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Your Electricity Company Fears This Man

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As we documented in a previous article, electricity is the key to unleash world democracy and freedom,

“It’s well known that many wars are fought over resources, many times oil and other energy bases. Electricity is arguably the most essential staple for human survival; because with enough electricity, water can literally be extracted from thin air, which can then be used to plant and water crops.

With enough electricity, nearly all of humanity’s needs can be met.

Centralized energy, like most of us have now, is inherently dangerous to a free society. It can fluctuate, prices can be raised, and grids can be shut down or get damaged by natural disasters. The move toward localized production of electricity, then, is a move towards freedom, security, and democracy. Autonomous energy production is the precursor to an autonomous free society. The secondary effect of increased use of renewable energy is, of course, cleaner air and less pollution. We have all the reasons in the world to support this exciting new development.”

Our previous article pointed out the strides that some countries are taking to make the move toward solar and other sustainable energies. Now, an even more exciting development has been made in the most unlikely of places: an obscure home work shop in Virginia known privately as the “box full of creative chaos”.

Doug Coulter of Floyd, Virginia, lives in the woods in what he calls a “libertarian communism”community where he spends much of his life inventing and innovation in his home work shop.

What Doug has developed can be a game changer when it comes to providing the world’s electricity. He claims that,

“If this works, I’m about to anger several trillion dollar a year businesses.”

These businesses include gas and electric utilities and Big Oil companies.

Doug claims to be on the verge of cracking what has stumped scientists for decades: nuclear fusion. Doug runs an open source forum for scientists and engineers, where he got much of the research needed to crack this priceless problem. He says that once his nuclear fusion reactor is complete, it too will be open source so that anyone living anywhere will have access to the technology. Watch this video to see what he is up to:

 

Has the EU Just Outlawed ‘Fully-Loaded’ Kodi Boxes?

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Android devices with modified Kodi software installed continue to prove popular among the pirating masses. However, a ruling from the EU Court this week will make life more difficult for suppliers. That’s the opinion of Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN, who say that sellers will now have to verify if the links contained in such devices are infringing.

kodiWhile millions of people around the globe share files using BitTorrent every day, there are some who prefer to stream their content instead.

These users can easily visit any one of thousands of streaming portals via a desktop web browser but for those looking for complete convenience, set-top boxes offer a perfect solution.

These devices, often Android-based, regularly come with the Kodi media center already installed. However, Kodi provides no illegal content – custom addons do – and it’s their inclusion in the package that provides users with what they want – free (or cost reduced) movies, TV, and sports.

One of the groups trying to crack down on so-called “fully loaded” boxes is Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN. The organization has threatened legal action against several local suppliers and has had one case referred to the European Court. However, a decision in a separate case last week could have big implications for “fully loaded” box supply across Europe, BREIN says.

The case, which involved Dutch blog GeenStijl.nl and Playboy, resulted in an important ruling from the European Court of Justice.

The Court found that when “hyperlinks are posted for profit, it may be expected that the person who posted such a link should carry out the checks necessary to ensure that the work concerned is not illegally published.” In other words, posting links to infringing content in a commercial environment amounts to a communication to the public, and is therefore illegal.

For groups like BREIN, the ruling opens up new avenues for anti-piracy action. For sellers of piracy-capable boxes and related IPTV subscriptions across the EU, trouble could lie in wait.

“Copyright protection organization BREIN holds suppliers of IPTV devices responsible for verifying whether their sources for internet TV channels are legal or not. In general, this is not the case,” BREIN said in a statement this week.

“Suppliers advertise that when buying their service you do not have to pay separately for pay-channels for films, TV shows, and sports. Such a compilation costs a fraction of the total sum of subscriptions to the individual channels.”

BREIN says that following the decision of the European Court of Justice last week, commercial suppliers of IPTV boxes are now obliged to verify whether the sources being linked in their devices are authorized by the content providers. If they are not, the seller could be held liable for infringement.

If BREIN’s interpretation of the decision proves correct, sellers of “fully-loaded” Kodi and other IPTV boxes face a minefield of uncertainty.

There is absolutely no way vendors can check every single link contained in the software present in the boxes they sell. Furthermore, those links are often updated automatically, meaning that what is legal on the day they are sold might not be legal when the software updates tomorrow.

But while it’s certainly possible that BREIN’s take on the decision will prove to be correct, actually enforcing the law against hundreds or even thousands of suppliers is likely to prove impossible. Big suppliers are easily targeted though, which may send out a warning.

“BREIN has written letters to suppliers of IPTV subscriptions to warn them that they are required to verify beforehand whether the sources for the IPTV channels they use are legal. If the suppliers are not willing to do so, then BREIN will institute court proceedings,” BREIN says.

