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Welcome to Red Slime, the personal journal of Orange Claymore. This site contains work I have done over the years, audio and video. Things i like to do are as followed; skateboarding, computers, video games, listening to bad music, guns and creating music (check noise section). I also pass live feeds of interesting and related topics. Explore and have fun.

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This anti-bullet wall can stop bullets from penetrating and ricocheting

This anti-bullet wall can stop bullets from penetrating and ricocheting

Somehow a wall filled with these hard ceramic balls is bulletproof. It stops bullets from penetrating through the wall and even prevents bullets from ricocheting off the wall too. It’s basically the best shield against a gun we have.

Sure, sandbags can also stop bullets but Saab’s Soft Armour system anti bullet wall looks like a normal wall that can be put onto any building. The technology is explained here:

Saab’s Soft Armour system offers protection against ballistic penetration up to NATO 7.62 mm AP ammunition (STANAG level III). The system is a box concept filled with hard ceramic balls. The system is especially designed to enhance survivability and can be fitted to any structure prior to missions, or even retrofitted to existing structures in operational theatre.

A unique ceramic material protects against ballistic penetration. Soft Armour is a patented ballistic protection technology that provides security for people in vulnerable environments. Soft Armour also protects critical equipment and facilities. Soft Armour protects against all small arms ammunition including armour piercing. The system has a lower total cost than ceramic and composite protection, with reusability, multi-hit capabilities and high flexibility.


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Your BMW just downloaded a security patch

BMW

1 Series Convertible, Coupé and Touring (E81, E82, E87, E88, F20, F21)
2er Active Tourer, Coupé and Convertible (F22, F23, F45)
3 with Convertible, Coupe, GT, Touring and M3 (E90, E91, E92, E93, F30, F31, F34, F80)
4p Coupe, Convertible, Gran Coupe and M4 (F32, F33, F36, F82, F83)
5 Series GT and Touring (F07, F10, F11, F18)
6 Series Gran Coupe Convertible (F06, F12, F13)
7 Series (F01, F02, F03, F04)
I3 (I01), I8 (I12)
X1 (E84), X3 (F25), X4 (F26) X 5 (E70, F15, F85), X6 (E71, E72, F16, F86), Z 4 (E89)

Mini

Three-door and five-door hatchback (F55, F56)

Rolls Royce

Phantom Coupe and Drophead Coupe (RR1, RR2, RR3)
Ghost (RR4)
Wrait (RR5)

Source Article from http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/31/bmw-connected-drive-patch/?ncid=rss_truncated

Passion Project Turns BeagleBone into Standalone Super NES

So you want to play some retro games on your BeagleBone, just load up Linux and start your favorite emulator right? Not if you’re serious about it. [Andrew Henderson] started down this path with the BeagleBoard-xM (predecessor of the BeagleBone Black) and discovered that the performance with Snes9X wasn’t quite what he had in mind. He got the itch and created a full-blown distro called BeagleSNES which includes bootloader and kernel hacks for better peformance, a custom GUI, and is in the process of developing hardware for the embedded gaming rig. Check out the documentation that goes along with the project (PDF); it’s a blueprint for how open source project guides should be presented!

The hardware he’s currently working on is a Cape (what add-on boards for the BBB are called) that adds connectors for original Nintendo and Super Nintendo controllers. It also includes an RTC which will stand in for the real-time clock features included in some cartridges (Pokemon Yellow). Also in the works is a 3D printed enclosure which would turn it into a portable, something like this other BBB portable hack.

Check out a demo of what BeagleSNES can do in the video after the break.

Source Article from http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/hackaday/LgoM/~3/OJoEkcDLdpA/

Obama’s Precision Medicine Plan Sounds Great—Unless It’s an IT Nightmare

Obama's Precision Medicine Plan Sounds Great—Unless It's an IT Nightmare

After teasing a “Precision Medicine Initiative” in his State of the Union address, President Obama today released the details of his $215 million plan: A massive database containing the genetic profiles and health records of at least a million volunteers. Genetics sequencing! Big data! These all sound like good things! But there is potential problem: Electronic heath records are a goddamn mess.

The big winner under Obama’s plan is the National Institutes of Health, which gets $200 million to develop the million-large volunteer cohort and carry out cancer research. (To read more about the research, head on over to our sister site io9.) A tiny slice of the initiative’s budget—$5 million—is also going to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. According to the White House’s fact sheet, the ONC is going to “support the development of interoperability standards and requirements that address privacy and enable secure exchange of data across systems.”

That sounds deathly boring, I know, but the ONC is building the scaffolding that makes this Precision Medicine Initiative possible. If it fails, the whole thing is not going to get off the ground. Here’s why.

