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A Hacker Artist Sent the NSA an Encrypted, Theoretically Uncrackable Mixtape

In late May, hacker artist David Huerta, co-organizer of Art Hack Day and Cryptoparty, sent the NSA one hell of a snail mail. Huerta built a DIY encrypted mixtape using an Arduino board and a transparent acrylic case, containing a “soundtrack for the modern surveillance state.” It’s a mixtape the NSA won’t be able to listen to because of the power of private key-based cryptography. Originally, Huerta wanted to make a traditional mixtape and share it with friends and co-workers. But, without a cassette recorder, he didn’t get very far. That’s when his DIY hacker artist instincts kicked in, and he started building the encrypted mixtape at NYC Resistor. “I made my own version of a mixtape with an Arduino and wave shield …

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10 DIY Kits & Modules To Experiment With Electronics

Do-it-yourself electronics used to be the domain of the super geeky, but over the past few years things have really changed. Platforms and computers like Arduino and the Raspberry Pi have given rise to a whole new maker culture, and it’s now easier than ever to get started experimenting with, learning and building DIY electronics projects. From Arduino and Arduino-compatible boards to complete DIY electronic kits, there’s something out there for everyone. With so many modules and kits available on the market, though, it can be a bit confusing if you’re not too well-versed in the subject. While it’s probably impossible to compile a definitive list of must-haves, it’s always nice to have a place to start. …

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These Are the Screws You Should Be Using

Devon Jarvis April 25, 2014 9:00 AM

Last weekend I was installing some 2 x 4 blocking for a bathroom cabinet, and I really struggled to drive the screws into the lumber. In fact, whenever I use drywall screws to build stuff, they break or strip. Any suggestions? I’ve tried nailing, but there’s not enough room to swing a hammer. Enough, already! Let’s just stop using drywall screws for construction. We’ve all done it. Yes, they’re cheap. Yes, we always seem to have a box or two of them handy. But they’re not multipurpose screws; they’re good for one thing, and that’s hanging drywall. They almost always snap when overtorqued or driven into hard, dry lumber. (Fact: They’re engineered to be brittle, which suits the drive-and…

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