Engineers: we must ensure devices such as webcams are private and secure


Hundreds of private webcams in the UK can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has warned. A Russian website has been streaming images from webcams around the world, including CCTV and baby monitors. The site, which has been operating for a month, gains access by using the default logins and passwords for the web cameras.

Responding, Hugh Boyes from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) said: “It is common practice for many networked products (e.g. webcams, routers, network attached storage devices, etc.) to have either no password set or a published default password set when they are first installed.


“To protect their security and privacy users need to ensure that these devices are correctly set up and where applicable new passwords or PINs are set. It is basic cyber hygiene like this which helps protect the security and privacy of children and it is particularly important where devices such as webcams are installed in bedrooms or other private spaces.


“As more consumer devices are networked as part of the emerging Internet of Things, this issue will become more pressing.


“Manufacturers or suppliers of those networked devices should consider whether there are ways of encouraging the user to set a password or new password when the devices is first installed and powered up. This might for example involve disabling the device until the password has been set.”

Adjali (Southern Indian Ocean)

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The GPM satellite found that rainfall was falling at a rate of over 69 mm/2.7 inches per hour near the center on Tropical Storm Adjali on Nov. 18.
Image Credit: SSAI/NASA, Hal Pierce

GPM Measured Tropical Storm Adjali's Rainfall Before Dissipation

Moderate rainfall was occurring around the center of Tropical Storm Adjali before it dissipated, according to data from NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM satellites.

Adjali became the first named storm of the Southwest Indian Ocean 2014/2015 cyclone season when it formed on November 16, 2014. Adjali became a strong tropical storm the next day and just two days later started to dissipate.

The GPM observatory captured data on Adjali's rainfall rates on Nov. 18. GPM's Microwave Imager (GMI) instrument is similar to the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission's (TRMM's) Microwave Imager (TMI) which also provide rainfall rates of storms, but TRMM is limited to the tropics while GPM provides near real time global coverage of precipitation.

When GPM flew over Adjali on November 18, 2014 at 0726 UTC (2:26 a.m. EST), GPM's Microwave Imager (GMI) instrument collected data on the rate in which rainfall was occurring. GMI data showed that rain was falling at a rate of over 69 mm/about 2.7 inches per hour near the center of the tropical storm.

To create a total picture of the storm, the GPM rainfall data was combined with a visible/infrared image of Adjali's clouds as seen from Europe's METEOSAT-7 on November 18, 2014 at 0730 UTC. That image was created at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Late on Nov. 19 the atmospheric conditions around Tropical Cyclone Adjali became hostile as wind shear increased and tore the storm apart. At 2100 UTC (4 p.m. EST) the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) issued their final bulletin on the storm. At that time, Tropical Cyclone Adjali was centered near 13.3 south latitude and 70.0 east longitude, about 400 nautical miles south-southwest of the island of Diego Garcia. It was moving to the west-northwest at 4 knots (4.6 mph/7.4 kph) and had maximum sustained winds near 35 knots (40 mph/64 kph). The JTWC noted at that time that "Adjali is currently dissipating under hostile conditions."

By November 20, Adjali had dissipated in the Southern Indian Ocean putting an end to the first tropical cyclone of the Southern Indian Ocean season.

Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) is an international satellite mission that will set a new standard for precipitation measurements from space, providing the next-generation observations of rain and snow worldwide every three hours. The GPM mission data will advance our understanding of the water and energy cycles and extend the use of precipitation data to directly benefit society. For more information about GPM, visit:

Harold F. Pierce / Rob Gutro
SSAI/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

We started a fire


November = one exciting month! Thanks to all of you Firefox & You readers who rallied on the 10th anniversary of Firefox by telling the world you Choose Independent with Firefox. With you on our side, the passion for a free and open Internet will burn forever bright.

To celebrate 10 years, we released a special Firefox update featuring some great new privacy options, and we released a spiffy new look for our newsletter. Read on to get tips, add-ons and apps, and to see what’s new in the latest, greatest Firefox.

Fokker signs Agreement in Principle for F-35 Drag Chute Fairing Assembly

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Papendrecht, November 20, 2014 --[ASDWire]-- Fokker signed an agreement in principle today with Lockheed Martin for the delivery of the drag chute fairing assembly for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II. The drag chute fairing assembly is a composite /metal construction that enables the F-35 Lightning II to release the drag chute. Drag chutes are used for fighter aircraft that operate from shorter runways or from wet or icy runways in cold climates. This agreement in principle helps secure skilled specialist work at Fokker in Hoogeveen and Papendrecht (Netherlands) over the coming years.

