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CIA’s Gus Hunt On Big Data: We ‘Try To Collect Everything And Hang On To It Forever’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 21, 2013

My comment: We know this and we also know that you are spending billion and billion dollars for this. Another Julian Assange or Cyber attack or hacker will make this billion and billion dollars worthless one day. This could give good job to thousands of people making them rich and eventually it will catalyze to create another recession and broaden the gap between rich and poor. So why not to think about creative activities to create good bond among human beings to change the world into real Global Village and war into Peace?

NEW YORK — The CIA’s chief technology officer outlined the agency’s endless appetite for data in a far-ranging speech on Wednesday.

Speaking before a crowd of tech geeks at GigaOM’s Structure:Data conference in New York City, CTO Ira “Gus” Hunt said that the world is increasingly awash in information from text messages, tweets, and videos — and that the agency wants all of it.

“The value of any piece of information is only known when you can connect it with something else that arrives at a future point in time,” Hunt said. “Since you can’t connect dots you don’t have, it drives us into a mode of, we fundamentally try to collect everything and hang on to it forever.”

Hunt’s comments come two days after Federal Computer Week reported that the CIA has committed to a massive, $600 million, 10-year deal with Amazon for cloud computing services. The agency has not commented on that report, but Hunt’s speech, which included multiple references to cloud computing, indicates that it does indeed have interest in storage and analysis capabilities on a massive scale.

The CIA is keenly interested in capabilities for so-called “big data” — the increasingly massive data sets created by digital technology. The agency even has a page on its website pitching big data jobs to prospective employees. Read the rest of this entry »

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European Porn Ban: EU Proposal Seeks To Regulate Internet, Ban ‘All Pornography In The Media’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 8, 2013

A report that will be voted on in the European Union parliament March 12 could lay the groundwork for laws banning pornography across all media — including the Internet — and could potentially restrict civil liberties, free speech advocates claim.

The broader aim of the sweeping proposal, which was introduced by left-leaning parliamentarian Kartika Liotard of the Netherlands, is to foster gender equality in the EU by combatting gender stereotypes on many fronts. To that end, the opinion recommends a “ban all forms of pornography in the media,” including what it calls “the digital field.”

It also calls for the establishment of regulatory agencies with “a mandate to impose effective sanctions on companies and individuals promoting the sexualisation of girls.”

Although the vote on the report is not legally binding, if passed, the proposal could end up influencing EU law. According to Wired UK, the chances of an EU-wide pornography ban are slim, but free speech critics are nonetheless concerned about the report’s vague language.

“The devil is in the detail,” Christian Engstrom, EU parliamentarian from Sweden’s Pirate Party, wrote in his blog. “Although I completely agree that eliminating outdated gender stereotypes in the EU is a worthwhile goal, I will be voting against this resolution next week.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Cyber-war between U.S., China

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 20, 2013

Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank explains President Obama's cybersecurity policy after an executive order designed to combat cyber-terrorism was issued last week. Photo: Ann Heisenfelt, Associated Press

Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank explains President Obama’s cybersecurity policy after an executive order designed to combat cyber-terrorism was issued last week. Photo: Ann Heisenfelt, Associated Press

By James Temple

A prominent computer security firm has traced the activity of one of the world’s most sophisticated hacking groups to the gates of the Chinese military, underscoring critical weaknesses in both our cyber-defenses and trade policies.

Mandiant’s detailed 60-page analysis, first reported in the New York Times on Sunday, adds to the mounting evidence that Beijing plays a direct hand in ongoing espionage of U.S. corporations.

The Alexandria, Va., security firm explained that attacks from the group it calls APT1, or Comment Crew, originate in the same geographic location as the People’s Liberation Army Unit 61398, on the edge of Shanghai. The two groups also appear to share missions, capabilities, resources, tactics and technology infrastructure.

“It is time to acknowledge the threat is originating in China,” the company said.

China declined to do so, however, denying the allegations and labeling the report “unprofessional.”

