Wednesday Morning: Wonderful, Just Wonderful

I debated about posting Jonny Lang’s Lie to Me. Nah, we’re lied to every day, might as well ask for the truth for once, even if it’s ugly. The truth is that nothing’s okay though we wish like hell it were otherwise.

That said, let’s forge on into the fraught and frothing fjords…

‘Nope.’ That’s what California Air Resources Board said
Huh-uh, no way, nada — CARB told Volkswagen in response to VW’s proposed recall plans for emissions standard-cheating 2.0L vehicles sold into California. Because:

  • The proposed plans contain gaps and lack sufficient detail.
  • The descriptions of proposed repairs lack enough information for a technical evaluation; and
  • The proposals do not adequately address overall impacts on vehicle performance, emissions and safety

Wonder if CARB’s response will be different with regard to VW’s 3.0L vehicles? Shall we take bets?

Fugly, in multiples — cybersec edition
Ebay’s got bugs, and not just at auction.

Need more than tape to fix this problem with cheap web cameras.

Popular antivirus may pose a hacking threat, patch has been issued. Same antivirus manufacturer has a nifty relationship with INTERPOL, too, to share information about cyberthreats. Wonder if they phoned INTERPOL and said, “Cyberthreat. It me!”

(BTW, I love it when spell check helpfully says, “‘Cybersec’ is wrong, don’t you mean ‘cybersex’?”…um, no.)

General Motors: We won’t sue white hats doing our work for us!
No lawsuits, but don’t expect any rewards for finding vulnerabilities (unlike competitor Tesla’s bug report program).

Big of you, GM. Way to protect your intellectual property and brand at the same time.

The biggest threat to nation’s power grid is S_______
Beady-eyed and focused, slips beneath our radar, gnaws into our electricity transport with annoying frequency, causing hundreds of hours of power outages. Stuxnet? No. Bloody squirrels.

In short, it’s all wonderful this Wednesday. Just wonderful. Pass the Glenmorangie, please.

Blogger since 2002, political activist since 2003, geek since birth. Opinions informed by mixed-race, multi-ethnic, cis-female condition, further shaped by kind friends of all persuasions. Sci-tech frenemy, wannabe artist, decent cook, determined author, successful troublemaker. Mother of invention and two excessively smart-assed young adult kids. Attended School of Hard Knocks; Rather Unfortunate Smallish Private Business School in Midwest; Affordable Mid-State Community College w/evening classes. Self-employed at Tiny Consulting Business; previously at Large-ish Chemical Company with HQ in Midwest in multiple marginalizing corporate drone roles, and at Rather Big IT Service Provider as a project manager, preceded by a motley assortment of gigs before the gig economy was a thing. Blogging experience includes a personal blog at the original, managing editor for a state-based news site, and a stint at Firedoglake before landing here at emptywheel as technology’s less-virginal-but-still-accursed Cassandra.

10 replies
  1. lefty665 says:

    Oh this wonderful internet of things we’re riding into. I just can’t wait to have my refrigerator spying on me, providing access to my network or talking to my health insurance provider.
    My router’s got to get smarter about blocking web access, like defaulting to telling the appliances they can’t phone home. Mac control is already in there but the default is allow all.

  2. lefty665 says:

    The consolation is that a squirrel usually only gets one shot at being a disrupter. They don’t do too well as the path to ground for the output of a generator.
    The web is forever:
    “Open the meat drawer Hal”.
    “I can’t do that Dave”.
    “Why not Hal?”
    “I think you know Dave.”
    “You need to eat your vegetables Dave. Try that drawer.”
    Laphroaig please…

    • bmaz says:

      Aye, Laphroaig. Bye the way, thanks for the note about Scot McCloughan. I agree, you can already see a big difference. Jay Gruden seems to be growing into the job too.

      • lefty665 says:

        Try Ardbeg Uigeadail. It’s pretty tasty. Peaty, sherry casks, cask strength and affordable as a blend of their single malts. They’re right there on the coast of the isle of Islay third in line past Laphroaig and Lagavulin. Scotch heaven for some of us.
        Dear Chuck, Oh great, Hal was so first generation. Just what I needed, another reason to be paranoid. Got any idea how long the boys and girls at Meade have been piggy backing on this?

        • Peterr says:

          A thoughtful parishioner gave me a bottle of Laphroaig as a Christmas gift, God bless him.
          I had the wonderful experience of visiting Scotland years ago, and an increasing desire to return. You see, at the time of the first trip, I was 14, which sort of ruled out stopping at certain historical landmarks like Lagavoulin and Laphroaig and Bushmills and . . . you get the idea.

  3. Peterr says:

    The biggest threat to nation’s power grid is S_______
    Beady-eyed and focused, slips beneath our radar, gnaws into our electricity transport with annoying frequency, causing hundreds of hours of power outages. Stuxnet? No. Bloody squirrels.

    When reached for comment, Boris Badenov said “Da! I could have told you that!”

  4. earlofhuntingdon says:

    Disclosing or admitting to problems would be as foreign to GM culture as asking a union to organize a new, non-union plant. I don’t expect that’s any different under private equity-controlled management as it was under Al Sloan.

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