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The NSA and Your License Plate

Posted on May 2, 2015

A year after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) scuttled plans to build its own nationwide database of vehicle license plate data, the agency is seeking bids from private contractors to provide the agency access to the same information. DHS canceled last year’s plan in the wake of TSA domestic spying revelations and subsequent outrage […]

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Video: A 50-Cent Microscope to Save the World

Written by Gary North on February 13, 2015

Here is a microscope that anyone can afford. Public health workers can take one anywhere, and then check local drinking water for disease-transmitting organisms. Left alone, the free market comes up with cost-effective solutions. This is the basis of progress: the creativity of the mind, and then the capital to implement the ideas. These two […]

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3D Printed 5-Story House Shell — China

Posted on January 20, 2015

On March 29, 2014, ten 3D printed houses, each measuring 200 square meters, appeared in Shanghai, China. The buildings were created entirely out of concrete using a gigantic 3D printer, and each costs only 30,000 RMB ($4,800). Today, just ten months after the initial project, the company behind these 3D printed buildings, Shanghai WinSun Decoration […]

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Smart Homes, Stupid Owners: Hack Time

Written by Gary North on January 12, 2015

Sony got hacked. Target got hacked. Do you think your home can’t be hacked if you digitize it? That’s what a smart home is: digitized. Call this movement “NSA heaven.” Which of these benefits would you be willing to open your home to the hackers in order to obtain? All of them were shown at […]

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4k TV: A Truly Dumb Expenditure

Written by Gary North on January 7, 2015

Buying a 4k TV is like buying a sound system that offers a range of 20Hz to 20KHz. By the time you can afford it, you can’t hear above 12 KHz. Rule: never pay more for a sound system if you can’t hear the difference. Rule: never pay more for a TV high definition screen […]

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3D Printing: Goodbye, Trade Sanctions

Written by Gary North on January 7, 2015

So, the President of the United States decides to place the government of a foreign dictator — meaning a former ally “defending democracy in the region”– because “he is another Hitler.” Maybe the President cuts off all spare parts that the dictator’s government bought from the U.S. military-industrial-Congressional complex back when he was a U.S. […]

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