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Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

dkman Re:First rule of computer security!!! (111 comments)

The rear view mirror has a small section that can display the rear view camera (it just acts as a mirror when an image isn't being displayed). They do it this way in cars that don't have an LCD display, for cars with a standard stereo face.

I do feel that the backup camera is just fine being on the infotainment network. If side camera go away I feel the same about them. Engine, steering, breaking - things where one might lose control of the vehicle if they don't function correctly belong on their own secure network.

yesterday
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Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

dkman Re:First rule of computer security!!! (111 comments)

At the very least:
Separate the networks. Have essential processes (engine, breaking, steering) on a secure network
Have infotainment, radio, bluetooth phone, gps, wipers, rain sensor, etc on a separate network
Have anything wifi (door unlock) heavily vetted before you allow it into one of your other networks.

Personally I feel that windows even belong on the infotainment network, as they aren't vital to the safety of the vehicle.
Keep chatter between networks to a minimum. I figure secure (engine) would need to talk to wifi (keyfob) when you hit the start button, although I'm not even sure if that qualifies as wifi - it's more like a proximity sensor.

That way maybe you can open the doors. Some fobs let you open the windows too. But once inside the car you'd still have to do some serious hacking to go anywhere. And nobody's messing with your essential functions while in motion. I know that some fobs do let you start the car, and I don't trust that functionality since it certainly could be exploited - if not now, in the future.

yesterday
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Top NSA Official Raised Alarm About Metadata Program In 2009

dkman Re:Argument (110 comments)

Yet even that didn't work because our government isn't for the people anymore.

5 days ago
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Jolla Crowdfunds Its First Tablet

dkman Re:What? 64-bit? (56 comments)

Yes. Every time I see 2 GB of RAM in what otherwise should be a capable system I feel that they are artificially limiting the usefulness and longevity of that device.
a) By starving it of memory for larger tasks or multitasking (as has been pointed out above)
b) By making it too weak to handle OS upgrades in the future

about a week ago
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Earth's Oxygen History Could Explain "Darwin's Dilemma" In Evolution

dkman Re:A matter of perspective (78 comments)

If the hot air wind-bags go first I'm all for hitting that reset button. You know who I'm talking about slashdot.

Alright, maybe reset is extreme, but...

about two weeks ago
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European Parliament Considers Sharing Passenger Information By Default

dkman Re:Fear (58 comments)

or do we at some point wonder if there isn't a concerted effort to keep everyone ignorant and fearful?

No need to wonder, there is. But don't try to tell that to anyone, they don't want to listen.
Those who do know/care are too few to matter. It is akin to the 2 party political system - no one can break in because the party members don't want to split the vote and let the "other" party win. Even if 10 new party people did break in, they're still drowned out by the rest of the fools in Congress.
So do I think it's kind of pointless, sure, but is it worth fighting and trying to do some good - you bet your ass! Even slow progress is some progress.

about two weeks ago
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Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

dkman Re:Hi-res Displays Look Better with Flatter Design (178 comments)

From reading the article...
I hate the Playstation buttons. Triangle, Circle, Square do not clearly translate to back, home, open windows/app list. If I were a rabbit a circle might be a decent representation of "home".
I like guest mode, I like fast and smooth, but I don't like "flat". A button should "look" like a button. I don't mean skeuomorphics, but a button UI element should not look like a label or a plain embedded image - it should look like something I can interact with, and that's what shading did.
At 6 inches you're in the phablet space. My phone is 4.7 inches, which was big when it came out, and I think that's just right for a phone.

As far as slipper, I have my phone is a gel sleeve (grabs the back and sides) that makes it grippy. Of course that adds $35 to the price tag, but you do get color options. If I did happen to drop it the sleeve would probably protect it, at least from the scuffs 2 other devices got from even touching the pavement.

On topic: As far as Andorid vs iOS many other posts here have already touched on It's a personal preference, and I'm happy to have the option. I personally prefer Android. My wife was fine with Android but has an iPhone right now. There are lots of things to like, and there are nuisances in both camps.

about two weeks ago
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Nevada Earthquake Swarm Increases Chance of Larger Quake

dkman Re:Contradiction (65 comments)

I absolutely get what you're saying. I'm not sure why I didn't read it that way to begin with. I think it was early and I wasn't really awake yet.

After your post I had to go back and look at the original because I was convinced that it conflicted, but you are right that it does not.

about two weeks ago
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Nevada Earthquake Swarm Increases Chance of Larger Quake

dkman Contradiction (65 comments)

The title says increases chance of larger quake yet the summary says does not necessarily mean a big one will come. So which is it? Don't you dare think I'll read the article to see what it says.

about two weeks ago
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Website Peeps Into 73,000 Unsecured Security Cameras Via Default Passwords

dkman Make default passwords hard (321 comments)

why are strong passwords not required for these cameras?

