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Submission + - If you had to lecture on Cyber Terrorism 1

quantumghost writes: I have a high likelihood of presenting for a group of about 400 healthcare workers at a disaster preparedness conference next year. It is a 20 minute slot (and nothing more than a primer), but obviously, I want to capture their attention. I was thinking of working with the venue to set up a fake WiFi hotspot to capture those who randomly link to any hotspot, but how do I use that to full effect (e.g. anyone ever light up all their phones at once)? Or any suggestions about how to get their attention? Any topics that you think should be stressed? My plans for the talk will be about ransomware (and the need for backups), attacks on medical devices (hacking pacemakers, insulin pumps etc), (spear) phising attacks on providers/institutions, and awareness of social engineering — are there other topics that should be addressed?

Comment Re: Microsoft == dumbass (Score 1) 114

Why in the world would you be using a 3rd party service? Putting together a Synology box is trivial, and it can back up to most cloud services with client-side encryption. You get storage space that's limited only by your hard drive space and the freedom and security of your own cloud service.

Comment Re:Junk Science (Score 1) 364

Or we could, you know, work to reduce CO2 emissions. In the end we'll have to do it anyways, so why not start now? Why just build higher levies and give the middle finger to brown-skinned people unlucky enough to have been born in developing nations?

We did reduce CO2 Emissions and in fact our emissions are trending down as well; now China on the other hand seems to get a free pass by alarmists.

Comment Re:No complaints here (Score 1) 364

And of course, because any aspect of US monitoring of climate is going to be defunded, for the next five to ten years the virginal unwashed basement dwellers and all the angry Rust Belters can continue to pretend that a lack of solid action on CO2 emissions isn't going to cause any problems whatsoever.

That might hold water if it wasn't for the fact that both China and India are increasing CO2 emissions while the rest of the world is decreasing their's. If the United States had Zero Emissions it would make no difference on a Global Scale.

Comment Re:Are there alternatives to John Deere? (Score 1) 495

Mostly Implements connect to a drawbar to be pull with and the hydraulics through standardized connectors. The show stopper is usually having enough power, Farmers usually connect 2 or 3 different impliments together to till a field in one pass for fuel and time efficiency. High end tractors will have the transmissions shifting and engine fuel management all connected and even GPS to assist with steering so the tractor doesn't pass over ground all ready worked or miss pieces.

Comment Re:Perpetuation (Score 3, Informative) 495

How proprietary, what most think if a tractor is 25-100 Hp , everybody and there brother sells one $10.000-50,000), what most people think of as a big tractor is 100-175 Hp range $100,000-175,000 and they numerous manufactures, what a Farmer thinks of as a big tractor is 450-642Hp and is in the neighborhood of a $1/2 million, there 2 manufactures.

Comment Re:John Deere Isn't The Only Manufacturer of Tract (Score 5, Informative) 495

The high end tractors they are really talking about are only available from 2 manufacturers. Modern Farmers are going to pull a chisel point plow, Disk Rippers, Clump busters and a cultipacker 60 feet wide in one pass over 5,000 acres, with a tractor that has 500 drawbar HP; next day pull a planter 120 feet wide.

Comment Re: Liability (Score 1) 495

The 9RX will be available in four models from 470 to 620 hp. These models are powered by the John Deere PowerTech PSS 13.5-liter engine and the Cummins QSX15 engine. ... The tractors weigh in at 60,000 pounds and come ballasted and ready to work. The smallest 9RX - the 9470RX - starts at $497,645 and the largest four-track - the 9620RX - comes in at $574,786. John Deere 9RX

Every aspect of the engine and transmission is computer controlled in high end tractors. The biggest reason this is an issue is because farmers are often working with windows of opportunity of days, a few hours can be the difference between getting a crop in the ground before it rains or having to wait for a couple weeks. These guys are spending a half a million dollars for a machine that might only get a 100 hours on the clock each year, waiting for an authorized tech for an hour cost $5,000.00 in lost usage.

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