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Comment Re: Ham-handed (Score 1) 280

I do not think it is really a matter of trust. If the DNS system is not being managed well, then it can be taken control of more easily than you might think. For instance, if the EU wanted to take 100% control of all of their TLDs and make them subordinate to a new root, it could be done. It would create issues temporarily, but nothing that could not be worked around. I think the issue with handing over control of the existing root and management of new TLDs is that it is hard to identify an organization and funding that would do a better job of competently managing the system, but there are certainly many organizations and countries that we don't want involved in managing the system. So the low risk approach is "If its not broke, don't fix it".

Comment Re:hurray... Slasdot, the new corporate apologists (Score 2) 392

The money is overseas because the sold products overseas and had revenue overseas. On top of that, the products were probably built oversees. So now that they want to bring money back to invest in the U.S., we tell them that they need to give us 30% of the money? They shouldn't take that deal and we shouldn't be crazy enough to ask them to take that deal.

Comment Re:Corporate States of America (Score 1) 259

Obviously their are mathematical reasons why breaking strong encryption is hard, but security is only as strong as its weakest link which in the case of an iPhone is the 4 digit pin code. Modifying the OS to allow brute forcing of the pin code isn't a mathematical impossibility.

Except in this one case where they would have to be able to modify the OS of a phone that is already locked.

Comment Be an Entrepreneur (Score 3, Insightful) 174

You either need to find an entrepreneur or be an entrepreneur. Seriously, the hard work is just getting started. You may have a technology, but you don't have a product, a market, a business model, or a customer. So start learning about how you build companies. There are plenty of online classes or books at the library. And forget about starting with big companies just because they are big, you need to find the companies that are hurting the most from the problem you are solving - electrical fires.

Comment Re:Naw, it's Doctors (Score 1) 696

Depends on the state maybe. In some states (Michigan I know), they are expected to be as far right as practical. Also, they can be ticketed for impeding the flow of traffic. Unfortunately, this is part of the problem. Most cyclists think that the laws are the same for them as it is for everyone else. They end up doing lots of stupid things that eventually catch up with them.

Comment Re:This pretty much sums up IoT ... (Score 1) 149

Networked sensors, actuators, and communication devices have been shown to be of value all sorts of applications. Thank god for the visionaries and dreamers that try to make a new reality instead of always looking backwards.

Sure, technologies that change society always get over-hyped at some point before reality bring everything crashing back down, but then the technology adoption will move forward on a more sustainable trajectory.

And... cities should care about and support their innovators if they want to grow their city to attract new businesses and start new companies.

Comment Re:marketting (Score 5, Insightful) 92

I think that it was more than just marketing. Prior to Arduino, it as hard to get started in working with microcontrollers. Almost every manufacturer focused their products on already trained engineers. Arduino, from the beginning was primarily targeted toward learning for beginners.
1. Arduino was cheap
2. Arduino did not require specialty hardware for programming
3. The IDE was free, cross platform, and worked out of the box without any complicated set up.
4. They focused on lots of accessible documentation and learning material.

Now that Arduino has been successful, everybody else has jumped on the bandwagon and in many ways have developed superior ecosystems. But I credit Arduino for being the trailblazer. I have recently reallly been into MBED and Spark Core, but I doubt that those systems would exist as they are today had it not been for the creators of Arduino.

Comment Re:How about baked in, not strapped on security? (Score 1) 108

I think a lot of IoT implementation have that idea of a central server. There is nothing wrong with it, but even then, IP still comes in handy because so many integration issues are already solved. For instance, there are existing IETF protocols for device discovery currently used for devices like printers that would work well for other devices as well.

Comment Eat your vegetables (Score 1) 264

Vegetables are good for us.
In fact, I like eating most vegetables.
But if I want a peach pie, I should be able to go the grocery and just purchase the peaches, flour, and sugar that I need. I do not want someone to force me to buy broccoli along with my peach pie ingredients. That does not mean that I will never by broccoli in the future. But right now, I just want a peach pie.

Comment Re:Put away the pitchfork and torches (Score 1) 357

A single engineer approved a part change from a subcontractor. This probably happens daily on these vehicles. The delphi engineers probably thought that they were just improving the reliability of their ignition component and probably do not have insight into any safety critical functions that it plays when integrated with the larger vehicle. The GM engineer was in the best position to see how ignition reliability would effect safety, but even then I would not describe it as obvious. The faulty ignition switch may have been determined to be the root cause of the problem, but there were a number of other causal factors in these deaths. From what I have read, it appears that GM was made aware that they had a reliability issue, but nobody put it together that this could ultimately result in a failure of the safety systems. There have been many cases where known safety issues are intentionally swept under the rug, but this one appears to be an honest engineering mistake.

Comment Re:System failures versus personal ones (Score 1) 357

It was Delphi that changed the part and kept the same part number. GM was notified and approved the change. This happens all of the time with sub contractors and it is not usually done as some sort of scandalous cover up. It is usually done to reduce the costs of the part change by avoiding having to change instruction manuals, catalogs, drawings, diagrams, inventory systems, etc...

Comment Re:2014 won't be the year of Internet of Things (Score 1) 142

There are standards in place (or at least in mature draft form), but I agree with your general sentiment.Those predicting that we will see an overnight transformation (I think Cisco predicted $14 Trillion in value creation of the next 10 years?) are probably not being realistic. Bridging Bluetooth-LE to the internet - see IETF draft spec for 6LoWPAN for BTLE (6LoWPAN = IPv6 for low power personal area networks). Wifi works in some use cases. If the device only connect once every 10 mins, then it does not consume a lot of power to cycle on the wifi, perform transfers, and then cycle off. When it comes to low power wireless, duty cycling is pretty much the key. Technologies like BTLE just have built in duty cycling and with Wifi or 802.15.4 you have to manage it via the software. Networking companies like Cisco are already moving in the direction of directly integrating 6LoWPAN 802.15.4 radios into industrial Wifi access points, so that is how I see this playing out on the consumer side as well. Its not like your 802.11 router has only a single radio anyhow, so if a router also shipped with an 802.15.4 radio + 6LoWPAN bridge, then having low power IP is feasible.

Authentication and Security are the two really big issues that will have to be tackled.

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