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Comment Re:Even worse (Score 2) 88

Why is this post marked informative? It's wrong; and it's wrong in a critical way as far as I can tell. The video shows the password extract being done immediately on reboot, NOT after the user types in his password. The password was entered later just to demonstrate that the correct password was extracted.

So pretty much, yeah, the OP was actually correct his in concern. Walk away from the laptop, someone swoops in, reboots, grabs your password and the deed is done.

Comment Re:Precident has now been set. (Score 1) 386

First, it's precedent. Second, you clearly have read absolutely nothing about this situation. I spent a total of about 10 seconds skimming the article and still picked up enough to know that this was not the case you want to make your "men have no rights" stand on. You're hurting the very cause you're (apparently) trying to help by doing so.

This father-of-the-year had no contact with his terminally ill daughter for SEVEN years prior. His daughter didn't even want him to see her body when she was gone.... So, yeah, I'm kinda thinking he gets no say whatsoever in this.

Comment Re:Pick any two (Score 1) 59

Only in this case it's "complex, configurable, secure - pick any two".

Hmmm. Ok. I'll take secure and configurable. Thanks.

Not sure your attempt to rework an "old engineering saying" was entirely successful.

I suspect your later use of the word "versatile" would have been a better choice here. "versatile, configurable, secure - pick any two". Yeah, that seems to work.

Comment Re: Yeah but there's a whole world out there (Score 1) 867

No, my assumptions were almost as narrow as the parent's worldview.

Saying something doesn't make it so. And you can't just say what you wish were true. You have to review the facts and see if what you're saying is actually true or not... For example:

and the typical American who makes broad assumptions about the rest of the world without actually ENGAGING with it

You're making a pretty broad statement there. Assuming anything to be true about the "typical American" is, almost by definition, a broad assumption.

So, no, your assumptions were not narrow by any stretch of the imagination no matter how much you'd like to believe they were.

Oh, I do so enjoy engaging with the rest of the world.

Comment Re: Driving yes, but charging? (Score 1) 990

Given that this is /., that isn't going to be an option for about 90% of the people here...

I remember when that used to be funny. Actually, I got a little snicker out of it even now.

But I'm surprised to say that it's not actually funny anymore. And not because it's true. No, poking at stuff that's true is funny; that's part of clever humor. And I guarantee you that it was once true that 90% of guys on Slashdot couldn't even speak to a female much less marry one.

It's not funny anymore because the underlying presumption just isn't true any more. I'm shocked but it really seems like having strong computer-foo is actually attractive these days.

So when I read your comment I snickered for a second because that seemed like what I should do and it was always funny in the past. But then I just sorta stopped and said to myself, "Wait, that's really not the case these days." What a great realization.

Comment Re:Air gap or hardware interlock critical systems (Score 5, Insightful) 85

I understand what you're getting at and mostly agree. My only comment is that once you design these big in-vehicle fully-connected systems to do stuff like report on steering angle and live fuel pressure or whatever else, it's awfully tempting to turn around and implement the PUT or POST to go along with those GET APIs so that all your dealer diagnostics and datalogging tools just hook into the same point everything else does. It reduces the number of different systems and interfaces you have to design, implement and debug.

I have no data on this, but I suspect cost cutting measures have to be insane at auto makers. I recall buying a nice turbo AWD Eclipse in the mid-90s for nearly $30k. Twenty years later and I can still buy a nice turbo AWD car for just a little more than that and this new car will have VASTLY superior features all around. The cost difference barely accounts for inflation. How they also crammed so much new tech and new hardware into it for what's effectively the same price today as it was 20 years ago boggles my mind.

So I suspect this all comes down to trying to push more stuff through that new system to save a few bucks somewhere and then skipping that whole "security" check in the process.

Comment Re:It is Their Site (Score 2) 293

So what? Because they're a business acting in their self-interest that makes it proper and ethical and we're not supposed to discuss or criticize them?

Sure you are. And he is doing just that. His statement that they can do whatever they want does not imply that you can't discuss it. That's just his position on the matter. Don't like it? Offer an alternative viewpoint.

Comment Re:Based on past experiences (Score 1) 220

Dead-on. We've owned Fords since 1989. Sync hasn't ruined it that completely for us, but I will most certainly be looking for alternatives to the media component of our next Ford.

Now...if Microsoft digs deeper into the power or drive train management of things, we're screwed. It'll be off to Chevy we go. :)

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