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Spamtrap operators play a valuable role in the email ecosystem. As stated in “M3AAWG Best Current Practices For Building and Operating a Spamtrap”, spamtraps are “designed to capture any sort of email abuse.” A well-run spamtrap network can identify many types of email abuse, from the very malicious – botnet command and control centers – to the mostly harmless but annoying – email marketers who are inadvertently sending to the wrong subscribers. In order to remain effective, spamtrap operators must frequently update their networks to ensure that they are adequately capturing enough data to identify abuse. As such, many spamtrap operators are continually preparing new traps which they can begin using at any time without warning.
As we continue examining this season’s DVR success stories in The Blacklist and Sleepy Hollow it makes one wonder, just what other shows caused networks to change the way they think about how their audience watches television?
3-D printers are one of the coolest pieces of technology available. Part of what makes them so cool is how easily they can improve someone’s life. Paul McCarthy was looking for an inexpensive but functional prosthetic hand for his son Leon. Leon was born without fingers on his left hand. Paul found a video online about a prosthetic hand that anyone could make with a 3-D printer, based on a design by Washington state inventor Ivan Owen. Now Leon proudly calls himself a cyborg as he shows off his functioning robotic hand. The coolest part: It didn’t even cost that much. After spending around $2000 on the printer, materials only cost about $10 — much less than the tens of thousands a prosthesis would cost. — By Nick Mangione
Email inboxes worldwide receive the largest influx of email marketing material on Tuesdays, according to an October 2013 study by GetResponse. The email marketing software company found that 17.9% of a week’s worldwide marketing emails were sent on Tuesday, followed by 17.3% on Thursday and 16.6% on Monday.
Google’s waving its pro-internet freedom flag again, launching a suite of anti-hacker software intended to help human rights and elections-related websites in vulnerable regions. It’s a nice thought, even if there’s a catch. The new program is called Project Shield (yes, like the TV show and the game controller) and aims to protect websites from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Project Shield combines Google’s own DDoS mitigation technologies and Page Speed Service, a tool built for developers to make their webpages load faster. Traffic to participating sites will be piped through Google’s infrastructure, so unless the attack is big enough to bring down all sites using the Page Speed Service, it won’t bring down websites with Project Shield. Sites have to apply to participate, for now.
In 2011, when an MIT senior named John Romanishin proposed a new design for modular robots to his robotics professor, Daniela Rus, she said, “That can’t be done.” Two years later, Rus showed her colleague Hod Lipson, a robotics researcher at Cornell University, a video of prototype robots, based on Romanishin’s design, in action. “That can’t be done,” Lipson said. In November, Romanishin — now a research scientist in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) — Rus, and postdoc Kyle Gilpin will establish once and for all that it can be done, when they present a paper describing their new robots at the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems.