The Zombie Rises Again: Drone Registration Is Back

It’s a trope of horror movies that demonic foes always return. No sooner has the bad guy been dissolved in a withering hail of holy water in the denoeument of the first movie, than some foolish child in a white dress at the start of the next is queuing up to re-animate it with a careless drop of blood or something. If parents in later installments of popular movie franchises would only keep an eye on their darn kids, it would save everybody a whole lot of time!

The relevant passage can be found in section 1092(d) of the National Defense Authorization Act, on page 329 of the mammoth PDF containing the full text, and reads as follows:

(d) RESTORATION OF RULES FOR REGISTRATION AND MARKING OF UNMANNED AIRCRAFT
.—The rules adopted by the Administrator
of the Federal Aviation Administration in the matter of registration
and marking requirements for small unmanned aircraft (FAA-2015-
7396; published on December 16, 2015) that were vacated by the
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
in Taylor v. Huerta (No. 15-1495; decided on May 19, 2017) shall
be restored to effect on the date of enactment of this Act.

This appears to reverse the earlier decision of the court, but does not specify whether there has been any modification to the requirements to prevent their being struck down once more by the same angle of attack. In particular, it doesn’t change any of the language in the FAA Modernization Act of 2012, which specifically prevents the Agency from regulating hobby model aircraft, and was the basis of Taylor v. Huerta. Maybe they are just hoping that hobby flyers get fatigued?

We took a look at the registration system before it was struck down, and found its rules to be unusually simple to understand when compared to other aviation rulings, even if it seemed to have little basis in empirical evidence. It bears a resemblance to similar measures in other parts of the world, with its 250 g weight limit for unregistered machines. It will be interesting both from a legal standpoint to see whether any fresh challenges to this zombie law emerge in the courts, and from a technical standpoint to see what advances emerge from Shenzhen as the manufacturers pour all their expertise into a 250 g class of aircraft.

Thanks [ArduinoEnigma] for the tip.

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How To Start Mobile Penetration for iOS

iOS applications like better out-of-the-box security than their Android alternatives due to Apple’s much more tightly controlled environment. Nevertheless, that advantage does not mean much in case you do not perform a thorough job securing the apps of yours.

That is the reason there has to be somebody who assumes the job of penetration tester on each team. The info below highlights the appropriate topics in Apple’s iOS Security Guide and OWASP’s Mobile Security Testing Guide. It can serve as a very helpful cheatsheet for starting up penetration testing for iOS apps.

Preparing the assessment environment

An important component of dog pen testing an iOS software will be the usage of the appropriate tools and devices. You will find numerous different tools.

App logic

The first and most significant action is usually to completely evaluate the app’s flow and entry data points, which includes how and where the information is kept in the unit or perhaps transmitted to APIs.

Applying a testing framework

Before you apply an assessment program, you want an obvious method in place. For a place to start, I suggest creating your technique around the OWASP Mobile Top ten.

OWASP suggests you begin by breaking down the ten vulnerabilities into specific tests which could be categorized into one or even much more of these sections. Additionally, you are able to develop specific tests targeting the range of every section.

Specific iOS security concerns

The iOS platform has very specific security concerns when analyzing the vulnerabilities of apps.

Checking for insecure data storage

Data can be stored in different formats including (but not limited to):

  • The NSUserDefaults class
  • Log files
  • XML and plist
  • SQLite files
  • Keychain data

Capturing the traffic with ZAP or BURP

You are able to make use of BURP of OWASP ZAP as an assault proxy to gain all of the visitors between the app plus its outside connections. This tutorial shows you exactly how to configure OWASP ZAP to intercept all traffic. BURP has specific guidelines to setup the proxy in this situation. Its configuration has an iOS simulator.

When you begin capturing the site traffic, you are able to work with active or passive scanning on each proxies for particular strikes to APIs being called by the app. In case the software is employing SSL certificate pinning, you may wish to try bypassing SSL Pinning by utilizing SSL Kill switch on the iPhone device. In case this doesn’t work, you should most likely try to reverse the application to discover the actual implementation. You are able to accomplish this by utilizing Frida or maybe Cydia to avoid certificate pinning at runtime.

