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Hackers Reveal Nasty New Car Attacks

lgordon Re:Meh... Give me access, I own your computer (390 comments)

Well, if you read the article, you would have read this:

". A team of researchers at the University of Washington and the University of California, San Diego, experimenting on a sedan from an unnamed company in 2010, found that they could wirelessly penetrate the same critical systems Miller and Valasek targeted using the car’s OnStar-like cellular connection, Bluetooth bugs, a rogue Android app that synched with the car’s network from the driver’s smartphone or even a malicious audio file on a CD in the car’s stereo system. “Academics have shown you can get remote code execution,” says Valasek, using hacker jargon for the ability to start running commands on a system. “We showed you can do a lot of crazy things once you’re inside.”

So they are talking about remote execution through external interfaces and then directly to the CAN bus.

about a year ago
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Reasons You're Not Getting Interviews; Plus Some Crazy Real Resume Mistakes

lgordon My resume is my only marketing material (246 comments)

As a software consultant and occasional contract employee, in all cases, the resume is what gets me hired, and the phone interview is just a safeguard to make sure I'm a real person. Often the interview turns into a technology bull session with the developers making sure that I have the correct industry understanding and not whether I have done the things I stated I could do. I clearly communicated that fact to them already. In my resume.

about a year and a half ago
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Don't Build a Database of Ruin

lgordon Targeted Coupons (209 comments)

Three weeks ago at Target they auto-printed out coupons for jock itch medication and then the next week I get coupons for hemorrhoid medication. So I asked my wife about it and she said, "Yeah, it moved. How did you know?"

about 2 years ago
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Could You Hack Into Mars Curiosity Rover?

lgordon Re:DSN on the Internet ? (452 comments)

Worked DSN recently. Yes the data is encrypted from SV down to the RGS all the way to the MCS, where it is decrypted. The encryption is optional.

more than 2 years ago
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$529M DOE Loan Spawns $97K Made-in-Finland Cars

lgordon Valmet (372 comments)

Valmet is a contract automobile manufacturer. In the early years, almost all Porsche Boxsters went through final assembly at Valmet. The engines were produced in Stuttgart.

more than 2 years ago
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Canonical To Divert Money From GNOME

lgordon Re:Flamebait (374 comments)

What? KDE doesn't get a cut? The HURD doesn't get a cut?

more than 3 years ago
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Canonical To Divert Money From GNOME

lgordon I guess it's not really competition (374 comments)

If Banshee disables Amazon, then theoretically that would increase the sales to Canonical's MP3 store. So by disallowing Banshee from doing this, basically Canonical is saying that their 75% cut of the affiliate money from people willing to buy MP3s from Amazon is more profitable than the direct sales they would get from people willing to buy from their no-name MP3 store. In the spirit of the original article, I tried to be as confusing with this post as possible.

more than 3 years ago
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Red Flag Linux Forced On Chinese Internet Cafes

lgordon Sorry China (295 comments)

I guess we screwed up guys. Apparently having a solid security model also allows the government to put in monitors and back doors at superuser level that a normal user cannot bypass.

Free as in...speech?

more than 5 years ago
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Scientists Discover Proteins Controlling Evolution

lgordon If the feedback doesn't alter the DNA... (436 comments)

If the feedback doesn't alter the DNA itself, then there's no "smart evolution." It's just an evolutionary consequence to a gazillion random mutations. As an "improved natural selector" it seems less so, as the consequence of this is that organisms are more able to adapt to changing conditions. If the conditions change rapidly enough, maybe the feedback effect allows the organism to live, but not thrive, allowing for further random mutations to allow it to outperform its peers in the new environment.

more than 5 years ago

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Regarding my signature for pedantic latin buffs

lgordon lgordon writes  |  more than 10 years ago

From the Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

CARTESIAN, adj.
Relating to Descartes, a famous philosopher, author of the celebrated dictum, Cogito ergo sum -- whereby he was pleased to suppose he demonstrated the reality of human existence. The dictum might be improved, however, thus: Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum -- "I think that I think, therefore I think that I am;" as close an approach to certainty as any philosopher has yet made.

Once again, an inside joke, but known to be incorrect in latin form.

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