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Whaleoil now part of Google’s “dark net”

Seems the European Data law that forces Google to filter search results with certain, erm, search results, has hit us too.

Due to a request under data protection law in Europe, we are no longer able to show one or more pages from your site in our search results in response to some search queries for names or other personal identifiers. Only results on European versions of Google are affected. No action is required from you.
These pages have not been blocked entirely from our search results, and will continue to appear for queries other than those specified by individuals in the European data protection law requests we have honored. Unfortunately, due to individual privacy concerns, we are not able to disclose which queries have been affected.

Please note that in many cases, the affected queries do not relate to the name of any person mentioned prominently on the page. For example, in some cases, the name may appear only in a comment section.

The following URLs have been affected by this action:

http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2010/04/page/6/
http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2010/page/147/

So, you too, as commenters anyway, are possibly censored.   Read more »

Did the Metservice capture a UFO on radar? [POLL]

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It only appeared in one frame on yesterday’s rain radar.   Read more »

UFO spotted on official NASA mission recording

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Laugh if you must, but it’s recorded, and nobody can explain it.

A UFO photobombed astronauts making repairs to the International Space (ISS) earlier this month – setting off a wild frenzy of speculation online.

The spooky incident happened on October 7, when Flight Engineers Reid Wiseman of NASA and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency conducted a spacewalk outside the International Space Station to fix an electrical problem.

In video shot by NASA and uploaded to YouTube last week, the UFO can be seen hovering just for a few seconds behind the astronauts, before the camera cuts to another angle.

We can go with “the universe is so large, why would we be the only ones?”, but I prefer an oopsie where a black-ops secret military craft did an oopsie.  I think it much more likely, in the day and age where private companies go into space, that the US and perhaps other government have orbital craft.   Read more »

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Finally a minister who gets that driverless cars and not trains is our future

Simon Bridges appears to get it.

That our future lies in enabling technologies not restrictive technologies.

Trains are constrained by tracks and are not at all versatile, whereas driverless vehicles are enabling in many, many ways.

The prospect of cars travelling New Zealand highways with no one behind the wheel is moving closer says new Transport Minister Simon Bridges. Officials are reviewing legislation allowing for the testing of umanned autonomous vehicles on public roads.

Mr Bridges has pledged to work with environmental interests while also pursuing the Government’s road building programme.

Mr Bridges said he was committed to “a balanced approach” and ongoing investment roads were important even from a green perspective, “over time as we move to electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles”.

Mr Bridges said the Government was not doing a great deal to accommodate autonomous vehicle technology, “but I don’t think there’s any doubt that if you look at what’s going on internationally, maybe not in the next couple of years, but over time we will see driverless vehicles and that will have implications, like for example less congestion because vehicles can travel closer together”.

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This medical doctor has been to heaven, and he’s now back to tell you about it

He asks you not to scoff until you hear him out

When I was a small boy, I was adopted. I grew up remembering nothing of my birth family and unaware that I had a biological sister, named Betsy. Many years later, I went in search of my biological family, but for Betsy it was too late: she had died.

This is the story of how I was reunited with her — in Heaven.

Before I start, I should explain that I am a scientist, who has spent a lifetime studying the workings of the brain.

My adoptive father was a neurosurgeon and I followed his path, becoming an neurosurgeon myself and an academic who taught brain science at Harvard Medical School.

Although nominally a Christian, I was sceptical when patients described spiritual experiences to me.

My knowledge of the brain made me quite sure that out-of-body experiences, angelic encounters and the like were hallucinations, brought on when the brain suffered a trauma.

And then, in the most dramatic circumstances possible, I discovered proof that I was wrong. Six years ago, I woke up one morning with a searing headache. Within a few hours, I went into a coma: my neocortex, the part of the brain that handles all the thought processes making us human, had shut down completely.

Your quintessential brain surgeon having a brain experience…  or was it? Read more »

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More pimping of #dirtypolitics

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Shaun Hendy writes today on stuff.co.nz saying Dirty Politics damages science.

While it’s a bit of a whaa whaaa whaaaa piece, it did make me wonder who Shaun Hendy is, particularly seeing that he’s now an expert in dirty politics and seems happy to enter the fray.

