The future of making videos…Drones!

Here’s an amazing example of why drones could very possibly the future of filming homemade videos created by ‘AntiMedia’. The opening scene, in my opinion, is absolutely phenomenal; the quality of the video is astounding!

I seriously can see this becoming the new way for bands to create music videos; for skaters to make montages; but maybe not so useful for scuba divers…YET!

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China’s internet traffic rerouted to one house in Wyoming, USA

On Tuesday last week, a large amount of China’s 500 million internet users were rerouted to this house in the picture below in Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA. This occurred due to an attempt by China’s internet censors to block access to Sophidea Incorporated, a re-routing service designed to get around national firewalls and filtering. However, for some (very glitchy) reason, the internet censor hit them with tons of traffic causing most of China to not be able to access .com, .org or .net domains for around 8 hours.

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So why this house? Well to get this answer I checked out a Reuters investigation that was carried out on this building and to give you a quick insight into why this house specifically was the destination of China’s rerouting, I’ll quote a few sentences:

“At a single address in this sleepy city of 60,000 people, more than 2,000 companies are registered.”

”¬†It is the headquarters for Wyoming Corporate Services, a business-incorporation specialist that establishes firms which can be used as “shell” companies, paper entities able to hide assets.”

“Wyoming Corporate Services will help clients create a company, and more: set up a bank account for it; add a lawyer as a corporate director to invoke attorney-client privilege; even appoint stand-in directors and officers as high as CEO. Among its offerings is a variety of shell known as a “shelf” company, which comes with years of regulatory filings behind it, lending a greater feeling of solidity.”

So yeah, this place is like the Cayman islands of USA.

Obama’s NSA reforms: its not as good as it seems

So, last Friday (17-1-14) Obama unveiled his plans for reforms to the mass surveillance program that was brought to light by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Here’s a break down of what these reforms will change and, more importantly, what it won’t change. (TL;DR at the end.)

Previously, analysts have been able to pull information from their phone records database whenever they want, so long as the phone they are looking into shows “reasonable, articulable suspicion.” Since this obviously gives the NSA too much power, any querying of the phone records database will have to be approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

This FISA court was already, ineffectively, in place while the mass surveillance program was being carried out, so why should it be effective this time around?
Obama will ask congress to select a panel of “civil liberties, technology and privacy advocates” who will be given special security clearance and will represent consumers in the FISA court. But, this panel will only be asked for input when a new issue arises that has not been dealt with before. Though it should be noted that officials were not clear in saying whether this is the only input they will get or if they could throw their opinions in whenever they felt it necessary to do so.

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Monday Morning Blues [18]

Aaaaaaaand we’re back on track =D

For the Lord of the Rings fans

To get this to work, you have to switch to class google maps by clicking the '?' in the bottom right corner

To get this to work, you have to switch to classic google maps by clicking the ‘?’ in the bottom right corner

For the mathematicians

mathChivalryFor the computists (I got this error message at work and I think its beautiful…)

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It also shows how useless MySQL error messages are.