The Difference Between – Part 2

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Tweet To Buy – Twitter and American Express E-Commerce System

Announcing something that most people probably wouldn’t have even thought of, American Express is going to let people purchase things by tweeting! It definitely sounds unconventional and maybe even ridiculous but these out of the ordinary things can very well become a common sensation. The service will also allow people to get discounts from normal stores.

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The service is called Amex Sync on Twitter and it essentially lets you tweet to buy a select few items. Now the selection isn’t very big right now but there are some cool gadgets like the Kindle Fire and the Xbox 360. It’s not exactly a smooth experience and includes connecting your Amex card to your Twitter account, tweeting a hashtag to make a purchase, then reply to a confirmation tweet from Amex but you have to do it within 15 minutes!

For the most part I’d normally expect people to feel more comfortable just buying off an online site of some sort or even in a local store. What if you want to buy a new My Little Pont themed Xbox and now all your friends know about it because it’s all over Twitter?! It could happen. This could be useful for those that feel the need to let the world know what they are doing and getting. You know the people that update their status, “I’m waking up”, “Eating breakfast with orange juice!”, “Just got bacon grease in my eye from the frying pan!”. Now they can automatically let you know that they bought something without having to type the tweet, which instead they might say, “Just used Amex Sync to buy something new!!”.

In a move to potentially make a real revenue stream for Twitter vs. unprofitable status updates we could be hearing a lot more unnecessary things that people seem to NEED to express. Social networks are trying to make some profit through sales instead of just their usually free service and that’s understandable. Personally I think there are better ways than this but it could still be useful. I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing someone tweet, “Just purchased a Kindle Fire that donates 10% to breast cancer” or something along those lines. Something going viral that actually supports/aids a good cause is all good in my book.

For now it seems most social networks plans for sales revenue haven’t been successful yet but you can be sure that this is just the beginning. They will continue to search and experiment until a profitable solution is found and then everyone will feel compelled to do it.

Let’s just hope someone doesn’t leave their twitter account logged in on a computer or phone and a stranger or evil friend decides to, “BUY ALL THE THINGS!”.

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President Obama On Google Hangouts – Valentines Day

The current President of the United States, Barack Obama will be on Google+ to answers questions after the State of the Union presentation.

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Definitely something to boast about, Google announced that the president will be holding his second Hangout on Thursday, February the 14th at 4:50pm EST. This get together will allow Americans to submit any questions regarding the address to Congress on Tuesday night or other issues right on the White House YouTube channel! There will also be several other respected panel members who discuss significant daily concerns online.

Interested parties can submit either a text based question or a video to the President. People can then vote on which questions they feel the President should answer up until 11:59pm EST Wednesday, February 13th. Those whose questions are picked will actually get to ask the President their inquiry in real time during the Google Hangout.

If you’re looking for a good question or want to stay on top of current concerns then it may be wise to watch the President’s State of the Union speech tomorrow at 9pm EST on YouTube.

Obama’s first Hangout was over a year ago on January 30th, 2012 and the social network’s team was quite nervous about the session exclaiming that you can’t just walk into the White House and set up computer equipment. There were a few glitches in the beginning but the public broadcast ended up being successful with a running time of just over 49 minutes.

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This Google Hangout session can be found on either the White House Google+ page or on their YouTube channel.

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The Difference Between – Part 1

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New Pirate Bay Documentary! (TPB AFK)

The Pirate Bay – Away From Keyboard

Companies and governments alike have been trying to extinguish internet pirate’s for as long as they’ve been around. Simon Klose, a Swedish music/documentary filmmaker WANTS you to pirate his flick!

The Pirate Bay Logo

If you don’t know what The Pirate Bay (TPB) is or at least heard of it, then you’ve been seriously deprived of a world of almost limitless media. People for years have used TPB to download all of their movies, albums, TV shows and software. It’s not that they actually have all the files on their servers but that they are essentials a giant database that links to the files. It’s also the most popular and respected torrent website.

The documentary covers the tales of Pirate Bay administrators Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Fredrik Neji and Peter Sunde as they deal with their Sweden court case in 2009 regarding civil and criminal copyright laws. After conviction they are led to live life “away from keyboard”. The film can be bought or seen for free on YouTube/Pirate Bay torrent.

“The cool thing is that you guys are going to be part of the premiere.… We’re streaming the film online, for free. You can download it, you can share it, you can remix it… It’s all up to you,” said Klose. “I’m doing this because I believe – from a personal perspective – I want my films to be seen by as many people as possible, so my problem is that a normal copyright would become an obstacle between me and my audience.”

Watch it here:

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Picking Up Girls With Pokemon Lines – Simple Pickup

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These guys are pretty hilarious. This is proof that for many that if your confident you can meet a girl EVEN if you dress lame and say ridiculous lines from Pokemon! Once you watch one of these you probably are going to go on a pickup binge and watch all of them because it’s that entertaining. The premise of Simple Pickup is to get a girls number under odd conditions. If your a poke fan you definitely need to see this and if not, you should take a Chansey :P

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Hackers Can Take Over Building Locks, Elevators, Electricity and More!

