Researchers at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory have shown that it's possible to remotely hack into a control system for an electrical generator and cause it to fail--not just stop, but actually fly apart. The details of this experiment, called the Aurora Generator Test, were inadvertently disclosed by Dept.
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This week on the Dan & David Show we cover our visits to DEMOfall 07 and Digital Life. We offer our picks from the shows and discusses one of David's Tech Shakedowns and the iBrick.
Doc Searls posted his thoughts questioning the role of advertising in the 21st century Web. He asks, "Why do we continue to take advertising for granted as the primary source of the the Bux DeLuxe required to fund technical, social and personal progress?
The Gap said Friday that a laptop containing personal information of about 800,000 job applicants was stolen from a third party vendor.The vendor, which wasn't named, manages job applicant data for the Gap.
Apple is clearly in a war with hackers over the iPhone and its most loyal fans could take a few hits. How Apple performs through these battles will determine the company's overall reputation going forward.
A trio of technology companies reported earnings and provided a rough sketch of industry conditions. Here's a quick survey of the landscape.
Notable headlines:Microsoft extends Windows XP's stay. Mary Jo Foley: Is Windows XP too good for Microsoft’s own good?
I have been reading a pre-release copy of Nick Carr's forthcoming (January 2008) book, "The Big Switch: Our New Digital Destiny." He makes a clear case that computing resources distributed via vast grids will transform economics, business and culture in the 21st century just as electric utilities did in the last century.
At DEMOfall 07 the usual assortment of applications with a twist on social networking, media sharing and shared workspaces were introduced. Between ZDNet and CNET Webware we covered the majority of the products demoed.