French lawmakers have spent the past four days debating a controversial anti-terrorism bill that, if passed, would dramatically expand the government's surveillance powers. The law's backers describe it as a necessary measure to thwart terrorist attacks, and it has strong support on both sides of the aisle. But the bill has drawn sharp criticism from French internet companies over fears that it could harm business, and from privacy advocates who say it would severely curtail civil liberties.
The proposed law, introduced in Parliament on Monday, would allow the government to monitor emails and phone calls of suspected terrorists and their contacts, without seeking authorization from a judge. Telecommunications and internet companies...
[f] "...our eight-figure annual marketing budget elsewhere..." Levando em consideração os decimais, vírgulas e pontos de separação de milhar?
Pois é, nerdaiada maldita… .depois de vários anos a Marvel trouxe de volta às suias capas o terrível Largato de Pinto!!! (só leitores velhacos lembrarão dele)
Com a nova-nova-nova iniciativa de remodelar personagens, grupos e trazer novas equipes criativas, a Marvel revelou mais dois personagens da capa misteriosa dos Vingadores que será distribuído no Free Comic Book Day lá na gringa, e juntando-se à Thor e Miss Marvel, temos agora o Visão e o Nova:
Sobre os heróis que faltam, a galera na gringa tá apostando que o cara de asas seja o Capitão Falcão, o cara voador ao lado dele seja o Homem de Ferro Superior e no centro da capa teríamos a grande novidade, com Miles Morales fazendo parte da equipe principal dos Vingadores após a quizumba toda de Secret Wars passar.
O que eu acho? Caras, obóvio que os 3 personagens que faltam na verdade são só dois, o Largato de pinto clássico e o Largato de Pinto Voador!!!
Agora, me diz uma coisa Marvel, pra que diabos ficar com essas pataquadas de ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT, ALL-MY-CACETE-ALADO pra dizer a mesma coisa de sempre de que “agora é tudo novo”, “de um jeito que vocês nunca viram”, “mudanças radicais e profundas”… ah, numa boa:
[f] Beleza. Tão mandando bem no auto-controle esses budistas.
This is no ordinary Buddha statue. As the CT scan at the right clearly shows, there's a mummy concealed inside!
[f] Tava dando risada quando percebi que meu note é lenovo.
Lenovo is having a very bad day. Last night, the company was called out for implanting adware that cut through user security. This morning, researchers uncovered a crucial password in the system, exposing Lenovo users to all manner of malicious attack. It's a major, embarrassing security failure — but unlike breaches like Heartbleed or Shellshock, Superfish isn't a flaw in a protocol or a programming mistake. It's a deliberate program, deliberately installed on Lenovo computers with corporate permission but without user consent.
[f] Melhor marketing impossível.
[f] Talvez alguém não tenha ficado sabendo.
A phoenix has replaced the iconic pirate ship atop The Pirate Bay today, celebrating the site's rise from the ashes. The torrent site's servers were raided by Swedish police forces over seven weeks ago, and has been offline ever since. But today, The Pirate Bay lives once more.
At the time of the police raid in the greater Stockholm area last month, it wasn't clear whether The Pirate Bay would ever return. The site and its founders have been relentlessly persecuted by authorities, with many of its original creators either behind bars or separated from the torrent site.
But The Pirate Bay has proven to be incredibly resilient. While it isn't clear how the site has come back online this time, it is known that the site runs off of "...
[f] O mais bacana disso é que o grupo de cientistas que fez isso foi liderado por uma brasileira S2
This seems like a normal, if blurry photograph of an object — a regular old cat stencil. The catch is, however, that the photons that hit the camera lens couldn't and didn't interact with the stencil in any way. So why can you see it?
[f] A coisa mais linda de meu deus
The Internet Archive has added nearly 2,400–currently 2,388 to be exact–MS-DOS video games to their Software Library for browser-based play. The Software Library also includes a slightly larger collection of general MS-DOS programs. We previously wrote about the addition of a Console Living Room which featured a large collection of vintage console video games playable in a browser.
