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Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

geekmux Re:No reason to network cars (109 comments)

Car manufacturers want to double-dip by tracking you using your car. When you pair your phone with infotainment system, they can sell real-time location data (your car's GPS) strongly tied to your identity. Even if you opt out of OnStar and such system, they are still active.

Let's be realistic here for a moment. When is your cellular GPS data not your real-time location?

There is no opting out of being tracked if you own a cell phone, whether you own a car equipped with OnStar or not.

And you signed away that GPS data about 17 EULAs ago.

yesterday
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Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

geekmux Re:"technology is progressing" (109 comments)

Yes, we have progressed from cars that could NOT remotely have the boot opened, windshield wipers set off, brakes locked, and engine cut, to cars that can. Well done.

But hey, I'm sure that security will be taken seriously now and these issues will be gone any minute. And only the "older models" will be vulnerable...

It's always the same claim from software developers. "Oops, we fucked up horribly last time... Buy our NEW version!!!"

This problem will become much worse as insurance companies refuse to accept "insecure" car models, or simply charge a 4x fee for "obsolete hardware support."

yesterday
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Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

geekmux Re:OT: I have a small feature request for car-make (109 comments)

unlocking car boots, setting off windscreen wipers, locking brakes, and cutting the engine.

If a hacker can do all that, why can't the car itself open the windows slightly if the temperature inside gets high and there is no rain outside? All the hardware is already there — the sensors know both the inside temperature and whether anything is hitting the windshield (so wipers can turn automatically in rain).

Would've made returning to your car in the sunny lot more comfortable and even saved some lives.

Or perhaps you'll walk back to an empty parking spot where your car used to be.

All a thief really needs to steal a car (or the contents inside) is access, which you're suggesting to now provide in a automated and unattended fashion.

yesterday
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Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

geekmux Re:First rule of computer security!!! (109 comments)

1. Physical security.

If you let the machine get into the hands of hackers... they will break it the controls. And that is doubly certain if the device is mostly functional regardless. It will interact and that will let people either exploit flaws in the security or just decrypt it.

If you want to stop hackers from getting into the system then the first thing you have to do is make it pretty much impossible for a hacker to physically access the system. As in steel. And beyond that, the wireless connections are a serious vulnerability. Scale them back or secure systems from the wireless radios.

If you can't do that, then at the very least don't let a hacker turn my engine off while I'm driving down the free way. Some features are simply not worth that vulnerability.

First rule of Capitalism: Make money.

Second rule of Capitalism: Actually give a shit how you make it.

Good luck getting anyone to pay attention to any other rule but the one that counts.

In other words, fuck your risks. The vendor is going to massively profit from those insecure features you never asked for, and won't stop installing them until enough people die to make it illegal (key word there being enough, that threshold is a lot higher than you think thanks to political gaming.)

yesterday
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Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?

geekmux Re:How about over 10 years? (253 comments)

Sustained salary over a 10 year period would be a more interesting number to me.

We can cram the internet boom, a dot-com bubble, a dot-com crash, 9/11, the birth of DHS, and a rather massive banking failure that almost crashed the entire global economy inside a span of 10 years.

With factors like that going on all around your number, I'm not quite sure what value you can expect out of your salary stats. The only thing we've managed to sustain over the last 10 years is chaos. IT is hardly immune.

yesterday
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Canada's Ebola Vaccine Nets Millions For Tiny US Biotech Firm

geekmux Re:Oh yeah, almost forgot about Ebola... (68 comments)

...And the promised massive epidemic sweeping the nation....never materialized. Why, it's almost like all those people at the CDC....they actually knew what they were talking about....after 40 years of experience....

Uh, I hope you were joking here too, since according to the very organization you cite here, we should be rapidly approaching around half a million cases of Ebola by January. I believe they were the first (only?) people to come to the table with infection estimates north of a million. Of course, the news orgs will do their best to sensationalize that, but it does not change the source.

