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Tor for Chumps

Tor for Chumps

Over on Kickstarter, there’s a project that aims to provide consumers with a way to access the Internet anonymously. Called the Anonabox, this device was created by August Germar and includes two Ethernet ports and one USB port (for power) – and that’s it. The campaign is looking to drum up a mere $7,500, which has been surpassed by 5,224 backers pledging a huge $331,465 so far.

The Anonabox is based on the open source software Tor, which encrypts all data flowing in and out of the user’s computer. This box will hide the user’s location and will also provide better performance than when using the Tor browser on the desktop.

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Another conversation for the NSA to ignore

Another conversation for the NSA to ignore

PALO ALTO — You own your data. And the government needs to start respecting that.

This was the assertion made today by Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith at a Silicon Valley panel discussion on NSA surveillance. Until the US recognizes and restores the fundamental right of ownership you have in your data, he continued, the U.S. cannot hope to rebuild trust lost through the NSA’s widespread surveillance programs.

This stance flies in the face of what we expect from internet companies these days, many of whom tend to act as if they own the content we create.

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Definition of Insanity

When it comes to moving furniture on a budget you might wish your car was a TARDIS — but wishing will not make it so. 

One Sheffield family has valiantly attempted to fit a three-seater sofa in the back of their Ford Fiesta and a neighbour was there to (unhelpfully) capture their struggle. You’ve got to admire the family’s persistence and preparedness to experiment with the laws of physics while still keeping an eye on children playing by the side of the road.

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NOOOOOOOO!!!!

NOOOOOOOO!!!!

Stormtroopers have been Daft Punk’d.

Much like our local police, Stormtroopers must keep up with the most modern of military equipment–to protect themselves from, say, dark, unarmed figures they think look threatening in a hood. So, for Star Wars: Episode VII, director J.J. Abrams has given the Empire soldiers some updated helmets with a very modern, streamlined makeover. Or at least that’s what it seems from these leaked images over at Indie Revolver, where they claim that this is the new look for the iconic, bumbling villains.

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Ah, the Angry Internets

Ah, the Angry Internets

This is the picture taken and tweeted by Twitter user dogboner (I hate those things). It’s a shot of Neil DeGrasse Tyson using his laptop on a New York subway. Dogboner thought it would be funny to pretend he doesn’t know who Neil DeGrasse Tyson is (links to a whole explanation of the situation written by dogboner on Gawker) and post the pic along with the caption, “Some guy using his laptop on the train like a Dumbass nerd lol.” That’s when all hell broke loose as folks came out of the woodwork to tell dogboner to die, kill himself and die, kill himself and die then reanimate himself with black magic so he can kill himself and die again, etc.

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Terminator 5

Terminator 5

Among the blockbuster onslaught that will mark summer 2015 — which includes “Avengers: Age Of Ultron,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Tomorrowland,” “The Fantastic Four,” “Jurassic World” and “Ant-Man” — is a new “Terminator” movie, and it now has an official title. And you may want to get ready to LOL.

Arnold Schwarzenegger himself posted an Instagram pic announcing the wrap of production, and revealing the movie to be called “Terminator: Genisys.” Okay then, so what’s with the spelling? We’re not sure, but perhaps there is a tie to the equally, weirdly spelled Cyberdyne from the previous movies? We’ll leave the speculation to you.

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Scary but Interesting

Scary but Interesting

After enduring a particularly invasive trip through airport security, white-hat hacker Evan Booth wondered if it was possible for terrorists to craft deadly weapons using only items for sale at the duty free shops and newsstands beyond the TSA checkpoints. After fashioning a fully functional shotgun with Axe body spray, Red Bull cans, and nine volt batteries, the answer turns out to be a decisive, anus-clenching, yes.

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Makes a lot of sense

Makes a lot of sense

People stupid enough to use iDevices would also be stupid enough to let their Windows devices fill up with Malware.

A reminder to Apple and smug iPhone owners: Just because iOS has never been the victim of a widespread malware outbreak doesn’t mean mass iPhone hacking isn’t still possible. Now one group of security researchers plans to show how to enslave an entire botnet of Apple gadgets through a perennial weak point—their connection to vulnerable Windows PCs.

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Guy Complains after being hit by a car

1:00pm, Sunday 2nd February 2014A dramatic video has emerged of a remote controlled car crashing into a man at 100 miles per hour.

Leaman Griffin and Gentry Palmer were testing the electric racing car on a road in Birmingham, Alabama when Griffin suddenly lost control of the vehicle which veered off the road and hit Palmer’s leg, knocking him right off his feet.

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Deadpool Trolling on Sydney Train

Deadpool Trolling on Sydney Train

Police stormed a packed Sydney peak hour train this morning after reports of a man armed with handguns, grenades and samurai swords was travelling in the last carriage.

Scared passengers on the Emu Plains to CBD morning express called triple 0, telling police a man wearing a menacing red and black one-piece costume was carrying deadly weapons.

When the train pulled in at Blacktown station about 7.20am, uniformed officers jumped on board and bundled the man out of the carriage onto the platform.

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Great idea Causes Outrage

Great idea Causes Outrage

A Chinese shopping centre is being accused of sexism after it designated special women-only parking spots that are 30cm wider than others at the same site.

The parks at the World of Metropolis in the northern Chinese city of Dalian are outlined in pink and “make things easier for women,” according to the mall’s manager, Yang Hongjun.

“It’s not an insult to women at all,” she told the UK’s Daily Telegraph. “If their parking spaces are larger, it’s only for practical reasons. It doesn’t mean that women drive less well than men.”

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Blinded by Stupidity

Blinded by Stupidity

It sounds like a classic urban myth, the sort of thing that would be shared wildly until counteracted by Snopes. However, Taiwanese undergraduate Lian Kao really has been blinded as a result of not changing her contact lenses.

The space between contact lenses and the eye is well suited to allowing microorganisms that don’t like oxygen to breed, and worse still, feed on the cornea. Acanthamoeba represents the main threat, and in Kao’s case six months of not removing her lenses gave it ample time to become established.

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