Reversing the application

Among the OWASP Top ten Mobile vulnerability listings recommends you learn just how “reversible” your application is. iOS programs are, by default, significantly tougher to reverse than Android, though it is certainly possible. Think about taking a look at several of the suggested resources for ios reverse engineering.

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Truly Terrible Dimensioned Drawings

I’m in the planning stages of a side project for Hackaday right now. It’s nothing too impressive, but this is a project that will involve a lot of electromechanical parts. This project is going to need a lot of panel mount 1/8″ jacks and sockets, vertical mount DIN 5 connectors, pots, switches, and other carefully crafted bits of metal. Mouser and Digikey are great for nearly every other type of electrical component, but when it comes to these sorts of electromechanical components, your best move is usually to look at AliExpress or DealExtreme, finding something close to what you need, and buying a few hundred. Is this the best move for a manufacturable product? No, but we’re only building a few hundred of these things.

I have been browsing my usual Internet haunts in the search for the right bits of stamped brass and injection molded plastic for this project, and have come to a remarkable conclusion. Engineers, apparently, have no idea how to dimension drawings. Drafting has been a core competency for engineers from the dawn of time until AutoCAD was invented, and now we’re finally reaping the reward: It’s now rare to find a usable dimensioned drawing on the Internet.

This post is going to be half rant, half explanation of what is wrong with a few of the dimensioned drawings I’ve found recently. Consider this an example of what not to do.  There is no reason for the state of engineering drawing to be this bad.


Example One: It Gets Worse The More You Look At It

This first example comes from Bitches Love My Switches, an unfortunately-named storefront, but one that does have a lot of neat switches and jacks with a warehouse on the East Coast with quick shipping. If you want some jellybean parts for guitar pedals and associated audiophilia, it’s a nice place to know. This store doesn’t manufacture their own switches, and with that comes the problem of datasheets and dimension drawings. These drawings were made by a random engineer somewhere, and this person has no training in dimensioned drawings.

Let’s work through a design problem using the dimension drawing shown above. This is a PCB-mounted, switch, that is meant to have a nut holding it down to a panel. Think of it as a PCB standoff, only it’s a switch. This switch can be used as a mechanical, structural part of an enclosure.

To design anything using this switch, you need to know the height of every part of this switch, from where it attaches to the PCB, to where the nut will screw on. You need to know the height of the switch body. This dimension is completely absent in this drawing, making the drawing absolutely useless. The dimension you need to design anything using this switch is absent. But this drawing gets worse.

What if you wanted to know the height of the ‘toggle’ that physically moves in this switch. It’s labeled in the drawing as 9.5 mm, but this dimension is useless at best, and wrong with even the most liberal interpretation. Why? Because the toggle pivots. The tip of this toggle moves in an arc, and the tip will be ‘longer’ in the middle of its swing than it is in either of its latched positions. A real dimensioned drawing would include the 9.5 mm dimension and the angle of the toggle in the latched position so you can figure out the actual maximum height of the switch.

Want to hate this drawing even more? Sure thing. What sized nut goes on the threaded portion? Exactly. This isn’t a swing at the store selling these switches, but it is indicative of some terrible practices across the entire electronics industry. Somehow or another, everyone forgot how to create useful dimensioned drawings.


Example Two: All Loudspeaker Manufacturers Meet at Bohemian Grove

The project I’m working on will also need a speaker. The general specs are a 3-4 inch diameter speaker that can handle five Watts. I’m not looking for quality here, but I am looking for something I can design an enclosure for before I order it.

A speaker is a remarkably simple device. There’s a coil and a magnet, two terminals, a paper cone, and a metal flange with four holes around the perimeter of this flange, offset ninety degrees from each other. Nearly every generic loudspeaker will follow this prototype, and if you’re building an enclosure for a speaker, there are really only three things you need to know: the diameter of the hole you need to cut out, the depth of the speaker, and how far apart the screw holes on the flange are. I only need three dimensions here. I’m a simple man. I’m also extremely disappointed.


Mounting information for Celestion’s AN2075 loudspeaker. Guess what’s missing?

