LED Day – 148

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Day of November 19th 2014

  • Growing trees for human purposes (fuel, heat, construction, paper, etc) is called silviculture.
  • Piezoelectricity is electricity produced by mechanical pressure. Certain materials, including wood, generate energy when stressed. (Properly squeezing a branch can produce electricity.)
  • Google’s BOLD Internship is offered in New York City, Ann Arbor & San Francisco.
  • Cointreau is an orange flavored liquor produced in France.
  • Tardigrades are known as nature’s soldiers. The species has persevered for some 530 million years; they are about half a millimeter in length when fully grown and are capable of withstanding extreme temperatures, high levels of radiation, immense pressure (water and air), dehydration for nearly a decade, environmental toxins, and even zero gravity.

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LED Day – 147

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Day of November 15th 2014

  • Lingual Frenectomy is a minor surgery which removes the tissue connecting an individual’s tongue to the bottom of their mouth. This surgery is general used to relieve speech impediments, and will often enable recipients of the surgery to extend their tongues quite far. Improper surgery can cause permanent nerve damage and intense pain which cannot be treated.
  • The M.P.H graduate degree is a Master of Public Health degree.
  • Ankyloglossia is the condition known as being tongue tied. This is when the tissue connecting an individual’s tongue to the bottom of their mouth is too short or constricting.
  • Gender reassignment surgery in the United States can be rather expensive. Female to male reassignment can cost upwards of $50,000 while male to female reassignment can cost anywhere between $7,000 and $24,000.
  • There is a Floyd Mayweather Sr. as well as a Floyd Mayweather Jr. Both men are world renowned fighters.

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LED Day – 144

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Day of November 1st 2014

  • T-Pain can actually sing quite well without auto-tune!
  • Corning is a 163 year old company; the group used to produce light-bulbs for Thomas Edison .
  • Synthetic sapphire is the second hardest material on the planet; only diamonds are harder.
  • Lenovo’s y50 Touch Gaming Laptop has a 4K display, but most games cannot run at that resolution without significant lag.
  • An anaphora is “the use of a word referring to or replacing a word used earlier in a sentence, to avoid repetition, such as do in I like it and so do they.” (This definition quoted from Google’s dictionary function.)
  • The population of Japan is about 127.3 million; there are about 1.4 births per woman (fertility rate).

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LED Day – 137

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Day of October 8th 2014

  • Khan Academy has an open email policy for internship and job applications.
  • A venture capitalist is an individual (or firm) who invests money into start-ups and small companies which (seemingly) have the capacity for growth, but lack access to public funding.  Successful venture capitalists are rewarded handsomely as the small companies they initially invested in, become giants.
  • Instagram is a much more diverse and dense platform than I originally thought. The hashtags system and total photo library is incredibly vast.
  • There are several programs which help you produce watermarks which you can batch process. Visual Watermark is one of those programs. This is also doable in Photoshop.
  • The Kik platform is much more popular than I knew. I had thought Kik to be one of those more obscure messenger apps with a very small userbase.

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  • I headed over to the internships page on Khan Academy, and they don’t have a specific format for applications. Interests are encouraged to simply email.
  • I’ve heard of venture capitalists, but I never really knew exactly what they were. I ran a Google search for the definition.
  • I was off Instagram for about a year, because my DSLR photos were difficult to upload. Now I’ve finally put in the effort to figure out, and I’ve found that Instagram has really grown!
  • I was recently advised to watermark my photos because photo theft is rather common. I went about searching for methods to batch/mass process watermarks.
  • Getting into the Instagram scene exposed me to a lot of activity on Kik. I typically only used Facebook Messenger.

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LED Day – 136

What is Project LED? Find out here

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Day of October 5th 2014

  • Miracast is technology that enables a remote device to stream a screencast of another device wirelessly. For example, a TV could wirelessly display the content of a laptop or desktop computer. Both devices must have Miracast hardware; an adapter is also available for TV’s.
  • UV rays from the sun convert cholesterol into Vitamin D.
  • Reddit was founded in June of 2005 by Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman.
  • Homeland is a political thriller TV serial hosted by Showtime. It has just started airing its 4th season.
  • Vibrating a hose with certain sound waves can produce some very interesting effects on camera. (IFLS link in source.)

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  • I was looking for a way to stream my laptop’s display to my Roku, and came across mentions of Miracast in forums.
  • Learned this while reading an article that had nothing to do with this!
  • This information is made available on the side when Reddit is Googled.
  • My dad was asking about Homeland, he seemed interested in watching it.
  • http://www.iflscience.com/physics/sound-water-and-camera-make-zigzag-awesome

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On Internet and Security Leaks

DSC_2197Over the last few days, I’ve seen countless reports, op-ed pieces — even gossip columns and tabloid articles — about the “heinous crime(s)” recently committed online. Now that this personal photo hacking scandal (involving Jennifer LawrenceKate Upton and several other popular female media stars) has blown over a little bit, I feel that it’s a bit more appropriate to have an objective analysis of the incident, and the relevant cultural backlash.