The NIH is not going to recruit a million volunteers anew; instead, it’s going to pull data from a pool of over 200 existing cohort studies that could range from the Framingham Heart Study in Massachusetts to a database at Kaiser-Permanente in California. Each of these studies has been collecting data in their own way in their own systems. Smooshing all those individual databases together into one centralized one will be a gargantuan task.

“They’re going to have severe problems because the federal government refused to demand data standards,” says Ross Koppel, a sociology professor at the University of Pennsylvania who specializes in healthcare IT. He is referring to the lack of interoperability between EHR systems built by different companies. For example, says Koppel, a simple question about smoking can be asked in many different ways: Do you smoke? Have you ever smoked? How many times a day do you smoke? When did you quite smoking? How do you combine answers to all those questions into one coherent database?

The ONC currently has a 10-year road map for interoperability, which Koppel calls “nine and a half years too late.” The $5 million is welcome boost to the ONC’s $75 million budget, it’s a tiny droplet in the ocean for the $3 trillion that Americans spend on EHR every year.

But there are reasons to be optimistic because, honestly, we do all want this to work out. The NIH’s eMERGE Network successfully combined medical records from nine different healthcare centers. The Precision Medicine Initiative has the real potential to revolutionize medical research, so it’d be a grand shame for it to be hobbled by IT problems.

Top image: Christian Delbert

Source Article from http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/EUb076b5E3c/obamas-precision-medicine-plan-sounds-great-unless-its-1682823764

AT&T and Dish were the big spenders in the FCC’s wireless auction

AT&T store

There’s no doubt that companies spent a ton of money in the FCC’s latest wireless auction — $44.9 billion of it, to be precise. But who was it that was so eager to part with their cash? You don’t have to wonder for much longer. The FCC has revealed the winning bidders, and there’s little doubt as to who the frontrunners are. AT&T was by far the biggest spender. It shelled out almost $18.2 billion for 251 licenses to use that coveted AWS-3 spectrum, or nearly three times what it spent on 700MHz frequencies back in 2008. Dish, meanwhile, made its broadband ambitions pretty clear by snapping up a sizable $13.3 billion in airwaves.


As for the others involved? Verizon certainly wasn’t conservative, having bid $10.4 billion, but that’s not a big leap versus the $9.3 billion it spent acquiring 700MHz spectrum years ago. Also, smaller carriers didn’t have much of a stake in this auction. T-Mobile ponied up a ‘modest’ $1.7 billion, and Sprint already said that it would sit things out in favor of the 600MHz auction coming in 2016. All told, most of the newly available wireless bandwidth is headed to just a handful of companies, only one of which is a relative newcomer. That’s good to hear if you’re one of their subscribers (especially if you regularly deal with congested networks), but it’s lousy if you were hoping for an abundance of fresh competition.

[Image credit: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan]















Source Article from http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/30/fcc-aws-3-auction-winners/?ncid=rss_truncated

Hacklet 32 – LED Persistence of Vision Displays

Blinking LEDs are good. Moving, spinning things are good too. Put them both together and you get a Persistence of Vision (POV) display. Hackers have been building these displays for years. This week’s Hacklet focuses on some of the best LED POV displays on Hackaday.io!

povtypeWe start with [EduardoZola] and POV as you type, write on the air. [Eduardo] used an Arduino Nano, a pair of 433 MHz radios, some blue LEDs and a motor to create a simple spinning display. A hall effect sensor keeps everything in sync. The entire display is powered by a 500 mAh LiPo battery. The awesome thing about this display is the interactive aspect. The transmitter module connects to a laptop via an on-board USB to serial converter. Typing into any serial terminal sends the text directly to the POV display, where the letters appear to hang in the air.

 

deathringNext up is [boolean] with Silent Orchestra POV aka “Death Ring”. [boolean] didn’t want to just create a POV ring, he wanted a huge 5 foot diameter display for his local Burning Man decompression. Death Ring is an aluminum ring spun by a 3HP motor. A hall effect sensor keeps everything synced up, and keeps Death Ring’s 3 horsepower motor in check. Light is provided by a PixelPusher and WS2812 RGB strips. The system is designed to be interactive, controlled with a Leap Motion controller or a Microsoft Kinect. An MPU-6050 keeps acceleration in check while processing maps video to the LED strip. An Arduino Yun allows the entire system to be controlled via WiFi. [boolean] and his team have taken Death Ring through several revisions. Judging by the quality of their aluminum welding though, they’re on the right track to an awesome end result!

locoHackaday.io power user [Davedarko] has been working on a POV display of a different sort. His Locomatrix is an 8×8 LED matrix which moves in and out on the Z axis. [Dave] originally created Locomatrix as his entry in the 2014 Hackaday Prize. We have to admit this is the first time we’ve seen this sort of display, but the idea is sound. In fact, [Bruce Land] posted in the comments to let [Dave] know that he’d seen a similar technique used with a CRT display back in 1964. We’re betting Dave’s 3D printed gears and LED matrix display will be more robust than a CRT tube slamming two and fro at several hundred pulses per minute!