However, more often that not “fully loaded” boxes are offered for sale on eBay and Amazon by regular people out to make a few bucks. Taking action against every single one is not realistic.

But even if all infringing boxes were wiped from sale, that wouldn’t stop people selling blank devices. These can be easily setup by the user to stream all of the latest movies, sports and TV shows with a few clicks, rendering a smart supplier immune from liability.

And of course, anyone with VLC Media Player and the ability to Google can find plenty of dedicated IPTV streams available online, without paying anyone a penny.

HOW TO TURN YOUR OLD SMARTPHONE INTO A SMART MIRROR

A REFLECTIVE DASHBOARD FOR YOUR MORNING ROUTINE

Photograph by Sam Kaplan

Smart Mirror

Dust off an old Android device and use it as the brains for this smart mirror.

Ditch your Post-it notes for reminders built right into a mirror. Software engineer Hannah Mittelstaedt programmed an old Android tablet to show time, weather, and other information in bright letters on a dark background. Place the device behind a two-way mirror, and only the text will shine through. “Something about brushing your teeth in front of it makes it feel more like the future,” she says. Download her open-source program to make your own smart mirror, or modify it to do more—Mittelstaedt’s can analyze her face to detect her mood.

This article was originally published in the January/February 2016 issue ofPopular Science, under the title “A Reflective Dashboard for Your Morning Routine.”

Stats

  • Time: 2 hours
  • Cost: $30
  • Difficulty: Easy to medium

Materials

  • Android smartphone or tablet
  • Acrylic two-way mirror
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Black construction paper
  • Glue stick
  • Double-sided adhesive strips
  • Drill
  • Hooks or nails

Instructions

  1. Download the Home Mirror application and open it on your Android device. Set the screen brightness to maximum. If you plan to leave it permanently attached to the mirror, delete everything you can off the device.
  2. Measure and cut the black construction paper to cover the entire back of the mirror, except for where the device will sit and for an extra half-inch around each of its sides.
  3. Put an even coat of glue on the paper, and stick it to the mirror. Gently adjust its position, and let it dry for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Cut a strip of paper the height of the device and three times as wide. Glue the edge of the strip to the outside edge of the mirror’s uncovered area.
  5. Put adhesive strips on the side and bottom of the uncovered area. Press the free-hanging strip against the adhesive to form a pocket.
  6. Ensure no light leaks behind the mirror. Then place scrap material underneath the mirror and drill small holes at the top for hooks or nails. Drill slowly, and be careful: The acrylic of the mirror can melt and coat your drill bit.
  7. Slide the Android device into its pocket, hang your mirror within reach of a charging cord, and take a look.

Assembly Photos

Use a drill to make small holes at the top corners of the mirror. Then you can hang your mirror with nails, hooks, or fishing line.

Get all your materials together. A piece of paper between your mirror and the table will prevent the mirror from getting scratched up.

Trace your device on the black paper, leaving extra space around the sides.

Cut out the traced section of the paper.

Glue the paper to the mirror and let it dry. Cut a strip for the pocket, and glue one edge of it to the mirror.

Place adhesive strips on the edges of the uncovered area.

Put the phone face down on the mirror to make sure your pocket is big enough.

Fold back the pocket strip, attach it to the adhesive strips, and seal the pocket with tape.

Use a drill to make small holes at the top corners of the mirror. Then you can hang your mirror with nails, hooks, or fishing line.

 

Your Apple Watch can run Windows 95, but don’t bother

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If you’re the sort of person that bought into Apple’s device ecosystem for the simplicity its devices seem to offer, there’s almost no chance you should bother going ahead with the same hack as Nick Li, who got Windows 95 to run on the device.

Li says that unlike previous efforts to get the Mini vMac emulator working on the device, he wanted the Windows OS to actually run and be bootable. And it is, but it takes an hour to get there.

So. Much. Tech.

Some of the biggest names in tech are coming to TNW Conference in Amsterdam this May.

Obviously, with Windows 95 not built for touch input, a little code-wrangling is also required. Li says that it’s possible to patch some files within a WatchKit app in order to load your own app code.

If you do decide to go ahead with this hack for yourself – again, really don’t bother – you’ll also need some way of keeping the screen awake during that hour-long boot. Li glued a motor to a small prodding device to ensure it didn’t nap.

That’s a whole lot of effort to undertake to see Clippy once again.

I installed Windows 95 on my Apple Watch on TeniDigi – Medium

 

How to transform bullets into earphones: Amazing Video on | DIY Headphones! I Want a pair!

How to transform bullets into earphones

I love seeing the folks of Inspire to Make do their thing because they take small little objects and creatively turn them into something else entirely. First they transformed a nail into a tiny sword and now they’ve done the always popular DIY project of turning a bullet into a pair of headphones.