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The goal of Please Don’t Rob Me is to show how easy it is to determine who an Instagram user is, where they live and whether they are at home, simply by using the Instagram subscription API. This project wants to educate users to be smarter about how they use and what they share on social media.
Each time someone uploads a photo with a hastag of our choosing, our server gets an instant notification. This notification contains the uploaded photo along with the user’s details. From there our server runs a series of tests to see if we can extract a home address.
First, we try to extract a full name from the user’s profile. Then, we enter than name in the Swedish online phone book and gather information on anyone with that name.
To verify who took the photo, we also query the user’s 90 latest photos. These photos, containing GPS coordinates, are then compared with the addresses we got from the phone book.
If we have a match between the name and address of the user, we extract the information we need, alter the GPS-coordinates and upload to our site.
Something to remember is that we want to educate people, not harm them. We will never post your actual address on this site. However, we want you to be aware that we (and everyone else on the Internet) are capable of finding it. http://dlvr.it/6P8rtV
The growing inequality between the haves and have-nots is nothing new, but this gap may only widen as new costly longevity drugs make their way into the market. With the poor already living 12.2 years less than their rich counterparts, Aeon’s Linda Marsa wants to know what happens when the rich “get two lives while the have-nots barely get one.”
As novel compounds slow or even reverse ageing, the longevity divide could become a gulf as wide as the Grand Canyon. The wealthy will experience an accelerated increase in life expectancy and health, and everyone else will go in the opposite direction, says S Jay Olshansky, a longevity researcher and professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. ‘And as the technology advances, the gap will only grow.’ http://dlvr.it/6P7ZwV
Spectrum showcases a radius-changing wheel for robots built by Seoul National University’s BioRobotics Laboratory. Not only does this origami wheel allow for the robot to climb over or under things with ease, but also allows it to change whether it needs to move fast or carry some kind of load requiring more torque.
Unlike most automobiles, most robots don’t bother with transmissions at all, because they’re heavy and complicated. This means that robots have to be designed to either move fast (which doesn’t require a lot of torque), or haul stuff (which does), but they’re not great at doing both.
The researchers designed an origami wheel that can do both, by simply changing its radius, and thanks to its origami design, it does this by itself. It’s a completely automatic continuously variable transmission, which allows a small robot to either move fast or haul stuff without requiring any additional complexity beyond an origami wheel. http://dlvr.it/6P6GR0
LEGOs are still washing up on Cornish beaches after a container filled with 4.8 million pieces fell overboard the Tokio Express in 1997.
No-one knows exactly what happened next, or even what was in the other 61 containers, but shortly after that some of those Lego pieces began washing up in both the north and south coasts of Cornwall. They’re still coming in today.
A quirk of fate meant many of the Lego items were nautical-themed, so locals and tourists alike started finding miniature cutlasses, flippers, spear guns, seagrass and scuba gear as well as the dragons and the daisies.
"There’s stories of kids in the late 1990s having buckets of dragons on the beach, selling them," says Tracey, who lives in Newquay. http://dlvr.it/6Nq6t5
If you’ve seen the premise of the Sex Tape, which I’m sure will have more up-front and personal shots of Jason Segel’s penis, their sex video is “accidentally” uploaded to Apple’s Cloud and seen by millions. GQ calls Apple support to find out if this is at all possible. It’s not. Satisfied? Now you don’t have to see the movie.
Videos can be backed up to iCloud, but what that means is the video would be saved as, like, a backup. But you wouldn’t be able to share it with anyone. No one can go into the iCloud and watch the video.
Okay. So let’s say I made my sex video, and somehow it got into the Cloud, and then I gave iPads as gifts to a hundred of my friends and family. What are the chances they would ever get that sex video on their iPads?
Impossible. They can’t connect to your iPad over, like, a network and just get info. You would be the one who has control.
Okay, that’s so good to know. Do you guys have an official policy on sex videos? I assume you probably hear from people like me a lot. http://dlvr.it/6NpL8T
Live, damn you
The first realisation of those taking a CPR course is that the one you’ve seen on television is nowhere near what is performed in real life. It would seem obvious, but it’s not: you need to apply a lot of force on someone’s chest in order to break their ribs and reach the heart.
Experts say CPR is a lifesaver, and with good reason. Each year, more than 350,000 people in the United States — one every 90 seconds — experience cardiac arrest. The vast majority of these do not occur at a hospital, and those who receive CPR from a bystander are up to three times more likely to survive than someone who doesn’t receive such assistance.
But CPR is not without its drawbacks, especially for patients with chronic conditions and terminal illnesses. Patients who receive CPR may sustain not only a number of immediate complications like rib fractures, damaged airways and internal bleeding, but also serious long-term consequences like brain damage resulting from extended oxygen deprivation. Some argue that in patients with very low likelihood of returning to a reasonable quality of life, CPR leads to an unnecessarily prolonged and painful death. http://dlvr.it/6Ng2Y4
Interview with an online drug dealer
On Motherboard, Anthony Ryan interviews an online drug dealer, RainDuck, who operates on the Tor-powered dark underbelly of the Internet. The two discuss “integrity on the black market, what it’s like to run a business that’s dependent on the Bitcoin network, and the war on drugs—at a time when that war is shifting to the web.” Not the kind of answers I expected.
