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Comment Device Security (Score 2) 306 306

My question concerns the current fad of networking everything AKA "The Internet of (every)Thing/s". I'm not going to bug you with TFH-ish crap like the constant irradiation of the air all around us 24/7, that shit gets old really fast and debates on it go nowhere.

Are you concerned about what appears to be being overlooked, that being the security of information such things as digital thermostats and timers (like Hive), GDOs, water and power meters, larder fridges, cookers, TiVO and smart TVs, etc., transmit over the air on an almost continuous basis via wifi and/or Bluetooth, and cell networks (in the case of Hive)?

Comment that's not what airgapping is (Score 1) 80 80

Airgapping the the complete physical isolation of a computer from ANY network. A computer in a closed Faraday cage with its own power generation inside the cage (like say a battery in a laptop) is the ONLY situation in which a system lacking ANY type of wireless or wired network connection including but not limited to Bluetooth, Wifi, Infrared, Serial, Modem or Cat5, can be in any way considered airgapped.

Comment Re:extracting "fuel" from the very fabric of space (Score 5, Informative) 500 500

something with a very long, low-thrust burn such as DS1's ion propulsion* and enough fuel to run for half a century maybe, Voyager 1 left the Sun's influence last year - nothing launched from Earth will ever catch it using gravity assists. New Horizons might be travelling at twice the speed of Voyager right now but it's not even 40AU out, by the time it gets to apoapse it'll be travelling slow enough to drop back - it's in a 100AU heliocentric orbit.

*the Dawn spacecraft, currently in orbit around Ceres, also uses ion propulsion - the same NSTAR 2100W engine as DS1, in fact.

Comment Re:No kidding. (Score 1) 253 253

some phones have higher screen resolution than my netbook.

Asus EeePC 1008HA: 1024x600

Motorola Droid Turbo: 1440p WQHD
Oppo Find 7: 1440p WQHD
LG G3: 1440p WQHD
Samsung Galaxy Note 4: 1440p WQHD
Sony Experia Z3: 1080p HD
Google Nexus 6: 1440p WQHD
Samsung Galaxy S5: 1080p HD/1440p WQHD (Korean variant)

I won't count iPhone 6S because while it has 1080p physical screen resolution, it uses just ninth of that area for point mapping and then extrapolates by 3x to fill the screen using a rasterisation process, just like every other iphone before it. Ostensibly to reduce the memory load. Yeah, I had to read that twice as well.

A slow pup is a lazy dog. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"