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Your Eye Saves Passwords Myris Scan

In Gadgets, internet on January 21, 2014 at 11:43

I find it difficult to remember passwords for websites.

Even a simple password I forget.

Eye Scan

Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Australia)

The pass words my son , son-in-law make me swoon, so complicated.

So I save them in a folder.

Simple, you would think.

I create folders in such a fashion with such exotic names I find it difficult to locate them fast.

For people like me, A Gadget is on the way.

Myris Scanner would do it for me.

Story:

There are a number of password vaults on the market that aim to keep your passwords secure, locked behind one single master password that can let you into all your accounts and profiles. While this is a good way to keep your information safe, you could, potentially, still be caught out by a keylogger.

 

But what if your accounts could only be unlocked by using a physical part of your body? The iris of your eye is unique to you, and it’s by scanning your eye that the company EyeLock aims to keep your passwords secure. Its mouse-sized device, Myris, can perform a quick eye-scan to verify your identity before letting you in.

Connecting to your computer via USB, it scans your eye at a rate of 20 frames per second, looking at over 240 points on the iris to generate a 2048-bit signature unique to each user. To get into your accounts, which are linked via an application, you need to physically scan your eye — photos and videos will not work. And, although there’s a chance you can get a false match, it’s very slim — just one in 2.25 trillion. According to EyeLock, only DNA is more accurate.

This means that you could set highly complicated passwords for your internet banking, VPNs, email, shopping websites and social networks and not have to worry about remembering them.

“Usernames and passwords will soon be a thing of the past, and EyeLock’s introduction of Myris brings us one step closer,” said EyeLock chief marketing officer Anthony Antolino. “People are required to remember dozens of passwords in an effort to secure their data, while organisations and individuals are in a constant struggle to keep their digital, social and financial transactions safe from compromise, breach and theft. Until service providers take the step to eliminate usernames and passwords, Myris enables users to set passwords as complex as they’d like and forget them once linked to the device.”

Myris will be made available globally later this year, although a definite release date and pricing are yet to be announced.

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TV Collects Your Personal Data

In Gadgets on November 21, 2013 at 13:20

One is used to websites tracking your History.

Then came the Mobiles.

There have been various regulations in force , on paper.

I have posted quite a few Posts on how to protect one’s personal Data.

Now the Spying enters your Home too.

There have been reports of LG TVs collecting personal data and forwarding to the Company.AP and Huffington Post report.

Smart TV

Smart TVs Collect personal Data

SEOUL, South Korea (AP)LG Electronics Inc. said it is investigating a claim that some of its smart TVs send information on home viewing habits back to the company without consent.

The investigation comes after a British blogger, using network traffic analysis software, detailed how his LG smart TV logged the channels he was watching even after an information collection feature was disabled.

The blog said the TV also collected the names of files saved in an external USB hard drive plugged into the TV as well as the TV’s unique identification information.

The information also appeared to be sent to LG unencrypted.

The world’s second-largest TV maker said Thursday that customer privacy is its top priority and takes the issue very seriously.

An ad platform in LG smart TVs called LG Smart AD lets advertisers reach target audiences by utilizing device information, regional information and demographic details such as age and gender, LG says on its website.

However it was not immediately clear which features in LG’s smart TVs were triggering the data monitoring.”

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Bell‘s privacy policy has been updated to indicate that it plans to start tracking customers and collect data on web and mobile usage, TV watching and phone calling habits.

Bell will start collecting customer data on Nov. 16, which it says will be used for improving network performance, creating marketing reports and selling targeted ads on mobile devices.

Websites visited, search terms used, TV shows watched, calling patterns and mobile usage will be collected and collated with what products and services customers pay for, where they live, their gender and age range.

Bell says the data it collects will not be linked with a customer’s identity. While customers can opt out of having their data used for personalized advertising and marketing reports, it appears they will be tracked regardless.

Bell did not immediately respond to an interview request.

Michael Geist, a law professor at the University of Ottawa and the Canada Research Chair in Internet and e-commerce law, said he’s shocked by the extent of the “data grab” that Bell is preparing to undertake.

“What Bell is able to aggregate, being as large as it is, is far more than any individual Internet company, even a company as large as Google,” Geist said.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20131121/as–skorea-smart-tvs-privacy/?utm_hp_ref=homepage&ir=homepage

http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/bell-to-start-tracking-customers-web-history-tv-viewing-unless-they-opt-out-1.1508083#ixzz2lGQQkyPL

Web Site For Death In Your House Forewarns Haunting

In Gadgets, Interesting and funny on October 21, 2013 at 09:18

There are Applications Galore.

