Archive for December, 2006

Interfaces

Four different emerging interface devices- bluetooth laser keyboard, Optimus Keyboard, The KRONOS PROJECTOR and the JazzMutant with respective links.

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Posted: December 5th, 2006
at 12:21pm by Koookiecrumbles


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Gov’t panel rejects paper trail for e-voting machines

We should have known not to get our hopes up! We can’t even recommend that ninjas use absentee ballots because often times election officials don’t count them anyway (unless there is a recount)

Maybe now there is a justifiable excuse for not voting…some 13-year old hacker working for the GOP is just going to fix the whole thing anyway

Story via CNET

Previous MNP post on the NIST recommendation for a paper trail

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Posted: December 5th, 2006
at 12:20pm by Pheezatron


Categories: not ninja-worthy,politricks,fo' real?

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‘Nonlethal’ weapon makes you feel like your skin is being burned off - hmmm, sounds humane

According to documents obtained for Wired News under federal sunshine laws, the Air Force’s Active Denial System, or ADS, has been certified safe after lengthy tests by military scientists in the lab and in war games.

The beam produces what experimenters call the "Goodbye effect," or "prompt and highly motivated escape behavior." In human tests, most subjects reached their pain threshold within 3 seconds, and none of the subjects could endure more than 5 seconds.

The ADS was developed in complete secrecy for 10 years at a cost of $40 million. Its existence was revealed in 2001 by news reports, but most details of ADS human testing remain classified. There has been no independent checking of the military’s claims.

The development of a truly safe and highly effective nonlethal crowd-control system could raise enormous ethical questions about the state’s use of coercive force. If a method such as ADS leads to no lasting injury or harm, authorities may find easier justifications for employing them.

via WIRED

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Posted: December 5th, 2006
at 12:10pm by Pheezatron


Categories: not ninja-worthy,robots,politricks,weaponry,fo' real?

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Galeria De La Semana 12.5

lotus, moss and rock gardens gallery at phototravels

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Posted: December 5th, 2006
at 11:52am by Koookiecrumbles


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The Web as You Know It

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from hello.eboy

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Posted: December 5th, 2006
at 11:40am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: myninjaplease,web

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Back to the moon?


NASA announced yesterday an ambitious new plan for lunar exploration and ‘colonization,’ with crews of 4 astronouts making weeklong missions to the Moon starting in 2020. Eventually, these missions will grow to 180 days, and a permanent base will be set up by 2024. Officials say that by 2027, a preussurized rover will being to take astronouts on expeditions far from the base. The eventual 180-day mission length is a crucial step towards Martian exploration, as that is the estimated length of an expedition to the red planet.

Unlike the Apollo missions of the past which landed on the moon’s equatorial region, this future lunar esite will likely be located near the Shackleton crater by the south pole. With sunlight 50-70% of the time, it is a prime location for taking advantage of solar power. Another reason for choosing the south pole is that scientists suspect it has valuable resources such as hydrogen, ice and other materials.

The website SpaceDaily writes:

"With such an outpost, NASA can learn to use the moon’s natural resources to live off the land, make preparations for a journey to Mars, conduct a wide range of scientific investigations and encourage international participation… As currently envisioned, an incremental buildup would begin with four-person crews making several seven-day visits to the moon until their power supplies, rovers and living quarters are operational. The first mission would begin by 2020. These would be followed by 180-day missions to prepare for journeys to Mars."

Critics claim that this new Lunar project will not be as helpful in regards to future Mars missions as NASA claims, relying too heavily on technology from the Apollo missions as a way to reduce costs and not focusing enough on Mars itself. NASA expert Howard Kurtz told the NYTimes that he was concerned that the technology for lunar exploration a€oewon’t get us beyond the Moona€A and on to Mars.

a€oeThe fear is that the Moon, which is now viewed as a means to get beyond the Moon, will become its own destination, for hundreds of years,a€A he said. a€oeThe easy way to go to the Moon is the hard way to go to Mars.a€A

Regardless, this plan is pretty cool. NASA even has stated that this could open the moon to commercialization, although there could of course be some downsides to that (but lunar vacations would be ill!)

via NYTimes and Space Daily

learn more at NASA’s Vision for Space Exploration

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Posted: December 5th, 2006
at 11:39am by Pheezatron


Categories: robots,fo' real?

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Check Box Artist: DStruction

where are you from?

I’m from Massachusetts.

how did music influence your life?

Well, growing up, my mother always had a variety of music playing in the house. Lots of Stevie Wonder, Sade, Anita Baker, but also **** like Kenny G, Genesis, Billy Joel and Eric Clapton. My older brother got me into hip hop and rap with groups like Stetsasonic, NWA, Boogie Down Productions, and Run DMC.

how do you see music’s influence on the daily citizen?

