I know full well that there are days when I write utter crap here.
They are interspersed with days when I don’t write anything at all.
I was greatly cheered the other day therefore when I found an article that makes my worst efforts look like contenders for a Pulitzer.
I was looking up something on the BBC website when I saw an interesting looking link. I followed it and on the resulting page I saw another link. The latter was a little headline that immediately aroused the old interest.
“Car hackers use laptop to control standard car”
Wow, I thought. I could be driving along minding my [or someone else’s] business and some spotty little twerp could take over control of the car while they sit in their grotty little bedroom. This is serious. Quite frankly, the idea that I could lose control of the car while doing the ton on the M11 [or even 5 m.p.h. on the M50] doesn’t particularly appeal.
I decided to read further and I clicked on the link.
What I found was the greatest load of arse-dribble I have possibly ever read.
The article itself starts with the scary words “Two security experts in the US have demonstrated taking control of two popular models of car, while someone else was driving them, using a laptop.” This is serious stuff.
It is true apparently that they can control a car. HOWEVER, to do so they have to install some wiring in the engine and then sit in the back seat of the car. What the fuck is newsworthy about that? It’s like a banner headline telling me hackers can easily get into my bank accounts and then going on to say that all the hackers require is a desk in my bank branch and all my user names and passwords.
I used to respect the old Beeb but Jayzus their standards have gone through the floor lately. Raymond Baxter and the Tomorrow’s World team must be spinning in their graves.
I reckon that must be the most sensationalist piece of non-news ever?
So just remember this when you complain about my scribbles.