Mossmann: HackRF giveaway

in contest by DP | 6 comments

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Michael Ossmann is giving away HackRF.  For more details and to register visit mossmann’s blog:

Jawbreaker is the HackRF beta design, and I’m getting ready to ship beta units to as many people as possible. It is a USB-powered SDR peripheral that can transmit or receive virtually any radio signal from 30 MHz to 6 GHz, a range of operating frequencies even wider than our original, ambitious goal.

More than 500 Jawbreakers are being produced right now, and I plan to give nearly all of them away. It is incredibly exciting to be giving people actual hardware in addition to giving away the design! As far as I know, this is the largest beta give-away of any open source hardware project to date. We are thankful for the support of the DARPA Cyber Fast Track program that enabled us not only to develop HackRF in the first place but to produce and distribute so many beta units.

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Comments

  1. Ultrasounder says:

    Put my name in the hat and did not have a code

    • Drone says:

      Ya, this is a generous offer. Unfortunately the sign-up requires a lot of personal information, full name and shipping address. But there’s no privacy statement regarding what they are going to do with the information. I posted an anon comment on the blog link asking about this. To be fair though, I don’t think there’s anything nefarious going on with this offer. But you never know…

  2. Zeta says:

    I dont have a code so I was about to sign up until I realized it asked for aLOT of info in order to just be on the waiting list.No privacy policy mentioned. I dunno the guy but I would be cautious as to share as much info just to be on the waiting list.

  3. Asm says:

    A lot of info? Your name, shipping address and e-mail is a lot of info?

    There’s also a comment from the author on the linked blog in regards to privacy.

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    • Drone says:

      You bet my full name and shipping address is a lot of information. I’m surprised you would think otherwise!

      The Author’s reply you mention on the linked Blog post is in reply to MY question, which I posed anonymously (as I said on my post here on DP). The privacy issue reply looks decent. I echo the reply below:

      “Michael Ossmann said… Anonymous: My privacy policy: I will only use your mailing address to send you cool stuff. I will not share your mailing address with anyone not helping me send you cool stuff. I will not sell information about you. I will keep your email address indefinitely if you opt to sign up for the email list.”

      • Asm says:

        Ever bought anything off of eBay? Say from China?

        Bet you your bottom dollar your full name, e-mail address, shipping info and preference in pink cell phone covers is floating around in half a dozen databases for sale right this instant. I’m all for privacy, I just don’t have any illusions about this kind of information being private.

        Also, thanks for posting the question; the reply is indeed reassuring.

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