Chale hijo!

So, in the interest of systematic knowledge (and public safety), this essay tabulates the streets’ honks into a taxonomy of cláxones [horns], a “claxonomy” of Mexico City’s traffic.

Source: A Claxonomy of Mexico City’s Traffic – Allegra Lab

As a cyclist I’ve learned one or two “words” i.e. groupings of honks, but they apply only to the Twin Cities area and are in English. What the essay goes over is like me learning Spanish all over again.

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Your car is to be used against you

Upstream also tracks the cyberattack sources between so-called white-hat and black-hat attackers. White-hat hackers do not have malicious intent. They are mostly researchers that hack into systems for security validation or vulnerability assessments. White-hat researchers are often employed and/or rewarded by the hacked company for finding vulnerabilities. Black-hat hackers are attacking systems for personal gain or malicious reasons. In 2020 black-hat hackers accounted for 54.6% of total cyberattacks compared to 49.3% of all attacks from 2010 to 2020.

Source: Now Your Car is a Cybersecurity Risk, Too | EE Times

How long until an state actor is able to remotely control a vehicle to make it reach a location of its choosing to be able to discreetly deal with someone who’s being a pain in the ass to them?

How long until some cartel gains the same capability?

How long after that until your block’s domestic abuser also gets it?

DoS attacks on your car could leave you stranded hundreds of miles from help, and then you have to go back and get the vehicle— if it hasn’t been bricked, in which case you now have to pay for towing services. Pretty sure insurance companies will not want to pay for that.

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