Archive for December, 2012

QR Codes Compromised By Stickers

Criminals have realized that QR codes are not human readable and are taking advantage. Shocking isn’t it? From The Register: Cybercrooks are putting up stickers featuring URLs embedded in Quick Response codes (QR codes) as a trick designed to drive traffic to dodgy sites. It’s extremely simple to print out a sticker pointing to a […]

Using HIV To Kill Cancer

From NY Times: To perform the treatment, doctors remove millions of the patient’s T-cells — a type of white blood cell — and insert new genes that enable the T-cells to kill cancer cells. The technique employs a disabled form of H.I.V. because it is very good at carrying genetic material into T-cells. The new […]

GPS Vulnerabilties Found

It’s not a big secret that GPS is yet another system built largely on trust. Researchers however found some interesting new flaws in GPS implementations including the expensive ones. Most interesting is the attacks could be conducted using equipment that cost only $2,500. That’s a bargain for creating chaos.

NYC Trying to Reboot The Payphone

NYC is trying to figure out what to do with the old payphone infrastructure. Personally I’d like to see the following: Each of the 4-6 sides would contain a panel comprised of a touchscreen with simple accessible features such as: Emergency button to facilitate contacting emergency services. Transit information (shown). Event information (for example how […]

NASA Researching Warp Drive

From Boing Boing: Harold White of NASA’s Johnson Space Center is currently leading an effort to design a warp drive space ship. But, as Amy Teitel explains in a story for Vice’s Motherboard, the fact that this is happening does not necessarily mean a real working warp drive is possible. It’s more about the fact […]

Apple Brings Some Manufacturing Back To USA

The big news today is Apple is making some Macs in the USA. This isn’t terribly shocking if you think about it. iMacs really aren’t as complicated as they were just a few years ago, the parts have consolidated quite a bit. In addition most of the complexity of assembly is being given to increasingly […]

United States At Night

Awesome image released by NASA of the United States at night. There’s a set of images worth checking out including one of the northeast before and after Hurricane Sandy where you can see the impacts the power outages had from space.

Virgil The Monkey From Project X

Slightly obscure in monkey movie circles is the movie Project X staring Matthew Broderick and Helen Hunt. Interestingly enough Virgil the sign language speaking Chimp is actually still alive as of 2011 at a primary sanctuary. He’s aged, and balding, but so are his costars. Twenty-five years later the chimp is apparently still causing trouble […]

Air Umbrella

How brilliant is this idea? Using air to create a force field to keep water off of you. Designed by Je Sung Park & Woo Jung Kwon, it’s essentially an invisible umbrella. Nothing to poke people with when walking down a crowded street, nothing to break when it’s windy out. Presumably it will be nearly […]

Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project

From Sky News: Aircraft-maker Boeing has successfully tested the missile which has reportedly cost £24m to develop and it is claimed could cripple an entire country, without causing loss of life. In a desert in the US state of Utah, scientists working on the Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP) fired the rocket along […]