Norway will be the first country to receive the drag chute system, and Canada and the Netherlands are also considering adding this capability to their F-35 aircraft. Under this agreement, Fokker will be responsible for design improvements, industrialization, tooling design and manufacturing for the drag chute fairing which is a complex component that protects the chute and mechanisms during flight and opens to release the chute at landing. The fairing is designed to preserve the aerodynamic and stealth capability of the F-35. First activities start end of 2014 and this agreement in principle reaffirms Fokker’s position as a strategic supplier in the F-35 program.

The agreement was signed by Kristi Mayfield, manager, Lockheed Martin F-35 the Netherlands, and Michiel van der Maat, Vice President Defense, Fokker Technologies at the NIDV Exhibition for Defence & Security in Rotterdam.

Hans Büthker CEO Fokker Technologies adds “We are proud that Lockheed Martin has selected Fokker for manufacturing of the drag chute fairing assembly. This component is a great addition to the F-35 work packages that are already awarded to Fokker. The partnership between our specialists and the Lockheed Martin team started in 2001 to produce complex in flight opening doors and is excellent. The F-35 program provides highly skilled work and has made a significant contribution to the development of knowledge and technology within Fokker and the Dutch Aerospace cluster”.

his Week’s Sailing News: Christmas Shopping, €100 Discount, Anti Doping & More

ISA Newsletter 20th November 2014
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#blackmark The Irish Sports Council send out a hard hitting message about the effects drugs have to the sporting industry. Read more, see the video...
€100 off to ISA Members As Christmas creeps up on us and mince pies are on every check out, it is good to know your ISA Membership can give you helping hand to keep trim at The Pier Health Club. Find out more...
Christmas Shopping Make the most of an ISA stock clearance with two handy books and super prices. Read on...
Fourth Time Winner of Pyewacket Séafra Guilfoyle wins the Pyewacket Trophy at Royal Cork Yacht Club once again - that is four years in a row. So where did this trophy come from and what does it mean to the youth sailors in Cork. Find out...
Good Luck to Our Irish Lads on VOR #Leg2  Irish men Justin Slattery and Brian Carlin are now back out on Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race. We wish them Safe, Fast Sailing. See the action...
Outdoor Learning for All Abilities If you are interested in encouraging inclusivity for all abilities in outdoor sports then this seminar by the Institute of Technology Tralee will interest you. Read more...
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Get On Board Girls! Try sailing, windsurfing or powerboating in aid of Action Breast Cancer
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New canoe launch facility to be opened close to the city

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A new canoe launch point which improves access to historic Norwich from the water is to be opened on Wednesday November 26th by the Chairman of Broadland District Council accompanied by the city’s Lord Mayor.

The launch point at Carey’s Meadow, a pocket of countryside in Thorpe St Andrew, has been built by the Broads Authority to enable canoeists to join the river close to the city and paddle up either into the heart of Norwich—the City of the Broads – or down the River Yare towards Whitlingham Country Park and beyond.


Among the first to use it will be the Lord Mayor of Norwich Judith Lubbock and Chief Executive of the Broads Authority John Packman who will launch their canoes and paddle upstream waved on their way by Chairman of Broadland District Council, Cllr Tony Adams.


The £12,000 canoe port is part of a suite of new facilities being planned by the Broads Authority with the Wensum River Parkway Partnership to help small boats access the river in Norwich, the only city to be set within a member of the national park family.


Adrian Clarke, Senior Waterways and Recreation Officer at the Broads Authority, said “The new access point opens up the Norwich City river corridor to canoeists who will be able to experience the historic setting from a whole new perspective.


“You can paddle under 12 bridges, past the 1,000-year-old cathedral, medieval Pull’s Ferry and Cow Tower on your way to the limit of navigation at New Mills Yard, stopping at historic pubs along the way. Alternatively you can head downstream to the wilder reaches with broads, dykes and backwaters to explore.”


Broadland District Council Chairman, Tony Adams said: “I am delighted to see this new facility in the district. As well as opening up access to the city it will also give visitors the chance to enjoy some of the beauties of Broadland from the river.”


Alec Hartley, Chairman of the Wensum River Parkway Partnership said: "We see this excellent new facility provided by the Broads Authority as the start of a major drive to bring life back to the river Wensum between Whitlingham and New Mills. We are working with the Broads Authority and Norwich City Council to dramatically increase in the next few years the number of access points for small craft upriver of Carey's Meadow - rowing boats and powered craft as well as canoes. If you can't get on the river you can't use it, and what the city lacks at the moment are moorings, stairs, slipways and pontoons. This is a good beginning to what promises to be an exciting voyage."


The new access point has been created with the Environment Agency’s Check, Clean Dry campaign in mind. It is fitted with innovative brushes to clean any invasive species such as ‘killer’ shrimps from canoes as they enter and exit the water. A small car park at the entrance of Carey’s Meadow, opposite the Broadland District Council offices on Thorpe Road, is to be extended.


