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Or rather, DON’T hack any paid WiFi hotspots, as that would be bad…

Also, don’t turn your WiFi card off and then back on again after the hack to rectify any MAC address conflicts that might arise.

The commands are:

ifconfig en1 | grep ether
arp -a
sudo ifconfig en1 ether [mac address to spoof]

Note that the term “MAC address” has nothing to do with Macintosh computers. All computers, including Windows machines, have MAC addresses. This address is unique to your computer, but can be changed in software. The practice of copying someone else’s MAC address is referred to as “spoofing”. Spoofing a MAC address can get you through any MAC address filter, like the ones used by public WiFi hotspots.

Source: Hack any paid WiFi hotspot in about 30 seconds – StumbleUpon

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Everyone loves Netflix — at $9.99 a month, what’s not to love? True, Netflix doesn’t have Seinfeld and a bunch of other goodies that Hulu has. But $11.99 a month (commercial-free!) sounds doable, so go ahead and add Hulu to the mix. And obviously, you’ve gotta get your Game of Thrones on — that’s $14.99 a pop for HBO NOW. Um, totally worth it. Now throw in the money you pay for your Spotify subscription. Add up what you’ve spent on tickets to all those kick-ass movies in theaters so far this year. Big sports fan? What’s cable going for these days?

It costs a lot to get great content. And yes, it’s worth it — there’s a lot of great content out there to be got. But the cord-cutter movement is in full swing, and if we’ve learned anything from the Napsters and Pirate Bays of the world, it’s that people will always find clever ways to score stuff for free that suckers like us will otherwise pay for.

Enter Kodi, the cord cutter’s paradise. Formally known as XBMC, Kodi is a buzzword amongst fanatic binge-watchers, evoking a magical portal that opens up a seemingly endless universe of content and broadcasts it to your HDTV or laptop screen, without any restrictions, and without any payment. Yeah. It’s totally free. It’s not exactly mainstream — downloading and using Kodi takes more technical skill than the average streamer probably has — but Kodi has a tight-knit community of users who freely circulate tips and tricks.

But is it illegal? Technically, no. There’s nothing actually on it. Mmhmm.

Source: Kodi Black Market Netflix Is the Ultimate Streaming Hack

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If you support our community and developers, stop encouraging YouTubers by watching their videos, they are destorying our hard work!

We regret to inform you that the TV Time addon has now been voluntarily taken offline due to the misguided actions of certain YouTubers. In case you never had the chance to use TV Time, it was literally the best live television streaming add-on that our community has ever seen, it gave reliable high quality access to all the major American television networks, until we were forced to shut it down that is.

What happened to TV Time is not only a problem for TV Time, it is a problem that plagues our community and threatens to destroy everything we’ve worked so hard to create. Basically what happened is that we released the TV Time add-on, people loved it, but then some YouTubers decided to bring negative attention to it by making videos, and even worse, they revealed the source of the content. Once they let the cat out of the bag and revealed the source of TV Time’s content, the developer of the addon had no choice but to close it for good.

We don’t deny that these YouTube videos may be useful to some, but they are doing way more harm than good. Anything that is explained in a YouTube video was already put into a guide on our web site long before. Bringing attention to our add-ons on a mainstream site like YouTube (which is owned by a major American media corporation) is just asking for trouble.

Kodi is being given a bad name and our addons are being killed by YouTubers who feel the need to publicize it over the wrong mediums. It is one thing for someone to visit our offshore-hosted web site and slowly discover Kodi and our unofficial addons, but it is a whole other thing to upload a video to one of the biggest web sites in the world, promoting Kodi as something it is not.

If you look through our site, we explain how to install Kodi, how to install add-ons, but we don’t go through and tell you specifically what you can watch through these add-ons and how they work. Some things are better left unsaid, if it works it works, there’s no reason to start making YouTube videos about it and bring unwanted attention. It is the kind of attention that YouTubers are bringing that causes sites to change their code in order break our add-ons, and even worse, could potentially bring legal heat in the future.

