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+ - UK Illegal File Sharers to Get Told Off by ISPs Four Times - But That's It->

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "Do you enjoy illegally downloading movies, songs and games? Do you think that all information should be free, and think that paying your internet bill should be enough?

Well too bad. It's not legal, and from 2015, your internet service provider (ISP) will send you four letters a year to tell you to stop downloading, paid for by a £3.5 million ($6m) taxpayer-funded awareness campaign.

That's it. No, really, that's it."

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+ - #OpSaveGaza: Anonymous Takes Down 1,000 Israeli Government and Business Websites

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "Hacker collective Anonymous has announced that it has taken down over a thousand crucial Israeli websites in a huge new coordinated cyber-attack called #OpSaveGaza on 11 July and 17 July, in support of the people of Palestine.

Some of the websites, such as the Tel Aviv Police Department's online presence, are still offline two days after the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, and numerous Israeli government homepages have been replaced by graphics, slogans, and auto-playing audio files made by AnonGhost, the team of hackers who coordinated the attack.

The official Israeli government jobs website has had its homepage replaced by a graphic titled "Akincilar", which is Turkish for the Ottoman Empire's troops."

+ - Paranoid About Online Privacy? How About a Portable Cloud Email Server Instead->

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "A UK start-up has come up with a revolutionary solution for individuals and small businesses who are worried about their online privacy, thanks to Edward Snowden's NSA spying revelations.

Rather than relying on conventional webmail providers or web servers, which can be intercepted by government intelligence agencies, how about having a server in your home or office that hosts your email and cloud storage on-site?

The Wedg is rather quirky, nifty piece of hardware – measuring just 16cm x 16.5cm, it's a tiny portable server that just requires a Wi-Fi connection and an AC plug point to work.

It comes programmed with everything you need to host a website, email as well as personal cloud storage, and there are multiple levels of encryption to keep all the data safe."

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+ - Stop DRIP: What The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill Actually Means

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "David Cameron has decided to rush through new emergency legislation known as the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (DRIP) into law this week, saying that there is an urgent need for better legislation since the European Court of Justice (ECJ) overturned the EU Data Retention Directive in April.

Some of the changes from the 2009 Data Retention Regulations potentially give the UK government more powers for monitoring our data, from allowing the UK government to give warrants to non-UK companies to issuing warrants to forum owners, online storage services like Dropbox and webmail providers."

+ - 3D Vagina: Japanese Woman Arrested for Distributing 3D Printer File of Genitals->

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "It seems you can 3D-print anything these days – a 42-year-old Japanese artist has been arrested in Tokyo for distributing a 3D printer data file via email to over 30 people, that would allow them to digitally replicate her vagina.

Megumi Igarashi, more commonly known by her artist name Rokudenashiko, which translates to "b*****d child" in Japanese, has been trying to break down Japanese taboos relating to female genitalia through her art.

To that end, she started a campaign on Japanese crowdfunding website Campfire in June, inviting backers to support the world's first "manko boat" (which translates as "c***" in Japanese) – a canoe in the shape of a vagina, which she deemed as "a man's dream boat"."

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+ - Now You Can Spy on the Spies Using Free Web-based Shortwave Radio->

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "Have you had just about enough of the NSA spying on all of us, to say nothing of our own respective government agencies gathering intelligence about our whereabouts, conversations with friends on social media networks and everything we google?

Don't get mad, just tune in. Well, you could turn the tables and attempt to spy on the spies instead, using shortwave radio, a hobby popular amongst radio geeks around the world, who realised after World War II that shortwave numbers stations had started popping up.

Unlike regular stations with local news bulletins, music and talk shows, numbers stations feature broadcasts where a computerised female voice reads out endless lists of numbers or a child recites an endless series of letters.

Radio enthusiasts believe that these broadcasts are actually coded messages being sent between government agents, an old Cold War espionage communication tool that still exists."

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+ - Zombie Army: Y2K Bug Sends Draft Notices to 14,000 Pennsylvanian Men From 1800s->

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "Remember the Y2K Millennium Bug, which was the bane of IT professionals everywhere in 1999 as they rushed to reassure panicking companies, and had us all convinced that the world would come to a standstill in the year 2000?

Well, it's finally hit, albeit 14 years later. A computer glitch has seen military draft notices mistakenly sent to 14,215 men in Pennsylvania who were born between 1893-1897, ordering all recipients to register for the draft or face punishments of "a fine and imprisonment".

This might be a bit difficult for the men to do, since they're all, well, dead."

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+ - Roman Skeletons Discovered by University Freshmen Could Rewrite British History->

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "Bournemouth University's first-year archaeology undergraduate students have stumbled on a discovery that could rewrite the history of late-Roman Britain – the discovery of a family of skeletons located close to the site of a Roman villa in Dorset.

The researchers and students have been excavating fields in Winterborne Kingston, northern Dorset for the last six years as part of the Durotriges Project, which looks at the transition from the late Iron Age to the early Roman period in southern England.

Last year a Roman villa was found, and just a week ago, first-year students discovered the remains of a timber mausoleum containing the graves of five skeletons, just 90m away from the villa in the next field.

The villa was built during the height of the Roman Empire, just before the economic collapse, and the archaeologists believe that jewellery may have been kept by descendants as heirlooms instead of being buried with the dead, and eventually the final owners of the villa may have had to flee when the Roman Empire fell."