But Mandiant’s analysis follows a string of reports linking corporate cyber-attacks to China in recent weeks, including ones aimed at the New York TimesWall Street Journal, Washington Post and others. The report is also consistent with the U.S. government’s own findings. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Gangnam Style’ YouTube Views: Psy’s Viral Hit Beats Bieber To Become Most-Viewed YouTube Video Ever

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 26, 2012

Korean pop star Psy, who horse-danced his way to Internet fame with his viral hit song “Gangnam Style,” now officially owns the most-watched video in the history of YouTube. “Gangnam Style” passed Justin Bieber’s “Baby” as the video with the most views on the site, Psy announced on Saturday.

As of this writing, “Gangnam Style” has 806.3 million views, approximately 2.4 million more than the Canadian singer’s 2010 hit. Psy’s video, first posted on YouTube in July, had already received the distinction for being the most “liked” YouTube video ever in September. Read the rest of this entry »

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Christopher Castillo Arrested After Threatening To Kill Obama On Facebook

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 17, 2012

Christopher Castillo Arrested After Threatening To Kill Obama On Facebook

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Christopher Castillo
Some people just don’t know when to stop talking, or when to stop posting on Facebook.

A Florida man was arrested this November after posting threatening messages about President Barack Obama on Facebook. When Secret Service agents came to question 28-year-old Christopher Castillo about his violent comments, The Smoking Gun reports that the situation quickly deteriorated.

On Nov. 1, Castillo wrote the following on Facebook, apparently in response to Obama’s views on health care:

That’s the last straw, if he gets re-elected I’m going to hunt him down and kill him watch the life disappear from his eyes.

 Threatening the U.S. president’s life is never taken lightly. After a tip-off from a concerned citizen, Secret Service agents arrived at Castillo’s Melbourne home on Nov. 8 to investigate his intentions behind the Facebook post. Read the rest of this entry »

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Peter Brant II, Teen Son Of Billionaire, Jokes About ‘Contingency Plan’ To Kill Obama And Posts It On Instagram

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 9, 2012

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As Americans across the country reacted to news about President Barack Obama’s reelection, one young member of the 1 percent took to Instagram to make a very public, very unwise joke.

It all started when Peter Brant II, the 18-year-old son of publishing mogul Peter Brant Sr. and supermodel Stephanie Seymour, began exchanging mocking text messages with friend Andrew Warren, Jezebel reports.

Warren, whose location on Twitter is listed as “NYC/HAMPTONS,” joked that the election results were going to make him “poor,” to which Brant replied, “I have a contingency plan. Kill Obama hahaha.” The remark was then followed by a joke about women’s rights.

Not wishing this witty exchange to remain just between the two friends, Brant took a screenshot and posted it to his Instagram. Comments were mixed, with someone feeling the joke was hilarious, and others feeling very much the opposite.

Warren took to Twitter to defend himself on Wednesday.

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Anonymous Claims To Have Hacked 28,000 PayPal Passwords For Guy Fawkes Day

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 6, 2012

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Anonymous, which adopted the Guy Fawkes mask, designed by “V for Vendetta” illustrator David Lloyd, as a symbol for its social crusade, has decided to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day with some good, old-fashioned hacking.

Guy Fawkes Day is observed annually on Nov. 5 in commemoration of the rebel Englishman’s demise.

Marking Nov. 5 as a day of global protest, hacker group Anonymous began its tribute on Sunday night by allegedly hacking a PayPal server and stealing 28,000 customer passwords, The Next Web reports. Anonymous announced the hack on Twitter, “linking to a set of Private Paste documents containing emails, names, and what appear to be possibly passwords from the payment service’s database,” according to TNW.

Paypal hacked by Anonymous as part of our November 5th 

The head of public relations for PayPal, however, denied the Anonymous attack,tweeting, “We’re investigating this but to date we have been unable to find any evidence that validates this claim.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Marius Borg Høiby, Norwegian Prince, Posts Instagram Photos, Potentially Puts Royal Family At Risk

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 25, 2012

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It’s the Rich Kids of Instagram, Norwegian Royals edition.

