- by T Sweeney, Blogger
- by Lyndon_Henry, Blogger
- 10/16/2016 10:05:37 PM
Jim writes that
...computers do tell us when something is wrong. They just can't tell us what is wrong, just that it might be something in the emissions system, or a faulty thermostat, or maybe a loose gas cap. Plus, as many of us have learned, sometimes it's the computer that is wrong. To make the computer happy we pay big bucks at a service center for trial and error repairs.
Have we over-computerized our rolling living rooms?
Maybe today's society is over-computerizing too many things. This kinda hearkens back to previous A2 discussions about IoT and value of having, say, your bathroom scale communicate with your refrigerator. Or empowering your tableware to assess the caloric content of the food on your plate ...
It's actually getting harder and harder to find basic, simple versions of things without a lot of computerized bells and whistles (which increase the complexity, the possibly of breakdown or maintenance, and especially the cost) ...
- by Zimana, Blogger
- 10/16/2016 9:13:30 PM
In some ways, the computing power installed in cars and trucks became greater - more capacity to control subsystems. They've been mainly helpful in applying technology to offset the increase in weight on vehicles today. Having capacity for start/stop helps improve consumption, along with more gears in the automatics that are much more efficient than manual transmission compared to years past. The efficiency that is happening now in vheicles is due to these advancements which are symbiotic with the computer advances.
- by Jamescon, Editor
- 10/7/2016 9:23:12 AM
@Lyndon. I can just hear a bank hacker making a plea for a light sentence: "Your honor, I stole the money but I didn't put the public at risk because I did it with a computer, not with a gun."
One other aspect of computer crime is that the paydays are much bigger than physical crime. As of 10 or 20 years ago the average haul on a bank robbery was something like $2,000. A smart cyberthief can get that in a day or so just by using micropayments from many accounts. Also, it might take a year or two before a bank knows it has been hacked and is able to total up the damages, versus the immediate pursuit of the criminal when it's a physical holdup.
- by Lyndon_Henry, Blogger
- 10/7/2016 7:06:15 AM
Jim writes that
... we have made so little progress with security that each hack in the past five or 10 years has opened up new possibilities in terms of the type of access that hackers can get and the damage they can do.
It's pretty staggering when you think of the Big Picture. Decades ago, to rob a bank, thieves would have to go physically to the bank, heavily armed, placing themselves (as well as the bank's employees and customers of course) in danger, and phyisically haul off the loot. Now they can do this from miles away, hunbdreds of miles away, a continent away, and ocean away, the other side of the world. And hundreds, thousands, of thieves can have access to the bank.s fund if they have the clever skills.
Worse, they can target YOU, individually, and just "haul off" the funds in your bank account, credit card account, whatever. Instead of having to physiically steal your credit card, they can just do it online. They don't have to physically break into your home, they can steal private information like bank account and credit card access data from across the world.
In some respects more convenience has been added to our daily life, but a lot more risk also. Anyway, that's the way it seems...
- by SethBreedlove, Data Doctor
- 10/3/2016 11:51:29 AM
@ Maryan - ?hat's serious stuff. I hope you notified the maker.
That is one thing I would be concerned about smart homes. I like the idea of having a more secure home but I would still want a physical key so that it wasn't 100% electronic. Anything can be hacked.
- by PredictableChaos, Data Doctor
- 10/3/2016 11:48:48 AM
This is a good way to explain this to children, without making it scary.
Just think of the webcam as another window into your room. There's usually nobody outside the window, but we sometimes keep the blinds closed for privacy anyway. It's the same with covering the webcam.