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Comment already patched (Score 1) 85

This initial vulnerability was identified by Honeywell over 6 months ago and a patch was available and distributed shortly after. The recently reported vulnerability is also patched. http://www.tuxedotouchtoolkit....

It does call into serious question about the reasonable approach of making every aspect (security, appliances, climate control, entertainment, etc...) accessible, controlled, and vulnerable to network attacks. It is no longer just a concern of having a wireless access point in your home - it is now the home itself that is susceptible to attack. As was stated earlier - it's not a matter of IF something can be done but rather SHOULD it be done.

Comment Not exactly MitM (Score 1) 1

This is a lot less session hijack by guessing the next sequence in an online transaction (man in the middle) and much more about wifi spoofing.

What prevents someone from setting up their own hotspot at a place known to provide free wifi, and just name it with the same SSID?

More to the point, this is something any wifi connected device can fall prey to with a less than cautious user. Saving an unsecured Wifi and then going further by allowing your device to auto join is really creating the vulnerability and making the exploit possible.

Submission + - Said the spider to the fly... (foxnews.com)

babboo65 writes: Google is now going to their buddies: Holder, the FBI and the NSA to do a little drum-beating and spread the gospel "There is a "serious misperception" about the National Security Agency's PRISM program..." regarding the data collected by the NSA.

Submission + - NSA Whistleblower Break Cover in Hong Kong (ibtimes.co.uk)

DavidGilbert99 writes: Edward Snowden, the ex-NSA employee who leaked the Prism files last week has stuck his head above water having gone into hiding on Monday, saying he is "neither traitor nor hear. I'm an American." Speaking to the South China Morning Post he said he chose Hong Kong as his base not to "hide from justice" but to "reveal criminality"

Submission + - Chevy Volt Meets High Resistance, GM Suspends Sales

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The Hill reports that GM has announced to employees at one of its facilities that it is suspending production of the Chevy Volt for five weeks and temporarily laying off 1,300 employees. Back when GM launched the beleaguered electric car, it boldly targeted sales of 10,000 in 2011 and 60,000 in 2012 but GM only sold 7,671 Volts in 2011 and just 1,626 so far this year. "We needed to maintain proper inventory and make sure that we continued to meet market demand," says GM spokesman Chris Lee. "We see positive trends, but we needed to make this market adjustment." Although President Obama promised he would buy a Volt "five years from now, when I'm not president anymore" the Volt has come under criticism from Republicans in Congress because of reports of its batteries catching on fire during testing. Ironically, the shut down comes as gas prices are soaring, exactly the time when an electric car should be an easy sell. That's clearly not the case with the Chevy Volt meeting high resistance with the car buying public."
Social Networks

Submission + - Scannable Condoms Allow Users to 'Check-In' During Safe Sex (medicaldaily.com)

NotSanguine writes: Want to take social media to the next level? Chances are you’ve probably never heard of “checking in” when you have sex, or more specifically when you and your partner are engaging in protected sex.

Now you can brag to the world you’ve just got laid by checking in to a new geo-location website with details of where, why, who you used a condom with, and how the “safe sex was”


Submission + - Virginia high court rejects case against climatologist Michael Mann (nature.com)

ananyo writes: The Virgina Supreme Court on Friday tossed out an investigation by the state’s conservative attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, into Michael Mann, the former University of Virginia climatologist whose work on the now-famous hockey-stick graph (http://blogs.nature.com/news/files/2012/03/hockey-stick-graph-from-nature-1998.jpg) has become a lightning rod for climate skeptics. The 'climategate' scientist has been cleared of wrongdoing by a number of investigations. (http://science.slashdot.org/story/11/08/25/1640224/michael-mann-vindicated-again-over-climategate) (http://science.slashdot.org/story/10/05/05/0012215/second-inquiry-exonerates-climatic-research-unit?sdsrc=rel)

Comment Re:You'd be surprised (Score 1) 173

I will have to allow for that and it is an option I never considered based on the news reports (obviously filtered by our media) and my one relative who is native to China but has not lived there in many many years.

I am basing my opinions solely on my impressions and how I would feel / think were I in a similar situation but obviously being taken from what I know today as opposed to having only known their lifestyle. I liken it to a work horse who has only known the yoke and the cart - years later when the horse is too old to work and is set free in the pasture will rarely do anything but stand there and wait for the yoke to be put back on.

Comment Re:You'd be surprised (Score 1) 173

I'll go so far as to offer this article as evidence that people - HUMANS - have an innate desire to be free even under repressive controls.


The birth of our own nation was at the hands of a few who chose to break away from their country's attempts at control.

Comment Re:You'd be surprised (Score 3, Insightful) 173

I'll grant there is a considerable amount of information manipulation here in the US. Having spent a time working in and around our government and some of the things that are kept away from public scrutiny I understand first-hand there are reasons some information is kept secret.

That is not my point and was not the comment I was making. It was not about government information being kept secret - my comment was plainly about government's controlling what their people can do on a day-to-day basis. Take the actual content of the article discussing people having access to social media - that isn't controlling access to government secrets, it's controlling access to the outside world. Again, I also said if people choose to remain within the bounds of that control by choice, it's their choice (as you said "A lot of people like their government-imposed veils") but if not they should have the ability and basic human right to be free and think for themselves.

I could absolutely care less what deep-dark secrets of the inner-workings of the government want to remain veiled - that is up to their people to deal with as it is ours. I am talking about the proscribed birth-rate limits, the limits on what sex a baby can be, where you can seek information, what you are allowed to hear, what you can do to earn a living, etc. I am talking about basic freedoms. The same is said about slavery in the US but in the end the same truth was present - people wanted to be free. That has nothing what-so-ever to do with government manipulation of banking or insurance, nothing at all to do with the next weapon or how to infiltrate an enemy, it has only to do with the ability of people to make some of the choices in their lives for themselves.

At the end of the day my question remains. Does it really work? If it did would there ever be anyone trying to shrug off the yoke of control and manipulation? At the end of the day my question was really rhetorical.

Comment Does it really work? (Score 1) 173

As strongly as the Chinese gov't tries to control the information flow in and out of their country, does it really work? At some point doesn't the human mind and human nature cry to be free and see what's beyond that veil? The more tightly controlled any group is the more they try to circumvent or abolish those controls and when they do get that first breath of real free air, they seldom do anything but try to remain free.

Most certainly, there is a large amount of censorship all around and no amount of legalism will prove one is better than another. I will say that people need to be free to think for themselves, to believe for themselves, and feel as they want. If that desire is under the control of another, then so be it - that is their choice.

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