Someone’s watching you. And it’s not just Big Brother.

A  Russian website is offering thousands of feeds from private webcams around the world. If you have a webcam with remote access enabled (did you check?) it could be on their list of feeds.  The site has accessed feeds by using default passwords which are often left unchanged by their owners when they enable remote …
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The power of thought can flip a switch.

The study upon which this report was made is unusual, but the message is clear: thoughts have power. In the study, brainwaves from human participants activated a tiny LED light which had been implanted in mice which then activated light-sensitive genes. This study is the first to combine the thought control technology and the light …
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Millions of classic images, free online.

Kalev Leetaru has uploaded a searchable database of 12 million historical copyright-free images to Flickr.  Most of the images that are in the books are not in any of the art galleries of the world – the original copies have long ago been lost.  The pictures range from 1500 to 1922, when copyright restrictions kick …
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Even big brother thinks big brother can be dangerous.

The UN has warned against the dangers of too much data and too much surveillance.    In a report, the UN body said more needed to be done to ensure that surveillance was balanced against its harm to personal privacy, noting that: mass retention of data to aid surveillance was “neither necessary nor proportionate”. “disturbingly little” …
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“You might want to stay off the internet for a while”

Mmmmmmmm. That doesn’t sound good.  Especially since its from a credible source whose enterprise is entirely concerned with privacy and anonymity on the internet.  From the Tor website: OpenSSL bug CVE-2014-0160  Posted April 7th, 2014 A new OpenSSL vulnerability on 1.0.1 through 1.0.1f is out today, which can be used to reveal memory to a …
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A guide to operating system users.

What’s your operating system?  See the pie-chart below for insight.  Humour from GraphJam.com. Anyway, what is an operating system?  It’s the boss. from The Full Wiki: Most ordinary computer users take their operating system for granted. The easiest way to understand what an operating system does is to take a close look at what computers …
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Mozilla, the power behind Firefox, launches a $25 smartphone.

Mozilla’s smartphone operating system, Firefox OS, is being installed on mobile phones made by its partners, like Alcatel, Huawei, LG and ZTE, which will retail for $25 and be targeting fast growing emerging markets where users are unwilling or unable to be tied in to long term contracts.  Their Firefox OS phones will give multimedia …
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Anonimity on the internet.

It’s not that you want to be a spy, it’s not that you want to hide under a rock, it’s just that you feel threatened by the invasiveness of data tracking by Big Co (eg Google, Microsoft, Facebook etc) and Big Brother (the government and banks know more about you than you know about yourself). …
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Printer problems … fixed.

After cleaning print head and deep cleaning print heads and still not getting a decent print out, I came across this site PrinterKnowledge, started by Rob Ludlow’s nifty-stuff.com, which helped understand the nature of the problem.  (Anatomy of a Canon print head helped a lot – see photo below.) It was the print head, but …
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Yahoo, Bing, Scroogle, Scraper, and anonymous search

How embarrassing!  I knew it, but forgot it.  But luckily was reminded yesterday that Yahoo doesn’t offer search any more. In mid-2009 Yahoo gave up on search and contracted with Bing to supply teh service.  I was reminded when I saw the confession at the bottom of a Yahoo search page.  Further investigation reminded me …
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