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Technology Has Boosted The Creation Of Fake ID

Are you needing laminating sheets, photo paper, and spray glue? Certainly, these are the list of things you need for a school art class. In fact, you need these materials to make a fake ID card. Include Photoshop in your expertise and you’re off to earn £1,000 or $1,500 in a week. This concept is shared by a former vendor, privately educated in a British school, where he sells fake cards for £25 only to his fellow classmates.

This business is even prosperous in America. As the legal age for drinking is 21, there is a higher demand from rich buyers. A former student was able to sell artificial IDs for only $120 each. He also found bar codes and holographs on American driving licenses easy to forge, however, he failed to imitate the magnetic strips. In America, there are states that are now discontinuing the magnetic strips in licenses to favor cheaper kinds with bar codes.

The usage of fake ID is disseminated across the world. China has no restriction against underage drinking, so bar owners seldom check their identity. However, it is indeed difficult for them to get inside an Internet café. In Beijing, a renowned place to get this card is on the east entryway of Renmim University. Vendors say they can earn 100,000 yuan or $16,000 per year.

Technology has provided a boost for the fake ID business.  Today’s printers and software has made good fakes more possible. Forgers never need to produce one document; the latest technology allows them to make mass productions. And since the orders can be received through the Internet, the fabricators never need to be nearby their customers.

Beating technology against technology is now possible through replacements of ID cards using mobile phones. In Britain, they have utilized a new system known as Touch2id, where it encrypts fingerprints and proof of age on a smart sticker which is linked to a smartphone. To be served, the user will have to swipe his phone on a chipreader and have his fingerprints scanned.

According to London School of Economics expert, Edgar Whitley, an overseas forger will find it difficult to trick this system. Besides, the system is to expensive that a Touch2id scanner will cost £200 each. Without mandate from the government or paying cash for installation of such devices, fake ID will remain for as long as it is needed.

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What To Search For When Selecting Strip LED Lights

Nowadays, strip LED lights are widely used. Here are professional tips that can help you choose high quality LED strips.

LED strips have a normal product lifespan of 30,000 hours at temperatures between -30℃ and +60℃. LED strips are safe to use using low-voltage power supply. You can have a wide array of colours and colour temperatures most suited for various conditions. Two types of LED strips are the flexible strips and rigid strips.

LED rigid strips, on the other hand, is easy to fix and install. The main advantages you get from LED rigid strips are its precise length, adjustable light angle, and high brightness, which you can use aluminium PCB as circuit board.

LED flexible strips, on the other hand, consume less energy and have long product life. These types of strips are great for decorating corners. The back-to-back adhesive tape and buckles specifically made for the lights make the strips easy to install. Besides, this strip LED lights can be cut-off as a requirement.

The market of LED strips can come in a wide variety, with variable prices depending on its usage. So here are tips on how you should select the LED lights:

  • Package

You need to find out if it is packaged with resin or silicon. Choosing a resin package will make the purchase cheaper due to weaker heat dissipation. However, there is no difference between the two.

  • Colour consistency

There are manufacturers that don’t use photometer, which simply means the LED strips are below the mark. These LED lights aren’tcolour-separated and can’t bring the desired brightness and shining light.

  • Solder joint

High quality LED lights are manufactured with reflow soldering and solder pastes, making the solder-joints small, clear enough, arching, and moving towards the electrode from the circuit board.

  • Circuit board

LED flexible strips often have two kinds of circuit board – rolled copper circuit board and the bonded copper circuit board. The copper foil of the latter circuit board is sticking out. Its bonding pad will fall off if used in high in temperature or bent too much. The rolled copper circuit board, is closely connected to EPC is the opposite of the bonded copper circuit board.

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Actors Gain More Confidence On Stage With Wireless Earpiece

Johnny Depp is not the only actor who does not bother to memorize his lines. Several high profile stars from stage and screen stars have been seen wearing a wireless earpiece in the past. It was reported that Depp has been using an earpiece to feed him lines during a film production however there were also claims that he simply wants to listen to music while acting.

There are many examples of famous actors wearing earpieces and one of them is Marlon Brando. When the legendary actor was shooting The Island of Dr, Moreau, it was reported that the whole production was a disaster with the script being rewritten just hours before the scenes. Instead of memorizing his lines, Marlon Brando wore an earpiece and had an assistant feed him lines in real time.