First, I really worked hard to have only fully-functioning programs up, or at least, programs that gave viable, useful feedback. Some of them will still fall over and die, and many of them might be weird to play in a browser window, and of course you can’t really save things off for later, and that will limit things too. But on the whole, you will experience some analogue of the MS-DOS program, in your browser, instantly.
images via Internet Archive
via Jason Scott
Some people bypass these content and access restrictions by using VPNs or other circumvention tools that change their geographical location. This makes it easy for people all around the world to pay for access to the U.S. version of Netflix, for example.
The movie studios are not happy with these deviant subscribers as it hurts their licensing agreements. Previously entertainment industry sources in Australia complained bitterly that tens of thousands of Netflix “VPN-pirates” were hurting their business.
Over the past weeks Netflix has started to take action against people who use certain circumvention tools. The Android application started to force Google DNS which now makes it harder to use DNS based location unblockers, and several VPN IP-ranges were targeted as well.
Thus far the actions are limited in scope, so not all VPN users may experience problems just yet. However, TorGuard is one of the VPN providers which noticed a surge in access problems by its users, starting mid-December.
“This is a brand new development. A few weeks ago we received the first report from a handful of clients that Netflix blocked access due to VPN or proxy usage. This is the very first time I’ve ever heard Netflix displaying this type of error message to a VPN user,” TorGuard’s Ben Van der Pelt tells us.
In TorGuard’s case the users were able to quickly gain access again by logging into another U.S. location. It further appears that some of the blocking efforts were temporary, probably as a test for a full-scale rollout at a later date.
“I have a sneaking suspicion that Netflix may be testing these new IP blocking methods temporarily in certain markets. At this time the blocks do not seem aggressive and may only be targeted at IP ranges that exceed too many simultaneous logins.”
Netflix is reportedly testing a variety of blocking methods. From querying the user’s time zone through the web browser or mobile device GPS and comparing it to the timezone of their IP-address, to forcing Google’s DNS services in the Android app.
TorGuard told us that if Netflix continues with a strict ban policy, they will provide an easy solution to bypass the blocks. Other services, such as Unblock-us are also suggesting workarounds to their customers.
Netflix’ efforts to block geoblocking circumvention tools doesn’t come as a surprise. TF has seen a draft of the content protection agreement Sony Pictures prepared for Netflix earlier this year. This agreement specifically requires Netflix to verify that registered users are indeed residing in the proper locations.
Among other things Netflix must “use such geolocation bypass detection technology to detect known web proxies, DNS based proxies, anonymizing services and VPNs which have been created for the primary intent of bypassing geo-restrictions.”
Blocking VPN and proxy “pirates” has become a priority for the movie studios as streaming services have failed to introduce proper countermeasures. Early 2014 the movie studio looked into the accessibility of various services through popular circumvention tools, including TorGuard, to find out that most are not blocked.
In a follow-up during the summer of 2014 Sony Pictures conducted research to identify the IP-ranges of various VPNs and proxies. These results were shared with Netflix and other streaming services so they could take action and expand their blocklists where needed.
Based on the above it’s safe to conclude that Netflix will continue to roll out more aggressive blocking tools during the months to come. As with all blocks, this may also affect some people who use VPNs for privacy and security reasons. Whether Netflix will factor this in has yet to be seen.
TF contacted Netflix for a comment on the findings and its future plans, but a few days have passed and we have yet to receive a response from the company.
Netflix is not the only streaming service that’s targeting VPN and proxy users. A few months ago Hulu implemented similar restrictions. This made the site unusable for location “pirates,” but also U.S. based paying customers who used a VPN for privacy reasons.
[f] O máximo que eu consegui jogar no meu telefone até agora foi GTA IV e já tava me sentindo o máximo.
I've spent much of the past few days replaying my favorite games from 2014. I slowly crept through the dark hallways of Sevastopol Station in Alien: Isolation, holding my breath while a xenomorph stalked me through the vents. I whizzed through the whimsical world of Hohokum, nodding along to my favorite Tycho songs. And I engaged in all manner of criminal activity in the new and improved Grand Theft Auto V. It was a great reminder of just how many awesome games came out this year.