Canoeing is growing rapidly in popularity as a great way to explore the more tranquil and inaccessible waterways. The Broads Authority, in consultation with the Broads Local Access Forum, has created eight canoe trails in the northern and southern Broads of which the Norwich Canoe Trail is one. Colourful maps complete with estimated timings for the trails and highlighting places of interest and wildlife you might meet along the way are downloadable from

Mitch McConnell’s Time to Shine


Yesterday, we learned that President Obama is going to announce his plans for executive amnesty this evening in a live address to the nation from the White House.

After the American people soundly rejected his policies on November 4th, he has the audacity to address us in prime time fashion to announce his plans to defiantly enact executive amnesty.

This is the moment we anticipated happening.

The American people have chosen a new path - one in which Mitch McConnell and John Boehner have been trusted to lead. Today is their moment to step up to that task.

Call to Action:
Today we are asking Senate Majority Leader-Elect Mitch McConnell to come out publicly - before the President addresses the nation - to announce that if the President moves forward against the will of the American people the Senate will reject every single nomination or appointment that the President puts forward for the next two years - except for critical national security positions.

Likewise, we are asking Speaker John Boehner to come out publicly and commit to not funding any portion of the President's plan.

This is the moment the American people feared and this is the reason why Republicans were given control of Congress. Let's call today and encourage them to do the right thing!


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In Liberty,
Jenny Beth Martin & Tea Party Patriots National Support Team

German rescue vessel Vormann Leiss for sale.


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Vormann Leiss

Exclusively for sale, Direct from owner

Vormann Leiss is a twin-engine rescue cruiser of the German Maritime rescue Service (DGzRS) of the 23.30-SAR Class and sister vessel to the Minden that we sold earlier in 2014. Built in 1985 In Germany by Abeking & Rassmussen Schiffs- und Yachtwerft in Lemwerde. Last dry-dock in February 2014 at Shipyard Fassmer Motzen, Germany.

Material: Aluminium LOA: 23.30 meter Beam: 5.50 meter Draft: 2.0 meter Maximum speed: 18 knots Main engine: 2 x MTU 8V 396 TC81 , 2 x 715 kW, 1301 / 3690 running hours, Starboard side engine renovated in 2011 / Port side engine renovated in 2009. Twin-Disk gearboxes. Cabins: 3 cabins and 6 beds.

Rescue tender vessel "Japsand" with new Steyr engine in 2011. Top speed 22 knots.


Vormann Leiss

Price: The German Resuce Company ask for best offer

Vormann Leiss is a twin-engine rescue cruiser of the German Maritime rescue Service (DGzRS) of the 23.30-SAR Class and sister vessel to the Minden that we sold earlier in 2014. Built 1985 In Germany. 2 x MTU V8, 17 knots and rescue tender "Japsand" with 22 knots top speed. The Vormann Leiss is to be replaced by a new building of the 28-m class in June 2015. Last dry-dock in February 2014 at Shipyard Fassmer Motzen, Germany.


Flag state:
DE, German Ship Register
Not certified
23.30 metres
21.58 metres
5.50 metres
2.0 metres
120 l/hour
No. of cabins:
Abeking & Rassmussen Schiffs- und Yachtwerft in Lemwerde, Germany
Yard number:
Year built:
Vessel type:
23,30 Class SAR
Material hull:
8-12 mm
Material superstructure:
4-5 mm
Light ship:
55 tonnes
65,9 tonnes
Cruising speed:
10 knots
Top speed:
18 knots
Home port:
Amrum, Germany
Click for ship position


Main engine:
2 x MTU, 8V 396 TC81 , 2 x 715 kW, 1301 / 3690 running hours , Starboard side engine renovated in 2011 / Port side engine renovated in 2009.
Twin-Disc, MG-530 M, overhauled 2006
Auxillary engine:
Mercedes, OM 314, 1800 running hoursAVK, 34/32 4 TS je, 33.5 kVA Completely renovated in 2009
Auxillary engine:
Mercedes, OM 314, 1704 running hoursAVK, 34/32 4 TS je, 33.5 kVA Completely renovated in 2009

In 2007 they changed the main switch board in the engine room with new components and wiring.

Engine room equipment

Fuel separator:
Separ, SWK 2000/40, 2850 l/h
Separ, SWK 2000/40, 2850 l/h
Separ, SWK 2000/40, 2850 l/h
Bilge water separator:
DVZ, 150AP, 150 l/h
Kabola, B 25, 29 kW
, 185 W
Water maker:
Ceramic and Waeco UV light filters.
Fire pump:
Rosenbauer R 600. 5000 l/min
Bilge pump:
Allweiler AG SEBP50.1 450 l/min
Rohde 220V EH 1000/69
Air-start compressor:
2 x Bauer 225 Bar
2 xv bauer C1 140 l /min, 225 bar

Navigation equipment

Furuno, FR-2105
Koden, MDC-1810P
Raytheon, R20
Raytheon, Pilotstar D
GPS navigator:
Simrad, GN33
Echo sounder:
Furuno, NX-300
Sailor, RT 2047/D
2 x Sailor, RT 6210
Sailor, RT 5022 DSC
Sailor, T1130
Amplidan, Commander 1500
PA speakers:
Wind instrument:
Simrad, IS-15
Rudder indicator:
2 x Hagenuk
In 2004 they changed the panels on the bridge to fit the new instruments.

