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Declassified United States Nuclear Test Videos Available on YouTube

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. ~George Santayana

Between 1945 and 1962 the United States conducted 210 atmospheric nuclear tests. These tests were filmed in the highest detail available at the time. For the last 5 years Greg Spriggs, along with film experts from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), has been working to track down these nuclear test films and digitize them before they deteriorate altogether. Read More →

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The Feds Drop a Child Porn Case to Avoid Exposing a Tor Exploit

There’s something to be said when sacrifices are made for the greater good. At least that’s what the Department of Justice wants us to think. To avoid having to expose the details in court of a Tor exploit used by the DOJ to snag a child pornography site, the department motioned to dismiss the indictment. I’m not sure how I feel about this. Part of me wants to think that the ‘greater good’ is worth it and that this child porn ring will be shut down eventually anyway. On the other hand, after knowing what our government hackers are capable of, it’s hard to think that the greater good really has anything to do with it. The Tor network can be used for harboring child pornography, but it’s also be used in foreign countries be freedom fighters who work against repressive regimes (think North Korea). Read More →

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The Check Engine Light Needs to Die

Recently I was driving home from work looking forward to an evening of relaxation when I happened to glance down and see my vehicle’s check engine light brightly lit, staring back at me. Most of us have been in this situation at least once. There’s that sudden panic wondering if the car is even going to make it to your destination. Then there’s the panic when you think about how much money it’s going to cost to fix. And you don’t even know what’s wrong yet! Read More →

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Hacking an Internet-Less PC With Its HDD LED

At first thought, it might seem impossible to pull data from a computer that’s not connected to the Internet. How can a system be hacked without a Read More →

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Police Scanner Tracks Your Location in Disturbing Detail

One of the more widely used police scanner tools is the automated license plate scanner. If you know what to look for, you can see these devices all over the place. They’re capable of scanning multiple vehicles simultaneously and entering the plate IDs into a searchable database. These databases are typically used to track ‘hot tags’ of known criminals or stolen vehicles.¬†It’s no secret that police scanner tools¬†sometimes target innocent people and many of us assume that this data gets deleted at some point. The dropping expense of data storage however has allowed police departments to hold onto this data essentially forever. Read More →