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Comment Re:Checkboxes, not Radio Buttons (Score 1) 392

The code was apparently put in by the ECU's supplier, Bosch. They're supplying a large quantity and variety of ECUs to many auto makers. That means that when a large corporation like the VW empire tells them to put in code like that, they'll do it because they're afraid of losing contracts. Apparently, Bosch were afraid of something like this PR fiasco happening and warned VW against actually using this 'test code', probably to shield themselves from any blame later being assigned to them. But it just goes to show just how many individuals, departments and companies knew of this....

Comment Re:The wrong way (Score 1) 203

Deterence is a function of both expected penalty and the assumed chance of being caught. One does nothing without the other. Example: death penalty for corruption in China. It's rampant, but as long as you don't go out of your way to piss off the wrong people, everybody's looking the other way.

Comment Crazy (Score 1) 536

All sex toys save one I've ever seen were for women. How did she come to the conclusion that sex bots would be built for men? Sex bots for women are much more likely and, I dare say, almost exist already.

Maybe they should just build an unisex fuckbot with industry-standard extension slots which can be fitted with either a dildo or a fleshlight? Then everybody could objectify in peace and equality! Of course there's a very real danger that the fuckbots would just pair off with each others and give us the finger ;)

Comment Re:Fraud Opposed to the Ideals of Nerddom (Score 1) 317

The problem is a fraud on the public. Advocating a position that is based on who pays you, without regard to reason or truth or the benefit to mankind, without so much as a notice of your bias, causes massive amounts of harm to the public by sustaining inefficient practices.

Sorry to have to be the one to break it to you, but apparently you've been living under a rock for at least ten years. This practice, how despicable it may be, is now commonplace. I run a small fan website for a video game, and I've been sent offers to write positive reviews of gaming-related products (for instance some 3D goggles) for compensation without any hint or notice that, for all intents and purposes, this would've been an advertizement.I declined, but I'm betting most people in my situation wouldn't have. Journalists in particular often earn so little and don't have actual jobs but are forced to working freelance that the offer is just too tempting.

Comment Re:Remove the cell modem, wifi, and bluetooth. (Score 1) 373

Another more drastic (and *much* more difficult) modification you could do is create a CAN firewall and just block potentially life threatening messages from leaving modules that are network connected.

Good luck figuring out all the relevant CAN IDs for all the models you want to sell your gizmo for :)

Comment Don't overthink it (Score 1) 373

The corvette wasn't hacked, they hacked an OBD-2 dongle that was stuck connected to it - entirely different thing. And electronic access systems for opening your car with an RC have apparently all been hacked or are less than safe. Keyless Go cars can be opened with a proxy attack. So where does that leave you?

If you buy an old car, the thief can just open it and steal it the old fashioned way. So pick the car you want and stop thinking about stuff like this, it's useless anyway. If someone wants to steal your car, they'll do it. Either electronically or mechanically.

Comment Re:I live in Hong Kong and this is my impression (Score 1) 231

These arguments about untested drivers are not true in all countries. And the arguments about uninsured drivers are invalid - that is a self correcting problem. The state does not mandate insurance for surgeons. Why should it do it for drivers?

Are you sure about that? Sounds pretty unlikely.

I am also immensely saddened that so many /. readers don't get this. We like to think that we're smarter than the average bear. Apparently not.

Well, maybe the way to fix this is... to fix it? Allow more cabs, but keep requirements for insurances and other measures intended to keep drivers and passengers safe intact? Just because this weird "medallion" system is broken in many parts of the world doesn't mean uber's model is much better, it just replaces one drawback with many others.

Comment Re:Can we quit pretending that it's car "sharing"? (Score 1) 231

Ah, so famous people like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr were just criminals, not famous civil disobedience people.

Comparing heroes like Rosa Parks and MLK who fought for the rights and freedom of millions of Americans to some multi-national multi-billion-dollar company elbowing their way to the quick buck? Wow, that is really low.


Galactic Survey: The Universe Dying as Old Stars Fade Faster Than New Ones Are Born 199

astroengine writes: A study of more than 200,000 galaxies, encompassing wavelengths of light from the far ultraviolet to infrared, shows that the universe is producing half as much energy as it did 2 billion years ago and continues to fade. "Newer galaxies are simply putting out less energy than galaxies did in the past," astronomer Mehmet Alpaslan, with NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., told Discovery News. In other words, astronomers, for the first time, have gathered observational evidence that our universe is slowly marching toward its eventual heat death (in a few trillion years time).

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