Using missile to shoot down an airliner ought to be made impossible. It may be a lack of imagination on my part, but I can’t think of a circumstance where a military force needs the ability to shoot down civilian aircraft. There aren’t a lot of manufacturers of surface-to-air missile systems, regardless of their level of sophistication and range – shoulder launched or vehicle-mounted – so changing those designs to prevent civilian shootdowns ought not be a big deal. Admittedly there are many more means of bringing down aircraft beyond SAMs, but not a lot of them have the reach to bring down cruising airliners.
Civilian airliners have carried IFF transponders since World War II, so there’s the infrastructure in place already for the identification of non-military aircraft. Furthermore, it’s a violation of Article 37 1.c of the Geneva Conventions to pretend you’re a civilian – that is, it’s a war crime with all the international condemnation that goes with that, so it’s reasonable to make weapons that refuse to down aircraft that identify themselves as civilian.
So, why is this still happening?
I’ve got a Medion MD 86162 Media Player (AKA e85015, or MD86162) and I couldn’t find the remote codes anywhere on the Internet. I cobbled up some hardware and discovered that it uses the NEC protocol when I coaxed these codes out of my dying infrared remote control, and I got the following IR codes for it:
So I’m trying to declare Winter. I’m going to try something like Summer, but with a 16 degree ceiling, which we just hit here in Melbourne.
Monday 16 June Max 16 Rain at times, easing.
Tuesday 17 June Min 10 Max 16 Partly cloudy.
Wednesday 18 June Min 8 Max 16 Mostly cloudy.
Thursday 19 June Min 8 Max 16 Partly cloudy.
Friday 20 June Min 10 Max 15 Shower or two developing.
Saturday 21 June Min 9 Max 15 Morning shower or two.
Sunday 22 June Min 9 Max 16 Partly cloudy.
I also offer the observation that you know it’s Winter when it doesn’t feel cold anymore.
Note: The 15 degree ceiling was hit on Friday 4 July 2014, 14 degree on Wednesday 9 July..
I got a new credit card in the mail, and I noticed the PayPass logo in the top right corner. I’m no fan of RFID, especially with so many documented weaknesses. Also troubling is the loss of two-factor authentification that we’ve had for decades in Australia; both Visa and Mastercard require only the presence of the card for EMV transactions under $100. I like my credit card, I don’t like that other people can spend my money with it. I thought about trying to convince my bank to give me one that wasn’t PayPass enabled, but Mastercard won’t issue cards without PayPass, so it seems I need to make my new credit card compliant with my privacy and security policies.
Admittedly, all the exploits for RFID enabled cards seem to affect cards in the USA, whose banking system (as best I can tell) is run by a bunch of morons. I assume that the cards in Australia leak no information other than an identifying card number… but even that. RFID can allow unintended transactions, so I’d prefer my transactions to be intentional. I considered killing the whole chip in the microwave, but there’s a risk that would affect the mag-stripe. You don’t need a radiographer to lend you an xray machine to locate the RFID antenna. Turns out that a light globe is plenty bright enough to spot the antenna tracks, or the sun (if you can spot it at this time of year).
I lay my card on a horizontal compact fluorescent light globe, and look what I could see:
- Just drill out the point where the tracks narrow down, and the antenna is toast
I dutifully marked the point where the antenna traces all converged on the one location, then drilled that point out with a hole made with a 3mm drill bit. I took it off to my local Kmart, and it worked. However, it failed at the Coles, and every subsequent retailer (dozens) I’ve tried using it. Apart from that one Kmart (others haven’t worked) the PayPass functionality is now turned off.
I’ll update here if I make additional modifications that are successful.
Four days before the start of Winter, I’ve declared the end (our second) Summer:
Wednesday 28 May Max 18 Shower or two.
Thursday 29 May Min 10 Max 19 Partly cloudy.
Friday 30 May Min 10 Max 19 Partly cloudy.
Saturday 31 May Min 10 Max 19 A little rain developing.
Sunday 1 June Min 10 Max 17 A few showers.
Monday 2 June Min 12 Max 17 Shower or two.
Tuesday 3 June Min 10 Max 18 Morning shower or two.
Ken Lay says that in the last year in Victoria, 11500 extra crimes caused by Tap and Go cards have meant that the crime rate in Victoria has gone up (5%) rather than down. These additional “crimes of deception” and are apparently tying up police.
It’s slack. Totally slack. There’s no control over it. And what are we finding? There’s been a huge spike in different offences committed to facilitate it; cars being broken into, mail stolen, handbags grabbed, purely because of industry introducing a new practice without any regard to security.
We have taken the view we should be taking on industry over this because our concern is they’ve introduced new practices with no regard to the implications on security and there’s no prevention measures, which is at times bogging down our members in work and time that could be better spent on some really serious type of investigations or responding to critical issues.
Assistant Commissioner Stephen Fontana
And the ABA says “no ways!” and says that dollar value of fraud is down since chip-in-card (neglecting that this isn’t about that) but allowing that losses following theft are up 35% (to only $20m/year). And ignores all the crime that would be associated with obtaining the cards.
Given recent events pointed out by DavidC, I declare Summer 2014 has started. Our traditional, mid-year Summer.
Wednesday 14 May Min 10 Max 21 Mostly sunny.
Thursday 15 May Min 13 Max 22 Partly cloudy.
Friday 16 May Min 14 Max 22 Mostly sunny.
Saturday 17 May Min 13 Max 22 Mostly sunny.
Sunday 18 May Min 12 Max 21 Partly cloudy.
Monday 19 May Min 12 Max 21 Sunny.
Tuesday 20 May Min 14 Max 21 Partly cloudy.
Good thing you guys voted in that Abbott government.
The upside of climate change is that I get to paint the house this week. Two weeks before the start of Winter.