Kano Computer Kit Will Teach Kids How To Build Computers | Wall Street OTC

This cool little item might be in some ones stocking this Christmas. Possibly even mine.

A new Kickstarter project that raised $1,52 million is called the Kano computer kit and it was designed especially for kids who want to learn how to build their own computers and how to code. The Kano computer kit is actually for any age but the product targets young kids, ages 6-15. The Kano computer kit comes with everything it needs to build a computer, except for the computer monitor. The kit includes a Raspberry Pi Model B computer board, which is used to create all kinds of computer related products like Bitcoin miners and coffee makers.

via Kano Computer Kit Will Teach Kids How To Build Computers | Wall Street OTC.

Dap: Wall Street OTC

Posted in Hardware, Technology Tagged with: , ,

Shellshock patch for OS/X

Since OS /X IS Unix distro, (actually its a BSD) that means it also susceptible to Shellshock vulnerability. I found this lengthy and pretty complicated fix for it. If you don’t want to wait for Apple issue a patch.  This also have some practical advice on how to reduce your possible attack vectors. (Basically just turn off web sharing).

Once the license agreement is done, you’ll need my bash-fix script which you can download from GitHub, and you’ll need to be logged into your Mac as an OS X administrator (if you’re the only user of your Mac, your account is the administrator account). Once you have the bash-fix.sh script downloaded, make the script executable — type chmod 755 and a space, then drag the downloaded script into the Terminal window, and hit return. Next step, run the script — drag the bash-fix.sh into the Terminal window, and hit Return. The script will download the source to bash, patch it, compile it, install it, and replace the old instances of the bash and sh executables; it will prompt you for your password along the way, so keep an eye out for that.

via How to patch OS X for the bash/Shellshock vulnerability | TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004.

Dap: TUAW

Posted in Software, Technology Tagged with: , ,

More disturbing than this Security hole, sites are STILL using CGI

A security vulnerability was discovered in Bash, the preferred shell of most users of the *nix OSes including myself. The following is good explanation of what the problem is and why it is important:

The root of the problem is that Bash is frequently used as the system shell. Thus, if an application calls a Bash shell command via web HTTP or a Common-Gateway Interface (CGI) in a way that allows a user to insert data, the web server could be hacked. As Andy Ellis, the Chief Security Officer of Akamai Technologies, wrote: “This vulnerability may affect many applications that evaluate user input, and call other applications via a shell.”

via Unix/Linux Bash: Critical security hole uncovered | ZDNet.

 

The same article goes on to say that Debian and Red Hat both have fix packages ready to go … So for any Debian based distro:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

.. then reboot

I also found a test to see if you even need to update yet:
env x='() { :;}; echo vulnerable' bash -c "echo this is a test"

Dap: Duo and ZDNet

Posted in Software, Technology Tagged with: , , , ,

What! Me Worry?

Dap : Lifehacker

Posted in Whatever

iPhone 6 breaks sales records but still bends under pressure … literally

Le Bien …

Record broken: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus sales top 10 million in opening weekend
Another year, another record breaking debut for the latest iPhone. Apple announced on Monday that it sold ten million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models combined after the first weekend of availability—a new record for launch weekend iPhone sales. It’s no surprise, after Apple announced last Monday that iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders hit 4 million in the first 24 hours alone.

The latest iPhones became available on Friday, September 19 in 10 countries and territories worldwide.

Le Mal …

Dap: Macworld & CNN Money

Posted in Hardware, Mobile, Technology Tagged with: , , ,

They lasted a LOT longer than I thought they would …

The once king of all Mobile, has apparently decided to shirk the consumer market and return to chasing business customers again. That’s a good idea I guess but the analyst in the peace thinks that people will once again want to carry around two devices. I don’t see that happening, but I’ve been wrong before. The Passport is an interesting looking device. My 2 cents? BB should put out a Android or Windows device, ASAP. At least as a feeler if they really want to turn the company around. People care about applications, and BB doesn’t have NEARLY enough to stay viable. But like I said I have been wrong before.

Posted in Business, Hardware, Mobile, Technology Tagged with:

Possible IR contact lense

Seeing in the dark could take on a whole new meaning. Scientists at the University of Michigan have created the first infrared light detector that is thin enough to be integrated with contact lenses. It’s made from graphene.

Graphene is a thin sheet of carbon atoms. Considered the world’s strongest material, it can sense the entire infrared spectrum, as well as visible and ultraviolet light. Researchers believe the material can someday give people super-human vision.

via Graphene contact lenses could give you infrared vision – CBS News.

emphasis mine

Add that to this and figure out the personal flight system and ohhh baabby!!

Posted in Hardware, Technology Tagged with: ,

Android Wear Dev preview is HERE!

Google jumped into the smartwatch market Tuesday, revealing a version of its Android operating system to work on wearable devices.

The project dubbed Android Wear — focused first on smartwatches — delivers notifications for information such as sports scores, weather and directions directly to a smartwatch. In a video promoting Wear, users are shown pulling up a QR code to check in for a flight, look up a sports score using their voice, tracking activity and sending text messages through vocal commands.

via Google expands Android to wearable devices.

This is a form factor that I just don’t understand. I have smart phone so I don’t have to carry wear a watch or carry the multitude of devices that it replaces. Having extra devices because you are to lazy to reach in your pocket seems pointless. But what do I know? I thought the iPad was a terrible idea too, less capable enough to replace my laptop and not portable enough to replace my phone, the worst of both worlds. Oh well.

Posted in Mobile, Technology Tagged with: , ,

US to give up control of ICANN

U.S. to Relinquish Control of Internet in 2015 | News & Opinion | PCMag.com.

U.S. officials are taking steps to relinquish control of the Internet address system.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) within the Commerce Department announced that it has asked the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number (ICANN) to start the process of transitioning oversight of Internet’s domain name system (DNS) to a non-governmental entity.

I would like to say YEAAAYYY!!!! The Internet should NOT be in the control of ANY governemt, nor subject t the whims of those with political axes to grind on any side. The Internet just IS. And there for we should let it BE. That way it will be here for ALL who needed. I trust my government more than any other with Internet but that is not to say that I TRUST it with the Internet.

Posted in Internet, Technology Tagged with:

Pi are not square

An interesting article about one of the most important mathematics constants in the universe. And a pretty geek controversy concerning it evil twin tau

Today is Pi Day. The math nerds and geometry aficionados among us will be celebrating the mathematical constant that describes the relationship between the circumference of a circle and its diameter.

For those who need a refresher: Take a circle that is one inch across. Then measure the length of the circle itself. When you’ve gone all the way around, you’ll have covered a distance of slightly more than 3.14 inches. That’s pi. (And that’s why Pi Day is observed on March 14.)

via On Pi Day, backers of tau say the 'circle constant' needs a makeover – latimes.com.

Posted in Math, Science Tagged with: ,