Do you remember the Flaming Gummy Bears from my recent blog on Fiery explosions and beautiful reactions? Well, our old friend Jesse Jenkins IV just sent me the following email:
Hi Max, this message is inspired by the blog video on flaming Gummy Bears. The first link below came out a couple of years back. Japanese crypto folks made "artificial" fingers by melting Gummy Bears and creating a fingerprint image that could fool a PC based biometric sensor:
The next link is from some folks that tried to replicate it, with some "caveats":
I connected into this via Bruce Schneier's monthly newsletter "Crypto-Gram", which always has the latest and greatest (read: wild and fun) stuff from the world of security/cryptography. You can subscribe for free at:
And finally, I learned about Bruce at the end of Neal Stephenson's novel: Cryptonomicon, which is in my top 10 greatest books I've enjoyed.
Well, "you can't argue with facts like that," as they say. Meanwhile, I've been bouncing around the Home Planet website. I've heard great things about this application, which is a comprehensive astronomy / space / satellite-tracking package that runs on your PC under windows.
Of particular interest (to me) is the Home Planet screen saver, which displays a "satellite-view" of the Earth showing the day and night regions and the current position and phase of the Moon (click This Link to see a screenshot from their site). This look really cool, but – sad to relate – I've not yet been able to successfully download anything from the site. I'm not sure whether the problem is at my end or theirs, but any downloads seem to crash and burn in the middle... Hmmm...
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