Archive for January 31st, 2008

Hacktivism, In Sync?

You’ve probably seen the Sync system being offered on certain new automobiles, where voice commands control your stereo, cellphone, et cetera. As demonstrated in one annoying commercial, the Sync system apparently will respond to any voice, not just that of the owner or driver.

This gets me to wondering: Will the Sync recognize commands from the radio? If a DJ were to say, for example, “Play Artist: Queen”, would it have the expected results on people listening in a car with Sync, and media players with Queen albums? If so, this seems like a great – if irritating – outlet for hacktivists; rather than calling up Rush Limbaugh and teasing him for being a chickenhawk, maybe Mike Stark should try and get on the air to say “Call boss”, or “Play Artist: Dixie Chicks”…

Come on, someone must have tried this by now, right?

Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', Geekiness, General, Security | on January 31st, 2008 | Comments Off on Hacktivism, In Sync?

A Dirty Little Secret

At the risk of sounding like linkbait, I have a pretty neat secret that can save you hundreds of dollars – no, not on car insurance, but on more tangible goods. It’s something that seems incredibly obvious once you think about it, but has been a real eye-opener to people I’ve spoken with. A warning, though: If you’re predisposed to impulsive, spur-of-the-moment online purchases, you might want to avoid the rest of this post; your bank account will thank you for it.

There are thousands of people willing to sell you the “secrets” of making money on eBay – but, a couple years ago, I latched on to the “secret” is about saving money on that popular auction website. In a nutshell, it’s this:
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Published in: Geekiness, General | on January 31st, 2008 | Comments Off on A Dirty Little Secret