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Hacker? Innovator? Savior.

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Banks, car makers, door lock makers, virtually any product that uses technology at it’s core is an unrestricted playground for what the uninformed (I’m looking at you Fox viewers) usually refer to as hackers.

The problem is that pretty much every single one of these products are unbelievably insecure, regardless of what the bank, hotel or website tells you.

Thanks to the US government allowing their surveillance apparatus to continue to use zero day exploits, and software bugs, especially encryption technology to spy on it’s own citizens rather than actually tracking and catching terrorists.

Hackers like this man are NOT the problem. Governments who continue to use gaping security holes in technology or worse planted trojans (Stuxnet) as offensive weapons instead of hardening our technology and increasing our defensive capabilities against such attacks.

In short, hackers like this gentleman are the kinds of people we need to save and protect or cities, countries and planet. No the spooks from the NSA or any other government based security apparatus.

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November 19, 2015 at 10:25 am

Bruce Schneier – Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World.

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Bruce Schneier, an American cryptographer, computer security and privacy specialist explains in the simplest terms why our privacy and security are NOT separate choices but are one choice. And more importantly why we should ALL care about it and want to collectively do more to ensure our rights and freedoms, including privacy.

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June 19, 2015 at 9:33 am

The Transgenic Human

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The future is coming faster than anyone can imagine. Genetically controlled evolution is on humankind’s event horizon.

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May 7, 2015 at 11:36 am

Listening For The Future

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“There will come a time when it isn’t ‘They’re spying on me through my phone’ anymore.
Eventually, it will be ‘My phone is spying on me’.”

― Philip K. Dick

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September 18, 2014 at 7:29 am

Reset The Net. June 5

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From Wired: A coalition of nearly two-dozen tech companies and civil liberties groups is launching a new fight against mass internet surveillance, hoping to battle the NSA in much the same way online campaigners pushed back on bad piracy legislation in 2012.

The new coalition, organized by Fight for the Future, is planning a Reset the Net day of action on June 5, the anniversary of the date the first Edward Snowden story broke detailing the government’s PRISM program, based on documents leaked by the former NSA contractor.

“Government spies have a weakness: they can hack anybody, but they can’t hack everybody,” the organizers behind the Reset the Net movement say in their video (above). “Folks like the NSA depend on collecting insecure data from tapped fiber. They depend on our mistakes, mistakes we can fix.”

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May 7, 2014 at 7:56 am

Bruce Schneier: The Battle for Power on the Internet

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Bruce Schneier gives us a look into two futures for the Internet. Both are equally scary and will be difficult to achieve and/or avoid depending on your perspective.

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October 4, 2013 at 11:56 am

There’s No Tomorrow

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In short… the myths of ever expanding economies and limitless growth are just that myths. It doesn’t matter where you borrow your resources to fuel growth the simple fact is we WILL be running out of most of the resources that have powered our global economy quite possibly in our lifetime.

The current financial crisis will be a lot MORE devastating then we are being lead to believe. The simple fact is… unrelenting debt to power an unrealistic global economy will be our ultimate demise.

You can’t borrow against a future that has already been spent.

The Last Great American Genius

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Steve Jobs and Woz - 1976

Where do you start when you want to talk about Steve Job and his legacy.

Today, hours after hearing of his death I’m still trying to understand what a world with Steve Jobs will be like. More importantly, what a post Steve Jobs America will be like.

For me personally, I think Steve Jobs is the last great American genius. Sure there have been many dot com wonderkin but there has not been another so massively creative, a more powerful, driving force of innovation since Steve Jobs. Sorry Dean Kamen!

Many saw Steve as an arrogant megalomanic, driven to succeed at all costs and for some time I shared this view. But in the early years of the previous decade I realized that my road ahead is much shorter than the road I have left to travel and I started to gain a better understanding of what Steve Jobs meant when he spoke about what the real driving force was behind his genius. Death.

Steve blazed more new trails then most of his peers combined. Steve pursued excellence and execution with a determination unseen in the modern world. With Apple’s “amazing success” over the last few years many might think that Steve was driven by the money but I do not believe that a greatness like Steve’s succeeds only for the money. Steve’s past failures and tough times would have ended anyone else’s climb to the top.

