• Opera star entertains Paris Metro commuters

    Christophe Menager gives a comedic performance in a subway station under the City of Light

    Surprises during commutes are rarely pleasant. More often than not, they involve traffic jams, delayed trains or horrible weather that makes getting home a type of Greek odyssey.

    So, we imagine it must have been a nice treat for the Paris commuters who were lucky enough to come across opera star Christophe Menager giving a performance in a bustling Metro station.

    We don't know what Menager is singing about, but we do know that he's giving it his all. According to the person who recorded the two minutes of video, Menager "sometimes goes to the Metro to sing for the people that can't afford to go or wouldn't otherwise be interested in going to opera."

    Of course, the opera, especially as performed in subway stations, isn't for everybody. Some commuters stop to listen and interact, while others hurry past, eager to get to wherever it is they're going. Maybe the opera?

    Follow Mike Krumboltz on Twitter (@mikekrumboltz).


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  • FBI produces short film to warn students about spying on U.S.

    'Game of Pawns' dramatizes story of Glenn Duffie Shriver, who is serving four years in prison

    Move over, Warner Bros. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is getting into the movie business.

    OK, not exactly. But the feds did produce a short film , titled "Game of Pawns," detailing the story of Glenn Duffie Shriver, a recent American college graduate who was sentenced to four years in federal prison after he pled guilty to conspiring to give classified information to authorities in the People's Republic of China.

    After college, Shriver traveled to Shanghai in the mid-2000s. In need of money, he responded to a classified ad to write essays on American-Chinese relations.

    Things escalated. He was given more assignments (and money) and was eventually asked by Chinese officials to infiltrate the U.S. on their behalf by pursuing a career in the Central Intelligence Agency.

    Warning bells must have been going off, but Shriver continued down the road, scoring an interview at CIA headquarters. However, his nerves quickly got the better of him. After choking during a routine polygraph

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  • These days most of us live in bland ghettos where the car doesn’t fit in the garage. But are 'garden cities' really the solution?

    The problem with designing a garden city from scratch is that culturally Britain has moved a long way from the original concept -

    In order to persuade us to vote for them next time around, politicians need some big ideas for their manifestos, and both Tories and the Lib Dems have come up with ‘garden cities’ as a way of solving our housing crisis. (By the way, the last big house building plan, unveiled by the Tories in 2011, has only produced 715 new homes, instead of the projected 16,000.)

    Last month, David Cameron announced plans to build a substantial new town on the disused brownfield land around Ebbsfleet International Station in Kent - there’s nothing there at the moment except a parking lot, a few windswept former quarries and quite a few ugly pylons.

    The main advantange of Ebbsfleet is its’ proximity to Central London - St Pancras is less than half an hour away on the new high-speed train service.

    Milton Keynes is another garden city. (Rui Vieira/PA Wire)

    Now, Nick Clegg has announced he’s proposing three new ‘garden cities’ between Oxford and Cambridge, each containing more than 15,000 new homes.

    The Lib Dems want local councils to come up with proposals for the

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  • We know, we know. You're sick of selfies. We're sick of selfies. Everybody's sick of selfies. We hear you loud and clear.

    But humor us, because this isn't your average, everyday, phone-held-out-at-arm's-length smiling portrait of some goober in front of the Eiffel Tower.

    Far from it. Amit Gupta used a drone to take a 15-second video selfie of two friends, himself, and their dogs from atop Bernal Hill in San Francisco.

    The footage starts with the camera-equipped drone floating a dozen or so feet away from the three men. Then, whoosh! The drone takes off, flying higher and farther from the city until the men and their mutts are mere dots on the horizon.

    All in all, it's a stunning bit of videography and evidence that the selfie isn't dead yet.

    Of course, this isn't the first time somebody has shot a selfie with a drone. The Verge offers a nice roundup of some other drone selfies (dronies?), each of them worth a look.

    Below, an explainer on how the uber-popular "Superman With a GoPro"

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  • So much for getting a little R and R down south.

    A group of New Yorkers traveled to what many would consider the far less hectic Savannah, Ga., for vacation only to find themselves careening through the streets in a runaway horse-drawn carriage.

    The scene, which was captured on video, shows the horse running rampant, bumping into cars, and generally causing mayhem. The driver was thrown from her perch and broke both her ankles in the fall, according to a report from Fox News.

    The five passengers, which included three children, all escaped from the incident with relatively minor injuries, WSAV reports, despite having to jump from the carriage while it was still in motion.

    Witnesses described the surreal scene to WSAV. Nicole Miller, who was eating a cafe with her husband, saw the horse gallop by. "All of a sudden the horse and carriage trucking by us. It takes a turn and we hear a crash."

