The printer of Doom

 

Sometimes, the only way to attract attention to dire warnings about weaknesses in a particular system is to exploit them in a way that can’t be ignored. That’s what drove Michael Jordon of Context Information Security to make Doom run on a Canon Pixma printer; not because it’s cool (although it clearly is) but to demonstrate the inherent insecurities in Canon’s wireless printers.

 

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Go team vagina

Go team vagina

According to the Chasing Wheels website, the section that has made some viewers do a double-take is not a “nude” color, it’s gold — and “Lycra done as gold effect never photographs well. It’s unfortunate, but there you are.”

As for the design, it seems to have come from one of the team’s members, cyclist Angie Tatiana Rojas Suarez, according to both the Spanish-languageABC.es and El Tiempo.

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U.S. man 3D prints mini castle, sets sights on printing livable house

U.S. man 3D prints mini castle, sets sights on printing livable house

People have used 3D printers to print everything from medical devices to guns. But one Minnesota man is hoping to take this new technology to the next level and print a house.

Andrey Rudenko, of Shorewood, Min., plans for the house to be about 10 metres by 20 metres. If it is two storeys, it will be about 3,600 square feet.

And he is hoping to print the entire house in about a week. It would be the first time a house like this has ever been built in North America.

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Microsoft buys Minecraft

Microsoft buys Minecraft

Yes, the deal is real. Mojang is being bought by Microsoft.

It was reassuring to see how many of your opinions mirrored those of the Mojangstas when we heard the news. Change is scary, and this is a big change for all of us. It’s going to be good though. Everything is going to be OK. <3

Please remember that the future of Minecraft and you – the community – are extremely important to everyone involved. If you take one thing away from this post, let it be that.

We can only share so much information right now, but we’ve decided that being as honest as possible is the best approach. We’re still working a lot of this stuff out. Mega-deals are serious business.

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So, now that Minecraft sucks. Who’s up for some Space Engineers?

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NSW police using spyware

NSW police using spyware

The NSW Police force has been named as a user of the FinFisher malware and spyware toolkit used by governments worldwide to capture user data, as part of a Wikileaks data release of the product today.

Wikileaks first published documents relating to the German spyware in late 2011. FinFisher is sold to law enforcement agencies across the world.

Until further leaks last year, little was known about the law enforcement malware. It is now publicly acknowledged that FinFisher is able to capture a wide range of user data by recording Skype chats, screen shots, and controlling computer microphones and web cameras.

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This is some nasty software.

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Microsoft Paid The NFL $US400 Million To Use Its Tablets, But Announcers Are Calling Them iPads

Microsoft Paid The NFL $US400 Million To Use Its Tablets, But Announcers Are Calling Them iPads

Prior to the season, Microsoft and the NFL struck a 5-year, $US400 million deal with one of the major components being that the Microsoft Surface would become “the official tablet of the NFL” with coaches and players using the Surface on the sidelines during games.

But Microsoft and the league ran into a problem during week one of the season when at least two television announcers mistakenly referred to the tablets as iPads giving a huge rival some unexpected exposure.

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Abbott government give Cadbury a $16m taxpayer grant to build a visitor centre

Abbott government give Cadbury a $16m taxpayer grant to build a visitor centre

A controversial tourism facility at a Cadbury factory partly funded by taxpayer dollars looks set to go ahead, with the chocolate maker announcing the “globally relevant chocolate experience” should be signed off within weeks.

Tony Abbott promised a $16 million grant to the Hobart project during last year’s federal election, however questions have since been raised about the generous pledge given the Coalition government’s refusal to provide taxpayer assistance to fruit cannery SPC Ardmona.

It was also later revealed that Alastair Furnival, the staffer dumped from working in the office of Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash, helped lobby the state government to secure funds for Cadbury.

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Yup, Cadbury’s which makes millions every year has been handed $16 million dollars by our government. Despite the “debt crisis” and all the cuts they are making to science etc.

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Music piracy down 20% in Australia after Spotify launch

Music piracy down 20% in Australia after Spotify launch

New research from Spotify shows that music piracy via BitTorrent dropped 20% in Australia during the first year the streaming platform was operational. The drop was mostly driven by casual file-sharers, and the number of hard-core pirates remains stable.

spotify-blackSince its launch Spotify always had a very clear goal in mind. Compete with piracy and make it obsolete.

To see how the company is faring on this front Spotify regularly researches piracy rates in countries where they enter the market. Thus far the results have been rather positive.

