My Dad has a STJ pacemaker with the Merlin at home communication device in question. Merlin is a monitoring device that the implantee sets up next to their bed, and it wirelessly monitors the pacemaker while they sleep. In case of a cardiac event, it notifies the central monitoring facilities and also send info about the status of the patient's heart and pacemaker (kind of like a burglar alarm system). It is a real game-changer and has saved many peoples' lives. Merlin operates over old-school POTS (not WiFi or even Ethernet) which these days is likely a bit more secure than going over the Internet anyway. I don't know enough about the attack vector but it sounds like the Merlin station wasn't suitably hardened, which is incredibly common in so many of these first gen in-house technologies. I doubt a hacker could remotely turn off a pacemaker, and that likely wouldn't kill my Dad anyway, but obviously this issue needs to be fixed (and it will).
Having said that -- hackers gonna hack, and I get it. However, it should be illegal to have knowledge of this type of vulnerability with a medical device and to choose not to report it so you and your pathological buddies can short stocks. I can't think of much that's more greedy and immoral than that. This isn't some server to be taken over -- you're potentially messing with real peoples' health so you can make a quick buck. There is no place in any civilized society on earth for those types of inhuman pieces of shit.
"As many as 80 percent of Android devices are vulnerable to a recently disclosed Linux kernel vulnerability"
"Windows and Macs are not affected by the vulnerability."
Wait, run that past me again? You're absolutely sure this linux issue doesn't affect devices which don't run linux?
Oh I wish i had a Zune. Or perhaps a no compromise surface tablet; perhaps one running RT. No problem - i'll just order one using my Nokia windows mobile phone with almost no market share. I'll be quite the envy of every developer out there.
Sure, and some people are too lazy to lock their doors and shut their windows, and those people are going to be spending more time on average shopping for replacement phones and TVs. You can't save people from themselves.
Not exactly the same, no.
> So you're telling me that all white men have the same viewpoints?
They have a much more limited range of viewpoints than a group of people they are a subset of. This is obvious, no?
Why would anyone agree to that? I bet other restaurants/bars nearby who don't have that policy love that. What's to stop you just leaving your keys in your pocket and saying you walked there or got a lift?
The site owners? The police?
Often pubs are full of sad, drunk bastards. I just want to chill with a drink and catch up with what my friends and family are doing around the world on facebook (or the 4 messaging apps you need to have installed because federated services are still some years in the future), read the news etc, and not get involved with someone who looks like they've not left the pub to do any exercise in the last 30 years. Irish pubs are especially bad for unstable idiots looking for a fight, even by UK standards of drunken idiocy.
A computer scientist is someone who fixes things that aren't broken.