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(The Register)   14-year-old figures out how to take control of trains with TV remote   (theregister.co.uk) divider line 80
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2008-01-11 09:10:52 AM  
The kids "punishment" should be to show the company that built it how to improve security. Then when he turns 18 if he doesn't go to college some company like GE should throw money at him to do this kind of thing.
 
2008-01-11 10:20:45 AM  
sweet
 
2008-01-11 11:53:25 AM  
woodyerik: The kids "punishment" should be to show the company that built it how to improve security. Then when he turns 18 if he doesn't go to college some company like GE should throw money at him to do this kind of thing.

Why, because he copied whatever infrared signal the trains use to switch tracks? I could do that with a simple device that records infrared signals. His punishment should be to clean up the mess he made running the trams off the track.
 
2008-01-11 12:21:16 PM  
swingerhead: woodyerik: The kids "punishment" should be to show the company that built it how to improve security. Then when he turns 18 if he doesn't go to college some company like GE should throw money at him to do this kind of thing.

Why, because he copied whatever infrared signal the trains use to switch tracks? I could do that with a simple device that records infrared signals. His punishment should be to clean up the mess he made running the trams off the track.


Then go do it biatch.
 
2008-01-11 01:18:39 PM  
sounds like the real napster
 
2008-01-11 01:20:09 PM  
Because the bottle won't fit in the typewriter.
 
2008-01-11 01:23:25 PM  
problem is, someone will hire him when he gets out of jail and pay him a fortune to work for them.

/not right
//just sayin
 
2008-01-11 01:25:32 PM  
WHAT? Really? REALLY?!??
Pic or it didn't happen.

/guess this kid has his secret government career in the bag.
 
2008-01-11 01:26:34 PM  
www.iphiend.com

/ Approves
 
2008-01-11 01:28:04 PM  
 
2008-01-11 01:28:08 PM  
swingerhead: Why, because he copied whatever infrared signal the trains use to switch tracks? I could do that with a simple device that records infrared signals. His punishment should be to clean up the mess he made running the trams off the track.

I'm going to take a stab at it, and suggest it was probably a little more complicated than taking a universal remote controller and hitting the program key.

If it was, then he really deserves a metal for finding out before someone with a much more malicious intent.
 
2008-01-11 01:28:53 PM  
jeffwashingdc:
sounds like the real napster

thank you. that's what i came to post.

/great movie
 
2008-01-11 01:29:23 PM  
People could have been killed. Not cool. Clever, but not cool.
 
2008-01-11 01:31:23 PM  
TFA: He clearly did not think about the consequences of his actions

Um, no shiat. He's 14.

The teenage thought process:
Choice A: Take 5 minutes to do a requested small chore and relax the rest of the day.
Choice B: Spend all day getting yelled at for not doing the chore, have allowance suspended, have TV privileges revoked, get grounded, then have to do the chore eventually.

B, obviously.


/has a 15 y-o.
 
2008-01-11 01:32:45 PM  
swingerhead: Why, because he copied whatever infrared signal the trains use to switch tracks? I could do that with a simple device that records infrared signals. His punishment should be to clean up the mess he made running the trams off the track.

I could totally build a space shuttle by myself. I mean, it'd take a while. Because all of my assets would have to go into the construction of it. And I'd have to win the lottery. Several times. But really, with enough research and know-how, I could totally have one in my backyard. So I agree with you completely. Yeah. I'm awesome.

/leans back in chair and basks
 
2008-01-11 01:33:10 PM  
Awesome, I thought the headline would be an exaggeration. That kid is my hero.
 
2008-01-11 01:33:41 PM  
someone get that kid some pron
 
2008-01-11 01:33:54 PM  
SiriuslyBlack: / Approves

// approves of your approval

But wait, so the trains are controlled by infrared? Doesn't that seem a bit ... stupid?
 
2008-01-11 01:34:09 PM  
Kid overheard muttering, "Silly biatches at Gizmodo got nuttin'"
 
2008-01-11 01:34:15 PM  
I'm sure terrorists will like to know about this flaw in the system.
There are some things that should not be published in today's world.
 
2008-01-11 01:34:28 PM  
Formerly Known As Gnaget But now with long name: swingerhead: Why, because he copied whatever infrared signal the trains use to switch tracks? I could do that with a simple device that records infrared signals. His punishment should be to clean up the mess he made running the trams off the track.

I'm going to take a stab at it, and suggest it was probably a little more complicated than taking a universal remote controller and hitting the program key.

If it was, then he really deserves a
metal medal for finding out before someone with a much more malicious intent.

FTFY
 
2008-01-11 01:35:57 PM  
www.the-reel-mccoy.com


Approves.

 
2008-01-11 01:38:51 PM  
I'd prefer a medal over some metal. But then again, who knows what I might build of someone would just give me some metal.
(not in the head for being snarky, please)
 
2008-01-11 01:39:48 PM  
IF. "if someone would just..." sheesh me
 
2008-01-11 01:40:31 PM  
Years ago, I used my Palm infrared capacity to "record" the signal from the Urinal and was able to make them flush at will.

Does that count?
 
2008-01-11 01:40:40 PM  
img.photobucket.com

/impressed
 
2008-01-11 01:43:56 PM  
Gigglecream: Approves.

