Saturday, 23. June 2012

Track the trackers with Collusion

Even by using privacy add-ons and telling sites not to track you, tracking that builds behavior profiles is out of control. Collusion is an add-on that will help you visualize that tracking. It was introduced by Gary Kovacs, CEO of Mozilla, during a TED talk titled Tracking the Trackers. Here is an interview with Ryan Merkley, Chief Operating Officer for the Mozilla Foundation, about Collusion, being tracked online and privacy.

There are many flavors of privacy add-ons for different browsers, but to get the global tracking "big picture," if you haven't already then you really need to try out Collusion. The "interactive, real-time visualization of entities that track your behavior" when you are surfing says a lot. After the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) struck out at Microsoft for turning on Do Not Track (DNT) by default in IE10, I scoffed at DAA's statement about advertisers supporting and enforcing the "appropriate standards for collecting and using web viewing data" through "strong self-regulation." Try out Collusion and you'll see how laughable that statement seems to be. Here's the demo as well as the add-on for Firefox or for Chrome.

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Venezuela to Germany: Give Us Back Our 35-Ton Rock

Venezuela is demanding that Germany hands back a 35-ton rock regarded as a "grandmother" by a tribe of South American Indians that claims its removal from their native land has precipitated a series of natural disasters.

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Indianer fordern Felsbrocken von Deutschland zurück

In Caracas haben venezolanische Ureinwohner vor der Deutschen Botschaft demonstriert. Sie fordern die Rückgabe eines 35 Tonnen schweren Steins. Der Felsbrocken liegt seit mehr als einem Jahrzehnt als Kunstobjekt im Berliner Tiergarten. Global Stone

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Drone dogfights by 2015? U.S. Navy preps for futuristic combat

Imagine an aerial dogfight of epic proportions: Fifty aircraft on a side, each prowling the sky for advantage over dozens of adversaries.

If Timothy Chung has his way, such a battle could take place over Southern California by 2015. But before you worry that war is coming to American soil, you should know that Chung's vision is really about a high-tech game of Capture the Flag played by as many as a hundred small, lightweight unmanned aerial vehicles playing their role in a grand challenge of an experiment.

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IDair's new fingerprint reader captures prints from 6 meters away

Forget the key card to your office building? Just wave your hand at the door, and you're in. "You don't have to stop at a station. Nobody checks your ID. You just walk through," explains Clemson-educated physicist Joel Burcham of his new Huntsville company called IDair.

IDair makes a machine that Burcham says can photographically capture a fingerprint from as far away as six meters in enough detail to match against a database. Add facial and iris-recognition technology, Burcham said, and you have the basis for a good biometrics system that can control access to any building or room within a building.

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Breaking the Code - The Biography of Alan Turing

A biography of the English mathematician Alan Turing, who was one of the inventors of the digital computer and one of the key figures in the breaking of the Enigma code, used by the Germans to send secret orders to their U-boats in World War II. Turing was also a homosexual in Britain at a time when this was illegal, besides being a security risk.
Adapted for Television

Turing Week To celebrate 100 years since Turing’s birth, has curated a series of features, interviews and guest posts that shed light on his contributions

Top 10 fascinating facts about WWII code breaker Alan Turing

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Time lapse

Time lapse sequences of photographs taken by the crew of expedition 31 onboard the International Space Station (ISS).
Image Courtesy of the Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA-Johnson Space Center. "The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth."
I downloaded the high-resolution image sets that have been made available by the NASA Johnson Space Center and constructed this short time-lapse film.
Post Processing: in Adobe After Effects CS5.5 I imported every image set in a new composition at 4256x2832, re-escaling, etc. and exported clips at 1280x720 in Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) codec.
Final process in Premiere Pro CS5.5, color correction with MB Looks, sound, titles, etc.
Exported from Premiere with the Vimeo HD presset.
Music: JAN JELINEK -- Moiré
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National Geographic Traveler Magazine: 2012 Photo Contest

The 24th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is in full swing. The entry deadline has been extended until July 11. The four categories include: Travel Portraits; Outdoor Scenes; Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments. Last year's contest drew nearly 13,000 images from all over the world.

The Ice Cave Experience

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ACTA im Europäischen Parlament: auch Handelsausschuss empfiehlt Ablehnung!

Die Financial Times Deutschland kommentiert die heutige fünfte Niederlage für ACTA, diesmal im Handelsausschuss im EU-Parlament, in einem Leitartikel: Peinlich für Brüssel.

Das ist das Ergebnis einer beispiellosen Internetkampagne. Netzaktivisten und Verbände machten monatelang Stimmung gegen eine Vereinbarung, die den Schutz gegen Markenpiraterie und Urheberrechtsverstöße vereinheitlichen sollte. Einige der Kritikpunkte waren zwar durchaus stichhaltig und diskussionswürdig. [....] Acta sollte gezeigt haben, dass strittige Abkommen am Unwillen von Bürgern und Parlament scheitern – wenn diese daran nicht gebührend beteiligt und umfassend informiert werden. </p> ACTA im Europäischen Parlament: auch Handelsausschuss empfiehlt Ablehnung!

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Law & Disorder / Civilization & Discontents ACTA on life support as key EU committee rejects it

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has been facing an uphill battle since protests against the treaty broke out across Europe earlier this year. Three different committees of the European Parliament recommended rejection of the treaty last month.

Now the fourth—and final—committee to consider the treaty has rejected it by a 19-12 vote, giving opponents strong momentum going into next month's decisive vote of the full European Parliament. The trade committee's vote is considered crucial because it has formal jurisdiction over trade agreements like ACTA.

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China Pirates Austrian Village

Knockoff Apple Stores are one thing…but a knockoff Austrian village? That’s some hardcore piracy right there, but we guess leave it to China to do, what it does best.

After a year of construction and a price tag of $940 million dollars, the Chinese have successfully recreated the Austrian village of Hallstatt in its entirety over in the Southern Guangzhou Province. And let’s just say not every Austrian’s a fan of having their UNESCO heritage site ripped off. But since China is Austria’s second largest trading partner…what are you gonna do? Sue?!

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Uruguay will staatlichen Verkauf von Marihuana erlauben

Die Regierung im südamerikanischen Uruguay will einen staatlichen Verkauf von Marihuana erlauben. "Wir glauben, dass ein Verbot bestimmter Drogen mehr Probleme für die Gesellschaft schafft als die Drogen selbst - mit desaströsen Folgen", sagte Verteidigungsminister Eleuterio Fernandez Huidobro am Mittwoch (Ortszeit) vor Journalisten. Ziel des Plans sei eine "strikte staatliche Kontrolle über die Abgabe und Produktion" von Cannabis. Das Vorhaben ist Teil eines Maßnahmenpakets, mit dem die Regierung gegen Gewalt vorgehen will.

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