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Why Your Phone Gets OTA Updates But Your Car Doesn't

oPless Re:Umm safety? (305 comments)

Because dealerships want to charge customers as much as possible for any work on the vehicle.

£200 for an electronic radio key is just daylight robbery. Then they'll also try and charge you for topping up your oil, doing a "30 point safety check" etc.

Frankly why they don't have a usb port the user can download firmware from the internet, then upload the new firmware to the engine management unit I don't know.

Hell they can sign the binaries so that ricers can't modify it ... but then again, auto manufacturers aren't computer companies, and certainly won't buy in the crypto expertise to do it properly. sigh.

about 6 months ago
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Astronomers Detect Planetary System Similar To Our Own

oPless Re:Germans AND Europeans? (54 comments)

Some of them even know how to spell 'think' properly.

That said, there's not been much thinking done in the states recently has there?

about 10 months ago
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Car Hackers Mess With Speedometers, Odometers, Alarms and Locks

oPless Re:Hmmm... (159 comments)

Have you actually seen the altitude reading on a GPS unit? It's terrible. It's much less accurate than the long/lat as you need to see more satellites to get a proper 3d fix *and* even then it's pretty crap.

about 10 months ago
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Brooklyn Yogurt Shop Sting Snares Fake Reviewers For NY Attorney General

oPless Re: ..as little? (168 comments)

If I had mod points AC, I would mod you up.

You are full of win.

about a year ago
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GTA V Proves a Lot of Parents Still Don't Know or Care About ESRB Ratings

oPless Re:Some people... (621 comments)

I'm not sure it's quite so black and white.

That was a rubbish, buggy game.

about a year ago
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Brooklyn Yogurt Shop Sting Snares Fake Reviewers For NY Attorney General

oPless Re:..as little? (168 comments)

Gartner is supposed to be into market research.

In reality they're nothing more than shills and bad "futurists" that Managers believe.

about a year ago
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Google Dropping Netscape Plugin API Support In Chrome/Blink

oPless Re:"standards-based web platform" (170 comments)

Last I looked, NaCl is moving to llvm bytecode, allowing on the fly JITting to x86, Arm, etc.

The only thing that'll be really annoying is there will be no way to access hardware directly. I wrote a PC/SC plugin ages ago to do just this.

I guess the only way there now would be writing a signed Java applet...

But wait ... I can't do that on OSX, because ... Chrome is a 32bit app!

about a year ago
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US Killer Robot Policy: Full Speed Ahead

oPless Re:Cylons (202 comments)

So say we all.

about a year ago
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Device Security: How Border Searches Are Really Used

oPless Re:You got it backwards (223 comments)

So instead of giving it to the border patrol, you tell them to get their own copy from the NSA.

There, fixed that for you.

Their fsked that four ewe

They're fdisked dat fer u

about a year ago
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FEMA Grounds Private Drones That Were Helping To Map Boulder Floods

oPless Re:Not autonomous? (356 comments)

Because otherwise, it's simply an RC aircraft. They've been around for 30+ years. "Drones" are new, "RC" is old. But the meanings are the same, depending on who you are talking to.

+1

Since there's a perfectly good word with an identical meaning, use "unmanned aircraft" for any without a human on board. Use "RC" to mean remotely controlled. And use "drone" to mean weaponized or self guided.

I'm of the opinion that "Drone" should refer to autonomous (flying) vehicle. The question of it having a weapons or surveillance payload is irrelevant.

about a year ago
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Device Security: How Border Searches Are Really Used

oPless Re:You got it backwards (223 comments)

So instead of giving it to the border patrol, you tell them to get their own copy from the NSA.

There, fixed that for you.

about a year ago
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US Electrical Grid On the Edge of Failure

oPless Re: Wrong analogy (293 comments)

Damn.

So did I.

More importantly, dear reader, so have YOU

about a year ago
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NSA Cracked Into Encrypted UN Video Conferences

oPless Re:The dilema ... (427 comments)

We'll be okay.

We're on a nice island and probably already have the channel tunnel rigged with explosives, just in case.

about a year ago
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Feature Phone Hack Can Block Calls, Texts On Some Networks

oPless Re:first useless reply! (39 comments)

Then there's KIK too

about a year ago
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NSA Cracked Into Encrypted UN Video Conferences

oPless Re:The dilema ... (427 comments)

Yes, please ... why stop at 90% make it 100%. Hell I'll even help you pack.

Oh yes, take your goddamn nukes too.

At least this should help european states by upping our own defensive forces instead of reducing them.

about a year ago
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Huffington: Trolls Uglier Than Ever, So We're Cutting Off Anonymous Commenting

oPless Re:Anonymous Coward (582 comments)

What was wrong with 1st Jan 1970 ? :)

about a year ago
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Dell Dumps Keyboardless Windows RT Tablets

oPless Re:not low enough (186 comments)

That's because it has a massive battery in it.

There's also a usb hub and hdmi out too.

I *do* like Win RT, once jailbroken. I still prefer my macbook though, I've never really been able to justify tablet usage.

My major gripe with the Dell (yes, I have one) is that - and I suspect this is true of all RT devices - it's not a tablet with decent low power suspend and instant on like android and iOS, so it runs out of juice quickly when in "suspend" mode. It's literally just locked down Windows 8 on ARM. So pretty much what would have happened on the desktop if TPM was accepted way back when.

Of course they're trying to bring it back again with this UEFI bollocks.

1 year,1 day
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The Steady Decline of Unix

oPless Re:Uh huh (570 comments)

Yep, and it was pants, so they bought an equally half assed, but much more complete implementation of a posix subsystem called interix and rebranded it.

It was pretty good, but then again ... Windows NT

1 year,1 day

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