Web site finds Death Details.

For $11.99, a search on his website — which was a year in the making — will dig through multiple sources to see if anyone spent their last days at your address. Coast to Coast AM says the site scours millions of records. (In Texas, for example, you might want to avoid the Fort Worth home where a drunk woman hit a homeless man with her car and left him to die in her garage.)
Realtors initially weren’t fans of Condrey’s business, since it’s harder to sell so-called “stigmatized properties.”
Condrey says a death on-site can reduce a property’s value by 15% to 25%. But lately, he says, some realtors have been coming around, even using his site to run their own searches.

I have my son showing an Apps. that tells you whether there are extra Magnetic Filed/Spirits(!0 in  a Place!

Common are Direction Finders, Heath Monitors and a host of trivia, to me at least.

Now A web site claims to tell you whether some has died in the house you Live!

“To rest your mind from anxiety, the site also claims it would tell you whether the Death is natural or not by natural causes.

Diedinhouse.com saves you time and money, by instantly providing you with the valuable information you need to be better informed.

Ask your seller or landlord for a Diedinhouse.com report or discreetly purchase a report yourself before you sign.”

Read:

There’s now a site that can help you in your quest to discover what spiritual lurkers might waft around your house.

It’s called DiedInHouse.com. And it exists in order to tell you if someone once ceased existing within your walls.

DiedInHouse claims to search all 50 states for evidence of expiration. It promises something called a “certified report.”

I couldn’t resist. Things have been strange of late. This site might truly provide an answer. So I proceeded.

A single search costs $11.99, such a small price to pay for peace of mind and spirit.

Just as I was about to put my credit card number on the DiedInHouse collection plate, I came upon the disclaimer.

It began: “The materials appearing on any Simply Put Solutions, Inc. the creators of Died in House found at http://www.diedinhouse.com (DIH) web site and/or owned application could include technical, typographical, or photographic errors.”

Simply put, I became concerned. But I read on: “DIH makes no representation, implied or expressed, that all information placed on any DIH web site or application is accurate. DIH does not warrant that any of the materials on its web sites or applications are accurate, complete, or current.”

I began to get that same creepy feeling again. Then I came to this sentence: “Died in House does not guarantee to have all deaths that have occurred in or at a specific address; it is an informational use only type of service.”

Source:

http://www.diedinhouse.com/

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-57608349-71/the-site-that-claims-to-know-if-someone-died-in-your-house/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=title

Language Codes Pilots Use Flying Aircraft.

In Gadgets on October 17, 2013 at 17:41

I am intrigued by the language(?) the Pilots use.

I found an interesting article in the Atlantic.com.

I checked the internet to find out more.

This is the result.

Enjoy.

Codes for Alphabets.

LETTER
A
Alpha
B
Bravo
C
Charlie
D
Delta
E
Echo
F
Foxtrot
G
Golf
H
Hotel
I
India
J
Juliett
K
Kilo
L
Lima
M
Mike
N
November
O
Oscar
P
Papa
Q
Quebec
R
Romeo
S
Sierra
T
Tango
U
Uniform
V
Victor
W
Whiskey
X
X-ray
Y
Yankee
Z
Zulu

What is the meaning of ‘Roger and Out’.

Roger / Wilco / Over / Out / Read / Copy

In the early days when most two-way radio communication used “Morse” code (radiotelegraph), operators used very short ‘procedural’ signals to save time. One such signal was the letter “R”, which was sent to indicate that a message had been received in full. As operators changed over to voice operation (radiotelephone), they kept the same letter, but pronounced it with a phonetic alphabet in which “R” was spoken as “roger“, still indicating that a message had been received. 

Sometimes the radio operator is also the person addressed (for instance, perhaps an aircraft pilot). That person might add the response “Wilco“, which is short for “will comply”. 

Flight Plan.

Aircraft Flight Plan..

The term “over” is used with radio (or even telephone) connections when only one person can speak (successfully) at a time. It means “I have finished speaking for the moment, but am expecting your reply – go ahead”. “Out” means “I have finished speaking, and the conversation is finished; don’t reply”. They are not properly used together. 

