Woodlands Fire Chief: Lot Of Misinformation Out There About Tesla Crash And Fire - Why Are Humans Never Assumed To Be At Fault?

Date Published: Thu, 22 Apr 2021 14:36:42 +0200

Well I know why, because then we'd ban humans from driving after just a handful of crashes worldwide. Have you ever watched the car crash videos on YouTube? Video after video 30 to 40 minutes long showing all the stupid things that humans do daily which have caused crashes. We seem to have forgotten that gasoline cars can also burst into flames (more regularly). Just on stats and availability of information I'd say hands down humans are terrible drivers and are less trustworthy than machines...

But yes also sad to note that actual misinformation was given out (and repeated by so many media organisations without checking) regarding the time to extinguish, context of where the accident happened, no-one questioned how the auto-pilot (which was never proven to be on) could have even operated without a driver in the driving seat (unless humans had tampered with something).

Who even started the false story about 4 hours to extinguish the fire?

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I more or less started my coverage of Tesla almost a decade ago responding to nonsense about Tesla that was being pushed by much bigger players in the media industry. Unfortunately, that work is still necessary today. There was a very unfortunate Tesla crash this week that led to the death of two men. There […]

The Irony: Signal CEO gives mobile-hacking firm Cellebrite a taste of being hacked - 'Do as I say, not as I Do'

Date Published: Thu, 22 Apr 2021 13:59:11 +0200

Software developed by data extraction company Cellebrite contains vulnerabilities that allow arbitrary code execution on the device, claims Moxie Marlinspike, the creator of the encrypted messaging app Signal.

Cellebrite products are commonly used by police and governments to unlock iOS and Android phones and extract data on them. Last December, the company announced that its Physical Analyzer also gave access to data from Signal.
In a blog post earlier today, Marlinspike, a cryptographer and security researcher, said that Cellebrite’s software works by parsing data that comes from an untrusted source. This means that it accepts input that may not be formatted correctly, which could trigger a memory corruption vulnerability that leads to code execution on the system. Because of this risk, one would assume that the developer was sufficiently careful to set up protections or use code that is not susceptible to vulnerabilities.

Yes one would really expect if the business of your company is to hack devices to give access to law enforcement etc, that you'd be savvy enough to protect your own computers ;-)

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Software developed by data extraction company Cellebrite contains vulnerabilities that allow arbitrary code execution on the device, claims Moxie Marlinspike, the creator of the encrypted messaging app Signal.

You Won't Believe How Much Tech Is Hiding In This Desk

Date Published: Thu, 22 Apr 2021 12:25:05 +0200

Inspired by another build, [Pierre] set out to build his dream desk that is maximum PC power in minimum space. It is chock full of easily-accessible cavities that hide everything you’d expect, plus a few things you don’t, like a flatbed scanner, a printer, a router, and a wireless charging pad. One cavity is dedicated to I/O, and another has three international power sockets. The only thing it doesn’t hide is the 22″ pen display that [Pierre] uses for sketching, signing documents, and occasionally as a second monitor.

Even one of the table legs has a channel inside to hide the only two cables that leave the desk. Wonder if we'd ever see something like this for purchase, but I suppose the size of items do differ so not so easy.

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Say what you will about office life: there were definitely some productivity perks, but the coffee is much better at home. Like many of us, [Pierre] has been working from home for the last year or …

SA Post Office signs deal with US online shopping giant Wish to improve deliveries - If they can get end-to-end tracking visibility right it will be something!

Date Published: Thu, 22 Apr 2021 11:27:53 +0200

Yes it sounds like 'wish'-ful thinking, and it's true that an average 50% plus faster transit time for our post office won't be noticed at all, but if they can get end-to-end tracking right that is really something because right now anything non-courier entering the SA Post Office seems to go into an endless hole in time. Even a query takes a week to two weeks to even get an answer, and then it is often 'we have no record of that shipment arriving'.

Seeing will be believing....

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Online shopping retailer Wish has announced a strategic partnership with the South African Post Office to strengthen its logistics capabilities and customer experience for South African consumers.

UK.gov wants mobile makers to declare death dates for their new devices from launch - Manufacturers are not going to like this

Date Published: Wed, 21 Apr 2021 22:43:29 +0200

Phone, tablet, and IoT gadget makers will have to state when they'll stop providing security updates for new devices entering the market, the UK's Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) vowed this morning.