Celestion is a very highly regarded manufacturer of loudspeakers. They’ve been around for ninety years, they created the first metal-dome tweeter, and produce what is said to be the standard in guitar amp speakers. If you’re in the loudspeaker industry, Celestion is where you want to be. Surely they can come up with datasheets and tech specs that would be useful, right? Think again. Their AN2075 loudspeaker lists the overall depth of the speaker, the cut-out diameter, and the overall size of the of the speaker. How far apart are the mounting holes? Screw you, that’s how far apart they are. This isn’t even ‘drafting’ or ‘engineering drawing’. This is just incomplete information.


One of the better drawings of speaker dimensions on AliExpress

Celestion is not alone. Take a look at AliExpress. If you’re looking for small, cheap speakers that can handle ten or fifteen Watts, you have thousands of choices. Virtually none of them will have the relevant information on their product pages. Yes, you’ll usually get the dimensions of the flange, and you might get how deep the speaker actually is. You will rarely find where to put the screw holes on your project enclosure.

I’m not one to believe conspiracies. People are just too self-interested to be part of a cabal of evil bent on distorting the truth or ruling people. It’s the media theory of Chomsky versus Žižek; self-interest rules all. People are too stupid to organize. This may be the best evidence yet that conspiracies exist. There must be a conspiracy between loudspeaker manufactures. None of them have dimensions of where the holes should go.


Example Three: Jacks

This project will also make use of DIN 5 connectors (but not as MIDI jacks), and these must be panel mount connectors. Nearly every DIN 5 connector you’ll see on Mouser or Digikey is a right angle connector. That is to say, you solder the connector to the board, and the DIN 5 connector comes out at a right angle to the PCB. This isn’t what I want — I want a connector sticking straight up out of a board. Yes, these connectors exist, but again we’re left with incomplete dimensioned drawings, like the one I found on AliExpress below:


First, take a look at the photograph of the part. It’s what you would expect for a DIN 5 connector. There are five pins, and an additional grounding pin for the shield of the connector, just like every other DIN 5 connector on the planet. Take a look at the drawing. It’s actually not bad, and even gives me a preferred PCB footprint for five of the pins. But what about that grounding pin? It is absent on the dimensioned drawing. If you buy a thousand of these and run them through an assembly line, you’ll quickly find you have to snip off all the grounding pins before populating them into boards. The data is just missing, and you’re a fool if you engineer something directly from the drawings. You should be able to engineer something from the drawings, and this panel mount DIN 5 connector is a terrible product.


Any University That Has Dropped Their Drafting Class Is Doing A Disservice To Their Students

Since time immemorial until the late 90s and early 2000s, engineering drawing and drafting was a required course for all engineers. This is the class with T-squares and triangles and a hidden emphasis on developing fine motor control through lettering. Only a week or two of this class was devoted to dimensioned drawings, but this week is vital to all engineers. Your drawings are useless unless someone else can use them, and you can’t do that without properly dimensioned drawings.

I don’t know why I keep running into truly terrible dimensioned drawings. This is a required skill for all engineers, regardless if they’re educated in China, England, or the US. Yet it’s nonexistent everywhere except for the McMaster Carr catalog.

If you’d like to learn about how to make dimensioned drawings, I’d suggest picking up [French]’s Engineering Drawing. Yes, the book is 100 years old, but what it teaches hasn’t changed in 200 years. This is how the draftsmen for the Apollo Lunar Module learned how to draw. Yes, lettering is hard if you don’t have the right pencils and have underdeveloped fine motor control, but we’re using computers now anyway. Read this book, learn how to properly dimension drawings, and stop annoying engineers who are trying to build stuff.

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CEEK Launches Token Sale to Connect Artists and Fans In VR

Artists and content creators in the entertainment industry are passing up on potential revenue due to their inability to reach a huge part of the global audience. Despite the innovation and extended reach of VR technology, many potential participants are still sidelined from playing a part in the entertainment industry, especially as fans and followers.

VR in the entertainment industry

With concerts repeatedly sold-out and audience demands most often beyond the capacity of available physical arenas, the limitations of the current state of the entertainment industry is further exposed. However, the technology that simulates the actual environment, making viewers from thousand of kilometers and continents away enjoy the aura of a given event has gone a long way in making a global community out of the real world.

The VR technology effectively simulates the communal experience of attending a live concert, a sporting event, educational classroom, e.t.c, from anywhere at anytime.

