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Transportation

Automakers Move Toward OTA Software Upgrades 157 157

Lucas123 writes: While some carmakers today offer over-the-air software upgrades to navigation maps and infotainment head units, Tesla became the first last week to perform a powertrain upgrade overnight. But as the industry begins adopting internal vehicle bus standards with greater bandwidth and more robust security, experts believe vehicle owners will no longer be required to visit dealerships or perform downloads to USB sticks. IHS predicts that in the next three to five years, most, if not all automakers, will offer fully fledged OTA software-enabled platforms that encompass upgrades to every vehicle system — from infotainment, safety, comfort, and powertrain. First, however, carmakers must deploy more open OS platforms, remove hardened firewalls between vehicle ECUs, and deploy networking topologies such as Ethernet, with proven security.

Comment Re:Comment from an AI researcher (Score 2) 583 583

"never reveal the secrets of power to someone who's not intelligent enough to figure them out for themselves"

By that logic, powerful things like The Wheel and Fire may never have spread to cause the kinds of trouble they cause today.

Seriously, though, I don't think we've really done that badly with nuclear technology. Yes, we've made weapons that could wipe out humanity if used on a global scale, but so far, we've also managed to hold off on using them. The argument that they've SAVED lives by being too horrible to use, thus indefinitely delaying WW3 can be made.

I'm not saying that you should necessarily hand over things to the Pentagon (or any other military organization, for that matter), but publishing them should be a no-brainer. People are going to mis-use knowledge, but as a whole, it also helps billions of people.

Biotech

Scientists Create Bacteria With Expanded DNA Code 85 85

perryizgr8 (1370173) writes "Biologists have managed to create a bacteria with DNA made of the usual A-T, C-G plus an artificial third base pair, thus encoding more data in DNA. From the article: 'The scientists behind the work at the Scripps Research Institute have already formed a company to try to use the technique to develop new antibiotics, vaccines and other products, though a lot more work needs to be done before this is practical. The work also gives some support to the concept that life can exist elsewhere in the universe using genetics different from those on Earth. “This is the first time that you have had a living cell manage an alien genetic alphabet,” said Steven A. Benner, a researcher in the field at the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution in Gainesville, Fla., who was not involved in the new work.'"

It is better to never have tried anything than to have tried something and failed. - motto of jerks, weenies and losers everywhere

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