It’s lunch time and you’re home for a quick bite before heading back to work. You’ve got the television on in the background while you make yourself a sandwich. Suddenly the volume on the television goes to 11 and a loud blaring alert signal causes you to jump about five feet in the air. The dog starts barking crazily and you’ve knocked that half filled jar of mayo off the counter, now there’s mayo all over the place. Usually you’d ignore the message that follows that annoying noise and start cleaning up all that mayo, but this time the message isn’t about a storm or kidnapping, you hear that booming monotone voice talk about the dead walking and you look towards the closet where you store your Bug-Out bag.
That’s what happened to Montana residents watching the Steve Wilkos Show on station KRTV. Check out the video.
The station engineers quickly pulled the bogus alert off air and replaced it with an on air apology from KRTV followed by this online announcement:
Currently, no one has stepped forward to take credit for the hacking prank and although some other sites are speculating that this was an attempt at viral marketing for The Walking Dead, it just doesn’t make sense for anyone at AMC‘s The Walking Dead to pull off this prank without some indicator besides zombies to point viewers in AMC’s direction.
We’ve all seen the hacked construction warning signs on the internet like the one pictured below.
Most likely this is the work of a local hacker or KRTV employee looking to have a little fun.I have to point out that this announcement is that moment, if a Zombie outbreak ever happened, that would determine whether, and how long, you might survive.
Of course what really makes the difference is where you are when everything goes to hell in a hand basket. If your far from home I would say your chances go down dramatically. Why? The first thing you are going to want to do is get back to your family and loved ones. The farther you have to travel the more danger you’ll face.
What do you think, would you be ready if the real thing went down?
Turns out Microsoft is changing their minds about hackers and the awesomeness they create. Changing their minds because I’m sure they’ve realized what kind of dough could be made from such an enterprise. Originally, Microsoft released a statement in response to proposed Kinect hacks,
Microsoft does not condone the modification of its products. With Kinect, Microsoft built in numerous hardware and software safeguards designed to reduce the chances of product tampering. Microsoft will continue to make advances in these types of safeguards and work closely with law enforcement and product safety groups to keep Kinect tamper-resistant.
But they are whistling a completely different tune with the release of an official Software Development Kit, or SDK. First reported by Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC’s technology correspondent, through his twitter account we’ve now learned that the SDK will be called, Kinect for Windows SDK from Microsoft Research. Crazy news, right? Microsoft is actually saying, hackers of the world, please take apart our new motion-controlled bit o’ hardware and develop really cool things to do with it. Here’s Microsoft’s official statement on what the kit will contain,
The starter kit will give academic researchers and enthusiasts access to deep Kinect system capabilities such as audio, system APIs, and direct control of the sensor. Microsoft will deliver a commercial version of the SDK later. There are no further details to share at this time.
We’ve already seen some cool hacks for the Kinect. Take the dudes who developed a way for gamers to control their World of Warcraft avatars with Kinect,
Who knows what could come down the line if Microsoft actually works with hackers. Maybe Sony could take a hint from what Microsoft is doing here. If you haven’t heard, Sony is in the middle of serious crackdown on hackers which is covered in depth over at Geohot’s blog. Whose Geohot? Oh he’s the one Sony is suing for releasing their, “PS3 metldr key and a jailbreak to allow homebrew(and just homebrew) to be played on your personal PS3.” I’m no hacker so for all the gritty, techy details about Sony’s case check out his blog. If you want the gritty, techy details about how awesomely cool Microsoft is being check our their official news release at Microsoft Research.
I’m really hoping some great games and features come from this. Since I’ve opened my Kinect it’s been used only to show off for visitors. There really isn’t much to make me play it for myself, I can only play so much beach volleyball. Get crackin’ hackers!