Archive for February, 2012



On/Off Switch On Credit Cards Prevents RFID Theft – “You’re Holding It Wrong”

This simple design change for credit cards may be unnecessary as major credit card issuers plan to require the use of PIN numbers for all transactions in the near future. Is it possible that the on/off switch could be used in conjunction with PIN cards?

Researchers at the Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering are working on a simple new technology that would require customers to place their finger on the card to turn it “on” when they pay. When you place your finger on a specific spot on the card, say a logo or icon, it would complete a circuit and enable readers to charge the card. If the circuit isn’t complete, the card’s NFC or RFID technology would be disabled. “Our new design integrates an antenna and other electrical circuitry that can be interrupted by a simple switch, like turning off the lights in the home or office,” explains professor Marlin Mickle in a statement. “The RFID or NFC credit card is disabled if left in a pocket or lying on a surface and unreadable by thieves using portable scanners.”

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Boob Truck Raises Awareness Of Breast Feeding

From BuzzFeed –

I’m sorry, what were you saying? I was too busy staring at the giant metal breast with a flashing nipple siren on top of your ice cream truck. A lactation activist (lactivist) by the name of Jill Miller drives this vehicle around Pittsburgh to spread the good word on nursing. Jill Miller drives her Milk Truck, near her Pittsburgh home. The truck is a vehicle she made for spreading the message that nursing mothers have the need and the right to feed their infants in public.

More pictures HERE

Self-leveling Pool Table On A Cruise Ship – Amazing [video]

8 Misconceptions About Animals [video]

NASA Shuts Down Its Last Mainframe

Networkworld reports –

This month marks the end of an era in NASA computing. Marshall Space Flight Center powered down NASA’s last mainframe, the IBM Z9 Mainframe.  For my millennial readers, I suppose that I should define what a mainframe is.  Well, that’s easier said than done, but here goes — It’s a big computer that is known for being reliable, highly available, secure, and powerful.  They are best suited for applications that are more transaction oriented and require a lot of input/output – that is, writing or reading from data storage devices.

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The Future of Air Travel According to Ziggy [comic]

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Spooky Abandoned Leper Colony in NYC [pics]

DailyMail reports –

Stairwells strewn with debris and walls crumbling slowly to dust, it is the island that New York forgot for 50 years. Now, in a series of extraordinarily eerie pictures, the lost world of North Brother – quarantine zone, leper colony and centre for drug addicts – has been brought back to life. It is hard to believe that these echoing corridors and abandoned halls were home to hundreds of patients – or that a criss-cross of tree-lined avenues were once roads. But the haunting quality of these pictures makes it easy to imagine that it was a place of indescribable misery, which one inmate compared to the notorious black hole of Calcutta.

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