However, during those times, earpiece technology was not sophisticated. According to fellow actor David Thewlis, Brando’s earpiece will sometimes pick up wrong signals during the scene. Thewlis told Entertainment Weekly that there was one time when the wireless earpiece got police messages.

In the 2015 movie Fifty Shades of Grey, Rita Ora had to wear an earpiece because she was nervous and she needed someone to feed her the lines. While Ora only had a few minutes of screen time, she was so nervous, she forgot everything she learned.

In the 1990 movie Days of Thunder, parts of the script were rewritten a few minutes before the scenes were filmed. At first, Tom Cruise wrote down the new lines on paper and stuck them on the dashboard of the race car as he zipped on the track. However, the technique was not successful and production had to come up with a new strategy. Instead of learning the new lines, the dialogue was read to Tom Cruise through an earphone.

The wireless earpiece is very important for actors because it allows them to get help during a scene. It is common for them to forget some of their lines but with the earpiece, mistakes and unnecessary agitation is avoided. The actor becomes confident with the performance knowing that help is easily available through that tiny invisible ear piece.

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Nightmarish Emergency Plumbing Experiences

Former presidents of the United States from John Quincy Adams to Barack Obama have enjoyed indoor plumbing in the White House. The White House first received indoor plumbing during the term of John Quincy Adams through a garden pump with nine spout holes that was attached to a well. President Franklin Pierce made significant improvements to plumbing as well as toilet facilities. Today, White House plumbing is luxurious with both hot and cold water piped in. Does the White House experience plumbing emergencies? Probably not.

Some plumbers have shared their nightmarish experiences during plumbing emergencies. Steve Ferguson of Mr. Rooter Plumbing responded to a call for emergency plumbing services due to toilet stoppage. He checked the pipes and found the source of the stoppage – upper and lower dentures of a customer who had one drink too many the night before and got sick.

One night, Tim and Robyn Roth received a call from a casino that they often work with. The complaint was a backed up sewer line. When the plumbers arrived on the scene, a foreign object has been pushed into the main sewer line. The plumbers had to undertake a combination of digging, sawing and jetting to reach the culprit. Children in the casino’s daycare have flushed their toys into the toilet. If they did not act fast, the whole casino would have been flooded with raw sewage.

Emergency plumbers often find different items in their customer’s plumbing system from a soup bone, eyeglasses, hypodermic needles and condoms. Steve Ferguson tells a story of an upstairs toilet clog which required them to pull back a dead raccoon from the drain. In another pipe clearing job, they found wheat that was dumped by the homeowner into the toilet. They had to shovel and vacuum to remove the wheat from the pipes.

Residents within and around Welling have so much to be thankful for because they can easily call P4U Emergency Plumbers during plumbing emergencies. Reliable and friendly service is provided at the most reasonable cost. Aside from immediate assistance during plumbing emergencies, service like bathroom and boiler installations as well full bathroom refurbishments are also provided.

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U.S. Economy May Benefit From IT Industry

The IT industry is huge when talking in the economical sense but one does not grasp just how huge it is unless they have been a part of CompTIA training in Melbourne. In order for one to understand, it is important to be familiar with the tech Trade Snapshot 2017 hosted by CompTIA. The report was published early last month and will be able to shed some light regarding the actual size of the IT sector.

  • According to the United States International Trade Association, last year, the tech products and services that have been exported by the country are worth approximately $309 billion.
  • Out of the entire revenue from the tech industry in the United States, the export is responsible for about one-fourth of the whole. It is estimated that for every $3 that the locals spend on tech here in the United States, it is matched by $1 from those spending outside of the nation’s borders.
  • Export from the tech industry is responsible for 4 out of every 10 jobs in the manufacturing companies in the country.
  • In terms of production, the top states that have been producing tech products are Texas, California, Florida, Oregon and Illinois.
  • The majority of tech exports are due to countries Canada and Mexico. Last year, about $74.8 billion of revenue was from Canada and Mexico. This means that out of the total $309 billion, 25 per cent is coming from the two countries.
  • The biggest trade surplus is happening between Canada and United States with revenue of almost $18 billion last year.

What is interesting is that despite the fact that the total revenue have increased due to the exports of tech products as well as services, the product side seemed to be decreasing minimally. With the seen important of the tech industry in the country, it is only adequate that many are aiming to experience CompTIA training in Melbourne to further their knowledge. With the data presented, it is proof that the tech export of the country is doing well despite the stagnant growth of the current economy.


