Tesla Supercharger Catches Fire

Tesla cars are well-known sites all around the world now with the Model S being known as a rather amazing piece of technology. The electric sports car contains a ludicrous mode which can accelerate 0-60 in less than 3 seconds, a rather impressive sight. The S model, however, is getting some bad attention in Norway when it went to top up.

Tesla’s electric cars are known for being the first step into reliable and everyday usable cars, however, a particular owner got a surprise during a routine action in Norway. After pulling up the a supercharger station, and inserting its plug for the lithium-ion battery pack, the vehicle caught fire. The owner was not at the car when the incident happens so no one was harmed, but as you can see from the image above, the car was not so lucky.

While people are quick to argue and debate over what could have caused this user one Reddit user, bjornnyland, was quick to point out that this was a temporary station which actually delivered 13kW more than a standard station, which typically deliver 105 kW. After stating that he had used the charging point several times and that it had stopped on more than one occasion, he was quick to state that it may or may not have had something to do with the fire.

Norway Wants to Kill FM Radio by the End of 2017

Nordic countries are beginning to pick up the pace and keep up with times, more than ever before! According to Radio.no, Norway plans to make the step to full digital audio broadcasting in as little as 2 years.

Norway’s Ministry of Culture took the decision and announced that the change will start on the 11th of January and end on the 13th of December. Before you ask ‘why the heck are they rushing things?’ While you are still listening to your old-fashioned radio in the background, you should know that hard evidence is backing up the ministry’s decision.

The ministry based the decision on a Digitalradio survey made by TNS Gallup, a marketing research company. The survey revealed that 56 per cent of radio listeners use digital radio on a daily basis and 56 per cent of households own at least one digital audio broadcasting radio device.

Still, the change that led to half of Norway’s population having a DAB radio was not made overnight. Norway started embracing DAB technology back in 1995, having two national DAB networks, along with a few other local ones, cropping up in recent years.

But did you think Norway is the only one doing this? Of course not! A few European countries along with some from South Asia are doing the same thing. This would only help diversify the content broadcasted and bring better quality to radio listeners. What are your thoughts on the matter?

Thank you Radio.no for providing us with this information
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Norweigan Army Testing Oculus Rift VR Tech Inside Tanks

A new prototype navigation system is being trialed by the Norwegian army, allowing their soldiers a new way to drive their tanks, and it uses Oculus Rift. The new system uses special cameras mounted on the exterior of the tank, which are then fed into the Oculus Rift headset via some software, to provide the driver with 360-degree of viewing space from within the safety of the tank.

The new system is nothing more than a prototype, as the picture quality provided by the headset and the cameras is not good enough for operational use. They’ve been testing with Oculus since 2013, which I’m guessing was the DK1 dev kit hardware, but in April they also tried out the newer DK2 hardware.

“It is a partial success,” project leader Maj Ola Petter Odden told the BBC. “The concept is sound, but the technology isn’t quite there yet. The picture quality is good for 10-15m [30-50ft] – but after that it is difficult to distinguish details, for example whether an opponent is carrying a weapon.”

Oculus Rift has so far proven a much cheaper solution compared to conventional military camera systems. The hardware used is still under development, but they’re preparing their systems and soldiers for when a higher quality headset and camera system are available.

Thank you BBC for providing us with this information.

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21 Countries And Rising Have Joined Anti-NSA UN Resolution Discussions

RT reports that 21 countries have joined in draft discussions at the UN for an anti-NSA resolution to be passed. In the discussions are the following nations: Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, France, Germany, Guyana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Norway, Paraguay, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay and Venezuela. The resolution seeks to condemn indiscriminate and extra-territorial surveillance and rectify that with independent oversight of all electronic monitoring.

The resolution was proposed earlier this week by Germany and Brazil, two of the largest and most vocal critics of the USA’s global spying operations. While the document does not single out the USA or NSA specifically, the rhetoric is clearly a direct attack on the NSA’s exposed global surveillance practices.

The draft resolutions states that UN members are “deeply concerned at human rights violations and abuses that may result from the conduct of extra-territorial surveillance or interception of communications in foreign jurisdictions.” and that “illegal surveillance of private communications and the indiscriminate interception of personal data of citizens constitutes a highly intrusive act that violates the rights to freedom of expression and privacy and threatens the foundations of a democratic society.”

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Xbox One Delayed To 2014 For Eight European Countries

Microsoft has officially confirmed that eight European countries will get the console late, in 2014.  The eight countries who will experience a delay in the product’s arrival are Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland. That said in November the Xbox One is still expected to arrive on time in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand.

