Wednesday Linkage

So. Back to work tomorrow.

  1. Carnegie-Mellon puts PV=nRT to the test.
  2. No prejudice in the alteration of data.
  3. Methane for vehicular fuel, exhibit a and exhibit b.
  4. School hi-jinks.
  5. Corruption in (a) government noted.
  6. Someone on the right praises Ms Obama.
  7. With the common practice of security free medical devices, do you think security will be a primary concern for its use. (Update: I hadn’t checked past the headline when I linked this. Apparently it’s a security update that makes this a possibility. I’d still be concerned however, I think if you were installing a hackable device on my heart).
  8. Very cool. Wonder what it would be like to play with that on at the same time.
  9. 200 million? That seems not very much, it’s likely they lost more than twice that from employees borrowing pencils and office supplies.
  10. Unemployment and welfare.
  11. Military aid for families takes an ironic turn.

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2 comments

  1. Boonton says:

    Re #7 Just like with cars, it seems a huge amount of security can come from two magic words; ‘read only’. Make it so that a physical device is needed to actually write onto the software then your only concern is patient privacy as pacemakers and other devices beam data to doctors’ offices.

    I’d be curious how the military addresses the remote control issue. What prevents remote hacking of drones that might allow an enemy to turn them back on the US? What if the hackers had sources inside the military’s IT departments?

  2. Mark says:

    Boonton,
    But “Read only” obviates a lot of usefulness. For your diagnostic port, read only means you can’t reset faults, you can’t tune engine parameters, you can’t run many tests. This isn’t a general public port, it is an Onboard Dianostic Port (ODB) port. It is mean for mechanics to use while fixing your car. It was later used by other to read data for other purposes. Similarly a pacemaker communication port is not very useful as a read only device, you can only read battery status and little else. What you might want to do is adjust presets and settings to accord with your activity. You’d want comms with a pacemaker to adjust its rate to match your activity, walking, sleeping, climbing stairs, hiking, biking, square dancing, &c. Instead of boinking your heart at a set rate, you could then adjust it to meet rate criteria to match your activity.