CPOVFinally, we have Hackaday’s own [Mike Szczys] with CPOV – a Crappy Persistence of Vision display . CPOV is a proof of concept made from upcycled parts which [Mike] threw together in a couple of hours. He grabbed the motor from an old cassette deck, some plywood, perfboard, and of course LEDs to build his display. The processor is an ATtiny2313 running Adafruit’s MiniPOV 3 firmware. The system display doesn’t have a sync input, so [Mike] uses a novel form of Human-in-the-loop PWM control to keep the motor speed in check. CPOV is proof that Hackaday.io isn’t just for polished projects, but for proof of concepts, fails, and just plain research. Even if your project isn’t perfect, documenting it will help you learn from it. It might even inspire someone else to move forward and continue where you left off!

Want more POV goodness? Check out our new POV display list!

Our LEDs are going dim, so that’s about all the time we have for this Hacklet. As always, see you next week. Same hack time, same hack channel, bringing you the best of Hackaday.io!

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Drug Dealers Are Using Nokia Dumbphones To Stay Ahead Of "The Feds"

Drug Dealers Are Using Nokia Dumbphones To Stay Ahead Of "The Feds"

According to a story from the UK edition of Vice (a story which, I hasten to add, relies on a source named ‘K2′ and should therefore be taken with the requisite gallon of salt), drug dealers in the fair city of Birmingham have turned to dumphones in an attempt to evade the police.

The particular handset of choice is said to be the Nokia 8210, of which Mr K2 has a handful:

“Every dealer I know uses old phones, and the Nokia 8210 is the one everyone wants because of how small it is and how long the battery lasts. And it was the best phone when it came out. I couldn’t afford one in Jamaica back in the day, but now I’ve got four.”

The logic, of course, is that smartphones are both more hackable and, thanks to the on-board GPS, they reveal more about where you’ve been than rudimentary cell triangulation. And, to an extent, that’s probably true. A smartphone compromised by the long arm of the law is far more likely to give the man juicy information than an equivalent dumbphone. And, it’s certainly not beyond the realm of possibility that the UK’s newly formed National Crime Agency, with the help of buddies over at GCHQ (the UK NSA), have been hacking into drug dealer’s iPhones.

Switching to a burner phone definitely isn’t a get-out-of-jail-free card for criminals, though: common police tactics like cell geolocation and call tapping don’t have anything to do with the target handset, and will work on basically anything with a SIM card slot.

Reading between the lines, though, it’s a good example of another profession that’s dumbing down in order to up security. In the wake of the Snowden leaks, governments and criminals alike have incresingly turned to old-school, internet-incapable tech to try and avoid hacking.

Most famously, the German government has switched back to mechanical typewriters to avoid any kind of hacking. Maybe the fact that our nuclear launch codes are run off floppy discs isn’t so bad after all. [Vice via TechDirt]

Top photo by Saleeee/Shutterstock.

Source Article from http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/ex33bdKB6SA/drug-dealers-are-using-nokia-dumbphones-to-stay-ahead-o-1682707484

Daily Roundup: Apple outsells Samsung, Microsoft invests in Android and more!

Apple sold as many phones as Samsung did last quarter; Microsoft is investing in Android; and SkyMall might be saved. Head past the break to find all of today’s top stories in the Daily Roundup.


Apple’s now shipping as many smartphones as Samsung

A whole lot of phones were shipped last quarter. Samsung has stayed consistently alone at the top, selling the most mobile devices of any manufacturer. However, it sounds like that is starting to change. Apple reportedly sold 74.5 million devices during the last three months of 2014, which is also as many as Samsung sold.

Microsoft is reportedly investing in Cyanogen’s custom Android mod

Is it possible that Microsoft is investing in Android? While details are scarce, the company is reportedly planning to become a minority investor in Cyanogen and may ultimately create a version that features Microsoft’s services.

SkyMall’s savior might be one of the products that it used to sell

All may not be lost for SkyMall, the catalog that has struggled to maintain relevance (and profitability) as airline passengers found other ways to entertain themselves. The CEO of Scottevest believes he knows what it will take to turn the company around.

