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Mar 26, 2024

How 1990s libertarians laid the groundwork for cryptocurrency

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, encryption, surveillance, transhumanism

The development of Transhumanism / Extropianism in the final two decades of the 20th century also set in motion the creation of digital cash, including the breakthrough killer app: Bitcoin.

The Austrian economist Friedrich Hayek wanted to denationalize money. David Chaum, an innovator in the field of cryptography and electronic cash, wanted to shield it from surveillance. Their goals were not the same, but they each inspired the same man.

Max O’Connor grew up in the British city of Bristol in the 1960s and ’70s. Telling his life story to Wired in 1994, he explained how he had always dreamed of a future where humanity expanded its potential in science-fictional ways, a world where people would possess X-ray vision, carry disintegrator guns, or walk straight through walls.

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Mar 21, 2024

Lockheed Martin eyes growth in satellite business through partnerships

Posted by in categories: business, satellites, surveillance

WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin is looking to team up with more commercial space companies as it aims to stay ahead of the curve in areas like intelligence, surveillance, communications, and small satellites, a senior executive said March 19.

“We’re looking for strategic partners,” said Robert Lightfoot, president of Lockheed Martin Space. “We’re interested in talking with anyone who has an advantage in those areas from a space perspective.”

Lightfoot spoke with SpaceNews at the Satellite 2024 conference.

Mar 15, 2024

Clever Thieves Using WiFi Jammers to Shut Down Those Crappy Security Cameras You Bought on Amazon

Posted by in categories: habitats, internet, security, surveillance

The Los Angeles Police Department is warning residents that burglars are using WiFi jammers to easily disarm “connected” surveillance cameras and alarms that are available for cheap on marketplaces like Amazon.

As LA-based news station KTLA5 reports, tech-savvy burglars have been using WiFi jammers, which are small devices that can confuse and overload wireless devices with traffic, to enter homes without setting off alarms — a worrying demonstration of just how easily affordable home security devices from the likes of Ring and Eufy can be disarmed.

As Tom’s Hardware reported last month, instances of WiFi jammers being used by criminals go back several years. Jammers are not only easily available to purchase online, they’re also pretty cheap and can go for as little as $40.

Feb 26, 2024

Smart phones surveillance and the CCP

Posted by in categories: humor, mobile phones, surveillance

It’s awful! The most hideous creation ever conceived! No one can laugh, or joke. It watches, saps the very spirit. And the worst thing of all is I watch it…

Feb 20, 2024

ERS-2: A European Space Agency satellite will reenter Earth’s atmosphere this week

Posted by in categories: alien life, satellites, surveillance

A European Space Agency satellite is expected to reenter and largely burn up in Earth’s atmosphere on Wednesday morning.

The agency’s Space Debris Office, along with an international surveillance network, is monitoring and tracking the Earth-observing ERS-2 satellite, which is predicted to make its reentry at 3:53 p.m. ET Wednesday, with a 7.5-hour window of uncertainty. The ESA is also providing live updates on its website.

“As the spacecraft’s reentry is ‘natural’, without the possibility to perform manoeuvers, it is impossible to know exactly where and when it will reenter the atmosphere and begin to burn up,” according to a statement from the agency.

Jan 19, 2024

Tragic Incident: Mother of Four Shot to Death at McDonald’s Due to Food Order!

Posted by in categories: food, surveillance

CNS NewsA dispute over a McDonald’s food order in Atlanta, Georgia, escalated to a tragic conclusion when Tamanika Woods, a mother of four, was fatally shot. The incident, which took place two days after Christmas, involved 19-year-old T’Niya Evans, who has since been charged with murder and aggravated assault.

This altercation represents a stark example of how quickly conflicts can escalate to violence. According to reports, the argument began over missing food items from an order placed by Evans and her sister. Woods, who was defending a McDonald’s employee and friend, became inadvertently involved.

The dispute tragically ended when Evans allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Woods at point-blank range inside the restaurant. The event was captured on surveillance video, showing Evans confronting and shooting Woods. In a swift response, another patron apprehended Evans, preventing her escape until police arrived.

Jan 12, 2024

Japan joins neighborhood watch, launches spy satellite on Mitsubishi rocket

Posted by in categories: existential risks, satellites, surveillance

Recent regional space developments also include South Korea’s spy satellite launching aboard SpaceX amid North Korea’s surveillance satellites deployment.

Explore the latest in space tech – Japan’s spy satellite, South Korea’s success with SpaceX, and North Korea’s bold plans.

Dec 18, 2023

U.S. Space Command declares ‘full operational capability’

Posted by in categories: military, space, surveillance

WASHINGTON — U.S. Space Command, the Defense Department’s combatant command responsible for space operations, has achieved full operational capability, its commander Gen. James Dickinson announced Dec. 15.

In short, this means that U.S. Space Command is now fully up and running. It has the staff, infrastructure and plans it needs to handle its mission of conducting space operations and protecting American and allied assets and interests in space.

U.S. Space Command, established in 2019 in Colorado Springs, is tasked to monitor space activity and threats, support other military units with space capabilities like communications and surveillance, respond to crises involving space, deter aggression and defeat enemies if needed.

Dec 14, 2023

Social distancing was more effective at preventing local COVID-19 transmission than international border closures

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, policy, surveillance

Elucidating human contact networks could help predict and prevent the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and future pandemic threats. A new study from Scripps Research scientists and collaborators points to which public health protocols worked to mitigate the spread of COVID-19—and which ones didn’t.

In the study, published online in Cell on December 14, 2023, the Scripps Research-led team of scientists investigated the efficacy of different mandates—including stay-at-home measures, social distancing and —at preventing local and regional transmission during different phases of the COVID-19 pandemic.

They found that local transmission was driven by the amount of travel between locations, not by how geographically nearby they were. The study also revealed that the partial closure of the U.S.-Mexico border was ineffective at preventing cross-border transmission of the virus. These findings, in combination with ongoing genomic surveillance, could help guide public health policy to prevent future pandemics and mitigate the new “endemic” phase of COVID-19.

Dec 14, 2023

Your robotaxi ride in China is monitored — with video and audio recordings

Posted by in categories: government, robotics/AI, surveillance, transportation

When it comes to spurring the development of cutting-edge technologies, the Chinese government is rather pragmatic in its policymaking process. In the field of autonomous driving, the country has made some big strides in defining the parameters and limitations for service providers, removing regulatory ambiguity and granting industry players the freedom to test the nascent technology.

The trial guidelines, unveiled by the Ministry of Transport recently, target AV services like robotaxis, self-driving trucks and robobuses. The release arrived about 16 months after the department began seeking public opinions on the regulatory framework, and policymakers have reached a consensus that self-driving vehicles are subject to rigorous surveillance measures to ensure utmost safety.

Prior to the introduction of the nationwide guidelines, policymaking for AVs in China had been playing out in a more decentralized fashion, with local governments formulating their own rules for service providers on their turf. Major tech clusters like Beijing, Shenzhen and Guangzhou, for example, have been frontrunners in allowing companies to test AVs with minimum human interference.

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