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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).

Comment Re:the most moronic subject matter on slashdot (Score 1) 365

We will have to rewrite tons of literature because we changed the definition of a word that has had the same definition for thousands of years.

Well, you're not being very gay today, are you? Here, let me fathom you to make you feel better! Personally, Personally, I think your argument is neither silly nor awful.

Comment Re:Lawsuits and licenses are not the problem (Score 1) 250

It's not just sillicon valley (startup) companies. Many large, world-spanning companies only recently have begun license management in earnest, demanding extensive paperwork for everything they buy from their suppliers to ensure they're not accidentally walking into a PR disaster. And apparently, many suppliers have not really had any license management either, going by the motto nullo actore nullus iudex. Luckily, that is changing in many places now and awareness and sensibility is on the rise.

Comment Re:Ignored Posted Signs (Score 1) 674

What gets me is that the idea of being arrested not for violating a law but for being a malcontent seems to have a lot of supporters in the UK. Doesn't seem like a place I'd want to live in. Not trying to be a jackass myself most of the times, but.. wow. Strange idea of freedom, really.

As long as we're going to reinvent the wheel again, we might as well try making it round this time. - Mike Dennison