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+ - Inside Bratislava's low-cost, open source bike share solution->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The Bike Kitchen started WhiteBikes in Bratislava after a failed attempt by the city to finance a similar program. At first users shared donated bikes with the same lock code. They needed a system that would work somewhat automatically without the need for manual rentals (e.g. somebody giving out bicycles).

From there, smsBikeShare was born. Users registered with a mobile phone number and could send basic SMS commands (RENT, RETURN, FREE, WHERE, etc.). The system used an inexpensive SMS gateway API and a local message-back number to receive and respond to messages. Shared bicycles have a coded U-lock with a four-digit number, and upon renting a bike, users receive a code to unlock the bicycle and another to reset it to once they are done.

Send a message, receive the answer, unlock the bike, reset the lock, and you're off pedaling.

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Comment: Re:Interpreting these conditions (Score 2) 188

by hawkinspeter (#49190711) Attached to: Software Freedom Conservancy Funds GPL Suit Against VMWare
This could be interesting as VMWare are most likely going to have to rely on the GPL being valid as otherwise they are not allowed to distribute that code, only their own code. So, presumably they need to show that the GPL is valid and that they are complying with it (which will be subject to interpretation).

Users don't have to worry about the GPL as anyone is allowed to use GPL code however they like, but it's only when you distribute it that you come up against its restrictions.

Comment: Re:Really? Come on now, you should know better. (Score 1) 362

by hawkinspeter (#49186821) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?
There's a whole raft of issues with getting autonomous cars to work how we want them, but I don't think any of the problems are insurmountable. With regards to a blind corner, it would be neat if the first vehicles taking that corner would be cautious (20mph), but as they uploaded information about that particular corner to some kind of driving knowledge base, subsequent cars would be able to take that same corner quicker. Also, if the cars could share sensor information, then it would be possible for a car to "see" round the blind corner if there was another car already round there.

Comment: Re:If "yes," then it's not self-driving (Score 4, Insightful) 362

by hawkinspeter (#49186787) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?
I'd much prefer to share roads with autonomous vehicles, especially when I'm walking or cycling. They have the potential to have much, much better collision avoidance than your average driver. With a decent array of sensors (e.g. infrared, radar, lidar) they should be able to detect humans (maybe other animals as well) and reduce speed to allow corrective actions if necessary.

I'd anticipate that autonomous vehicles would be able to react a lot quicker and of course they wouldn't be distracted (driver distraction being the number one cause of accidents). In the case of an emergency, I wouldn't want the vehicle to be relying on the human to wake up, figure out what was going on and then take appropriate action.

Comment: Re:Even worse - extensions == "chmod +x" ?!? (Score 1) 564

by hawkinspeter (#49173603) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions
Why would you care if it was a binary or a script as long as it did what you wanted (assuming you know/expect what it's going to do)? When you use chmod +x, you're expecting the file to be executable and both binary files and scripts can be executable.

I don't like hidden file extensions as it hides from the user useful information about what type of file it is. If the OS is going to base decisions on what to do with files based on part of the filename, then the OS should show the extensions.

Comment: Re:It was U.S. government supported FRAUD. (Score 1) 180

by hawkinspeter (#49028285) Attached to: US Gov't To Withdraw Food Warnings About Dietary Cholesterol
Too true. Thai food is another problem - proper Thai food won't have any wheat, but buy it from a supermarket and you get crab cakes covered in breadcrumbs and its ilk. I take the view that if it's in a packet in the supermarket then it's probably got wheat in it somewhere (unless I check).

Comment: Re:It was U.S. government supported FRAUD. (Score 1) 180

by hawkinspeter (#49027843) Attached to: US Gov't To Withdraw Food Warnings About Dietary Cholesterol
Funnily enough, I often encounter the opposite - foods that shouldn't contain gluten often have wheat added to them (presumably because wheat is a cheap ingredient). Things like onion bhajis (which are traditionally made with gram flour) in supermarkets are now made with wheat instead. I've picked up packets of soft tortillas that are advertised as "corn tortillas", but they're basically wheat tortillas with some corn added to them. WTF?

+ - Health insurer Anthem hit by cybersecurity breach->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 writes: Health insurer Anthem Inc , which has nearly 40 million U.S. customers, said late on Wednesday that hackers had breached one of its IT systems and stolen personal information relating to current and former consumers and employees.

The information accessed during the "very sophisticated attack" did include names, birthdays, social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information, including income data, but no medical or other financial data, the company said.

This is why you NEVER give your SSN to your health care providers.

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+ - Data Breach at Health Care Provider Anthem Could be Largest Ever

Submitted by Trailrunner7
Trailrunner7 writes: Attackers have compromised Anthem Inc., one of the larger health-care companies in the United States, gaining access to the Social Security numbers, birth dates, names, employment and income data and other personal information of an untold number of customers.

The company says it is not sure yet how many customers are affected, but Anthem claims to have 69 million customers across its product lines. In a statement, Anthem, which was previously known as WellPoint Health Networks, said that the company was the victim of a targeted, sophisticated attack.

Given the size of the Anthem customer base, this could turn out to be one of the larger data breaches in U.S. history. The scope of the information the attackers obtained could give them broad access to victims’ personal lives.

“If confirmed, we are dealing with one of the biggest data breaches in history and probably the biggest data breach in the healthcare industry. If you are wondering what it means for individuals, in a few words: it is a nightmare,” said Jamie Blasco, vice president and chief scientist at AlienVault.

+ - US health insurer Anthem suffers massive data breach

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Anthem, the second-largest health insurer in the United States, has suffered a data breach that may turn out to be the largest health care breach to date, as the compromised database holds records of some 80 million individuals. Not much is known about how the attack was discovered, how it unfolded and who might be behind it, but the breach has been confirmed by the company's CEO Joseph Swedish in a public statement, in which he says they were the victims of a "very sophisticated external cyber attack." The company has notified the FBI, and has hired Mandiant to evaluate their systems and identify solutions to secure them.

In case of injury notify your superior immediately. He'll kiss it and make it better.