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Tesla Model S Hacking Prize Claimed

aviators99 Re:Poor password selection (59 comments)

Yes, thank you for correcting the inaccuracies. There is no "PIN" for accessing a Tesla. There is a password, with complexity requirements.

You cannot honk the horn or control the windows from the app while the car is moving.

The "hack" was likely a set-up. Could potentially be done with a MitM/replay attack, but that would still lead me to believe it was a set-up.

about two weeks ago
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Point-of-Sale System Bought On eBay Yields Treasure Trove of Private Data

aviators99 Re:SSN on POS? (68 comments)

Full-featured POS systems can handle things like payroll, invoicing, inventory/food ordering, bill payment, appointment reminders for customers, etc.

about two weeks ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

aviators99 Enigma (244 comments)

Check the museums and see if the Enigma Machines (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enigma_machine) are mysteriously missing. A layperson might call that a "typewriter".

about two weeks ago
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FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage

aviators99 Re:Personal opinion on this.... (199 comments)

Controlled airspace goes down to ground level in an inverted cone shape at controlled airports, that is quite wide. This is to allow IFR traffic to take off and land at controlled airports and never leave controlled airspace. So you can't fly 10 feet next to a large airport without breaking the law, but you can fly 10,000 feet in remote areas without telling them anything and be legal. It can get a bit complicated when learning to fly in the midst of 3 international airports while taking off from an uncontrolled one. I usually flew without touching controlled airspace, but had to keep track of my position when I got near them.

Just trying to give you some information for your viewpoints.

I think you're confusing "positive controlled airspace" with "controlled airspace", but you are otherwise correct.

But I do wonder about the true "uncontrolled" airspace and how the FAA's rule-making may or may not apply. This is different from what you describe. I believe you are regularly flying in "controlled airspace", in which you usually don't have to deal with controllers Uncontrolled airspace is rare in areas where manned aircraft fly, but is probably more prevalent where drones fly.

about three weeks ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

aviators99 Re:Too many Republicans (561 comments)

That mentions their no alcohol rule. I guess Republicans aren't smart enough to understand that prohibition didn't work. Those stupid Republicans are still living in the 1800s.

There was no prohibition in the 1800s.

about a month ago
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EFF To Unveil Open Wireless Router For Open Wireless Movement

aviators99 Help Yourself (184 comments)

My WiFi SSID has been called "Help Yourself" for years. I've never had any issues, probably because every router I've had has turned out to be so crappy that I can barely get a signal from the other side of the house, let alone the street. Every now and then I see some people joining. I don't use WiFi encryption, because I don't think the speed loss is worth it, and all of the websites I visit that contain information I don't want to share use HTTPS.

about a month ago
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Hackers Ransom European Domino's Customer Data (including Favourite Toppings)

aviators99 Re:Improper use of [sic] in TFA (100 comments)

Yes, but:

The notation's usual purpose is to inform the reader that any errors or apparent errors in the transcribed material do not arise from errors in the course of the transcription, and the errors have been repeated intentionally, i.e., that they are reproduced exactly as set down by the original writer or printer.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

But not worth arguing over.

about a month and a half ago
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Hackers Ransom European Domino's Customer Data (including Favourite Toppings)

aviators99 Improper use of [sic] in TFA (100 comments)

Yes, it's a British article, but they put "[sic]" in a quote that contains "favorite" as opposed to "favourite", I guess without taking into account that the perpetrators might be American. On the other hand, while typing this post in Chrome, the browser marked "favourite" as a misspelling :-)

about a month and a half ago
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France Cries Foul At World Cup "Spy Drone"

aviators99 Re:Drones over the matches (138 comments)

I actually believe that "drones" were being used at the matches. They were certainly used at the Olympics this year.

I also think the objections do have to do with the thought that it was another team trying to watch training.

The Phantom 2 has a range (out of the box) of approximately 800m. So whoever was controlling it was nearby. It might have been possible to track him/her down.

I've been told by my friend who has one that it uses point-to-point 802.11 in order to communicate, so you can imagine all sorts of ways to mess with it.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Unveils Project Tango 3D Tablet DevKit Powered By NVIDIA's Tegra K1

aviators99 Re:1024 fits in 10 bits. (54 comments)

Two bytes of BCD.

about 2 months ago
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Tracking Tesla's Quiet Changes To the Model S

aviators99 Re:Software methodology for automobiles (106 comments)

Sez you, pal. Microsoft Word 2008, 2010, 2000, Server 2008, Windows98, ME... Model year works great for Microsoft. In fact I heard this model year is going to be good. I heard they are adding more chrome on the menu buttons, a brand new aqua green windows, and wait for it, twelve. inch. fins. yes, you heard it right, 12 inch fins on all models.

