Information Destruction & Transcripts
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Information Destruction & Transcripts

Ironically I was driving a reformed hacker friend to the airport when we got stuck behind a big white truck with this symbol on it. He noticed it first, started laughing, and pointed it out…

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Guardian U.K. Video, Afghanistan War Logs
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Guardian U.K. Video, Afghanistan War Logs

Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, explains why he decided to publish thousands of secret US military files on the war in Afghanistan

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Transcripts: Adrian Lamo after panel at HOPE
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Transcripts: Adrian Lamo after panel at HOPE

AFTER THE PANEL AT THE HOPE HACKER CONFERENCE Lamo is speaking, other voices are indicated by [     ] ——————————————————– That was really quite civil. They didn’t come at me with baseball bats. at least some…

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Transcripts: Adrian Lamo during HOPE panel
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Transcripts: Adrian Lamo during HOPE panel

Lamo is speaking. Others are indicated by [     ] —————————————— I have been a longtime supporter of wikileaks and I am to this day – I think they should continue to go forward and focus…

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Creative Genius at ComicCon; 5 Free Passes
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Creative Genius at ComicCon; 5 Free Passes

Dave Shelton, an award winning writer, cartoonist and voice actor, made his appearance at ComiCon without his latest furry character, Snuggy Bear©. By the way, he’s giving away 5 free passes good for today, Sunday,…

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HOPE Hackers Tough on Lamo
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HOPE Hackers Tough on Lamo

July 18, 2010 | New York City | by John Draper | | | | | | It’s the 8th annual HOPE convention where hackers have gathered from around the world. I was able to…

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Americana
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Americana

Since we couldn’t be in Croton Dam, Michigan for this hot 4th of July, my son and I decided to go driving around the greater Las Vegas area hunting for whatever bits of Americana we…

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Who Created the First Software Used in a Spacecraft?
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Who Created the First Software Used in a Spacecraft?

Winner gets a hotel stay when Robert Bigelow completes his space habitat project. Just kidding. It’ll something magnificent but not THAT magnificent.

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Winner: Lens Flare Question
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Winner: Lens Flare Question

Congratulations to Trevor Blazso for winning the “Behind the Code” contest question “Who Developed the Lens Flare Function?” Trevor wins a free dinner in Las Vegas – to be redeemed the next time he shows…

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Scientist Hacks A Bug
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Scientist Hacks A Bug

On his blog, Scientist Michel M. Maharbiz explained how he added a computer chip to the back of a bug to be able to use a remote control on it. He shared how he and…

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Who developed the Lensflare function in Photoshop?
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Who developed the Lensflare function in Photoshop?

Who developed the Lensflare function in Photoshop? Anyone know? Answer correctly and get a free dinner in Las Vegas.

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HP and Woz Party
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HP and Woz Party

At the gorgeous Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, HP and Fusion-io had a party, but rather than have this party hosted by female Hollywood starlets, it was hosted by the world-famous co-founder of Apple and…

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The Hacker with Flair and a Touch of Fred Astaire
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The Hacker with Flair and a Touch of Fred Astaire

If you were to happen upon him at Disneyland, you might think, “Wow. Disney hired a model that channels a young Val Kilmer and dances like Fred Astaire.” But you would be wrong. He wasn’t…

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Exploited Geniuses
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Exploited Geniuses

The blurred orange rose with the thorns in front is among the favorite photos I have ever taken. It’s not your everyday rose. It’s different, unique, special and I am dedicating this blurred rose picture…

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The Latest in Toilet Technology
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The Latest in Toilet Technology

I actually saw this in a bathroom in a Santa Monica restaurant. Notice the state of the art flush mechanism, complete with instructions. That’s right.  It’s a wooden stick you have to push down to…

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People at NAB
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People at NAB

NAB is a big event to people in the broadcasting industry. It’s where the mover, shakers, inventors, suppliers, buyers, broadcasters, content developers, software engineers, video technologists and onlookers converge to network and advance their objectives.…

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Move Over Panasonic: NAB Legend Jerry Labarbera
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Move Over Panasonic: NAB Legend Jerry Labarbera

Video Engineer Jerry Labarbera at NAB The legend might deserve a little shut eye after exhibiting at his 32nd consecutive NAB. His small booth next to Panasonic at NAB is a hub of activity as…