CEEK Launches Token Sale to Connect Artists and Fans In VRCEEK and the blockchain

CEEK is taking innovation in the entertainment industry a step further by the implementation of blockchain technology and its token sale. This enables artists and celebrities to “mint” coins that are attached to contents, therefore creating virtual event tickets and merchandise which in turn makes possible an unlimited revenue stream.

Celebrity minted coins and virtual merchandise items take on the traits of cryptocurrency as each are assigned their own Ethereum address, therefore offer fans the ability to cash in by owning rare items that can gain in value very quickly in virtual reality. Artists may sign these items with special cryptographic token signatures that cannot be duplicated and are authenticated on the blockchain as to their rarity and value.

The platform will be powered by tokens using the ERC20 Adapter and will be Bancor Smart Tokens, allowing them to connect to the Bancor network. A Bancor Token Converter can be launched for each smart token with a CEEK reserve using a configurable “weight”. Once the tokens are minted, the total number of custom tokens may fluctuate and the price will dynamically adjust based on market sentiment and demand.

CEEK Launches Token Sale to Connect Artists and Fans In VR

Blockchain technology for industrial enhancement

By implementing blockchain technology, there is an enhancement of the industry as a whole. Global reach becomes automatically simplified since the characteristics of the blockchain platform remains universal in every part of the world. The platform will remove the hurdles of creating premium content and virtual goods featuring licensed music and celebrity assets by offering clearing house services through Smart Contracts that automatically pay respective rights holders and publishers.

The technology will also enable a growing ecosystem of world class partners who are using the CEEK Platform to scale existing 2D content into virtual reality, as well as creating and distributing uniquely original experiences.

The network is in late-stage discussions and have upcoming releases with Oculus VR, Disney Music, Fox Studios, World Of Dance, leading award shows, sports teams, brands, festivals, over 30 labels, studios, and mobile carriers. Additionally, CEEK is partnering with Universities and Hospitals to offer educational programming.

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ADSL Robustness Verified By Running Over Wet String

A core part of the hacker mentality is the desire to test limits: trying out ideas to see if something interesting, informative, and/or entertaining comes out of it. Some employees of Andrews & Arnold (a UK network provider) applied this mentality towards connecting their ADSL test equipment to some unlikely materials. The verdict of experiment: yes, ADSL works over wet string.

ADSL itself is something of an ingenious hack, carrying data over decades-old telephone wires designed only for voice. ADSL accomplished this in part through robust error correction measures keeping the bytes flowing through lines that were not originally designed for ADSL frequencies. The flow of bytes may slow over bad lines, but they will keep moving.

How bad? In this case, a pair of strings dampened with salty water. But there are limits: the same type of string dampened with just plain water was not enough to carry ADSL.

The pictures of the test setup also spoke volumes. They ran the wet string across a space that looked much like every hacker workspace, salt water dripping on the industrial carpet. Experimenting and learning right where you are, using what you have on hand, are hallmarks of hacker resourcefulness. Fancy laboratory not required.

Thanks to [chris] and [Spencer] for the tips.

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Canadian Government Triggers Major Copyright Review

The Copyright Act of Canada was first passed in 1921 and in the decades that followed has undergone considerable amendment.

Between 2005 and 2010, several bills failed to gain traction due to opposition but in 2011 the Copyright Modernization Act was tabled. A year later, in the summer of 2012, it was passed into law.

The Act tackles a number of important issues, such as allowing time and format shifting, plus backup copies, as long as DRM isn’t circumvented along the way. So-called ‘fair dealing’ also enjoys expansion while statutory damages for non-commercial scale infringement are capped at CAD$5000 per proceeding. Along with these changes sits the “notice-and-notice” regime, in which ISPs forward infringement notices to subscribers on behalf of copyright holders.

The Act also mandates a review of copyright law every five years, a period that expired at the end of June 2017. Yesterday a House of Commons motion triggered the required parliamentary review, which will be carried out by the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology. It didn’t take long for the music industry to make its position known.

Music Canada, whose key members are Sony Music, Universal Music and Warner Music, enthusiastically welcomed the joint announcement from the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

“I applaud Minister Bains and Minister Joly for initiating this review of the Copyright Act,” said Graham Henderson, President and CEO of Music Canada.

