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Comment Re:Awesome! (Score 2) 91

Exactly, and this is where legislation comes in.

Bendix cannot sell aviation radio systems unless they are tested and ticketed by the aviation authority of the country in question. So we legislate the same way for drones. A manufacturer must have X Y Z features (with a good mind to making any measures as unhackable as possible, or more realistically, unhackable to 90% of the population) or it is not allowed to be imported or sold in the countries market, period. Buyers do not assume the risk of being caught with unregistered kit, the legislation can be broadcast in such a way that it educates flyers about airspace and separation safety, and if operators are indeed found to be in breach by hacking around measures designed to keep the hobby safe, then 10 tonnes of solid, legislated rape can be dropped on their heads. This also has the effect of encouraging manufacturers to build the systems in and build them well, lest they find they suddenly loose access to a market.

Yes, there will be grey/back imports but again, this is about setting up a workable framework that will be effective 95% of the time.

Comment Re:Awesome! (Score 1) 91

And yet, they just became my manufacturers of choice, because they are actively trying to do something about airspace incursions and in doing so, are opening peoples eyes to the potential dangers ("we are imposing these restrictions because x y z") of flying in close proximity to things they shouldn't.

I'd never give my money to a company that is arming idiots with tools that can interfere with airport operations, drop electrical grids and god knows what else. People will always whinge about being told they can't do something after the event, however if that something is clearly noted at point of sale as a limitation, they have the option of not buying it, or buying it and operating safely. More power to them.

Comment Re:Like RF Limits In Wireless Firmware?? (Score 2) 91

I think it's much simpler than consideration, its sheer numb mindedness to the potential for disaster and a lack of understanding of aviation and aerodynamics, which anyone who has built a flyer from the ground up has an understanding and respect for. Rather than go on a new rant, let me quote a comment I made on this story last year.

That technology has been available for a few decades.

Yes it has. But there has been a fundamental shift in the accessability of the technology. A majority of this technology has historically been radio transmitters that cost hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars, recievers that cost similar, and models that actually require a solid understanding of aerodynamics to build, trim and fly. Dozens if not hundreds of hours of work to build it. An big investment of time, money, and a dash of pride meant that flyers protected their craft like a their first born. Flying near an airfield would be unspeakable; No way in hell do I want my toy wrecked by errant prop or jet wash! (..I guess it would suck if I brought an actual plane down as well.. I guess).

The only thing different about drones is that they are slow and hence easier seen.

I disagree. Any spanner with a credit card and a desire to see their neighbours tits can go buy a ready to fly FPV drone cheap on eBay, hook it up to their smartphone, and get in the air in a second. No expensive equipment investment, no time invested in the build, no incentive to protect their flyer. THIS is the difference, and it has seen people who would never consider an RC aircraft suddenly snapping them up like the "toys" they are often marketed to be. So now you have a bunch of people who have no knowledge about aerodynamics or aviation generally who suddenly think "wouldn't it be sick to go fly this around an airport for lulz and photos", and suddenly we have the problems we are now seeing. Most fixed and rotary wing hobbyists I know have an inherent respect for their fellow flyers, be they scale or full size pilots. We all share the sky, and we'd rather not kill each other. HISTORICALLY there has been close to zero risk (no such thing as zero risk, where there are humans involved, there is always room for something to fuck up) but now the technology is more accessable to the "pleb public", the risks of serious incident is and will continue to increase. As you have said, there have been next to no incidents historically, but as many have pointed out to you, the fact this story even exists to publish is a demonstration that the danger is indeed increasing. To ignore these factors is about as ignorant as using an absolute term like "zero actual risk" when there is no way for you to know what is and has happened globally in the past.. however many years of RC flying as a hobby.

Comment Re:Like RF Limits In Wireless Firmware?? (Score 5, Interesting) 91

These would be the sort of people I would be happy to see return their drone for a full refund. They are the cancer of the RC community. We have been buzzing plywood around for decades with nowhere near this much trouble, their exclusion from the hobby will be of zero consequence, and a relief to responsible flyers who are being thrown under the bus with the idiots.

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Comment Re:Seems like this has limited usefulness (Score 2) 229

The first thing I thought was "well, that will be the first and last time that person takes a security risk like that", but you're average Joe may never make the connection. I would call it a lesson in security, but again, it's not clear enough for most people to cotton onto.

Comment Access to the machine (Score 1) 229

So we're not even reading TFS anymore peeps?

Plugging in random USB sticks in your computer has never been more dangerous

I think the point of this hack is to catch people who pick up random sticks and see whats on them, something I would never, ever do. Nothing to do with needing physical access to the machine, the rube who picked the stick up is all the "access" you need. Someone up there has already made the suggestion of using them for corporate sabotage (Uber vs Lyft), scattering these things around the right place could cause all sorts of drama.

Also, that poor thinkpad :(

Comment Re:How long will it take (Score 3, Informative) 122

Nice rant. Just think how good your life would be if you could get your comprehension skills to that level.

The vehicles aren't going to be used on the job, but as a promotional tool to help raise money for the families of fallen police

The vehicles are a flash way to promote a charitable cause, and a bridge between petrol heads and police, nothing more.

Comment Re: A plea to fuck off. (Score 1) 365

But instead use something which

..Is completely, totally, irrevocably air gapped from the network, and not in a format which is easily machine readable? (considering that I type substantially more than I write anymore, my handwriting format is borderline "me" readable).

I see your point. A list of passwords in a book is are bad. Much better to put them into a globally accessible cloud behind a single point of protection (password). I know if I were in a basement somewhere out to ruin someones life the nondescript notebooks all around my mark's PC would be my first target.

Comment Re:Not great design (Score 1) 67

My bigger concern would be liquid and/or dust ingress. The great thing about buttons is they are fixed onto an [flexable material] bed, which apart from supporting the button cap also forms an inside/outside world seal. An actual thumbwheel? not so much. Granted the housing which contains the thumbwheel mechanism can be sealed, isolating it from the gubbins proper of the phone, but I can't see a mechanical device (nor the encoder which reads its position, be it optical or push-button based) standing up to sweat, pocket lint, and all the other munge which inevitably builds up in these types of spaces over any appreciable period of time.

Comment Re:Wiki-Enquirer? (Score 1) 100

I would be inclined to agree.

If this was a dump of docs unquestioningly demonstrating that Sony was using underage labour in Liberia to cut their rootkits to disk using nothing but a chisel and a magnifying glass, I would be setting up my own mirror of this "leak" and showering the world with links. All this drop seems to be doing is opening employees even more massive invasion of privacy and identity theft. It could be argued these employees deserve to have their cheeks parted for simply working with Sony to begin with, but at the end of the day they are but tiny cogs in a giant machine (as most of us are no matter where we work), and with no signs (so far) of actual evil in these dumps that employees should have blown a whistle on, these poor bastards do not deserve this exposure of their information.

Of course, now those who DO want to part the cheeks of anyone who dares trying to feed their kids by working for Sony have more than enough information to go on a campaign of life ruination. Well played Wikifreaks.

Adapt. Enjoy. Survive.