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Samsung Unveils Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

DramaGeek Re:Snake Pliskin Style! (244 comments)

Get a Pebble. Half the price, and does all the things you just mentioned, plus more.
Black & White ePaper screen, but that means it stays on all the time and the battery lasts a week. Easily readable in sunlight, too.
No speaker or microphone on it, but unless you plan on talking into your watch, I don't see a problem :)

1 year,18 days

Dotcom Search Warrants Ruled Illegal

DramaGeek Re:And why is this bad? (316 comments)

The drinking age is never set in national law. The states are allowed to set their own drinking ages.
However, it IS in the law that any state that sets their drinking age under 21 loses a ton of funding for highway construction and repair.

more than 2 years ago

McAfee Claims Successful Insulin Pump Attack

DramaGeek Re:Glaring errors in the techweek article. (196 comments)

It seems like they put something extra in the pen cartridges that they don't have in the vials. I remember using the same pen cartridges for closer to a month before they ran out, rather than went bad. But I'll notice that the humalog that I load into my pump start to lose its effectiveness closer to a week. Its also slightly above room temp sitting in my pocket.

You're supposed to change lancets?

more than 2 years ago

McAfee Claims Successful Insulin Pump Attack

DramaGeek Re:Glaring errors in the techweek article. (196 comments)

Insulin only lasts a week or so unrefrigerated, and that's at room temperature. I'd imagine it would be significantly less when warmed to internal body temp. Either way, nowhere near 45 days.
Also (because of the point above), the only reason to carry more insulin would be due to insulin resistance in the user. Meaning that the so-called "deadly" dose would have even less effect.

more than 2 years ago

Wikipedia Still Set For Full Blackout Wednesday

DramaGeek Re: (291 comments)

Do we call you to submit changes too?

more than 2 years ago

Probing Insulin Pumps For Vulnerabilities

DramaGeek Re:Pump User Here: (81 comments)

The debate here isn't about hacked firmware. The firmware isn't updatable, just the settings, either through the wireless or otherwise. I'm sure they could probably flash it back at the factory, but there's no way for me or my doctor to do it.

more than 3 years ago

Probing Insulin Pumps For Vulnerabilities

DramaGeek Re:Pump User Here: (81 comments)

What else would a hack simulate but the signal source? In my first two instances, bad data is introduced, but there is no danger to the patient. In the third, bad instructions may be sent, but they are echoed by the pump before starting. In the fourth, you not only have to have a valid serial to simulate, but you have to address it directly to another serial.
Did you read the article? The would-be hacker HAS the serials of his own devices, and still hasn't figured out how to hack them.

more than 3 years ago

Probing Insulin Pumps For Vulnerabilities

DramaGeek Pump User Here: (81 comments)

I realize many of these points are pointed out in the article, and I will be repeating them here for those of you who didn't read it:

There are several types of wireless communication built into my pump (A Minimed 722 with a CGMS sensor):
1.) Sensor (inserted elsewhere into body) sends current glucose level to pump
- Requires the sensor serial to be entered into the pump
- If hacked, would report a false glucose level to the pump. The pump NEVER acts on it's own, it only informs you of what the level is, so no danger. Also, for any treatment you are supposed to double check the level with a finger-poke as below.
- Also, if a level is reported that is out-of-pattern with the rest of values that the pump has been receiving, the pump assumes that the sensor is out of calibration or failing, and has you re-calibrate the sensor with a finger-poke.

2.) Meter (regular old finger-pokes) sends current glucose to monitor
- Requires meter serial to be entered into the pump.
- If hacked, the meter and the pump would show different numbers, making the manipulation obvious. Also, if someone randomly started sending values to my pump, I would know due to the fact that I wasn't currently checking my glucose.

3.) Remote sends instructions to deliver insulin
- Requires remote serial to be entered into pump
- Pump still vibrates/beeps to confirm delivery and dosage. Not exactly discrete.
- I'm not sure what other safeguards this has. I don't use it. I do know that if you don't have any serial numbers entered, it turns this feature off.