“Music creators, and all creators who depend on copyright, deserve a Copyright Act that protects their rights when their works are commercialized by others. This is our chance to address the Value Gap threatening the livelihood of Canadian creators and the future of Canadian culture.”

That the so-called “Value Gap” has been immediately thrown on the table comes as no surprise. The term, which loosely refers to the way user-generated platforms like YouTube are able to avoid liability for infringing content while generating revenue from it, is a hot topic around the world at the moment.

In the US and Europe, for example, greater emphasis is being placed on YouTube’s position than on piracy itself, with record labels claiming that the platform gains an unfair advantage in licensing negotiations, something which leads to a “gap” between what is paid for music, and what it’s actually worth.

But the recording labels are unlikely to get an easy ride. As pointed out in a summary by Canadian law professor Michael Geist, the notice-and-takedown rules that facilitate the “Value Gap” are not even part of Canadian law and even without them, the labels have done just fine.

“The industry has enjoyed remarkable success since 2012, growing far faster [than] the world average and passing Australia as the world’s 6th largest music market,” Geist writes.

“The growth has come largely through Internet streaming revenues, which now generate tens of millions of dollars every year for creators, publishers, and the broader industry. The industry is also likely to continue to lobby for copyright term extension, as foreshadowed by a lobbying blitz just last month in Ottawa.”

As reported in September, telecoms companies and the entertainment industries are pressing for website blockades, without intervention from the courts. The upcoming copyright review will provide additional opportunity to push that message home.

“Bell admits that copyright reform is not needed for site blocking, but the link to the Copyright Act ensures that the issue will be a prominent part of its lobbying campaign,” Geist notes.

“The reality is that Canada is already home to some of the toughest anti-piracy laws in the world with many legislative tools readily available for rights holders and some of the largest damages provisions found anywhere in the world.”

But for copyright holders, a review also has the potential to swing things the other way.

The previously mentioned notice-and-notice regime, for example, was put in place as an alternative to more restrictive schemes elsewhere. However, it was quickly abused by copyright trolls seeking cash settlements from alleged pirates. It’s certainly possible for that particular loophole to be closed or at least addressed as part of a comprehensive review.

In any event, the review is likely to prove spirited, with interested parties on all sides trying to carve out a smooth path for their interests under the next five years of copyright law.

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15 Best HookUp Sites That Work Like A Charm

We found this really funny, yet interesting quote on the world wide web today. It goes like, “A random hookup is like a half eaten sandwich in the fridge; you don’t know who ate it last, but you know that it’s 2 am and you’re hungry”; true, isn’t it? The society might frown upon this new-age concept but let’s be honest, things aren’t always black or white in the real world. Sometimes you just do not feel ready for commitment. As long as you’re candid about it, casual relationships are harmless.

That said, finding a partner to date is not as simple as ABC; but online dating services have changed the whole game, for the better. The internet is swamped with such websites! The difficult part is to root out the best ones as not all of them are legit. That’s exactly what this article is about. We’ve prepared a list of the best hookup sites after using them personally. Recently, we have also shared some hookup apps.

Top 15 Best HookUp Sites To Try Out 2018!

OKCupid:

Unlike majority of the dating apps available these days, OKcupid’s focus lies on getting to know a person for real rather than matching merely on basis of a picture. In fact, this is clear in their slogan as well which says, “Substance, not selfie”. You can either sign-up via Facebook or enter your details such as your name, birthdate, location, and email address. Once you’ve signed in, OKcupid will ask you a few intriguing questions to know you better which in turn will help you discover like-minded people. Moreover, it’ll also display the level of match-rate on a person’s profile so you’ll know if you two would get along or not, based on your interests. Note that this site not only facilitates casual dating but is also targeted at those who’re looking for a more meaningful connection.

Tinder:

tinder

Tinder is so popular that perhaps even your parents know about it. This site works on a swiping-format for the purpose of matching. What’s best about Tinder is that it is has an extremely straightforward interface, making it quite user-friendly. After logging in, you’ll be shown profiles, one at a time. You may either swipe left (if you aren’t interested) or swipe right (if you like a profile) based on their pictures. If there is a mutual match, meaning that the other person has also swiped right on you, then you can start chatting. The reason why we’ve listed it after OKcupid is because Tinder does not allow users to sign-in without Facebook. While you may see this as a good measure (for the sake of authenticity), its also bad because those without a Facebook account have no other way of joining Tinder. You may also like how to use Tinder without Facebook.

