The drone test. Image: YouTube screenshot/NICTAFrom tomorrow, you’ll be able to get your hands on a tool developed to counter cyberattacks against drones. The Register reports that researchers at Australian research centre NICTA will make their project, which was initially developed as part of a DARPA program, available open source from July 29 Australian time. That means anyone will be able to look at the code, use it, manipulate it, and distribute it as they see fit.In a video released earlier this month, NICTA senior researcher June Andronick demonstrated what could happen to a drone without adequate protections in place (the test starts about a minute in)

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Many hope the future Earth will look somewhat like Star Wars, spaceships and shiny outfits included. But most of Star Wars culture is based around the fantasies of geeky guys. So where does that leave the women of the future?
That’s the question Neko Case, Ellie Kemper and Kelly Hogan attempt to answer in their song “These Aren’t the Droids,” the first video on this week’s recap
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On a high note, Breaking Bad’s Walter White took a little trip to outer space, or at least his bobble-head self did. The handlebar-mustachioed science teacher survived extreme temperatures dipping down into -65 degrees Fahrenheit as his balloon ride traveled to sub-orbital heights. Read more

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The U.S. government uses them to bomb alleged terrorists in far-away places. Tech companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook are all toying with the idea of using them, and now they’re a photographer’s secret weapon. Drones are a big part of our lives, whether we see them or not

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Taking apart printers to salvage their motors and rods is a common occurrence in hacker circles, but how about salvaging the electronics? A lot of printers come with WiFi modules, and these can be repurposed as USB WiFi dongles. Tools required? And old printer, 3.3 V regulator, and a USB cable. Couldn’t be simpler.
The Raspberry Pi has a connector for a webcam, and it’s a very good solution if you need a programmable IP webcam with GPIOs

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