And here is where I think most people get it wrong. You see, Steve wasn’t climbing. Steve was exploring. Sometimes on the trail most time off. But I never got the sense that Steve was ever climbing. And that’s what separates Steve from all his counterparts. Steve went where is heart and his vision lead him. Steve NEVER followed, never faltered in his conviction to his dreams and vision. Steve’s drive, Steve’s passion, Steve vision is exactly what America needs the most today to get back on the road to recovery and prosperity.

For me, looking back I now realize that people of my age had a rare opportunity to watch the growth and maturation of real and genuine American genius. For the last three decades I have been a graphic designer, creative thinker and a basement dreamer and what I admire the most about Steve Jobs was that he was able to stick to his dream, his vision with such unbelievable tenacity and courage even when entire markets were against him. Steve always continued stepping boldly forward, always confident in his vision. Eternally waiting for the world to catch up to his genius.

Today, regrettably the world has finally caught up with Steve’s genius. The last great American genius.

Fairwell Steve.

Written by mattliving

October 6, 2011 at 9:34 am

Coming Soon to Canada – Copyright Cops

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Canada’s Soon-To-Be Introduced “Lawful” Access Legislation

(Originally published in the Toronto Star by Dr. Michael Geist)

The first prong mandates the disclosure of Internet provider customer information without court oversight. Under current privacy laws, providers may voluntarily disclose customer information but are not required to do so.

The second prong requires Internet providers to dramatically re-work their networks to allow for real-time surveillance. (without court oversight)

The bill sets out detailed capability requirements that will eventually apply to all Canadian Internet providers. These include the power to intercept communications, to isolate the communications to a particular individual, and to engage in multiple simultaneous interceptions.

Moreover, the bill establishes a comprehensive regulatory structure for Internet providers that would mandate their assistance with testing their surveillance capabilities and disclosing the names of all employees who may be involved in interceptions (and who may then be subject to RCMP background checks).

Having obtained customer information without court oversight and mandated Internet surveillance capabilities, the third prong creates a several new police powers designed to obtain access to the surveillance data.

 These include new transmission data warrants that would grant real-time access to all the information generated during the creation, transmission or reception of a communication including the type, direction, time, duration, origin, destination or termination of the communication.

Law enforcement could then obtain a preservation order to require providers to preserve subscriber information, including specific communication information, for 90 days. Finally, having obtained and preserved the data, production orders can be used to require the disclosure of specified communications or transmission data.

An OPENSOURCE film about copyright, teenagers & internet.


Director / Writer: Julio Secchin
Producer: Luiz Felipe ‘Moe’ Couto
Cinematographer: Daniel Venosa
Assistant Director: Rodrigo Vasconcellos
Art Directors: Maya Dikstein & Laura Shalders
Costume Designer: Maria Catarina Duncan
Editor: Felipe Peres & Vincent Zoidberg, A.C.E.
Original Titles Design: Níkolas Pereira
Art Property Producer: Gabriel Cabral
Art Director Assistants: Livia Travassos & Manoela Medeiros
Original Music & Sound Design: Bernardo Uzeda
Sound Recordist: Diogo Valentino
1st Camera Assistant: Guilherme Rezende
2nd Camera Assistant: Marcelo Pizzato
Still Photographer: Gabriel Secchin
Additional Photography & Camera Operation: João Atala, Diego Quinderé, Lourenço Monte-Mór, Gabriel Mariani, Guilherme Rezende & Marcelo Pizzato
Special Effects: Equipe M
Continuity: Manuelle Rosa
Make-up Artist: Isabela Arêde
Casting: Rodrigo Vasconcellos & Duda Gorter
Assist. Production: Emerson Mendes, Nathalia Melo & Leonardo Batista de Brito
Set Manager: Rafael ‘Torah’ Silva
Gaffer: Danilson Souza Costa
Additional Gaffer: Baianinho
Best Boy Electric: Bartô

 Starring: Pedro Ramôa, Gustavo Berriel, Rafaella Buzzi & André Ramiro.
Featuring: Marcello Biju, Guilherme Bellem, André ‘Fofo’ Chaves & Gabriel Frazão

Special thanks to Andre Camara

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May 15, 2011 at 10:26 am

NanoSolar Readies For Full Production

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Solar panels produced like printing newspapers.

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September 16, 2009 at 6:53 pm