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Empty Times Square Building Generates $23 Million a Year From Digital Ads

December 27th, 2012 12:44 admin View Comments

Advertising

dryriver writes “Advertising things at the right place is proving to be a cash cow, as electronic ads earn about $23mn each year for an empty building at One Times Square – the iconic tourist destination in the New York City. A 25-story Manhattan office building that has long been empty keeps on bringing in millions to its owner as a billboard. Michael Phillips, CEO of Atlanta-based Jamestown Properties, bought One Times Square through a fund in 1997 for $117 million, as the Wall Street Journal reports. More than 100mn pedestrians pass through the square each year, which is 90% more than 16 years ago, says the Times Square Alliance, a non-profit business improvement organization. And this is what makes a price tag for having a company’s name placed on the building the highest in the world, even above such crowded tourist destinations as Piccadilly Circus in London. Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. pays $3.6mn a year for a Dunkin’ Donuts digital sign on the One Times Square building, with Anheuser-Busch InBev paying another $3.4mn a year for its advertisement. Sony and News America pay $4mn a year for a shared sign.”

Source: Empty Times Square Building Generates $23 Million a Year From Digital Ads

Electrical Grid Hum Used To Time Locate Any Digital Recording

December 14th, 2012 12:04 admin View Comments

United Kingdom

illtud writes “It appears that the Metropolitan Police in London have been recording the frequency of the mains supply for the past 7 years. With this, they claim to be able to pick up the hum from any digital recording and tell when the recording was made. From the article: ‘Comparing the unique pattern of the frequencies on an audio recording with a database that has been logging these changes for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year provides a digital watermark: a date and time stamp on the recording.’”

Source: Electrical Grid Hum Used To Time Locate Any Digital Recording

Report Warns That Censorship Will Not Stop Terrorism

December 5th, 2012 12:10 admin View Comments

Censorship

concealment writes “The report evaluates the challenge of curbing online radicalization from the perspective of supply and demand. It concludes that efforts to shut down websites that could serve as incubators for would-be terrorists — going after the supply — will ultimately be self-defeating, and that ‘filtering of Internet content is impractical in a free and open society.’ ‘Approaches aimed at restricting freedom of speech and removing content from the Internet are not only the least desirable strategies, they are also the least effective,’ writes Peter Neumann, founding director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College London and the author of the report.”

Source: Report Warns That Censorship Will Not Stop Terrorism

Julian Assange: “Online Totalitarianism Is Near, Entire Nations Are Intercepted”

December 2nd, 2012 12:21 admin View Comments

Privacy

dryriver writes “Russia Today’s correspondents have visited Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where Assange has been holed up for nearly 6 months now. In the 12 minute long interview with RT, Assange has many interesting things to say about privacy, and government data interception in particular. A small excerpt: ‘The people who control the interception of the Internet and, to some degree also, physically control the big data warehouses and the international fiber-optic lines. We all think of the Internet as some kind of Platonic Realm where we can throw out ideas and communications and web pages and books and they exist somewhere out there. Actually, they exist on web servers in New York or Nairobi or Beijing, and information comes to us through satellite connections or through fiber-optic cables. So whoever physically controls this controls the realm of our ideas and communications. And whoever is able to sit on those communications channels, can intercept entire nations, and that’s the new game in town, as far as state spying is concerned — intercepting entire nations, not individuals. … So what’s happened over the last 10 years is the ever-decreasing cost of intercepting each individual now to the degree where it is cheaper to intercept every individual rather that it is to pick particular people to spy upon.’”

Source: Julian Assange: “Online Totalitarianism Is Near, Entire Nations Are Intercepted”

Boring Conference Still Vows: We Will Not Rock You

December 2nd, 2012 12:29 admin View Comments

It's funny. Laugh.

An anonymous reader writes “The Boring 2012 Conference, the celebration of unexciting things served with dry British humor, now belongs to the wastepaper basket of history. Correspondents at the third annual London conference report that speakers covered a range of such dull topics as supermarket self-service checkouts; a photographic survey of results produced by breakfast toasters; a web site tracking the physical heights of celebrities; and the use of Google Maps to the chart the location of IBM cash registers around London.” Funny thing is, the talks described actually sound fascinating.

Source: Boring Conference Still Vows: We Will Not Rock You

NewsCorp/NDS Sets Up Operation To Expose Canadian Pirates; What Could Go Wrong?

