Category: WTF

North Korea Blames The U.S. For Its Internet Outage, Makes Racist Remarks

the-interviewIn blaming Washington for its internet access woes, one of Pyongyang’s unidentified spokespersons also had the chagrin to make rascist remarks towards the POTUS: “Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest.”

Meanwhile, via the republic’s official news network, KCNA, North Korea the following statement:

The United States, with its large physical size and oblivious to the shame of playing hide and seek as children with runny noses would, has begun disrupting the Internet operations of the main media outlets of our republic.

In the stereptpyical language of avid gamers, “u mad bro?”. On the flipside, the movie that ignitied this debacle, The Interview, scored $1 million in earnings on Christmas Day alone.

What a tale.

ViaReuters, Associated Press

Xbox Live And PlayStation Network Are Both Down Due To Attacks

ps4-xbox-oneThe infamous hacking group, Lizard Squad, have claimed responsiblity on Twitter for bringing down both Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network on the 25th of December, Christmas Day. While the dilemma at hand is obivous, the reasoning for the attacks by the Lizard Squad isn’t clear at all — unless of course, it was all for trolling.

Meanwhile, both Sony and Microsoft have acknowldeged the issues and are continuing to investigate and attempt to remedy their networks.

This is a developing situation.

Via: VentureBeatPlayStation (Twitter), & Lizard Squad (Twitter)

HTC Unveils A New One M8, But This Time With Windows Phone On It

download (2)I don’t know if this is desperation on the Windows Phone camp or it’s pure genius: arguably the best all-around Android phone, the HTC One M8 will have a Windows Phone cousin: identical in everyway, including BlinkFeed, the Duo cameras, IR blaster, 32B of storage expandable to 128GB, Dot View case compatibility, and all the rest.

Available starting today as a Verizon Wireless exclusive, the One M8 with Windows Phone will retail for $99 on a new 2-year contract, or $600 if paid off. Also, this very special case of the One M8 features duall-band LTE (bands 4 and 13) along with quadband HSPA+ (850/900/1900/2100), quadband GSM/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900) and dual-band CDMA — it’ll work internationally, but not on all LTE networks.

What an idea.

Via: HTC

Self-Guided Bullets Are Real, Thanks To DARPA

exacto projectile_fullYes, you read that right (never mind the short hiatus on posts here). DARPA has been funding a project called the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance, or EXACTO, which in short, is a .50 cal bullet that can adjust its path according to numerous parameters, including its target. Embedded after the break is a video demonstrating its first test — in which it is fully working — but also comes to show us just how real our fantasty and video games are approaching the real-world.

Oh, and of course, DARPA is being rather vague about how this all works:

The system combines a maneuverable bullet and a real-time guidance system to track and deliver the projectile to the target, allowing the bullet to change path during flight to compensate for any unexpected factors that may drive it off course. Technology development in Phase II included the design, integration and demonstration of aero-actuation controls, power sources, optical guidance systems, and sensors.

With compensation for wind and dust, it just occurred to me that there’s almost no evading this bullet. Good game, buddy.


Meanwhile, The Entirety Of The Country Of Denmark Has Been Recreated In Minecraft

downloadHonestly, I am amazed and also blown out of my own mind. Somewhere, somehow, a crazy challenge was accepted, and because of the natures of the internet, certain individuals thought it would be a great idea to make a 1:1 realistic version of the entire country of Denmark inside of Minecraft. Dynamite is disabled on the map to prevent radical changes, so that takes care of that. But if you read into the detail, you’re figure out why it’s so accurate.

“This means that all of Denmark is now a virtual world in the ratio 1:1 inside Minecraft,” the mod’s description (translated with Google) reads, “thus you can freely move around in Denmark, find your own residential area, to build and tear down as you can in whichever any other Minecraft world.”

The creators? Simon Kokkendorf and Thorbjørn Nielsen of Geodatastyrelsen, the Danish Geodata Agency — indeed, the right people from a company such as that one to do something such as this.  Check out video of it in action, after the break.

Via: Danish Broadcasting Corporation

Creator Of Flappy Bird Is Removing The Game From The App Store


For some odd reason, despite making $50,000 a day in advertising, the creator of Flappy Bird is removing his often hated-yet-much-loved game from the App Store.

Specifically, he stated that  he “cannot take this anymore” and would remove the game 22 hours from now, or midday of Sunday.

Why? Not an idea. But, there are publications attempting to reach out to the creator, Dong Nguyen, in order to shed some light on this strange turn of events.

Via: Twitter

Google Sells Motorola To Lenovo, But Keeps The Project Ara Division And Patents

Moto X SoftwareThis isn’t some crazy technology joke like many are taking it at first. In fact, Google and Lenovo have confirmed it: the sale of Motorola to the latter. However, Google will keep the “vast majority” of Motorola’s patents, as well as the Advanced Technology and Projects division — currently responsible for Project Ara (a modular smartphone) — and will integrate it into its Android team.

And for those of you questioning the aspect of money changing hands, Lenovo purchased Motorola from Google for a steady $2.91 billion (a fraction of what Google paid $12.5 billion for in 2012), which is a mixture of $660 million in cash and $750 million in stock, while the remaining $1.5 billion will be paid out over three years.

As for patents, Lenovo will receive a license to the ones that Google will hold dear, but also will receive 2,000 Motorola patents of their own.

After the deal is closed, and regulatory approval is met, Lenovo plans to enter the U.S. market under the Motorola banner.

Via: Google, Motorola

NSA Agents Can Clone Consumer Hardware And Have It Bugged

hacking-codeThis is insurmountable in terms of violation of one’s privacy, but the NSA can do it all, and do it does.

According to famed German newspaper Der Spiegel, NSA agents have a catalog — basically, a list of tech items Seagate, Samsung, Cisco, Huawei, Dell and others — that if ordered by a “target”, can be intercepted during shipment, then replaced with a bugged version of the item.

For example, a new hard drive could be ordered by an individual, then installed per one’s own accord, and automatically activating access and monitoring for the NSA agent that started the operation. The same technique can be applied to popular websites, bringing up a rigged version of an authentic site before the server is beaten to the punch.

It’s incredible, but it is also horrifying. This is the work of NSA the elite hacker unit, called Tailored Access Operations (TAO). Bear in mind this sort of activity is not in place for every single American, but for specified targets alone.

Of course, who is to say that doesn’t change on a whim?

ViaDer Spiegel