So for our WOBH readers, here’s a bit on who Shaun Hendy is.

Sean is a researcher with the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and nanotechnology at The University of Auckland. He’s a smart cookie and has done well. Good for him.

He also blogs at Sciblogs where he attracts a monthly audience of more than 1000 readers, many of them policy makers in NZ’s innovation sector.  It’s here that he starts crossing over from being a theoretical physicist and expert in nanotechnology, to playing in the political environment.

In his post ‘Scientists need to hold policy-makers to account’ he pimps Nicky Hager’s stolen emails, and clearly is very supportive of a bunch of troughers who don’t like the Health Promotion Agency having industry representative Katherine Rich on its board.   Read more »

Uh oh, all those people sending dick pics via Snapchat will now be nervous [POLL]

Got a sneaky girlfriend or boyfriend?

Sent them dick shots on Snapchat…because you know it can’t be forwarded on and so is safe?

Think again.

Tens of thousands of intercepted Snapchat images, many explicit, have reportedly been leaked online.

A 13GB library of pictures is believed to have been posted on the notorious online forum 4chan.

Users of the website have downloaded the pictures and claim they are now creating a database to allow people to search through them by Snapchat username, according to reports.   Read more »

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Forget 3d printing, how about a desktop CNC mill?

The same guy who brought you 3d printed AR15 parts has now moved to the next step.

He has developed a desktop CNC mill for under $1000.

You just download the open source design files, load them up in the appropriate software, attach the plug and play CNC mill and insert your receiver blank and voila…a brand new precision engineered lower receiver without a serial number.

Cody Wilson, the fast-talking techno-libertarian famous for unapologetically championing the 3D-printed gun movement, just announced what’s perhaps his boldest move yet. His company, Defense Distributed, is taking pre-orders for a tiny mill that can machine metal guns automatically. It’s called Ghost Gunner, and it’ll ship in time for the holidays.

Ghost Gunner, named for the colloquial term for unserialized firearms, “ghost guns,” is a desktop-sized, computer-guided mill much like the kind you’d find in any high school shop classroom. The 13×11 inch box is designed to fit an 80 percent lower receiver, a firearm component that can be bought legally but needs some specialized milling to fire a bullet. This is where Ghost Gunner comes in.

CAD files can be loaded into Ghost Gunner, and after a little automatic machining and manual screw turning (screws come in the box), Defense Distributed claims that you’ll have your very own functional and untraceable gun. They plan on releasing open source design files for AR-15 and AR-10 assault rifles, as well as the M1911 pistol, before its release.

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He’s back, but he’s tainted

Vikram Kumar has announced he is back…after his Internet Party gig bombed at the election.

The nine month career hiatus is over. I’m back on the road again.

It’s been “interesting”, as in “May you live in interesting times” interesting.  Definitely recommend people take on a fixed-time commitment outside their usual life paths. If nothing else, it will likely confirm your original life path is in fact right for you.

 

In other words he made a BIIIIIG mistake hooking up with a fat German crook.

Certainly, there are lots of lessons and insights for the learning. Many of them are domain-specific but here are three lessons that I learned again, from a different perspective:

1. Timing is everything

A wise person once told me that if you have medicine but the patient feels no pain, you will be unwanted. When the patient is pain, you’ll be loved. Timing is everything.

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Len Brown brings spying to Auckland and Fairfax shills for HP

Auckland is about to get super snooping capabilities with a multi-million dollar deal with Hewlett Packard that include Automatic Number Plate Recognition, Facial Recognition and video analytics.

Michael Field has taken a break from writing lies about Fiji and has turned his expert journalistic skills to touting for Hewlett Packard in what can really only be described as a native advertisement for them.

He has regurgitated large amounts of their press release in order to write his “story”.

To cap off the news article that is really an advertisement for Hewlett Packard they have even used HP’s own marketing video from Youtube.

Surveillance technology that uses high definition cameras and software that puts names to faces and owners to cars is coming to Auckland.

Surveillance will also include scanning social media and news websites.

Auckland Transport, the regional transport provider, has yet to announce the multi-million dollar deal, but California’s Hewlett-Packard Development Company said today it has the contract.

No dollar sum is given.   Read more »