New Building In London Includes “Sky Pool”

For many swimming is a relaxing past time, the feeling of water rushing over you as you dive beneath the surface and are engulfed by a fundamental element that sustains us. Many enjoy diving to the bottom of the pool so they can touch the bottom and feel the accomplishment before resurfacing. Now imagine the next time you dive beneath the water and touch the bottom you look out to 10 floors of open space between you and the ground; residents in London could be experiencing that feeling very soon.

A new development in London will feature just that, a “sky pool” as it has been dubbed. The pool will measure 25 metres by five metres and will be encased by glass measuring 20cm’s in thickness.

The design will connect two new apartment buildings, alongside a normal pathway for those who aren’t quite ready to swim to borrow a pint of milk from their neighbour. Sadly though if your are looking at going for a swim there may be a queue, given that around two thousand homes will have access to the pool when it opens.

If you are interested in buying an apartment you can grab one for a mere £602,000, but sadly the first phase of homes have already been bought, leaving the second phase open for people who want to express their interest before they go on sale in September.

“The Sky Pool’s transparent structure is the result of significant advancements in technologies over the last decade. The experience of the pool will be truly unique; it will feel like floating through the air in central London.” Ballymore Group CEO Sean Mulryan, who came up with the original idea for the pools design.

I personally love the idea of a sky pool, but I guess a fear of heights and 10 floors of open space beneath the water may stop me from enjoying it quite as much as I think I might. If your interested though you can register your interest here, or hope that a friend gets on of the houses and invites you over.

Thank you Mashable for the information.

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Dota 2 Championship Prize May Reach Record $11.5 Million

Dota 2 has been getting a lot of attention lately and it’s now seen in its annual championship tournament, where the prize pool could reach $11.5 million, setting it as a new record in the game’s championship history. Pretty impressive, huh?

This year marks the fifth International Dota 2 Championship event and it is said that the prize reached $11.4 million this Friday thanks to the money brought in from virtual Compendium. This is really overwhelming since the prize pool started off with a $1.6 million budget at the end of April.

However, in just a matter of days, the prize money reached $5.5 million. This was mainly due to a lot of Compendium sales, which is the sum of in-game challenges, fantasy league-style predictions and in-game cosmetics rewards. Thanks to its fans and players, competitors now will have the opportunity to have a lot of fun, fight for the top and maybe even end up filling their bank account with a small fortune.

In terms of Compendium sales, the basic one costs you $9,99. Should you want to spend more, there is also a $27,99 variant, 25% of which goes to the prize pool. This year Compendium owners are said to have more rewards as they level by watching games, collecting player cards and other such activities.

Thank you Polygon for providing us with this information

US IPv4 Address Pool Reported to Be at Its Last Drop

Well folks, the time has come to gradually transition from IPv4 towards IPv6. But don’t panic! Everyone was aware of the change and the limit is expected to be reached, as previously analysis show, sometime this summer. Will this affect your everyday user? Of course not, people will most probably not see any type of change at all (hopefully).

The guys in charge of handling the transition and making sure that everything works are the ISPs, who should have already started on getting things ready for the big change. So why do we need to make the change? Limited addresses, of course. Back in 1981 when the first IPv4 was made, it used only 32 bits to generate unique addresses. The latter number of bits is able to generate 4.3 billion unique addresses and back then people couldn’t have imagined that so many devices will be connected to the Internet is such a short amount of time.

However, further analysis pointed out the issue and so IPv6 was introduced in 1999, a 128-bit upgraded version of the IPv4 protocol, able to generate 340 trillion trillion trillion unique addresses. Now the thing is, if we are to run out of addresses for this protocol, it means that we either have the worst tech addiction or we are in an era where there are more androids running around than people.

Thank you Sci-Tech Today for providing us with this information

Hacker Diverts Traffic from 19 ISPs to Steal a Large Sum of Bitcoins

It is said that researchers over at Dell’s SecureWorks security division have uncovered a series of hacking attempts in which a bitcoin thief redirected a portion of online traffic from 19 ISPs, including data from Amazon, DigitalOcean and OVH, in order to steam digital currency from a group of bitcoin users.

The hijack said to have lasted just 30 seconds, but the hacking attempt is said to have been performed 22 times. On each attempt, the hacker gained control of the processing power of a group of bitcoin miners, redirecting their mining activity towards his private pool. Security researchers say that the hacker was able to pocket a flow of bitcoins and other digital currencies worth roughly $9,000 through the hijacking.

