Odyssey

…the wanderings

Nissan take on the Spinner

Some 40 years ago, Philip K. Dick penned a story of dark times with flying cars and unstable androids who wanted a life of their own. Almost two decades later, Ridley Scott directed Blade Runner which was (surprisingly for Scott) a much diluted dystopia (guess PKD was a bit too much for him).

The film and the book both have many things to talk about — and this post is not really about them. There is one thing notable with recent news. The Spinner flying cars from the plot represented a futuristic vehicle that was capable of being driven over ground and flying through air. Sound was necessary for proper effects and the moving cars were shown to give off a high-pitched whistling noise (sound is important, check the Star Wars space ship noises and compare them to the 2001: A Space Odyssey silence). Many movies picked up this theme of flying cars and some even represented the sound made by these cars. One always wondered what sound advanced technologies would make as they replaced the engines of today.

Well, Nissan has taken a different problem to solve for their new silent electric and hybrid cars. You need to have some noise to make a car safe for the external world. Curiously, they decided to use the Spinner’s whistle for this.

We have seen a lot of technology inspired by science fiction, this is a different one.
Maybe we will see really silent glass lift doors with the StarTrek sound-effects to remind people when they operate.

September 21, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

What could become the next Conficker (if we had Vista)

A recent advisory from Microsoft (Microsoft Security Advisory (975497)) says Vulnerabilities in SMB Could Allow Remote Code Execution. This “SMB2 zero day” is focused on the Microsoft VIsta and Server 2008 systems.

Researchers show mixed feelings while all the tools for using it are available in the wild.

If Vista were as wide spread as the Windows XP it would have become a potential addition to the Conficker troupe. Interestingly, even the Windows 7 (gaining momentum at the moment) does not seem vulnerable. Which does not preclude Conficker writers themselves of deciding to add this new ‘tool’ to their variations. Return-On-Investments may be the only reason they would not target Vista…

September 12, 2009 Posted by | security | , , | Leave a comment

40 Years of Internet

The Internet goes 40 years shortly. This post is a snapshot of some things I see at the moment.

1. Conficker continues to proliferate
2. EBay to Sell Skype Stake to Group Led by Silver Lake
3. Opera allows you to host a web-site right off your laptops and desktops
4. You get DDoS Botnets on rent
And, we get back to Tetris as the best exercise for the brains (that one is un-numbered, leave it out :-).

September 3, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Malware with and around Opera Unite

A couple of weeks back I raised a concern about Botnets being Controlled with Twitter.

Security of Opera Unite itself is quite dubious. Here is a recent dissection of Unite technology referred by a friend. The attacker will eventually have the option of using their own local Unite hosted sites and probably even a couple of other pawned ones.

September 1, 2009 Posted by | security | , , | Leave a comment