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From Practical And Functional Doors To Frameless Glass Shower Enclosures

Bathrooms designs have evolved through the years.  Now, bathrooms are no longer just simple basic spaces where you perform your private hygiene moments. Bathrooms have become more elegant and luxurious particularly with the introduction of frameless glass shower enclosures.

Preferences have changed especially towards the important elements that make bathroom design exceptionally different from the rest. Aside from prioritizing comfort, customers today are more practical although they also ensure that the aesthetic appeal of the bathroom is preserved. Modern customers are looking for shower enclosures and cubicles that exactly fit their needs. It is no longer just a basic shower cubicle because there are now a lot more choices.

One of the most popular items today is the frameless glass shower enclosure that is the epitome of modernity, elegance and practicality. In order to achieve a spa-like ambiance in the bathroom, there are frameless glass shower enclosures with sliding doors, high quality rollers and top bars made from stainless steel.

Glass can be as thick as 8 mm with easy glass protection that ensures that glass is clean and spotless for a long time. The glass protection makes use of Nano glass coating which is an invisible and durable coating that provides glass with water resistance, residue resistance and antistatic properties.

A discerning homeowner wants a luxury shower enclosure that is customized to fit the limited space. When customization is used in bathroom design, it becomes very easy to express your own character and personality. Aside from the frameless glass shower enclosures, today’s shower usually includes power showers, body jets and steam functions for comfort, relaxation and wellbeing.

The environment inside the bathroom need not be clinical. Subtle elegance can be created through the harmonious use of muted consistent tones. Move beyond white; there are frameless enclosures in colored and tinted glass.

Glass suppliers in Melbourne offers a range of glass products from frameless glass for shower doors and enclosures, balustrades, pool fencing and tabletops. Aside from being hygienic, glass can create a contemporary look and feel in the home. In terms of safety, glass will make you feel secured and protected.

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Tires On Fire For Three!

Fires are dangerous however much we need fire to do some of the things we need in life. If it is big enough, it can spread quickly, it can destroy properties, and it can destroy lives, literally and figuratively. This is the reason why we have brave people who work to help out in case there are fires happening, we have the firefighters.

The fires can be stopped quickly but there are some that can run for a long time, eating more of the properties along the way, destruction of life and property in its wake. For the Sturgis Fire Department, three hours of firefighting is also hard work. The brave firefighters from this fire department spent three hours on the scene of a fire in a tire recycling and manufacturing facility. The facility’s crew started seeing smoke come out from the north end of the building and thought that a piece of equipment was on fire. Upon entering the building, the firefighters noticed that black smoke was coming from a tire granulator and the fire source are rubber or nylon pieces at the bottom of the machine. Thankfully after the hours, the fire was extinguished and it was declared to be fire-out.

Cobalt Holdings, LLC are processing at least 10,000 tonnes of tire scraps every year as stated by the company’s website and a tire granulator is there to grind and shred them to pieces in preparation for recycling. Thankfully, there are no injuries were reported as the workers and employees were evacuated as soon as the fire department was called into action. The possible source of the fire is known but the cause of the fire is yet to be determined. Estimated cost of the affected properties and damages was not yet determined at the time of writing.

There was a lot of support provided in putting out the fire coming from the Sturgis Police Department, Lifecare Ambulance, and Sturgis Electric. Tri-Township Fire Department was also placed on standby during the situation. This happened March 8, 2017. This is a lesson learned for businesses, especially those that deal with materials and machines that can cause fires, so much like a tire granulator and even simple shredders. Accidents do happen. Fire happens.

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Benefits Of Using An Open Source Card Management System

For starters, the term “open source” refers to a software that runs in a source code which provides rights to others to study, manipulate and eventually, distribute a program that was created using the language used for open source software. For sure, some of you may have already used the term “open source operating system”, which is generally the operating system which can be used to create and run open source programs. One system which can be developed by using the open source operating system is the card management system.

