The Internet of Insecure Things


Here’s why I have no interest in an Internet-connected refrigerator, washing machine, or thermostat for my house.

But as home computing migrates away from the laptop, the tablet and the smartphone, experts warn that the security features on the coming wave of automobiles, dishwashers and alarm systems lag far behind.

Read the whole thing and consider what it would be like if the SJWs had access to such a distributed system to monitor your microaggressions.

A Dumb Idea About “Smart” Guns


The President has ordered the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security to study smart gun technology.

Here’s the TL;DR on the subject.

1. As an electrical engineer, I know how reliable electronic components are. I wouldn’t trust a gun that would be bricked by a capacitor or semiconductor failing. Or a dead battery.

2. If something uses software, it can be hacked. I wouldn’t trust a gun that someone could disable—or fire—remotely.

UPDATE—M1911_C_A_D.001

Coal-fired Transportation


I can remember riding on a train pulled by a coal-fired steam locomotive when I was a kid. I didn’t think I would ride on a coal-fired vehicle in my old age, but WaPo has an article up about electric cars and the coal that runs them.

UPDATE—The real-world effects on the power grid caused by electric vehicles makes my choice of a VW diesel look even more socially/environmentally responsible.