Microsoft stated that: “We understand this will be disappointing news for our fans in the impacted countries, and we are doing everything we can to bring Xbox One to you as soon as possible next year.”

Those in the affected countries will be compensated with a free game if they had already pre-ordered an Xbox One before this announcement.  Microsoft did not disclose why they were experiencing delays in those countries but you can probably safely assume it is because Microsoft wants to focus its demand on the biggest markets first. Microsoft also didn’t state when in 2014 the delayed arrival would be for the affected countries, they merely disclosed “as soon as possible”.

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Snowden’s Asylum Options: 1 Withdrawn 10 Rejected 10 Pending

According to reports by RT.com Snowden’s options for political asylum are rapidly evaporating. The NSA whistleblower has withdrawn his application for Asylum to Russia after they told him he could only have asylum if he stopped “damaging” the USA, a condition he was not prepared to agree to. Furthermore Finland, Brazil, Poland, India and Germany all rejected his asylum claim outright stating they were not willing to accept him. Spain, Norway, Italy, Ecuador and Austria also rejected Snowden’s asylum request on the grounds that he had to be already inside the country for it to be processed. These rejections bring the total numbers of rejections to 10, and with the single withdrawal, 11 of Snowden’s options have already been vaporised.

So what options are left for the NSA whistleblower? Well he still has Bolivia, China, Cuba, France, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Switzerland and Venezuela left to reply. Of those ten remaining options China says it is not aware of the request and France has denied ever receiving such an Asylum request and since they also recently blocked a Bolivian Jet from flying through their airspace because of suspicions that Edward Snowden was onboard it could easily turn out that France will reject the request too.

As of writing the most likely nations to accept seem to be Venezuela and Bolivia after they both expressed anti-USA sentiments and stated their willingness to protect Snowden.

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Snowden Releases List Of Countries Contacted For Political Asylum Requests

While it is now relatively common knowledge that the famous internet surveillance NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is stuck in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, it hasn’t been well documented where he was seeking political asylum up until now. We’ve known he has been in talks with Ecuador, but with that starting to unfold who else has he been trying to seek political asylum with? Well surprisingly his options aren’t as limited as you might think. According to an official statement made by the whistleblower organisation WikiLeaks Edward Snowden has applied for political asylum in the following nation-states:

  • Austria
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Cuba
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Italy
  • Ireland
  • The Netherlands
  • Nicaragua
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Russia (where he is situated now)
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Venezuela

Surprisingly, Ecuador is now off the list after President Correa seems to be bowing to American pressure. He has gone from pledging his support to Snowden at all costs to saying that he now offered Snowden help “by mistake”. It is also worth noting that Russia have also refused to offer Edward Snowden political asylum unless he stops releasing documents that are harming the USA.

Edward Snowden is currently seeking asylum on the grounds of persecution risk if he is forced to return back to the USA.

We will be sure to keep you updated with how this goes for Edward Snowden. He is easily becoming one of the most important figures of our generation.

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New Norwegian Laws To Block Pirate Sites

While Iceland has been relatively friendly to the Pirate Bay in recent times, other Scandinavian countries have not. Greenland recently booted the Pirate Bay out, Denmark banished them ages ago under a supreme court ruling and Sweden is looking to seize thepiratebay.se domain name in the near future. All in all it isn’t looking that good for the Pirate Bay and with the most recent legislation in Norway it looks set to get a little bit worse.

Norway has taken another step towards legislation that could ban sites like the Pirate Bay as politicians have proposed several amendments to the Copyright Act which have been approved in the first parliamentary hearing. This means they are as good as passed as Norwegian parliament very rarely sees a different outcome in the second and final hearing before official adoption. This new legislation makes it easier for government agencies and authorities to monitor file sharing and have sites that break the law blocked at the ISP level according to Torrent Freak. The new amendments received broad support and are likely to be passed. In recent times Norway has faced increasing pressure on copyright infringement, back in 2009 several movie studios took the Telenor ISP to court to try and get them to block public access to the Pirate Bay. The case was rejected along with the appeal because nothing in law supported such a move, however with these new amendments, which trace their roots back to 2011 proposals, that looks set to change.

Like with all narrow ISP blocks of the Pirate Bay and other sites it remains to be seen how effective these measures will be. For as long as the original Pirate Bay servers remain online somewhere in the world then proxies will be forever able to circumvent the ISP domain blocks. It isn’t just the Pirate Bay that does this but many other sites that have been blocked are doing a similar thing, KickAssTorrents (KAT) for example has a whole host of proxies to circumvent ISP blocks in countries such as the UK.

What are your thoughts on these latest anti-piracy measures by Norway?

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