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Free Spyware Downloads – 4 Simple Steps to Spyproofing Your Computer
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Free Spyware Downloads – 4 Simple Steps to Spyproofing Your Computer

I think the question should be, do I use my computer for anything that would best remain private and confidential? Computer monitoring has become a huge industry, involving individuals, companies and governments worldwide. Ask the…

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Laptops, iPads, Day Blogging and A Nocturnal Genius
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Laptops, iPads, Day Blogging and A Nocturnal Genius

Laptops are glorious. They enable me to blog, work on web sites, and check my online banking to see how empty my account is – from any room in the house. I blog a lot…

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Saving A Life on Easter
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Saving A Life on Easter

Yesterday I decided to make cupcakes (pink of course) to celebrate Easter. My son Christian helped me like a good son, and while he enjoyed the tradition of watching me decorate eggs and bake cupcakes,…

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The One Reason Tolga Katas Loves Christine Marie to Dry Laundry
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The One Reason Tolga Katas Loves Christine Marie to Dry Laundry

Notice how the On and Start button look like the buttons on a media player.  That delighted Tolga.  For that reason alone, Tolga feels happy when he hears the dryer on.  For a guy who…

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Adrian Lamo Loves His Mama
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Adrian Lamo Loves His Mama

April 2, 2010 famed ex-hacker Adrian Lamo revealed his weakness on facebook.  It’s his mother. He writes, So, it’s my mom’s birthday. Help show her that the Interblags have a human face by giving me…

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Tolga and I Hosted a Political Soiree
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Tolga and I Hosted a Political Soiree

Tolga and I had a party in our home on Las Vegas. We invited two political candidates to hear what they had to say. They were Mike Montandon who is running for the Governor of…

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Network Security – The Real Vulnerabilities
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Network Security – The Real Vulnerabilities

You have done, what most people think, are the major steps towards a secure network. This is partially correct. What about the other factors?

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18 Year Old in Deep Debt Due to Computer Glitch
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18 Year Old in Deep Debt Due to Computer Glitch

You thought your bank fees were high? On the day Emerson Melonakos turned 18, he walked into a local bank and opened his first checking account. He was given an ATM card, temporary checks and…

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Happy Crunchology 101
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Happy Crunchology 101

John Draper, the original phone phreaker and a member of the famous Homebrew Computer Club, turns 67 today.  John Draper, also known as Captain Crunch because he used the tone of a whistle that came…

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Mitnick’s Hackermobile For Sale
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Mitnick’s Hackermobile For Sale

Word on the street is that the world’s most famous hacker, Kevin Mitnick, is selling his hackermobile – a 2005 Lexus SC 430 with only 36,000 miles on it – for $32,810 or best offer.…

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Tolga’s Hot Alien Brain
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Tolga’s Hot Alien Brain

I read the following article on brain sex. http://www.datingish.com/711212563/have-you-had-brain-sex/ Reading about “brain sex” was interesting. It made me think of Tolga and I. There is an apparent creative, nerdy and entrepreneurial brain connection between us.…

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Tawnya Bhattacharya, Giselle Achecar Write TV Series Optioned by Fox
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Tawnya Bhattacharya, Giselle Achecar Write TV Series Optioned by Fox

FOX TV recently optioned a one-hour television pilot GRAND COULEE written by screenwriters Giselle Achecar and Tawnya Bhattacharya. A supernatural family drama steeped in Native American mysticism, GRAND COULEE is one of six scripts accepted…

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Feta Etiquette
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Feta Etiquette

Tolga, Adam and I went to lunch at a Greek restaurant in Vegas. Tolga was visibly excited because it reminded him of Turkey. On the menu, some Greek food had the same names as Turkish…

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Who developed Winamp?
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Who developed Winamp?

Woz and Clark
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Woz and Clark

Teammates Steve Wozniak and George Clark assess their situation in a Segway polo match. Incidentally, the warm-hearted George Clark, a tech genius in his own right, was recently spotted using his math brain at a…

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Next Hollywood It Guy: Nick Risher
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Next Hollywood It Guy: Nick Risher

He’s tall, dark and handsome. He’s talented, connected, and debonair. He’s a jet-setting, film-festival-attending, gadget-toting 20-something executive that has masterfully combined the art of old-fashioned schmoozing and new-fangled film distribution. We caught Nick Risher in…

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