Do you have any qualms about the fact that you may be supporting the problems of drug addicts?
Initially yes, though after becoming more involved in this community I look at things differently. Even among the “hard drugs” such as meth and heroin, many of the people who do it are not bad people, and not all of them are addicted. Most people only see the stereotypes. The truth is that while there are people who have used drugs and became addicted to them and had their lives ruined, a surprising number of the people who use drugs regularly you would never know. I regularly get messages from people who confide in me that although they are a successful businessperson, there’s not a single person who knows about their drug use because it’s not socially acceptable.
Prohibition has never worked. It didn’t work with alcohol and it doesn’t work with drugs. People should make their own choices. I’m not here to judge people for what they do, I just want to make sure that if they make that choice, they get it safely, at a fair price, and that they know what’s in it rather than buying cocaine from some random guy that turns out to be laundry detergent. There’s no doubt that drugs can be dangerous, but sometimes the lengths that people are forced to go through to get their drugs are more dangerous than the drugs themselves. http://dlvr.it/6NdnlL
As reported by New Republic, the Russian public is being told, among other things, that Malaysia Flight 17 was full of corpses, purposely flown off-course over Ukraine as part of a greater U.S. conspiracy to provoke war with Russia.
But in Russia, television—most of it owned or controlled by the Kremlin—is trying to muddy the water with various experts who insist that there is no way that an SA-11 missile system could possibly have downed a plane flying that high. And, mind you, this is not part of a larger debate of could they, or couldn’t they; this is all of Russian television and state-friendly papers pushing one line: the pro-Russian separatists we’ve been supporting all these months couldn’t have done this. Watching some of these Russian newscasts, one comes away with the impression of a desperate defense attorney scrounging for experts and angles, or a bad kid caught red-handed by the principal, trying to twist his way out of a situation in which he has no chance.
And that’s when they’re not simply peddling conspiracy theories, which have become a kind of symbiotic feedback loop between state TV and the most inventive corners of the Internet. The best of the bunch is, of course, an elaborate one: MH17 is actually MH370, that Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared into the Indian Ocean. According to this theory, the plane didn’t disappear at all, “it was taken to an American military base, Diego-Garcia.” http://dlvr.it/6NcdmJ
Made of regular paper and with a built-in USB drive, the SwivelCard easily bends so its data can be accessed while still providing the functionality of a business card. What’s unique about this product is that rather than storing the data on each card, the card points to data stored online.
Other intelliPaper products have physical memory that you can write data to, but swivelCard (in this iteration) is designed for a connected experience. This allows the card to seem to have unlimited data storage. Each card has a unique identifier that you as the card owner can direct to any web page. And you can update the page that the card points to even after giving it out. http://dlvr.it/6NKmnY
Milled entirely in a one piece of titanium, the Standard Issue Dog Tag Tool lets you carry a whole bunch of tools in a surprisingly compact and good looking dog-tag-sized piece.
Our first OPT design to be offered by PDW. Its simple, clean and straightforward design belies the detailed, thoughtful and carefully measured process to make this tool as versatile as it could be with the available real estate of the dog tag profile. From the “universal” closed end wrench which fits both standard and metric hardware, one of the lowest profile bottle cap lifter designs on the market, ¼” bit driver, battery bay driver, to the crisp precise chamfering, jimping and durable 3 stage industrial finish, the PDW Standard Issue Dog Tag Tool is an outstanding, feature rich, compact OPT for EDC. http://dlvr.it/6NBGx2
Solebox, a Berlin-based sneaker store, launched its new design. Aside from the spartan and clean look reminiscent of dystopian futuristic environments, a robot by the name of Solebot, mans the stockroom.
Used for grabbing sneakers from the stockroom, Solebot is a one-of-a-kind design and takes Solebox’s sneaker game to the next level. http://dlvr.it/6MxN3N
Simulate the experience of being drunk while surfing
You go home to celebrate the successful launch of your new project; one drink leads to two, and two leads to three. You sit down on the couch, pop open a browser, and navigate to your live website to take in your success.
Then it hits you — you can’t read the text. You’re one-eyeing the login screen to counteract the weird spinning effect on the page that was not definitely not present an hour ago. You’ve spent so much time architecting something usable for everyone that you forgot to cater to the lowest common denominator — the true test of user experience — the user when they’re drunk. http://dlvr.it/6MpYKC
Youtubber ghettofunk13 shows you how you can get rid of all the static and crakle found in LPs by covering the entire surface of the record in wood glue.
I wanted to try cleaning an LP with wood glue. It made for quite an improvement - and I’ve read that multiple cleanings continue to clean up the snaps crackles and pops. http://dlvr.it/6MZ9R0
Presented in a style reminiscent of the BBC’s Sir David Attenborough, and the #emojidaydream project by Able Parris, this short documentary looks at the inescapable impact had by emoji.
Emoji have become an inescapable part of our daily lives. This short film examines the far-reaching impact of these very special characters. http://dlvr.it/6MYP1B
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