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+ - 150 Mummies of Ancient Unknown Civilisation Discovered in Atacama Desert, Peru->

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "A team of archaeologists from universities in Poland, Peru and Colombia have discovered 150 mummies in the Atacama Desert belonging to an unknown culture that predate the Tiwanaku and Inca civilization by almost 500 years.

The bodies were mummified naturally by being buried directly in the sand with no stone structures, wrapped in cotton veils, reed mats or fishing nets, and radiocarbon dating shows that the oldest mummies came from 4th century AD, while the youngest mummies came from 7th century AD.

Under Project Tambo, the team have been excavating in the Tambo River delta in the northern region of the Atacama Desert since 2008 and the first mummies were found in 2012, but it took until March 2014 for the team to make major discoveries."

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+ - Man Discovers Huge Cache of Retro Arcade Game Machines in Japan->

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "An American living in Japan has discovered an amazing time capsule – an enormous cache of vintage video game arcade machines, lying virtually untouched for almost two decades.

Alex Meyers moved to Japan eight years ago from Iowa and now works in the Japanese branch of a European pharmaceutical company. Two months ago, he went with his girlfriend to visit her grandmother, a Taiwanese property investor who also lives in Japan.

The grandmother said that she owned a big building in Chiba Prefecture, Greater Tokyo, and told him that she had owned a game arcade centre in the building since the 1970s. She said she was planning to throw the machines — dating back to the 1980s — away soon.

The game arcade is on two floors of the building, with games from the 1980s on the first floor, including famous titles like Donkey Kong, Galaxian and a Pac Man clone called Scandal Man. There are 62 video game machines on this floor, including 49 SEGA Aero City arcade cabinets, six SEGA Astro City machines, six NAMCO Consolettes and one Jaleco Pony Mark II."

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+ - Nanotech 'Nose' Sniffs Out Bombs From Five Metres Away->

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "An Israeli start-up has developed the world's first "electronic nose" that uses super-sensitive nanotechnology sensors to sniff out bombs, and can even outperform dogs.

The Tracense bomb detecting device is designed to test for numerous substances simultaneously with a high rate of accuracy, giving results almost instantly.
Odours are a combination of several specific molecules, whereby each smell contributing to the odour gives off its own specific chemical properties.

At the moment, there are systems able to break down odours using analytical chemistry equipment, but these systems are bulky and meant to be used in a laboratory, or requiring a big sample of an odour to detect what it is.

Tracense wants its invention to be an affordable portable device that can be easily used by the police and airport security, so the chip in the device contains hundreds of tiny nano sensors capable of detecting even the most minute traces of chemicals, even as low as a few molecules per 1,000 trillion."

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+ - Watch How These Russians Deliver Pizzas From Mid-Air Using Flying Drones->

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "A pizza restaurant in the Komi Republic of Russia has announced the launch of the country's first pizza delivery service using unmanned helicopter drones, following a successful test trial.

On 21 June, the company demonstrated drone technology to residents of Syktyvkarsk, the capital city of the Komi republic, flying the drone through the city's main square to deliver pizza to a man within half an hour. The drone was able to complete six commercial orders on its first day.

Drone enthusiasts will be able to see the software program being used to control the drone remotely, together with another field test showing the drone hovering over a hundred feet in the air and lowering a pizza box down on a cable."

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+ - Japanese iPad App Replaces Receptionists With Virtual Girls->

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "Are you having problems replacing your last receptionist, or just fancy going high tech? If so, you could get yourself a virtual receptionist instead, who can interact with visitors via an iPad app.

Japanese app developer Analogue Twelve have come up with Beauty Receptionist (or rather, BIJIN=UKETSUKE in Japanese), an interactive iPad app that creates an interactive touch screen interface allowing guests to place an internal call using voice over internet protocol (VOIP) from the office foyer to someone in a particular team or department that they want to see.

If you would like a different "girl", you can pick from seven different avatars, and an additional in-app purchase of $2.98 is required per virtual receptionist."

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+ - JAESA: Help Bring Iron Man's Jarvis Virtual Personal Assistant to Life->

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "Have you ever wished you could have a virtual personal assistant like Jarvis in Iron Man? Well, a Canadian start-up is trying to make that dream a reality, and is currently seeking your help on Kickstarter.

Ainova Robotics has designed an artificially intelligent virtual personal assistant called Jaesa (Just Another Essentially Smart Application), which at 150MB in size, will be able to run on iOS and Android devices, as well as Windows OS, Windows Phone and Mac OS X.

You can command Jaesa to open a computer program or mobile app for you, and even hold a conversation with her about anything you like.

When you first receive Jaesa out of the box, she will have a default personality, but according to software develop Arseniy Nikulchenko, who has been working on the project for over two years, her personality will change as you talk to her due to machine learning technology."

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+ - Japan: Life-Sized Thomas The Tank Engine Steam Train to Run This Summer->

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "If you're planning to visit Japan this summer, you might want to check out the Oigawa Railway in Shizuoka Prefecture, as the railway line has dressed up one of its steam engines as Thomas the Tank Engine, and will be offering rides on the train as a special attraction.

The Oigawa Railway is famous for its old-fashioned steam locomotives, which are all in perfect working condition and carry passengers through isolated spots in the area, populated by mountains and hills, to one of the many hot spring resorts.

In order to drum up tourism and keep interest going in the steam trains, the rail line owners have collaborated with Japanese distribution company Sony Creative Products to offer people the chance to ride on a fully-working version of Thomas in July, using a C11-227 steam locomotive."

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