This is also the same organization clearing infected people to fly on commercial airplanes, as well as defining what "good enough" PPE is, while caregivers get infected, or did we forget about that stuff too...

And from what we know about curing Ebola, we really don't have shit in cumulative experience. Our ability to handle it nor the fatality rate hasn't changed much since 1976. We've merely been lucky for almost 40 years, being considerably less fortunate with outbreaks this year.

yesterday
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

geekmux Re: Shocking (217 comments)

The other half...hardware upgrades and a real life.

Arguing "real life" with a hardcore gamer is like arguing the cost of gas with a NASCAR driver. As if they actually give a shit.

If wasting time was any type of real concern, the game would stay in the box and on the store shelf.

IIRC NASCAR uses ethanol for fuel? (so that the flames are invisible and don't frighten the spectators).

Er, don't frighten the spectators?

Because otherwise, a NASCAR race is as quiet and peaceful as a librarians office in the spring?

Points for your accuracy here, but damn if that's not the most pointless reason to use ethanol I've ever heard.

yesterday
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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

geekmux Re:BAD idea. HDD's die when stored (272 comments)

Multiple times I've taken an HDD out of service and later (like 1 year later, not decades) tried to spin it up again and had it fail. HDD's suck for offline storage. You have to keep them spinning and also back up their contents to other drives, which sort of defeats the purpose of using them as a backup medium. The main problem with tape is, as you say, that it's too damn expensive, especially for the drives. But a vault full of tapes is likely to be far more reliable than a vault full of powered-off HDD's.

While I have seen the phenomenon you speak of, I don't see it being as bad a scenario as you paint it. Not every hard drive pulled from deep storage fails. In fact, the failure is likely on par with just about every other storage (even your pressed CD collection is dying a slow death)

I'm still spinning 20-year old platters today (which ironically I had to move the drives because the motherboard died)

yesterday
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

geekmux Re:Be Gentle With Him (439 comments)

To show that you're a decent human being. If you know someone has a problem, "poking the bear" can cause that person to get worse or even snap. Someone with a behavioral problem has found an outlet that doesn't involve injuring themselves or other people (either intentionally or unintentionally). If you think this is a cool idea ( I think it's actually pretty awesome ), good for you. If you think it's stupid, just leave him alone.

Not that I disagree with you, but it is horribly ironic that we should find compassion here when organized religion has been at the root of man killing each other for thousands of years now.

Talk about poking the bear..

2 days ago
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

geekmux Re:No Different. (439 comments)

Come on, is he really any crazier than most programmers?

He's not much crazier then most religious peeps I've known.

Ah, just a brief reminder, you are talking about the same person in this particular case.

I'm not saying the nutjob level scales perfectly with the combination of the two, but hey if the bible thumps...

2 days ago
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

geekmux Re: Shocking (217 comments)

The other half...hardware upgrades and a real life.

Arguing "real life" with a hardcore gamer is like arguing the cost of gas with a NASCAR driver. As if they actually give a shit.

If wasting time was any type of real concern, the game would stay in the box and on the store shelf.

2 days ago
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2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?

geekmux Re:Sexist? (125 comments)

Have you ever talked to a little girl? Saying that having to Frozen characters involved might interest more little girls is not sexism, it's the most common of sense.

People like you say you want more women in coding but don't want to do anything real to make it happen, at the level it needs to happen - early education.

Too bad we're too busy painting all of the computers pink and adding Disney cartoon theme songs to debuggers. We should probably take some time to teach those young women a thing or two about equality. You know, that thing we're so desperate to quash in IT...

3 days ago
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Congress Suggests Moat, Electronic Fence To Protect White House

geekmux Re:Moat? Electric fence? (212 comments)

They're just pointing out the hypocrisy of politicians being protected by guns and fences, while telling citizens they can't have guns and that a fence isn't needed on our nations borders (despite cartels and bad guys with known terrorist ties crossing daily).

No, actually it's a bit worse than that. Their comments regarding the concern of tourist accessibility says far more about the priority of capitalism (tourism) than it does security.