    Another witness, Aaron Senne, told WSAV, "I heard the horse coming down and said it sounds like its

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  • By Andy Slaughter MP

    The lord chancellor, Chris Grayling, is no friend to those of modest means seeking justice from his courts. He has cut a quarter of the legal aid budget, set court and tribunal fees at unaffordable levels, and exposed claimants to eye-watering costs bills that wealthy defendants often run up.

    Now he has judicial review in his sights, the legal mechanism by which an individual can hold the executive – whether that is a local council, government department or hospital trust  - to account.

    Judicial review is not an easy procedure. A judge must look at your case and decide if you have a runner.  You must raise the funds to fight your corner, weighing up the risks and deciding whether you – on your own or as a group – can really take on and beat the state.

    It  is particularly hard for those fighting planning consents for major developments, which can threaten to blight the lives or even destroy whole communities, where the council, developer and increasingly the

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  • Montana congressional candidate Matt Rosendale swears he doesn’t have a problem with drones.

    “I actually consider myself to be very supportive of technology,” Rosendale told Yahoo News in an interview on Tuesday.

    Still, the question had to be asked after Rosendale on Monday released a new campaign ad in which he used a hunting rifle to shoot down a drone.

    The ad opens with an overhead camera angle, with the drone menacingly hovering over the state senator.

    “I’m Matt Rosendale and this is how I'd look from a government drone,” the candidate says as he’s framed dead to rights in a digital set of crosshairs.

    “And this is what I think about it,” Rosendale says as the camera cuts to him cocking and firing a rifle. The camera switches back to the drone pilot’s point of view, with text reading “SIGNAL LOST,” after the simulated gunshot impact shatters the drone’s lens.

    Rosendale, a rancher by trade, is currently running against four other Republicans in a primary contest to replace outgoing

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  • By now you've surely seen dozens of news reports about the Heartbleed bug. The viral threat has led to the shutdown of various websites, widespread paranoia about password re-setting and verified attacks on Mumsnet and the Canadian social security system. But what is Heartbleed, exactly?

    There are lengthy explanations out there on how it's a bug in OpenSSL encryption, allowing for malicious parties to snoop into supposedly secure data. But one of the best and simplest explanations has come from popular web comic XKCD, who has summed up in very basic terms how the bug works, and how it can be a bad thing for you:

    The comic XKCD offers one of the most simple and straightforward explanations of the Heartbleed bug.

    Check out more xkcd comics.


    [ Related: What is Heartbleed, and what should you do about it? ]

    So there you have it. Of course, it's a lot more complicated than that, but at least now you have a better idea of why you're going to be spending a day changing everyone one of your passwords.

    Need to know what’s hot in tech?
    @YRightClick on Twitter!

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  • By Adam Bienkov

    There is a killer that roams the streets taking tens of thousands of lives every year. This killer sneaks into our children's playgrounds, schools and even our homes.

    In London alone, this killer is responsible for around 4,000 deaths every year. But its deadly fingers extend well beyond the capital.

    In the West Midlands, 3,714 people died as a result of air pollution in 2010 according to Public Health England. In the North West, the number reached almost 5,000.

    In fact in every corner of the country, from Inner London to rural Wales, our reliance on motor cars and heavy industry is silently throttling us.

    The elderly and the young are most at risk, with studies showing that children's lungs are being permanently damaged by the rise in air pollutants.

    Across the UK, more than one in twenty deaths each year are now caused in part by air pollution. That's almost 30,000 people whose deaths could be avoided.

    But while politicians queue up to warn about the
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  • Neil Diamond (Wikimedia Commons)

    Neil Diamond can sing. He can play. He can entertain. And he can also inspire a British woman vacationing in South Africa to download his greatest hits on her phone, leading to an incredible $4,350 bill, the Telegraph reports.

    Of course, the woman, Katie Bryan, wasn't aware what the download would cost her. The math instructor told the Telegraph she discovered the data charge when she returned to the U.K. and received her cellphone bill.

    Bryan, 43, told the Telegraph, "People were playing music through their iPads or on phones through an iPod dock. Someone had put on the Traveling Wilburys but I just fancied hearing some Neil Diamond. I don't know why. He's more my boyfriend's musical taste and I'm more of a James Blunt fan."

    And so Bryan downloaded Diamond's greatest hits for what she thought was £8.99 ($15). Alas, she didn't count on the data charges. The Telegraph reports that Bryan was charged "£8 per megabyte once her 10MB monthly foreign allowance had been used up." All told,

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