The crazy part? I played all of them on a smartphone.
Ever since the PS3, Sony has tantalized Playstation owners with the idea of Remote Play, which lets you stream console games to a mobile device so you can take games with you throughout the house. It was a...
[f] Vixi. É muita treta.
[f] Esse celular é uma lindeza de meu deus.
[f] Não consigo mais acompanhar os tempos atuais.
Lizard Squad, who repeatedly DDoSed the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live’s servers in recent months, were back with a Christmas gift nobody asked for. Another DDoS attack resulting in yet more downtime.
One of the affected players was Kim Dotcom, who’s an avid Xbox player himself. But instead of cursing Lizard Squad to high heaven he decided to make them an offer.
Although the general belief may be that it’s best not to negotiate with “terrorists,” Dotcom decided to give it a try.
“Hi @LizardMafia, I want to play #Destiny on XBOX Live. I’ll give your entire crew Mega lifetime premium vouchers if you let us play. Cool?” he tweeted.
Lizard Squad is apparently easy to please as they were willing to stop the attacks in return for 3,000 free cloud hosting vouchers.
After getting approval from Mega’s management, Dotcom and Lizard Squad eventually came to terms through Twitter’s back-channel.
Once the vouchers were in Lizard Squad’s possession, the attacks did indeed slow down and Christmas was saved. While some still experienced some outages due to the earlier attacks, many players were able to join their favorite games again.
“Thanks @KimDotcom for the vouchers–you’re the reason we stopped the attacks. @MegaPrivacy is an awesome service,” Lizard Squad tweeted, confirming the successful intervention.
Dotcom, meanwhile, is happy that he can play Destiny but wishes that his other troubles could be resolved this easily too. Whether the U.S. Department of Justice will accept Mega vouchers is doubtful though.
“Obviously, diplomacy works. I recommend that the U.S. Government gives it a try. #MakeLoveNotWar #UseMegaVouchers,” Kim noted.
Of course there’s no guarantee that Lizard Squad will keep their promise during the days to come, but Dotcom said he will render the vouchers useless if attacks resume.
Merry Christmas everyone…
[f] O povo acredita em cada coisa.
Earlier this month Hollywood launched its very own search engine for movies and TV-shows. With WhereToWatch people can lookup the latest entertainment to check if and where it’s available.
The site offers a very handy service aimed at steering people away from pirate sites and promoting legal options. Unfortunately, however, it doesn’t change the fact that most new films aren’t available for streaming or download.
To fill this gap torrent site PopcornCab decided to release a userscript that adds torrent links to the MPAA’s website. The code, which works in all modern browsers through an extension, makes WhereToWatch even more usable according to the PopcornCab team.
PopcornCab’s Travis McCrea, who also runs the eBook library Tuebl.ca and previously headed U.S. and Canadian Pirate parties, tells TF that he’s not a fan of the “morally corrupt” MPAA, but that their new site is a step in the right direction.
“I actually really like WhereToWatch and think it’s a great concept so getting people using the website to see what streaming options are available to them is nice in my opinion,” he says.
McCrea himself has subscriptions to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. The user experience of these legal services is much better than torrents, he says, but the availability is lacking. In this regard, adding torrents is a win-win.
“I get to encourage people to go to WhereToWatch and see if maybe a streaming solution appeals to them but also give them a link to the torrent files from PopcornCab,” McCrea says.
Below is what a PopcornCab listing looks like when the userscript is enabled. The other streaming and download options are still listed as well, below the torrent link.WhereToWatch with torrents
McCrea tells us that PopcornCab, previously know as TorMovies.org, is mainly operated by a friend who prefers to stay out of the spotlight. Many hours have gone into designing the user interface where it sets itself apart from most other torrent sites.
“I find that torrent sites frequently neglect user experience in favor of raw information, and I hate that. PopcornCab brings you a beautiful website which helps you find movies and TV shows with a great interface,” McCrea notes.
