from the help-tom-cruise-find-future-crime dept.
jedie writes "After reading about different Wiimote hacks on Slashdot I decided to make a video with some demos of my motion-detection library. You can watch the video here. There's a link to the sourcecode (GPL) as well, but the demo is win32 only. It's basically a webcam and some software in python to track LEDs (preferrably IRs). In the demo video, you see the software (albeit badly because of the webcam's IR filter being removed) tracking two differently colored LEDs, so multiplayer is possible. The software can track multiple points easily, and when combined with IR-LEDs, it's easy to simulate one Wiimote (i.e. calculating the distance and angle between two IR-LEDs to determine where the remote is relative to the webcam). I want the code to get some publicity, because I don't have time to work on it (dissertation, blabla) but I don't want the code (however messy it is) to go to waste."
An anonymous reader writes: A few months ago I searched for a very unique string (with letters, numbers and shift-number characters) on Google.co.uk. No search terms were returned. The other day I searched again, and there were three spam results — one was spam added as hidden comments on a seemingly innocent tech site, the other were blogspot.com spams (i.e. yjumdfjsdhsd.blogspot.com).
A couple of other people I know have reported the same thing. Their quotes: "I think google sells the search strings to companies. I typed in a search maybe 3 years ago, and I did a partial search using some of the same keywords a few months ago. I was surprised to see my exact phrase that I used years ago, but on a spam site."
"I had an idea of an adult dating site name for a story I was writing, googled it, and nothing existed. Now it's a couple months later and I regularly get that search term in the subject line of spam to me. There's a break in the chain somewhere I guess. "
Does Google sell the terms that people search for?
Notes: I might have used either google.co.uk directly or maybe Firefox's in-built Google search box. I always use Firefox with RefControl to hide the referer, NoScript and AdblockPlus turned on with Google adverts hidden, Google History is disabled, I use OpenDNS but have Google's IPs hardcoded into my hosts file in case I'm ever DNS-poisoned (and also because OpenDNS reroutes Google via their own server), I have never had mal/spyware, I use NOD32, and regularly check for odd TCP connections and run Rootkit Revealer, etc.
Note that because I use NoScript and AdBlock Plus, I have no idea if any of these pages are laden with malware. Be careful.
Sometimes Google returns different results for different countries, so here are some Cache links. You can find other blogspot domains and hidden comment spam sites by searching for some of the unique keywords found on these pages:
The only things I can think of is that either someone is sniffing search queries destined to Google, Google reveals search words to anyone who wants to buy adverts (as opposed to advertisers saying "I want to buy a million searches of the keywords "suntan lotion"), or someone working at Google sells search terms to SEO companies, or an enterprising SEO person has found a backdoor to see Google search terms.
WSJdpatton writes: "While GPS, laptops and cellphones have made big changes for the trucking industry, CBs are still around. And many road warriors prefer to keep it simple, especially when it comes to dentistry, as this video report shows."
KlaymenDK writes: My father has been thinking about retiring from the (lumbering behemoth of a) company he's been working at, and I've teased him by saying that he can always find an open source project that needs his kind of skills.
A few days ago he actually did retire (well, was retired) but he's got plenty of energy left in him, and also more than 35 years of IT experience. So how, specifically, would one go about determining the best project to dedicate one's effort to?
He's a civil engineer, has done a ton of wizardy mainframe programming "back in the day", and has spent the last 15-20 years doing product presentations and educating the sales force about the technical side of the product lines. He's an avid promoter of "green" technology (that is, energy-efficiency and recyclability), and has never been afraid to go against management if he had a better plan. However, he's not entirely up to speed on the open source movement and free operating systems, though I do my best to educate him.
I'm sure he would make an excellent spokesperson for the OpenMoko, except they don't have any openings. So where else could you suggest, where would you start looking?