Goodbye our friend NPAPI

We are starting to see changes in web browsers that will let us move forward, towards a future of the web that works for everyone on any device. Google has announced that it will stop supporting NPAPI in it’s Chrome browser and Mozilla has announced that it is changing how NPAPI works in the Firefox browser. This is a big change because mobile devices, tablets and locked down systems do not have plugins or can not have plugins installed.

With the advent of new web standards like HTML5, WebRTC, and others the operating system that runs your browser is less vulnerable to security holes, bugs or other attacks that can corrupt the operating system. The operating system should be silent and out of the way. What you want to do is use the tools and services provided, you should not be required to learn how to install a printer, find missing DLL’s, or patch the kernel.

Example of the command line

Example of the command line.

The natural progression of computers is to reduce the focus on the operating system in the same way we stopped using the command line. What is meant by this is that you can still use the command line if you really wish, but most people will never need to use it. The command line is not the focus of the operating system anymore and has been locked out or hidden. Over time the operating system will slowly fade in to be the background much like the command line, and we will only care about programs and services that are really part of the web and accessed through the browser regardless of what operating system you use.

Imagine a time when you do not need to be setup on the computer, you do not need to install your programs, you can toss your computer in a lake (DO NOT TOSS YOUR COMPUTER IN A LAKE) and all of your files, work, tools, and services are instantly on any system you sign on to. With the Web as the next layer of computing we can have this vision but it is only after we have abandoned our demand that all games, programs, and services are installed locally to one machine. We have many more reasons to do this and many companies are working hard at pushing hard for this vision of the future. 

References:
http://blog.chromium.org/2013/09/saying-goodbye-to-our-old-friend-npapi.html
https://blog.mozilla.org/security/2013/01/29/putting-users-in-control-of-plugins/

Revised with: Mitchel Holt

Google Eric Schmidt Cover

Governments should change tax laws

“If the British system changes the tax laws, then we will comply,” Schmidt said. “If the taxes go up, we will pay more, if they go down, we will pay less. That is a political decision for the democracy that is the United Kingdom.”

This sums up my thoughts beautifully, at no point has this company paid less than it should, it paid exactly what the government permitted it to pay in taxes. If you want more taxes from companies and you want the companies to stop using loopholes in the tax code then close all of the loopholes and stop permitting new loopholes to be made. It might be time to fully review the tax code and find all the issues and loopholes that allow companies and people to avoid paying what they should.

I am interested in how they avoided paying  taxes that the governments are claiming they should be paying, but the issue is that the tax law let them avoid paying a large sum of money that the government believes they should be paying.

What Google is trying to do is force a change in the law so that they must pay the proper amount and can not use loopholes. This will have the effect of stopping all companies from using the loopholes not just Google. This will increase the tax flow from all companies and allow the government to provide the services that society needs to operate.

Source: BBC News

The Imagination Engine

I am a big fan of shows like Star Trek, and Doctor Who. I have seen one very strong theme running through all of the shows and one that most people have a hard time grasping. We are constantly creating our future through our imagination.

What do I mean? Well the shows primary source of material is examining how will humanity develop. Do we want to be a war like race (Klingons), do we want to be greedy and only care about money (Ferengi), what about tech do we upgrade our bodies with no care of humanity (Cybermen). The list of villains in these shows normally depict the worst that we could be.

We use our imaginations to find out what things could be like and how we can fix the issues before we even reach the problems, we are a people that shape our world based on our thoughts.

Stop Blocking Google Music Canada

I have just finished watching the Google Keynotes and saw the new Google Music with the subscription service and I thought Hell Yes. So I again look for any details about when I can use this service, I refresh the page and I see the offer to try the new service for 30 days for free, I am so happy.

But that is not the end, I have to verify my request by submitting my credit card details and I am Canadian. I get a nice big message that basically says too bad for you so sad!

Canada Google Music Error

 

I do not know exactly who is stopping me from paying money to support artists that I like. I have heard that the CRTC is blocking Google from coming to Canada but who ever it is needs to stop now.