As for the open source Kodi media player itself, these YouTubers are making it seem like Kodi was made specifically for use with addons, which it was not. They are giving Kodi a bad name and are infuriating the official development team as a result. Next time think twice about sharing the link to a Kodi-related YouTube video and remember that the majority of these YouTubers are simply profiteers, and not friends of our community.

Source: YouTubers Killed TV Time (and Are Slowly Killing Kodi Too)

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Lesser-known Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak recently sat down with Reddit for a video interview, and a more traditional AMA. Among the nuggets of wisdom: the Apple Watch lineup is “too complicated”, and Apple’s garage origins is partly a myth.

There’s a few good, hard-hitting questions in the AMA that Wozniak took the time to answer. The ongoing saga between Apple and the DOJ is at the front of everyone’s mind, and Woz didn’t pull punches:

I was brought up in a time when communist Russia under Stalin was thought to be, everybody is spied on, everybody is looked into, every little thing can get you secretly thrown into prison. And, no. We had our Bill of Rights. And it’s just dear to me. The Bill of Rights says some bad people won’t do certain bad things because we’re protecting humans to live as humans.

So, I come from the side of personal liberties. But there are also other problems. Twice in my life I wrote things that could have been viruses. I threw away every bit of source code. I just got a chill inside. These are dangerous, dangerous things, and if some code gets written in an Apple product that lets people in, bad people are going to find their way to it, very likely.

Woz also has praise for how Tim Cook is handling the company, saying that he’s continuing the “strong tradition that Steve Jobs was known for of making good products that help people do things they want to do in their life”.

 But he also thinks the Apple Watch lineup has flaws: while he wears an Apple Watch day-to-day, he complains about the number of products in the lineup: “Twenty watches from $500 to $1100. The band’s the only difference?”

The biggest revelation comes at the beginning of the interview, however, where he dispels the “myth” that Apple was founded in a garage. It’s well worth a watch, and the AMA has some surprisingly candid information about how to start a company, and why he left Apple.

Source: Steve Wozniak: Apple Wasn’t Really Founded In a Garage

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TV ADDONS Usage Statistics to Begin December

Posted December 14, 2015 By rariccardi

It seemed to be the right time to share a bit about how many users actually enjoy our addons on a daily basis, you’ll surely be quite impressed.

Some Interesting Usage Statistics for Kodi from TVaddons

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We’ve just gone over some statistics for the first time in a while and it seems that our community is getting closer and closer to becoming a household name. It’s very rare that we check statistics because we don’t really care about how many users we have, but the numbers are definitely more than impressive, so much so that we thought we’d share some of them with you.

We figured the best way to get a good picture of how many users are actually using our community’s addons would be to analyze the repository server’s statistics, specifically unique visitors. It is the best way of evaluating the userbase, since each time Kodi is booted it automatically checks the repository server for updates, therefore we can get a precise idea of how many are actually using Kodi actively on a daily basis.

Legend: Total Unique Visitors refers to the number of unique users in the designated timeframe, whereas Maximum and Minimum Unique Visitors refers to the highest and lowest amount of users per hour.

ACTIVE USERS IN THE LAST 24 HOURS

ACTIVE USERS IN THE LAST WEEK

ACTIVE USERS IN THE LAST MONTH

Congratulations! You’re now aware of how many people actually enjoy our addons, we just wish that a small percentage of them actually considered making a Donationtowards our server costs, it would really help immensely.

Source: Some Interesting Usage Statistics to Begin December

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Why “Snapchat Producer” Is Now A Legit Job

Posted October 1, 2015 By rariccardi

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Snapchat, Vine, and the rise of distributed content.

Social media editors have evolved from newsroom novelties to indispensable assets. The role is charged with the weighty task of bringing content to social platforms. But that catchall position, wherein media companies often lump Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Snapchat, and Vine into a single responsibility, is quickly headed in a new direction.

