SkyJack - Hacking drones by Samy Kamkar
Nice one. The aerial robo-war above our heads has just begun. Respectively: Free amazon packages and drone [pizza, beer, kebab, burrito..] for the urban hacker youth in your neighborhood.
SkyJack is a drone engineered to autonomously seek out, hack, and wirelessly take over other drones within wifi distance, creating an army of zombie drones under your control.
Today Amazon announced they’re planning to use unmanned drones to deliver some packages to customers within five years. Cool! How fun would it be to take over drones, carrying Amazon packages…or take over any other drones, and make them my little zombie drones. Awesome.
Using a Parrot AR.Drone 2, a Raspberry Pi, a USB battery, an Alfa AWUS036H wireless transmitter, aircrack-ng, node-ar-drone, node.js, and my SkyJack software, I developed a drone that flies around, seeks the wireless signal of any other drone in the area, forcefully disconnects the wireless connection of the true owner of the target drone, then authenticates with the target drone pretending to be its owner, then feeds commands to it and all other possessed zombie drones at my will.
SkyJack also works when grounded as well, no drone is necessary on your end for it to work. You can simply run it from your own Linux machine/Raspberry Pi/laptop/etc and jack drones straight out of the sky.
// yeah, i know. this will not work on amazon’s drones. they will likely be autonomous using GPS. but hey, nice project.
It’s more than just a company. It’s more than just a product. There’s a cause there and an issue that really matters. I think that’s why people feel very strongly, because it’s something more than just a random product, it’s something that’s important for the world.
Pebble watch review:
Packaging is simple, no real instructions included.
The wrist band is quality rubber, it’s very soft and flexible and makes the Pebble float on your wrist, I forget I’m wearing it.
Build quality seems good, lightweight but not cheap, not super-expensive either, the e-ink display is safe under a very nice piece of polycarbonate that feels solid but is sometimes too reflective.
The display is visible in most light, when it’s dark there’s a blue-ish backlight. I air drum too much for the accelerometer to automatically control the backlight with a wrist-flick, which turns the light on for 5 seconds and is VERY handy.
Bluetooth pairing went easily for me, and I’ve seen others have problems, but at least the Pebble makes it simple to do a reset, and it’s easy to reinstall the app on your iOS or Android.
Getting new watch faces can be done within the Pebble app, with third party apps, or you can code them yourself. Either way it’s as easy as selecting the watch face within the app and allowing it to immediately upload to your watch. Using online generators is simple too, just use a barcode scanner or copy the link provided by the watch face and Pebble will automatically recognize the .PBW file and upload it.
The music controls worked out-of-the-box with my Galaxy S4, and in the Pebble app it’s easy to switch between Samsung Music player and internet radios like Pandora which is also controllable.
I downloaded Glance so I could have a watch face that shows the weather, date, and time. There are multiple apps that pull data from your phone like the weather, and they’re all easy to use.
Phone Ringer is also an app I’ve found useful, it allows you to control your phone volume and ringer settings from the Pebble.
Overall I had no problem getting notifications from Texts, Calls, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, etc. Pebble Notifier for android made that wicked easy.
The battery has lasted just as long as advertised, 5-7 days.
For 150 this is absolutely the best smart watch right now as it performs the task of android/iOS companion perfectly. No longer do I check my phone for missed calls/texts, and no longer do I pull it out to silence it at the movies, etc, it has changed how I use my phone, for the better.
TLDR; The Pebble is more than worth 150 dollars, and fulfills the job of smart phone “companion” more than it does smart watch. It allows me to use my phone dramatically less and adds incredibly useful features like music control and pedometer.
Before and After the iOS 7 update on an iPad, if for some reason you weren’t able to deduce that on your own.
I might restore from a backup, this new dock is putrid.
Instead of all that wasted space, I should have the option to change the opacity or make it a dock instead of an ugly block of shaded color.
Steve, we miss you, and your ability to say “that looks like shit”.
A survey of American mothers earlier this year found that 42% suffered from ‘Pinterest stress — the worry that they’re not crafty or creative enough.’
I do a lot of email—very good at email. That’s my core competency
Elon Musk in a light hearted moment in this ABC News article, How Elon Musk Went From Showering at the YMCA to Building a Mars Colony.
The article mainly recaps Musk’s Business Insider talk.
MIT has demonstrated a “Dynamic Shape Display” that can physically change shape to render 3D content. As Fast Company reports, the display is called inFORM, and it’s a large surface that sits atop a series of pins, actuators, and linkages. By moving each actuator, inFORM can move the pin it’s attached to up or down, allowing for a wide range of interactions.
An Iranian research lab has created a drone to save people drowning at sea. Developed by Tehran-based RTS Lab, Pars is a multirotor drone designed to carry and drop floatation aids to people in trouble. First conceptualized only a year ago, Pars is now a functioning prototype that recently underwent testing in the Caspian Sea.
The only thing drones should be doing is providing non-lethal security, medicine, and food to those in need, so this makes me happy.
You Hiccup Because of Evolution
Why do we hiccup? Evolution. Our amphibian ancestors needed to be able to switch back and forth between breathing air with lungs and pushing water over their gills. The nerve signals that regulates this process of snapping the epiglottis shut and sucking in water is identical to a hiccup. We still have the ability but no longer have the gills to make it worth anything.
Via our partner page EvolutionEvidence.org.
Bonus fact: Charles Osborne holds the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous hiccup at 68 years. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Osborne_(hiccups)
Read more on our evolutionary vestiges:
It’s frightening how many people don’t know this.
A one-watt LED light bulb would be enough to provide net connectivity to four computers, researchers say.
Am I the only one that saw wifi light bulbs 5 years ago (exaggeration) in a ted talk and isn’t amazed that chinese researchers have done the same thing years later.
Sony.. I dislike disassembling a VAIO because it’s not super-easy, but I love the material, build, design, and component quality and I always recommend them. I see VAIO’s as the only option for some people switching from Apple, some.
I call it “MultiPass”
I made the ultimate multi-boot usb drive.
It’s equipped with:
Hirens 15.2, Falcon Four UBCD, Trinity Rescue Kit, Redo, DBAN, Comodo Rescue CD, Ultimate Boot CD, Tails 0.20.1, Mint 15 Cinnamon 32 bit, Acronis Anti-Malware CD, AVG Boot CD, BitDefender Boot CD, Fedora 19 Cinnamon x86-x64, System Rescue CD, RIP, Arch, Debian 6.06 i386, OphCrack XP, OphCrack Vista-7, and Ubuntu 12.04 i386, Kali, Deft, Crunchbang, Knoppix, and Mythbuntu.
There’s redundancy, but it doesn’t hurt to have too many tools when flash drives cost 10 dollars and store all of that software.
I used Yumi Multi-Boot USB Creator for Windows found HERE