Coffee Meets Bagel:

The Coffee Meets Bagel site/app looks as cute as it sounds. Unfortunately, it never received the same hype as Tinder but we can confidently say that you would love using this service. In case you’re wondering about the origin of its name, the service has a unique concept wherein coffee beans are referred to as the currency used on the platform and bagels are basically match-suggestions (one per day) given to users. The coffee beans can be earned through several activities, including signing in. Though it works quite similar to the two sites mentioned above, it is different in that – A) Only women can make the first move so if you’re a guy, you cannot send a message unless your match does. B) You’ll be given only a day to decide whether to like or pass a bagel (match) and only 8 days to begin talking, after which your chat would disappear and you’ll have to start all over again. This is effective in our opinion since it promotes the importance of meeting in person rather than carrying on with a virtual relationship.

FriendFinder-X:

FriendFinder-X is aimed at those who’re just looking for some fun; be it while traveling or in their own city. Currently, the site has about two million active users who are not only encouraged to express their deepest desires but also bring them to fruition. Members can share pictures and videos, and even chat using a live-webcam feature similar to any video-calling app. There are other features as well including daily horoscope, ratings on pictures based on hotness, e-greeting cards, etc. While you can join the site for free, it does require you to subscribe to a paid monthly plan (either silver or gold). FriendFinder-X is quite a good hook-up site especially if you’re seeking cyber-sex; but its important to note that they do acquire personal data as soon as you sign-up. This enables them to spread around your information legally and you may not even find out, so beware!

Zoosk:

Launched a decade ago, Zoosk has an even bigger user-base of about 35 million members comprising of both, heterosexuals and homosexuals. With so many users, you’re sure to get a good deal of matches. What’s more? You can chat with fellow-members in about 20 different languages by using the relevant filter so if you’re not fluent in English, no worries! Caveat: Zoosk does not permit you to contact a user you like unless you purchase Zoosk coins for which you’ll have to subscribe to the paid plan. However, the paid plan does include many unique features like SmartPick and check who viewed your profile. This service has a snappy interface both, on web as well as mobile app. Setting up a profile is fairly easy too! All you’ve got to do is key in your personal details such as birthdate, location, preferences (for dating), answer a few questions, and you’re good to go.

Match.com:

Established way back in 1995, Match.com is perhaps the oldest online dating service on this list. And when a company has been around for such a long time, you know it means quality. The service can be enjoyed in about 25 nations and quite obviously, has millions of members. Although it can be used for hooking up, it also caters to those who’re looking for real love. The sign-up process takes longer than others but that’s because Match.com focuses on extracting as many details about their users as possible. You’ll be asked to fill sections like “About Me”, “About My Match”, and “In My Own Words”. These are basically to know about your lifestyle, likes/dislikes, values, background, and physical appearance; thus assuring more suitable matches. Nevertheless, if you don’t want to put too many details out there, you could simply leave it blank.

Plenty of Fish:

A service that is really well-known in Canada, Plenty of Fish boasts of gaining a whopping 70,000 new members everyday with more than 4 million daily sign-ins. You can sign-up by entering details such as your birthdate, gender, country, ethnicity, and email address. Additionally, you could also take the POF “Relationship Chemistry Predictor” that helps in measuring one’s personality, thus finding better potential matches. Other than this, there’s no matching algorithm as such. Instead, users are allowed to set filters and discover profiles. Similar to Match.com, Plenty of Fish, or POF, also let’s members connect in search different needs such as a serious relationship, friendship, or dating. However, it curves more towards the “hooking-up” segment so if that’s what you’re looking for, go ahead and check it out.

Adult Friend Finder:

With a tag line that says, “Hookup, Find Sex, or Meet Someone Hot Now”, you can tell what Adult Friend Finder offers right away. Self-proclaimed as the “World’s Largest Sex & Swinger Community”, this service currently features over 800 live broadcasts, 90 million+ hot pictures, and a user-base of more than 4 million. It’s forthright purpose saves you the time and effort taken to filter out profiles or state your intention. All you have to do is sign-up (for free), and get started. Although you can browse through profiles and find potential matches for flings, Adult Friend Finder also has a considerable number of models/members who go live so if you get a little randy, you know what to do. Fun fact: this site was launched almost two decades ago! That means that you might come across many inactive profiles. Nevertheless, you wouldn’t be disappointed with the overall experience.