News site Vox is looking to staff both a Snapchat video editor and a Snapchat producer in its D.C. headquarters. It’s a targeted callout that speaks to the larger trend between social media and journalism: the rise of distributed content, the practice of publishing original content to specific platforms.

Until now, the formula had been more or less the same for most online publishers: push content on social media that links back to the site. The race for traffic has dominated social strategies across the board, but as Jonah Peretti, BuzzFeed‘s CEO and an early adopter of distributed content, will tell you, it’s making less sense.

Source: Why “Snapchat Producer” Is Now A Legit Job

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RedShark News – Misunderstanding crop factors

Posted May 23, 2014 By rariccardi

RedShark News – Misunderstanding crop factors.

A few days ago, our esteemed editor brought to my attention a video by , a luminary of the digital photography world, in which he discusses the issues surrounding the way that we consider the complex relationship between lenses, sensors, and other aspects of digital photography. Tony’s a stills guy, from what I can see, but of course many of his conclusions hold perfectly true for film and TV work, even before we take into consideration the fact that the same equipment is sometimes used in each case, if you’re shooting DSLR stuff.

Tony’s 40-minute documentary – which I strongly recommend everyone should watch – has been widely discussed, often under such headlines as “are camera manufacturers misleading us by not calculating sensor size into specifications?” (by Gannon Burgett of PetaPixel.com), which is more or less a direct a call to arms on the subject. The answer to Gannon’s entirely apposite question is – in my view – that we should really all be required to be smart enough to see through the sort of on-the-fly specmanship they’re indulging in, although we should do that by knowing what we’re doing on a broad basis, not simply by applying mathematics. After all, it’s maths that got us in this mess.

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Sometimes, you need the tool that’s best suited to the job in hand. And for George R. R. Martin, that means using an archaic word processor—WordStar 4.0, running on DOS, no less—to write Game of Thrones. He explained why to Conan last night.First, it means that he has a computer dedicated to writing—obviously he doesn’t check his email and browse the web on DOS, that’d be silly—which presumably allows him to concentrate better. But it seems the main reason is simplicity: a lack of frustrating spell checks and autocorrects, which is kind of what you want when writing new and strange fictional words on a daily basis. [Team Coco]

via George R. R. Martin Explains Why He Writes Game of Thrones in DOS.

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You could call it the magical mystery chord. The opening clang of the Beatles’ 1964 hit, “A Hard Day’s Night,” is one of the most famous and distinctive sounds in rock and roll history, and yet for a long time no one could quite figure out what it was.In this fascinating clip from the CBC radio show, Randy’s Vinyl Tap, the legendary Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive guitarist Randy Bachman unravels the mystery. The segment is from a special live performance, “Guitarology 101,” taped in front of an audience at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto back in January, 2010. As journalist Matthew McAndrew wrote, “the two-and-a-half hour event was as much an educational experience as it was a rock’n’roll concert.”

via Guitarist Randy Bachman Demystifies the Opening Chord of 'A Hard Day's Night' – Open Culture.

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Black Magic URSA

The good news doesn’t stop there. The URSA is capable of recording 4k at up to 60 frames per second. This with a global shutter sensor. While this doesn’t reach the heady heights of the high framerate recording of the Sony F5, it will be good enough for many people. Yet there is one more surprise in store, and it is quite a big one given recent articles on RedShark. The sensor on the URSA is integrated into the lens mount, and this is user removable. In other words the sensor on the URSA is user upgradeable as new technology comes along.This also means that Blackmagic can offer a number of different models, including a B4 lens mount option with an integrated ND wheel.Now, the previous BM cameras have had the odd glitch on release, and the slowness of firmware updates for usable features have been a point of issue for many users. If they can sort out these issues for the URSA then I can see this camera selling like hotcakes. It ticks a lot of boxes.Oh yes, the price. Sitting in your chairs? $5,995 for the EF mount version. See you in the queue!

via RedShark News – Jaws drop, Earth stops spinning. Blackmagic's astonishing new 4K modular camera.

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