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Comment: Personal opinion != Government policy (Score 5, Insightful) 545

This was a graduation address, not a state of the union speech. He's not laying down policy here. He's speaking to a very specific audience (graduating students) about a very specific topic (transitioning from school to the workforce). This was not the preamble to new legislation, nor should it be misconstrued as such.

IMHO, Eisenhower's Council on Youth Fitness was a far more intrusive condemnation of how we spent our leisure time than this.

Comment: Which country _would_ win? (Score 2, Insightful) 327

by spookymonster (#31261086) Attached to: US Unable To Win a Cyber War

Frankly, I feel the US is more prepared than most countries. Unfortunately, that still doesn't quite cut it.

I think the threat of indefensible counter-attack is going to make any government think twice about a full-on cyber-attack, taking the same role nuclear retaliation did during the Cold War.

Comment: Re:So much raw data (Score 1) 309

by spookymonster (#30227024) Attached to: Wikileaks Publishes 500,000 9/11 Pager Messages

In what context were these quotes made? What was the nature of the lies? Were they covering up their own incompetent response (like, say, the FAA taking too long to contact NORAD)? Or were they of a much larger scope (like trying to hide a missile attack on the pentagon)? Quite a bit of difference between those two...

Comment: I already do (Score 1, Insightful) 687

by spookymonster (#29106863) Attached to: World's Only Diesel-Electric Honda Insight

"By using less fuel you are shifting the tax burden onto those who cannot afford a high tech vehicle."

How do you figure? If the sticker price is higher, then so is the amount of taxes I'm paying to roll it off the showroom floor.

Also, your argument is only valid at the leading edge of the paradigm shift to high tech vehicle adoption. Eventually, those brand new 'high tech vehicles' will fall into the secondary markets (e.g., used car lots), becoming more affordable with each resale. It's only a matter of time until we reach the tipping point where gas guzzlers are in the minority. When we're all driving cars that get 100 mpg, then we're all sharing the burden equally.

Fighting progress because it changes the status quo is a losing proposition.

Comment: Re:Cool, but... (Score 1, Informative) 220

by spookymonster (#28942239) Attached to: Adjustable-Focus Glasses Can Replace Bifocals

Why not try laser correction? I used to have astigmatisms in both eyes (one significantly worse than the other). Laser surgery completely removed my dependency on eyeglasses.

Now that I'm getting older, I'm finding my arms a little too short ;). So a pair of reading glasses that can adjust as my presbyopia progresses would be greatly appreciated.

Security

Hackers Get Free Parking In San Francisco 221

Posted by timothy
from the usually-spots-at-the-end-of-the-judah-line dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "PC World reports that at the Black Hat security conference this week, security researchers say that it is pretty easy for a technically savvy hacker to make a fake payment card that gives them unlimited free parking on San Francisco's smart parking meter system. 'It wasn't technically complicated and the fact that I can do it in three days means that other people are probably already doing it and probably taking advantage of it,' says Joe Grand. 'It seems like the system wasn't analyzed at all.' To figure out how the payment system worked, Grand hooked up an oscilloscope to a parking meter and monitored what happened when he used a genuine payment card. Grand discovered the cards aren't digitally signed, and the only authentication between the meter and card is a password sent from the former to the latter. Examining the meters themselves could yield additional vulnerabilities that might allow someone to conduct other kinds of attacks, such as propagating a virus from meter to meter via the smart cards or a meter minder's PDA."

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