McCrea has considered the possible legal repercussions that come with running a torrent site in public and daring the MPAA, but he’s not worried. If he’s arrested, there’s someone else who can take over, he notes.
“I believe in what I am doing, I believe sharing culture is a fundamental right of every person on Earth and so civil penalties don’t scare me. That said, we are pretty careful to dot our I’s and cross our T’s legally so we SHOULD be fine…,” McCrea says.
PopcornCab’s operator has grown used to facing legal threats. Although he is convinced that they’re not doing anything illegal, there is an emergency fund available for the worst case scenario.
“I have money just sitting in a legal trust, and am almost getting disappointed that it isn’t being used…. but not that disappointed,” he says.
While legal trouble can’t be guaranteed, McCrea is certainly drawing attention from Hollywood with his latest project. So this bag of money may come in handy in the future.
[f] Shirtstorm é o melhor nome.
[f] Não tem importância. Já está na melhor mídia que poderia ter. É chato que tanta gente não saiba nem do que se trata.
Serial. If you are on the Internet, you’ve probably heard of it, and unless you are a contrarian type who refuses to do things simply because they are popular—or you have a rare and medically unprecedented allergy to anything Ira Glass-related—you may very well have heard an episode or nine. Serial’s exceptional popularity (it set a record for the fastest podcast to reach five million downloads earlier this week) has naturally caught the attention of Hollywood producers, who have been courting agents for Serial’s parent podcast This American Life with offers to produce a movie version of the nonfiction crime drama.
But fans afraid of a Hollywood whitewash of the story have little to fear (yet) as producers of the show say they aren’t returning the film industry’s affection for their podcast, at least right now. Serial co-creator Julie Snyder tells Entertainment Weekly ...
[f] Demorou. É o quadrinho mais adaptável que já foi feito.
Back in 2005, Warren Ellis' comic book series Global Frequency was adapted as a television pilot, but wasn't picked up for a full series. Now the tale of crowdsourced covert intelligence is getting a second shot at the small screen, with the creator of Farscape and Defiance behind the wheel.
[f] Se eu puder dar um conselho nesse momento seria: Não atualizem seus 3ds nos próximos quatro meses. Vamos ver como isso progride.
Earlier this week, hacker Jordan "Smealum" Rabet announced that obscure 2011 3DS platformer Cubic Ninja held the key to unlocking the 3DS hardware to run homebrew code, causing an immediate run on the hard-to-find game. Now, Smealum has published the details of his hack, along with the instructions and tools needed to unlock the system.
What Smealum is calling "Ninjhax" exploits an error in Cubic Ninja's level creation and sharing function, which passes created level data via generated QR codes. Scanning a specifically manufactured QR code, generated by a tool on Smealum's site to match any current 3DS hardware/firmware combination, causes the game to run a boot file loaded on the SD card.
At that point, the bootloader downloads additional code over Wi-Fi and installs and runs a front-end channel that can run other homebrew software stored on the SD card. After that initial QR code scan, the homebrew menu can be loaded simply by accessing the save game file through Cubic Ninja.
[f] Não estou jogando dinheiro na tela porque a tela não é dispositivo de entrada.
Telltale's Game of Thrones video game is almost here, and the Walking Dead developer has just released the very first trailer showing the title in action. The game sports a similar visual style as past Telltale games like The Wolf Among Us, but with a painterly style that seems to fit in well with the fantasy setting.
The six episode-long game series will be set towards the end of season three of the HBO series initially, ending just before the events of season five. It will be focused on House Forrester, a little known house from the north of Westeros that's historically been fiercely loyal to the Starks, and will take place in Ironrath, a stronghold surrounded by towering ironwood trees.
In a first for the developer, Game of...
[f] Esse pessoal não manja nada. Nem descobriram ainda o Campo da Velocidade.
Physics students have calculated that the physical impact of being rescued by the Flash is, in fact, more damaging than being hit by a car. Based upon footage from the new TV show, they say that increasing the area over which the superhero makes contact with a person would lower the pressure and likelihood of injury.
[f] Não tem nenhum ativista interessado em salvar essa baratas?