‘Supporters of online freedoms worry extreme acts may thwart the momentum gained last year with the crushing defeat of anti-piracy legislation. Those concerns underscore a central fear in activist circles: how to advocate a cause without destroying its credibility.
‘The latest example came this past weekend, when the online activist group Anonymous took hold of the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s website, replaced it with a YouTube video and threatened to release “warheads” containing sensitive information about the Justice Department. The group linked its actions to the department’s treatment of Aaron Swartz, a young tech pioneer who faced up to 35 years of prison time after hacking into a subscriber-only database of scholarly articles. He committed suicide earlier this month…’
Smartphones are Killing the Camera
Connected cameras can’t stand up to smartphone onslaught
‘The growing popularity of photography is largely down to phones and online services, but the likes of Canon and Nikon just aren’t joining the dots. Today marked the start of CP+ 2013 in Yokohama, the biggest trade show of the year for one of the few industries where Japanese companies have maintained their monopoly on hardware. And after walking the floor, it’s clear that unless their makers’ attitudes change — and fast — cameras will become a marginalized product; the preserve of the professional and hardcore enthusiast…’
How to Spot Infected Download Sites
‘Everything’s going well until you try to use your computer after the download. You get weird pop-ups; programs that normally open up instantly are acting sluggish, and then your whole computer crashes. Chances are you picked up some malware — a computer virus, spyware, or other damaging software — along with Tyrion Lannister’s latest scheme.
‘How can you tell if you’re opening up a legit download site or if the file you grabbed is packed with viruses? The short answer is that you can rarely be 100 percent certain a download itself is OK…’