As the title says, an entertaining video of Richard Feynman explaining the scientific method so anyone can understand it.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has gotten its hands on a device, called a Relay Attack, that can allow a car thief to open and start a vehicle that uses a keyless entry system (think push-button to start). It appears to be more sophisticated and ideally suited to a car thief’s purposes than even the RKE jammers we have posted about before. These Relay Attack devices have been thought to exist and have been used by car thieves for at least the last several years, but it’s apparently the first time someone legitimate has been able to get their hands on one to confirm their capabilities. NICB purchased one from a European vendor it did not specifically identify by name. The device was apparently developed by engineers as a way to test the anti-theft capabilities of push-button cars, but increasing numbers of car thieves are suspected of having gotten their hands on it.
In a series of unscientific tests at different locations over a two-week period, 35 different makes and models of cars, SUVs, minivans and a pickup truck were tested. We partnered with NICB member company CarMax, because they are the nation’s largest used car retailer and have nearly every make and model in their inventory. Tests were also done at a new car dealership, an independent used car dealer, at an auto auction and on NICB employee vehicles and ones owned by private individuals.
The vehicles were tested to see if the device could:
- open the door
- start the vehicle
- drive it away
- turn off and restart the engine without the original fob present
The NICB was able to open 19 (54 percent) of the vehicles and start and drive away 18 (51 percent) of them. Of the 18 that were started, after driving them away and turning off the ignition, the device was used to restart 12 (34 percent) of the vehicles.
Unscientific or not, these results are depressing. Hit the jump for an honestly fascinating video by NICB summarizing their findings on the device.
A 70-year-old Kansas man reportedly admitted to a September 2016 armed bank robbery incident and now faces up to 20 years in prison, all so he could get away from his wife. According to the Kansas City Star, Lawrence John Ripple allegedly admitted to going to the Bank of Labor in Kansas City because he was tired of living with his wife after having an argument with her. Ripple stole nearly $3,000 from the bank, but instead of making his getaway, his real intent was to escape from his spouse… and so he reportedly just sat down in the bank lobby and waited to be arrested. A security guard reportedly approached him, at which time he identified himself as the guy they were looking for. On Jan. 23, in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, he pleaded guilty to federal bank robbery. According to the Kansas City Star:
The robbery was captured on bank surveillance video that showed Ripple hand a note to a teller. The note read, “I have a gun, give me money,” according to court documents.
The teller handed over $2,924, but instead of fleeing, Ripple sat down in the bank lobby.
When a bank security guard approached him, Ripple told the guard that he was the person the guard was looking for, according to the documents. The guard took Ripple into custody and recovered the money that had just been taken.
Hit the jump for a news video on the incident. Though not on camera, the wife apparently told the reporter they had been married 33 years.
Yesterday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city will outfit all NYPD patrol officers with body cameras by 2019. This past year, New York selected VieVu to provide 5,000 cameras, but the contract to supply cameras for all patrol units could reportedly be worth up to $250 million over 14 years. This promise if kept means NYPD is looking to implement the country’s largest body camera program, with more than 20,000 officers outfitted with the surveillance capability.
Regardless of whether one agrees with the decision or not, the goal represents a marked departure from less than three months ago, when news reports indicated the NYPD did not have a single patrol officer on the streets with a body camera:
Here’s an interesting, though gimmicky ad campaign that’s arrived just in time for the Super Bowl. Tostitos has created a limited edition bag that can tell if you’ve been drinking. The bag turns green if you’re in the clear, otherwise if it detects alcohol on your breath, it will turn red with the message, “Don’t drink and drive.” It will then also display a promo code good for $10 off an Uber, complete with near field technology to let you tap your phone to the bag call the Uber if you’re really that hammered. (Now that’s actually pretty cool). The catch is the bag cannot detect your level of intoxication, just that you’ve been drinking, so it’s really not a substitute for a breathalyzer or, more simply, just keeping track of how many drinks you’ve had. Hit the jump for a somewhat overly dramatic promotional video for the Tostitos Party Safe bag (yes, that’s really what it’s called).
Hit the jump for video from the Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport of a security tow truck removing a parked car IN LESS THAN A MINUTE by forklifting the car onto the truck’s tow bed. Not only is it much faster than the traditional way, but possibly safer for the car as well. Ingenious. How come we don’t do that everywhere? The tow truck may have been an element of heightened airport security, as the video was apparently shot in August 2015, just two months after three suicide bombers attacked Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, killing 41 people and injuring 239. The YouTube user who posted the video (link below) said the truck drove by every five minutes. Continue reading Gone in Sixty Seconds: This Tow Truck Must Have the Speed Record
This is part of a trend of doomsday shelters coming back in style we have previously posted on. In this case, if you’re willing to go to Kansas, for $3 million you could have a fully loaded bunker converted from a nuclear missile silo. In fact, you’re already too late, as in a recent CNN interview developer Larry Hall of Survival Condo explained the units are sold out.
Hall describes the units as a “miniature cruise ship,” complete with amenities including a rock wall, game arcade, library, movie theater, and full bar and lounge. As he put it, “It’s got everything you need to spread out and maintain some semblance of normal when things outside are anything but normal.”
Survival Condo’s website bills the silos as consisting of 20,000 square foot of floor space with a water supply holding at least 75,000 gallons of water, “redundant” air filtration including nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) filtration, and other features. The bunkers are pre-stocked with five years worth of food per person, have biometric keyless access, and best of all, there’s an in unit washer and dryer!
When asked by the CNN host if a disaster were to actually happen, how could an owner of one of these units actually get to Kansas? Hall replies by either driving or flying, and that most of his customers already own armored vehicles that can go 2,500 miles without needing to refuel. Talk about some serious prepping.
Hit the jump for an admittedly impressive five-minute promotional video on the company’s line of luxury doomsday bunkers, for riding out the apocalypse with your feet up while you Netflix and chill.
Dubai firefighters have started using a firefighting system that includes a jet ski and a water-powered jetpack. The above footage shows a firefighter gliding over a bridge before dousing a pick-up which is made to look like it is on fire. The system is meant to be used in hard-to-access areas, such as when heavy traffic prevents an obstacle to accessing the target and would allow firefighters to spray water from angles/perspectives previously not possible.
Dubai firefighters aided by water jetpacks – video [via The Guardian]
Heart-stopping footage from China has emerged of a toddler being run over by a pink Ford car while playing outside. The driver stopped the car on top of the boy on realizing what had just happened, presumably to prevent even more injury to the child. Miraculously, the toddler was largely unhurt and escaped with just scratches to his scalp. His mother was reportedly close by but looking the other way at the time. Passers-by helped to lift the car and the mother extracted the boy.
A video clip posted to Twitter by a British police department showing a puppy police dog passing one of his training exams has gone viral. The young canine’s enthusiasm for nabbing the target is clear, requiring its trainer to pull him away from the pretend suspect. According to Inspector Inspector Tariq Butt, who posted the video online:
‘I think this one is going to make it…..police dog in training #PuppyLove’.