October 31st, 2014

January MRL meeting

        On Friday January 26th at 7pm PST we will be holding our monthly
        official Midnight Research Labs meeting.

        This month will be a mostly hands on meeting with some hardware hacking
        and random experimentation.  I want to finish motorizing the bi-quad
        antenna we were working on as a proof of concept for the larger (1
        meter grid) motorized antenna project.  There are some other ideas I
        had for how we can mount the larger antenna to make things easier, so I
        wanted to brainstorm on that.  I also finally got my teachers
        ferro-fluid kit with some neodynium magnets in the mail that we can
        play around with that (if someone has a good small (<4 oz) glass
        container we can use, please bring it).  Hopefully we'll be able to see
        what it should really look like this time, :)

        I also thought we could try some of the "non-newtonian-fluids"
        experiments as well if we get bored.  We can vote on what we'd like to
        work on first.  I'd also like to kick off the next phase of wicrawl,
        and possibly hack on that if we have some extra time.

        Though ours would probably look more like on of the following:

        As always, anyone with cool toys, or interesting project ideas, bring
        them along.

        Light refreshments, pizza and beer will be served.  Note, this time
        we'll be serving food right at 8pm, so don't be late.

                Phase 0x0: Bootstrapping
                  - Greetings and welcome
                  - MRL updates and status
                Phase 0x1: Initialization
                  - Antenna and hardware hacking
                  - Ferro fluids
                  - Non-newtonian fluids?
                Phase 0x2: Local exploits
                  - Food
                  - Off topic tools, toys and other shiny things -- If anyone
                    has any interesting to show off or play with, please bring
                  - Whatever till whenever -- This is the more social
                    part of the event.  People are invited to stay and
                    hack and have a couple drinks till whenever this
                    phase is no longer self-sustaining, =)

MRL meeting *next* friday

Dearest MRL attendees:

For any actual MRL members reading this, our monthly meeting is scheduled for Friday January 26 instead of its normally scheduled time. Of course any attendee should already know this since you should be on the mailing list, :). I’ll still send out a formal meeting announcement in a couple days.

What google images thinks a “MRL meeting” looks like. Not Quite.

The Science of fingerprints and Security Engineering

I found a couple interesting books linked from schneier.com that are online and available for free. The first is Security Engineering, a Guide to Building Dependable Distributed Systems with a forward by Bruce Schneier. You can download it in chapters, or you can find the whole book in torrent form here.

The second book is The Science of fingerprints. It was written by the FBI in 1963. Its introduction is by J. Edgar Hoover and the book is available on Project Gutenburg. Another site (posted in the comments) had some interesting links on fingerprints and current technology and also a document on the official Interpol “Method For Fingerprint Identification”.

Here is an excerpt from the introduction by J. Edgar Hoover:

This booklet concerning the study of fingerprints has been prepared by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the use of interested law enforcement officers and agencies, particularly those which may be contemplating the inauguration of fingerprint identification files. It is based on many years’ experience in fingerprint identification work out of which has developed the largest collection of classified fingerprints in the world. Inasmuch as this publication may serve as a general reference on classification and other phases of fingerprint identification work, the systems utilized in the Identification Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are set forth fully. The problem of pattern interpretation, in particular, is discussed in detail.

Here is a partial diagram from the science of fingerprints

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