Looks like the genius minds behind the Pirate Bay did what they said they were going to do IPREDator new virtual private networking service (VPN) will be launching soon. Wise downloaders could always set up this type of service in the past but this will make it even easier for the non-technical users. This is going to but a major damper in any attempts by the RIAA and MPAA to stop illegal downloading. Downside can obviously be used for criminal activity.
Ok I do not belong to the paranoia camp that thinks we should only use services hosted on Canadian soil blah, blah, blah but with Facebook’s new terms of service I think an academic institution advocating the use of this service is asking for trouble.
TOS says the following:
You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof subject only to your privacy settings or (ii) enable a user to Post, including by offering a Share Link on your website and (b) to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof.
The “internet of things” is really taking of right now. Being led by RFID and web syndication technologies like RSS. Read Write Web has a good post on five companies working on the this up and coming field.
A lot of interesting potential uses for Edutech the obvious being Student access and attendance verification? Any other ideas? Seems like a lot of potential and with services like Pachube, Tikitagtouchatag and seemingly easy to develope. Anyone want to work on something?
The Geotech example from Pachube on that page where you could place an RFID device on a water well which will update a website on the level status hit home because I know a lot of people who do just that no need for the enviro-tech to drive out to Langley in that scenario … replaced by a 10 cent RFID, kind of sad I guess but that is progress.
Remember that crazy scene in Minority Report when Tom Cruise is running through the mall and the Advertisements are targeting him… it is pretty close to being a reality which is cool and VERY SCARY because our privacy will be invaded even further.
Still a few years away but very close with the rise of RFID and blanket WiFi but this is definitely starting to remind me of something out a William Gibson novel.
Students at the MIT Media Lab have developed a wearable computing system that turns any surface into an interactive display screen. The wearer can summon virtual gadgets and internet data at will, then dispel them like smoke when they’re done.
With some bonus creepy features that should make everyones privacy alarms go off:
When he encounters someone at a party, the system projects a cloud of words on the person’s body to provide more information about him — his blog URL, the name of his company, his likes and interests. “This is a more controversial [feature],” Maes said over the audience’s laughter.