4.) USB Device gathers reports/programs pump
- Requires pump serial to be entered into computer.
- The 'USB Device' mentioned in the article is almost certainly a Carelink USB Upload device, used to upload data from the pump to a computer for gathering reports on glucose trends, patterns, other ways to fine-tune your treatment.
- I do know that these CAN be used to upload new settings to the pump, as I've seen them do it at my doctor's office.
- User software doesn't feature upload capability, so hackers would need to steal a copy of the 'pro' software from a doctor's office (additional security through obscurity?)

Of the four, the last two are the only ones that could alter insulin delivery, and the last one is the only one that would do it without notifying the user. You would have to develop a profile that had a high basal rate (background, continuous insulin delivery). Again, you would still need to get the serial number off the pump to initiate the upload.

more than 3 years ago

'Bloatware' Becoming a Problem On Android Phones

DramaGeek Re:Can we say, Sprint NASCAR?!? (415 comments)

Nope. I'm no developer (I've rooted my Droid, but have no experience beyond that), so I'm not 100% sure why, but I believe that it's due to the drivers. I think that each phone has it's own proprietary drivers that can't be legally distributed or something.

more than 4 years ago

Motorola Says eFuse Doesn't Permanently Brick Phones

DramaGeek Re:Developer/tinkerer friendly Android device? (294 comments)

It took about 20 min to root my Droid, and I haven't looked back since. If you're not in the USA, I don't believe that anybody's yet cracked the Milestone (overseas Droid), though.

more than 4 years ago

Motorola Says eFuse Doesn't Permanently Brick Phones

DramaGeek Re:Main problem would be EOL-ed devices (294 comments)

That's the point. If you can't add the new features, they think you'll buy a new phone. Some people will, but rarely anybody who would have rooted their phone. Rooters will just get a different phone in the first place, like a Nexus 1 or something by HTC.

more than 4 years ago

Any Open Source Solutions For DIY Auto Diagnostics?

DramaGeek Actually (270 comments)

I've just been looking at this for the past week or so, too! I've been looking at doing something like this for a while, and finally decided to order one of the cheap ELM327 clones off ebay for ~$20. I've been having a terrible time finding anything as far as decent free software for it. Scantool does offer a free version, but I can't get it to compile. The only thing that I've heard consistently good comments about is GPSDrive, but I haven't had time to fight to get that to compile either.

In the 'Stuff to watch' category though, I've found this developer working on hacking his GM HSCAN bus to the point that he can remote start his car from his Android phone with a bluetooth OBDII dongle. He's working on releasing a couple of Android apps, but everything looks good so far. Website and Blog

more than 4 years ago

Music Streaming to Overtake Downloads

DramaGeek Re:Welcome to 1995 (254 comments)

...what we can do for free without their hardware (yeah, Verizon, I'm looking at YOU).

In some cases, we can do it for free WITH their hardware, too. I had a Motorola E815 a few years ago. Motorola designed it with a bunch of features (Bluetooth OBEX, microSD usage, Dialup tethering, music player off internal memory, etc.) that Verizon disabled so that you would have to pay and use their Get It Now service.

Fortunately, it was fairly easy so seem-edit the phone, and with the USB tether for the phone and a few questionably-legal programs you could re-enable all of the features. If you were really dedicated to the task, you could mash some of the alltel firmware in, and run Java (though I never did).

I would have replaced it with another of the same model (it was falling apart from wear and tear), but of course it had been replaced by the 'newest and greatest.'

Oh, and the best part of the phone? It DIDN'T run Verizon's OS.

more than 5 years ago

State of Colorado Calls Firefox Insecure, IE6 Safe

DramaGeek Re:firefox and mac (530 comments)

In your proposed situation, remember that the troops get to choose which gun they want. You just make the battle plan. Only 2/3 of the troops are using Gun #1(according to Wikipedia, YMMV.)

The real choice is, do you adjust your battle plans to include all of your troops, or cut your force by one third?

more than 5 years ago

'Greasemonkey' Malware Targets Firefox

DramaGeek Re:I wish (370 comments)

What bank do you use? I'm in Michigan too, and have been watching for a bank that offers these.

more than 5 years ago


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