, YouTube | Comments Off on Outback Drone Pilot F#CKS With Wrong Roo
Aussies are renowned for their fierce, often wild behavior, we’re splashed all over the international press for our drunken, violent behaviour with astounding regularity.
While the island nations human population might be banking on it macho reputation, our faunal emblem it seems is no different, though possibly more justified in lashing-out.
With more than 30 million Kangaroos – the human population is only 23 million – and human populations rapidly encroaching it’s no wonder the marsupials are getting tetchy.
Based on what we can glean from Australia’s other priceless cultural ambassador, Iggy Azalea, the roo was simply hooking into the traditional Aussie way of dealing with the paparazzi :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 7th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Google | Tags: Gangnam Style, Google, YouTube | Comments Off on Gangnam Style Fries Google’s Counters
Gangnam Style has become such a hit that it’s causing problems for Google’s video sharing website YouTube. YouTube says that the 2012 song by South Korea’s Psy – accompanied by a horse-riding-like dance that became a global sensation – this week reached the maximum number of views that its counter had imagined to be conceivable :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 2nd, 2013 | Author: The Technoid | Filed under: PROMO | Tags: All Tablets Aren't Created Equal, Atom, AUSUS, Harley Streten, Intel, Mobile Processor, VivoTab, YouTube, Youtube Video | Comments Off on SPONSORED VIDEO! Intelligent Sounds
All tablets aren’t created equal, to prove this point Intel has teamed up with Flume – a musical project by übertalented Sydney artist Harley Streten – showcasing the potential of Intel powered Tablets.
The collaboration created a mesmerising film, a tincan band conducted by the most relaxed robot in the galaxy, performing a tune penned by Flume.
Intelligent Sounds, the film, brings to life Intel’s Fourth Generation of mobile processors.
We watched the film on an ASUS Windows 8 Tablet – powered of course by Intel – the vibrant, responsive graphics were definitely eye popping, a cinema in the palm, seriously good stuff :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 10th, 2013 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Author, Hack!, Verity Penfold | Tags: American Civil Liberties Union, AOL, Apple Inc, Barack Obama, China, Cybersecurity, Email Security, facebook, FB!, FBI Director, Ghack, Gmail, Google, Internet Privacy, Internet Security, Justice Department, Lavabit, Microsoft, NSA, PRISM, Robert Mueller, Secure Webmail, Silent Circle, Skype, The Guardian, Twiiter, US Centre for Constitutional Rights, Washington Post, Yahoo, YouTube | Comments Off on Snowden’s Secure Email Provider Shuts Down
The 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.
Posted: June 23rd, 2013 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: Hack! | Tags: American Civil Liberties Union, AOL, apple, Barack Obama, China, Cybersecurity, facebook, fbi, FBI director Robert Mueller, Google, Internet Privacy, Justice Department, Microsoft, NSA, PRISM, Skype, The Guardian, Twiiter, US Centre for Constitutional Rights, Washington Post, Yahoo, YouTube | Comments Off on USA Has ‘Villain Spy’ Egg All Over it’s Face
The second largest economy on the planet – and arguably the most powerful – China, has launched a venomous attack on the United States, labelling it an “espionage villain” after former US spy Edward Snowden raised new allegations on the far-reaching US cyber-surveillance program, PRISM.
Snowden’s latest allegations have the US spy-program directed squarely at Chinese targets.
The US is seeking to extradite the 30-year-old technician from Hong Kong, where he is holed up after leaking details of secret US intelligence programs to international media outlets.
Snowden’s leaks revealed that the National Security Agency – NSA – has access to vast amounts of internet data such as emails, chat rooms and video under a government program known as PRISM. The South China Morning Post says documents and statements by Snowden show PRISM also hacked major Chinese telecom companies to access text messages and targeted China’s top Tsinghua University.
US privacy proponentss have blasted Prism as unconstitutional government surveillance, they’ve called for a review of the program. The US Centre for Constitutional Rights says it believes PRISM to be the broadest surveillance order issued in American history. The Bashing China has received over the past decade on civil liberty, internet censorship and human rights now looks like COMPLETE hypocrisy. The scale of PRISM is daunting, it’s flow-on affect for US allies is likely to haunt us for the foreseeable future, ironically.
In an absolutely ironic twist, Snowden’s revelations come just weeks after US president Barack Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping held meeting on the subject of China/US relations where the US president took the Chinese leader to task on hacking charges :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: June 9th, 2013 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: CHINA!, Hack!, ONLINE SECURITY, UPDATED! | Tags: American Civil Liberties Union, AOL, apple, Barack Obama, China, Cybersecurity, facebook, fbi, FBI director Robert Mueller, Google, Internet Privacy, Justice Department, Microsoft, NSA, PRISM, Skype, The Guardian, Twiiter, US Centre for Constitutional Rights, Washington Post, Yahoo, YouTube | Comments Off on UPDATED! PRISM: Data Mining
The Guardian’s revelations that our privacy is no longer our own has caused huge public outcry, the tinfoil-hat brigade is in a furore, normal folk have become concerned at what governments are peering at, and most importantly the nefarious are sat back gobsmacked. PRISM, if your at all shocked that such government devices exist, your naive; if your angry, then your possibly delusional.
RANT WARNING! Our freedom, our ability to stroll the streets or fly the airways, is almost entirely reliant on a – very real – war on terrorism. As news flashes across our television sets – Syria – and our soldiers return from the fronts of war – Afghanistan – we perhaps need to pause and consider what price that freedom has cost. If we aren’t thankful that we weren’t one of the 3 thousand troops who gave their lives in the name of democracy in Afghanistan then perhaps we’ve become disconnected.
Exagerated outcries like, “Even if your not doing anything wrong, your being watched.” aren’t helpful
The graphic images of war and death beamed to us by television networks isn’t an example of what we face, it’s what we face. And what privacies have we given up – in order that our streets don’t look like a Boston Bombing – someone reading our emails, a government employee checking over our social media posts or an analyst trawling though our text messages, again, what have you lost? Certainly not your life – unlike the 3000 lives lost on September 11 2001, you can surely be thankful that you weren’t one of the 20,0000 patriots who were wounded in the line of duty, defending our freedom to like on Facebook and plus on Google.
No, it seems that the cost of surveillance on the general population is naught! Unless of course you have something to hide, or wear a tinfoil-hat. While I don’t disagree that The Guardian has done a splendid job revealing PRISM, and presenting the world with another anti-espionage proponent – Edward Snowden – what have they truly given us, a safer community, more freedom? This author thinks not. Truth and lies, are very personal, we tend to take a lack of trust – or being lied to – as an infringement on our own integrity. Being deceived isn’t what this is about, it’s much much bigger than our individual integrity, it’s about our safety as a society :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: January 6th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Google, Standout | Tags: Elections, Google, Google Dashboard, Google Maps, Google News, PBS Election Calendar, Politics, Standout, US Presidential Election, YouTube | Comments Off on Google Launches US Presidential Election 2012 Page
Google has unleasehed it’s new Election 2012 portal, chocked full of every resource a human will ever need or want to know about this year’s US Presidential Election. The site – www.google.com/elections/ – is a dashboard for the multiverse of Google products, as well as some awesome gravity filled links to resources like PBS’s Election Calendar. When you get onto the site, you’re greeted with a Google News-style splash of the latest campaign news. But this is not your typical Google News experience. On the left rail, users are able to filter this Google News stream by candidates, issues and more. The feed has Google usual übercustomization, stretching from journo’s to campaign managers. There’s every chance that you won’t need to leave this monitor to get the entire election coverage, Google has seriously got it covered. Read the full article »»»»