"during the height of the Cold War, the US military put such an emphasis on a rapid response to an attack on American soil, that to minimize any foreseeable delay in launching a nuclear missile, for nearly two decades they intentionally set the launch codes at every silo in the US to 8 zeroes."
99% Invisible Episode 95: Future Screens are Mostly Blue:
"We have seen the future, and the future is mostly blue.
Or, put another way: in our representations of the future in science fiction movies, blue seems to be the dominant color of our interfaces with technology yet to come. And that is one of the many design lessons we can learn from sci-fi.
Designers and sci-fi aficionados Chris Noessel and Nathan Shedroff have spent years compiling real-world lessons that designers can, should, and already do take from science fiction. Their book, Make It So: Interaction Design Lessons From Science Fiction is a comprehensive compendium of their findings.
To give you a sense of how exhaustive their research is in this field, take note that the lesson above–future screens are mostly blue–was determined empirically. Shedroff and Noessel catalogued virtually every interface from every sci-fi movie from 1968 through 2011 and determined an average color per year.”
"PRISM: The Beacon Frame is the new work from Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev. With their earlier works touching on security, surveillance, cryptography and personal intervention, the NSA / PRISM revelations (if that’s the right term) has provided prime fodder for exploitation.
Developed as part of September’s ArtHackDay Berlin, it’s a (quote) “fully functional response to the general absence of information as to what NSA PRISM equipment actually looks like.”
“The work comes in the form of a military-grade suitcase. Inside the case is a small Linux computer. The case also contains a projector, wireless adapter, and a glass prism. “Activating” the case makes the prism rotate, while the computer listens for the connection requests from computers and devices to local wireless access points. The hostname and hardware ID of the device is projected through the prism, giving a panoramic view of what’s happening on local networks.”