Best comment so far! I LOL.
 
2008-01-11 01:44:17 PM  
imfallen_angel: Years ago, I used my Palm infrared capacity to "record" the signal from the Urinal and was able to make them flush at will.

Does that count?


Pfft. I figured out how to make them flush by waving my palm at them.
 
2008-01-11 01:45:01 PM  
borist: TFA: He clearly did not think about the consequences of his actions

Um, no shiat. He's 14.

The teenage thought process:
Choice A: Take 5 minutes to do a requested small chore and relax the rest of the day.
Choice B: Spend all day getting yelled at for not doing the chore, have allowance suspended, have TV privileges revoked, get grounded, then have to do the chore eventually.

B, obviously.


/has a 15 y-o.


Incorrect. The correct logic of a teenager is as follows:

A. Do a five minute chore, relinquish all independence to the will of your dictator parents who didn't let you go to that party (so fark their unmowed lawn), and lower the expectations of these evil labor-grubbing people who will take compliance as a reason to tack on additional chores

OR

B. Don't do the chore, and then blame them for trying to push you into slavery. Oh, and the punishment is completely unfair--Bobby's parents don't make him mow the lawn. If they want you to mow the lawn, they should be paying you--after all, you didn't ask to be brought into this world.

B is obviously the better choice, as children don't realize the path of least resistance.
 
2008-01-11 01:45:16 PM  
punish the kid? or laugh at the company for being compromised by a 14 yr old?
 
2008-01-11 01:45:44 PM  
Article: Idiot teen endangers the lives of scores of people.

SharkUW: That kid is my hero.

/*sigh*
 
zik
2008-01-11 01:46:37 PM  
That Gizmodo thing from yesterday suddenly doesn't seem like such a big deal anymore...
 
2008-01-11 01:48:42 PM  
The Grinch: Those European kids and their train antics. (pops; not a RickRoll)

Is that real? Looks like a Norweigien commercial... The end says there are many small engineers, we look forward to them growing up.
 
2008-01-11 01:49:19 PM  
He also discovered that batteries work better in a flashlight than solar power.
 
2008-01-11 01:49:54 PM  
unfortunately, he is polish, so he has no real future. That is, except to be the butt of jokes.
 
2008-01-11 01:50:54 PM  
borist: imfallen_angel: Years ago, I used my Palm infrared capacity to "record" the signal from the Urinal and was able to make them flush at will.

Does that count?

Pfft. I figured out how to make them flush by waving my palm at them.


with novii remote you could control just about anythign that sent an infrared signal. TVs, remote car starters, DVD... It's a real hoot when you walk into a bar and no one can figure out why the TV channel keeps changing or you pass by an electronics store at night and put all the TVs in the display windows onto pr0n.
 
2008-01-11 01:51:21 PM  
Most of the switchtrack operators were smart enough to cover up the IR sensor with tape. I bet they all do that from now on.
 
2008-01-11 01:52:45 PM  
borist: Pfft. I figured out how to make them flush by waving my palm at them.

From across the room while someone was using it? must have been interesting...

Or did end up with new "friends"? nudge nudge, wink wink...
 
2008-01-11 01:53:38 PM  
www.boxofficeprophets.com

approves.
 
2008-01-11 01:54:38 PM  
swingerhead: woodyerik: The kids "punishment" should be to show the company that built it how to improve security. Then when he turns 18 if he doesn't go to college some company like GE should throw money at him to do this kind of thing.

Why, because he copied whatever infrared signal the trains use to switch tracks? I could do that with a simple device that records infrared signals. His punishment should be to clean up the mess he made running the trams off the track.


You must be a genius doing this at 14!

Wait? You aren't? Then YOU FAIL!
 
2008-01-11 01:56:55 PM  
*rubs hands together* sooon, veeerrry soon, James Bond will join Q in the real world. Eeeeexxceellent
 
2008-01-11 02:04:42 PM  
cyber_slacker: The Grinch: Those European kids and their train antics. (pops; not a RickRoll)

Is that real? Looks like a Norweigien commercial... The end says there are many small engineers, we look forward to them growing up.


No, it's real.

/rly
 
2008-01-11 02:06:26 PM  
And you all laughed yesterday at the FAA saying terrorists could hack a Boeing through the entertainment system! This is just a step away...
 
2008-01-11 02:09:02 PM  
Kid spends all this time effort and talnet on figuring out a way to do this, but doesn't worry about the consequences of what will happen if he does. How can some people be so smart and yet so retarded?
 
2008-01-11 02:09:11 PM  
makes me feel stupid
 
2008-01-11 02:09:37 PM  
media.monstersandcritics.com
/Approves
 
2008-01-11 02:11:05 PM  
The Burlington Northern tracks along the Everett waterfront have a sign that says: "Danger: engines operated by remote control." They're right across the street from the Everett Naval Station and the harbor, with not even a fence blocking access.
 
2008-01-11 02:12:25 PM  
angry bunny: Kid spends all this time effort and talnet on figuring out a way to do this, but doesn't worry about the consequences of what will happen if he does. How can some people be so smart and yet so retarded?

Approves.
 
2008-01-11 02:13:39 PM  
Still approves
 
2008-01-11 02:14:17 PM  
Is it too much to ask for sharks with farking lasers on their heads.
 
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