I know you are being sarcastic, but in case others don't realize, all of these software packages are updated pretty much weekly.

about 2 months ago
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Tracking Tesla's Quiet Changes To the Model S

aviators99 Software methodology for automobiles (106 comments)

One of the reasons I was one of the first to buy a Tesla is because I love the fact that Elon Musk refused to abide by all of the known "rules" of automotive manufacturing. I love it that I get regular updates to the car's firmware/software that actually adds features to the vehicle (one of the first ones I got actually made my 0-60 time faster!).

But I think that when it comes to this idea of not following the established rule of "model years", it doesn't work very well. The modern-day method of rolling software updates is great--for software. But when it comes to hardware, it is a bit more difficult. It's made even worse when things are not retrofittable (like the rear seat heating referenced here).

I understand that the company has a great new hardware feature and wants to get it onto the assembly line as quickly as possible, and you have to applaud that. But you end up with people ordering a car and not knowing what they will get. Some improvements are announced at or around the time they hit the assembly line, and many cars without the improvement are then delivered for a period of time. Note that although the summary only references "options", there are many more improvements other than options that are added in an add-hoc manner.

We haven't even seen the confusion this will eventually cause when there is a substantial resale market for the Model S. There will be no "shorthand" to say what features the vehicle has or doesn't have. Even the Roadster had "version numbers".

about 2 months ago
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Is The 2012 Tesla Model S Outdated Already?

aviators99 Software methodology in automobiles (1 comments)

One of the reasons I was one of the first to buy a Tesla is because I love the fact that Elon Musk refused to abide by all of the known "rules" of automotive manufacturing. I love it that I get regular updates to the car's firmware/software that actually adds features to the vehicle (one of the first ones I got actually made my 0-60 time faster!).

But I think that when it comes to this idea of not following the established rule of "model years", it doesn't work very well. The modern-day method of rolling software updates is great--for software. But when it comes to hardware, it is a bit more difficult. It's made even worse when things are not retrofittable (like the rear seat heating referenced here).

I understand that the company has a great new hardware feature and wants to get it onto the assembly line as quickly as possible, and you have to applaud that. But you end up with people ordering a car and not knowing what they will get. Some improvements are announced at or around the time they hit the assembly line, and many cars without the improvement are then delivered for a period of time. Note that although the summary only references "options", there are many more improvements other than options that are added in an add-hoc manner.

We haven't even seen the confusion this will eventually cause when there is a substantial resale market for the Model S. There will be no "shorthand" to say what features the vehicle has or doesn't have. Even the Roadster had "version numbers".

about 2 months ago
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Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

aviators99 Re:Only works if (450 comments)

the criminals are not aware of what is being done. Good job NYT for letting the cat out of the bag.

True. This is a technology that gets less useful the more it is used. Even if you're an idiot crook, you don't have to be a genius to understand when your crook buddy says, "Hey, I got popped for taking the drugs that are on the special holder. Don't take those."

about 2 months ago
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Pentagon Document Lays Out Battle Plan Against Zombies

aviators99 Misdirection (131 comments)

Seems like the only purpose of this article on CNN was to generate page views by people who were fooled by the headline and summary into believing that it actually was meant to be in preparation for a zombie attack. It seems to have worked really well. The purpose of it on /. I don't understand.

about 2 months ago
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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Experts Unable To Replicate Inmarsat Analysis

aviators99 Re:What were the pings then? (245 comments)

The devices were not looking for "a specific frequency", and, in fact, the detections were not at the frequency the FDR/CDR were supposed to send. They were "close", and part of the reason they had confidence in the finding is that after AF447 was found, they tried out the transmitter and noted that the frequency was off by a little.

about 3 months ago
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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Experts Unable To Replicate Inmarsat Analysis

aviators99 Re:Lost airplane signals (245 comments)

Transponders were left on during 9/11.

about 3 months ago
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Why Microsoft Shouldn't Patch the XP Internet Explorer Flaw

aviators99 This is not an XP patch (345 comments)

This is a patch to IE, not XP. IE is not EOLed. They have committed to fixing bugs in IE. It just so happens that the easiest way to patch IE is via Windows Update. This is a non-story that's being treated as though they actually patched a security bug in XP.

about 3 months ago
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Facebook Data Miner Will Shock You

aviators99 Where is the privacy policy of that site? (164 comments)

It's like a sick joke! They have a site that shows how much data they can mine (with your permission) and then they can do whatever they want with it?

about 3 months ago
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Five-Year-Old Uncovers Xbox One Login Flaw

aviators99 Re:What caused it? (196 comments)

What is this "second password verification screen"? Was it secondary identification questions (like mother's maiden name) or the same password again? I don't have an Xbox, so I have no idea what that means.

about 4 months ago

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Forecast Calls for 7 Hurricanes in '08

aviators99 aviators99 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

aviators99 writes "AP delivers a story about a Colorado State University researcher, and his 2008 prediction for Atlantic Hurricanes. The fact that he was off by 40% in 2006 and over 30% off in 2007 doesn't seem to phase this mainstream university. Note also that in 2007 hurricane predictions were changed after the season started. I guess in pseudoscience you can have do-overs."
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