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Eben Moglen: Time To Apply The First Law Of Robotics To Our Smartphones

Isaac Asimov would not be proud. Seventy years ago, Asimov created the “first law of robotics”: the idea that robots of the future would obey a rule rooted deep in their programming: “A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.” By the year 2015, [...]

Busted by Hidden Cameras

Every week, countless media sources report on hidden cameras helping to bring people to justice. Here are some of the top stories from this week: Nanny Caught Stealing on Hidden Camera Nanny cameras, a specific type of ultra-covert hidden camera, are usually placed in homes to deter in-home help from child abuse and theft. In [...]

To Hide Android Malware From Google’s ‘Bouncer’, Hackers Learn Its Name, Friends, And Habits

The antivirus scanner that polices ‘s Android Market is named Miles Karlson. It has one friend, Michelle K. Levin, and a cat. And it seems to be a fan of. Those are a few of the many personal characteristics that security researchers Charlie Miller and Jon Oberheide have spent the last several months learning [...]

How A Geek Dad And His 3D Printer Aim To Liberate Legos

This story appears in the April 23, 2012, issue of Forbes Magazine. Last year Golan Levin’s son decided to build a car. Aside from the minor inconvenience of being 4 years old, the younger Levin faced an engineering challenge. His Tinkertoys, which he wanted to use for the vehicle’s frame, wouldn’t attach to his K’Nex, [...]

Here’s How Law Enforcement Cracks Your iPhone’s Security Code (Video)

Set your iPhone to require a four-digit passcode, and it may keep your private information safe from the prying eyes of the taxi driver whose cab you forget it in. But if law enforcement is determined to see the data you’ve stored on your smartphone, those four digits will slow down the process of accessing [...]

NSA Chief Denies Wired’s Domestic Spying Story (Fourteen Times) In Congressional Hearing

In his recent bombshell story for Wired magazine, National Agency chronicler James Bamford writes that the joke that the agency’s acronym stands for “never say anything” applies now more than ever. In fact, it seems the NSA does speak. It says “no” quite a lot. In a budget hearing Tuesday in the Emerging Threats and [...]

Meet Cheetah, Boston Dynamics’ Terrifyingly Fast Running Robot (Video)

A warning for anyone who imagines a Skynet-ruled world of robot domination: Don’t watch the video below. Or if you do, prepare for nightmares of being chased at 18-miles an hour by a gas-powered steely automaton. Dynamics, a Waltham, Massachusetts technology firm and DARPA contractor, announced Monday that it’s broken the speed record for legged [...]

Anonymous Declares War Against the U.S.; And Calls "Bullshit" At The Same Time

Here's a glimpse at the confusing landscape of a "stateless nation". I spent some time yesterday on Twitter speaking with a variety of individuals who associate themselves with Anonymous over a literal declaration of war against the U.S. Show More Summary

Researcher’s Tool Maps Malware In Beautiful 3D Models

researchers face a tough problem: Computer viruses, unlike their biological counterparts, can’t be seen under a microscope. Even common reverse engineering tools merely render malware as thousands of lines of garbled text more legible to machine than man. Now one researcher hopes to show the malware that plagues PCs in all its evil elegance. At [...]

Christmas Traditions (Stay N Faithful)

This is a re-post from my more personal blog, Stay N Faithful. I thought due to the timeliness, it was worth sharing this bit of my life with you as well. Please enjoy, and Merry Christmas! As I finish up the night, stockings all hung,...Show More Summary

BrickHouse Finds Jesus, Thwarts Manger-Raiders With Free GPS Tracking

New York, NY, Dec. 1, 2011 — Jesus saves, but who’s saving Jesus? Beleaguered communities and religious institutions across the country have reason to rejoice as BrickHouse Security, a premier supplier of security solutions, announced that it will resurrect its popular “Saving Jesus” program this holiday season. Nothing crushes the holiday spirit faster than a [...]

As SOPA Looms, John Perry Barlow On ‘The Right To Know’

John Perry Barlow knows something about the political fight for the freedom of the Internet. The former cattle rancher, Grateful Dead lyricist and founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation has been engaged in that battle for 25 years, longer than many of the young Internet users opposing the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) have [...]

And Now, The Lawsuits: Class Actions Hit Carrier IQ, HTC And Samsung

On Wednesday, former federal prosecutor Paul Ohm told me it was only a matter of time until phone-tracking software maker Carrier IQ faced class action lawsuits in response to revelations that its programs had been secretly installed on millions of devices. Two days later, time’s up. In the latest development in the scandal unfolding around the [...]

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