Brinks safe -- with a USB port -- proves easy hacking for security researchers

Brinks safe -- with a USB port -- proves easy hacking for security researchers

A pair of security researchers have managed to open a Brinks CompuSafe Galileo using its standard USB port, a keyboard and 100 lines of code.

07/28/15

Don’t watch if you already fear flying

Don’t watch if you already fear flying

This YouTube video of a passenger plane landing in heavy crosswinds at Amsterdam Airport is making the rounds today even though it was posted May 8.

07/27/15

Educators embracing technology at the expense of common sense

Educators embracing technology at the expense of common sense

An Iowa school district is planning to equip its school administrators with body cameras. This is a terrible idea.

07/23/15

Cardboard box outlives Toshiba laptop

Cardboard box outlives Toshiba laptop

The laptop was a Toshiba Satellite 310CDS, reportedly hot stuff back in the late 1990s. The box it came in was, in a sense, built of sturdier stuff.

07/22/15

EFF: Modify DMCA to protect independent research into car hacking

EFF: Modify DMCA to protect independent research into car hacking

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is renewing its efforts to remove one obstacle to independent safety research involving automobiles: the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

07/22/15

How phone companies drive people crazy

How phone companies drive people crazy

Every journalist has experienced this type of phone call, as have librarians, police dispatchers and I presume those in a number of other public-facing professions.

07/20/15

Ask Siri for a charge, she calls 911

Ask Siri for a charge, she calls 911

Uttering these words -- “Siri charge my phone 100%” – prompts Apple’s virtual assistant to summon emergency services. Why?

07/16/15

Researchers sound alarm about the role of any and all phone sounds in distracted driving

Researchers sound alarm about the role of any and all phone sounds in distracted driving

You say you don’t answer your phone and wouldn’t dream of texting while driving? Not good enough, say researchers from Florida State University.

07/14/15

Internet’s non-profit domain, .org, turns 30

Internet’s non-profit domain, .org, turns 30

We take for granted today that non-profit organizations are to be found in the Internet’s .org neighborhood, just as commercial entities are on .com. And it was 30 years ago today that the first of the former addresses – mitre.org –...

07/10/15

United fiasco prompts networking confessions

United fiasco prompts networking confessions

Yesterday’s grounding of the United Airlines fleet, which the company has blamed on a routing mishap of some kind, has prompted readers of Reddit’s section devoted to networking to share their worst workplace screw-ups and the...

07/09/15

‘Dancing baby’ DMCA case is taking a lifetime

‘Dancing baby’ DMCA case is taking a lifetime

A toddler when his star turn in a homemade YouTube video incurred the legal wrath of Universal Studios and Prince, the “Dancing Baby” at the heart of an important copyright case is likely nine years old today.

07/07/15

Wow! Facebook’s new logo doesn’t do that

Wow! Facebook’s new logo doesn’t do that

Facebook has a new logo, though most will be hard-pressed to tell the new one from the old one.

07/01/15

What to do with tomorrow’s leap second

What to do with tomorrow’s leap second

We are being granted a leap second tomorrow so the question arises: What am I – or any of us, for that matter -- to do with the extra time? Among the possibilities that have occurred to me so far:

06/29/15

BBC shows folly of ‘right to be forgotten’

BBC shows folly of ‘right to be forgotten’

The insistence of European government censors that there exists a “right to be forgotten” has always been wrong-headed as a matter of principle. The BBC shows why in an archive of its stories banished from Google.

06/25/15

Fourth-oldest dot-com domain now relegated to serving up scareware at $400 a victim

Fourth-oldest dot-com domain now relegated to serving up scareware at $400 a victim

Founded in 1982, the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corp. was the first computer research consortium. It was also the fourth organization to register a dot-com domain name, having done so 30 years ago. Today, however, that...

06/24/15

Question about Heinz’s QR code snafu

Question about Heinz’s QR code snafu

Heinz found itself in a bit of PR hot water last week when it was discovered that the QR code on its ketchup bottle directed the curious to a pornographic website.

06/22/15

FCC grants VoIP service providers equal access to telephone numbers

FCC grants VoIP service providers equal access to telephone numbers

The FCC this morning announced that going forward VoIP service providers such as Vonage will no longer be second-class citizens when it comes to the doling out of telephone numbers.

06/18/15

Parents more worried about online safety but doing less about it, survey finds

Parents more worried about online safety but doing less about it, survey finds

A new survey shows that more parents are worried about the safety of their children online but fewer are taking concrete steps to protect them.

06/15/15

Final lesson for graduating seniors: Surveillance cameras really are everywhere

Final lesson for graduating seniors: Surveillance cameras really are everywhere

A bunch of graduating high school students in Pennsylvania will never forget that surveillance cameras are everywhere. Nor will they forget that school's leaders understand that the punishment should fit the crime.

06/05/15

Google kicks Google+ off its homepage

Google kicks Google+ off its homepage

Nothing says you’ve fallen out of favor quite like being banished from the most exclusive and uncluttered piece of real estate on the Internet: the Google search homepage.

06/01/15

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