The Expose Project, brainchild of the very talented Liora K Photography and Jes Baker, showcases feminine beauty the way media fails to portray it while creating a place of self-acceptance. As Liora explains about the experience:
[...] At the end of the day though, what I really wanted the women to get out of our time (how ever brief) together was that they were IMPORTANT. That their bodies deserved to be seen, that what they perceive as faults are simply THEM, and are neither right nor wrong. That showing their bodies won’t innately cause them harm. That their breasts won’t cause damage to those around them, or their bellies or thighs either. That their nudity, while making them vulnerable, does not make them at fault. And that lastly, their bodies are their vehicles through life, and to treat them with kindness. I hope that came across.
Requiring an engineering degree just to take apart, prepare and re-assemble, the Minipresso is a portable espresso maker that allows you to make yourself an espresso pretty much anywhere. Just requires you to bring your own coffee and a thermos full of hot water. Seems like you also need some strong fingers for the pump action.
Whether you plan to go hiking, camping, boating, or stay in a hotel, Minipresso compactness makes it the ideal espresso machine to slide into your bag, backpack.
Using a piece of cardboard, your smartphone and some other odds and ends, Google shows you how to easily (and cheaply) make your own VR headset in the hopes to promote VR software development. Great read here about it.
Virtual reality has made exciting progress over the past several years. However, developing for VR still requires expensive, specialized hardware. Thinking about how to make VR accessible to more people, a group of VR enthusiasts at Google experimented with using a smartphone to drive VR experiences.
The result is Cardboard, a no-frills enclosure that transforms a phone into a basic VR headset, and the accompanying open software toolkit that makes writing VR software as simple as building a web or mobile app.
By making it easy and inexpensive to experiment with VR, we hope to encourage developers to build the next generation of immersive digital experiences and make them…
"But I don't want new clothes!" said Timer.
"You're going to look so cool," They told her.
"I like black. Black is always in style."
"Black and red just makes you look a little intimidating."
"How am I intimidating? I'm just a timer."
"Exactly. You're scaring people off before they get to see your true personality."
"Does it have to be blue, though? Everyone wears blue."
"Well, yes, that's because it's popular. Look, here comes your sister, see how cute she is?"
Timer blinked at her little sister, Mines Remaining. "Wow. You...do look kind of sleek."
Mines Remaining smiled. "Hey, come over here, I've got something to tell you."
Timer slunk over. "Yeah?"
"I...I don't want to embarrass you in front of Them. But…
According to IEEE Spectrum, while the self-driving car would appear to be one of "Google's signature innovations," the technology behind it was actually developed by another company that was "quietly bought in 2011" by the search giant.
[...] one of Google’s most strategic acquisitions has mysteriously been actively blocked from public view. An investigation by IEEE Spectrum has uncovered the surprising fact that Google’s innovative self-driving car and the revolutionary Street View camera technology that preceded it were largely built by 510 Systems, a tiny start-up in Berkeley, Calif.
If you’ve never heard of 510 Systems, that’s exactly the way Google wants it. The purchase of 510 Systems and its sister company, Anthony’s Robots, in the fall of 2011 was never publicly announced. In fact, Google went so far as to insist that some 510 employees sign agreements not to discuss that the acquisition had even occurred. Google’s official…
I've had enough. This is how the site is going to look like. Take it or leave it. I'm going to go drink some coffee.
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On Slate, Amy Webb explains why she posts absolutely nothing on Facebook about her daughter. Between facial recognition software, Facebook profiling, and corporate data mining, the only way to maintain a modicum of privacy for children in the future is to "not create that digital content in the first place."
[...] Myriad applications, websites, and wearable technologies are relying on face recognition today, and ubiquitous bio-identification is only just getting started. In 2011, a group of hackers built an app that let you scan faces and immediately display their names and basic biographical details, right there on your mobile phone. Already developers have made a working facial recognition API for Google Glass. While Google has forbidden official facial recognition apps, it can’t prevent unofficial apps from launching. There’s huge value in gaining real-time access to view detailed information the people with whom we interact.
According to The Wall Street Journal, while companies are increasingly spending money on social networks in order to build "conversations" and "relationships" with their customers, the reality is that "they’re just not the most important sites for social marketers anymore."
According to Mr. Elliott, top brands’ Facebook and Twitter posts only reach around 2% of their fans and followers, and less than 0.1% of fans and followers actually interact with each post on average. What’s more, Facebook announced last week that another tweak to its news feed algorithm will soon make it even less likely brands’ unpaid posts will actually be seen by users.
Using the state-of-the-art ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) radio telescope, radio waves from the dying star “R Sculptoris” were turned into a series of musical discs that work in a format similar to an automated carillon.
ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) is a state-of-the-art radio telescope developed and operated by 20 countries and territories in East Asia, Europa and North America in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. Connecting 66 parabola antennas deployed in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, ALMA works as a giant radio telescope with a diameter comparable to the size of the Yamanote Line. ALMA detects faint radio waves emanated by distant celestial objects to study the origin and evolution of galaxies, stars, and planets. Obtaining a clue to the origin of life is another goal of ALMA.
In 2011, ALMA observed radio waves from a…
The OpenReflex is an Open-Source analog camera with a mirror Viewfinder and an awesome finger activated mechanic shutter (running ~ 1/60°s). What's more, it's compatible with any photographic lens with custom mount ring.
All the pieces easily printable on an recent RepRap-like ABS 3D-printer without using support material ! Everything should print in less than 15h and anyone should be able to assemble it within 1h.
All parts are separate ( Film receiver, Shutter and Viewfinder ) to simplify builds and modifications.
The source files are available under the CreativeCommon By-Sa license, fell free to modify them if you want a new feature, and don't forget to share your improvements on the web ;)
Sporting only 302 neurons, the brain of the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) was entirely mapped, duplicated with software and then hooked up to a LEGO robot. More details in the Open Worm page, whose goal is to "build a complete and accurate simulation of the first animal to be transferred to code."
The model is accurate in its connections and makes use of UDP packets to fire neurons. If two neurons have three synaptic connections then when the first neuron fires a UDP packet is sent to the second neuron with the payload "3". The neurons are addressed by IP and port number. The system uses an integrate and fire algorithm. Each neuron sums the weights and fires if it exceeds a threshold. The accumulator is zeroed if no message arrives in a 200ms window or if the…
According to The New York Times, two groups of researchers working independently from each other, have come up with artificial intelligence software capable of "recognizing and describing" what it sees in photos and videos, to a "far greater accuracy than ever before." Samples here.
In the longer term, the new research may lead to technology that helps the blind and robots navigate natural environments. But it also raises chilling possibilities for surveillance.
During the past 15 years, video cameras have been placed in a vast number of public and private spaces. In the future, the software operating the cameras will not only be able to identify particular humans via facial recognition, experts say, but also identify certain types of behavior, perhaps even automatically alerting authorities.
Salon has an excerpt from Shane Harris' @War, a book that looks at the secret alliances that have been made by the likes of Google with the surveillance state.
The NSA helps the companies find weaknesses in their products. But it also pays the companies not to fix some of them. Those weak spots give the agency an entry point for spying or attacking foreign governments that install the products in their intelligence agencies, their militaries, and their critical infrastructure. Microsoft, for instance, shares zero day vulnerabilities in its products with the NSA before releasing a public alert or a software patch, according to the company and U.S. officials. Cisco, one of the world’s top network equipment makers, leaves backdoors in its routers so they can be monitored by U.S. agencies, according to a cyber security professional who trains NSA employees in defensive techniques. And McAfee, the Internet security…
gCaptain reports that a prototype 30-kilowatt-class Laser Weapon System (LaWS) has been installed aboard the amphibious transport ship USS Ponce, currently patrolling the Persian Gulf. The purpose of this test is to see how the weapon will behave in an operational environment.
Naval Sea Systems Command technicians developed the prototype over seven years at a cost of about $40 million. The Ponce crew was authorized to deploy the weapon after it passed a series of at-sea tests, including lasing static surface targets, the 5th Fleet spokesman Commander Kevin Stephens said in an e- mail statement.
The prototype focuses the light from six solid-state commercial welding lasers on a single spot, according to a July 31 Congressional Research Service report. It “can effectively counter surface and airborne threats, to include small boats” and drones, Miller said, and firing it costs about a dollar a shot, according to the Navy.
Made of Hypalon, a nearly indestructible and super resistant synethic rubber, the ITS Hypalon Concealment Wallet looks like an ordinary wallet which allows you to carry a variety of lock-picking, handcuff shims or security tools. The ITS Tactical logo, however, may be a dead give-away for those in the know inspecting the wallet.
While the main feature of the wallet could arguably be its resilience and durability, we’ve added a special feature that includes two discreetly hidden compartments for physical security tools. Located on concealed fold-out flaps that blend in with the seam lines from the front wallet interior, each pocket is bisected by stitch lines which form the individual compartments for your tools. Now instead of carrying your security tools separately, you can keep these essential items together, hidden and available at a moments notice.
On The Intercept, Kim Zetter publishes an adapted extract from her book, which tries to piece together Stuxnet's complicated family history. Additionally, she warns that Stuxnet-like attacks are entirely possible on critical infrastructure due to their vulnerability.