Read, as in ‘Do you read me”, refers to hearing a signal clearly enough to be understood. Copy probably originally referred to writing or typing a received message, but now has is essentially the same as ‘Read’. (http://www.dyerlabs.com/communications/procedural_codes.html)

Some conversations by Pilots and their meanings.

For example, when a pilot enters a controller’s airspace, the format is: Greeting. ID. Altitude. Or, as Jim tells me they teach it in pilot school, “Who they are; whoyou are; where you are; [and when necessary] what you want.” Thus:

Pilot: Denver Center. Cirrus 435 Sierra Romeo. Four-thousand five-hundred feet.

And the air traffic controller’s (ATC) response is: Acknowledgment. Altimeter reading (necessary gauge for determining altitude)

ATC: November 435 Sierra Romeo. Denver altimeter  30.14

And so on. Short. To the point. Unambiguous. No small talk to clog up the frequency.

 

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[But what’s this “November” business? Pilots identify themselves with their type of aircraft (for us, Cirrus) before the “tail number," (for us, 435SR) which is their version of a license plate. In reply the controllers usually start with “November,” which is the phonetic code for N, which is the letter that indicates a U.S.-registered airplane. There are more wrinkles here, but enough for now.]

You might hear a little looser back and forth when, for example, the ATC is inquiring from pilots within his space about favorable altitudes to assign:

ATC: “How’s your ride up there?

Pilots: “Light chop at three-five-zero“ or “Moderate turbulence at 5000 feet.”

Sometimes you hear a request for elaboration. An ATC might request the pilot to “Say type of aircraft,” since there are different types of Cirruses or Cessnas..

Or there might be a request for clarification. One day, I was surprised to realize that a little linguistic tic that I thought my husband had acquired was actually aviation talk for “repeat”.  In place of the more colloquial (at least to me) “What was that?” Or, “I didn’t quite hear you,” or even “Sorry?”  he now says “Say again” in all his normal conversation.  He never said that before he became a pilot.

The variation in style is pretty small:  a grizzled pilot might slur rather than enunciate. A cool one might swagger through litanies like Maverick or Iceman in Top Gun. An old-rules air traffic controller might stick to the absolutely disambiguating pronunciation for, say, distinguishing 9 and 5 with Niner and Fife

Sports fanatics: Near Boston, you have CELTS and BOSOX.  Only in Texas you find:  GOALL, PPUNT, DRPPD, FTBAL,TEXNN, COACH, QTRBK, TAKKL, RECVR, FMBLE and TCHDN. By Soldier Field; KUBBS and BEARS. In DC GIBBZ, SKINS, and MONKK. In Portland, the pair of TRAYL and BLAZR, balanced by the highbrow OMMSI,(Portland’s Oregon Museum of Science & Industry) and POWLZ (the incredible Powell’s Bookstore).

Foodies: Near Kansas City, you get the regional SPICY, BARBQ, TERKY, SMOKE and RIBBS. And in Vermont and New Hampshire,  HAMMM BURGR FRYYS

Guys or maybe Girls (I’m guessing the names are for girlfriends): SUSAN, SUSIE, SUSIQ, SUZAN, SUZEE, SUZEY, SUZIE, SUZIQ, SUZYQ, SUZYY, LIZIE, LIZZE, LIZZY, LIZZZ, ANNEE, ANNEY, ANNNE, ANNII, ANNYE.

Political junkies: By Andrews Air Force Base, you find DUBYA, BUUSH, FORRD, RREGN. No Democrats so far.

Goofballs: Near Pease, NH, there is a famous series of waypoints that read: ITAWT ITAWA PUDYE TTATT IDEED. Read that back, pilot!”

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/10/itawt-itawa-pudye-ttatt-the-secret-language-of-the-skies/280598/

 

Roaming At Local Mobile Cost Use Sticker

In Gadgets on October 6, 2013 at 07:42

The cost of Roaming in Cell Phones is high.

Now one can chat on International Calls in Local Call rates, by using a sticker.

This costs $35.

“It’s not hard to spend more on international roaming charges abroad than you did on the ticket there, but cloak your cell’s SIM card with a KnowRoaming sticker ($35) and you could be chatting andSnapchatting your heart out while only shelling out for local service. How? It recognizes when you’ve left your coverage area, and rather than switch to roaming, it seamlessly routes you through a local provider. They, in turn, get compensated for your talk and data usage via a prepaid account (which you manage via a dedicated app). And you won’t be need to use alias digits, either, since calls to your regular number are automatically forwarded.

 

 

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