Either the White House is tourist attraction, or it is not. It's pretty damn black and white at this point. Either open it up or lock it down, but let's stop trying to meet somewhere in the middle before someone earmarks a billion or ten in taxpayer money, only to end up with a twenty-billion dollar moat that was defeated by the ex-Olympic pole-vaulter turned terrorist.

about a week ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

geekmux Ah, define "coder" please. (162 comments)

Given the average age of those serving in Congress, perhaps it's important to define the term "coder" here.

Sure it's always beneficial to have a few "geeks" as lawmakers, but I kinda doubt that someone who took a FORTRAN class a few decades ago is going to be providing much value towards policy governing next-gen internet technologies.

about a week ago
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Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

geekmux Re:This is a huge first step! (210 comments)

They put the inventor of PGP in jail - Phil zimmerman. Reason: simple transport encryption - even without trust - makes Fedzilla and its police state angry.

This would force the Fedzilla police state to obtain end-point warrants rather than be able to sniff the firehose.

I would rather have transport encryption than nothing. Also, even if these are back doored by the NSA, the government would have to prove how they got the information without a warrant.

This is an imperative first step.

I'm just curious here...what exactly makes you assume the government would have to prove a damn thing, even if what they are doing is illegal by our own Constitution?

Not sure what is feeding your delusions, but one thing is for certain. The government needing authority or approval to do anything to you legally or otherwise is complete bullshit.

And this "imperative" step means jack shit if the NSA has already been issued a cert.

Now prove they haven't, and you can have your first step back.

about a week ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

geekmux Re:Given how most spend their time in college... (226 comments)

On topic: I don't think I could honestly trust in the abilities of any programmer who hasn't had a serious discrete math class, without that being matched by years of actively failing at good design and learning the more fundamental pitfalls and ways around them the hard way.

And yet, you entrust the OS you run?

Or the latest whizbang smartphone app?

That's rather odd.

about two weeks ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

geekmux Re:Given how most spend their time in college... (226 comments)

perhaps "booty camp" would be a better idea.

Most people waste the time in college, spending more time chasing alcohol and dates.

Given that college lasts on average at least four years for people, I sure as hell would hope people are spending more time enjoying life in that timeframe rather than enslaving themselves for years to earn a $75,000 piece of paper to hang on the wall.

Oh, a degree is somehow worth more than the paper it's printed on in this economy? Yeah right. There's a reason this entire discussion exists.

about two weeks ago
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Big Talk About Small Samples

geekmux Re:tldr (245 comments)

There's a really good book that talks about brevity and how to communicate your ideas more concisely with fewer words. I suggest Bennett read it.

A book on brevity is almost 300 pages long.

No doubt brought to you by the author of the Procrastinators Tomb, volumes I - IV.

about two weeks ago
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World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

geekmux Re:Which says what? (276 comments)

Either the kid is pretty damn smart, or else the quality of the MCP exam has become so easy even children can pass it.

I'd say it was a little more of the latter shining like a polished turd here, since a 5-year old no matter how bright he or she is, is still a child.

Ill go for a little from column A and a little from column B. Bright kid probably (and coaching from Dad helped for sure) but MCP probably isn't worth jack shit.

Well... now it's not worth jack shit. How the hell am I supposed to compete with a 5-year old's salary requirements? And you thought we had a problem before with H-1B holders impacting the job market? Pfft.

I remember years ago being asked by an MCSE for help... installing Windows 2000 Server. I was a Novell certified engineer and could do it in my sleep.

There were plenty of paper MCSEs back in the day. Most likely you did run into someone who Must Consult Someone Experienced.

about two weeks ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

geekmux The impact of gas prices (554 comments)

"The increase can be phased in slowly, a few cents per month, perhaps, so that the price of gas doesn't jump overnight."

Oh yeah, because that never happens today when Puxatawnie Camel farts in the wrong direction...give me a break.

about two weeks ago

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