“With this kind of hijacking, you can quite easily grab a large collection of clients,” said Pat Litke, one of the Dell researchers. “It takes less than a minute, and you end up with a lot of mining traffic under your control.”

A technique called BGP is said to have been used, exploiting the border gateway protocol. The hacker took advantage of a staff user account at a Canadian ISP to periodically broadcast a spoofed command that redirected traffic from other ISPs from February throughout May this year. The command, along with miners not checking their rigs to notice the ‘new’ settings, led to the hacker pocketing $83,000 worth of cryptocurrency.

“Some people are more attentive to their mining rigs than others,” said Joe Stewart, a Dell researcher whose own computers were caught up in one victimized mining pool. “Many users didn’t check their setups for weeks, and they were doing all this work on behalf of the hijacker.”

The BGP hijacking method has been discussed as a potential threat to the internet security since 1998. Back then, a group of hackers known as L0pht stated that they could use the attack to take down the entire Internet in 30 minutes. The discussion was followed at the DefCon security conference in 2008 and was later used in 2013 to temporarily redirect a portion of US internet traffic to Iceland and Belarus.

Thank you Wired for providing us with this information

ESPN to Air 10 Million USD Dota 2 Gaming Tournament

As released today, Valve has announced ESPN will be showing live coverage of their 10 million dollar electronic sports tournament, simply labeled ‘The International’.

The International has been run yearly since 2011, with Valve pitting 1.6 million dollars of funded prize pool in recent times. To help increase this incentive, Valve pitched it to their Dota2 community for further support. For $10 USD, any player can purchase a ‘compendium‘ which delivers $2.50 into the prize pool directly and also give the user a bunch of in-game items, skins and benefits. Doing the math, this means roughly 8.4 million was raised directly from the communities donation, with a ton more going directly to the game manufacturer.

Currently, the International has just finished its playoff stages and has come up with a final eight teams all fighting for the trophy. As according the Valves press release, ESPN are now set get in on the action:

“Valve today announced that coverage of The International Dota 2 Championships will be presented in collaboration with ESPN on its live multi-screen sports network, ESPN3. In addition, an exclusive show previewing the final match will be presented on ESPN2 on Sunday at 8:30 pm Pacific. Live access to ESPN2 is also available on digital platforms via WatchESPN.” Steampowered

Valves Erik Johnson commented on the partnership:

“From the success of the Compendium to the collaboration with ESPN, this year’s International really demonstrates how much competitive gaming has grown to rival traditional sports. We believe the teams have also pushed to a new level of play this year and will further demonstrate the incredible advances made across this tournament since it first began three short years ago.” Steampowered

This is huge news for the eSports community, whom are always pushing for their favorite pastime (or in some cases, occupation) to be pushed into the mainstream-media spotlight. Another positive note is that this years 10 million dollar prize pool is a massive jump to that of 2013, which grossed only 2.8 million in comparison. This may be just the push that eSports needs to make its way into more homes.

Wondering how this 10 million dollar prize pool matches up with ‘regular’ sporting events? Thanks to Tournament.com we’ve had it laid out easily for us.

For those who don’t have the ability to watch on ESPN, Twitch.tv will be running multiple online streams of the finals.

Is there anything else valve have up their sleeve? We’re waiting with twitching anticipation for any further announcements.

Image courtesy of Gosu Gamers

Face Recognition Technology Currently Being Tested by the FBI

Face recognition technology is nothing new, having agencies such as the National Security Agency denying the use of such technology on people, images and most likely anything that has a human face on it. However, the FBI looks like they are not trying to hide the technology or its use at all.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has stated that it is in the process of building a database called the “Next Generation Identification database” by feeding portraits from local law enforcement agencies into the system.

It is said that the software is being built by MorphoTrust, a company which has been stated to have helped the State Department create its own face recognitions database. However, MorphoTrust and the State Department cannot currently join databases.

However, FBI Director James Comey appears not to rule out the possibility of eventually merging both databases in the near future. An estimated 52 million images have been said to be imported in the database by next year, having the Electronic Frontier Foundation already alarmed by the gigantic figure.

The EFF states that there is a strong possibility of many innocent people slipping into the pool. Despite the EFF warning, Director Comey apparently was unable to deny or at least assure people who will not be the case and that their driving license photos will be ‘safe’. Furthermore, the FBI director has also stated that he is not even sure if the EFF’s claims are accurate.

Having been asked specifically about the driving licenses, Director Comey related to possible circumstances in which pictures of people who are being granted special driving licenses to transport children or explosive material are being sent by state departments, thus having a high chance of eventually ending up in the database as well.

Thank you Endgadget for providing us with this information
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