Archive for November 2017

HASP software protection “dongle” teardown

Here is view what is inside this old HASP software protection “dongle” that was designed to be plugged between PC Centronics printer port and printer. This is outdated technology because PCs have not had printer ports for many years. Inside views: Closeups shows that the main IC seems to be a custom made part for

Sophia, The World’s First Android Citizen, Says She Wants To Have A Baby | IFLScience This strange story becomes even more bizarre: Last month Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to an android called Sophia? Well, stuff just got a little bit stranger. In a recent interview with The Khaleej Times, Sophia suggested she wants to start her own family. Are we going to be replaced with robots in this science fiction fairy tale? Wild

Zero crossing detector circuits

Light Dimmers are devices used to lower the brightness of a light. Light dimmers are generally used to control light output from resistive incandescent, halogen, and sometimes also compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Dimming LEDs have their own set of challenges and dilemmas. Modern dimmers are built from semiconductors that are often

Fuel Cells Poised to Replace India’s Diesel Generators – IEEE Spectrum Diesel generators are widely used for decentralized power generation. These generators, although inexpensive, are inefficient and pose great environmental and health risks. Scientists are investigating cleaner, cost-effective, and more dependable technology for powering telecom towers and eventually buildings. A promising answer to the cost and pollution conundrum can be found in proton exchange membrane fuel

Diving Deep into Wild & Wacky Open Source Licenses Copyleft terms seemed pretty strange to many seasoned attorneys familiar with commercial software licenses when they first encountered the GPL, but it is far from the weirdest license out there. There is a long, long tail of over 2700 licenses in the Black Duck KnowledgeBase — many of which are one-offs. Several unusual licenses flout the concept

Sugar Industry Buried Evidence Of Links To Cancer And Heart Disease For Half A Century | IFLScience The US government has only recently updated its health guidelines to advise people to cut out a lot of sugar from their diets, but as highlighted in two recent studies, the sugar industry has been aware of its dangers for at least half a century. It’s worth remembering that plenty of industry research is