Pretty cool effects, 3D light projection on a 3D surface.
04 Oct 2010 at 5:31 PM
Services like Skyhook and Google Maps provide geolocation services. This data is collected from cell phone towers and the MAC addresses of broadcasting wireless networks. Your phone or other device then looks up nearby wireless networks, towers, and uses the data to triangulate your location. Pretty awesome, huh?
Well, turns out that one of Verizon’s FiOS routers (UltraLine Series3) has an XSS vulnerability that allows a website with the correct code to capture your WLAN’s MAC address – information that is usually only visible if you are within range of the wireless network. And thus, know (usually within 10-15 meters, depending on the accuracy of the database) your location.
The proof of concept is here.
04 Oct 2010 at 5:07 PM
Earlier this month, the Ninth Circuit Court rejected a hearing on the legality of evidence collected by a warrantless GPS tracking system installed by FBI agents on the vehicle of a man suspected of being involved in a cannabis grow operation in Oregon.
Juan Pineda-Moreno of Oregon accepted a guilty plea with the condition that he could take his case to the Ninth Circuit Court to have the full panel of judges review the constitutionality of the evidence collected by the GPS device. Federal agents twice snuck into the defendant’s driveway and attached a GPS tracking device to his Jeep. The judges who rejected the appeal likened the agent’s actions to a neighbor retrieving a lost ball from under the car, or the delivery of a newspaper.
The upshot of this is that, currently, the Ninth Circuit Court and its constituencies uphold the ability of federal agents to, without a warrant or any permission from anyone, can slap a GPS tracking device on any vehicle in a public area that doesn’t explicitly have “No Trespassing” signs on it. Because we don’t have an expectation of privacy – or not being unreasonably searched – in our own driveways.
Some state laws (Ohio comes to mind, although Ohio isn’t under the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit Court) would allow homeowners to use deadly force against suspicious trespassers. Somehow you can have the reasonable expectation of the right to shoot someone, but your car is fair game for as many tracking devices as they can fit on it. Something here seems out of place.
Luckily, an appellate court in Washington, DC recently ruled that federal agents had no right to warrantlessly track people using GPS devices, so hopefully it won’t be long before this ruling is overturned by a higher court.
Brother showed off a prototype of their retina display device at “Brother World Japan 2010″ on September 15th. The wearable sunglasses with creepy cyborg extension provide a virtual display projected straight into your eye (safely). The display appears to the viewer to be a 16″ square screen about three feet in front of you. Brother touts the device’s marketability in augmented reality applications, as well as for industrial use. The display itself is translucent, so you can see what you are working on (or looking at) beyond the invisible screen floating in front of you.
What’s this mean? What DOESN’T it mean? Wearable projected computers have been a product of the future for a very long time, and one of the things that has most intrigued me is the possibility of a discreet device I could actually see myself wearing. The usability of a Smart House, Smart Public Transport, videoconferencing with an attachable camera, etc with such a device seems pretty endless.
The device looks a little silly right now, but it’s something I could conceivably see myself wearing, if it actually worked. Throw some Bluetooth integration on there. Let me use it as an external monitor, or an eBook reader. I’d wear something weird looking for that kind of functionality.
I don’t even.
While searching for new music to listen to today, I came across this song. I would describe the sound as “soulful punk;” additionally, I think quite a few people will like it as “awesome music;” additionally, everyone in the video is wearing shittons of UV paint. Also skeletons. Something for everyone!
29 May 2010 at 10:39 PM
President Obama has declared June to be LBGT Pride Month. In his proclamation, he also reaffirmed his commitment to repealing DOMA, DADT, and ensuring equal benefits for Federal employees, whom, he pointed out, consist of “openly LGBT employees [...] serving at every level.”
Much work remains to fulfill our Nation’s promise of equal justice under law for LGBT Americans. That is why we must give committed gay couples the same rights and responsibilities afforded to any married couple, and repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. We must protect the rights of LGBT families by securing their adoption rights, ending employment discrimination against LGBT Americans, and ensuring Federal employees receive equal benefits. We must create safer schools so all our children may learn in a supportive environment. I am also committed to ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” so patriotic LGBT Americans can serve openly in our military, and I am working with the Congress and our military leadership to accomplish that goal.
While I have been disappointed with the level of talk and the distinct level of inaction since previous promises to make these changes, I believe very strongly that getting people talking about the issues of equal rights is extremely important. The more we as a country discuss this vital issue, the closer we are to coming to a consensus on its resolution.
This is the best movie review you will ever read, ever.
SATC2 takes everything that I hold dear as a woman and as a human—working hard, contributing to society, not being an entitled cunt like it’s my job—and rapes it to death with a stiletto that costs more than my car. It is 146 minutes long, which means that I entered the theater in the bloom of youth and emerged with a family of field mice living in my long, white mustache. This is an entirely inappropriate length for what is essentially a home video of gay men playing with giant Barbie dolls.
25 May 2010 at 6:48 PM
Care for a Slurpee that gives you point on FarmVille? How about a Mafia Wars hashbrown? 7-Eleven and Facebook games producer extraordinaire Zynga have teamed up to add some spice (or quench some thirst, or satisfy some sweet tooth) to a massive new ad campaign Zynga is launching by offering products that also provide in-game bonuses to Zygna game players. Zynga is also starting print and radio advertising for their games. The promotion begins June 1st.