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Comment Re:Already solved (Score 1) 107

Horses need to be fed, watered, cleaned-up after, and groomed. They sometimes get sick with a huge variety of different ailments, which need to be cured in lots of different ways --- you can't just swap in a new part. They have personalities and moods. They grow, get old and die. Outsourcing all that is not really practical because most of it happens where they're stabled; if you outsource that then it's comparable to a taxi, not a personally owned car.

Some gadgetry gives much better cost-benefit than others. ABS braking seems like a high payoff. General-purpose OS running an entertainment system connected to the CAN bus, not so much.

Comment Re:That won't last long... (Score 1) 779

Baiting schools into overreacting to security threats isn't that hard. There have been numerous cases involving toy guns, and even kids pointing their fingers like guns (and who hasn't done that?). Do you really think it's a good idea to support families who bait schools into overreacting in search of a payout? Not only does that mean transferring money out of already-strapped school systems, but it makes the lives of school administrators just that much harder.

Comment Re:Already solved (Score 1) 107

It turns out that you do not need to connect a fridge to the Internet for it to do its job well. Internet connection might make certain activities slightly more convenient ... at the cost of an increase in hidden complexity that you'll pay for down the line, e.g. when your fridge is recruited to a botnet.

A horse is actually far more complicated and difficult to maintain than a car, so that analogy fails. Cramming cars with needless gadgetry is indeed making them dangerously complex and we're going to pay for that later.

Comment CIOs will be rewarded for getting security wrong (Score 4, Insightful) 107

Many CIOs will dive head-first into IoT, get a lot of good PR, stock prices will rise and they'll be rewarded. Then their companies will discover the IoT security nightmare, get lots of bad PR, stock prices will sink and the CIOs will blame it on someone else. Result: happy CIOs and IoT vendors and an absolute disaster for everybody else.

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb