“ The product, named the RF Safe-stop, works by sending an RF pulse to a car at up to 50 meters (164 feet) away. The pulse “confuses” the car’s electronic systems, which the BBC said made the “dashboard warning lights and dial [behave] erratically.” The engine then stalls, and the car comes to a stop. How safely and quickly the vehicle would stop depends on the vehicle, and this technique would not work on older vehicles.”
“ CNN began its coverage by showing video of some of the isolated incidents, showing black men and teens sucker punching people. The idea that this is happening with any frequency has been largely debunked, including by New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly at the start of the CNN segment. But CNN wants to talk about it, so…”
“ Researchers at Malwarebytes have discovered that some programs covertly install Bitcoin-mining software on users’ computers, papering over the practice by including sneaky language in their license agreements allowing for “computer calculations, security.”
The apps sneaking Bitcoin mining software in are the usual suspects (toolbars, etc), but could this be an interesting model if the terms are more clear and users better educated?
I wouldn’t run such software on my laptop (for battery concerns) but for casual computer users who don’t want to pay for a small piece of software and would rather avoid ads, Bitcoin mining might be a good fit.
I cannot wait to meet one of these and gently place a brown bag over its screen. (via Double Robotics)
“ Holmes, who loathed every form of society with his whole Bohemian soul, remained in our lodgings in Baker Street, buried among his old books, and alternating from week to week between cocaine and ambition.”
“ He was accustomed to say that this was the perfect era for the sedentary man; formerly such a man could satisfy any amount of curiosity regarding bygone times by sitting down with Gibbon or Ranke or Tacitus or Greene but if he wanted to meet his contemporaries he had to take to the highways, whereas the man of today, tiring for the moment of Galba or Vitellius, had only to turn on the radio and resume his chair.”