Imgur now lets you easily make gorgeous GIFs from online videos

A new tool created by the image-hosting service Imgur allows anyone to easily make custom animated GIFs from internet video. The only downside is that the tool often outputs images in GIFV, a new looping-video format that isn’t yet widely supported.

B-OUYA! Guess who just got a $10 million investment from Alibaba?

OUYA, the Kickstarter-funded, Android-powered, miniature game console has had trouble gaining traction in the United States. However, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba invested $10 million in the company last month in a bid to bring the device to a new market: China.

SYNEK’s countertop draft system brings fresh beer home this summer

Last summer, SYNEK raised over $650,000 in Kickstarter contributions when it showed off its draft beer system for kitchen counters. The company announced that the final product is on the way this summer. If you missed out on the Kickstarter campaign, you can still snag one for $299.

‘Super Smash Bros.’ 8-player mode just got a whole lot better

Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U provided a lot of local multiplayer fun, allowing up to eight players at the same time. Sadly, it was limited to only a few stages of the game. However, Nintendo just pushed out an update that adds 15 more stages to the mix.















Source Article from http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/29/daily-roundup-apple-outsells-samsung-microsoft-invests-in-andr/?ncid=rss_truncated

Reverse Engineer then Drive LCD with FPGA

Fans of [Ben Heck] know that he has a soft spot for pinball machines and his projects that revolve around that topic tend to be pretty epic. This is a good example. At a trade show he saw an extra-wide format LCD screen which he thought would be perfect on a pinball build. He found out it’s a special module made for attaching to your car’s sun visor. The problem is that it only takes composite-in and he wanted higher quality video than that offers. The solution: reverse engineer the LCD protocol and implement it in an FPGA.

This project is a soup to nuts demonstration of replacing electronics drivers; the skill is certainly not limited to LCD modules. He starts by disassembling the hardware to find what look like differential signaling lines. With that in mind he hit the Internet looking for common video protocols which will help him figure out what he’s looking for. A four-channel oscilloscope sniffs the signal as the unit shows a blue screen with red words “NO SIGNAL”. That pattern is easy to spot since the pixels are mostly repeated except when red letters need to be displayed. Turns out the protocol is much like VGA with front porch, blanking, etc.

With copious notes about the timings [Ben] switches over to working with a Cyclone III FPGA to replace the screen’s stock controller. The product claims 800×234 resolution but when driving it using those parameters it doesn’t fill the entire screen. A bit more tweaking and he discovers the display actually has 1024×310 pixels. Bonus!

It’s going to take us a bit more study to figure out exactly how he boiled down the sniffed data to his single color-coded protocol sheet. But that’s half the fun! If you need a few more resources to understand how those signals work, check out one of our other favorite FPGA-LCD hacks.

[Thanks Sebastian]

Source Article from http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/hackaday/LgoM/~3/3RT-EvO_U0E/

Your Coding Style Is Like a Digital Fingerprint

Your Coding Style Is Like a Digital Fingerprint

If you think that good code is a plain, expressionless and elegant string of characters that is, at its best, utterly anonymous, think again. New research suggests that programmers have ways of writing code, which can be used as a digital fingerprints.

Whether it’s how they space out code using spaces and tabs, naming conventions with capitals and underscores, or quirks in commenting, a team from Drexel University, the University of Maryland, the University of Goettingen, and Princeton can spot who wrote a piece of code—with alarming accuracy. Using natural language processing and machine learning to work out who wrote anonymous pieces of source code based on coding style alone, the team can identify the person behind the script with 95 percent accuracy.

The work uses indicators such as layout and lexical attributes to work out who wrote a piece of code. But it also uses something called “abstract syntax trees,” which “capture properties of coding style that are completely independent from writing style.” In other words, it looks beyond naming, comments and spaces, to find hidden clues in the structure of code. Testing their machine learning software on scripts publicly available data from Google’s Code Jam, the team showed that analysis of 630 lines of code for an author will provide it with enough information to identify the coder from a fresh piece of script with 95 percent accuracy. Increase the line count to 1,900, and the identification accuracy reaches 97 percent.

As well as being a neat trick, there are clear applications for code of this kind. Being able to accurately identify who wrote an anonymous piece of code could help authorities tack down hackers more easily, for instance, or identify those committing online fraud. Now, it’s time to do with code what you used to do with handwriting as a kid: learn to fake someone else’s. [Drexel via IT World]

Image by Olly/Shutterstock

Source Article from http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/GXrUa7DpBVM/your-coding-style-is-like-a-digital-fingerprint-1682499073