British Pathé: Amazing video collection

I stumbled across this amazing video collection, put together by the British Pathe, which contains great footage put together by them on a YouTube Channel.

The world’s finest news and entertainment video film archive. Since the invention of the moving image in the 1890’s, British Pathé began recording every aspect of global culture and news, for the cinema. With their unique combination of information and entertainment, British Pathé’s documentaries, newsreels, serials and films changed the way the world saw itself forever.

With it’s unparalleled collection of historical events and vast catalogue of changing social activity, British Pathé encompasses one of the world’s most prodigious and fascinating documents of the modern age. From fashion to warfare and sport to travel, British Pathé is the definitive source for the 20th century in moving images.

All 85,000 newsreels are now searchable and viewable on YouTube. This equates to 3,500 hours of filmed history.

Our YouTube channel includes some of the public’s favourite clips, rare and amusing pieces to share and footage related to big days throughout the year.

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Feedly is under a DDoS attack

Feedly, the popular and free RSS service cannot be accessed for several hours because of a DDoS attack. The attackers are demanding money to stop the attack.

The danger of paying DDoS blackmailers is that you’re only encouraging them to attack you more, perhaps increasing their financial demands next time, so Feedly is really doing the right thing here by sticking to their guns.

What is a DDoS attack?

A DDoS (distributed denial of service) can be made in several different ways. For example, it’s called a DoS (denial of service attack) if a server has enough bandwitdh and enough resources, it can open thousands of connections to my blog and probably bring it down because it is effectively drowning it in requests.

With Feedly however, it is probably a botnet, which is a network of infected computers controlled by somebody. This network can have thousands of computers that receive the command to attack at the same time. This is the DDoS, as it’s distributed.

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A computer passes the Turing intelligence test for the first time

In 1950 Alan Turing proposed what would later be known as the Turing test in a paper he published. This paper proposed that a computer must display enough intelligence to convince a jury that it is, in fact, human. This can be tested by having a conversation through the computer with the judges at the competition. At this point, minimum 30% of the judges have to be convinced that behind the computer there might actually be a real person.

Who was Alan Turing?

Alan Turing was a British mathematician that is considered one of the fathers of modern computing and informatics. During World War II, he created at Bletchley Park the first computer that could decipher the German codes. This helped to win the war in the end.

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The Next Web reports about and their maybe innocent fun?

It works like this: you visit, enter a page URL and press the big ‘Edit’ button. You’ll be redirected to a framed version of the target site which you can edit. You can change the text, add an image and do pretty much anything you want. When you are done improving (or defacing) your page you press ‘Save & Finish’ and you’ll get a custom pointing to your edited page.

Source: The Next Web

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Google makes e-mail encryption easier

Yesterday, on their official security blog, Google announced that they are working on a Chrome extension that will make e-mail encryption a lot easier to use. Hooray.
This extension is still in close beta, but they posted the source code for anybody to inspect here.

The technology behind Google’s extension

Google will make this extension that will have end-to-end encryption based on the OpenPGP protocol.
For who is not familiar, this encryption exists for quite some time using the PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) and GnuPGP protocols.

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YouTube Options vs. Magic Actions – Customize your YouTube experience

This morning, after turning on my Chrome browser, I noticed that the YouTube Options plugin doesn’t work anymore, as they have switched to a paid plan a while ago and have disabled the free one, which I already had installed, remotely. What you could do with YouTube Options:

  • hide comments
  • hide ads
  • disable auto-play in general, or leave it on during playlists
  • go automatically to a HD, or non-HD version of the clip, based on your connection
  • hide player controls
  • resize the video window
  • hide other elements on the youtube page to a point where only the video is available

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Watch_Dogs torrent secretly installing a Bitcoin miner

There is a rumour going around the internet that the new and widely expected Watch_Dogs game leaked torrent contains Bitcoin miners. For those who don’t know what bitcoin mining is, here is a Wikipedia link.

This infected copy is reported to come with a rogue process that does CPU mining and can take 25% or more of your CPU speed. As such, your computer will feel sluggish and you it will likely be hard to get out. The process is called winlogin.exe according to what I’ve seen.

I think this is rather ironic since the subject of the game is hacking and controlling computers and systems :-).

There is a lengthy discussion going on on the NeoGAF forum.

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This is not a big surprise as malware has been present on many torrent files. I do believe that this was a big issue with the torrent for GTA IV came out. The surprise is that people are shocked. Really? You download pirated content and you expect the people who spent time pirating it to not gain anything? I mean, sure, I’ve heard about pirating groups that do this for pleasure, or fun, but there will be others that do this just because they are nasty.

I don’t encourage piracy, but if you are going to download something like that, make sure you know how to troubleshoot your system and check it for anti-viruses, but also for rogue processes that might not necessarily be viruses.

Most importantly, don’t download shady torrents and files from unknown sources on your work computer, that you rely on to not crash, or to not lose your data. That’s my 2 cents on the subject.