The implications were alarming. Certificate authorities are at the core of the trust relationship that makes the internet function. Attacking such an authority would allow the attackers to issue themselves legitimate certificates in the name of any company and use it to sign malware. If Duqu was the work of the United States or Israel, it meant that a NATO country or ally had compromised a fundamental part of the trusted infrastructure that made transactions on the internet possible, all for the sake of advancing a covert campaign. If the United States was behind the attack, it also meant that while one branch of the government was touting the importance…
According to a report contributed by Michael Oppenheimer, a Princeton University geosciences professor, even if the world was able to cut down its emissions and bring them to a level comparable to that of the 1950s, some of the impacts of global warming "will continue for centuries."
The report said some impacts of climate change will “continue for centuries,” even if all emissions from fossil-fuel burning were to stop. The question facing governments is whether they can act to slow warming to a pace at which humans and natural ecosystems can adapt, or risk “abrupt and irreversible changes” as the atmosphere and oceans absorb ever-greater amounts of thermal energy within a blanket of heat-trapping gases, according to scientists who contributed to the report.
Christopher Ingraham of The Washington Post argues that, as a result of the FBI taking down darknet drug operators, it has made the world a more dangerous place. Darknet sites allowed users to purchase unadulterated drugs, reducing street violence while promoting the sellers of quality merchandise.
By taking drug transactions off the street and putting them online, you eliminate a significant link in the chain of violence between drug suppliers and end users. Drugs purchased online are typically less adulterated with dangerous contaminants than street drugs are, and a system of reviews rewards sellers who provide high-quality product.
With an estimated $14.4 trillion to be cashed in by 2022, at least according to the CEO of Cisco, the interest in The Internet of Things is growing rapidly. The advantage, by tracking everything and then processing all that data means that productivity will increase while costs will decrease "to near zero across the entire economy." The problem is that this technology will make government surveillance that much easier.
Recent revelations from the journalist Glenn Greenwald put the number of Americans under government surveillance at a colossal 1.2 million people. Once the Internet of Things is in place, that number might easily expand to include everyone else, because a system that can remind you to stop at the market for dessert is a system that knows who you are and where you are and what you’ve been doing and with whom you’ve been doing it. And this is information…
Despite the Berlin wall falling 25 years ago, the division between East and West Germany can still be measured today. The Washington Post looks at data, ranging from trash volumes all the way to something as simple as street-lights, to showcase how a now reunited country still has some lingering scars to heal.
Next week, Germany will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and at first glance, it seems as if the country is more united than some nations that were never split.
But numbers and images illustrating differences in lifestyles and problems between East and West Germans tell a different story. While 75 percent of Germans who live in the east said they considered their country's reunification a success in a recent survey only half of western Germans agreed. And that's not the only distinction indicating that the separation of the past prevails…
The currently pricey yet very cool .io domain names, stand for the tiny British Indian Ocean Territory, a small archipelago of islands. The original population was kicked out by the U.K. military, to establish a U.S. cold war base. The domains are currently being sold at profit in the U.K., none of which goes to the original inhabitants.
The British government gave refugees who resettled in Mauritius a small amount of compensation, but the Chagossian people — representatives of whom say the compensation was insubstantial and poorly distributed — have been frustrated in their quest to return home. The British High Court ruled in 2000 that they could do so, but the government ordered the ruling overturned and ultimately beat the subsequent challenges.
The Chagossians tried taking their case to the European Court of Human Rights, but failed on jurisdictional grounds. Right now they have no one left…
Carrying a camera in central London is enough "grounds for suspicion" for police to bring you in and ask you a few questions. In an era where surveillance equipment is the smartphone in your pocket, James Bridle looks at the historic walls that protected the city of London and how these have evolved from stone to electromagnetic.
At the same time, camera systems deployed at the airports in the outer reaches of the zone have already developed the ability to read human faces, irises, expressions and gaits in exactly the same manner as their ANPR predecessors, and build unique, storeable profiles from them. While it’s always amusing to think of how such systems could be evaded through the use of masks or disruptive patterns, it should be noted that Section 60AA of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, deployed across Central London on the night of…
You may have noticed that hipsters, who scorn labels and "forgo the conventional," all look the same. Jonathan Touboul, a mathematical neuroscientist at the Collège de France in Paris, explains this paradox in his paper, “The Hipster Effect: When Anticonformists All Look the Same,” noting that in order for a hipster to remain avant-garde, their identities must be "in constant flux" — which is pretty much impossible.
