Archives for Toys

Apple’s iMessage encryption trips up feds’ surveillance | Politics and Law – CNET News

The DEA has figured out that getting a wiretap order for an iPhone, executed at the phone company, doesn’t get them iMessage content. It’s pretty obvious the various TLAs engaged in law enforcement will use this as a concrete example to push the “Going Dark” initiative to get CALEA reinterpreted (or legislated) to cover various internet based communication services. And designing a service to use end-to-end protection will be right out. iMessage is a special case here, since it inserts itself into the normal text message user interface. It’s the phone’s preferred way to send messages, and from the user’s
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Categories: Crypto, IM, iPhone, Politics and Local Topics, and Rants and Rambling.

iRobot Looj First Mission

I just completed my first use of the iRobot Looj™125. The bottom line is, it was better than I expected. When iRobot first announced the Looj, my reaction was along the line of “what were they thinking?” I couldn’t imagine that there was enough market in home gutter cleaning robots to warrant the R&D cost. But then we had new landscaping installed, and found a section being damaged by water overflowing the corner of one of our gutters. Candace said she’d fix that section of the flower bed, but not until I cleaned the gutters. The Looj had reached its
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Categories: Tech and Toys.

Kicking Myself…

… for forgetting that my new iPhone will do video until the moment was past. I pulled into our alley tonight at 9:38 CDT, to the sight of a family of raccoons running directly towards my car, until they had an attack of good sense and turned and ran the other direction. By other direction, I mean straight back down the alley so that I could follow slowly and keep them in my headlights for a good 90 seconds. By family, I mean 1 adult (I assume mom) and 5, count them, 5, juveniles. Mind you, I was in the
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Categories: iPhone and neither-camelids-nor-goats.

iPhone Keyboard

In the process of setting up the new iPhone 3.0 note sync feature, I ran across this relic from my first day with the original iPhone: This is a test to see how fast I van go with one fibgerJpq alpirr rjiimba so they qpekj sow doingmirao fast Fibger I’m somewhat better at it now.
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Categories: iPhone and Silly Stuff.

Get ‘Em While They’re Hot

Tesla Motors is now taking deposits for their über-cool Model S sedan, which is planned for production in 2011 — they’ll be sold off in first-come-first-served order. The claims are 0-60 mph in a smooth 5.6 seconds, with seating for 5 adults. And 300 miles on a charge. Base models start at $50,000 — which seems quite the bargain, when you consider that it’s likely to compete with luxury sedans for amenities. For a mere $5,000 ($4,950 of which can be refunded, at least as long as Tesla remains solvent), you can get your place in line.
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Categories: Eco-nerd, Tech, and Toys.

Homebrew Rocket Reaches Space

This is wicked cool. A 17 foot homebrew rocket phones home with this picture. Click through to read the details in the flickr comments. (Via Wired) Lots more details: Pyro Geek Hobbyists Experiment With Homebrew Rockets Edit: Lots of cool amateur rocketry pics in the same photoset.
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Categories: Science and Toys.

Use all your speakers under OS X 10.4

Something that had been bothering me for a while is that I have a full 5.1 setup hooked up to my MacBook Pro (via a USB SoundBlaster Live sound card), but generally end up using only two of the speakers. While native 5.1 content (DVDs, HD trailers) does play out all six speakers, any stereo source (like music in iTunes) uses only the two front speakers. Most annoyingly, the subwoofer just sits there doing nothing. I finally figured out how to make stereo sound sources take advantage of the entire setup, with the help of various tools. Luckily, these are
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Categories: OS X and Toys.

New User Interface Metaphor: The Wiggle

I just updated my iPhone to 1.1.3. On restart, it popped a window telling me how to use the new feature allowing me to rearrange icons on the home screen. You simply touch and hold an icon until it, get this, starts to “wiggle”. Yes, it actually used the word “wiggle.” Sounds disturbing? You have no idea. (Unless of course you have one.) All the icons start wiggling. But it’s a subtle wiggle. Just enough to wonder if you’ve had a bit too much rum or something. Not that I ever have that problem. Anyhow, finally getting the “find yourself”
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Categories: Dear God, Make It Stop! and iPhone.