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Comment: Re:Does this mean that gaming controllers (Score 1) 232

by PseudonymousBraveguy (#42245931) Attached to: Playstation Controller Runs Syrian Rebel Tank

The military walkie talkie I had to use during my military service did not even work properly on a mild sunny autumn evening (or any other weather), so I figure the reason a military walkie talkie costs that much is basically because the military pays that much...

Comment: Re:Missing details (Score 2) 93

by PseudonymousBraveguy (#38699384) Attached to: Viruses Stole City College of S.F. Data For Years

I can see the need for some sociology or psychology students to access porn, but only a very few on very specific projects. Methinks some faculty spanking material was the greater concern than student access to "research data" which could have been addressed by granting specific machines a bypass in the firewall configurations.

Methinks the porn blocker was probably overzealous*, and blocked way to much.

* In general, those blockers come in two variations: The overzealous type, which gets in the way of normal usage, or the useless type, that blocks next to nothing.

Comment: Re:why is the CD player on the same network? (Score 2) 272

by PseudonymousBraveguy (#38677702) Attached to: The Future of Hi-Tech Auto Theft

Well, it is usually on a different (layer 2) network, but usually there is a gateway routing messages between the two. Why? Because the CD player is embedded in the entertainment system, and that system displays information from the engine (e.g. current mileage), or you may be able to configure your engine via the entertainment system (like switching your engine and gearbox to "sport" mode). However, the gateway does not blindy route any message to any network, there is usually a fixed configuration which message should be routed to which network.

Nevertheless, most development in the field is centered around safety, and not focused at security, so I'm not that surprised that vehicular networks are hackable.

Comment: Re:Too cynical? (Score 1) 537

by PseudonymousBraveguy (#36127736) Attached to: Porn Reportedly Found At Bin Laden Compound

To understand this, I think we need to make clear the difference between sexuality and pornography. For example, lots of shows show girls in bikinis on the beach, or strippers dancing with a pole - that's pornography.

Your definition of pornography is quite different then my definition. If the girl (or boy, for that matter) is clothed, it is not pornography. As an example for a even stricter definition of pornography, in Germany, for anything to count as pornography, it has at least to show penetration, or depict genitals in a "provoking" manner (e.g. an erect penis, or a slose-up shout of a vagina.)

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