hackaday links


it is most certainly a dreary day. again.

good news though, the third hackaday podcast is finished! we’re going to release it onto iTunes when we get our RSS feed up (very soon). we’ll be sure to put a download link here too of course. it’s packed with content and humor and we’re sure you’ll love it.

more good gnus. i have ordered hackaday stickers and pins/buttons! they’ll be here in about 2 weeks. we’ll be giving them out at defcon but when they do come, and you want some, we’ll let you know how. it’ll just be the old technique of mailing us a SASE for us to mail them back to you in. so that’s good. everyone loves free stuff.

speaking of stuff, t-shirts. hackaday t-shirts will be made soon. we will have them at defcon and that will be the first place to get them. we’re getting a very small ammount made (like 25 or so), so make sure you try to get to vegas or defcon to score one. other then that, we’ll be giving them out on the site somehow. we just need to think of a creative way. hmmm


  1. nitroburn says:

    Yeah, its parody.

    BBspot is a satirical news and comedy source and meant to be funny. If you are easily offended, gullible or don’t have a sense of humor we suggest you go elsewhere.

    I wish it was true.

  2. taylor says:

    anyone have a decent listing of the mirrors?

  3. Jake Strait says:

    Roger Gorman, Mayor of Kansas City, pleaded for pedestrians to stop using the hacks, “For the love of humanity, can’t you people just jaywalk?”

    The Kansas City mayor’s web page says the current mayor is Kay Barnes.

  4. Tommy Atomic says:

    I dont think crosswalkbuttonhacks.com ever existed. bbspot looks kinda like a spoof news site. Moreover the article mentions the fbi shutting down a site for DMCA violations. Thats never gonna happen. The FBI might ask nicely for them to shut it down but they would not enforce the DMCA as that is the responsibility of the infringed party and the fbi doesnt manufacturer crosswalks. Although that might be a new way for them to spend their time.

    Also there is another story at the bbspot about psycologists counceling depressed software. Little hints like that tell me its probably not legit. Though that could be a good way to distribute sensitive info. Mix it with crazy stuff.


  5. Dylan says:

    Gaah. Idiots. Yes, BBSpot is a parody site. If you don’t believe me, read some of their other articles:



    Yes, its pure parody.

  6. Dylan says:

    oop, sory tom, started my comment before i realized i wasnt the only one with a brain (thankfully)

  7. strazzere says:

    psh…. cross walk hacks? who uses those things anyway? i goto school in a city and don’t ever think i’ve crossed when it said to walk… granted it’d be cool to change the lights red but how long before someone reported a kid who keeps hitting the walk button? people do that anyway, hit it – walk and walk anyway, so traffic stops for no one… would that really but such a cool thing to do anyway?

    granted if you could figure out how to keep it locked on walk… THAT’d be cool

  8. evildrdan says:

    Instead of just guessing it’s a parody site by reading their articles. It would have been better to go to http://www.bbspot.com/Legal/about.html where they blatantly say:

    Called “the world’s greatest tech humour site” by The Register, BBspot creates entertainment for the geekier side of the world. BBspot produces a variety of features like fake news stories satirizing the tech and political worlds, the BBspot Mailbag which pokes fun at the Believers (people who believe our fake news) and much more. BBspot was started by Brian Briggs in April of 2000 as a hobby to bring some fun to the web, but grew to the point where Brian “quit his day job” and made the site his full-time occupation in January of 2003.

  9. windwaker says:

    technology marches forward.

  10. Dylan says:

    Or just read the line of text at the bottom of the page. I’d read BBSpot before and knew it was parody, but decided to point out articles with ridiculous names to convince people.

    Anyway, no question of it, it’s a joke site. It would be cool if there were crosswalk hacks, but I doubt there is.

  11. henry says:

    Another comment about the crosswalk hack thing… My Friends, crosswalk hacks don’t exist. I suppose a signal controller manufacturer could integrate something of the sort, but they don’t. There is no brand McKenzie that makes anything having to do with signals. There is however a McCain, and even they definitely don’t have a “mk1″ or “mk2″ A pedestrian button is just a microswitch, and the traffic signal controller doesn’t care if you press it once or a million times in any pattern.

    The article is indeed funny, but only if you don’t take it seriously…


  12. marc says:

    i can always dream..

  13. chris says:

    “BBspot is a satirical news and comedy source and meant to be funny. If you are easily offended, gullible or don’t have a sense of humor we suggest you go elsewhere.”

  14. Mofo says:

    If you use said script, you might want to add in some protection so that people can’t mess up your site with potentially dangerous code.

  15. else says:

    If you want to look at the php with a unix text editor (eg. vim, or gvim in windows) you’ll need to strip off all the ^M.

    sed ‘s/^V^M//g’ index.php > fixed.php

  16. Someone says:

    Why doesn’t one of us go out and try the hack written on the site? I mean, who knows?

  17. Pete says:

    “Tom Walker” I am surprised they didn’t name him “Jay Walker” quite obviously a joke

  18. henry says:

    … i even tried the ped button hack … :p

    obviously, nada

  19. taylor says:

    uh….yeah, geez…what idiot would possibily think it was real. and to ask for mirrors?!



  20. strazzere says:

    Wait…. I’m pretty sure the crosswalk hack does work! they did it right before the hacked the gibson to get away from the policemen in hackers!

  21. Rulingczar says:

    In my drunken state last night I forced myself to memorize “the hack”. Thinking to myself, man this is gonna be sweet when I try it tomarrow. Sigh… thats the last time I read hackaday.com links while drinking.

  22. Sean says:

    It works if you do it slowly enough. If it doesn’t work the first time, do it slower… The light will turn for you, I swear!

  23. steve says:

    what, have none of you heard of whois queries? boys and girls, the domain crosswalkbuttonhacks.com was created june 27, 2005. sounds reallly fishy to me.

  24. sarge says:

    as a bass player, i assure you that my next guitar (in a collection of 4) will be a wreck and roll.

  25. chucklee says:

    roger gorman is a producer not a mayor

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