Ashley Madison:

Ashley Madison is yet another online dating site which is largely popular in Canada with over 50 million users. Strange as it may sound, the service is chiefly angled at married or committed people (who aren’t happy in their relationships) looking to have an affair. In other words, Ashley Madison facilitates extra marital affairs. Even if yourself aren’t hitched, you could meet men or women who are married. Whether it is just for the thrill or curiosity or out of a sincere yearning for spark, this site is sure to fulfil all your needs. The only drawback is that getting a match is not as quick and easy as on other sites mentioned here. That’s because like it or not, infidelity is more common in men than women. That said, we don’t encourage you to cheat or hurt anyone; but every case is unique and if you have strong reasons for resorting to a service such as this, feel free to use it.

Pure:

Want to have some casual fun but too worried about privacy intrusion? Well, Pure’s aim is to ensure just that. The way it works is that you can register an account with them and fill it in with your personal details. Once you have a mutual match, you’re allowed to chat with the person for up to 60 minutes. After that, not only your chat window, but your entire profile itself will be gone from the platform. A 1-hour window minimizes the risk of data exposure. Moreover, it pushes you to engage in a conversation (mostly intimate) rather than delaying the act and defeating the purpose of the service. Even if you really like the person and wish to take it forward, you’ll have to exchange your contact details within the one-hour timeframe. Pure promotes quick sexual/casual talks without worrying about calling, meeting, or texting them after.

SaucyDates:

Similar to Adult Friend Finder, SaucyDates was also created to let users connect with other singles seeking a relationship with no strings. The website has about 3 million users and claims to offer complete identity protection as they do not sell personal data (including pictures) on search engines. Joining the SaucyDates community is absolutely free and in fact, you can even look up VIP members without shelling a dime. However, to avail premium features, you would need to upgrade to a paid membership; as is the case with most dating services. What’s more? SaucyDates is accessible from any part of the world. Having said that, you’re more likely to find a casual partner in urban regions/ Tier 1 countries.

Passion.com:

If you’re really passionate about finding a partner who’ll add some flare to your personal life, definitely try using this site. You can discover members on basis of location and other factors such as gender and pictures. As far as the member database goes, it presently has about 50 million users out of which at least a hundred thousand are online at any given time. Heads Up: You can join Passion.com for free but in order to chat with fellow members, you’ll have to subscribe to the Gold Membership. Once you opt for that, you’ll be able to send emails, messages, participate in group video-calls, and also check out Passion’s cam models. Furthermore, your membership will also enable you to check out other details such as the profile picture and bio. The good news is that this service offers a three months’ free membership if you fail to meet a member within three months!

OasisActive:

OasisActive is specifically aimed at those who live in Australia. If you live anywhere else, you can skip this because profiles in other regions could simply be fake. The service was introduced in 2008 with an intention of facilitating pursuance of long-term relationships but today, you can also find casual dates just to hook up. Similar to OKcupid, you can register either through Facebook or feed in your details such as your gender and sexual orientation. As of now, it has a membership base of only 10 million but the site claims that there are approximately three hundred thousand log-ins daily. One downside that we noticed is that getting a date on this site is comparatively slower than others listed here. That said, the best part about this site is that you can see who is nearby and interact with others at no cost!

Badoo:

Badoo sports an excellent user interface and an eye-popping user-base of roughly three hundred sixty-eight million users. The service mentions “Meet New People” in its tag-line, which kind of suggests all sorts of relationships including friends. Nonetheless, the platform is flooded with people who’re only gunning for some fun. Badoo is free of cost in the real sense; in that you can sign-up, contact other users, and browse unlimited profiles without upgrading to any premium plans. Registration is quite easy. You can either log-in through your Facebook account or use other accounts on platforms like MSN, Yandex, Vkontakte, or Mail.ru. Alternatively, you may just key in your details and preferences including gender, what you’re looking for (whether to casually chat, make friends, or date), name, birthdate, and location. Once that’s set up, you can heart/cross on profiles of nearby users.

