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Stasi versus NSA

Posted on July 12th, 2013 at 16:54 by John Sinteur in category: News


How much space would the filing cabinets of the Stasi and the NSA use up, if the NSA would print out their 5 Zettabytes?

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We’re going to need a bigger boat!

Posted on July 12th, 2013 at 16:22 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

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  1. Just proof that “B” movies are still alive and living in Hollywood!

  2. This film falls under the heading of “Wish I’d thought of it”. It was an internet sensation. It was almost like the original radio broadcast of War of the Worlds.

The Pixar Theory

Posted on July 12th, 2013 at 16:12 by John Sinteur in category: News


Every Pixar movie is connected. I explain how, and possibly why.

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Amazing CGI shot… that’s not CGI!

Posted on July 12th, 2013 at 12:21 by Paul Jay in category: News


When we saw this shot we thought it must be CGI. The thing is, how do you get a high quality camera 500 m above a rocket launch pad, and keep it there throughout the launch. This is the sort of thing you’d normally have to do, painstakingly, with animation and compositing

But this is real. We don’t have any real details except that this is was taken by a Hexacopter at the recent launch of the SpaceX Grashopper spacecraft, which is designed to take off and land at exactly the same spot – something of a remarkable achievement in itself.

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  1. Amazing!

  2. Did they just run the movie in reverse?


Posted on July 12th, 2013 at 10:26 by John Sinteur in category: News

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DARPA Unveils Atlas DRC Robot

Posted on July 12th, 2013 at 10:23 by John Sinteur in category: News


World meet Atlas. Atlas meet world. With a dash of theatrics, this massive humanoid robot was unveiled today by DARPA at the headquarters of Boston Dynamics, just outside Boston. Atlas was built by Boston Dynamics for the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), whose goal is to advance disaster response robotics. The hope is that Atlas is the first step towards the day when robots, not humans, will be sent to help mitigate major catastrophes, such as the Fukushima nuclear accident.

It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.

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  1. well, it is only a matter of time before these are roaming the streets making the world save for us all!

    God Bless You Robocop!

  2. But can it mow the lawn and take out the trash?

How Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

Posted on July 12th, 2013 at 9:23 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft


Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users’ communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company’s own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.

The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of co-operation between Silicon Valley and the intelligence agencies over the last three years. They also shed new light on the workings of the top-secret Prism program, which was disclosed by the Guardian and the Washington Post last month.

The documents show that:

• Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new Outlook.com portal;

• The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on Outlook.com, including Hotmail;

• The company worked with the FBI this year to allow the NSA easier access via Prism to its cloud storage service SkyDrive, which now has more than 250 million users worldwide;

• Microsoft also worked with the FBI’s Data Intercept Unit to “understand” potential issues with a feature in Outlook.com that allows users to create email aliases;

• In July last year, nine months after Microsoft bought Skype, the NSA boasted that a new capability had tripled the amount of Skype video calls being collected through Prism;

• Material collected through Prism is routinely shared with the FBI and CIA, with one NSA document describing the program as a “team sport”.

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