October 30th, 2012 10:21 admin View Comments

Canada

Presto Vivace writes “Murdoch’s Pirates is a business book that reads like a thriller. The chapter excerpted in the Sydney Morning Herald explains how Operation Duck, an effort to discover the identify Canadian pay TV pirates, went horribly wrong. ‘By October 25 Oliver had been in Toronto four days and had programmed a swag of pirate cards, using a program he had ripped off another pirate hack. And he had been paid a lot of money. That evening, he met with two piracy dealers in a car and programmed a few cards for them with his portable programmer box, to demonstrate that it worked. The following night Oliver received a call from a friend in London, a partner in his old piracy ring, who was sleeping with a woman who worked for Federal Express. ‘He told me, these guys [from the previous night] sent a parcel to Larry Rissler,’ Oliver recalls. Rissler was a former FBI agent who headed the Office of Signal Integrity—the operational security division—of DirecTV, and he had been hunting Oliver for some time. One of the dealers Oliver had met was a Rissler informant and he had despatched a re-programmed smartcard by FedEx to his boss. The parcel would be with Rissler early the next morning—if it wasn’t already there.’ The story reads like some perverse blend of James Bond and the Pink Panther. It is just amazing.”

Source: NewsCorp/NDS Sets Up Operation To Expose Canadian Pirates; What Could Go Wrong?

All Five Star Trek Captains Share a Stage

October 23rd, 2012 10:22 admin View Comments

Movies

An anonymous reader writes “Just after half past seven on the evening of Friday 19th October, history was made at the Destination Star Trek London event at the capital’s ExCel centre; when Captains Archer (Scott Bakula), Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), Sisko (Avery Brooks), Picard (Patrick Stewart) and James T. Kirk (William Shatner) appeared together on a European stage. This momentous event, which had occurred just once before, at the Wizard World Comic Con in Philadelphia in June, not only lived up to the expectations of fans, but exceeded them by a good light-year.”

Source: All Five Star Trek Captains Share a Stage

Scientists Turn Air Into Petrol

October 19th, 2012 10:43 admin View Comments

United Kingdom

rippeltippel writes “The Independent reports on a scientific breakthrough which would allow us to synthesize petrol from thin air. Quoting from the article: ‘Air Fuel Synthesis in Stockton-on-Tees has produced five liters of petrol since August when it switched on a small refinery that manufactures gasoline from carbon dioxide and water vapor. The company hopes that within two years it will build a larger, commercial-scale plant capable of producing a ton of petrol a day. It also plans to produce green aviation fuel to make airline travel more carbon-neutral. … Tim Fox, head of energy and the environment at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London, said: “It sounds too good to be true, but it is true. They are doing it and I’ve been up there myself and seen it. The innovation is that they have made it happen as a process. It’s a small pilot plant capturing air and extracting CO2 from it based on well known principles. It uses well-known and well-established components but what is exciting is that they have put the whole thing together and shown that it can work.” Although the process is still in the early developmental stages and needs to take electricity from the national grid to work, the company believes it will eventually be possible to use power from renewable sources such as wind farms or tidal barrages. “We’ve taken carbon dioxide from air and hydrogen from water and turned these elements into petrol,” said Peter Harrison, the company’s chief executive, who revealed the breakthrough at a conference at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London.”

Source: Scientists Turn Air Into Petrol

Thousands of Muslims Protest ‘Age of Mockery’ At Google’s London Headquarters

October 15th, 2012 10:27 admin View Comments

Google

cold fjord writes “A large protest planned by as many as 800 imams was held today at Google’s London headquarters to protest the video, ‘The Innocence of Muslims,’ which is available on Google’s subsidiary Youtube. There may have been as many as 10,000 protesters in what is said to be the first of several planned protests. From the story: ‘Speeches by more than a dozen imams . . . urged Muslims to honour the name of the Prophet and not to back down in the face of Google’s continuing reluctance to act, and were met with passionate cries of “God is Great” and “Mohammad is the Prophet of God” in Arabic. . . One of the speakers. . . told The Daily Telegraph: “Terrorism is not just people who kill human bodies, but who kill human feelings as well. The makers of this film have terrorised 1.6 billion people.” A YouTube spokesperson said: “We work hard to create a community everyone can enjoy and which also enables people to express different opinions. “This can be a challenge because what’s OK in one country can be offensive elsewhere. This video — which is widely available on the Web — is clearly within our guidelines and so will stay on YouTube.”‘

Source: Thousands of Muslims Protest ‘Age of Mockery’ At Google’s London Headquarters

RSA Boss Angers Privacy Advocates

October 10th, 2012 10:31 admin View Comments

Security

judgecorp writes “RSA boss Art Covielo trod on the toes of privacy proponents’ toes at London’s RSA 2012 show, by accusing them of faulty reasoning and over-stating their fears of Big Brother. By trying to limit what legitimate companies can do with our data, privacy groups are tying the hands of people who might protect us, he says. ‘Where is it written that cyber criminals can steal our identities but any industry action to protect us invites cries of Big Brother.’ Ever-outspoken, he also complained that governments and cyber-crooks are collaborating to breach organisations with sophisticated techniques. In that world, it is just as well vendors are whiter than white, eh?”

Source: RSA Boss Angers Privacy Advocates