Maybe that is what they need to do. Make the default password something gibberish like df73j5hdfg/5rtdf88GG so that users will change it when they set it up. Even if they change it to FluffyBunny22 at least it won't be the default.

about three weeks ago
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France Investigating Mysterious Drone Activity Over 7 Nuclear Power Plant Sites

dkman Re:Unless the plant is surrounded in a glass dome. (128 comments)

It was the loss of outside power (and backup) and the relative inaccessibility of the plant due to environmental conditions that caused the meltdown.

FTFY. That's all Harlequin was saying. Yes, the tsunami and earthquake didn't cause the meltdown, but they made human mobility in the area a nightmare.

Cutting the generator and power alone won't stop humans from performing workarounds to avoid a meltdown. Catastrophic environmental conditions combined with cutting power will (or at least could).

about a month ago
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Microsoft Enters the Wearables Market With 'Band'

dkman Re:Microsoft entered the market of Foo with Bar (135 comments)

The Surface Pro 3 I would really disagree on. It's pretty good (though not perfect). It is pricey however.

I never liked the MS mice.

I have no idea what Courier was (I assume past tense is correct)

about a month ago
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Microsoft Enters the Wearables Market With 'Band'

dkman Re:its like theyre getting worse. (135 comments)

I would say the

[bringing this product] into the market when everyone from nike to apple already have a competing product with greater market share.

That's the only thing troll-ish I could spot. But really every product that isn't first can have that said. So I don't blame a company for trying to enter a market. I don't see great things when you enter with the same features at the same price. If you want to shake up the sector you need something to distinguish yourself or a price to move your product to gain market share. Did they do that? It's not for me to say.

What I really want is a watch band that doesn't scratch up my desk so I can wear it and tell what time it is without pulling out my phone. If it can tell me about notifications or some health info - great. If it lasts longer than a day great. If I can turn off sensors I don't care about to get better battery life, even better.

about a month ago
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MIT Professor Advocates Ending Asteroid Redirect Mission To Fund Asteroid Survey

dkman Re:Congress (116 comments)

That's actually a really good response.

I get that there are ways to guesstimate how many X there are. But I think that laws should be clean cut. I'm fine with saying that "our goal is to find as many as possible" or even to say that "our goal is to find 90%", but if the law says we're to find 90% of asteroids larger than 140km within 20 years spending 300k/yr that's bullshit.

A law, and I don't even think it should be called a law (it should be called a budget), would be better if it said we're going to spend 300k/yr for 20 years looking for asteroids larger than 140km. period. Leave the speculative 90% manure out of it.

Then the advocate could say that it's not enough money to find as many as he'd like, but he wouldn't be saying we're not going to live up to the law.

about a month ago
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MIT Professor Advocates Ending Asteroid Redirect Mission To Fund Asteroid Survey

dkman Congress (116 comments)

... inadequate to complete the identification of 90 percent of hazardous near-Earth objects 140 meters or greater by 2020 as mandated by the law.

This is the problem with Congress. How the hell do you make a law saying you need to identify 90% of something we can't validate at all? Who's going to say when you reach 90%? If we get clobbered by a rock it's clearly part of the 10% we didn't know, gee sorry.

about a month ago
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Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

dkman Re:How about we hackers? (863 comments)

Where I stand on this is that I want more actual information about the system. The differences between them. How to configure systemd. How to use systemd. Some of the bugs and workarounds that people know about. Constructive information that might actually help people.

I picked this post to respond to because it felt more "enlightened" to me (and I noted just now that it is ranked 5 Insightful by others)

It's clear that distros are moving toward systemd, so help users do so with the least pain possible and get more usable information out there.

It's completely possible that this information is out there and I just don't know where the "meat" is. I'm a linux user, not an admin by trade.

about a month ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

dkman Re:Not a chance (631 comments)

The problem here is that the Joe Schmoe regular user won't see any problem until it gets big enough and has a data breach then a large number of users have money magically disappear from their bank accounts and have little to no recourse. Then they will cry fowl. I'd like to say that the pitch forks would come out, but we know too well that the banks are too big to fail and CEO's are never accountable.

about a month ago
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Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

dkman Re:Boycott will end this in less than a week (204 comments)

It doesn't seem bad now, but this will destroy the internet if we allow it.

It doesn't? I currently have the choice of TWC (without contract) or ATT (with contract). I'll give you one guess which one I'm using.

And I realize that's more choice than a lot of people have.

How exactly do you propose to boycott the broadband providers we're allowed to choose from?

about a month and a half ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

dkman Re:Lubuntu (303 comments)

I agree. I've been using it for a few years now. It simply works and stays out of your way. I haven't had a problem finding out how to do something online. For many it might very well be the best OS you've never heard of. It just seems to be not well known for how well it works.

about a month and a half ago

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