The 15-year-old son of Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit has been sharing personal photos — 133 in all — of family holidays and other events on Instagram,potentially putting the royal family at risk, according to security blog Naked Security.

The teenager, Marius Borg Høiby, is the princess’ son from a prior relationship. The photos include GPS information that could reveal the location of the family.

According to the popular Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gangphotos taken on Marius’ phone through the popular mobile app have been available online. The photos have since been taken down.

“This has major significance for the security around the royals,” said Petter Gottschalk, a professor at the business school Handelshøyskolen BI, in an interview with both VG and Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Wednesday. “This is a security scandal, and I’m surprised that this could be so open. The royal staff and the royal police escorts should have been aware of this.”

The royal couple took the significant step of writing a letter to the paper, criticizing editors for a “speculative” story that overstated the danger.

“We react strongly that you are exposing our child in this manner. For us, it’s very important to shield our children against an undsciplined public spotlight because we believe it can be a heavy burden and damaging. All children have a right to be protected against that,” the princess and husband Crown Prince Haakon wrote. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jury Awards $1 Billion to Apple in Samsung Patent Case

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 25, 2012

Jury Awards $1 Billion to Apple in Samsung Patent Case

Jo Yong-Hak/Reuters      A Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone, left, and an Apple iPhone 4.


A jury awarded Apple more than $1 billion in damages on Friday after finding that Samsung infringed a series of its patents on smartphones and tablet computers.

After just three days of deliberations, far fewer than were expected in such a complex case, a nine-person jury sided with Apple on most of its allegations against Samsung. These included allegations that various Samsung products violated Apple patents covering the “bounce back” effect when a user scrolls to the end of a list, and the pinch-to-zoom gesture that users make when they want to magnify an image on their screens. Samsung was also found to have infringed Apple patents covering the physical design of the iPhone.

The jury added some sting to the verdict by finding in favor of Apple across the board in a countersuit by Samsung. The jury awarded Samsung, which had asked for more than $422 million from Apple for allegedly violating its patents, no damages.

While Apple received far less than the $2.5 billion it had asked for in the trial, lawyers said there was little question which side won. “This is a huge victory for Apple,” said Mark Lemley, a law professor at Stanford University. Read the rest of this entry »

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NASA seeing red: $2.5 billion Mars rover to dig for proof of life

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 8, 2012

An artist's conception of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover. (AFP Photo / NASA)

An artist’s conception of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover. (AFP Photo / NASA)

NASA’s make-or-break Mars mission has entered its landing phase on Monday morning. While the Curiosity rover attempts to land using a never-attempted sky crane, engineers back on Earth have no control over the pre-programmed sequence.

The touchdown is scheduled for 5:31 GMT.

NASA engineers will have to wait at least 14 minutes before learning the fate of Curiosity. That is if the Odyssey orbiter circling Mars is at the right spot in the sky to catch the rover’s signal. If not, it could take up to eight hours to get the final answer on the rover’s fate.

The $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory “could arguably be the most important event in the history of planetary exploration,” said Doug McCuistion, director of Mars exploration at NASA’s headquarters in Washington, DC.

The trickiest part of the mission, currently on its 8 months since launching in 2011, is the landing. Not only does it involve delivering the NASA’s largest-ever one-ton payload safely to the Martian surface, it will also attempt a new kind of landing sequence involving a guided entry, a supersonic 16-meter parachute, firing eight rocket thrusters during the descent and, finally, the sky crane.

Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Lead Flight Director David Oh speaks to members of the media in the Mission Control room ahead of the landing of the Mars rover Curiosity. (AFP Photo / Robyn Beck)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Lead Flight Director David Oh speaks to members of the media in the Mission Control room ahead of the landing of the Mars rover Curiosity. (AFP Photo / Robyn Beck)

A crane hovering some seven meters in the sky after touchdown will lower Curiosity to the surface of Mars. The approach was chosen over a traditional lander or inflatable cushioning due to the size of the rover. The sky crane trick avoids risks like tilting the platform, or mechanical damage from the clouds of dust and debris kicked up by rocket engines. But the sky crane technology couldn’t be fully field-tested on Earth, since it was designed for the atmosphere and gravity of Mars. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mars Rover Landing: Curiosity Lands Early Monday Morning (RECAP)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 7, 2012

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has touched down on the surface of the Red Planet, completing a 354-million-mile journey, and marking the beginning of a new era in planetary exploration.

President Obama released the following statement immediately after the landing: Read the rest of this entry »

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Higgs Boson VIDEO: A Metaphor To Explain The Particle, Or Further Confuse You

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 4, 2012

My comment : “Eastern philosophy says that only after 5th level real spiritual world starts and sooner or later science will be up to 5th level. Enlightened person does not speak about God due to practical problems but teach the way to be there. The basic of science is to explain everything with scientific proofs and without scientific proofs science does not want to speak. In the process of enlightenment, nothing to share or explain, but to realize and watch just being there and diminishing themselves. To try or start to explain they lack proof as they can not take other people there easily. I have difficulty to write more than this here.

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Have you noticed all the buzz surrounding the Higgs boson? Do you have any idea what it is or what it means? You’re not alone.

Let me help you brush up just in time for CERN’s big announcement on July 4, 2012. What does the Higgs particle have to do with bombs and giraffes? You’ll have to click to find out. And join the conversation by leaving a comment below. Come on, talk nerdy to me!


The video below is a brilliant explanation of the Standard Model by Henry Reich of Minute Physics. You can subscribe to his YouTube channel here.

 Science Milestones To Expect In 2012

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What Being Hot Means For Women vs. Men

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 2, 2012

Comment: “Hot could have two meanings – external and internal. However; as this is modern word ( in the sense this word using for) this is for external appearance. External ‘hot’ person could not be with internal ‘hot’ and that is the problem. We need internal ‘hot’ persons to minimize all kind of problems, but who cares for this ‘internal hot’?”

If you’re considered an attractive woman on OkCupid, you will receive over 500 percent more messages than women who are considered less attractive.

That’s according to a not-entirely-scientificstudy detailed on Jon Millward’s blog,which confirms that some of the stereotypes about online dating are true — we just didn’t know how true.

In his study, Millward, a writer and author, used dating website OkCupid to create 10 dummy accounts for five women and five men. The question he set out to answer with his experiment, which he ran in the U.S. and in the U.K., was, “Is online dating a different experience for men than it is for women?”

He used profile pictures varying in degrees of attractiveness, with “attractiveness” based off his own opinion. He then had three judges create a ranking system and list the fake accounts from “hot” to “not.” He included the same personal description for all ten phony individuals. Read the rest of this entry »

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Virgin Galactic Granted Experimental Space Flight Permit (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 1, 2012

Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson holds a model of the mothership White Knight Two,

Virgin Galactic has taken one small step closer into space, after it was granted a license for experimental rocket tests in the United States.

Scaled Composites, which is Virgin’s design partner, was granted the one-year licenceby the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The development will lead to the companies testing rocket motors on its SpaceShipTwo craft, which is launched from a twin-fuselage plane.

The ship has already undergone glide testing, completing 16 flights.

Six passengers will eventually be able to ride SpaceShipTwo on a sub-orbital flight – and 500 people including celebrities and wealthy investors have already signed up, paying tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege.

Its predecessor, SpaceShipOne, won the $10m Ansari X Prize in 2004 for the first private human space flight, after three suborbital journeys up to 70 miles above the Earth.

According to Scaled Composite president George Whitesides the granting of the FAA permit is a “a major step closer to bringing our customers to space”. Read the rest of this entry »

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