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Comment: Re:Wolf! Wolf! (Score 1) 76

by sinij (#48203525) Attached to: DHS Investigates 24 Potentially Lethal IoT Medical Devices
Using your kitchen knives "example". How would you "just keep prosecuting" if stabbing could be done remotely, anonymously, on a large scale, and with nearly unlimited frequency?

That is, imagine that it could be possible for a group of individuals to remotely cause 1mil/second stabbings in all households in say New York. It is just like that.

Comment: Re:Basic Medical Technology 101. (Score 2) 76

by sinij (#48203471) Attached to: DHS Investigates 24 Potentially Lethal IoT Medical Devices
Only liability insurance industry can force the change. Otherwise it will be impossible to put a monetary value on this effort.

When bad things happen, the liability is covered by the insurance. The insurance industry can accurately estimate the risk, and raise premiums accordingly. They generally don't reward greatly reducing marginal risks, as such expense of completely securing medical information systems would not meaningfully reduce premiums. It is only when prevalence of compromise increases, something (at much greater expense and urgency) will be done.

The underlying issue is that these types of risks seen as negligible. Historically, this is accurate view, but they have not experienced almost-none to all-the-time ramp up of incidences we have seen in say network security.

Comment: The only surprise (Score 3, Insightful) 76

by sinij (#48203169) Attached to: DHS Investigates 24 Potentially Lethal IoT Medical Devices
The only surprise is that catastrophes are not commonplace. As an information security professional I can tell you based on a first-hand experience that we are metasploit module away from a major disaster. Industrial automation, medical, automotive and many other industries simply do not get information security. Chances are, your municipal water treatment system, you office building's elevators and heating, your glucose monitoring system, your car's infotainment system, your neighborhood's stoplights are trivially hackable. The only good news is that there is no money (but plenty of mayhem) to be made from compromising these systems. As such, people who can ether don't have a motivation or a conscientious enough to do that. Such miniscule margin of safety keeps me up at night.

+ - Samsung admits to software bug on 840 EVO SSDs->

Submitted by Lucas123
Lucas123 (935744) writes "Samsung has issued a firmware fix for a bug on its popular 840 EVO triple-level cell SSD. The bug apparently slows read performance tremendously for any data more than a month old that has not been moved around on the NAND. The 840 EVO is one of the companies most affordable SSDs, as it retails for under 50 cents a gig. Samsung said in a statement that the read problems occurred on its 2.5-in 840 EVO SSDs and 840 EVO mSATA drives because of an error in the flash management software algorithm. Some users on technical blog sites, such as, say the problem extends beyond the EVO line. They also questioned whether the firmware upgrade was a true fix or just covers up the bug by simply moving data around the SSD."
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders 711

Posted by Soulskill
from the advertisers-driving-culture dept.
gollum123 writes: Back in the day, computer science was as legitimate a career path for women as medicine, law, or science. But in 1984, the number of women majoring in computing-related subjects began to fall, and the percentage of women is now significantly lower in CS than in those other fields. NPR's Planet Money sought to answer a simple question: Why? According to the show's experts, computers were advertised as a "boy's toy." This, combined with early '80s geek culture staples like the book Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, as well as movies like War Games and Weird Science, conspired to instill the perception that computers were primarily for men.

Comment: Re:Sounding another death knell for cable companie (Score 1) 126

by sinij (#48197599) Attached to: Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices
I realize that it is all about advertising, but where do these outrageous cable fees go? If it is all about advertising, why do cable providers charge substantial fees for channel packages? Clearly, you can show more adds if you let everyone with a cable watch it.

So it must be not that simple.

+ - Ethernet is coming to cars-> 3

Submitted by Lucas123
Lucas123 (935744) writes "Automobile industry support for Ethernet as an interconnect specification for all electronics in the car and for the car to connect to the Internet outside the car is growing quickly. Additionally, one of the largest suppliers of silicon to the industry — Freescale — today announced its first automotive-grade Ethernet modules. The 100Mbps modules will offer up to four separate video ports and can connect together instrument clusters, infotainment systems and telematics all on the same ring topology. Driving Ethernet adoption in vehicles are trends such as such as federally mandated backup cameras, lane-departure warning systems, traffic light recognition and collision avoidance sensors, and in-vehicle WiFi as well as streaming video on embedded displays. While Freescale's not the first to offer an automotive-grade Ethernet chipset, it is the largest supplier to date. By 2020, many cars will have 50 to 60 Ethernet ports and even entry-level vehicles will have 10, according to a study by research firm Frost & Sullivan. (Premium vehicles will likely have more than 100 Ethernet nodes by then.)"
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