Find Rich Guys:

The concept of “Sugar daddies” is not alien to us. FindRichGuys is a niche dating service that caters to the aforementioned segment so if you’re into it, this could be your holy grail. The biggest pro of the site is that all the features, including the premium ones, can be enjoyed for free upon sign-up. Other sites charge a bomb even to register yourself as a member. However, this is also the site’s biggest con. Why you ask? Well, premium membership fee translates into filtered profiles and hence, a much safer and secured platform. All that aside, this service is for you if you’re in search of a Sugardaddy/Sugarbaby and don’t want to spend much on a dating service.

Conclusion:

Weeding out only 15 online hook-up sites from like 40,000 of them was quite a tall order. However, we’ve tried to put out the best ones on parameters like target audience, intent, accessibility, features, interface, user-base, frequency of ads, and popularity. Let us warn you that you might find flaws such as inactive profiles, insufficient matches, interface bugs, etc. Having said that, the overall experience is sure to leave you feeling content, provided you remain active and have the patience to keep searching.

You’ll notice that some of these sites are completely free while majority of them offer in-app purchases for premium features. We’d suggest that you upgrade only if you’re really going to use the app on a regular basis and can’t do without those features. Some of the most common features are seeing who viewed your profile, boosting your profile in suggested matches, erasing an accidental left-swipe, browsing unlimited members, etc.

In case we’ve skipped any sites that you think are worth a mention, do give us a shout out. Happy hooking!

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CNC’d MacBook Breathes Easy

Sick of his 2011 Macbook kicking its fans into overdrive every time the temperatures started to climb, [Arthur] decided to go with the nuclear option and cut some ventilation holes into the bottom of the machine’s aluminum case. But it just so happens that he had the patience and proper tools for the job, and the final result looks good enough that you might wonder why Apple didn’t do this to begin with.

After disassembling the machine, [Arthur] used double-sided tape and a block of scrap wood to secure the Macbook’s case to the CNC, and cut out some very slick looking vents over where the internal CPU cooler sits. With the addition of some fine mesh he found on McMaster-Carr, foreign objects (and fingers) are prevented from getting into the Mac and messing up all that Cupertino engineering.

[Arthur] tells us that the internal temperature of his Macbook would hit as high as 102 °C (~215 °F) under load before his modification, which certainly doesn’t sound like something we’d want sitting in our laps. With the addition of his vents however, he’s now seeing an idle temperature of 45 °C to 60 °C, and a max of 82 °C.

In the end, [Arthur] is happy with the results of his modification, but he’d change a few things if he was to do it again. He’s somewhat concerned about the fact that the mesh he used for the grill isn’t non-conductive (he’s using shims of card stock internally to make sure it doesn’t touch anything inside), and he’d prefer the peace of mind of having used epoxy to secure it all together rather than super-glue. That said, it works and hasn’t fallen apart yet; basically the hallmarks of a successful hack.

It’s worth noting that [Arthur] is not the first person to struggle with the Macbook’s propensity for cooking itself alive. A few years back we covered another user who added vents to their Macbook, but not before they were forced to reflow the whole board because some of the solder joints gave up in the heat.

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Apple’s New iPhone X Ad Shows Face ID, Portrait Lighting & More (VIDEO)

We all know very well that with the iPhone X, the tech giant Apple brought to the market some innovations. The most talked about, and possibly most important, is the Face ID. Hence, the tech giant Apple in its new iPhone X Ad videos shows Face ID, Portrait Lighting & more. Apple’s New iPhone X Ad Shows Face ID, Portrait Lighting & More (VIDEO) With the iPhone X, the tech giant Apple brought to the market some innovations. The most talked about, and possibly most important, is the Face ID. The technology it encompasses is unique. However, we have already

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This New Silicon Structure Opens Gate To Quantum Computers

Recently, in a research carried out at Princeton University, scientists demonstrated the ability to accurately control the behaviour of two quantum bits, thus opening the door to the creation of complex and multi-qubit devices or you can say quantum computers. This New Silicon Structure Opens Gate To Quantum Computers In a research carried out at Princeton University, scientists demonstrated the ability to accurately control the behaviour of two quantum bits, thus opening the door to the creation of complex and multi-qubit devices. Quantum computers may be “just around the corner” for more current use. This development is an important step

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