The search giant is expanding Google Play Music today to cover Australia, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Portugal.

They have expanded to Belgium but still not Canada, who do I need to talk to?

Next Gadgets

The gadget days have not ended, we do not carry around pocket organizers, e-book readers, camcorders, digital cameras, handheld gaming systems, and dumb cell phones.
All of this is now part of one device our Datapads, you could have a better camera but you do not need to have it always. So what is the new gadgets will the geeks start to collect? I mean the people that are always looking for the next gadget. The gadgets that they will collect will not be cool or useful or popular, but they will be innovative and forward thinking. This is the tech that we all will use in the next 10 years after is has been refined and merged into one device that we will all use.

This is my short list of tech that I can not wait to get my mitts on and test what they can do for me.
In no particular order.

  1. The Oculus Rift
    This is a ground breaking immersion virtual reality head mounted display. What this does is shows a separate view to each eye using a head mounted unit that is very light. The device will also track your the movement of your head changing the view point in the virtual world. This will be one of the most immersive experiences that you will have in gaming for some time.
  2. The Muse
    The Muse is a portable head mounted brainwave monitor. You will be able to see your brainwaves in real time on your Datapad or your computer. This will have options to control games, visualise your mental state, and help in reducing stress.
  3. Google Glass
    One of the most popularized devices of the year, if you have not heard of this device you must be living under a rock. Google Glass is a head mounted display that shows notifications, takes pictures and videos, connects to your Datapad and lets you search the web. The surface of Glass has not even been scratched for what it can do. One of the more exciting
  4. Watch Display
    The best example of this is the Apple iWatch, A wrist mounted display that will show incoming calls and messages. The idea has been around in the past but the technology was never up to the idea. We might be able to make it work now. I hope before it become relevant.
  5. Biometric Monitoring
    This is a very broad field but soon we will have temporary tattoos and implantable rice grain sized devices that will monitor your biometrics. This is very interesting feedback, you could show your doctor your pulse rate and blood pressure over a week period. You can tell when you are dehydrated, and so much more. The important part is that you are an organic machine and you need to keep your self in proper running order for peak efficiency.

The next set of gadgets are going to be very interesting, I will keep you posted.

Liberator The First 3D Printable Gun

The first fully 3D printed handgun (except for the firing pin) the Liberator is now downloadable. This is made available from Defence Distributed, and you can see the official page here.

You can also download this file through on of the following torrent links listed below.
Magnet Link: Get This Torrent – Liberator – First 3D Printable Gun
Magnet Link: Get This Torrent - DefDist Liberator Pistol

I will not be held responsible for any actions by any person using anything on this website, I do not host any files relating to this item. I am simply provided you a string of text that lets you access the files in question, you are responsible for your own actions. I do not believe that any information can or should be censored or withdrawn from the public because it is a problem for any governing body.

MS13-036 Security Update KB2823324

This patch has several issues and should NOT be installed on your system at this time.
If you have installed this patch it is recommended that you remove this patch before you reboot.

This patch has been causing the Event ID 55, or a 0xc000021a Stop error in Windows 7 upon rebooting. If you are using Kaspersky as your Anti-Virus this patch will cause Kaspersky to fail to load properly causing it to report a failure with your license. After you have removed the patch you will have to revalidate your Kaspersky install.

Please refer to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2839011 for more details.

If you wish to script the removal of this patch you can do so using the following command:

%SYSTEMROOT%\system32\wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:2823324 /quiet /log /norestart

You can also use DSIM to remove the patch with the following command:

32 Bit
dism /image:C:\ /remove-package /PackageName:Package_for_KB2823324~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.1.1.1
64 Bit
dism /image:C:\ /remove-package /PackageName:Package_for_KB2823324~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.1.1.1

Questions

I have an idea for a new service, a simple but clean service. This will be a Question system, you ask a question that has a multiple choice answer and everyone can respond. This work on the idea that with a large sample size (thousands) you are likely to get the correct answer for the question.

The idea here is that anyone or thing could ask questions and get a feed back from a huge sample size. Simple, fast, and you could get some interesting data.