Tandem?

May. 28th, 2010 11:20 pm
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I'm seriously tempted by this:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330435664957&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

(Why aren't there any cheap 5-speed SA hubs like the one I put on my folder on eBay any more?)
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http://www.autosec.org/pubs/cars-oakland2010.pdf
"Over a range of experiments, both in the lab and in road tests, we demonstrate the ability to adversarially control a wide range of automotive functions and completely ignore driver input —
including disabling the brakes, selectively braking individual wheels on demand, stopping the engine, and so on."

If I'd seen some of the possible attacks on a TV show or in a film, I'd have thought it was implausible that so few safeguards were built into the system. In real life there almost certainly isn't someone wanting to compromise your car in this way, and they could use cruder and easier to detect physical methods anyway, but the way some of the protocol specifications have safety or security features that the actual implementations ignore is still worrying.
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(which I wasn't but several friends were):


Voted

May. 6th, 2010 09:55 pm
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Voted, not because I expect it to make a significant difference here in South-East Cambs, but if you don't make the effort, it never will.

The Lib Dems might get a bit of a boost from our new local Labour candidate having been suspended from the Labour party, along with the national swing, but it's still a fairly safe Tory seat.

(We do have a Green Candidate, who has apparently been sensibly spending his time helping the campaign in Cambridge City, where the Greens might get a significant percentage of the vote, rather than wasting his time here, where they won't. (He's also a City councillor who lives in the city.))

And, via various friends, a reminder that yes, it could still be worse under the Tories, and funny Common People video.

Now to wait and (probably) see if the friendly bicycle of new Dave Conservatism is followed by the SUV of old Conservatism.

[EDIT - result now in, Con hold, 2.7% swing Con->LD, Lab down 13.8% on last time.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/election2010/results/constituency/e12.stm ]
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That was a disappointment - it felt like they'd got a backup script writer in and forgotten to tell him to watch Blink first.
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I've just spent long enough looking through these photos that I've forgotten where they were linked from: http://kevinvanaelst.com/art.html

Thumbnail (of thumbprint):
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An English patron saint:
[ ] Should have been English
[ ] Should have some legendary connection with England
[ ] Should have some historical connection with England
[ ] Should respect years of tradition and ignore a lack of English connection
[ ] Is an obsolete irrelevence
[ ] Has been tarnished by connection with violence and bigotry by flag-waving football fans
[ ] Has been tarnished by connection with violence and bigotry by surcoar-wearing Crusaders
[ ] Would have more symbolic relevence if England had a devolved Parliament/Assembly and formed part of the UK on equal terms with other parts

See also:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2010/apr/21/st-george-patron-saint
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/paultreadaway?v=wall&story_fbid=120488997963387&ref=mf

meme

Apr. 23rd, 2010 02:13 pm
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http://www.bikebiz.com/news/32057/Could-this-be-the-end-of-derailleurs

Rather more vapourish than http://www.fallbrooktech.com/Nuvinci.asp, and "Is the end for derailleurs in sight?" is massively overblown, but still interesting.
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Moving targets for live-fire training: http://toolmonger.com/2010/04/20/segway-robotic-mobility-platforms/

Is it just me, or is there an Auton vibe to these? (No mention of them firing back though.)
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A neat interactive demonstration from the BBC:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/election_2010/8609989.stm

With the three main parties getting equal shares of the votes, Labour very nearly have a majority of the seats. (Though there are clearly some slightly strange assumptions at the limits, because "Other" still get 24 seats if you set their share to 0.0%, and Northern Ireland only explains 18 of them.)

(via http://www.boingboing.net/2010/04/19/lib-dems-soar-in-uk.html)
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From http://ffutures.livejournal.com/660110.html
"The Campaign for Real Daleks needs YOU!

If you have seen Doctor Who 5.3 you will know that they have rebooted Daleks in a new and somehow infinitely less frightening form. My guess is that this has been done purely for marketing purposes, so that they can sell lots of My Little Dalek models.

You are urged to take the following steps ONCE YOU HAVE SEEN THE EPISODE and experienced the full horror:

1. Write or email the BBC complaining about the new Daleks Lite and requesting that they return to Classic Daleks.
2. Add "Campaign for Real Daleks" to your Livejournal interests.
3. Boycott merchandise based on the New Daleks and refuse to buy them for your kids etc. This is the one that may actually make the BBC pay attention.

And PLEASE pass this on as widely as you can."
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I think that was a definite improvement, on the whole. Apart from that, what I said here: http://smallship1.livejournal.com/483825.html?thread=3382001#t3382001
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According to the Electoral Reform Society, Cambridgeshire as a whole is going to be the most boring place in this election, with all seven seats being safe.

The local paper has various Cambridge city candidates disagreeing: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Home/Seven-Cambridgeshire-parliamentary-seats-are-dead-certs.htm

Doctor Who

Apr. 3rd, 2010 10:00 pm
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I'm not convinced by Matt Smith yet, but I am prepared to watch more of him with hope.
plot spoilers )
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You can clear turbid water with Moringa tree seeds:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/03/04/moringa_tree_knowledge_is_free/

This doesn't clear all bacteria or viruses, but solar disinfection doesn't work well with turbid water, so the combination of the two techniques could be very useful.

I don't expect to ever use this knowledge, but it's good to know that that sort of research is being done.

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