Wearing a GoPro camera on her helmet, she rides her motorcycle on the streets of Moscow, keeping an eye on litterbugs. She chases them down and catches them red-handed. Those who throw junk, get it back - right through their open car windows. She scarpers before the drivers can react.
The elusive litter avenger’s video begins with the words: "I want to live in a clean city.”
Lasting for two minutes, it shows several drivers who have been taught a litter lesson.
One woman throws out an empty carton of cigarettes. In a few seconds, an ashtray full of cigarette butts gets dumped in her car. Another man gets his fast foot bag thrown right back into his posh G-class Mercedes.
“You haven’t finished it,” says a voice, as the motorcyclist zooms off.
A man, who threw a plastic bottle while driving, got it taped back to his side mirror at the nearest stop light.
The video was uploaded on Monday and has been viewed nearly 10 million times. However, some of the viewers, while appreciating the single-handed campaign, have suspected that the video was staged and may be promoting one of
Russia’s latest sitcoms - the leading actor there drives a similar make of car.
“Everyone who doesn't care will be punished,” the litter vigilante threatens in the end.
In an effort to protect the private communications of iPhone and iPad users, Apple said on Wednesday its latest mobile operating system, the iOS8, has built-in encryption features that does not allow anybody – even police with search warrants – from accessing data stored on handheld devices.
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News of the updated features was unveiled together with a statement to customers, some of whom expressed concern after it was revealed that Apple in the past complied with legally-binding police requests to unlock customer devices.
“Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your pass code and therefore cannot access this data,” Apple said on its website. “So it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8.”
The statement then attempted to shine some light on national security requests made by the government.
“A tiny percentage of our millions of accounts is affected by national security-related requests. In the first six months of 2014, we received 250 or fewer of these requests. Though we would like to be more specific, by law this is the most precise information we are currently allowed to disclose.”
However, despite the new security features that come with iPhones and iPads, Apple is still legally obliged to turn over customer data stored elsewhere, such as in its iCloud service, which gives users the ability to share photos, calendars and even their locations with friends.
In order to protect this type of information, Apple users would have to adjust their settings accordingly.
Ronald T. Hosko, the former head of the FBI’s criminal investigative division, told the Washington Post the new technological features may thwart law enforcement officers’ ability to solve and prevent crimes in the future.
“Our ability to act on data that does exist… is critical to our success,” Hosko said.
However, although Apple users will be happy to know their information is better protected than ever, forgetting a password could prove to be an even greater nightmare than any government intrusion of privacy.
According to Apple officials, users who forget their pass codes with the new iOS 8 operating system will not be able to recover them by contacting the company.
In order to access their phones, customers would first be required to remove all data collected on their iPhones and iPads.
Apple is attempting to turn around a series of negative reports, including Apple’s iCloud service being compromised earlier this month by a hacker, leading to a number of nude photos of Hollywood celebrities - including Jennifer Lawrence - posted to the internet.
The country is only starting mass production of shale gas, which drastically changed the energy landscape in the US in recent years, with the extraction of 200 million cubic meters annually.
In 2012, when Chinese shale gas production was virtually non-existent, Beijing eyed an ambitious goal of 60-80 billion cubic meters (bcm) by 2020, but the latest plans from the Ministry of Land and Resources on Wednesday lowered it to more conservative 30 bcm. A higher figure is possible, but conditional.
"China aims to pump at least 30 billion cubic meters of shale gas by 2020. With proper drilling technology, output can increase to 40 to 60 billion cubic meters," Che Changbo, deputy director of the ministry's geological exploration department, said at a news conference in Beijing.
Short-term prospects for shale gas production are more optimistic, according to the ministry. It will surpass the old government 2015 target of 6.5 bcm next year and hit 15 bcm in 2017.
China has carved out 54 shale gas blocks spanning 170,000 sq km. Producers have drilled 400 wells, including 130 horizontal.
The ministry said the economies of scale and localization of drilling technology are making shale gas more commercially attractive in China. The cost of one well has fallen from 100 million yuan to 50 to 70 million yuan, while the drill time dropped from 150 days to between 46 and 70 days.
But the industry is still hurdled by several problems, including complex geology, shortage of advanced technology and skilled personnel and regulation barriers. There is also the dominating position of two state-owned giants, PetroChina and Sinopec, which enjoy a privileged access to fields discouraging private investment.
China has been relying for decades on coal for the majority of its energy production, is undergoing a switch towards cleaner gas. The country is expected to consume some 311 bcm of the fuel by 2020, with conventional domestic production supplying only 200 bcm. Shale gas was hoped to reduce the dependence on gas imports.
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