A major vulnerability was found in an industrial control system that is widely in use by the military, hospitals and other entities. The flaw would allow an attacker to control an electronic door lock (learn more from Payless Locksmith), elevators, boiler systems, lighting systems, video cameras, alarms, electricity and other crucial building functions. This could majorly affect various sectors and cause a considerable amount of damage from which to recover can be quite hard. Despite many businesses using the UK business electricity comparison and switching to get their electricity supply from a much more renewable source, this is one such factor which can only be fixed with much-heightened security.

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The issue is that a config file can be remotely accessed within the Tridium Niagara AX Framework that contains all of the systems configuration data such as usernames, passwords. This results in the ability to control all the systems managed by it. The platform is written in Java and in the last two years Cylance security researchers Billy Rios and Terry McCorkle  have reportedly found numerous vulnerabilities in the Tridium system along with other industrial control systems.

The flaw basically allows root access to the virtual machine that all of the Tridium software is running on. A backdoor module was developed that would allow for the system to continue to be accessed one it was initially attacked but naturally won’t be publicly released.

“We will be issuing a security patch that resolves the problem by Feb. 13 and are alerting our user community about this today,” spokesman Mark Hamel said in a statement. “The vast majority of Niagara AX systems are behind firewalls and VPNs — as we recommend — but clearly, as Rios and McCorkle have shown, there are many systems potentially at risk.”

The company has been aware of the issue since last December and has since then been working on a patch to fix the vulnerability expected to be released this month.

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Last year Tridium claimed attacks on its systems were unlikely because hackers don’t traditionally target obscure systems such as theirs. Quite an assumption for a platform that millions of control systems employ across the globe. With a critical environment such as this, a system would normally be locked down to only local access and restricted from the internet or other systems connected to the internet. Tridium’s documentation instead boasts that it’s ideal for remote management over the internet.

It’s a little scary because of the clients that use this system including: the FBI, Drug Enforement Agency, U.S. Marshals Services, the IRS, Passport Office along with many government offices and medical facilities. Imagine a hacker shutdown critical life systems in a hospital?

Massive and major companies/organizations are using these systems and there is no room for error in some cases. I guess it’s good that researchers found the exploit before a real attacker did and caused some real damage!

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Comical Voice Overs – The NFL

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Absolutely awesome! The guy who did this did a great job and left me aching from laughter. “Orange peanut? For me? Ohh wow an orange peanut?!” You have to watch this to understand what I’m talking about but rest assured you won’t regret it!

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Cure For Cancer Found In Canada – Dichloroacetate (DCA)

This is one of the most ground breaking things imaginable with a certain impact if it came to fruition. The cure for cancer. Yet why have we not heard much about it?

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One of the most feared things a doctor could tell you, is that you have cancer. For most this means you completely tune out every other word the doctor says and your mind goes racing into another dimension. You probably think about your life, the things you have and have not done. The road ahead of you to attempt to combat this horrible disease. Maybe even the costs and potential debt you or your family may accrue from the dreaded C word.

There are many different types of cancer and they can invade almost every part of the human body. Some patients even need Home Care Assistance as part of the treatment. As a society we have been fighting it forever and shelling out millions of dollars into potential cures and research. Even former United States president Richard Nixon declared war on cancer in 1971. This is a serious and seemingly unending battle.

What if the cure was readily available? Better yet, what if it only cost pennies?!

That’s exactly what a Dr. Michelakis and his team at the University of Alberta are claiming. The drug, dichloroacetate (DCA) can alter the metabolism of cancer cells and thus causes them to age and be destroyed. It’s important to note that it kills the cancer cells but only the bad ones. Michelakis have been researching the effects of DCA on non-human subjects since 2007. It has been proven successful and consistently reduced the cancerous cells. Since then, and perhaps more importantly the team has accomplished the same results in human trials. This project is in desperate need of funding to make it a wide spread available treatment and the likely candidates: the pharmaceutical companies are not interested as there isn’t millions of dollars to be made.

It’s sad that something this useful comes down to greed but that is exactly the case. The drug does not have a patent and therefore anyone can manufacture it without paying a fee and furthermore the drug is so cheap to make it costs pennies! This from a business point of view is not profitable and thus not worth investing in.

From a life stand point it is INVALUABLE

We are so close but yet so far from banishing the leading cause of death in Canada and other countries around the world. A 2011 report from Cancer.org claims that 40% of woman and 45% of men in Canada will develop cancer during their lifetimes. That is ASTRONOMICAL. It’s estimated that 177, 800 new cases of cancer and 75, 000 deaths from cancer occur each year in Canada.

All I can hope for is someone generous to step up to plate and realize how little money means in comparison to a true cure.

 

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New Fast And Furious Movie – Fast & Furious 6 Trailer

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The original Fast & Furious was awesome and spiked an excellent series with likable characters. It looks like they are making a comeback with all the key players: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and recent focus Dwayne Johnson. Nothing like speeding cars, stunts some humor and standard bad-assery to perk up everyone’s interest. Let’s hope the return is as good as I want it to be.

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