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+ - Cops Could Stall Your Engine Using Radio Pulses

Submitted by cartechboy
cartechboy (2660665) writes "We all remember the legendary car chase with a white Ford Bronco and more cop cars than could fit on television in close pursuit. We remember that Bronco flying through the spike strips and other futile attempts by the police to stop the vehicle. Fast forward almost 20 years: Now police are talking about new technology that could disable a vehicle's engine just by sending a radio pulse. In recent years, there has been talk of using electromagnetic-pulse systems to disable fleeing vehicles, but they really affect a car's electronics. A British company called E2V is now testing a system that could confuse the vehicle's electronic systems enough to cause the engine to turn off. Essentially, it would stall the vehicle, which would bring it to a stop. This solution could be much safer than traditional spike strips--but what about the braking and steering systems on new vehicles with electric power steering systems?"

Comment: Re:Extensions needed! (Score 3, Informative) 399

by joshuao3 (#44529923) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Request Someone To Send Me a Public Key?
Your first paragraph is already implemented in something called SPF. It already works using the existing DNS infrastructure. The problem is that creating SPF records is effectively voluntary, so operators of mail servers are only able to use existence of the records as a way to increase trust, and not using the absence of the records as a way to decrease trust. Until everybody is on board with it, unfortunately, it's usefulness will be limited.

And, just for clarity, a POP3 "server" doesn't accept mail. POP3 is a protocol for retrieving mail from a mail server that likely received the mail from another mail server via SMTP. SMTP is the problem, not POP3.

And no, it won't solve the NSA problem, or the Google problem. They'll just build bigger and faster computers to decrypt the emails.

Comment: I'm glad I'm with MS! (Score 1) 203

by joshuao3 (#44009241) Attached to: Red Hat Ditches MySQL, Switches To MariaDB
So, I paid a couple thousand dollars for my SQL Server license, but I get a more feature complete, more stable product that does exactly what I need it to do. I'm a bit glad I didn't adapt the apparently unstable MySQL. As a business person, and not as a developer, MySQL (and it's forks) seems to be turning into a train wreck that is best to avoid.

Comment: What about other services? (Score 1) 83

by joshuao3 (#43934785) Attached to: Saudi Arabia Blocks Viber Messaging Service
Does this article suggest that all other messaging that are operational in Saudi Arabia are being monitored? Would something like Facebook chat, if it's transported over SSL, be considered encrypted? If it's operating in SA (not sure if it is... just asking) does that mean that the SA government has been given the "keys to the castle" so to speak?

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