Tank capacity

2.570 + 5.250 + 3.065 + 3.065 + 2.391 l
Lube oil:
327 l
1.744 l
Day tank:
327 l
Fresh water:
2.162 + 1.584 + 1.584 l
All tanks cleaned in March 2011

Safety equipment

Fire fighting, engine room:
Sea-Fire FM-200
Life raft:
DSB, LR 07, 6 persons
DSB, LR 07, 20 persons
MOB boat:
Portable GMDSS VHF:
3 x Navico, Axis 250-GMDSS

Deck equipment

Towing hook type:
2 x Knief
Towing hook kN:
Towing hook:
Anchor windlass type:
Search light:
2 x Ostermann
Capstan type:
Steen 15.10 Steen 15.10
Capstan kN:
20 20


From June 1985 to July 1996, the Vormann Leiss was stationed in Bremerhaven, in July 1996 repositioned to Strucklahnungshörn on the island Nordstrand, in November 2008 repositioned to Wittdün on the island Amrum. The Vormann Leiss is to be replaced by a new building of the 28-m class in June 2015.

General arrangement

Bridge with seat for radio operator and skipper.
Day room with small table and toilet and shower facility and extra toilet room.
3 cabins and 6 beds. One for captain with one bed. Next is bouble cabin and fore is tripple cabin.
Aft deck with tender boat Japsand, top speed 22 knots. Hydraulic transom, 10 t towing hook.
Flybridge same navigational equipment as on the bridge with radar and charts, Engine controls on both sides and, VHF and engine displays.
Engine room
Storage aft of engine room with gyro and fire fighting equipment. Aft is steering engine.
Japsand. Built in 1990 by FS.Schweers Schiff-u. Bootswerft BARDENFLETH, Weser. Main Engine Steyr MO 256 K43 256 PS, 57 l / h at maximum speed 22 knots. 180 liter diesel tank. Radio certificate. Steering, VHF and navigational equipment on aft deck.
Fore deck with hydraulic capstan and windlass. Fire fighting canon and hatch to fore peak.
Sea trial 2014-10-26

Certificates and documents

As a German rescue vessel she is not under any class och certification.
All details given in good faith but not guaranteed.

Remembrance Day

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On November 11, NSR attended the Remembrance Day ceremony at the cenotaph in the City of North Vancouver to honour our countries fallen soldiers and our current and past members of the Canadian Armed Forces. Our team leader and other senior members laid a wreath at the cenotaph, while the rest of the crew provided emergency medical care to the attendees. This is a longstanding partnership with BC Ambulance Service paramedics to ensure the ceremony is accessible and safe for all.

NSR provided an emergency doctor, multiple team paramedics, and a number of our SAR techs to provide coverage, pay tribute and remember. In total, NSR treated 7 individuals for minor medical issues, all of whom were subsequently released without need for transport to hospital.

A beautiful day to remember.

Idled rigs hinder Transocean’s 2015 earnings


Idled rigs hinder Transocean's 2015 earnings

November 19, 2014—Equity research firm Cowen and Company says publicly traded offshore drilling contractor Transocean's November Fleet Update Summary has "negative implications for the stock." In its Fleet Update Summary, Transocean reported that the ultra-deepwater floaters Deepwater Discovery and Sedco Express, and the midwater floater GSF Arctic III, are idle. Cowen and Company says Transocean could "see a wave of additional ready stackings if it doesn't start signing contracts soon."

Industry News
Gulf Island to build third 8,000 bhp towboat
Revenue backlog and man-hours associated with this project will be reported in connection with the company's announcement of financial results for the quarter ending December 31, 2014.

USCG and EPA get set to enforce new sulfur limits
The Coast Guard and EPA are developing plans for joint boardings of vessels, that will include fuel oil sampling and in-the-field screening for sulfur levels.

Seaspan orders two LNG fueled ferries
The 148.9 m ferries, both expected to be in operation by late 2016, will accommodate up to 59 trailers.

Stena to operate 1,500 passenger ferry on methanol
The 240 meter long ferry Stena Germanica will become the first ship in the world to run on methanol in 2015 after it undergoes conversion at Remontowa Shipyard in Poland—the process, expected to begin January 2015, will take six weeks to complete and is financially supported by the EU "Motorways of the Seas" initiative.