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Ransomeware: Vos données contre une rançon
Une nouvelle forme de logiciel malveillant, le ransomware, répandu par des criminels de plus en plus sophistiqués, prend en otage vos données personnelles et verrouille votre ordinateur.

Emily Turrettini pour Bilan.

'Micro-volunteer' your time to help the blind
eyegrid_3180994b.jpg A new app called Be My Eyes allows you to “micro-volunteer” tiny portions of your time, perhaps less than a minute, remotely via your smartphone. The Telegraph reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe idea is to lend your sight to a blind person, via a one-way video link, and help them accomplish a task that is simple for you but impossible for them.

Imagine cooking a meal, but being unable to tell one can of food from another. Or receiving a letter and not knowing if it was a bill, a wedding invitation or junk mail. Or perhaps you have taken a taxi to an appointment but can't find the correct doorbell.

All you need to do to register is download the app and set up a profile, identifying yourself either as a sighted volunteer or a blind user. From that point on you're available to anyone who needs assistance.

When a blind users requests help, a call goes out to a random sighted volunteer. The clever part is that there’s no pressure: if you’re in the middle of something, you can ignore it, and another user will pick it up. But if you are free you can answer with a tap and help with their problem.

According to Hugh Huddy, policy manager at the Royal National Institute of Blind People, said it could make life easier for thousands: “For blind and partially sighted people who use a smartphone, Be My Eyes is an important and innovative new development which could make a big difference to their lives.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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e-NABLE: A network of passionate volunteers using 3D printing to give the World a 'Helping Hand'
Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 15.26.57.png e-NABLE was inspired by two people — a prop maker from the USA and a carpenter from South Africa — that came together from 10,000 miles apart to create a prosthetic hand device for a small child in South Africa and then gave the blueprints away – for free, so that those in need of the device could make them for themselves or have someone make it for them.

What originally started out as a couple of guys who created something to help one child in need as grown into a World wide movement of tinkerers, engineers, 3D print enthusiasts, occupational therapists, university professors, designers, parents, families, artists, students, teachers and people who just want to make a difference.

There are people around the Globe – 3d printing fingers and hands for children they will never meet, classes of high school students who are making hands for people in their local communities, a group of people that are risking their lives to get these devices onto people in 3rd World countries and new stories every day of parents working with their children to make a hand together.

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It turns out that one my relatives in Maine (he would rather not be named) is part of this grassroots movement and a member of the e-NABLE network. I asked him how it works for him:

quotemarksright.jpgI have printed several hands now, but have not had machines reliable enough to accept a match with a person. I am working on improving the design of the "Raptor Reloaded" model and experimenting with a number of different materials. NinjaFlex looks very promising in a variety of ways and I am finding a Taulman filament that is a blend of polymer and nylon (PCTPE) is also quite strong yet has a flexibility component that may well prove useful.

A person (most often a child but by no means exclusively) needs an upper limb of a particular size and shape. Whether through birth issues or accident, e-NABLE tries to fit them with a hand that can grasp an object by a simple up and down movement from the wrist, elbow or even shoulder as may be needed.

Some people are also working on myoelectric devices as well which is quite exciting. Anyway, when a need is found, that person gets matched with a maker such as me, who then builds them a device according to their particular size and need.

This is best done in person, but many hands have been made in one place, and sent to another with fine success. To that end, e-NABLE organizes all the intermediary needs including record-keeping, matching, codes of conduct and standards of build integrity, not to mention the designs.

Wilhe-5.jpgSoftware called the "Hand-o-matic" helps to scale, size and determine the best individual design as best it can. The maker uses photos and measurements if the actual person is not nearby.

One of the best parts comes in here, too. All participants pay nothing. As a maker, I supply the limb at my own cost and all aspects of this system are donated. Nobody pays, nobody charges. It is really a wonderful outgrowth of technology allowing people to benefit in ways that were previously unknown. I encourage you to check out the e-NABLE websites and forums to see how it all plays out. Jon Schull at the Rhode Island Institute of Technology is one of the movers and shakers so a Google search there will undoubtedly yield a wealth of other info as well.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Related: - Project Daniel - One of my favorite projects. Mike Ebeling from a group called Not Impossible flew to war-torn Sudan to 3D print arms for children and set up a 3D printing lab so his work could continue when he left.

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FAA Releases Video Declaring The Super Bowl A “No Drone Zone”

The FAA released a 15-second video Wednesday urging fans to enjoy the Superbowl and to leave their drones at home.

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