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Geek Mythology Trivia answers 0x0F

August 9, 2013 10:33 am | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

The Screaming Circuits Geek Week geek mythology ECC public key is 7. Okay. I lied. The answers aren't encrypted, but I think I'll let them out piecemeal. Number 0x0F: Everyone has heard the trite phrase: “There are 10 types of...

The NSA's alarmingly liberal interpretation of surveillance laws

August 8, 2013 3:27 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

If you thought the U.S. government had no interest in your texts and emails, you better think again — the NSA’s dragnet just got a lot bigger. Officially, the policy of the NSA has been to intercept communications from Americans in direct contact with “targeted” foreigners overseas, according to the New York Times. However, it seems the agency has been looking at more than they’ve “officially” admitted.

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The Mars Curiosity Rover sang Happy Birthday to itself

August 8, 2013 12:20 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

August 5th marked the one-year anniversary of the Curiosity Rover’s landing on Mars. In addition to turning me from a Space Hater into a Space Junkie, the landing was a celebration of a great landmark in the world of NASA and space. Curiosity, part of NASA’s Mars Exploration program, carries the most advanced suite of instruments of any device sent to the Martian surface. 

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The models were wrong

August 8, 2013 9:12 am | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Comments

The models explaining what everyone knew about sugar uptake in bacteria are fundamentally flawed. New models correct those flaws. It turns out that bacteria regulate their sugar uptake mechanism not just by looking at the sugar available. The old models said that if sugar was scarce, bacteria made more sugar processing mechanisms to go after more of the scarce resources.

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What is the “next big thing” in near field communications?

August 7, 2013 3:30 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Mike Kabala, ECN Reader The next advance in NFC will be in the area of multi-factor authentication.  The current forerunner in this area is the Yubikey Neo, which contains both USB and NFC interfaces. Further advancement should eliminate the need for the USB connection, allowing a contact-free way of generating a one-time password for use in authentication.

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What is the “next big thing” in near field communications? (Part II)

August 7, 2013 3:27 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

V.Kadal Amutham, Reader: Already many countries are implementing mobile payment for ticketing in the bus / train and purchases at stores avoiding credit cards.Another possibility for this technology is as follows. The mobile phone will store any personal data like, size of cloth, preferred brand of many household items.

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Geek Week on YouTube

August 6, 2013 12:30 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

In case you haven't heard, it's Geek Week on YouTube. In honor of that, here are the top ten most incredible pieces of trivia from ancient Geek Mythology. You can scroll down and read them here, or have the questions read to you, by me, over on our YouTube channel.

Ban open-source blueprints for guns, save the world

August 6, 2013 10:39 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

There is now a 3D-printed rifle that can fire multiple rounds WITHOUT breaking. We’ve moved beyond the one-and-done 3D guns of the past. Now, we’re talking FOURTEEN shots before the gun fell apart.Last time we visited this topic, many commenters reminded me that people have been making guns out of random bits of things forever.

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3D-printed guns lead the open-source revolution

August 6, 2013 8:58 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

3D-printed guns are the precise exegesis of the open-source movement. Blueprints for 3D-printed guns are freely available on P2P networks and other sources. Short of a complete federal seizure of the World Wide Web, the flow of information cannot be stopped. Does this prove the ultimate futility of gun control? Does information truly want to be free?

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10 must-read posts from July

August 5, 2013 11:41 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles on the web. Take a look at what you missed the first time around or check up on an old favorite to see the conversation in the comments. Keep checking out the Lead at www.ecnmag.com and follow us on Twitter @ecnonline for our most up-to-date articles.

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Odds and ends

August 5, 2013 9:59 am | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Comments

Here are some things I recently found interesting and useful. You might like them too. NXP customer service. They are a little hard to reach but they do get back to you pretty quickly by e-mail and the service is outstanding. I needed some help getting LPC1114FDH28 samples.

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Reducing multitasking at HP Digital Camera

August 5, 2013 8:50 am | by Sanjeev Gupta, CEO of Realization Technologies in San Jose, Calif. | Comments

Like many consumer electronics organizations, HP Digital Camera saw that its people were working hard, but they also knew that they were not meeting deadlines and were not as productive as they needed to be. In the year before implementing the steps necessary to eliminate organizational multitasking, HP Digital Camera had released six different models of digital cameras,

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Engineers killed Detroit

August 1, 2013 11:01 am | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Comments

Since Detroit pleaded bankruptcy, we have been hearing all kinds of things about what killed Detroit. For one thing, high labor rates in Detroit have been touted. Another theory is that the government of Detroit killed Detroit. But the theory I like best is that engineers killed Detroit.

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Solving wind energy storage problems

July 31, 2013 8:41 am | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Comments

When it comes to alternative energy, I have been a big fan of storage. Alternative energy will not be viable for large-scale power delivery to the grid without storage. My friend Clyde knows of my obsession with storage. He suggested I look into GE's new wind turbines that come with storage attached.

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The ridiculous amount of stuff happening in 60 seconds on the internet

July 30, 2013 2:41 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Ever wonder what happens in just one minute on the internet? Qmee, an internet ad agency of sorts, created a great infographic so you can see exactly what everyone else is looking at on the internet and maybe check some out for yourself.

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