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Comment Re:Valasek and Miller are assholes and should be a (Score 1) 173 173

The fact that the decade old exploits needed physical access is irrelevant to this exploit which the article/video clearly states and shows is NOT necessary.

the video even explains that the first time these guys did this to his car (years ago) they did need physical access - they were in the car with him while they did the hack. They use that point to explicitly note that this time they were miles away.

Comment Re:Valasek and Miller are assholes and should be a (Score 1) 173 173

The video states that there was nothing done to the vehicle prior to the test. It's an internet connected computer, it has a specific address. Whether that's done via hacking the Uconnect servers that then relay commands to the car or by connecting directly to the car is really besides the point.

Obviously the former is much easier to close, but since the 'fix' is a USB delivered patch me thinks they are directly connecting to the vehicle.

Comment Re:Valasek and Miller are assholes and should be a (Score 3, Informative) 173 173

They aren't vague, it's the defined system by which the car connects to the internet, Uconnect. They accessed that over the internet from 10 miles away and controlled the car. This is no different than them using a buffer overflow exploit to gain remote access to a web server.

It's a perfect example of why encryption back doors are a fools errand. I'm sure it would be nice to stop a criminal who stole your car by turning off the engine...but that opens up the ability to remotely turn off the engine that could be used by anyone gaining the appropriate access. You can't make remote connections 'secure', only levels of security that come with risks.

Comment Nuclear? (Score 2, Insightful) 308 308

His Op-Ed doesn't mention nuclear even once. Going full renewable in 35 years is one hell of a goal to shoot for. We have all the renewable energy we will ever need available but we don't currently have any way to store it in a grid scale type of way - and he only mentions storage once.

Nuclear isn't clean by any stretch, but it is 'clean air' which is what we probably need most right now. I'd love to see full renewable but a more reasonable plan would be nuclear in the short (30-50) year term while renewable/storage becomes grid capable.

Comment Re:Well... Stop the Collusion... (Score 2) 236 236

To be fair, in at least one case the NSA intercepted a Cisco router in transit and modified it. Even took pictures of the work (with obligatory obscuring of faces) but they didn't obscure the big bold CISCO logo on the box.

How do you think that made Cisco customers feel?

Comment Re: intuitively I would think steam would be bette (Score 1) 217 217

Most means of energy 'production' aren't capable of what this system (or any similar one) needs. It's massive, almost instantaneous draw of loads of power followed by zero. Any nuclear reactor capable of that much instant power isn't going to ramp down between shots...so what do you do with that power in the mean time?

All of these systems are going to be using some sort of energy storage and quick delivery...that's entirely different than the production of the energy. Capacitors or supersized batteries are likely what will actually be used to supply the energy to the catapult.

Comment Re:Need to prove intent (Score 1) 308 308

Not the case here. He did something of his own free will. What you're thinking of is government compelling testimony against yourself.

It's why your past writings aren't excluded as 'self-incrimination'. You did them willingly so are viable evidence; the gov't didn't make you create them.

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