Archive for April, 2010 | Monthly archive page

Rocket Racing League Alive and well

It now has released the Mark III X-racer to fly a virtual circuit against up to 10 other pilots. — Rocket Racing League Unveils New Flying Hot Rod. Armadillo Aerospace has several videos up showing their propulsion system in action.

Mind controlled spy robot

This guy has gone all out – he’s mapped his Emotiv headset commands to Rovio commands, which are sent out via skype to the robot. Emotiv Headset Controls Rovio Robot Via Brainwaves – Rovio emotiv hack – Gizmodo.

Bluetooth Radar

Shows bluetooth devices on a radar type display. Because it can. In windows. Bluetooth Radar.

GSM Locations and name / number combinations easy to get at

A pair of security researchers has discovered a number of new attack vectors that give them the ability to not only locate any GSM mobile handset anywhere in the world, but also find the name of the subscriber associated with virtually any cellular phone number, raising serious privacy and security concerns for customers of all […]

Using makeup to thwart face detection

A student has studied openCV for his masters thesis and determined how face detection algorythms should work. By putting dark makeup around your eyes and cheekbones, you should be able to break the  detection and make the system think you’re something else. Reverse-engineering artist busts face detection tech • The Register.

Dutch Delta Works to be changed

Since the dykes were built in 1953, the low lands have been saved from flooding, but the water behind the dykes is stagnant, leading to ecological problems in those areas. There are now proposals to allow water through, creating tides in the sea estuaries. This will also allow tidal power to be generated. – […]

UK speed traps in space

The cameras, which combine number plate reading technology with a global positioning satellite receiver, are similar to those used in roadworks. The AA said it believed the new system could cover a network of streets as opposed to a straight line, and was “probably geared up to zones in residential areas.” The Home Office is […]

Linux on the iPhone: Android running on iPhone!

The guy who got Linux running on the iPhone has managed to set up his iphone 2G to dual boot into iphone OS or Android. Android is still pretty alpha and he’s had to hack around a bit to handle the lack of buttons on the unit, but it works and he’s released all the […]

Government requests directed to Google and YouTube

Using the Google maps tool, you can see how many requests have been fielded by each government, as well as what kind of requests they have made. Government requests directed to Google and YouTube.

AIVD: The Netherlands is being spied on by hackers

The AIVD, the Dutch internal security police, have issued a warning that Dutch government and businesses are being spied on at an unprecedented rate, usually by trying to install trojans activated by email attachments. The spies are often foreign governments and China is being fingered specifically as a culprit. AIVD: Nederland steeds vaker digitaal bespioneerd […]

How to Hack Toy EEGs

This is a comprehensive look at how to hack into Open EEG, Force Trainer, Mind Flex and Mind Set, in order to get some more output from them than the designers intended. How to Hack Toy EEGs | Frontier Nerds.

Synergy updates

Synergy is a system that allows you to control multiple computers (with multiple screens) with a single mouse and keyboard. It also supports clipboard sharing. To install it, though, for Linux or Mac, all you had was command line. QSynergy gives you a GUI  to set it up on Linux, Mac and Windows. QSynergy — […]

Birding News and Features — eBird

If you’re a birdwatcher, eBird is the site for you to go – huge maps of species and countries, you can follow the birds as they’re reported in by other eBirders. Birding News and Features — eBird.

Even the Economist has had it with Mickey Mouse copyright

The Economist weighs in and says that extending copyright doesn’t increase creativity, it stifles it and Europe should think long and hard before going down the American way and extending it for perpituity. Protecting creativity: Copyright and wrong | The Economist.

Animals That Live Without Oxygen discovered

Scientists have found the first multicellular animals that apparently live entirely without oxygen. The creatures reside deep in one of the harshest environments on earth: the Mediterranean Ocean's L'Atalante basin, which contains salt brine so dense that it doesn't mix with the oxygen-containing waters above. Previous samples taken from the water and sediments in the […]

Chinese scientists use arsenic to kill blood cancers

Chinese doctors have used arsenic in the treatment of APL (leukemia) with cure rates of 90% since 1992 without the side-effects of chemo (hair loss, suppression of bone marrow function). A paper from Shanghai shows that it works by targetting specific proteins that feed the cancer. China scientists show how arsenic treats blood cancer | […]

Marion Hyper-Sub

This is a powerboat which can go underwater, available in 3 versions allowing up to 5 people to cruise 500 miles on the surface at 40 knots or submerge to 1200 feet using an electric self-recharging engine at up to 3.7 knots. Marion Hyper-Sub.

Congressman Duncan Blasts “Useless” Air Marshal Service

We now have approximately 4,000 in the Federal Air Marshals Service, yet they have made an average of just 4.2 arrests a year since 2001. This comes out to an average of about one arrest a year per 1,000 employees.Now, let me make that clear. Their thousands of employees are not making one arrest per […]

Why the Google antitrust complaint is not about Microsoft

This is an interesting read: It’s about the current EU antitrust complaint filed against Google – not by Microsoft, as it happens. It covers whitelisting of people and Google using its search engine results to push its own services, which is anti-competitive. Specifically two examples are mentioned: on line map services (where MapQuest lost out […]

Dutch fingerprint database supposedly safe in 3rd party hands

The current (demissionary) minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin has made himself a total idiot by declaring a database into which he wants to put fingerprints of all the Netherlands ‘safe’. Hasn’t he learnt yet, when it comes to databases, there is no such thing as safe?! Further, the data will be stored at a third, non-governmental […]

Dutch electronic patients database unsafe

Hardly surprisingly, it turns out that the Electronische Patienten Database is unsafe and offers unfettered access to your private details to almost anyone and their dog. Onderzoek: beveiliging EPD fundamenteel zwak | Webwereld. Fortunately you can opt out here (PDF)

EC wants global filter: claims kiddyporn

That’s how these misused things always start – anti-terrorlaws, jew extermination: no, we just want to do this one little thing. Once the mechanism is in there, well we might just as well increase its functionalities just a little bit – it’s there anyway! Anyway, the EC wants to implement a technically totally unviable kiddy […]

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