In 2012 the streaming service entered the Australian market and Spotify’s own research now shows that music piracy via BitTorrent dropped significantly during the following year.

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Look what access to a reasonably priced music service does!

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Australian government to force the closure all community television stations

Australian government to force the closure all community television stations

Community television will be booted off air by the Federal Government in a little over 12 months.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that community stations would only be licensed until the end of 2015.

After that, they would not be granted access to broadcast spectrum and Mr Turnbull suggested they use the internet instead.

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Apparently there is a new commercial channel coming and these are all being killed to make way for it. What’s the bet the new channel will be owned by murdoch.

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LIBs GET IT RIGHT – Admit they cocked up on online piracy

LIBs GET IT RIGHT – Admit they cocked up on online piracy

“Unanimous” opposition to the federal government’s proposed copyright law changes will force it back to the drawing board to tackle online piracy, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull says.

Representatives from both sides of the online piracy debate – including the telecommunications companies and rights holders – have warned the changes to copyright law outlined in the government’s discussion paper on online piracy are too broad and could have negative unintended consequences.

Mr Turnbull hosted a lively public forum in Sydney on Tuesday night that included panellists from the film and television sectors, internet service providers and consumer groups.

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RIP Richard Kiel

RIP Richard Kiel

Richard Kiel, best known for his role as the steel-toothed villain Jaws in two 1970s James Bond films, has died aged 74.

The statuesque 7ft 2in actor portrayed the mercenary assassin Jaws in the 1977 movie The Spy Who Loved Me and the 1979 thriller Moonraker both opposite Sir Roger Moore as Agent 007.

Kiel died on Wednesday afternoon at a hospital in Fresno, California, according to a report on Wednesday by TMZ.

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Has Ebola hit Australia?

Has Ebola hit Australia?

A man feared to have contracted the potentially deadly Ebola virus in Africa has been taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital.
The 25-year-old contacted paramedics at 7.40am on Thursday complaining of feeling unwell, a Queensland Ambulance spokeswoman told Fairfax Media.

The man, from Southport on the Gold Coast, returned from the Congo two days ago and has been seriously ill since, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.
The man was put in the hospital’s purpose-built negative pressure isolation room and was being assessed by world renowned infectious diseases expert Dr John Gerrard, a Queensland Health spokeswoman said.

She said the man had reported Ebola-like symptoms, but she stressed Ebola symptoms were initially similar to those of the flu.

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Man gets upset after family gives him a bag of dicks for his birthday

Man gets upset after family gives him a bag of dicks for his birthday

Inappropriately shaped lollies on sale exclusively in the South Island have been branded offensive and recalled from shops.

Barrie Aburn, of Dunedin, said his daughters Cadence (8), Rhianna (6) and Payton (5) bought a bag of Dragon Sweets from Moyles SuperValue in Green Island and gave it to him for his birthday.

Mr Aburn’s partner, Jacqui Hawkins, said she randomly took a sweet from the bag and found it was shaped in the form of male genitals.

Another lolly in the bag was a gummy baby with a penis, she said.

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Check up on your mates

Check up on your mates

Today is R U OK? Day.

If you have a friend that’s gone quiet, seems out of sorts or down. Go talk to them, ask if they are OK and don’t leave it at “Yeah I’m cool.” I’ve had a bad few years with depression and my family and friends do this regularly and it’s saved me (and I am getting better). I wish I did it more for Evil Muppet. So don’t leave it until it’s too late.

Remember we’re all a little fucked in the head. It’s OK and nothing to be ashamed about.

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Dutch girl fakes five week holiday on facebook.

Dutch girl fakes five week holiday on facebook.

If you’ve ever spent a rainy evening thumbing through your Facebook newsfeed glaring with scarcely controllable envy at the seemingly endless torrent of pictures posted by unbearably smug friends who are backpacking through some country with scenes so vibrant you wonder if the saturation setting on your screen is faulty, relax.

It could all be a backpack of lies.

For five weeks Dutch student Zilla van den Born subjected her Facebook friends to the above, claiming to be travelling around South East Asia, when in reality she had never left her home city of Amsterdam. She went to extraordinary lengths to perpetuate the illusion, which was fed to her friends and family alike. The only person who knew the truth was her boyfriend.

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Just remember this next time your looking at all the awesome shit people are doing on facebook while you’re sitting at home in your undies.

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