Wednesday, June 28, 2017
A Machine Is Visualizing The Ghostly WiFi Waves That Surround Us
The "Kirlian Device" transforms your bad Internet connection into a vibrant light painting.
Living in a major city, Internet signals and WiFi waves surround us like ethereal spirits or phantoms. There have been multiple occasions when we've wondered if the seemingly omnipresent local networks could be visualized, or even animated as unique shapes and bodies. Luis Hernan, a PhD candidate with the Architecture and Interaction Design Group at Newcastle University, is exploring such a concept, as he's developed a machine that turns Internet signals into vibrant, LED-based forms. In the past, we've seen hypothetical interpretations of what WiFi might look like, but this is a tool that turns real data into visuals.
Kirlian Device, developed by Hernan's company Digital Ethereal, is a gadget that translates WiFi signal strength into colors with an LED panel, where red signifies high intensity and blue represents weak signals. By tracking the Kirlian Device with some long exposure photography, local networks become visible configurations—swirling light paintings that replicate your apartment's janky Internet connection. A device like this could possibly be used to determine if that basement sublet is really worth renting.
Hernan told Discovery that the process only takes a few minutes, and "Due to the brightness of the device, my figure is ghosted away in the process. In some pictures you can see my feet or even my blurred head underneath the light strikes.” The forms are relatively simple, though still ethereal.
The inventor added a philosophical treatise, of sorts, on the project site:
"I believe our interaction with this landscape of electromagnetic signals...can be characterized in the same terms as that with ghosts and spectra. They both are paradoxical entities, whose untypical substance allows them to be an invisible presence. In the same way, they undergo a process of gradual substantiation to become temporarily available to perception. Finally, they both haunt us."
The paranormal allusions are even reflected in the invention's name itself, as it's titled after Kirlian photography—the technology used to measure paranormal activity. The description also explains that this device offers "the potential for a spatially rich interaction with information systems, one that more closely resembles the interaction with real architecture."
On top of the machine itself, there is also a Kirlian Device mobile app that reads the WiFi manager status and looks for Received Signal Strength Index data to turn WiFi information culled from your current location into a color map. Now, if you need to convince a friend to meet you at your regular coffee shop, you have a tool to back up your claim that the spot really does have the best Internet connection in town.
Monday, June 26, 2017
The SEVEN major problems with Cryptocurrencies
- The market is completely unregulated. Exchanges can be nothing more than financial traps, or better yet, the work of intelligence agencies. CoinBase demonstrated a notorious event just a short while ago by usurping crypto-wallets. If the funds disappear they could be lost forever.
- Cryptocurrencies have “NO INTRINSIC” value.
Generating a crypto-unit is the function of very expensive computer servers and hydro. You need the latter to generate the enormous amount of electricity to mine a crypto unit. Once mined the the crypto unit is essentially valueless as the two major input costs have no transferable value. Crudely, I have determined that it costs approximately $500-600 in equipment and hydro to mine a crypto-unit. That is a “sunk cost”.
- There is no commodity backed cryptocurrency. The addition of gold, silver or platinum to secure the value of a crypto-unit is not a consideration at the present time. While it has no better standing than FIAT money, FIAT currencies continue to have the confidence of the general public. Confidence is the only factor which could provide legitimacy to cryptocurrencies.
- While it has been stated that many cryptos have finite mathematical generation protocols, this is not the case anymore. The creation of “forks” have lead to hybrid forms of the base cryptocurrency. These forks are infinite in possibilities and only require specific “code” modifications.
- An internet shutdown would make cryptocurrencies valueless. The only viable medium of exchange would collapse the cryptos’ functionality and completely destroy any remaining confidence in this new money medium.
- Acquiring cryptocurrencies with FIAT currency is relatively simple with basic computer skills, but try selling the crypto’s if the market begins to collapse - it would be simply impossible.
- Pretending that cryptos can evade taxation, government reporting and any financial accountability is a pipe-dream. Cryptos are a utopian currency which are only viable in a completely decentralized world. To conclude that “Blockchain” technology is an impenetrable wall is ridiculous. We are in the age of “quantum computing” and “CAT5”. Blockchain is already obsolete.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Did John Podesta Try To Oust Rep Scalise Over Sex Trafficking
June 25, 2017 By Liz Crokin
John Podesta and a group of Democrats called for Rep. Steve Scalise to resign shortly after he began his efforts to combat human trafficking as the Majority Whip of the House.
On Jan. 8, 2015, John Podesta received an e-mail from Democrat-run group House Majority PAC campaigning for Scalise to resign, according to an e-mail by Wikileaks. The subject of the e-mail was “add your name: tell Scalise to resign” and called for Scalise to step down as GOP Majority Whip. The e-mail stated that their reason behind the petition to remove Scalise was due to the fact that he had spoken at a rally sponsored by David Duke 13 years earlier.
“In 2002 GOP Majority Whip Steve Scalise spoke at a rally sponsored by former KKK leader, David Duke,” the e-mail stated. “It’s time for Scalise to step down as GOP Majority Whip.”
The signature-drive by Podesta and other Democrats calling for Scalise to resign began at the same time Scalise started working on legislation as the Majority Whip in the House to end human trafficking. Scalise and other Republicans had been working on several bills that took aim at human trafficking. On Jan. 27, 12 of those bills passed in the Republican-controlled House. Scalise gave a press conference at the Capitol about those bills on the same day they were passed.
Ironically, the House Majority PAC & Podesta petitioned for Scalise to resign via e-mail the same day in January of 2015 that the Senate introduced a bill to end sex trafficking titled the Combat Human Trafficking Act authored by Senators Rob Portman and Dianne Feinstein, according to Time.
On May 19, 2015, the House gave final congressional approval to legislation to expand law enforcement efforts and help victims of human trafficking. “One of the great American values we share is our strong belief in the inherent worth of each and every human life,” Scalise said at the time. “Human trafficking is a direct assault against that core value, and it affects millions of victims who need our help — including right here in America. Congress must continue to do everything in our power to combat this scourge and provide protections, and ultimately justice to the victims of human trafficking.”
As previously reported by The Hagmann Report, Scalise was working on new human trafficking legislation when James Hodgkinson allegedly shot him as he practiced baseball in Alexandria, Virginia on June 13.
Scalise had recently posted a video on his YouTube channel and on his Twitter feed discussing bills passed in the House to target child predators and to provide protection for human trafficking victims. “The sad truth is that human trafficking is a real problem plaguing each and every community in the United States,” Scalise said. “This week the House took strong action to stand up for the victims of human trafficking, passing tough bills to provide them protection and to target child predators.”
In 2011, Andrew Breitbart famously linked Podesta to underage sex trafficking in a tweet:
“How prog-guru John Podesta isn’t househould name as world class underage sex slave op cover upperer defending unspeakable dregs escapes me.”
Members of the House Intelligence Committee are set to interview Podesta this week into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Liz Crokin is an award winning investigative journalist, author of Malice and regular contributor to the Hagmann and Hagmann Report.