Today's pledge would see existing plans for internet-connected tat extended to smartphones and tablets, which is a large step for a scheme originally put together for landfill Internet-of-Things devices such as webcams.

The plans are likely to meet stiff opposition from device makers as end-of-life dates for devices are usually an open secret among the tech-savvy but stating them at the launch of a brand new bit of hardware is unlikely to be popular with manufacturers' marketing teams.

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IoT security plan suddenly thrusts into the mainstream

The Ride to Hell and Back... Literally

Date Published: Wed, 21 Apr 2021 22:33:54 +0200

My wife and I did an epic 5-day motorcycle ride around the Karoo in South Africa in October 2012, and it included a detour away from the Swartberg Pass and down a treacherous pass to stay at a place called Die Hel (or The Hell in English). Going in was easy but getting out after some rain overnight proved to be a hell of a ride... this video shows the dangerous slippery single road out of The Hell, a spontaneous river that needed to be crossed, and I mention the very slippery wet clay road after that.

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My wife and I did an epic 5-day motorcycle ride around the Karoo in South Africa in October 2012, and it included a detour away from the Swartberg Pass and d...

Microsoft enables Linux GUI apps on Windows 10 for developers - No third-party X server required

Date Published: Wed, 21 Apr 2021 22:27:57 +0200

Microsoft is starting to allow Windows 10 testers to access Linux GUI apps. The first preview of support for GUI applications is available today for Windows Insiders, allowing developers to run GUI editors, tools, and applications to build and test Linux apps. It’s a significant extension for Microsoft’s Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), after the company added a full Linux kernel to Windows 10 last year.

While it has been possible to run Linux GUI apps within Windows previously using a third-party X server, official support from Microsoft means there’s also GPU hardware acceleration so apps and tools run smoothly. Audio and microphone support is also included out of the box, so Linux devs can easily test or run video players and communications apps.

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Linux GUI apps can run alongside Windows ones.

A report by UC Berkeley claims a transition to all electric vehicles by 2035 would save Americans $2.7 trillion while adding 2 million new jobs to the economy

Date Published: Tue, 20 Apr 2021 20:07:57 +0200

A new report by the University of California at Berkeley makes several bold claims. First, it says all new cars and trucks sold in the US can be electric by 2035. Second, making the transition to electric vehicles will save American households $1000 a year on average between now and 2050, for total savings of $2.7 trillion. Third, the transition to electric cars and trucks will create a net gain of 2 million jobs. Fourth, the changeover will prevent 150,000 premature deaths and avoid $1.3 trillion in environmental and health costs through 2050.

In summary, the EV revolution will net the US economy 2 million new jobs and allow the nation to reap direct and indirect savings of $4 trillion in the next 30 years. How is all that possible? Check out the report for yourself.

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A report by UC Berkeley claims a transition to all electric vehicles by 2035 would save Americans $2.7 trillion while adding 2 million new jobs to the economy.

Apple announces AirTag for finding your lost items - Big Plus is the Network and Privacy, but it is Pricey

Date Published: Tue, 20 Apr 2021 19:58:48 +0200

Apple certainly seems to have taken location tags to a new level with the security and privacy features, as well as built-in speaker. The biggest plus though is that they can leverage off an almost global presence of iPhones constantly moving around, unlike all other trackers which rely on others having installed the specific application.

Apple said AirTag keeps location data private and secure. No location data or history is stored inside the accessory, and communication with the Find My network is end-to-end encrypted. Apple said AirTag has also been design with a set of proactive features that discourage unwanted tracking.

This could likely change the game a bit for location trackers as 3rd party tags can also make use of the network. But it is not at all cheap at $29 each or $99 for a pack on 4.

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After months — no, years — of rumors, Apple has finally unveiled AirTag. The location tracking puck is designed to help find lost devices.

How It Works: The Hogwarts Express at Universal Studios

Date Published: Tue, 20 Apr 2021 16:18:32 +0200

The Hogwarts Express is an incredibly immersive ride at Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure, and this video shows some of the impressive tech that gives this illusion such a feeling of realism.

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The Hogwarts Express is an incredibly immersive ride at Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure. In this video I'll show you the histo...

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