More information on the photo leak can be found here:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/01/showbiz/jennifer-lawrence-photos/

First, a few facts that seem to have been blurred in the crossfire of opinions.

  • iCloud itself was not compromised as a system. The cyber attack was targeted at specific individuals, and employed a combination of social hacking techniques and flaw exploitation. In this particular case, social hacking means that the hackers tried guessing passwords, and answers to security questions; hackers also exploited the fact that Apple’s iCloud password recovery system does not lock out users from making password recovery attempts or logging in, after multiple failures.
  • The DMCA allows for legal claims (at the Federal level) to be made concerning personal or copyrighted material published on the internet. These claims are then evaluated and sent to the hosting party/web admin. At this point, a site(s) hosting the material is legally required to see to its immediate removal. The DMCA does not require private hosts like 4chanReddit and Google (all of which have a large public user base) to constantly monitor and filter their content.
  • Both the theft and the online release of the photos in question are considered criminal activity.
  • The official investigation is high profile and being handled by the FBI.

Everything I’ve read so far concerning the iCloud breach has made out the hackers to be wicked, bordering on evil. Posts and articles written by feminists take a very strong (and typical) position about how the leak perpetuates rape culture and demeans the privacy and security of women. Conversely, the anonymous (and largely male) free-for-all communities on Reddit & 4chan were rather grossly excited and welcomed the photos — even setting up dedicated forum threads for easy access. Some writers have criticized the victims of the cyber attack for either having stored the revealing photos on iCloud or having taken the photos in the first place, while others have even written about the concept of hacker’s glory, which may play a major role in motivating hackers to continue hacking and publishing/trading their illicitly obtained data. Regardless of point of view or persuasion, the salient take-away from this incident should be that data organized online is only as safe as its irrelevance. Or more simply put: if the data hidden behind passwords is not important to a potential thief, then it is safe. Any data stored with information giants is at risk of theft; including the likes of (but not limited to) AppleGoogle and Microsoft – all of which offer e-mail, cloud storage and instant messaging services.

This issue of flawed internet security has been highlighted countless times over the last decade. Hackers have hacked everything from the credit card information of private citizens to the front pages of major government institutions. And then of course there’s the issue of who the hackers actually are; as Edward Snowden gracefully revealed to American public, introverted teenagers with lots of free time aren’t the only ones hunting and hacking for data. Intelligence agencies all over the world (especially our own) prowl the internet and take as they see fit.

Check out this awesome interactive infographic detailing data theft from the last decade.

http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/worlds-biggest-data-breaches-hacks/

This sort of behavior by any party, be it adolescent or secret agent, is considered theft, but not in the traditional sense. I found many op-ed articles likening digital data theft to the theft of one’s home, car or person; an analogy I strongly oppose. The internet is an enormous and dynamic system of networks. Not a neighborhood, parking lot or city block. Stealing from the internet is nowhere near as personal as stealing in real life. It is this impersonal attitude in particular which makes online theft so common and light on the conscience; hackers can effectively rob hundreds and thousands of people with just a few keystrokes. This experience of pulling files off of a remote server is nothing like traditional theft for the hacker or the victim. It’s also worth mentioning that victims of cyber theft are usually not “robbed” of their data. In most cases, the stolen material is simply copied and used without authorization.

It’s probably fair to say (for now) that the vast majority of internet users won’t be affected by online security breaches in any life changing way, but Big Data is coming. Data giants already have comprehensive sets of information detailing the lives of the average user. A combination of the data stored in my Facebook and Google accounts can be used to easily create a very (and almost scarily accurate) comprehensive map of my life. Just the other day, Google Now informed me that I walked 19% more than I did the month prior. As we move forward, even more of our data will be organized in cyberspace. Smart-watches and newer smartphones are beginning to keep track of blood pressure, pulse and even caloric intake; smart-glasses will eventually make it through legal and civil hurdles and revolutionize the way we see the world. It’s definitely high time to take our data security more seriously.

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LED Day – 99

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Day of July 8th 2014

  • Spritesapp.com is an awesome site which helps you build modern & aesthetically pleasing infographs.
  • Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus, is the motto of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry. The Latin motto translates in English to: “Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon”
  • The following ingredients are part of a Caesar Salad:  romaine lettuce, croutons, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, raw/coddled eggs, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and black pepper.
  • Manila is world’s most densely populated city. Kolkata & Mumbai (both in India) constantly contend for second place.
  • Querying “World’s most densely populated city” in Google’s search, does return a clear answer..

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