Well, music is everywhere, even if we don’t realize it. Most people dont take the time to listen to **** that they aren’t forced to listen to, and that’s a shame. For the daily citizen, the average joe, music is just something to assist in getting through the day. For me though, it is much more than that. It’s life to me, without music, you might as well consider me dead.

what gear do you use to produce?

My mind is the best piece of gear I use, but I also use a few different MPC models, mostly the 2000. I also use my vinyl collection, which is over 2000 pieces now. It would be a lot more than that, but they take up a lot of space! I also use a Roland vs890 multitracker, a few keyboards every now and then, guitars, live drums, and other instruments, like the kalimba and didgeridoo.

how do you perceive the equipment that you use?

I’m used to the the MPC, but honestly it’s not the gear its the ear. I think I can make good music with anything. haha, back in high school I made some of the freshest beats just banging on different parts of the desk.

who should like your music?

Everyone can find a track they like. That’s the thing, my music suffers from bipolar disorder, hence my record label’s name, Bi-Polar Inc. Tonight I might make some trippy experimental **** the college kids might like, then tomorrow I’ll switch it up and do some commercial **** for the broads to shake some ass to. I like broads shaking ass so it’s fun to make music for that. The day after that I might **** with some heavy metal ****.

where can people catch you performing live?

Well, every Saturday I DJ at Stevie B’s in Onset MA. I’m not a real DJ I admit that but I’m a good DJ, meaning I keep the dance floor packed and your girlfriends all like to come see me do my thing, and shake those ****ies. January 13th at the same spot Stevie B’s in Onset, we are doing a Bi-Polar Inc show. We took a break from the live shows for a few months to focus on new material. Also, Febuary 17th at KC’s Tap in Pawtucket Rhode Island, we are gonna do the damn thing. So come check us out! Also, I do Hoodstock every summer.

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Posted: December 4th, 2006
at 7:35pm by Koookiecrumbles


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Yet another BitTorrent company is going legit!

First BitTorrent, now Azereus.

Most download-loving ninjas know of Azereus, the BitTorrent client. Today, the makers of Azereus launched a new distribution platform for DVD and HD-quality video on the internet, hoping to take on YouTube:
"Try watching a YouTube video in full-screen mode," says Azureus CEO Gilles BianRosa. "You can’t make out the details of what’s going on. We’ve changed all that."

[Azereus] plans to add television shows and full-length feature films to the service later this month. Azureus has inked distribution deals with 12 television, film and media companies…

The company says it will comply with copyright laws by removing any illicit clips at the rights holders’ request — a policy followed by most other video-sharing sites…The company plans to give users the ability to attach pre-roll or post-roll advertisements to uploaded videos. Videos are currently shared with no advertising, but an opt in, ad-sharing program is under development.

Story via WIRED.
Check out Zudeo, the new Azereus-powered site, or download the newest version of Azereus which now has the feature built-in.

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Posted: December 4th, 2006
at 6:27pm by Pheezatron


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E-Voting Machines not secure?! - hmmm, couldn’t have guessed that one…

Well Diebold and the other e-voting machine companies must be pissed. For those ninjas that actually embrace democracy however, this is great news. Remember when those historically democratic districts with these machines mysteriously went for Bush in ’04, and in other districts with the machines the exit polls didn’t match the "official" reuslts? Hmmmm…

WASHINGTON (AP) - Paperless electronic voting machines in widespread use across the country may be vulnerable to errors or sabotage and cannot be made secure, a draft report by a federal agency said.

The report by researchers at the influential National Institute of Standards and Technology said the paperless voting machines - essentially notebook computers programmed to display ballot images and record voter choices - "in practical terms cannot be made secure."

"Many people, especially in the computer engineering and security community, assert that the (voting machines) are vulnerable to undetectable errors as well as malicious software attacks," the report said.

A key weakness is that there is no audit mechanism or paper trail to verify election results other than what the machine itself reports, the report said.

"Potentially, a single programmer could ‘rig’ a major election," the report said.

Couldn’t they have saved some hard-earned taxpayer money and instead of doing a study/report just used some common sense? Actually, that would’ve been way too much to ask…
Story via The Guardian/AP

Read the actual National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) report here

Further Reading:

Great Slate.com article, "Rage Against the Machines"

If you want to get yourself real angry, read this article too (it’s from 2003, but still good ish)
Oh, and if you want to learn how to rig one of these voting machines

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Posted: December 4th, 2006
at 6:09pm by Pheezatron


Categories: politricks

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