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Comment: Re:Accura/Honda Door-lock Exploit (Score 1) 390

by arf_barf (#44385435) Attached to: Hackers Reveal Nasty New Car Attacks

I don't know how it is now, but back in the early nineties a friend of mine worked in the German fire department and they had toolkits to unlock and start virtually every make and model of car (regardless if it had a factory alarm or not). From MB S-class to regular VW's nothing was 'safe'. Obviously it was a government only toolkit but if they had it then then it's a good bet that they have updated versions now that can do much more.

Comment: Re:The guy is a hero (Score 1) 583

by arf_barf (#43990365) Attached to: Snowden's Big Truth: We Are All Less Free

> This is a high-school dropout who gave up a $200k yr. job, an acrobat girlfriend and was living in Hawaii

Yup, something stinks here. And why is he in China? I would think this would be the last place to try to hide...

May bets are on one of the following:

1. He had an affair with an attractive Chinese woman that turned out to be a spy
2. He had an affair with an attractive Chinese man that turned out to be a spy
3. Mental illness

Comment: Re:Let me be the first to say... (Score 1) 273

by arf_barf (#43861969) Attached to: Hospital Resorts To Cameras To Ensure Employees Wash Hands

I think I can beat that. I work in a medium-sized software house (which means we employ people with at least some level of higher education) and not only people don't wash their hands, but the other day some asshole pissed on the floor in the middle of the bathroom....

I just can't figure out why. One theory is that the bathroom was recently remodeled and this was some sort of a QA procedure.....

Comment: Re:Oh, good (Score 5, Interesting) 219

by arf_barf (#43586901) Attached to: EU To Ban Neonicotinoid Insecticides

A friend of mine has 20 bee hives on his property (Norther Europe). He has been doing this for over 20 years as a hobby and was also affected by various colony disorders from parasites to full on collapses. A few years back, he made an experiment and did not remove honey from the hives (it was a last resort). Surprisingly some of the colonies fully recovered. Anyhow, 20 hives is a very tiny data sample, but it does make you wonder...

Comment: Re:Open source Presto? (Score 2) 135

by arf_barf (#43354787) Attached to: Opera Confirms It Will Follow Google and Ditch WebKit For Blink

A few years ago, I was in the market for a simple html rendering engine for an embedded project. There were only a couple of options: webkit, presto and one more engine that I dont remember the name of. The licensing fees that opera wanted were astronomical and only the likes on Nintendo could afford it. Needless to say, I used webkit even though Presto was more desirable.

Anyhow, they should have open-sourced a few years back and snatched up a large portion of embedded market (which is actually quite big if you think about it)

Comment: Re:Good luck with that (Score 1) 567

by arf_barf (#43309583) Attached to: United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea

8-10% is overly optimistic. Back in the 90's I wrote a business system for an intermodal shipping company and pretty much knew their system in and out. Most of the time these companies barely know whats being shipped....especially if the cargo went through multiple third parties. I have seen many manifests declared based on illegible bill of laidings that some trucker just dropped of. Nobody looks at the cargo if the weight and size matches.

I highly doubt many things changed since then...

Comment: Saw something similar on Through The Wormhole (Score 2) 379

by arf_barf (#43009785) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Would You Feel About Recording Your Entire Life?

A while back I saw an episode of Through The Wormhole that showcased just that. A professor and couple of students were recording snapshots of their lives for the last 3 years. Snapshots, because that's how our memory works and a picture is all we need to remember things and of course you would run into storage issues with 24/7 video recording...

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