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Submission + - Keyless cars shown to be simple to break into. (

CaroKann writes: Wireless keyfobs, which enable you to unlock or start your car by pressing a button, are commonplace these days. Newer keyfobs work simply by being close to the vehicles. As it turns out, with a radio relay system setup, these proximity keyfobs make entering and stealing vehicles relatively easy. Researchers at ETH Zurich were able to beat the keyfob systems from 8 different manufacturers.
In one possible scenario, crook number one follows a car owner into a store. Standing a few aisles away, he picks up the signal given off by the victims keyfob, transmitting it to crook number two, who is near the victim's car. Crook number two relays the signal to the car, which then unlocks. With push button startup, it's then a snap to drive away.


Submission + - US Presidential Head Profiles and Historical Trend (

CaroKann writes: The NYT has an article exploring how presidential head profiles have changed throughout history. The article offers possible explanations for a few trends, such as the Civil War's influence on the popularity of presidential beards, beards being considered virile and militaristic I assume. Mustaches followed until the invention of the safety razor. For the past 100 years, the hair styles have remained almost the same.

One trend noticeable to me is the appearance of conforming news-anchorman style haircuts starting from the time of televisions widespread adoption.

What is the cause of the recent conformity? Is it the rise of media technology?
Is it possible for someone with facial hair or a queue to be elected today?

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