To begin with, a card management system is basically a computer-programmed system that is employed by companies for one purpose: to manage the life cycle of smart cards from the time details of cardholders are encoded up to the management of data stored in the cards themselves. A card management system is also used by banking and lending institutions for their smart cards that can act as their clients’ debit or credit cards. Like all systems that can be developed by computer, you can actually create your card management system using open source operating system and believe it or not, it has more benefits compared to the ones developed by using the usual programming language used in Windows or Macintosh operating systems. If you employ the use of an open source-based system, you will get the following benefits:

  • The use of open source operating system for any systems in a company will give you more flexibility in terms of what your system can do and how it will perform once it goes live. This is something you can’t enjoy in Windows and most especially in Macintosh. You see, when you use open source, the possibilities are endless. You have more control especially in the security features of your system.
  • Creating a system using open source operating system is cheaper. This is because you don’t have to pay just to get the codes that you need to reprogram. The entire source code is readily provided upon.
  • Your system will be updated more than frequently to make sure it can adapt to the technological advancement of today’s world. This include the latest and newest security features which can help preserve the authenticity of the data stored in the smart cards.
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Bridgetek Will Demo Their Home Automation Tech At CES

For this coming CES, Bridgetek has already announced that they are going to make a demonstration of their home automation system called PanL. The platform have features that make it possible for users to control a number of heating systems, security systems, lighting systems as well as air condition systems present inside the house by employing only a single point of contact.

There is not much coherence in the present state of the home automation market because of the systems that are developed by different manufacturers that utilize only its specific proprietary control technology. With this, users are forced to use not only one but different apps for specific purposes.

With this setup, the home automation system presents inconvenience in a way and its technology can be deemed as frustrating at times. Users have the desire to get a technology wherein everything is centralized without the need to create specific controls for each of the systems present inside the property.

With the PanL home automation, there are hubs that are made up of a wide variety of connection options either wired or wireless such as an Ethernet that is PoE-enabled with 100Base-T, a BLE or Bluetooth low energy and 802.11 b/g/n or more commonly known as Wi-Fi. Because of these, the tech has the capacity to connect at a number of systems at the same time. The processors used are 32-bit microcontrollers that are in the Bridgetek FT900 series.

Every unit has a second generation FT813 EVE or embedded video engine that is used by the high resolution graphic controllers which is responsible for the human machine interface or HMI of the system. This is the reason why the control available for the users is simple to use as well as intuitive. It also gives them access to content with rich graphics and a multi-touch function.

One of the biggest benefits of having a centralized approach that is adapted by PanL’s home automation systems is that the different systems are operating in a coordinated manner. Moreover, data coming from various systems can be joined together thus homeowners will be able to monitor their energy consumption as a whole.

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Office 365’s Recent Updates Simplify Accessibility Options

During the company’s Surface event this year, Microsoft showcased a lot of its accessibility features integrated into its software and hardware. This month, Redmond has continued the work. The recent accessibility features for windows 10, such as the updates to the narrator text-to-speech program and the support for Braille, were made public. Microsoft is also going a step forward and rolling out several new updates for Office that are created to assist the users to easily create content, which is accessible and readable by all people.

New accessibility features from Microsoft

According to Kirk Koenigsbauer, the Office VP for Microsoft, his team already moved this recent Accessibility Checker at the front and centre of every primary Office application from PowerPoint, Word and Excel to Outlook, Visio and OneNote. The feature, located in the Review tab, is going to analyse a document and suggest modifications or fixes, which is going to make sure that the content is consumed by everyone without restrictions regardless of their different levels of mobility, cognition, hearing and vision. Aside from ensuring the documents are readable, the focus is to assist users be better in terms of building hugely accessible documents throughout time.

Outlook is also going to benefit from the Accessibility Checker through the addition of a MailTip, which alerts co-workers about possible accessibility preferences for the person they are intending to compose an email to. The MailTip is going to remind them to run the Accessibility Checker prior to sending the email so that it is ensured that everything is going to be readable by each person in a team.


Alt-text recommendations

Lastly, PowerPoint and Word are going to provide intelligent and automatic generated alternate texts for the images in presentations and documents. With the use of the Computer Vision Cognitive Service, an in-house Microsoft service, PowerPoint and Word are able to analyse images, while saving time through the proposal of text descriptions for the users having visual impairments.

The Accessibility Checker is currently offered in Windows machines and some Office for Mac applications. On the other hand, the alt-text recommendations are still coming soon, as stated by Microsoft.

For more information about Office tools, it is best to avail of courses, such as a Microsoft Word training or an Excel training, to know the ins and outs of the Microsoft applications.

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