“We’ve all had our deals with duplicate torrents. Well, not anymore-” Conficius
The Pirate Bay is one of the most popular destinations for torrent users online, holding a place amongst the 100 most-visited websites worldwide.The torrent repository achieved an infamous reputation by hosting torrent files which allow users to download copyrighted material for free without permission from the rightsholders.
There is little vetting when it comes to torrent files on the platform.
As a result, in the past, cybercriminals have been able to leverage torrents to spread malware, as well as fraudulent files. Cybersecurity company Siege CEO Jason Syversen told media that there are “very real technical concerns” when it comes to downloading content via torrents.
Syversen said: “There are some very real technical concerns. You’re dealing with these shady third-party sites, so it’s a great opportunity for people to insert malware into the BitTorrent client as well as transferring files with malicious content.”
Thankfully, an enterprising Reddit user has created a script to highlight – and hide – fake or fraudulent torrents on The Pirate Bay.
The Redditor with the username ‘nicobelic’ writes: “One of the things I’ve noticed after having to use Pirate Bay for a while, is the significant amount of fake torrents.”
“For example, if you browse the HD Movies section and sort by seeds, (depending on when their bot ran) you’ll see a ton of untrusted torrents with an unrealistic amount of seeds,” he says.
“The script has a couple options to get rid of these. The default behavior is to hide untrusted torrents (torrents without the little pink or green skulls) if they have more than 1000 seeds.” The Google Chrome browser add-on also allows users to “hide porn, french torrents, as well as cams and telesyncs”.
For those who don’t know, torrent files are not in and of themselves intrinsically illegal. But those used to download copyrighted content for free without the permission of the rights holders undeniably are.
Torrents do not contain the file you wish to download, but instead, enables your computer to download the requested data in small chunks from a network of online participants.
Popular torrent websites like Kickass Torrents, ExtraTorrent, and Torrentz.eu have all shut down within the last year. The Pirate Bay – the most well-known example of a torrent repository – is currently banned in the UK by most Internet Service Providers or ISPs.
Those who download copyrighted content using a torrent site might find themselves the recipient of a warning letter from their broadband provider.
Anyways, take a look at the Reddit post by “nicobelic”
Netflix plans to add a new “Ultra” tier to its premium subscription service
Netflix is in works testing out a new premium subscription plan for its viewers.
The plan, dubbed “Ultra” is an elevation over the entertainment giant’s premium plan; priced a little more than the latter- which is currently the topmost plan a user can subscribe to. According to TuttoAndroid, an Italian blog, the new pricing plan could be devised at €16.99.
The new pricing, though, would be justified by enabling Ultra HD streaming support for at the most 4 devices at a time. Currently, the premium plan houses support for HDR video, but if this plan gets an actual release, the new ultra plan would embezzle the facilities from the premium plan. However, the new plan won’t steal away the privilege of streaming content from Netflix on 4 devices simultaneously- as the current premier tier offers.
The report from TuttoAndroid also claimed that the company could even reduce the number of simultaneous streaming allowances from the premier tier from four to two. Ultimately, Netflix is having a dry run on its pricing plans to learn how customers respond to the changes, the report includes. Not just that, Netflix is tinkering with the pricing for the Ultra plan as well. In Germany, there were two price points- €16.99 and €19.99 respectively.
In lieu of this discussion, a company spokesperson said, “In this case, we are testing slightly different price points and features to better understand how consumers value Netflix.” Additionally, the new pricing point won’t be tested extensively, in fact, the plan may never release to the public at all. The representative claimed, “Not everyone will see this test and we may not ever offer the specific price points or features included in this test.” Owing to that, there is a high chance that we might see some changes in the final structure.
Netflix has almost always been experimenting with its service. Recently, it made plans to set deep grounds in India by providing more original content than ever, after just two years of its release in the country. Let’s see what happens!
A popular Chinese website gets banned for mocking a communist hero
Now you can get banned for burlesquing national heroes in China. And the comics site Baozou has already been a victim of that decree.
According to the ‘Heroes and Martyrs protection act‘ passed by the National People’s Congress and ratified on May 1st, one should not deride martyrs and communist heroes of the Chinese state.
The comics site Baozou, which has been banned for poking fun at ‘what not should be made fun of’, was a popular website specifically in China because of its alluring comics. For the record, Baozou had around 10 million followers on the Chinese social media site Weibo and around 2,50,000 subscribers on Youtube. According to The Verge, one of its rage comics– Comic 7723 was matured into a Netflix film named NextGen, voiced by Jason Sudeikis, Michael Peña, Constance Wu, David Cross, and Charlyne Yi.
However, the days of immense fame were kind of limited for the Chinese comic giant, all because of a video posted in 2014– which was then shared on news accumulator Jinri Toutiao. It all happened when Baozou depicted someone wearing a ‘rage face’ mask insulting Dong Curui, who courageously blew himself up to destroy a Nationalist Party Bunker during the Chinese Civil War.
Well, in a statement issued by the Cyberspace Administration of China, it “summoned the executives of several internet platform companies this afternoon and asked them to strictly apply the cyberspace regulation.”
Besides, in the wake of this, Weibo not only deleted Baozou’s account but also blacked out Jinri Toutiao, China’s popular news accumulator, and the video platform Youku. Although, this isn’t the first time China has performed acts of similar procedures. It is probably the only country that discourages the use of foreign services, which includes the widely accepted messaging platform- WhatsApp. And in turn, China encourages its residents to utilize services and apps made by Chinese developers only, for example, Uber, rapidly being replaced by Didi Chuxing.
China has also participated in censoring Winnie the Pooh for resembling President Xi Jinping, and the most popular one– censoring Peppa Pig for being an incendiary ‘gangster’ icon.
So, if you are a Chinese resident, better not go on a communist hero mocking spree on the interweb!
Artificial Intelligence – The Future is here
Ten years ago, if you mentioned the term “Artificial Intelligence” in a room there’s a good chance you would have been laughed at. Do you remember the robots you saw in Star Trek, Terminator? Have you ever thought they could walk between us? All of these can come true by Artificial Intelligence.
What is Artificial Intelligence?
The concept of what defines AI has changed over time, but at the core, there has always been the idea of building machines which are capable of thinking like humans. Learn AI is a well-advanced concept of Data Science. Today Artificial Intelligence is so popular that you can probably use for numerous times per day without knowing it. So it is the main branch of Artificial Intelligence which is based on the idea that systems can learn from identify patterns, learn from data and make decisions with minimal human involvement.
The concept of Al includes three main sectors: 1. Mathematical Expertise 2. Technological Skills 3. Business Astuteness
Why is Artificial Intelligence so important?
The data usage is increasing day by day in each and every organization. In order to make an effective use of data, the companies rely heavily on different tools.AI helps in better utilization of data by making extensive use of highly advanced tools and latest methodologies.
What are types of Artificial Intelligence?
There are various types of concepts to Learn AI, which is being implemented in today’s generation. Some of the types of Artificial Intelligence are as follows:
- Supervised Learning
- Unsupervised Learning
- Reinforced Learning
Various steps involved in learning Al:
- Preparing the data
- Automation and Iteration
- Building Capable Models
- Ensemble modeling.
What is the state of research in Al?
Research and development work in AI is split between two branches:
1. Applied Al – uses these principles of simulating human thought to carry out one specific task. 2. Generalised Al – which seeks to develop machine intelligence that can turn their hands to any task, much like a person.
Research into applied, specialized AI is already providing breakthroughs in fields of study from quantum physics where it is used to model and predict the behavior of systems comprised of billions of subatomic particles, to medicine where it is used to diagnose patients based on genomic data.
What are the uses of Al?
The present world is almost run by Artificial Learning. Alexa, Siri, Cortana and a numerous number of virtual assistants make our lives much faster. Ever since The world ‘Artificial Intelligence’ was coined in the year 1956, it has made little breakthroughs which were never appreciated based on it has seen advancements that has changed humanity a lot.
Help in complex tasks: There are already robotic systems that perform services like difficult surgeries, rescue during a disaster, fire-fighting, pipe inspection, bomb disposal, exploration of dangerous/unknown environments.
Banking: Banks use artificial intelligence systems to organize operations, invest in stocks and manage properties. In August 2001, robots beat humans in a simulated financial trading competition.
Hospitals and medicine: Computer-aided interpretation of medical images, Heart sound analysis etc.
In education and learning in various ways: It is used to provide personalized tutoring and analyses student’s study patterns to predict when they will get stuck and provide assistance. For students with learning disabilities, this technology can be immensely helpful as well.
In many more ways, Al helps us in our daily tasks.
What are the future prospects of Al?
We fear that development of intelligence which equals or exceeds our own, but has the capacity to work at far higher speeds, could have negative implications for the future of humanity have been voiced, and not just by apocalyptic sci-fi such as The Matrix or The Terminator, but respected scientists like Stephen Hawking.
This understandable concern has been the reason for tech giants like Google, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft have set up Al labs. These group will suggest some measure for ethical implementation of Al, future research and deployment of robots and Al.
That’s all folks !!!
Stay Tuned 🙂