Notes From A Strange World
A Journalist who covers hackers by the name of Quinn Norton wrote a great article describing his endeavors. He explains his relationship with Antisec, Lulzsec, Anonymous, and Sabu. Quinn explains how he actively avoided Sabu because he'd seem to write as multiple people and how he never felt right about the informant from the start. He also explains how the Stratfor documents were introduced and as Antisec begins to become a larger target for the FBI this article offers an incredible inside look.
Notes From A Strange World
A load of new wearable devices have come into the tech market with high expectations that most don't deliver on. The wristwatches with sensors and bluetooth are cool but they are still a chore with little value. Don't give up just yet though. It's possible the next generation of wearables may be able to pick up the slack. Beyond wristbands and dongles are garments with electronic components in them to monitor your body with much more precision. These garments have the potential to monitor the body in incredible ways to improve fitness and enable a healthy lifestyle in the near future. The dumb generation of wearables is almost over.
Ditch The Wristbands
N.J. just started allowing the public to gamble in online casinos. This is the first time a full range of online casino games have been offered legally in the U.S. The law currently allows gambling at select casinos and only while in the state of New Jersey. There's a ton of speculation and anticipation of the success or failure of online gambling but most of the questions revolve around the regulations. One huge question being asked is: How can they be sure your in New Jersey when gambling online?
The Daily Dot Has Your Answer
It's getting cold in many cities in the U.S. as winter sets in and now more than ever the homeless population needs your help. Since the giving season is nearing, dig into your coset to find the warm clothes you won't be wearing this year and get it into the hands of someone who will. You don't need to shell out loads of cash or drop off a dumpster full of suits. Keep your eyes open to the world around you and take notice of those in need, then take action. Any compassion will move to improve society as a whole. In America there are well over 600,000 homeless sleeping on the streets each night.
Remember that horrifying traffic stop in New Mexico where the officer bashed in the windows and other fired at the tires as the van full of children pulled away? I asked readers to vote on the actions of the police. Its not too late the post with that video is still here. Everyone who saw the video voted "excessive force" as of today and I'm not surprised the results are unanimous. It's clear to see the officers supposed to be in control went about some things in the wrong way. Here is a post from Slate.com to help you understand your rights when your pulled over by police. This article is filled with useful advice and some really great facts that could help to prevent another situation like the one in New Mexico.
Your Rights When Pulled Over
One store clerk in Florida has been arrested over 250 times in the passed few years for simply working at the convince store. Some time ago the owner declared his acceptance of a "zero tolerance" policy in the area and after his expression of cooperation with the local police he soon began to regret his decision. Patrons and employees at this location have been harassed for minor infractions by the Miami-Dade police on a daily basis. One of the clerks has been arrested dozens of times for "trespassing" where he is employed. Himself and others have been followed and pulled over for just about anything the police can fabricate. The police state going on around this store is crazy and to think this is happening to an establishment who declared their support of the local police is just insanity.
Arrested For "Trespassing" At Work
Doctors are still learning about the brain everyday but in the grand scheme of things we still know very little. The brain is processing information at an incredible rate to access what's presented and calculates the data to determine a variety of things. For example what you remember and how you react to each situation are really a response to your brains analysis. Scientist developed experiments to prove your brain is taking in much more information than you can perceive at any given time. By filtering through everything in your world your brain decides what to leave in your subconscious and what to present to your perception. Here is the full article from sciencedaily.com
Your Brain Sees Things You Don't
At the local high end mall they put up some camera looking devices I once thought were checking for speed on the small roads leading into the parking lots. Turns out these devices are scanning the license plates of the vehicles going in and out of the mall. This doesn't sound too alarming but if you consider the possibility of these scanners being everywhere you commute than your location is no longer private. You can already see scanners mounted on police cruisers and traffic lights, even buildings in some places and EasyPass has been able to track users by their plates for years. The local law enforcement are collecting billions of images that create a picture of privacy invasion for the public.
Privacy's Worst Nightmare