I was driving OTR for Schneider National when Katrina hit. Ended up hauling a lot of paper goods to a big distribution center in Southern Mississippi. You know the trucking industry got all messed up when Katrina hit. We couldn't get out fuel cards processed, we couldn't get our billing paper work in, and half the time you couldn't even get a decent place to park a truck and get a shower or get repairs on account of how many relief convoys where rolling down there.
It really tells you a lot about how poorly prepared the US as a whole is for serious disasters. While I was driving down in Mississippi my family back in western North Carolina went three weeks without being able to get ANY gasoline because of how badly the fuel delivery infrastructure broke down when the gulf coast refineries went down.
We've seen a number of stories involving TSA agents being arrested for any number of crimes. Everything from assault, to child pornography, to murder. This shouldn't be a surprise at all. Which is not to say that all TSA agents ARE the scum that they tend to be made out to be. But it's a worrying program.
In terms of this kind of activities detailed in this story... well hell. I know from talking with a former TSA employee that this sort of thing is VERY common. I've even meet a former TSA agent that not only admits doing this at an airport in California. But he did it aallll the time. And he wasn't the only one doing it.
Not a member of the Canadian Forces nor am I even a resident of that nation. But I've several friends. The issue here is that most of the equipment that the Canadian military has is completely outdated and work out. Mostly because there is no political will to purchase replacement equipment. In times past the military has had serious issues keeping tired on their vehicles because everything is so old that they can't get replacement tires for them. They've slowly had to cannibalize their small fleet of jet fighters over the years because they can't get the government to authorize replacement air craft. Hell... in 2012 the crew of the HMCS Victoria made history for making their sub marine successfully fire. That's right... the sub is in such poor shape they've never been able to get it to WORK.
Of course I do realize that the entire reason for this new weapons system is to at least get better rifles into the hands of the soldiers up there. I just don't think it'll ever get through the politicized purchasing process.
No thanks. I'm not willing trade even more privacy by paying Amazon $200 to listen in to everything I do just in case I might want it to display something on the screen for me.
As said this could be an interesting device. But I'm not really sure what this will allow anyone to do. Sure it's all well and good that you can collect data with it, but you'll have to be able to interpret this data into something that's useful. And that's not even touching the fact that this thing would be fragile as hell without a very well design and weather proofed case.
But as with any project like this I comment the designers for thinking up a new and interesting device. And who knows. Maybe the next generation of device might be useful.
Why thank you captain sarcasm. I REALIZED that the current generation of systems don't directly tie into engine management systems. However continually stick more and more crap into a system leaves for the potentiality of more and more problems. Hell, one day someone might actually make a virus that gets in there and screws with the in car systems.
Hell here's possibility: these systems become standardized. So instead of hardware hackers tinkering with the devices from one maker they all only have to learn how to mess around with the one most common system or OS. Well by general numbers a certain amount of those guys are going to be full on black hat and there's no telling what kind of 'fun' they'll have then. Personally I wonder what would happen if someone made a hack that locks the in car stereo at maximum. Or... hell... could someone make the display suddenly show a high rate flashing image that can trigger a seizure? That would cause all kinds of havoc.
I FREELY admit that these are all really out there concepts. However I still contend that this idea could lead to them actually becoming a reality. Especially if automakers end up being lazy with their code.
I'm honestly curious is this is going to happen. Much like the Smart house story from a few days back I wonder what's going to happen when more of this rather useless crap gets wedged into a car and someone has a real serious failure that results in a crash. Well... actually we may have already had that. There was some rumors out there that the whole Toyota brake system fiasco wasn't actually caused by some weird problem with the floor mat but was actually a software issue.
Either way I'm really wondering if all this extra technology is really all that useful. Compared to just keep the systems in a car kind of 'dumb' and just sticking to hardened PLC style systems for engine management. Nothing flashy, just something rugged that won't fail.
The earth is like a tiny grain of sand, only much, much heavier.