His genius was finding bugs in the tiny computers embedded in equipment, such as medical devices and cash machines. At a hacker conference, he mesmerized the crowd by making an ATM spew out cash.
His work also showed that insulin pumps could be hacked to dump dangerous amounts of insulin into the blood of diabetics. The research prompted medical device maker
In advance of the Black Hat hackers conference on Thursday in
The cause of
The fight against bad-guy hackers has lost a good guy.
QR mania cools: Add the QR code to the list of tech innovations that never achieved their initial promise.
For a while QR codes were the craze -- little boxes filled with intricate patterns were appearing everywhere: in ads, in newspapers, including the PG, on packages and even on the sides of cars and trucks. But the ardor for them seems to have cooled.
According to the latest figures, a comScore study on QR codes, in 2011 only 6.2 percent of the total mobile audience in
What cripples the QR code? Pandodaily.com says, "QR fails on a couple key fronts. ... A user is forced to go through several steps to utilize a code. They must activate a QR reader, scan the code, accept, open the site -- often to discover the content delivered at the end just a shortcut to a brand website."
A classic case of too much effort for too little reward.
Money talks, privacy walks: Last week, the
That's according to an analysis by MapLight, a
House members who voted to continue the program, on average, received 122 percent more money from defense contractors than those who voted to dismantle it.
Shoot a deer at
Website of the week: Instructables.com is a website for user-created and uploaded do-it-yourself projects. Users post instructions to their projects, usually accompanied by visual aids, and then interact through comment sections.
License plate of the week: Seen in the
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