In other words, hipsters eventually conform in their nonconformity because it’s virtually impossible to keep up with the trends. A true hipster—an identity predicated on the notion of being an inventor or early adopter of a particular fad—would have to be in constant flux to maintain his or her authenticity. So at least in theory, an actual hipster is about as real as a unicorn.
This could explain why the term “hipster” has become a put-down among hipsters themselves. The present…
According to former NSA lawyer Stewart Baker, encryption being put into place by Apple and Google to protect user's data is being seen by the U.S. government as a move more hostile than "surveillance by China or Russia." This may just be for show, however: using Blackberry as an example, protecting user's data is a bad business model if a company wants to flourish in foreign markets.
Baker said encrypting user data had been a bad business model for Blackberry, which has had to dramatically downsize its business and refocus on business customers. “Blackberry pioneered the same business model that Google and Apple are doing now - that has not ended well for Blackberry,” said Baker.
He claimed that by encrypting user data Blackberry had limited its business in countries that demand oversight of communication data, such as India and the UAE and got a bad reception in China…
Meg Van Huygen of Atlas Obscura investigates the quirky censorship found on Google maps on his well-researched article. Reportedly, censorship ranges from single houses all the way to an entire archipelago, all for a variety of bizarre, mysterious or purely governmental reasons. Above, the Severnaya Zemlya islands, a censored piece of forgotten Russian land.
The islands are named after elements of the Russian Revolution — Bolshevik Island, Komsomolets Island, and so on — although that may or may not be connected to their obscurity. No one lives on Severnaya Zemlya, and the jury seems out on why the land is censored. But censored it is, in possibly one of the most severe and obviously intentional cases on Google Earth. Even if the northernmost island didn't look like it had been drawn freehand in MSPaint, that giant gray bar would definitely seem to be hiding something.
Facebook reports that in the first six months of 2014, governments from around the world have made 34,946 data requests, an increase of 24% from the year prior. Facebook claims that, whenever possible, they "push back" against these requests when "we find deficiencies or are served with overly broad requests." Still, there may be a reason why Facebook is being called the greatest spying machine.
[...] over the past year, we’ve challenged bulk search warrants issued by a court in New York that demanded we turn over nearly all data from the accounts of nearly 400 people. This unprecedented request was by far the largest we’ve ever received. We’ve argued that these overly broad warrants violate the privacy rights of the people on Facebook and ignore constitutional safeguards against unreasonable searches and seizures. Despite a setback in the lower court, we’re aggressively pursuing an appeal to a higher…
Vice brings to attention this video titled Drone Boning by Ghost+Cow Films. The short film features beautiful landscapes set to the tune of The Kink by Taggart and Rosewood, intermixed with fornicating couples. Its goal is to explore the "whole idea of drone privacy and strikes."
The film features people—straight, gay, and lesbian—having sex on the beach, on a farm, in the mountains, on a forest, on the side of the road, in lots of places (much of it is simulated). Even then, not everything made the cut: One of the more thought-provoking shots, which had to be left out because of the difficulty of filming it, would have brought drones to the suburbs, where they've already been shot down by people who were worried about their privacy.
"One of the shots was supposed to…
Using an ethanol burner (carefully following the safety instructions), it’s perfectly safe to have an open flame without the need for a vent. With the right kind of fuel, there is no danger of harmful fumes tainting your indoor air quality.
The companies that make ethanol fireplace burners also make some very nice stand-alone fireplace fixtures, but for the limited space of my Bay Area apartment, I need my furniture to be multi-purpose. Hence, the Fireplace Coffee Table.
Recently, while sitting in the waiting room of my doctor’s office, I read an article in the November, 2014 Reader’s Digest titled “The Dalai Lama’s Ski Trip” by Douglas Preston. In April of 1991, the Dalai Lama visited Santa Fe, New Mexico as part of his tour of the United States, and Mr. Preston was assigned the job of the Dalai Lama’s press secretary. Throughout the visit, he was with the Dalai Lama every day from 6 a.m. until late in the evening.
At a luncheon toward the end of the visit, some of the guests mentioned that Santa Fe had a ski area. The Dalai Lama was extremely interested, asking all sorts of questions about skiing. Having never actually seeing people ski, he requested a trip to the mountains to see “the amazing sport that they had heard so much about.”
Once there, it wasn’t enough for the…254 More
There really isn't much more I can say about it either. It's really well done. From The New Yorker:
[...] The video had been playing every night that week on television, in the wee morning hours on Adult Swim, before being shared on Reddit and then getting piped out through various social branches to the rest of the Web. The best way to pass the video on was simply to present it without much description: Watch this, it’s weird. Or else: It’s terrifying, genius, amazing, or insane. [...]