Lukas Grunwald, an RFID expert who has served as an e-passport consultant to the German parliament, says the security flaws allow someone to seize and clone the fingerprint image stored on the biometric e-passport, and to create a specially coded chip that attacks e-passport readers that attempt to scan it.Link
Grunwald says he's succeeded in sabotaging two passport readers made by different vendors by cloning a passport chip, then modifying the JPEG2000 image file containing the passport photo. Reading the modified image crashed the readers, which suggests they could be vulnerable to a code-injection exploit that might, for example, reprogram a reader to approve expired or forged passports.
"If you're able to crash something you are most likely able to exploit it," says Grunwald, who's scheduled to discuss the vulnerabilities this weekend at the annual DefCon hacker conference in Las Vegas.
Ex-MTV and CBS Radio exec Rob Barnett created MyDamnChannel because he believes online audiences "want to see professionally produced shows other than network TV fare." Tell that to the cat poop auteurs and all those pugs on skateboards. Harry Shearer, David Wain, and Don Was are among the creative participants mentioned. Link to AP item, here's the company's press release. Laguna Beach-based Okapi Venture Capital is listed as a backer.
Link (via Fantagraphics Flog!)
UPDATE: Brian Heater says, "Over at my indie comics blog, The Daily Cross Hatch, we put up the first part of an interview with Chris Duffy, the comics editor of Nickelodeon Magazine. The first part is mostly a bit of a tirade against DC, but in subsequent pieces, we discuss why someone in their right mind would pick people like Ryan, Kaz, and Ivan Brunetti to populate a kids’ magazine." Link
An employee had placed a putty-like substance around the box to make it weather proof.Link (Thanks, Paul Saffo!)
The investigation is concluded and no criminal charges will be filed.
Previously on BoingBoing:
You guys made a mistake about naming Homer Simpson a pioneer of "drunk astronauts". Captain Haddock of the Tin Tin series was drunk and flying in space in 1954. Give him some credit! This link is to a scan of page 5 of the TinTin book "Explorers on the Moon" (1976), showing Haddock calling his flying whisky bubble back into his glass.
Reader comment: Julian Bond says,
Destination Moon was first published 1950-53. Well before 1976. So even more amazingly prescient. I suspect if you go back to Jules Verne and From the Earth to the Moon the protagonists took a fine sherry or perhaps some claret with them, but I guess that's not quite the same!
The agency voted to approve rules for an auction of broadcast spectrum that the F.C.C. chairman, Kevin J. Martin, had said would promote new consumer services. The F.C.C. rules will allow customers to use whatever phone and software they want on networks using about one-third of the spectrum to be auctioned.Link to NYT story.
The F.C.C. did not approve a provision that would have required the winner of the auction to sell access to its network on a wholesale basis to other companies.
In recent weeks Google and other technology interests pressed the commission to create an open-access wireless network – in contrast to today’s closed cellular networks – and to allow owners of the spectrum to sell portions of it wholesale to other companies. That would loosen the carriers’ grip on service offerings and might also open the door to new entrants like Google.
In the model proposed by Google and new entrants to the market, consumers would be able to buy a wireless phone at a store, but instead of being forced to use a specific carrier, they would be free to pick any carrier. Moreover, instead of wireless carriers’ choosing what software goes on their phones, users would be free to put any software they want on them.
"What this means is we won't likely have new companies enter the wireless market -- we'll be stuck with AT&T and Verizon," writes Farhad Manjoo of Salon.com. His blog post about the ruling is here.
Previously on BoingBoing:
Pussy Foot is the ultimate fantasy sex toy for foot fetishists. This size 6, 100% silicone foot is cast in pure silicone from a real life actual, beautiful female foot. In the sole of this lovely foot is a fully functional and totally f***-able silicone vagina.Link
Video -- MIT's undulating Hyposurface.
Snarky comments about disgusting-looking retro food and fashion. (Thanks, Charlie!)
Meth-heads are stealing copper wire from California irrigations systems.
Hilarious and weird video of Adult Treasure expo in Japan (NSFW)
"Protest technology" - White noise projector
SWORDS is designed to take on “high risk combat missions,” according to an Army statement. A specialist controlling the robot could send it into a potentially dangerous situation, such as a narrow street infested with snipers, seek targets and take them out before a foot patrol follows.Maybe the enemy could also use robots like this and we could just let the robots fight the war on our behalves. Link (Thanks, Ivan!)
Sounds fine to me...so long as it doesn't wind up being like that Star Trek episode in which the wars were simulated in computers, and then the projected casualties were enforced on real people.Ivan says:
I don't have any web link to corroborate the story, but you might find it amusing anyway.Cory W says:
In response to robots like the Talon and PackBot used to disarm road-side bombs, insurgents decided robotics couldn't be that hard. They strapped an artillery-shell bomb to a cart, and powered it with parts from a window-mounted air-conditioner. They aimed it at a bomb-disposal team, let it go, and without any navigation or sensing it promptly crashed into a ditch. As everyone at iRobot knows, making robots is hard!
According to the Washington Post, Soldiers tend to get very attached to their robots.Sean says:
Interesting and slightly creepy that SWORD was the name of the *fictional* autonomous weapon system that runs amok (in classic robot-rebellion fashion) in the Peter Weller movie "Screamers," based on Phillip Dick's "Second Variety." Life imitates art in a particularly ominous way.
Graduate student Kirsten Sterrett at the University of Colorado in the US wrote a thesis on fermentation in space, with support from US beer behemoth Coors. She sent a miniature brewing kit into orbit aboard a space shuttle several years ago and produced a few sips of beer. She later sampled the space brew, but because of chemicals in and near it from her analysis, it didn't taste great by the time she tried it...Link
Unfortunately for thirsty astronauts, beer is poorly suited to space consumption because of the gas it includes. Without gravity to draw liquids to the bottoms of their stomachs, leaving gases at the top, astronauts tend to produce wet burps.
"That's one of the reasons why we don't have carbonated beverages on the space menu," NASA spokesperson William Jeffs told New Scientist.
Previously on BB:
• Are you a drunk astronaut? Link
Link (Thanks, WingManX!)
Library users will have the opportunity to print free copies of such public domain classics as “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain, “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens and “Songs of Innocence” by William Blake, as well as appropriately themed in-copyright titles as Chris Anderson’s “The Long Tail” and Jason Epstein’s own “Book Business.” The public domain titles were provided by the Open Content Alliance (“OCA”), a non-profit organization with a database of over 200,000 titles. The OCA and ODB are working closely to offer this digital content free of charge to libraries across the country. Both organizations have received partial funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
The EBM, now available for sale to libraries and retailers, can potentially allow readers anywhere to obtain within minutes, almost any book title in any language, whether or not the book is in print. The EBM’s proprietary software transmits a digital file to the book machine, which automatically prints, binds, and trims the reader’s selection within minutes as a single, library-quality, paperback book, indistinguishable from the factory-made title.
Update: Gayle Snible from the NYPL sez, "The Espresso machine at the Library is printing 20 (only one 0!) for this trial run. The 200,000 is the high range that an Espresso machine would print...somewhere else."
When Electronic Frontier Foundation privacy lawyer Kevin Bankston announced that he was locking his office door to "prevent pranks" by this summer's crop of interns, the interns took it as a personal challenge. They figured out how to get into his office (they had the universal key!), took some pix, and then made a snappy little LOLCats animation commemorating the event. The LOLCats are especially ironic, given that Kevin's cat recently ran away from home, prompting a discussion of whether it's morally consistent for a privacy specialist to insert an RFID tag into his pets. Link (Thanks, Amy!)