June 23, 2017

DEF CON 23

DEF CON 2015




DEF CON is one of the oldest and largest continuously running hacker conventions around. UAT is making yet another appearance at DEF CON to connect with alumni as well as many like minded technology-driven individuals. Originally started in 1993 by The Dark Tangent, DEF CON is a unique experience for each con-goer. Virtually all events at DEF CON were conceived by the attendees. Some people play capture the flag 24×7, while many people never touch a computer at DEF CON. Some people see every speech they can, while others miss all speeches. Other activities include contests, movie marathons, scavenger hunts, sleep deprivation, lock picking,…

Black Hat 2015

Black Hat 2015




Black Hat is the most technical and relevant global information security event series in the world. For more than 16 years, Black Hat has provided attendees with the very latest in information security research, development, and trends in a strictly vendor-neutral environment. These high-profile global events and Trainings are driven by the needs of the security community, striving to bring together the best minds in the industry. Black Hat inspires professionals at all career levels, encouraging growth and collaboration among academia, world-class researchers, and leaders in the public and private sectors. From its inception in 1997, Black Hat has grown…

Rapture of the Nerds

Rapture of the Nerds




Sci-fi authors Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross have co-written Rapture of the Nerds, a novel about a post-Singularity world populated by posthumans toward the end of the 21st century. Both authors are well known for their tales of a human future in the grip of transformative, often disruptive, technologies, so if you’d like to see where two of this part of the century’s most imaginative authors think our technologies may take us, check out this novel. Doctorow is author of Gamer and Little Brother, while Stross is author of Accelerando and Singularity Sky. “Jury Service,” an excerpt from the novel is available from publisher Tor.   Link to…

Build a 3D Printer With a 3D Printer

Next Fab




Want to learn to build your own 3D printer with a 3D printer? NextFab Studio has started training sessions on how to build your own “MendelMax 1.5” 3D printer out of plastic, using a “RepRap” 3D printer that is essentially also made out of plastic. The $2,000 weekend class includes your own printer, which is about the price of a RepRap 3D printer, as well as, the 3D modeling software MOI v2. To build a 3D printer of your own you’ll need a laptop (recommended Mac OS X 10.6+ and Ubuntu 11.04+), Python v2.7+, the Arduino environment, and a few…

12 Network Security “White Hat” Hackers You Should Know

White Hat Hackers




The White Hat Heroes that walk among us are the cyber security experts who are looking for trouble. “White Hat” network security researchers are considered ethical hackers whose discoveries and inventions protect and defend against the underground “Black Hat” hackers. Thank you Network World for getting the word out that there are more than one kind of hacker out there. Robert “RSnake” Hansen Greg Hoglund Dan Kaminsky Zane Lackey Marc Maiffret Charlie Miller HD Moore Joanna Rutkowska Sherri Sparks Joe Stewart Christopher Tarnovsky Dino Dao Zovi Read more in this NetworkWorld article. To learn how to become a “white hat” hacker, go…

Levitating Light




Chris Reiger’s Levitating Light is a great example of analog electronics engineering in action. Besides some specialty parts and painstaking tuning, it’s a fairly simple build, using magnetic levitation and wireless power transfer. Link to this post!Related PostsLeading Technology University Offers Elite Business Technology Degree For Tomorrow’s Top Business Management Innovators MEMS Thermal Sensor New Pew Research on Mobile Phone Problems LUMOback Device Monitors Your Posture Rear Admiral Sanders Talks Maritime Strategy at UAT

Swÿp Technology Jumps Devices




Natan Linder, a PhD student in the Fluid Interfaces group at the MIT Media Lab and undergraduate researcher Alexander List have created a very clean, easy to use, user interface concept they call Swÿp–pronounced “swipe”—that allows users to drag files from the phone to the computer swiping their finger. It is an open source software, “cross-app, cross-device data exchange using physical ‘swipe’ gestures,” as they write on their website. It is such a cool concept that people wonder why it has not been invented before. Swÿp gathers information from your phone and iPad’s approximate location and account details, then ties…

NSA’s Cooperative Education Program




Deadline = May 15 for College freshman and sophomores studying computer science or engineering can submit their applications at www.NSA.gov/Careers, Job ID #1017273. Cooperative Education Program Cooperative Education students gain valuable experience while playing a meaningful role in the development of our nation’s secure communications or in the production of foreign intelligence. Programs are available for students majoring in Computer Science and Electrical or Computer Engineering. Right from the start, you will be involved in real life projects and will have full use of NSA labs, equipment and advanced technologies. These areas will offer you increasing challenges and satisfying learning…