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Comment Re:Good job! T-mobile (Score 0) 76

maybe, i just worry how they go about doing it and what options the little person has if they get caught in the trap. my business is small, we only have 5 lines. i don't need to spend $500/month on phone service. my voip service costs me $24-$29/month and it allows me to set our outbound phone numbers to our sales people's personal cell phones. this measure, to me, sounds like my company will be swept up in the mess and not given two shits meaning i'm going to have to spend $500/mo with some major provider to prevent being swept up.

and $5 says robocalls won't end, they'll just make a smarter robo

-dk

Comment Re:I like more space. (Score 1) 266

sounds like you had a bulkhead seat. a > 14" laptop does not bode well on airplanes at all, even economy plus or whatever they call a 2" increase of space while you're still in economy. i downsized to a 14" laptop and i have zero issue with using it on any flight. my last flight i was sitting in the middle seat back in row 34 or something near the back of the plane and i was able to code without issue.

if you fly, stay away from 15" or larger laptops, they are incompatible with planes

-dk

Comment Re:Doesn't get us far (Score 1) 178

--valid numbers that have been allocated to a phone company but haven't been assigned to a subscriber: in a carrier's reserve

First let me address your quote. We broke up Ma Bell and created CLECs remember? You can get a phone number from multiple carriers. Or to make it easy, Sprint has no idea what numbers I have registered from T-Mobile.

Now on to what really matters. When your attacker (lets call them what they really are) are coming from a foreign vpn using a legitimate US VOIP service what do you actually do? The VoIP service typically does terminate the account and moves on with their day. Now you have an entire call center in a country that doesn't necessarily follow US laws that (a) purchases VPNs or dedicated servers/colos from US based companies, (b) opens multiple accounts with multiple VoIP and Cell phone services and starts the process all over again.

What you need to do is attack the company at the end who is charging credit cards. Why do I need to spend several weeks to capture the famous robo-dialer "Rebecca from card services" and find out one of it's users is a debt consolidation company in Florida. I get all the details and pass it on to relevant authorities, including alerting my credit card company that this is a fraudlent service, who do NOTHING. The Florida company is still open and running today, even though they claimed they were using a lead-generation service. The laws are weak. Until you punish the companies benefiting (Credit Card merchants, Lead-generation Users, etc) you won't see a change. And that won't happen under this presidency so lets keep on dreaming.

-dk

Comment Re:It's a trap! (Score 1) 163

My Audi had a relay which controlled the heater, turn signals and windshield wipers. Cars are designed in an evolutionary style, so while it makes no sense to you it also makes no sense to millennials why your favorite i-core processor still starts in 16-bit mode and needs to be manually setup for 32-bit mode before a modern OS can load. Backwards compatibility is backwards compatibility.

-dk

Comment Re: Surprising (Score 1) 132

LKAS just pulses brakes to keep it car in Lane. It detects lanes using a camera.

OpenCV can easily detect lanes, it has been used in many systems in the past. Beyond that, your ABS controller controls braking these days to prevent loss of control and it does this by independent braking of wheels. Similar technology is used to keep your car handling smooth around a turn.

Good to know these guys aren't doing anything unique

Comment Re:Surprising (Score 2) 132

Nope, CANBUS is an open protocol, if you have a real CANBUS reader (not one of those $13 ELM junk) you can read every piece of data coming across the bus. A honda civic is the cheapest car you can buy and when I say cheap this also means they went cheap on security too. Newer e.g. Audi's and Mercedes' have since separated critical components to a secondary bus (which you can access via the ECM under the hood but its no longer as simple as plugging into the ODB2 port).

My question is how is steering done? If I had to take a guess, they are manipulating individual brake controllers via the ABS system but that won't allow the car to make a 90 degree left or right turn (efficiently). And a Honda Civic is DEFINITELY not steering by wire yet (or maybe it is?). Regardless of the method used, it's still fucking scary to think someone on the road next to you could be using one of these instant-death devices. Why do I call it that?

A year ago I got the bright idea to start hacking lane assist into my mid-2000s vehicle. My wife's car has it and I was driving 45 minutes one way to work. I wanted an excuse to skype while driving, to be honest. Found the CANBUS is wide open and for $600 I could get a device that would dump out and write to the CANBUS. Started dumping data as I drove and eventually isolated the individual brake commands. Now, I never got around to sending brake commands because of a very scary article published right here on Slashdot. It was about liability of self-driving cars. Immediately I had a thought of my system spazzing out and locking up my rear brakes while doing highway speeds. Not wanting to risk my cushy lifestyle I put the raspberry pi and CANBUS writer on a shelf and started looking into the Infiniti Q50 (don't buy a pre-2015 model folks, the steering wheel is dead to the world and the car wanders on its own).

Shame on comma.ai for releasing that kit, I'm actually even more scared to drive than I used to be and it's only going to get worse as more entrepreneurial car-hackers hop onto the road.

-dk

Comment Re:Facial Recognition... (Score 2) 114

Not gonna happen. They are also incorporating wireless charging. Wireless charging (a) takes a lot of space (relative to a phone) and (b) increases the heat of a battery requiring either a much slower charge or a smaller battery design. So either all of this happens and you are getting a microprocessor with the same speed as an iPhone 7 (think Kaby Lake for phones) or you are not getting all these fancy bells and whistles until the iPhone 8s

-dk

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