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Re: How Things Move

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:09 pm

There is no "Air Travel Today" thread on the forum but have you wondered what is inspiring more airliners to charge for passengers' first checked bags at the check-in counters? The price of fuel. Read on about all the changes that the price of fuel prompts management and staff to lighten plane loads to make fuel less costly or even less carried. I did not know many of these things but did notice Air Canada and WestJet implementing the first checked bag fees on domestic flights in Canada policies.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/26/airlines-fuelcells-kemp-idUSL6N0RR2ZO20140926
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Re: How Things Move

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Nov 20, 2014 5:15 pm

Remember how Sweden has an energy complex dependant on garbage to create energy and there was an issue with not having enough garbage to keep the complex going at a certain level? Maybe this UK bus that uses waste material to create fuel can inspire the Scandanavians to try looking at alternative waste for fuel creation.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/bus-fuelled-by-biomethane-from-human-waste-launched-in-u-k-1.2842067?cmp=rss
GENeco general manager Mohammed Saddiq said in a statement that using biomethane to fuel the bus will help improve local air quality and reduce the U.K.'s reliance on traditional fossil fuels.

The company says its Bristol plant generates 17 million cubic metres of biomethane a year from around 75 million cubic metres of sewage waste and 35,000 tonnes of food waste collected from homes, supermarkets and food manufacturers. That amount of biomethane is enough to power about 8,300 homes, it added.
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Re: How Things Move

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:24 am

The public pushback against high train fares for Toronto's (Canada) downtown-to-the-airport express railway seems to have worked. There is news that airport workers will get a reduced commuter fare to take the train next year. The rider surcharge that was to be charged by the airport's GTAA has been dropped (as fee would have offset expected parking revenue drops once train is in service).

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/transportation/2014/11/25/airport_workers_to_get_a_discount_on_new_union_stationpearson_train.html

UP express was planned for airport access as many major cities in the world have rail-airport links. The PAN-AM Games definitely helped the project to get going.
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Re: How Things Move

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:58 pm

With the popularity of appliances, devices and toys that have computer chips, how would you feel if your items started to act or talk very oddly? Would you think that your items were hacked? You do have to consider that possibility as well as the likelihood that a solution might not be easy to provide to resolve the intrusion. What is your peace of mind worth to you and how much of your resources would you expend?

Such stunts attract plenty of press coverage. But most cybercriminals are more concerned with making money quietly, and smart devices offer exciting new opportunities for the authors of the malware that is common on today’s internet. Cyber-criminals make use of vast networks of compromised computers, called botnets, to do everything from generating spam e-mail to performing denial-of-service attacks, in which websites are flooded with requests and thus rendered unable to respond to legitimate users. Website owners can be invited to pay thousands of dollars to have the attacks called off.

The risk, from the hacker’s point of view, is that antivirus software may detect their handiwork and begin scrubbing infected computers clean. “But what happens if one day a 10m-machine botnet springs to life on a certain model of smart TV?” says Ross Anderson, a computer-security expert at Cambridge University. Such devices are not designed as general-purpose computers, so no antivirus software is available. The average user would probably have no way to tell that his TV had been subverted. Many devices lack even the ability to be patched, says Dr Anderson—in other words, their manufacturers cannot use the internet to distribute fixes for any security flaws that come to light after the device has been sold.


http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21657766-nascent-internet-things-security-last-thing-peoples?fsrc=scn/tw/te/pe/ed/Theirowndevices
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Re: How Things Move

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Jul 22, 2015 3:39 pm

A car in motion was hacked in an experiment to show how it can be possible to control a vehicle. The brakes were shut off.
Wired magazine reports on how it engaged two hackers to see if they could take control of a Jeep Cherokee from the comfort of their living room while writer Andy Greenberg sat nervously at the wheel while the SUV cruised the highway at 70 mph.

Mission accomplished, terrifyingly so. The security experts, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, accessed the Jeep's computer brain through its Uconnect infotainment system and rewrote the firmware to plant their malicious code. Once in, the duo began blasting hip-hop through the stereo system, turned the AC to maximum and, ultimately, killed the transmission and brakes.

http://www.thespec.com/news-story/5745862-hackers-take-control-of-vehicle-shut-down-brakes/
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